19 February 2017

for those rare occasions!

It doesn't happen very often but I do love the opportunity to get my gladrags on! Most places have a fairly relaxed dress code these days so wearing a dress can leave you feeling like you've overdone it. As I like to get the most out of my clothes, separates are usually the way to go for me.....dual purpose pieces are always wardrobe winners! Last week we popped down to Devon for a couple of days and as I was whisked away straight from work, trying to keep the packing light I based my first evening outfit around the foundations of what I wore to work that day....a Merino crew neck sweater. By day I styled it with some wide M&S trousers and tan Brogues. When we arrived at our hotel there was only time for a quick change to head down to dinner.....and so I pulled on a pleated metallic skirt and a pair of heels and voila........

Uniqlo sweater, past season alternative here (15% off with SAVE15)
H&M skirt, past season alternative here (15% off with SAVE15)
M&S shoes, past season similar here (20% off with code FB6F34 until 20/2/17)
Chambers & Beau necklace, here
Bella Jane bracelets here
Mango bag, past season similar here

Another wardrobe winner, great for dressing up or down is a jumpsuit. In recent weeks I've been stalking this Mango one on their website. I umm-ed and ahh-ed over it for a couple of months, so when I noticed it had gone down to £19.99 I finally decided to take the plunge only to find it was sold out in my size. Anyway, luckily I signed up to be notified if it came back into stock and thankfully it did! I went with flat leopard print flats for evening but it will be coming out to play with paired with Converse in the coming weeks!

Mango jumpsuit, here in the sale!
New Look shoes, sold out similar here in the sale!
Chambers & Beau necklace, here
Bella Jane bracelets here

Thinking we were staying a bit longer than usual I took four evening outfits. As it turned out we had to cut the trip short so only three were needed. It was up to the Hubs and DD to decide between the two! The black skinnies won hands down for the DH so I went with this look.

Zara top, past season alternative here (20% off with code FB6F34 until 20/2/17)
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
M&S shoes, past season similar here (20% off with code FB6F34 until 20/2/17)
Bella Jane bracelets here

I did manage to get a snap of the other outfit choice so there is one last show and tell. I packed a LBD......'cos you never know! This H&M dress has been a  fab dual-purpose number as I have worn out with ankle boots and a boyfriend cardy for a low-key family meal at Carluccio's. I honestly felt a little overdressed in this with the heels for where we were.

H&M dress, past season alternative here with a further 10% off sale code FCSALE10
M&S shoes, past season similar here (20% off with code FB6F34 until 20/2/17)
Bella Jane bracelets here

Now, I appreciate these outfits aren't terribly exciting but they are all classics that will come out again and again. I don't want to throw a lot of money on items that are going to sit in my wardrobe unworn and unloved, instead I prefer to make more sensible purchases that suit all areas of my lifestyle. I hope they give you a few ideas of how to mix'n'match items you may already have......we all have those moments when we peer in our wardrobes and our hearts plummet as we think we have nothing to wear!

I'll be back soon.....back in my comfort zone of more casual gear!

16 February 2017

taking advantage of the M&S 20% off!

It's half term and we are away from home for a few days enjoying a bit of much needed R&R! I have plenty of time to lounge about and peruse the M&S website to take full advantage of their current 20% off discount.....use code FB6F34 which is valid from February 16th -20th. I've already clicked the button on this here from my last post and these lovelies have been snapped up too!

M&S navy & white pumps
I have gone a bit wild in the virtual skincare & haircare aisles stocking up on a few of my favourite brands.....it would be rude not to with 20% off wouldn't it?!

What is your finger poised to click on.....I would love to hear!

Leaving you with today's outfit....picture courtesy of the Hubs.....scenery courtesy of Saunton Sands beach!

Topshop khaki shackett, past season similar here
H&M sweater, past season similar here
Zara jeans, alternative here from M&S....use that 20% off discount ;0)
Converse, here
Urban Outfitters scarf, here

I shall be back shortly.....at last I have the opportunity to dress up a little so I'll be sharing my dressier evening wear options soon!

