Ultimate Winter Accessories | Red Hot Sunglasses and Jules B

Winter is upon us and whilst the weather may not be on our side, fashion certainly is. Whether its’ a crisp Autumn day or a cosy night by the fire, the winter months are the one time where its’ okay to over indulge in accessories. We’ve teamed up with luxury fashion retailers Jules B to put together a list of the hottest designer essentials you should be stocking up on this season. Everything else can go on to the Christmas wishlist…


Winter Baggage


Needless to say, we have a lot more to carry in the colder months. Emergency woollies, an umbrella, a spare hairbrush to combat the ‘wind tunnel’ weather and a few add-ons to take us from ‘office geek’ into ‘after-work drinks’ chic’ – so what better way to transport you wares than in a stylish bag fit for all your compartmental space-defying needs!

For ladies, the Marc Jacobs ‘Selma’ bag is having quite a moment in the limelight taking pride of place among the Hermes Birkin, Chanel 2.55 and Mulberry ‘Alexa’ as THE must-have staple piece. This simple rectangle coach bag  has a structured trapeze shape which is featured in a variety of sizes, colours and fabrics to meet the needs – and tastes-  of the wearer. Equipped with a satchel style strap to be worn over the shoulder or two reinforced handles to carry in style with the Michael Kors logo subtly placed across the front, the Selma bag is a super chic way to carry your life around; especially when featured in classic black or Autumnal burgundy.

If something more contemporary looking is what you’re looking for Armani Jeans’ soft leather totes, an Alexander Wang leather backpack  or Vivienne Westwood’s textured bowling bags are a great way to make your bag the centerpiece of your outfit. As for accommodating an evening or the work Christmas party, forget fussy clutches. The micro-bag is back and the  glamorous shoulder bag versions are new way to go. Chanel, Charlotte Olympia and Lulu Guiness have been spear-heading the trend with ornately decorated clutches equipped with chain straps so you can sling your purse over your shoulder when the dance floor starts calling. Small enough to not be a burden yet big enough for your important bits (hand mirror, lipstick, credit card and keys respectively) these perfect party bags have just the right dose of grown-up kitsch. Our favourites include the Vivienne Westwood metallic clutch which is perfect for the party season, the versatile Alexander McQueen Black Simple Fold Shoulder Bag and the glossy berry-hued Armani Jeans chain strap shoulder bag which is subtly festive.

Guys have plenty of choice too. Those myths of the ‘Joey bag’ are way outdated as the holdall, the backpack and the satchel have integrated into every modern man’s wardrobe with ease. A chic leather Naptha satchel by Hugo Boss makes a real sophisticated statement whilst the sturdy holdall’s by Paul Smith and Barbour are designed to perfection – and great for carrying your gym kit.



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Christmas Wrapping 

Part of the joy of Autumn is stocking up on snuggly winter accessories like hats, scarves and gloves knowing that your future self will thank you once those cold winter nights creep in. The other part is the scope they give you to play with your look in a way you just can’t in the summer.

Women are spoiled for choice this season with a range of pashminas, silk patterned and sheer scarves by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, McQ by Alexander McQueen and German label Oska which can be worn with dresses and sweaters for a creative and artistic look. To keep things a little cosier, Barbour’s tartan print soft knitwear offers a traditional countryside feel. However, if you want something a little more glamourous, faux fur is the way to go. Instantly transforming a plain jacket into A-List territory, Jules B offer a range of collars, scarves and snoods in colours you can experiment with until your heart is content. Pair with a fur hairband, fur lined leather gloves or ear-muffs and you’re sure to stay toasty all season!

For the fellas, think of your scarf as an outdoor tie. It’s your chance to add a splash of colour to your outfit that can be changed and updated as you please. Stripes, checks and tartan are at hand via London designer Paul Smith, Hugo Boss and Barbour. Pair with your own luxury leather driving gloves and your look is instantly updated and worthy of a men’s editorial.


