Outfit: The Princess Skirt

Image adapted from Coast.com

Sometimes, a girl just wants to feel like a princess.

Jan 20th was the ‘Winter ball’ – the January equivalent of our work Christmas party. The venue was Bristol Museum and they’d gone all out with a Christmassy theme – even crackers – it weirdly felt like we’d all stepped back a month in time!

But… back to the outfit.

It’s rare that I get to properly dress up these days. It’s all weddings. When I go ‘out’ – it’s generally jeans and heeled boots. And even then I usually end up feeling overdressed. So for this event I was determined to up the glam….

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OOTD: A Cosy Jumper and Cold Ankles!

I usually don’t have time to take OOTD photos but my friend was delayed on the way to our coffee date this morning, so I had a few extra minutes before starting my walk down to the high street.

One of my new cold weather staples is this simple grey funnel neck jumper from Zara. It’s oversized – perfect for hiding warm layers underneath. I see so many ‘winter’ outfits which are just a loose-knit jumper with some jeans – I would freeze! Give me lots of layers any day.

Annoyingly, the neck is tiny (or maybe I have a large head) and the fabric doesn’t stretch much.  Every time I put it on I feel like I’m in danger of pulling hair out. But when it’s on, I love it. It will get lots of wear this winter!

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Note to self: Don’t wear cropped jeans in winter. You will have very cold ankles. Ripped jeans probably weren’t the best idea either….#breezy

Jumper: Zara. Bag: (new) Topshop. Coat: (old) River Island. Jeans and boots: (old) ASOS

H x

Outfit – My version of Evening Autumn Glam

So, Saturday was the big Halloween night out in the UK… but unfortunately I didn’t get to wear fancy dress. We were invited to two (two! never felt so popular haha) themed house parties….but missed out on both due to a family birthday dinner.

Probably a good thing that I couldn’t go – my Black Swan costume is waaay out of date. Every girl was either going with the Mexican Day of the Dead theme or as Harley Quinn.

So although I missed out on the party action (not bitter at all :-p) I did, however, get to dress up.

For me, Autumn = rich, dark red tones and jewel colours. I brought out my old velvet dress – a gorgeous royal blue- and dressed it down/cosy-ed it up with a turtle neck jumper and tights. Out came the berry nail varnish and purple lipstick.

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It was really mild last night and with all my layers I didn’t really need a coat, but I wore this lovely camel-coloured number just because. I love this coat. It’s a belted mac style. The drape of the fabric feels so elegant. However, elegant is not something I get to channel often. Nights out are usually ‘jeans down the pub’. I feel like this coat needs to be worn with some sort of heel. So…. this was the first time I’d actually worn it out! (I’d worn it lots in the house, obvs…..)

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I fancy adding another dark lip colour to my collection – I think I’ll go for something matt next time. I love some of the vampy make-up looks around in Autumn/Winter!

H x

OOTD: Loving my (new) New Balance trainers

The past 2 weeks have been a busy blur. With the bathroom re-vamp ongoing (more on that when it’s finally complete) and preparations for the charity bike ride (completed (and survived) on Saturday – again, probably a separate post later) – I’ve barely thought about blogging!

Here’s a little OOTD post featuring my New Balance 373s, which I’m currently living in. When I say OOTD, this has been almost every other day for the past week or so!

I never used to be much of a fashion trainer girl – I own a pair of the almost ubiquitous white converse but tend to favour boots for everyday wear. Working in a lab, I can’t wear sandals (or anything where my skin is exposed) so my shoe collection is 90% boots.

This year I’ve finally branched out into trainers and I love mixing them into a smarter look. I got some Adidas superstars earlier in the year but rarely wear them in work – I think they push the already very relaxed ‘smart casual’ office code a little too far. But they are COMFY. At the grand old age of 27, with knees and feet abused by years in heels, I appreciate comfy. I’d been keeping an eye out for some other trainers in a darker colour and spotted these – I love the navy, grey and coral pink colour combination!

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I’ve worn them to work with dark denim and a white cotton shirt, but mostly I just pick up the colours with a simple grey t shirt and skinny jeans or leggings. Easy, and I love it. I was a bit too late for 90s fashion but I’m happy to go with the casual classics this time around!

H x

Outfit: Wedding guest – my favourite dress

Wedding season is now over for me so this post is a little late – I just haven’t had time to take any photos! But I wanted to feature this dress which has seen me through 3 out of 4 weddings I’ve attended this year.

I bought this for a winter wedding way back in February but I loved it so much I wore it again in May and August! It was a barginous £28 in a sale at Miss Selfridge.

I’m not a huge fan of more traditional formal/prom style dresses – A line styles in particular don’t suit my frame very well. I’m always on the hunt for something a bit unusual. My other wedding go-to is this floral jumpsuit, also from Miss Selfridge.

I rarely wear long dresses but I LOVE the maxi-length cape sides of the dress. It perfectly combines the swishyness of a long dress with a practicality (and leg reveal!) of a short one. The long sections create a beautiful elegant movement when you walk. And predictably, it’s fun to dance in! When the music stepped up a level I just tied the sides around the body of the dress out of the way 🙂

To brighten up the outfit I paired the dress with a mustard-yellow suede fringed clutch (Oasis) and my ‘comfy’ burnt orange block heels (Office). Admittedly this dress would look better with higher heels – let’s be honest, everyone’s legs look better with higher heels! But after years of wearing ridiculous heels I’m trying to give my feet and my knees a break.

