Summer Sale time at The Dressing Room

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that the sales have started. I may have even succumbed to a cheeky purchase or two myself – more on that to come in a future post!

Anyway, my good friends over at The Dressing Room got in touch to see if I’d like a preview of some sale goodies. That’ll do nicely, said I! So here I am modelling some of the fab bargains you can get your hands on TOMORROW at 9.30am when the sale goes live! If you happen to be local to St Albans, the first 20 customers into the store on the Saturday will receieve an extra 10% off sale items. If not, sign up to the Dressing Room’s mailing list now and check your mailbox on Saturday morning for an exclusive 10% discount code to use online, before 1pm!

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Maison Scotch Grandad Long Sleeve Tee in Blush – NOW £45 WAS £68

This top is a good buy as it’s actually a two in one – you get a grey vest top and the long-sleeved pink one. The blush colour is so pretty and Maison Scotch quality is excellent. I’ve styled it as part of a casual look, something easy to wear when running around after my little monsters rascals.

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Great Plains Jolly Roger Slouch Vest in Seahorse Green – NOW £30 WAS £48

This slouchy vest is another multi-occasion winner. You can style it for a night out with coated skinnies and cage sandals, as I’ve done here, or wear it as a fab beach cover up over a bikini and flip-flops. I do love stripes for the summer!

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Great Plains Lucy Stripe Short Sleeve Jersey Dress in Cobalt Blue/Salt – NOW £38 WAS £55

I know it’s a blogger cliche, but this really is a dress you can dress up or down. The combination of stripes and beaded embellishment mean it can work for a variety of occasions. I’m wearing it with bright ballet pumps for a casual look, but by teaming it with cream strappy sandals and a complimentary clutch it could easily do a wedding or christening.

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Great Plains Shelly Beach Maxi Dress in Navy – NOW £30 WAS £45

This was my children’s favourite outfit. They said I looked like ‘a beautiful mermaid’. Now I don’t know about that, but this is a great easy breezy dress for a sultry day. I found that the print is so standout that it worked best with simple accessories.

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Becksondergaard Blurred Leo Scarf in Bright Orange – NOW £20 WAS £33

The final item I was sent, and the one I decided to keep, was this lovely leopard print scarf. I’m having a real love affair with orange at the moment – so bright and zingy for summer. Not to mention it works a treat with my new favourite lippy!

So, make sure you’re up early to check out the great buys on offer tomorrow morning – it’s one not to miss! And while you’re online click back onto my blog where I’ll be rounding up my favourite picks from the DR sale!

Disclaimer: all opinions my own, though The Dressing Room did kindly allow me to keep the item of my choice.

The Dressing Room – Sale Preview

Sales are happening thick and fast at the moment, aren’t they? Well, save yourself for The Dressing Room’s awesome Winter Sale. The girls were kind enough to send over a selection of items to try, so here is an exclusive sneak preview:

First up, here I am wearing the Great Plains Music Melody dress. This shift is so easy to wear – the slightly darker print on the bottom half of the dress is great for slimming hips, and the rich green is perfect for the season. I have added a bold necklace and black over the knee boots for a look that could take you from the office to a bar.

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Outfit:

Dress  – Great Plains via the Dressing Room (£55 reduced to £38)
Boots – Dune
Necklace – Oliver Bonas

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – you can’t go wrong with a stripey top. Farhi do this style every season and I think the shape really elevates a simple stripe to something special. This top would be great for a sophisticated evening outfit, and I have paired it with leather (look) leggings and black pointy kitten heels to keep the look simple and streamlined.

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Outfit

Top – Farhi via The Dressing Room (£85 reduced to £42.50)
Pleather leggings – Uniqlo
Shoes – Vince Camuto

I was very kindly allowed to keep one of the items I reviewed here and I chose this Maison Scotch tunic. It’s not easy to see from the photo, but is has a very delicate speckled pattern and some contrasting trim at the shoulder which gives it a glam-bohemian effect. To be honest, it looks a lot like something Isabel Marant might design. Easy to dress up or dress down, I can see it will be a really versatile addition to my wardrobe. In fact I wore the outfit to a birthday party yesterday afternoon!

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Outfit:

Top – Maison Scotch c/o The Dressing Room (£82 reduced to £55)
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Scarf – Becksondergaard

The final item I trialled was this gorgeous Becksondergaard scarf. I have acquired several of their scarves since I started working with The Dressing Room and I can really vouch for their quality. This beautiful blue leopard print version fits in so well with my existing wardrobe, I think I’ll be snapping it up in the sale myself! I’ve opted for a casual look here, ideal for running around after the kids.

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Outfit

Scarf – Becksondergaard via The Dressing Room (£39 reduced to £27)
Sweater – MaxMara
Jeans – Goldsign
Trainers – Converse
Beanie – Hush

Now, I happen to know that there will be a special Christmas surprise in store for all mailing list subscribers, so I strongly suggest you sign up to their newsletter and keep an eye on your inbox over the festive season.

