Yesssss it’s a bank holiday weekend! Hope you have lots planned for the three day break. I think I’ll be doing some gardening, likely some baking, and then visiting my mum, who is going to be 85 years young on Monday.
Now I’m not sure what the weather is going to be doing, but it didn’t look that great on the Countryfile forecast last Sunday, but here’s hoping for some sunshine. Come rain or shine you might, like me, feel in need of ripping off your winter woolies. I can’t believe my boots haven’t been polished and packed away for next year yet.
I would really like some colour in my wardrobe and last weekend when I was going out with ‘the girls’ it took me forever to pull together an outfit. I was desperate to wear a skirt or dress instead of trousers and ended up wearing my faux tan suede wrap skirt with tan boots and a dress as-a-coat over the top, which was kind of Autumnal in colour, but a step away from black.
So I’m definitely on the hunt for a dress or something to help lighten up the wardrobe. To follow me on my shopping adventures you can catch me on Instagram.
Meanwhile, I’ve fallen in love with an online brand. Hush is a clothing label that I’ve seen mentioned by bloggers since I’ve been more engaged online. Recently there was a special showcase of their latest collection as part of Bath In Fashion and when I heard they were coming to the city I quickly bought a ticket.
Held at the Bath Priory Hotel with a two-course lunch cooked by Michelin starred chef, Sam Moody, it was a sell-out. The two-hour event included an exclusive preview of the Summer 2016 range, including an as yet unseen Beach collection. It was billed as a walk through by hush stylists, but we were fortunate enough to also have Mandy Watkins, the founder and owner of hush, join us and talk us through what she looks for in the clothes she wears and how this informs the designs she creates for us all to enjoy.
Mandy started the business in 2003 when she was 35 years-old. From a lap top in her kitchen, she began to design nightwear and loungewear to suit cosy nights in that developed into the range we see today, which includes everything from jeans and shoes, to dresses and jackets.
Mandy Watkins talks us through the Hush designs
First and foremost Mandy wants to wear clothes that can morph from day to night and be worn with ease. The fabrics used are super-comfy and none of the designs are tight-fitting. To me the range is fashionable, yet grown up. There are very flattering cuts and flashes of the latest trends that I won’t feel silly wearing and it’s all very feminine and and sophisticated. Funnily enough Mandy told the same story as I did earlier this year, about the cold-shoulder trend, and likewise couldn’t see the point of cut outs in big woolly jumpers. If you do fancy going off the shoulder there is soon to be a ‘Bardot’ style cotton top in the Beach collection.
Within the collection you will find slogan sweatshirts as the one pictured below, shirts, cute tees, tanks and silk blouses. Trousers include a fab pair of cargo sweats, harem pants, joggers and of course skinny and boyfriend jeans.
I absolutely love the look of their boyfriend jeans and have ordered a pair already. I was a bit cheeky and tried on a few things in the toilets after the show (I wasn’t the only one doing it), and I loved the relaxed cut of the jean, also they aren’t that distressed so I can wear them to see my mum without her asking if we’re decorating!
I also really liked this jumpsuit and I can think of a number of friends that it would suit. It has a ‘moveable’ waist, because it’s elasticated, so should fit those short like me or those longer in the body. A lady sat next to me was wearing the jumpsuit (hi, if you’re reading) and she was about my height and I was quite surprised, as looking at the piece I thought it would be too long in the body for me, but apparently it’s all to do with the waist. It fits more than one size and comes in black and olive.
Photo from Pinterest
I also think this dress is great, especially with the loafers, and there are plenty more lovely ones here if you want to take a look-see.
But, what really took my eye is the new Beach collection. There was a lovely bikini in orange stripe that was slightly padded, but not too much, a gorgeous black swim suit that needs a beach bar to wear it in and some absolutely divine beach to evening-wear, including this fabulous throw-over pictured below. The collection isn’t out at the time of writing this post, but it will likely be up over the bank holiday.
You will also spot in the pic above that there is a short pair of denim shorts and a longer leg of denim shorts in the collection, which I think goes a long way to show how Mandy and her team design for women of all shapes and sizes. Not everyone wants to show off their legs and others do. For my part, if the orange number at the front of the rack isn’t in my wardrobe before summer, my name is not Gail Painter.
Mandy Watkins and her team essentially design the type of clothes they want to wear. Me too.
Happy bank holiday!