Style Trends: 6 of the BEST beanie hats at John Lewis this winter

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I went along to the MyJohnLewis shopping event at John Lewis Oxford Street today and boy was there a LOT of people buying stuff! It was amazing but slightly claustrophobic at the same time. I went without the kids and as my friend Dinah and I scoffed mini mince pies and washing them down with elderflower pressé for me (prosecco for her… two glasses) we had a good nosey around the giant store.

As former John Lewis employees (our first school-leaving job, that’s where we met!) it was good to see that the British company was still doing really well. A lot has changed at their Oxford Street store since I was last there which was years ago, mind you. They now have a wonderful roof garden up on the 5th floor and the majority of level 2 or 3 is dedicated to eating and dining.

We headed up to the 4th floor which is the children’s department and took a look at all the toys on offer. If you’re with the kids and are in Oxford Street, pop in and head up to the 4th floor because Moz the Monster (from under the bed) has his little pop-up house there which you can visit. You can even take a selfie with Moz as we did:

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JL besties – A big cuddle with Moz

They really put on a treat with their Moz the Monster’s house. When we had finished having our bit of fun, we carried on looking around the store and I came across, what I think, are the best beanie hats I’ve seen in a while. So without further ado, here’s my top six of the best beanie hats from John Lewis.

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1. Cat Pattern Wool Hat, £20

A beanie hat for that me-wow factor

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John Lewis Cat pattern wool hat / Photo: John Lewis

This fabulous cat pattern beanie hat is totally divine. I really love it, I think it’s actually one of my faves from this list (alongside the merlot one!) – not only is it quite a sophisticated looking hat, it’s also really cool and quirky and SO going on my Christmas wishlist!

2. Barts Joy Beanie, £26.99

A purr-fect beanie for the girls

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Barts Joy beanie hat / Photo: John Lewis

Look at those super-cute fluffy ears! How can you not love this beanie hat by BARTS, it would make a great hat for the girls or even us ladies who’re looking for something a bit different and stylish. Faux faur and felines never go out of style, dahling!

3. You Had Me At Merlot Pom Pom Beanie Hat, £22

A funny beanie that’ll get you into the festive spirit (it’s red too!)

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Christmassy “You had me at Merlot” hat / Photo: John Lewis

So this is the other John Lewis beanie that I’m in love with. “You had me at Merlot” – how cute! (Even though I don’t even drink Merlot). I’m loving the funny quote and the Christmassy red colour… that pom pom is amazing too!

4. John Lewis Multi Stitch Pom Beanie, £20

Something for those who prefer simple, good quality knits

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John Lewis stitch knitted pom pom beanie / Photo: John Lewis

The knitting on this is simply beautiful and the colours on this multi stitch hat will definitely brighten up any dull day. Think super soft textures, and chunky warm knits. Ideal for the cold British winter.

5. Helly Hansen Knitted Beanie Hat, £30

A beanie for gadget guys – complete with removable pom pom feature

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Helly Hansen beanie hat with removable pom pom / Photo: John Lewis

If there’s any boys (big or small) in your family that love gadgets, I think this would be the best Christmas present for him. This Helly Hansen beanie comes with a cool feature; you can attach and detach the pom pom. Two styles for the price of one, both functional and attractive. Well done Helly Hansen!

6. Barts Wilbert beanie, £14.99

For those who want a no-fuss beanie hat

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Barts Wilbert grey beanie / Photo: John Lewis

If you’re just looking for a beanie hat that’s functional and affordable, check out this one. It’s plain and simple, warm and easy to wear. Nothing fancy about it – no pom poms either! The traditional beanie at its best.

And there you have it!

Which one is your favourite? Are you a beanie hat person or nah?
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The good, the bad and the ugly: Stylist Live 2017 Review

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Three days filled with fashion, style, beauty, hair, food, drink, talks, workshops, pink gin and fun, the Stylist Live 2017 event was bigger and badder than ever before! It was my first time attending and all I can say is… it did not disappoint!

I will be back next year for sure. 🙂

I won Bronze tickets to Stylist Live via an Instagram giveaway hosted by aromatherapy products company, Scentered (@iamscentered) – thanks guys! Be sure to check them out as their products are amazing and I will be purchasing their Escape Therapy Balm which smelt amazing. That’s my fave but I also like the rose-scented Love balm and the minty Be Happy balm. As it’s a therapy balm is in a stick form, it just needs to be rubbed onto pulse points so it should last a while.

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Source: The Standard

So here’s my review of Stylist Live 2017 at Olympia (I visited on Saturday and had the Bronze entry ticket)…

THE GOOD

What I liked..

The atmosphere
even though it was really busy it still felt spacious enough to move around most of the time. The only time it felt a little cramped was between the aisles of stands – if there was a big crowd of people it was a little hard to navigate through. The event was indeed family friendly but not buggy friendly. There are lifts and stuff but the place gets so packed bringing a pram would be chaotic. I think bringing older children is fine but leave the little ones at home for this event… plus, you don’t want your bubba(s) to spoil your kiddy-free time do you?

The talks/workshops
There were 4 stages with funky, empowering names (GROW, LEAD, SPARK, THRIVE) and sessions scheduled throughout the day. Most of the good talks were in the morning but as I got there in the afternoon, I missed most of the ones I wanted to watch.

