Perfectly Pink Presents

As you may of heard us mention 100 times before, PPco HQ is based at the beautiful Cotes Mill! The home of our parent company deVOL Kitchens and our sister companies Shreddies Ltd and Floors of Stone! The Mill is the most incredible place to work, the showroom is not just full of incredible flooring, kitchens and antiques but the most incredible gifts and and accessories! We even have our own display of Pink Pantaloon gifts available exclusively at the Mill (and soon to be listed on our website too!) so I wanted to write a little blog to show you all of these perfectly pink presents!

These adorable pink silk teddies are definitely my favourite!! Our lovely production girls made these by hand and even added some super cute scarves to keep them warm! These guys would make the perfect gift for the little ones or even as a treat for yourself!

  Beautiful silk Cat and Teddy Bear available at the Mill. - £66.00

Beautiful silk Cat and Teddy Bear available at the Mill. - £66.00

This stunning silk collar is also made using our favourite dusky pink silk! It would look perfect teamed with a tailored white shirt or a cute linen summer dress! We absolutely love this piece it's completely unique and I think the raw edge of the silk gives it a real edgy finish.  Definitely not something you'd find on the high street! 

  Ruffled silk collar. - £44

Ruffled silk collar. - £44

Our delicate silk lined scarves are also available at the Mill, they are made using the softest chocolate brown tweed and they are lined using our PPco silk! Meaning they are reversible and completely versatile. Every part of these items are handmade even down to the tassel detailing at the bottom of the scarf which we feel gives the scarf a girly touch.

  Pink silk and tweed scarf. - £46

Pink silk and tweed scarf. - £46

These adorable sleep masks perfectly match our Pink Pantaloon underwear - they're so comfy we would definitely wear them to bed! The delicate frills on the mask tie in with our current underwear collection and makes it even more unique and completely perfect! For the perfect nights sleep we think this addition to your night time routine will make the world of difference it's also perfect for travelling! We can't wait to snap one up! 

  Pink silk sleep mask. - £30

Pink silk sleep mask. - £30

Here at PPco we love how versatile our dusky pink silk is! This is just one of the many reasons we are completely in love with these beautiful lariat necklaces! They look so perfect draped around your neck or even wrapped around your wrist! We love creating jewellery so keep your eyes peeled for more PPco creations! 

  Silk lariat.- £22

Silk lariat.- £22

Last but certainly not least, our ever popular silk bunting is still available at the Mill. Perfectly finished with delicate brass coloured bells, it would make the most perfect addition to any room from a child's bedroom to a family kitchen! As dusky pink is the interior colour of the season, this bunting is the perfect way to stay bang on trend this spring! 

  Silk bunting. - £35

Silk bunting. - £35

If you'd like to come visit us at Cotes Mill and want to know where to find us, head over to our Contact page. 

If you would like any more information about anything mentioned in this blog, please feel free to contact us at enquiries@pinkpantaloon.com .

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has officially sprung at our beautiful cotes mill home and it's just stunning! We always post about our latest fashion obsessions, news and of course our beautiful silk pants but I wanted to talk more about the home of PPco and just how lucky we are to be based in the heart of the British countryside!

The beautiful white building you can see in this picture is the Mill house, this is where all of our lovely Pink Pantaloons are made, and our extremely talented seamstresses are always busy creating new designs for you all! They have the most amazing view of the mill pond, I'm surprised they get any work done! 

We also have a lot of animals living with us at the Mill! Chickens, Guinea Fowl, Peacocks, Swans, Ducks and our cutest newest addition - Deer! They are just starting to settle into their new home after their first few weeks and they’re loving running around in their brand new pen! I know what you’re thinking… kitchens, knickers, flooring and a whole host of animals!? It may sound a little crazy but it’s actually really great! No day is ever the same here at the mill and no matter what the weather our beautiful grounds always find a way to look more photogenic than ever!

Being based at such a beautiful place means we always have the perfect backdrop for our photoshoots and as I’ve mentioned before the majority of the shoots are actually based here at the Mill! Whether we’re down with antiques in the basement, snapping away in the production room or sailing down our 200m stretch of the river sour we always have so much fun!

Our luxurious dusky pink pants are also bang on trend this season! With dusky pink being the defining colour of Spring 2016 there has never been a better time to treat yourself to a pair of our gorgeous Pink Pantaloons! 

So, if you ever have a spare afternoon, why not come and get lost amongst kitchens, gifts, antiques and some seriously silky pants over at Cotes Mill. We are open Monday- Friday 8:30 – 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 we’d love you to come and say hello! 

If you have any questions about visiting the Mill, our dusky pink pants or anything else please don't hesitate to contact us at enquiries@pinkpantaloon.com - we'd love to hear from you! 

Spring Style Watch

Finally - a glimpse of Spring! The daffodils are in full bloom, the evenings are getting lighter and (very) slowly but surely the weathers getting warmer. This shift in weather is not just helping our mood but also causing us to crave some new staple wardrobe pieces. With a little help from our friends at Vogue, we have collated the best pieces to bring you into Spring fashionably…

Platform Shoes

 SS16 - Louis Vuitton

SS16 - Louis Vuitton

Chunky, platform shoes are said to be all the rage this Spring and everyone is channelling their inner biker chick and embracing this 90’s inspired trend thanks to Louis Vuitton and Fendi! It may be a little early to get your sandals out just yet, but warmer weather is just around the corner!

