Friday Frocks – dresses, dresses, dresses

I’m cold! It’s dull and rainy, and if we were in any doubt that our lovely Indian Summer was well and truly over, today is the sort of day that dispels any hope of warm days.

So, because of this fact and how it makes me feel (i.e. miserable). And, because of the fact that my hands are almost falling off due to cold, but I totally refuse to turn the central heating on while the month still begins with ‘OCT’, todays blog is a Friday shopping special created solely with the aim of cheering me up. It contains my favourite item of clothing, dresses, and lots of them.

So enjoy this post, and please let me know if you have any favourite picks from this undoubtedly gorgeous collection. I’m off to warm my hands on a cup of coffee…I may have a biscuit too, after all, it is Friday.

Ted Baker – Ted’s stunning Seven

PAYTON - Scallop detail dress - £159 click to visit Ted Baker

PAYTON – Scallop detail dress –
£159 click to visit Ted Baker

 CAMLLA - Landscape print dress - £159 click to visit Ted Baker


CAMLLA – Landscape print dress –
£159
click to visit Ted Baker

TRIXXY - Pleat detail evening dress - £399 click to visit Ted Baker

TRIXXY – Pleat detail evening dress –
£399 click to visit Ted Baker

YAFFAD - Shiny lavanta suit dress - £159 click to visit Ted Baker

YAFFAD – Shiny lavanta suit dress –
£159 click to visit Ted Baker

CORRNAD - Geo jacquard dress - £169 click to visit Ted Baker

CORRNAD – Geo jacquard dress –
£169 click to visit Ted Baker

 SARVANI - Lace bodice dress - £169 click to visit Ted Baker


SARVANI – Lace bodice dress –
£169
click to visit Ted Baker

EVERLAS - Beaded collar maxi dress - £299  click to visit Ted Baker

EVERLAS – Beaded collar maxi dress –
£299 click to visit Ted Baker

George at Asda – Must have party dresses

Jacquard Prom Dress £25.00 Click to visit George at Asda

Jacquard Prom Dress
£25.00 Click to visit George at Asda

 

Moda Lace Bodycon Dress £20.00 click to visit George at Asda

Moda Lace Bodycon Dress
£20.00 click to visit George at Asda

Embellished Neck Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Embellished Neck Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Moda Snake Print Jersey Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Moda Snake Print Jersey Dress
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Lace Panel Shift Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Lace Panel Shift Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Floral Mix Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Floral Mix Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

 

Amazing Reiss Sale

 MESH STRIPE BODYCON DRESS NAVY £129 NOW £85 click to visit Reiss

MESH STRIPE BODYCON DRESS
NAVY
£129 NOW £85 click to visit Reiss

 SCULPTURED TAILORED DRESS RED £179 NOW £119 click to visit Reiss

SCULPTURED TAILORED DRESS
RED
£179 NOW £119 click to visit Reiss

 JERSEY FIT AND FLARE DRESS COBALT £120 NOW £79 click to visit Reiss

JERSEY FIT AND FLARE DRESS
COBALT
£120 NOW £79 click to visit Reiss

Dorothy Perkins – up to 40% off dresses

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Green v neck drape dress
Was £22.00
Now £19.80 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Merlot gold bar pencil dress     Was £30.00     Now £27.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Merlot gold bar pencil dress
Was £30.00
Now £27.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black embellished dress     Was £28.00     Now £25.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black embellished dress
Was £28.00
Now £25.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins#

Petite red animal drape dress     Was £25.00     Now £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Petite red animal drape dress
Was £25.00
Now £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Focus – Samantha Barks

She has certainly been one of the breakout stars of 2013. With a stunning performance as Eponine in the movie version of Les Miserables, Samantha Barks has ensured that she is one to watch.Sam’s role in Les Miserables followed on from her acclaimed performance in the stage version, which continues to be a huge hit with fans (you can get information about Les Miserables tickets available from Big Ticket Shop UK if you fancy watching the live stage version). Samantha has also started to garner column inches for her impeccable fashion sense and a hot romance with male model de jour David Gandy. Not bad for a girl who finished third in the BBC search for Nancy ‘I’d do anything’.

