Well a week has passed since Valentine's Day and boy have I got lots to tell you!
Last Thursday me and my beautiful sister packed up the car with a selection of our wonderful wardrobe and took ourselves off to The Strand in busy London town. Thank goodness the weather was ok!
London Frock Exchange did their very first show for London Legal Support, JustFashion at The Royal Courts of Justice. The venue was beautiful with an eerie feel as the show opened, glittered with blue spotlights shining on stands full of gorgeous vintage dresses and accessories. A brilliant cause which raised lots of money! Thank you to Bob and Natalia for a great night!
We parked ourselves right at the side of the catwalk, eagerly waiting for our guests to arrive having glammed up our stand with a hand-picked selection of frocks from the collection.
Drawing excited ladies in, we popped the gorgeously flamboyant Amy And Grace Li number on a mannequin dolled up with sparkly shoes, a delicious peacock feather hat and draped in my dazzling pearl, bead and bow necklace.
Lots of wonderful feedback and swaps there and then; but you better hurry if you don't want the frock you had your eye on to go!
The night was rounded off with an electric performance by Py. Beautiful soft haus tones with a funky beat. Have a listen!
Valentine's day was just bliss and I was showered with jewellery and cuddles all weekend. Thank you my love.
How was yours?!
Sunday took me from a very early start up to Birmingham for three days of hunting at the Moda Fashion Show at the NEC. With hundreds of trading brands, everything from dresses to ball gowns to lingerie and accessories, I strolled round the arena, eyes out on stalks, assessing all the beautiful trinkets and ladies wear.
A/W 14 looks so glorious and exciting! Here are just a few brands that caught my attention!
B's Style File
Eucalyptus Clothing - following a period of extensive research into the UK manufacturing process, British women's wear brand Eucalyptus is launching a Made in the UK range for this Autumn/Winter. Entirely sourced and produced in the UK, the capsule collection includes cute party dresses in a variety of styles, including shimmery winter fabrics, florals and brocade. Reflecting baroque influences, prints are subtle as is the colour palette including hues of pinks and greys.
Jungle Fever - Penfield Clothing are introducing a vibrant and colourful collection this season with jungle prints and patterns. Quirky florals with pop-cultured flowers and large palm leaves printed onto luxe sweaters, tailored chinos and wax-coated trenches. Adding to the ferociously out there trend are chunky backpacks, totes and duffles as well as retro bucket hats and visors. Roarrrrrr!
Style flash - Surf brand Reef are celebrating their 30th anniversary soon with a heritage capsule collection highlighting its key products from its three decades in the active wear and lifestyle sector.
Check out Uzma Bozai. A luxury lifestyle brand that aims to reinvigorate traditional textile techniques working with artisan communities to ensure time honoured crafts are kept alive. Known for their bold patterns juxtaposed with contemporary silhouettes. Daring and delightful! Right up our street!
Billie Be Mine Jean Fix- Label DL 1961. Having trouble finding a pair of perfect fitting jeans? Look no further than US Label DL 1961. They have teamed technology with craftsmanship using exclusive four-way stretch and 98 per cent retention to help contour the body and flatter the female shape whilst plumping up the behind! Score!
Dirty Flirty- UK luxury lingerie brand Dirty Pretty Things has launched its diffusion line. From popular demand, this fast growing retailer has created a more accessible range of beautiful, understated sexy underwear ensuring you feel great in whatever you wear!
On my radar!
Leon And Harper- Parisian designers offer skilfully reinterpreted wardrobe basics constructed around masculine and feminine dress codes making for an ageless and timeless yet very current collection. Inspired by music, art and travel, this brand boasts everyhitng from biker jackets to chino trousers through to colourful tees and printed knitwear. It adapts to a modern silhouette and elegance.
Kilian Kerner - A German brand hailed as a landmark on its native fashion scene, this label is also growing internationally with the UK a key focus. Phew! A collection of clean lines and impeccable tailoring characterising the range with an eye on stand out detail.
Luella Some Love - Luella, a family run brand brings soft calm colours and fabrics to its Italian colletion this Autumn. At a great price, their signature sweaters and down time tops see wool and cotton mix textures teamed with floaty opaque designs at the back. From the front it looks like a beautiful top, then from behind, a glorious edge of sexy meets slouchy. I got The Isabella in grey and beige and the Alisa in sky blue. Perfect with trackies and jeans!
Also check out these sassy stilettoes! James Lakeland introducing the edgey and bright patterned shoe. Another grrrrrrrr I think!
Dress and drape- Miss Shorthair. This gorgeous jewellery range is so simple it oozes elegance and style. You know I love over doing it with my jewels but this collection sees plain silver, gold and brass rings and long pendants as well as one band bracelets and cutesy heart earrings.
And for a sensual new scent- Nina Ricci La Tentation infuses the romantic aroma of grapefruit, Bulgarian rose absolute and Bourbon vanilla. Its irrestistibly sweet and enticing!
Be a blue jean baby and invest in a pair of denim dungaries this season. Pair with a white button up shirt, blazer and pointed toe heels and you've bagged youself one of the hottest yet effortlessly cool looks!
And lastly my amazing Sarah gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Friday! Much love and hugs to my second family and especially little Lilah Charlotte Rose!
The Warmest of Swishes,
See you soon,