25 Oct 2009

Spotlight on duffle coats

So no diet update for a few days... the batteries have run out on my scales (how convenient!).  No, really they have and I ate pizza hut last night, so there you go.

Back to duffle coats....

Now I can't say that I'm a fan of these, but my Mum told me that she wants to get a new coat and has decided this is the type she wants.  So I started keeping my eyes peeled for her and have noticed that they're everywhere - who knew my Mum was so in vogue? 

So here's a round up of the ones I've spotted.

ASOS - £70

Dorothy Perkins - £65

Ted Baker - £189

Marks and Spencer - £55

Debenhams Rocha John Rocha - £100
Next - £45

Matalan - £45
My favourites are the pink asos and yellow next - I'm actually rather tempted.  Go on Mum!

20 Oct 2009

Day 3

So just a quick little update on the shhhhhhhhhh..... diet

Started Sunday.  All began well, did a Slimming World 'red' day so I had some chiken at lunch time, some cheese when I was peckish later on (from allowance) and made a special Slimming World recipe beef stew for dinner which always turns out lovely. 

Prepared soup in my thermos (it's a nice pink one!) for work on Monday and had an apple for later - things went wrong in the evening because I had my brother round - there were Oreos and popcorn.  Ooops.  I'm rubbish.

Tuesday started well with ryvita and cheese spread taken to work but as you may have spotted from my twitter confession, a stressful and late day has led to biscuits for dinner.

So all in all, so far, publicly comitting to dieting has had no real effect and I would rate my efforts about a 3 out of 10.  Must try harder!

Here's something pretty (and non edible) for dieting motivation.

Oasis oragami dress £75 from Very.co.uk

17 Oct 2009

Slimming World

I put on 6lbs on my holiday - I got back nearly a month ago and I'm still carrying them around.  I lost 22lbs with slimming world last year after having piled on extra weight and no loger being able to get into some of my size fourteens!  After I lost that weight, I was still a size fourteen, but my clothes fit me a lot better and I did get into the odd size 12 in clothes that were cut generously. 

I gave up slimming world last Christmas.  It was silly, but I love Christmas and didn't want to miss out.  So in about two weeks I put on a shocking 9lbs - such a waste of all the effort I'd made.  I never got back into the swing of it after that and now after my holiday (to Disney in the land of the burger) I've put more weight back on so in total I've put back on a whole stone of what I lost :o(

Anyway, tomorrow I'm starting again.  I know with Slimming World that if I go all out and stick to the diet religiously for the first week, I might lose about 4lbs, which would be an excellent boost to kick me off. 

So there, I've announced I'm going on a diet, so I'd better stick to it!  I'm not aiming to be a size 8, or even a 10 really, I just want to shrink my stomach, bum and thighs, reduce the bingo wings and generally feel healthier.  Here goes!

Lipsy dresses... got to start planning for that Christmas party!

ETA:  I linked the pictures for this post direct from the Lipsy website and now they've taken them down they no longer show on this post.  Sorry guys, I've since learnt I need to save and loads my pictures.

So it's that time of year when I start to consider what I might want to wear to my work Christmas party.  I tend to start by thinking about what colour I'm after and work from there. 

I love the dress I wore last year, it was red and silky from ASOS and the year before I wore a rich purple colour ruffle dress from Lipsy, the year before that was a deep pink silky dress from Warehouse - so as you can see, I like to work the jewel colours for Christmas!  This year I'm thinking I might quite like an emerald green or deep blue, but we'll see what I find.  The rules are as foillows:

1 - The dress must have sleeves - short sleeves, long sleeves, cap sleeves are all acceptable, but I do not do sleeveless, strapless, one shoulder, halterneck etc, all of those are an awful look on me.  I much prefer o have my arms covered.

2 - It shouldn't be too short - above the knee yes, but no thigh flashing,

3 - There should be a good shape to the dress with definition around the waste - no floaty sacks for me!

So it doesn't seem like much of a list of demands, but trust me, it narrows down my options.  Mainly because of my desire for sleeves.

ASOS is usually the first place I'd look, but they don't have much out yet, so I'll have to try again another time.  Lipsy is one of those labels where I always though it was for skinny girls and wouldn't fit me, or would be the dreaded 'one size', but actually I find their size 14 quite generous, so let's see what they have to offer.

