One dress, three ways

The lovely people over at Marks and Spencer challenged me to take one of their new AW13 dresses, and style it three ways. Having seen their new range, I jumped at the chance!

Marks and Spencer Limited Collection AW13 Sheer Panel Shift Dress

I chose this gorgeous Limited Edition Sheer Panel Shift dress. Never one to shy away from colour, I was instantly attracted to the bright red tomato colour and it certainly didn’t disappoint when it arrived. The dress is fitted with a zip fastening to the back and has a pretty sheer panel that runs along the collar line and also down the sleeves. I love wearing dresses mainly because they are so versatile so I knew that I would have fun styling this three ways!

Marks and Spencer Limited Collection AW13 Sheer Panel Shift DressRight, outfit number one. A coffee date with my favourite bearded man and what better excuse to wear my new dress? I wore it here with my black Primark biker jacket, Wolford black opaques and my Ash Jalouse Spiral ankle boots. I think this might be my favourite of the three looks.

Outfit number two. It was a here there and everywhere kind of day with children to be deposited at school and errands to be run. I wore the dress with black Topshop leggings, black patent boots from LK Bennett, my X by Trollbeads bracelet and a Lulu Guinness handbag from the olden days when I could afford to indulge my handbag habit.

Outfit number three. A Saturday of food shopping, ferrying around of children with much more exciting social lives than me and a trip to the park thrown in for good measure. Here I wore the dress as a tunic with indigo skinny jeans from Marks and Spencer, a feather print scarf also from Marks and Spencer and jewelled ballet flats from Next.

From dressed up, to dressed right down and somewhere in between, I absolutely loved this dress. I loved how it fitted and best of all I loved just how versatile it was. So, how did I do? Did I meet the one dress three ways challenge?

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this post, I was asked to choose a dress from the new AW13 range at Marks and Spencer so that I could take part in this challenge. The dress I chose is currently priced at £45. All other clothing/accessories/items mentioned in this post are my own.  

 

What I Wore Wednesday

What I wore Wednesday..

..the back to school edition

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Denim jacket – Only Westa (c/o Zalando), white fringed scarf – Primark, striped maxi dress – Gap, black studded sandals – Primark, skull friendship bracelet – Links of London, watch – Michael Kors, nail varnish – Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate

After a wonderful summer that was over way too fast, it’s back to school for all four of my children today. For them that means itchy new uniforms and for the girls of course shiny new patent Mary Janes the lucky things! But for now at least, I’m keen to ignore that slight September nip in the air and hang on to summer for a tiny bit longer.

I love this striped dress from Gap and I have worn it to death this summer. It’s sleeveless though so this new denim jacket is just the ticket to try to drag out my summer dresses for a little longer. The same applies to the little cotton scarf too. As for the sandals, well I hope I can keep my toes out for a while longer yet. As much as I love my autumn wardrobe I’m not quite ready for boot shopping just yet. Give me at least until the end the month for that joy!

So that was me, what are you wearing this week? Hanging on to summer like me or keen to embrace the looming autumn? You can see my other outfit posts right here and as always, I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday over at Transatlantic Blonde so don’t forget to pop over and see what everybody else is wearing this week.

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What I Wore Wednesday

I feel like I haven’t joined in with What I Wore Wednesday for ages (and that’s probably because I haven’t) but anyway, it’s Wednesday, so it’s what I wore….

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Grey blazer – H&M, white tee (underneath) – Primark, grey skull scarf – Primark, jeans – Next, jewelled ballet flats – Next, watch – Michael Kors, skull friendship bracelet – Links of London 

Blazer, jeans, ballet flats. Such a classic look. But I have to admit that I struggle to find blazers that I actually like on me. If they don’t finish in just the right place I look lumpy, or if they button in the wrong place I feel like I’m going to pop out of them, or if the cut isn’t just right they make me feel even broader in the shoulder than I already am. Fussy? Moi? But I love this blazer from H&M. It was an absolute bargain as you’d expect but it’s in a lovely tuxedo shape and I hope that it suits me.

The jeans are new from Next and they are supposed to be skinnies but they actually fit more like straight legs. I tried on and bought some other skinny jeans at the same time that fit me perfectly so I stupidly just picked up this other pair thinking that they would be of the same fit but I was wrong. It’s bad enough that sizes and styles vary so much from shop to shop but from the same shop? Is it too much to expect? Honestly! I should really have taken them back but I couldn’t be bothered. It just feels strange wearing jeans that aren’t skin tight! Oh well!

My gorgeous new skull bracelet was a birthday present from Mr Mostly and I absolutely love it. He really does have the best taste in jewellery. And women too of course *ahem* Can you believe that this weekend saw the ‘anniversary’ of our engagement? Nineteen whole years since he proposed to me and he’s still waiting for me to make an honest man of him! Ha!

If you enjoyed this post, you might like to take a look at some of my other outfit posts right here and don’t forget to check out the rest of the entries for this weeks What I Wore Wednesday with Transatlantic Blonde.

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What I Wore Wednesday

It’s Wednesday..

