I’ve been crushing on P.E Nation for awhile now, but not actually bought anything from there because of yet truth be told I’m a Sweaty Betty Girl apart from the 5% of Nike and Adidas that makes up my Gym to day wear gear.
So, on Monday when I was casually scrolling through my Insta feed, I was totally excited about the new P.E Nation and H&M Collobaration.
Launching on Thursday 5th March the collection focuses on a range of clothes, swimwear, undergarments and accessories.
P.E Nation launched in Sydney in 2016 and focuses on bringing together the needs of the busier than ever woman, taking you from the gym to the office, with their super cool mix and match pieces. Performance wear meets street style fashion.
With the H&M collaboration, we want women all over the world to live a more confident, vibrant, fashionable life whilst juggling her fast-paced urban existence. The collection can be worn all day, every day, whilst being flexible, functional and style-led. All the pieces work so well together – it’s very easy to mix and match,”
Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning, co-founders of P.E Nation
Absolutely cannot wait to see and buy some key pieces from the collection.Read More »
I don’t know how to put this, but I’m just going to have to be really blunt, as blunt as a pencil in desperate need of a Sharpener. I’m 37 now and I fell in love with you when I was 18. Not a rich gal, but a hard working grafter, who discovered Brands and fell in love at a younger age than a bank account would allow, brands, technology and digital advertising. Thanks to more uncles and aunt’s that I can count and the parents.
The point is that I’m on your mailing list and I just got an e-mail shot called ‘Introducing the Amberley’ Like seriously MULBERRY are you feeling ok? When I look at your bags now a work from home mother the first thing I think of is:
Does it carry all the usual stuff?
Phone, Wallet, Keys?
Then does it carry Nappies, Nappy Sack, Wipes, Sudocreme, Menotin, Teething powder and the fifty other items I may need on my way out! If I’m lucky it can handle another bag within a bag for food stuff…
If I’m really really LUCKY, it can hands down hold a laptop.
My laptop probably costs the same as the new:
Come on guys, like seriously, I can’t afford that! What a complete rip off! I can go on holiday to Dubai for that much and eat french fries on the beach!
I recently bought a Longchamp Le Pilage bag, wallet and laptop case. Vivienne Westwood handbags are cheaper than Mulberry. But, what really kills it, is your ad this year was the importance of family. Family as colleagues and workers! Mate, I feel like we’re family no more, you’re taking me to the cleaners.
Seven Mulberry handbags later… Maybe one day, I might see you again, ‘buy bye’ for now. I’m off to buy an Orla Kiely shopper from Tesco, every little helps!Read More »
You know that feeling you get when you try on something new and it fits like it was made just for you? I love that feeling and had it recently when I tried on my new cream Treedolls dress. I bought it on a whim for an anniversary meal, doubting that my post pregnancy body would squeeze into it. I was tempted to save it for when I had shifted the weight but how wrong was I? As soon as I slipped this beauty on, it fitted like a glove! Not only did it fit but it felt as comfy as a t-shirt and the draped finish gave the classy dinner date effect I was after.
So I did what you do when you find such a treasure. I bought it in navy, maroon, beige… I might get it in black but I’m trying to step away from the darkness that has become my wardrobe and start adding pops of colour for SS 2015.
For me Treedolls is All Saints meets Rag & Bone with a kind of Zadig & Voltaire flair. It’s great, well tailored fashion at high street prices, available online at www.treedolls.com. Inspired by the big smoke and fashion capital, the line is completely manufactured in London.
What I like about the Treedolls clothing line is that I can dress many of these items up and down e.g. the dress with skinny jeans, pointy flats, a cardy and oversized tote, full of baby essentials and laptop for a casual day look. Swap the jeans for leggings and flats for heels, accessorise with some jewellery and grab a clutch and maybe a blazer for a smarter evening look. I feel comfortable whilst running after a toddler and a baby and I can make the most of those precious 10 minutes I have to get ready.
I bought the polka dot shirt too which is perhaps a bit longer than I’d like, but I’ve worn it loads! I have been complimented on the dresses so many times and I know it was worth buying in every colour (not sure my wallet agrees but hey!) Don’t take our word for it, check them out online at www.treedolls.com.
Word on the grapevine is they are soon to launch their SS 2015 collection online, as showcased at this year’s Saverah Women Expo’15 Fashion Show. Definitely one to watch and worthy of a bookmark; move over Zara, I might have a new high street favourite!
If like me you’re an avid fan of social media, you can follow the successful retailer and dynamic trio Nazia Hasan, Noreen Abbasi and Aysha Chapti on www.facebook.com/treedolls Twitter @Treedolls1 Instagram @Treedolls.Read More »
It’s been three and half years and now one of Britain’s favourite fashion icons Kate Moss is back collaborating with none other than TOPSHOP. With London being the home of TOPSHOP, it was only natural that the line launched exclusively in one of the fashion capitals of the world.
