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TRANSITIONAL PIECES FROM M&S

One of the many good things about the seasons changing is that it gives us the opportunity to wear different types of clothes - which is always fun. So this October I will be wearing…

LEATHER TROUSERS: These make a great change from jeans, go with everything and will become a firm favourite for the season and for the years to come. They can be styled with trainers or ankle boots, t-shirts or cosy knits.

LEOPARD LOAFERS: These shoes are so good - the quality and fit it spot on, they will update every outfit and you can wear them with tights, sparkly socks or bare feet.

Leather Block Heel Ring Detail Loafers £69 / Leather Straight Leg Trousers £199

LEOPARD PRINT SHIRT: I actually thought that leopard print had peaked but this season there seems to be more than ever. This shirt also ticks the 80’s/90’s vibe that is around at the moment. I love this pink velvet bag - such a statement but it also a great size.

Animal Print Long Sleeve Shirt £29.50 / Velvet Bucket Bag £29.50

CORDUROY: Corduroy is in (it’s been a while) these wine coloured cropped trousers are great. At the moment i’m wearing mine with a pink slogan T-shirt but no doubt this will soon be with a cosy knit.

Corduroy High Waist Cropped Trousers £35 / Pure Cotton Logo Print Short Sleeve Top £15

This post was created as part of my monthly partnership with Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, words and poses are my own.

Photography @janelookerphotography

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THE LEOPARD PRINT SLIP DRESS

This is one of the most versatile dresses I have bought recently. I've worn it to a festival, a beach and to a meeting and I love it. Leopard print is still very much in this season and in my opinion is a neutral so goes with everything. Slip dresses are also having their moment so this is a good combo - plus it is £25 so very affordable.

Here are 3 ideas of ways to wear this dress but there are many more... Once the weather turns cold i'll be styling it with black tights, ankle boots and a chunky knit cardigan. It would also look cool with trainers and a denim jacket.

 

I love this jumper - the colours are great and it is chunky but not bulky.

These shoes are pretty cool too - purple velvet - perfect for the winter season. They are like wearing chocolate boxes on your feet.

Layering slip dresses is also a great way to style them - i'm wearing a simple white t-shit but a polo neck or colourful clashing print top could work too.

Animal Print Slip Midi Dress Price £25 / Jewel Trim Square Toe Loafers Price £29.50 / 

Leather Circle Cross Body Bag Price £89

Photographer @janelookerphotgraphy

This post is part of my ongoing collaboration with Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, words and outfit choices are entirely my own obviously. Affiliate links are included.

THE INVESTMENT SKIRT

I've always been a fan of investing in pieces that will last. In my experience (and wardrobe) i've found that the items of clothing I own that perhaps were a bit more expensive and better quality have lasted the test of time and been worn over and over again.

I don't necessarily believe that 'investment pieces' need to be classic pieces - I have a rainbow dress that I consider an investment piece but I do believe that you need to love them, and that they need to flatter your shape and be comfortable.

One of the items of clothing that has recently become part of my wardrobe staples is this leather skirt from Marks & Spencers. It is soft black leather, mid length with an elasticated waist and I love it. It's not cheap at nearly £200 but for what it is, coupled with the fact that this will last you a lifetime it seems a fair price.

Here are a few ways to style it. Although the possibilities are endless...

White t-shirt + trainers

This is how i'd wear the skirt for everyday - if i'm out shopping, meeting friends etc..

Sparkly top + sliders

It is easy to dress up with a simple sparkly top - sequins or silk would also work well.

The Statement Shirt 

For a fun day to night look i'd wear it with a fun silk shirt or colourful top and bright accessories.

DRESSING FOR CHRISTMAS WITH M&S

Seasonal dressing is a dressing of opposites and extremes. One day you can be wearing full on sparkle, sequins and velvet shoes and the next you could be spending the day in jeans and a cosy jumper. Then there are the days in-between the big ones that get forgotten about - but that you always need outfits for!

THE PARTY OUTFIT

This dress is absolutely amazing - the green lurex fabric reminds me of some kind of Christmas party mermaid, the cut and shape of the dress is so flattering plus it’s slight stretch makes it very comfortable.

I’m wearing it with these amazing velvet platforms, black opaque tights and very cool velvet with embroidered star clutch. I’ve kept my jewellry simple with some gold hoops but it you wanted to glitz it up even more you could add some statement diamante earrings. 

