Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

You must all know by now how much I love picking up bargains in charity shops and on eBay. On a recent charity shop spree (when I bought this check jacket amongst other things) I found this Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver. To be precise it cost me £4.50. I didn’t even try it on, I just did my usual rough size check by holding it up across my chest; I know if it fits there it’s a deal. I only ever try jackets and coats on in charity shops, everything else is a gamble.

To make it season-appropriate I opted for navy tights and ankle boots, but added an orange bag and cuff for a shot of bright colour.

Thankfully the fabric is stretchy and slinky so I didn’t need to worry about the sleeves. When I tried it on at home I couldn’t have been happier with the fit. The gathered front allows the dress to drape flatteringly over the midsection, while the false crossover creates definition at the sides. The three-colour print means I can pick out any of these in my accessories. To make it season-appropriate I opted for navy tights and ankle boots, but added an orange bag and cuff for a shot of bright colour. In warmer weather I would wear the dress with either orange sandals or pale grey court shoes and bag for a more neutral theme.

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

I didn’t really need to do any research to know that finding an Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver is another great peachy style steal!

Although I’d heard of Anne Klein from reading other blogs I’d never bought anything from the brand before. As it wasn’t a label on my radar I had no idea about the price point, but I could judge the quality from feeling the fabric and looking at the finish. I didn’t really need to do any research to know that bagging an Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver is another great peachy style steal! I can’t find this dress online so I’ve featured some similar ones in the widget.

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Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

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Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver orange leather bag Mango orange cuff

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver orange leather bag

Anne Klein dress from charity shop | leather bag (old, similar) | Marks and Spencer ankle boots (old, similar) | Wallis gold necklace (old) | Asos sunglasses (old) | Mango cuff

Last week’s favourites were…

SWAS week 45 faves

Joi of In My Joi with her fabulous sparkly trousers, Tina of Tina’s Pink Friday wearing matching taxi bag and sweater, and Mel of Mom With Style looking stunning for her 30th birthday celebrations!


 

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Did you all enjoy the fireworks over the weekend? We went over to a friend’s house for a bonfire and BBQ on Sunday evening. Thankfully the weather didn’t let us down, but boy was it cold! This isn’t my favourite time of year, although it does mean we get to wear gorgeous coats. I’ve actually been waiting to wear this bright yellow coat for about six months – since I bought it back in the Spring when I was invited to meet Jacynth, founder of The Bias Cut.

The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique…

It immediately caught my eye while I was looking through the clothes on the rails. As soon as I tried it on I was smitten. The asymmetric front gives a really modern twist on a classic style. The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique, such as the gold top button and the stunning deep red lining. The fact that it was on sale seemed to be a sign that it was meant to be!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

I originally planned to work the deep red shade of the coat’s lining into my outfit, but on this occasion I played it safe with navy. This was partly due to having had a lot of rain overnight and the ground was sodden. I didn’t want to ruin any heels, so I chose my navy cone heel ankle boots and a pair of Reiss trousers that were hidden away in my wardrobe. As with all Reiss trousers, they are very long, and although I’m not exactly short (5’7″) they almost cover my feet. They’re fine with a high heel but I wear more mid heel shoes and boots now, so I’d better learn to use that sewing machine!

I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

You all know how I like to bring in a third colour to my outfits, so I opted for the gorgeous zip off clutch from my aubergine Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag (you can see it in more detail here). It adds just the right amount of accent colour, as well as matching the coat in the style stakes. I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Ellis Coat from The Bias Cut (still in sale but only available in a size 8, so I’ve selected alternatives in the widget) | Reiss pinstipe trousers (old, similar) | navy turtle neck from TKMaxx (similar) | sunglasses from Asos (old) | zip off clutch from the Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag zip off clutch

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr Ellis coat

Rewind to the day I bought the coat…

It was a beautiful warm Spring day and I was actually the first to arrive…Jacynth’s dad was still vacuuming! Its not like me to be early! Jacynth welcomed me into the beautiful family home in Lewisham and I was introduced to her family, along with Joanna Zara who makes the most fabulous hats and headpieces (see her Instagram here).

What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

Before long more people arrived, including a familiar face…Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen blog! We first met at the 3040 Blogger Meet almost a year earlier, and we hit it off straight away. It was so lovely to see Jacqueline again – in fact after we left Jacynth’s we went for a cheeky glass of wine at Waterloo station before I got my train back to Cheshire. 😉 What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards.

Below are a few photos of the clothes and accessories available at The Bias Cut.  Although only in her 20s, Jacynth was inspired to start the company, which celebrates style at any age, because of her mum’s frustration with clothes shopping. The Bias Cut’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces. The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. You can read more about The Bias Cut here, and some of you may already be members of Jacynth’s Facebook group Ageism Is Never In Style.

Do you think brands are catering for 40+ women better now, or do you think there’s still a long way to go? I’d love to hear what you think. It’s link up day so please share your fabulous outfits!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and bag display

leopard print fox bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and jewellery display

 

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut clothes rail

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emma, Jacqueline and Jacynth

Photo courtesy of Petite Silver Vixen

Last week’s favourites were…

Jacqui of Mumma B Stylish in a lovely lemon and grey outfit, Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style in a pair of gorgeous checked trousers paired with burgundy, and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots in her fantastic foxy Halloween costume!