Bomber Jackets

 Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss

We’re obsessed with biker jackets at the minute, they’re so effortlessly cool and just the perfect jacket for cool spring weather. Whether you’re re-fashioning a Vintage find with patches and badges or buying one of the many high street finds, a bomber jacket is sure to send you fashionably into spring.

Anklets

Anklets are usually most popular during the summer months however this year thanks to Calvin Kleins t-bar anklets and Miu Miu’s delicate ribbon ties the trend has been moved forward to spring and we love it! There’s always been something super cool about anklets and this spring pairing them with some white slip on trainers is the way forward.

Cold Shoulder

 SS16 - Peter Pilotto

SS16 - Peter Pilotto

Cold shoulder designs were all over the SS16 catwalks and also cropped up quite a lot in AW16 shows too, so it seems like this is the perfect trend to invest in this year! Peter Pilotto showcased beautiful nautical themed off the shoulder designs at his SS16 show which may have actually sparked this trend! 

The Slip Dress

 SS16 - Yves Saint Laurent

SS16 - Yves Saint Laurent

Just as predicted the slip dress is making a major impact already, perfect worn casually with a leather jacket or with some killer heels for a night out, the slip dress is officially the dress of the season. 

 

So, that's our round up of killer SS16 wardrobe must haves! If you think we've missed anything, drop us a message we'd love to hear from you! 

The MFW Trends That Everyone will be wearing this A/w

Another fashion week down and one to go…this industry truly never sleeps! We thought that we would round up our favourite trends from the Milan runway shows that we just know will be all over the high street this Autumn/Winter!

A Splash of Yellow...

Whether you love it or lothe it – yellow is making a comeback! Not that I can really remember a time when it was super popular…but all the same it looks like its about to be the colour of the season! From Emilio Pucci to Gucci, it was all over the Milan shows and we think we may just have been converted to loving this daring hue! Whether you’re risking a neon or staying safe with a mustard shade, yellow is definitely hitting the high street for A/W!

Zoology...

Leopard, zebra and snake prints have stayed popular for a number of months now, but it looks like this season we’re not looking for prints and patterns from the wild but for the animals that live there instead! This year’s shows included a whole lot of animal inspired outfits and we love it, the prints and colours are so vibrant and it’s the perfect statement! From Dolce and Gabbana to Stella Jean everyone is embracing their inner animal lover.

The Wild West...

From wild animals to the Wild West, there were heavy western references gracing the catwalk this year. From cowboy boots to studded belts and leather trousers it’s clear we are heading west as winter falls this year! 

Lingerie by Day...

This super sexy trend includes bralets, corsets and beautifully delicate negligee inspired designs. These risqué garments are mainly composed of sheer fabric with exposed lingerie style undergarments and we think they're perfect for date night! 

Suited and Booted...

The major trend that seems to be on everyone’s mind and is making an appearance on the red carpet already just has to be the suit! Whilst suits are not exactly a new trend, this is about making women's suits sexy and bold instead of boxy, shapeless work wear. 

So, that's our AW16 trend forecasting over for now! 

If you would like to see all the looks from Milan Fashion Week please click here.

All images sourced from Vogue.co.uk

A Very Fashionable Future

In the midst of fashion week I thought I’d focus on something a little quirkier than just what is on the catwalk and something that’s all over the blogosphere at the minute - fashion-tech!

From umbrellas that change colour in the rain to touch screen gloves, fashion tech is everywhere at the minute and it’s really hard to believe some of these things are actually possible! I’ll be the first to admit that some of the crazy ideas that have been conjured up are a little ‘out there’ and probably not something that you’d want to be seen wearing... but other things are so cool and answer all of our  problems - it’s as if we've designed them ourselves!

So I decided to collate some of the coolest (and most fashionable!) tech on the market and this is what I found: 

1.       Everpurse X Kate Spade

The amazing collaboration with Everpurse and Kate Spade is like something we've always dreamed of! These beautifully designed Kate Spade bags include a charging pocket which will charge your iPhone all day long – perfect for snapping some pics at fashion week! To charge your bag just place it on the charging pad and once the light goes green your bag is fully charged and ready for the day! Pretty cool huh?! These gorgeous bags cost between $198 - $698 and can be bought from everpurse.com

2.       Ringly

This is by far one of the most discrete pieces of fashion tech I have ever seen! This super gorgeous ring actually subtly vibrates when your phone has a notification. You connect your ring to the ‘Ringly’ app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone and then you can assign a colour and vibration to each type of notification so you always know what’s going on! To recharge your ring, just place it in the Ringly ring box! You’ll always be fashionable but you’ll never be late again! See the whole collection at ringly.com

 images:  www.ringly.com

3.       Mira Smart bracelet

Mira technology is all about empowering women to chose a healthier lifestyle and become a better person. The Mira smart bracelet is a super stylish, modern bracelet that monitors your every day habits and tells you what you’re doing right and wrong. The Mira technology can actually be taken out of the bracelet and put in your pocket or clipped onto your clothes making it super versatile! These gorgeous bracelets come in a range of colours including Gold, Brown, Black and Rose Gold and can be bought at mymirafit.com