Go on, log on and bag some bargains – it sure beats battling the rain on Oxford Street and winding up with pneumonia like I did last year! And make sure you report back on any purchases, of course!

Happy Birthday to me!

Yesterday I turned the fairly unremarkable age of 29. Mr TMT and I have an annual tradition of visiting Hyde Park Winter Wonderland every year on my birthday so off we went.

This year I had an extra special gift courtesy of the lovely folk at The Dressing Room – a beautiful Becksondergaard scarf sent to me as part of their Becksondergaard blogger challenge! The idea behind the challenge is that each blogger showcases their personality in the way they wear their scarf.

I’m not really a neat and tidy person, so I like my scarves BIG. This fabulous tiger and star print number definitely ticks that box! I wear mine by folding it diagonally in the centre, then just sort of throwing it round my neck before tying the loose ends to really show off those stars.

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Outfit:

Scarf – Becksondergaard c/o The Dressing Room
Coat – Barbour
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Bag – Balenciaga
Gloves – Brora

The scarf perks up my dark, neural outfit a treat, and my friend here really liked it. The wool and silk mix kept me toasty on the ice and it was the first year I’ve not fallen over. Not saying that’s necessarily anything to do with the scarf but it does seem like a coincidence…

My lovely scarf is from the SS14 collection, but The Dressing Room have loads of beautiful Becksondergaard scarves here. I bought my mum this one for Christmas (don’t worry she doesn’t read the blog):

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How do you wear your scarf?

Insiders Event at The Dressing Room

This week I had the privilege of attending The Dressing Room’s Insiders Event.

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I’ve been collaborating with the store for a while now testing out products, styling looks and generally showcasing their fantastic wares, so it was about time I got myself up to St Albans for a gander. I most certainly was not disappointed.
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The event was to celebrate the relaunch of a brand new Dressing room complete with beautiful decor and a slick website (the site isn’t live quite yet, but I’ve had a sneak peek and it is fab!) Having seen some pics on Twitter I couldn’t wait to get in and rifle through those rails!

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I was also keen to meet Deryane, the one-woman whirlwind behind the store’s success since the launch in 2005. Readers, I have a new girl crush. The passion with which she spoke about her business was so inspiring, not to mention the glut of awards she has won! I was thrilled also to meet the team. Every member of shop-floor staff is a trained stylist and it shows, they are attentive without being pushy and as happy to let you browse as to style you head to toe. They all share the same vision; making shopping at the store an ‘experience’. And don’t just take my word for it, I have a lovely friend who is a St Albanite and DR regular (*waves to Sally*) who regularly raves about the customer service.

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The Dressing Room stocks 80(!) brands, so the feel is more like that of an intimate department store than a small boutique. You know, one where the staff care about you rather than giving you the snooty up-and-down. The clothes are arranged tonally, complimenting each other and punctuated with glittering display cabinets full of jewellery and racks of colourful scarves.

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Behind the till is a display of tit tape and chicken fillets ahem, wardrobe solutions, while Spanx and tights are also available. I love the idea that you can get the whole lot in one place. No buying a plunging dress and then schlepping off to Boots here

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Prices start at around £20, and this was a deliberate decision by Deryane. She explained that she never wanted anyone to feel too intimidated by the more expensive labels to come in. I think this philosophy is as savvy as it is sensitive. A 16 year old might start her Dressing Room journey with a Tokyo Jane bangle or Great Plains top and end up buying J Brand jeans and Ash boots in her thirties and beyond.

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The brands themselves sit alongside each other beautifully. Deryane certainly has fantastic taste. At one point I joked that I’d ‘take one of each’… I wasn’t really joking.

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After a natter with the other bloggers and a glass or two of fizz, I got to play dress-up. You can practically hear the hand clapping and squealing, can’t you?

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20131025-101057.jpgIt was a real ‘gotta have it’ moment and I’m already regretting not snapping up the matching pendant! I’m going to do some heavy hinting to the other half in the run up to the festive season.

Speaking of which, it felt like Christmas when we got our goody bags! We each got our own gorgeous Becksondergaard scarf (modelled below – look who got the neon!), plus a few other treats, which you’ll see in situ over the coming weeks.

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20131024-200440.jpgAll in all, it was a delightful way to spend an afternoon, and I’m so glad I made the trip. I’m already itching to get back for that necklace… And maybe the dress… And there was this pair of trainers too…

A big thank you to Deryane and the girls for being such great hosts!

P.S. This is not a sponsored post (though I was plied with alcohol and given a beautiful goody bag) and, as ever, I wouldn’t recommend anything I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in.

