JD Women #UndisputedChristmas event at Hotel Gothem

Polaroid from the JD women Christmas party at Gotham Hotel

I need to tell you a story about the best blogger event I’ve ever been to – and no, I’m not exaggerating – The JD womens Christmas party at Hotel Gotham was the best start to the festive season. Hands down. Sit yourself down, grab a cup of tea and just picture yourself there for a sec.

I rocked up with my fav gal pal Hannah from HannahGetsHench. We’ve both wanted to snoop around Hotel Gotham for the longest time and we were finally in there. We spent a few minutes taking photos by the lifts because it’s Hotel Gotham and that place is GORGEOUS!

Upon arrival we were handed a glass of prosecco and shown into the private members bar. You know the scene in Home Alone 2 when he walks into the posh hotel for the first time? That was what it felt like. Christmas music was playing and when I looked to the left of me, I realised it was a singer! In fact there were two performers throughout the night – the second performed plenty of Beyonce songs. A strong move to make, but she absolutely NAILED THEM!

Hannah and I shuffled on through, spotting a few faces we knew. It was nice to have a little natter with Anna Lysik from Don’t Cramp My Style and a catch up with Nina from What Nina Spotted. There are so many talented blogging gals in Manchester!

Quarter 1 items from the JD womens collection

Quarter one gems

We weren’t just at Gothem to natter though! We were here to take a look at JD’s newest additions. The usual suspects were all laid out – Nike, Puma, Adidas. However, some unusual brands have had a revival lately – Champion, Ellesse & Fila. Remember them? That’s right, there’s more to 90’s fashion than tattoo chokers!

Women’s streetwear is coming back and it’s better than ever. No longer should we feel ashamed of rocking track pants to go shopping, even branded crops are being worn on nights out. Check the #SimpleFits tag on instagram and you won’t fall short of gals wearing fresh white trainers and loose fitting t-shirts.

I spotted two Fila baseball tops that fit this trend perfectly! I popped the white version on my wishlist but this navy version was extremely popular among the other bloggers. It’s the type of shirt you can throw on with jeans and trainers, but I can also see myself wearing it open with high-waisted jeans and a crop underneath. I’ve been having a nosey on the JD site the event and there’s a pair of Ellesse men’s trainers that I’d love to pair with this. Is it a faux pas to mix brands like that?!

Some of my favourite pieces also came from the Pink Soda collection. It’s an inhouse JD brand and the quality is awesome. It’s the perfect combination of style & practicality. You get the performance you need for the gym, but it’s also stylish enough to weave into your everyday outfits too. I guess you could call it athleisure.

We were kindly handed a little wishlist to name our top five items. As you can see, I struggled! At first I had my eye on the Air Max Theas, but they’re a little too close to the Roshe I have. I swapped to the Adidas NMDs. A bold move for a gal who’s used to wearing Nike!

Like what you see on my list? Well stick around cause I’ll be styling these items soon!

The interviews
A member of JD’s team ushered me out onto the balcony for a quick interview. (It was so nice to bump into a fellow Salford Uni alumni at the event, Lucy!) The view from up top of Gotham was incredible. Here’s a few clips from the event where you can get to know what some of the other lovely attendees thought of the JD women’s fashion range…

Genuine shout out to the team at JD women:
I’ve never been to a blogger event where the staff are actually interested in creating content with the bloggers. Everyone was SO friendly and so eager to chat. The JD gals were so quick to offer help with photos and their own social media team were there to create content too. This is how events should be done!

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  1. Hannah Latoya
    December 24, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    This looks like a good event. I love blogger events x

  2. Laura H
    December 24, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I’d love all those items from JD! I’ve never heard the term athleisure before but it totally fits the trend now xD

  3. Planet Jodie
    December 24, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Sounds like a fun event. Being new to blogging, I’ve never been to a blogger event x

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      December 25, 2016 / 8:41 am

      Where are you based Jodie? I used to not get invited to events so I made my own hahah!

