Monday, 15 September 2014

Jackie sparkles

Dress: Andy Warhol Pepe Jeans (Oxfam)// necklace: Zara//
Tights: Pretty Polly c/o 
Divine Hoisery// Boots: Urban Outfitters

I've been a busy bee in Manchester, working in the week and flat hunting in the evenings and at weekends. I've been scouring Didsbury for an affordable pad and still had no luck. All I want is a nice room in a friendly house near a tram stop, but even that appears to be too much to ask.

Although I didn't find a flat, I did find this amazing dress in the depths of Didsbury's Oxfam. A hard to find Andy Warhol print Pepe Jeans release, the gathered front hides my belly whilst the print and gorgeous fabric give this piece the wow factor. 

I've teamed the dress with these incredible tights the lovely Scarlett gifted me from Divine Hoisery. Stockists of the finest tights, hold ups and leggings, I'll be showcasing a whole range of their pieces, which are so stylish and fantastic for the coming winter months. These amazing Pretty Cosmic tights are decorated with gorgeous gems, which help to lift even the darkest outfit. Although I'm not normally one for sparkles, I thought I'd try something new with these beauties. The workday has definitely brightened up with these on my legs. I'll be wearing them all winter through. 

Although it's wild, I love this look and will definitely be testing the waters with it, once I've moved into Manchester! 

Monday, 25 August 2014

MTV VMAs - the good, the bad and the ugly

Last night's VMAs caused a style storm as celebrities took to the red carpet in the best and worst outfits of this season. Once again the population of tinseltown attempted to outdo each other in an array of dresses, sharp suits and some other more unusual combos. Like school prom night, style statements were made by some unlikely heroes and heroines, the dreamy looked, well, dreamy as per, those who played it safe looked 'yawn' nice and others dug some very unusual outfits out from granny's attic.

So, without further ado, here are the good, the bad and the ugly VMAs 2014:

Beyonce Knowles

Bey channeled Morticia Addams in an elegant, demure number. The see-through lace panels added a little interest to the look and the fabulous earrings give a nod to Mrs Carter's signature style. This look is perfect for an awards ceremony and shows that Bey's role as a mum hasn't compromised her glamorous ways.


Taylor Swift

WHAT IS THIS?! Seriously though, however much I dislike Taylor Swift I have to admit, she's got great pins and (normally) fab style. This Mary Katrantzou playsuit is a strong piece but definitely not teamed with purple stripper heels on the red carpet. Although her legs look amazing, the cut of the suit is giving Ms Swift a bad case of camel toe. Something vintage in emerald green to contrast her statement red lip would've worked so much better, or even a close cut trouser suit a la Jessica Hart in Dion Lee. 


Sam Smith 

Even for the tender age of 21, Sam sure knows how to wear a suit. The midnight blue colour and sharp, thin collar gives Mr Smith an usual look which is both stylish and current. I'm a little unsure about the shoes, which resemble something Shrek would wear, however I do love the overall look. Well in Sam! 


Chris Brown 

One of my bugbears are joggers with elasticated ankles, they should only be worn in the privacy of the home or by toddlers, so Chris has no excuse for this slobbish look. Granted, he's a rapper and therefore quite a bad ass, however, the dark glasses and red trainers seem out of place on the red carpet. Add his lumberjack shirt and bin-bag style bomber to the mix and you have a look which would be more suited to a Maccies drive through than a music awards ceremony.


There you have it, my four standout looks of the VMAs. Who stood out for you?

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Playing at adulthood...

Dress: Dress Mad// Shoes: Next// Handbag: Gucci// Jacket: Next// Necklace: vintage

It's my third week in the big smoke (Manchester) and I have to say I'm loving it. I've been leading a pretty sedentary life during my time off, (which accounts for the huge belly I'm currently sporting, ew) due to the 6am starts and 8pm finishes, although soon I'll be flat hunting, so my commute will be a little less wearing - thank goodness!. Being at home has given me the opportunity to see some lovely people I've not had the chance to catch up with, but I've been trying to take it easy and focus on work.

The lovely ladies at Dress Mad definitely brightened my day by sending me this gorgeous Amanda Holden-style dress. The quality is fantastic and it's a really nice alternative to shorter body-con numbers which I tend to live in. It's so easy to dress up with these dalmatian-print wedges and a vintage necklace, or brilliant for the office with a blazer and flats.

I'm not normally a fan of neutral pieces, but I'm surprised that that this gorgeous dress suits my yellow skin tone! Paired with some simple accessories it's the perfect, versatile piece. 

Dress Mad is a pretty new clothing site so I'd definitely check it out for some up-and-coming bargains before they hit the high street!

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