Desperately seeking Pearl

We were invited to the wedding reception of our friends Sally and Christian a couple of weeks back and jumped at the chance to dress up and have fun while celebrating the fact a fantastic coupled had got hitched!

I had been searching for a particular ‘dream’ dress on eBay for ages…a Pearl Lowe lace dress that had been produced by Peacocks back in 2010. At the time I bought a couple of the dresses (they ranged in price from £30-£60) but they were only in a few top stores and sold out really quickly, then Peacocks went into administration and the range was stopped. I was also a size 18 at the time so those dresses I did get ended up going to the charity shop and my search for a size 10 version of the most press loved dress began.  

After a few months I finally found one and I’m so glad I did! It is a gorgeous dress and doesnt look like a high street product at all – in fact it made me feel like a million dollars!wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blogThe dress itself has a fitted lace body with satin slip underneath.  Its tight fitting on top and flares out into a lovely full skirt.  The long sleeves show the detail of the lace off beautifully. It really is a beautiful dress and its such a shame they no longer produce the range. wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blog  wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blogMy bag was a vintage 1960s box bag. Its a lovely piece with gold chain and gold studded frame…and you can fit quite a bit in it! One of the things I love about vintage is you get a unique piece – who wants to turn up somewhere and someone else has exactly the same thing!I’m really fussy about shoes. I don’t like really high heels and I like to dance so they need to be comfortable.  I came upon these Emilio Luca satin beauties purely by chance and they matched the colour of my dress perfectly…plus the kitten heel was comfortable enough to wear all night.   Make-up was a dark red lipstick to match my dress, smoky eyes and winged eye liner.  I also had my normally curly hair professionally blow dryed as I’m useless at doing it myself. wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blogWe had a wonderful time and I got to hang out with this fantastic fella – I cannot wait till it’s our own wedding we’re dressing up for…   

Dress : Pearl Lowe at Peacocks (via eBay)

Bag : Vintage

Shoes : Emilio Luca 

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

    Lady in Red

    Todays outfit is a dressed up look for an evening wedding reception we were invited to recently.  I chose to vamp it up and go all lady in red…

    red emoji inspired BHS dress via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 
    I decided to be brave and wear a chiffon bias cut floor length dress with a low front.  Bias cut is a hard one to wear and I’ll be honest, I felt quite pear shaped in it. However, I got lots of compliements during the night so I soon felt OK. Thats the thing with losing weight, you still can feel like the old version of yourself. I added black sandals and a large clutch bag and kept it simple with just some statement earrings for jewellery.red emoji inspired BHS dress via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  
    Make up was all about the black winged eyeliner and red lips.  Accessories were all black apart from diamanté starburst earrings.
    red emoji inspired BHS dress via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  red emoji inspired BHS dress via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog     
       

    Dress – BHS

    Earrings – H&M

    Bag – Peacocks

    Shoes – Vintage

    Inspiration – that dancing lady emoji…Olé!!! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