Coachella Calling

Do you ever buy something, after you’ve fallen in love with it but not know exactly what how you’ll be wearing it?  Well I fell in love with a H&M beach cover-up dress when I was in Copenhagen and just knew I had to have it.  It was only £14.99 so not a huge investment and I figured I’d work out how to style it later. handM loves coachella crochet dress via always a blue sky girl fashion blog  

Well, here we are a few months later and I haven’t worn it yet and its breaking my heart!  I decided to come up with a plan asap and luckily it coincided with a spell of very warm weather (well for the UK anyway).

The main problem was it was totally see through.  While doing my food shopping I noticed George at Asda were selling very basic jersey mini dresses for £3 – basically long vests.  I grabbed a black one (in a size 12 so it wasnt skin tight) and made it into an underslip for the dress.  Voila, my dress was now wearable away from the beach!
HandM loves Coachella lace dress via Always a blue Sky girl fashion blog 
The dress itself is from the ‘H&M loves Coachella’ range. I am wearing a size small which would fit UK 10/12 but it is sized from size XS to XL so UK 6/8 – UK 16/18. It is absolutely lovely and the crochet is beautifully done. This is from a new capsule range bought out to coincide with the Coachella festival in California which H&M has sponsored for the last 6 years. It has a bohemian, laid back, festival vibe to it, perfect for summer.HandM loves Coachella lace dress via Always a blue Sky girl fashion blog 
 handM coachella crichet dress via always a blue sky girl fashion blog  
Make-up was all about a bright coral red lip colour with low key eyes and my hair was just its natural wavy self – I’ve been a bit lazy with the straighteners lately as my hair has been so dry in the sunny weather.HandM loves Coachella lace dress via Always a blue Sky girl fashion blog 
HandM loves Coachella lace dress via Always a blue Sky girl fashion blog 
On my feet, gladiator style sandals in the same bright colour plus red painted toenails.
HandM loves Coachella lace dress via Always a blue Sky girl fashion blog 
And if bare legs are a bit too much (and lets be honest bare legs and mini dresses are only going to work on a very hot UK day) , just throw on a pair of leggings – here I’m wearing my cropped black ones from Matalan. All of a sudden a dress becones a tunic top.HandM loves Coachella lace dress via Always a blue Sky girl fashion blog 

     
    Why save your beachwear for the beach? Mix it with your daywear and enjoy it wherever you are…!

    Dress – H&M Loves Coachella @ H&M

    Vest dress – George at Asda

    Necklace – Forever21

    Leggings – Matalan

    Sandals – Evans

    Lets hear it for coral!

    The sun is shining and *sings* I’m feeling gooood!!! One of the best things for me as the weather warms up is the opportunity to wear more colour.  I love bright colours and always feel confident and happy wearing them.    

    Todays outfit is all about the colour coral.  Coral is a great colour to wear for Spring and Summer as it is bright but not over-powering, is super cute and feminine and is flattering to most skin tones.  And here I am wearing a shirt, jumper & skirt combo embracing the hue.

    coral preppy spring primark & per una look 1 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

    I love a full skirt and this one with pockets from my favourite haunt Primark, is just perfect – and it’s so flattering.  You put it on and feel like you should be in an episode of Mad Men, all cinched waist and shwoosy hemline.  Plus it only cost me £5.00 in the sale! coral preppy spring primark & per una look 2 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

    coral preppy spring primark & per una look 3 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

    coral preppy spring primark & per una look 4 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

    I love to use a white shirt as a layering piece and think it adds a great preppy edge to what could be a ‘too pretty’ outfit.  Make-up wise I wore the coral lipstick I got recently from Poundlands Make-Up Gallery (blogged here). I’m definitely loving their bright lipstick colours and its adds that extra pop of colour!coral preppy spring primark & per una look 5 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

    And finally, gold pointed flats from Matalan complete the look.   Metallics are perfect with bright colour as wearing a dark shoe just looks odd.  I’m not one for high heels so a pretty, pointed flat gives me a feminine look without the discomfort (pain is not good when you’ve got a school run to do!)coral preppy spring Matalan gold shoes look 6 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

    This is one of my favourite outfits I’ve styled so far this year and it got a lot of great feedback via Instagram (follow my feed here). So, what do you think about coral – hot or not?    You know where I stand.

    Shirt – Matalan

    Jumper – Per Una @ M&S

    Skirt – Primark

    Shoes – Matalan