This weekend Pete and I are going to a summer ball with some friends. I’ve ended up opting for a dress that I’ve had a while but love – a great Ted Baker grey heavy silk maxi with a gorgeous floral print. However, I have had my eyes open for a potentially suitable dress as I have a few parties coming up and a very special hen do. I found today’s MANGO dress on that search and fell for the short and sweet hem line (who doesn’t love flashing those pins?) the flirty back and dreamy floral print in sorbet shades. Another winning feature of course is the ability to conceal a less than perfect tummy, particularly if eating is on the agenda. 😉
Even better, it’s a total steal at £45! Get in quick – there are no 8’s left, but all the other sizes are up for grabs.
Just after Easter I am going to a friends wedding and my thoughts have already turned to what I’m going to wear. Usually I love occasion wear shopping but this year I’m just not finding anything that I have fallen in love with. After a day scouring the shops and a bit of online hunting however I have come up with two options. For a bit of Friday fun I thought I’d put together two whole outfits using the dress as the key item and let you guys vote on your favourites. I’m pretty torn it has to be said.
This options gets points for versatility. It’s a slightly more casual dress style so has lots of potential for re-wearing during the summer months plus the accessories are absolutely killer. I LOVE the Caroline Issa for LK Bennett collection and think they would become wardrobe staples for many a year to come.
Outfit two is on-trend (monochrome), on budget (Dress + shoes = £115) and without doubt would be super flattering with that panelled lace detail. It’s a much more glamorous and elegant look with a bit of a modern twist.
So ladies, cast your votes… which is your favourite look?
After featuring this dress, 2 weeks ago, I have seen striped dresses everywhere and ended up picking one up in Marks and Spencers, but unfortunately can’t find it online to share today. Always a spring time staple, it also happens to be bang on the monochrome trend right now, so if you’re looking to invest in something that will go the fashion mile this season but stay in your wardrobe much longer, it’s a no-brainer. Here are 6 striped monochrome dresses (I deliberately left out spring time navy and white combos to stay within the monochrome trend,) for different body shapes and wearability, all of which are under £50.
This week, I bring you the first of many party dresses. It’s time to start thinking about office parties, Christmas Parties, New Year’s Eve and even Christmas weddings. You can absolutely never ever go wrong with an all over sequinned dress and this one from MANGO has my favourite style of boat neck, cap (slightly on the fierce side) sleeves and a rather lovely belt too.
Firstly, after a brief absence from the blog I wanted to say a humongous thank you to all of you for your birthday wishes and to Gemma for taking the reins for a wee while so I could take a break – it really made yesterday extra extra special. 🙂 There’s loads more to share with you but for now, it’s on with the show, with Friday Frock.
Last week, whilst I was browsing MANGO, this simple but stunning dress caught my eye. It strikes me as the perfect dress. Not only is it both stand-out-from-the-crowd bright – an almost neon shade, but it’s also lace, both bang on in terms of current trends.
Look a bit further however and this is the kind of dress you’ll never regret giving wardrobe space to. Perfect with opaque tights and black accessories in winter, it will be equally at home this summer at a wedding with nude accessories, or on holiday with leather flip flops and a cross body bag. I like to get my money’s worth from clothes and can’t see this one going wrong at any occasion.
Have a bright and beautiful weekend readers 😉
PS. Do not fear, I have an onslaught of What-to-Wear type posts to share the birthday shenanigans with you all, including THE dress, purchased yesterday. You’ll just have to wait a little longer… 😉
This week the weather has turned on us and we’re all left reaching for the coats and boots all over again. I refuse to listen to the people who are saying how bizarre this weather is though, many of my memories of late snowfall have been freakishly cold snaps in April and of course the traditional weather right now is April showers and sunny spells in-between. It’s enough to leave a girl unsure as to whether she’s coming or going, and when it comes to planning your outfits, it’s all about layering.
One eternally chic wardrobe staple however is the mac, perfect for spring showers and something every girl should have in her wardrobe. It’s an investment so don’t be afraid to spend some money, or if you prefer to wear your clothes to death consider looking for washable fabrics you can throw in to the machine. Here’s my edit of where to snap up a mac for spring.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to try a few different styles, or want something a little more fashion forward, Zara comes up trumps again. The generous collars are very high-fashion and there are plenty of clever details like leather trims and swing backs if you don’t need a belt.
Of course, I can’t resist a splash of colour and there is simply nothing better on a rainy day than a pop of bright colour to cheer you up. All of these Macs are from ASOS and I’d go for any of them in a heart beat, but I’m really coveting the yellow 🙂
Yellow plastic rainmac – £40 ASOS, red rain mac – £199 Lacoste, green pleated swing mac, £50 ASOS
Spotted anything you like here then ladies?
Here’s to staying stylish despite the English weather…
This week’s Friday frock is an outfit I have chosen and in fact wore, last night.
For Pete’s birthday, we headed back to Stock Restaurant, the venue for our wedding reception and believe it or not, we haven’t been back since. I wanted to go somewhere special and it means a lot to us so seemed the perfect choice, and who doesn’t love Italian food?
It’s very rare that I dress for my husband, so to speak. Thankfully he’s (nearly always) complimentary but for this particular evening I just wanted something a little girly and to look pretty for him. Less fash more pash. 😉
When I came across this simple Mango dress it was right up my street. I like clean design when it comes to clothes and the block colour is striking enough. (It’s actually a delicious coral pink although it looks red here.) In an ideal world I would pair it with some oversized spot tights but time constraints meant I nipped into Topshop and found these striking animal print tights – I chose them because I hate when patterned tight have a 10 or 20 denier backdrop to the pattern, it’s so unflattering and these really stand out because of the nude colour. I carried a clutch not dissimilar to this one from Oasis, but mine is a back patent Kate Moss for Topshop from donkeys years back that has become a wardrobe staple of mine. Teamed with some patent bow peep toes, it seemed dressed up enough for a special evening out but pared down enough to acknowledge the Thursday-night-school-night choice of evening.
Better than all that, it was a bargain too. I wasn’t complaining as I’ve got three outfits to work my way through for the weekend and I can see this coming out again and again.
Happy Friday Folks!
Do share you thoughts on my outfit and of course any lust have items you’ve splurged on come pay day!
PS… Head on over to my Twitter feed or Facebook and you can see an Instagram pic of me wearing the said ensemble. 🙂