High Summer: Matalan Took Me To A Tropical Paradise

Last week I went to the high summer 2011 Matalan press day set in the roof garden at the amazing Soho Sanctum Hotel, and it was a gorgeous scene of jumpsuits, maxi dresses, bright swimwear, and a great selection of footwear and jewellery. I have to admit that the jewellery was the one thing that surprised me the most about the collection. Matalan has always been the place to stop by before a holiday, and this season is no different, the range is a full of great affordable pieces, and nearly every item I picked up was under £20.

I adore this tropical paradise Parrot Necklace, £6, bright, colourful and completely perfect for summer, and will be one of my first picks of the jewellery collection. Closely followed by this amazing Rabbit thumb ring, normally I am not a ring person but this is special, I am not sure how much it is but I bet it is around £6 or £7 *bargain for such a statement piece*.

There was a tribal trend throughout the collection, with paisley, leaf and animal prints of horses and birds, teamed with gold embellishment details for a boho chic vibe. I love this orange maxi with bead embellishments to the neckline, and these amazing gladiator flats with studs, feathers and sequins, all ranging between £12 and £16, are perfect to embrace the sun!!

I love these statement Feather Cuff Gladiator flats, not only will they look amazing with a little black dress, they are only £14.

There was also a lot of bold colours teamed with prints in the collection, and I love this Cobalt Swimsuit is £8, paired with a Tropical Leaf Cover up, £8, but it is the jewellery again that drew me in, how cool are these owl necklaces.

But my first purchase has to be these Chain Weave Sandals, not only will they go with everything, but they are only £16 – seriously everything I saw was a bargain.