Two weeks ago Donna and I were invited by the lovely ladies from Gemini Fashion to play dress up for the day at their shop in Stratford Upon Avon. We had our hair done by the talented staff at Matthew Curtis and make up by Space NK. We were made to feel super special all day.
The theme of the day was "party". I have few occasions to get dressed up in real life so I was so excited to be wearing such amazing outfits by French Connection, Sandwich and Hobbs. Elizabeth and Holly were our stylists for the day and were absolutely spot on with the outfits they chose for us.
The first dress I tried on was from Sandwich, which is a brand I've never heard of before, but the cut and fit was perfect. Fitted but not tight due to stretchy side panels. The open neck was really flattering too.
I had to pop to Sainsbury's on Friday to get some bread. You know where this is going don't you?! I bought said bread and also wine as they have a great offer on right now. 25% off if you buy 6 bottles or more and this is ON TOP OF the already discounted by 50% wine I was buying.
Anyway, I took myself off to the clothes section as they have 25% off clothing this weekend. Last time I went armed with good intentions of buying I found nothing. This time I was in luck! So much to choose from.
A quick show and tell of what I tried on:
Navy and white striped tunic £12 - I loved this off the hanger but on it was just a bit 'meh'.
I didn't buy.
Cream cable knit jumper £18 - I need one so was very excited to see this. It was totally boxy and shapeless. I didn't buy.
Floral dress £18 - I thought this dress was so pretty so I was happy to give it a go. I just ended up looking like an over grown adult in a child's dress! I did not buy!
Wool jumper £22 - oh my goodness this is so soft and the sleeves really long which is good for me. I felt like someone in a GAP advert because of the super snuggly softness. It's oversized but works for me (unlike shapeless cable knit above). Definitely keeping this.
Pencil skirt £16 - I adore the vibrant colours and just wanted to try it on. It's stretchy and works a treat. Ignore the leggings and boots by my ankles, I couldn't be bothered to take them off! This one is in my wardrobe now.
Yeti coat £30 - I loved this, it fitted very well but when I got home my best friend said it looked cheap and nasty. I trust her but my gut still says KEEP! I did buy it.
High neck blouse £28 - I loved this, it's a sheer blouse with a vest top included. I hate it when they attach the vest top as when I tried it on it all puckered up, I couldn't get it on, I almost couldn't get it off, I hated how it sat on me as you can see! I did not buy this.
Brown Chelsea boots £40 (leather) - I loved these, they fitted (Sainsbury's shoes and boots NEVER normally fit me) but my friend said they didn't look that good at all. I'm yet to trust her on this one and will try with boyfriend jeans. She said they were too masculine but I like that look sometimes. I asked on the Facebook group and it was a mixed bag of 'keep' and 'return'!
Sainsbury's have a ton of pumps/trainers, shoes and boots that are REALLY good value. Sadly, they didn't fit me - the 6 is too small, the 7 is too big.
So do I keep or return the boots and the yeti coat? I still can't decide.
On Thursday I took the car up to Stratford Upon Avon because I'd been invited by Gemini Fashion to come and try on some party clothes they have in their shop, have my hair & make up done and have some professional photographs taken. Like the keenest kid at the front of the class with 2 hands in the air I was there like a shot (actually that's a lie because the traffic on the A34/M40 was not good in rush hour).
It was my first trip to Stratford and I knew NOTHING about it apart from the obvious Shakespeare historical reference. What an amazing town! Each of the stores (lots of independents) are housed in original 800yrs+ buildings and it absolutely adds to the feel of the market town.
Gemini is a VERY LARGE shop in Stratford. I was amazed at how big it is (3 shops knocked into one huge space). It is home to over 30 fashion brands covering formal and casual wear, accessories for you and for the home.