Try-Day Friday!

I was recently inspired by Dia&Co. (an American curated shopping experience, delivered to your doorstep, exclusively in larger sizes) to write about the importance of promoting confidence through fashion.

I have definitely been on my own journey with confidence and I do struggle sometimes to love my post 40, curvy, petite figure complete with ‘mum tum’. Having been a variety of different dress sizes over the years the one thing I have learnt is confidence is EVERYTHING! If you feel good about yourself on the inside you will look great whatever you wear – I really think it is that simple.

Dia&Co is promoting the idea of ‘Try-Day Friday’; a weekly-challenge to step outside your fashion comfort zone and embrace something new. We’ve all put on an outfit, maybe something new or different from our normal look, only to get nervous at the last minute and decide to play it safe. Maybe it’s time to stop letting our insecurities talk and embrace something new?

I thought about some of the trends recently I have seen people rocking and have shied away from and then decided to jump in 100% and put them all together in one outfit.

The looks I wanted to try were –

  • Wearing co-ordinates
  • Wearing trainers with a formal outfit
  • Wearing my hair up
  • Creating a ‘street style’ fashion look

I had wanted to try wearing co-ordinates for ages but had kept stopping myself for fear of look like a piece of upholstery! I had also seen lots of cool bloggers rocking trainers with their formalwear but wondered if I was too old to pull this kind of ‘street style’ look off. I also have a tendency to hide behind my longish hair so if I was going to truly get out of my comfort zone my hair would need to be put up too!

I had seen some a great looks on Instagram which I loved but hadn’t had the confidence to try, so with them as inspiration, I decided to embrace Try-Day Friday and go for it!  This is my look, my way –

I opted for an ASOS pyjama style co-ord from the petite range. The proportions are perfect for me and the trousers are a perfect length for my 5’2″ height. The navy jacquard fabric looks really luxe without being too dressy and the bomber jacket top gives it a sporty edge.  Find it here (jacket) and here (trousers).


photo via ASOS

I styled it with a simple vest underneath and pushed up the sleeves. The wide leg pants worked really well with trainers but I think would look just as good with heels in the evening.

Confidence project - ASOS co-ord pink lip & statement tassel earrings Sarah Gorlov Blueskygirlie Always a Blue Sky Girl blog fashion blogger

Confidence project - ASOS co-ord pink lip & statement tassel earrings Sarah Gorlov Blueskygirlie Always a Blue Sky Girl blog fashion blogger

To add a pop of colour I added a fun pink bag and pink tassel earrings – I love bright pink with navy and these H&M earrings are a real statement piece.

Confidence project - ASOS co-ord pink heart bag & statement tassel earrings Sarah Gorlov Blueskygirlie Always a Blue Sky Girl blog fashion blogger
To achieve the ‘trainers with formalwear’ look, I put on my trusty leather Converse All Stars. I LOVE these sneakers – being black leather they are a great way to wear trainers in a smarter way but still look casual – plus they are really comfortable!


To finish off the look I had to match those pink accessories with a bright pink lip too!  Would you believe this is a £1 lipstick from the Poundland make-up range?!? Its really good and a definite recommend.  As I challenged myself to, I put my hair up into a bun and although I prefer to hide behind my hair, I loved how it showed off those fabulous earrings.

Confidence project - pink lip & statement tassel earrings Sarah Gorlov Blueskygirlie Always a Blue Sky Girl blog fashion blogger

Lux pyjama bomber jacket / ASOS Petite
Lux pyjama wide leg trousers / ASOS Petite
Black vest (just seen)/ Primark
Leather Converse / Converse All Stars
Tassel earrings / H&M

Heart bag / River Island (past season)

So what are you going to do to push yourself out of your style comfort zone?

Take the leap…it’s really a great feeling!

If you liked my styling follow my blog at https://www.alwaysablueskygirl or my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blueskygirlie


ASOS Bridal

Regular readers to this blog may know I got engaged last year and am currently saving up to get married. As this is my second time around I am definitely not planning to spend as much money on a dress as I did in my early 30’s (over £1500 not including accessories and definitely not including underwear) so when I heard ASOS were introducing a Bridal section I was interested to say the least…

Then I saw this Instagram post and I was REALLY interested! Lots of embellishment, with a boho vibe, yet still fashionable and stylish – the first collection is looking perfect for brides like me who want to look fashionable on their wedding day too.

In todays blog I show you my top 10 picks from the range – ASOS has grown up and is ready to commit and and its looking fantastic!