This is the perfect outfit for a Christmas or New Year's eve party and makes a change from sequins but without losing any wow factor!

CHRISTMAS DAY

I always like to dress up a bit on Christmas Day - even if I am just at home with my family I like to be smart and make an effort (that is until about 7pm when the cashmere tracksuit comes on!). 

But whatever I wear it is crucial that it is comfortable and that there is room for expansion/indulgence. 

I love this navy Tiered Taffeta Swing Midi Dress, it is one of those go to dresses that is perfect for so many occasions. It can be dressed up for events, worn to work or dressed down for a more casual day look. 

These shoes make me so happy - I absolutely love them! They are my favourite colour, flat and super comfortable - they are available in other colours and with a heel but this version have my name all over them!  

BOXING DAY & THE DAYS INBETWEEN

There are always days post and pre Christmas and New Year that you need outfits for. The days where you might go for a country walk, be doing some last minute shopping, visiting family or going to the pub.

A decent pair of jeans is always essential - these High Waist Mom Jeans are great - they have some stretch in them which makes them super comfortable and as they come up high on the waist are flattering too. 

Another essential is a cosy knit - I love the bright red colour of this one (it also comes in cream) and it’s Christmasy gold cuffs and neck (I have sized up to make it more of a slouchy style).

These trainers are for life not just for Christmas - I absolutely love the glitter stars, they are so so fun and make a change from plain white ones while still being as versatile.

This cotton and sequin top is a perfect winter wardrobe staple - it would also look great dressed up with a pleated skirt or smart trousers and layered up with a cosy cardigan.

TRIPLE PINK

Pink is my favourite colour - I have always loved it and always will, but it is a colour people often forget to wear over the Christmas period as red is so prominent and takes it’s place.

I love wearing pink + pink (or in the case of this outfit - triple pink). This pleated skirt has an elasticated waistband and I love the way it moves and wafts when you walk - it is very comfortable. This super soft cosy knit is such a pretty colour and style - it would also look great with jeans.

More sparkly shoes - the small block heel on these are the perfect height for wearing all day and night - for both dancing or shopping. I will be wearing these a lot this season - both with and without tights. 

 

This post was originally created for Marks & Spencer's Style + Living Section on their website, you can see the original post here

SUMMER HOLIDAY PACKING

Part of the fun for me of going on a Summer holiday is the outfits I get to wear.  I love digging out the summer clothes bag and getting a few new things to update it and planning what i'm going to wear in a climate that you can (hopefully) guarantee is going to be hot and sunny.

I always take a few (or more) swimming costumes and bikinis. There are so many different shapes and styles around at the moment but I look for ones with boob support. Since having children/breastfeeding/getting old... my breasts aren't so perky and shall I say self supporting as they used to be. I know to avoid styles that offer no support and that therefore give me 'flat tit' and go for slightly padded underwired ones instead.

These two are great - they have support in the cup, a detachable strap and are flattering on the mum-tum because they have Secret Slimming™ - an inner layer of control fabric that holds and flatters (and they really work!).

Secret Slimming™ Parrot Print Swimsuit £19.50 / Secret Slimming™ Tile Print Swimsuit £19.50

Generally for Summer holidays I pack 2 outfits per day plus a few extras tops/ bottoms for if I change my mind. I am aware that this possibly isn't the most efficient way of packing or that it isn't very excess baggage friendly but i've found that it works for me. I like to have options so I take tops and bottoms that can be dressed up or down, mixed and matched.

I love this pale blue crochet vest top (also availble in white) - it works equally well with a bright skirt as it does with denim cut offs.

Cotton Rich Textured Crochet Strap Vest Top £19.50 / Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £25 / Denim Shorts £12.50

Denim shorts are a Summer holiday staple for me - these are good ones if you prefer a longer length. They are also flattering on waist as they come up higher.

This is a great, versatile and comfortable skirt. I love the colour and the elasticated waist band. 

Beach cover ups and kaftans are great things - perfect for mooching (an activity only done on holidays) around in pre or post the beach or for having lunch at the beach cafe. I love this snake skin print one - very chic and looks great with gold.

