My Month: August

Last month, I decided to share just my outfits and I quite liked that format so it’s back this month too, but in a bumper edition. I realised I missed out on sharing one of my favourite things in life, food! And also where I had been. I know that half the fun of these posts is the being nosey so get yourself a cuppa (or something stronger if you’re reading this later on,) and step into my world for a little while…

  • Pancakes for breakfast (recipe here)
  • Cocktails with my sister at my favourite bar in Manchester, The Alchemist
  • All ready for my burger at a BBQ in Southport
  • Asparagus and Gruyere tart – so simple and so delicious.
  • My first bakewell tart.
  • Trying the new no-bread Pret duck and hoi sin sauce sandwich
  • Drinking too much wine. Just too much. All month.

  • Brit Mil Fit clothes…
  • Rocking the brogues, love them with my pink trousers rolled up 🙂
  • Printed pants.
  • Maxing out the patterns in the warm weather in my tribal skirt and old favourite Zara dress
  • Peach Fizz for my nails, wearing Chanel Orange Fizz under Deborah Lippmann‘s ‘Glitter in the Air’.
  • Yellow and navy for work.
  • Weekend casual for a trip to Dunham Massey with our niece and family. (And the x100!)
  • Polka dots and patent pumps for work.
  • Braving out the pink trousers and red Hunters clash for a weekend walk in the rain.
  • Loving the Olympics and being very sad when the closing ceremony brought things to a close.
  • Enjoying the light nights and warm weather mid-month.
  • Get a hair cut!
  • Fabric shopping for craft projects
  • Obsessing over the gorgeous moody shades in these hydrangeas
  • Starting the London Fashion Week planning.
  • Visiting the Southport Flower Show
  • A long walk in one of my favourite places – Kirby Lonsdale (Devils bridge and the River Lune shown here)
  • And a cute message from my husband… proving that sometimes all you need is an ‘Olive you’. 🙂
Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

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. 😉


Straight Cut Dress, £34.99, Mango.

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!

Love,

Rebecca

xo

PS… Head on over to my Twitter feed or Facebook and you can see an Instagram pic of me wearing the said ensemble. 🙂

Friday Frock O’clock

Ok, so this week’s frock was a tricky one. Not only has my head been turned by a fabulous jacket (so fabulous I couldn’t focus on frocks at all last night,) but it’s starting to feel like that in-between time. The sales are boring, we want colour, but it’s also freezing and completely inappropriate to be wearing fluro or pastels. The only thing pastel in my life right now is my legs.

So this Whistles polka dot number felt like a happy medium, it’s a ‘ticks all the boxes’ dress that could work for you in any way that you want it to. It’s also fashion savvy – get in early on the polka dots trend with season-appropriate colours and at a reduced price.

Do share your frock (or fashion) lusts this week.

(I promise I will share the jacket I can’t stop thinking about as soon as there is some appropriate weather!) 😉

Happy Friday everyone!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS There’s a weekend post tomorrow for you… and I’d love it if you could stop by to participate – I need your help!

What to Wear: Polka Dots.

Good morning readers! This morning you get to have a gawk at my fashion choices because we have finally had a spot of good weather (although a touch chilly!) in Manchester and I’ve been able to get out and take some photos of my recent purchases.

Today’s choice, polka dots, comes to you with a huge tip-off… it may not feel like it but we are nearing the end of the A/W’11 season and soon the shops will be full of Spring/Summer clothes, despite the fact we’ll still want to curl up in front of a fire in a thick woolly jumper. Luckily, today’s is a trend that will see you through.

The Whistles pre-collection has just been released featuring spots and dots and Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2012 collection also used the playful print heavily. It’s a look that reminds me of the eighties, Princess Diana-style tiny polka dot midi dresses and oversized spots in nautical navy and white. No-one wants to look like an 80’s throwback though, so this is how I’m wearing them…

First up my Emerald green and black polka dot skirt from Topshop. (Find similar here and here.) As ever in these posts I’m not claiming to be some kind of fashion guru and as a result, I’m not afraid to admit that this skirt has given me some serious trouble. Firstly getting hold of it – after falling in love with one in-store where there were only 6 and 8’s, I then struggled to track down my size only to find that it’s flown off the rails because Kate Middleton picked one up months ago in a Topshop spree. I’m wearing a 10 here which as you can see is…. snug.

The second problem was what to wear it with. I don’t wear black, which for someone a little more conservative than me would be a natural choice to match the polka dots, (I’m thinking a chic fine merino polo neck,) and after trying burgundy and grey (both very ‘school uniform’) I decided to go the whole hog and try green on green which I love. This for me is a work look, smart yet retaining my own sense of style, but for the purposes of the photos I teamed it with my yellow bag (similar here) and worked a colour block look, also a trend that will still be big in 2012.

I really love this skirt. I like green anyway, but the polka dots are a super tactile flocked texture which really lifts them off the background. The blouse was an absolute steal at the Dorothy Perkins sale and has a nice gathered back detail. I accessorised with a chunky MADE for Whistles necklace and a slick of Ivy shimmer Bobbi Brown Gel liner for a subtle nod to the green without looking like an extra from Wicked.

Next up is my favourite blouse, this white with navy spot Zara number. I’ve paired it with my trusty Whistles pinstripe tailored shorts and black opaques with Pied a Terre shearling ankle boots (now in the sale) for winter cosiness. The cardigan is an old Whistles one that I’m desperately searching for a replacement for.

With a more neutral outfit I added my new find for lips, the Stila lip stain in Acai crush, which lasts for literally hours and the bag is the first ever Kate Moss for Topshop collection.

So that’s it, pick up some polka dots in the sales and stay ahead of the fashion curve into 2012 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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