I was recently invited along to my first Christmas in July event, hosted by Task PR.
I have to confess when i got the invite, to say I was excited would of be a bit of an understatement.
I am one of those people that absolutely adores Christmas. As I’ve mentioned countless times before, Autumn/Winter are easily my favourite seasons, and even before I began blogging I was keen to attend a Christmas in July event.
When I arrived I was given a tour of the showroom. It was beautifully set out, with subtle festivities and christmas music playing in the background. They’re were refreshments upon arrival including fresh pastries, tea, coffee, and juice. (Naturally, I gravitated towards the coffee)
After I had my tour, I was left to my own devices to explore, discover and snap some photos.
I couldn’t help but run my hands along all the beautiful garments. There was such a great array of clothing textures, each brand boasting such unique, detailed pieces.
The art of relaxation – for dreamers, doers and do-nothings.
I enjoyed discovering lots of new brands that I hadn’t heard of prior to the event.
One of my fave new discoveries was Yawn. A brand that specialise in women’s Nightwear. They create women’s pyjama sets, along with other accessories associated with a good nights slumber, including eye masks and cashmere socks.
I would say they are on the higher end in terms of price range, averaging at around £80 per set, however the quality and the attention to detail is second to none. The patterns used have all been hand painted and each set is made using bespoke cotton-sateen for a super-soft, luxurious feel.
I quickly fell in love with ASH footwear, particularly their new range of suede boots. The midnight blue, embellished heeled boots were honestly the best statement shoe I have probably ever seen. (A bold statement, but I completely stand by it) if you are a shoe lover, go and check out their AW range, you might leave their website with a lighter purse, but you certainly won’t regret it.
I absolutely adore Marc Cain clothing! It is elegant, understated yet packs a punch!
“Marc Cain combines a sense of aesthetics and art with a laid-back attitude, a natural look, innovative thinking and exclusivity. Marc Cain is a declaration love to a woman”.
Their shoes were my favourite part of their new range. (I know, shock, horror)
The flat ballerinas were truly something special. I am big sucker for a pointed flat, especially if its embellished!
Another thing i appreciated about their range was the colours. They were one of the few brands to incorporate autumnal colours into their new A/W range. I loved the browns, burnt oranges and creamy, latte tones.
“Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK’s leading and most prolific stationery and gift designers”.
Mixing it up a bit now, but i wanted to ensure i included Caroline Gardner’s new range within this post, because this is a lifestyle brand i have loved for years! and was super excited to know the range was going to be showcased.
As you can see from the photos, it was a great mix of clothing, accessories and lifestyle bits and pieces. Definitely something for everyone, and lots of lovely stocking fillers!
I really liked the trinket dish, the chunky knit scarf and the homeware bits.
A family run clothing business that specialise in knitwear and distinctive prints.
Knitwear that celebrates craftsmanship to the full. Fine and soft. Elegant and light. Warm and snug. Caressing the skin. Decorative yet extremely comfortable.
Prints that brighten up the collection, combining colours, inspirations, passions of the season. An expression of pure joie de vivre. Every single piece is full of passion and the aspiration to be special, different. A combination of contradictions and yet a harmonious unity.
Oui boasts exceptional attention to detail. Fashionable and effortlessly fashion-conscious. Surprising, inspiring and full of joie de vivre.
Journeys – Memories – Fragrance.
Last, but by no means least, Lavender & Lillie.
If you know me personally, you’ll know how much i bloody love candles. So, this discovery was a great success. Lavender & Lillie is owned by a couple who have created a range of scented candles inspired by their travels around the world. Starting with Venice, India and London.
The event had something to suit everyone, with a great mix of affordable accessories and clothing, combined with quality high end fashion pieces, and lifestyle items that make for perfect stocking fillers, thrown in.
I hope you enjoyed this post!.
Hopefully you have discovered brands you hadn’t heard of before, and feel inspired for Christmas gifts!
A special thank you Task PR for inviting me along to the event.