Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my recent charity shop bargains on Insta stories. A couple of weeks ago I picked up this skirt for a mere £3…brand new from M&S! I also scored a gorgeous deep purple velvet jacket from Next for £2 and a stunning fishtail skirt (also M&S) for £4.99! You’ll be seeing those here on the blog very soon.

The tag was still attached to this skirt – it was originally £34.99. It’s great quality, hangs nicely and fits well, as I’d expect from M&S. It has an elasticated waist so it’s also very comfortable. There’s still a chill in the air so I paired it with my black turtleneck jumper that I’ve worn so much over winter. As the skirt is long I chose my biker jacket to balance out the proportions, although I think a more cropped style would work better.

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

…this bronze faux leather pleated skirt and patent boots cost me a total of £10.99!

I’ve learned my lesson wearing fabric boots on a waterlogged garden, so these patent boots were ideal. I bought them after seeing them on Nancy who alerted me to some great Zara January sale bargains. I snapped up these boots, as well as a beautiful green embroidered pair that I’d first seen on Lisa…us bloggers are a bad influence on each other 😉 But I’m not going to feel guilty because this bronze faux leather pleated skirt and patent boots cost me a total of £10.99! Add to that my cute Asos cat bag which I bought on Ebay – new with tags for £10 including postage – and I think I did pretty well. Excluding the jacket, the outfit comes in at less than £30, which just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune on clothes to look stylish.

Where do you go for great bargains on clothes and accessories? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks 🙂

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

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Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

Bronze Faux Leather Pleated Skirt and Patent Boots

Oakwood jacket (similar) | M&S skirt drom charity shop (similar) | Zara boots (similar) | Asos bag (similar) | jumper from TKMaxx (similar)

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Oakwood black leather jacket Fluorescent PR Press Day

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few photos from the Fluorescent PR Press Day in London I went to last week. It was a fun afternoon, looking at different products and meeting people. There were some fabulous treatments on offer too – I got my nails done, false eyelashes applied and had my lips coated in glitter!

On the one hand I want to choose clothes and accessories that project my personality and stand out a little, but I also want to be comfortable.

Deciding what to wear to events like this is always a balance between creativity and practicality. On the one hand I want to choose clothes and accessories that project my personality and stand out a little, but I also want to be comfortable. If your feet hurt or something is itchy/too tight/constantly needs adjusting, it can ruin your day. On such occasions I usually start with footwear and build from there.

Oakwood black leather jacket Fluorescent PR Press Day

My black M&S ankle boots with a block heel are comfortable enough to wear all day and have quite a slender shape, so they look good with skirts and trousers. As I was going to be spending almost six hours in total sitting on the train I thought trousers might look crumpled, so I opted for a thick midi skirt with opaque tights instead. The skirt has pockets (extra brownie points!) and hangs nicely, even though it has deep splits. I teamed it with a lightweight cat and mouse motif sweater (previously seen on the blog here and here) and a necklace I bought from Sfera on a trip to Madrid.

It can be difficult to find a coat to wear with a longish, flared skirt like this one – a shorter coat doesn’t look right – so I usually wear it with my leather jacket. It cinches in at the waist and balances out the volume of the skirt. The stretch panels on the sides and the sleeves make it super comfortable. The only pop of colour is the red bag and blue charm, although I did wear a matching blue scarf for travelling as it was a very cold day.

Arabella and Addison cat and mouse jumper

Jacket: Oakwood (similar) | skirt: Asos (similar) | jumper: Arabella and Addison | boots: M&S (similar) | bag: Mila Blu (similar)

Red Mila Blu bag

Arabella and Addison cat and mouse sweater

So onto the event: The venue was very easy to get to from Euston – just two tube stops to Oxford Circus, and then a short walk from there. The temptation to veer off into the shops was strong but I resisted! When I arrived I was greeted by the lovely Holly from Fluorescent PR who showed me around the stands.