First up is this bright purple dress which is £55

This has a nice amount of sleeve to it, but the neckline is a bit high - it might lead to a bit of the one boob look.  I like the lenght but am not so sure about the bulk adding detail on the skirt.  Not sure if the colour is Christmassy enough for my liking either.

Sequin futuristic dress £70

I really quite like this.  The only downsides I can see here are that it's black - I usually opt for something bright and eye-catching for my Christmas party and perhaps it's also not quite dressy enough.  That's a bit of an odd statement seeing as it's covered in sequins, but I think this a dress that would be versatile to wear to smaller events or even just on a regular night out

Something similar in lace - £55

I'm not really feeling this one at all.  There's something about lace + old ladies that I can't really shake out of the back of my mind.  Not Christmas party worthy.

Mesh panel shift dress £45

This is a gorgeous dress and a lovely shape.  It's got quite skimpy sleeves, but something's better than nothing.  The colour is more summer than winter though - I'd love to see this brough out in green or purple and I think I'd be sold.

Mesh panel jersey dress £45

This has been seen on Alexandra Burker and is nice, but it's much more of a posh day dress than something for a party. 

Ruffle dress £55

This is beautiful, and I think it would be nice for wedding, although whether I'd venture out in a cream dress or not I'm unsure.  I think this would be quite a contender in another colour, although ruffles around the boob area only makes big boobs look even bigger. 

The back's nice too.

Oragami sleeve dress £30

In the sale from £55, but not the royal or dark blue I was looking for. 

Ah well, there's still ages until Christmas, so I'll keep looking.

If you'd like to take a look for yourself there's loads of other dresses, plenty without sleeves that are absolutely stunning.  Lipsy  Here's a couple of examples for those who don't suffer from bingo wings!


4 Oct 2009

Time for an update!

Next boots

So I bought the boots from my 'Reasons to love Autumn' post.  They didn't have them in store so I ordered online.  For £100 I really thought they looked quite poor quality.  I just expected a heavier, thicker type of material and they were a bit flimsy.  Then came the moment of truth, trying them on my and surprise surprise, no they didn't fit my chubster legs.  They made quite a good effort, I could get them on with a bit of tugging, but it wasn't a good look and I think I may have cut off the blood to my feet had I kept them on for long, so back to Next they went.  I now have a thirst for some new knee-high boots so I guess I'll spend all winter looking for the perfect pair.  There's a lot of thigh high / over-the-knee going on at the moment, which I quite like as long as they don't look too kinky!  I have actually got some from last year but believe it or not, they're a little baggy and actually start to slide down when you walk.  From one extreme to the other, i just can't win!

Matalan Shoes

The 3 pairs of Matalan shoes I showed you in my 'Matalan wardrobe additions' post (bought in electric blue, raspberry pink and lush purple) are a definate hit!  I wore the blue to work with a blue dress and got loads of compliments, then I wore the pink with a black dress and almost matching raspberry cardigan and they were also a success.  I even wore the blue again last night with the Miss S Cutie dress and leggings - I took some photos last night so I'll see if there are any full length ones to share.  Now I need to let the purple ones out there to meet the world!

asos purchases

It's been a while, too long, since I ordered some goodies.  So here are the latest purchases.

I saw this dress in the asos magazine and I think it's going to be a real figure fixer.  The black cutting in at the sides is hopefully going to add lots of definition to my hips and waist.  Can't wait to try this on.  not sure about the flappy bit around the tummy - it will either hide lumps and bumps or accentuate them, fingers crossed its the former!  This dress is £35.

Then I got some new bling.  I'd had my eye on the bow necklace and ring for a while as you might remember from my 'Beautiful Bows' collection but was waiting for a few more things I liked as the postage is a bit much for two cheap items. 

From left to right we have enamelled flowers band ring £4, enamalled bow necklace with peral centre £8 and textured gold bow ring £5.

I also got a set of my favourite eyeliners - Urban decay 24/7 which I will get someone to give to me for Christmas!  I got my first set of these the Christmas before last and I think it had 5 pencils in it.  I mainly use the black (zero) but I also really like the green, blue and purple colours.  There was a new set out last Christmas but it had a few I really wouldn't use such as red so I didn't get it.  I'm really pleased they've brought out this set which includes 9 pencils for only about £2 more than the set with 5 (or maybe it was 6?).  But anyway I really love these, they're very good liners, nice and soft and smooth so they don't drag your eye and this set has all sensible colours that I would wear.  I think my Mum would like this for Christmas too.

