My Month…

Hello readers!

It’s that time again… the end of the month is nearing and I’m sharing my month in Instagram pictures (taken off Instagrid). You can see these pictures as they happen by following me on Instagram or Twitter but here’s the blow by blow…

  • Warming up for winter with my new mini hottie bottle and toes in rouge noir for the first toe tidy of winter (DIY of course!) 🙂
  • Decorating the tree.
  • Remember this wreath? – Bookmark the DIY post for next year’s wreath ideas…
  • The lake at Dunham Massey frozen over the week before Christmas in a cold snap, taken on a late afternoon deer-spotting walk with my sister and her boyfriend who were visiting.
  • A last minute gift purchase (Grapefruit body lotion for my Mum) and a Christmas manicure – It’s a seasonal tradition for my Mum, sister and I to get together the week before Christmas in Manchester for shopping, lunch and nails with Champagne 🙂
  • Chocolate bread and butter pudding in Carluccios on another shopping trip pre-Christmas, made with croissants… great idea for a future pudding dish.
  • My two cats supervising the last of the wrapping on Christmas eve, my new lip find – Stila’s lip stain in Acai crush (available at Boots) and my niece pushing her Daddy and Pete on the zip wire in the park when we visited Pete’s folks pre-Christmas.
  • Scouring my bookshelves back home for the books for this month’s book club – Little Women and Good Wives.
  • Christmas outfits… A Reiss oversized jumper dress, boots leggings and my GAP parka which I live in at the moment for Christmas eve, then some burgundy sparkle tweed topshop shorts with a Whistles blouse for Christmas day.
  • And lastly… the much requested earring shot (apologies for the lack of face to accompany it, I was in no fit state last night when writing this!) and my sleek and chic (if a wee bit short) bob.

I hope December has been kind to you all and you’re excited about starting the New Year – You should be – I’ve got lots in store!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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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