Pop Yo Colour

Im really sorry this is a week late. I have had yet another cold which laid me low and just a bit of general malaise. I have really enjoyed this work wear challenge so I was determined to do it, even if late. Im now also late with this week but it will be done by the end of the week.

This week its about wearing a bit of colour. This dress is a bit of a favourite of mine, its really easy to wear and dress up or down. Its quite structural and fluid so its not that easy to photograph. It kind of moves with you.

Its a Mary Portas dress which is sold in House of Fraser. I would really suggest that you give Mary Portas a look. A lot of shapes are cut oversizes and the quality is really good. The shapes are simple and well cut. Its worth going into the shop and trying on as this dress is a size 16.

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The colour is a good strong cobalt blue and you can change the look of it with different accessories. Today I wore it with my Tatty Devine dinosaur teeth necklace.

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I was lucky enough to get this necklace at the Tatty sample sale for £20! A steal.

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Lastly this weeks puppy porn

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Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers in challenge, especially my blogging partner Gemma.

Naomi – http://www.diamondsnpearls.co.uk
@naomi_griffiths

Amy – http://www.thesegirlsturnheads.blogspot.co.uk
@missamysimon

Claire – http://www.amonkeyfatshionista.co.uk
@chattermonkey

Hanna – http://www.thewardrobechallenge.co.uk
@fattyschallenge

Laura – http://www.whatlauralovesuk.com
@whatlauraloves

Rosie – http://www.aroselikethis.blogspot.co.uk
@rosieroundface

Gemma – http://www.pinkgemmaplus.blogspot.co.uk
@pinkgemma

Sara – http://www.confusedbrit.wordpress.com
@sarascribblings

Beth – http://www.tinkerbellandthelostgirls.blogspot.co.uk
@tinkslostgirls

Firework

After being away for so long I wanted to post again quite quickly. Especially around my Mary Portas discovery.

Last week I went shopping with my friend Paula to get her a wedding outfit. Her first point of call was House of Fraser to look at the Mary Portas range. When we got in there I started to have a moan at one of the assistants ( the guy Mary nearly sacked in the documentary series if you watched) about how disappointed I was that Mary had limited the size range at 16/18, when he said,
“Oh but some of the range now goes up to 20 . . . and with some styles being over sized we have customers who 24 and 26 buying stuff.”

How did I miss this!? I have always liked the Mary Portas range and been a bit frankly pissed off at Mary for abandoning women who want fashion but are over 16.

So while helping Paula to find an outfit I felt it was almost my duty to try a few things on. The range has a lot of well cut simple items but many with a twist or a little bit of edge. I wouldnt even say its aimed at the more mature women. On my second visit this Friday a teenage girl was in there with her mother persuading her to buy sale and non sale bargains for her. The sale by the way is very good. My friend Paula got a fabulous emerald green crepe dress reduced from £130 to £40.

Did `I end up with a sale bargain. Oh no, (well I did a bit) but full price first. I bought the firework print tunic.

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I broke it up with leggings and some high black wedges to go and see some jazz with Andrew. I really like it. The print is amazing, its very comfortable and hangs really well. I would also wear it opaque tights or tanned bare legs. If your my height 5’4 ish you probably need heels. I also took one without the flash `I think you can see the print better.

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In regards to sale bargains I also got the volume sheer shirt, a sheer cotton shirt with full sleeves and then went back and got a similar shape dress in a bright yellow and pink print reduced from £130 to £36. Valerie from Blog to be Alive had picked it up on her flying visit to London this Wednesday and it inspired me to go back. I will blog it soon when I wear it.

I would just say the assistants in Mary Portas are brilliant. Its a really good shopping environment and the staff are very knowledgable about the range and what will suit you. They give an honest opinion and look after you very well. Really all you would want from a fashion assistant.

Andrew and I went to The Hideaway which is new jazz club in Streatham, yes Streatham. Its really good, great sound, decent food, bottle of wine for £15 and they get great acts. Last night we went to see The Dirty Martinis which Lea Delaria fronts. A really fun night, she has an amazing voice and is also very funny. This is a pic of her and Andrew.

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A couple of other quick weekend off outfits. This is for my Friday day off hair cut and lunch evening date with my husband.

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Top-New Look Inspire (top has a split back and is really a good deal)
Trouser – New Look Inspire
Necklace – Top Shop concession

Saturday mooching about in Brixton

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Top – Clement Ribeiro for Evans
Jeans – Marks and Spencers
Necklace – Vintage Spitalfields market
Shoes as ever Havianas

I like this CB top, especially with skinny jeans. Its very cool and comfortable to wear and if there is any left in the sale I would recommend it.

So whats everyone wearing for Unskinny Bop Prom?

Also its Plus North this weekend and if your thinking about going – GO! I met such a great set of women through Plus London, some of whom have now become friends.

Shiver Me Timbers

Its been a while since i blogged last. Partly due to the fact that I managed to catch that lovely chest infection that was doing the rounds. Which really knocked me for 6 for about 3 weeks so most of my fashion was about keeping warm, and then cooling down to counteract the fluctuating temperature that went on for about 9 days. During all this for various reasons I was in work, including a few days at a court like place where I outcoughed the voice of our barrister.

It started when I went home to see my Mum and Dad on Jubilee weekend which also happened to be the Whitehaven Maritime Festival. Whitehaven was once the biggest port in the country after London and was a major trading point. The coast was rife with smugglers at one point bringing in smuggled alcohol. We were also invaded during the independence struggle with America. So lots of maritime history. If you are ever in the Lake District Whitehaven is worth a look.

It was a very hot weekend and I wanted something cool and simple for going around the festival.

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Shirt – Asos curve
Trousers – New Look Inspire
Hat – Festival Market

I love pirates! I think if I had lived in those hard times I would have had to be a female pirate. I do like the pirate fashion too. I have managed to snag a great shirt from the Mary Portas sale which is very pirate-esque. Im just an 80’s girl at heart. I will blog on the shirt soon, but more on Mary later.

I wore the shirt with my ASOS curve jacket

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This is a picture of my fantastic dad which though he hasnt got his fashion mojo on is just too good not to share. My sense of humour is very much from my Dad

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A day later it had really kicked in. The weather had changed and I turned to warmth and comfort layers including my Vuitton Sprouse scarf which was outrageously expensive but in terms of pence per wear has paid for itself many times over.

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Cardigan- Marks and Spencers Autograph
Skinny Jeans – Very South range
Top – GAP pure
Shoes – Converse
Scarf – Louis Vuitton

By Saturday just gone I was starting to feel myself again so headed off for a day shopping with my friend P.

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Jacket – ASOS Curve
Top – Very South Range (now bought another 3 in the sale)
Skinny Jeans – M&S plus jeggings
Bag – Zara
Necklace – Tatty Devine

Paula was shopping for a wedding outfit and I thought it was going to be a hard long day but she managed to bag an amazing emerald green dress in the Mary Portas sale reduced from £135 to £40. We both bought the sheer white shirt reduced from £60 to £30 , and errr I managed to buy a non sale item the firework print dress which I also will blog soon.

Mary Portas now goes up to a size 20 in some styles but as much of the styles are over sized it will fit sizes above. The shirt i bought was a size 16 and I tried on the new no brainer dress and would also get that in a 16.

I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the quality and service. I will definitely go back. The clothes are simple and stylish with a bit of an edge and are high quality. The staff said Mary is responding to customer demand so the more of us that go in there, the more styles that will go up in range.

All I can say is thank god I now dont wheeze like an old spaniel and will crack on taking better blog photos.