Wear it Two Ways: The Go Everywhere Dress

Remember a little while ago I shared three dresses that I thought would work for every occasion in your wardrobe this summer? Well, I went on to buy this one, from Atterley Road and today I thought I would share how I wore it.

Second Female Guess dress, Atterley Road

As I type, I’m actually wearing this dress at home with the same belt that I wore it with in the first photo, on holiday. It’s an oversized style and without heels it could look a bit too big for the day so a belt gives it a completely different look. It’s thin and cool for summer and the open back detail adds a little extra something which is more subtel when belted and worn with a jacket and scarf layers.

Back home on a chilly May evening I headed to a party, throwing on a leather jacket for a little edge and wearing peep toe boots. Had it been warmer I probably would have worn some super strappy sandals but in even colder weather I have worn it with tights and boots too. As you can see it’s quite the multi-functional piece.

So ladies, I hope I’ve inspired you to find that perfect multifunctional piece and alos reminded you that spending a little more for the right item doesnt necessarily mean you’ll go short in the wardrobe department.

Wear. It. Everywhere.


Friday Frock O’clock

Second Female Lima Jumpsuit, £90 Atterley Road

This week’s Friday Frock is a special safari edition. You all know I love a jumpsuit and this one seemed perfect to round off Africa week. Sometimes you need a stand out item in your wardrobe and whilst I love a statement piece I’m not really into the associated effort or feeling trussed up like a turkey. This feels special but really easy to wear, comfortable and despite the knock-out print it doesn’t feel overly loud.

I rarely wear low cut tops but the wrap over top is teasingly low on this jumpsuit and as everything else stays covered up, there’s no hint of looking  tarty. I also quite like a loose outfit. I guess some people could say it’s unflattering, but I think this hints a little at the curves that lie beneath 😉

Either way, although I wore it only once in South Africa (because everywhere was much more casual than I expected,) it felt appropriate and more than a little bit fun.

Happy Weekend readers!


The Fash Flash: Your Holiday Wardrobe

Before my recent holiday to South Africa I found I needed to stock up on a few things and although I was looking for a few treats and a few necessary items, I realised a lot of them formed the backbone of the holiday essentials everyone needs, so I thought I’d share them here. This trip was varied with fancy restaurants and hiking in one, had the possibility of unpredictable weather, and of course, I wanted to look half decent without buying things I would never wear again. Here are my solutions…

The Bikini: Not having splashed out last year due to poor weather it was high time I picked up some new swimwear. I bought a Florence Oversize Frill Bandeau bikini in this neon coral and blue flower print, with frilled bottoms, but Accessorize have a great range of Missoni or J.Crew-esque zig zag prints or stripes too.

The pick-me-up lipstick: Remember me saying I wanted an orange-red lipstick? This one appealed because it was more of a sheen, lighter for sunny days on holiday, but also non-staining so I wouldn’t look odd after it wore off or even the next day.

The go-everywhere dress: I wore it belted, loose, with and without heels. Great investment. Second Female, Guess Dress, Atterley Road. Expect a wear-it-two-ways coming soon.

The seasonal flats: Another thing I didn’t update last year as they simply didn’t wear out. I went for on-trend metallic look silver for a change from my usual gold styles, from Topshop.

The perfect Orange-Red nail polish: Essie Meet Me at Sunset.

The travelling bag: A cross body bag in the softest grey leather, which took me from plane (roomy enough for all my essentials,) to beach, to town and beyond. I didnt worry about it being slung in the overhead locker, or by my feet in the car and it was comfortable. Although not cheap, It was simple and perfectly my style so worth the investment as my summer go-everywhere tote.

The showerproof jacket: Knowing the weather would be temperamental and I may well get wet, I bought this sunny and cheap Coated Cotton Parka from ASOS. I found out it wasn’t ‘waterproof’ in a downpour, but to be honest I don’t think much is without buying all-weather gear and I wanted something that would work in spring showers at home too. It did the job and kept me warm enough on many an evening trip out to restaurants etc when cooler weather descended.

The essential scarf: I have never invested in a quality scarf and ordered this thinking I would choose a cheaper alternative I had sen. When it came to it, the print and wool/silk mix made the quality well worth the price and I wore it non-stop for the first 4-5 days of our holiday when the weather was cooler as well as on the plane to sleep and wrap up, then later on safari. Mynuka Peacock Printed Scarf (in blue/grey), Atterley Road

Things I didn’t buy but always take with me.
1. A pair of casual trainers. I dislike planning activities ahead but like to be prepared so I always take a pair of lace ups for comfort and safety when walking up waterfalls, hiking through forests, or walking Cheetah’s 😉
2. A Hat. I forgot mine, but sorely missed my foldable straw number to keep the sun off my face on the beach and around.

