Worn to the Missguided Christmas Party exactly as it is shown above - but without the 'morning-after' greasy mane and sleepy eyes... but I wanted to show you how I wore it. This dress is without a doubt the best fitting item I own. Tight in the bodice and with a skirt filled with layers and tulle for an ultra 50's shape. I added a little of my own stamp with the luxe faux fur, deep lip and ridiculous boots. A little bit of gothic fairy, but instead of magic dust I had vodka. And instead of wings I had an oversized spike bib necklace.
14th of December marks the Official Christmas Jumper day. The shops are filled with all styles from novelty or traditional to down-right daft. I was really lucky to receive the perfectly cute and simplistic design from TruffleShuffle. It reminds of the Alpines, of snow and fur boots and logs on the fire. Plus it is perfect for lounging around the house pretty much every day.
Cold mornings equal layers . And lots of them. This mesh crop has been perfect for layering under oversized T-shirts, short sleeved dresses and knitwear. The high-neckline and fishnet sleeves give a really 90's hash up to an actually practical outfit. Of corse, I removed those layers here so that you can check the top out in it's glory.
I hope you are all spending this Sunday with some-one who makes you smile.
:: Embellished Tartan Skirt - Sample Sale @ Missguided ::
:: Boots - Dr Martens ::
:: Studded Satchel - c/o Dr Martens ::
Not usually one for overtly embellished separates - when paired with something as versatile + subtle as this roll neck knit it does work, even for day wear.
Lately I have been loving anything turtle or high necked - naked necks are bad for this current English climate of frosty morning and bitterly cold evenings. Plus I feel that a covered neck area adds an air of sophistication to an outfit.
This has nothing to do with the fact that when I was 7 I won a Milky Way at a children's Birthday party for having the longest neck. Yes, this really was a competition at a kids party - those entertainment clowns really do not realise the insecurities they instill on the young. Bastards.
A few months ago, I decided to join Stylight as my girl Kavita had deserted me to relocate there to work for a while - the guys there have been incredibly supportive of my blog and even sent me the cutest parcel with lots of goodies in. This necklace & bracelet were two of my favourite pieces of the parcel - so subtle but really powerful when layered up with other pieces.
It finally happened. Zara finally re-oped in Manchester and I was invited along on their opening day to decline their fine champagne ( a. because I was driving, but mostly b. because I hate champagne/wine/vinegar tasting beverages ), check out the clean lines of visual merchandising and do some mental shopping. One of the perks was getting to chat to Megan , Robyn & Tasha - 3 hotties with serious style ( plus I love this photo of the moment me and Megan met ) . Welcome back Zara - my bank manager has missed you.
When the cold is turning your limbs a shade of blue and the rain is dampening any hope you have of a L'oreal worthy mane - where the hell do you capture a moment in picture for a blog post? Answers on a post card please - until then - I will lounge in bed before leaving the house to fight the elements - in a black dress with black kohl-lined lips , naturally.
This year marks the first year I have become one of those I so mocked in the past. I have already began my Christmas shopping. After suffering with the crowds, queues and overwhelming panic the last few years when I left the shopping en-mass until merely weeks before the big event - this time around I am rather smuggly already half-way through the gift shopping list.
Therefore when TK Maxx contacted me to ask if I wanted to choose a gift for myself or someone else from their incredible gift range - I saw it as a chance to be able to slip a little something extra inside my Mam's stocking.
I opted for this beautiful pink textured leather Dolce & Gabbana purse which when bought in store has a huge £44 off the RRP. If like me, you like to treat those in your life with impressive gestures but don't have the dollar to produce the goods - the TK Maxx gift section is heaven.
:: White Dress ( worn underneath ) - Missguided ::
Footwear is usually an after-thought for me - throwing on old DM's or my Coltranes is as second nature as grabbing my keys as I leave the house. So, even though I loved the notion of over-the-knee's - styling them was some-what more challenging. Pair with something overly sexy & Andy looks like he is escorting a 'lady of the night' from our home. Pair with jeans or leggings and I feel almost equestrian. I figured the flash of white chiffon was feminine enough to combat some of the dominatrix tones - and the amazing fluffy knit dress morphed the look into day wear.
Still drawing double-takes from Grannies and some giraffe necking of some passers by though - I wonder why a few inches of thigh can attract more attention that a whole leg ? Still I shall persevere with this - if not entirely because these are the most comfortable boots ever ! The sole is almost rubbery which cushions the blow of the streets and the leather is such good quality it doesn't sag down. If you are going to channel some serious over-the-knee style - I suggest a go in these bad boys.
After lusting for the sweet swirling PVC skirt from Topshop ever since I saw herds of them parading across the cobbles at LFW - I finally snatched this up for a mere £14 in Primark. Ok so it is not quite a nice as the original - but then what is ? Plus it solves the mystery of what to wear in this now bleak weather we are having in England of an evening. Also I cant wait to wear it with converse and a mohair sweater during the day. Fitting (faux )PVC into acceptable workwear ? Who knew.