A trend I’m luuurving

I have to say Im pretty obsessed with the layering of a t-shirt, shirt or jumper under a slip dress.  I generally love to layer but it’s sometimes a little tricky in the really sticky hot summer months when all you can bare are shorts and a vest.  The trend is perfect for the next few months.  I’m so tired of wearing jeans I could vomit, so this now, I’ve decided is my next best thing.

It’s also the best way to make use of any slinky dresses you may have hanging around, dress them down and turn a girly frock into a slightly scruffier ensemble.  Voila

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Happy Week to you all

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Pics: Fashion Me Now, Pinterest, They all Hate Us, Adenorah,

The most useful object for any abode

I have come to the conclusion that the ottoman is probably the most versatile and useful object for any area.  If there’s a space that needs filling or a room that needs lifting.  I love ottomans covered in elaborate, bright, velvet and funky fabrics to brighten a neutral palette.  Uses: end of bed, coffee table, extra seating, decorative, storage…..I think one of my reason’s I love them most is it’s an opportunity to introduce your favourite fabric that is too out there for a chair or sofa but cushions would be too inconspicuous.  They’re easy to reupholster.  Buy inexpensive ottomans from Ikea or Coricraft, choose a fabric and get it covered.  Drape sheepskins or throws over them for extra texture and layers.

Last year I purchased this pouff (below) and I almost wish I had bought two.  Although it’s not an ottoman it has brought such joy to me visually, I absolutely love the fabric and I love how it has introduced colour into my lounge and it has brought endless hours of fun for the boys too, who love to dive on it …..hmmmm

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Ottoman inspiration

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Formal Winter Warmers

In my opinion formal dress code in winter is by far the most elegant.  I love a long sleeve and whilst I find covering an arm up definitely formalises an outfit, its a combination of the style and the fabrics that bring it together perfectly.  It is almost impossible not to look chic in all the dark jewelled winter colours, mixed with the luxurious fabrics of velvet, lace, suede and silk, its a sensory overload of texture.  Winter is the perfect time of year to send out your posh party invitations.

If you are attending a wedding or any event this winter that requires a higher level of formality and sophistication, that you just won’t hit with a pair of jeans, then be prepared for the onslaught of options.

Layer Up – get onto this trend and wear a skirt over a dress, I love this look and with the correct dress and skirt fabrics and styles you can easily keep this look formal and warm. Love how she brings her look together by matching her lipstick with her shoes(left).

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Incorporate your jacket into your outfit, so it’s not a throw on after thought. You can then happily wear it all day knowing it works.

Go Long – wear a statement maxi skirt with a cosy jumper tucked in.

Don’t be afraid to wear trousers. There are some great jumpsuits out there too which is a wonderful option and looks super chic.

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I’m a big fan of the monochromatic look for formal occasions. It’s smart and impactful.  Make sure you add some spunk to the outfit with a fun clutch bag, killer heels, bright lip or interesting accessories. Shop any of these looks below by clicking directly on the links.

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Dramatise this look with a nude lip, smokey eyes and black or burgundy nail varnish!
Lantern Sleeve Dress // Laser cut Sandals // Suede heels // Blurred Floral Clutch // Nails OPI // Lipstick Smashbox
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Go all out with navy nails. A marshmallow pink lipstick would look great picking out the pink in the bag. Keep this look simple and clean                                                                             Smart Jumpsuit // Navy suede courts Steve Madden // Clutch // Nails Morgan TaylorMorgan Taylor // Lipstick
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I love tones of grey especially for a sleek and chic outfit.  Add colour and warmth to this with a bright plum lipstick and dark nails.                                                                                                Peplum Blouse Mango // Grey Fringed Skirt // Suede Heels // Necklace // Earrings   // Lipstick Brocade Bobbi Brown

 

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Something about a satin slip says rock chic (think Kate Moss) Add arm candy to this outfit along with a purple or red lipstick for added impact.

Satin slip Dress // Faux Fur Jacket // Clutch bag // Earrings // Suede lace up heels // Lipstick Violetta MAC

Tip: Check out Zando online for loads of smart jackets!

I hope I’ve left you with some inspiration.  Happy shopping & keep warm

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