I was really lucky to be chosen to be one of SouthGate's Social Stylists for two weeks this Summer! I was really excited when SouthGate’s Personal Stylist Emmeline Stevens contacted me to talk about my style and love for fashion and then announce I had won! I was really looking forward to meeting and shopping with Emmeline.
I was given a style day challenge to put together two outfits using the shops at SouthGate, one was the 'Big Day' for the perfect wedding outfit and the other was a 'Spring/Summer look of my choice. I was given a fantastic budget of £300 for the wedding and £175 for the Summer outfit which was announced to me on film!
Taking part in Southgate’s Social Stylist challenge was such a fantastic opportunity to share my style with SouthGate. I have to say I was a little nervous on the day knowing that the local on line TV channel, Bath on TV would be filming throughout the challenge, but once we dived straight in to an interview among the crowd of shoppers I loved every minute of the experience and had great fun working with the team.
Here are the two outfits I chose on the day:
I have always wanted a chic tailored dress and this one was like it was made to measure and with such a flattering length. It caught my eye on the hanger but it wasn't until I put it on that I knew I had found that dress. Worn with this versatile little white jacket and teamed with some sexy black ankle strappy heels, I was ready for that wedding!
Jacket - Coast @ Debenhams
Necklace - Ben de Lisi @ Principles, Debenhams
Shoes I chose are not shown in this photograph (see next post)
I wanted a Jumpsuit to be the main focus of my Spring/Summer look. I wanted something fun and very on-trend this season. Topshop had this really cool black one that I was really excited to try on. I am also loving the chunky wedges in the shops right now and they do a great collection so I teamed the jumpsuit with these striking bright blue wedges for a splash of colour. A gorgeous chunky statement necklace was also needed (I love my bold statement jewellery and both Topshop and New Look do a great range) Finished off with this neon green satchel.
Jumpsuits are really versatile and look good dressed up or dressed down. They are great for the evening worn with chunky wedges or for a sexier look worn with heels. Also with our unpredictable British weather it is a handy must have for the wardrobe!
Jumpsuit - Topshop
Wedges - Topshop
Necklace - Topshop
Neon Green Bag - Topshop
The Challenge was a mad rush around but so much fun and lastly it was a mad dash to New Look for those wedding dress shoes we needed to go with the dress! I managed to grab the exact pair I was after before the shops shut! I love ankle strap heeled sandals at the moment and look great with dresses and smart shorts. Check them out in my next post!
As the day came to an end we took advantage of the deck chairs on the lawn at SouthGate in the sunshine for one final film about the day. Exhausted? Yes. Would I do it again? Of course!
And that wasn't the end of it; After my style challenge day, I then had two weeks to takeover SouthGate's Social Media every day to share my style tips and must have Summer buys with the shoppers of SouthGate!During my two weeks I was on the cover of SouthGate's Facebook and Twitter page and on their Website Homepage! I also appeared on a double page spread in The Bath Chronicle, Bath Life and The Bath Magazine.
The whole experience was fantastic! My last day was really sad as I didn't want it to end, I had the best time!
Watch the video here by Bath on TV to see how I got on with my Summer Style Challenge