Coat boredom

So, I am officially bored of winter coats!  You spend ages putting together a really cute outfit, only to then cover it up with your winter coat before you go outside.  So yesterday, the sun was shining (a little bit) and for once it wasn’t raining, so I decided to ditch the big winter coat…..and go for a little winter coat.

I bought this River Island crop jacket ages ago – it’s thick like a winter coat, but I see it more as a piece of the outfit as it doesn’t really hide too much and is fun to style.

I kept my outfit simple – all black. Simple black pencil skirt, black blouse, black boots, fresh looking make up as opposed to glam (i.e. pink lips and subtle eyes) so that the jacket really was the statement.

I got loads of comments, and felt very Audrey Hepburn chic.  I was going to wear it again today but with colour this time, but looking out my patio window as I eat my frosties all I see is rain rain rain rain rain, so I think a rain mac is in order.

Have a great Friday (and pay day woop)

Em x

Jacket - River Island Skirt - M&S Boots - Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger Blouse (you can't see) - Warehouse

Jacket – River Island
Skirt – M&S
Boots – Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger
Blouse (you can’t see) – Warehouse

Jacket - River Island Skirt - M&S Boots - Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger Blouse (you can't see) - Warehouse

Jacket – River Island
Skirt – M&S
Boots – Jessica Simpson for Kurt Geiger
Blouse (you can’t see) – Warehouse

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The last few days

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I am so glad it’s Friday; I’ve only been at work for three days this week, but it seems to have been a long week.  I’m quite behind on studying and have an assignment coming up so need to knuckle down; but at the moment after the cold I had last week, my main motivations are telling me to chill out and rest.  At least the red wine is helping me through the evenings pouring over books and articles, and Miss Maddie is trying her hardest to help me as you will see.

I did some baking on my days off, I tried out two marshmallow fluff recipes, one using melted marshmallows and syrup and one from scratch using egg whites.  Both tasted awesome, but aren’t quite what I was wanting.  I think my candy thermometer isn’t working properly and I always have trouble converting measurements from US cups into imperial or even metric!  I’m going to take a trip to Lakeland tomorrow to see if they sell measuring cups so I won’t need to bother with the conversions anymore, and I think a digital thermometer is the way forward!

I’ve been wearing some nice dresses this week, and I bagged myself a cute little cream blazer that I happened upon when walking through H&M the other day on offer for £15.  Sadly I forgot to check the label (assuming as H&M clothes are so cheap they must all be machine washable)  and it’s dry clean only so soon I’ll have another item to add to the ever increasing pile of clothes I need to get round to taking to the dry cleaners.

I decided to wear the blazer today, and have styled it with one of my favourite (very old and getting a bit shabby) Zara animal print tunic dresses, my favourite boots (as it’s still cold) and a big gold necklace.  I put my hair in a high up messy bun to try not to look too ‘mumsy’.  Fortunately (for the first time in ages) it’s not raining here and so I managed to get away without having to wear a coat over the top (despite the cold!) which I was pleased about as I always feel weird wearing a blazer under a coat!

I’ve had lots of compliments about my outfit today, and also about the cakes and fluff I brought into the office for everyone to sample.  In fact, I think a post-lunch snack may be due 🙂

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A taste of the tropics

It seems like ages since I last posted.  I’ve had a rotten cold, and although I’ve been dragging my tired body to work every day, I’ve looked and felt awful, and have gone for wearing the most comfortable things I could get away with for work.  Then as soon as I get home it’s been PJs and blanket chic!  I hate getting a cold anyway, but this one has seemed particularly rotten and I still feel the malaise.  Worst part though was just feeling down about myself, feeling unattractive and just generally gross.  Greasy hair, dry flushed skin, massive bags under my eyes, and you know the general ill look you get with a cold.

The other day was the first day I felt even remotely human and managed to even think about putting together an outfit and doing something with my hair other than scraping it back into a pony tail.

I bought this top in the Zara sale in January and hadn’t got round to wearing it yet.  I originally bought it to wear with jeans, but seeing as I was working I couldn’t get away with that, so decided to try it with leggings and my reliable Jessica Simpson boots.  I’m not sure if it was smart enough for work as when I met my friend for lunch he did ask me if I had the day off as I didn’t look like I was working, so maybe I won’t wear for work again, but I do love this top.  It reminds me a bit of the Hawaiian Tropic bottles from the 80s and 90s!

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Pluck my petal, Valentine…My Grabble challenge

Yesterday I had an email from the etailPR Blogger Network with a competition/challenge to put together an ASOS outfit inspired by valentines using a new tool.  Grabble is a bit like Pinterest, you use it to ‘grab’ an item of clothing you like and add it to collections.  The fun thing is that is says it will notify you if the items you’ve ‘grabbed’ get reduced in the sale.

I have often been inspired by the collection blog posts Fashion Frenzy puts together, and so thought it would be fun to not do any work yesterday afternoon, but spend the time hiding behind my computer putting together my own valentines inspired outfit.

I’ve called this collection, Pluck my petal, Valentine!  There were various elements of valentines I wanted to bring out….firstly, the flowers (perhaps in the hope I may get some from BF this year).  Flowers I think are symbolic of love, valentines and romance and so when I saw the floral bodice, I knew I wanted to create a naughty, cheeky outfit that hints at….play your cards right and those flowers you gave me earlier won’t be the only ones you’ll be seeing tonight.  At the same time, I wanted it to remain girly, chic and playful.  I thought the blue dress did this perfectly, and brought in pink accessories to echo the colours of the bodice, but also who can think of Valentines without thinking of pink??  The jewellery I thought brought an element of elegance to the outfit; despite your naughty intentions, you and BF could confidently eat in an expensive restaurant on valentines night.  The seamed stockings for me completed the whole look – classic and sophisticated, yet screaming….look at me look at me….

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Click on the picture to go to my collection at Grabble.co.uk

I love this outfit and really want it.  I know if I were to wear this on valentines, BF would be in for a treat 🙂

Cooler than the red dress….

Arrgh, what do you were when you are interviewing someone but can’t be bothered to wear a suit as it’s only an internal interview?  Why a red dress of course!  I think a red dress is a bit of a staple, like the old LBD (which is still also an essential), but a red dress I think can be elegant, sophisticated, and apparently makes me look ‘grown up’!

This dress is an ebay find – it’s an Oasis dress and I think I paid something ridiculous like £1.99 plus postage from Ebay.  The great thing about Oasis clothes is I can buy them from Ebay because I know a size 8 fits me perfectly!

The last time I wore this, I wore it with ‘sensible’ shoes, and I got told I looked ‘grown up’, which let’s face it, is just a polite way of saying frumpy.  I’d not worn it since then, but decided to give it a go again, only this time putting some mega heels with it to give it a bit of an edge and putting on some statement jewellery, rather than the simple necklace form last time.

I also did my hair in a sort of random half bun/twist thing that I made up to avoid any ‘mum hair’ adding to the frump!.

I thought it worked well with the necklace and shoes, but see what you think for yourself, as the red dress could go either way for me….wear often, or never make it out of the wardrobe again!

Em x

dress - Oasis Shoes - Kurt Geiger Necklace - forever 21 Earrings - Topshop

dress – Oasis
Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Necklace – forever 21
Earrings – Topshop

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dress – Oasis
Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Necklace – forever 21
Earrings – Topshop