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

Hootenanny 2017 – Beth Ditto and Jessie Ware

Jools Holland’s Hootenanny has become the traditional way to end the year, a guarantee of some good music to make any knees up go with a end of year bang. And even if your party consists of you and the wife/hubby due to being a parent, and if your New Year’s outfit is actually your pyjamas, when George McCrae is ringing in the new year singing ‘Rock your baby’ all is right with the world.

Hootenanny is also known for being a stylish affair, with fashionista’s such as Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Imelda May being guests in previous years, helping to make the show a visual feast as well as a treat for the ears. This year it was Beth Ditto and Jessie Ware adding the glamour quota.

Beth Ditto

I love how Beth Ditto adds the glamour to any occasion, and the fact that she was also performing one of my all time favourite 70s tracks, ‘Young Hearts Run Free’by Candi Staton, just made my night.

She looked totally amazing in a red shimmering gown that was the perfect choice for New Year, or just about any party occasion. Beth shows that plus size fashion can be brilliant, glamorous and so much fun, and once again, I applaud her sass and shine. She killed it.

Jessie Ware

The sensational Jessie Ware had an old school Hollywood glamour for her appearance on Hootenanny, with an utterly beautiful feathered dress that harked back to the golden days of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. The dress was a perfect fit for the jazz tinged ‘Do Nothing Til’ You Hear From Me’. If you can’t wear a showstopper of a dress on New Year’s Eve, then when can you wear one?

Did you watch this year’s Hootenanny? What did you think of the show?

 

August Outfit Post

It has to be said that I love August. Getting to have some quality time with my little boy is always a pleasure, plus it is also the month of my wedding anniversary, and we spend at least one week in Wales enjoying Summer. So whilst, in weather terms, it was far from a scorcher, there were still lots of opportunities to have a lot of family fun, and, with a few events thrown into the mix, it is a month that I’m already missing, especially as Autumn has arrived with cold, winds and lots of rain.

In terms of fashion, there were a few new additions to my wardrobe, but generally I have been hitting the charity shops with a vengeance. I had an extensive wardrobe clearout in August and donated around eight sacks of clothing and shoes to a local charity shop, but this has only made space for some more pieces, which is always a dangerous thing to do. That said, a positive of my cull was that I found lots of things that I’d completely forgotten about, which is a little like buying something new.

Two charity shop bargains were the black vintage M&S dress and the dotted dress. The black dress was a vintage St Michael label and still has the original tags on. I wore it twice last month, so for £4.99, it has already paid for itself. The dotted dress was a catalogue label, also still with tags, probably from the 1980s, but with a real fresh modern feel.

What sort of style did you opt for in August?

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Charity Shop Find Belt River Island Shoes H&M

Signing Day at West Bromwich Albion

Top River Island Jeans Marisota

Brunswick in the Blitz

Dress White Stuff C/O High Street Outlet Cardigan Charity Shop Find Sandals Next Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs

New Yorker Beer Launch

Dress Vintage M&S Charity Shop Find Shoes Matalan Bag 1950s vintage (From Brunswick in the Blitz)

Similar Dress

Midi Slip Dress
£26.00 Click to visit Topshop

Brassed Off Press Night

Dress Charity Shop Finds Necklace Portuguese Cork Shoes Biba at House of Fraser Bag as before

Teal Dress

Chi Chi Karla Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Biba Daizie Slingback Kitten Heels £75 Click to visit House of Fraser

Shopping in Welshpool

Dress 1970s vintage (From Vintage fair) Bag Desigual sandals Clarks

Shopping in Wales

Dress 1980s vintage – charity shop find Espadrilles – From Menorca

 

Visiting Cymer Abbey

Top Monsoon Jeans Primark Shoes Hobbs

Similar Top

ASOS Body in Stripe with Long Sleeve Click to visit ASOS


Live Chat
Heavenly Soles Leather Ballerinas Extra Wide EEE Fit £25 Click to visit JD Willams

Car boot sale

Scarf Day Birger et Mikkelson Top Primark Skirt 1970s vintage Charity Shop Find Shoes H&M Bag Fairtrade

Curry Night

Top Peacocks Jeans Primark Bag 1950s vintage Shoes Bally vintage

Similar Top

Quiz Black Bubble Crepe Bardot Top
Was £16.99 Now £11.99 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Shopping

Dress Monsoon Shoes Matalan Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs

Green Print Dresses

ISSA Darcy Pleat Detail Printed Dress £109 Click to visit House of Fraser

Jaeger Jersey Banana Leaf Print Dress £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

Weekend in Tewkesbury

Top H&M Necklace Equilibrium Skirt George at Asda Shoes John Lewis

Anniversary Meal

Dress H&M Shoes Primark Bag Katie Loxton

Katie Loxton The Perfect Pouch, Blue £16.99 Click to visit John Lewis

Visiting Tewkesbury Abbey

Top Monsoon Skirt Monsoon Shoes John Lewis

Similar Skirt

Grey Tulle Hanky Hem Midi Skirt
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

First Match of the Season

Kimono and Top Peacocks Jeans Primark

New Dress

Dress River Island Shoes Tu (Charity Shop Find)

Same Print

River Island Bardot Floral Print Midi Dress
£28.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Plus Wrap Dress In Print
£45.00 Click to visit ASOS