Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The end of October means Halloween, the clocks going back an hour (boo to the long dark evenings) and another Style Not Age collaboration 🙂 This month Jacqui has chosen “Frill Seekers” as the theme (good choice Jacqui!). I actually had a couple of outfits in mind for this theme, but went with this one as I had to shoot the photos during a break from work. I’ve been wearing trainers a lot lately as my poor bunions have been quite painful due to running more regularly again.

I’ve found wearing trainers incredibly liberating; I can walk wherever I want to without worrying about my feet killing me by the day’s end.

The upside is it’s never been more acceptable to wear trainers for work as it is now. We constantly see street style photos of fashionistas in pretty maxi dresses and trainers (or sneakers, depending on which side of the pond you live). I’ve found wearing trainers incredibly liberating; I can walk wherever I want to without worrying about my feet killing me by the day’s end. Hurrah for that! So I chose these knitted sock trainers to wear with my skinny waxed jeans and red frill blouse. I bought the blouse back in the Summer from & Other Stories when I was working in Leeds. It was reduced by 70%, so too good to pass by. I had to size up to a 14 though as the 12 pulled across the chest. Having to go with a bigger size means it’s loose around the waist, so I knotted it (one of my favourite tricks with shirts).

The embroidery on the jacket includes snippets of other colours and adds a professional element to an otherwise casual outfit. I love pairing a smart blazer with jeans, it’s a classic combination that will take you just about anywhere.

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Now let’s what my frill-seeking fashionista friends chose for this month’s theme…

Anna has also opted for a frilly shirt and jeans, topped off with a funky waistcoat. See all the details on her blog Anna’s Island Style.

Jacqui is looking fabulous in a red dress from M&S and Lotus boots. See all the details over at Mummabstylish.

Hilda is looking very chilled out in a chic jumper from Coast and stunning striped trousers. You can see more at Over the Hilda.

 

So that’s it for another month…only two left this year! I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s theme as much as we have 🙂
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Whenever I have an occasion to dress up I often opt for a lace dress. I have several in different colours, including the red one I wore for a family wedding back in March, and another black one that I wore for New Year’s Eve. Those are both figure hugging, so I was really happy to add an A-line style dress to my wardrobe.

Pairing this black lace dress with red accessories was a no-brainer; I love the contrast…and of course red is my favourite colour!

This Eva Trends dress has very flattering three quarter length sleeves and a high neckline that I prefer lately. I was unsure what size to order, but after some help from the team at Eva Trends I settled on a small, which fits really well. I have the usual issue with the waistband sitting a bit too high due to my long torso, but I have that with every dress in this style. To get around this problem I always add a belt to define my true waistline. Pairing this black lace dress with red accessories was a no-brainer; I love the contrast…and of course red is my favourite colour! Last week one of my colleagues asked me if red is my favourite colour because I wear it a lot 🙂 Of course, metallics or leopard print would also look great with this dress.

The shoes and belt are really old, but they serve me well with so many outfits. The red clutch is actually the Zara multiway bag which I’ve worn as a beltbag and with the shoulder strap before. I love having versatile items in my wardrobe that I can wear different ways. My jewellery is from two of my favourite brands: Ottoman Hands and Azuni – their pieces are beautiful and affordable.

I have a couple more dresses from Eva Trends to share with you over the coming weeks…the location for those photos will be a bit more exotic than my back garden 😉 If you love this dress (or anything else on the Eva Trends website) you can get a 10% discount on your entire order with the code EP10!

Do you love to wear lace? What accessories would you choose to wear with a black lace dress?

Eva Trends dress | Zara bag | shoes and belt both old | Ottoman Hands ring and earrings | Azuni cuff

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Shelbee on the Edge, Jodie’s Touch of Style and  Is This Mutton!

 


 

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Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, group shot

A couple of weeks ago I had the honour of modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com – an online boutique that celebrates women of all ages, shapes and sizes. I first met its founder, Jacynth last year, when I bought my gorgeous yellow Emile Vidal Carr coat. More recently, the Style Not Age collective collaborated with the-Bias-Cut.com for “The Shirt – a wardrobe staple” theme in June. I know that some of you are already fans of the-Bias-Cut.com, but for anyone not familiar with this fabulous online boutique I’ll share a brief background of the company.

