Calling Spring

Thankfully the howling winds have left London. They were not happy days! Today it started chilly but is positively warm this afternoon. It has put me in a good mood and made me think about sunnier days.

I have a few new things to share.

First up, sandals. These sandals are new in at M&S. I ordered the brown and the black and am tempted to keep both. They have a studding on the leather straps and on the base of the sandal. My only small gripe is the buckle, the quality isn’t in keeping with the rest of the sandal but they go with everything and I really like them. (Beware to put the shorter strap on top when you do them up or they’ll cut off your circulation)

I am totally fed up with my winter wardrobe and I bought some new khaki trousers to cheer myself up. These were from H&M and I have a 14 as they’re tighter on the tummy if a bit loose on the leg (in hindsight not the best fit for an apple shape) H&M trousers, Gucci belt, H&M top (I have worn this so much since I got it a few months ago), orange sandals (true to size).

On to dresses.

I had such high hopes for this Stories zebra print dress. Here it is on me, the photo makes it look better than it did in real life. This is the material up close. It has a kind of sheen that I wasn’t totally keen on. On my shape the drawstring waist just doesn’t work. I dithered enough to pack it up to return and then unpack it to try it on again but no, it must go back.

Again, this green dress had my heart beating fast and I thought I’d love it.I just don’t. Stories dresses aren’t very generous on the bust. I am wearing a 42 here and a 44 might be better as this gapes very slightly. It’s a lovely summer dress for work, or for a wedding but it just didn’t make me feel great and so it goes back.

Now this dress I did love. I wear more colour in summer than winter but nothing can beat a throw on black dress for me.It’s never that simple though, is it. This dress has a deep V neck that is cut in a way that means there’s no pinning it up. I tried it with every bra I own and you could see them all. It did make me wonder if it’s supposed to be more of a beach kaftan – it’s also a tiny bit see through. I liked it enough to order a size down and will let you know how I get on. Ps it has pockets!

Another black dress now, this one from M&S.I forgot to take a photo when I tried it on but I like it. I have a 14 so that it hangs properly on the chest but it’s a loose dress so you could consider sizing down.

Now this dress is a bargain from H&M that is far more flattering on than I have made it look! I am all for the ease of a throw on dress in the warmer months, add a necklace or two, sandals, sunnies and I’m off.

This dress isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I love it. The tan colour is just beautiful and I am a fan of the kangaroo pocket too. You can see the side detail better on the model here.

Ending with another Zara dress which I just love.It’s a slightly darker blue than the Zara photo and is a lyocell Tencel blend. I have a large.

Now all I need is some sunshine!

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White boots?

I am not sure.

These are from H&M. They were £35 (or £25 to me as I had a ten pound off code on my H&M card) They’re not leather.

Beautifully modelled here with my Nike running leggings 🙂

This is more how I’d wear them (ignore my hair, I’m off to the hairdressers to have it dealt with) Zara jeans, H&M boots, old H&M jumper, Gucci belt. My mother in law asked if I’d like her to hem these jeans for me!H&M dress

Just like any other boots then, only these are a rather bright white.

If you fancy investing a tenner more, these look interesting.These Mango ones have a lovely looking heel. They were more than I wanted to spend but look great if you’re a committed white boot wearer.

I don’t like having my heels out but if you don’t mind, these are interesting.

Finally these from Topshop. They have a stud detail and are in their sale with 50% off.

As I dither over whether to keep the boots, I keep going back to this Wardrobe Icons article. Truth is I never buy anything they suggest anymore but as a lover of Laura’s old style I keep thinking, if she gives them her seal of approval maybe I should keep them.

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Brown

The false spring has definitely waved farewell to London and it is chilly again and so, so windy! I’m making the most of it by wearing my favourite winter jumpers for the last (few) time(s).This brown rollneck has definitely been one of my best buys of the year. It’s warm enough for really cold days with a heatech under it but is ok for slightly warmer weather with a shirt or vest. I have this rollneck in 5 colours, it is oversized so I have a M. I wash them worn Woolite on 30 and dry them flat. They don’t need ironing and can talk a bulkier shirt underneath and still look decent.Stories roll neck, Zara jeans, ASOS boots, Cos coat, Chloe mini Marcie bag, Gucci belt.

The sunglasses I’m wearing are brilliant but sadly sold out. They’re Jeepers Peepers Aviators in Tort from ASOS just in case they come back in to stock.

I’ll be back again soon.

Out of hibernation

It’s been a while!

I had decided to stop blogging and to stick to Instagram but I’ve changed my mind. Why? The sunshine, the fact we can start talking about spring and summer and something to do with a few rather special dresses I’ve found and wanted to share. So I’m slowly coming out of hibernation.

I bought this dress this week and I like it a lot. I’ve texted my mates about it and thought I’d blog it too. Stories dress, Reebok trainers. The dress has an asymmetric hem and short sleeves. Just look at that tie at the back of the neck! I tried it with a navy blazer and a denim jacket and both look good. I could definitely see it working for the office. I have a size 42 and would consider sizing down once if you like a neater fit. Mine is box fresh hence the creases.

This dress is from Stories too and is definitely a marmite dress. I sized down three times and it’s still voluminous. It is layered chiffon with ballon sleeves and while it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I love it. I will wear it with Stan Smiths and tan sandals. I am wearing a size 38.

I bought this from H&M a month or so ago. It is very similar in shape to the William Morris X H&M dress which I’ve only worn once because it annoys me with the underdress straps falling down. I couldn’t resist this colour though, it really is beautiful. I’ve already worn this twice and the weight is perfect for spring.

This is from Zara. It’s 50% cotton, 50% viscose but I can cope with that because the colours are so beautiful.

Look at this! It’s Zara, cotton (with polyester embroidery) and has pockets. It’s so pretty. I am going to Greece this summer and am already dreaming of wafting along the beach in this dress. I have an XL in both these Zara dresses.

Finally the sandals, no close ups as I dropped a weight on my foot and have lost two toenails. The weather is ensuring I shan’t be wearing sandals for a while yet anyway. These are from Topshop and are the orange colour way. I’m going to buy the pale gold too.

I’ll be back again soon!

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Christmas Rounds 1&2

Yesterday afternoon was our first Christmas. I’ve mentioned before but there are so many of us sisters it proves impossible to all be together on the big day nowadays (some of us are!) so we have a big Christmas celebration beforehand.

We shared the cooking and the feast was amazing, there were many funny games with the kids, and the Strictly Final for the eldest cousins followed by immense celebrations that Stacey won.

There were lots of presents too – more to come on some of those.

I had grand plans to wear something sparkly. In the end I spent two hours in the freezing cold labouring at our new house and didn’t have the time or energy to attempt to put anything fancy together. Zara jeans (sold out, lucky I bought 3 pairs!), Zara top, old Topshop heels.

Plus a bit of sparkle in my hair. These are currently out of stock but they’ve restocked once so might be worth keeping an eye on them. And my new favourite earrings. They’re from Topshop and have sadly sold out but they have some real beauties in like these and these (which I bought for one of my sisters). My lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury’s Tell Laura with this lipliner.

Today we had another mini Christmas, this time with my 2 year old niece who we won’t see on Christmas Day.

She’s a little ball of fun and I spent most of the afternoon on the floor and chasing her around so jeans it was. Zara jeans, Stories roll neck (with an unseen fancy star shirt underneath), Zara boots which I adore. I’m wearing my other new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick with this liner too. I love Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and think the liners are well worth getting too, they’re soft, full of colour and really do make the lipstick go on a dream and last longer.

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