I’m going to be somewhat controversial here, but I have been counting down the days until I can say that it’s time for autumn fashion to come back out. This summer has been an absolute wash out. It’s rained more times than I’ve had hot dinners, and I have ruined so many pairs of summer shoes because it’s decided to be a gloriously sunny day whilst I head to work, for it to end up in a torrential downpour. I am not comfortable in summer fashion – give me a cosy knit and a warm scarf any day. Now it’s September, it’s nearly autumn and those black opaque tights have come out from hibernation. I am a very happy girl. Recently, I headed up to Sheffield with Keeley for some R ‘n’R, a few gins and good catch up whilst walking around the picturesque town. It was a perfect opportunity to introduce some new fashion and of course, get some outfit shots, which, is unusual for me as they’re usually done in front of the mirror!

Is it Autumn yet  Cloggs LOTD Official

Is it Autumn yet  Cloggs LOTD Official

Being in between different weathers, I packed whilst it was throwing it down and it ended up in glorious sunshine. Thankfully, my trusty parka from Next is designed for all seasons. Although it looks quite thick and bulky, the inner fleece can be removed for warmer days, as well as the fur trim on the hood. Not only is it great for the difference weathers, but it helps when it comes to washing it. The parka has a drawstring waist so it can be cinched in to create shape in an otherwise shapeless coat. I have had this parka for a good 5 years and it’s still going strong, however Next do have their latest version on line, which has a beautiful white faux fur collar. I need it. I always trust Next with my coats as I find them to have superior quality, as well as being quite reasonably priced.

You can’t go wrong with a pair of skinny jeans and I recently took to Twit

ter to express my delight at finding jeans in Primark in a 34 and 36 inch leg. High waisted skinnies, that are skinny on the leg, that come long enough so my ankles don’t get cold? They’re a winner for me, especially when they’re only £9 a pair. I have washed my black jeans several times now and I haven’t noticed much fading, if any. They wash well, don’t pick up fluffy bits and dry really easily too. Now I need to get them in every colour available!

I have been obsessing over Look Of The Day website, and the fact that I can get a selection of clothes that are bang on trend, that go up to a size 16 and are often part of some amazing deals and offers is blowing my mind. I saw this blue off the shoulder striped shirt (similar here) on the website and fell in love. It’s not something that I would usually wear due to my bust, but pushing myself out of my comfort zone has been quite empowering. I would have preferred it to be a size bigger as the sizes are slightly off, but I still think it wore well and I love the off the shoulder, ‘I just threw this oversize shirt on’ look. I think it looks fab with skinny jeans and my parka. I keep browsing the site and I have found so many tops that I want. I love the t.shirts from LOTD as well. I have a few and they wash so well, and are perfect for work. Yay for casual dress code.

Is it Autumn yet  Cloggs LOTD Official

Is it Autumn yet  Cloggs LOTD Official

Is it Autumn yet  Cloggs LOTD Official

Is it Autumn yet  Cloggs LOTD Official

As seen in my previous post, the Stella McCartney style chained shoulder bag is still up for grabs on my Instagram. Head to Anoushka Loves, follow myself and LOTD-Official and tag a friend underneath my photo. The competition ends on Monday 25th at 9pm.

One thing I love about autumn is the fact that I can start wearing my boots. I seem to have built up quite an extensive collection of boots, which isn’t surprising as I have been forced into wearing flat shoes and boots after slipping my disc. I love boots, and there are so many styles that can be worn with different outfits. Over the years, I seem to have found a love for Timberland, and I own some of the classic style nubuck leather wheat coloured boots, and now I have added a pair of the 6inch Timberland boots to my collection in black. Cloggs have such a great selection of branded footwear, that I’m finding myself browsing frequently in order to stock up ready for winter. I love to team them with skinny jeans as well as wearing them with tights and skirts or day dresses for a more casual feel. Timberland are by far one of the most hard wearing brands of boots that I have owned. My classic wheat coloured boots are heading into their twelfth year of wear and still look as new as they did when I first got them. They look like they will be heavy on your feet but this couldn’t be further from the truth. They hold your feet in place, support your ankles and as they are supple nubuck, I don’t have any problems with breaking them in. Having walked all day around Sheffield, I was expecting some rubbing on my ankles and heels, but I had no issues what so ever. They might be expensive, but they are worth every single penny.

Now that autumn is here, I am going to share as many of my autumn essentials in fashion as much as I can. I just adore this season, and all I need now is a Pumpkin Spice latte and I will be a happy little bunny. What makes you think of autumn and what’s your favourite autumn essential when it comes to fashion?

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Do you remember when I used to be pretty regular on the blogging scene? It feels like a lifetime since I have been. It’s funny how life really does get in the way, and how things get pushed to one side. Believe me, when I say, that it isn’t just my blog that’s gone awry. My life seems to have been thrown upside down and I’m just trying to organise the pieces as they fall. I’ve really really missed writing, in fact, as I’m sat writing this, I’m thinking about the rest of September and what content I can bring to you, as well as try and squeeze in some content that I missed due to my absence in the Bloggersphere.

The majority of you who follow me on social will have seen the Instagram Stories that I occasionally push out saying that I’m trying to get back on track and although it may not seem it, I have been working on things behind the scenes as such. It’s taken me a long time to get my love back for Instagram; the failing algorithm, the fact I’m seeing 3 day old pictures every time I log in and having lost my creative juices. I feel like each time I try something new, someone puts an image on similar and it’s driving me mad!

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

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I have a lot of content to write, and the mental block has been pretty difficult to overcome. As many of you know, I started a new job at the end of July after five months of being off work with my back. I absolutely love my new job and it has been the best decision I have made. It’s made me realise after all the years of flying, although I loved the destinations, that I was truly missing something in my life. Yes, it might be as simple as a regular sleeping pattern, a full fridge and a social life, but I’ve realised that there is so much more to life. I actually feel really at peace with everything at the moment due to my new job. I’ve fit in wonderfully, my team are amazing and I’m really enjoying myself. Plus, I step through my own front door each night and I have finally started to be able to relax during my time to myself.

