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

New Look Inspire – True inspiration

Tube Skirts – they were such an 80s thing weren’t they. I remember seeing them everywhere as a child, ranging from cheap market efforts where women seemed unable to walk without great difficulty, to magazines filled with the likes of stunning supermodels in Azzedine Alaia.

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supermodels in Azzedine Alaia

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But like many relics of fashions past, tube skirts started to make a comeback a couple of years ago, and are now a comfortable part of many wardrobes. I think the comeback is due in part to the versatility of both wear and design. Tube skirt can now be anything from a mini to a maxi, and can be worn for pretty much any occasion.

I was recently asked by New Look to review some pieces from their Inspire collection, which comes in sizes 18 to 32. Now, I was already a big fan of New Look, having lots of pieces in my wardrobe from both the inspire range and the general range, so I was more than happy with the idea of trialing some of the current pieces. The first piece I chose was a tube skirt.

Inspire Neon Pink Aztec Print Midi Skirt £17.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Neon Pink Aztec Print Midi Skirt
£17.99
click to visit New Look

The Inspire Neon Pink Aztec Print skirt is an online exclusive. It has a gorgeous print that incorporates pink, yellow. black and grey colours in a tribal style print. It is midi length, and made up of viscose and elastane for a stretchy, comfortable feel.

DSCN8238The first thing I want to say about this skirt is that the print is just as pretty and vibrant’ in the flesh’. The colours blend so well together, and even though they have a neon splash, they do not feel too young, as neon can often be very teenage in my view. The skirt is an easy midi length, but I pulled it higher to sit just below the knee. The stretch makes it very comfortable, it doesn’t feel tight and clingy, nor is it restrictive, sometimes an issue depending on the fabric used to make tube skirts.

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Apologies for the hair – a warm but rather windy day, despite the sky.

This skirt is very versatile. I can imagine it being worn in Ibiza with a neon bikini top or crop top, looking cool for an all-night rave. I was wearing it in the not so sunny UK, and added a simple white t-shirt top, grey espadrilles (both holiday buys from Menorca), and a necklace from River Island that echoed the brightness of the skirt.

DSCN8236New Look Inspire has some great skirts available at the moment, here are a few more that have caught my eye.

Inspire Purple Tribal Print Pencil Skirt £17.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Purple Tribal Print Pencil Skirt
£17.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Floral Print Pencil Skirt £14.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Floral Print Pencil Skirt
£14.99
click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Tropical Print Midi Skater Skirt £17.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Tropical Print Midi Skater Skirt
£17.99
click to visit New Look

Inspire Red Ethnic Print Side Split Maxi Skirt Now £9.00Was £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Inspire Red Ethnic Print Side Split Maxi Skirt
Now £9.00Was £19.99
Click to visit New Look

Inspire Dark Blue Jersey Acid Wash Pencil Skirt £9.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Dark Blue Jersey Acid Wash Pencil Skirt
£9.99
click to visit New Look

To view all New Look inspire skirts, click here.

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New Season Trends – The Midi Length at Dorothy Perkins

It was the length that everyone said was unwearable unless you were as tall and willowy as Elle MacPherson. It makes you look frumpy and mumsy the magazines screamed. But the midi has proven everyone wrong, proving to be versatile, flattering and most definitely the chosen length for Autumn/Winter 2013/4.

Midi skirts look fabulous with knee high boots for a look that evokes all the images of the fabulous and stylish 70s movie, The Eyes of Laura Mars. The Midi is a grown up look, looking great with silk blouses or worn boho style in fabrics like cord and denim. It is also brilliant, if, like me, you like your legs, but only from the knees down. You are not encased in swathes of fabric like in a maxi skirt, but also not showing off acres of flesh a la mini skirts.

Dorothy Perkins is totally embracing 70s chic midi skirts in its new season styles and I am totally smitten with the look.

Midi skirt coming soon click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Midi skirt £30, coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

midi skirt, coming soon, Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

midi skirt, coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Midi skirt, coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue damask midi skirt Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Wear With

Floral ruffle neck blouse Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Navy lace collared shell top Price: £24.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Animal roll sleeve shirt Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White gem embellished jumper Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mint pointelle cotton cardigan Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins