It’s officially my last week in work before Christmas and I have so much that I want to get done before the big day. One of my biggest conundrums is how, as a lactose intolerant person, am I going to be able to eat a cheeseboard without feeling the pain. I will get around this, and I will be cheese satisfied. In the meantime, I want to finish my shopping list, finishing my food shopping, and try my best to buy some Christmas cards to deliver to the neighbours. The last one may not happen. Whilst I’ve been sat at home this weekend, I had a thought. As I’ve not done a particularly fashion based post in quite sometime, as I’m not feeling particularly fashionable at the moment, I thought why not just show off what I am living in these day. Sometimes normally is key rather than being so over the top dressed up to the nines. My life recently involved a big cosy sweater and my Proskins leggings and I’m not even sorry that this is all I live in. I’m living my best days right now.

Rock On Ruby for the Win Proskins Ego Scarlett Boots

Rock On Ruby for the Win Proskins Ego Scarlett Boots

Another Rock On Ruby to add to the ever growing collection, I would much rather have a slogan top or jumper from an independent business who I know are working their little personalised socks off on the run up to Christmas. You may remember my Proud AF t.shirt from Gay Pride weekend, and my Summer make up bag with glittery text. This Christmas, I will be combining my love of Unicorns with my love of the festive period and I am delighted to be wearing a very rare Rudolph-icorn on my sweater.

I do love how every item from Rock on Ruby can be personalised to your specification, whether it be from the colour or the design. Should you want your name on it – it’s possible. Your year of birth? There’s a whole range for that? Want to be a Wizard? You can. The possibilities are endless. Jumpers, t.shirts, pyjamas, dressing gowns. Whatever you feel you need, you can have. I think that I need some cheeky little slogan t.shirts to add my wardrobe, as they come in so handy with my relaxed dress code at work.

I am going to have a mini rave and love in session now. Be prepared. Gym leggings are my new love and I don’t even go to the gym. I have not taken these bad boys off and I swear they’ve made my legs look a bit slimmer. The Proskins Slim Black Leggings are quite simply amazing. They’re leggings – how can leggings be so amazing? Several reasons for me. They make my legs look slim, they fit properly, they don’t get baggy knees. They look great on their own, with a skirt, with an oversized top, with a sweater. They add extra layers in this cold weather without making you sweat. They give me a thigh gap as they compress my legs where they should. They wash well, they don’t pull or snag, and they still look brand new. There’s a 28 days challenge, which I haven’t took part in, but I should have done as I have worn them so much. I can definitely see a difference on my legs and the cellulite on my inner thighs. They are the bomb.

Rock On Ruby for the Win Proskins Ego Scarlett Boots

Rock On Ruby for the Win Proskins Ego Scarlett Boots

It’s been nearly twelve months since I became unable to wear heels, and whilst it irritates when I’m going out out, it makes me really happy to know that I have a plethora of different flat shoes and boots to wear. I have a small thing for black boots at the moment; Timberlands, knee highs and now my amazingly fabulous Scarlett Bow Boots from Ego Official. A little bit heavy duty and rock chick with the studs and biker boot style, but with a soft femininity from the velvet bows. Since I have these boots, I have worn them to death. I did this last year with my over the knee boots and they literally fell apart. I get so many compliments about these boots, and the fact that they’re only £39.99 makes them even more special!

Now it has been snowing, and the temperatures have dropped somewhat, I have found a new item of clothing that I will be loving in for the foreseeable – my onesie. Jobs a good un’!

The last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery with Rock on Ruby is to have your order in by Monday. Don’t miss out!

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My work colleague Natalie said to me one day last week ‘Do you own anything that’s not furry?’. The answer, my friends, is no. From furry boots, to hats and scarves, coats and gloves and cute little collars, I have a slight addiction to all things furry. Faux fur, of course, as I wouldn’t want to be causing any unethical dramas. In fact, the only real fur that I wear is Thomas fur, and that’s not intentional – it’s just everywhere. This time of year is perfect for faux fur as it’s getting pretty cold at the moment. It was even trying to snow on Saturday which is just bizarre as it’s gone from being quite mild to being bloody freezing in days. I’ve been piling on the layers recently in a bid to keep cosy, and I think I have cracked it with my essential winter style.