4.       Tzukuri

I’ll admit this is a bit of an odd one! But Tzukuri have found a gap in the market and the potential to stamp out an annoying habit. They have designed a range of sunglasses that have built in technology so that they’re ‘unloseable’. By downloading the Tzukuri app you will receive a notification if you’ve forgotten your glasses and you’ll be able to track where you've left them using the map feature. Unfortunately pre-order has now ended however they are set to be released in March this year, so we can grab a pair well in time for summer!

 images:  www.tzukuri.com

5.       Shreddies

Our sister company Shreddies Ltd have created the coolest pants on the market! Shreddies create flatulence filtering underwear! Using a Zorflex back panel, Shreddies filters all odours, leaving you free to 'fart with confidence' without anyone knowing! The super discrete design of these pants makes them a wardrobe staple and stops you from blaming the dog! In recent years Shreddies have also created flatulence filtering jeans and PJ’s which are also super stylish and they’re now working on chinos and trousers too! To find out more about Shreddies please visit: www.myshreddies.com

The Power Of Social Media

Social media is everywhere now-a-days, whether we’re ‘checking in’ at the cinema, posting a photo of our lunch or joining the latest hash tag craze, we’re all guilty of becoming a little social media obsessed – but why is this always considered a bad thing?!

 Our Instagram Page

Our Instagram Page

Being in my late teens, social media has always seemed like something fun to me, my earliest teen memories are full of MSN messenger and Bebo accounts and sad as it may seem, it was a lot of fun! I agree there are plenty of bad things that can happen through the use of social media, the power to remain anonymous and a screen to hide behind often has a very adverse effect on people… But I want to focus on the positives and how it’s helping so many businesses today progress!

 deVOL Kitchens (our parent company) for example has over 10,000 followers on Instagram alone! This wide audience of people who are really interested in kitchens and the deVOL lifestyle is one of the best ways of marketing, they’re reaching the people who have a genuine enthusiasm for their products and best of all it’s free!

Here at PPco we love interacting with our potential customers through the use of social media, it means we can post relevant and up to date information instantly instead of waiting for a magazine to get published or a news story to go live. It also means that our lovely customers can get in contact with us with the click of a button, whether they’re thanking us for their order, bringing a concern to our attention or just interested in our products - social media has made it that much easier to build great relationships! 

 Our Pink Inspiration Pinterest board...

Our Pink Inspiration Pinterest board...

Many social media sites aren't just helping our customers learn more about our company, they're helping us with new ideas and inspiration that can actually fuel some very successful projects! For example our Vintage collection started when we saw some great images of a vintage cricket jumper on Pinterest, we decided we just had to get one for our next photo shoot...a few Google searches later and we were over run with other beautiful vintage bits and  decided we had to make a go of this! 

To keep up with all of news on social media click here for our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Celebrating 100 Years of Vogue

Anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience
— Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief of British Vogue

Starting on 11th February the National Portrait Gallery opens its doors to Vogue 100: A Century of Style, an exhibition to mark 100 years of British Vogue, tickets are available now and start from £15.50 (or free for members)! The exhibit will showcase a whole range of photography from various Vogue editions throughout the years, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive.

 1939 Fred Astaire 

1939 Fred Astaire 

British Vogue was first published in 1916 during WW1, Condé Nast (Vogue’s publisher) had to deal with the restrictions of oversea shipping and paper shortages in America and therefore British Vogue was born! The first editor of British Vogue was Elspeth Champcommunal, the magazine was supposed to mimic it’s American sister however the new editor decided Vogue should be more than just fashion and in turn added sports, health and beauty, travelogues and editorials.  

 1973 Limelight Nights

1973 Limelight Nights

Vogue is definitely one of, if not the most influential fashion magazine in the world and with advertising spaces in its current magazines averaging around £40,000 for a full page spread it’s not surprising it’s full of the big names in the industry! For a magazine that is on average made up of 75% advertising it is almost surprising that Vogue is still so popular today. However having been described as the ‘Fashion Bible’ and always bursting with up to date trends in fashion, interior and lifestyle it's no surprise it's every fashion girls 'go-to' guide.

 1989 Claudia Schiffer in Paris

1989 Claudia Schiffer in Paris

Every big name in the industry has had their cover moment and I think this is a pivotal moment in their careers and when they know they've really made it! There’s no doubt about it, Vogue is the incomparable to any other fashion magazine in the market.

 2008 Kate Moss

2008 Kate Moss

The Vogue 100 exhibit focuses on the work of these amazing photographers to bring their work to life again and I really want to go! 

British Vogue has played a pivotal role in the development of photographic portraiture over the past century, commissioning leading photographers and designers to produce some of the most memorable and influential images in the history of fashion
— Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery

If you'd like more information about the exhibit please click here.

All images are credit to www.vogue.co.uk

A Never Ending Trend

It can be so tiring trying to keep up with the latest fashions, and without being glued to Vogue every minute (which I must admit I probably am!) it seems like if you blink you’ll miss something. However one trend that has stood the test of time in more than one sense of the word is vintage! Whether it’s a shabby chic wardrobe or a beautiful vintage fur coat, it’s everywhere we look and we are completely obsessed with it!

