Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

I’ve indulged in a spot of dress shopping this last week or so…I’m blaming the glorious weather. Well, that and the fact that there are so many gorgeous dresses out there to tempt me. It started with a visit to Zara when I was working in Leeds, and that just whetted my appetite. Since then I’ve ordered a couple more from Zara online, and then this beauty caught my eye. I wore this mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch on Sunday.

To celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary we went to a local gastro pub that has just introduced a vegan menu. It’s only a couple of miles from where we live and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. After lunch we had a little stroll to suss out the footpaths so that we can plan a nice long walk when I’m more suitably attired. Of course I could have dressed more casually, but sometimes it feels nice to dress up, especially when you have new outfits to photograph 😉

I love the clashing prints and bright colours in this dress – mustard and bright blue is one of my favourite colour pairings.

I’m a huge fan of wrap dresses because they are a classic style that suit just about everyone. They’re also very comfortable (exactly what you need when you go out for a big meal!).  I love the clashing prints and bright colours in this dress – mustard and bright blue is one of my favourite colour pairings. If you’re unsure about mixing prints, choosing a dress that does it for you is a good way to start. The two patterns are very different but the colours compliment each other. A dress this bold needs neutral accessories, so I wore my trusty gold wedge espadrilles and added a rattan bucket bag.

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch

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Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch

The cutout V at the back of this dress is a really nice detail, and helped keep me cool on a very warm day. The point ends just above the bra line which is great because I can’t/won’t go braless. So many dresses that I love from the front immediately become off limits when I see the deep V at the back. Not this one though 🙂

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, rose gold bee necklace

I added this dainty rose gold bee necklace that I won from Becky’s Boutique. I can’t actually remember what I did to win it, but it was a lovely surprise 🙂

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

Asos wrap dress | Clarks espadrilles (similar) | Zara basket bag (last year’s, similar) | Roberto Cavalli sunglasses (similar) | Bee necklace from Becky’s Boutique

Are you a fan of wrap dresses? Do you love dresses with clashing prints? Let me know in the comments!

Last week’s favourites were…

Chanda of Birth of a Fashion Blogger, Trina of Tipsy Heelz, Elsie of Polished Whimsy and Gail of Is This Mutton

 

 


 

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Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Warehouse carnation print skirt, Skinny Dip wine bottle crossbody bag

We’ve been having some lovely sunny weather lately, which has made me want to break out the soft pastel colours and floral prints. Sitting in the garden drinking rosé wine also seems very appealing 😉 So pairing this pretty floral print pencil skirt and novelty bag together sums up my mood quite well!

I bought the skirt last year but didn’t get around to wearing it…the deep split at the back and front makes it tricky to wear for work. Maybe I could get it altered slightly to make it more wearable and spare my blushes 😉 I don’t wear lots of pink, but sometimes the mood just takes me. And so I piled it on with a blush short sleeved jumper, really old mules (and I mean more than a decade old!) and a fun glittery bag.

Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Warehouse carnation print skirt, Skinny Dip wine bottle crossbody bag

A novelty bag makes a great conversation starter and adds a really fun touch to any outfit.

I’m a huge fan of Skinny Dip’s quirky designs and couldn’t resist buying this one from TKMaxx (it’s impossible to leave there empty-handed). I have quite a few now, including the rainbow clutch I featured in last month’s Style Not Age post. A novelty bag makes a great conversation starter and adds a really fun touch to any outfit. They are my latest obsession (along with jumpsuits) and I’m building up a nice little collection 🙂

Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Warehouse carnation print skirt, Skinny Dip wine bottle crossbody bag

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Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Nine West pink bow mules

Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Warehouse carnation print skirt, Skinny Dip wine bottle crossbody bag

Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, pink embellished collar jumper

Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Warehouse carnation print skirt, Skinny Dip wine bottle crossbody bag

Skinny Dip bag – now only £12 at TKMaxx, and this one is very similar and also reduced to £12! | Warehouse skirt (old, similar) | Nine West mules (old, similar) | Dorothy Perkins top (old, this one is lovely!) | Moschino sunglasses (similar) | Azuni bracelet (similar)

Floral Print Pencil Skirt and a Novelty Bag, Skinny Dip wine bottle crossbody bag

Do you love fun and quirky bags? I’ve picked out some below…let me know your favourite! Cheers!

 

I had such a hard time trying to pick just three favourites from last week…so I’m featuring five 🙂

Congrats to Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Kim of Champagneista, Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Yvonne of Funky Forty and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style!

 

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Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Well we’ve had some glorious hot and sunny weather in the UK for the last few days…sadly it’s now on its way out though. All good things must come to an end. The unusually high temperatures for early May made me feel like I was holiday again. In fact I haven’t even put any of my holiday clothes away yet. I will get plenty of wear out of this Issa wide leg jumpsuit over the Summer though.

This Issa wide leg jumpsuit is one of three that I bought for my holiday, and is probably the most versatile of them all.

It looks like a maxi dress because of the very wide legs – you can’t really tell it’s a jumpsuit until I start walking. The deep V neckline keeps the upper half of the body streamlined in contrast to the voluminous trousers. And it has pockets, which always score extra brownie points from me. This Issa wide leg jumpsuit is one of three that I bought for my holiday, and is probably the most versatile of them all. For a more casual look I would layer a fitted white T-shirt underneath it and wear with my Stan Smith trainers. For cooler days I’d top it off with a denim jacket.

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

The balmy evenings in Abu Dhabi didn’t require an extra layer. All I needed to add was some jewellery and my cute cat bag; that’s the great thing about jumpsuits – they require very little accessorizing. I finished off the outfit with my gold wedge espadrilles, which gave me a little bit of extra height and prevented the trouser hems catching on the floor.

