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Cancer Research UK: London to Glasgow Charity Walk

Picture1Hannah, a very courageous member of Team M&Co, and her boyfriend Stean, are walking 400 miles (yes, 400!) from London to Glasgow  to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK! The 400 miles will be completed over 14 days, doing approximately 30 miles a day.

We caught up with Hannah to find out more about why they have chosen to undertake such an intense challenge:

“Our reasons for doing it are that we have both unfortunately lost special members of our family over the past year because of cancer. We wanted to take action to help stop the illness from causing any more pain. My boyfriend Stean’s Grandad suffered with testicular cancer for a number of years and sadly he passed away last year. My own Grandad became ill in 2012 and defeated the oesophageal cancer through chemotherapy and surgery. Sadly though, at the end of 2013, he became ill, depressed, tired and wouldn’t eat. He was eventually given a scan to reveal that the original cancer had come back but this time it was too strong and had spread over his body. He passed away earlier this year in March.

This was a huge reality check for both Stean and me. When my Grandad passed away, we knew that we wanted to help in any way to put an end to this horrible illness.”

Over the 14 days, they will be stopping off in the below towns and cities, ending their journey at Glasgow’s Central Station:

  • Dunstable
  • Northampton
  • Hinckley
  • Lichfield
  • Trentham
  • Warrington
  • Preston
  • Beetham
  • Penrith/Askham
  • Carlisle
  • Lockerbie
  • Moffat
  • Lanark
  • Glasgow Central Station

So far they have been overwhelmed with support from some fantastic companies which they are so grateful to for helping them complete their challenge: Holiday Inn, Virgin Trains, Hinckley Island Hotel, Monster Energy, The Hilton.

If you want to help them reach their fundraising target then they will both massively appreciate your kind donation.  Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/LondontoGlasgow2014/ or text LTOG99 £amount to 70070.

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You can follow their journey by following Hannah on Twitter at @hannahbrearley  or @steankurtkinley.

Good luck from everyone here at M&Co!


M&Co are well on their way to raising £2 million for Cancer Research UK.

As part of M&Co’s continued support we are proud to be an official merchandise partner for  Stand Up To Cancer. Brought to you by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, Stand Up To Cancer is an annual fundraising campaign which culminates in a night of live TV. Help M&Co Stand Up To Cancer – by purchasing these pieces 100% of the sales will go to Cancer Research UK.

Shop official SUTC merchandise now! 

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AW14 Knitwear: A Lesson in Layering

Untitled-2Autumn/Winter is officially upon us and although we are sad to say goodbye to summer, it does mean one thing… Hello winter trends! We have previously discussed the 3 trends that you need to know, but knitwear is a staple in every winter wardrobe. What’s different this season? Knitwear has gone head-to-toe!  With help from Helen Canning, stylist and writer at Coco Mama Style, we are going to talk you through how to tackle this season’s knitwear hits.

Head-to-toe

As seen on the catwalks, knit coat over knit dress over knit leggings is completely acceptable. We might not be able to pull off this entire look but we will give it a good shot. Think polo neck under knit dress, over a think pair of woolly tights. Finish the look off with a belt to clinch in your waist and some winter woollies.

“A fine knit roll neck is the perfect base for layering and is a key neckline this season.  Choose a neutral tone and you can layer it with other, chunkier knits for cosy winter style.
A classic black roll neck adds an air of elegance to any outfit and can take you from day to evening when teamed with a midi skirt or,  turn heads in this scarlet roll neck while ticking off another big trend for AW14; vibrant reds.  Keep the rest of your outfit simple and avoid over-acccessorising; let the clean lines be the focus.

The cape-meets-blanket is your new-season best friend when it comes to outerwear.  It’s the perfect transitional layering piece before the winter chill really takes hold and this knitted leopard print wrap  looks effortless belted over an all black outfit. ”

Oversized

Knitwear has not only gone head-to-toe, it has gone supersized. If you are not keen on layering your knitwear then this one is for you. Cosy up in a super snug boyfriend knit to look bang on trend with minimal effort.

 

Knit Dresses

They were a reoccurring item during autumn/winter fashion weeks, from Stella McCartney and Acne to Sonia Rykiel, they were an item to be reckoned with. Step forward the humble knit dress…

“From coats to gilets, faux fur is big news this season,  but if you’re yet to try this trend why not ease yourself in with a bit of trim.  This chunky knit cardigan nods to the furry trend with its detachable collar and you’ll have endless options when it comes to accessorising other outfits with this fur collar too.  Try teaming it with a plain fine knit cardi too.”

Embellished

We all love an added extra, right? Think jewel embellishments! This season it is easy to glam up your wardrobe staples.

“A sprinkling of jewels, a cluster of gems or an embellished neckline on the softest sweater brings sparkle to your daywear with minimal effort and no accessories required.  Wear this elegantly embellished sweater over a buttoned-up white shirt to add instant glitz to a jeans look and it’ll take you right through to the festive party season with trousers or on-trend culottes and heels.”