My health has since improved with the addition of Pregabalin to my medication. It has been like a wonder drug that has changed my life for the better. It’s worked so well, that I rarely have to take pain medication, and just stick to Naproxen and Pregabalin for my daily tablets. The nerve damage has been masked, and I don’t even have to worry about side effects from things which is so amazing. It means that I don’t have to always think about what I’m doing and how I move, however I still won’t lift anything heavy as it always plays on my mind. I will of course always have a slipped disc, but thanks to great meds, and a fantastic support from the NHS, I can get on with my life like before.

Of course, there are still things going on in my personal life and my Grandad is seriously ill. It’s hit me like a ton of bricks as my Grandad is more like a Dad to me and it’s horrible to see him like this so I want to cherish every single moment with him. I think that’s why everything has taken a back step, and because he is so important to me, the other things are so much insignificant in the great scheme of things. It’s been absolutely incredible to have the support of my readers, followers and fellow bloggers. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the beautiful messages I’ve had from people who follow me and I didn’t realise just how much people care. It’s truly heartwarming.

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

Black Peep Toe Western Ankle Boots – £30

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Black Distressed Chain Shoulder Bag – £20

So, to make this into a fashion based post, I’m sharing with you a new clothing brand that I am obsessed with. Look Of The Day, or LOTD as it’s affectionately known, has the latest fashions that are always on offer. I had a huge splurge and got lots of items that have been perfect for work and my days off, in styles that are on trend, and even fit my curves. I’ve been obsessed with this chiffon backed jumper, teamed with jeans and these peep toe Western boots. As I can no longer wear heels, the heel height of these make them super comfortable to walk in as well as having no adverse effect on my back. I also love this Stella style clutch with chain handle. It’s big enough for all my daily essentials and looks great with everything. I love it when an outfit comes together with just a few accessories. If you would like to win your very own bag, head over to my Instagram where I have a little competition for you!

So, that is me bringing you up to date with everything that is going on. I feel so much lighter now I’ve sat down to write. I’ve actually missed it so much. My goal is to try and get back on track, and I will get there even though it may take some time. I must say though, it’s great to be back!

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It has been approximately seven months since the last time I created an outfit post and I’ve been really struggling to come to terms with doing fashion related posts at the moment. I feel like I’ve packed on the weight from all the months sitting around the house, I feel like my skin is covered in bruises from the amount of NSAID medication that I’m on, and my hair, although currently lilac, is not behaving in the way I wish it to behave. No amount of excuses will make up for the workload that I have though, so it’s time to take the bull by the horns and show off my new outfits and get back into the swing of things. The summer is well and truly underway, and the temperatures are rising, making outfit selection really quite tricky. Not warm enough for bare arms, but too warm for a jacket, I’m finding that layers are my new best friend, along with materials that allow my skin to breathe such as this beautiful chambray dress from Two for Joy.

Two for Joy are a Manchester based company who spend time sourcing quality fabrics to create classic cut styles of clothing that are designed to last. In a world of fast fashion, where a dress that cost £8 gets worn once for it to be thrown away and another bought, it’s quite a stance to take. I’ve always been a fan of classic designs, and styles that don’t need to be replaced that often. Smart fitted shirts, tailored blazers and jackets, jeans that not only fit well, but wash well. It’s nice to be able to use accessories to keep outfits on trend but ultimately have something that lasts longer than the season trends.

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

The Two for Joy Chambray Dress in Grey is one of those great pieces for summer. Made from 100% cotton, it’s so lightweight when worn. Being made of cotton, there’s very little give in the material, and because of the chest area, I’ve found that wearing it unbuttoned with a vest top underneath not only gives an extra layer but gives the dress a completely different look without drawing too much attention. The dress does come with a tan belt, that can be removed, meaning that you can accessorise with other complementary colours as well as matching to other accessories you may have. I do love the small capped sleeves on the dress, as I find that sleeveless dresses do make me look quite boxy. The cut of the cap sleeve looks very flirty and feminine, as does the cut of the hem of the dress. I do wish I could have gone up an extra size just to compensate for the bust, but I think that it could also be detrimental as it would be bigger everywhere else. I think that after my experience of Two for Joy, I’m really quite tempted to stock my wardrobe up with classic pieces that not only fit my personal style, but will also not slip out of fashion easily. For example, the Rose Full Skirt has been designed for me, I’m sure!

I’ve really had to rethink my shoe wardrobe situation recently, and comfort has had to take over style in a lot of situations. I’ve had to swap all my heels for flats, and although it has opened up the door to buying lots and lots of new shoes, I’ve really struggled in finding that ideal mix of fashion and style. I’ve been heading to Hotter Shoes for a few years now, as their work suitable shoes have been absolutely perfect for my needs. I’ve never had to wear the shoes in, yet I’ve had immediate comfort without rubbing or blistering. The Hotter Sun Sandals, which have since gone in the sale, are one of these shoes. Leather, malleable, and oh so comfortable, in a fashionable gladiator style design. I cannot put into words just how comfortable these sandals are. They’re like wearing slippers. Even with the straps across the shoe, there has been no rubbing or any hurting my feet. Another pair of Hotter Shoes that I have been really pleased with!

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

Girl In The Mirror - The Chambray Dress from Two for Joy

When it comes to accessories, I like to keep it simple. Aside from my multitude of earrings, I barely wear anything more than a delicate necklace and bracelet, as well as my rings. I haven’t worn my rings lately with the weather being so warm, I’ve found things on my hand to be quite uncomfortable. Has anyone else experienced that or just me? When it comes to bracelets, I’m very picky. I like delicate yet charming pieces that look unique and special. The Lola Rose Eastcote Bracelet in Sky Blue Quartzite is one of those bracelets that I couldn’t take my eyes off once I saw it. It’s so me, and especially with my love of aqua and mint green. I love how they are also stackable, which makes my inner collection hoarder very happy. It also means that they work well with other bracelets; they’re simple and elegant and designed to be within company. I can imagine that I will end up with quite a few others in the not too distant future.

For my first outfit shots in recent months, I must admit that my confidence has wavered quite a lot. Lets hope that I can pull it back together for some future shoots because I have missed doing them. I’ll also be doing a post on my makeup look next week, so make sure you pop back to read it.

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Autumn fashion trends: what should we expect to see in 2017?

With the so called Summer looking like it’s passing already, it’s got me thinking about autumn and autumn styles. With the excitement of city evenings, belted coats, fishnets and vintage inspired fur coats are coming to the forefront of my wardrobe for this season.