Every piece is tried on by Jacynth and modelled by non-professional models so you can see what they really look like on.

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.com’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces: “Every woman should be able to find those pieces that truly celebrate the best version of herself today, no matter her age.” The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. Every piece is tried on by Jacynth and modelled by non-professional models so you can see what they really look like on. But they don’t just look fantastic – they feel fantastic too, thanks to the high quality fabric and craftsmanship.

“Every woman should be able to find those pieces that truly celebrate the best version of herself today, no matter her age.”

The clothes are classic with a modern twist, pieces made to last and be worn over and over. When I wear really good quality clothes I feel more confident, and that creates a positive chain reaction. To some people it might seem frivolous to place so much importance on clothes, but they are a form of self-expression. Taking the time and care to curate a wardrobe of beautiful, well-made clothes means they are more than just pieces of fabric. By investing in my clothes I am investing in myself.

“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, Molly pullover, Zebra print shirt

Being a model for the day

For a naturally shy person, modelling is a huge leap out of my comfort zone. I arrived at the studio in London after an early morning train from Cheshire feeling like a hot mess (and not in a good way!). The shoot was already in full swing and I went straight to makeup for the lovely Shari to work her magic. Not only a genius with makeup, she also works miracles on hair. I’d dyed mine the day before and it soon became obvious that it was not going to behave. Apparently you should never dye your hair before a shoot…whoops! It makes it very hard to style, but Shari perservered and transformed it from frizzy to shiny and bouncy. (She actually knew what brand of dye I’d used…now that’s impressive!)

The day passed by in a flash and before I knew it I was back at Euston waiting for my train, wondering if it was all a dream!

When I saw the gorgeous Evey in front of the camera I had serious pangs of self-doubt; posing for photos in my garden with my husband is one thing, but for a team of professionals in a studio, well that’s a whole other level. Everyone was just lovely though and soon put me at ease. Just putting the clothes on changed my mindset instantly. And when Bukky (the third model) arrived with her gorgeous smile and infectious positive energy the fun really began! By the end of the day we were goofing around and doing the floss (prompted by Claire the stylist!).

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com has to be one of the highlights of my blogging career and despite the nerves, I’d love to do it again!

The day passed by in a flash and before I knew it I was back at Euston waiting for my train, wondering if it was all a dream! But the photos are here to prove it was indeed real. Now the only dilemma I have is which pieces to buy, because I want them all! Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com has to be one of the highlights of my blogging career and despite the nerves, I’d love to do it again! (I just won’t dye my hair the day before next time!)

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com Pom Hot Stuff blouse

Pom “Hot Stuff” blouse and Philippa corduroy skirt

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, knitwear

Charlo cashmere jumperBee alpaca wool blend cardiganAshlee alpaca ivory jumper

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Tessa blouse and Hot Stuff clutch

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Contrast sleeve leopard print faux fur coat

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Floral artwork alpaca wool blend cardigan

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com

Pandora jersey dress

Prada sparkly tied front dressDamaris dress in water artDamaris dress in black

Vinny velvet kimono, Carnot cashmere jumper and Philippa corduroy skirtNantes jumper

Modelling for the-Bias-Cut.com, group photo

Do pop over for a look at the new season collection at the-Bias-Cut.com and let me know which are your favourite pieces!

 

Photos by Yuval Hen, courtesy of the-Bias-Cut.com

 

 


 

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Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

I’ve featured leopard print a lot lately, so in the interest of balance I thought I’d wear a bit of snake print. When I pulled out the leopard print skirt for the Style Not Age August theme I also rediscovered this old H&M one. It’s funny really because I used to wear pencil skirts a lot for work, and then I totally lost interest in them. The new season has revived my love for them, particularly the stretchy variety!

The snakeprint skirt, statement sleeves and red coat is a simple but effective formula that’s both classic and on trend.