12 February 2017

jumping on *that blouse* bandwagon

I'm under the Insta influence.....again. You'll have no doubt spotted this gorgeous M&S blouse on some very well known bloggers and Instagrammers. I generally try to resist being tempted by the more highly publicised heroes of the season. However, I'll then go and spot it on someone styling it perfectly and looking tres cool in it, then the fashion-y cogs in my head start whirring and suddenly I find myself desperately in *need* of the said item. The grim weather has also got a part to play in my preoccupation with this top.....I am so over being cold, I want to shed some layers. I am craving some Spring-like clothing. Anyway thanks to the super stylish Jane as this little number is now hanging in my closet just begging to be worn!

It's so pretty isn't it! I had planned to do a little trying on session to show you how I would wear this but I'm going down with a cold and so I'm currently nursing a hot toddy. I do however have a fitting room selfie to share.

                                                                   M&S Indigo Blouse

I plan to style this with some customised self-cropped Gap real straight jeans, an army style shackett and some flat pumps....hopefully in the coming weeks. I reckon it will also look fab with some khaki cargo trews or a denim skirt later on!

This is my first ever M&S Indigo purchase so I've had a quick peruse of the rest of the range!

I've previously established (here) that I'm happily inviting a little more red to reside in my wardrobe. So a couple more tops from this range have caught my eye!

Love this peasant-style patterned one too!

Totally tempted by this kimono-style jacket. There is definitely a hole in my wardrobe for this style of jacket/kimono/blouse.....whatever you wish to call it!

One final must-have! I have some biker jeans from Zara that are a couple of years old that have become my go-to bottoms this A/W. I am definitely going to be investigating these instore!

Have you been tempted by the Insta-famous Indigo blouse? Or anything in the M&S Indigo range for that matter?!

A quick outfit round-up from the past few days.....anyone else feel like they are running out of cold weather options?

Dorothy Perkins coat, past season, alternative here
Uniqlo cashmere sweater, sold out
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Hunter boots, here
Village England bag, here 
H&M hat, similar here
H&M snood, alternative here

Zara coat, past season alternative here
H&M hoody, here
Gap jeans, similar here
Nike Blazers, here
M&S bag, past season similar here
H&M hat, similar here

M&S coat, sold out alternative here
Jaeger sweater, here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Next boots, sold out alternative here
Balenciaga bag, similar here
Urban Outfitters scarf, here

M&S coat, past season alternative here
Donna Ida sweater via Hero Stockbridge, here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Topshop boots, here
M&S bag, past season similar here
H&M hat, similar here
H&M snood, alternative here

I'm off to nurse my cold and get an early night....wishing everyone a great start to the week!

Be back again soon!

7 February 2017

a spot of outlet shopping.....and some purchase updates!

Every once in awhile I get the urge to pop to my local outlet for a spot of shopping. My mum loves a trip to Clarks Village which is our most local, so off we went last Saturday. Glad I had my mum along on this trip as she spotted this gorgeous boho top in French Connection. Although our St Tropez glamping trip does seem long way off (6 months to be exact!) but I knew this would be perfect for the holiday box. I can just see me chucking this on over my bikini with some cut-offs and flip-flops for the beach. Equally perfect with boyfriends and strappy tan flat sandals.....sold! Thankfully you are able to able to get your hands on some of the outlet offerings online these days as many of the stores have outlet sections on their websites. French Connection being one of them.......I can spare you a picture of me in shorts at the moment!

A closer look....

So the holiday box is underway! 

Onto some other purchases.....I promised an update on the New Look dresses. Happy to report hey haven't disappointed. 

Urban Outfitters shoes, check out these doppelgangers from New Look

I adore this dress.....love the 1940's feel of it. My only gripe is that I've ordered another as I'd have liked a bit more of the pattern near my face (gosh I sound like my mum!). As it's quite high at the neck I'm hoping that a bit of floral next the face will be a tad more flattering. It's all in the detail isn't it?! Fingers crossed that I get one with the pattern placed like this.......

The style also comes in other colours and patterns and I think it's bargain at £29.99!

It looks beautiful in khaki....perfect for occasionwear. It would look fab with some nude coloured accessories.

And lastly, just in plain red.

The denim dress was a no-brainer too! I would have worn this already.....had it not been for the fact that it is just too cold for it at the moment. However you will see me wearing it like this in the coming weeks.

Pavement boots via hi*hi store website here

Excuse the pasty legs here but you get the gist of how I'll be wearing this come Spring/Summer.

Converse, here

That concludes my trying-on session. It always helps to see stuff on doesn't it?!