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Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Well that’s British Summer Time done for another year, sigh. Did you all enjoy the extra hour in bed? On second thoughts maybe it’s best not to answer that! 😉 I can’t pretend I like the long dark evenings and shorter days, which make doing blog photos so much more difficult. There are a few benefits to the colder months I suppose: smart coats, chunky sweaters and long boots.

Amongst the rediscovered seasonal lovelies were these fabulous leopard print boots and a peplum skirt from Zara.

This last week I’ve been packing away most of my Summer clothes and reawakening the Winter wardrobe. Amongst the rediscovered seasonal lovelies were these fabulous leopard print boots and a peplum skirt from Zara. I’ve had both the skirt and boots for several years (I first wore the boots on the blog here). However, the prize for oldest garment in this outfit goes to the top, which I reckon I bought about 17 years ago. The label says it’s from Etam, which disappeared from the UK high street in 2005!

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Of course, I still like to add a few new on trend pieces to my wardrobe each season, but classic black and leopard print never go out of fashion.

In fact, nothing in this outfit is remotely new; that’s the joy of these twice-yearly seasonal changeovers. You get the excitement of finding “new” things without the spends. Of course, I still like to add a few new on trend pieces to my wardrobe each season, but classic black and leopard print never go out of fashion.

leopard print clutch bag Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for these boots, but they weren’t expensive – around £30/£40 I think. Looking at comparable boots I reckon I got a good deal! Time and again, eBay comes up trumps for unusual pieces at bargain prices.

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

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Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

The faux leather peplum elevates the pencil skirt and gives it a sassy edge. A simple and streamlined top is all it requires. Instead of a necklace I chose a pair of big earrings, which are a bit hidden under my hair. I’m enjoying substituting a statement necklace for earrings, and there’s so much choice at the moment. I’ve just ordered a couple of colourful pairs from eBay. I find earrings work much better for me now my hair is shorter. I added a gold spike bracelet and continued the animal theme with this lion door knocker ring.

Kenneth Jay Lane lion door knocker ring

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Boots (from eBay, similar) | Zara skirt (old, similar) | Dune clutch bag (old, similar here and here) | old top (similar) | Kenneth Jay Lane ring | Asos bracelet (old, similar here and here) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar)

Are you digging out your Winter wardrobe now or is it still warm where you are?

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Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

I’m sure you all know how much I love red, and it just so happens to be THE colour this season. I already have a couple of red coats, but when I saw this faux fur one on the LOTD website it had to be mine! Last week I chose Lisa of the Sequinist as one of my link up favourites. She was wearing a coat very similar to this, and I was a bit sad when I read that it was sold out. But as if by magic LOTD invited me to choose some things from their website for review…and I found this lookalike 🙂

I’m looking forward to styling the coat different ways, and experimenting with different colour combinations.

The coat feels heavenly on, it’s the softest faux fur I’ve ever touched. In fact, I think I want to hibernate in it over winter. But then I’d miss out on showing it off. It was hideously windy at the weekend when we took these photos (thanks Storm Brian!) and we were having to dodge the showers. My poor photographer (aka husband) was freezing in his T-shirt while I stayed warm and cosy in my big red coat. I’m looking forward to styling the coat different ways, and experimenting with different colour combinations. However, on a cold and windy day, teaming the red faux fur coat and black coated jeans with boots and a hat seemed the most sensible option.

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

Keeping the colour palette simple, I chose my red and black striped bag (the one with the magic two-way sequins, first seen here).

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans Zara black and red sequin bag

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Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

This outfit didn’t call for much jewellery so I only added a ring and these deep red tassel earrings. Mmm…I’m thinking that shade would look good on my hair!

red tassel earrings

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

The boots

These boots are sooo comfortable! When I first tried them on I honestly didn’t want to take them off. The block heel makes them practical for everyday wear, and the generous width means they won’t rub or pinch. They look and feel like real suede but they are actually faux suede. Although wearing them with jeans seems like the obvious styling option, they’d also look fab with a floral print maxi dress. Scroll down to last week’s favourites and you’ll see what I mean 😉

Truffle black buckle ankle boots

I mentioned in my previous post that I often find heavily discounted items on members only sale sites. These Reiss jeans were one such bargain at around a third of the RRP. I rarely buy jeans online because the fit and size is really hard to get right but I decided to take a gamble. In all honesty, I’m not keen on them: they bag around the knees and they aren’t snug enough on the ankles. They are quite long so I tucked them up at the hem but that didn’t help much. I think my plain Gap skinnies would have worked better. You live and learn, right?

Do you love faux fur? Are you looking for a new Winter coat? If so what’s on your wishlist? It’s link up day so scroll down and share what you’ve been wearing!