So that's all for this haul, oh other than I bought a top for my bf, but it's not very interesting!

25 Sept 2009

Next sale tomorrow

Next are having a sale tomorrow.  It's only 2 months since the last one, so I'm guessing this will be fairly small.  I got loads of stuff in July - I went to my local next at 5am and then bought online when that sale began at 8am!  Sounds crazy but some things online weren't available in store and vice versa. 

I'm not too excited for tomorrow after looking at the online Next sale preview I think I'll have a look online at 8am and then just pop in later when I go shopping.  I'm not going to make a special trip to get there at 7am.

So far I'll be looking out for this dress which is £20 down from £42, hope I find some other nice bits too. 


24 Sept 2009

Matalan Autumn wardrobe additions

Now I will start this by saying I didn't like Matalan very much up until now. Why? Well you always see amazingly cheap but wonderful items in magazines and in their advertising which entice me to go out of town to one of their stores. But I never find any of those nice items actually in the store. I'm not saying they don't exist, just that they're obviously not very savvy in terms of how popular an item will be and how much of it to stock! It's one of those places where there are a couple of pieces every season which gain a fast cult following, sell out instantly and end up on eBay for silly prices.

Anyway, so I never had much joy shopping at Matalan, just the odd bits and bobs and one pair of shoes which I love to death and would gladly buy 5 more back-up pairs if I could, but that's it. So then Matalan started selling online, I thought this was a smart move by them and that I would now be able to get my hands on some bargains. Nah-uh. The best stuff was either not available online or sold out in most sizes. I gave up up.

Maybe the website was in teething stages or something because today I got a Matalan promotional booklet through the door which tempted me back online. Bits I liked from the magazine weren't available online (aaargh) but I will forgive this as I found a few lovely bargains. These are all office clothes, so won't appeal to everyone, but I think I've got a couple of great staples here and a few silly extravagances, but hey they were cheap!
This dress is my favourite of the haul. I think it will be flaterring on because of the length, the scoop neck, the structured waist and pin tucks and I adore bows, so obviously I had to have it. The sleeves could have been a little longer, but I couldn't resist because of the bow. As if I needed another excuse to add this to my basket, it was reduced to £10! I did actually need a new plain-ish black dress and it will go lovely with coloured tights.

This dress is a lot less 'fashion' but I think it will be great for the office and no other colour makes more of a statement than this. Definately be be worn on a day when I have something to say! I ummed and aarred a lot about this one, but I thought I'd give it a try. It might be really good with grey tights and black knee-high boots, perhaps also my long black open cardigan if I'm not feeling brave enough for the full on red. It's got similar qualities to the black dress, good length, structure waist, pin tucks plus it's got more of a sleeve to it. The neck-line is not so great on this one but it will give different jewellery options. This one was full price and still only £18!
I got these two tops to wear under suits. I absolutely feel for people who don't wear a suit often, looking awkward because they feel they have to wear a shirt with a suit. They then have a little battle with whether to tuck the collar ubnder the jacket or flip it over the lapels of the jacket. Scary stuff. I don't like to look like a stiff when I have to wear a suit. I've got a few nice suits and I think these tops will be really nice under my navy blue and maybe also my dark grey. £12 for the purple (also comes in mustard) and £14 for the blue which also comes in emerald and I think silver.
I couldn't help myself getting all three of these. They were just £12. Suede shoes never last long as they get damaged really easily if they get wet or scuffed, but it's not like they're an every day shoe anyway! Primark have been selling shoes just like these and I tried to get them before I went on holiday but they didn't have my size. I have a feeling they may have been more than £12 too! I'm going to mix and match these, brightening up a plain outfit, and mix and matching them with coloured tights and dresses. I have some lovely jersey dresses from asos, one dark pink, one blue and one grey and they're getting a bit boring, so these will definately breathe some new life into them for this season.
Phew, all that for £90. Thumbs up Matalan, I will be back.

22 Sept 2009

OMG is it Christmas already?

