No pain, no gain

It would be disingenuous of me to pretend these shoes are anything other than instruments of torture, designed to mutilate one’s feet, but they look awesome with this outfit so I am forced to commit the cardinal sin of coming to work in my running shoes and changing at my desk. Normally a practice reserved for heels, but it comes to something when your feet regard a 40min lunchtime run as a respite from pain.
20140318-185658.jpgAs you can see I have found a Breton. It’s not perfect, but if I was a stickler for perfection I’d never have married so I have had to compromise a little. In an ideal world the fabric would be just a little stiffer and the white a little whiter but hey, as I said on my wedding day, ‘it’ll do’.

Outfit:

Top – Espirit
Trousers – Fenn Wright Manson
Belt – H&M
Shoes – & Other Stories

So, what else have I been buying? Well, I also ordered the red version of this top but it is basically orange and cream so that is going back.

In the same order I picked up this dress, which I think is a keeper. The cut is quite masculine, which I like. There are no wanky, wannabe cowboy, pearlised popper buttons (dangerous for anyone over a B cup, I always feel) which have historically ruined many a denim dress for me. The length is decent without being indecent – i.e. exposes my knees but keeps an acre of cellulite under wraps. I just need to ponce around with some different belts to confirm, but my denim dress hunt could be over.
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The last item I’ve ordered, which I’m very excited about, is this Paul and Joe Sister playsuit.
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Reasons why this could be great:
It has rabbits on it.

Reasons why this could be terrible:
It’s a playsuit.

Time will tell. I will be sure to post a picture on here whatever the outcome. You can either celebrate with me or point and laugh. I know where I’d put my money…

P.S. I’m quite fond of my husband really and I rarely refer to him as ‘it’.

Working for a living

So after swearing blind I was going to be better at blogging this week, I’ve been a bit crap really, haven’t I? Work has been mental and I really haven’t had a minute. Anyway, here a a couple of snaps of what I’ve been wearing:

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Outfit:

Top – Whistles
Skirt – Vivienne Westwood Red Label via TK Maxx
Shoes – & Other Stories
Earrings – Kate Spade

Today, I didn’t even have time for a proper outfit shot – all you get is a quick Instagram from my desk:

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But as you can probably tell I’m wearing the George skirt I bleated on about for so long. And does it live up to the promise? You betcha! Good thick fabric for smoothing out the old lumps and bumps and a great length. It is cut for a curvy figure I’d say, a teensy bit roomy on the hips but not so as you’d notice, a good fit on the waist though, so I don’t think I’d have got away with an 8. I’m wearing it with my beloved Jemima Vine python flats and pretending I’m in the jungle!

No work tomorrow though, yippee! And I’ve got an exciting blog post lined up for the weekend! And an Outnet order arriving! AND it’s Eurovision! Life isn’t so bad after all…

The Ripple Effect

Hands up who likes a super-flattering dress? Ok, quite a few of you. Hands up who likes a super-flattering bargain dress? Ok, I’ll spill…

I was inspired to buy this ripple print dress from Room 31 after seeing Avril of School Gate Style and Fiona of Avenue 57 looking so great in their similar versions.

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After a 25% discount using SGS25, the dress was down to £10.50, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. It arrived yesterday and I was a little apprehensive about such a bold bodycon number, but actually I think it’s very flattering indeed! I’m wearing it with opaques and my neon & Other Stories flats, but I’m also planning on styling it with bare legs and sporty trainers for a more casual summer look.

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I love midi-dresses as they keep my bête noire, my chubby knees, firmly under wraps, and are great for showcasing a curvy silhouette without looking too obvious. And even better, they’re totally on trend at the moment – for once, fashion is my friend!