Together with Trilogy Stores*, I’m looking at the hottest trends to expect this autumn. By following this guide, we can make the most of autumnal-chic, and glide effortlessly into the winter months without any fashion faux pas, and as autumn – winter is my favourite season, I am very excited about this.

Belted coats

A belted coat is perfect during this season, and it is such a statement piece to wear whilst out on an evening, whether it be for a walk or drinks in the city. A belt cinches in the waist, creating a smooth silhouette and adding a touch of sophistication and elegance.

I love to wear a statement faux fur coat, and even with a stylish leather trench coat – the belt is a refining piece that can be knotted or fastened depending on your look.

Alongside the belted coat, wide waisted belts will be making an appearance this autumn; they can be worn over your coat, or, they can be added to an evening dress that will help to define your shape. Browns, blacks, and reds are colours that aren’t only popular, but help you to channel the vibrant colours of the season. If you’re worrying about keeping warm this autumn – Jumper 1234 are sure to keep you warm with fashionable designs that appeal to the comforting colours of the season.

Suiting in style

This trend is set to go global by September: the female suit. Not only does it keep you warm during the colder months of autumn and into winter, it also produces a look that is powerful.

Elegantly designed slacks and pressed double-breasted jackets are all the rage this autumn; together with pronounced shoulders and shoulder-width trousers, the suit helps to heighten a masculine look for the female fashion-forward. Don’t worry, this isn’t a return of the eighties; it’s power-dressing for 2017.

True blue

Summer is all about eye-catching pinks, and vivid scarlets – but once the leaves begin to change from green to orange, dusky modest blues define autumn. Labelled as the new ‘it’ colour, the melancholy notes incorporated by dark blues within an outfit can really make a lasting impact.

Wearing a pale blue shirt with slim-fitting grey trousers for an outfit that is subtle yet eye-catching. Wearing a bright blue mac will create a subtle contrast between your outfit and the autumnal vibe around you.

Nylon jackets

Whether you’re going to a festival or event, or even walking through town, a nylon coat is the transitional outerwear that you’ve been looking for. Without fear of any creases, this type of coat is similar to a mac, and can be packed away in your suitcase or even rolled into your bag to take to any event without any hassle.

These cutting edge jackets can be worn casually with flats, or can be worn on the evening with a pair of high boots or heels. I love how blacks, browns, and greens are all this autumn and mixing colours can create make such an impact that’s practically effortless.

 

Take a look at the fashion trends here –

Elle Fashion Trend Reports

Harpers Bazaar Fashion Trends

Vogue Fashion Trends

Trilogy Stores Helene Berman

 

 

 

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I want the summer weather! Where is it? I actually really want to go on holiday, as I am starting to miss the old long haul at the moment but I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to being able to get back to work. The day that my back decided to give up the ghost has really changed a lot of things in my life, including being able to get a natural tan, and to also keep myself trim enough to slip into a bikini. I must stop the packets of biscuits whilst sat at home, as it’s not helping matters. Anyway, I’m digressing. Whilst I’ve been dreaming of the sunshine and distant shores, I spent some time putting together some pieces for my perfect holiday get away. Keeping the glamour whilst looking stylish and sophisticated is what I want from my beach wear and I think I have hit the jackpot with my choices.

Simply Beach is a website that was totally new to me, but I wish I had discovered it many years ago. A one stop shop for all things holidays from some of my favourite brands such as Panache, Melissa Odabash and Ted Baker. I had a bit of a splurge and I found the most amazing bikini and matching kaftan from Fantasie. Having a considerable bust, I’ve never been able to just pop into a high street shop and get a matching bikini set for £10. It does usually cost me around £60 for a full bikini set, and although this sounds quite expensive to some, I find that the money I have spent is worthwhile due to the fit and quality. I have bikinis that have quite literally lasted me for years. I’m sure the Fantasie Caya Bikini Top at £42 and matching Fantasie Caya Mid Rise Briefs at £26 will be no exception. In a bold animal print, with a gathered full cup style, the bikini top is flattering whilst it fits beautifully. I also find that due to the strong pattern that it draws away attention from my cleavage and centres it around the style of the bikini rather than focusing on my body. The mid rise briefs are also a welcome change from the tiny little bikini bottoms that I am seeing on girls these days. I wish I had the confidence to wear them but I just couldn’t!Beach Babein with Simply Beach

Simply Beach Fantasie Caya Bikini Mid Rise Briefs Kaftan

Simply Beach Fantasie Caya Bikini Mid Rise Briefs Kaftan

Simply Beach Fantasie Caya Bikini Mid Rise Briefs Kaftan

A beach cover up is almost as important as the actual bikini. It’s quite funny really because I have certain requirements from a beach kaftan. I want to be able to wear it for breakfast and lunch without it being too revealing and I like it to be opaque enough that it doesn’t show off my skin, and long enough to cover my bum. Simple really. The matching Fantasie Caya Kaftan at £48 is just perfect. It sits at the length so it’s more like a dress, whilst you can just see the outline of my bikini underneath without revealing everything. It also has tie sides to cinch in the kaftan making it look more stylish.

I’ve always wanted a big oversized sunhat that reminds me of glamorous film stars, lazing by the pool in their finery. I found this amazing one by Gottex on the Simply Beach site, and it was love at first sight. It’s huge, and its over the top and it’s so me that it hurts. How can you be in love with a hat? The Gottex Belladonna Wide Brimmed Hat, £47 is defintely my holiday essential. It’s also made of a material that will bounce back if squashed or rolled into your case – I checked! Beach Babein with Simply Beach Head Over Heels Dune Wedges

Simply Beach Seafolly Australia Utility Bag

Simply Beach Seafolly Australia Utility Bag

Simply Beach Gottex Belladonna Wide Brimmed Hat

Discounted Sunglasses Tom Ford Valeria

Discounted Sunglasses Tom Ford Valeria

Now, I don’t know about you but I absolutely cannot bear carrying round a huge beach bag. I can fit all I need in a small bag when heading to the beach. Aside from suncream, which I prefer to apply in my room prior to heading out, I only like to keep a lip balm with SPF and a small tube of SPF50 with me, as well as my Kindle, ear phones, cards and cash. I really have managed to start packing light these days. The Seafolly Carried Away Utility bag, £30 is ideal for the beach. Gold and shimmery, I particularly love the dangling Pineapple charm on the side of the bag. Inside the bag, there’s plenty of space for the essentials as well as a zip up section to put my phone and kindle in. The gold colour makes it very wearable with the majority of my existing bikinis and it looks great with the Fantasie Caya set.

