Off the grid

When I went to the Laura Ashley SS14 press day on the wettest November day EVER, it’s safe to say Spring wasn’t really on my mind. However, as the mercury has risen (incrementally), I’ve found my eye drawn to some lighter pieces. Now let’s not go nuts here, it’s still pretty brisk, but today I felt able to swap my cashmere knits for this fabulous cotton intarsia knit. I liked it so much back at the press day I actually named it best in show, so I lined I had to have it! Geometric prints are ^everywhere^ at the moment, but I love the hint of red livening up the simple windowpane design.

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This jumper is really well finished and a lovely weight, and being cotton I can see it becoming a year-round favourite.

And here I am modelling it. I’ve teamed it with simple navy trousers and burgundy courts, with a perky hit of bright green to remind me Spring is on the way.

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Outfit:

Jumper – Laura Ashley
Trousers – Fenn Wright Manson
Shoes – Michael Kors
Bag – Anya Hindmarch

Shoe Selfie: Win a pair of Melissa shoes with The Dressing Room

Morning all!

So, you all like shoes, right? Thought so. Well, how do you fancy winning a gorgeous pair of Melissa shoes from The Dressing Room as part of their Feb Feet Month?
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It couldn’t be simpler – all you need to do is take a Shoe Selfie, a pic of your favourite shoes. Your feet can be in them or out of them, and they don’t have to be from The Dressing Room.

You can then enter in one of three ways…

Twitter

Follow The Dressing Room on Twitter (@dressingroom1) and tweet them your Shoe Selfie using the hashtags #FebFeet #DRShoeSelfie

Facebook

Like The Dressing Room’s page on Facebook (TheDressingRoomStAlbans), then post your Shoe Selfie to their wall using the the hashtags #FebFeet #DRShoeSelfie and share with your friends

Instagram

Follow The Dressing Room on Instagram (THEDRSTALBANS) and tag them in your Shoe Selfie pictures using the hashtags #FebFeet #DRShoeSelfie
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So what are you waiting for? The competition ends midnight Sunday 23 February and the winner will be announced on Monday 24 February.

I’ll start us off by showing you one of the fab pairs you could be choosing from if you win…
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Melissa Lady Dragon Cluster Heels – £98

Boden Bargains!

My love of Boden is well documented on this blog. I recently had my personal style analysed (more on this to come) and it turns out Boden is a great place for me to shop. Hooray!

Anyway, I just wanted to flag the fact that they have some great deals in the clearance section of their website, where selected items currently have up to 80% off.

20140214-103350.jpgI ordered this cashmere crew neck for a ridiculous £23.80. Amazing!

Check it out and see what gems you find!

Things what I bought in the sales

So January is FINALLY over, I’ve been paid (thank god) and I’m ready to embrace the new season. Sorry you’ve not seen much of me lately – I’ve come good on my New Year’s Resolution to do more exercise and have been out running pretty much every spare minute of my day.

So, what have a bought in the sales? Well beside a lot of neon running gear, which I’ll spare you the sight of, quite a bit actually…

You’ve seen these already, the Isabel Marant Bennett wedge high top:

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These are already proving their worth and have been worn many times. They tick all the boxes for me. A good buy!

Zoe Karssen ‘Homme’ hoodie:

20140131-125104.jpgI’m wearing this as we speak. I picked it up half price in the Matches sale and I love it. So comfy while being fitted and still slightly edgy so I don’t feel like a total slob.

Hobbs Lulu dress:

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I’d been stalking this dress for a while and when it dropped to £50 I bagged it. A great work basic.

Jewel of Liberty silk scarf:

20140131-125758.jpgSometimes an item just speaks to you. I spotted this scarf when I was mooching in Liberty just before Christmas and I just fell in love. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure, but I’ve never liked tea anyway. I got it at half price which I was very pleased about. I’ve worn it a few times air hostess style but I’m looking for inspiration to tie it in other ways if anyone has an idea!

Me&Em Ruched Cowl Neck Dress

Me&EmI have the short sleeved version of this dress in navy and it has been so useful that I couldn’t resist the forest green long-sleeved version. I’ve said it before but these dresses feel as close to wearing your pyjamas to work as possible – perhaps I shouldn’t be so pleased about that, but in my world comfort is king!

James Perse Tank Dress

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I’ve shown you my James Perse dress before, but I am so pleased with this one, it really is a ‘take you anywhere’ dress with the right accessories – not bad for £50.

Dune Nins boots

Dune NiinsThese were a bit of an impulse buy while roaming the Selfridges sale. They have a very definite look of the Rag & Bone Newburys but were about a tenth of the price. I’m finding them very useful on evenings out when I want to look a bit glam but can’t face cold feet (i.e. 9 months of the year).

Comptoir des Cotonniers wedge boots

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Irritatingly these boots are now cheaper than they were when I bought them, but I have had so much wear out of them I can’t begrudge £20. They are fabulously French chic and easy on the feet. What’s not to like?

Charles Phillip Slippers

CPSAnother buy you already know about, my fab tartan slippers. Impractical and a bit ridiculous, these make me happy every time I look at my feet!

Rich and Skinny jeans

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These jeans were a lucky TK Maxx find. I always find my best buys in their clearance section which either means I have hideous taste and am hopelessly deluded or that the general public are less appreciative than I. I prefer the latter option. These may have knocked my Goldsign Virtuals off the top of my jeans hierarchy – they are so flattering. There were a few different Rich and Skinny styles in my local branch, so could be worth a look.

Dr Denim solitaire jeggings

Dr DenimI needed black jeans and I was all ready to spring for some premium denim but was struggling to find what I wanted. I know my favourites The Dressing Room stock this label, and Deryane the manager knows her stuff, so I thought I’d give the Solitaire jeggings a whirl. I’m really glad I did! When they arrived they were TINY. I genuinely didn’t think an actual human could wear them, but man, do they stretch. The rise on these is high, as in up to my navel, but I love that as there is zero danger of flashing my pants. They keep their shape remarkably well and for £30, I’m made up.