Spring Summer Fashion at intu Merry Hill

SS19 Trends: Skirt from H&M, Faux Jacket from Topshop

SS19 Trends: Skirt from H&M, Faux Jacket from Topshop

SS19 Fashion & Beauty key trends at intu Merry Hill

Don’t get me wrong shopping online has many benefits but then again so does spending the day out shopping with friends or family, grabbing a bite to eat, physically trying on a bunch of outfits and asking for personalised fashion and beauty advice from in-store experts. Like everything, there’s advantages and disadvantages to both yet shopping in a mall like intu Merry Hill has many lifestyle and social benefits since it’s a physical experience. In the world of social media and documenting our every move and thing we eat, its these tangible experiences that we are seeking most.

Shopping at intu Merry Hill is somewhere I have fond memories of going with my Mom and sister as a child and still till this day when we’re in need of a bit of retail therapy we have the benefit of a huge variety of retailers catering for all our shopping needs all under one roof. Obviously, the foodie I am loves their Eat Central because it means we can all eat from different places yet sit together and eat at the same time without arguing over who picks the place to eat! So, of course, we were chuffed when intu Merry Hill set me the dream task of shopping with a complimentary gift card in search of the latest Spring/Summer 2019 fashion and beauty trends.

Designer brands at intu Merry Hill

Intu Merry Hill has almost 200 major retailers all in one place with the bonus of free on-site parking. You’ll find a retailer to suit all budgets, styles and shapes. From affordable brands like Primark, mid-range brands such as Topshop and River Island and premium retailers like Twenty9, Diffusion and Tessuti that have a wide range of exclusive designer brands.

While doing a spot of designer shopping, the first statement pieces to catch my eye in Diffusion were the gorgeous designer bags, especially the white Marc Jacobs across the shoulder bag with two compartments and the gold grungy stud bag by Moschino. Both would look great styled with the 90’s style Levi’s jacket and Tommy Hilfiger branded t-shirt from Tessuti and the Calvin Klein white sneakers from Twenty9.

Best of SS19 womens fashion

England isn’t quite done with the chilly Winter weather just yet, nonetheless, I can’t wait to store away my thick coats and wear a transitional trench coat because you can style a statement camel trench with pretty much anything. For SS19, they are the perfect investment piece because just like a crop denim jacket and a leopard print coat they never go out of fashion. So, when in doubt a lightweight trench is perfect for throwing over a jumper with some high waisted distressed denim jeans and pointed boots while the weather is transitioning and then swap the jumper for either a blouse or t-shirt in floral, stripes or tie-dye prints with #shoefie worthy sandals to effortlessly hop your way into spring in style.

While searching my favourite retailers Topshop, River Island , H&M and Primark I spotted a lot of beige, pastels, animal prints, strappy sandals, embellished detailing, tassels, chains, distressed denim, corduroy, high rise bottoms and straw accessories. Just like the Premium stores at intu Merry Hill, it was the wide range of statement bags that got my attention, I would of happily of bought them all because a statement bag really adds to the finishing look of an outfit.

Mark Heyes SS19 collection launches at Bon Marche

If you watch Lorraine, then you’ll know the fashion & style consultant Mark Heyes who makes a regular appearance on the show. His just dropped a collection of pieces for Bonmarché focusing on this summer’s key trend, animal print. The collection consists of statement leopard and snake prints in neutral and vibrant green tones.

My favourites from the collection are the cropped leopard print jacket because it can be worn many ways dressed up for night or down for day so it’s a great piece to throw on for after work drinks and If you’re like me and have an hourglass figure, then Marks frill wrap dresses are a great choice for special occasions or to simply take you from day to night.

No SS19 style is complete without spraying the latest floral scent, adding a strobe of highlighter and finishing with a touch of lipstick to enhance your natural features. In intu Merry Hill the best place to go for premium beauty products is Debenhams and Boots . Where you’ll find cult favourites such as Dior, Kat Von D, Nars, MAC, Bobbie Brown, Make Up Forever, Clinique, NO7 and Benefit to name a few.

If you’re like me and prefer to try on different makeup shades before purchasing then Debenhams is perfect because you can receive expert advice from a variety of brands who will match your skin tone to the right foundation shade and even help you create a new Spring makeup look and show you the best way to apply each product to get the most from them. That way you get to see and feel the cosmetics on your skin before you buy, meaning you don’t end up with a bag of unwanted makeup that isn’t right for you - which I always find to be the case when I buy cosmetics online!

New Look khaki jacket

New Look khaki jacket

So, I assume you're wondering what I bought with my complimentary gift card. Well, surprise I’ve still got credit left on the gift card, so I only picked up a few items. There were so many great statement pieces that the indecisive me was completely spoilt for choice at intu Merry Hill. Plus, we spent a while stuffing our faces at Eat Central – but I’m not complaining The Little Dessert Shop has just opened there and the mall itself is open until 9pm!

My top pick is this Topshop spotty monochrome midi bias skirt with an elasticated waistband (which I was very grateful for when I tried on after eating!). The skirt is £35 and comes in many colours and prints.

H&M Leopard midi skirt £19.99

H&M Leopard midi skirt £19.99

H&M also has a leopard print one for £19.99 which is also elasticated. The midis look great with strappy sandals or white trainers, a slogan t-shirt tucked in and a cropped jacket.

If you are looking for minimalist yet functional accessories that will suit the majority of your wardrobe than this Accurist Milanese silver stainless steel watch (£69.99) from H.Samual is a great investment piece. As well as this translucent bag (£24) with animal print handles and a beige zipper bag insert. What I love about this bag is that it’s a stylish accessory that’s also practical for your daily needs since it has plenty of space to fit in all your essentials and has optional straps to wear it across the body.

Accurist watch / Urban Decay / Topshop bag

Accurist watch / Urban Decay / Topshop bag

The khaki green distressed corduroy jacket (£24.99) is from New Look and looks great paired with either of the skirts, a white slogan t-shirt and pointed black boots. Finally, the Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Foundation (£28.50) from Debenhams is my favourite for lightweight coverage during Spring-Summer and has the added benefits of an SPF20 which is essential to prevent premature ageing.

Topshop midi bias skirt £35

Topshop midi bias skirt £35

So, there you go a brief insight into my favourite SS19 pieces available at intu Merry Hill right now. When it comes to the shopping experience nothing beats physically trying on the item, seeing if it fits you in all the right places and how it looks with other pieces, or how it feels in terms of the materials and its quality (I’m super picky when it comes to materials, I’ll usually send something straight back if I don’t like the feel of it!) as well as having the added incentive of discussing your style with a personal shopper and being able to grab something last minute from a variety of places without having the inconvenience and expense of ordering online next day delivery to find that they’re not suitable - which always happens to me as I’m short with an hourglass figure and have to wear wide fit half size shoes!

For more photos of my SS19 fashion & beauty picks, and a few photos of why the mall is a great place to bring children, check out my Facebook album .


Disclaimer: Complimentary gift card to preview SS19 collection at intu Merry Hill. All words and photos are my own.