I wouldn’t usually put a pair of wedges with beach wear but I was feeling quite fancy and spotting my Head Over Heels by Dune London wedges, I thought they were absolutely perfect for holidays. The Head Over Heels range by Dune London is still the same great quality as Dune but with a slightly lower price point. These wedges are a few seasons old but they do have some great styles in at the moment.

I’ve also added a pair of absolutely fabulous sunglasses by Tom Ford. These are my second pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, the first being called Anoushka with these, the Tom Ford Valeria. I found them at Discounted Sunglasses for just £129 instead of the £225 RRP. They are from a previous season however they do have some styles in that are quite current. I often find that online stores that sell sunglasses and the like at cheaper prices make me quite wary but the fact the Discounted Sunglasses have a TrustPilot rating of 9.3 and also receiving genuine and authentic sunglasses has made me very happy. I’ll definitely be looking for a new pair soon and to expand my collection.

All this talk of holidays has made me just want to pack my bags and disappear into the horizon. Where should I go next?

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With wedding season being in full swing, it seems like I’m the only one not getting hitched lately. With the downside to social media being that once you’re seen in an outfit, it’s tough to be able to wear the same outfit twice in as many as weeks. Having had a few invitations through the post, I’ve had to take to the internet to find myself something classy and sophisticated, and something that won’t go out of style with the seasons changing. One of my favourite places to find beautiful quality clothes that flatter and look amazing on is Coast. Not only are the dresses jaw droppingly beautiful, but they also have a huge selection of midi skirts which you know that I have a fondness for. I’ve picked some choices for my wishlist, which I’m sure will make me look and feel like a million dollars.

With Coast, the quality is second to none and I do love how they have separates that can be combined to look like a dress. It’s great, if like myself, you’re top heavy and struggle to get a good fitting dress because your top half is bigger than your bottom half.

One of my favourite pieces has to be the Alicia Mono Spot Dress. Black and white never goes out of style whilst the classic cut of the top is feminine and flattering. The ruffles add a certain extravagance that make it suitable for several events. Definitely a show stopper.

I absolutely must get the Iridessa High Low skirt. I have never seen a more beautiful skirt, that is just my style. Combining this with the Felicity embellished beaded top and of course, the Anouska ball earrings, I think I will be the belle of the ball. I actually think I’m going to have to purchase the earrings, just for the sheer fact that they are called Anouska!

Whilst looking for an outfit, I came across an absolute showstopper of a skirt. Hermione is a draped skirt with a metallic design in pale pink hues. I honestly cannot take my eyes off it. It nips in at the waist and sits just above the ankle, which is perfect for my height as it shows off the slender parts of my legs. Teamed with a pair of rose gold heels and a bardot top, it will be just the thing for a summer wedding or Christening.

Have you any go to shops when it comes to choosing beautiful outfits?

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I’m totally loving the fact that we are getting some cheeky sneak peeks of nice weather, and it’s getting me excited for a summer of sunshine and beer gardens. I have started revamping the wardrobe, storing all the winter jumpers and bringing the pretty spring and summer clothes to the front. It may be wishful thinking and I may be unzipping the vacuum bags to grab out my jumpers come June but, the prospect of good weather is just too good. A summer wardrobe isn’t complete without a gorgeous set of designer frames, so when Smart Buy Glasses got in touch to share their amazing deals on high end designer shades, I was in sunglasses heaven.

Smart Buy Glasses are a site that carries all the favourite brands of sunglasses from Tom Ford, to Dior, Jimmy Choo and Fendi. From what I can tell, the site is based in the China whilst your location determines the pricing structure. All prices show in Sterling, and as well as sunglasses, you can also buy prescription glasses. It was quite a coincidence after being approached by Smart Buy Glasses, as it came up in conversation that my shopping savvy sister had ordered new frames and prescription lenses from the site and was really impressed with the turnaround. I selected the Marc Jacobs, which are now unfortunately out of stock as they were from the clearance section, however there are a few more designs that I’ve just seen that I’m now lusting after.

Getting Ready for Summer with Smart Buy Glasses

Getting Ready for Summer with Smart Buy Glasses

Getting Ready for Summer with Smart Buy Glasses

Getting Ready for Summer with Smart Buy Glasses

Getting Ready for Summer with Smart Buy Glasses

Getting Ready for Summer with Smart Buy Glasses

From deciding on my frames to the delivery, I waited around seven days which I thought was incredibly quick for a delivery. The box did have a post mark of Hong Kong, which really did surprise me with the delivery time. I did also get a follow up email from Smart Buy who cross checked that the person who signed for them did in fact get them to me, which she did.

Inside the box was my Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, nestled inside a white Marc Jacobs protective case with a Marc Jacobs dust cloth inside. As soon as I opened the case, I fell in love. They’re the quirkiest and most gorgeous glasses I’ve seen, and as I have quite a quirky and distinctive style, they are a perfect addition to my accessories wardrobe. Big squared off frames with round lenses, leopard print and gold accents, they are the stuff of dreams. As they are out of stock, I’ve picked my second favourites from the site which I think are perfect for me as well – the Marc Jacobs Marc 8/S

Sunglasses hoarding is becoming quite an addiction and I love nothing more than having a beautiful pair of shades in my handbag ready for the lovely weather, especially when they’re at prices as low as they are from Smart Buy Glasses.

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Being a frequent traveller, I have to have a capsule wardrobe that’s ready to go at a moments notice. I leave my suitcase half packed as you never know when the phone is going to ring, asking me to jet off to the other side of the world. Being away from home a lot of the time means that I don’t get chance to wear a lot of my fashion that is suited best to the UK weather, so I indulge in holiday specific clothing and accessories. A good pair of sunglasses, a sleek clutch bag and my purse that can be taken from the UK to abroad without the need to swap all my cards from one to another. There’s three items that I have been loving lately and have been with me for the last few weeks whilst I’ve been away, and they are definitely my holiday fashion essentials.

