My Fort Shopping Challenge

The Fort Shopping Centre is a Birmingham Shopping Destination that offers more than 40 stores and restaurants including Debenhams, New Look, Evans and JD Sports. I was recently asked if I wanted to take part in a special blogger challenge that Fort had planned. Could I put together a capsule outfit for the new year for £50? I obviously jumped at the chance!

So last Saturday I made my way to The Fort. After a lovely lunch at the Harvester Restaurant, I left Pete and Joe to look around the sports shops whilst I searched for a great outfit. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, but did know that colour would play a great part – I wanted something to brighten up these very cold winter days.

There is a lot of choice when it comes to looking for women’s clothing at The Fort, as well as the aforementioned stores, there are also branches of Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Next, H&M and Marks and Spencer. I had a look in Marks and Spencer, who had a very good sale going on, and also H&M, which is great for fashion on a budget. I didn’t get anything from these stores, but I had been drawn to a great dress in the window of Wallis.

From fashionmommywm instagram

From fashionmommywm instagram

I’ve featured this dress on my blog before (here) and loved the simple, yet sophisticated shape, the fabric which was not too clingy but still added warmth, and the bright, vibrant colour. But when I entered the store, I saw that it was also available in pink, and a fabulous vibrant orange. The orange was absolutely my colour of choice.

Orange Drop Waist Zip Dress     Was £29.00     Now £27.55 click to visit Wallis

Orange Drop Waist Zip Dress
Was £29.00
Now £27.55
click to visit Wallis

I loved this dress the instant it was on, it was comfortable and stylish, and frankly, easy to wear. I headed to Dorothy Perkins to look for accessories, and got a couple of bargain buys – black heeled shoes and a drawstring animal print bag, which, in store, cost £21 in the current sale.

Black high block heel pointed court shoes     Was £29.00     Now £11.60 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black high block heel pointed court shoes
Was £29.00
Now £11.60 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Leopard plate duffle bag     Was £28.00     Now £10.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Leopard plate duffle bag
Was £28.00
Now £10.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Styling

I kept all this very simple, just adding one of my own statement necklaces from Wallis for just a bit of Sparkle.

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If you like my outfit, you can vote by clicking the Like button on my picture on The Fort Facebook page (link here). You can also favourite or Retweet one of The Fort’s tweets regarding the bloggers challenge. (Follow @fort_shopping).

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My first fashion wishlist for 2015

Before I start to talk about my first fashion wishlist for 2015 (I’m thinking of doing regular updates as the new season lines start to arrive in store) I think I need to explain that this is a wishlist – rather than a what I really need list. Confused? Well let me explain.

A recent trawl through my wardrobe has shown there are some real gaps in the clothes I own. I have nowhere near enough jeans and trousers, as proved as I have tried to grab for these for the rather cold school run, and have then discovered they are all in the wash. I really need a good pair of leather boots with a sensible heel for general day-to-day wear, rather than the very pretty suede types I tend to buy, which then fall apart at the sign of the first rain storm. A black cardigan is so practical and can be worn over everything, but I would opt for a bright red one, or sunshine yellow every time, rather than opting for what I really need. And don’t get me started on jersey tops. This morning I opted for one I have been wearing since I was pregnant with Joe…and he was 6 last month!

So this list is most definitely not what I need in my wardrobe, but it is what I am lusting over as I peruse the first of the Spring drops. Full of colour, print, impractical heels and the prettiest soft pink suede, if I happen to win the lottery this week, this is what I shall be buying.

Fingers crossed!

 

Harriet Suede Shoulder Bag £110.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Harriet Suede Shoulder Bag
£110.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Emilia Leather Pointed Shoe £69.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Emilia Leather Pointed Shoe
£69.00 click to visit Phase Eight

HARVEN DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

HARVEN DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

Double layer jacquard shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/double-layer-jacquard-shift-dress-black/122254600100008.html Product Number: 122254600100008 Colour: BLACK £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Double layer jacquard shift dress
Colour: BLACK
£39.00 click to visit M&Co

Pink Double Zip Shift Dress     Price: £29.00 click to visit Wallis

Pink Double Zip Shift Dress
Price: £29.00
click to visit Wallis

Ivory Floral Lace Shift Dress     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Floral Lace Shift Dress
Price: £50.00
click to visit Wallis

 Linea Weekend Boucle biker jacket £120 click to visit House of Fraser


Linea Weekend Boucle biker jacket
£120 click to visit House of Fraser

 Therapy Floral scratch print dress £45 click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Floral scratch print dress
£45 click to visit House of Fraser

Dolcis Venice High Heels Court Shoes £25 click to visit Brantano

Dolcis Venice High Heels Court Shoes £25 click to visit Brantano

Manfield Nina Ankle Boots £35 click to visit Brantano

Manfield Nina Ankle Boots £35 click to visit Brantano

Lotus Christie Clutch Bags Handbags £50 click to visit Brantano

Lotus Christie Clutch Bags Handbags £50 click to visit Brantano

 

 Biba Leopard print tie front dress £99 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Leopard print tie front dress
£99 click to visit House of Fraser

Black and White Textured Check Skirt     Price: £20.00 Click to visit BHS

Black and White Textured Check Skirt
Price: £20.00 Click to visit BHS

Black and PInk Belted Bardot Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £22.00 click to visit BHS

Black and PInk Belted Bardot Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £22.00 click to visit BHS

Lemon Supersoft Crew Cardigan     Price: £15.00 Click to visit BHS

Lemon Supersoft Crew Cardigan
Price: £15.00 Click to visit BHS