Friday Favourites: 13th January 2017

Blue velvet puffa jacket

Melissa Hassan, Account Executive 

This week I am loving my most recent impulse purchase, this blue velvet puffa jacket from Primark.

After nipping into Primark to pick up a couple of extra layers for the “thunder snow”, I left with a bigger bag than planned. Ticking two Winter trends in one, velvet and puffa coats, I think it was a perfect little January pick me up. The velvet texture makes the deep blue colour look way more luxurious than its £23.00 price tag and it’s lovely and warm! I’ll probably be wearing this with black skinny jeans or leather look trousers and heeled ankle boots for the best part of the coming months.

Mango cross body bag

Jazmin Cabrera, Director and Co-Founder

There could only be one contender for the title of Friday Favourite for me this week – my new Mango bag. I have a new-found love of the small, cross body bag and was looking for a stylish one to add to my collection, when I spotted this one (in the sale, might I add!) on the Mango website and just had to have it. Although it probably is a tiny bit small for all the things I like to carry around on a daily basis, this is no bad thing as it forces me to whittle it down to the basics and saves my poor shoulders the strain they’ve been under for the last few years of carrying around a suitcase-sized handbag filled with things I never use (surely I’m not the only one?!)

I’ve used the bag every single day since it arrived last week and will continue to do so – it’s the perfect blend of statement yet classic and adds a bit of interest to what might be a quite simple outfit (hello jeans and a jumper Every. Single. Day. Thanks to this weather!). Totally eyeing up the nude and navy versions now, too – a girl can never have too many bags and at just £20 each, it’d be rude not to…

Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig

Amanda Spence, Senior Account Executive

This week I am dedicating my Friday favourite to a book I recently purchased, ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’, written by Matt Haig. The title is instantly engaging, but it’s not as negative as it may seem!

This book is a true story of how a 24-year-old Matt overcame and struggled through a mental illness and is funny, heartwarming and joyous. This book is more than just a memoir and I do urge anybody to read it – it gives an insight into mental illness, which for some people might be something they don’t know much about, and can also help others struggling.

The book has been praised by the likes of Stephen Fry, Caroline Flack, Joanna Lumley and is also a Sunday Times Best Seller and I can see why – it’s easy to read and I can find myself not wanting to put it down.

Oh She Glows Every day

Ellen Kelly, Director and Co-Founder

My Friday favourite this week is the latest cook book by Angela Liddon – Oh She Glows Every Day. I was a huge fan of her first Oh She Glows book, and since turning vegan six months ago have looked to expand my cook book collection to give me more inspiration.

Oh She Glows Every Day is packed with ideas for easy breakfasts, snacks, soups, salads, main meals and puddings. All of Angela’s recipes are plant based, but manage to be incredibly tasty and filling, as well as accessible and reasonably simple – putting paid to the misconceptions that vegan cooking is complicated, time consuming, expensive or boring.

Check out the website, here:

– The Avant PR team

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