Now I love Christmas, a lot. But it really seems that shops are getting their stuff out earlier and earlier every year. In Sainsbury's yesterday I saw advent calendars and christmas puds, today on Lakeland I saw they had their Christmas catalogue and Boots.com have all of their 3 for 2 gifts. It seems even stranger to me, I think, because I just got back from holiday and have never gone away this late in the year before.

So it would seem rude not to start my Christmas list... top of the list will be the new Marc Jacobs perfume, Lola. I saw and tested this at the airport and the fragrance is as lovely as the packaging. I really like Daisy and I think this will become a favourite too.


Reasons to love autumn

So Autumn is officially here, flip flops and sunglasses are being packed away and it's starting to turn to that time of year when it's a bit too warm for a coat but a bit too cold without. A whole new season of fashion awaits.

Here are my reasons to stop mourning the loss of summer and embrace autumn.

1. Tights

Tights fix a multitude of fashion issues don't they? If you're not allowed to wear leggings at your work, chances are there's no ban on black opaques, and they give the same type of effect. But it's not just black tights I'm talking about here, I love coloured tights, wooly tights, patterned ones - they can really make a plain old dress look like an interesting new outfit. I think I will need a feature on my favourites.

2. Wearing a mac / coat

I love my mac and there's not much of the year I can wear it as it's usually either too hot or cold enough to require a full winter coat. Mine is lilac and gorgeous and makes me feel instantly glam. I also now have a similar style in red and can't wait to start wearing them.

3. Boots

There's nothing more easy to wear and comfortable than your uggs. For me the official defination of the time of year comes down to what I'm wearing at the end of my jeans - uggs of flip flops. In the past I had been known to wear Uggs in Summer as I just couldn't be parted with them, but was once asked if I was expecting snow. Shame.

Knee-high boots are a bitter sweet for me, I adore them and think they can do wonders for your legs and transform an outfit, but I have big calves, so often the pairs I like don't fit me - boooo.

4. All the exciting events to plan for

Autumn / Winter is full of opportunities for dressing for special occasions. Obviously Christmas is on the horizon which brings parties and special dinners, but there's also Halloween and Bonfire night. I think it's such a fun time of year for fashion, and I've always preferred Winter over Summer in terms of clothes - I think it has something to do with being -overweight - Winter requires a lot less flesh-flashing! I've got a full on dressing up Halloween party this year, so I will be posting ideas for costumes.

5. Getting a new wardrobe!

Well okay not a whole new wardrobe, but it's a great excuse for some shopping to update my Autumn / Winter clothes.

Here's a few items I'm liking the look of for Autumn / Winter. Dig out your woolies and enjoy!


This dress is £45 and rather the perfect shape. It has long sleeves for covering the bingo wings, a belted waist to add definition to the waist, a cross over top part to flatter that area and ends just above the knee. I might get this. Worries are it might be a little long on me and I'm not sure if it's a little old for me?

I think this one falls into that category of 'I like it but I wouldn't wear it'. Two years ago everywhere you turned dresses were shaped like sacks. I think I hardly bought anything all summer because the shape just did nothing for me (I tried belts etc but it was a disaster). So I don't think this is a look for me, but it's really pretty. If you're a realfourteen with a more straight up and down kind of shape (lollipop perhaps) this might look really good on you. Also £45 from Next.

I majorly heart these boots. They're a bit eighties, a bit smart, a bit casual, they look just a little bit tough and I think they might even be quite comfy! I will definately try these on when I go shopping and will most likely cry on the shop floor if they don't fit my chubby calves! They're more expensive than I would usually go for at £100, but I really like the style (I actually saw someone with boots like this about 18 months ago and loved them, but they were vintage) and think they would last me ages.
Dorothy Perkins

This coat is so pretty and a real statement piece, but I think the ruffles are would add too much bulk on me. It comes in a lovely rainbow of colours - £75.

This is a really great work dress. I'm sure it's something I tried to get last year in the sale, but my size had sold out. Maybe it was popular enough that they brought it back. I would wear it as a pinafore over a shirt, top, polo neck etc. I already have something a lot like this, but it's getting a bit old and this is much nicer version. £40. (It would go lovely with the boots!)

That's all for now x


21 Sept 2009

Too faced make-up haul

So here's a little haul from my holiday. There was only one Sephora where I was staying and it was quite small so I was dissapointed that they didn't have some of the stuff I intended to buy. Here's what I got.

