Happy New Year! We made it through the first week of January which is always a dreary time of year for me. The transition from sleeping in and eating with abandon, to getting back to business as usual is quite a gear change – and not one that happens overnight. It’s fair to say that it’s taken a week to regain my equilibrium. From now on we can look forward to more daylight and the shops being full of Easter eggs – it’s happening already!
I don’t really make New Year resolutions for two reasons: mainly because it can set you up for failure if you go off track early on, but also because if it’s important, why wait until the new year? Start when impetus strikes and resolve is strong. January has to be the hardest time to start something that’s going to be a challenge. However, one thing I AM embarking on for 2017 (that definitely doesn’t require deprivation) is a brand new link up! Starting my own blog link up has been on my to-do list for ages, and finally I’ve got my act together. Finding a name wasn’t easy, but as looking good and feeling good go together hand in hand, I decided to call it Style With a Smile. You can add your outfits at the bottom of the post 🙂
Now on to what I’m wearing. As unlikely as it may seem, the starting point for this outfit was actually the beautiful crystal necklace from Eternal Collection. You may remember the stunning Akoya pearl necklace that I wore in this post back in October (I’ve worn it lots since then, including on Christmas Day). Well, the lovely team at Eternal have wowed me once again with this elegant Aurora crystal necklace. It’s in sale at the moment along with many other amazing pieces of jewellery, so if you feel like treating yourself (or someone else) pop over to Eternal for a browse.
I love the elegant design of the Aurora crystal necklace, and how the toggle clasp and heart charms are the focal point. It was only when I came to write this post that I noticed I’d fastened it with the T-bar back to front…and my husband made such an effort to photograph it looking just so! The crystals are midnight blue/black with an aurora borealis (AB) coating, which produces an iridescent effect and looks particularly beautiful when the light catches it.
It would have been easy to just wear the necklace with a black outfit but I was craving something more colourful. Looking through my wardrobe I was drawn to the deep inky tones contrasting with the neutral snake print in this blouse. I think it compliments the necklace well. The Asos mustard trousers provided the punch of colour I needed. They’re surprisingly versatile and I’ve worn them several times before on the blog (with black, purple and even pink!) The outfit needed another colour accent so I added a burgundy crossbody bag…and has luck would have it, I picked up these shoes in the exact same colour in TKMaxx for £15 a couple of months ago. They are incredibly comfortable with a cushioned insole. The RRP on the label was £110 so I guess I got a good bargain there!
At the last minute I decided to wear the hat, which prompted my daughter to shout from the doorway “You’re a cowgirl mummy, shout YEEHAW, go on DO IT, DO IT!” So, of course I had to do it in order to finish the photos. The neighbours probably think I’m crazy!
Trousers: Asos (similar)| blouse: Mary Portas (similar save or splurge) | shoes: Geox (similar here and here, and I love the heels on these) | bag: Paul Costelloe (similar) | hat: Zara (similar) | necklace*: Eternal Collection
Disclaimer: I was gifted the necklace but all my opinions are completely honest and unbiased.This post contains affiliates links which means I may earn a small commission for any purchases made through them, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.