December Outfit post part 2 – Christmas!

Welcome to part 2 of my outfit round up for the month of December. This is the part of the run up concentrating on the outfits I wore over the Christmas period, so, as you might expect, it contains a lot of glitter and sparkle. There are also lots of new things that I was gifted for Christmas by my lovely hubby and family. And, as we are now firmly entrenched in the January sales, lots of the items are now heavily reduced, giving you the ideal opportunity to grab a great sales bargain.

I am always firmly of the opinion that the Christmas tree shouldn’t be the only thing that sparkles at Christmas, and sequinned and glittering skirts are one of my fave items of clothing. I love the idea of wearing them in a more casual style with a thin knit or slouchy style jumper. This is a style I adopted a lot over Christmas period – for the cinema on Christmas Eve, for Boxing Day and for a trip to the Town Hall to watch ‘What the Ladybird heard’. I also did a variation of this for New Year’s Eve which consisted of a family meal at Bella Italia.

I was quite poorly after Christmas, so had a few pj days which I haven’t listed here, but I did fit in a shopping trip where I picked up a fabulous Paul Costelloe jacket and a Monsoon dress which I will feature in a later post.

Overall, I’m really sorry to see Christmas go, but may well just cling onto the sparkle into January, which I always think is the dullest, saddest month of the year.

Christmas Day Outfit

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Top Select Skirt New Look via Amazon Boots M&S

New Look Women's Mesh Stripe Midi Skater Regular Skirt £11 Click to visit Amazon

New Look Women’s Mesh Stripe Midi Skater Regular Skirt £11 Click to visit Amazon

New Years Eve

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Bardot Jumper River Island Skirt River Island Shoes Roland Cartier Vintage Bag Mango Necklace Mikey

 Nude polka dot tulle midi skirt Was £28.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit River Island

Nude polka dot tulle midi skirt Was £28.00 Now £15.00
Click to visit River Island

Similar Bag

Leopard Print Clutch Bag Was £25.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Wallis

Leopard Print Clutch Bag
Was £25.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Wallis

House Party

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Necklace Primark Skirt Primark Jumper Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

Black Button Shoulder Shell Top Was £18.00 Now £5.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Button Shoulder Shell Top
Was £18.00 Now £5.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Similar Skirt

New Look Women's Sateen Pleat Skirt from £7.95 Click to visit Amazon

New Look Women’s Sateen Pleat Skirt from £7.95 Click to visit Amazon

Boxing Day – Lunch and another House Party

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Necklace – Gift from Sister Jumper Select Skirt H&M Bag Day Birger et Mikkelson Boots Marisota

 HONEYCOMB EYELASH JUMPER now £12.99 Click to visit Select

HONEYCOMB EYELASH JUMPER now £12.99 Click to visit Select

 Pleated skirt £29.99 Click to visit H&M

Pleated skirt £29.99 Click to visit H&M

Same Bag in Black

DAY Birger et MikkelsenHandbag - black £189.99 Click to visit Zalando

DAY Birger et MikkelsenHandbag – black £189.99 Click to visit Zalando

Similar Bag

Et DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Nappina Bucket Bag, Black £150 Click to visit John Lewis

Et DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Nappina Bucket Bag, Black £150 Click to visit John Lewis

Christmas Eve Trip to the Electric Cinema

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Jumper/Skirt Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

Similar Skirt

Nude Plait High Neck Jumper Was £24.00 Was £12.00 Now £10.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Nude Plait High Neck Jumper Was £24.00 Was £12.00 Now £10.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 White sequin pencil skirt Was £32.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit River Island

White sequin pencil skirt Was £32.00
Now £15.00
Click to visit River Island

Show at Birmingham Town Hall

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Necklace Primark Jumper New Look Skirt Dorothy Perkins

Grey Metallic Long Sleeve Sweater £7.00 Click to visit New Look

Grey Metallic Long Sleeve Sweater
£7.00 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

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Top River Island Jeans Marisota Necklace Primark

 

River Island Gold Foil T-Shirt £16 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Gold Foil T-Shirt £16 Click to visit ASOS

December Outfit post – Part 1- Build up to Christmas

Happy New Year to you all! I’m starting the year with the usual outfit round up, this time for the month of December. But, as December has been a very busy and active month, I am going to split December into two posts, with this one being the run up to Christmas, which was filled with parties, panto’s and all around good living.

Party season meant some new pieces added to my wardrobe, and a dip into my sparkly wardrobe currently housed in my son Joe’s room. New pieces include the Untold dress from House of Fraser, which is probably the shortest thing I had worn in years, and the River Island Bardot top which was an early Christmas present from the hubby. From the wardrobe came the gold, glitter tunic that I found at a jumble sale years ago, and often gets worn with leggings – this time I teamed it with coloured skinny jeans.