Last night saw Nick Grimshaw introduced Kate Moss at Oxford Circus who said she wanted ‘everyone to find something they’d love to wear.’ Followed by a performance by Duke Dumont, shoppers queuing for hours were provided with entertainment and mini burgers.
The collection is being sold worldwide in all 40 stores, so quick, have a look and get your favourite piece here: https://www.topshop.comRead More »
We weren’t at all surprised to learn that Alexa Chung is following in the footsteps of Kate Moss and more recently Coco Rocha as the new face of Longchamp SS14. Whisked off to St. Tropez for the shoot, it couldn’t be better timing as the French brand prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Le Pliage bag. We all know about the modelling Alexa did for Mulberry; they even named a bag after her and that flew off the shelves!
While things aren’t slowing down for the superstar ‘It’ girl it’s still far too early for us to be thinking about Spring and Summer so we’ll shift our focus to one of Alexa’s other projects, Eyeko. She has collaborated with the bespoke cosmetics label, which was established in 1999 by Max and Nina Leykind.
WWD reports that Chung is advising the brand on products. “It’s a creative relationship,” she said of the company, “I send images and different inspirations to Max and Nina and we go from there. It’s quite free form at the moment.”
“Liquid liner is my saviour,” Chung says. “Other people like other things to feel like they look normal, but for me, I’m pretty much naked without my eyeliner on. It’s my comfort blanket.” Jokingly, she added, “I penned the book with the eyeliner!”
The limited edition set includes eye do liquid eyeliner of which Chung says “This gives me precision and control to draw my favourite cat eye look. I love that it enhances my lashes each time I use it.” To complete the look the set includes eye do mascara “This is how I get longer, thicker-looking lashes without the hassle of falsies. It stays on forever but feels amazing thanks to all the lash enhancing magic in the mix.”
Exclusive to Sephora (www.sephora.com), Selfridges (www.Selfridges.com) and Space N.K (www.uk.spacenk.com) we managed to get our hands on a set. We can confirm it really is that good! Eyes felt made up without feeling heavy, it’s really easy to tidy up and didn’t budge all day.
Be quick as we at Expressive Thoughts think it’ll be gone within the blink of an eye!Read More »
If you want that Parisian chic look but struggle to find it, wait no more…your search is over. Isabel Marant is bringing her unique French touch to H&M on Thursday 14th November.
People will be queuing round the block at over 250 stores nationwide; when we say people we don’t just mean women! For the first time, Marant has created a men’s collection, so why not pick up something for the man in your life whilst you’re indulging in some retail therapy? If you can’t get yourself down to a store, fear not. It’s also available online from 9am. Get to work early or get your excuse ready now!
Born and raised in Paris, Isabel Marant started customising her own clothes at school and went on to graduate from Studio Berçot. Marant worked incredibly hard in the fashion business starting with a jewellery line, then going on to add knitwear and finally launching her collection in 1994. Today she runs an internationally successful fashion powerhouse and has truly carved out a reputation amongst the world’s fashion elite.
Marant’s effortless Parisian chic style, mixed with masculine tailoring and a dash of bohemia never fails to please. It’s all about looking cool with attitude (without even trying). Best worn with as much or as little make-up as you want, straight out of bed (complete with tousled hair) or a matching crinkle-styled hijab. It’s no wonder that It girls such as Alexa Chung love Marant. With her design’s attitude, rock ‘n’ roll, boho urban elegance and true-to-yourself spirit, she delivers a genuine French enticement.
Marant is creating a wardrobe of her signature style, must-have pieces. She says of the collaboration: “I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality”.
Description: January Jones, Audrey Tautou, Isabel Marant and Freida Pinto.
Samira found her passion for jewellery while learning jewellery making at the Central Saint Martin School of Art and Design. Soon after, she started her apprenticeship in Hatton Garden under Alan Gard, a jeweller with more than 60 years of experience in this time-honoured tradition.
Her current collection is primarily sterling silver and 18ct yellow gold worked in combination with natural stones, crystals and fossils. Samira’s inspiration comes from a variety of sources, ranging from the endless organic forms found in nature, to traditional motifs and patterns of a Persian carpet. However, emotions, memories, experiences and nostalgia from her personal life are the weight behind her pieces; in a way, she says, they are her response to the world around her.
Transforming raw materials into a finished product is the closest she has come to magic and alchemy.
Samira Jafari is showing her new collection at “Scoop International” on 12-14 February at the Saatchi Gallery Kings Road, Gallery 1, Ground Floor.
We can’t wait to see her new collection at the exhibition!Read More »
It’s been a while since our last post but when Zara’s press office hounded us with their hot off the press Spring Summer 2017 campaign images, we couldn’t resist sharing them with you.
What’s more, to celebrate our new Bambinos section – we’re giving you a cheeky peek at the new kids range. What do you think?
