The Vintage Style Tea Dress from Peacocks

Peacocks is a shop I often forget about, when I was younger before I discovered New Look and Primark I was a huge fan of the shop. I remember when got my first full time job at nineteen, using the shop to build my first working wardrobe. Those clothes lasted much longer than the awful commission based job.

Anyway, I picked this little number up before the March Book Club. I had a bit of extra time to kill, and I remembered the stunning embroidered bag my mum had picked up from the shop earlier in the week. I flitted round the store, noticing the sale aisle on my way out and spotting this dream of a dress, I fell in love!

Peacocks add a Modern edge to this vintage style, keeping the skirt a little shorter than a traditional Tea Dress. On the hanger, the brown ditsy print doesn’t look much, but on its amazing. Fitted on the bust, with a very unique bodice panel, with a full skirt which ends just above the knee with a lot of movement. The cut of this dress is incredible for the price (£8 down from £16).

As with the majority of my wardrobe, this works nicely for work or social occasions. It’s especially nice if you have something like a vintage fair you wanted to dress up for.

Beret – Miss Ivy’s Vintage Fair Dress – Peacocks Shoes (just seen) Past Season New Look

– Emily

Matt is a bloody brilliant photographer.

TU Sainsburys and the Trendiest Blouse I Own

This top has a reputation at work. The first day I wore it, I received around three compliments in the first twenty minutes and rang off the same spiel each time:

“It’s from Sainsburys! It’s really cool as it has huge fluted sleeves, and the floral pattern is a nod to the embroidery trend.”

Now imagine this at about nine o clock in the morning, in an incredibly enthusiastic and excitable tone. There was also a comment somewhere about it being in the sale.

I love this top. I love that it hits three trends (also shirting/banker style with those very fine pin stripes), and the sleeves make me so happy. I have to stop myself waving my arms up and down.

This was picked up from store in early February (I’m an inefficient blogger), and I have worn it so many times since. I pair it with either a skirt that hits between knee and thigh length, or a fitted pair of trousers. Its a touch short for leggings.

This is the second time I’ve written about a Tu piece on here, and I already have my eye on this dress, this skirt and this other dress, I might have a problem…

If you don’t already follow Tu on Instagram  you’re missing out, they make gorgeous high quality pieces and curate a gorgeous feed.

– Emily

Shirt – Tu Sainsburys  – Jeans – New Look Link – Boots – Primark

Thank you Matt for more brilliant photos.

Styling a Pyjama Top

I haven’t reached into the Pyjama top trend on a big scale, I picked up a slightly garish Hawaiian style version when the trend first hit the high street, and this sleek ASOS number made its way over to my doorstep a couple months ago.

This top is fairly loose fitting and flowy. Like you would imagine with a normal Pyjama top, it’s styled around comfort and movement. One of the things that really drew me to this top is how forgiving it is of the middrift area. With a fastening under the bust, this has almost an empire line finish hitting the slimmest part on me. Presently I wear this with either a black or lacy vest top and I may need to add a hook and eye to this, to keep the finished look demure, it cuts quite low on the bust.

The loose fit of the top means it is best paired with a more fitted bottom half. Be that black jeans, or a pencil skirt. My work wardrobe either comprises of these jeans or a lovely cropped pair of Monsoon trousers (similar) which, as a look, commits to the full trend.

My hair tends to live in a braid of some form, so adding a sleek hair style and a very bright lip lifts this look. I also adore chunky heeled shoe boots, so will wear them whenever I can. Even if I do end up covering them in the floor of the wooded area we were shooting…

– Emily

Boots – Primark – Jeans – New Look Curve here – Top – ASOS Curve Silmilar – Lipstick – MAC Pickled Plum link

 A note to say my waist is definitely smaller in this than it is in reality. Lens Distortion and Photoshop correction for you.

You’re Never Too Old For A Playground.

January is over! Well if those aren’t three of my favourite words. January is done, its all up hill from here. There has been some horrendous weather these last few weeks, vicious wind and thundering rain but in-between the sun has been forcing its way through. So a friend and I decided to get out while we could, so I took us to where I spent my childhood playing for hours. We went to the Cargreen playground and stood in awe of its beauty, then we played in the play park. Age is just a number people.

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One day I will have a house that close to a river or the sea.

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Despite sunny pretences, there has been and there will be rain. Not long before this was taken a child in wellies was having the time of his life in that giant puddle.

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I played on this aeroplane over 20 years ago. Its the only piece of play equipment that has survived the upgrade of this park.

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This place is beautiful and filled with memories of the happiest childhood anyone could ask for. I can’t wait until its warm and sunny and can take pictures here again.

