21 July 2019

Holiday packing!

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Yes, it's that time again! Hands up this is no frills guide to my holiday packing - I say no frills as a lot of what I'm taking you will have all seen before. I tend to drag the usual suspects out holiday after holiday thus a lot of the pieces I'm sharing are no longer available. However I have had some fun finding alternatives for you! 

I'll kick off with a little montage of my holiday favourites.....these are all coming with me again!


12 July 2019

A good spot!

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Continuing the workwear theme......here's what I wore today! Thank heavens it's Friday!

New Look sandals, past season - alternative here

Wishing everyone a super weekend! Michelle xx


11 July 2019

What I wore to work today

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What to wear to work in this weather? Relying on my 'if in doubt's........stripes and leopard print!

H&M skirt, S/S18 - similar here*
Topshop sandals, S/S18 - alternative here*
Bag - similar here*


10 July 2019

One from the heart

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Before I get into the heavy stuff I'd better just share my outfit of the day as fashion was the very reason I started the blog in the first place........and I may lose a few of you thereafter.
& Other Stories dress*
Espadrille.co.uk sandals, gifted 2017
Bag via eBay *
Accessorize Panama hat, past season - alternative here*
Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses*
Tiffany & Co necklace
If you are in for the long read you may want to get yourself a cuppa!

16 June 2019

#sundaystylist My top 5 picks right now!

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This post has been written in collaboration with TopTips4Fashion who asked me to send them my top 5 picks of clothing and accessories at the moment. Now some of these pieces have already made it into my wardrobe......and there are a couple currently residing on my wish list!

You know how I love my greens......they look so fresh with the whites.


14 June 2019

The treasure trove that is hi*hi!

Last weekend I grabbed a bit of me-time (with both hands!!) and had a little girls day out. We set off early to visit a boutique in Oxted called hi*hi - it's roughly a two and half hour drive from me. I was introduced to hi*hi about eight years ago by a friend and have visited at every opportunity.....I have blogged about a few of the trips before, see herehere and here. It was a real treat to take some time out to shop properly and it was just the tonic I needed! I have lost the art of browsing around the shops and had forgotten just how lovely it is to walk into a beautifully merchandised store where everything is displayed so that you can see it properly. It was good to get touchy feely with different fabrics and textures and to benefit from the buyers expert knowledge which was like having a personal stylist on hand. Another bonus is the fantastic customer service that you get shopping in this lovely boutique.......it exceeds all expectations. It was a great reminder of how shopping in this kind of environment can be such a pleasure.

So without further ado let me show you what I tried on. I was cajoled out of my comfort zone and into things that really surprised me which is the best place to start I think!

Fabienne Chapot dress - not online but available to mail order


5 June 2019

5 things bringing me joy this week!

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I thought I'd try something a little different today. I'm a bit low on motivation and inspiration at the moment and in a bid to get my creative juices flowing again I am appreciating the things that have bought me happiness this week!

Fresh flowers are such a mood-enhancer for me. Especially when it's peony season. I really wanted peonies for my wedding bouquet and I was pretty gutted when my florist told me they'd most likely be finished before my big day (as it was the end of July). But bless her, she found me some - so now more than every they do hold a special place in my heart! They seem a bit thin on the ground this year so when I saw this dark pink bunch in Aldi I snapped them up! They have lasted 10 days and were worth every penny of the 6 quid I paid for them! They do literally make me swoon whenever I see them.

Peonies from Aldi


4 June 2019

Just an outfit round-up!

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Just to warn you - this is a bit of an epic outfit round-up as I was a bit lazy during half term. I'll kick off with what I'm wearing today. Mr Fashionable40s complimented me on this today....that is a rarity so happy days!

Mango jumpsuit, past season - this one is on my lust list!


27 May 2019

A few purchase confessions!

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I haven't done one of these for a while. I always feel a little in limbo at this time of year which is most definitely because of the iffy weather....one minute it's nice.....the next minute not so much. I've completed my Spring/Summer wardrobe changeover and that always leaves me feeling a little overwhelmed as I've accrued such a lot of stuff! However I have been clearing my wardrobe regularly and only holding onto the piece that really spark joy. I've been updating my Pinterest boards.....what an eye-opener! Makes it so much easier to see where there are gaps though. Those gaps are a whole 'nother post now that I've identified them! But in the meantime this is what I've been buying.
Subconsciously I've been avoiding jeans lately. I'm just not that into them at the moment. But trousers ....now there's a different story! I've bought a couple of pairs of Mensy style pants in neutral colours (from Zara and Topshop) and early last week my mission was to track down some wide leg trousers from Gap that I'd seen on a couple of influencers early in Spring. I had actually tracked them down in my size but imagine my glee when I found these in Bershka at a fraction of the price of the Gap ones. They really are sparking joy!
H&M shirt, past season - similar here
Bershka Trousers 
Zara sandals
The Jacksons London bag, past season -similar here

24 May 2019

a hero piece!