Moving swiftly on to a couple of my outfits over the weekend.

H&M coat, here
Jaeger sweater, past season alternative here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Topshop boots, here
Jigsaw bag, past season alternative here

Zara coat, ancient alternative here
Twist & Tango sweater via hi*hi store website here
M&S vest, similar here
H&M jeans, past season similar here
Converse, here
Village England bag, here

I promised a post on dressier evening options....that will be coming soon. We are off for some R&R in half term and so I will actually get the opportunity to dress up for dinner for a few nights so hoping to get some photos then.

That is all for now though....be back again soon.

3 February 2017

my gap 40% off picks!

Since I didn't go wild with my credit card in London yesterday I thought I'd console myself by taking a look at what Gap have to offer since there is that Grazia 40% off code tempting me at the moment. The first thing to catch my eye was this sweatshirt-style dress. Just the perfect thing to throw on with my Converse and ASOS black denim jacket for Spring.

You are always guaranteed to find a couple of pretty white top options in Gap for Spring/Summer! This one also comes in navy and heather grey.

I adore this blouse, so similar to one I bought a few months back from Zara. It also comes in black and jungle green (khaki in my book!).

This denim shirt absolutely has the wow factor for me and I will definitely be checking this one out!

I'm always on the hunt for khaki trews....they go with so much. The waistband on these is so gorgeous, love the fact they are cropped too.

Skaters are always a wise investment for your shoe collection for Spring. I fancy this denim pair as they will go with loads in my wardrobe, though I love the pink and silver versions too!

Just a few basics that will all be great additions to our transitional wardrobes! Just enter the code GRAZIA at the checkout.....you will also get an further 5% discount if you have the Gap+ App and you will qualify for free delivery if you spend over £50! I'm off to place an order.....I need cheering up as it's been such a dreary day here.

I'll leave you with today's outfit.....it's been all about the normcore!

M&S Limited Edition coat, sold out alternative here
H&M knitted hoody, here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Adidas Originals Stan Smith's here
Village England Hempstead bag, here
H&M hat, similar here

Right! I'm hoping to get my act together over the weekend and put together another *shop my wardrobe* post for slightly dressier evening out options. It hasn't started well as we were supposed to be going out this evening but it's such awful weather we binned the idea in favour of a night in front of the fire. Out tomorrow instead!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend....whatever the weather!

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2 February 2017

new season......new look!

For the first time in ages I bought a magazine.....that resulted in a couple of purchases! So thank you Grazia for the inspiration! I've had a 25% off new season voucher from New Look burning a hole in my pocket since December and so when I saw this dress in this weeks edition I didn't hesitate to click the button! I'm thinking I'll dress it down with my trusty Converse or new Stan's come Spring....but that it would also be handy if an occasion that arose to go somewhere smarter than usual! It reminds of a Warehouse one from last year that I returned and have been kicking myself for ever since. I think it will be fab be with these pointy flats I blogged about here.

Second up is another dress. Only this one I intend to wear now. With opaques and boots, I am so ready for some options to get me out of jeans! It will need a layer underneath and over it but I have plenty of stuff in my wardrobe that will work with this little number!

New Look denim dress, also comes in blue

I have to say there are many things catching my eye in New Look at the moment. Their new season stuff is looking pretty good! This has been on my radar for a couple of weeks.

This would be a useful transitional top to see us through to some warmer temperatures! Great if like me you've succumbed to the dungarees recently!

This classic trench looks fab for the price point!

I find the shoe department in New Look is always worth a good snoop around! Look what I uncovered! These are so much like my Urban Outfitters pumps that I often get complimented and asked about....that are now sold out. Another superb footwear option to go with the dresses above!

That's just a little taster of things I am loving from New Look at the moment! I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my dresses.....I shall update you once received and tried on!

Just the one outfit to share....a view from the top!

H&M coat, a steal in the dregs of the sale
Uniqlo Merino sweater, here
ASOS dungarees, here
Pavement boots via hi*hi store, website here
Balenciaga bag, ancient similar here

Grazia is only a £1 for this week's issue.....and as if you need another reason for buying Grazia there is also a voucher for 40% off Gap. 

I'm off to London for the day.......and my flexible friend is positively quivering! 

Report back soon on any purchases made! ;0)