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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Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear

Well, I’m just back from a wonderful holiday in Abu Dhabi and looking through the photos I can’t help but wish I was still there. All good things must come to an end though, and tomorrow I’ll face the mountain of washing and ironing! We did a few outfit photos during the holiday which I’ll be posting over the next week or so.

Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt…is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

I have quite a few tried and tested pieces that I always take away with me, but this time I wanted to refresh my holiday wardrobe. Fortunately, I was kindly sent this gorgeous silk gown by NK iMode just in time for my trip. The Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet is such a beautiful design and colour. The light and luxurious silk makes it ideal for sultry climes, while the maxi length makes it surprisingly versatile. Styling a long silk gown with streetwear, such as a denim jacket or chambray shirt (as I’ve done here) is a great way to get more wear from such an elegant garment.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

The front of the gown is quite low cut so layering a shirt over it was sensible in what’s still quite a conservative country. Generally in resorts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai there is much more freedom regarding clothing for women than in public places such as shopping malls. However, I prefer to cover my cleavage and legs (when I’m not by the pool) out of respect for the cultural conventions.

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

I just had to show you the stretch lace section at the back though. This stunning design feature makes the gown very comfortable and means it fits perfectly. Wearing a bra is out of the question but the straps are adjustable so the girls were safely contained!

How would you style this silk dress? Would you keep it elegant or opt for a streetwear look?

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

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Azuni bangle

Styling a Long Silk Gown With Streetwear, NK iMode Gypsy Long Silk Gown in Ultra Violet

Gypsy Diva Long Gown in Ultra Violet c/o NK iMode | Zara chambray shirt (old) | Les Nereides necklace | Azuni bracelet

Last week’s favourites were…

Linda of A Labour of FashionLife, Terri of MeadowTree Style and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots!


 

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

I did my usual trick recently of going to TKMaxx to return something and coming out with more items than I went in with! I spotted these jeans prominently displayed at the end of the rail, and when I saw the price (£14.99) and the quality of the denim I had to try them on. I loved them so much I bought two pairs! They are by a label called Butt I Love You, and are supposed to make your derriere look perkier. Well, I don’t know if they do in my case, all I know is they fit well and feel great on.

They’re very stretchy and don’t bag or sag, even after I’ve been wearing them all day. Obviously I’m not the only one who loves them because they are sold out almost everywhere. I can’t even find them on the TKMaxx website, but I did manage to track down a lighter wash version here. Poshmark have some too.

I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring.

As the weather wasn’t freezing (for a change) I decided to debut these open toe ankle boots. I’ve been waiting ages to wear them; I bought them at the end of the summer and missed the boat with the weather. I think they’ll work well with skirts as well as jeans. I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring. The faux fur jacket keeps out the chill and the hat covers up my unruly hair!

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week as I’ve been burning the candle at both ends as well as the sides lately working and packing for holiday…by the time you read this I’ll be catching up on sleep by the pool 🙂

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Pia earrings

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

French Connection faux fur jacket | Butt I Love You jeans (TKMaxx, similar) | Warehouse jumper | H&M cap (similar) | Bright Bag yellow tote (similar) | Isabelle Jaquelin shoes (similar)

Last week’s favourites were…

Roxanne of Glass of Glam, Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela of Sheela Goh!


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