Preparing For Your Prom

It may seem a long time until the Summer, but time has a way of creeping up on you, and, before you know it, it will be May and Prom Season will be upon us. There is a lot to prepare before it gets to the special day, but the good thing is that January is actually a perfect time to start the preparation, as there are deals to be found, both online and in store, where you can make great savings on prom dresses, shoes and accessories.

If you are looking forward to your prom this Summer, or if you have a teenager who will be taking part in a prom, here are some things that you need to consider in order to make the night perfect.

Prom Dresses

There is so much choice and variation when it comes to finding the perfect prom dress. There are dedicated shops that specialise in prom dresses, but these can be expensive, and also often require you to book an appointment, something that you need to be aware of if you are working to a distinct time frame.

You also need to be aware that some shops have an exclusivity policy, and so will not sell an identical dress to two girls from the same school, this helps you to avoid an embarrassing red carpet faux pas, but can limit your choice if you leave it too late.

If you are on a budget, it is worth checking out online options. ASOS and Chi Chi Clothing have many dresses that would be totally suitable for prom wear in their outlets, and these can be a great way to find something beautiful within your budget . The same can be said for shoes – sparkly designs that are perfect for Christmas can also make a great match for your prom dress, and you should be able to pick them up pretty cheaply in January.

Prom Hair

Another good point about getting your dress early is that you then have time to trial prom hair styles to find a look that is glamorous and coherent. Look carefully at the style of your dress and then try different looks, from tumbling curls to sweeping updo’s, a chic 1920s style bob, to something short and funky. For your look to really wow on prom night, your look needs to work as a whole, it really would be a shame to spoil the look of an amazing gown with scruffy hair.

Your Mode of Transport

As important as what you wear for your prom, is how you get to your prom. In the past, it seemed to be limited to limousines, but these days the prom arrival is now all about thinking outside the box. A friend of mine recently hired a ‘Fast and Furious’ style car for her son to arrive at the prom in, whilst another hired a Hummer. My favourite idea was from a group who clubbed together to hire a Routemaster bus for the prom, and all arrived together. It was a lovely display of friendship and seemed to sum up what the prom was all about.

Do you have a prom to look forward to this Summer?

5 Tips To Looking Great On A Budget

After the holidays it can be somewhat of a challenge to get back into the swing of things. This includes attending beauty appointments, purchasing the latest styles for the season, and accessorizing your current outfits. The reason for this is that many spend a great deal of money on gifts, food, and travel during the holidays which leaves less for typical expenses, such as buying clothes. This article will provide some helpful tips on how you can still look great while staying on a budget after the holidays.


  • Shop trends on sale. One of the best ways to stay up to date with your fashion reputation is to shop styles and trends of the season when they go on sale. Look for coupon codes online and consider purchasing a brand that is less popular. For example, one of the hottest trends of the upcoming season is the romper. Affordable Rompers can be purchased online and you can typically find a discount code, free shipping code, or sign up for the company email to get a discount. No longer do you have to pay full price for one of the latest trends.

  • Shop your closet. It is true. Your closet probably has a lot of classic looks that you can pair together to create a new ensemble. If you need to generate some ideas on how to spruce up an outfit, consider looking online at Pinterest or LiketoKnow.It. Shopping your closet can save you money and allow you to get use out of what you already own. You will not only look great, but you will have a new level of confidence about yourself as you allowed your creativity to shine through in your outfit.
  • Accessorize. When in doubt, make sure to accessorize. Doing so will allow you to pull the entire outfit together. Wear a scarf, necklace, earrings, bracelet, or paint your nails to complete your look. Adding a great pair of shoes can also make your outfit look great.
  • Mix and match. One of the hottest trends right now is to mix and match shapes and patterns. While this sounds odd to some who are more tradition, wearing a flowered top with polka dot pants can look quite swell. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and fabrics as that can also look fashionable and trendy.
  • Consider shopping second-hand. Visiting a consignment shop can open up the door to many great possibilities for less. The beauty of shopping second-hand shops is that you can obtain access to many great brand name labels at a fraction of the retail price. While you may not find this season’s garments on the rack, you will certainly be able to find clothing that has a classic style and can be worn regardless of the season or current trends.


