Ever since SJP's infamous Carrie necklace, I've had a penchant for stamping my name on things. Monogrammed PJs? Yes please. My initials on a clutch bag? I'll take two! These local heroes create jewellery that you can personalise with letters, stones and even pictures.
Trying to get a handle on what weather to expect when you leave home each morning is becoming an increasingly impossible task. Will there be a heatwave today? Or a monsoon-like downpour? Maybe a plague of locusts? Boss the tricky transitional season by switching a couple of summer staples for these autumnal pieces. But I can't help with the locusts.
How many wedding invites have you had for this summer? I’m currently at a manageable three, a relatively quiet year after the 2018 Summer of Six Weddings. Instead of splurging all that dollar on a shiny new outfit and a different lewk for every darned occasion, pick a coupla cute accessories and pair with the fave dress or jumpsuit that’s already hanging in your wardrobe.
I'll be the first to admit, there are a couple of differences between me and Gywneth Paltrow. Off the top of my head, I haven’t consciously uncoupled from Chris Martin. I don’t have an obsession with dry brushing and I will never ever ever flog you a yoni egg, you can quote me on that….
Last year saw the rise of dad trainers. We’re now firmly in summer territory so it’s time to ditch the chunky footwear and embrace some super functional flats that any father figure would be proud of. Whether you’re festival bound and want to prioritise comfort, or just want your feet to feel the breeze, dad sandals are a thing now and the more velcro, the better.
Next week is officially summer. Dress season is upon us. And although the weather hasn't been doing a very convincing job so far, I’m an optimist at heart. So I’ve spoken to some of my fave B’ham women about the frock they’ve got their eyes on the season, whether it’s for a wedding, lunch with mates or you know, just a casual Mediterranean sojourn.
Say bonjour to your new fave pair of sunnies, from chic, cat eye to micro and colourful. Whether you’re a traditionalist or a teeny tiny eyewear embracer, our edit has a style for you. And best of all? They’re all £50 or less.
Wearing stretchy gym clothes to workout is expected, but carrying that level of comfy over to as many other engagements as possible is a personal life goal. We're not talking an old hoodie and some baggy Primark leggings here. Athleisure is the enduring cool casj, so I headed to the outlets at Resorts World to mooch their bargains and help us all channel ‘Celebrity Avoiding Paparazzi At The Airport’ Chic.
Call it what you like. Oatmeal? Biscuit? You can call it taupe if you're feeling fancy. I'm calling it beige and rejecting any snoozefest associations. We won't be able to avoid it this summer and that's good news for us all; beige works hard for day and night time lewks. Just don't call it bland.
Ever so occasionally I’m accused of being city centre centric. Hey, the clue's in the name. Boutiques in Birmingham regularly get shout outs ‘cuz I’m basically a self-appointed B'ham indie cheerleader. But I’ve got nothing against the ‘burbs and there are gems to be found outside of B1 to B5, either a short drive away or a bit further afield. But all less than an hour from Grand Central. Pom-poms optional.
It’s sale season and it feels like every retailer everywhere is aggressively flogging their wares at you, whilst you’re at your Dry-Jan-vulnerablest. To save trawling through them all, only to realise there’s just a measly quid off the original price, here are some big savings from some of my fave High Street brands. All for less than the cost of a month's gym membership.
Hey, we know we’re not the first people to write a gift guide in December. So sue us (please don’t).
Cast your mind back to the 90s. Leopard print was not held in high regard. It was a signifier of someone that was brassy, or uncouth, or just a bit of a floozy. You know the type, Dorien in Birds of a Feather, your loud aunt. Fast forward to 2018, and those days are a distant memory and a lil bit of animal print is so every day, it’s basically a neutral. Watch the pattern work from the office to a night out-out.
This section of the email is rather preposterously called Ampersand. It’s an homage to the & in our name and hey, what can I say? I’ve got a soft spot for the lil linguistic device. I've gone super meta and I'm featuring &s in Ampersand.