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Hats Off

The saviour of the bad hair day; a decent winter hat will see you through the season if you choose well. As evident in numerous fashion spreads and ad campaigns, the ‘Winter Huntsman’ look is in. Thick chunky knits, Scandinavian influences and innovative outdoor materials have replaced flimsy beanies and indie fedora’s for menfolk. Paul Smith and Fred Perry infuse pattern and colour into their traditional bobble hats whilst Barbour and Napapijri (Italian crafted, Norwegian influenced brand) favour heavy duty cable knits in neutral shades.  When worn with shearling and layers, this is one look which could thaw a glacier and better still, it’s unisex!

Ladies can choose from cable knits and softer pom pom wool hats this season for a cosy feminine look by Helene Berman or Gebeana with subtle jewelled beanies by Markus Lupfer. The good news for nostalgia fans is that the 1970s luxe look is back so a felt fedora (we love Gestuz’ version) is sure to create a stunning dramatic look too!




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Don’t be fooled into thinking that sunglasses are only for the summer. UVA and UVB rays are present all year round even through cloud cover and you should always keep your peepers protected. Much in the way you are encouraged to use sun screen even in winter or cloud cover, wearing sunglasses at these times can also prevent serious and irreversible damage to your eyes. For every grey day where you might not need your sunnies, there is a clear and crisp day with extremely low and bright sunlight ready to blindside you! Wear when driving or during the brighter hours of the daytime (or even on a Monday morning after a particularly heavy weekend!) and you’ll be saving yourself from a lifetime of health complications, eye-strain and sight problems.

Of course, the practical needs are just a bonus compared to the fashion aspect. Sunglasses are a great way to create a winter fashion look and there are plenty to choose from here at Red Hot.



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Not only are timepiece and jewellery excellent Christmas gifts, they’re also a great way to add a little magic to your outfit. Layer gold chains or trinket necklaces to create an understated high fashion look or opt for one large statement piece to set off your outfit. Pearls and clear diamante’s have a delicate ‘Snow Queen’ feel whilst gold, rose and gemstones add plenty of glitz and attitude.

Chunky watches are also very in this season as are decorative cufflinks which add a hint of playful colour to a suit or shirt.

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Craft Beer Calling | Beer, Food and Music in NE

It’s no secret that the Red Hot team love good food, good beer and good music. Basically, any celebration which involves all three is a surefire way to ensure that we’ll be there no matter what the odds. This weekend the international beer festival Craft Beer Calling was in town and blogger Lauren Archer of Scran On The Tyne had hooked us up with some tickets.

With a vast array of independently crafted beers from the UK and overseas, delicious food stalls and a DJ set by the one and only Mr. Scruff as well as Greg Wilson, we sent our resident socialite Jake (@wheyai) down to The Boilershop Steamer in Newcastle for the three-day soiree to have a bloody good time!

Unfortunately, due to the main action taking place at night, no shades were spotted… however we can bet that a few were required for the following morning…



The Festival: Craft Beer Calling

For one weekend only,  over 50 breweries assembled their wares under one roof to tantalize the taste buds of  our Northerners. From cask to keg, to artisan ciders and sloe gin; the weekend was certainly set to be a boozy one. As winter creeps in, a beer jacket is the perfect way to stay warm on a brisk October night so its’ all the better if its’ been painstakingly crafted and specially brewed with the best hops and flavourful undertones around.

Yet those who are teetotal certainly didn’t miss out on the fun… there was plenty to do besides chug down alcohol. Restaurants and street food stands from the growing local ‘foodie’ scene provided the perfect accompaniment to all that sweet nectar with wholesome delicious snacks smoked, griddled, fried and steamed to perfection. Jesmond based burger joint Fat Hippo, Asian fusion restaurant Electric East and Riley’s Fish Shack from Tynemouth did most of the legwork representing Newcastle’s finest dining whilst new kids on the block Utter Swine and Longhorns’ BBQ brought traditional All-American barbecue back in style.


craftbeercallImage c/o The Evening Chronicle


The Venue

The Boilershop Steamer has quickly become one of the hottest venues in the North East by regularly hosting food festivals, gigs and events in the once over-looked corner of the UK. Taking an abandoned warehouse and applying some of that Portland-meets-Shoreditch artsy magic, this once abandoned space is now quite the go-to rustic venue. Think exposed brick work and industrial wooden beams decorated with fairy lights and colourful stalls and you’ve got the perfect backdrop to Newcastle’s coolest mingling to a soundtrack of up-and-coming music. Certainly the ‘place to be’ this season!