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Some days you just cannot beat a slogan tee and jeans! The weekend has started early for me. Yay! I usually work on Friday's but I swapped my days this week meaning I get to take advantage of an extra long weekend!

Disko Kids t-shirt, gifted - I'm wearing a small, I'm usually a size 10
Pepe via ASOS jeans, past season - alternative here
Birkenstocks via Shoeaholics, limited sizes left - similar here


23 May 2019

Statement co-ords!

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You gotta love a co-ord! Looks like a jumpsuit when you wear these 2 pieces together but they are super versatile as you can mix and match with other pieces too! 

MW by Matthew Williamson top
MW by Matthew Williamson trousers 
Faith sandals
Mantaray sunglasses 
All items gifted by Debenhams - chosen by me.

20 May 2019

Mensy Monday!

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Meet my favourite shape of trouser at the moment - the Mensy. These are from Topshop, I also have these from Zara too. Expect to see them pop up here often!
Maison Labiche t-shirt, past season, similar here
Topshop trousers
New Look red sandals
Vintage Gucci bag via Grace & Ted
Rayban Round Metal sunglasses


19 May 2019

Sunday style!

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Simple Sunday style.

New Look dress, past season - current version here
Zara sandals
New Look bag, past season - similar here 
Izipizi sunglasses, gifted


18 May 2019

Discount alert!

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This is just too good a discount not to share with you this weekend! I've said it before and I'll say it again......New Look really excel in their dress selection in the summer and all of their dresses (and jumpsuits) have 25% off instore and online for a limited time! Here are my favourites in no particular order.......all coming in under £20! 
This is the same shape as my recent leopard print purchase and one of my lovely readers tipped me off about it....how fab is the khaki version!!


17 May 2019

The way you make me feel!

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Sometimes it's just all about how a dress makes you feel.....and I'm all for feeling tall and slinky ;0) This little number is going to take me to a variety of events......summer ball, a day at the races, a wedding party and a garden party. I tell you it's ticking a lot of boxes!

MW by Matthew Williamson dress
Faith sandals
Mantaray sunglasses
All gifted by Debenhams - chosen by me


15 May 2019

Dresses and dad sandals!

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I'm documenting this outfit as one of those outfits my husband hates! He's referencing the sandals....but I love them as I reckon they really edge-up the outfit. 

New Look dress
Zara sandals
New Look bag, gifted


14 May 2019

Sunshine makes for happy dressing!

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Long may this lovely spell of weather last.......I've got a lot of dresses I wanna wear! I bought this one  in Lanzarote from Mango and it's currently on offer for just £25.99! It has pockets.....cue a happy dance! Mines a medium (Spanish sizing?!) which I believe is equivalent to a UK size 10. 

Mango dress- currently on offer! :0)
Espadrille.co.uk (Maypole, low wedge) -gifted 2017
Mango bag, past season - alternative here

13 May 2019

Stepping into sandal season!

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So happy that sandal season finally feels like it's upon us! It's just so hard to choose which ones to get isn't it! Both of these are leather and common under 25 quid! Decisions! Decisions!


12 May 2019

What's made it's way into my wardrobe lately.

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Ok. Let's start with this dress. I've had it since Thursday and this is the third wear. I wore it out to dinner with a friend on Thursday night, round to friends for a takeaway on Friday night and to Asda to do the food shop today. Hands up I'm rubbish at getting photographic proof......but let's skim over that and marvel about how versatile this shirt dress is! 

H&M shirt dress
Espadrille.co.uk gladiator sandals, gifted
Mulberry Araline bag, ancient
Izipizi sunglasses, gifted


11 May 2019

What I'm wearing today!

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Keeping it casual this Saturday! It's been a pretty lazy day here.....nothing to report!

Joy the Store shirt, gifted
Topshop trousers
Zara sandals
New Look bag, past season - alternative here
Izipizi sunglasses, gifted


10 May 2019

That Friday feeling!

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Yay! Thanks to the Bank Holiday and swapping my working days this week.....my weekend started today! It's the first outing for this Zara linen blazer that I purchased in Lanzarote whilst on holiday.

Lavender Hill Breton - gifted 
Gap jeans - ancient, alternative here


7 May 2019

Befuddled by the weather!

