Gold Lurex Dress and Knee Boot

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day! I spent it at home with family relaxing and building a My Little Pony Castle! Thankfully Isobel didn’t get up until around 7.30, which was a miracle considering how excited she was. In the end I wore my Damart pink cashmere jumper and black skinny jeans for a comfortable outfit with a touch of luxury.

I wore this gold lurex dress and knee boots last New Year’s Eve, and it’s so comfortable I’d happily wear it again this year!

Already my thoughts are now turning to New Year’s Eve outfits. Last year we hosted a little party for Isobel’s friends and their parents who we’ve become good friends with. It was such good fun that we’re doing it again this year. I don’t want to get too dressed up but still want to wear something special. I wore this gold lurex dress and knee boots last New Year’s Eve, and it’s so comfortable I’d happily wear it again this year! That said, I would like something different so I’ll have a browse in the sales. Well, it’d be rude not to ūüėČ

Gold Lurex Dress and Knee Boot

The dress is made of super stretchy gold lurex fabric so it’s incredibly comfortable. As the material is quite thin I would only wear it with tights but I probably wouldn’t wear something with long sleeves and a high neck in summer anyway. It doesn’t really need much jewellery, so I just added a pair of big earrings and my Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring. The gold studded clutch is an old favourite as it’s a great size and holds all of my essentials.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Are you partying or having a quiet one at home?

Gold Lurex Dress and Knee Boot

Gold Lurex Dress and Knee Boot black studded oversized clutch

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Gold Lurex Dress and Knee Boot

Gold Lurex Dress and Knee Boot

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jess of¬†Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Laurie of¬†Vanity and Me¬†and Nancy of¬†Nancy’s Fashion Style!


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Max Azria brown print one shoulder dress

Knowing what to wear for a Summer wedding when it actually feels like Summer can be tricky. Staying cool and composed isn’t easy in a heatwave, and by UK standards it’s been really hot. We travelled over to my mum’s in Cambridgeshire at the weekend for a family wedding reception at the beautiful¬†Wadenhoe House¬†in nearby Oundle. Although it had cooled down considerably by the time we arrived in the evening, it was still very warm. I didn’t want to wear anything tight that would make me feel even hotter, so I chose my Max Azria draped one-shoulder dress. Strictly speaking, I suppose it’s not really a one-shoulder dress because it has a spaghetti strap, but it’s¬†near enough.

Maybe part of the reason I love this dress so much is because it conjures up happy memories of going to the Moulin Rouge on my 40th birthday trip.

This is one of those dresses that I always feel good in. The draping accentuates the waist and skims over the hips, finishing at knee, which is my preferred length. Maybe part of the reason I love this dress so much is because it conjures up happy memories of going to the Moulin Rouge on my 40th birthday trip. I even chose the same shoes and clutch, although the platform on them made walking on grass rather perilous. I managed not to fall in a bush though, even after a few glasses of wine!

What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

Max Azria dress (old) | Asos studded clutch (old,¬†similar) | KG by Kurt Geiger shoes (old,¬†similar) | Merle O’Grady ring (this one from¬†Asos¬†is a great budget alternative) |¬†Azuni bangle

Asos studded clutch Merle O'Grady spike ring

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What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

Wadenhoe House

 

A one-shoulder dress is a very elegant option for keeping cool, without flashing too much flesh, but not everyone is happy exposing their arms. My mother-in-law doesn’t like wearing sleeveless dresses because of her “bingo wings” – her words, not mine! Similarly, my mum insists on having her arms covered, but this is because she has a fistula for dialysis. I don’t think she should be self-conscious about it – after all, it’s helping to keep her alive, but I understand that she’d rather cover it up. I can take no credit for the gorgeous blue lace dress she’s wearing – she chose it herself, as well as the accessories. The flared sleeves are very on trend, while¬†the sheer lace provides coverage without¬†getting too hot.

It was wonderful to meet up with family members – some I hadn’t seen for years – and the location was stunning.

