StyleWe Red Top Black Skinny Jeans Jennifer Hamley Clutch

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed some stress-free time with your loved ones. I had a very relaxing Christmas Day and Boxing Day at home with the family, including my mum who managed to get away for a couple of days in between dialysis sessions. The house was filled with toys and mountains of wrapping paper, which completely freaked the cat out. I’m hoping to restore some kind of normality before I go back to work on Tuesday…I’m not looking forward to that 5am alarm!

For my last post of 2016 I’m keeping it casual with a StyleWe red top, black skinny jeans and my Jennifer Hamley Clutch from the Model KT bag.

I’ve done a little bit of shopping in the sales over the last few days and picked up some ankle boots, a dress and a velvet jacket. I’m sure they’ll be making an appearance on the blog soon. For my last post of 2016 I’m keeping it casual with a StyleWe red top, black skinny jeans and my Jennifer Hamley Clutch from the Model KT bag. I ordered the red top with the midi skirt I wore in this post but it was too cold at the time to wear it. Also, it wasn’t quite the right top for the skirt as it’s a bit looser than I expected.  The weather was quite mild for a few days in the run up to Christmas so I took the opportunity of taking some outdoor photos.

I find taking outfit photos at this time of year really tricky because there’s so little daylight. I’m definitely looking forward to Spring!

The eagled-eyed among you might notice that I’m wearing a different nail polish in the first two photos – that’s because the first attempt at photographing this outfit didn’t go too well. The light was poor and the colour of the top looked really washed out. I find taking outfit photos at this time of year really tricky because there’s so little daylight. I’m definitely looking forward to Spring!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, whatever you’re doing. We’re staying at home and having drinks and nibbles with a few friends. Every year we say we’ll go out somewhere but never do! Too cold and too expensive! One thing I will be doing in the new year is launching my own blog link up…I’ll keep you posted!

Thanks so much for supporting the blog over the last year, I really appreciate it. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

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StyleWe Red Top Black Skinny Jeans Jennifer Hamley Clutch

StyleWe Red Top Black Skinny Jeans Jennifer Hamley Clutch

 

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It’s almost Christmas…can you believe it? I’m almost ready – just a few more gifts to buy and then I’m done! I often think we put ourselves through far too much stress at this time of year – all that build-up and then suddenly it’s over. Well if the thought of a long, cold January fills you with dread then you need to enter my giveaway to win a Lee Stafford Academy Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener. What better way to start the New Year than with sleek, shiny hair?

The straightener heats up and is ready to use in just 10 seconds…just what you need when you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning.

The Lee Stafford Hair Straightener is a super sleek design.  The matte black finish has grip points, so it’s easy to control. I found this feature really useful because it feels very secure when you’re holding it.  The straightener heats up and is ready to use in just 10 seconds…just what you need when you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning. The variable heat selection allows you to choose the temperature from 80C to 230° C. With an ionic function, the Lee Stafford Academy straightener generates negative ions to banish frizz and leave hair silky smooth in minutes. The nano silver titanium plates glide through the hair incredibly easily.

The heat protection guard that fits onto the end of the straightener keeps the paddles together so it’s easy to store or pop in your bag. It also has a 3m swivel cord so you’ll never need to strain to see yourself in the mirror (I do that all the time when I’m drying my hair!). So if you fancy winning  a swanky new hair straightener just scroll down to the widget and follow the instructions (sorry, it’s UK entries only).

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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Sequins and Glitter | How to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit Oasis sequin skirt Matalan glitter clutch Carvela silver shoes

Nothing screams Christmas like sequins and glitter…not that I’m suggesting for one minute that you should confine them to the festive season! Sequin skirts must be very popular because I had to hunt high and low to find this one (which is now sold out but I’ve selected lots of alternatives at the bottom of the post). I haven’t been to any Christmas parties this year but maybe everyone is opting for a sequin skirt over the traditional LBD? As sequins and glitter are such a massive trend at the moment I thought I’d share my tips on how to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit…without going OTT!

A midi-length pencil skirt works well for my body shape and means I can wear it during the day too.

The key to wearing sequins without looking like you’ve fallen off the top of the Christmas tree is to wear them on either the top or bottom half. I chose a sequin jacket and jeans for last year’s outfit, for a sparkly but casual Christmas outfit. This year I really wanted a sequin pencil skirt in a midi length. There are a lot of sequin mini skirts and dresses out there but they are just not practical or flattering for me. A midi-length pencil skirt works well for my body shape and means I can wear it during the day too.

This Oasis skirt falls mid-calf on me, but it was sitting low on the waist because sadly it’s a bit too big. It’s a tube skirt so has no waistband, it’s just straight up and down. The weight of the sequins pulls it down so it doesn’t feel secure. It pains me greatly but I’ll have to send it back. This is a medium so I’ll know in future that Oasis sizing runs large. My husband helpfully suggested that I could polish off the tin of Quality Street guilt-free, but then I wouldn’t be able to fit into most of my existing wardrobe!

Accessories are a good way to buy into the trend if the thought of wearing sequins and glitter fills you with trepidation.

Because the skirt is quite a show-stopper I paired it with a black pussy bow top, which is basically a jumper pimped up to look like a blouse. I’ve had it years and wear it lots for work. I added a bit more glitter and shine with my silver Carvela shoes and the clutch bag I chose for my Matalan Blogger of the Month Feature. Accessories are a good way to buy into the trend if the thought of wearing sequins and glitter fills you with trepidation. If ever you needed an excuse to buy more shoes and bags this is it 😉

Although I couldn’t exchange this skirt for a smaller size I have managed to find a few suitable alternatives, including one very unusual one on eBay, so I’ll keep you posted!

What are you planning to wear for Christmas and New Year? Do you love sequins and glitter?

