There are some trends I wouldn’t touch with a Barge Poll (Ath-Lesuire/ Sports Luxe), there are some I admire from afar (Harem Pants) and then I embrace some trends whole heartedly. My favorite in 2017 thus far have been; Bell Sleeves, and Embroidery. Both add such a fun detail, that shouldn’t date new pieces to a wardrobe too heavily.
Especially if you incorporate a trend within a wardrobe essential like a white blouse (or a blue striped blouse with a trendy detail). This embroidered beauty has a Mandarin collar, very flattering 3/4 length sleeves and falls out in a slight gather from just above the bust leaving a very flattering fit. The material feels very high quality, and is such a pure white.
I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe, and it’s the sort of piece that can easily be used for work, a social event, or a formal event (such as a Hen Do). This top came from Matalan, and was very reasonably priced at £16. I adore this embroidery as its so unique compared to the other pieces I’ve seen, with an almost Hungarian theme.
What do you think, how would you style this shirt?
Wednesday last week, I got invited to a McDonald’s event. It was so exciting to visit somewhere on a blogger level, that had such a big part in my life. The New George Street Store will always mean two things for me:
Pre work breakfasts
If you haven’t tried a cream cheese bagel, you are missing out. On a Sunday Morning, when I would get into work nearly 40 minutes before my shift i would sit with a bagel and a magazine, as an affordable way to have a healthy breakfast choice. I have so much love for this brand.
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This event was to show Bloggers how stores gave been redesigned to be focused upon on customer experience with digitisation throughout. We were given a tour of the kirchens, with a chance to make our own Big Mac’s, it’s crazy how optimised the entire process is. Everything from 7g of onions per burger, to pickles places purposely to enable a bite with every mouthful.
The Kiosks are a pretty interesting new additions to McDonald’s, they allow a user to place and pay for an entire order without having to queue at the till bank. They’re exciting for a number of reasons (ontop of enabling you when you feel antisocial and you want to avoid other people).
They allow you to see all the nutritional information of an item, and to see all the sides available. In the Plymouth New George Street Store, the number of side salads ordered with a meal have increased drastically since these have been installed.
Ordering food becomes fun for kids, because they can be accessed m a lower height. This also, means they have been optimised for wheel chair users.
They have the option for vouchers, meaning you can save money easily.
They are a method of digitisating the stores. They also have tablets available for use. These have Pre installed games making them an easy choice for kids, and have the option for email access if you need to catch up on work
When placing a kiosk order you can either collect a number receipt and weight downstairs, or opt for table service. Table service allows you to chose a numbered stand, enter this number in the kiosk and sit anywhere in the restaurant whilst waiting for your order to arrive. They operate with blue tooth, allowing staff to see where you are sitting. Nicole and I used this option after the event for McFlurrys, and were adding boomerangs of our icecreams to our instagram stories within five minutes
Honestly, this was one of the best events I’ve been invited to as a blogger. Brands like Lush and No7 constantly smash it out of the part, and McDonald’s did too on this occasion. The beauty of the event was in it’s simplicity, we were given a peek behind the screen at what made such a fast paced restaurant work by people who were passionate about thier job and the team around them. I expected being in such a busy kitchen to be daunting and feel constantly in the way, but instead we were surrounded by people who were more than competent at the tasks around them, who worked at a normal stress free pace.
Talking to David about his journey from part timer whilst completing his studies to Franchisee was intriguing. We finished the event by discussing how much McDonald’s did locally for the community, from sponsoring spots kits to arranging clean ups of beauty spots and sitting on community boards.
Thank you McDonald’s; for an invitation into one of your restaurants, a chance to pick the brains of your workforce, and for sponsoring this post. Read more about the changes here.
I bought this from Matalan back in November, I wore this once or twice over the winter and then it made its way to the back of my wardrobe. When we got the first signs of spring back in April, I was reaching for the again, here are my favourite ways to style this:
This is the perfect cold day outfit. You get a pop of colour from the hat and scarf, and nothing but snuggly comfort from the thin knit top, the knit also helps balance out proportions with this loose fitting dress.
This outfit is perfect for the British Springtime, the jacket takes the chill off any breeze whilst the broderie anglais/ laser cut shirt let’s you keep cool. Pair with a vest for warmth, or nude underwear to keep cool. This is probably my favourite look, as it seems so polished.
Jacket – Asda – Top – Matalan – Dress – Matalan – Bag – River Island –Boots – Clarks