Buttoned Up

Today’s outfit its based on a quirky look using stripes and an oversized button brooch. I have recently been watching American Horror Story: Freakshow and the costume design is AMAZING! Something about the stripes inspired me today (I have also bought a ringmaster style frock coat but more on that in future blogs!!!). Its 1950’s mixed with circus theming mixed with fashion must haves styling is on-point! Trust me.

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I teamed a black and white striped shirt with navy blue fitted jumper, my trusty Bailey skinny jeans and black buckled boots. I added an oversized button brooch and my look was complete!

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I got the brooch from Etsy ( with a couple of others) and love its cute, retro look. Teamed with the navy jumper it forms a rather nice, complete look – like its part of the jumper.

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A simple everyday look thats a little bit different – thats why I love fashion styling.

Shirt – New Look
Jumper – BHS
Brooch – Etsy
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Boots – Dorothy Perkins

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Top & Tail – 26th Jan 2015

Todays mini blog capturing my head and feet look via Instagram photos. Follow my daily Instagram’s here

Todays top look

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Gilet – Sheinside 

Polo neck – Select 

Necklace – Primark 

 
Todays tail look 

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Skirt – Primark 

Boots – Store21

Blanket Love

Gosh its cold! Today it was -3 during the school run here in Kent and the look I needed was ‘wrapped up warm…very warm’. Lets be honest – the colder it is, the less likely we all are to be dressing for fashion – its all about comfort and keeping warm.

I’d asked for this New Look blanket wrap for Christmas. Its big and soft and the tonal colours work really well with most other colours.

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At £19.99 I thought it was a great price and I can pretend I’m wearing Burberry! Burberrys personalised blankets wraps have been everywhere since AW14 and are pretty stunning…

Being small I find its a bit swamping unless I wear it with a belt although it works well as a looser style cape. Skinny jeans (or leggings) are a must too to keep the silhouette simple.
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Underneath, I wore a slim fitting padded coat I have from Next as the key to this look is not looking too bulky. The blanket wrap will be a great transitional piece when it gets warmer but for now a coat underneath is definitely necessary.

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On my feet were my cosy Kensington Uggs. I often talk about utilising kids clothes if you can and these are the kids versions. The size 5’s are exactly the same, much cheaper and the only difference is they have a zip in the inside, which I actually like better!

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So how do you wrap up in the cold weather?

Wrap – New Look
Jacket – Next
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Boots – Ugg Australia

Green sparkle

A little way back I bought a great green sequin jumper from Primark (see it in my Primark Haul blog). I love green. I don’t know why – I’ve got green eyes and am a Pisces so I don’t know thats got anything to do with it!

Todays outfit is a simple one for everyday wear – jumper, jeans and boots. Simple. Its great to dress up but everyday cant be a catwalk!
I really like the sparkle in this jumper – at £10 its a bargain and a slightly loose fit so I went for a size 10. The black jeggings from Dorothy Perkins are great – lots of Lycra and you get them in a short length. Again I am wearing a 10.

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I don’t wear tons of make up but wore green eyeshadow and a touch of lipgloss. The necklace is vintage but adds a bit to interest without being too blingy. For layering I have added a black long sleeve tee underneath with the edges showing. Again, simple styling for everyday wear.

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What do you wear for everyday?
Jumper – Primark
Jeggings – Dorothy Perkins
Necklace – Vintage
Boots – Topshop

Do you wear vintage?

Do you wear vintage? I do. Sort of. Let me explain…

I never used to. I found the sizing always came up small (thats true) and I was worried I’d look like a granny. However, when I started working at various fashion head offices I hated the fact that sometimes you would come in and three other people would be wearing the same top as you. Fashion nightmare!

So I started buying vintage. A necklace here, a top there and a collection started to form. Since I’ve been working with and writing for Kate Beavis Vintage (formally Your Vintage Life) my love of vintage has increased even more and I’ve become more adventurous with my mixing of vintage and modern. In todays blog I style up an 80’s blouse I found in a local charity shop for just £1!!!

I spied this Jacques Vert 1980’s blouse and saw its potential. With its high collar, blouson sleeves and gathered in pleated waist its unusual yet not 80’s crazy!

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I paired it with ultra dark skinny jeans and heeled black boots. I wore my hair up to show off the collar and accessories with gold Origami bird earrings.

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As an extra touch I added my new Accessorize clock bag I got for Christmas.

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It might not be to everyones taste but I know I’m going to look unique! I love its style.

Blouse – Vintage Jacques Vert
Jeans – New Look
Earrings – New Look
Bag – Accessorize
Boots – Next

My Sale Buys

Have you been partaking of some retail therapy at the sales? I have! I love getting a bargain!!! In todays blog, let me show you some of what I have been spending (or as I like to think of it, saving) my money on…

New Look faux fur cossack hat and scarf

Ok, I bought the scarf full price (£17.99) with some Christmas money because it was goung to sell out but the hat was £6.50 (reduced from £12.99). These are gorgeous quality and so warm and cosy, plus I love they match exactly.

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Primark PU biker jacket
Primark metallic oversized clutch bag
Select oversized scarf

The Primark jacket was reduced to just £15 (from £25) and is a lovely wine colour. The clutch bag was reduced to £3 (from £6) and the Select scarf was just £2 (from £6.99) – I love the hot pink with grey.

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Very.co.uk Resort bikini

I am aiming to get somewhere hot this summer if it kills me and due to recent weight loss have had to replace all my bras (and therefore my swimwear). Black is always good for a curvy girl and I loved the sheer panel and slightly wet-look look of the top. It total it was £11.00 (from £28.00) and is a really confidence boosting piece.

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New look earrings

More accessories but at just £2 a pair (from £4.99/£6.99) I had couldn’t say no…

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New look novelty clutch bag

I umm’ed and ahh’ed about this beauty before Christmas – I have developed a thing for novelty bags but lets be honest they are not practical. When it was reduced to £5 (from £12.99) I could not resist!

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What did you buy in the sales this year?