..so it’s what I wore

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Feather scarf – M&S, black vest – H&M, black cardigan – Gap, leather cuff – Mulberry (as seen here) watch – Michael Kors, red jeans – M&S, leopard print ballet flats – Georgia Rose c/o Sarenza (as seen here

Have coloured jeans been and gone? I honestly don’t know but I’m still loving mine and they are definitely here to stay in my wardrobe. These bright cherry red jeans never fail to cheer me up. I am never quite sure what to wear with them though and tend to play it really safe with plain black tops like I have here. I’ve actually been keeping an eye out for a denim shirt to wear with my coloured jeans layered with a white vest à la Pinterest but I am yet to find one that I like. I think I must be too fussy. I do think that there’s a fine line between being bright and bold and looking like a second rate children’s entertainer though and it’s not a line I really want to cross! But am I being too safe? How do you wear yours?

I’ve had this scarf for ages now and wear it quite a lot. I love the peacock feather print and it’s HUGE so it’s perfect for wrapping up on a draughty train ride or even for cosying up for a sneaky afternoon Nana nap. (I do love me a Nana nap) I think it breaks up this outfit nicely though and the black and red pattern hopefully brings it all together but without being too matchy matchy.

Leopard print and red are surely a match made in fashion heaven and I love these little Georgia Rose ballet flats with the red leather trim. The Mulberry cuff you have seen a million times before on my outfit posts but I love it to bits. It has a double wrap leather bracelet with the little apple charm that can open up. It also acts as a great distraction tool for small people who love to open it and close it over and over and over and over again!

If you enjoyed this post, you might like to take a look at some of my other outfit posts right here and don’t forget to check out the rest of the entries for this weeks What I Wore Wednesday with Transatlantic Blonde.

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What I Wore Wednesday

What I wore Wednesday..

..the sparkles on the school run edition.

Leopard print scarf – Claire’s Accessories (as seen here)

Biker jacket – Primark (as seen here)

Black long line tee – H&M

Petrol skinny jeans – M&S (as seen here)

Black glitter boots – Primark 

(Oh and my pink Leather Satchel Co satchel has sneaked in on the photo too hanging on the wardrobe behind me!)

This is my running late, school run to wrangle, errands to do and meeting Mr Mostly for lunch before an afternoon of writing kind of outfit. The thing that I love about joining in with this linky is that you get to see people’s real everyday style. And this is definitely mine!

I’m still completely in love with this Primark biker jacket and it hasn’t disintegrated in the rain yet which is always a bonus. I love these skinnies from M&S the petrol colour is just gorgeous and to think that this time last year I was scared of even trying coloured jeans? Pah! I live in the things now! The boots were yet another Primark bargain and they are truly sparkletastic. Any excuse to cheer up any school run, right? They have a lovely Cuban heel so they are actually really practical. Who says that sensible shoes have to be boring anyway? Glitter all the way I say. Love them!

What are you wearing this week?

What I Wore Wednesday

 

It’s Wednesday so it’s what I wore……..

Dark indigo skinny jeans – M&S, pink Breton tee – Fat Face, black biker jacket – Primark, skull scarf – Primark, manicure – Tweetheart by imPRESS

Another week, another clash of patterns. This time stripes and skulls. Oh, and I love this new biker jacket. Yes, it is from Primark and no, it probably won’t survive a shower of rain but I love it. It was just the cheap and cheerful top-up that my wardrobe needed this Autumn while I dream about the gorgeous one I have seen over at Baukjen that I really can’t afford. The jacket makes a simple Breton tee and skinny jeans combo just come together somehow and makes me feel like I’ve made an effort when really I had an extra ten minutes in bed. You can’t argue with that.

I’m linking up with Transatlantic Blonde’s What I Wore linky again this week, do check out the other entries by clicking on the badge below. What are you wearing this week?

 

 

Ralph Lauren Holiday Giveaway

I was sent the most beautiful gift from the lovely people over at Ralph Lauren to celebrate the the Holiday season (that’s Christmas to you and me, but of course it’s Holiday to Ralph!) And what says Christmas more than this beautiful red chunky Reindeer Scarf from the girls’ apparel range? Just beautiful.

There is nothing nicer than wrapping up warm and heading out on a crisp Winter’s day. Long walks with frosty leaves underfoot, walking off that extra mince pie or three and then coming home for hot chocolate and snuggles on the sofa. But what nicer way to wrap up than in this gorgeous Reindeer Scarf? It is in a chunky knit and the design features the most beautiful snowflake and heart motif with fringe detail along the ends to conjure up a little festive love this Winter. It is in the softest knit and so cosy that I only wish that I could steal it for myself!

Ralph Lauren have some beautiful gift ideas this holiday season and I have particularly got my eye on a very cute dress from the same range as the scarf. There is a great round-up of some favourites right here and all items are available at ralphlauren.co.uk and if you order by 20th December, it should be with you in time for Christmas. You might also want to sign up for the newsletter here to be the first to hear about all the latest styles, offers and sales.

The lovely people over at Ralph Lauren have not only sent us this beautiful gift but want to spread the festive cheer to one lucky blog reader too. How fabulous is that? If you would like a chance of winning a Reindeer Scarf just like mine for a little person in your life, all you have to do is leave me a comment here on my blog. Simple. I’ll then pick a winner at random later in the week.*

Good luck and happy holidays you lovely lot!

*Terms & Conditions: The winner will be picked at random and receive 1 Reindeer Scarf suitable for age 1.5-6.5. No purchase necessary. Closing date for draw is midnight on 21/12/11. Draw takes place on 22/12/11 for entries received by closing date. The number of winners will be 1 in total. No cash alternative. By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge and accept these terms and conditions. The value of the scarf is £79. Open to UK residents only – sorry the rest of the world!