Tag Archive: Matalan

Dec 16 2011

Blogger Challenge: Matalan Style Project – LBD

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So I am not known as a style blogger, I give it a go and I have to admit I quite enjoy showing off my style posts on here and on WIWT, but I was still a little shocked when Matalan asked me to take part in their Blogger Style Project for December. Some of my favourite bloggers have taken part before including the Online Stylist and A Daisy Chain Dream, both of which were winners, so I thought what the hell it will be fun.

I have to admit I knew before the other bloggers were revealed I wasn’t going to come out of this challenge a winner, I am not known for my OMG amazing style, I am a very much ‘I like what I like’ type of gal, but it was fun getting dressed up.

So how does the style project work? Well Matalan picked the theme, they gave me £50 to spend on a whole outfit, and then they put my style snap up against three fab bloggers. So for December the theme is Little Black Dress, perfect for me as I love a classic black dress, the downside is however I am up against the amazing Amy aka WolfWhistle, Jade who is one-half of The Style Rawr!, and the adorable Claire from Jazzpad. Seriously tough competition!!!

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For me choosing a Little Black Dress wasn’t that much of a stretch, I have to admit I do love black, what was frustrating was that I couldn’t afford accessories. You see £50 for a party outfit isn’t a lot, even at Matalan, and it didn’t help when I had my heart set on these fab velvet bow and glitter platform heels only £20 but took a big chunk of my budget.

I paired these fab shoes with one of my favourite styles pleats, and this Pleated Occasion Dress was perfect for me, but at £28 it did mean I didn’t have much left except to get tights – well it is December I needed to keep warm!!

So what do you think – like my style? A little on the boring side I expect for a style challenge, I would have loved to add a brightly coloured clutch and a statement necklace and ring – but hey I worked with what I had.

Fancy voting for me? I am sitting in last place at the moment with only two votes, so any pity votes are most certainly welcome *joking*!! All you need to do is head on over to Matalan’s blog and add a comment with the name of the girl that you think deserves to win the LBD challenge.

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May 09 2011

Daily Shop: Matalan Horse Print Playsuit

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If you only buy one thing today – can I recommend this fun and flirty playsuit from Matalan with an all over horse print. Cute and flattering for the warmer days, and come winter you can add tights and a chunky cardigan.

Did I tell you the best bit – this gorgeous playsuit is only £18.

 

May 01 2011

Hot Trend: Palazzo Pants – Trouser Of The Season

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So for spring/summer 2011 you may have noticed that skinny is out and wide is in, and when you are looking at Palazzo Pants, the wider the better!! However, when you suggest wide trousers, I think most are a little scared to give them a go as they think they are going to make them look bigger than they are, however Palazzo Pants are surprisingly flattering.

Seen at many SS11 shows, from floral beauties at D&G to gorgeous pleated ones at Richard Nicoll. The high street has ones to suit everyone at the moment.

Still feeling unsure? Well follow these tips and embrace this fluid style – trust me you will love it, from the swish as you walk to the comfort.

Shoes: Palazzo is all about the 7os vibe, so embrace it with sticking to wedges or chunky heeled shoes, go for height and they will make your legs look like they go on for miles.

Tuck in or belt up: It is all about defining your waist to balance your sihouette, so think pussy-bow blouses, vest and camisole two-pieces, or just go for a simple tee tucked in.

Finishing touches: To take off the summer chill pair with a leather jacket or a cropped blazer for a more tailored look. I would also recommend chunky bangles and jewellery for a great 70s look.

Top picks: My favourite has to be the ASOS Palazzo Pants (above), £40 –  I love the high waist design with double buttoned waistband, added together with the pleated front they reeally are divine. What makes them even better, well the price for one very reasonable at £40, but they also come in three different colours: Withered Rose (pictured), Jade and Olive.

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Dots aren’t going away any time soon, so why not pick up these black spot palazzo trousers from Dorothy Perkins for £35.

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When it comes to floral prints I think these River Island blue floral print belted palazzo trousers are one of my favourites, only £34.99, and comes with a perfect belt. Wear with a black tee for simple-yet-comfortable.

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Matalan - £16

If the River Island aren’t wider enough, or even bolder enough in the flower stakes then you have to go for these great value ones from Matalan. These Papaya print trousers are only £16.

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But if like me you need to work you way up to bold prints, check out New Look who have some amazing block colour ones. My pick has to be these Crepe Wide Leg Trousers in magenta, only £28.99, and they even come in coral.

So which ones are you going to go for?

Apr 18 2011

AW11 Press Day: Matalan Fuses Old With New

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Last week I fell in love with the Matalan autumn/winter 2011 collection, from the 60’s ‘Modern Retro’ pieces to the bright colours of the ‘Seventies’, and the my favourite items had to be the various knits from the ‘Global Mix’ with its layering, chunky knits and clashing prints.

