George at Asda – 1 Skirt, 3 Ways

I absolutely love reading these types of posts on other blogs so when I was approached to get involved I couldn’t wait! I love adding pieces to my wardrobe that are multifunctional and can be worn for both work and play; it considerably brings the cost per wear down which is always a good thing!

George at Asda is one of my favourite stores for online shopping. I always find at least a couple of things I want to buy and I find their fit true to size too – which is always a bonus, particularly when shopping online. Their prices are reasonable too, for example the skirt that is the key piece in this post was just £16! £16!! Thats about 2 lunches in London so a total bargain in my eyes.

I am totally in love with the midi length this season, as I may have already said, and this skirt is the perfect way to feed this addiction. The best part about it? It is stretchy! A few of my other skirts have zips and whilst they are comfortable if you are standing, once you have sat down a while they start to get uncomfortable. This is definitely the perfect skirt for a dinner out – eat as much as you like!

So I wanted to create 3 styles that could be worn for different occasions using the same skirt. The first look was for work; for this I chose a black wrapover blouse and a pair of low block heels. Simple and sophisticated. Then I wanted a transitional look that could go from work to play – so adding this white blouse was perfect! Smart enough for the office, but if you’re heading out for drinks just unzip it slightly and throw on a pair of heels and you’re off!

Finally I absolutely fell in love with this dusky pink faux leather jacket – and it was only £25! It is collarless which is great and it is light enough to wear during spring and summer. It compliments the skirt perfectly and by adding a plain cami vest and pair of sandals this look could take you to the beach, shopping, or for coffee with the girls.

All items in these looks were from George at Asda and I absolutely love each and everyone. The total cost was less than £100 for all 3 looks and you could easily style this skirt with existing items in your wardrobe too – making it even more cost effective!

What to wear as a wedding guest

What to wear as a wedding guest

I have been lucky enough to be invited to a wedding this summer as a +1 and you know what that means – the perfect excuse to purchase a new outfit!

But I always find that dressing for a wedding is slightly more difficult than getting a new outfit for dinner with friends or a night out; there are just so many rules! Don’t wear white, avoid anything strapless, don’t match the bridesmaids… the list is never ending!

So in honor of the relentless rules, but excitement, of wedding dressing I thought I would put together a wish list of dresses that are suitable for the occasion and will not leave you looking out of place!

My Wish List

One of the primary things I am looking for is a midi length dress. I am absolutely obsessed with this length at the moment anyway, but the fact it is demure enough for a wedding is a bonus too. As I am only short I would be looking for a knee length midi, but if you are a little taller than a calf length one would look fabulous too! I really love some of the ones in store at New Look right now.

Obviously I need a little bit of height to give me a bit of a boost, but six inch heels definitely don’t hold a place at such an occasion! Therefore my options are either wedges or block heels – both would be comfortable enough for a long day on my feet, and work perfectly with each of my selected dresses.

In terms of colours I am thinking peaches, light pinks and maybe a baby blue or light green – all of which House of Fraser have bountiful of. I think light colours are perfect for a summer wedding because they really grasp the concept of the season and are elegant too. I do really need to find out the colour code of the wedding to ensure that I don’t clash with the bridesmaids – or the tablecloths!

So with these items, and maybe a white blazer or pashmina to throw on if it gets a bit colder, I think I will just about be wedding guest ready – tackling this fashion dilemma in style!

Alice McCall

Designer Spotlight: Alice McCall

Sometimes there is just a designer that catches your eye with their whimsical and inspired creations. For me, that just happened to be Alice McCall.

Like work used in a theatre production, these pieces would not sit in your wardrobe quitely. Instead they are greatly expressive and not for the faint hearted – you would most certainly be noticed in these pieces, but justifiably for the right reasons!

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Wearable technology – fashion couture?

When you think of fashion you typically envisage that dreamlike Dior dress or coveted Mulberry handbag, but fashion does not centralise around standard fabric anymore. No, with the development of technology it has grown and established itself in an entirely different market: that of wearable technology.

Making its mark on the London Fashion Week catwalk during Richard Nicoll’s show, wearable technology was thrust in to the spotlight and soon found sanctuary within the discussions of fashionistas and they fashion bible magazines alike.

Typically the technology and fashion industry could not be more dissimilar: with the fashionable elite and their high price tag garments, in stark comparison to the technology industry that typically are thought to be a far more casual and almost ‘wacky’ bunch.

But no longer are the two industries so far separated, nor dissimilar to each other. The combination of both technology and fashion means that there is now the possibility for one item to truly transition between seasons and years. For example, one brand has sought to launch a set of high heels that feature LED lighting and through a mobile app the colour of these lights can be adjusted to suit. No longer do you need to buy a pair of heels for every outfit, now just one pair can do the same job as 5 or 6!

For those of you who watched the previous season of The Apprentice you may also have seen the wearable task, where one of the items produced was a jacket that used solar panels to power light panels and chargers for your mobile phone. Whilst their prototype wasn’t the greastest piece of fashion yet, it did somewhat suggest and show just what is possible with wearable technology and where it could possibly take fashion in the future.

Whilst the motto fashion over function has long resonated true, it may now be that the two can seamlessly combine and offer the best of both worlds!

Nike Blazers

Nike Blazer at JD Sports

I have never much been one for sensible shoes, proven by the fact that my choice of footwear for freezing cold Stockholm before Christmas was a pair of pumps.

However with it getting colder and me feeling like I might just need to add to my casual footwear collection, I was tempted by some Nike Blazer trainers from JD Sports. Their wide range of Nike trainers had me stumped for choice, however I have frequently added Blazers to my wishlist and thought that now was the perfect time to add them to my collection!

Nike Blazers

Nike Blazers

I went for a cool grey colour; the perfect addition to a variety of outfits. Great for throwing on when you need to pop to the shops on a lazy Sunday, but equally as good for casual Friday at work with a pair of trainers and a jacket. These versatile little things are really adorable and whilst I first thought that they might feel a little clumpy to somebody who is used to pumps, they are actually very comfortable and fit perfectly to the size of my feet.

I take a UK5/EU38 and in my opinion these shoes are true to size, I don’t feel like I need to have sized up or down even by half a size.

Not only do these solve the issue of cold feet in the winter, but come summer they would be the perfect footwear choice for a festival – just add a pair of denim shorts and a cami top! Clothing and footwear that I wear throughout a variety of seasons is a personal favourite thing of mine because it then means I have transitional staples that I can mix and match other items from my wardrobe with.

Even better these little things are reduced to just £40 instead of £70 at JD Sports.

So, what do you think – are you tempted by adding some Nike Blazers to your wardrobe?