Lace Panelled Maxi Dress – £120.00  Kimono Deep V Fishtail Maxi Dress – £120.00

   Chi Chi London Bridal Tulle Maxi Dress – £65 

To liven things up how about wearing a jacket over your wedding dress?  I love this look particularly for a bohemian style outdoor wedding.

A Star Is Born Bridal Embellished Trophy Jacket – £160.00


And then there’s the shoes…

ASOS PASSIONATE Heeled Sandals – £45.00   

ASOS PRICELESS Embellished Pointed High Heels – £50.00   

And you can’t forget to buy some special underwear…yes this set is expensive but its just beautiful and you have to bring out the big guns for your wedding night!

Skivvies For Love & Lemons Ophelia Bra – £100.00
Skivvies For Love & Lemons Ophelia High Waist Brief – £130


And maybe add some cute (but sexy) nightwear too…

Bluebella Julianna Pyjama Set – £44.00

And finally a bag is handy to keep a lipstick, mirror and probably these days a phone…

ASOS Flower and Pearl Box Clutch Bag – £40 ASOS Flap Over Embellished Clutch Bag – £32.00

So what do you think? Prices range from £8 to £350 and is sized from UK4-18 plus theres some Petite and Curve options too.

Look out for more gorgeous styles to come too.  These are the images Hello Fashion Monthly shared… 

I wont be choosing my dress for a while yet but ASOS will definitely now be somewhere I will look when I’m ready.

All photos via ASOS – find the full range here.

Walls Ice Cream does fashion…

I love a great collaboration and when I heard ASOS were working with retro favourite Walls Ice Cream I knew whatever they would create was going to be lots of fun.

The result is a 16-piece collection inspired by our favourite retro ice lollies, including Twisters, Rocket lollies, Feasts and Mini Milks.

It launched the first week of June and features crop tops, sequinned mini-dresses, jumpsuits, phone cases, novelty clutch bags, shoes and nail art.

My faves :

Embellished shirt (currently sold out) – £85.00
Crop top – £22.00.  Mini skirt – £25.00

 Feast clutch bag – £20.00.  Beaded rocket lolly bag – £35.00

Phone case – £12.00  Twister socks – £4.00.  Shoes – £50.00 (currently sold out) 
All photos via ASOS 

If these are a bit above your budget how about these other Walls branded beauties?

Primark are selling these Lip Smackers lip balms for just £2.50 each.
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Tesco Direct have napkin, plates and cups perfect for a summer party or BBQ starting at just £1.52  source

And while I await my fashion treats, I already have some fabulous Walls homeware items myself including fridge magnets and cushions as seen below…   This summer is truly the summer of the ice cream!  Are you as in love with the Walls Ice Cream ranges as I am?

Black, White & Orange 

Todays outfit is a simple piece of styling – a monochrome print with a bright statement necklace. This piece of styling works with any black and white pattern and any colour of statement necklace.  Simple!

The dress is a cotton shift dress from ASOS (last season) and I have added one of my favourite J Crew inspired bubble necklaces.  I just love these necklaces – see my blog on them here.  On my feet are just a simple pair of plimsol style pumps – comfortable shoes for busy days are a must for me.

I love the ‘pop’ of the necklace against the dress and find this style, with its longish short sleeves is a very wearable day dress.  I love orange as an accent colour so love the boldness of this necklace.   
    #ootd ASOS dress bubble necklace look via always a Blue Sky Girl blog 
 

Simple styling maybe, but very effective I think!  Now off to do my day of running around fitting in kids, chores, work and anything else that crops up.

Dress – ASOS

Necklace – eBay

Shoes – Primark

Meow!!!

Its a busyish Tuesday, I’ve got work to do, my son is still off school on his Easter break, the sun is shining and its a jeans and t-shirt kinda day for me…

topshop tee and boyfriend jeans look via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

I’ve teamed a boxy cat face t-shirt from TopShop with a boyfriend cut jean and a lowish heel patent studded shoe.  Being a shortie I’ve rolled and sewed the jeans to just above ankle length – as they are a bargain price pair from Primark a bit of customisation can make all the difference.  Plus a shorter length makes them much more flattering for the more petite girl. 

topshop tee and boyfriend jeans look via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

 

topshop tee and boyfriend jeans look via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

Plus I’m wearing some oversized cat eye sunglasses…of course! 😻😸😻.  This pair from ASOS are showstoppers.  I love their 50’s vibe…topshop tee and boyfriend jeans ASOS sunglasses look via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

Have a great day whatever youre up to this Sunny Tuesday whether your feeling laid back like me, or dressed up to the nines…

T-shirt – TopShop

Jeans – Primark

Shoes – George at Asda

Sunglasses – ASOS