Mama Style | Olivia's Townhouse Launch Party

Friday 8 November 2019

Working at a University and parenting two small children doesn't exactly give endless opportunities for glamour, so getting dressed up is a rare occasion for me these days.

The launch of an exciting new cocktail bar, however, is a great reason to get your glam on, so even though there is always a small part of me (the super tired mum part) that would much rather be Netflixing in my pyjamas, I tried to step it up.

Olivia's Townhouse has already taken Birmingham by storm and has now moved East to take up residence in Nottingham's smart Chapel Bar.

With a focus on expert mixology, good times, dirty house music and prosecco brunches, I’ve no doubt it will prove popular here. The ideal venue for a post-work catch up or a girls night, the interior is unashamedly girly and totally designed with one eye on your Instagram grid…

Powder blue chiffon tunic | Whistles
Studded leather jacket | H&M
Leopard print ankle boots | Dune
‘Gemini’ constellation necklace | Missoma
Clear quartz bullet pendant | KissTheFuture@Etsy
‘Rebel Stone’ bracelet | Stella & Dot
Medium Lily bag | Mulberry

The mix of tailoring and relaxed silhouette in this slouchy chiffon shirt dress is something I really love, and the powder blue colour gives it more than a hint of Jean Shimpton and her 60’s mod style - something which has endless appeal.

Whistles are the masters of a draped silhouette that doesn’t cling to much, making them a go-to brand for me for effortless style. The dress looks great worn loose, as I did here,  and equally lovely styled up with a belt.

Dresses paired with ankle boots is a go-to combination for me - it gives everything a little more of a rock vibe. I’m also not great in heels sometimes, but boots make them much more wearable. To amp up the look, I chose these textured leopard beauties which are really glam rock and make any outfit pop.

Leather jackets seem to be something I collect and can never get enough of and I'd wanted one with punk style  studding for ages. This was such a find, and I love how you can zip it with the collar open so the studs show or so it's zipped up and just super plain.

Bringing the tone of things to a more ladylike conclusion for a dose of grunge glam was my Lily bag - a beautiful vision in taupe and one of the classics in my wardrobe, not least because it manages to combine elegance and roominess, which is quite rare.

I set off the outfit with a couple of delicate accessories - the constellation pendant is a recent purchase that I’ve been wearing to death. It gives a subtle hint of sparkle as it's inlaid with little diamonds in the shape of the Gemini constellation. I layered it with my clear quartz bullet pendant, which is a favourite piece that I’ve shown before on here, and the ‘Rebel Stone’ cuff from Stella and Dot which features an obelisk of calcite and is my number one wrist candy.

My friend Katie and I had a lot of fun at the launch party, sipping martinis and prosecco and enjoying some live music from a very energetic saxophonist, as well as catching up with some friends from the blogosphere that I haven’t seen for ages.

Definitely a fun night off - welcome to Nottingham, Olivia’s!

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