Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Eat, drink and buy clothes

On Friday night I had a black tie dinner to attend. I love an excuse to get dressed up and get my hair did, and of course who’s going to say no to free hotel, alcohol and best of all - free food! I didn’t go for a traditional floor length dress as I’m not really sure I suit them, I just feel a bit awkward in them for some reason, I think they must just be a bit too girly for me. I had to pull out all the stops so I didn’t look under dressed while still staying classy. I work in very male dominated industry and it can hard to get the right balance, I didn’t want to look to ‘omgfashun’ but I sure as hell didn’t want to be a plain Jane either! I think this dress ticked all the boxes, it’s a classic colour and covers everything without looking frumpy. It’s from ASOS but it definitely has more of a high end High Street feel to it, think Karen Millen or Reiss. The blue Zara shoes got their first run out too and they didn't hurt one bit- result!! 

ASOS dress
Zara shoes
TK maxx clutch
It was a great night all round, and was topped off with the fact that I didn’t even have a hangover the next day, I put that down to the two plates of room service sandwiches I devoured at 4:30am, after my room mate fell asleep and left me to eat her share!!

So while I was in the city and hangover free it would have been silly not to go and have a mooch around the shops as I don’t often get a child free day to shop - hence my online shopping addiction!!

Matalan skirt £14
H&M biker jacket
Tom Tailor T-shirt
ASOS wedge trainers

I got this skirt in matalan, it's hard see but it's made of thick jersey type material (think trackie bottom stuff) with littel flecks of colour, so I embraced the sports luxe trend and teamed it with my wedge trainers.

I promised myself last week that I wouldn’t go near H&M and Zara for at least a month, but I had to leave some online stuff back and I’m not that strong willed when it come to these shops as you may have noticed. But I will say nothing was really jumping out to me in H&M which is a first, and I struggled to spend the £40 credit I had there. I’ve since come to the realisation that I have enough in my wardrobe, when I went to get dressed yesterday I honestly felt overwhelmed as I have a lot of stuff that has been sitting unworn for months.

I just bought a basic navy silky vest top as this type of top is a real staple for me, and I spent the rest on my wee man – my mother of the year award is in the post I’m assured!!

Zara was a different kettle of fish, I could have bought plenty but restricted myself to three items.

Zara blouse £29.99 Zara skirt £25.99
I couldn’t go past this little TRF tapestry skirt, as it looked so summery and will go with almost any colour top. I also bought this yellow blouse, I’ve been seeing the sleeveless version on a lot of my favourite blogs and on Avenue 57 recently, but though I would get more wear out of this one. I’m sort of undecided on it though as it has a little stitch in the drape to protect your modesty but it sits far too low on me, as I have a short torso, so unless I can put another strategically placed stitch in myself it will be going back.

Zara skirt £29.99
I tried on this skirt but the zip was looking rather dodgy so decided against it, but I have thought about it since and think I would get great wear out of it - it's short enough for a night out but also long enough to wear with blouse and jacket for a more formal occasion so I think I will go back for it.

Zara skort £25.99
I did try on the black Skorts that I previously blogged about here, but the only pair they had in my size had another wonky zip – typical!! I’m not totally sold on them as I think they may be more of a holiday item and due to building our house at the minute a foreign holiday is well and truly on the back burner this year.

Zara £17.99
I also got this scarf, which is sure to brighten up any plain outfit, for days I’m feeling particularly uncreative. So overall not a bad wee haul, but I’ve decided I’m buying nothing until June unless I see something at Avril from School Gate Style’s Boden party – well it would be rude not to support my blogger friend!!  


  1. I just love that dress on you. Hot mama!

    1. Aw thanks Iva, but it's one tof those magic dresses that pull you in in all the right places - I can't take any credit!!

  2. Phew...I thought you'd have no money left for my party after all that! haha! Nice choices - esp the tapestry skirt. Oh and how HAWT did you look on Friday night? Amazing - that dress is stunning and the blue shoes are perfect with it. Great to hear they were comfy all night...even more tempted by them now. Looking forward to finally meeting next week, Ax

    1. It's pay day today Avril, so I'm good to go! lol. The shoes were a great buy, considering getting the other colour but I know I don't need them. looking forward to it too of course, hopefully finally get my hands on that bag I've been after!! x

  3. The dress is stunning! Very SJP! :) I love the bright scarf & as you say it will go with loads & the skorts looked ace on you but doubt you will get much use out of them with the UK climate! Its not much better here atm! Somebody stole our sun today! Andrea x

    1. Thanks Andrea! Can't wait to wear the scarf, I need something to brighten things up, the weather is awful here. It's great in Southern England though so it looks like they may have stolen your Sun!! x

  4. I had to pick my jaw up from the ground when I first saw that photo of you in the glamorous dress. Seriously SERIOUSLY movie star looks and hot bod you've got there.

    1. Ha Marlene! I think u may need to get your glasses prescription checked my dear!! x

  5. You look STUNNING! Bet you were on the receiving end of many, many compliments that night. Great haul from Zara - especially the tapestry skirt. Looks fab

  6. Aw thanks Helen, we just need to get some nicer weather so I can actually wear it now! x

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