French Style & Taste – Balsamik Launch at 63 Degrees

Balsamik stylish house coat black

There is something about French style that is so simple yet chic and so when I was invited along to the UK launch of online French brand Balsamik, I was excited to go along and see what their new A/W collection had to offer.

For the event, myself and a few other bloggers were invited to 63 Degrees, French fine dining restaurant in Manchester. We were treated to a delicious two course meal (and plenty of wine), after being shown a few of the key pieces from Balsamik’s newest collection.

63 Degrees French Cuisine NQ Manchester Restaurant

Balsamik AW 2015 2016 brochure catalogue look book

Balsamik Autumn Winter 2015 2016 collection launch

There was a lot of monochrome in the collection and staple pieces that you can build lots of different outfits with. I like this sort of thing as it reminds me of what I’m currently trying to do with my own wardrobe.

Balsamik ladies ankle boots in black leather

I really liked how the theme of the event ran right through with the food and I was pleased with my choices of starter and main. I went for the Organic poached quail egg to start, followed by the pan fried sea bass and mashed potatoes with basil.

63 Degrees Organic poached Quail egg

63 Degrees Pan Fried Sea Bass, mashed potatoes with basil

63 Degrees Manchester Coffee and Wine

I soon got chatting to a couple of lovely bloggers (L’Oréal on the left & Ellie in the middle) and after our meals we took the opportunity to try on some of the items from the collection.

Balsamik VIP UK Launch with Bloggers L'Oreal Blackette and Ellie Grace Thorpe

I had instantly been drawn to this simple yet elegant wrap coat and so I had to try it on. I have to admit I was quite surprised by the garments when I saw them in person. From what I had seen online I felt that the brand represented a slightly older age range than myself. However, after having the chance to have real look at some of the garments, I could definitely see that a lot of these pieces could be worn by a wide range of ages, old and young.

Balsamik black wrap tie winter coat - Samio

It’s pieces like this coat which I feel are timeless in your wardrobe and could easily be worn by a 40 year old or a 20 year old as it really has no age limit, which is something I really liked about a lot of their pieces I looked at.

In terms of my own style, for the event I went for quite a simple yet chic outfit. I wore a white oversized shirt, black biker jacket, high waisted ripped skinny jeans and a pair of red suede heels for a masculine meets feminine look… It’s also quite coincidental how well the Balsamik wrap coat went with my outfit, I may have to invest! I’m currently trying to simplify my own style and so I definitely appreciated the French inspiration.

Shop my outfit:
White shirt – Gap (similar here)
Biker jacket – Zara (similar here)
Jeans- Topshop
Red suede heels – Aldo (similar here)

Balsamik items featured in this post:
Wrap coat
Monochrome jacquard cardigan
Ankle boots

Casual biker jacket, denim ripped jeans and heels outfit

Samio Topshop Jamie jeans red aldo heels and Zara faux leather biker jacket outfit

Samio Style bloggerThanks to L’Oréal for the outfit snaps.

What are your thoughts on French style?

Samio x



  1. Pam
    September 21, 2015 / 8:07 am

    you look wondeful!
    sounds like a great blogger event and the food looks delish!

    hope you enjoyed yourself!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. September 21, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Great post! Was lovely meeting you 🙂

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