So readers, will you be making any pre-holiday investments this year and do you have any must have’s for travelling?


Triple temptation: The Go-everywhere dress

Ikat print dress, NW3 // Bibi multi printed shirt dress, Lolly’s Laundry // Zig zag print dress, Jigsaw – all at Atterley Road

If I had to give my biggest piece of advice to those wanting to make their wardrobe or fashion budget go further, it would be to wear your clothes more. What? ‘Are you mad’ I hear you cry? Of course I don’t mean layering up underneath your pyjama’s, I mean wear your clothes out of the situation you planned to wear them in. Layer a jumper over a dress and voila, a new skirt. Put a shirt under the same dress and make it work appropriate. Accessorise with a crossbody bag and flat sandals for a day time look, then pile on a chunky statement necklace and pointed heels for night time elegance. I completely understand women who can’t justify an expensive dress for a single wedding they’re attending that summer, but when you’re wearing it over and over combined with other things, you get miles more out of your wardrobe and more importantly, you cut back on the wast and dubious morals of throw-away fashion. And lets face it, saving it for best just relegates a dress to the back of your wardrobe only to be over looked next summer when something you prefer comes along.

Each of these dresses caught my eye for their easy to wear, flattering shape (the central dress is less cocoon looking when worn,) hitting at just the right length to showcase your legs in heels, yet play them down for day. The patterns are incredible, the colours muted enough to not look out of place if the weather won’t play ball this summer, and I think they’ll all do double duty in early/mid pregnancy and while you’re getting back into shape post-baby too, should you require it. 😉



Triple Temptation: Tribal Accents

DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen at My Wardrobe £310 // PENTRA – Western Style Fabric Ankle Boot, Bertie £83 // Maison Scotch Navajo print sleeved Mac coat at Atterley Road £185

I’ve noticed tribal inspired embroidered panel details cropping up everywhere recently and although at first glance it seems to be more of an autumnal feel, I’m imagining it channelling South Western America with Native American Indian details against a desert backdrop and teamed with faded t-shirts, skinny jeans and tasselled bags. I totally fell in love with this Mac but in actual fact, I can see the boots having massive longevity worn all through summer with cotton sun dresses, at festivals and the like, and then with warm toned knits through to autumn. (There’s also a great navy jacket at a lower price point right now in M&S with shoulder panel detail like the first one here.)

Do you like it?


PS. It’s a two post day 🙂

Spotted: Atterley Road

Recently, I’ve been looking towards a more grown up, streamlined and simplistic style for my Autumn/Winter outfits. I don’t know what has prompted the changed, but  I feel more like inventing my own take on the trends than slavishly following them. Maybe it’s the advent of the cooler months resurecting my favourite styles and colours that makes me veer towards my signature style, but viewing a lot of the high street collections just hasn’t been doing it for me like it did early in the year as the spring summer collections flooded in. I’ve been looking for less pieces of higher quality and with serious wardrobe miles in them. Enter Atterley Road.

Shirt, 0039 Italy // Skirt, Jiqsaw // Necklace, Made // Shoes, Whistles // Ring, Made ~ All @ Atterley Road

Have you seeen the adverts for Atterley Road, ALL over the internet recently? It was through one of those ads that I clicked through to the site and found a really great concept – designed to feel like shopping on your favourite high street (a London-ism for sure,) but online, there’s an edited selection of pieces – ‘the best of brands you know and love – with new labels you’ll grow to love.’ Snappy style guides are regularly produced addressing fashion trends people like you or I need – a collection of knits for the wintery weather, your work wear wardrobe sorted or a capsule collection of key pieces every girl needs. And I think the selection is impeccable.

Dress, Fillipa K // Scarf, Whistles // Boots, Jigsaw // Bag, Jigsaw ~ All @ Atterley Road

You’ll find my favourites like Whistles, NW3 by Hobbs and Hunter, and cooler labels like IRO, Ash and Des Petites Hauts. As I was doing a bit of window shopping I thought I would put a couple of outfits together to solve some of my own dilemma’s right now and demonstrate the breadth and quality available.

Top and Belt, Des Petits Hauts // Jeans, 7 for all Mankind // Earrings, Made // Satchel, Jiqsaw // Ballet flats, French Sole

There isn’t a huge selection, but that’s because they have done the legwork for you. Need a work skirt? Find the perfect pencil style easily. Statement dress or weekend, reassuringly, dresses are the largest section and there’s all the finishing touches too, including jewellery, bags and shoes. 🙂

I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time on the Atterley Roadsite and quite possibly a lot of money! Have you heard of Atterley Road and do you like my outfit choices?


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