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. You have the best disco in the world right there in your living room and all you need to is continue into the night playing your retro cheap vinyl (not Cds and definitely not an ipod or Spotify) in order to make your night complete.

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?

 

Autumn #WIWT Post

OK – My bad. I usually do an outfit of the day post at the end of the month, but I totally forgot in September, and then got caught up in Christmas at the end of October. So today I bring an abridged version of #WIWT for the Autumn months so far, with a promise that November will have a proper post.

September is a bit of a transitional month when it comes to fashion, and this Autumn October proved to be surprisingly mild too. So some Summer pieces have had a prolonged life and I’ve been able to stick with bare legs for far longer than I normally would. Both months were busy and lively and had a few new purchases, some Charity shop finds and a little vintage style (although I have kept that for another post).

My fave buys of the month were the pearl sleeved sweater from Marks and Spencer which I have lived in since I got it – it is warm and pretty which makes it very versatile. The tassel earrings from Next are just amazing and get fabulous comments every time I wear them (most recently a lady on the till at Wilkinsons who said they were hypnotising her) and my bargain leopard print Kate from Primark – the best £30 I have ever spent. It is just the right side of Kate Moss rock chick and I am living in it, I’d sleep in it if I could!

What have you been wearing this Autumn? Any new buys? Any bargains?

Birthday Meal at Ego

Top M&S, Necklace Next, Skirt Charity Shop Find, Shoes Dorothy Perkins, Bag Primark

Blush Velvet ‘Gabrielle’ Court Shoes
Was £30.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Purple Velvet ‘Gabrielle’ Court Shoes
Was £30.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Similar Top

V-Neck Flute Sleeve T-Shirt £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Cinema Afternoon

Jacket New Life, T-shirt Oasis, Jeans Dorothy Perkins, Shoes H&M, Bag Lulu Guinness (Charity Shop Find)

Blue ‘Frankie’ Jeans
Was £22.00 Now £16.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mom’s Birthday Meal

Skirt and Top Per Una at M&S Shoes Dorothy Perkins Bag Yoshi Bags Earrings New Look

Shell Pink Tassel Drop Earrings
£8.99 Click to visit New Look

The Night Before Christmas Event at John Lewis

Jumper Clements Ribeiro, Skirt Charity Shop Find, Earrings Next

Tassel Earrings £8.50 Click to visit Next

A trip to the Hollybush

Skirt New Look Jumper M&S Necklace Primark Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Textured Round Neck Pearl Sleeve Jumper £35 Click to visit M&S

Similar Skirt

New Look Women’s Tulle Hanky Hem Skirt £13.99 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

Top Select Skirt Topshop

Similar Top

RIB FRILL TOP BARDOT JUMPER
£10.99 Click to visit Select

Similar Skirt

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Pleated Midi Skirt in Satin with Splices
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

A night at the Ballet

Dress New Look (Charity Shop Find)

The Wedding Singer Press Night

Dress Jacques Vert (Charity Shop Find) Earrings Next Shoes Topshop

Shopping

Scarf House of Fraser Top M&S Charity Shop Find Skirt Dorothy Perkins Shoes H&M

Contrasting Edge Roll Neck Jumper
£27.50 Click to visit M&S

Cilla the Musical Press Night

Top H&M Skirt New Look Bag Damart

Black Mesh Stripe Midi Skirt
£27.99 Click to visit New Look

Hairspray Press Night

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt Tu Bag Accessorize Shoes Topshop

Sunday Morning Football

Jacket Paul Costelloe Charity Shop Find Jeans Dorothy Perkins Jumper M&S

Coat Primark Jumper Michael Kors Skirt M&S

New Coat!

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