A good purse lasts a long time, and there are a few specifics that I look for when choosing my latest one. I need a coin compartment that’s big enough to hold handfuls of change, several slots for cards and something that fits with my personal style. The Ted Baker Lindar Crystal Rose Gold Bow purse is a travel exclusive design, although there are variations from Ted Baker retailers. The nude patent leather and rose gold hardware is exactly what I want in a purse, and holds everything that I need. It opens to reveal card slots for the most used cards, a clip compartment for change, slots for notes and receipts, which I really must go through, as well as a smaller coin zip compartment on the rear. Although it retails for around £75, I have found it to be one of the better quality non designer purses that I’ve owned. As it’s coming up to around a year of owning it, it still looks as good as new with the patent leather being quite hardwearing. I’ve yet to find any scratches or any damage and wear and tear to the hardware. House of Fraser does have a style that’s very similar to the Lindar; the Cecile Large Flapover purse.

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

For travelling, I need a clutch bag that fulfils all my needs. One that can be taken out as a clutch, or as a small shoulder bag, that fastens securely and has zipped compartments that can keep items secure. I received this Koko Couture clutch* before Christmas and it was ideal for My my New Year night out. Taking away the need for a purse, the clutch bag has built in card compartments, a large space for essentials like my phone and make up, and a zipped compartment for my keys and cash. The shoulder strap can be removed and the grey colour of the bag works with most of my neutral colour palette wardrobe. Although the current design isn’t available anymore, I’d be more than happy to add more Koko Couture bags to my collection, with their reasonable prices and great quality fabrics.

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

Holiday Fashion Essentials Ted Baker Lindar

I have a slight obsession at the moment with sunglasses, especially the ones from Quay Australia. I’m like a woman possessed and often find myself stalking the ASOS website looking for the Quay sale and trying to justify that £40 is a reasonable amount to spend on a pair of sunglasses that will inevitably get ruined by being smashed into my bag or sitting on them by accident when sitting on my sun lounger. The Quay Australia My Girl Cat Eyes with Mirror lenses were unashamedly purchased because they are so Instagrammable. I have no shame. Saying that, they are a great pair of glasses and really do protect my eyes from the sun and mirrored lenses reflect the glare. I’ve just been browsing and there are a few pairs in the sale, and I have an itchy trigger finger. Somebody stop me!

Do you have any holiday fashion essentials that you can’t go away without? I’d love to know what you suggest.

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I truly believe that I have started to unleash my inner vintage vamp. Although I have always loved the classic shapes and style, I’ve started to become a lot more confident when it comes to wearing the Rockabilly style clothes. A flared out midi skirt has become one of my favourite styles to wear and now, I seem to be going for more cinched in waists and swing skirts. Who would have thought it? Paying homage to the vintage ladies from the Silver Screen, Lindy Bop have brought out a range of dresses that wouldn’t seem out of place on ladies like Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner, whilst heading to flamboyant parties hosted by The Great Gatsby.

One of my all time favourite books happens to be The Great Gatsby and when I saw my Silver Screen Ritz white embellished dress, my first thought was of Gatsby so I had to try and emulate the classic hair and makeup that was popular in the 1920’s. The Ritz dress is in a classic flapper style, heavily beaded all over with beautiful sheer sleeves and with a modest hemline. I feel so elegant and sophisticated in it, and I can’t help but swish the dress around when it’s on. It does have a lining underneath the dress so a slip isn’t needed, and a double lining across the bust to hide your bra. For a fully beaded dress, it’s in now way heavy or bulky and unlike another beaded dress that I own, which is way to heavy to dance in, this one is quite light in comparison.

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

 

 

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

Girl In The Mirror - Lindy Bop Silver Screen Siren

A pair of vintage inspired shoes had to be paired with my dress and as soon as I saw the Rita Pink Glitter Shoes, I had to have them. Peep toed, with a low enough heel to party through the night, they are stunning. Decorated with kitsch bows and with an ankle strap that would cater for all sizes of ankle, they are a beautiful shoe. Usually, I struggle with peep toes as the cut of the peep sits on the base of my nail causing pressure, however with the wider fit of the shoe, the comfort is second to none. I feel like I should be spinning around a ballroom in my outfit.

For a Gatsby inspired look, I’ve used my ghd Ultimate Styler to create soft curls. Once cool, using a paddle brush by Andrew Collinge, I brushed through the curls to make a subtle and sleek wave, and smoothed them down with the Andrew Collinge Definer. A heavy eye and lip are very reminscent of the 1920s, with a thinner, less full brow. As I didn’t want to mess my actual brows, I’ve gone through them and given them a straighter look with barely any product to fill them in. Using shadows in greys and blacks, I built up the colour on my lids, adding liner and mascara to give a heavy smoked look. On my lips, I used a MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in High Drama. These liquid lipsticks are fab, and it took me a long while to try them, but now I have, I’m a convert. A beauty spot finishes off the quintessential vintage look and although it’s totally out of my comfort zone by having dark eyes, and dark lips and wearing them both together, I actually really like the finished look. It’s just a shame that you can see just how swollen my face is from having a viral infection. Ah well, needs must!

Hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve everyone and wishing you all the best for 2017. I’m going to be taking a short break from the blog for the first few weeks of January whilst I catch up on admin and all the other behind the scenes things that have piled up. See you all soon!

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Twelve months ago, I took my first set of outfit photos for a blog post about dresses for Christmas. Little did I know that it would lead to a series of Girl In The Mirror posts where I have since amassed around 20 fashion posts. Not bad for someone who really wasn’t sure about doing fashion posts. Now, I need to expand my range and take Girl In The Mirror into the great outdoors. Can I do it? I’m not a hundred per cent sure, but as my confidence has grown over the last twelves months, I suppose it’s time to turn the can’ts into cans. Ready for New Years Eve, I’ve chosen a beautiful dress from my loves at Chi Chi London. The Chi Chi London Caggie dress is not only perfect for parties but it was the dress that I wore when I was on the Real Housewives of Cheshire. Eek.

My love for Chi Chi London hasn’t waned throughout 2016, in fact it’s got stronger. The dresses make me feel like royalty, a Princess in my midi skirts and flared out tulle numbers. I only wish I had more events to go to where I can wear them, and even buy more. There’s something special about surrounded by layers of petticoats and tulle layers, and it makes me feel so girly and feminine which is something that doesn’t happen often in your thirties. Caggie is the style of dress that Chi Chi do very well. A sweetheart neckline with mesh panelling to preserve modesty, with an exposed back that brings a certain sexiness to the dress. Unlike my beautiful Orlaith dress, the Caggie is shorter and flirtier, but still retains that demure style. The skirt sits to my knee, making my legs look slimmer than they ever have done in the past, whilst the cut of the dress to the waist nips me in before flaring out. I’m totally contemplating picking up the style in other colours, especially now that there is a whopping sale on.