When Manisha Parmar was 14 years old, her mother taught her how to make a vanilla sponge cake. The transformation from raw ingredients to what Manisha remembers as “a beautifully soft, cloud-like texture” was a magical process that she would never forget. After this the teenager became hooked on baking, every weekend trying something new and adventurous, constantly learning and improving on her newly acquired skills.
In 2011 whilst watching the second series of the Great British Bake Off, she thought to herself “how hard can this be?” Applying to the show was the easy part, but when she got a call from Love Productions the very next day, Manisha was pleasantly surprised. Having never had a baking lesson in her life (unless of course you count the vanilla sponge!), she was put through her paces with a series of questions. Her biggest inspirations are Raymond Blanc, Eric Lanlard, Nigella Lawson and Michel Roux Jnr, all of whom she has followed for many years on various TV shows; to date this was where she had learnt everything she knew about baking.
After a few rounds of auditions, Manisha got that all important call and at last she felt “recognised for being good at something”. As a new chapter began she got used to being on camera and practised her skills on family and friends so that she would be prepared for the wrath of the judges. Manisha survived many rounds of the show, being the fifth out of twelve contestants to leave. She feels proud that she got so far, but acknowledges that her last day was a bad one due to a “soggy puff pastry, vomit-like crème caramel and an overflowing banana butterscotch pie.”
Post Bake Off Manisha has been commissioned for a number of cake creations, and she still enjoys baking at home for family and friends. With attendances at the Good Food Show 2012 and the Cake and Bake Show 2013, Manisha credits the Bake Off and the buzz around it with giving her a new-found confidence boost.
As for the future, Manisha is still baking and learning new techniques all the time, keeping it very much as a hobby alongside her day job as a Nursery Nurse. She enjoys baking cakes with an emphasis on taste, texture and flavour rather than novelty cakes, and prides herself on personalising her cakes to suit the preferences of the recipient. Having already commissioned a cake from Manisha, here at Expressive Thoughts we can confirm that her work is delectable!Read More »
As his 30th birthday loomed, I was struggling to decide on a destination for my boyfriend’s birthday treat. The Northern Lights were just too cold for me (yes, even in September), and a beach holiday seemed a little too sedate. As we’re both guilty of possessing the attention span of fleas when it comes to beach holidays, I knew that I needed to strike a balance between his sense of adventure and my need for sun and some relaxation. So there I was trawling the discount holiday sites, when I stumbled upon Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Southern Italy. A holiday in a cave? At first it sounded a little disconcerting, but the more I looked into it, the more I realised that I had struck gold.
A UNESCO world heritage site, the former Benedictine monastery is located in the caves, or ‘sassi’ of Matera. Not far from Bari airport, Matera is a picturesque town whose beauty has earned it worldwide cinematic fame; perhaps most notably in The Passion of the Christ which was filmed entirely on location here.
Managing to keep the booking almost a total secret, I breathed a sigh of relief when we pulled into the sassi of Matera. Welcomed by bright blue skies and thirty degree heat, I just about succeeded in giving sat nav directions without giving away the precise location of our stay. Be warned, it does get a little complicated when you venture into the sassi by car! The quaint but winding and narrow streets were not the easiest of driving conditions, but I like to think that despite the stress, this just added to the suspense. As I finally worked out where we were, we pulled into a parking bay outside one of the many churches of Matera and jumped out of the car to find the cave complex. In an attempt to retain a semblance of mystery I then walked along the path to see if I could find the exact location, whilst a rather hot and bothered 30 year old looked around in bewilderment at the jaw-dropping scenery.
As for Matera itself, it is steeped in history and makes a great destination for those of us interested in Italian culture and heritage. The food was of course delicious, but don’t expect to be eating the ‘Italian’ food you may be accustomed to in UK restaurants. As is the case with most nations of the world, regional cuisine can differ enormously. One of the region’s specialities is Orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta which tastes amazing provided you pick the right accompaniments. Having said that, the food, wine and of course gelato did not fail to disappoint. Oh and remember, ‘fresh fried potatoes’ are what we in the UK call crisps. Rookie error on our part, enough said.
In only 3 days we took in some of the best panoramic views, food, wine and fascinating history of our lives. If you venture as far as TripAdvisor to find out whether or not my recommendation is valid, you’ll notice that many reviews refer to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita as ‘a place to visit before you die’. This alone speaks volumes.
Words by Sima JanagillRead More »
You might not have all your presents sorted, but we’re pretty sure like that us, you’ve got all your Christmas party outfits sorted and maybe in some cases, even road-tested them at the office party. But don’t forget there’s New Years to think about too. If like us you want to treat yourself and not wear that same dress again, with most of the high street stores having 20%, 30% and even up to 50% off, we’d be silly not to take advantage!
Here’s a few of our favourites from H&M, Zara, TopShop and Miss Selfridges. Happy shopping!