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Anyone else finding it hard to get dressed at the moment. I blame it on the weather. I feel in limbo.....it feels a little too early to get the sandals out and there are a few new bits in my wardrobe that are begging to be worn but it's just not quite warm enough yet is it? Looking back at what I was wearing this time last year it looks as though this feeling hit's me at roughly the same time annually. Today I resorted to jeans.....I haven't worn a pair in over a month but then, they are my safety net when all else fails.

Zara jacket, ancient - this seasons version here
Syrup & Salt t shirt, gifted
Levis jeans - similar here
Izipizi sunglasses, gifted.


2 May 2019

Every woman's three favourite words.....

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........THAT'S ON SALE. Ain't that the truth! I love a bargain. Especially an outlet shopping bargain. Outlet shopping means I get to purchase in places that are normally out of my price range. It's win-win situation.


1 May 2019

Back in the spring uniform!

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It's a short and sweet outfit of the day post today folks!

Levis sweatshirt via Swindon Outlet
Lily King London skirt, gifted 15% off with code FASHIONABLE40S


30 April 2019

I'm not kidding when I say.......

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........New Look are nailing dresses this season. I have to admit that I saw this animal print dress online but it didn't grab me (as so often the case with brands website photos don't you agree?). However I saw it in my local store yesterday and it literally turned my head! When I tried it on I would have happily walked out of the store wearing it......I loved it even more once I tried it on. I've had three compliments about it today so I'm already considering it to be a wardrobe winner.
New Look dress
Novesta Trainers via All Sole
Zara Bag
Rayban sunglasses

29 April 2019

When you gotta say yes to the dresses!

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I reckon New Look are hard to beat on the High Street when it comes to dresses! This shirt-waister style is perfect for spring.....so easy to wear. I've also found myself a new print! Loving the tropical vibes of this palm print.

All New Look - gifted but chosen by me


28 April 2019

Holiday attire!

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The holiday blues are just setting in, so I thought I'd cheer myself up by creating this little online diary of what I wore. This will be a useful to look back on when I'm trying to pack for my next holiday. I did refer to previous holiday posts......as I mentioned before I found it quite a challenge this time. We went to Lanzarote a little earlier than usual this yearand as we hadn't had much sun yet in the UK I'd couldn't find my summer clothes mojo!

I'm kicking off with my outfits but I have put in a few of my recommendations at the bottom of the post should you be going to Lanzarote.....I hope it's useful!

Let's kick off with this cracker of a dress that I bought whilst I was there. There is a lovely shopping centre in Puerto del Carmen......it's one of the Islands assets that keeps us going back! The Oysho shop is just across from Zara and I was torn between this leopard print maxi dress......but this green one stole my heart. I plan to wear this to a wedding in June too so it's not just a holiday dress! 

Oysho dress - purchased in Lanzarote Sold out online
Topshop sandal - past season, similar here
Mango bag, past season, similar here


23 April 2019

Oh Joy!

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It's back to reality after the Easter break! It was amazing to come home to some gorgeous weather after our week in Lanzarote....where the weather was equally as brilliant! The holiday blog post is still a work in progress as we've had a lazy bank holiday weekend getting back into the swing of things. Hope to have that up later this week.
The forecast looks as though thing will all be going downhill as of tomorrow so although the weather was cloudier today I didn't pass up the opportunity to wear another dress. Still warm enough to go without a jacket.....what a blessing!

Joy the Store dress, current - gifted


12 April 2019

My holiday wardrobe edit!

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Sorry I've been AWOL from the blog for a few days. I've limped through the first week of half term, solo parenting as the DH has been away whilst trying to get on top of my holiday prep going and I've been at work for the past two days.....this week away is much needed I tell you!

I have to say it's been a bit of a challenge to pack this time. We usually take this holiday in May and we've had a taste of summer by then so some clothes purchases have already been made. This time I'm relying very heavily on some past season purchases.......thankfully there are Zara and Mango store s where we are going so there will be plenty of opportunity to bolster my holiday wardrobe whilst I am there!

I'll kick off the post with my travelling outfit. Our flight is at 6 in the morning so due to the 4am start I need something I can throw on and go. This is where my new favourite dress comes into it's own. The New Look black jersey hanky hem dress is really comfy so perfect for a 4 hour flight. I'll only be taking one jacket, a denim jacket as it's the most versatile style for everything else in my suitcase. On my feet will be an ancient pair of Converse (at least 15 years old!) that I'm taking as we plan to do a lot of walking. Last time we were in Lanzarote a lovely couple told us about the coastal path between Puerto Del Carmen and Puerto Calero so we walk it every day. As for hand luggage, I'd normally take a straw basket but since I normally get lumbered with hauling everything down to the pool.....I've gone oversize and I'm taking my Stella McCartney tote that I picked up at a Kilver Court sample sale last year.