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Photo: The Journal

The Beer

Issued with your very own Craft Beer Calling glass at the door indicated that some heavy drinking was heavily encouraged – after all, it is a beer festival and this place meant business! With over 50 beers on tap, those in-the-know would have been pleased to see the likes of Camden Town Brewery, Renaissance Brewery, The Bridge Tavern, The Kernel, Bristol Beer Factory and Northern Alchemy participating in the craft-beer event of the year along with other significant independent labels from afar a field as China and South America which have slowly seeped their way into craft-beer consciousness.

The only choice we had was to sample them all given a little confusing £10 ‘drinks token card’ for which 20 stamps were to be earned. Each drink cost a particular number of stamps which is probably a good way to keep toll considering a lot of the drinks were over 8%.  The killer combination of international, UK and North East regional brews not only provided variety but a unique taste of what each has to offer. Jack’s Gin Bar in particular provided some very strong gin cocktails which had the previously reserved mood lifted and by midnight the crowd were dancing on tables and really going for it.


The Food

Three words defined our weekend experience and that was ‘Spoilt. For. Choice’…

Fat Hippo
Jesmond’s Fat Hippo opened its’ doors back in 2011 and ever since, booking a table on any given night has been somewhat of a challenge. Frequently packed to the rafters, a second branch Fat Hippo Underground was opened in the city centre to accommodate this little burger shops’ growing fan base and budding franchise in keeping with the current ‘gourmet burger’ trend.  If you’ve ever sampled one of Fat Hippo’s PB + J burgers or their cajun spiced double cooked fries, you’ll know exactly why…

FAT-HIPPOImage c/o Boilershop Steamer

Electric East
Asian-European fusion cuisine has never been so chic when presented in the ‘Street food’ format. Electric East in Newcastle is a eclectically decorated little restaurant hidden in Waterloo Square and their appearance at Craft Beer calling was certainly a welcome one. Taking traditional dishes from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, Electric East infuses a contemporary luxury twist which is even better in bite-size. Their famous Shakin’ Beef and Penang Lamb Curry with jasmine rice were highlights of the night and the rich spicy scents emerging from the stall were enough to have us drooling at the door.

ELEctricImage c/o Electric East

Utter Swine
Whilst burgers establishments take over cities at rapid pace and smokehouses pop up on every corner, one Street Food success has been widely ignored among this Americana obsession: the New York style hot dog! Thankfully, new guys in town Utter Swine were at hand to meet all our meaty needs with German-style Bratwurst, smoked sausages and whole hog meat cuts. BBQ at its’ best, these guys’ source only the best pork for their hand-made ‘dogs served with all the trimmings in soft brioche buns.

utterswineImage c/o Utter Swine

Riley’s Fish Shack
All good Friday nights in the winter are founded on the traditional British Fish and Chips supper. In fact, the North- South divide has never been so close to non-existent when it comes to a battered cod. Yet, Riley’s Fish Shack, based in the port of Tynemouth are offering something a little more upmarket and unusual to the Street Food movement. Fresh, locally caught North East seafood is cooked over real charcoal and presented in exciting mouth-watering format. From mackerel wraps to juicy Monkfish, chargrill lobster and ‘Squid on a stick’; Riley’s Fish Shack prove that ‘thinking outside the tank’ is the way to go when it comes to shore-caught delights.

rileysImage c/o Riley’s Fish Shack

Longhorns’ BBQ
Festival attendees were lucky enough to preview the future of foodie heaven with Longorns’ BBQ stall. Revelers could sample what this American style smokehouse had to offer ahead of its’ opening which luckily for us was sweet BBQ glazed ribs with hot sauce, slow-cooked beef brisket, succulent pork shoulder and beer floats! These glorious meaty-treats are sure to be a hit once their new restaurant opens on Mosley Street next to Newcastle’s Quayside and quite frankly, they were most certainly a Red Hot hit with our team!

