Layering with velvet and lace

Layering velvet and lace cover

I picked up this Mango dress in one of my online shopping sprees over the Christmas season. It sat in my wardrobe for months, as I just couldn’t work out how to style it. Last season’s velvet trend was a favourite of mine, and this midnight blue dress seemed like a perfect addition to my collection. These pictures don’t do justice to the deep blue colour. The lace hem detailing is beautiful, and the length is great for a transitional piece. Continue reading “Layering with velvet and lace”

Collectif Bright & Beautiful florals

Collectif Bright & Beautiful cover

This gorgeous dress is another of my January sales purchases and I just love it! It’s from the Collectif Bright & Beautiful range, and I picked it up in their half price winter sale. The fabric is slipperly, with almost a scuba-like feel to it. I was worried this might feel a bit artificial, but it actually helps the dress to sit nicely and creates a flowy silhouette. It’s long enough to be able to wear without tights once the temperatures rise, but short enough to maintain that 60’s vibe. The high, wide neckline really balances the dimensions of this dress too. Continue reading “Collectif Bright & Beautiful florals”

Sleeveless Coat Take 2

Sleeveless Coat Take 2 cover

Not long ago, I posted about wearing this sleeveless coat for the first time. I didn’t realise when I took today’s pictures that I’ve opted for the same colour scheme for its second outing. It seems my love for burgundy and grey runs deep. The weather was a little brighter today, so rather than tights and a fluffy knit, I went for a floaty vest top and jeans. A sleeveless coat does require sleeves, though, and it’s this age old cardigan from trusty M&S that provides that necessary extra layer. I remember buying this cardigan in a charity shop years ago when it suddenly got chilly in the summer. Little did I realise how much of a wardrobe staple it would become! Continue reading “Sleeveless Coat Take 2”

Floral Culotte Jumpsuit

Floral Culotte Jumpsuit cover

If you’d told me a few years ago that I would buy a floral culotte jumpsuit on a whim, I would have laughed. Before I fell in love with Instagram and the world of the fashion blog, I took very little notice of trends. When I did, it was to scoff at “fashion victims” and be smug in the knowledge that I always looked terrible, and had no knowledge of what was on trend at any given time. Continue reading “Floral Culotte Jumpsuit”

Lulu Hun wedges and a pencil dress

Lulu hun wedges cover

More sunshine, huzzah! I grabbed these shots on my way back from a pub lunch, where my friend and I sat outside. In March! I’ve worn this pencil dress a few times previously, in fact it featured on my first ever outfit blog post back in March last year. As wiggle dresses go, it’s fairly comfortable and easy to wear. The structured cotton and slightly looser fit mean it’s not too figure hugging, and the front pleat allows room to walk in normal sized steps.  Continue reading “Lulu Hun wedges and a pencil dress”

The Organic Pharmacy Discovery / Travel Kit

Organic Pharmacy cover

The truth is, I’m pretty nervous about writing this blog post. I’ve never written a beauty / skincare post before, so be gentle with me. I wanted to cover my entire skincare process, so there are a couple of #nofilter pictures of my make-up free face in all its nakedness. As someone who happily admits to using filters and make up to make my face more presentable to the outside world, this is a pretty scary prospect. So please, be gentle with me! Continue reading “The Organic Pharmacy Discovery / Travel Kit”

The Sleeveless Coat

Sleeveless coat cover

I can’t believe it’s March and I’m still working through my sale haul from the New Year! I guess that just goes to show how much wear I get out of my favourite pieces. Also, it might give an indication of how nervous I am to try new looks. In my defence, it’s not been warm enough to wear a coat without sleeves until now. I’d been on the lookout for a sleeveless coat for a while, and when I saw this one in the Next sales just after Christmas I knew it had to be mine. The fabric is a really heavy mix which I really like. It also hangs quite long on me, which I think works well for a chilly spring day. Continue reading “The Sleeveless Coat”

Green, black and cream

Green, black and cream cover

Another day, another dress that has been in my closet for years! Here’s a quick piece of fashion retail history for you. I bought this dress nearly 10 years ago from ASOS, back when it was still called As Seen On Screen. For those who don’t know, the online retail giant started out as a way to emulate your favourite celebrities. They would list items from various retailers, with “in the style of” or “as seen on” as part of the description. This dress is by a brand called Mina, on the website “as seen on Kylie Minogue”. There’s probably a picture of her wearing it somewhere in the depths of the internet, but I can’t find it! Continue reading “Green, black and cream”

Old favourites – Knitwear, leather and white denim

Knitwear, leather and white denim cover

Just a quick post today, as I’ve not got a lot to say about this outfit of current favourites. I’ve got a pile of clothes at home from my winter sales haul that I’ve not even worn yet! Somehow, though, I seem to keep reverting back to the safety of my favourite pieces. These white jeans have appeared a lot lately, with the onset of spring. It’s still a risk for me to wear white as I’m so very clumsy, but I quite like the challenge! I’ve lost count of the number of times this super soft jumper has appeared on my social media. I’m pretty sure it’s my favourite piece of knitwear ever. Continue reading “Old favourites – Knitwear, leather and white denim”