January Outfit Post #WIWT

My hatred for the month of January knows no bounds. It is always a cold month, and following on from all the brightness and sparkle of December, it would be hard to it to shine. No-one seems to have any money, there’s not a lot going on, and to top it all, some of the most amazing people seem to choose this month to bow out, with David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Dolores O’Riorden and my football hero Cyrille Regis all dying in this most depressing of months. Yes, January is horrible.

Janaury’s outfit post is a mixture of old favourites, charity shop finds and sales bargains. The end of sales can be a bit of a mess, but can also yield real bargains, and many websites still have extensive sales sections where you can grab a great bargain with up to 70% off. The Dorothy Perkins floral blouse and River Island white lace top were both fab sales pieces that I know I will wear again and again, whilst the black sequin dress which I wore for my sister’s birthday was a £10 bargain from Peacocks, a classic look that I can wear for parties for years to come.

I discovered a great new online store this month. LOTD (Look of the Day) is chocked full with wearable pieces that are super affordable. I love my black boots and the mustard coloured jumper is just so versatile – and that colour is a wow!

What did you do/wear in January?

Birthday Lunch with my sister and mom

Earrings Next Dress River Island Tights 1960s vintage find

Same Dress in black

River Island 3/4 Sleeve Hanky Hem Swing Dress £42 Click to visit Asos

Shopping the sales

Scarf Oasis Coat Simply Be Skirt F&F

Sister’s 40th Birthday

Dress Peacocks Boots LOTD

Black block heeled sock boots
£20.00 Click to visit LOTD

Shopping and Coffee Morning

Top and skirt Charity Shop Finds Belt Asda Boots Clarks

Shopping and Coffee Morning

Coat Peacocks Scarf Julian Macdonald at Debenhams

New Dress sales find

Dress Peacocks

More shopping

Scarf From Cyprus Dress Primark Bag Day Birger et Mikkelson Earrings H&M

WBA V Brighton and Hove Albion

Hat H&M Scarf WBA Earrings Net Top TK Maxx Jeans Dorothy Perkins (see below) Boots Hotter

Strangers on a Train Press Night

Top and Skirt M&S Necklace Pandora

Similar Skirt

Monki Velvet Pleated Drawstring Midi Skirt now £22.50 Click to visit Asos

Meeting sister for lunch

Jumper Cynthia Rowley at TK Maxx Skirt Primark

Similar Skirt

Joanna Hope Metallic Pleated Maxi Skirt £41 Click to visit Simply Be

New Years Day

Jumper River Island Skirt M&S Bag Joules Earrings H&M Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Similar Skirt


Velour Pleated Skirt £32.50 Click to visit Marisota

Same Bag different colour

REVERY BRIGHT Reversible Shoulder Bag £59.95 Click to visit Joules

Sunday Lunch out with my boys

Top Dorothy Perkins Belt Asda Skirt Charity shop finds Boots Clarks

*Tall Navy Floral Print Frill Front Top
Was £26.00 Was £7.00 Now £6.30 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

School Run and Dentist Appointment

Necklace Primark Jumper and skirt M&S Boots Topshop

Early Man Cinema Trip

Scarf LOTD Top River Island Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots LOTD Bag Oasis

Yellow zig zag pattern scarf
£3.00 Click to visit LOTD

Silver Grey ‘Frankie’ Jeans
£22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tea with Parents

Jumper LOTD Skirt M&S Boots Primark Necklace Mango

Mustard flare sleeve jumper
£8.00 Click to visit LOTD

Similar Skirt

Tall Lola Pleated Velvet Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Cinema Trip for Jumanji

Top and Hat River Island Jeans Dorothy Perkins

River Island Frill Front Lace Sleeve Blouse £16 Click to visit ASOS

Blue ‘Frankie’ Jeans
Was £22.00 Now £17.60 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

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

 

My Summer Wardrobe – A Bumper Outfit Of The Day Post

Due to a family holiday in Cyprus which also incorporated my brother’s wedding, I am really late with my outfit of the day post for June. It really has been an incredibly busy time, and June was the oddest of months, with both my birthday and Father’s Day falling in the month, as well as some great blogging events and family gatherings. Clearly it was a month when my wardrobe was going to be earning its keep.

The weather was practically schizophrenic, one moment the sun was so hot the only thing to do was immerse yourself in a pool (of the paddling variety in my case), the next there was rain and temperatures better suited to late October rather than the supposedly flaming June. This meant that the jeans could not be abandoned just yet, and some days still required sleeves of the longer variety.

There were some new purchases, specifically of the holiday variety, and there were also some great charity shop finds, but June was very much a month when old favourites showed their faces again, as I tried to avoid washing and wearing new pieces that I wanted to take on holiday. Where I can, I link to any pieces currently in stores, but this has proved to be more difficult in this post.

Prezzo New Square Review

Top Charity Shop Skirt Primark (current season – check your store) Shoes Givenchy Vintage Basket TK Maxx Necklace Primark

Straw baskets

Strawberry Straw Shopper Bag now £18 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pom Pom Beach Tote Bag now £12 Click to visit JD Williams

A trip to RAF Cosford

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt Vintage charity shop find Sandals Clarks

Similar Top and Skirt

Lace Bardot Top
Was £16.00 Now £12.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Graciela Polka Dot Pocket Side Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Sunday Lunch

Top M&S Culottes New Look Shoes Vintage Bag Vivienne Westwood (reviewed here)

Similar Culottes

Tall Emily Tie Waist Culottes £15 Click to visit Boohoo

School Run on a sunny day

Top Primark Skirt Dorothy Perkins (Charity Shop Find) Sandals Clarks

Similar top and skirt

Black Floral Print Bardot Top £18.00 Click to visit Evans

MADEMOISELLE R Pleated Skirt £15.60 Click to visit La Redoute

Shopping and Lunch

Top New Look Jeans Dorothy Perkins Necklace QVC Sandals K Jacques Bag Desigual

Similar Top and jeans

White Bardot Neck Long Sleeve Top £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Cobalt Eden Ankle Grazer
Was £18.00 Now £14.40 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Woman in Business Expo

Top and Shoes M&S Skirt 1980s vintage Charity Shop Find

Top now in the sale

Cotton Rich Striped Flared Sleeve T-Shirt now £11 Click to visit M&S

Dinosaurs in the Wild Launch

Dress Primark Shoes F&F Necklace Rock My Vintage (review here)

Date Lunch with Hubby

Dress New Look Bag desigual Belt Charity Shop sunnies Calvin Klein (review here)

Turkish Restaurant for my birthday

Dress Next Shoes Clarks (Review here)

Navy Floral Bardot Midi Dress £28 Click to visit Next

Running Wild Press Night

Dress New Look

New Purchases

Top and Skirt New Look Shoes Dorothy Perkins

White Floral Print Hanky Hem Midi Skirt
£16.00 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

Denim Jacket New Look Dress Pearl Lowe for Peacocks Shoes Dorothy Perkins