Mum on the Run – An afternoon at Harvey Nichols. What more could a girl want?

Yesterday afternoon I was lucky enough to spend a very pleasant few hours at a bloggers’ event, which was held at Harvey Nichols in Birmingham.


We were treated to some dishes from their new menu, plied with champagne and cupcakes, a fashion show and a beauty treatment. Can there be a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?  In all honesty I felt guilty being away from the children but then I have spent the whole summer with them – so they are probably sick of me anyway!



A photographer was there to take pictures during the event and he was good enough to take these pictures for me on my camera – though I shall be bringing you some of his professional shots later in the week.

In all honesty, I wasn’t quite sure what to wear and having done the gymnastics run and other jobs, I didn’t have much time to decide. As it was a lunchtime event, it didn’t require anything too dressy and nor did it require anything to summery – given that we were looking at the A/W trends. 

So, I decided to go for an A/W theme but without any black – don’t ask me why!  The berry cords from GAP had their first outing and I teamed them with a kingfisher blue silk H&M shirt, berry coloured NW3 shoes, grey studded Topshop belt and grey Mulberry bag.

I was comfortable, the temperature was right and I didn’t feel too underdressed or overdressed, so all was well. I had a lovely afternoon chatting with other bloggers from the Midlands who all had lots of blogging hints and tips.

When I saw these Sophie Hulme bags I virtually pounced on them. I love Sophie Hulme and her bags are fabulous – they are just so elegantly simple and chic. The picture below is of Sophie’s leather tote bag (£580) which also comes in black (£550).

This is Sophie’s leather satchel, (£255) which also comes in yellow and blue.

We also had a sneak preview (and taste) of some of Harvey Nichols’ Christmas gifts. This gift, which is exclusive to HN caught my eye. Shaped like something from Apple…

….it contains four bars of delicious chocolate. Sorry, I forgot to get an idea of the price – too busy eating the chocolate!

So, as to the comment from the photographer on Friday about my double chin.  Having taken some shots, he came up to me with a bemused look on his face and showed me the picture on his camera. He then said to me: “It looks to me as though you have a double chin on this shot – is that right and is there anything you can do about it?”

My thoughts were: “Errr, yes, it is a double chin and short of having some incisions somewhere, no, there isn’t anything that I can do about it.”

In fact it was much worse than that as a double chin is made up of excess fat, which can be lost. What I have is a little slackening going on and no amount of creams, lotions and potions are going to make a difference to that – that’s gravity and other things for you. And frankly, I don’t mind a bit!



  1. Teresa Hatfield
    September 2, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    You certainly do not have a double chin, not even a hint of turkey saggy-ness around your jawline. And who cares what our chins look like I would much rather spend my money on a Sophie Hulme tote bag than any stupid cosmetic surgery.Teresa 🙂

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:47 pm

      Hi Teresa – I am with you all the way! Bags over surgery any day!

  2. Lula Belle
    September 2, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    Lovely chatting yesterday. What a fabulous way to spend and afternoon, fashion, beauty, food and festive treats! I loved your outfit colour combination perfect for an afternoon of treats.

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:48 pm

      Hi Lisa – it was a great way to spend an afternoon wasn't it? Great to catch up with you. Glad you approved of the colour combo!

  3. Liverpool Lass
    September 3, 2012 / 8:19 am

    Beth, you look fabulous as always! and as for that photographer….he needs to get some manners, how rude! x

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:51 pm

      Hi Liverpool Lass! I think the photographer was more bemused than rude to be honest – and I think it was luck that the outfit worked!

  4. Honor
    September 3, 2012 / 8:37 am

    Great way to spend an afternoon – love your outfit, esp the Gap cords! Cheeky 'tog!

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:53 pm

      Hi Honor, I have bought another sneaky pair today too! 30% off makes them a bargain. I like the phrase "Cheeky 'tog"!

  5. Luxx Mint
    September 3, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    It was a great afternoon! You look fabulous in your photos, I have no idea what the photographer is on about – silly man.I missed that Sophie Hulme satchel, the navy is gorgeous. Luxx Mint

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:54 pm

      Hi – yes it was fun wasn't it? Roll on Style Birmingham. Loved your outfit combo too! Yes the Sophie Hulme satchel is a bit of winner isn't it?!

  6. Anonymous
    September 3, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    I would never have thought that colour combination would work. I'd have just put the blue blouse with a neutral bottom half which is probably why you are a super successful style blogger and stylist and I'm not! Is there an index of bloggers anywhere? I just pick them up from the comments on your posts and the blogs you and schoolgatestyle love. Yours is definitely one of my favourite three.

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:58 pm

      Hi! Your comments are too kind – I took my inspiration from Aston Villa! As for an index of bloggers – I am not sure. There's the 100 UK top fashion bloggers which might be worth a look at. I will have a further think too.

  7. Anonymous
    September 4, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Great colour top – it really suits you. :)Steph

    • StyleGuile
      September 4, 2012 / 8:49 pm

      Hi Steph – ah, thanks! Good to hear from you!

  8. Anonymous
    September 7, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Gorgeous outfit-that colour looks fab on you! Is the top a/w collection as I WANT one!:)

  9. StyleGuile
    September 7, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Hi! The top was S/S I am afraid but H&M seem to repeat that style, and may also repeat the colour. It's 100% silk and cost around £30/£35 – just in case you want to keep your eyes open. I will too!

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