Balsamik is a French fashion brand that I have never heard of before. When I was invited to attend their VIP launch event in Manchester I could only but say yes. Totally worth taking half the day off from work spending time with fellow bloggers and getting to know a new fashion brand.
I soon realised I was going to an invent not knowing anyone there so it was a relief chatting to Donna on Twitter prior to the event and meeting up before so we wouldn’t turn up on our own. Check out her Polkadot Pink blog, very colourful 🙂
Balsamik had set up their Autumn/Winter launch at 63 Degrees, a French restaurant (how appropriate!!!) in the Norther Quarters in Manchester. I’ve never been to this area before but will definitely come back to explore more. If you love Instagram, this is the place to be.
As we arrived we were directed to the upstairs area which had been booked out exclusively for us for the afternoon. We got a choice of red and white wine and even though I prefer rosé I didn’t say no to some mid-afternoon drinking in the middle of the week. Would be daft not to.
Balsamik Autumn/Winter Collection
Now to the reason the whole event was set up. Balsamik had brought a couple of products from their latest collection and I must say I was both surprised and happy. All clothes looked very stylish and time less which is great for me. I can’t really follow a trend to 100%, I go my own way where clothes that never go out of style are perfect!
I especially love the monochrome pieces, the shirt, cardigan and scarf to name a few. The leopard shoes instantly became a hit with everyone there. As much as I love the look of them I know I wouldn’t wear them often enough to justify a purchase. A cardigan though…can’t have too many of those 😉
Continuing with the French theme we were also able to have our nails done and as I’m not as good with mine as I would like to be I dived in as soon as the lovely manicurist was available. I decided to go for a subtle colour as they will match with all outfits. She used, an unknown brand to me, The Edge in a nude shade with a hint of pink sparkles. I think it’s called French Pink and I absolutely love it. They looked stunning in the sunlight streaming through the windows.
It wasn’t for nothing the event was held at a French restaurant. I was starving by the time our meals were served. We had all pre ordered the food so I was excited to actually get to eat the fish I’d chosen. I had mackerel for starters and seabass as my main. I mean, I am Swedish after all. The starters were cold, a chock to us all but nevertheless gorgeous. I did however prefer the main more. So minimalistic in layout but also its taste. Just enough to making me want more. Typical French style the portions weren’t big so I had to eat again when I got back home but that’s ok.
As if all this wasn’t enough we also got treated to a goody bag each. I absolutely love tote bags. They’re so useful for most things and especially for brining lunch to work as I don’t want to be walking around with plastic bags… Anyway, the goody bag contained the Balsamik Autumn/Winter lookbook, a statement necklace and a cute clutch bag. I’m so happy with all this! The necklace will definitely appear in an outfit post.
Thank you so much for inviting me! The Balsamik UK website is now live and I have trouble deciding on what to use my discount voucher on.