Being based at the beautiful Cotes Mill (home of our parent company deVOL kitchens) we are so lucky to be surrounded by so many gorgeous vintage goodies every day! The basement of the Mill is a treasure trove of beautifully looked after vintage furniture pieces, everything from dining tables to snow sleighs – it’s definitely worth a visit! This kind of inspiration that we get to see every day is just one of the many reasons we have completely fallen in love with vintage! The thought of giving a garment or piece of furniture a whole new life is so exciting to us and ‘refashioning’ (as we like to call it!) an item is even more appealing to us because we get to make it totally unique!

All of this beautiful inspiration lead us to our own selection of vintage clothing! All our items are hand-picked by us, we don’t care if they need a button replacing, a seam re-stitching or just a trip to the dry cleaners we are dedicated to giving them a new life – because let’s face it, you don’t throw away Chanel! Our selection of Balenciaga, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mui Mui, D&G and many more are up on our Vintage page now! 

If you'd like to come and visit Cotes Mill and want to know where to find us please click here.

If you'd like to view all of our Vintage clothing, please head to our Vintage page.

 

Paris Couture Fashion Week

Wow, what a great couple of days! I don’t know about you guys but my eyes have been glued to my computer screen trying to get a glimpse of the latest looks from SS 2016 Couture in Paris! I love couture clothing because it’s so extravagant, every tiny detail has been thought about so thoroughly and while it’s often a little impractical, I’d definitely still wear it! So I thought I'd do a round-up of my favourite shows from the past few days - just in case your eyes weren't glued to your computer screens! 

One of my favourite shows was Gambattista Valli's collection and it really was something special, having been described as ‘a minnow in the couture pond’ he definitely surprised a few faces this week with his amazing designs on the catwalk. His floral inspired garments were said to be influenced by the gardens of Paris and whether they were embroidered in sequins, printed onto gathered chiffon or rendered on a mink fur coat they looks so elegant and I've completely fallen in love with this girly, delicate collection! My favourite look was this beautiful grey chiffon dress, the design is so bold and eye-catching but the chiffon makes it look surprisingly elegant. These beautiful and possibly a little 'over-the-top' designs is exactly what Couture Fashion Week is all about and I just can't get enough of it! 

 source:  www.vogue.com
 source:  www.vogue.co.u k

Chanel also didn't disappoint this year, but when do they?! Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an ‘energy efficient zone’ where he built a wooden house in the middle of a very immaculate lawn. Kendall Jenner kick started the show in a beautiful low cut black gown with embellished straps, following her was her best friend Gigi Hadid and Gigi’s little sister Bella. The collection consisted of a lot of beige which is said to be because ‘Gabrielle Chanel was the queen of beige’ and also not so surprisingly followed a very spring-like theme including some subtle florals, birds and bees. The finishing touches of these looks included crystal dragonflies, bees and bugs on brooches and a newly designed bum bag called a ‘smartphone pouch’. In keeping with the 'eco' theme, the extravagant designer has also promised that his huge wooden dolls house will be recycled after the show.

 To watch the finale of the Chanel show please click here

Lastly, I wanted to come to Valentino's show... Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's 66 piece collection was really something to marvel at! There was said to be an oriental feel during the Valentino show including kimono style coats with prominent gold thread. Golden snake head pieces and extravagant foot jewellery make for some very unique jewellery- what's more couture than that?!the goldenThe whole collection feels very rich and luxurious and I guess, exactly what we're thinking of when we think couture! Full of rich golds, deep reds and luxury velvets, it really was a modern day take on some very traditional styles.

 source:  www.vogue.co  .uk
 source: www.vogue.com

source: www.vogue.com

If you'd like to see all the looks from the SS16 Couture Shows please click here.

Exciting News!

We are sooo excited to tell you that all of our gorgeous hand picked vintage garments are now available on our website! It’s been a long process (including some really great photo shoots) and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you guys! Head over to our vintage page to have a look yourself!!

It all started when we found some great images of vintage cricket jumpers on our favourite social media platform…Pinterest! We thought that the slouchy style of the cricket jumpers looked so great that we wanted to incorporate one into a photo-shoot, so we bought a second hand Ryder and Amies (Oxford University outfitters) jumper from eBay and we fell in love with it! It made us realise just how beautiful all of these vintage items are, they have so much detail and are so beautifully made! This is when we decided to start sourcing some gorgeous hand-picked vintage garments that were, you've guessed it...pink! What a lot of fun it’s been, sourcing the garments, fixing and refreshing anything that needed some TLC, photographing and finally listing them online so that they’re available for you guys!

Here’s some of my favourite images from our shoot, everything in these pictures is up for sale now!

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Who doesn't love pink?!

