Shein tribal print jacket Tibi black trousers

A statement jacket is an incredibly useful item to have in your wardrobe. In a hurry in the morning? No problem – just sling a bright and bold blazer on over a black outfit and you’re good to go! A few weeks ago I shared my Shein wishlist, and of course this tribal print jacket was included. With so many colours in the print you don’t have to stick to black like I have. I tried it with red and blue trousers but decided on black to make the colours stand out. The jacket would also work over a fitted dress in a solid colour for a more formal look, or jeans and a t-shirt if you wanted to keep it casual.

I don’t wear head-to-toe black as much as I used to because it can drain the colour from my face – something that happens as we get older – but colourful accessories or a jacket help to offset that.

I don’t wear head-to-toe black as much as I used to because it can drain the colour from my face – something that happens as we get older – but colourful accessories or a jacket help to offset that. This Shein tribal print jacket is thin enough to wear under a coat when the weather gets colder but also serves as an eye-catching transitional cover up. I accessorised with gold jewellery and shoes, plus this fun little bag from Zara.

Shein has some great on-trend pieces at very affordable prices. I particularly love the jackets and skirts. You can see how I styled another jacket from the wishlist here. If you’re thinking of ordering something do check the size guide because the sizing is different to UK measurements.

What’s your favourite way to make a fashion statement? I love to read your comments!

Shein tribal print jacket Tibi black trousers

Shein tribal print jacket Zara patch bag

Shein tribal print jacket

Shein tribal print jacket Tibi black trousers

Zara mix and match bag

Wallis gold necklace

Gold Biba sandals

Shein Tribal Print Jacket Tibi Trousers

Jacket: Shein | trousers: Tibi (similar here and here) | shoes: Biba (similar here and here) | bag: Zara | necklace: Wallis | sunglasses: Pucci (similar)

*I was gifted the jacket in exchange for a review, my opinions are honest and unbiased.

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Bonmarche Floral Sateen Dress

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing with you another dress from Bonmarché’s new arrivals. In my last post I wore the jersey floral tea dress that’s featured in the new TV advert. Staying with floral print, I also chose a more formal dress from the new collection.  This pretty floral sateen dress is perfect for a party or a wedding. It’s a very flattering length ending just below the knee. I find some fit and flare dresses are too short for me but this one is just right.

The deep V at the back offsets the high neckline nicely, and makes it very easy to zip up without dislocating your shoulder!

The dress is really comfortable and feels very light. It’s made of cotton sateen with 2% elastane for a little bit of stretch. The deep V at the back offsets the high neckline nicely, and makes it very easy to zip up without dislocating your shoulder! You could really show it off to maximum effect by wearing your hair up and adding some drop earrings.

I chose a red beaded bib necklace to break up the top half because a high neckline can look blocky when you’re busty.

As I have a long torso and very big rib cage (thanks for that mum!) the waistband of the dress sits quite high on me, so I added a belt for extra definition. I chose a red beaded bib necklace to break up the top half because a high neckline can look blocky when you’re busty. To avoid going over the top with accessories I decided on simple red suede court shoes and a roomy bag rather than a clutch.

The print is a navy base with peach and coral flowers so accessories in either of those hues would look good with the dress. I tried a few different colours but preferred the contrast of red.

How would you style this dress? Let me know in the comments!

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Bonmarché Floral Sateen Dress

Dress: Bonmarché | shoes: old (similar) | bag: eBay (similar) | necklace: Mikey (similar)

 

I was gifted the dress in exchange for a review. All opinions are unbiased and completely honest.

 

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RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

On the eve of the Autumn Equinox it’s sadly time to bid farewell to Summer. I say sadly because it’s my favourite time of year. Even if the weather is disappointing at least we have the light well into the evenings, which makes taking blog photos so much easier! I decided to make the most of the late Summer/early Autumn sunshine by wearing yellow. A lot of yellow. In fact I could have worn even more if I’d chosen my bright yellow bag but I thought that’d be overkill. When I first got this yellow floral print skirt I wanted to wear it with an emerald green top to pick up on the green in the centre of the yellow poppies. I trawled the internet but despite my best efforts I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.

The skirt is very flared so it needs to be paired with a fitted top to get the proportions right.

The skirt is very flared so it needs to be paired with a fitted top to get the proportions right. I have a black top that is the perfect style and fit for this skirt – a snug-fitting vest with a deep V neckline –  but I just felt that black was a bit heavy. I wanted something more colourful. Eventually I found this dark yellow Jane Norman top at House of Fraser, which is a pretty good colour match for the flowers. I still managed to work a few specks of emerald green in with the ring and bracelet, which I bought around 25 years ago! I just love these yellow patent shoes with the jewelled ankle strap. The pointed toe is perfect for a flared midi skirt, and they are quite comfortable too!

Are you still wearing your Summer wardrobe or are you embracing the new season? Let me know in the comments!

RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Michelangelo white leather bag Romwe RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Kenneth Jay Lane ring

Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Green and gold bracelet

Jane Norman yellow top Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Yellow jewel strap Carvela shoesRomwe RomweYellow Floral Print Skirt Jane Norman top

Skirt: Romwe* | top: Jane Norman | shoes: Carvela (similar, and I love these too) | bag: Michelangelo (similar) | ring: Kenneth Jay Lane (similar) | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli (similar)

 

*I was gifted the skirt, all opinions are honest and unbiased.

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Red Zara navy jacket Gap jeans HM sheer spot top

It was my daughter’s birthday at the weekend so on Saturday we had a party at the bowling alley for her and some school friends (kids with heavy bowling balls…what could possibly go wrong?) which was almost as much fun for the adults as we got a game in too! After I finished work on Sunday morning we went out for a family lunch at a nearby pub that serves the most wonderful food. Eating out requires comfort and a degree of smartness, so choosing what to wear wasn’t too difficult. Jeans, jacket and flat shoes is my go-to casual outfit combination and this navy Zara blazer has proved to be a wardrobe hero: I’ve worn it so many times.  It’s one of those items that I want to last forever.

Navy works well with so many colours but this time I decided to wear shades of blue with a pop of red.

Navy works well with so many colours but this time I decided to wear shades of blue with a pop of red. I love the contrast of cobalt blue and bright red. I’ve had the top for years – it has sheer sleeves so it’s ideal for layering under a jacket…I’m really glad I bought it in black too. The only new part of this outfit is the pale blue loafers which I bought from M&S. Even though a beautiful pair of heels can still make my heart flutter I have to be sensible and  think of the comfort factor! Heels are now reserved for occasions that don’t require much walking.

Do you have an outfit combination that you go back to over and over? Let me know in the comments or drop me a line on TwitterInstagram or Facebook!

Shades of Blue with a Pop of Red Mila Blu red leather bag

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Red Asos blue sunglasses

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Red M&S pale blue loafers

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Red HM sheer spot top Zara navy jacket

Jacket: Zara, top: H&M, jeans: Gap, loafers: M&S, bag: Mila Blu, sunglasses: Asos.

 

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Printemps Galeries Lafayette

My trip to Paris last month was my fifth visit to the world’s most beautiful city, and yet until then I hadn’t been to the shopping extravaganza that is Galeries Lafayette…what I’d been missing! Unlike previous trips when we’d only been in Paris for a few days, this time we stayed for a whole week so we had more time to explore and visit new places. Emerging from Saint-Lazare metro station, I didn’t really know where I was going, but finding myself outside Printemps (another luxury department store) I knew I was in the right area! It may come as a surprise when I tell you, but the main reason for going to Galeries Lafayette was actually to buy toys for my daughter. She’d been extremely patient travelling across Paris on a very hot day to catch a glimpse of me at various points during the marathon so as a treat I promised her a new My Little Pony toy. Of course, I had to check out all the fabulous clothes and accessories on display too, but as lovely as they are the magnificent stained glass dome outshines them all. The building itself is so beautiful, you can’t help but look up to admire the ornate architecture. I thought I’d died and gone to retail heaven!

The first floor is dedicated to top luxury labels… but you can also find high street labels such as Zara and Topshop so you don’t have to take out a mortgage to shop there!

There are three buildings: one for homeware and food, one for menswear, and the main building where you’ll find beauty, accessories, jewellery, shoes, womenswear and children’s clothes and toys. The first floor is dedicated to top luxury labels alongside up-and-coming brands in two special “laboratories”, but you can also find high street labels such as Zara and Topshop so you don’t have to take out a mortgage to shop there! It really is the most amazing shopping experience, even if you don’t buy anything it’s worth going just to look around. Despite its grandeur you’ll find plenty of people in casual dress, although I did enjoy watching the French ladies all dressed up wandering in with their dogs!

Here are a few interesting facts about Galeries Lafayette:

  • The store is spread across three buildings covering 65,000 square metres.
  • It’s the second most popular visitor attraction in Paris after the Eiffel Tower.
  • The store carries more than 2,500 brands across womenswear, menswear, beauty and homeware.
  • There are more than 20 restaurants and cafes, a Decleor spa, three hair salons and two Chanel treatment booths.
  • There’s a whole floor just for shoes!
  • You can download a geolocation app to help you plan your shopping trip.

Galeries Lafayette Paris dome

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette dome

Galeries Lafayette Zara jacket Gap jeans

Galeries Lafayette Topshop Zara jacket Gap jeans

Galeries Lafayette beauty counters

Galeries Lafayette store display Zara jacket Gap jeans

All that shopping worked up an appetite so we headed over to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the afternoon, stopping off to buy bread and cheese for a picnic. We also took a couple of outfit photos which gave me the opportunity of wearing my new hat…well you didn’t think I’d go to Galeries Lafayette and come out empty handed did you?

Jardin du Luxembourg Paris

Zara hat and jacket Gap jeans Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg Paris

Zara hat and navy jacket Jardin du Luxembourg Paris

Hat and jacket: Zara, jumper: Arabella and Addison, jeans: Gap, trainers: Nike.

 

I’ve got a couple more posts about my trip to Paris scheduled over the next week so stay tuned!

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