Floral is the new Black…

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Accessories, Shoes £25 ZARA, Necklaces £14 Top Shop and Vintage, Gold Bag (not pictured) Vintage Gift 

A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law was getting married in Dublin and make no mistake, this was to be a ‘fancy’ affair!  Nearly 200 guests were decamping to gorgeous Ireland, to see the happy happy couple take their vows and partake in a mean party thereafter.

So, what’s a girl to wear to such a do?  As usual I left my dress shopping way too late and as usual, the amazing ASOS came to my rescue.

After several hours, ok, days, scouring ASOS.com, with a customary glance at Top Shop and Very.co.uk, I found it, THE DRESS.  Now I’m normally a casual kinda gal, but when I’m going to an event, function or wedding, I like to girly it up a bit and this dress practically jumped off the screen and screamed girly in my face.

Bold in print, but modest in it’s style, this gorgeous Fallen Star Floral Maxi was everything!  Unfortunately my size wasn’t in stock, but fear not, after tweeting my distain, within minutes the helpful peeps at ASOS had replied and suggested I added it to my favourites list and told me to keep checking back for re-stocking and within a few days there it was!

When the dress arrived it was WAY too long; not just, stick on some heels and deal with it long, but I’m going to need to grow half a foot long.  Step in seamstress extraordinare Alison, who for a bargain £8, took the hem up a good few inches.  So, dress altered and bags packed, we boarded our Ryanair flight to sunny Dublin and had the most amazing weekend.

The dress was £45 (and would appear to be no longer in stock), but the weekend in Dublin…. way too expensive to say! However, it was worth it and I felt a million bucks in THAT dress.

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Bling bling

I’ve been quiet for a few weeks as my life has been turned upside down by the appearance of this little beauty….

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My other half and I have been talking marriage for a while and him being the wonderful man that he is, insisted that I got to choose my engagement ring when the time was right; well that time came a couple of weeks ago and we ventured into the treasure trove that is The Argyll Arcade in Glasgow, to find the perfect ring.

I’d been browsing rings for a while and had a good idea of what I wanted, or more specifically what I didn’t want. I didn’t want a diamond solitaire, I didn’t want a coloured stone and I didn’t want any unusual cuts or shapes or anything too ‘of the moment.’ I could see it in my head; a halo ring, something round and something slightly deco and definitely timeless.

This beautiful ring was almost exactly what I was looking for, but I hadn’t considered diamonds on the band or the split band, but when I tired it on it was love at first sight. I dutifully tried on a number of styles to satisfy my fiancé and jeweller that I was sure on my choice, but I knew it, this was the one.

So ladies, when you find yourself looking for that perfect ring, it’s good to have a clear idea of what you want, just don’t be afraid to try some variations on your style, as it may just be your perfect fit.

Next, the dress! I know what I want and I can see it in my head but….

Back to Basics

We all know the staples of any wardrobe are your go to basics, classic pieces you can wear daily/nightly, dress down/up and generally form the base of your look.  Here are my absolute essential, basic items, I couldn’t live without in my wardrobe and as you can see, they don’t have to break the bank!

The Skinny Jean

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This pair, which I own, are from Warehouse; were £45, purchased on sale for £25.

I LOVE these jeans.  Warehouse jeans are a first for me, I usually buy all my jeans from Top Shop, but I tried these on, as they were on sale and they are an amazing fit.  Flattering and comfy and I adore the (on-trend) zip detail pockets.  I did have to go up a size, Warehouse seem to make their clothes super small, so don’t be disheartened if your usual size is a bit on the neat size in there.

The White Tee 

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White Tee, £6 from H&M.

I have TONS of white Tee’s and they are mostly from H&M.  I find they are really affordable and a nice fit.  I like my white T to be a bit baggy, not too tight and one that hangs past my belly!  These are perfect.

The Blazer

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This blazer is £48 from Top Shop and I have one very similar to it that I, surprise surprise, found in the sale for £20 last year.  I have three black blazers – one fitted and ‘suit’ like for work, one like this that I wear out or casual and the third, a loose tuxedo style with 3/4 length sleeves, I wear to work or for going out.

The Ballet Pump

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These nude ballet pumps are £16 from Top Shop and I am now on my second pair after wearing the first to a slow death!  I’m crazy about these little pumps.  Obviously a shoe for the drier/warmer weather, but all spring/summer I wear mine with skinny jeans, skirts, dresses, just about everything really.  They are comfortable and cute as a button!

The CONS 

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White Cons, from well, just about anywhere!  My most recent pair were £45 from Office and you’ll find that price is pretty standard across the board.  I LIVE in my cons; you literally have to peel them off me these days, apart from these wet winter months when I’m in my biker boots, but with the cons, I wear them smart to work with jeans and a blazer, casual at the weekend and even going out.  I just can’t see past these shoes, they go with EVERYTHING!

The BAG

top shop 40I got this bag this year with some birthday vouchers for Top Shop – it was £40 and I have used it everyday since I got it.  It’s got a hint of Victoria Beckham about it, maybe a bit of McQueen, that nice structured tote that you can fit a ton of stuff in.  It’s classic, elegant and I think it’s a real find.

The Necklace 

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I have a necklace,  almost identical to this one pictured, that I got in H&M for £2!!!  An absolute steal and I wear it nearly everyday.  It’s pretty, petite and goes with almost everything.  A nice little basic to brighten my neckline.

These are my staples, absolute no negociating, I must have, staples.  Adding all the other bits that transform them into a different outfit everyday….that’s the fun part…

Pink to make the boys wink….

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Well that’s what my gran used to say, however pink is one of my favourite colours and, being that I’m not 8 years old anymore, I don’t wear it that often!

I get my pink fix through the occasional accessory, but mostly it’s my nails. On a dreary Monday I was wearing a navy dress from ASOS and added a pop of pink with this Rimmel nail varnish, Hot Shot and pink lips courtesy of Bare Minerals.

Oh and you can see the phone cover….

Pink, not to make the boys wink, just to brighten my day.

Winter warmer

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I love a good scarf. You can change your whole look with a nice print or like this one above, just keep warm! It does help that I love it too!

This oversized grey wool scarf was £7.99 from H&M. A great price for a classic scarf I’m sure I’ll be wearing for many winters to come.

And whilst I’m on the subject of winter accessories, I’m all about the beanie this season. Not only does it keep your ears warm on a cold day, but hides any sort of bad hair day you may be suffering from!! This grey one, I think again from H&M has been a godsend!

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A bit of McQueen

Another cold day calls for another scarf and today’s ensemble was teamed with one of the most worn items in my wardrobe, my beloved Alexander McQueen scarf. I’ve worn it countless times in the few years I’ve had it, so when you think about it, the hefty cost of £140 for the scarf, which now retails for £160 has worked out at pennies per wear 😉 and it’s worth every penny!

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I’m in love

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My latest purchase, this Victoria Beckham esq gorgeous bag from Top Shop. A snip at just £40, I’m using it for work as its got tons of space and holds everything you need from a Filofax to make up bag, and it has a great mobile phone sized pocket, along with zip pouch for your keys….more importantly it looks amazing. I’m in love.