Most of the Too Faced stuff will be out over here soon I'm sure if not already, but we don't usually get the value sets and the one I got was a really good deal. I was going to buy the sun bunny bronzer by itself and then i noticed this set which included the full size bronzer plus bonus goodies for just a few dollars more.

The Laura Mercier concealer was bought on the recommendation of some of the youtube beauty gurus so I'm hoping it's good!

Other things I wanted but couldn't get was included an Urban Decay value set and a Nars Harlow lipgloss. They did have a Nars lipgloss set including Harlow but it was $49 which seemed like a lot and I didn't love all of the colours. Hopefully I can get the Harlow on ebay - they didn't have it singularly in the store :(

Sadly I was also too early for any of the holiday sets to be out (although I'm wondering if the too faced set I got is a holiday set) - I love Philosophy but there wasn't anything new out I liked. I'll probably love all of the holiday stuff when it comes out and I can get it! It's so annoying that only some of the stuff becomes available here.

Anyway, I shall look forward to trying out all my lovely new make-up and I shall let you know what it's like.

BTW, you probably know this, but now I'm using polyvore, if you want to see what something is or how much it costs and where it's from, if you click on the picture it will take you to polyvore where each of the items becomes clickable and the details show.

20 Sept 2009

Beautiful bows

Wow, I've just discovered polyvore - it'll be so much quicker for me to show you the things I heart with this. First collection - one of my biggest fashion crushes - bows! Enjoy x

28 Aug 2009


Just to let you know, comments now work on the blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you to Celinna88 for letting me know this wasn't working!

Here's some fashion porn for today.

Miss Selfridge beauty I will never own :o(

Browsing Miss S I came across this lovely 'dress'. I checked out the tag, £38, yes it's very nice, can think of lots of occassions and ways to wear it, purchase made in mind, pick up 'dress' and take to changing ro.... aaargh! It's a playsuit!

Fashion daydream ruined. Playsuits are NOT made for me. I considered wearing it with the ever trusty leggings underneath but decided I just had to let this one go (believe it or not I did consider chopping the bit that joins the legs and turning it into a dress and then remembered all the other 'projects' still waiting for me to get out the needles and told myself not to be so silly!).

And here's a recent asos purchase that may be worn to a bbq on Sunday with leggings (what else?) and my tan leather wedges.

It also comes in cream and black, but this colour was my favourite. It's in the sale in some colours / lengths, £28 down to £18.

I have to add that it creases like hell. I haven't even worn it yet and it looks like it's been out in a typhoon. I think I may actually have to fill the iron up with some water to sort this one out!

In news of other things I've bought lately...

Far too much in the Next sale. Got a Lipsy dress there for half price too. The rest was mainly work clothes, some a bit boring. Did I mention that leggings have been banned at my work? It's actually ruined my life - I can't wear half of my wardrobe. There's been a lot of default top and black trousers going on since the sad day the leggings died. Obviously, on principle I have to wear them comstantly after work and at the weekend.

Back soon xoxox

25 Aug 2009

Miss S cutie

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. Crazy things were happening at my work, so there was zero time for anything else. Things are still crazyish but I've recently booked a holiday to Florida so my spare time has been sucked up by planning overdrive! I'm very sad I know.
So here's a dress that I bought from Miss Selfridge on Saturday to wear on a night out with my bf at the T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney. If you know what the Rainforest Cafe is, it's like that but with dinosaurs! The dress is sooo cute I just had to buy it. It's got a bubble hem and ends mid thigh so one to wear with the good old leggings.
My favourite leggings are currently ones from Uniqlo. They're £6.99 and I have 2 x black and 2 x grey. They're so much better than the Primark ones and the grey is lovely.
I will be back soon to recap on the purchases you've missed over the past month and to show you all of my planned holiday outfits once I've ironed them!

12 Jul 2009

You need this dress!

So, long time no post - my work life has been ridiculously hectic this week and that's continuing all weekend so I haven't yet been able to work on my planned posts as mentioned in 'coming soon'. The spare time I did have was used wisely by going to worship at the alter of the asos sale. I'll round up with everything that I got soon, but right now I just have to tell you about this dress.

