So today was the day i'd been looking forward to since oh I don't know... about sometime in August?!
We left the hotel at 9:20am and got into Birmingham for about 10:15 ish
we parked up at Brindley Place next to the canal and after my dad popped off to mooch around some DIY shops myself + my mum marched STRAIGHT to the massive H&M store in the Bullring
because of course today was THE day, the day that the Lanvin and H&M collaboration went on sale
ok so bear in mind that the shop opened at 9am and I got there just over an hour later...
I swear to god by the time i made it to the Lanvin floor practically EVERYTHING had already been sold!
I knew how popular this was going to be but the shop assistants were telling me that some people had been queuing outside the door since 6am!!!
now THAT is dedication to fashion
of course... if Birmingham was my home town I daresay i'd have been there queuing at 6am as well!
There was a wristband system to get in and out of the pop-up Lanvin shop in H&M, coloured wrist bands represented a different hour of the day
believe it or not but... I got the LAST wristband!!! (I know... crazy)
however my 'hour' wasn't until 2pm so I had lots of time to kill!
I found my mum again (lurking in the shoe dept) and we walked to Selfridges and had a divine little mooch all around the handbag and shoe floor
once again I had to drag her away from the Louboutins (to cries of “but Jade... I NEED THEM!”) but to be fair I was pretty much drooling over the Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs bags while waltzing around the stands pointing out the bags I wanted (there were quite a few...)
i had a little skeet in the food court downstairs as well since it's always worth a visit, Krispy Kremes and Yo Sushi EVERYWHERE!
plus... lots of Hershey's, Reeses and various other super Candy from the USA (nerds, sweetarts, babyruth bars, butterfingers... need i go on?!) i love American candy but i had to leave Selfridges to go and meet my auntie so sadly i left candy-less
we headed up through the German Christmas Market stalls that fill Victoria Square and the surrounding area.
to be honest the Christmas Markets are one of my favourite things about visiting Birmingham near Christmas time, they are so fabulously festive and fun!
so much colour and sparkly stuff everywhere! i'm a sucker for anything glittery so the markets appeal to me a lot!
plus there are delicious smelling food stalls everywhere selling things like waffles, crepes, stollen, chesnuts, noodles, donuts, pretzels, chocolates, gluvine and just about every other deliciously tasty food you can think of!
after a spot of lunch (pizza if you must know) i realised it was nearly 2pm...
cue a MASSIVE dash (quite literally) back down New Street to the Bullring to get back to H&M in time
i needn't have bothered though...
by the time i got there everything had long since sold out!!!!!!!
it was a sad moment, all i could do was gaze at the window displays and silently curse myself for not getting there at 6am like all the other die-hard fans!
so i started to wonder... what about the stuff in the windows??? i rushed back into the shop only to be disappointed again!
despite offering double the money (yes THAT is how desperate i was for a piece of the collection) i still didn't get my hands on any of the lovely Lanvin goodies!
sadly all of the window items had already been reserved by people (NOOOOO)
but then my dear mother had a rather delightful little brainwave...
yes ALL of the women's collection was gone... but what about the mens?!
we legged it upstairs and what do you know... LOADS of men's stuff was still available!!!
now i'm a fan of fashion in general so i admire both womens fashion as well as menswear and i have to say, i thought the women's collection was totally fab but wow, the men's stuff was super gorgeous as well!
well cut coats and suit jackets, lovely dress shirts, amazing metallic colourful brogues, stripey scarves and... boxes of pretty silk bow ties
i was chatting to a guy that had just bought himself bags of stuff from the Lanvin section and he suggested i buy one of the men's shirts, belt it and wear it as a tunic or something (he was really helpful actually, so thanks for that m'dear) or that i get a jacket and have it tailored to be more fitted or something
however... my attention was suddenly caught by a rich red silky bow tie and i'm pretty sure i had one of those proverbial 'lightbulb' moments
i grabbed the boxed bow tie, legged it to the counter and... voila! me and my Lanvin for H&M bag
so let me explain why i bought it...
A: bow ties are cool (thank you Doctor Who for that gem of a quote)
B: i love bows in general anyways
C: this is no ordinary bow tie...
look at it! it's so red and silky and big and red and lovely
no no no... i'm afraid there was only one thing in my mind when i got this!
yes folks that's right... my lovely Lanvin Bow Tie from the MEN'S section of the store is now... my new favourite hair accessory!
amazingly it actually fits PERFECTLY as a hairband whether i tilt it to one side or leave it smack bang in the middle
in fact, it's turning out to be rather a good little accessory
so far i've discovered that it can in fact also be... a bracelet, a belt (well... clipped onto a belt), a brooch/corsage, a necklace (if you lengthen the strap) and even a bag charm
what can i say... i LOVE my big red bow tie!
sadly i can't pull off the look quite as well as the lovely Mr Alber Elbaz himself...
he's so darn lovely, i'd just love to give him a big hug and say thanks for designing such gorgeous things
yes it's a shame that i didn't manage to get a pair of pretty pumps or a divine dress or a heavenly handbag but... look at me! do i care... no because i have a shiny, beautiful bow tie instead
and oh look, someone else that happens to be partial to a lovely Lanvin bow tie as well...
the lovely Mr Mika Penniman, how super duper! Bow Ties = AWESOMENESS
back to the Lanvin times though, look at the bag i got wi!th it!!!
wow wow and WOW!
look at those illustrations! oh Mr Elbaz... you've done it again!
i've always loved his design sketches and little Lanvin related illustrations but... wow!
this will definitely take pride of place in my shopping bag collection, sorry Selfridges, farewell Neiman Marcus and so long Brown Thomas... i think you and your cute grosgrain ribbon bag ties have just been beaten by Lanvin's prettyful double silk ribbon handles.
you can't see them properly on here because i tucked them away for the photo but they are so super cute!
this was on the other side of the bag for maximum fabulousness
did i mention that i love it... because i totally do!
i also LOVE the box the bow tie itself came in...
yes i know the heart is BLUE instead of PINK (it was pink for the women's collection obviously) but come on... it's still SOOOOOO cute and luuuurvely!
i know, it looks a lot redder in the press shot further above but it's kind of a dark red/burgundy colour, it's a really nice red actually, definitely appropriate for the winter
and this was also in the bag, a lovely copy of the H&M magazine (with an exclusive interview with Alber Elbaz inside + a fab winter party shoot)
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so in other news...
i also bought some other stuff today, a little Birthday present from Topshop for my niece Madison (she was 12 today so Happy Birthday to her xX)
a cute tokidoki purse/wallet thing + a little ugly doll charm
and a BIIIIIIIIG ugly doll charm (love love love it's rainbow polka dot pattern!)
and a cute little striped metal business card case from paperchase to store my little business cards in...
but the shopping wasn't just done by me today, my mum also got a beautiful black leather Michael Kors bag (it's for Christmas off my dad but she wanted to model if for the blog)
and my lovely Auntie Maureen kindly treated me to this truly divine set of fairy lights
aren't the adorable! little red roses (they look pink in the photo but trust me... they are bright red) i cannot begin to tell you how much i adore them + it was lovely seeing her today, so thank you Auntie M, lots of love xX
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and that's it for today!
what a day it's been, lots and LOTS of shopping, lovely Lanvin times (bow ties rule) just a generally super duper day!
thank you Birmingham, as always... today you were brilliant!
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(i think... that's thank you and goodbye in Irish Gaelic, i'm sorry if i got it wrong but thank you anyway Ireland, you know how much i love you! thanks for a great summer x)