A fashion and beauty showcase proved to be a huge hit with shoppers visiting The Rock.
We hosted our six day long Rock Your Summer Look event in a large marquee in St John’s Square from May 29th until June 3rd.
It included a Pamper Zone running from Tuesday to Friday where hundreds of shoppers made the most of free treatments including manicures, make-up, hair styling and eyebrow shaping. There was also a Gents’ Grooming Chair with free beard, nose hair, ear hair and eyebrow trimming.
We asked for donations to be made to our current partner charity, The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and over four days more than £570 was raised.
The week culminated with a series of fashion shows taking place throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday where models showcased the hottest summer looks for women, men and children
There was also entertainment provided by The Roc Squad hip-hop dance group and the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop.
Arnold Wilcox-Wood, centre director of The Rock, said: “Our fashion and beauty event had a revamp for this year with more activity, a new name and a new look and we’re thrilled at how popular it has proved to be with our shoppers.
“Our Pamper Zone was busy every day and the feedback from our visitors has been extremely positive. The fun carried on into the weekend with a packed agenda of fashion shows and dance performances. We already can’t wait for next year’s event.”
Are you stuck for what to buy the special someone in your life this Christmas? Have you got a colleague in the Secret Santa draw but no idea what to buy them? Or need something for dad which is a little bit more exciting than socks? Or maybe you’ve decided you want to treat yourself – maybe to a new dress for the party season or that special fragrance you know and love.
Well, look no further, we’ve pulled together a handy gift guide – with the help of some of our retailers – to showcase just some of what you can buy here at The Rock this festive season.
If it’s pampering they’re into there’s some great gifts and stocking fillers available at Toni & Guy.
Buy a conditioner and get the shampoo half price – both come wrapped in a gift box.
Or, if you buy two products or one electrical item you’ll receive a free designer House of Holland clutch bag.
And if it’s something for Him you’re after, there’s this Label men’s gift set, priced at £24.45.
Plus don’t forget there’s a range of GHDs available to purchase in store.
Meanwhile, it’ll be hard to walk past Lush this Christmas without popping in store and stocking up on their goodies.
The store’s ‘Night Before Christmas’ set – priced at £10.95 is ideal for Secret Santa exchanges.
Or if you’re looking for something that’s extra special why not go for the ‘Stardust’ gift set, priced at £37.50 it contains some of the brand’s very popular Snow Fairy Range.
Does the lady in your life deserve an extra special treat? Maybe an advent calendar with a twist? Well, look no further than the ’12 Days of Christmas’ bundle filled with all the pampering treats she could wish for – priced at £67.50, this is super popular. Grab it while you can!
Over at Oasis there’s some gorgeous girly treats to make the perfect stocking fillers – including this dazzling hat and scarf twinkle set priced at £26 or these snug heart and strip socks priced at £7 – if’s sparkle they’re looking for what about this three set collection of pouches, priced at £25.
If it’s the perfect party outfit you’re looking for Oasis is the place to visit. We love this outfit the girls in store have put together. It’s a classic and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.
The Nottingham Lace Jacquard dress is priced at £60 and this stunning glitter sparkle envelope clutch is £20.
Complete the outfit with these scallop Estrella heels for £38. This look is available in store now.
If it’s a good pair of boots they’re after this Christmas – check out the latest collections at Deichmann. These Women’s Floral Embroidery Boot priced at £29.99 are both pretty and practical.
Don’t forget there’s plenty for the kids at Deichmann too, including these girl’s glitter high tops priced at £14.99.
And for the gents, these Venice men’s brown casual slip on boots would match with jeans and chinos and are the perfect choice for those looking for stylish and versatile footwear. Priced at £29.99, these are in store now – make sure you check them out.
With festival season upon us here’s our guide to the hottest festival essentials you can find at The Rock right now.
This year there’s a boho festival vibe sweeping across the high street, from 70’s inspired prints to fringed tops and platform shoes. If your not really into high fashion for festivals then you can’t go wrong with denim shorts or dungarees paired with a plain tee or crop top and some Converse.
(Left to right) Motel Kimmy Lotus Skirt (£22) and Crop Top (£24), Hearts and Bows Daisy Trim Tee (£17), Juna Short Dungarees (£30), all available at ARK
Accessories are everything
Any chic festival look wouldn’t be complete without a few accessories, our favourites this festival season include fringed bags, metallic temporary tattoos and headbands.
(Left to right) Gold Coin Headband (£3) from Ark, Metallic Arrow Temporary Tattoos (£6.50) from Topshop, Fringed Shoulder Bag (£19.99) from H&M
You need to prepare for all weathers, this is the UK after all. A pair of wellies could be a life saver if you don’t want to risk ruining your brand new white Converse, while a fold away poncho will keep you dry in the event of a downpour. If it’s definitely set to rain and you don’t want to compromise your style get yourself a trendy printed mac.
(Left to right) Floral Mac (now £35 -was £50) from Topshop, Candis Womens Patterned Wellies (£17.49 – was £34.99) from Trespass, Lightweight Poncho (£1.99 – was £2.99) also from Trespass
If it’s sunny you might want to consider wearing some sun protection, there’s nothing cool about a red nose! Powdered sun protection will help avoid the mess that lotions and creams can create. A miniature fragrance that fits in your handbag will keep you smelling sweet all day long while a money belt underneath your clothes will keep valuables safe.
(Left to right) Powdered Sunshine with SPF 15 (£6.95) from Lush, Karma 10ml fragrance (£12) from Lush, Money Belt (£5.99) from Trespass
Wedding season has arrived and natural that means buying a new outfit (or three), from exotic beach ceremonies to countryside nuptials, here’s a guide of how to dress for every wedding occasion.
The city wedding
From cathedrals and town halls to art galleries and museums, many city centre landmarks offer wedding packages in a unique setting. Keep your look chic with more fitted styles, a statement bag and court shoes.
(Left) Plain Crepe Wrap Dress (available in Pink and Orange – £55) Cassie court shoes in Natural (£35) and Ruby Glitter Clutch (£25). All available at Oasis.
(Right) Little Mistress print prom dress (£60), Sole Diva cross strap pointy court shoe in black (£30) and lace evening bag (£17). All available at Simply Be.
The country wedding
Converted barns, marquees and even tee-pees are becoming more popular as wedding venues. Pretty floral prints and A-line dresses are perfect for countryside weddings, along with a statement fascinator and nude shoes, make sure you opt for a wedged or block heel as you don’t want your stilettos to sink into the grass.
(Left) Kelly Brook Printed Belt Dress (£60), Sole Diva platform sandals (£35) in nude pink, Pastel Envelope clutch bag in pink (£20) and Feather Bow fascinator (£20). All available at Simply Be.
(Right) The Ivory Prom Dress from Debut (£99), purple Jacques Vert two colour fascinator (£79) and The Collection cream patent high wedge court shoes (£32.50). All available at Debenhams.
The destination wedding
Many are opting for weddings in more exotic locations, from the Italian countryside to the beaches of Mexico. Light weight layers and loose fabrics will help keep you cool while sparkly sandals are perfect for beach weddings. A decorative hair clip or crystal headband are more practical than a hat.
(Left) Warehouse Spotlight Feather Print Maxi Dress (£85), Red Herring Grey Metallic Diamante sandals (£25) and Red Herring Twinkle Burst crystal hair comb (£10). All available at Debenhams.
(Right) Little Mistress Embellished Maxi Dress (£70), Sole Diva diamante flexi sole sandal (£25) and Mood diamante crystal patterned headband (£14). All available at Simply Be.