Our favourite colour has been making quite an appearance lately, with Pantone revealing it’s colour of the year to be Rose Quartz (and Serenity) it’s clear to see that even months after my previous post everyone is still embracing the pink and we couldn't be more excited! As an avid pink lover I have recently bought a pink boyfriend coat and I'm totally obsessed with it?! Surprisingly pink is easy to pair with most outfits! 

 image: www.fashiontrendsetter.com

image: www.fashiontrendsetter.com

I've put together some of my favourite pink outfits from 2016 so far - it's only been 13 days but there were still plenty to choose from! One of my favourites would have to be Rihanna’s NYE dress; a furry strapless mini dress with matching furry ‘belt’ this look was really fun and definitely turned a few heads but I just love it! Paired with glittery heels and sheer socks with a statement fur trim this look is definitely one to remember and reminds us just how good it feels to go girly.

 image: www.dailymail.co.uk

image: www.dailymail.co.uk

Another of my favourite looks would have to be Kate Hudson’s beautifully sequinned Michael Kors two piece at the Golden Globes. With a bandeau style top and maxi skirt she looks effortlessly chic and it’s the perfect way to show off her killer abs! There were a whole flood of gorgeous pink gowns at this year’s Golden Globes including Katy Perry, Cate Blanchett, Nina Dobrev and Kate Bosworth but this was definitely my favourite!

 image: www.peoplestylewatch.com

image: www.peoplestylewatch.com

So if you're embracing the pink trend too, but don't have an occasion to wear a gown - or a furry mini dress! Why not treat yourself to a pair of our gorgeous Pink Pantaloons, because let's face it nights in are sooo much better! 

5 Things Your Wardrobe Needs for 2016

2016 is here and with it surely brings an excuse for a bit of a wardrobe refresh! With a little inspo from my favourite spring/summer catwalk shows, here are 5 items your wardrobe needs for 2016...

1) The Slip Dress

  Chloe

Chloe

Layer it over a simple tee for a casual, yet oh so cool, daytime look or dress it up with some chunky heels and a jacket for the perfect 'drinks with the girls' outfit. The slip dress is a must have for any fashionistas wardrobe in 2016, with big names like Givinche, Alexander Wang and Chloe all showing off their slips on the catwalk.

2) Stripes

  Tods

Tods

Go big and bold for 2016! The runway was full of strong stripes, so be fearless. Be at the forefront of this SS16 trend and layer your stripes to add another dimension to this super cool look.

3) Sequins 

  Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

NYE may be over but don't put the glitter away just yet! Your spring wardrobe is calling out for that sparkle and we couldn't be happier!

4)   The Bomber 

  Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

I would say the bomber is back, but I've been a big fan of this look for a while now. Effortlessly cool and perfect for a light spring jacket. 2016 favours the cropped, voluminous styles so bear that in mind when you're picking your next one to add to the collection.

NYC

Happy New Year from The Pink Pantaloon Co.! I’m Katy, PP’s newest recruit and although I have worked here a couple of months this is my first blog post, so where better to begin than Christmas in New York?!

There are few places as romanticised as New York at Christmas time; the sweeping skyline, snow-covered streets and festive Central Park have been immortalised in a variety of films, TV and literature, and I was lucky enough to experience it all first hand this December when I visited the ‘Big Apple’. This was my first time in NYC, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Even the 22°C sunshine on Christmas Day couldn’t damped my festive mood whilst being surrounded by lavish seasonal window displays, gigantic spruce trees and festive songs in every store.

I’m glad I packed my comfy boots as there was a lot of walking involved. From the hustle and bustle of the big brand shopping along 5th Avenue, to the peaceful tranquility of ice skating in Central Park, there was so much to see on foot that taking the subway seemed like missing out. Every block and avenue provided another sightseeing opportunity including the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Flatiron Building and THAT tree from my favourite NY film, Home Alone 2 (although even an 85ft decorated tree was no match for the Brooklyn suburb of Dyker Heights – now that neighbourhood knows how to decorate for Christmas!).

Winter at PP HQ was full of excitement over the launch of our reclaimed vintage lines and whilst I was in Manhattan I was eager to take the opportunity to visit the highly acclaimed vintage store, What Goes Around Comes Around, in the trendy SOHO area. WGACA features regularly in vintage clothing blogs and articles, and it’s easy to see why, with their cool vibe and retro-laden store there was something for everyone. Buyers travel the world, hand-picking a range of vintage clothes and accessories, which are then showcased in store and online. There was a strong Western theme towards the rear of the store, with a large selection of men’s jeans, jackets and ten-gallon cowboy hats centred around an antler chandelier! The womenswear area was really stylish, with rails of fur coats and Chanel dresses, and a large central vitrine, which was full of jewellery and designer handbags - a real visual feast!

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 Source: www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com

Source: www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com

My festive trip sparked lots of ideas to incorporate in to PP’s vintage offering, but we won’t be giving too much away just yet! Check our website soon for further updates, but in the meantime why not check out our carefully selected vintage items in our eBay store.

Chocolate, Chips, Beer and Waffles...

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about the beautiful country of Belgium! I was lucky enough to visit Belgium over Christmas and I was so impressed I couldn’t wait to share some holiday snaps with you guys! The original reason why I was so eager to visit Belgium around Christmas was because of the amazing Christmas markets and along with the fact that Christmas is a great excuse to eat your body weight in chocolate - where better to do it?! However when I arrived I realised that there was so much more to Belgium than I originally thought, don’t get me wrong the Christmas markets were amazing but it was the beautiful buildings and gorgeous food that really won me over!

