An Outfit for A Champagne Afternoon Tea

Sunday, 24 May 2015

 For the past week i had been scouring the internet and my local stores for something to wear for a hen doo which was a champagne afternoon tea at the Beautiful Llanerch Vineyard. The Hen is one of my dearest friends and she always always looks stunning. But what do you wear to afternoon tea? And what's worse the weather is being all kind of crazy at the moment, to trouser or to dress..that was the question.
It just so happened it turned out to be an absolute glorious sunny mild day.
So after the hairdressers i had an hour to find something at my local shops. And this beautiful River Island dress was on sale. For £20. Beautiful and a bargain.
I had actually swooned after this baby when it was full price. The kimono sleeves are ticking some major style boxes and also dress it down making it easy to wear in the day time. Granted i didn't realise how short it was in the changing room, but at least its slightly longer at the back, making it ok for even a tall gal like me.
I added in my new mules, again a great day shoe for when you want a heel but a skinny stiletto heel is just too dressy,  a pop of orange with my Fossil bag which was tied together nicely with this yosa necklace. After over a week of stressing about what to wear, i was actually really pleased with this last minute option.
Normally when i panic purchase it usually ends up in the never-to-be-worn-gain pile. But this time i think i did good.
Pat pat on the back for me ;)

Dress:River Island
Mules: F&F
Bag: Fossil c/o Mcarthur Glen (last spring)
Necklace: Yosa

Ps how d'you like the new hair? It's not *quite* what i was going for, but the new sunkissed look is growing on me. At this rate i'll be blonde by summer ;) haha!

Have you ever been for afternoon tea? I have to say it was wonderful, even catering for me with a gluten free tea! What would you wear to such an event?

A Shirt Dress with Mules and a Blazer (& #Passion4Fashion linkup!)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Being late May i have been craving some nice warm weather. We haven't really had it yet, but i live in hope. So i've just decided to go with it and the legs have had a bit of fresh air. I've been wearing jeans constantly lately so it was refreshing to wear a dress for a much needed change. 
And what's better than in a nice new dress and heels that didn't (technically) cost me a penny.
I was so pleased as it was that time where my Tesco Clubcard vouchers popped up into my inbox (for my foreign friends, these are a clubcard scheme where you build up points with every pound you spend and in this case points most definitely make prizes!! Or shoes and a dress in this case), plus they are doubling up all vouchers for clothes .... Aannnd voila! 
New shirt dress and mules that i have had my eye for weeks. They're bloody gorgeous and i love them. I've been trying them on every-time i'm shopping and have kept on an eye on the sizes, making sure to move the size 6 to the back of the rack whilst i decided whether to buy them or not , so when the vouchers landed i decided now was as good a time as any! 
These mules are gorgeously soft and the heel is a great sturdy block, making them surprisingly more comfy than i expected, i couldn't decide if i wanted them in the tan or the black, but ended up going for the black knowing a lot would go with them this summer. 
Two things i can see me living in this summer, shirt dresses and mules..Happy Days (as long as it warms up a bit that is)

So yes; Free shoes and a free dress equals getting the legs out and for a very happy Friday... Plus after today i am off for 12 days from the ol' day job and we are off on holibobs next week to Cornwall! 
I'm sooo excited!

Bag: Michael Kors Via Jon Ian of Cowbridge
Blazer: New Look
Jewellery: Yosa

What are you loving for summer? Have you invested yet?

Lena B, Actually

My Summer Wish Lyst

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Regardless of the actual British weather, i live in hope when it comes to our Summer.
More often than not that means planning lovely summery outfits, that you never get to wear as the weather just doesn't co-operate. But after years of sufferance I've become a bit more British Summer savvy.

With the help of Lyst i have made the most wonderful capsule of pieces that i want to buy for the coming season. It includes items that would make the most versatile, wearable summer wardrobe ever, leaving my disdain for Old Blighty and mother nature a thing of the past.
I've mentioned Lyst before(here), but i just find it such a great shopping/planning tool. If, like me, your budget doesn't allow you to buy your whole summer wardrobe in one go,  you can just add it to your Lyst. In my case i am currently collating my Summer Wish Lyst, which i ahve to say i am absolutely loving right now! It has some amazing pices that i am coveting and, yep, i feel i may have made the perfect UK summer capsule wardrobe. There's still a couple of items i may add over the next few weeks, but hopefully i shall be picking off my items piece by piece to purchase.
The other thing i love is that it tells you if your items go on sale.. whats better than finding one of your coveted gems on sale.. Good right?!
So whats on my Summer Wish Lyst?
I feel i've covered off most bases and kept with a very clear colour scheme, making everything inter-changable.
Go take a look, there are some absolute beauties on there, but to give you an idea, here's a few of ma faves from my Lyst.

Denim, stripes and neutrals are all a running theme. Then theres a couple of 'Hero Items' like that bright colour pop bag, or the perfect floral dress, all to make a rather wonderful summer.

I love the New in section too, which is where i've found A LOT of my summer wish Lyst pieces, it knows what i like which is rather handy, rather than having to scour 50 gazillion items.

The other reason i love to Lyst is to hunt for particular items (Lately its been a navy blazer firstly, so handy to have and also a khaki jumpsuit that will satisfy both my love of khaki and jumpsuits!) Lyst enables me to search tons of retailers without having to pull my normal trick of having approx 128 tabs open on my browser (my husband goes mad, He thinks its ridiculous having that many tabs open, and i have to say, the man probably has a point). So verry very useful as i've actually found both!

Have you ever used Lyst to help you shop? I honestly can't recommend it enough.

Heels that steal the Show

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

 Sometimes simple outfits are the only way. Simple outfits jazzed up with some great heels. That's all a girls needs sometimes. That girl is me lately. I am opting more and more for ease of dressing and some hero items to take the outfit from meh to wow! The Alice Boden heels and clashing colourful Wallis clutch were my hero items in this outfit, taking it from a plain white shirt and jeans combo to funky and fun for a fabulous night out with old school friends, which was just wonderful. We sat we gossiped we reminisced. It was wonderful. We worked out that one of my particular friends and i had been friends for 26 years!! Firstly, i don't know how the heck that happened as i don't feel a day over 21 and secondly woahh how time flies. I remember us being 4 year old little girls in our frilly white socks and school dresses, in the playground haring the see-saw. Crazy.
And its official. I'm old.
I'm old and i like simple outfits.
But at least my shoes are awesome

 Trench: Dorothy Perkins
Heels: Boden
Jeans: f&F
Shirt: New Look
Necklace: New from  the Simply, Yosa Range
Clutch: c/o Wallis

Do you have any heels that pack a punch and that you just love?