Raiding The Wardrobe Of Others

I wouldn’t say I have a certain style when it comes to clothes although I’ll always favour a dress over a pair of trousers any day but one thing I do like about having such a diverse taste in clothes is raiding the wardrobes of my nearest and dearest. I just had a week off work and I spent 3 days at Yvonne’s which consisted of watching movies, clearing through hordes of beauty products and carving pumpkins! The bestest was kind enough to let me rummage through her wardrobe although I wasn’t lucky enough to blag any goodies (this time!). Yvonne is a bit of a dress junkie like myself but as we have such different body shapes I tried on some stlyes that I wouldn’t usually wear to some mixed results.

Excuse the bad hair I’m giving.

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I ❤ this River Island dress. From the front. From the back is just a mega mess, the pleats don’t sit right and make me look like I have a big arse which I actually don’t have. Tis such a shame as I feel quite Audrey-esque in this dress.

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This dress gives the illusion of the figure I wish I really had! Have told Yvonne I’ll be borrowing this at some point in the near future.

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This Phase Eight dress is lovely but miles too long for my short arse frame.

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My boobs are too big for this River Island dress and despite it being quite covered up I felt very naked in it!

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Another Phase Eight dress. Not normally a print I would go for but again I’m liking the dress, can see me buying quite a dew dress this shape.

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New shape but this Coast dress is completely the wrong colour for me. I do believe they have it in black and white so may have to check that out.

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Another dress that I will be “borrowing” the back is so pretty and the dress flares nicely when you spin which is obviously a very important aspect when picking a dress.

Do you steal pieces from friend’s wardrobes? Any other styles you think I should try?

L   x

Liking The Look Of….

I kind of need this jumper in my life – it would work equally with well skinnies or over dresses. And it’s animal print. It practically deserves to live in my wardrobe.

Monki £30

Monki £30

I already have a red dress but I like the sleeves on this one and it’s a decent price. I could dress this up or down easily.

JijiKiki £12

JijiKiki £12

Oooooooooh look at the pretty sparkles. I’m a magpie for anything shiny or glittery.

Dolly Dagger £73.25

Dolly Dagger £73.25

I just know that this would get referred to as roadkill if I ever wore it to the pub but I freakin love this

Pretty much sums up how I feel about men at the moment!

FD Avenue £15.99

FD Avenue £15.99

Pretty casual for me but this is sweet, really like it.

So there’s another wishlist. Why oh why can’t I have lots of money?!

Do you like my picks?

L    x

Sail Away With Me

So waaaaaay back here I mentioned how much I love Jiji Kiki‘s website and especially this dress so imagine my delight when those wonderful peoples at JiJi KiKi sent me it!

I was about to embark on a trip to the zoo with me adorable niece recently but couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear. The fashion gods must have smiled upon me as 2 seconds after muttering “I have nothing to wear” my parcel arrived from JiJi KiKi. I immediately changed into the dress and went out to enjoy the sunshine.

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I paired the dress with: denim waistcoat from New Look, bag from Zara, vintage sunnies and Primark necklace.

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Photos aren’t the greatest but then again they were taken by a 5 year old!

The pattern on this pink dress is little sail boats although at first glance I thought they were watermelon segments – I’m blaming too much sun frazzling my brain!

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Not sure why this looks red because the dress is definitely pink.

I then did something I NEVER do – I wore the same dress 3 days later (friend’s of mine will be in shock right about now). I spent a fabulous weekend in that London seeing the swoonsome Michael Buble in concert and wore this dress out to dinner one night.

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It looks like I’m preggo here – I’m totally not. I am sporting the world’s biggest food baby and trying to hide it with my Julien Macdonald clutch bag. A very casual look from me but the weather was freakishly warm even at night and we were walking miles and miles so flat shoes were a requirement.

One of the things I love about this dress is that it can be easily dress up or down and is interesting enough in print and shape to be worn with basic accessories without me worrying about it looking boring. Another great aspect of this dress is the longer hem at the back, meaning when I wear it during crappy weather I won’t have to worry about flashing my granny panties to strangers in the street.

Whaddya think of my dress? Have you shopped with JiJi KiKi before?

L    x

Expanding My Horizons… With Ji Ji Kiki

If you’re wondering about the title this post is part of a series where I find new stores/websites I’ve fallen in love with and Ji Ji Kiki is the latest brand to capture my heart. Classed as an independent online boutique I adore the quirky jewellery and the homewares section is just lush.

The titles of their clothing makes me smile. SO much nicer than a generic “red ruched dress” etc.

Both dresses are VERY me.

The jewellery is a mixture of quirky and vintage inspired pieces and any store selling unicorn accessories is immediately going to appeal to me!

There is also a vintage section where you can buy jewellery and homewares with prices starting from £3.50.