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Global Mix is a great collection, with hand crafted patterns and designs, it is all inspired by winter travels mixed in with some D&G influences with the alpine knits, tartan, Aztec shawls and animal prints. Anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that the knitted range of winter warmers was top choice for me, as I am always cold, and this collection will certainly keep me warm.

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My favourite jumper has to be this squirrel print, gorgeous, quirky and has to be mine – this is one of those pieces that I went back to a number of times.

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Another favourite had to be this cardigan/coat, with its fur trim, pompoms and hood. From the 1973 Heritage collection, I couldn’t believe that this winter warmer is only £35, bargain, gorgeous, and will be mine.

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The Modern Retro, a beatnik inspired story with a quintessentially English twist, is a great collection of 60’s block shifts, peter pan collars, and monochrome. My favourite piece has to be this bell sleeved stallion print shift dress with contrast collar and hem; I love peter pan collars and animal prints, add in long-sleeves and I am sold!! Also did I mention that this gorgeous dress is only £25? I know bargain.

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As with a lot of autumn/winter 2011 collections that I have seen the 70’s is still a huge inspiration. I love bright colours *even if I am normally seen in black*, and this Matalan line is gorgeous. I love the retro silhouettes, the clashing prints, and the acid brights. My favourite piece was this teal five-point star print dress, with its voluminous sleeves and tie-neck detailing.

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For some there is a hesitance when discussing shopping in Matalan, but seriously the past few collections I have seen the design team really is going from strength-to-strength. In my opinion, hunt down your local store, and be prepared to be surprised!!

Mar 28 2011

High Summer: Matalan Took Me To A Tropical Paradise

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Last week I went to the high summer 2011 Matalan press day set in the roof garden at the amazing Soho Sanctum Hotel, and it was a gorgeous scene of jumpsuits, maxi dresses, bright swimwear, and a great selection of footwear and jewellery. I have to admit that the jewellery was the one thing that surprised me the most about the collection. Matalan has always been the place to stop by before a holiday, and this season is no different, the range is a full of great affordable pieces, and nearly every item I picked up was under £20.

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I adore this tropical paradise Parrot Necklace, £6, bright, colourful and completely perfect for summer, and will be one of my first picks of the jewellery collection. Closely followed by this amazing Rabbit thumb ring, normally I am not a ring person but this is special, I am not sure how much it is but I bet it is around £6 or £7 *bargain for such a statement piece*.

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There was a tribal trend throughout the collection, with paisley, leaf and animal prints of horses and birds, teamed with gold embellishment details for a boho chic vibe. I love this orange maxi with bead embellishments to the neckline, and these amazing gladiator flats with studs, feathers and sequins, all ranging between £12 and £16, are perfect to embrace the sun!!

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I love these statement Feather Cuff Gladiator flats, not only will they look amazing with a little black dress, they are only £14.

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There was also a lot of bold colours teamed with prints in the collection, and I love this Cobalt Swimsuit is £8, paired with a Tropical Leaf Cover up, £8, but it is the jewellery again that drew me in, how cool are these owl necklaces.

But my first purchase has to be these Chain Weave Sandals, not only will they go with everything, but they are only £16 – seriously everything I saw was a bargain.

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Nov 27 2010

SS11 Press Day: Matalan Brings Catwalk Inspired Looks

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Matalan: Catwalk inspired pieces for SS11

We all know what great value Matalan is, but this week I was pleasantly surprised with what the retailer has to offer for spring/summer 2011. I particularly loved the Be Beau and Papaya lines, inspired by key looks and trends from the catwalk.

From the Chanel inspired Papaya bouclé jacket (£28) to the various Miu Miu looks such as this black flower dress and flower print clog (£22).

There were seriously a lot of nice pieces, and come next season we are all going to be embracing floral prints, playsuits*yep again – they aren’t going anywhere*, and full 50’s dresses.

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Matalan: I want that bow cardigan

One piece I wish would come early is the gorgeous Papaya bow embroidered cardigan, which will only be a staggering £18 – bargain!! I love the chunky knit, the chunky buttons and the blue bows – this cardigan will go with so many looks. Whether teaming it with a flowery print dress or jumpsuit or just with jeans – I can’t wait to add to my wardrobe.

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Matalan: Satchels still in for spring

Another trend which won’t be going away any time soon *thank god* is the satchel, I have been to many press days where the satchel is still the bag of choice for next season and it was evident at Matalan.

But the bag that caught my eye was the straw circle traveller bag, which is going to retail for only £8 – such good value for a chic piece – and will be perfect accompaniment for a summer’s day.

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If you haven’t been to Matalan in a while, trust me it is well worth a visit, you’ll pick up some great on-trend bargains. Admittedly you may have to travel a bit further to find a great store, I have found some Matalan’s don’t really represent the brand very well, so shop around, as once you do you’ll be going back regularly.

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