Almost a week later and I still can’t stop looking at my shiny rose gold nails – I’ve had so many compliments on them.

My eyes were immediately drawn to the stunning glitter bags by SOS15 – such fun and quirky designs. In fact there was glitter and sparkle in abundance because upstairs I had a Calgel chrome manicure thanks to the lovely Izabelle Hammon team. Almost a week later and I still can’t stop looking at my shiny rose gold nails – I’ve had so many compliments on them. While waiting to have my nails done I had false lashes applied by Lash Unlimited which only took a few minutes but made such a difference. The strip lashes can be reused so I’m going to try putting them on myself for a special occasion.

SOS15 glitter bags Fluorescent PR Press Day Vivderma Fluorescent PR Press Day

Sukin Fluorescent PR Press Day

laura-gravestock-jewellery Fluorescent Pr Press Day

izabelle-hammon Fluorescent Pr Press Day

rose-gold-chrome-nails Izabelle Hammon Fluorescent PR Press Day

beauty-boulevard-stand Fluorescent Pr Press Day

glitter-lips Beauty Boulevard Fluorescent Pr Press Day

Before it was time to leave I had the Glitter Lips treatment by the lovely Paula from Beauty Boulevard. I have to admit, I did wonder if it would draw too much attention on the train journey home, but I’m so glad I tried it. I’m now totally obsessed with this stuff! The application only took about five minutes but has staying power that has to be seen to be believed. It does not budge one iota. You can drink, eat…or whatever 😉 and it still looks immaculate. There are plenty of colours to choose from. I tried Vintage Pretty, a dusky pink shade, but I saw a few people try the red and it looks AMAZING…like Dorothy’s red shoes in the Wizard of Oz.  Ah, I could get use to being pampered over a glass of prosecco 🙂

What would be your favourite thing to try…chrome nails, glitter lips or false lashes? Let me know your fave and don’t forget to link up your outfits!


 

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Black leather Oakwood jacket Asos midi skirt

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to packing away the Summer clothes and getting ready for some cooler weather. When it’s not quite cold enough for a coat, but a bit too chilly for just a blazer I find my leather jacket is exactly what I need. This one from Oakwood has stretchy panels down the sides and on the sleeves so it’s really comfortable. I’ve paired it with a midi skirt from Asos, which I can only wear with tights because it has two splits up to the thigh…no Angelina Jolie red carpet moment for me thank you! Underneath I’m wearing the digital floral top from Marks and Spencer which I wore for the Style Milestones campaign.

Black midi skirt and Marks and Spencer floral top Black and red bangle

Marks and Spencer floral yoke top and Asos midi skirt

I finally got to use my new red bag from Mila Blu which I absolutely love – it’s incredibly roomy, and probably the only bag I can actually find things in!

Mila Blu red leather handbag

Les Nereides butterfly ring

Oakwood leather jacket Asos midi skirt  Jacket: Oakwood, top: Marks and Spencer, skirt: Asos, boots: Laceys, bag: Mila Blu, sunglasses: Missoni, ring: Les Nereides.

 

How are you preparing your wardrobe for the change in the weather? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a lovely day!

 

Emma xxx

 

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H by Henry Holland faux fur scarf Oakwood leather jacket

Despite the freezing cold weather I decided to give my leather biker jacket an outing instead of a thick winter coat for a change. It’s also the first time in what seems like ages that I’ve worn a skirt, albeit with thick black tights…and I was still cold! To give my outfit a pop of colour I wore my new H! by Henry Holland faux fur scarf which I purchased in the Debenham’s sale. I love the bright yellow, even though my husband said it looks like a bumble bee!

modalu-black-leather-bagJacket: Oakwood, scarf: H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams, skirt: Asos, bag: Modalu, boots: Lacey’s of London, necklace: Wallis.

 

What are you wearing to stay warm? Is faux fur a favourite for you?

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

 

 

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