There are two things that get my attention enough to leave the warmth of my house and head out in to torrential rain. One of those is the thought of afternoon tea whilst the other is a chance to peruse new season handbags, shoes and coats. I’m pretty certain that my Mum will be chuckling to herself whilst thinking ‘She does not need any more coats’, but they’re my weakness when it comes to fashion. As are handbags. And shoes. Heading to Propertea in Manchester, one of my all time favourite tea shops, I was really looking forward to a good old blogger event to celebrate 10 years of fashion with Country Attire.
I’ve grown up in the countryside outside of Bury, where country style fashion was at its peak. Barbour and Hunter were brands that were worn, not for fashion, but for the practicalities of farming life. Living in a small rural village, where my secondary school offered Agriculture and Horticulture as a GCSE subject whilst sheep roamed the playground, country living was at its peak. The brands that were used for their hard wearing properties have gone full circle, and now owning a Barbour coat and Hunter wellies is more of a fashion statement than one to protect from the elements. Although I am a city living person now, I still have a deep rooted love for all things country so I jumped at the chance to see the new season collections from brands that I love.
With most fashion purchases, I tend to stick to classic styles that don’t date and prefer to wear outwear and accessories with smooth, clean lines that flatter and enhance my style. One of the first items that jumped out to me was the Ted Baker Aurore Long Wrap Coat in Camel. So true to my style, that two of my blogger gals mentioned that they’d seen a coat that I would love, hanging on the rail.
In a handbag dream world, I have found at least three bags that I’m sure will be making their way to my house over the next few months as I update my autumn/winter wardrobe. From Ted Baker, the Gerri Geometric Bow bag, a sleek matte black Cambridge Satchel 11″ Satchel and the most beautiful pop of colour for my neutral based wardrobe, the Vivienne Westwood Bluette Envelope Pouch Bag.
It made a refreshing change to attend an event where we could sit down and converse with fellow bloggers, over tea and cake. No rushing, relaxed and really informal, it was a perfect afternoon meet. Being dairy free, I couldn’t partake in scones and cream, but Propertea went out of their way to make me a dairy free snack. I actually think that mine was the best on the table. Caramelised Onion, hummus and falafel sandwiches, with roasted red peppers, a rainbow salad with butternut squash, pine nuts and balsamic glaze and a fruit plate with a sticky nut flapjack, all washed down with copius amounts of tea. I’ve not stopped thinking about those falafel sandwiches since the event, so as soon as I have some time off, I’m taking my Mum!
The chance to catch up with my friends has been really difficult as of late so it was just what I needed to spend time with Sally, and Jessica, who I haven’t seen in over a year. I also had chance to finally meet Lizzi and Kiran who I’ve spent a lot of time talking to online but never had the chance to see in person. Being the social media obsessive that I am, I actually won the competition for best social media for Twitter as part of the event and I’ve had the most beautiful Country Attire waxed jacket delivered to me. I’m going to put it all together for an outfit post, but it looks like I’m going to need a pair of Hunters to match my new jacket as well as the gorgeous pair of welly socks that I was kindly gifted.
I’m craving the country thanks to Country Attire!