FRIDAY STYLE: THE BLUES

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Just because I’m wearing blue doesn’t mean I’m feeling blue. All in all it’s been a pretty good week. We had pancakes on Tuesday, the temperature is sneaking up, we were in double digits on Wednesday and the evenings are getting longer. However, I have given up all sweet stuff and junk for lent. So far I am fine because I am used to being good during the week but I always over indulge in sweets over the weekend so we will see how I get on. It’s not a religious thing or even an attempt to empathise with the less fortunate. It’s merely a personal challenge and a chance to hopefully break some bad habits. I am also going to try and not buy clothes for lent. This may be a sacrifice too far but I am hoping to use the time I usually waste wandering around the shops to actually get the things done that I have been meaning to do for ages. Don’t worry there is loads in my wardrobe to keep the blog going and clearing out my wardrobe is one of those things that I have been meaning to do for ages. On to today’s outfit:

Mango Blue Blazer

I’ve had this blazer for ages and it’s from Mango. Now that spring is on the horizon it’ll soon be warm enough to leave the house with a blazer instead of the winter coat. The bright blue colour really lifts an outfit.

Navy Penneys Blouse

The style of this top, with the wrap over and tucked in effect at the front and longer length at the back, is something that River Island have been doing for a while now but lately I have been seeing the same style tops in other high street stores, even Penneys. That’s right, it’s from Penneys. Apparently it comes in a few colours but this navy one was the only colour in my local store but that’s ok because navy is a great base colour that you can match so much with. It’s a classy style that can be dressed up or down and you can see my printed River Island top, of the same style, dressed up with a skirt in this post. This navy top would look great with a printed skirt.

River Island Distressed Jeans

The jeans are from River Island. I love dressing up distressed jeans with a pretty top, heels and a blazer. It’s a relaxed but stylish look that I really like.

Dune Pointed Toe Courts

The shoes are from Dune. They are beautiful but very high.

Carraig Donn Blue Necklace

The necklace is from Carraig Donn. It’s a gorgeous chunky sparkler that adds a bit of glam to any outfit.

What are you looking forward to wearing as the temperatures increase? Did you give anything up for lent?

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FRIDAY STYLE: LIME AND TILE PRINT TROUSERS

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I am always a bit afraid of wearing trouser that aren’t jeans. I’m just not comfortable with how they sit on me especially on my backside. I have had these for a while now and this is the first time they made it into a post. Printed trousers are a massive trend for SS14 and I am pretty sure the trend is going to stick around for the foreseeable future. There is a whole range of shapes of printed trousers from loose palazzo and joggers to structured cigarette leg and slacks. As for prints they go from subtle all the way up to absolutely barking mad. I personally prefer the structured cut with an easy to wear dark tile print. Although I have seen some gorgeous floral joggers, I am just not brave enough.

Mango Tile Print Trousers

I got these trousers on sale on the Mango website a while ago now, but there are similar styles in many high street stores. I figured the black would be more flattering on my lower half than a bright colour.

Oasis Lime Blouse

Its summer so I still want to wear bright colours so I choose this lime blouse from Oasis. (You can see this blouse with a scarf print skirt in this post.) I think wearing a vibrant colour with these trousers takes the office look off them and makes them more fun to wear on a night out.

Blue necklace and earrings

I picked this necklace up in Carraig Donn. I like the blue with the lime and I like the way it sits in the opening of the blouse looking all dainty.

Dune Pointed Toe Courts

The shoes are from Dune. I always like to have a pop of colour on my feet, and you can’t go too far wrong with a nice pair of pointed toe courts.

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I tried a few different blazers but figured they all looked a bit too much like office wear so I decided to go with my PU biker from New Look for a bit of casual edge.

How brave are you when it comes to printed trousers?

FRIDAY STYLE: RELAXED WEEKEND STYLE

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So today we are talking about relaxed casual weekend style. This is an outfit that I would wear when I want to look nice but also be comfortable and casual. So it would work for a day of retail therapy or meeting some friends for lunch.

Penneys Blue Animal Print Top

The top is from Penneys. It’s a wrap style with a low cut and it is a bit on the transparent side so I wear a black tank top underneath. I like the blue animal print of this top. The tank top is one of the ones from Penneys with the lace insert, you know the ones I mean because everyone bought them. They are pretty handy for under low cut tops to cover your cleavage or in my case to cover the fact that I don’t have cleavage.

Blue Mango Blazer

The blue blazer is from Mango. I love this blazer; the colour is brilliant and the material is soft and comfortable.

River Island Destressed Jeans

Yes these are yet another pair of distressed jeans. These ones are also from River Island, you may remember these black ones from a few weeks ago. These are very comfortable and easy to wear and you could easily dress them up with a pair of heels. I love the look of a really pretty girly top worn with distressed jeans, and heels for a night out. I am on the lookout for a pretty girly top at the moment.