I had one of these mugs! Seeing it again totally takes me back to my childhood where a lukewarm cup of tea was concerned a treat and made me feel like a grown up.

I’m also impressed with by the look of their handbags.

So what are you waiting for?! Go check out Ji Ji Kiki for some quirky goodies at fab prices. As soon as pay-day comes around that red boat dress is mine!

Have you heard of Ji Ji Kiki? What do you think of my picks?

L      x

New Job, New Me!

I start a new job this week, retail management for a  lingerie store, and although there is no uniform to wear I will be required to dress in plain black during my working hours. I own plenty of black clothing but alot of it is black with embellishment or patterned or too casual for business. Here’s what I’m contemplating buying:

River Island £28

River Island £28

In Love With Fashion £32

In Love With Fashion £32

This wrap dress looks like it would be ever so flattering. Also comes in a range of other colours.

Matalan £20

Matalan £20

ASOS £15

ASOS £15

It’s the one thing I don’t own, is a pair of black trousers or jeans. I don’t even have a pair of black leggings! These ASOS twill trousers would make a welcome addition into my wardrobe.

River Island £20

River Island £20

ASOS £22

ASOS £22

The shoulder detailing is lovely and makes this a little unusual.

River Island £28

River Island £28

New Look £16.99

New Look £16.99

This embellished sweater is quite casual for me but I reckon I could make it work.

Pop Couture £18

Pop Couture £18

I also need to look for comfortable black shoes:

ASOS £28

ASOS £28

New Look £17.99

New Look £17.99

New Look £29.99

New Look £29.99

Dorothy Perkins £35

Dorothy Perkins £35

 

Any thoughts on my picks? Any tips of not getting lost in a sea of black?

L      x

 

 

 

 

How I Wore… Multiple Animal Prints!

Mixing animal prints is probably a sartorial faux-pas  but I frequently do it and today was no exception with me clashing prints on shoes and handbag. On this gloriously sunny day (hello summer) I wore my new Cynthia Rowley dress which was newly purchased in TK Maxx the other day. Although they don’t have this dress on the website you can have a peek here to other styles or rummage around your local store which is what I love doing. I can spend many an hour scouring the rails and nearly always end up leaving any TK Maxx store with at least one pair of shoes!

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This dress is ideal for me as it can be easily dressed up or down and the colour opportunities for accessories are limitless. And it swishes nicely when you spin which is obviously massively important to everyone, or maybe that’s just me! I’m imaging this dress also making an appearance later on in the year to brighten up winter, paired with thick tights, long boots and knitwear, this will work equally as well as when paired with sandals for summer.

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Denim Waistcoat – New Look (last year)

Leopard Print Bag – Peacocks (about 4 years ago)

Zebra Print Wedges – Bank (last year but worn for the first time today!)

Hardly an innovative outfit but think this kind of ensemble may be my go-to look for summer

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I’m so glad I have these shoes in my life.

The bag is just a basic across the body bag in a leopard print but it goes with the majority of my wardrobe and I find myself reaching for it on a regular basis.

My photographer for the day was my ever adorable, and rather talented niece Mya – she can take better photos than me already!

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Whaddya think of my dress? Do you ever mix animal prints? Or do you think it’s a fashion no-no?

L   x

Spring Has Sprung (Supposedly)

My usual spring wardrobe of red and navy with a nautical feel is just not cutting it this year. Bizarrely I’m yearning for soft and pastels and floral and girly and even tie dye. Perhaps just looking at pictures of items which possess these traits while suffice? Or more than likely I’ll want them all!

As seen on Lydia Bright of TOWIE fame this dress cries out to be worn with dusty rose accessories and a pair of nude heels.

Pastel chiffon. ‘Nuff said.

An investment piece which could be worn over dresses or with jeans.

A basic floral dress which could be dressed up or down.

First off let me say I have NO idea why I like this dress. On paper I shouldn’t but there’s something about it that makes me want to act all ladylike and wear pearls and drink G&Ts (I don’t even like gin)

More tie dye than floral but still caught my eye.

Reko £65

Reko £65

Again not really my style AT all but it’s very sweet due to the floral print and bomber jackets are still “in” just now.

Yet more tie dye. I wouldn’t wear it with a lime green beenie though…

Dollydagger £122.50

Dollydagger £122.50

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes have been kicking around for ages now but these are the first pair that I truly covet. As if the gorgeous nude shade wasn’t enough there is the chic pearl strap AND they are Tutti Frutti scented!!!! Paired with the pink lace Pop Couture dress – Oh yes please!

Again I’ve tried to find items from unknown/smaller companies. I want to (slowly) break away from the high street. I fall in love with many pieces I find on the internet but still fall into the habit of heading into town and spending in Primark/River Island/Dorothy Perkins etc etc.

What do you think of trying new brands via the internet? Any new trends you are trying for Spring?

L        x