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

 

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

 

Girl In The Mirror - Chi Chi London for New Year

Navy blue and rose gold are such a glamorous colour combination of for an event as glam as New Years, it’s my first choice for a special night out. A classic pair of barely there heels such as the Chi Chi Kendall heels are my first port of call. Rose gold, metallic with a reasonable sized heel and triple ankle strap, I adore these shoes. Usually, I wouldn’t be able to walk in such strappy shoes, but the ankle strap is just the right width that it holds the foot in place whilst still look elegant.

Completing the outfit with a clutch that holds the essentials, the Chi Chi Han bag has been used more than any other of my bags in recent weeks and it still looks brand new. Compact yet deceiving inside, it fits my phone and make up in with ease. It does also come with a chain to turn it into a shoulder bag but I do prefer it as a clutch.

Back in August, I was invited along to the launch of Lauren Stones perfume at The Fox in Hale. A fabulous night filled with prosecco and laughs, whilst it was filmed for an upcoming episode of the Real Housewives of Cheshire. I did manage to grab a screenshot of my television appearance, whilst I stood in the background of the shot dressed in my Chi Chi Caggie dress.

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Well, would you bloomin’ believe it? It’s Christmas Day and I am so excited to be spending the day with my beautiful family. There are certain traditions that most families carry out each year, and this year there has been a slight bit of upheaval. For one, I am on standby with work until lunchtime today, so whilst you’re reading this I could be en route to the airport. We’ve also decided to change the order of the day and instead of having a sit down Christmas dinner, we are have a festive feast in the form of a Christmas Carvery buffet. One tradition that is remaining the same, is that I have a brand new outfit for Christmas Day. I like to treat myself each year, and even if it’s just a Christmas jumper, like my Prosecco Ho Ho jumper, it’s so satisfying to know that you have something new to wear on the big day.

This year, I’ve gone all out and chosen a gorgeous outfit from Oliver Bonas. I’ve been waiting an age for Oliver Bonas to open in Manchester and whilst there is an store open in Manchester Piccadilly, I’ve also spied a new store under construction at St.Annes Square in Manchester City Centre. I’m so excited. Being a huge fan of the homeware, which I will be looking at in closer detail in the New Year when I start to decorate my wardrobe room, my eye caught the fashion section and I spotted some pieces that I loved from the offset.

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Toning down the Christmas jumper this year, I have gone for a more subtle and sophisticated look. In a fine metallic navy knit, the Oliver Bonas Make Believe jumper is so cosy. It sparkles in the light without being too over the top and the Make Believe embroidery is not only a nod to Christmas, but has resonance with Disney and our youth. As the jumper isn’t too Christmassy, it’s suitable for wear all year round. I can’t tell you how many jumpers that I have that can only be worn one month a year. I’m very tempted to grab it in the silver blend as well.

My most favourite item in my wardrobe right now has to be the Joselyn Metallic skirt. A vegan friendly leather skirt, it sits on my shape perfectly. it drops from the hips to a modest length hemline with room to move without feeling constricted. I do seem to go for key items across the season with this leather skirt being the second one that I have added to my wardrobe. Again, it’s another piece of clothing that isn’t restricted to one season and I can take this into S/S17 with ease. For the winter period, I’ve paired it up with a pair of vibrant purple tights, which I believe were from Marks and Spencer, many moons ago. I love the thought of the transition of this skirt from winter into spring, with lightweight slouchy sweaters and statement jewellery. I’ve been keeping my jewellery minimal this season, preferring to wear my Pandora stacked ring and my gorgeous Rose Gold and White Sapphire Gemstone from Rocks and Co.

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas Day with Oliver Bonas

 

With it being Christmas, I’ve gone all out and matched my silver skirt to some really out there silver shoes and a matching bag. I’m becoming quite obsessed with Love The Sales as I’m finding some amazing things from several different websites, all under one website. One of the brands is ASOS, which as you all know has so many products that sometimes finding sale products is quite difficult. What I have found are the ASOS Signal Pointed toe shoes, which look great worn with jeans as well as my Christmas outfit, as well as the Nali Star Clutch. Although I probably won’t be wearing these two items for long on Christmas Day, I’m pleased that they can both be worn with other outfits in the future.

I just want to wish each and every one of my loyal readers a very merry Christmas and I hope that you all have a wonderful day. I’ll be continuing to blog for the rest of December so I shall catch up with you all on social media to see what Santa brought.

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When the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful… the last thing that I want to be doing is heading off outside into the cold air. However, needs must and I need to stop being a hermit. The only way to protect myself from the elements is layering up against the cool air and a mixture of thermals, thick tights and cosy jumpers have been playing a huge part in my wardrobe right now. With the Christmas festivities upon us, a trip to the world famous Manchester Christmas Markets was on the cards, but first, I needed some new boots to wear before I headed off for a gluhwein or two. Trying to take outfit photos at the Christmas Markets is a difficult task when it seems that the entire population of Manchester is there, so it’s back to the traditional Girl In The Mirror.

Thermal underwear isn’t probably the coolest thing to wear but I absolutely swear by them. Having spent a great deal of time in extreme weather conditions such as Canada in the winter, I soon learnt of the importance of layering up with fine layers, that hold the heat in. The Heat Holders from Sock Shop are some of my favourite thermals, and I’ve been wearing the long sleeved thermal vest under all my lighter knitwear. For extra warmth under jeans, the thermal leggings are so cosy. There’s no better feeling that being warm and toasty is there?

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

Girl In The Mirror - Stepping out in Hotter Shoes

I’ve often found that oversized knitwear isn’t very flattering if you have a bust, and where as I’d usually avoid anything with a roll neck, I couldn’t stop myself from buying this Roll Neck Sweater from New Look. At just £9.99, I wouldn’t mind one in every single colour. Although it looks great worn loose with jeans, I find that when it’s tucked in to my River Island black leather look skirt, the overall look is a lot more stylish and polished. Black tights cover up bare legs before I slipped them into my new Belle Boots from Hotter Shoes.