Blue with gold tips pumps

I picked these flat pumps up while on holiday. The colour works well and the gold hardware adds a nice touch of glam.

Gold Filigree Statement Necklace

Sure where would I be going without a statement necklace, I picked this one up on holiday. I try to pack light on the way out so I can buy some nice bits and pieces that I’m unlikely to see on anyone else when I get home.

So how do you do nice but casual for the weekends?

FRIDAY STYLE: BLUE SPRING FLORAL

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Well it’s Friday again and hopefully by now we have all recovered from losing an hours sleep last weekend. On the plus side we now have more hours of daylight which we can see getting longer and longer as we get closer to summer. This is a huge help in terms of blogging, it means that I can wait until the evening to get some photos rather than trying to rush and get them all done in the morning before I leave for work. No easy feat considering I’m a slow moving witch without a broom in the morning and that’s putting it nicely.

Vero Moda Floral Top

I picked this lovely floral top up last weekend in Vero Moda while they were having a 20% off everything discount. I’m very picky with my florals, I don’t like them to be too busy and I have to like all the colours, and this one ticked all the boxes.

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I was actually away last weekend when I bought the top and happened to have this blue blazer from Mango with me and I think they work well together.

Zara Zips Trousers

The trousers are also a new purchase from Zara. I love the fit of these and as you know I love the zips detail. The material is unusual, kind of like scuba material but that is probably why the fit is so good.

Blue shoes with black lace

The shoes are from Menbur. Usually if I am wearing anything with blue then these are my go to shoes.

Blue necklace and earrings

The necklace is from Carraig Donn and the earrings are from New Look.

Have you bought anything nice recently?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE BLUES

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I don’t know why blue is the colour of sadness because it can be so bright and vibrant. Blue is also currently having a moment and is shaping up to be on trend right through autumn and winter. I’m taking advantage of the mild weather for as long as it lasts and using the opportunity to wear all my blazers while they are still enough of a cover up.

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This gorgeous cobalt blue blazer is from Mango. I love the military style gold buttons on this.

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The floral print t-shirt is from Awear. I’m not usually a huge fan of florals but I love the mirror style print on this T, the mix of colours is stunning. One thing to point out is that I would usually be a medium in Awear but this t-shirt is a small.
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You have seen this turquoise necklace in a few posts. I think it works well with the aqua tones in the print.

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The shoes are a recent purchase. I bought them while on holiday in Portugal.

Will you be working blue this season?

FRIDAY STYLE: COBALT BLAZER & FLORAL TEE

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So today I am rocking a bright blue blazer from Mango. The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it; however, it was one of those tortured purchases. You know the ones I mean; it’s when you really want it but on the other hand you’re not sure you’ll really wear it much. There are loads of things in my wardrobe that I had to have but then hardly ever wear but can’t bring myself to get rid of either. I’m determined that won’t happen with this blazer and so I actively seek purchases that will go with it. (Like the Awear dress in this post).

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I knew when I saw this top in H&M it would look good with the blazer, but the watercolour style floral print will work with so many other things that I already have. I think I will be wearing this top a lot over the spring and summer. I love the colours and the neckline of this top and the soft jersey draped fabric is a flattering cut, even if I do say so myself.

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The necklace is from Carraig Donn and has been previously seen in this post and this one.

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The jeans are from New Look and the shoes are Oasis. I have been looking for nude wedge heel courts for a while now and jumped to buy these the minute I saw them. I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of these, as the wedge makes them prefect for daytime and nude shoes work with, well nearly everything (except black tights, that is). Oh the zebra print insole is my own addition, not too many of my shoes are without some sort of additional padding.

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Friday Style: Work that Bomber

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Ah the bomber jacket. It makes an appearance every spring. It’s an ideal staple jacket for the season. A leather(ish) jacket is perfect for filling the gap between needing a full winter coat and being able to head out in just a blazer.

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This brown P.U. bomber jacket is from Forever21.

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The navy dress is from Mango. I really like pairing a brown bomber and brown boots with navy. The cream stripes at the hem and sleeves are a nice addition to what would otherwise be a plain dress. This is a simple but versatile dress. I can dress it up with a blazer and court shoes for a smarter look or keep it casual like I have done here. It’s an ideal outfit for a day of retail therapy as it’s easy to get in and out of for quickly trying clothes on: no zips or buttons to be faffing about with.

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This necklace is from Awear. I like the way it takes the bare look off my chest and adds a pop of colour to the outfit.

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I’m loving these Marco Tozi boots. They are so comfortable and have been getting loads of wear all winter and will continue to feature through out spring (when it happens).