18 January 2019

A style steal!

Who remembers when I used to these on a regular basis? 

Now I saw this dress on the super stylish Mia Lia before Christmas and I have not been able to stop thinking about it. Why haven't I clicked the button I hear you ask? The colour. I've been cautious as I'm not sure whether this will suit me. However as it is patterned I think I may be able to get away with it. So should I take the plunge? Admittedly I haven't much call for another dress but I think until I scratch the itch I won't be able to get it out of my head. And it will take me through to spring.......and read on to see how much it goes with in my wardrobe........


17 January 2019

January purchases - back to basics!

Here goes with the first of my weekly purchase confessions. If you want to see what I've purchased since the beginning of January there will be regular updates here and here. In truth I need nothing. I've had a huge purge since Christmas and really pared back to my signature look pieces. I've gone back to my Pinterest boards and I realised that I was missing a couple of things that would just bring a few more looks together from the outfit inspo I'd pinned. I've been grieving the loss of a H&M black pleated skirt that I ruined trying to remove a grease spot. I have hunted high and low to source a replacement but to no avail.....not one measured up to my original. So I decided to try something slightly different instead. I've gone for a black satin midi from New Look. It is a super flattering shape......leaving none of the bulk around the middle that pleats are prone to doing. It's an absolute steal at £17.99. I've gone for my usual size 10 which is perfect though the reviews say it comes up large.....I am accommodating a few extra pounds after Christmas but not a whole size worth!


16 January 2019

a modern classic!

Hand on heart I wasn't 100% about this coat when I bought it (A/W17) and I almost put it on eBay. Teddy coats had been around the previous Winter season but I was worried that it would be a one.... maybe two at a stretch, season wonder. So glad I hung onto to it as I no longer view it as a trend item....it is definitely now one of my go-to classics. It is so cosy and much more versatile than I originally imagined. The colour goes with loads in my wardrobe and it lends itself to a leopard print accessory really well! Mine is from Warehouse and it must have been a winner for them as they've done a similar one this year. Still worth investing in one as I predict I will be bringing mine out for years to come!

Warehouse coat A/W17, similar here
Great Plains Guernsey stitch sweater, one left here - mines a small
New Look boots, sold out - similar here


15 January 2019

Winter uniform

This is one of my "if in doubt" outfits. Monochrome......stripes of sorts, black skinnies, Converse hi-tops and a tailored coat to top if off. My version of wardrobe classics. My signature look. Red is always a good choice......I find it an uplifting colour to wear. All these things are great at keeping those January blues at bay.

Stradivarius coat, past season - alternative here (superb reduction!)
Donna Ida sweater, past season - fab alternative here


14 January 2019

addicted to animal print! #ad

It's official! I'm addicted to animal print! Zebra print has now joined my menagerie!


13 January 2019

It's been a while......

Apologies that I've been AWOL from the blog. Have you missed me?

Hand on heart I lost all motivation for it. People seem to prefer the instant inspiration gratification you get from Instagram these days.....myself included. I started to think the blog wasn't relevant any more. However, I had a little unplanned Instagram break - as in I didn't post everyday (as I usually would) for a couple weeks over the festive period. I just didn't feel like sharing. I actually found it hard to put an outfit together most days. I lacked inspiration and felt as if as I'd just fallen out of love with my wardrobe. It got me thinking about why I started on this blogging and social media journey. I realised I needed to go back to my roots to find the joy again. 

So here I am......with a plan. Let's see how this goes. I aim to do a short 'outfit of the day' post Saturday through to Wednesday. A lot of my favourite pieces are past season and I'm back into preloved clothing in a big way so I will find an alternative to link.....this is something I've always enjoyed researching. Please let me know if you find that useful. As I work part time on Thursday's and Friday's and it is nigh on impossible for me to get a decent photo at this time of year I thought I'd do a 'weekly confessional' each Thursday of what I've purchased during the week whether it be clothing, accessories or even a new product. If it's an item of clothing I'm going to show you at least 3 ways I intend to style the new wardrobe addition. On a Friday I'm going to do a "what's on my radar' post. Things that have caught my eye over the course of the week that I've jotted down on my wish list. I'm just going to keep the posts short and sweet as I know we are all pretty short of time.....and I'm guilty of being a skim reader of blogs myself. Ok, time to stop waffling. Without further ado........let's kick off this new regime with what I'm wearing today.

Mango coat preloved via eBay, alternative here
Cos Breton - past season, alternative here
ASOS dungarees 
Dune loafers