Wednesday, 24 March 2010

All change at Stratford and Warwick!

Customers of our Stratford and Warwick shops are in for a bit of a treat as both shops have recently had their clothes rooms refurbished and now have a greatly increased capacity.  Do you know what that means?  That's right, more clothes.  Which is probably a good thing since we went a bit crazy on the ordering front for this season - at least now we have space for all the pretty pretty clothes we have coming in!

Both stores now boast two-tiered rails, effectively doubling the amount of clothes which can be displayed, and new forward-facing rails allow us to show our maxi dresses in all their glory!

Here's a few pics for those who haven't had a chance to pop in and see us yet...


Those of you who have been into our Warwick store before may remember the window in the clothes room - if you do, hold onto those memories!  They're now limited edition because...

...the window is no longer there!  We've now maximised space in the Warwick clothes room by boarding up the window so it can be used to house more pretty clothes.  Here you can also see the two-tiered rails in full effect!

The back wall in the clothes room has now been painted in a colour I like to refer to as 'Aspire Pink' (the paint company probably call it something else).  Look at the lovely new light fittings - they really give this room a unique boudoir feel!  If you can't take your eyes off the beautiful Fever Sea Mist maxi dress on the back wall, don't fret, it's available here for just £65, with free P&P!


The change in Stratford didn't involve any boarding-up of windows, but has been dramatic none the less, and not just because we've moved the wardrobe:

We've also replaced the bulky shelves above the rails with nicer thinner ones, and now the scarves have their own custom-built rails (you can just about see them at the right of the photo).

The shoes have their own individual glass shelves, which make them look gorgeous!  Here we have (from top to bottom) the Kim Oh No shoes (£79), Oz Shoes (£65) and Pep In Your Step shoes (£79), all by Irregular Choice, and the Genteel shoes (£75) by Poetic Licence.

Look, space designed specially for holding maxi dresses!  Here we have the lovely Fever Amazon maxi dress (£65).

We're getting new stock in all the time, and hopefully in the next few days we'll be able to announce the arrival of a lovely new brand!

In the meantime, don't forget to follow us on Twitter for updates and exclusive competitions, and feel free to email us with any comments or questions - we love to hear from our customers.

Until next time,


Thursday, 18 March 2010

The New Nudes

Sounds like a good name for a band, no?  If you're as frequent a reader of the glossy fashion mags as us Aspire girls, you'll be well aware how massive a trend Nude is going to be this Spring and Summer.  To quote The Trend Report in Vogue:

"The big story for summer though, is nudity - the vast majority of shows opened with nude, ice-cream colours, making cut and drapery the big style statements as opposed to eye-popping colours. Where last summer we obsessed about colour blocking, next will be about subtleties of tone: nude with peach with washed out nutmeg, or grey with icy blue. A general lack of clothing will be approved of too - your underwear must look its best next summer because if it's not on show it's not worth wearing - only to be covered by swathes of knotted and ruffled sheer chiffon - and a touch of lace will keep things interesting (Stella McCartney, Fendi)."

 Here's our pick of the finest nudes Aspire has to offer...

Teaming pretty feminine beiges and pinks with black creates a stylish look which also stops the paler-skinned lady looked washed out.  The stunning Maxi Ra Ra dress by Traffic People has been a bestseller in the past few weeks, with one customer even buying in bulk for her bridesmaids!

Don't be afraid to branch out into other candy floss colours, such as this beautiful Lilan dress by Darling, £55:

The Amalfi dress (£60) has also been much admired by our customers, with its vintagey colours and floral design making it ideal for Summer weddings or picnics in the park...

That's all for now, be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news from Aspire HQ, as well as exclusive offers and competitions!

Until next time,


Friday, 5 March 2010

Mother's day ideas

Look at the lovely Nica Anita bag that Warwickshire Living featured in this month's edition!

It was part of a larger features on ideal presents for Mother's Day.  Other very popular gift ideas include...

The Dandy Handbag, £45.00

Pretty pastel rose brooches, £8.95

And of course, the ever popular envelope purse from our Vintage Travel range, £12.95!

For more ideas, head over to Aspire Style and don't forget to use your Mother's Day discount code to get 10% off - just enter MUM10 at the checkout!

Until next time,