For once I was actually quite restrained with my footwear choices on this holiday – I didn’t take any heels and I wore every pair of sandals I took! I must be getting better at this packing malarkey. I’d still like more practice though 😉 My next trip will be to my Dad’s in Brittany during the Summer break…and who knows what the weather will be like then!

What are your top tips for holiday packing? Do you manage to pack light or take too much stuff and then regret it?

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

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Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit, Asos velvet cat bag

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit, lobby of Al Raha Beach hotel, Abu Dhabi

Issa jumpsuit (sold out) | Asos bag (from eBay) | Clarks espadrilles (similar) | Les Nereides necklace

Last weeks’ favourites were…

Vale of Fashion and Cookies, Bettye of Fashion Schlub and Laura of I Do deClaire!


 

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Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Can you believe it’s May already? That must mean warmer weather is just around the corner, right? Well, we live in hope. Even though the temperature has struggled to reach double figures lately, I’m ready to put away the big coats and jumpers. I’ve been opting for lighter coats, including this coffee-coloured one, to mix things up a bit. It doesn’t have any fastenings, just the belt, so it feels like a trench coat. The belt actually sits a little bit too high, almost over the pockets, so I’ll probably wear it without. I may even add a different belt, maybe a black one for contrast.

It’s not yet sandal weather so I teamed the flare hem skinny jeans and leopard print top with a pair of matching court shoes.

I’ve been looking for some new jeans, trying to move away from the usual skinny and boyfriend styles. I’ve tried a few pairs of flare/ruffle hem jeans but none suited me. Then I just happened to be browsing Asos (I say that like it was an accident, but it’s a frequent occurrence) when I spotted these black flare hem jeans.

I bought Isobel a pair of black flare hem leggings recently (and we do like to outfit twin sometimes) so I thought I’d give them a try…and I really like them. They have plenty of stretch so they fit snuggly on the leg, contrasting nicely with the cropped flare. Jeans like this are made for showing off shoes. Alas, it’s not sandal weather yet so I teamed the flare hem skinny jeans and leopard print top with a pair of matching leopard print court shoes.

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, flower brooch

I chose a bag with some colour to break up the neutrals, along with a red bracelet and a brooch to add some texture.

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, Aqua di Perla bag

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, enamel cat earrings

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

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Flare hem skinny jeans from Asos | coat c/o PopJulia | Zara top (old, similar) | New look shoes (old, similar) | Aqua di Perla bag (old, similar)

Do you like to try different styles of denim or do you have a go-to style that you stick to?

Last week’s favourites were…

Suzy Turner, Vanity & Me and La Vida Dulce!

 


 

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After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend 🙂 It was my turn to choose the theme for this month’s Style Not Age challenge, and I wanted it to be season-appropriate. After mulling over a few ideas I decided to base it on the optimistic phrase “after the rain comes the rainbow”. It was duly approved by Isobel who’d suggested unicorns, which I thought might be a stretch…but you never know, maybe next time 😉

Of course April does mean frequent showers, but you can’t have a rainbow without the rain!

It feels as though we’re emerging from a very long winter and I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing colour return to the garden. Of course April does mean frequent showers, but you can’t have a rainbow without the rain! I’m just happy that it’s no longer freezing cold.

I’ve mentioned before that I love the peg leg trousers from Asos and have them various colours. When I wear these pale blue ones I usually pair them with yellow or pink shoes. The blue jewel-embellished straps on these Carvela shoes go particularly well with the trousers (the cropped length is great for showing off fancy ankle straps).

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

I love the quirky designs of Skinny Dip bags, they add a fun and cheerful element to any outfit.

The top and clutch are new purchases; I ordered this rainbow bag along with two others from Skinny Dip (those Facebook ads are so bad for my bank balance!). I love the quirky designs of Skinny Dip bags, they add a fun and cheerful element to any outfit. My red top was a cheeky lunchtime purchase – something I haven’t been able to do since I worked in Nottingham. Rather out of the blue I was asked to help out in Leeds for a few days, so always up for a little adventure I packed my case and headed over the Pennines.

As luck would have it the office is a five minute walk from some very nice shops, where I found & Other Stories. As I’d only seen items from this brand in magazines I was keen to have a look, and that’s where I found this red wrap top. I didn’t even bother trying it on as it was a very hot day and I knew I was going back the next day anyway (too many shops to conquer in one lunchtime!). For size reference, this is a 10 and I’d say it comes up big, but that means I can wear a camisole or vest underneath. The fabric is quite thick, so not one for hot Summer days, but ideal for cooler Spring weather.

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

I added even more colour with my jewellery, including this bright yellow Les Nereides bracelet which I found in a charity shop. I was spoilt for choice with tassel earrings because I have them in a variety of colours. In the end Isobel decided for me because she thought I needed more green. I think I need to make some rainbow-inspired jewellery…there’s a little project for another post 😉

Are you a fan of wearing bright colours? Do you find colour affects your mood? I certainly felt happy in my rainbow outfit 🙂

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

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After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , green tassel earrings

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , pale yellow necklace After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutchAfter the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

Asos trousers (old, similar) | & Other Stories wrap top | Carvela shoes (old, similar) | Skinny Dip clutch | Les Nereides bracelet | earrings from eBay (similar)

 

Let’s see how the rest of the group styled this challenge…

Anna's Island Life

Anna is wearing one of my favourite colour combinations – red and pink. I love those funky tights and silver brogues! You can see more of this look at Anna’s Island Style

Jacqui managed to acquire some fabulous rainbow striped shoes from her daughter that match her top perfectly! Check out her look at Mummabstylish!

Hilda

I love this gorgeous bold floral print dress that Hilda has chosen. Pop over to Over the Hilda for all the details!

 

This month’s challenge was so much fun…I’m looking forward to next month’s already!

 

 

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