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The Music

Mr. Scruff
For best part of the ’90s and 2000s, Mr. Scruff’s jazzy upbeat electro tunes have been the ultimate soundtrack to any given club night. This weekend, he closed Craft Beer Calling with one of his legendary five-hour DJ sets. Heralding his sound from Manchester, Mr. Scruff’s 1999 album ‘Keep It Unreal’ has pride of place in our record collections but his eclectic set played in front of a backdrop decorated with his whimsical cartoon artwork was a sight to behold in the flesh. With everyone dancing until well past midnight, his ‘one last tune’ was of course the 1999 hit ‘Get A Move On’ which had the crowd partying until they were turfed out in the early hours.

All in all, a strong caffeinated beverage and pair of shades were are go-to recovery kit by Monday morning but it was sure worth it!




You can catch some of the street food at craft beers at the up and coming events at The BoilerShop Steamer throughout November and December. Book your tickets now!
Follow @CraftBeerCall for updates on future festivals and @steamerevent for the latest on events at The Boilershop Steamer.

Into The Unknown | Lauren Archer’s Festival Diary

Foodie blogger Lauren Archer of www.scranonthetyne.com has been living out the final days of summer at the mysterious Unknown Festival in Croatia. Naturally, we couldn’t let her depart without her own pair of Red Hot Sunglasses. Armed with a super-chic pair of Saint Laurent sunglasses, Lauren fills us in on her enviable travel (and partying) diary from the event here exclusively at Style File….

by Lauren Archer 



Depressingly, the last days of summer are behind us and BIG COAT WEATHER looms menacingly in the distance. I’m sure the last thing you want to read about is long summer days filled with music and sunshine and ice cold beverages, but that’s exactly what you’re going to read about here. Sorry! The summer season is littered with festivals aplenty, both on UK shores and across Europe, and this year I took the trip over to Rovinj, Croatia, to head to Unknown Festival and see what all the fuss is about.

The festival is in it’s second year after a hugely successful launch in 2013 and teasers of the lineup had filtered through social media for months, looking even more impressive than the last. Yes, some UK festivals had a “better” line up, but did they have the gorgeous backdrop of Rovinj, a stunning coastal town on the north-west coast of Croatia? Of course they didn’t.

Organised by the brains behind London’s ‘Field Day’ and the Warehouse Project in Manchester, Unknown is primarily a dance festival. That said, with numerous stages dotted around forests and beaches, alongside an impressive class of resident DJ’s and a lineup of the hottest live acts around, Unknown is a festival that’s in my opinion, doing things properly, and aiming to appeal to a wider audience than what you’d expect from a typical dance event.

After securing press passes for the week, I promised I’d share my adventures with the lovely Red Hot Sunglasses lot, so here goes…my Unknown Festival 2014 diary.


Photography by: https://www.facebook.com/justingardnerphotographyPhoto C/o Paul Joseph, Full Fat PR



Monday 8th September – WE’VE ARRIVED!

What a scorcher! Today we’re heading to the Unknown site after a few days down the coast in neighbouring (and stunningly beautiful) Pula, to get our passes and frankly, get our festival on. The queue, as expected, is huge, as throes of revellers from across Europe and beyond wait patiently for their passes. After around half an hour, we’re in. Naturally, it’s straight to the beach.

The Amarin resort that houses Unknown is expansive, with tonnes of accommodation of varying quality, with an enormous campsite, plenty of bars and a LOT of people. The front beach is absolutely jumping and it’s only 4pm, with the resident DJ’s at the pool area (Nicola Bear, Steven Dunn, Last Waltz and Bad Passion to name but a few!) getting everyone in the mood for a damn good week.

The residents are taking centre stage tonight, with music till 2am, before the festival officially kicks off tomorrow. I expect we’ll be here till the bitter end because, well, it would be rude not to really.

Photography by: https://www.facebook.com/justingardnerphotographyPhoto C/o Paul Joseph, Full Fat PR


Tuesday 9th September – IT’S BOAT PARTY TIME.