Sam Barks as Eponine in Les Miserables

Sam Barks as Eponine in Les Miserables

In February this year, Sam was named Breakthrough Performance at the Elle Style Awards, always the sign of a stylish and talented star. She then followed this up with an eye-catching appearance at the Oscars, wearing a super sexy plunge front Valentino dress that ensured column inches for the Oscar ceremony debutante.

At the Oscars in Valentino

At the Oscars in Valentino

But the Oscar dress was not a one-off, throughout the promotional tours, premieres and award ceremonies promoting Les Mis, Sam more than held her own against her co-stars, and noted formidable fashionista’s Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. In fact, on many occasions, she totally outshone them.

With Eddie Redmayne

With Eddie Redmayne

With Co-Stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway

With Co-Stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway

Wearing Roland Mouret

Wearing Roland Mouret

Vanity Fair Oscar Party

At the Vanity Fair Oscars Party

But don’t assume that Samantha’s look is just about Hollywood glamour, or that her wardrobe is just stuffed with designer gowns. One of the things I love most about this lady and her style is that she also supports the High Street. Reiss is a particular fave, whilst her summer festival wardrobe featured a smattering of Oasis in the shape of a pretty floral blouse.

Wearing Reiss

Wearing Reiss

More Reiss

More Reiss

Wearing Oasis at the V Festival

Wearing Oasis at the V Festival

With a starring role in a new Dracula film coming up soon, expect to see Samantha Barks at the top of Acting and Best dressed lists in the next few years. With talent and a wardrobe to die for, she is definitely one to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making the most of the sales this summer

The summer sales have now well and truly arrived, and although it seems like we have only just started summer, many stores are already thinking of the new season and looking at Autumn/Winter lines. So this is the perfect time to take the opportunity to find that very special outfit at a fraction of the price. Whether you are looking for great buys for your upcoming holiday, something business like for networking events, an outfit to take you through wedding season, or simply a great new look for every day, you are sure to find something that suits in the current sales. Here are my picks.

Everyday pieces from Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Lips Print Jersey T-Shirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Evans

Silk Shore Coral Chino Trousers Was £38.00 Now £25.00 click to visit Evans

Silk Shore Denim and Lace Blouse Was £45.00 Now £25.00 click to visit Evans

Gorgeous dresses from Reiss

FLORAL EMBROIDERED DRESS LIGHT TURQUOISE £189 NOW £94 click to visit Reiss

PRINTED FIT AND FLARE DRESS MULTI £169 NOW £99 click to visit Reiss

PLEATED DRESS HOT PINK £189 NOW £94 click to visit Reiss

COLOUR BLOCK MAXI DRESS INDIGO £245 NOW £175 click to visit Reiss

STRIPE SHIFT PONTI DRESS BLUE £120 NOW £69 click to visit Reiss

To view all Reiss sale, click here.

Festival dressing from Oasis

Lace Skater Dress Was: £48.00Now: £30.00 click to visit Oasis

Lydia Playsuit Was: £38.00Now: £22.00 click to visit Oasis

Tie Front Shirt Was: £28.00Now: £15.00 click to visit Oasis

Zip Front Tye Dye Cami Was: £25.00Now: £15.00 click to visit Oasis

Washed Floral Cherry Jean Was: £40.00Now: £20.00 click to visit Oasis

To view all Oasis sale, click here.

Networking event dressing from M&Co

Primrose floral print dress £22 click to visit M&Co

Cherry zip pocket jacket £30 click to visit M&Co

Tapered linen trousers Navy £20 click to visit M&Co

Colour block dress £18 click to visit M&Co

Colour block ponte dress £22 click to visit M&Co

To view all M&Co sale, click here.