One of the great things about blogging is becoming part of the community. I’ve been so lucky over the last 3 years to get to know so many really lovely bloggers, and more recently I’ve become part of the Oxfordshire Bloggers network. A couple of weeks ago we were invited to the Olivia May Oxford Styling evening in the city centre, hosted within the Olivia May boutique, with a styling session from LisaB Styling.
We were met at the Olivia May boutique in Little Clarendon Street, by the owner, Ann, and you couldn’t fail to be struck by her passion and love for the designers she stocks within her Oxford Store.
Focussing mainly on European designers from France, Germany and the UK the SS16 collections offer romance, layers, soft, muted shades and something a little different. The prices clearly reflect the exclusivity and quality of the designs, and offer something for all shapes and sizes.
I’m normally struck more by bright vibrant peacock blues than softer shades, but I did rather fall under the spell of Les Filles D’ailleurs and Crea Concept. But this particular dress by Out of Xile was calling me, I really liked the layered hem and its reversible. It would perfect for a wedding.
We were also treated to a styling session with LisaB Styling, offering advice on colours, shapes and a hundred and one ways to wear a scarf.
I don’t know about you, but I have a drawer full of scarves and I rarely wear them. I never know what to do with them, and how to wear them properly.
Well Lisa walked us through a number of different options and you never know, I might actually start dusting off my scarves and wearing them.
Something else that interested me was her mentioning that Pear Shaped ladies, yes us, of the small/no boobs, big butt variety, should consider larger, statement piece necklaces. I’ve never considered myself to be particularly stylish, I know what I like and I’ve tended to stick with it. But I’ve always worn necklaces on the ‘daintier’ end of the spectrum. The only time that might not have been the case was during my big shoulder padded ’80’s days, when everything was bigger, brasher and bolder. Those were the days of huge earrings and necklaces and big hair!
So I need to rethink my jewellery maybe. I’ll certainly be thinking about accessorising in more detail in the future.
Now for the really fun part, browsing round the store and trying things on. I did try the dress on that’s featured above, although the colour was far paler in reality. I do really like it, the colour, dress length, neckline and sleeve length are all trademark Me!
Here are some other items from the SS16 collection at Olivia May that caught my attention.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, Ann and her team at Olivia May all share a passion for clothing and we were made to feel welcome. For those of you who can’t get to the Oxford store, you can actually buy any of the pieces within the various designer collections direct from the Olivia May website. I can also offer you a Reader Discount – use DCBlog to receive a 15% discount off the Spring/summer 2016 collections.
I’m still dreaming about this coat dress from the Olivia May AW15 collection, it may have to join my wardrobe!
disclaimer: we were treated to drinks, chocolates and the LisaB Styling session in exchange for an honest review