TGIF! My first week back at work post-holiday is almost over and lazing around on the beach is all but a distant (but happy) memory. For ages now I’ve neglected my work-wear wardrobe, tending to resign a few old faithful pieces for when I’m not in uniform and never focusing on anything new. I’ve started to pay more attention to what’s available on the high street in terms of office wear and it turns out House of Fraser
was a pretty good place to start.
Dress c/o House of Fraser | Boots c/o Long Tall Sally
I absolutely love this dress by Dorothy Perkins, just one of the many brands stocked by House of Fraser. At £25 it’s hugely affordable and the perfect addition to my working wardrobe. It’d be really easy to take from office to post-work drinks too, with a leather jacket and some heeled boots it could go from smart to smart casual in seconds. I also really like this twist on monochrome as the black pattern is set against a baby pink hue which softens the look somewhat. I’ll be keeping a close eye on both House of Fraser and Dorothy Perkins over the next few months as I seek to update my working wardrobe, there are some amazing pieces at amazing prices and I’m a department store convert.
(and yes, yes I am absolutely living in these Long Tall Sally boots right now).
I might be mourning that the season of sandals is over before it really started but the redeeming factor of Autumn/Winter is ankle boots, as I’ve mentioned time and time again I am bordering on obsessed with them- my shoe collection compromises mostly of ankle grazers in all colours, heel heights and styles and yet I still find myself wanting more. Since I got back from my holiday I’ve been consoling my blues with a spot of window shopping (because despite my best attempts, I couldn’t bring back every pair of shoes I fell in love with in Spain), thankfully Brantano have a wonderful array of ankle boots
on their website to keep my eyes busy and my wish list growing.
Whilst away I noticed a lot of folk inspired boots in the stores so the tan boots with tapestry detail are my favourite, perfect for pairing with a denim skirt and seventies style tee.
Black ankle boots will always be my achilles heel and the three leather pairs in this wish list are just begging to be bought (all by Clarks who are killing it this season!)
So far I’ve added three pairs of boots to my collection in the last month or so and I have a feeling that before long a few more pairs will be joining them. I’m not the only one who has this obsession, right?
Well here I am back from Spain *sob*, obviously there will be an influx of posts all about my holiday coming up shortly but in the mean-time I have a bit of a bargain outfit to share today thanks to e-tail PR
and Just For £5
(I’ll give you three guesses as to how much each piece cost…)
Dress & Jacket c/o Just For £5
I love sites like Just For £5
. Like any discounter there are going to be some pieces which aren’t to your taste but with some careful delving there are some real treasures to be found. I couldn’t resist this floral print dress, I had earmarked it as a work dress but given the length of it I think it’ll be limited to casual attire only- no big deal though, some thick tights and chunky boots are all it needs to make it knicker flashing free! The jacket isn’t something I’d usually go for but I was suckered in by the cheerful colour and the fact I’m seriously lacking in in-between season layers. I have always worried that cheap outerwear would look kind of well, cheap, but this jacket doesn’t at all in real life and the quality is really good too.
This site has become a bit of an obsession to be honest, with new arrivals landing all the time it’s best to snap up pieces when you see them as they don’t hang around long! Has anything caught your eye?
Oh, and sorry about the dinky images, if you click on them they will appear full sized- I’m working on it!
So here I am, fresh back from a week in Spain where temperatures were averaging 28 degrees to the cold harsh reality of October. Thankfully I’ve been enlisted in to a challenge with Yumi
to spread the word about their #YumiLovesWinter campaign and show off some of their pieces for the colder months.
Outfit c/o Yumi: Coat | Top | Skirt | Boots c/o Long Tall Sally
Every year I get the urge for a new Winter coat and when I saw the blue version of this one in the Yumi adverts I was smitten. I opted for the black version though as my coat collection lacks a classic black and I love the swing style and snug faux fur collar. I also really liked the way the coat complimented the fabulous crystal print sweatshirt and skirt. Each piece is available individually but I couldn’t resist the double whammy of pairing both together.
What do you think of my #YumiLovesWinter look?
I’m a little early with my end of September instagram post (follow me here
to stay fully up to date) as tomorrow I’m flying out to Spain with my Mum to have a very much needed week away in the Sun. To say I’m excited is an understatement and for once I’ve decided to take a full break from blogging and haven’t scheduled a single post to go up whilst I’m gone- try not to miss me too much!
Gorgeous treats from Paperblanks
Doing my bit for kitties everywhere.
I love girl dates with my bestie.
I got far too excited to find this!
Tackling anorexia once again. This book is a revelation.
Apparently wanting to wear my shoes to work was wrong.
Mae’s new collar- post on this soon!
Caramac Breakaway, two retro treats in one!
Well attractive mother and daughter team.
Prizes from winning the Quiz summer calendar competition
Can’t get enough of this packaging.
World’s biggest coffee morning day!
Could I have got Ben a more random Birthday card?
I hope everyone had a wonderful September. I’m looking forward to coming back from my break refreshed and ready to complete the rest of the year. Stay tuned for plenty of new posts coming in October! Make sure you leave me the links to your instagram round-up posts and leave your username below, I’m always looking for new people to follow.