Scandi Style Month at The Dressing Room

This month is Scandi Style Month over at Twentymumthing favourite The Dressing Room. This is exactly what it sounds like; a celebration of Scandinavian Style, showcasing the fabulous brands the DR stock such as Becksondergaard, Twist&Tango and Tokyo Jane. You can read more about everything they have going on over on their blog but on to my involvement… Those lovely Dressing Room folk got in touch to ask me to review some pieces by Rosemunde. This Danish brand design luxurious wardrobe staples in a silk blend which slip seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Need proof? Ok then…

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde (similar)
Top – Rosemunde
Jeans – Paige
Boots – Ash
Scarf – Becksondergaard

These tops work so well layered together as part of an everyday outfit. I love the tonal look acheived by layering the two shades of grey. Boyfriend jeans and a pretty bird scarf by another Scandi brand, Becksondergaard, make this a perfect casual look.

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde
Jeans – Twist & Tango
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Bag – Jimmy Choo

If you saw yesterday’s post you’ll have seen the outfit I put together for an anniversary meal with my husband, and this is a variation on a theme. While these tops are great for layering, they are fabulous worn simply with skinnies too. The delicate lace is the perfect foil to the pointy stilettos and zip detail on the jeans.

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde (similar)
Cardigan – Rosemunde
Skirt – T by Alexander Wang
Shoes – Jemima Vine

Here I’ve put together a look which I think works really well for the office. I’m wearing a twin-set but (hopefully) don’t look like I’m missing my set of pearls and sensible court shoes. The colours palette is very simple, but the lace detail at the front (and back, check out the link) of the cardigan adds interest. And these tops would work just as well with jeans and boots too – I do like a multi-tasker.

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Outfit:

Grey Vest – Rosemunde (similar)
Purple Vest – Rosemunde
Jacket – American Vintage (similar)
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash

How beautiful is this aubergine colour? I love purple for Autumn/Winter, and this top looks so gorgeous layered with the pale grey. I can’t find this vest on the website, but if you give the lovely ladies at the Dressing Room a call, I’m sure they can sort you out. I haven’t mentioned just how delicious these tops feel against the skin. The high silk content means they are super soft, and they’re suprisingly warm too – perfect for layering up on chilly days. The other great thing about them is that although they’re quite figure hugging, they don’t ride up (the bane of my life with long vests!)

So, now you’ve seen how easily these great basics slot into my wardrobe, maybe you fancy some in yours? Well, your luck is in! From today unti midnight tomorrow (Tues 10 Sept) The Dressing Room are offering an extra 10% off all full priced items with code AUTUMN10. What better way to kickstart your A/W wardrobe? Do let me know what you’re buying or dreaming of buying – I love shopping vicariously!

DISCLAIMER: I received the grey vest shown in the pictures as a thank you for doing this review, but, as ever, all views are very much my own. The rest of the tops are winging their way back to St Albans (though having seen how lovely the slate grey long-sleeved top looks with my vest, I’m seriously considering breaking my ban!)

And yes, I know my patio needs weeding.

C150 – Day 22 – 27

Heartfelt apologies, dear readers, for my lack of commitment. I have had a crazy couple of weeks, but I think I’ve got my shit together now. We’ll see. Anyway, you don’t want to hear about all that bobbins, you want to know what I’ve been wearing!

Day 22

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Outfit:

Top – DVF
Trousers – Gap
Shoes – Michael Kors

This top was a sample sale bargain and I just love it. I don’t wear it often enough really – must make more effort to give it the airing it deserves. The shoes are Michael Kors ‘Flex’ pumps and are just the comfiest ever. They pop up every season in different colours and frequently appear on the Outnet at great prices – highly recommend them!

Day 23

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Outfit:

Shirt – Equipment
Skirt – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Boden

You remember the saga of this shirt, don’t you? Well worth a very painful trip to acquire it with my newly operated on hand (you can expect the return of the grubby bandage soon as it needs redoing), as it makes me smile every time I catch sight of it!

Day 24

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Outfit:

Dress – LK Bennett
Shoes – Vince Camuto

A rare glimpse of business-appropriate Amber here – I very rarely do the ‘corporate’ thing, but I had a meeting where I needed to make an impact today, so it was required. I spent the whole day feeling like I was playing dress up, but the meeting had exactly the desired outcome, so it was worth it!

Day 25

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Outfit:

Scarf – Becksondergaard
T-shirt – Uniqlo
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Watch – Olivia Burton

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice a couple of new acquisitions here! More on those in a separate post, but I promise I haven’t broken the terms of my ban.

Day 26

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Outfit:

T-shirt – Gap
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Watch – Olivia Burton

Variations on a theme here – I’ve fallen back in love with my Ash Jalouse during the slightly cooler weather. They are so comfy and have that casual-cool thing going on. Another highly recommended footwear purchase if you’re in the market.

Day 27

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Outfit:

Shirt – Uniqlo
Jeans – J Brand
Boots – Boden
Watch – Olivia Burton

This was probably my favourite outfit of the week. I love a flannel shirt and this monochrome check one looks fab with my precious pink boots!

Back later with today’s outfit, and that handbag post I owe you…