Animal Print Embellished Kaftan £29.50 / Coin Detailed Sandals £35

This black and white dress would be a great investment and would get worn a lot. It is slightly thicker fabric (linen) than I would wear on a super hot holiday but perfect for the UK or when it gets cooler in the evening.

Linen Blend Printed Tassel Tunic Dress £29.50 / Leather Eyelet Across Body Bag £79.00

This post was very kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers - a shop I shop in and guenienly love!

Photography by @janelookerphotography

HAVANA BRIGHTS

If you are regular reader you know that I'm a colour lover. I believe that beige is a waste of space where a colour could be so when Marks & Spencer asked if I would like to review their Havana trend for their Style + Living section I jumped at the chance.

Yellow - the colour of happiness. Lots of people think that yellow won't suit them but there are so many different shades that it is likely you can find one that does. This dress has the power to change you and the people around you's mood.

Tiered Cuff Detail Long Sleeve Midi Dress £49.50

Blue - is an easy to wear colour and this top is a flattering style. Perfect for both the beach and town, jeans / shorts.

Pure Cotton Embroidered Sleeve Blouse £35

Tropical Flowers - if you aren't ready to go for full on brights or full on florals then this is a great jumpsuit. It is super comfortable and the wrap style is flattering - great for every day and for summer events.

Printed Frill Sleeve Jumpsuit with Belt £39.50

“The most important thing with any outfit, whatever the shade, is that you like it, wear it with confidence and always accessorise with a big smile – because life is just too short to wear boring clothes.” Please read the full article here.

Photos by @janelookerphotography

AYE AYE CAPTAIN

The Nautical trend has been around for awhile now, in fact I think it is always around it just takes on different forms. Nautical is easy to wear because you can fully commit to it (sailor dress) or just nod to it (stripey top) and because it is fun.

This season the nautical trend has evolved - sleeves are like like sails, T-shirts have ropes attached to them and bags are like boats (kind of).

This top is amazing - i'm not sure how you could get more of a 'statement' sleeve, if i'm honest it might not be the most practical shaped sleeve for say eating / hosting / passing things but it looks very cool.

I'm wearing it with bright white culottes and (neutral) metallic flats but it would look cool with jeans or a pencil skirt too. This would be a great outfit for a wedding or a smart Spring event (and preferably one without children).

Pure Cotton Tiered Sleeve Bardot Top £39.50 / Button Detail Wide Leg Trousers £35

I love this outfit - it was so comfortable. It was easy to wear and is as comfortable as pajamas (and looking at it now slightly resembles them - which is fine btw).

Perfect for work or a smart / casual event. You could also team the trousers with a coloured jumper and/or denim or bomber jacket. The Flamingo slipper shoes need no explaining! 

Striped Tapered Leg Trousers £45 / Tie Side Eyelet Short Sleeve Jersey Top £25 / Flamingo Pumps with Insolia Flex® £35 / Faux Leather Across Body Bag £25

This skirt is incredible, look at the way it reflects the sunlight (that came out especially for this shot!). A silver skirt is easier to wear than you might think - it goes with every colour and can be dressed down (like I have here) and up with a black top and wedges. 

Metallic Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £49.50 / Denim 2 Pocket Jacket £29.50

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All nautical thoughts, ideas and clothes choices are entirely my own.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

As I have mentioned before I am a fan of seasons. I like them all and I like when they change because it opens up a whole load of outfits, fashion, trends and colours. Spring is always a welcome season for fashion - light jackets, no socks, cropped trousers and bare legs.

To get you in the mood and to inspire your new season wardrobe here are a few Spring inspired outfit ideas and key pieces that will see you through to Summer time.

This is a great Winter to Spring transition outfit, not too flesh baring or summery but not too wintery and warm either.  These bright red cropped trousers are fun, flattering and cool. They look great with these backless loafers (perfect for Spring feet), but they would also look good dressed up with a wedged heel. I would also style them with a white trainer, Breton top or denim shirt for a more casual look.

This thin knit grey embellished top is another perfect Winter - Spring transition piece that could be worn with anything.

Cropped Wide Leg Trousers £45 / Embroidered Short Sleeve Jumper £35

This skirt is so pretty, the embroidery and detail on it makes it look and feel really premium. I would wear this dressed up to a wedding with a silk cami top, colourful heels and a cropped jacket or dressed down with a white t-shirt, trainers and a denim jacket.