Heading into Hotter Shoes on the day I was to go straight to the Christmas markets was a bit of a chance. Wearing brand new shoes to trek around the Christmas markets would normally be one of my worst nightmares. The thought of blisters and rubbed feet isn’t nice, nor is the healing time post wear especially with party shoe season heading our way. I chose the Hotter Shoes Belle boot in black. Made from the softest nubuck leather, the boots are built for extreme comfort. I know that most women do struggle with long boots, with the calf area being a problem. The Belle boot overcomes this problem a design that works around the calves, with a full length stretch zip on the inner, elasticated panelling for extra stretch and adjustable buckles, which I have been able to use to tighten up my boots. The boots themselves are definitely made for walking and the cushioned insole kept my feet warm and they honestly feel like I am walking on air. Having been wearing Hotter Shoes for the last few years for work, I appreciate just how much a good shoe is worth. I have no issues in buying fast fashion shoes, but having a sturdy pair of comfortable shoes and boots, well you just can’t beat it. An investment? Definitely, but worth every single penny. My mum will be so proud that I’m wearings sensible shoes again. Belle also come in a dark tan colour, which i’m really tempted by.

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Is anyone feeling festive yet? Last week in New York certainly made me feel in the Christmas spirit, but I feel like it has faded again. I really want to embrace it; put on a Christmas jumper, drink all the mulled wine, wrap presents and watch Home Alone several times. I do love a good Christmas jumper, and although most are quite bulky and chunky to wear, I have found some that a lot more sophisticated and chic in how they look. The dolls at Joanie Clothing have absolutely nailed the chic Christmas trend, and I have picked up some new pieces for the festive season which are not only adorable, but so cute and quirky too.

It’s been more than obvious over the last several Girl In The Mirror posts at just how much I adore a midi skirt. With a highly flattering hemline, and a fit and flare style that cinches in at my waist before skimming my hips, I find them to be a style that looks elegant and makes me feel really grown up. I do love the vintage and retro style of clothing that Joanie Clothing have to offer, and the selection of midi skirts is making me want to hand over my credit card in an instant. I’ve chosen the Edie Tulle skirt, which is just to die for. The double mesh layered skirt is covered with velvet polka dots, and features an exposed zip at the rear with a ribbon waistband. It does run slightly small in sizing as it sits quite high up on the waist but its comfortable non the less. The length of the skirt is shorter than a midi skirt, with the outer mesh layer falling to my knees with the underskirt sitting a few inches above the knee. It’s modest yet still flirty and fun.

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

Girl In The Mirror - Feeling Festive with Joanie Clothing

A festive jumper is a must for Christmas and I think that I have found the best jumper on the market. Combining my love of Christmas, with my love for prosecco, the Fizz Prosecco Christmas jumper is just fabulous. A classic slim fit jumper, in a fine knit, with cropped sleeves. Rose gold prosecco bubbles sparkle out of the glass which sits next to an embroidered Prosecco Ho Ho design. Its such a fun jumper, and it fits really well with the Edie skirt. There is a special offer on Joanie Clothing where they have 40% off festive faves until Monday at 10am. This means that the jumper that was £35 is now only £21. What a steal.

A fluffy pair of heels were the only shoes that I could team with this cute and quirky outfit. I have been loving my Becky Lace Up heels from Ego recently. I’ve always struggled wearing strappy shoes but these are so comfortable. As the lace up straps can be tied as tight as you need, they stay in the right place on my feet and don’t rub when I walk. I was drawn to them simply because of the fluffy strap, and for the party season, they add that little something extra to an outfit.

To finish off my Christmassy outfit, I have fallen head over heels for this Gift Box Bag from Joanie Clothing. As soon as I saw it, I had to have it! It’s large enough to fit in the essentials for a night out, including my phone and the chain strap means that I can throw it over my shoulder for ease of carrying. Gold and sparkly, it’s a perfect party bag for December, and if you purchase it before Monday, there’s 40% off, making it £18 instead of £30.

I don’t think you can beat having cute and quirky pieces for the Christmas season and with these gorgeous bits, I’m looking forward to each occasion that I can wear them. Don’t forget to check out the 40% off offer at Joanie Clothing, as there are some real bargains to be had.

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Christmas is such a magical time of year. Fairy lights, Christmas trees, the German Christmas Market. It all adds up to make December a wonderfully festive time of year. I have a bucket list of things I would like to experience in my lifetime and one of those was to head to New York at Christmas. The first time I watched Home Alone 2; Lost In New York, I became obsessed. I needed to see the Rockefeller tree in all it’s glory. All 94ft of it. On Thursday, I had a dream come true. 24 hours in New York, and what was the first thing that I did? Well, I headed down Fifth Avenue of course.

New York in December is cold. I’m not just talking a bit chilly, but it’s biting and icy. Although the weather app was showing 8 degrees on arrival, it felt more like 2 degrees with the icy blast that was being blown in our direction. Thankfully, I had packed jumpers and a faux fur coat as well as my brand new Ugg boots. I had a feeling that when I saw low temperatures of -1, it would be a heck of a lot colder. Funnily enough, it started snowing on the evening that we left. Heading down to Fifth Avenue with the wind burning my face, the excitement started to warm me as I headed towards Saks Fifth Avenue. Having never been to NYC during the festive period, I had no idea what to expect and to say I was blown away was an understatement. A full light show with accompanying music which was breathtaking. Even watching it back brought tears to my eyes.

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is definitely a sight to be seen. As you would expect, it was so busy around the Rockefeller Centre, and I would have loved to get full outfit photos but it was practically impossible. The 94ft tree is covered in over 50,000 LED lights, whilst the Swarovski star on top is made up of 25,000 crystals and weighs around 250kg. It is said that over 125 million people will visit the tree each year, so you can imagine just how busy it was. The Clarebout wire angels with the 6ft long brass trumpets also make the Rockefeller a truly magical place.

Wrapping up warm, I wore my Bows Boutiques Cheska Faux Fur coat which protected me from the elements. Rather than being a full faux fur coat, it features faux leather sleeves and panelling with a matching belt as well as a chunky faux fur collar. Its very warm and comfortable, and I also love how the pockets are deep enough to fit my iPhone 6s Plus inside comfortablely. It’s the little things that count. Layering up was essential and my new oversized baby pink jumper from Primark is quite possibly my new favourite. Featuring a cut away neckline and choker style neck, it’s very flattering for a larger chest, whilst still looking stylish.

