A black dress

This dress. What do you need to know?The top is a sweatshirt, the bottom is a satin slip. It’s comfy, flattering and you can eat as much as you want in it (Susie So So calls them buffet dresses) I expect I’ll be wearing it to our first Christmas celebration next weekend.

It’s hard to photograph. This is the best I could do.

Black dress, black heels.

Size wise, it comes in S, M, L. I ordered a L but am waiting for the M to arrive for comparison. I’d say size down.

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I took my girls out for a fancy dinner this evening. A kind of Christmas party for their mama.

Zara jeans, Zara blouse, old Topshop boots.

The blouse is very similar to last year’s blouse made famous by Claudia Winkleman (she wore this current Zara one last month too). It’s 100% polyester but is fun to wear and I reckon it’ll be a festive season staple for me.

The earrings are a good bet for yourself or a loved one and are a tenner.

It’s a pretty crap week for us, it is the anniversary of when our mum died and we are going away for our annual countryside wind down.

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There I was in M&S looking for a present for my partner’s mum in the Per Una section. And there it was, this beautiful sparkly round neck top.This is not how I’ll wear it but I wanted to show a real life photo so this is from trying it on. Something very random seems to have happened to my hair too. You know when you need to add a certain something to your Christmas outfits but don’t fancy full on party gear. This top is it.

I am going to have a Christmas outfit try on in the next few days so will feature this again, I’m sure. Size wise I’d say it’s true to size. I am a 14 on top and that’s what I’m wearing. It’s been slated on the M&S website but I love it.

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4 cheap(ish) treats

Ring holder, it’s a fiver but doesn’t look it. Hair adornment is a thing at the moment. I bought this £8 clip set last week. My family aren’t keen but I am going to persevere and I have my eye on these next. To my daughters’ delight (not) I bought a black hair bow clip too. I can’t find it on line but they had lots in store for £5.

I have bought the beautiful multicoloured version of this clutch for one of my sisters. It’s sold out on line but they have lots left in stores. This is black with sequins and very pretty.

This is £30 so not cheap but it is a bargain. These products really work and this set of 4 has over 50% off.

That’s me for now. Celebrations are already taking their toll on me and I need a nap, lots of water and some veg. I’ll be back soon.

A few outfits

It’s been a busy week or so here. It seems like it’s ages until Christmas then wham, all of a sudden December is here and I have to be super organised.

When my Precious First Born 😉 was little I bought her a felt advent calendar to fill with mini treats. My mum shook her head in dismay and warned me about starting challenging traditions but I didn’t listen. Well, I’ve learnt the hard way! Now I have two kids and have exhausted every small treat imaginable. Some how it has metamorphosed into an advent filled with poem treasure hunt clues that lead to a wrapped treat. It’s an epic undertaking!I don’t normally go for cute but these were just irresistible.

Today was my sister’s birthday and we went out for a family meal up town in one of our favourite restaurants.I’m wore a new Zara leopard print dress and old Topshop boots.

Friday was a lovely day. I went to Coal Drops Yard with my dad to choose his new Christmas present glasses in Cubitts (check it out if you want stylish cheapish specs) and then surprised him with lunch in the German Gymnasium (he’s a big fan of German food and in particular cakes!)He ate both our cakes!

I wore my new Zara pleated leopard print skirt (I did already have one but this is longer and easier to wear with mid ankle boots), Stories black roll neck, J Crew jacket, M&S boots.In the evening we went to see Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra play Ibiza Classics. It was a brilliant, happy night.I wore Next pleather leggings, old Cos tshirt with an old Zara fringed jacket – similar here (I love wearing this to dance), a gold studded bumbag and my Fila Disruptors.

Here’s the bumbag in it’s full glory. I am pleased with the amount of wear I’ve been getting from the M&S boots. They are comfy and easy to walk and drive in. They were £45 but I got the Sparks 20% off and had a £15 voucher I’d forgotten which makes them even more of a bargain. Cos jacket, M&S boots, Zara jeans, Stories roll neck (sold out)

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