A Faux Fur Fashion Tale

A Faux Fur Fashion Tale

A Faux Fur Fashion Tale

A Faux Fur Fashion Tale

Working in the centre of Manchester has been forcing me to head to Primark several times a month, and I have been a little bit overwhelmed with just how many amazing things I have found in there. In a matter of weeks, and without spending a fortune, I have managed to update my wardrobe from basic tops to winter appropriate clothes. Picking up skirts that cost £8 is just insane to me – why can’t all shops be like this! Sticking with my usual colour palette of neutral hues, pastels pinks and muted greys, I have managed to create a capsule wardrobe that can be mixed up so well, that I can select from several outfit choices with only a handful of items.

The Primark leather look A Line skirt has been featured in Glamour magazine as a must buy. Must buy I did, in grey and also a mauve dusty lilac shade. I love the zip pockets and the detailing of the hardware, and the style of the skirt sits really well on curvy hips. I went up a size on the grey skirt, which was a bit too big but it hung off my hips rather than sat at the waist, giving extra length to the where it sits on the leg.

Lightweight knits are the best thing to be invented for this weather. Enabling you to layer up, yet you are safe in the fact that you won’t be overheating as soon as you step in doors. The majority of the tops that I have been buying lately have been lightweight knits, and I find them so versatile. The blush pink tie detail jumper from Primark was just £6. It has a lovely, cosy texture to it that reminds me of a cross between mohair and fleece.

As soon as I saw the stunning hooded faux fur gilet from Lasula, I had to get it. I have a thing for grey, I don’t know what it is about the colour but I love it. With it being Black Friday weekend, it isn’t on the website at the moment but it was new in just 3 weeks ago, so I am sure it will be back in stock soon. It’s £55, which I think is an absolute steal for the quality of the gilet. It is so fluffy and cosy that I don’t want to take it off. The faux fur is soft and of such great quality, and it’s oh so warm. So warm that even whilst it’s getting colder, you won’t be worried about your arms being out because you feel like you are enveloped in a warm, fluffy hug.

Finishing my winter uniform off, a pair of over the knee boots. I really need to start stocking up on these, because I live in them. Last years boots had a slight heel, however I wore them until they fell apart and then I damaged my back so heels are really an option anymore. I’ve traded them in for Ego Arlo Over the Knee Boots in a faux suede and they are the most comfortable boot that didn’t need any breaking in. No wonder I want to live in them.

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I have had the most fun putting together these Halloween looks and I’m not going to lie, I’m sad that I’ve done them all now. But, I have loved bringing some fashion posts back to the blog and I have really missed Girl In The Mirror, so I think that I need to do some more soon. The final part of Halloween week has been inspired by my baby. That’s right, I have been inspired to dress up for Halloween by my cat, Thomas. I do think that dressing up as a cat for Halloween is not only fun, but it also incorporates clothes that you don’t need to save just for Halloween. Plus, any excuse to wear cat ears, right?

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

The Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler has been one of my most used hair tools since I took delivery of it last summer. I adore how you can create the tiniest of tightest corkscrew curls or big loose ringlets using the same wand. For my look today, I used a mixture of tight curls and larger sections, to give real volume underneath with the larger curls on the top so they weren’t as tight. As my hair was freshly washed, I used the Moroccan Oil Texture Spray to give it some grit and hold, and I expect my curls to last a good few days. A bit of hair oil helps separate the curl and give a more defined look and to control the frizz. The Cat Ear head band is a cute little find from New Look, and it’s rose gold and sparkly. Love, love, love!

My cat inspired makeup was slightly easier to do than my Devil makeup from Wednesday. Using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation over Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer, the base was dewy and glowing. On my eyes, I used the Too Faced Cat Eyes palette, which couldn’t have been any more perfect. This palette contains wet and dry shadows and the pigmentation of the shadows when wet is insane. A simple day time eye was enhanced by placing most of the shadows under the lower lash line, and extending my natural lash line to look more cat like. The Kiss Lash Couture Little Black Dress lashes were used again, and I still can’t get over how gorgeous they look.