Outfit details:

  • Top – New Look
  • Jacket – Matalan
  • Trousers – H&M
  • Shoes – Nike SB

Anyway for now its back to lesson planning. Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

Beautiful blue Asos Curve shirt dress: Another workwear piece

My style has always been a little on the preppy side. I found a picture from an aunts birthday when I was about 15 years old and I’m wearing a black vest with a silky high sheen blue blouse. I have a very distinct memory from sixth form of wearing a black 3/4 sleeved button up blouse with my jeans and being asked if I was going for an interview. For me, Blair’s style wins hands down over Serena’s every time. 

 At about 18 I moved from these preppy smart nods to more casual looks, I spent years of my life working in retail wearing uniforms I disliked and dressing for the weekend. However, studying for my degree a few years later meant volunteering and updating my wardrobe, so I was office smart. These volunteer hours, and the office hours I have invested since graduating have brought back my love of preppy, smart, more tailored looks. Especially when I see so many gorgeous stylish women day in, day out.
Add ASOS Curves incredible workwear range, and purchasing this dress was inevitable:

You are looking at a shirt dress, in a size smaller than I would have purchased last year which fits over my bust without any pulling. This is the first button up top I have bought in the last eighteen months, which I haven’t had to hand stitch hook and eyes into, to retain my dignity. This dress screams office appropriate to me, it’s from a lovely cotton material(which is a touch thinner than I would expect) which layers beautifully ,sits nicely and the colour does wonders for pale ladies like myself. It creases very easily but I will forgive that, and it can easily be lifted for a social occasion or evening drinks.


I’m a big fan of shopping my wardrobe, so everything I’ve styled this with in my post is past season. The hat is from a vintage fair last year, the scarf is an ancient New Look beauty, The full skirted Mac is a Primark staple, the boots are from Schuh (thier EBay outlook specifically), the necklace is an old Debenhams piece, and the scarf was a birthday present. Three clear ways to style a new purchase, which makes me much happier about purchasing something I didn’t need, but really wanted.

Best thing about this dress?  It’s currently in the sale at £16.50! Link here if you wanted to check it out.

– Emily

Please forgive my slightly awkward modelling, slowly getting the hang of this!! And thank you to the lovely boyfriend for shooting these back in 2016.

The incredible Poppy Print top from TU that I can’t stop wearing

So for my first post of the year I didn’t think there could be anything better to write about an my favourite top of 2016. I have a thing for button up shirts, so this was always going to a firm favourite, but there are so many aspects of this TU top that make me reach for it every single week.


It’s cute and comfy for a weekend brunch, or a cinema trip yet it’s smart enough to wear to work. This is paired with the first pair of black jeans I’ve ever loved: my New Look High Waited jeans from the Curves range. Stretchy and slimming they make an incredible base for most outfits. These boots are an old pair of Clarkes beauties that badly need reheeling.

I realised this year how much I love 70’s inspired prints, and thanks to Sally how fashionable and affordable Sainsburys clothing range is.

– Emily

Sunday’s were made for Brunch, and Dungaree dresses

A couple Sundays ago, a bunch of us went for our monthly blogger brunch. We popped along to Bella Italia, where we basically had the place to ourselves and had the best morning. It’s one of those relaxed informal things I seriously look forward to, especially as the lovely Nicole was happy to play model/photographer afterwards.
There were two things I was most excited about shooting with this outfit: firstly the most ridiculous and beautiful 70’s inspired scarf my parents brought back from thier holiday, and secondly this denim dungaree dress. I’ve had this dress about a month, worn it almost every weekend and Instagrammed it twice already (here and here) and generally love how easy this piece is. I bought it on a trip to Matalan with Sally, who also now owns this dream of a dress. The scarf was also an exciting wear, I’ve had this about two months and been unable to wear it because my poorly psoriasis hands would have damaged it.

This dress comes from the plus size range at Matalan (Papaya Curve), which I didn’t even know existed until I stumbled across this dress. The range goes upto a size 28, and it’s very fashion forward collection. It’s a brilliant piece because the denim makes it a neutral, it works brilliantly over a roll neck jumper or white shirt. This dress is warm, beautiful and well fitted. It’s an easy cross seasonal piece which I doubt will be leaving my wardrobe anytime soon.

The material is a lovely thick indigo denim with the deepest pockets I have ever come across. I recon I could fit my IPad mini in them.

Basically I love this dress, and I also love these photos Nicole is such a babe 🙂

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Dress – Matalan (closest version) , Boots – Clarks (similar), Hat – Peacocks (similar) , Socks – Primark, Scarf – Gift, Coat – Chairty Shop

 

I am one of those crazy people who won’t wear tights until December hits. Partially because unless I’m ill, I don’t really feel the cold. And partially because I’m a bit lazy and always forget to replace my tights. If any of you are worrying about my health, I now have tights 🙂

– Emily