 

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

Coat*, boots and earrings c/o LOTD (*if your size is sold out, keep checking because stock seems to fluctuate) | Reiss coated jeans  | hat from Debenhams (old, similar) | Zara bag (similar) | Kevia ring (old)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jennie from Pocketful of Polka Dots in her gorgeous ruffled sleeve top, Lizzie from Lizzie in Lace in a beautiful floral print maxi dress, and Joi from In My Joi in a fabulous wide-legged jumpsuit!


 

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Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Happy Friday! Are you all ready for the weekend? I know I am after this morning’s 5am alarm call! Today I’m sharing my latest beauty indulgence, the Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition from QVC. The Tili boxes have all had rave reviews and it’s easy to see why: you get to try a selection of high-end beauty products at a fraction of the RRP. Best of all is that you don’t have to subscribe and you can see exactly what you’re getting. In the past I’ve bought other beauty boxes and probably loved and used up about half the contents, with the rest left to clutter up my bathroom cabinet for all eternity.

For me, this box contains the perfect combination of skincare, cosmetics and bodycare, with a decent-sized perfume to top it off.

For £20 you get a selection of new launches, cult brands and well-established favourites. I bought the first three Tili boxes, but skipped the fourth because it just didn’t appeal to me enough – either I already had some of the selected products or I knew I wouldn’t use them. On the other hand, this fifth edition had me clicking ‘add to basket’ immediately. For me, this box contains the perfect combination of skincare, cosmetics and bodycare, with a decent-sized perfume to top it off.

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Inside the Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick (1g) in Colada

This lipstick was the real hook for me. I’m a fairly recent convert to the Tarte brand, but I have loved everything I’ve tried so far (you can see my review of the Maneater set here). Colada is a peachy-brown nude shade that is right up my street.  This moisture-rich, long-lasting lipstick provides full, creamy coverage that doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s not a full-sized tube, but it’s ideal for popping in my handbag for touch-ups throughout the day.

Bareminerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour (4ml) in Juju

This deep rosy mauve shade will suit most people. The creamy full-coverage lip colour contains primer-infused formula, that gives a soft satin-matte finish. I’m generally not all that keen on matte finish lipsticks but this is one I know I will use regularly. It doesn’t have that strange drying effect that some other similar products have and the colour is within my go-to range of shades.

Gatineau Floracil Plus Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover (118ml)

I’m a micellar water devotee, but the right eye make-up remover can tempt me to stray every so often. The Gatineau Floracil is a fragrance-free bi-phase formula enriched with Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Vitamin E. It claims to instantly remove mascara (waterproof), heavy-duty eyeshadow and eyeliner to leave your eye area and lashes feeling smooth and conditioned. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but at £18 for 118ml I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying it after this one runs out. One to save for my travel wash bag.

Shay & Blue Blood Orange eau de parfum (10ml)

This is a rich, zesty fragrance with bursts of citrus underpinned with a sensual blend of musk, woods and leather. This fragrance manages to be zingy and exotic at the same time. I received a Shay & Blue fragrance in another beauty box which I quite liked, but not enough to wear regularly. I definitely prefer this one.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (10ml)

This lightweight satin-feel formula is designed to reduce the appearance of dark spots, even out skin tone and boost radiance to leave your complexion looking brighter and glowing. I haven’t been using it long enough to gauge its effectiveness, but I do like the texture and feel of this serum. The milky-coloured liquid sinks into the skin instantly. It’ll be interesting to see the results over a longer period of use.

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil (15ml)

The full-sized version of this body oil comes in a spray, which I dare say makes for a much easier application than trying to pour it into your hand first. The lightweight formula melts into the skin to leave skin feeling smooth, supple and soft. It’s enriched with over 50% almond oil, plus camelina oil, but doesn’t feel at all greasy. At £36 for 100ml it’s not cheap, but it’d be nice for treat.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (15ml)

I’ve used this papaya enzyme peel many times so this is one of the products I know I will use up. It’s a creamy, exfoliating formula formulated to revitalise the look of dull skin and leave your complexion looking bright and feeling soft. It’s enriched with natural fruit enzymes of papaya and pineapple, plus vitamin E and marine algae. This treatment always perks my skin up when it’s looking a bit lacklustre.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat (18ml)

Ever since I stopped having gel overlays on my nails they’ve been desperately trying to recover. Almost a year later they are still not as strong and resilient as they should be. Peeling and flaking is the main issue so I like to keep them well protected. This pink gel coat creates a thick, protein-rich coating to help to maintain your nails’ natural strength, with a pink tint to bring out the colour in your nail for an enhanced finish. The keratin-rich formula includes an optical brightener that filters out any yellow appearance in your nails, bringing out the natural color in your nail bed and making the whites of your nails appear whiter. It’s recommended that you apply it directly to your natural nails once a week and re-coat anytime. It can be removed with any nail polish remover. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (50ml)

I received the body cream from this range in a previous beauty box (I included it in my January beauty favourites) and loved the delicate fragrance. This luxurious shower gel turns into a creamy foam upon contact with water to gently cleanse your skin and leave it fragranced with the uplifting scent of cherry blossom. A lovely travel-sized shower gel to pop in my wash bag.

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick Colada

Have you bought any of the Tili boxes? Are any of these products amongst your favourites?

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