Mum had been there all day and looked as fresh as a daisy when we arrived in the evening, which was impressive considering it had been in the high 20s. We don’t get to see each other very often these days, so when we do, I love to grab a photo. Isobel got to wear her favourite sequin dress and have a dance with the bride, which made her evening! It was wonderful to meet up with family members – some I hadn’t seen for years – and the location was stunning. Happy memories ūüôā

How¬†do you stay cool in the heat? Do share any tips…and don’t forget to link up what you’ve been wearing!

Joanna Hope blue lace dress Max Azria one shoulder dress

Mum’s outfit:¬†Joanna Hope lace dress¬†|¬†River Island bag

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Sex Pistols tee Very coated black jeans

When an article entitled “The 40 things every woman should know about fashion over 40” was published by¬†the¬†Telegraph¬†I sighed inwardly and thought “oh, here we go again”. Just where do fashion journalists get off on telling people over 40, or any age for that matter, what they should and shouldn’t be wearing? Nothing magical happens the day you turn 40, it’s just a continuation of life as it was when you were 39 the day before. Wrinkles and grey hairs don’t suddenly appear¬†like a bolt from the blue,¬†your zest for life¬†and love of fashion don’t evaporate overnight, so why should we stop wearing certain things just because we’ve hit a milestone birthday?¬†¬†Judging by the response the article received on social media it’s evident that many of us ladies over 40 feel that way.

For me growing older isn’t about losing something…it’s¬†about gaining: in confidence, contentment and being liberated from the stifling pressure of caring too much¬†what other people think about me.

For me growing older isn’t about losing something, or having to give up wearing specific items of clothing because someone who doesn’t know me thinks it’s no longer appropriate, it’s¬†about gaining: in confidence, contentment and being liberated from the stifling pressure of caring too much¬†what other people think about me. In my teens, 20s,¬†and even my 30s, I cared more about fitting in¬†and wearing whatever my peers were wearing than allowing my style and individuality to show through. Now I don’t want to fit in. Life would be very boring if we all looked the same. Sure I follow trends but I’ll either make them work for me or leave well alone. I’m not a sheep¬†or a fashion victim.

Sex Pistols tee Asos studded clutch

The Telegraph article isn’t the first of its kind, so it’s hardly ground-breaking stuff, and¬†I wouldn’t normally grace such journalistic tripe with a response, but the tone of writing was so patronising I felt compelled to have my say. Being told I need to “grade up” my shoes like a teacher might tell a pupil to pull their socks up really hit a nerve:¬†¬†“More to the point a shoe is where you score your fashion points when you are past Sex Pistols T shirts and floral coronets (which you are)”- the cheek! Also out apparently is leopard print: “Tips over into blowsy any day now” as well as bows, foundation and knees…yes, I know, it’s utterly ridiculous. So I decided to flick a sartorial two-fingered salute to Shane Watson¬†and all other journalists who try to tell us what not to wear by combining the double sin of a Sex Pistols T-shirt and leopard print shoes…I like to think of it as Uptown Punk. I’ve always had a rebellious streak, and being told I can’t or shouldn’t do something only makes me more determined to do it.¬†So never mind the “rules”, here’s to wearing what the hell you want and not giving a damn. Go to it ladies!

Sex Pistols tshire Very coated black jeans

H&M black coachella cat sunglasses

Asos goldtone spike bracelet

Miss KG leopard print shoes

Sex Pistols tee black very coated skinny jeans

T-shirt: eBay, jeans: Very, shoes: Miss KG, clutch and bracelet: Asos, sunglasses: H&M, ring: Merle O’Grady.

 

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Leopard print coat

Whoever said "less is more" clearly didn't know what they were talking about! A statement dress, leopard print coat and some serious hardware on the accessories front is perhaps a combination you wouldn't rock up to the office in, but for a party…well that's a different matter.
I love this soft and furry coat and it was a real bargain find at Matalan a couple of years ago. If you're looking for something similar but don't want to break the bank before Christmas, Matalan currently have some gorgeous faux fur coats at around the £40 mark, including one very much like the one I'm wearing. The dress and accessories are also items I've had for a while. The Asos dress is very David Koma-esque with the gold embellishments. The studded leather clutch (also from Asos) and gold jewellery add the finishing touches. The spike ring by Merle O'Grady is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, but I don't get to wear it very often as it does look like a lethal weapon!

Asos black and gold dress

Gold leaf cuff

Merleogradyring

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