Sunday, 30 March 2014

How To Wear: Midi Skirt for Petite Girls (Under 5ft3)

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How To Wear: Midi Skirt for Petite Girls (Under 5ft3)


Some people might say that "petite" girls (a nice word for "short") should stay away mid or full length skirts or dresses, and there was a time when I would listen. I think a couple of years ago, I even said on my blog that I only wear things above the knee but I've always thought that both midi and maxi's are really gorgeous and elegant, and I spent some time wishing I could look good in either.
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Thursday, 27 March 2014

What I Wore: Floral Playsuit from ASOS

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This morning started off really lovely and sunny, and after lunch, I am going to head to go shopping for Mother's Day (cutting it fine, I know! Eeep!) but I wanted to type this up and publish the post before I pop out for the rest of the day. Whilst I've been sat here for the past 30 minutes though, the weather has taken a turn for the worse and I'm not too happy to hear the words "heavy showers" on the forecast! 

Wearing my floral playsuit and very likely to be swapping the sunnies for a big umbrella (and perhaps the jacket for my big coat! Just when we thought we could finally pack away our winter clothes...), I'll be browsing the high street today which is something I've not done in months and months! I usually shop online or go to a shopping centre (free parking!) but nothing beats the buzz of the city high street. Perhaps, not on an miserably cold and wet day like today but with the combination of big brands and small independent shops, it's nice to have a walk around even if I come home empty handed. I also really like people watching in town/city centre too! 

The playsuit I'm wearing here is from ASOS and as you can see, has a low V-neckline and a self waist tie (ie. two ribbons that ties around the back for a fitted look). I like dresses with a waist tie, it reminds me of those COLOURFUL dresses, usually in a foil-effect material (complete the look with a high side pony tail or french plaits), that my Mum used to buy me when I was 5, they always had ribbons which tied in to a big bow at the back! (#80sKid!) Nostalgia aside, as a grown up, I have an annoying straight-up-and-down body shape so if I'm able to create curves or any kind of shape so easily, that's always a good thing in my books!


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

S/S 14 Trend: Pastels and Gingham

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Dress ASOS / Bag* Brit-Stitch / Necklace* Nikki Lissoni

Pastels for Spring?.... Groundbreaking. That's what Miranda Priestly would say to me if I pitched a pastel trend story to her! Regardless, this dress from asos ticks all the right boxes for me; Oversized fit which means it's baggy and very comfortable! It's gingham which is this season's tartan! And pastels... with the colour scheme of my blog, it is no surprise that I'm a fan of pastel coloured things. Not so much a lover of pastel clothing but I decided to give it a go. Purple is one of my favourite colours, after all! 

Smock dresses are not the most flattering of silhouettes, I know. For something that resembles maternity wear, it can be difficult to pull of this style due to it's oversized bagginess, but there's definitely lots of ways to wear a smock dress to make it work for you, and to get more out of this trend. It's more versatile than it appears. Firstly, I buy these types of dresses in one size smaller than usual (or sometimes two sizes down if possible) and I got this particular one from the petite section, because they're cut quite large anyway and I find it far too big when I opt for my usual dress size. Also, make sure you're comfortable with the length. Most of them are above the knee but some tend to be really short (hello, bum cheeks!). Mini-dress length ones can worn with tights or the fact that it's oversized gives it that even-balance, I think I can just about get away with it bare legged during hot days! If it's too much like a tent, I'll just wear a belt with it for an instant skater dress, let the belt cinch the waist in and lets the rest of the dress do it's thang! 

I think this smock dresses suits taller girls so effortlessly, but if you're a shorty like me, with sadly, no "womanly curves" :-( , you'll probably feel like anything baggy can make you feel like a kid dressing up in your mum's clothes! In spite of this, I have about 4 or 5 smock dresses at the moment and they are one of my favourite styles (and the rest of the fashion blogging world) of dresses to wear due to it's comfort. One thing I can't stand is being in tight fitted clothes all day long! I really don't like the feel of it after two hours or so, even a tight waistband on my jeans/shorts/tights make me feel annoyed and irritated!

Do you like smock dresses or is this a trend you stay well away from? 


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Sunday, 23 March 2014

How I Style: Polka Dots and Heart-Shaped Bag

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At the beginning of the week, I featured a blue polka dot shirt in my March wishlist and although I really love it, I think I've got enough blue coloured clothing in my wardrobe. It comes in white but I've already got something similar from F&F. So whilst I was browsing on ASOS, I came across this black one and I added it in to my cart straight away! I'd say that I'm quite drawn to polka dot prints - always have done - but I'm also very conscious of it making me look young and child-like. I've come to realise that I should most definitely stay away from polka-dot dresses but I'm pretty much in love with spotty shirts. The shirt is a boxy and slightly baggy (I love!) and it is the perfect length for me to wear it casually untucked. Most shirts, I find, are too long for me and go past my hips so I have to tuck it in otherwise it makes me look short and stumpy but I'm quite sick of wearing shirts tucked in. Can't believe how windy and cold it has been lately, so no photos of this outfit without the jacket but I can see myself wearing this shirt a lot so I'm sure I'll be able to show you what it look like without a heavy jacket or coat over it.

Hopefully, wearing my new shirt this way with a leather jacket and skinny jeans doesn't make me look like a 12 year old, even if I do have a heart-shaped handbag hanging from my shoulder! The bag was another thing on my wishlist, I actually featured it in the lilac and it does come in other colours but I thought the black would be more practical, it will go with everything. I might have to ban myself from making anymore of these wishlists because I end up buying things from it (buyers remorse). With this outfit being completely black, bar a few white dots, I thought the heart-shaped bag would make it look less serious! 


