Last week I had the pleasure of attending the latest Q Blogger event at Queensgate; this time celebrating the autumn trends that have landed.
We were all invited along to Carluccio's restaurant to begin the evening, where were met with our envelopes detailing our individual challenge and platters of the latest starters on the Carluccio's menu.
Being the foodie I am, I was super thrilled to sample the starters and had a soft spot for the chicken liver paté on ciabatta and the mushroom bruschetta which were just gorgeous with a glass of red wine and good conversation.
After a good natter over fine wine and food, I was off to do a spot of shopping and I have to say the centre is looking fantastic after some revamping. I am loving the fresh new look of the shopping centre and have always loved the fact that it is open late on a Thursday and Friday until 8pm!
There are lots of exciting things happening at Queensgate over the next coming months, from the Christmas lights switch on being done in a new and exciting way, plus there's new shops coming into the centre; being both permanent and pop up stores. Keep an eye out on all of the Queensgate_PB social platforms as well as my own for more information!
So onto my challenge.. I was tasked to find five staple pieces for this season at Topshop, H&M and River Island.
My first stop was River Island and I was instantly drawn to the tan and leopard pieces in store.
This coat spoke to me instantly- I mean look how cosy it is! I could see it being worn with a casual tee, converse and ripped jeans whilst the weather is milder, then layered up with black jeans, boots and a turtle neck come the winter months. A coat in this colour is definitely a staple piece for your autumn wardrobe and the borg fabric gives it a modern twist. Love!
My next stop was H&M and I felt as though the mustard colours were following me around the store.
The fluffy coat trend was also following me, with this H&M version being even fluffier than the River Island version but is more of a cropped cut. If mustard clothing feels a bit much for you but you're a fan of the colour, adding a piece such as a mustard beret can be just the right amount to give you the autumn feels and nail the colour for this season. This colour is also fab paired with burgundy!
The next thing that caught my eye and is a staple with a twist was this gorgeous grey knit jumper embellished with pearls and small diamantes. I love being cosy during the colder months but this knit is just that bit extra and could easily be dressed up with a white shirt underneath, black jeans and heeled boots for a more dressed up casual look that is still comfy and warm! Style and comfort? That's a win win in my book.
My final stop on the challenge was Topshop and I fell in love with
Topshop have always been known for their boots to die for and every year they deliver. I am in love with these March boots, being incredibly soft leather and giving all the Western vibes. A good boot is definitely a staple for Autumn and I'm definitely going to be getting my hands on these babies in the near future!
And then I saw this... Drapped on a mannequin in all its animal print glory- I just had to try it on...
This zebra print pinafore dress is just perfect for this season and as I was very kindly gifted a voucher for Queensgate for the challenge, I bought it instantly! A gift card for Queensgate also makes for the perfect present for anyone who loves shopping.
A good dress for autumn winter is my final staple to tell you about. With animal print being the pattern for this year, you'll be sure to hit the trend and with this particular dress you can dress it up or down! So far I've worn it with a sleeveless body and strappy heels for dinner but I'm also planning to wear it with a long body (like the one I'm wearing above), tights boots and a leather jacket for a day look.
So coming away from this challenge my top five staples for your autumn winter wardrobe is:
- A camel coat
- A flash of mustard: A bag, a beret or whatever takes your fancy
- A western boot
- A cosy knit
- An animal print dress that you can dress up or down
Thank you so much to Queensgate for inviting me along to do this challenge. It was so much fun and you can see more of what I got up to on my Instagram stories highlight under Q Blogger!
Where do you love shopping in Queensgate? I'd love to know your staple style pieces for this season!