I stayed in Ghent – a port city in northwest Belgium, I had read a lot about Ghent before I visited and I’d heard that it’s almost Belgium’s forgotten gem but just as beautiful as Brussels – the reviews were right it’s such a beautiful city! Full of history, culture and great cafes it’s definitely worth a visit! I’d recommend going up the Belfry of Ghent, the views are amazing and you can see for miles and grab some great pictures! There’s also so many great restaurants serving local cuisine my favourite being ‘T Vrij Dags Gevoel located in Vrijdagmarkt square, they serve the famous Carbonades Flamandes (better known as Flemmish Stew) which is a beef stew made with Belgian beer – it’s to die for! We also tried the traditional Cuberdon which is a cone shaped, raspberry flavoured jelly sweet with a harder outer shell and gooey middle – so delicious! 

 The view from the Belfry

The view from the Belfry

We also visited the gorgeous city of Bruges, famous for its cobbled streets, medieval building and amazing chocolate shops. Bruges is full of lovely little souvenir shops and the perfect place for chocolate tasting! We found so many little boutiques all dressed up for Christmas it was amazing! There’s also a lot of cool bars and restaurants in Bruges and they’re a lot busier than Ghent so there’s a really cool atmosphere and a great excuse to try one of Belgium's many beers.

 Chocolatier in Bruges 

Chocolatier in Bruges 

You can’t visit Belgium without taking a trip to the capital – Brussels! Named as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities it’s definitely worth a visit! It’s such a cool city, with great street art and loads of culture it’s such a great place! The tube system makes it easy to get around and the cobbled streets are just bursting with shops, restaurants and boutique hotels! Whilst in Brussels we made sure we had a large cone full of Belgium Frites (or chips to the rest of us) and of course a chocolate smothered waffle!

 Grand Place - Brussels

Grand Place - Brussels

I completely fell in love with Belgium and I would love to go back again, so I would definitely recommend it! 

My First Shoot

I've been working at Pink Pantaloon for a couple of months now and I'm loving it, but it wasn't until last Friday when I attended my first photo-shoot that I realised how much fun it's going to be! We were mostly doing product shots for our new Vintage clothing... some of which is available on our eBay page and the rest will be available on our website soon - so keep your eyes peeled!

 Our lovely Cambridge Cricket Jumper...

Our lovely Cambridge Cricket Jumper...

We decided to take a mixture of shots all around our lovely Cotes Mill home including the amazing cottages that are also owned by the Mill which made the perfect setting for a real unique shoot! We cannot wait to show you all the finished shots, they look great! It was so much fun getting involved with the outfits and watching Tim and Helen create the perfect setting then start snapping away!

 Our Vintage 60's Houndstooth Dress...

Our Vintage 60's Houndstooth Dress...

We started off in the Mill House where all of our lovely Pink Pantaloons are made, we shot photos in front of the huge window that looks out onto the Mill pond - it's so beautiful! Next we moved into the basement where all of deVOL’s lovely antique furniture is kept, it’s like a treasure trove under there - always full of old gems! This made the perfect backdrop for some more shots featuring a lovely old wicker chair and some super cute outfits!

 Our vintage Dolce and Gabbana Shirt...

Our vintage Dolce and Gabbana Shirt...

Taking a break for a much needed cup of tea and biscuits, we then headed over to the cottages. This was the perfect setting to create some edgy photos of our vintage clothing. The cottage is empty and most of the walls are stripped back to plaster…but this is what makes it so cool (trust me)! In one of the bedrooms they have an amazing aqua blue wall that contrasts our lovely pink vintage clothing perfectly. Along with a yellow (yes yellow!) vintage kitchen, the cottage was the perfect setting for a great photo-shoot.

What's Really Going Through Your Head When You're Christmas Shopping

The festive season is here and as a self-confessed 'shop-a-holic' the thought of Christmas shopping excites me every year…However the reality is not always so sweet. From mile long queues to endless search for the perfect present - it can cause quite a headache! But it wouldn't be Christmas without it and I can guarantee the same things go through your head every year...

 Why not come shopping at our lovely Cotes Mill home?

Why not come shopping at our lovely Cotes Mill home?

1.       I'm buying more for myself than anyone else…

As I've said before, I’ll be the first to admit that I'm obsessed with shopping! Therefore, you may assume I’d be good at Christmas shopping…but sadly not. Every year I tend to trail off the path for presents and find myself in the Topshop changing room with a huge pile of clothes…all for myself! Whilst treating yourself may make the trip more bearable, let’s face it, we can't help but get carried away!

2.       Why didn't I shop online?

The ease of shopping online really comes apparent at Christmas! Sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea in one hand and madly tapping away at your laptop in the other is a lot less stressful,  however we still seem to drag ourselves around the shops every year! 2014 Christmas statistics state that 61% did more than half or all of our Christmas shopping online…so why are the stores still so busy?!

3.       Why didn't we do Secret Santa?

Creating lists of who you need to buy for can seem like an endless task at this time of year, which always makes me wonder…why didn't we do a Secret Santa? Buying for one family member would have been soo much easier!  I suppose there’s always next year…

4.       I'm sure I can get this cheaper elsewhere…

For the more savvy shoppers amongst us, this may be one of the most annoying parts of Christmas! It all starts to add up and you finally realise just how expensive Christmas really is! But you’re here now…pay the extra £5, at least you’ll save on postage!