This outfit is actually very similar to the Wild About Animal Print look, although this time I chose a top with sleeves that fit under a coat or jacket. The snakeprint skirt, statement sleeves and red coat is a simple but effective formula that’s both classic and on trend. The flared sleeves of the top balance out the close-fitting skirt, while the black tights and boots have a leg-lengthening effect. The coat is a nice length that works well with knee length dresses and skirts. Nothing in this outfit is new, in fact most of it is years old. Rediscovering old pieces can be just as gratifying as buying new ones 🙂

Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

The weather here in the UK is very changeable at the moment so it’s tights and boots one day, T-shirts and sandals the next!

Wearing a pencil skirt and a top with flared or ruffled sleeves also works for warmer weather if you swap boots for mules as I did here. The weather in the UK is very changeable at the moment so it’s tights and boots one day, T-shirts and sandals the next! Yesterday I went to London (you may have seen why on Instagram stories!) and I definitely had one too many layers on. Catching a very early train meant I needed a sweater and a jacket, but it was in the low 20s in London by the time I arrived. My goodness the tube was hot! Trying to take a jumper off on a bumpy and crowded Northern line train required every bit of my core strength! I’ll be sharing more about my fun-packed day in South London soon 😉

Are you finding the fluctuating temperature a challenge too? I think I’m becoming obsessed with the weather app on my phone!

Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

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Snake print pencil skirt, black top with faux leather statement sleeves

Snake print pencil skirt, black top with faux leather statement sleeves, Mila Blu black bag

Snake print pencil skirt, black top with faux leather statement sleeves, Mila Blu black bag, Pia long owl necklace

Snake print skirt, statement sleeves and red coat

H&M skirt (old, similar) | Zara top (old, similar) | J by Jasper Conran coat (old, similar) | Mila Blu handbag (similar) | Pia necklace (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Tina of Tina’s Pink Friday, Amy of Amy’s Creative Pursuits and Ruth of My Little Nest!

 


 

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Stripes, polka dots and frills

I’ve had to force myself to step away from the leopard print (albeit momentarily) and wear some of my other recent sale purchases. Even though I already own a pair of silky black culottes I couldn’t resist these with the frill on one side. On paper they don’t make sense – I mean who would want to add width to their hips? But the unusual design spoke to me, and I figured that if I kept the top half fitted they might not make my hips look mahoosive.

Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!

I’d intended to pair them with a stretchy close-fitting T-shirt or vest, but this striped top was already laid out on the bed. You know how it is when an outfit comes about by fluke rather than planning. The top is quite long, but it doesn’t ruin the line of the frill; if anything it improves it. I can’t tell you how comfortable this top is, it just feels so lovely to wear. It’s lightweight and super stretchy, plus it doesn’t crease! The knotted detail accentuates the waist, balanced out by the flared sleeves. I also like the high neckline, as I’m not really into low cut tops any more. Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

I don’t think I’ve ever worn stripes and polka dots together, so it was high time I put the two together! This black and white outfit just needed a little colour, which I added with the faux leather bag and red statement earrings. The detachable strap means I can wear it as a crossbody or grab bag. It’s a practical size too, great for days out because it holds all my essentials without weighing me down.

Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?).

I actually hurt myself when I went to France by carrying my heavy rucksack on my shoulder. In hindsight I should have worn it on my back (well, it is a backpack!) but you know how it is in airports when you need to keep getting documents out. For weeks afterwards I had a numb patch and frequent pins and needles. Lesson learned! For my next holiday I’ve bought a slimline beltbag that is just big enough to hold my passport and boarding card. I always think it’s ridiculous that you have to show your boarding card just to buy a magazine!

Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?). For warm evenings I’ll team them with a camisole and flat or wedge sandals. And for a different take on wearing stripes, polka dots and frills I could combine them in a dress like this one from Asos.

Do you love to wear stripes and polka dot prints together? What’s your favourite pattern mix?

STRIPES AND POLKA DOTS

Laura Ashley orange grab bag, Marks & Spencer polka dot slingback shoes

"Stripes,

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Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Stripes, polka dots and frills

Asos frill culottes | River Island top (similar) | Marks & Spencer shoes | Laura Ashley bag (similar) | Zara earrings | Missoni sunglasses (similar) | Pia ring


 

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