This dress definitely delivers on swish-factor! Would you wear a dress like this?

H x

 

OOTD: Obsessed with the Denim Dress

I took advantage of the sunshine today and walked into town to have a browse around the shops. This denim pinafore dress was a flash sale steal from ASOS. I love it – I’ve already worn it 3 times since it arrived on Wednesday! It works equally well with a range of tops underneath but today I paired it with a simple white tee.

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I forgot to get a picture of the back (this is what happens when you’re rushing to leave the house) but it’s cut away to waist level (imagine a demin skirt with braces!).

I think this dress is so versatile – for an even more casual summer or sporty look it would work with a bralette and trainers. For the colder months, or maybe as a more demure look for work, I’d team it with a polo neck jumper and tights. If I had to change anything, I would make the straps adjustable (t’s a tiny bit baggy at the top) – but I still think this dress is going to be a firm favourite of mine for a long time 🙂

H x

Denim dress and Sandals: ASOS, White t-shirt: Miss Selfridge, Orange reversible tote bag: Accessorise, Sunglasses: Topshop, Horse necklace (an old favourite): Urban Outfitters.

 

Summer Style Wishlist/ New Look visit

I love clothes.

I used to be a bit of a shopping addict – these days I’m much more ‘well-behaved’. For the majority of my wardrobe, I’m trying to stick to a ‘less is more’ mentality and buy higher quality pieces that are more classic and will last longer. I’ve been gravitating towards a simpler, pared down look and colour pallete over the last couple of months – monochrome, navy and denim. A quick browse in a New Look store yesterday tested my pursuit of this re-freshed mentality to the limit…

In my uni years, New Look was a staple shop – cheap and fashion forward with new stock in the larger stores every couple of days (or so it seemed –  due to it’s dangerous position opposite a main bus stop, I could be found in the Bath store at least once a week). I still pop in there every now and again  – particularly for holiday or night out wear, which tends to be a bit more seasonal and trend-led. Now the warmer weather is here to stay, I’ve been re-evaluating my summer wardrobe..

What I loved, but ultimately didn’t buy because of fit/quality:

Navy Pinafore Culotte Jumpsuit – I love this look, probably just with some tan sandals and minimal accessories. I’m a size 8 with a boyish frame so (I think) I can usually pull off more androgynous looks. It just didn’t fit as well as I’d hoped – the material at the top and waist hung a bit oddly, but maybe just because I’m quite flat-chested 😦

I still love this, and it’s only ~ÂŁ17….got to admit that I’m re-considering this!

White Stripe Pinafore Playsuit – yes, I love playsuits/jumpsuits! I imagined this one with a dark t-shirt underneath. I love the subtle stripes, but when on it seemed a bit underwhelming (against the minimalist mentality!). Again, the fit wasn’t quite right.

Floral Print Maxi Dress – I love floral prints, particularly smaller patterns. At odds with my usual style, I also have a penchant for long flowy dresses. The cross straps and wrap front of the dress were pretty, but again, not best suited for a small chest – it hung open on one side in an odd way! The straps didn’t seem to be evenly sized either – it would have needed a lot of adjusting and was actually quite difficult to get in and out of.

White crochet bikini…similar to this, but the one I tried on had more material that cascaded down over the bust. I’ve wanted a bikini like this for ages after identifying that they are flattering for my flat chest and wide shoulders. I felt that cream washed me out a bit – I think I’d prefer black.  Again, the fit wasn’t brilliant so I had second thoughts and opted to hold out for something a bit more durable.

What I did buy:

White Crochet-trim Kimono – a great cover-up, would work equally well at the beach or a more formal event like a wedding…

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I’m still on a the look-out for a few more summer buys!

H x

Outfit: Autumn Colours

I love the rich tones associated with the colder months of the year and I always look forward to wearing them. I recently had some lowlights put in my hair for winter so I thought it was finally time to break out the darker colours in my wardrobe. I seem to have accumulated lots of burgundy items over the past couple of years, so when I saw this green shirt I thought I’d try something different. I was really drawn to the beautiful colour. I don’t own anything else that is remotely green so it’s definitely a departure from the norm for me!

I bought this flippy floral skirt at the same time. This has been one of my go-to outfits for work recently – it’s a lot smarter than I need to look, but it gives me a confidence boost when I need it!

 Shirt and skirt both from New Look

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I have just retrieved my cosy hats and scarves from their summer storage – roll on winter!

H x

Outfit – Sunshine and Showers

Yesterday my boyfriend and I took a trip around Bristol to check out some of the areas we are looking to buy a house in. The weather was veering wildly between surprisingly warm sunshine and showers with a gale attached, so it was time to layer up. I’ve turned this old black jumper into a cropped version so that it’s more versatile. I love cropped tops and have a few summery holiday pieces but very rarely get the occasion to wear them. Layering them is an avenue I haven’t explored very much so far.

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(Oops, shirt is a bit creased – we spent quite a long time in the car hiding from the rain!)

 I think I’ll be wearing this style in work more often – my office always seems to be really cold and this is a great way of keeping warm while still showing off the feature top.

I wore a light blue shirt underneath to keep it summery. I think I’ll be taking a fresh look at my existing wardrobe to see if I can crop anything else!

H x