BOB by DOP Pop Up Shop

When I heard the Dawn O’Porter was launching another BOB pop up shop to tie in with Septembers London Fashion Week I jumped at the change to visit. Last season when it was in Seven Dials I hadn’t been able to get into London and had been really disappointed I had missed it.

The shop is located on Newburgh Street just off of Carnaby Street.  

As well as her BOB range (new and last season items that are now in the sale) there’s a fantastic range of handpicked vintage clothing ranging from around £40 up to over £500. If you’re wondering what £500 buys you it buys the most AMAZING designer Courreges cream floor length cape that I looked at in awe… And then there was my dream skirt – the ‘Jane’ paper planes skirt. It has a print featuring stationary, Fab lollies, paper planes and Wotsits!!!! Do you remember I blogged about it back in December? Even though it is utterly wonderful, at £180 I just couldnt justify the cost while I am at home with my son and not earning much…
  

But as it was last season its now in the sale and with 70% off noless! In the shop they only had a small and large and even though I managed to squeeze myself into the small it was very tight – I’d say the small is a size  8/10 whereas the medium is more a 10/12. Dawn was really helpful and suggested I ordered it online and the next day I did just that! With delivery charges it came to £59.50.

It arrived beautifully packaged in tissue paper and in this gorgeous black box…Here is a close up of its brilliant Karen Mabon designed print – perfectly observed if you attended school in the 80s/early 90s…  

And this is me in the skirt I’ve coveted for far too long… The newer designs of this skirt are now sized in generic dress sizes 8-14 which I think makes it much easier to find your size. Find the new designs here.   

When I visited Dawn was in store and greeted me with a cheery “Hi! Ooh I LOVE your skirt!” (I was wearing a long leopard print maxt skirt) She was lovely and really helpful and chatty. I had to get my photo taken with her too – I love her TV shows and follow her avidly on Instagram. She is wearing the BOB ‘Kirstin’ dress here – the Toucan filled tropical print is adorable and you can buy it via the website here

  

Get down there quick before it shuts its doors till next season…

BOB boutique: 8 Newburgh Street, London
Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm 
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Back to the 90’s

A little while ago I blogged about wearing pink (find it here), well I’m at it again while we have some suprisingly warm weather for Autumn here in the UK. 

Last time I styled it subtly, to try and make it age appropriate (I’m 42!) but today my look is more a laid back homage to the 90’s – an era that is very much mine. In fact all day I couldn’t help but feel like a modern day Brenda from my 90s obsession, Beverley Hills 90210!   

I’m wearing a new style of jeans for me…’mom fit’.  Ok stop sniggering – its a high waisted and generous cut designed to be belted in at the waist…and I hate to admit it, but its super easy and comfortable to wear.  Its not the most flattering fit as it does highlight any roundness of the tummy but all in all I think its a cute look.  This ripped style pair are from Primark priced at £12 available in sizes 6-20.

I am wearing another Primark buy on top – a pink lace tee which I’ve tucked in to make the look a bit more streamlined and put a white vest underneath.  A simple thick white belt completes the look.  The ‘back to the 90’s’ look is everywhere at the moment – type 90’s into ASOS and look how much stuff comes up!  

    On my feet I’ve gone old school! I’ll tell you a secret, these are in fact my first ever pair of Vans! At 42 I’ve finally moved away from my usual Converse and gone for a pretty mid pink colour as my first pair. They are so comfortable and chunky and I can now see why people love them.  

 

So will you embrace the 90s vibe? And what about pink…? Fashion is like a fantastic box of chocolates – have fun picking from all those different tastes.

T-shirt – Primark

Vest – Bonmarche*

Belt – New Look

Jeans – Primark

Shoes – Vans

Monday Mantra

Yep, its the beginning of the week again, the weekend has flown by and here we are at Monday morning! Here is todays quote or thought that has inspired me and I hope it inspires you too. Have a great week!

Todays thought –  Source – my Pinterest

Oscar Wilde’s wit is never a bad thing and this is a little reminder that sometimes we can take life and all its ups and downs a little too seriously… I can often get myself worked up about something I really should just let go of, so for me this is a great quote to remind myself.

What words have inspired you recently? I would love to know.

The thing I fell in love with this week

Heart shaped scouring pads £1.00 (per pk of 6) – Tiger Stores

Ah, its the simple things…I couldn’t resist this cute variation on the dull old dish scourer by great Danish company Tiger.

In a pack you get three pink and three green sponges all with a red heart scourer front…they almost make me love doing the washing up!  And here one is by my sink…I love how they’ve taken something so boring and mundane and given it a quirky twist. 

Look out for my blog next Saturday on what else I’ve fallen in love with.

Whats your Autumn Uniform? 

Last week I shared my first easy to wear outfit for autumn (see blog here).  Today see my second easy to wear cosy combo…

Todays uniform – a long jumper/cardigan, leggings and knee high boots What you need in your wardrobe – 

  • Roll neck jumper
  • Longline cardigan (or jumper)
  • Leggings
  • Knee high boots 

 

    This look is all about proportion – a long cardigan or jumper teamed with leggings is a very flattering easy look to wear.  A layered look keeps you warm too.Autumn uniform - how to dress for autumn & winter  via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  

    A cosy look for a chilly day, the roll neck jumper underneath creates a more elegant look but if the weather is milder replace it with a long sleeve t-shirt instead. Autumn uniform - how to dress for autumn & winter  via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog    Autumn uniform - how to dress for autumn & winter  via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  

    Knee high boots complete the look and always work great over leggings.  

    And for hair and make-up? For an outfit like this I like to keep it natural with brown and bronze eyeshadows, a brush of bronzer and neutral lipstick.  I like to keep my thick wavy hair more natural in the winter and not straighten it too much so curls are the way to go for me!
     

    Find uniform number 1 here. Look out for my next blog on creating easy to put together outfits this Autumn next week.

    Cardigan : TU at Sainburys

    Jumper : M&Co.

    Leggings : Primark

    Boots : Topshop