Saving money on looking great doesn’t have to be hard. Allow your creative side to lead you in your outfits, shop your closet or consider shopping a consignment shop, accessorize, and look for discount codes to save money on new purchases. By following these simple steps, you can continue to look fashionable while staying within your budget.

December Outfits Post

December was lovely. December was fun. It combined lots of opportunities for going out, to theatres, shows, for a long weekend in Blackpool for Joe’s ninth birthday, but it also had to be juggled against horrendous flu, which made me feel miserable throughout the fun.

In terms of outfits, December is the perfect time to wear sparkle, a time when you can find those pieces you have hidden in the back of the wardrobe, and wear them because you really shouldn’t be outshone by your Christmas tree. I found items like the golden skirt that I’ve had for a few years, but always drag it out again at Christmas, and my New Year’s cape effect dress. I got this in the Boohoo sale last Christmas, but didn’t wear it until the last night of 2017. It was a similar story with the Jersey Boys dress, picked up for £18 at the end of Summer from Oasis, and then kept in the wardrobe for a sparkly occasion.

Christmas saw some new additions to the wardrobe in the form of gifts. This included the tulle Swan Lake style skirt and gold glitter Cuban heels that were both pressies from the hubby this year. The red glitter knit jumper from H&M was a present from my mom, and I really wish I’d have also got it in the silver version as it is so warm and pretty.

The sales are now well and truly under way, so now may be the perfect time to have a hunt around to see if something you loved before Christmas is now available at a lower bargain price – who doesn’t love a bargain? I’ve already grabbed some Topshop earrings and a pair of Dorothy Perkins slippers, plus I’ve got a great Betty Jackson jacket at a charity shop that I will share soon in a charity shop haul post.

Pre-Christmas Family Meal

Earrings Next Top H&M Skirt Boohoo Shoes Bertie Bag Accessorize

Aanisa Polka Dot Ruffle Hem Tulle Full Midi Skirt now £7 Click to visit Boohoo

Worcester Christmas Market

Hat Lincoln Christmas Market Scarf Moschino Coat Primark Boots Hotter Skirt Fenn Wright Manson charity shop find

Similar Coat

Y.A.S Leopard Print Coat
£90.00 Click to visit ASOS

Snow Day

Hat H&M Coat Simply Be Scarf Joules Bag John Lewis Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots Hunter


Pre-Christmas Drinks

Top 1980s vintage charity shop find Jeans Marisota

Wolves Grand Panto

Coat Primark Blouse vintage Jacques Vert – Charity shop Find Skirt Gok Wan Charity Shop Find Bag John Lewis

Joe’s Birthday in Blackpool

Dress and Earrings Dorothy Perkins

Silver Shimmer Bodycon Dress
Was £25.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Jumper Boohoo at ASOS Trousers Primark Boots Clarks

Boohoo Twist Back Jumper £10.50 Click to visit Boohoo

The Worlds Biggest Panto

Top Select Skirt Dorothy Perkins Bag John Lewis Boots Clarks

Jersey Boys Press Night

Earrings H&M Dress Oasis Shoes Vivienne Westwood Melissa Bag Accessorize

Christmas Day

Top New Look Skirt Asos Shoes Dorothy Perkins Necklace Pandora

ASOS CURVE Tulle Midi Prom Skirt with Tiers and Tie Waist £35.00 Click to visit ASOS

Boxing Day Meal and Party

Top River Island Sparkle jeans Dorothy Perkins Shoes ASOS

River Island Embroidered Blouse £17 Click to visit Asos

Pewter ‘Frankie’ Glitter Coated Jeans
Was £28.00 Now £17.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

ASOS SIMPLY Block Mid Heels £22 Click to visit ASOS

Coatigan Primark

Top Peacocks Earrings River Island

Football Match

Hat Gift from Hubby Jumper H&M Jeans Marisota Boots Hotter

New Years Eve

Dress Boohoo Earrings Topshop

Similar Dress

Boutique Mona Beaded Cape Skater Dress £45 Click to visit Boohoo