December & January Round Up

Working in retail AND hospitality over the festive period has alot to answer for. I’ve missed blogging but simply didn’t have the time to offer some quality posts so please forgive my absence.

This will be a photo heavy post showing what’s kept me busy since I lasted posted.

December

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At work one day we had a “Christmas Glam” theme. Whilst this outfit isn’t as glam as I would have liked due to the almost freezing temperatures in my shop layering was crucial!

Outfit deets:

Headband: Tesco

Cardigan: River Island

Jumper: H! By Henry Holland

Skirt, tights and socks: Primark

Boots: New Look

I freakin ❤ this H! By Henry Holland jumper and have worn it loads. The split in the skirt was far too revealing to wear without tights but I quite liked the effect of the printed hosiery with this outfit.

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Another month another (few) trip(s) to Madeleines for some mouth wateringly good desserts.

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December saw me become an aunty again 🙂

My sister gave birth to another beautiful baby girl. As the bestest aunty ever I may have   did spent a small fortune of pink clothing from Gap and Debenhams.

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I celebrated my birthday (no I will not disclose my age!). It was a rather sedate affair this year but was lovely to spend time with my nearest and dearest. Also how cute is my Minnie Mouse hat gifted to me by the mother?!

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Just some of my Christmas gifts

The Bestest bought me this onesie and it is fast becoming one of my most favourite items ever!

I posted in my wishlist about wanting decent makeup brushes so imagine my delight when the parents gave me these beautiful Dior brushes. they are almost too pretty to use. Second best present was definitely my Cambridge Satchel. Bigger than my red one from the previous Christmas, I have used this almost every day since.

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This H&M dress was my outfit of choice for Hogmanay. Rather daring for me to be exposing the midriff but I have decided to step out of my comfort zone with clothing and what better time to start than New Year.

This whole outfit cost me the grand total of £44 thanks to some savvy sale shopping!

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Nine West

Necklace: H&M

Ring: Primark

January consisted of many relatives birthdays, some illness and wedding dress shopping! No not for me (alas) but the bestest got engaged on Christmas Day and as Maid of Honour it was my duty to offer critical analysis of dresses. Although the wedding isn’t until next August both the wedding dress and my dress have been purchased!

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So much for Dry January – LOTS of cocktails were consumed, favourites were from Tonic and The Roseleaf.

Needing Knitwear

It is getting to that time of year again when we have to start thinking about winter wardrobes. My current wardrobe consists of very little knitwear and this is due to me being a slightly  rather “curvy” girl. But with designers belting their knitwear on the AW 12 catwalks I feel better prepared for facing my least favourite seasons. But at least if I invest in some knitwear soon I’ll have something to layer over my many dresses. At present I only own about 5 cardigans and the majority are black but since I’ve started blogging I feel more confident wearing and mixing prints so the majority of knitwear that I’ve been looking at is printed.

ASOS £32

Red lipstick jumper to match my MAC Russian Red lipstick   ❤ this!

Forever 21 £10.50

Basic but a classic

Forever 21 £18.75

Red and navy are one of my favourite colour combos

M&Co £35

I like the ombre effect of this plus the colours are a change from the earthy autumn tones usually seen

Mint Velvet £59

Love the print and exposed zips on this

With a jacket/coat on this looks like a plain sweater but the printed sleeves add a “younger” touch

Gap £16.99

The Gap knitwear I’ve owned in the past has been such good quality it’s lasted for years

Dorothy Perkins £30

Unicorns are kind of an “in” joke with Yvonne, Carla and myself so I absolutely adore this sweater! I don’t think the colour would do much for me otherwise I’d buy this ASAP.

Henry Holland at Debenhams £30.40

I first spied and fell in love with this cardigan several weeks ago. It’s usually £38 but it’s currently 20% off so I’m gonna have to snap this up quick. It feels sober soft and will add a touch of “me” to a more basic outfit.

Jonathan Saunders at Debenhams £39.20

If I bought this it would probably be the only time I’d ever own anything by Jonathan Saunders!

It’s not just jumpers and cardigans I’ve been lusting after: knitted dresses and skirts are also chic for Autumn/Winter

While Gap do have some lovely cashmere dresses I’d rather not shell out £130 for a sweater dress which is most likely going to get rained on!

ASOS £30

This is quite basic but could be dressed in a million different ways. This colour is always a favourite of mine for Autumn/Winter

Topshop £36

The paisley print is pretty sweet

Mango £39.99

Knit dresses are ever so versatile and this grey number could be funked up with coloured/printed tights

Do you favour printed knitwear? Have I missed any cool cardigans?