Festive Dressing Series: Sparkling Sequin Top With a Lace Pencil Skirt

A few days ago, I spent time with a dear old friend that I had not had the privilege of meeting for a few years.  She had gone through a rough patch in her life with the breakup of a long-term marriage and the subsequent after-math that is natural in these circumstances.  It was lovely to see her and we spent hours chatting and catching up only the way girlfriends can.  She seemed to be over the worst and looked relaxed and happy. I commented on how great she looked and she acknowledged that her emotional recovery had been fundamental in helping her look and feel great again.  She stated that ‘happy hormones’ were flowing through her body once again and as a concerned friend I was relieved to hear that. Then suddenly her brow furrowed and looking anxious she said, “There is an other problem now though – it’s literally keeping me up at night”. Genuinely worried, I inquired as to what this new problem was. She said, ‘these new ‘happy hormones’ are giving me horrible pimples – I have a new pimple every morning and it is ruining my life!” For ten seconds I just stared at her and then we both burst out laughing. Girls will be girls and if it’s not one thing, it’s another! (for the record, I did take my friend’s permission to recite this anecdote on the blog).

On a serious note, spending time with her was a great reminder of the beauty and power of friendships. Male or female, friendships are a gift and I know that I am a better person for being a friend to my friends.  So even though it is not ‘Friendship Day’ I wanted to take this opportunity to rave about the grandeur of friendship and remind my readers about the beauty of friendships new and old this festive season.

Clothes are like friends, I love them! I absolutely adore this colourful sequined top – the colours are bright and lovely and the bling is so on-point given the festive season. I have paired my sequined top  with a lace pencil skirt which seem to be all over the high street at the moment, in every colour and design conceivable. I am a fan of the ‘retro element’ of this leather jacket and I think it adds a playful element to the overall styling. I believe the star of this outfit is the sequined top which would look great with most things including skinny and wide-legged trousers.

I hope you enjoy the styling and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  Have a great rest of the week!

(Clothes and Accessories: Top –  ASOS (Lost Ink), Skirt – Banana Republic, Leather Jacket – Urban Code, Clutch – Modalu)

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Festive Dressing Series: Black Lace Dress With a Patterned Bag and Striped Shoes

It is that lovely time of year when festive clothes take over the high street. In every store you enter, there are bright and shiny clothes hanging from the rails like baubles on a Christmas tree.  Going shopping before the holidays is a test of tremendous will power for me.  With my relatively weak resistance to shiny new clothes, I have to often remind myself that I already have a version of something I have just seen in my closet! Then I have to remind myself to concentrate and remember that I am here to shop for other people but I digress…

The one dress that I have seen multiple versions of this season is the black lace dress. They are a giant staple in the party market and are as versatile as they are plentiful.  A black lace dress could easily be the poster child for ‘wear to any event dress’ as they are appropriate for so many occasions, can be dressed up or down and  usually have a longer life span than so many other styles out there.

After successfully talking myself out of a black lace dress earlier this week,  I have used a black lace dress that was already in my closet for this lookbook.  I am a fan of the long unlined lace sleeves and the easy to wear length of this dress. Accessories and shoes are always a game changer and during the festive season I often try to skip the conventional black dress/black shoe pairing and go with shoes and  accessories that contrast/compliment the dress.  I think the juxtaposing of the floral patterned bag and striped shoes add a touch of glamour to the overall styling and work well in making the look more festive. I adore long coats in the winter and this long double-breasted black coat makes for a great staple in my winter wardrobe (along with making me feel like a movie detective). I  wanted to add some festive bling to the coat in the form of a sparkly brooch  but I did not own one.  Therefore, I have utilized the creative part of my brain and taken a pair of sturdy earrings I own with flat backs and worn them as a brooch.

Below, are some full sleeve black lace dresses  and striped shoes that I like the look of.  I hope you enjoy the styling and have a great rest of the week!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Shoes – Zara, Handbag – Whistles, Bracelet – Swarovski, Coat – DKNY)

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Karen Millen Black Lace Dress
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Yumi Black Lace Dress
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Oasis Black Lace Dress
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Dune Blue Stars Shoes

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Festive Dressing Series: In a Sparkly Copper Knitted Dress

The festive season is upon us and with it, the promise of festive parties.  Be it the office Christmas party, a family party, the school Christmas fair  – they all offer opportunities to dress up and indulge in wearing some sparkle that we may not consider at other times during the year. The stores are currently full of party wear that varies from the beautiful to the bizarre.  Given that we will be seeing so much party dressing in the run up to Christmas and New Year, I thought it would be fun to do a mini- series on festive dressing.

I love the idea of festive parties. Prior to a party,  in the recesses my mind, I am parading around in that lovely dress that I just bought, while having the perfect hair day and it just happens to be an unusually warm winters’ day.  However, as we all know, things don’t always work out quite as elegantly as one may have envisioned. In reality, it is quite possible that you are running late from work, there is no time to wash your incredibly oily locks and it just happens to be the coldest winter day in 50 years! In these situations, it is always nice to have an easy breezy festive dress in your wardrobe that you can throw on in five minutes and be out the door.

This sparkly knit dress is pretty without being garish, easy to wear, easy to style, easy to buy, easy to return, you won’t freeze, and most importantly easy on the pocket! I have paired it with thick tights  and heels for this ‘lookbook’ and added a green clutch for a pop of festive colour.  I think this dress would also look great as a tunic top with black cigarette pants and high-heeled boots. I hope you enjoy this look and thank you so much for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Handbag – ASOS, Cape (similar) – Ted Baker, Rings – Ishariya, Shoes – Bebe)

 

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