“The colder months needn’t mean a wardrobe full of darker shades because adding a splash of colour is a sure-fire way to brighten a grey day.  Lighter and brighter tones are working their way into our autumnal wardrobes more each year (remember the pink coat trend last year?) and this season isn’t just about berry tones and neutrals either.
Work two trends in one with this zesty embellished sweater (an absolute must, must-have from M&Co this season) and style it with a full skirt and pointed courts or wear simply with a pair of jeans and flats.”

A final note from our special guest…

“As the weather changes and we look to wrapping up warm, this is the easiest time to work some texture into your outfit and add interest to your look.  Team knits and leather or denim with lightweight contrasting fabrics to keep your look current.  Layer a chunky knit like this basket stitch jumper over a longer length floaty top and wear with jeans or introduce a leather-look pencil skirt into the mix for a luxe day look.”

So ladies, prepare to be super toasty this season.

Get your wardrobe ready for winter now – shop, shop, shop!

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Quick Fix: Homeware

Need an autumn update for your home? The answer is – statement print cushions! Pop this majorly cute homeware trend into your living room and/or bedroom and instantly move your interior into autumn/winter.  After all, it’s not only your wardrobe that needs an update every once in a while…

Not a dog-lover? Cosy up to these adorable faces…

These cushions are only available online so shop, shop, shop and make your home as fashion-forward as your wardrobe.

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The Jeans Edit: How would you style yours?

Last week the nation celebrated Jeans for Genes day, as people all over the country slipped on their favourite pair of jeans and donated towards Genetic Disorders UK.

At M&Co we asked some of our favourite bloggers to tell us how they would style their best pair of jeans.

JeansChrissie, a writer for Visit Cleverley’s, took a trip to the seaside to show off her jeans.

“I teamed my jeans with a pink and black top, pink cardigan and black shoes. We took these pictures on the beach (very handy living on the sea front) on a beautiful hot day.

I felt a bit conspicuous dressed up in warmer clothes when everybody else was half undressed and laid out like lettuces sunbathing!”

Jennifer from Glasgow Fashion Girl told us why she loves dark skinnies.

Jeans“These skinny fit jeans are perfect for pulling on when I am having a lazy jeans and t-shirt day, and great for dressing up when I fancy making more of an effort.

My favourite way to wear them is with lots of crazy, bright colours and prints – I love ‘80s style. Everyone needs an amazing pair of jeans in their wardrobe!”

Chloe from Candidly Chloe also favours dark skinnies and gave us a few styling tips.

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“Black skinny jeans are a huge staple for me – you can dress them up with heels, or rock them with a pair of your favourite pumps and still have the ability to look super chic.

 

Here are a couple of my go-to tips when styling a good pair of skinnies:

  • Why not roll up the end of your jeans to revamp the look of your skinnies?
  • I love styling mine with a Chelsea boot in winter, and a pair of loafers or pumps in the warmer months.
  • Skinny jeans have the ability to lengthen even the shortest of legs so to round off that day to night look, match them with a light skin coloured pair of heels to give you a few more inches.”

Lauren from Britton Loves gave us some advice for styling dark jeans from day to night time.

“Dark jeans are so easy to dress up or down, day to night. By day, you can throw on a tee and some casual shoes for shopping and lunch with the girls, but by night you can experiment with so many styles whilst keeping a casual edge to your look.Denim

For a look you have time to think about, a sleek heeled sandal with a long sleeved black top is a simple go to – play with the texture of your top by incorporating lace, velvet or silk and add some simple, delicate accessories.”

Louise from The Little Things explained why high waisted are her number one choice.

Denim “These are by far the comfiest jeans I have had in a long time. You can’t tell in this outfit, but they’re actually high waisted ones and are really flattering to wear. I’ve paired these with a blouse, a patterned jacket and some pumps.”

We think these styles looks great, do you have a favourite? Check out our range of jeans on the M&Co site here.

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New Season Edit: 3 Trends you need now

There are three trends that you not only need to know, but also need in your wardrobe this season. They dominated the autumn/winter 14 catwalks, so sit down and take note. Trust us, your wardrobe will thank you.

Oversized Coat

The catwalks seen an abundance of faux fur, shearling and elegant duster coats, along with securing our need for the perfect winter companion.  Whether you choose to snuggle up in faux fur, a luxe puffa, or perhaps even a classic boyfriend coat, you will be sure to invest in an on-trend super coat to keep you snug this season.

The Blanket Wrap

This is one trend not to reckon with. Burberry has spoken and whatever trend struts down their catwalk every season, we take note. Think layer upon layer this season and be sure to stay super toasty as a result.

Leopard Print

We never tire of leopard print. It has become a ‘neutral’ could we say and we can’t get enough. It can be feline flirty or provide the perfect topping to an edgy look.

Suddenly craving the latest items to see you through the chilly seasons? Shop now!

Don’t forget to tell us what trend you are lusting after by writing to us on our Facebook or Twitter page. You can even tag us in a snap of your latest purchase on Instagram – mandco_fashion.