Sequins and Glitter | How to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit Oasis sequin skirt Matalan glitter clutch

Sequins and Glitter | How to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit

Sequins and Glitter | How to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit Oasis sequin skirt Matalan glitter clutch

Sequins and Glitter | How to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit Oasis sequin skirt Pia Silver flower bracelet Matalan glitter clutch bag

Sequins and Glitter | How to add a little sparkle to your festive outfit Oasis sequin skirt Matalan glitter clutch Carvela silver shoes

Skirt: Oasis | top: New Look (old but this one is similar and this black and white one is utterly stunning!) | shoes: Carvela | ring: charity shop

 

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend with minimal Christmas shopping stress. I’ve got three new things to share with you today. A sleeveless trench has been on my list of things to buy for months. I’d seen lots of my favourite bloggers wearing them over Spring/Summer and made a mental note-to-self to buy one, but somehow just didn’t get around to it until a few weeks ago. When I saw this one on the SheIn website I thought it would work well with a lot of my work outfits.

A sleeveless coat that isn’t too thick is ideal for layering all year round – it’s an alternative to wearing a jacket for the office, and you can still comfortably fit a slouchy coat over it.

A sleeveless coat that isn’t too thick is ideal for layering all year round – it’s an alternative to wearing a jacket for the office, and you can still comfortably fit a slouchy coat over it. Oh, and they make very good bum coverers (so no worrying about that VPL). To keep the colour palette simple without straying into boring territory I wore my new leopard print blouse under it. I spotted the blouse at TK Maxx when I went in to return something. It immediately caught my eye so I just bought it without trying it on. At only £12.99 it was worth a gamble, and although the sleeves are a bit tight for my meaty arms it’s not uncomfortable. I love leopard print so it’s a keeper.

Jennifer designed the double award winning Model KT work bag to improve the lives of busy women. Not only is it a very stylish laptop bag, but it has multiple compartments for all your essentials too.

Of course, I had to add a pop of colour and what better way than with this gorgeous Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag? Back in May when I went to the 3040 Blogger Meet in London I had the pleasure of meeting bag designer Jennifer Hamley. Jennifer designed the double award winning Model KT work bag to improve the lives of busy women. Not only is it a very stylish laptop bag, but it has multiple compartments for all your essentials too. The bag has a sunglasses pocket, business card holders, hands-free travel card slot, interior zip pockets, a pouch for chargers, a key clip, an adjustable shoulder strap…and there’s even a shopping bag inside one of the compartments! My favourite feature has to be the zip-off tablet pouch which doubles as a sleek clutch. I just love how easy it is to unzip it for a quick day-to-night transition.

I don’t covet wildly expensive designer bags, but when I find something that’s incredibly useful and beautiful I’m sold.

Now I have to confess that I’ve bought, ahem, more than one Model KT. I don’t covet wildly expensive designer bags, but when I find something that’s incredibly useful and beautiful I’m sold. After I bought this one in teal I was lucky enough to snap up a couple of slight factory seconds (although you’d never know because they are still outstanding quality) so I have a little Model KT family now 🙂 No doubt they’ll be popping up on the blog very soon. I’m told if I’m a very good girl (which probably means not spending too much on handbags and shoes) Santa might just bring me a new laptop. To be honest, now I’m the proud owner of not one, but three Model KTs, I don’t really want or need another work bag. You never know, it might even make me more organised 😉

What are your work bag essentials? Mine are definitely phone, laptop, purse and makeup. Let me know what yours are in the comments!

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Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

SheIn sleeveless trench Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

 Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

SheIn sleeveless trench Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Sleeveless trench coat: SheIn | blouse: TK Maxx (similar here and here) | jeans: Gap | Model KT bag: Jennifer Hamley | boots: Pied a Terre (these are similar and currently half price) | ring: Merle O’Grady

 

*The sleeveless trench coat was gifted in exchange for a review, all opinions are completely honest and unbiased. I bought the Model KT bag. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn a small amount.

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I bought this leopard print waistcoat about a year ago from an online members only sale site (either Brand Alley or Secret Sales) and then promptly forgot all about it. That’s what happens when you put five things on one coat hanger! I rediscovered it while going through some of the stuff in what I call my dressing room, but what what my husband and daughter call “the disaster room”. It is a bit of a tip, I have to confess. Here’s another confession: it was under a leopard print jacket that I bought on eBay…and have never worn. That disaster room’s a little treasure trove!

Sleeveless jackets are useful for layering when you don’t want to wear a thick sweater – you can still wear a coat over them without the bulk of a jumper.

Sleeveless jackets are useful for layering when you don’t want to wear a thick sweater – you can still wear a coat over them without the bulk of a jumper. Better still, if they pack a punch in the print department you don’t need to think too hard about what to wear with them. I prefer a monochrome base when I’m wearing a statement jacket, especially animal print. Rather than add another colour I varied the texture with the sheer polka dot sleeves. The top’s quite old, but one of my favourites (I also have it in cobalt). The leopard print court shoes are also really old…in fact the only new part of this outfit is the bracelet which I bought at Barbados airport in October. Delayed flights can be a blessing for shopaholics!

I chose two of my favourite Zara accessories – the hat and bag – to finish off the look. The bag design is genius – it has interchangeable flaps that attach with a zip, but this one is my favourite. You can see the other outfits I’ve worn it with here and here.

Do you love to wear animal print? What’s your favourite? Mine’s leopard print in case you hadn’t guessed! 😉

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Waistcoat: Haoyouduo (I love this faux fur one) | trousers: Tibi (similar here and here) | top: H&M (old, but similar here and here) | bag: Zara | shoes: New Look (old, here and here) | hat: Zara (similar) | bracelet: bought from airport (similar)

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