daisy chain dreaming: L.K Bennett

I think payday brings out my online browsing monster more than ever, and it was pretty rampant to start with. Give me an afternoon off work with no obligations and you’ll find me glued to my laptop catching up on blogs in one tab, tweeting on another and the third (and fourth, and fifth) will be various online retailers.
Today’s object of desire is pretty much ALL the shoes by L.K. Bennett. I can tell I’m growing up as previously I would have skipped over this brand completely but right now I’m loving what they’ve got and my favourites are as above.

1. Because it’s still winter, much to my disgust, I figured a pair of boots ought to feature. Ok so they might not be the most practical of boots but dammit they are sexy and I want them, BAD. It’s breaking my heart that they cost £325!

2. Second up are these fantastic suede and satin sandals, in the sale at £125 they are a little more reasonable and it is probably just as well my size has sold out because there is something about the chunky cut and bold black against pale pink couple with the almost lingerie type detailing that I’m swooning over.

3. HELLO brightness. I want to team these coral beauties with tapered black trousers or a modest little black dress and inject some colour in to the office. The website calls these berry but I think they lie, have you ever seen a berry that colour? Either way a name is but a name, the fact is these are amazing and when I next need some “grown up” classic shoes these might be it. £170 doesn’t seem tooooo bad for something well made and of lasting quality. I’m not sure who I’m trying to justify to here.

4. I think we’ve gathered by now that I can’t resist a pastel anything (Fruit Pastilles too come to think of it). These are my dream spring shoe to be worn with everything from floral dresses to laid back denim. I’d have to wear them with everything, including pyjamas to be able to allow myself to buy them, I could probably afford them but would be moaning my skint status all month…oh decisions decisions. I might let shopping karma decide and if they ever go in to the sale then they are mine.

5. Last but by no means least I introduce the sensible shoe. My foot is still quite sore and not up to full time heel wear. Flats can be pretty boring but these are far from it. I’m a sucker for leopard print, I have no idea why as I spent many a year loathing it. I can see these flats working well for a lot of occasions which is surprising given their print and more casual look. Bonus is that they are in the sale which makes it all the more tempting.

So pretty much I am oh so close to loading my virtual basket and clicking “confirm”. I really need to find better ways to spend my time, don’t I?


walk on the wild side

Dress: River Island via Asos
Top: Holland
Boots: New Look
I am a little bit in love with this River Island dress, the second I saw it in the ASOS sale I knew I had to have it and for a mere £11.50 I couldn’t be happier. One of the upsides to being tall is the ability to wear midi and maxi styles, it kind of makes up for most short dresses being indecent.
It’s the last day of January and Pay Day (capitals required) so I’m in a pretty chipper mood. The weekend is drawing ever closer too although I am working Saturday morning so it’s not quite so exciting. One way or another it’s been a really good week full of work accomplishments, exciting post and baking (and subsequently making the house smell of gingerbread), it’s so nice to be rid of those blues and when they do come back weeks like this serve as a reminder that nothing lasts forever.
How is your week turning out? Good I hope?! I never know how to finish off posts, hence the random small talk and questions.
I’ll leave one more for you before I dash off…
favourite style of dress? I might steal some inspiration.

Next Giveaway Winner

It was really, REALLY tough to pick a winner for my giveaway with Next but I had to pick someone to win the £500 prize and that lucky person was Karys!
I chose her entry as the winner because she really embraced the creative spirit of the competition and embellished her entry with pages from her sketchbook to accentuate her picks from Next’s Spring Summer range of shoes.
Congratulations Kerys, I hope you enjoy your prize…I’m not at all jealous, nope, not one bit!
Thank you to everyone who took part, everyone’s entries were awesome and I wish I could give a prize to you all!
To view Kerys’ winning entry click here

Daisy Chain Dreaming: Rosie for Autograph Spring Collection

Currently dreaming of owning all of M&S’ Rosie for Autograph Collection- I wouldn’t say no to looking like Rosie, either.
This January sees the launch of the new Rosie for Autograph Spring collection. Rosie draws inspiration from her extensive collection of vintage lingerie and uses the most luxurious of fabrics to create pieces that exude feminine glamour and feel exquisite to wear. Working together in collaboration with Soozie Jenkinson, Head of Design for lingerie at M&S, Rosie’s presents a collection which can not only be worn everyday for a piece of affordable luxury, but will make a beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day.


Rosie’s signature silk pad bra, kimono wrap and chemise set have all been reworked in gorgeous new colours and prints. The hand-painted floral design was inspired by original Art Nouveau rose motifs.

Bra: £22.50/Knicker: £12.50

Bra: £22.50/Knicker £12.50

Bra: £22.50

Rose Print Chemise: £35/French Knicker: £17.50

Long Chiffon Wrap: £59

Teddy: £45

Rosie says, “As this collection is launching so close to Valentine’s Day, it was more important than ever to make sure that all the new colours complemented all skintones. We decided upon a gorgeous palette of blush pinks and warm neutrals which every women will love to wear.” 

New nightwear pieces will also launch for Spring – the flirty babydoll, the delicate silk nightdress with a glamorous floor-sweeping hemline and intricate lace trim and the chiffon wrap, the perfect boudoir style cover-up for bedroom.

Soozie Jenkinson, Head of Lingerie Design at M&S says,

”Rosie and I put softness and romance at the very top of our creative agenda for this collection. Lingerie is a beautifully personal, intimate gift and so every attention to detail was designed with femininity in mind, using the finest fabrics such as sumptuous silks and French designed rose lace.”


Not just the perfect gift for a loved one, treat yourself to a bit of luxury this Valentine’s Day with Rosie for Autograph. The collection is available in store now and online at marksandspencer.com/rosie

Sorry for such a “lazy” blog post, it’s rare that I want to post a press release word for word, but Rosie and M&S say it better than I could…all I have to add is that I’ll take it, ALL.

Thoughts? Will you be dropping hints for Valentines day?

dark contrast

Skirt: c/o Ax Paris
Boots: Sarenza
This outfit couldn’t be any more different to the one I shared yesterday. As a general rule I am trying to wear more bright colours these days to encourage happy thoughts but I couldn’t resist pairing this Ax Paris wet look skater skirt with something on the darker side and this bunny jumper is cute enough to make anyone smile!
I’m fairly hopeless at styling skater skirts despite my ongoing obsession with them. I’m not really one for tight tops but I think sometimes something more form fitting is needed and this was one of those times. What do you think? I really lack tops in my wardrobe, aside from my selection of baggy knitwear, I think buying some good basics will be a mission for Spring/Summer so all suggestions are welcome. I need to start thinking outside my clothing comfort zone a little and embracing what I have. No more hiding.
Well, it’s off to work. Monday passed in it’s usual blur and I’m ticking off the hours until the end of the month and payday. I can’t even remember the last time I was paid…it was before Christmas and that feels like a lifetime ago now, it always strikes me as odd, all that build up for one day that soon gets lost in the madness of a fresh start.