New Look denim jacket, gifted
New Look dress
Stella McCartney bag, past season - this is a lovely alternative
Primark scarf

8 April 2019

A blazer glory!

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Now here's an outfit combo I will be utilising for the foreseeable! After yesterday's occasion wear  outfit I looked for what other blazer/dress options I have in my wardrobe! Let's just hope it's warm enough to test out another similar ensemble tomorrow!

H&M blazer, current
New Look dress, gifted - limited sizes left - gorgeous alternative here
Novesta trainers
Zara bag
Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses


7 April 2019

Rockin' a frock for #sundaybeststyle

Another Sunday well spent in the MyFashionable40s household. We've been to a Christening.....invited by our gorgeous neighbours. It's been amazing to get to know some of the people we say hello up and down the street a little bit better. Feeling privileged to live in such a lovely community. Naturally I seized the opportunity to dress up......I knew this Studio by Preen dress from Debenhams would be perfect!

Zara blazer
Studio by Preen dress - currently reduced
Mango shoes
Zara bag
Rayban aviator sunglasses


6 April 2019

Life is looking just rosé!

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What a great start to the Easter holidays.....the sun is out. All I need now is a winner on the Grand National! And here is to my first glass of rosé of the year. Cheers!

FWP by Rae rosé t-shirt, gifted
New Look skirt, gifted
Novesta trainers 
Anna Cox rosé cushion, gifted


4 April 2019

Feel uplifted!

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I spent a wonderful day at Bristol Fashion Week Festival talking about all things body positivity an self confidence at The Mall Cribbs Causeway yesterday. It's given me perspective.....a fresh outlook and lots of ideas! Lots of information to process before I share some of these ideas with you. If you are in the South West do try and get along to it, there are still tickets..... it's on everyday until Sunday. As well as the conversations with Caryn Franklin (who is just fabulous!) there is a catwalk show and styling sessions on the runway. Outside the main auditorium there are styling and beauty pods and a ticket entitles you to experience all that is on offer! What did I wear? John Lewis at The Mall gifted me a stunning dress from their own John Lewis collection as well as accessories. The dress was a dream to wear.......I just hope that an occasion pops up so that I get to wear it again soon!

1 April 2019

clothes my husband hates!

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Yep, the boiler suit is right up there. When I put this on this morning I did get a quip about changing his exhaust....ha ha! Anyway I think with the boiler suit it is a case of finding the right one as I kissed a couple of frogs until good old New Look has come up trumps again! It's lyocell fabric, so quite fluid material which pleases me greatly as it's just more flattering in my eyes. There is no fiddling with it. It has pockets, a drawstring waist tie and a neat little cuffed hem which I find easier than a turn-up. 

New Look boiler suit
Novesta Star Master trainers
Zara bag


30 March 2019

Breakin' out an old favourite!

Nothing says spring quite like a straw basket bag. I clambered up in the loft to retrieve mine this morning ready for it's first outing this year. It goes with everything. 

French Connection shirt
Arket Jeans 
Novesta trainers - 25% off with code SPRING
Straw basket


29 March 2019

Spring in my step!

When style and comfort collide......and leave you with a spring in your step! I'm a sucker for a loafer with a snaffle, so when Kurt Geiger offered me a pair of these......well it would have been rude to say no really wouldn't it?

Warehouse blazer
Topshop tee
Zara jeans
Carvela loafer, gifted
Izipizi sunglasses

28 March 2019

If you love fashion.......

I have just the event for you! Next week The Mall at Cribbs Causeway are hosting Bristol Fashion Week Festival. Feel uplifted at the fashion, beauty and well being event. There will be fashion shows, styling sessions, beauty demonstrations and treatments available. I'm delighted to be taking the stage in a Q&A session with the fashion legend that it Caryn Franklin and body positivity ambassador Megan Crabbe. I'll be at the event on Wednesday 3rd April  but they have a whole host of other amazing guests 'in conversation throughout the festival.....Giovanna Fletcher, Clemmie Hooper and Zoe de Pass to name but a few! 

Levis sweatshirt
Gap trousers, ancient - alternative here
Veja trainers
Zara bag
Rayban round metal sunglasses

A day ticket allows you to access to a catwalk fashion show, a talk hotel by Caryn and a styling workshop from The Image Consulting Company. The tickets are £15.50, you can book here. It runs from Wednesday 3rd until Sunday 7th April. I hope to see you there! #BFWF #feeluplifted


26 March 2019

some springspiration!