I love this bag!!! Little red bags are a next season must have and this one is perfect - such a good colour red and the perfect cross-body bag size to fit the essentials.

Embroidered A-Line Skirt £49.50 / Faux Leather Twist Lock Bag £25

Big sleeves are another big trend for next season and this top is a good alternative to a shirt.

I have been looking for a pair of shoes like these for a while - being a flat shoe person I am always on the look out for something that is smart and chic but without a heel and these are great. When the sun goes in (which in the UK it will) I would wear them with black tights or fishnet socks.

If you are looking for a good all round pair of jeans then I would highly recommend these - high waisted, slightly cropped but with a straight leg - great with bare ankles. (AUTOGRAPH High Waist Slim Leg Jeans £39.50).

Leather Sling Back Flats £49.50 / Pure Cotton Striped Fluted Sleeve Blouse  £29.50

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer. I genuinely would wear all of these clothes and totally believe in what I have written!

Photographer @janelookerphotography

SPORTY STYLE!

I love clothes and fashion (which i'm sure you've guessed) - what I wear makes a big difference to my mood and I enjoy the process and challenge of working out what to wear to different places and occasions.

January is a time when promises are made, gyms are joined, resolutions and fitness targets are set and sportswear is purchased! When it comes to getting clothes to exercise in the key is to get something you like to wear, that is practical, comfortable, functional and that you feel good in.

Depending on how much you work out you'll be wearing these clothes at least once a week so it is always worth investing in some that fit you well. Sports clothes have to be technical and work, the correct clothes and shoes can make a huge difference to your performance and enjoyment. 

This padded running jacket is great - it is insulated enough to keep you warm but not too much so you overheat! I really like the thumb hole detail which is perfect for keeping your hands warm when out running.

Padded Running Jacket £45 / Lace Up Active Trainers with Insolia Flex® £25

The good thing about sportswear this season is that it is not limited to the gym, with the rise in popularity of the Athleisure trend it is now more than ever acceptable to wear these clothes throughout the day.

This is also true for sporty style accessories - this bag works just as well with a laptop or nappies in is as it does for yuor sports kit.

 

Faux Leather Gym Tote Bag £29.50 / Sport Hoody £25

Another reason that I believe in getting some exercise clothes you will love is that I believe they will motivate you to wear them and get fit. The best form of exercise is one that you enjoy doing and that makes you feel good inside and out.

Performance Graphite Print Leggings £25 / Silicon Water Bottle £8

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer. I genuinely would wear all of these clothes and totally believe in what I have written!

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

It's the 1st of December and time to start Christmas Shopping (or at least start to think about it). If you are stuck for ideas or even better if someone has asked you to suggest some things that you might like for Christmas give them the link to this blog post and send them to Marks & Spencer. 

My first suggestion is the classic Christmas gift Pyjamas. Until owning these pyjamas I have tended to sleep in an old t-shirt and pyjama bottoms however these have changed my PJ attitude - they are SO comfortable, super soft and cosy and the only thing I will be sleeping in from now on. 

Another classic gift are slippers - something that you'd rarely buy for yourself but when you do own a cosy pair will make you happy every time you put them on.

Pure Cotton Star Print Revere Collar Pyjamas £29.50 / Cork Mule Slippers £17.50

I love this jacket - so cosy and cool and good to note that although white fake fur jackets aren't always the most practical of colours/styles this one is washable. This dress is great too and would look equally good with summer sandals for a sunshine wedding in the summer time. 

Faux Fur Jacket £65 / Jacquard Print Lined Fit & Flare Dress £49.50

Statement earrings are in at the moment and these are great - because they are black they will go with everything and despite being on the large side are super light and comfortable.

 Diamanté Resin Circular Earrings £15

This is such a beautiful bomber that feels and looks really luxurious. It can be dressed up and down and worn for loads of different occasions - it would make a lady very happy at Christmas.

Embroidered Bird Bomber Jacket £65

This handbag is cool and is a great size - perfect for both work and play. Gloves are always good, especially as it is so cold - these are super cosy, great quality and very warm.  

Faux Leather Chunky Chain Shoulder Bag £35 / Leather Gloves £59

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer. I genuinely would give and receive all of these gifts.