  4. December 26, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Oh wow what an amazing event! It sounds like the perfect blogger event! x

  5. Claire
    December 26, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Wow! It sounds like a great event. I would love to have attended 🙂

  6. January 3, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Love this post, it was such a great event! Are you enjoying your white Fila basketball tee? 🙂

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 4, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet!
      I’ve got a cute outfit in mind though. I think I’m going to wear it open with a crop.

  7. January 4, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    I’ve seen a few blogger’s blog about this event – it looked amazing! x

  8. January 4, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Looks like u had such a fab time what a wonderful event.

  9. January 4, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    This looks like it was an absolutely fantastic event and you had a great time. It’s so great that the JD team was so helpful and willing to participate with creating content x

  10. January 4, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    This looks like such a cool event, it’s awesome to see JD women coming to the fore.

  11. January 4, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I am glad you had such a great time at the event! I really like the way those presents are wrapped!

    xoxo, Candice

  12. January 4, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I love that they were genuinely interested in working with you on content! Sounds like a great event, and I really like that t-shirt!

  13. January 4, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I’ve never been to a blogger event but posts like this make me want to go so bad!

  14. nicol
    January 4, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    ooo this event sounded great! love how the staff were interested in creating content. now that shows how dedicated and interested they are all around

  15. January 4, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I remember pink soda! They used to have it in a brand that is now discontinued and they always had lush pieces x

  16. January 5, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Looks like a fun event. Great seeing the JD Women section getting out there with bloggers

  17. January 5, 2017 / 9:19 am

    This looks fun, any event that begins with prosecco is a winner in my mind! Not a huge JD sports shopper but it looks like you have a great time

  18. January 5, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Sounds like a wonderful evening. A high standard for other events to reach in the future though.

  19. January 5, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Sounds like a great event, I really want to stay at the Gotham Hotel but it’s so pricey. It’s on the lottery win wishlist

  20. January 6, 2017 / 5:01 am

    What a fantastic event! I’m pleased you had a great time and I’m looking forward to seeing your styling post xxx

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 9, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks Laura!
      I was going to take outfit photos this weekend but the weather was SHOCKING! Typical Manchester.

  21. Laura H
    January 6, 2017 / 10:22 am

    It’s lovely that the staff were genuinely interested in working with the bloggers – you’re right, it is rare, which is sad. Looks like a great event!

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 9, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      I thought that too Laura! The girls there were great. I really hope other brands can learn from stuff like this.

  22. January 6, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    What a fab event! I love the baby pink adidas trainers!

  23. January 7, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Hi there I am Manchester based as well we live in Bury. Looks like a great event and great too see brands working so well within bloggers my daughter loves the addidas trainers you pictured

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 9, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Oooo hey! Always nice to find more local bloggers. I feel like Manchester has such a great creative network these days.

  24. Sarah Ann
    January 7, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    This looks like a great event. I love blogger events – great way to connect with other bloggers who are passionate about their blogs too.

  25. January 7, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Sounds like a great blogging event and brilliant that the brands were engaged about working with bloggers

  26. Dani
    January 8, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    This looks like a great event!
    I’m not really a trainer person but recently treated myself to some rose gold Stan Smiths which I love 🙂

    Dani x

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 9, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      Oooooo I love the Stan Smiths! So classic. I don’t think I’ve seen the rose gold ones though. I’m having a rose gold obsession at the moment.

  27. Jemma
    January 9, 2017 / 11:56 am

    This looks like such a fun event! Sounds great that the brand was really up for working with bloggers too.

  28. January 9, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I’ve never really been in to sports wear but my 13 year old daughter is always talking about Adidas and Nike. The event looks like it was fab though – I’m sure you had a LOT of fun 😀

    Louise x

  29. Nancy Laws
    January 12, 2017 / 4:32 am

    What a fun and productive event for a blogger…being able to get hands on team and so much care from the staff must have been awesome…