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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Affordable Fashion: 10 Spring Fashion Items For Under £100

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that supermarket fashion are mumsy and dowdy, but they've upped the ante on so much in the past couple of years and their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Slick advertising campaigns and on-trend collections put these budget brands right on top of their game. Regular readers will have already spotted that since I've been working with a couple of these brands, I have a new-found love for what they do and what they've got to offer. Granted, I'm not their typical target market but I'm not going to sit back and miss out on these bargains when all I have to do is put a bit of effort to hunt for the right things to suit me but that's part of the fun! Shopping is a bit like a treasure hunt and it feels so satisfying when you've found some gems! I've put together my favourite items from George At ASDA Spring/Summer collection, all of these are to my taste and could be mistaken for Topshop or ASOS, but instead of paying the usual 30-odd pounds for a pair of shirt or a floral shirt, George At ASDA prices are of course more purse-friendly! I reckon that all of these items could be mixed and matched for day wear and evening wear, making them very versatile. The best bit is that all 10 items from the wishlist comes to the total of £87.00! That's TEN items...For £87.00! Amazing! Hop on board the supermarket clothing brand train!

I've been really impressed with supermarket clothing brands over the past twelve months. Before that, I never really took notice because my (then) local supermarket didn't have wide range of things available and the clothes they did stock was very basic. Now I live next door to a huge supermarket branch, and I'm always popping in there to check out the clothes and homeware section - it's very well placed as it's the first part of the shop that you see once you walk in. I'm there at least three times a week, once for my food shop and the other times to curb my cravings for junk food, or general browsing! It's far too handy to have a supermarket right next to where you live, especially when you have a craving for snacks and ice cream in the middle of the night, my bank statement tells me it's just far too easy. It's like the world's best corner shop! No matter what I go in there for, each time I'll snoop around the fashion and home section without fail! I enjoy it because I actually think it's calming as well, it's the less chaotic part of the supermarket - the railings are always tidy, there's lots of space to move around and there are none of those horrible bright lights that shine on the top of your head to make you feel hot and sweaty!

What are your views on supermarket clothing brands? Are you as impressed as I am?

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Monday, 17 March 2014

March Wishlist

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After being on a spending ban since Christmas, I'm itching to go shopping! Apart from rent, bills and grocery shopping, I've not treated myself to anything nice for months! I've had my eye on the grey gingham dress since the first day it got added to the Topshop site but I've not been in the shop to try it on (and being on a spending ban, I've avoided any retail websites unless it's for work purposes - I've resisted until now! How good am I!) It's lightweight, got three quarter length sleeves and the gingham pattern isn't too strong. To me, it's the perfect dress for Spring. It looks so floaty and dreamy! The only thing that's stopping me buy this is that the material looks delicate. I've owned a few items in this fabric and they've all ripped across the shoulder where my bag strap rest on. I've also checked out the reviews, there's not many - only 4 so far - and a couple of them have pointed out that the slip dress is poor quality. But hopefully, it will be available in my size the next time I go shopping so that I can try it on and check it out for myself. 

At this time of year, I probably should be looking for sandals or something! I've only got one pair of sandals and they are slowly fading away! Quite literally! The colour of the brown leather has faded loads, it looks so tatty, but I'm just not seeing any nice sandals to replace them yet so I'll wait a couple more months when all the new Summer stock comes out. What I've got my eye on is that pair of Chelsea Boots in tan from River Island. There's just the right amount of "cut out" on these, and I really like the buckles on them. 

Why am I so drawn to blue coloured clothing? 80% of the content in my wardrobe at the moment are blue! Blue and polka dots makes this my dream top! I love shirts and blouses, even more so than dresses these days! Polka dot dresses can make me look really young but I can picture this top with my black skinny jeans and I think it's a top that can be dressed up (blazer and a pair of heels) or dressed down (leather jacket and converse trainers). 

The rest of the other bits on this wishlist are accessories. The Olivia Burton watch really is a wish list item, in that I wish-I-buy-it-but-I-don't-think-I-could-afford-it (right now). I don't really like to wear expensive watches because I hate them getting bashed and scratched. Olivia Burton watches are really pretty, I'm always swooning over them on the asos website!

What are you coveting this month? And what have you bought recently? I need some inspiration, so if you've created a wishlist recently, leave your link in the comments below!  I've been on a shopping ban for almost three months - I need a bit of help in the right direction!

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Current Favourites: Top 5 Red Nail Polish

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Current Favourites: Top 5 Red Nail Polish

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Ways To Wear a White Blouse | What To Wear To A Meeting

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Shirt* Laura Ashley / Bag* Laura Ashley / Skirt Topshop / Coat Miss Selfridge / Shoes Office / Belt Primark

I had a meeting a couple of days ago and this is what I wore, and at the end of the day, we went to visit Bonnie, and caught the afternoon sun - our favourite time to shoot. To be honest with you, by this time of the day, my make up has faded and the only thing on my mind is getting changed in to my comfortable pyjamas, which is precisely what I did ten minutes after taking these photographs! 

Out of the three ways I've worn this white shirt from Laura Ashley, this look is one that has a Laura Ashley signature style... I think it's the beige trench coat that gives it the classic look, it ties the whole outfit so well. Although this outfit looks smart, there's nothing to it and minimal efforts were made as it's basically a simple black skirt (staple item!, a basic shirt and a pair of heels. It isn't an outfit I'd wear to meet friends or go shopping, but for anything like a meeting or interview, I think something like this looks smart, comfortable and (hopefully) stylish! The shirt has enough colour to wear with a black skirt without looking like a waitress! At some point in the next few days, I'll do a quick round up of the three ways I've worn this shirt - it will make it easier to see it all in one single post. 

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