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

Halloween Week - What's New Pussycat!

When choosing the outfit for this look, I must admit that I feel like I got a bit carried away with being cat-like. I had a vision when browsing the Pretty Little Thing website and I saw so many items that I was though would be perfect, however, I didn’t want to get anything that I could wear again. I think I’ve been quite clever in my choices, as not only do they fit the brief but they will be very wearable. I spotted the Orla Distressed Sweater Dress and knew straight away that it would be ideal. With cat-like claw slashes across the shoulders and the hem, it’s bang on trend and also super cosy. I do love an oversized sweater.

As a self confessed coat addict, I fell in love with the Amaria Black Shaggy Jacket. I’ve been called many names since I’ve worn this, from being furry to being a gorilla, but do you know what? I am warm, cosy and it looks great with so many outfits. Teaming it with my distressed sweater dress, I feel that it is very reminiscent of a cat and even Thomas loves it. If I leave it without hanging it up, he’s all over it.

As the dress is quite short on me, I wanted to pair it with some tights and conserve my modesty. When hunting through my lingerie drawer, I found these suspender-esque tights from Primark. I can’t tell you how long I’ve had them or even if they still do them as the packaging and label was practically vintage. That being said, the tights were fine and I think they look pretty ace on, if I do say so myself. Although you can’t see them to the full potential, I’m wearing my black Fishnet Sock shoes. Fishnets and stilletos? I think we are on to a winner. Unlike having to wear a separate pair of fishnets to get the effect, the fishnets are actually attached to the shoe. Not only does it make them look a bit trendy but the sock of the fishnet makes it feel like I have a bit more support when wearing the shoes. It’s great for me, as I’m still a bit Bambi like on heels at the moment.

I actually couldn’t decide on which outfit of the three that I have done this week is my favourite, but what I do know is that if I get a last minute invitation to a party this weekend, I have three outfits to choose from. Winning at life!

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Hello my pretties, and welcome back to the Spooktacular Halloween Week. I do hope you enjoyed the ghoulish ghostly look from Monday. I’m going to take it up a notch today and go for a more glamorous yet devilish look. Whether you are thinking of a blood sucking vampire or a blood curdling devil, this look can be adapted to suit anything that summons up the thought of blood and spine tingling fantasy. It’s funny because I’ve never really been one to wear red but as soon as I have donned my red dress, I feel like a different person. It’s definitely got me feeling a bit devilish!

Halloween Week - Better The Devil You Know!

Halloween Week - Better The Devil You Know!

Halloween Week - Better The Devil You Know!

I am totally crushing on this red frill bardot dress from Pretty Little Thing. I can never usually get any with wearing bardot dresses due to the need of a bra, but the frills cover up the lack of support from the strapless bra that I’m wearing, and I really like how girly and flirty I feel it. In a skater dress style, the dress pulls in at the waist to give some shape, and the frills cover my problem areas ie. my lack of waist at the moment. I feel really confident in it, and although slightly shorter in length than I would usually wear, it looks great with a pair of heels and the addition of some Vita Liberata Body Blur to smooth out my skin tone. I’ve found these little devil accessories in Poundland of all places. A devils fork, a headband and a devils tail, which I didn’t feel was necessary for the look.

I think I have fallen in love with wigs and I want them in every style and colour. The Vixen wig from Hot Hair is a particular favourite of mine. Made from synthetic hair in a dark red, it has an adjustable band that secures it to my head without the need for glue. The colour does look slightly different in real life than it does on camera and the natural light makes it look a lot more red than the deep red that it is. That being said, I love how it looks on and I think red could possibly be a strong contender for my future hair colour.

