Put the words fashion, cocktails and interiors together and then add in the extra allure of stylish interiors blogger Emily from The Pink House (who always does fabulous things) and I was absolutely sold on a little trip to see the the newly revamped River Island Style Studio bar. It was no let down. Having been asked to come up with a new concept for their in-store bar and personal styling area, Emily has giddily re-imagined the space in her most gorgeously 'Pink House' way. So needless to say, neon pink Bag and Bones flamingos, Buster and Punch lights and lots of lashings of Pinkster gin all feature large.

 

In fact, walking through the glass doors of the Style Studios, which is on the first floor of the flagship Oxford Street River Island store, felt like entering a large and airy suite of a fancy boutique hotel. There were plush sofas and chairs in deep green velvets and happy yellows, back-lit mirrors, minimal rails of clothes and – in imitable blogger and instagram favourite style – lots and lots of leafy palm plants and greenery everywhere. 

 

 

My stylist for the half hour appointment was Hayley, who took my coat and bag and settled me in before suggesting a quick walk around the shop floor to see what caught my eye. In my diary for the next day was the inaugural kitchen and bathroom awards of our sister trade title EKB&Business and I had pinned my hopes on finding something that I could wear for that. No pressure. It was just a big fancy sit-down dinner and awards ceremony – of which one of the awards would be presented by me – with an audience of 500 of industry peers and colleagues and on stage with presenter Josh Widdicombe. All I could think was that I wanted to look festive and sparkly yet not to resemble a Christmas tree OR to look like I was on a night out.

 

So when perusing the shop floor for party perfect numbers I avoided anything too short, plunging or clingy, returning to the fitting rooms with a whole host of longer dresses and all-in-ones and sparkly and velvet-y things – there was so much choice! I went for a black all-in-one culotte Bardot-style jumpsuit in the end, which I teamed with a fabulously sparkly white jacket and big dangly earrings. I had lots of fun wearing the jacket on stage, as it sort of shimmered as I walked. I think it looks pretty designer-y but the price tag was actually just £60. The jumpsuit was also £50 and earrings £8, so all in for under £120 was pretty good for the night that was in it.

 

 

The River Island Style Studio personal styling service is completely complimentary service, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. Having an expert on hand with style advice and to steer you towards the sort of decisions you might find hard to make yourself, was really just so helpful. If you are tempted, click here http://www.riverisland.com/stylestudio for more details. And for more pics of the awards and to see what other people were wearing skip on over to kbbdaily.com.

 

Now I just need a few more fun occasions to wear those sparkles again! Oh, wait.... is that New Years Eve calling? Happy Christmas everyone!

 

Photos by ©Amandine Alessandra

 

Article by: Ciara Elliott