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.

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Let us introduce you to…. Autumn/Winter 14

Our Autumn/Winter 14 catalogue has officially landed.

Snap up your favourite autumn trends, from oversized knitwear and statement coats, to elegant occasionwear . Plus, you can also check out the latest collections from across all our departments.

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What are you waiting for?

Whether you are shopping online or flicking through the catalogue’s glossy pages, make sure you let us know what look is your favourite by writing to us on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Happy autumn/winter shopping!

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Editor’s Choice: This Week’s Top Picks

Get your staple autumn wardrobe off to a stylish start with this week’s Editor’s Choice.


Update your wardrobe now or head over to our Facebook or Twitter page and let us know what your favourite number is!

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Blogger Challenge: Hello Rayleigh!

Calling all Essex Bloggers… Win the chance to add 3 new Autumn/Winter 14′ outfits to your wardrobe and get featured on our blog by visiting our brand new Rayleigh store.

Our Rayleigh store has had a makeover! To celebrate the launch of our brand new store in Rayleigh, we are giving local bloggers the chance to win an amazing prize.

You could win 3 (yes, 3!) AW14 outfits by simply visiting our latest shiny new store featuring:

  • Luxurious new fitting rooms
  • State of the art video screens showcasing the latest catwalk shows and photoshoots
  • Free wi-fi
  • iPads to browse and order from instore
  • Style Advisors and much more!

The runners up will also have their new season outfits shared with all our lovely readers.

To enter our Blogger Challenge, simply follow the below steps:

  • Book a VIP tour with our amazing Rayleigh Style Advisor or just pop along at a time that suits you.
  • Style 3 outfits from our new AW14 collection
  • Head to the shiny new fitting rooms and get snapping those selfies!
  • Notify us that you have posted the feature on your blog by leaving us a link in the comment section under this post. Oh and don’t forget to also tweet us a link too!

To book a VIP tour with our Style Advisor, email

The closing date is Monday 22nd September 2014 and the lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday 23rd September 2014.

Good Luck!

For more information on our new store and for details on our launch event click here.

Terms and Conditions: This promotion is open to all bloggers resident in the UK and the Isle of Man except employees and their families of M&Co/Mackays Stores Ltd. Winner will be announced online by Tuesday 23rdSeptember. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  In the event that your chosen prize is unavailable we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of the same or greater value. No cash alternative will be provided. Prizes must be claimed within 28 days of competition closing date. We will attempt to notify the winner via the method they entered the competition on the contact details supplied at point of entry but if after 28 days we receive no correspondence the prize will be forfeited. We reserve the right to feature any entries submitted via post, online or email on our website and social media pages at any time. By entering into this competition through any of the above methods you are agreeing to the terms and conditions. Promoter: Mackays Stores Limited, Caledonia House, 5 Inchinnan Drive, Inchinnan, Renfrew, Scotland, PA4 9AF.

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The Perfect Bank Holiday Weekend

The summer bank holiday is probably the most important bank holiday of the year (if the weather is nice!) and everyone likes to do something different with their day off: some of us like to take a long weekend, while others spend the day relaxing. There are many different ways to spend the bank holiday, but is there a perfect way to spend the summer bank holiday? We’ve interviewed Sherin from Hi Fashion, Christiana from Christiana Gabriella, and Wande from Wandesworld, to see how they would spend their day off—do their answers match up with your dream bank holiday?


How would you spend your perfect summer bank holiday weekend?

Sherin: I always make the most of my bank holidays and keep them as relaxed as possible so I can enjoy my day off. Most of them are spent with a bit of a lie in, a large breakfast then spending the day with family by going out shopping or to the park weather permitting.

Wande: Either catching up with friends over ice cream, or in a roof top bar nibbling on some snacks. Friends and food are usually a good combination. As I’m someone who likes to jet off spontaneously; sun sand and sea never goes a miss.

Christiana: The perfect bank holiday weekend for me would have to be an impromptu BBQ in the garden or park, invite my favourite people, whack a few bottles into the ice box, put some music on and chill out until sunset!

Do you intend to book something to do in advance, or decide on the day?

Sherin: I always plan on making a plan, but I never manage to make a proper plan, so I always make plans on the day.

Wande: I usually check the weather and have a look at what’s predicted. It it’s nice then I’ll plan a picnic or something outdoorsy, if not then I’m on the next flight out of here.

Christiana: I usually decide on the day so I can base it around the weather! If it’s a good day then we will most definitely venture out but if it’s raining then we will most likely spend the day with the sofa and Netflix.

What would be your bank holiday fashion essentials?

Sherin: When I do go out on a bank holiday, I do a lot of walking, so a comfortable pair of trainers are always my necessity.

Wande: Shorts, sandals, sunglasses and a feroda hat. You can never go wrong with those.

Christiana: My fashion essentials for the summer bank holiday would be a pair of sunglasses, a large tote handbag and a pair of flip flops!

If you could go anywhere for the bank Holiday where would you go?

Sherin: I would love to go to one of the UK’s beaches, especially during the warmer bank holidays.

Wande: Spain! Hot tanned men, sun, sea, and sand. Did I mention tanned men?

Christiana: My favourite place to go in the UK would have to be Bournemouth.. I have been there a few occasions on girlie weekends and family outings and it has always been fun.

What are the best attractions and things to do in your chosen location?

Sherin: I love going to all the funfairs and beachside casino’s at the likes of Brighton or Southend. It’s always great for a day out.

Wande: Swim, soak up some sun, enjoy ice cream, and eat good food.

Christiana: Bournemouth is best known for their beautiful sand beaches (which stretches for seven miles!). There are also beautiful gardens located in the  centre town which includes a tropical garden and rock gardens. Christchurch road has a great selection of vintage and independent shops.

How would you spend your perfect bank Holiday? Fill in our survey now and let us know!

Plus, don’t forget to pick yourself up a new wardrobe for the special occasion. Shop Now!

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