Christmas starts with Marisota

At the end of November I was invited to be a model for the Marisota Christmas campaign. I have to say that I read the email over and over in disbelief, not quite believing that they wanted me to be included. But it was an offer I could not refuse, so I could a trip to the JD Williams offices in Manchester in order to take part in a festive fashion shoot that I can honestly say was one of the best experiences of my life.

With my fellow bloggers and Models

With my fellow bloggers and Models

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A fashion shoot isn’t all glamour. There is an awful lot of sitting around waiting for things to happen, and each chosen photograph has probably consisted of at least 20 other images until the perfect one was arrived at. But…a fashion shoot also means Prosecco very early in the day, and being pampered by hair and make-up, and, of course, the opportunity to play dress up with rails and rails of beautiful clothes and accessories, and a table full of shoes, all from Marisota’s Christmas range, which is rather fabulous to say the least.

Look 1

For my first look I went for a super sparkly dress from Nightingales (click here to view – it’s now reduced in the sale). I loved this dress because it had sequins, sparkle and sleeves. I also loved the length too. I teamed it with a fur stole and fluffy, Maribou feathered bag, and a pair of silver sandals that were actually a size too big – something else that sometimes happens in fashion shoots apparently.

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Look 2

My second look was built around a fantastic Joanna Hope faux leather skirt, and the rock chick hair that I had requested. I added a sequined camisole top and the fur that I was a little bit besotted. I love the separates in this look because they are so versatile, the cami would look great with skinny jeans, while I have worn the skirt with a chunky knit for a daytime look.

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I had the most amazing day with my fellow bloggers and the team from Marisota. I love the final results – I think everyone should get to be a model for at least one day.

DP Curve is launched

This week has seen the launch of the latest plus size collection to hit the High Street. This time around it is Dorothy Perkins who are expanding their range with DP Curve, a new collection that goes from sizes 18 to 28. Dorothy Perkins promise that this collection is specially designed to ‘fit and flatter a fuller figure’.

I have been browsing the site this morning, and have selected my favourite 10 pieces. I like that the collection seems to have something to suit all tastes. There are skinny jeans and leggings with tunics and tops for the rock chick and pretty skater style dresses that will appeal to younger girls. But what I love most is that there are some really sophisticated and glamorous pieces in this collection, certainly perfect with one eye looking towards Christmas.

My absolute fave picks are the bodycon dresses in gold and silver, I love the shape, the sleeves, the length and the glitter. These are so reasonably priced and are just perfect for dressing up or down, you could easily throw a biker jacket over these and look amazing.  The zig zag skirt is also fabulous, I would add a simple black silk camisole to this, and a statement necklace in silver and this would be party ready.

There are many more fab pieces in this collection, all reasonably priced and well worth a look.

My DP Curve picks

DP Curve Gold Sparkle Bodycon Dress     Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Gold Sparkle Bodycon Dress
Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Navy Floral Pencil Dress     Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Navy Floral Pencil Dress
Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Charchol Split Side Embellished Top     Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Charchol Split Side Embellished Top
Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Black Superstretch Jeans     Price: £32.00     Colour: Black click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Black Superstretch Jeans
Price: £32.00
Colour: Black click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Jersey Eyelet Swing Dress     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Jersey Eyelet Swing Dress
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Cobalt Longsleeve Rollsleeve Blouse     Price: £24.00     Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Cobalt Longsleeve Rollsleeve Blouse
Price: £24.00
Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Navy and Silver Zig Zag Tube Skirt     Price: £24.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Navy and Silver Zig Zag Tube Skirt
Price: £24.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Red Embellished Lace Top     Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Red Embellished Lace Top
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Mono Baroque Panel Silhouette Bodycon Dress     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Mono Baroque Panel Silhouette Bodycon Dress
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Black And Silver bodycon Dress     Price: £26.00     Colour: Black click to visit Dorothy Perkins

DP Curve Black And Silver bodycon Dress
Price: £26.00
Colour: Black click to visit Dorothy Perkins

To view the complete DP Curve collection, click here.

 

Wallis launch their latest W collection

The launch of the Wallis W collection is fast becoming something that I really look forward to. A grown up collection that is full of smart pieces that can be mixed and matched with each other, and with the rest of your wardrobe, the W collection mixes great British style with elements of cool French tailoring. The new range also has enough sparkle and bling to show we are heading towards the festive season.

The new range is an eclectic collection that combines tailoring, outerwear and elegant dresses. There are 30s style, wide leg trousers, 50s style Bardot dresses, the sort most recently seen on Kylie Minogue on The Voice, and also jumpers in 70s style lurex, recalling the era of Glam Rock, and then Studio 54. Skirts are pencil style and knee-length, making them good for work wear, but they also come in fabrics like lace which then gives a very different look.

Wallis say that the new collection is a combination of the need for simplicity – for pieces that can easily be worn everyday, but that due to the new season being darker and murkier as Winter draws in, there is also a real need for decoration. This means sparkle, embellishment, metallic elements and at least a few bright colours thrown into the mix.

On the website, we also get a sneaky look at some of the products that will be coming soon – and I defy you not to be blown away by the leather pencil skirts in black, berry and the most glorious blue. Similarly, the Downton Abbey style sequin dresses in Ink Blue and Berry have Christmas party written all over them.

Enjoy the collection!

Nude All Over Beaded Dress     Price: £95.00 click to visit Wallis

Nude All Over Beaded Dress
Price: £95.00
click to visit Wallis

Metallic Jacquard Trouser     Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Metallic Jacquard Trouser
Price: £45.00
click to visit Wallis

Plain Red Shirt Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Plain Red Shirt Dress
Price: £65.00
click to visit Wallis

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Black Sequin Lace Top Price: £45.00 click here to view
Berry Satin Back Wide Leg Trousers Price: £50.00 click here to view

Berry Satin Back Duster Coat     Price: £70.00 click to visit Wallis

Berry Satin Back Duster Coat
Price: £70.00
click to visit Wallis

Black Off The Shoulder Dress     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Off The Shoulder Dress
Price: £65.00
click to visit Wallis

Black Jewel Embellished Jumper     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Jewel Embellished Jumper
Price: £50.00
click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Lace Skirt     Price: £45.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Lace Skirt
Price: £45.00
click to visit Wallis

Silver Polo Neck Jumper     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Silver Polo Neck Jumper
Price: £40.00
click to visit Wallis

Green Gem Shoulder Jumper     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Green Gem Shoulder Jumper
Price: £50.00
click to visit Wallis

Silver Lace Top Black Dress     Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Silver Lace Top Black Dress
Price: £60.00
click to visit Wallis

Grey Military Coat     Price: £120.00 click to visit Wallis

Grey Military Coat
Price: £120.00
click to visit Wallis

Bronze Sequin Top     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Bronze Sequin Top
Price: £40.00
click to visit Wallis

Black Jacquard Coat     Price: £120.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Jacquard Coat
Price: £120.00
click to visit Wallis

Purple Metallic Clutch Bag     Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Purple Metallic Clutch Bag
Price: £30.00
click to visit Wallis

Coming soon.

Blue Leather Pencil Skirt     Price: £95.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Leather Pencil Skirt
Price: £95.00
click to visit Wallis

Berry Sequin Detail Dress     Price: £75.00 click to visit Wallis

Berry Sequin Detail Dress
Price: £75.00
click to visit Wallis

To view the complete Wallis W collection, including pieces that will be arriving in current weeks, click here.

Super Busy Mum