#MatalanXmasTips How to Layer Your Winter Casuals
In our final #MatalanXmasTips guest post, fashion blogger Kim Parslow shares her best advice on keeping warm yet stylish during the chillier months. Kim blogs over at Sweet Monday and has a self-confessed passion for baking.
#MatalanXmasTips Christmas Traditions
Next up in our #MatalanXmasTips series is Becky Goddard-Hill at Baby Budgeting with her guide to Christmas traditions. Becky is the author of the parenting guide How to Afford Time off with Your Baby (Vermilion) and has two children, Franklyn and Elise, who are aged nine and six.
#MatalanXmasTips Homemade Christmas Crafts
Our latest #MatalanXmasTips guest post comes from Jennifer Bath who blogs about craft, sewing, wine and ‘all kinds of nonsense’ over at Mum of One. Taking us through some of her favourite Christmas craft projects for kids, Jennifer shows us how you don’t need expensive craft products to create some magical decorations this Christmas.
#MatalanXmasTips Christmas Gift Ideas
In the second edition of our #MatalanXmasTips guest post series, Mary Fogg from homeware/lifestyle blog Mary Poppins takes us through some of her top gifts for all the family. Ranging from dapper shaving kits for men to elf rompers for baby’s first Christmas, there really is something for everyone!
#MatalanXmasTips Decorating your Home for Christmas
With presents to buy, cards to write, sparkly dresses to fit into and a 6ft Christmas tree to decorate, Christmas can seem like one of the most hectic months of the year. To take a bit of pressure off a busy December, we’ve enlisted the help of some top bloggers and asked them to share their top Christmas tips and tricks with our readers this month.
Dressing your dinner table this Christmas
Christmas is the season to be jolly and family and friends unite by coming together to celebrate, laugh and love during the jolliest time of the year. Here at Matalan HQ, we simply adore the festive period and our Homeware team have thought of everything this season to make sure your house has a homely feel. From choosing your colour scheme to table decorations, make sure your home looks classic, classy and altogether fabulous this Christmas.
Style Project Winner – Partywear
With the party season fast approaching and purses quickly emptying on Christmas presents, finding that perfect party dress on a budget can seem like a bit of a mission! Thankfully last month we had three bloggers on hand to show us just how it’s done when it comes to finding some great partywear without the price tag.
We loved all of the outfits that our bloggers put together, from the coveted peplum dress to the sequin skirt, but there of course can only be one winner!
And the winner is… Kerry from Lived with Love!
#AskPhilip: Party wear style advice with Philip Armstrong
Finding ‘the one’, that perfect party dress for the Christmas season, can seem like a one woman mission. Where do you start? Thankfully Philip Armstrong was on hand this week to dispense his fashion designer know-how, answering all your Christmas party season style questions.
We took to Twitter for the chat, here are the top tweets:
Buying on a budget
@dellilah1982: I’m on a tight budget. Could you suggest a dress to invest in which is NOT an LBD please – thank you
@philiparmstro: The Cybil leopard pencil dress with lace capped sleeve
@dellilah1982: Many thanks for the suggestion – I like leopard prints
Christmas jumpers: The easiest way to spread festive cheer
With the 1st December fast approaching this weekend, we are starting to prepare for the annual Christmas take-over that is set to hit our homes. Whether you prefer a real or artificial tree, it shall soon be taking pride of place in your living room and here at Matalan, we are on hand to help you through the season with our fantastic selection of decorations, lights and trees in a variety of colours just waiting to be bought and adorned. But let’s not forget the one holiday staple that must be donned at all times…. we are of course talking about the faithful, fun and quite frankly, festive Christmas jumper.
Trend Watch: Winter Florals and Pastels
Just because the temperature has plummeted, it doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to take a step off the style barometer, so take this seasons prettiest trend and trade bold block colours for soft pastel hues with the look we love: winter florals and pastels. Create luxurious layered up looks suitable for a day in the office or weekend wear by combining your ever faithful chunky knits with soft feathered tones to create a cold and colourful juxtaposition.