My eye makeup look took a lot longer to do than the ghoulish dead look that I created on Monday. Using Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able foundation, and fully contouring with my Iconic London cream contour palette, I wanted a flawless yet sculpted look. On my eyes, I used MAC Carbon with Venetian Red and Love Letter from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. Using a black felt liner I gave myself a sharp liner bringing the inner corners in towards my nose. I have also fallen in love with the Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Lashes in Little Black Dress. I absolutely love them on. They’re not only comfortable but they’re not insanely over the top and I feel that I could wear these throughout the day as well as for an evening.

Halloween Week - Better The Devil You Know!

Halloween Week - Better The Devil You Know!

Halloween Week - Better The Devil You Know!

Pretty Little Thing have some fab Halloween inspired accessories including these glitter face stickers to resemble dripping blood. They are easy to apply, easy to remove and are so comfortable on the skin that you actually forget that you are wearing them. I think they are a really great product for upping your Halloween game.

I think this could be my favourite outfit so far! Don’t forget to check out my post from Monday for a super easy ghostly look.

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Halloween used to be quite a quiet affair and wasn’t anywhere on a level it is in America, but it seems like it has started to get more and more popular. It really is one of my favourite times of year, and I must admit that dressing up for a Halloween night out fills me with joy. I take great pleasure in bringing out the Halloween themed trinkets that I have collected and displaying them around the house, and I find this time of year to be on a par with Christmas with the excitement levels. I have been playing around with makeup and outfits and over the course of this week, I am bringing to you three different looks with make up that is easy to achieve and outfits that can be worn again, rather than just hanging around in the wardrobe ready for the next Halloween night out. Today, I am channelling the ghoulish and the dead and this ghostly apparition is really quite simple yet very effective. Plus, cheekbones to die for. Gettit?

Halloween Week - Ghoulish Goings On

Halloween Week - Ghoulish Goings On

For the makeup, I have used just five products to create a ghostly looking face. On moisturised skin, I used the Snazaroo white face paint with a touch of MAC Fix Plus to make sure it wasn’t drying. Using my Artis makeup brush, I buffed in the white face paint, and let it dry. Using just two eyeshadows; a carbon matte black and a warm berry toned purple, I carved in cheekbones, and contoured the life out of my nose. The purple shade was used to create some warmth and depth to my cheeks, as well as to soften the eye contour and to give the illusion of bloodless skin. A matte brown shade was used to for the brows, before I added the Ciate Feline Flick black liner, and enhanced my lashes with Lancome Monsieur Big mascara. For my lips, a deep berry lipstick, in Merina by Urban Decay. In all, the makeup took around 15 minutes with the majority of time spent on buffing out the colours so there are no harsh lines.

I have been dying to wear to my new wig from Natural Image. This is the Influence lace front wig in Creamy Glow, and it is absolutely beautiful. I adore wigs and hair extensions to change my look and I cannot wait until my hair is that little bit longer so I can get my hair extensions back in. I really miss having long hair at the moment and being able to add a wig to change my look is probably one of the easiest ways to get the hair that you desire. The quality of the wig is exceptional and although I have brought the parting across to the side, you can wear it with a centre parting without it looking like you are wearing a wig. The wig itself is adjustable so it sits tight on my pea head and with some wig glue, I can make sure that it stays in place forever. I’m so happy with it.

Halloween Week - Ghoulish Goings On

Halloween Week - Ghoulish Goings On

Halloween Week - Ghoulish Goings On

To finish off my ethereal ghostly look, I have chosen a white straight neck maxi dress with a side split from Pretty Little Thing. At just £22 it’s not only affordable but due to the style and cut of the dress, it can be worn for many occasions. I do think that some maxi dresses fall a little too short on my nearly 6ft frame, but the length of this dress is really good, and falls past my ankles. The split is rather daring and cheeky, which incidentally, I really quite like.

I must admit that I am absolutely loving this look. It’s not something that I would usually do as it’s quite dark and serious, but I’m really happy with how it’s turned out. Would you do a look like this for Halloween?

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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!

Pink Chiffon Dropped Hem Top – NOW £5

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

Hey Girl, Where Have You Been!

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.

 

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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.

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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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