Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Look Magazine for Simply Be Dinner - WHAT. A. NIGHT.

Last week I attended the most fabulous event in celebration of Simply Be coming together with Look Magazine to launch a fab new capsule collection.

The event was being held at the BEYOND decadent Balthazar restaurant in London's Covent Garden, and as such, I decided to have a couple of days out of Yorkshire (It happens occasionally). I packed my hanky on the end of a stick, washed my hair and hopped on the train.

With Charlie from Freakum Dress and Becky from Does My blog make me look fat?
My adventure started positively by not getting lost and successfully locating beautiful Becky who I'd not met before in real life but who is absolutely fab (and who carries a fan in her handbag at all times which is just about the greatest thing I have ever witnessed). We met up with Charlie who is cool as heck and who, despite her legs being roughly half the length of mine, took "London pace" to a new level and got us to the venue safe, sound and only moderately sweaty.

The beautiful Balthazar
The venue was beyond anything I could have imagined, white table cloths, fresh flowers, candles (and copious champagne!) We received an incredibly warm and genuine welcome from the Simply Be and Look team and were introduced to the new range.

With the fabulous Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge
I was seated next to Hanna from Wardrobe challenge who I've tweeted/emailed many a time but never yet met in real life. She is an absolute delight - It was just lovely getting to know her better and to spend some time with a blogger who I rate extremely highly.
I also had the opportunity to chat with some of the ladies from Look and Simply Be, who were absolutely flipping brilliant; Stylish, funny and clearly passionate about what they do. As the personification of "uncouth", I thought I was going to spend much of the night hiding my face in my hands after saying something completely daft/ inappropriate/ incomprehensible, but if I did nobody made me aware! THANK YOU.

The food was absolutely cracking, I'm afraid I didn't take any pictures, I was concentrating on getting it all into my tummy before anyone could take it away from me. The menu is above and no matter how nice you could imagine it to have been, it was even nicer. On this note, I must compliment the staff at Balthazar here, I felt thoroughly spoilt rotten, The service was impeccable (my glass was never empty) and there was none of the standard eye rolling or sighing you sadly come to expect from venues when faced with a large group.
Now, to the important part! The Clothes.
The range is billed as: "An amazing style collaboration made in fashion heaven...Designed exclusively for Simply Be by the fashion experts at LOOK, this capsule collection encompasses key summer pieces from matchy-matchy printed co-ords to pared back, sports luxe tops."
We were lucky to be able to get "up close and personal" with the range. The first thing to note is how varied yet together the range is. The prints are fresh, fabulous and every single item is extremely well tailored.
I think if you'd asked anyone what the stand out piece of the range was going to be for me, they would have gone straight to the BardotProm dress. The fabric is a lovely thick cotton, which gives it a really strong silhouette and should give some excellent support round the middle. The neckline is my absolute favourite, however, I must admit that the pictures make it look more like a crew neck, so I paid a lot of attention to the neckline on the rail! I can confirm it is indeed a Bardot neckline so there'll be no hoiking it about/pushing it up/pulling it down - Hurrah! The length is spot on and finally, the pattern is incredible, you know how I feel about an electric blue.
I'll hopefully be reviewing this little beauty in more depth very soon so keep your eyes peeled!
The three pieces above were my other favourites by far. Thebomber jacket is an excellent example of why these blogger events are so good. I would never have considered a bomber jacket but the number of stylish ladies there who were raving about it gave me pause for consideration. I can actually really see myself wearing this over a fitted black dress and sandals on holiday.

Thebiker jacket is a fabulous wardrobe staple and would be a great alternative to a suit jacket for any swish meetings you may have.
 I was sooo tempted by the denim parka, the collar is really smart and the lightweight denim would make it perfect over a summer dress or with leggings and a tunic top. It was really tugging on the Britpop part of my soul...
All in all, the range is small but perfectly formed, I can confidently say that there is something for everyone and I strongly urge you to have a look!
I must sincerely thank the team from Simply Be and Look, I was spoilt rotten, had a magical night and can't wait to see the range on some of the beauties I had the pleasure of sharing the company of.
Em x


  1. This looks like it was a bundle of fun! I wish I could have been there but then there is only so much fabulous one can really cope with so it's a good job I wasn't ;)
    Anyway, I'm glad you did this review, I wanted to see the range properly. I am really trying to venture out of my dress comfort zone so for me I think the bomber jacket would be high up in my wants list as well as the biker jacket. I think that is my favourite thing out of all the above!
    Look forward to seeing your reviews of you in them! :) x

    1. Oh I was lovely Leah, we shall have to do a posh evening out soon! I'd love to see you the biker xxx

    2. IT was lovely not I was lovely. I'm rarely lovely :) x

  2. That biker jacket...... I am drooling. Looks like so much fun.

    1. Oh Vicky, I can really see you in the jacket! It's terribly classy x

  3. SO lovely meeting you, you are such a babe! <3 xx

    1. Aww you too Callie, you're as lovely as I hoped you would be x


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