As anticipated, the first night of the festival turned into quite the party and poor us – we have to get up and do it all again in a few hours! After a day on our private beach (we were savvy enough to book accommodation off-site and are staying at the gorgeous ‘Blu Locanda’, just along the shore), enough seafood to sink a ship and some ill-advised sauv blanc, it was time for our first boat party, with the bloody brilliant Last Waltz, Bad Passion and Eric Duncan. The boat parties are running all week, however this one had a special place in our Tyneside hearts, since the Last Waltz and Bad Passion guys are native Geordies.

Kicking off at 5pm with the sun beating down on a boatful of excitable festival goers, it was unlike anything I’d experienced before. Sure, I’ve been on boat parties, yet this wasn’t your typical arrangement. Super cool, friendly people all there just to enjoy the music and have a good time, aka. not a even a hint of Malia/Magaluf boat carnage. Ideal. We met some brilliant people, enjoyed far too much rum and danced the night away in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. The DJ’s were all phenomenal and frankly, it was the perfect kick-off to the official first night of the festival.

A short bus ride took us back to the site where the main stage was filling up for Chic and Nile Rodgers. Yep: CHIC. And Nile Rodgers! By the time their set kicked off at 9.30, the main arena was fully packed and the vibe was amazing. Singing (or screeching in our case) and proper boogying (it’s 70’s guys, come on) was the order of the night, with our entertainers chucking out tune after tune from their huuuuge back catalogue for our pleasure.

The band appeared to be having the time of their lives and the crowd responded accordingly, before Nile Rodgers reminded us all that Chic “Ain’t no cover band!”, presumably so all the young ‘uns in the crowd knew that Daft Punk and Pharrell hadn’t single-handedly come up with all those signature Rodgers riffs. To be fair though, all ages alike enjoyed the set and seeing Chic and Nile Rodgers live is quite the once in a lifetime experience.

Then, it was to the Forest Stage for Daniel Avery and DJ Harvey (amazing!) until an epic storm at around 5am. We took that as our cue to leave, given that we were still in our boat party get up from 12 hours previous. Girls will be girls.


Saint Laurent shades enjoying the first day of the festival…

Photography by: https://www.facebook.com/justingardnerphotography Photography by: https://www.facebook.com/justingardnerphotographyPhotos C/o Paul Joseph, Full Fat PR


Wednesday 10th September – GOOD MORNING, CONJUNCTIVITIS!

What a delightful title for this diary entry, don’t you think?! I awoke this morning with a beautiful bout of conjunctivitis, which as you can imagine, is hugely convenient. Lucky, I have my gorgeous Saint Laurent ‘Bold 1’  shades in jet black to keep my gammy eye at bay/in hiding, so it was into Rovinj town for us so I could hunt out some much-needed eye drops. What a brilliantly exciting Wednesday afternoon.

On the plus side, we unearthed a gorgeous back-street Italian restaurant and proceeded to order two main courses each, as you do, to kick the hangover to the curb and try to gain some strength before, shudder… another night at Unknown.

The night’s festivities included drinks with the unstoppable Unknown Festival press team, performances by the amazing Wild Beasts, Kindness and the ever-stunning London Grammar. Lead vocalist Hannah’s voice is so incredible that it had the majority of the crowd in absolute silence, with the atmosphere enhanced further by beautiful lighting and projections on stage. I’ve seen these guys in Newcastle before and have to say, the backdrop of beautiful Rovinj took their performance to another level. Sorry Northumbria Student’s Union!

After that, it was to the forest stage at 1am to see Jamie XX tear it up. Unbelievable! Every member of the crowd were in their element, including me and my poorly little eye. Thank god nobody frowns at you for wearing sunglasses at night at a festival.



Press Passes and Hangover Cures



A bold outfit choice for Day 4


It feels like we arrived here a whole 5 minutes ago, but shockingly the festival will be finished on Friday night, so we decided we needed to make the most of it. This included a day on the beach at Blu Locanda, a double lunch, and copious amounts of Croatian white wine from 5pm. Tonight was the night I’d been waiting for all week – the most outstanding Main Stage headliners including Jungle, Ten Walls and Moderat will be closing the show and I cannot wait.

