The news that Marks and Spencer is closing one hundred stores comes as a terrible shock. What are they thinking? Their stores are filled with moderately priced fashion treasures. It’s particularly sad news for me, as I’ve only just rediscovered it and their clothes have inadvertently formed the basis of my 2018 summer wardrobe.

‘This is a terrible shock. I love them’

Surprised? Me too. For years I’ve thought of Marks and Spencer as being firmly for the middle-aged, with only the excellent food hall and well made knickers as redeeming factors. And my visit to the new flagship store in Longbridge was hardly in ideal circumstances; off the back of a girls night out in Birmingham, which included four Porn Star Martinis and dancing till 4 am.

With our heads still fuzzy, my sister and I stumbled into the Marks and Spencer, more for the cool atmosphere and comforting lighting than any real expectation of successful purchases.  Two hours and £200 later, we steamed out laden down with bags of shopping. Perhaps it’s the booze talking, but I really really love Marks and Spencer. Please don’t close more stores.

My purchases:  1 x pair of white trainers with a flash of red, which were on an actual wish list I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Thank you M&S. £19.50 is an excellent price.
1 x Per Una red and white pure cotton embroidered off-the-shoulder Bardot top, £19.50.
1 x The Collection colour block skater dress in a navy mix. At £45 for this flattering number, it is perfect for my working wardrobe and versatile enough to wear at school events.
1 x £35 tan handbag with rope handle, which I simply LOVE
1 x  bluebell cashmere jumper, £75
& the most gorgeous pair of soft pink velvet shoes with a small glitter block heel, £35.

If it’s good enough for St Tropez …

Here’s Emma in her M&S dress.
1 x Striped Half Sleeve Bardot Dress, £15 M&S Collection