Blue Damsel in a Dress

Spring must be here because I could actually stand outside without my coat and not shiver with cold. As long as the sun was out that is – the moment it disappeared behind a cloud I was back indoors. That said, this dress is quite warm as it's double-layered. Some figure-hugging dresses are so thin they're both unforgiving and unsuitable for colder weather, but this one by Damsel in a Dress is lovely to wear. I'm a big fan of the label as the garments are stylish, well-made and perfect for the office or a night out. The boots are by Laceys which I bought discounted at Brand Alley.  Despite owning quite a lot of shoes and boots (massive understatement!) I'd never come across this brand before.  Like a magpie I was drawn to the sparkly detailing. My poor feet have suffered so much over the years by being shoved into constrictive shoes, but unlike most of my other ankle boots these are actually really comfortable! I chose a necklace I made myself to wear with it – I'll be opening a shop on Etsy very soon so watch this space!

Insolito agate necklace

Diamante ankle boots
Dress: Damsel in a Dress, Necklace: handmade, Boots: Laceys.

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Black and white stripe F & F dress

It may officially be Spring but it sure doesn’t feel like it. If like me you’re getting a bit impatient now for the weather to warm up, we can at least console ourselves that one of the big trends for this season is black and white. It’s not the colour combination we immediately associate with the warmer months, but it is an incredibly versatile one. I picked this F & F black and white striped dress up in Tesco while doing my shopping and it was an absolute bargain at £16! It’s also a great transitional item because the material is just the right thickness. On a day like this when there’s a bitter wind and flurries of snow thick tights are essential! But I’m sure I’ll get plenty of wear out of it when Summer arrives (assuming it does) and I can substitute boots for sandals. I chose my J by Jasper Conran red coat to wear with it for maximum impact.

F&F black and white stripe dressblack and white glass ring

Leather bow gloves
Dress: F&F at Tesco, Coat: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, Hat: H by Henry Holland at Debenhams, Boots: Red Herring at Debenhams, Gloves: TKMaxx, Ring and bracelet: bought in Italy.

I’ve gone a bit mad for black and white just lately and I’ll be featuring my monochrome bargains here soon so watch this space!

 

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Stormy sea near Plouha

After a crazy few months of starting a new job involving a 200 mile round trip commute (not to mention trying to sell a house and buy another) I was well and truly ready for a break. Having been to Brittany several times before I thought I was fully prepared for how changeable the weather can be, but we really did get all seasons in just a few days. Even my dad (who has lived there for several years) was surprised at the ferocity of the wintery storm that greeted us. Although the high winds did claim a few trees (more wood for the fire!) and knock the power out a couple of times we managed to survive without too much inconvenience – a roaring log fire and a few bottles of red wine certainly helped!

Fallen tree

Wine by the fire

By the third day the storm had passed and the sun was shining  – and it just happened to be market day. My attention was soon caught by a stall selling hats, and when my dad suggested I try one on I couldn't resist and ended up buying it. In fact it turned out to be a very good purchase because I hardly took it off for the rest of the trip and I know I'll be wearing it for years to come. Wearing something associated with happy memories is so much more enjoyable than something purchased mindlessly on a boredom-induced shopping spree.

Hats at Plouha market

Streets of Paimpol

Boats at St Quay

Of course we had to make a visit to the beach and luckily the sun stayed out long enough for us to build sand castles and look for shells. As with all holidays it was over too soon but I'm sure we'll be back there before too long – hopefully when it's warm enough for a swim in the sea and a spot of sunbathing!

Beach at St Quay

Sea of shells

Scallop shell

Seaweed and stone

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Black lace Zara skirt

When I bought this Zara black lace skirt in the January sales I wasn’t sure how, when or where I was going to wear it but I knew I had to have it all the same. I thought it might feel too unstructured for a night out but the leather-look lace might be just too dressy for daytime. After sitting in the wardrobe for a couple of months however I decided this is just the sort of versatile piece we all need, it’s just a matter of what you wear with it. Teaming it with a bright jacket (the one I’m wearing is from Next) makes it appropriate for the office. Keeping it head-to-toe black – maybe with a silk blouse – and swapping the big bag for a clutch would create a modern and elegant look for evening. I chose a neon pink necklace from New Look for a bright accent and ankle boots by House of Harlow.

Lace Zara skirt

House of Harlow bootsJacket: Next, skirt: Zara, bag: Ri2K, boots: House of Harlow, necklace: New Look

 

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