5.       How much have I spent?!

Never a good idea, but probably a much needed one! Attempting to add up what you've spent in one shopping trip can be a heart-breaking task, but without it I’d keep shopping until my card was declined!

6.       If I hear ‘All I want for Christmas’ one more time!?

I'm a massive lover of Christmas songs and I could easily listen to them all day at home or at the office but there is something very frustrating about listening to the jolly tunes when you’re in a stress-filled shopping frenzy!

7.       Why are there so many queues?

Having previously worked in retail myself I do understand how hectic retail is at Christmas and that shops cannot create tills out of thin air, but as a customer seeing a mile long queue is likely to have me heading for the door!

8.       I like this….so they will too, right?!

A fool-proof way of buying presents…or so we think! Not everyone has the same great taste as you, but then again if they don’t like it…you can always keep it!

9.       What colour scheme is my wrapping going to be?!

Okay, granted this may not be everyone's first thought at Christmas but it's definitely mine! I LOVE WRAPPING PRESENTS! Everyone thinks I'm mad…and maybe I am but wrapping presents is my favourite part of Christmas but I’ll be the first to admit that it causes me major stress every year! All my presents must have matching paper, a well-coordinated tag, bow and scissor made curls! Sad huh?!

10.   I should have started this way earlier!

The one thought that hovers in your mind for the whole of December, why didn't I start earlier?! There’s always someone who has got their Christmas shopping out the way by mid November and you can’t help but be just a little jealous!

For a more relaxing shopping trip, why not come down to our lovely Cotes Mill showroom to have a peek at all lovely gifts and home ware from our parent company deVOL kitchens

Come visit us at: Cotes Mill, Nottingham Road, Loughborough, LE12 5TL

A Perfectly Pink Christmas

December has arrived and Cotes Mill is looking fabulously festive! It’s been a super busy week with the Christmas rush but I wanted to sneak in some time to show you how gorgeous our PP home is looking!

December is my favourite month of the year, everywhere just looks so beautiful! Baubles, tinsel and sparkling lights everywhere you go, you can’t deny that Christmas is in the air! And even though the run up to Christmas day is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year, it’s still somehow ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ (You can never help but sing that line!)

 Our beautiful Christmas tree at Cotes Mill

Our beautiful Christmas tree at Cotes Mill

 Lovely baubles hung with our beautiful dusky pink silk!

Lovely baubles hung with our beautiful dusky pink silk!

Our lovely Christmas tree is Pink Pantaloon themed this year and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys! Dressed with our famous dusky pink silk tied into ribbons, it looks perfectly pink and very festive! This modern take on the classic tree looks amazing in our minimalistic showroom and along with our lovely log burner it’s so cosy! (I could easily stay down there all day!)

 A lovely selection of our perfectly pink Christmas decorations!

A lovely selection of our perfectly pink Christmas decorations!

We have so many lovely Christmas gifts at the Mill, so why not come and take a look around and see if you can finish your Christmas shopping - or maybe even start it! From baubles to baby shoes, greetings cards to bunting – we really have it all! 

 Our lovely Pink Pantaloon bunting - £35

Our lovely Pink Pantaloon bunting - £35

Come visit us at: 

Cotes Mill, Nottingham Road, Cotes, Loughborough, LE12 5TL

So What If I Love Pink?!

Sometimes pink can get a bit of a hard time. "Pink is for girls, blue is for boys."  I've seen so many articles which seem to root women's problems in society to conforming with this social pressure. At times it feels like pink is surrounded by these negative connotations and that wearing it is in some ways anti-feminist. Granted, that may be a bit extreme, but I do feel it is an unfairly criticised colour. I'm a feminist, like I assume, or at least hope, most are, but I love pink, and what's wrong with that?! In fact, far from signifying outdated gender stereotypes the elegant pink shades we're seeing all over the catwalk and in the latest fashion mags 'feel intelligent, modern and strong' according to fashion giants Vogue's latest Pink Power article, and I couldn't agree more.

We fell in love with with the gorgeous dusky pink silk we use in all of our pieces. It feels luxurious and romantic, feminine but not flouncy. It reminds me of the old vintage fashion editorials that I love so much.

For me it's a timeless classic and it always just looks so cool. I love how it transcends the trends; as styles change pink still remains at the forefront of fashion. But I wanted to delve a little deeper, past glossy mags and discover a little about the science behind our perceptions of pink. 

I have a friend who studied Psychology at uni. I used to be fascinated by the power things like colour had in determining how we felt about... well... everything. In colour psychology, pink is a sign of hope, inspiration and comfort. I quite like that, I feel it's so empowering and I suppose that's why we see pink used in campaigns like Breast Cancer UK. 

So I say lets stop demeaning this oh so wonderful colour and instead celebrate its power to be beautiful, strong and incredibly cool... it's pretty amazing what a colour can do isn't it?!  

 

A Treat For Your Feet

As an avid trend hunter and self-confessed shoe-aholic I just couldn't resist doing a blog about all the gorgeous footwear that is bang on trend right now! I'm a firm believer that shoes are a very important part of any outfit and they are the easiest way to transform your look from day to night! Therefore I have collected up the most on-trend shoes and boots for this autumn winter and this is what I found...