However I managed to catch the 4.30pm workshop/talk with speakers, Clara Amfo and Reni Eddo-Lodge on “How to be Brave: Speaking up against racism”. As the mother of mixed-heritage children, I know that my bubbas might experience some form of racism in their years growing up. Learning how to address it, handle it and rise above it is extremely important. Reni made a remark that left me thinking hard “if you’re not white, you can’t afford to be colour blind”. I wasn’t sure what to make of it – whether or not I agreed with her statement but deep down something told me she was 100% spot on. As a woman of colour myself, you can’t be ignorant and believe that racism doesn’t exist because it does. Sometimes in the mildest, tolerable form but it is still there. It was definitely a ‘food for thought’ kind of talk and I loved it.

The brands
There were sooo many brands to see and a lot of them were offering freebies. Gordon’s Gin gave everyone a free drink upon arrival. Diet Coke was handed out quicker than you could say low-calorie and sugar-free. Babyliss and Remmington were doing free hair styling. There were loads of brands; from natural food brands like Hippea to stylish lifestyle brands like Ella Iconic, and of course plenty hair and beauty brands.

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One of the best workshops at Stylist Live 2017 / Source: Stylist Live

The Bad

What I didn’t like…

The crowds
I know I shouldn’t really complain about crowds and to be fair, the event was managed really well however sometimes I couldn’t help but feel claustrophobic. Especially when I was down the shopping stands, those aisles felt tiny and I’m a petite girl!

The queues
This is another to be expected but still… I am buggered that I wasn’t able to get the chance to have my hair styled. Booo! There was around 4-5 different hair brands that were providing styling services but the queues were so long, it was crazy.

No goody bags (for bronze ticket holders)
I know it’s good to be exclusive but only allowing VIP ticket holders to purchase goody bags is a downer. I really wanted one and have the goody bags available as an add-on option would’ve been amazeballs as I really wanted one.

The Ugly

What I thought needs improving for next year…

The food choices
The food was yummy but there wasn’t enough choice to pick from – there was a few cafe bars on the ground floor and upstairs there were a few more eateries however it would’ve have been nice to have a dedicated food area for eating and getting refreshments. I love matcha lattes and not one food place in there served it, for a food-conscious I did expect more healthy food brands to be there. If Farm Girl could be there next year, I would like a little kid on a sugar rush – I love them!

Better microphones for talks
For most of the workshops, I was able to hear the host(s) clearly however I remember there was a workshop I attended and couldn’t hear a word the host and her guests were saying which was disappointing. I wasn’t even that far away and I think a few other people also had trouble hearing. Because of the bad sound quality, I gave up with listening and wandered off in search of other things – and I’m sure some others did the same.

Give us cheapies a goody bag!
Yep, I’ve included this one here because I really feel like everyone should’ve been entitled to the chance to upgrade their tickets with add-ons like a goody bag. It was possible to upgrade my bronze ticket with a manicure so why not a goody bag? Even if it was just a simple one, it would be nice to have the chance to buy one.

And that’s it!

I really enjoyed Stylist Live 2017 and will definitely be making my way back to Olympia for it next year. I hope they can out-do themselves too because this year was really spectacular! If you attended this year, let me know what your thoughts were below… I leave you with our cool Google Pixel 2 photo we took at the event. 🙂

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Having fun at the Google Pixel stand at Stylist Live 2017

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My Monochrome Primark Haul

I went on a short trip to Primark (Lewisham branch) and found these wonderful items! Everything came to under £20 – what a bargain! All these items could potentially make an outfit (will obviously need something to wear on the bottom half of course!).

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Stripey Top (£4), Mini Bucket Bag (£4), White Sandals (£10)

I simply love stripes and nothing beats classic black and white/cream stripes. When I saw this top and instantly knew I had to add it to my collection – I love wearing colours but have found myself leaning more towards monochrome fashion. I recently bought a pair of stretchy trousers from H&M which I think would go perfect with this top. Failing that I have my black leggings and jeggings as a back-up choice.

My white Orlando bag from JustFab is the perfect size when I am going work as I have more things to store in it but for my casual days out or when I am just running errands I need a smaller bag (I have a separate bag for LO) so I have been on a major lookout for a small bag that suits me and my style/personality… along came the bucket bag. It has a very casual slouchy look but can be instantly dressed up for a more sophisticated look. This one that I found from Primark has a Chanel-esque vibe about it (maybe it’s the quilting) which drew me to it. It’s so cute and cheap I think I need to purchase a few more in case it wears out before its time, or gets sold out, or becomes discontinued.

The white sandals are a new favourite for me. I can’t really wear high heels anymore due to my ankles and the pressure that build up means I can only wear heels under 4 inches and chunky heels provide me with better support than stilettos. Now that chunky platform sandals and heels are in fashion, it’s the perfect time for me! I found these gorgeous white sandals among all the other chunky platform heels. The height of the heel is about 1.5 inches which is just enough for everyday wear and the crossover pattern provides adequate support for my feet. I also hate my feet due to a massive bunion on my right foot that makes me really conscious of it but these sandals hide it really well and make my feet look slimmer so I had to buy it!

I am in love with Primark and my recent haul. I will post a photo of me wearing my latest purchases very soon!

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