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SS18 at The Lexicon…

14/02/2018 1 Comments

When I was invited to spend a Saturday morning at The Lexicon hearing all about Spring Summer trends for 2018, it took me the whole of 5 minutes to respond excitedly saying yes… Of course, those 5 minutes were just in the interests of playing it cool.

I love being a mum and everything that involves, but it’s fair to say that shopping for myself hasn’t happened for a long time and so knowing what’s on fleek (that’s what the cool kids say now, right?) doesn’t come naturally.

Now, for anyone living in the Berkshire area, you’ll know if I say “Bracknell” that it’s not somewhere you’d previously have chosen to spend your spare time. However, since the redevelopment, it’s unrecognisable! Completely pedestrianised and with plenty of undercover shelter, it’s a shopper’s best friend.

Some of the stores include Fenwicks (including MAC, Jo Malone, Creme de la Mer, Links of London, All Saints, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Kurt Geiger, Dior, 7 For All Mankind, Bottega Veneta, Burberry and Chanel just to name a few), Topshop, H&M, Jack Wills, River Island, Pandora & Office amongst others. Not to mention all of the awesome restaurants… I’m a little bit in love.

Whilst enjoying brunch at Coffee Barker (they do the best smoothies!), we heard all about the forthcoming season’s trends. Here are the things to look out for:-

  • Pastel tones (think summer ice-creams!)
  • Denim…. tailored and dark
  • Primary colours. The brighter the better
  • Trench coats. Time to dig out your Burberry!
  • Plastic (I’m personally still not sold on this)
  • 1950s pencil skirts
  • Fringed hems
  • Shorts
  • Slip dresses
  • Evening sheer glamour (I’ll be giving this one a miss until I’m back in shape!)

After we finished brunch, I took a couple of hours to make the most of being baby-free, to browse the shops. Topshop as always was hitting so many of the trends with this pinafore dress:

I also loved this sheer bodysuit, which would look perfect with tailored jeans:

As soon as I stepped inside of Fenwicks, things got dangerous. I loved these primary colours from Hugo Boss:

Not to mention this gorgeous Bexley Mac from All Saints:

Tommy Hilfiger were nailing the pastels:

Whilst their denim department made even the pickiest of jean buyers pleased…

I decided to treat myself in H&M, combining denim with some super comfy ripped dungarees, a pastel girl power top and another broderie anglaise white top which is as sheer as I dare to go with a mum bod going on:

It was such a fun morning and I felt so self indulgent spending time to think about myself for once. If you’re planning to check out the Lexicon during half term, you can enjoy The Lexicon Express, a land train with four stops around the town. I’m definitely planning to take Bells, I know that she’ll love it. Donations will be going towards The Lexicon’s Charity of The Year, Bracknell Gymnastics Club.

Be sure to head to Princess Square where you’ll have the chance to ‘Beat the Clock’. Test your nerve by holding out as the potential prizes get better the longer you hold the button down, but if the klaxon sounds, you’re back to the beginning again. There’s loads of cool prizes including £250 Fenwick gift vouchers, free parking, Lexicon gift cards, discounts and meal vouchers!

Thanks so much to The Lexicon for giving me such a lovely Saturday. I’m so happy to have such cool new neighbours in town. The perfect day out!

M xox


Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.

1 Comment

  1. Lisa Talbot


    Bracknell is most definitely a great Style destination x

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