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M&Co Blogger Event: Christmas Party in Leeds

The festive time of year has crept upon us again. As Christmas approaches that means only one thing: party time!  Bring on the sequins, sparkles and little black dresses.

Last week, we began the festivities at M&Co and headed to Leeds for our Blogger Christmas Party. We met some lovely bloggers and had a brilliant night to kick off the party season. We took a selection of our latest party collection and asked a few bloggers for their favourite picks.

Christmas Party Dress

Harley from Darling Vintage told us why this Floral Flocked Strapless Dress is her favourite pick from the collection and how she would be styling it this Christmas season.

“I’ve chosen this dress as my favourite piece. I think it will be really nice for any Christmas parties you are going to. I like the floral pattern. I’d wear it with a statement lip, some nice black heels and maybe a statement necklace too.”

party dressThis faux fur coat was a firm favourite with Sammie from Little Blonde Life and Dash from Mode-Lilly.

Sammie would wear the jacket to keep her warm throughout the party season.

“This winter fur coat is perfect for Christmas parties. It is my favourite piece from the M&Co Christmas collection- it is lovely!”

 

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Faith from Music and Eyeliner and Lucy from Lucy Loves both picked out our Sequin Kimono. Faith told us how she’d style it to add sparkle to her everyday wardrobe:

“This sequin kimono is my pick from the party collection. To wear it during the day, I’d dress it down with some skinny jeans, grey boots and a plain black vest top or t-shirt.”

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Lucy talked us through how she would style the kimono into the evening:

“I would swap the necklace that Faith picked out (left) for the Boutique Statement Cluster Necklace”

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black trousersLaura from A Forte for Fashion’s favourite pick was the Ankle Grazer Sateen Trousers. She revealed how she would get the most wear out of them to style a classic everyday look.

“I’ve picked these simple black cigarette pants. I’d style these with a Breton t-shirt, statement red lip and some flats- a really good look for every day!”

You can see some highlights of the evening on our YouTube channel here. Is there anything from the party wear collection that has caught your eye this Christmas?

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Editor’s Choice: What we love this week

The ultimate wardrobe quick fix picked by our super stylish editor.

What number is your top pick? Check out our latest collection now.

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News: Our Christmas TV advert has arrived!

The glitz and glamour of the festive season is in full swing at M&Co! Our Christmas Shop has launched and our TV adverts are now on air.

Not caught our ads on TV yet (or just want to see them again)? Watch them right here and let us know what you think.

See something you just need to have in your festive wardrobe?

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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!