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York (6)

Girl In The Mirror - Christmas in New York (6)

I’m getting more and more obsessed with wearing white lately, so white skinny jeans were my pairing of choice. White and baby pink are such a lovely colour combination, especially when worn with darker neutrals like my taupe coat and my stormy grey UGG boots*. UGG boots have had a bit of a revival as of late, with Alexa Chung leading the pack with the Alexa Edit; a contemporary style edit using Alexas favourite women to showcase the ease of UGG. Having already owned several pairs of UGGs in my time, I know that I prefer the Classic Short style. Choosing Stormy Grey as my colour for the season, they are an unusual shade and one that really helps lift my wardrobe in terms of colour combining. Aside from the unusual colour, they are just what you would expect from UGG. Hard wearing, waterproof and warm. Toasty warm in fact. Being in the chilly NYC weather, I was so grateful for them as once my feet are warm, then the rest of my body tends to follow suit.

Being in NYC for Christmas has literally been a dream come true and although I was only there for a short duration, I was able to tick off one of my must do’s. A highly emotive evening, and one that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone planning to head to New York over the December period.

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Two fashion posts in three days? What is going on?! The fact that I have got dressed twice this week is also a great deal worth shouting about. On my last post, I mentioned Black Friday, and how the world will be going insane for a deal. Well, not only will I sharing fabulous deals from my lovely Ego Official, but I will have a second post later today that has my top picks for Black Friday deals that run over the weekend and into Cyber Monday. Back to my baes, the brand who keep me in fabulous shoes and those who have site wide offers all weekend, bringing some of my most loved pairs of shoes and boots down to ridiculous prices. I’ve updated my wishlist, you know, just in case.

My wardrobe is quite basic when it comes to colour. I prefer a neutral colour palette, ranging from black and grey to white and maybe even a pale pink or ivory. Although I do have vibrant and vivid pops of colour, I feel more comfortable in a neutral shade. Having a sort out through my wardrobe, I’ve been pulling the items that I haven’t worn for a while to the front to make sure I get use from them. Spotting a River Island imitation leather pencil skirt that I hadn’t worn in an age, I thought of a pair of shoes which would be just right for the touch of colour look that I was going for.

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

Girl In The Mirror - Barely There Neutrals with Ego Official

I adore this skirt. From the length, to the material and the fact that it has pockets, I believe it is one of the most flattering styles of skirts. It is slightly too big for me now, which doesn’t cause an issue as the waistband now sits lower, making the hemline a touch longer. An ivory, chiffon long sleeved shirt has become a complete wardrobe essential, and I have numerous shirts in various styles and cuts that could all be mistaken for the same item. I find H&M to be a really good place for these shirts, at reasonable prices.

So, the shoes. Oh how I love these shoes. A few months ago, I would have scoffed in the face of perspex but I find them to be a little bit, well quite a lotta sexy. The Ariana Perspex strappy sandal with nude velvet sole and clear heel make me feel like I am floating on air, as well as looking like I am. I feel a little bit Yeezy in these, so I can only imagine how Kimmy K feels when she dons the perspex. The 4 inch heel is substantial for a shoe without any platform, making walking and long wear times easy on the balls of the feet. Although the perspex is still quite tight around my toes and ankles, over the time that I have worn them, they have given slightly to give a more custom fit. Surprisingly, the perspex doesn’t cause any rubbing on my feet, so dancing all night isn’t a problem.

I speak about Ego Official so often but for fast fashion and superb styles, there is always something on the website that I can’t help but want. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the amazing deals that they will be having this weekend, as well as seeing what everyone has been buying. Let me know what has caught your eye.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Did you sing that, like I did when I wrote it? Before we hit December, and before the festive season explodes all over us, we are going to watch the craziness of Black Friday explode before our very eyes. For the last few years that Black Friday has been a thing in the UK, I have watched in sheer disbelief at the hoards of people queuing for hours to get their hands on special deals specifically for the day. Being a indoorsy gal, I prefer to do my sales shopping from the comfort of my own home via the internet, whilst wrapped up in a blanket, and preferably with tea and biscuits to hand. This year, I won’t be partaking in the Black Friday sales as much as I’d like to, but I have to share with you a preview of what you can expect from Bows Boutiques, my go-to for fast fashion.

I’ve been having a few little clothing issues this last few weeks. I’m relying heavily on layering as it’s either freezing in my house, or way too warm. Then there’s the outdoor issue of it being freezing and windy, or freezing and torrential rain, or freezing and trying to snow. I seem to be lacking in jumpers and sweatshirts to layer up with, so after getting my sequined star oversized sweater from Bows Boutiques, I turned to them again to add some more warmth to my wardrobe.

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

Girl In The Mirror - Bows Boutiques Black Friday

The Bows Boutiques Claudia Ruffle Sleeve Poncho jumper is perfect for layering. Made with a cashmere blend, it feels soft and cosy on and can be layered with a vest top underneath for when it gets colder. Wearing an oversized jumper means that any lumps and bumps are concealed and it sits at a nice length on my hips. The ruffle detailing on the sleeves look so lovely, and its what drew me to this style when I first saw it on the website. Although it looks like a poncho, it doesn’t have open sides so under garments aren’t on show. I really do like the selection of oversized jumpers at Bows Boutiques and I’m really tempted to add a few more as they are so wearable, whilst washing well and not getting bobbles on them. I also adore anything that has a cashmere blend. I can’t think of anything more comforting than curling up in sumptuous fabrics whilst it’s freezing cold outside.

I’ve dug out my imitation leather pants from H&M, and I forgot how much I loved these. Again, they are great with the cold weather that we are having and they are really comfortable. They’re so versatile in that they can be dressed up with a pair of heels and a more dressy top, or dressed down with a jumper and wedged trainers like these Erika Crystal wedges. True to size and with a bit of bling, they make quite a statement. Again, they are so comfortable, and although they were a little tight at first, the material gives after a few wears and they fit like a glove.

For Black Friday, Bows Boutiques are going to be having a site wide offer on their beautiful clothes. From casual day wear, to coats and shoes, there are going to be some huge bargains to be had with massive discounts. It’s going to be a great time to stock up on much needed items and fill your wardrobe at a fraction of the price. The homepage of Bows Boutiques will have all the offers this week and over the Black Friday weekend.

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