We headed to the site just before 7pm to see the amazing Jungle take to the stage after a quick bar stop. Even more rain couldn’t dampen our spirits, despite the fact it was turning the mud beneath us into full on coloured slush after the paint fight prior to the band. Needless to say, we’ hadn’t gotten ourselves involved in the paint fight, especially since I had my amazing Zara suede tassle jacket on. Ever the practical girl. Jungle were fully amazing and played every track from their highly-acclaimed (and Mercury Music Prize nominated!) self-titled album. Definitely one of my festival highlights.

We escaped the rain and headed to the pool bar for yep, you guessed it, more wine, before heading back to the main stage for Ten Walls. Admittedly, we only knew of the one song (Walking with Elephants, obv) but it was on the whole, pretty good, if slightly more appealing to the younger crowd. Following that were the incredible Moderat, a personal favourite of mine. Combining the talents of Berlin-based electronic outfits Modeselektor and Apparat, I couldn’t think of a better act to close the main stage. The trio covered most of the tracks from their amazing albums ‘II’ and ‘Moderat’, as well as their latest release ‘Last Time’, which I’m a huge fan of.

We then headed to the Atlantis stage and to our absolute delight, hung out backstage while Simian Mobile Disco played to a packed out audience. Fully amazing. I caught up with James from the duo who told me this was the last of their summer festivals and following their set they were headed to the Forest stage to see Dixon play until 6am. So naturally, like truly embarrassing festival groupies, we followed. Cringe. It was worth it though.

By far, my favourite day of the festival.


Backstage at Simian Mobile Disco



Friday 12th September – PLEASE! NO MORE ALCOHOL.

I’m starting to sound like one of those people I hate. You know the type, the ones that brag about what time they “eventually” got to bed after a night of partying. But seriously, this day ahead looks pretty dismal for a number of reasons. Primarily because we managed to stay out in the forest watching Dixon till 8am. Secondly because it’s raining again and sun is the only thing we feel could blitz our hangovers. First world problems.

So, the only thing we can do is eat more pizza and book the rest of our adventure across Croatia online, which could be worse, I guess. The very thought of drinking and socialising again is too much to bear, but tonight is the final night of the festival and it’s not even an option to miss it. Tonight, it’s two of my favourites, Disclosure and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs on at the Forest stage.

After a day of bothering the hotel staff with our incessant whinging and ordering of food, it was time. In an effort to go out with a bang, we obviously had to dig out our final night outfits and begin the treacherous task of… getting ready. Again. As always though, after finishing the last of our wine stash, we headed to the site and straight up to the bar where we bumped into the Last Waltz and Bad Passion lads (who’d be taking to the Mad Ferrit stage during the early hours of Saturday morning to close the stage).

If I’m brutally honest, the night was a bit of a blur. Dancing in the Medina to some ridiculously kitsch pop, clambering through the crowds at TEED and Disclosure to watch from the side of the stage, popping to Atlantis to see the amazing Richy Ahmed, before hitting the Mad Ferrit stage until close. We then made it back to the Forest where Disclosure were STILL playing (I’m told they held it down until mid-day Saturday!) before graciously bowing out at 8am.

There is an official closing party on the Saturday evening by the pool, but unfortunately, due to our bodies saying a POINT BLANK “No” to us at the very idea of going out again, it was dinner and bed extremely early before a 6am wake-up call to leave the site and continue with our Croatian adventure.


The crowd at Dixon – at 6am!



Goodbye Unknown [feat my Stella McCartney beauties]

SHOP >> Stella McCartney Oversize Round Cateyes

Unknown, it’s been emotional. See you next year!

To get tickets for Unknown 2015, keep an eye on their website, Twitter and Facebook pages. I’d like to thank the very kind Unknown press team for hooking us up with the amazing press passes and to the acts, bar staff, stewards and other team members for a truly unforgettable experience.

Special Thanks: Paul Joseph from www.wearefullfat.com

Heading to a festival next year? Got some snaps from this summer you’d like to share?
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