Spring is a great time to get away for a long weekend. As the sun comes out, flowers start to blossom and winter is tucked safely behind us for a while, it’s time to finally get out of the house. With Easter weekend just around the corner and the May Bank Holiday weekends not too far away, we are looking for spring weekend breaks in the UK – here’s our list of the best British staycations!
Whether it’s a girly weekend, a romantic getaway or a family trip- we’re sure there will be something for you, so here are our recommendations for spring weekend breaks around the UK…
For a truly exciting getaway, Edinburgh is the place to go. As well as bustling streets of shops, cafes and restaurants, nestled within the city is a lot of greenery that brings spring to life. The best of both worlds.
This historic town has quaint cobbled streets, plenty of pubs and beautiful countryside surroundings – the perfect place to get completely lost in culture and nature for the weekend. Make sure you stop by Bettys Tearooms for some delicious afternoon tea.
Cornwall has everything you’d need for a lovely little break. Sea, sand, shops, walks, great restaurants and much, much more. Visit Truro’s cobbled streets for an lazy afternoon of shopping, and Newquay to soak up some spring sun next to the seaside.
The Jurassic Coast
This World Heritage Site running from Devon to Dorset is great for a family break. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but you can also find time to relax and enjoy the scenic views from the beach…
To mark 3 years of Coatwalk, we wanted to showcase just how relevant and versatile our collection of coats are; so we thought what better way to do this then to work with a number of esteemed fashion and lifestyle bloggers and get them to style the coats in their own individual way? We asked seven of our top blogger friends to select their favourite coat, from our carefully curated Coatwalk website, and make the street their catwalk.
Last Thursday saw the Jacques Vert Group’s SS16 press show, where we showcased all the collections for SS16 to press, bloggers and stylists. Held at Whitfield Street Space in London’s West End, the location was very central for all our attendees and boasted lighting to make you think it was actually summer and not a windy Thursday in November.
The brands collections were separated into different sections; relaxed casualwear, wedding attire, designer collaborations, elegant daywear and occasionwear so we could highlight the versatility of our brands and show how the designs would work for all summer occasions and tap into this season’s most desired trends.
#JVGSS16 Press Day
It was a brilliant day filled with cupcakes, prosecco and this super cute guest…
This season, Coatwalk 2015 has teamed up with homeless charity Hands On London for their Wrap Up London campaign. The campaign collects old, unwanted coats to give to those in need and this is the fifth year that Hands On London has run this fantastic campaign. Hands On London helps a range of people in need including the homeless, the elderly, refugees and immigrants, women and children who have fled domestic violence, and children in poverty.
With every coat purchased from Jacques Vert, Windsmoor, Precis, Planet, Kaliko, Eastex or Dash this season, you can return your old coat for free and help out those in need.
To send us your old coat and help Hands On London give back this season, all you need to do is purchase a Coatwalk 2015 coat and follow the instructions below…
Ring JVG Customer Services on 0344 770 5838
They will arrange for a DHL pick-up
Place your unwanted coat into the bag provided with your order
Wait in for the DHL courier to pick up your old coat
Alternatively, if you have not bought a new coat but would still like to return an old one for charity, please ring our Customer Services line on 0344 770 5838 and we will send out a returns bag and information with how to send us your old coat!
Find out more about Hands On London’s Wrap Up London campaign here.
Coatwalk 2015 is a celebration of new season coats from Windsmoor, Jacques Vert, Precis Petite, Planet, Kaliko, Dash and Eastex. Coatwalk showcases designs from the AW15 collections.
All the coats have been designed in Britain to the highest quality and are inspired by iconic styles and classic trends ensuring the pieces remain timeless. The designs focus on style and fit so women can feel confidently dressed, whatever their age with Coatwalk 2015.
This season, we are also very excited to introduce our brand new designer collaboration collection Windsmoor by Paul Costelloe. Irish fashion designer Paul Costelloe has led British fashion for the last 30 years. Originally based in Dublin, his fashion house has developed into a family run-business in the heart of London and he continues at the helm of his own successful collections. Paul Costelloe has designed an exclusive collection for iconic outerwear brand Windsmoor, embodying contemporary style for the modern woman with a taste for quality. These classic tailored coats, which feature luxury details and signature trims, will endure the test of time.
We go behind the scenes of Kaliko’s AW15 shoot to see the makings and goings on of the day. We chat to Campaign Manager, Lucy, about how she plans the day and how to ensure shooting goes as smoothly as possible…
Tell us what a day at a shoot entails
“Early starts! When we arrive at the location the prep begins on the clothing which involves putting the looks together and steaming the garments. The model goes straight into hair and make-up when she arrives as this can take up to three hours depending on the complexity of the look. During this time the photographer and creative director would begin to scout out the different location options for each look. It is important to make sure you look at the whole composition of the image and not just the model.
Shooting usually starts at about 11.30am and we aim to get at least five shots done before a quick break for lunch. Some shots can take longer to get than others depending on the light available. After lunch the model will go back into hair and make up for a touch up and we begin shooting again at 2.00pm. The afternoon always runs much more quickly than the morning and we aim to get at least eight looks completed. It is important for the stylist to plan the looks as much as possible to save time on the day.
We usually wrap at about 6.30pm when we start to lose the light and pack up.”
How far in advance do you have to plan a lifestyle shoot?
“Ideally at least four months in advance. This is to allow time to understand the direction the brand is moving to for the season ahead and plan accordingly. Finding the right model, location, photographer etc. can take some time and it is important to book everyone in as early as possible to make sure they can commit!”
Tell us in 3 words the worst things that could go wrong during a shoot
“Raining all day!”
Have you ever changed your mind about the plan of a shoot at the last minute and if so how did you go about changing it?
“A few seasons ago some unavoidable design amends meant product needed to change late in the day. It’s important to make sure the product is looking its best and I didn’t feel the location was going to do it justice. With just three weeks to go and in a mad rush to find somewhere more fitting, we scouted an amazing loft studio which ended up being just the perfect fit for the product!”
Lastly, what is your favourite thing (ever) about arranging a shoot?
“For me, it is coming up with the initial concept for each shoot and seeing the story come to life. Then, of course, when we first get the images back it is a very exciting moment.”
Here are the Henley Festival girls in their dresses…
“I absolutely love the Lorcan Mullany for Jacques Vert dress and have never had so many compliments in my life! Even from Lionel!”
Jo Bausor, Marketing Director at Henley Festival
The team at Jacques Vert Group also got all dressed up in elegant gowns from Jacques Vert, Lorcan Mullany for Jacques Vert and Kaliko. The team attended with some fashion journalists and bloggers, and had exclusive access to a press tent sponsored by BMW, with canapes from Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas. Later in the evening, the team enjoyed a live performance from Jessie J. It was a wonderful evening, and the team all looked fabulous in their dresses!
Thank you to Henley Festival, Social Wine and Tapas and BMW for a fabulous evening! The Jacques Vert Group team are looking forward to next year already.