My Country Attire

hand holding red leather bag

Last weekend I headed across the Pennines for the third time in a week to go to Country Attire’s blogger event at Propertea in Manchester. (The other two trips were for client meetings, equally as exciting though considerably less cake). Country Attire are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and I was the lovely Jessica’s plus one for the evening.

Country Attire is an online retailer specialising in high end clothing suited to looking stylish in the outdoors. Whilst I’m not exactly the ‘outdoorsy’ type (you will not find me trekking up a mountain for love nor money), I love the country feel to fashion and let’s face it, when you live up north, it pays to be practical – something I should probably practice rather than preach as I’m forever forgetting to bring a coat and often get caught in downpours. Though Country Attire sells a lot of the stylish but practical clothing (we’re talking Hunter/Barbour et al), I’m all about the accessories by Ted Baker and Vivienne Westwood too.

red purse with bow

We had chance to look through their collection and I found myself falling head over heels for a Vivienne Westwood shoulder bag which is in my favourite dark red shade. Has anyone noticed how much burgundy has started appearing on the highstreet as A/W starts rolling in by the way? I am LOVING it. Pastels just don’t work with my Caspar the friendly ghost complexion. This bag is pretty much my dream as it matched my lipstick perfectly and is a very practical size - it’s got to the point where I won’t consider bags that won’t fit my camera in them.

woman holding red handbag

The event also made me 99% sure that all I’m missing in life is a pair of Dr Martens and if they’re as comfy as their popularity implies, they could replace my love for trainers. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a pair for years but as they seem to be the type of shoes you’d wear with a dress, I’ve been a bit unsure. Could you wear them with skinnies tucked in or rolled up do you think? Answers on a postcard please!

brown doctor marten boot

The event itself took place at Propertea and I would highly recommend getting yourself there at the earliest opportunity for afternoon tea. We stuck to breakfast tea though I’d love to go back and drink my way through their entire tea menu. I absolutely LOVE loose leaf tea (my pug in a mug tea strainer makes a regular appearance on my Instagram), and their Jasmine Pearls green tea sounds like my idea of heaven. The afternoon tea was also bloody delicious. I went for the gluten free option as I knew it would be a bit heavy for my mild intolerance, and I was not disappointed. The sandwiches were delicious and cheese-heavy which is my fave, the sweets included no-sugar flapjack and a cube of homemade fudge and the scone was replaced with the biggest piece of chocolate cake I’ve ever seen. I was in heaven.

afternoon tea

To me, this event was the perfect mix of mingling, taking photos and enjoying the company of some lovely bloggers. I was so excited to finally meet Anoushka and Sally who I’ve followed for years, and also Yasmin and Kiran who I met on the day.

Thank you to Country Attire for such a lovely event, it’s made me so excited for Autumn days!

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