It looked nice online but I nearly didn't buy it because I already have a navy dress which is similarish, and who needs more than one navy dress? Black yes but navy? I persuaded myself that the other navy dress wasn't as nice / was a bit old and ordered this one and wow I'm glad I did. It's just the most flattering dress - the perfect length (although I'll always wear it with leggings) and just enough sleeve. The material is light for summer, creases easily but irons well. But the main wow factor for me was when I put it on and saw how much of a waist cincher it is. I was concerned that the ruffly bit on the boobs might only be suitable for those with very little boobage in the first place and true it does accentuate that area, but in doing so it also hi-lights how much the dress goes back in at the waist. The dress has got a proper waist already, plus a tie back for any extra cinching you fancy (and it does do that - it's not one of those just-for-show ties).

So I am thoroughly delighted with the dress and urge all realfourteens to buy it!
It also comes in a tomato red. If it was darker I'd get it, but I already have a coral red and a tomato red - which I don't get much wear out of....
I need to break the buying it in every colour habit anyway, it's bad for the bank balance!

xoxo g

1 Jul 2009

Dorothy Perkins sale - blue floral vest dress

I'd just checked my bank account and realised that with literally four weeks until pay day I should really slow down with the purchases but I couldn't help myself when I saw this. I originally checked it out in store when it was £38 and now here is is in the Dotty Ps sale for just £20.

It's sleeveless, but I'd wear it with a short sleeved top underneath or with my long grey cardigan over the top. I'm hoping the skirt won't be too full and daft looking on.

I used code welfree09 for free delivery and PIGSBACK for 10% making it an irresistable £18! I'll start the spending diet tomorrow... and the real diet. Oh dear I'm useless - lol =)

xoxo g

30 Jun 2009

Latest purchases / bidding

Here's what I'm buying / bidding for today.
I saw a girl wearing what I think was this dress in London on Saturday and it looked really nice on. I don't have anything green in my collection of dresses to wear with leggings so this will do nicely.

Today I wore a cream short sleeved topd from next with a black ruffle embelishment on the front. It was from Next and I tried to get a picture on their site but it doesn't seem to be for sale anymore. I've spotted the purple version in my search for a picture (it would have been quicker for me to take a snap I'm sure) and I think I may need to make it mine.

I also spotted this one when looking for the other one (iyswim) but I'm not sure if it's got enough of a sleeve for me. To be honest the ruffley one is a bit short on sleeve coverage too. This is about the smallest sleeve I would wear. I wouldn't go out in a strap top unless I was on holiday. Even then I'd think twice!

And finally these earrings. I've wanted something like this for a while and saw these when I was at the airport a couple of weeks ago. There's a matching necklace, but it's on a cord / string as opposed to a chain, so not really me.

Actually, I've said 'and finally' but I just remembered something else I'm in the process of getting... Juicy flip flops. Here are the little beauties.

The ones with the bow are just so cute. The come in baby pink and lime green too which looks cool but what would they go with?! I really like the starfish ones. They come in white, pink and orange too. Iwas originally going to get them in white, but I've got quite a lot of pale flip flops and realised I needed some blacks ones. The ones with the bow are navy blue - not sure if they might look black in the picture.

xoxo g

I'm not alone!

Just a quick note before bedtime to say hello to my very first followers! I have really been enjoying starting up my blog but it did feel a bit sad to be talking to myself! I really appreciate you taking an interest and if you have you're own blog I'll follow you back! Thanks and I hope you like.

xoxo g

29 Jun 2009

Summer summer summer time!

Damn it's been hot today. It was a gorgeous weekend and it's set to be scorching hot all week, but what's the point in that when I have to be inside a stuffy and sticky office? Dressing for the heat isn't easy - I got told my Bikinstocks were illegal last week. Crazy health and safety rules.

So today I wore a tunic dress with leggings and gold gladiators. It felt a bit too casual, but was about right for the heat. This is the tunic dress, it's from a previous Next collection but you can easily pick it up on eBay.