I often say that if you buy classic pieces you will wear them forever. A case in point is the Bertie 1920s style Mary Janes that I wore for a Christmas party. I got these in a Debenhams Shoe Studio sale a week before I got married – in 2017 I’ll be celebrating my twelfth wedding anniversary. I still love those shoes and still wear them a lot, no danger of them disappearing to a charity shop in 2017. My M&S pull on crushed velvet boots are also around 8 years old, and have been worn a lot this year as velvet has had a style moment – they are certainly perfect for panto season as they have just a touch of principal boy style about them.

What did you wear in the run up to Christmas 2016?

Lincoln Christmas Market

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Hat From the Christmas Market Scarf WBA Official Coat Vintage Skirt Dorothy Perkins Bag House of Fraser Boots Hotter Shoes

 

Mystery Boots £95 Click to visit Hotter Shoes

Mystery Boots £95 Click to visit Hotter Shoes

Lunch at Chai Kitchen

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Dress F&F Clothing Boots Clarks

Carlita Quinn £60 Click to visit Clarks

Carlita Quinn £60 Click to visit Clarks

Similar Dress

F&F Floral Print Midi Dress £22 Click to visit F&F Clothing

F&F Floral Print Midi Dress £22 Click to visit F&F Clothing

School Run

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Jumper Vintage Scarf River Island Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

Panto Press Night

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Dress Jameela Jamil at Simply Be Boots M&S

 

Jameela Jamil Ponte Midi Dress now £24 Click to visit Simply Be

Jameela Jamil Ponte Midi Dress now £24 Click to visit Simply Be

Christmas Party

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Top and Necklace Primark Skirt House of Fraser Bag Day Birger et Mikkelson Shoes Bertie

 

 Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Skirt £12 Click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Skirt £12 Click to visit House of Fraser

Matching Top Available.

 Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Cami now £12 Click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Afia Bronze Pleated Cami now £12 Click to visit House of Fraser

Coffee and catch up with an old friend

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Dress Charity Shop Boots Clarks

Similar Dress

Roman Originals Animal Print Side Drape Dress now |£25 Click to visit House of Fraser

Roman Originals Animal Print Side Drape Dress now |£25 Click to visit House of Fraser

1980s night

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Dress Untold at House of Fraser Shoes Vivienne Westwood

Similar Dress

 French Connection Snow Sequins Bodycon Dress £85 Click to visit House of Fraser


French Connection Snow Sequins Bodycon Dress
£85 Click to visit House of Fraser

Sunday Lunch with family

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Dress Primark Boots Clarks

Kelda Nights £70 Click to visit Clarks

Kelda Nights £70 Click to visit Clarks

Similar Dress

VIZ-A-VIZ Animal Print Jacquard Dress £35 Click to visit House of Fraser

VIZ-A-VIZ Animal Print Jacquard Dress £35 Click to visit House of Fraser

Christmas Jumper Day

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Jumper Amazon Other items as before

First Family Christmas

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Faux fur Vintage Coated skinnies Dorothy Perkins Top River Island Bag John Lewis Boots Clarks

 Nude metallic pleated bardot top Was £28.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit River Island

Nude metallic pleated bardot top Was £28.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit River Island

A trip to see Santa

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Coat – stolen from Mom Bag John Lewis Boots Hunter Jeans Marisota

Hunter Hunter Original Welly Military Red £95.00 Click to visit Office

Hunter Original Welly Military Red £95.00 Click to visit Office

 

What the Ladybird heard at Birmingham Town Hall

Every year at Christmas, Birmingham Town Hall stages a family show that is based on a children’s classic story. In the past this has seen great adaptations of ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ This year they have turned their attention to Julia Donaldson with a dramatisation of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. And whilst it is bright and colourful, and generally good fun, I don’t think it has the same appeal as recent productions.

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The main reason for this is the star of the show, the ladybird. My eight year old Joe said, I think the ladybird should’ve been much bigger, maybe someone in costume. And whilst this may have been the biggest ladybird in the world, I can sort of see his point of view. From our seats in the balcony, the ladybird, which was created as a hologram, was quite hard to spot at times, especially for my three year niece – we had to keep pointing it out, which sort of defeats the object.  The same is true of the cute talking cats in the windows and the tractor and vehicles seen in the distance – they are just too small for such a visual play.

But there are plenty of other things to recommend the show.  The characters are fresh and funny, with Raymond being the standout favourite for the children. The creation of the farmyard animals from things like bicycles and wheelbarrows is magical, the hog in particular is brilliant and made the children laugh and gasp, and there are some good songs, including the one about the burglars, which help to set the scene well, although I do think that most songs are overlong for the age of the audience.

Ultimately, ‘What the Ladybird heard’ is a good introduction to theatre for young children, particularly if they love the original Julia Donaldson story. At just under an hour in length, it is probably the right amount of time for young children to sit through. And there are moments of magic, but, to me, it just isn’t magical enough.

WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD

Click here for ticket information