1.      Velvet

All 4 fashion weeks showed more than a hint of velvet in their footwear this year and we’re loving it! To me, velvety textures just scream autumn/winter, so when paired with a crisp wintery shade they look so perfect for this time of year! Velvet makes the perfect statement and adds a touch of chic to any outfit, perfect for your work Christmas party!

 source: blog.missguided.co.uk

source: blog.missguided.co.uk

2.      Colour Block

There’s nothing like a splash of colour in your footwear to set off an outfit but it seems many designers have been focussing on more than one colour this season. We saw colour block boots all over the catwalk and they are definitely a favourite for us this fall. The autumnal tones of these boots look great in leather and they're perfect for rainy winter days!

 source: asos.com

source: asos.com

3.      Modern Mary Janes

The classic Mary Janes have been well and truly re-vamped and are definitely a hit this autumn winter. Long gone are the Velma inspired chunky heels that would have once made us wince! The new Mary Janes have been bejewelled and are full of sequins, flowers and beautiful textures! Prada, Jill Sander and Michael Kors all reworked this vintage classic at this years fashion week.

4.      Thigh High

The sky is the limit! Thigh high boots are always a little controversial with many people associating the style with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman… However I personally love thigh high boots, I think they’re perfect for autumn winter as they look great and keep you surprisingly warm! Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of boots out there that could turn heads for all the wrong reasons, but don’t knock ‘em till you've tried ‘em.

 source: thezoereport.com

source: thezoereport.com

5.      Fashionable Fur

Fur is not just for our favourite winter coat! Faux Fur has turned to footwear this season and here at PP we’re loving the outcome! It may sound an odd mix but if you rewind back to Sex and the City where Carrie Bradshaw strutted the streets of New York wearing a furry purple pair it all seems to make sense because let’s face it –if Carrie did it, we want to do it too! Whereas fur may be the least practical of fabrics to wear as footwear it definitely makes a statement!

 source: theyallhateus.com

source: theyallhateus.com

6.      Lace Ups

Lace up heels have been around for a few months now and we’re still in love with them! They turn every outfit slightly sultry and are perfect for a night out! Whether they’re delicate ballet pumps or 6 inch heels, lace ups seem to be a style that’s just not going away!

 source: shopstyle.com

source: shopstyle.com

7.      70s Fringing

70’s style is everywhere right now! From denim flares to bell sleeved dresses the high street is full of 70’s inspired clothing and accessories! Therefore it’s no surprise that the boho trend has found its way into footwear too, with snake print ankle boots and retro platforms everywhere you look there’s no doubt about it – the 70’s has definitely made a comeback! 

 source: style.com

source: style.com


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A Trip To Barcelona

The beauty of Barcelona was apparent from the moment I landed. The pure blue skies and cool breeze welcomed me so lovingly and I couldn’t wait to explore! I was initially worried about the weather when visiting a European city in November but the sun didn’t stop shining all weekend!

What I loved most about Barcelona was the architecture, every building was so pretty! All the delicate balcony’s looking out into the narrow streets looked so gorgeous I just wanted to move in myself! The first place I visited was ‘La Rambla’ a main tourist strip in Barcelona which connects the Placa de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. It’s a gorgeous strip full of small bakeries, tapas bars and the odd flower stall.

I settled down for lunch at a small bakery which was set back from La Rambla on a quiet street and I was completely spoilt for choice with what to order! The whole counter was full of a variety of sandwiches, pastries and cakes – I just wanted them all! When I received my lunch I found it was spread with tomato seeds and pulp instead of butter, this is traditionally called Pan Cot Tomate and is made of olive oil, tomatoes and garlic and it tasted delicious!

Being the typical shopaholic that I am, shamefully the first thing I thought was to go shopping! Barcelona’s Maremagnum shopping centre is a beautiful modern glass building with incredible views of the harbour.

After shopping till I was literally about to drop and having a wonder around Barcelona’s amazing aquarium I headed to the Hard Rock Café for some well-deserved dinner! Thinking with my stomach instead of my head, myself and my boyfriend ordered a huge portion of nachos for a starter that could have easily fed a family of four! I followed that with a giant BBQ pulled chicken burger accompanied by chips, cowboy beans and coleslaw! I’ve never felt so stuffed, but it was soo worth it!

The next day, I focused on sight-seeing, I hadn’t come to this beautiful city just for the shopping! As the tourist I was trying so hard not to be, I jumped on an open top bus tour to get the best view of the city’s landmarks that I just couldn’t miss! I managed to see the beautiful La Segrada Familia, which impressively after 133 years is still being built! It’s a stunning building with so much character, I cannot wait to see it when it’s completed…however this is estimated to be another 11 years!

I also managed to see the amazing Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera) which was the last work designed by Antoni Gaudi. The building is so amazing and stands out completely in the street where it’s situated. The bus tour was amazing and allowed me to see a whole number of landmarks and sights including Barcelona’s record breaking beach and the Gothic Quarter, but I won’t bore you with all the details!

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I think Barcelona is a beautiful city and definitely one of the most interesting places I have ever visited, it offers everything you could want from a city break! Shopping, great food and plenty of culture!