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And a few more stripes! I just can't help myself when it comes to stripes! Anyway let's talk about this gorgeous dress shall we! It's from the Rochelle Humes Edit. Rochelle picks a few of her favourites now and again from New Look. I was drawn to this as we are off to warmer climes at Easter and little linen blend number will be coming with me!


25 March 2019

never underestimate the power of the perfect striped t-shirt!

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If there is one item in my wardrobe thats guaranteed to pull an outfit together it's a Breton! As a fresh week starts I'm back in my mum taxi-service uniform. If I need to just throw something on this is the perfect combo.
H&M jacket
Lavender Hill Clothing Breton top - gifted
Arket jeans
Veja Trainers
Zara bag
Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses

24 March 2019

Sundays are for sparkles...and what's new in this week!

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Sunday is by far my favourite day of the week. It deserves a few sparkles doesn't it! I have had a super one this week as I was invited to sample the delights of a Sunday roast at The Botanist that has just opened in Bath. The food was superb, the venue is spectacular and the service was impeccable....the whole experience totally exceeded expectations. If you are visiting Bath make sure it's on your to-do list! I saw a few familiar faces SarahFromBath, L.i.p_Kate and StyleoPhile_uk we all said hi! It would have been rude not to break out a new purchase for the occasion wouldn't it!

H&M sweatshirt - new in!
Joy The Store skirt, current & gifted -reduced to £20!
Veja trainers 
Zara Bag
Rayban aviator sunglasses


22 March 2019

The frock that ticks a lot of boxes!

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This is a take me anywhere dress if ever there was one! It's a real wardrobe hero. I may have to buy a spare to hoard as I love it so much. It looks way more expensive than it's £17.99 price tag (it strikes me that it has a whiff of Cos about it) and it's a dream to wear. I have to thank my lovely mate Sue for finding it.....she knows my style better than I do! ;0)
New Look dress - gifted 

20 March 2019

My idea of occasion wear!

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My outfit of the day. One that fits my style niche perfectly I think!

New Look skirt, gifted - sold out alternative here
Zara bag - gift from the husband.....the boy did good! :0)


18 March 2019

It's been a while since my last weekly confession!

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Is this just me or does anyone else seem to have a little style wobble whilst we are amidst the lengthy seasonal crossover weather? It's like I don't know where to start with the new season. I made one or 2 spring purchases just before I started the personal styling course and when I learnt about my 'natural' style personality suddenly everything just clicked into place. I'm on a roll now. I feel like I'm nailing my style personality. I wore these Veja's on the first day of the course and they are fast becoming the linchpin of my outfits.....they are game changers I tell you! 


14 March 2019

utility chic!

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So very grateful for utility chic at the moment! This "Rise and Shine" Mac from Debenhams is perfect for these stormy conditions! The day starts out being grey, rainy and windy so you need a long coat but the sky are often blue by mid-afternoon.....still glad of my trench then though!

Debenhams trench coat, gifted
M.i.h Breton top, past season - alternative here
Pepe jeans via ASOS, sold out but check these out
Kurt Geiger/Carvela loafers, gifted
Longchamp bag
Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses


13 March 2019

comfort zone

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A double....or actually even a triple entendre for you today. Some of you may have seen already that I have been training on a personal styling course this week with The image Consulting Company. The majority of the time I've been in a classroom environment so I have worn things that have been comfortable. I completed the 3 elements of the course I signed up for this afternoon. Comfort zone has taken on a whole new meaning for me now that I understand my style personality.

Disko Kids sweatshirt, gifted - I'm wearing the small.
Gap vintage straight jeans, past season - I would try these
Primark jacket (in hand) - alternative here
Levi's bag, similar here


12 March 2019

Flower power!

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My love affair of the floral midi skirt is still going strong! I've broken out of my usual sweatshirt and skirt combo and found this great cardigan. I prefer it done up and worn as a sweater. It's definitely going to be a useful little number in my wardrobe.

Midi Skirt


11 March 2019

The eternal classic!

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I'm talking outerwear.....the style that epitomises spring. The trench. This one is heavenly. I think this beautiful coat will be taking my wardrobe in a whole new direction.


10 March 2019

When is this wind gonna do one?!

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Is the weather doing anyone else's head in? When we are all ready for Spring it scuppers my outfit plans most days!! Grrrr! Back in a coat, coats and layers today.....refusing to go back to socks and boots though!

Zara jacket, past season - similar here
Levis 501's - hacked the hems off myself - similar here
French sole pumps, past season - alternative here
Levi's bag, similar here


9 March 2019

It's all about the 'new season now!'

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Come on spring.....let's be havin' ya!

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