Our happy place is anything that brings together practicality and prettiness. Hair clips are that new thang. No longer just the preserve of school uniforms and girly-girls, they’re on the catwalks and give a real fashion with-a-capital-F look. We’ve got some decidedly purse-friendly picks.
Dad trainers, you know the ones, bulbous and a bit ungainly, have been a trend we've resisted for a while. But we've finally found ourselves craving a chunky sneaker. If you’re firmly in the pretty shoes only crew, don't worry, we’ve got some far from fugly ones too.
Soft spot for slogan tees? Us too. Take it to the next level by adorning yourself with B’ham based localisms. Wear this second city merch with pride and support some local business babs at the same time.
We like J.Crew. We all caps LOVE when Birmingham women are recognised for their gorgey creative wonderfulness. Imagine our delight on hearing of the collaboration between B’ham pattern designer, Abigail Borg and J.Crew for an Autumn capsule collection, a perfect combo of the two.
Butterfly hairclips. Bandanas. Some things just shouldn’t get a second chance. But some things we're happy to see recycled — we’re willing to give the likes of plastic bottles, glass and fabric offcuts another chance. These good guys and gals are fighting the good fight in sustainable fashion. Turning waste into womenswear never looked so good.
Maybe you’ve noticed? We’ve been seeing a lot more of that yellow ball in the sky than we’re accustomed to. Style out the rest of the glorious heatwave with these super glam, acetate sunnies.
Maybe it was ol' uncle Attenborough and The Beeb, maybe it wasn't, but in 2018, plastic became a dirty word. Rather than banging on about our increasing levels of guilt on the rare occasions we do end up using a 5p bag or disposable cup, let's talk about what our city is doing to help the enviro, and the little changes you can make to get on board.
Swimwear shopping is up there with jean shopping in the list of Things We Try to Avoid. The perfect colour does not mean it’ll also be the perfect cut. And don’t even get us started on sizing, eesh. To take the pain out of perusing poolside fash, here's a round-up of your soon-to-be-fave maillots. Here comes a certain lifeguard-friendly shade, cut outs, the renaissance of the one-piece.
A good ol’ reliable shirt. It's a stalwart. A staple. And maybe a bit overlooked? Introduce some linen to the sitch and you’re onto a holiday season, smart-casj winner. Bonus: there’s no need to iron as the slightly worn-in look is completely intentional. Honest.
Millennial pink has an ice-cream-coloured contender. Embrace the lilac trend and give it two air kisses with a matching co-ord. Or if you need convincing before diving in head first, inject some parma violet goodness with a pastel accessory. We’ve got the answers for every bank account.
The combo of denim and embroidery might initially bring to mind a flowery faux pas you made in the 90s. But repress any spine-chilling thoughts of Tammy Girl. Topstitch and contrasting seams are where it’s at, in a perfectly utilitarian, grown-up kinda way. Here’s the proof.
Winter is dead to us. Seriously, we’re done. Embrace spring by deep diving into the season’s loveliest and most colourful garms from the completely new range at Emporio Armani in Mailbox. Here's looking at you, multi-colour sweaters, that trainer trend and playful power dressing. Transitional clothes have never been so fun.
We’ve never really been fans of pink. Too sickly, too girly-girl, we’re normally fans of a more monochrome palette. But something has happened. Whether it’s bathroom tiles, or a pale blush, we’re suddenly digging pink in a big way. We’re easing ourselves (and our bemused friends) into our pink appreciation by wearing dusky, nude tones.
Since Friends has been back on Netflix, we’ve been binge-watching to an unhealthy extent. Although some of the storylines and jokes haven’t aged particularly well, the perfect 90s looks have. Oversized jackets, mom jeans and dungarees are in no short supply. But blazers are our real item of the moment. Here are some of our faves, whatever the bank balance sitch.
Of all the workshops hosted at the Herbert in Cov, the one that really caught our eye this season is this party clutch DIY. One of the few things we love more than a new wardrobe item, is the opportunity to brag about something we’ve made ourselves. So the chance to do exactly that and pick out lovely vintage and designer fabrics is just too much.