It was so hot my feet felt slippery in my glads. Eeeeurgh. Maybe that was too much information. It's also just too hot to have my fringe down otherwise it just sticks to my head and looks thoroughly unattractive. I've never been able to perfect the side fringe look, so I've been opting for clipping it to the side instead. I'm going to have a new attempt at getting a side fringe when my new slim GHDs arrive. V excited for these, they have glittery plates!
These type of short sleeved dresses with leggings are my absolute favourite look right now, and are perfect for this hot weather. They're not too clingy or revealling and the leggings mean I don't have to get too much of the legs out whilst being much more summery and comfortable than trousers. I have this one in purple and I think I'm going to order this pink colour too and bling it up with the gold glads and a long gold necklace. It's £23 from Per Una @ M&S.
xoxo g

28 Jun 2009

Shoe lust - Kurt Geiger bow sandals

I actually stopped a girl in the street to tell her how beautiful I thought her shoes were when I saw these. She was very pleased by the compliment, my purse was not so pleased to hear they were from Kurt Geiger.

I looked them up and they're £55. They're gorgeous and I want them, but I'll have to hold out for a sale.

(I also spotted them this morning when I was reading Look Magazine on the feet of Pixie Lott)

Prior to spotting these I had my eye on these simple but pretty bow sandals from french connection but they're also £55. There's more to the KG shoe for £55, I think the FC one is quite over-priced.

I've noticed ASOS are doing they're own version of the above, but the bows and straps look too shiny and it gives a cheap feel. Maybe they're nicer in real life. The KGs are my fave.

xoxo g

And the not so flattering...

I like to think of it as a public service, that I make these mistakes so you don't have to, and this one is a doozy. I had seen this dress everywhere in varying colourways and decided I needed one for myself. It's a vest dress and generally I don't where anything sleeveless, opting to keep the bingo wings disguised, but I planned to wear a short sleeved top in the same colour underneath.
So I ordered the dress and was pleased to see the navy of the vest part of the dress and that of my planned short-sleeved top were a good match. I really liked the colours of the skirt and planned to wear the dress with leggings and some tan platforms.

The skirt is what I think is called a circle skirt which means it puffs out and has volume. It didn't feel right on - I wanted to keep patting the skirt down the reduce the volume and felt I could have done with making some alterations to reduce to amount of material poofing out. I felt really self-concious in it and ended up getting changed into something safer before going out. I'm glad I didn't go out in it, I thought about it, as I'd bought and planned the outfit, but as I didn't feel that I looked good I would have been paranoid and couldn't have enjoyed the evening.

So I'm either going to attempt to reduce the poofiness of the skirt or put the dress on ebay. If you are interested in the dress you can get it from Topshop but other stores are making copies. I've seen one in New Look and Peacocks and also shops which sell the cheaper brand copy items. It may be worth shopping around and comparing as the skirt style may be fuller on some brands than others.
If I make some successful alterations I'll update you with the results.
xoxo g

Pretty and flattering dresses

These dresses arrived this week and after being a little unsure of how they would turn out from looking at the picture I have to say I'm delighted (the picture doesn't do them justice). They are the type of dress which creases very easily, so need a damn good iron as soon as they arrive but they look amazing on. Definately made for complimenting curves, this is one of the most flattering styles I've found in a long time. I got the red and the yellow because I'm greedy =) and thoroughly recommend you get your iron out and buy them! (The bows on the sides can also be tied much neater and prettier than in the pictures.)

ASOS £22 (red) and £18 (yellow)

I also got another dress which I thought I could never wear... it has a gathered waist! Now I am not advocating gathered waists for curvy ladies, I don't think they do us any favours. I bought a gathered waist dress just before Christmas which looked very cool in the picture, but on me I felt like a sugarplum fairy. So, having learned a lesson from this unfortunate experience, when I saw a cute bow dress on ASOS (I'm a real sucker for bows) I knew I needed to steer well clear.

Having recently started this blog, I've been checking out lots of other people's blogs too and happened across one where the bow dress was being modelled. It looked lovely on the girl and not so much like a gathered waist at all - it turns out it's actually a faux gathered waist if there is such a thing. So immediately I ordered the dress, it arrived and I fell in love. The top is a jersey t-shirt type material with a flattering scoop and the faux gathered part begins just below the bust. The skirt part is that lovely hip skimming jersey material in a beautifully flattering cut. I got it in beige and black; it also comes in another colour and I'm currently sitting on my hands to prevent the placing of another order...

ASOS £29.50
The jeggings have also arrived and are eagerly awaiting a trying on session with the rest of the planned outfit. News on this coming soon!

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