Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wednesday Wants

I need your help.  I realised far too late that I really need this top.  It's no longer online and I cannot find it on eBay.  If you own it and no longer wear it please let me know, I will buy it from you.  I have this little outfit planned in my head and it will never become reality without this top.

Polka Dot Crop Top - Topshop

Thanks for your help guys!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Cambridge Satchel

I've always had a lot of love for traditional leather satchels but couldn't really justify the price when I am so fickle with bags.  This all changed when I set eyes on the metallic gold version. I had to have it! Luckily for me it was birthday time. Nothing better than a receiving something you love as a gift.  I opted for the 11" version and am so impressed with the quality.  The only negative about this bag is it's still pretty big but you can't really fit anything in it! Even after using it daily for the past month the leather is very rigid.  Hopefully it will soften a bit and I will be able to fit more in it.  As long as it doesn't lose it's shape!

 no flash

For a bit of school girl chic just add a bowler hat...

If you're interested in how the 11" looks size wise:

What colour would you go for? If I was going to get another one I think it would have to be this purple one, isn't it just the most amazing shade?!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

A Guided Tour... Kitchen

Next up on the little tour is our kitchen.  Although I love it I wouldn't have chosen the colour scheme Gray wanted. He has promised that I can decorate the kitchen when we move and it is definitely going to include a pink smeg fridge and a pink kitchenaid stand mixer.  It's going to be girlie but not too kitsch-y and will need to have more space for all my baking equipment.  I am (not very) secretly hoping we can get one that can fit an island in it like this one I saw in John Lewis the other day, lush.

I love the high gloss units, apart from looking good they are also really easy to clean. Result!  The washing up gloves are Gray cos that's his job ;)  The cupcake print is a photo of a cupcake I made that Gray photoshopped for me and turned into this work of art, I love it!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Magic Pants!

Not something you'd normally admit to owning but sometimes you just need a pair of Magic Knickers!!  I've been asked a few times by other bloggers if I own any or can give recommendations and the answer is most definitely yes!

Gok Wan may be a massive over accessoriser but one thing he does well is create shape wear.  I have had a pair of his now discontinued 'slicker knickers' from Simply Yours for a good five years and I swear by them.  Funnily enough I bought them when I was at my smallest (isn't that always the way) and love how they pull me in and smooth me out.  I wear them over the top of my tights so went for a black pair, they really do work wonders.  Just don't wear them if you're going out for a massive meal as you will be uncomfortable by the end of it!

The pants that replaced the Slicker Knicker are called Brief Encounters and retail at £18.  They have a vintage look about them and thankfully are no where near as ugly as most hold it all in pants.

It feels good to share this information with you guys, like the time when I confessed to being a lover of shoulder pads!

*this post is in collaboration with Simply Yours*

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wednesday Wants

Slightly different format this week, it doesn't just include dresses! Is full of lace again though, standard for me at the moment.

When it comes to this dress all I can say is WOW!! I love everything about it, it's just perfect.  If I get to target I am going to treat myself to this for a friends wedding and go barelegged (a MAJOR thing for me!) therefore avoiding the dreaded bumblebee look.

 Dress: Darling

I really want a lace blazer and love this one by River Island... I already have two pink jackets though, can you make it in another colour way for me please RI!!  Purple would be ace, thanks.

 Jacket: River Island

How gorgeous is this Oasis lace skirt?! I love how bright and how full it is.  It looks great worn as per the model below but would also look amazing against black opaques and a black top. Beautiful.

Skirt: Oasis

What have you been lusting after this week?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Instagram Installment

Very late to this party, I have finally gotten round to using my instagram account!  Now I have dug it out of the folder it was hiding in I am planning on uploading regular outfit snaps when I am wearing something new or a new combination along with the usual food and random items I usually tweet using twitpic.  Follow me if you fancy it, my username just for a change is amilliondresses

Last few outfit photos - I have mostly been wearing bright pinks and blues, spots, stripes and leopard print.  Oh and lots of new blazers!!  I cannot remember the last time I wore floral and I used to live in that print, isn't it funny how tastes change! Will blog some of these clothes soon:

Sunday, 19 February 2012

A Guided Tour... My Living Room

After catching glimpses in my instagram feed Hannah asked to see more of our flat so after a quick very scientific twitter survey I found out that you lot are just like me, nosy! It feels a bit strange sticking photos of my safe place on the interweb but I too enjoy reading this kind of post, I am especially loving reading how Helen is getting on as she renovates her new home.

I will split this into a few different posts and save my favourite place in the world (my bedroom!) til last.  The flat was purchased off plan so really was a blank canvas to add our personality to.  We chose grey as our neutral colour through out as it works better with brights than beige neutrals.  I love how we can pretty much just change the curtains and cushions in the living room and have what feels like a completely different room (We've already done this once)

A few of the details:

I absolutely love sitting in this room, it's nice and cosy and the sofa is so comfortable especially when you stick your feet on the foot stool and chill with a good cup of tea.  If you want to know where anything is from just shout, we've got quite a bit of stuff in the living room so it would take an age to tell you where everything is from. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Wednesday Wants

Another week and I've got more pretty dresses to tempt you (me) with.  I love lace and as long as it's of a nice quality I think it always looks great.  The following dresses add a refreshing twist with their use of white lace and sorbet colours and are most definitely right at the top of my current wish list.  Perfection.

Dress: Topshop

What do you have your eye on this week?

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Missguided Aldara - Five Ways To Wear

My love for the Missguided Aldara dress is well documented so when the lovely people at Missguided challenged me to style their dress my way for varying occasions how could I refuse?!  To make it clear from the onset the dresses are mine and all paid for by me, Missguided have however gifted me one of their gorgeous bright pink Violetta jackets which is worn below.

Casual - For shopping trips & generally chilling out at the weekend this is how I am currently wearing my Aldara.  It's so comfy to wear with a slouchy jumper over it and my favourite boots.  My gorgeous gold satchel adds a bit of glamour and of course in this baltic weather I stick a coat on too!

Valentines - Pink to make the boys wink.  We are going for a couple of drinks followed by a cozy night in with a yummy home cooked meal this V-day so I will be lounging around in the pink Aldara teamed with my cute New Look flats and slouchy Warehouse blazer.  Lollipop optional.

Lunch with the girls - I love meeting my girls for some good food & even better chats and tend to go for dressy/casual.  Here I have teamed the burnt orange Aldara with my favourite Office leopard lace ups and Warehouse clutch.  To dress it down a bit I am also wearing my tan Next cardigan and have finished it off with a tan belt.

Wedding - My favourite of all my Aldaras, this colour is honestly beautiful.  As seen on this post I love to team it with my old faithful Topshop Cardigan and a gold belt.  I have also added a pair of purple mid heel courts from Dorothy Perkins and a black and gold studded clutch from River Island.  If I was actually going to a wedding wearing this I think I would find something better to wear in my hair.  I don't often wear hats or fascinators to weddings but think something gold and glitzy would look great!

Night out - For a night out I would stay faithful to the LBD and go for the black Aldara.  I'm not sure if I have shrunk it or if it has always been shorter than the others but it's the perfect length for a night out.  I have teamed it with this great Missguided bright pink blazer and a slick of Topshop 'All about me' lipstick.  The amazing PPQ for Office platform wedge Mary Jane's are Sara Luxe's fault.  I love that they give me a lot of height with no discomfort, win/win!  Oh and they were only £24, wow. Finally I have added a stripy clutch from River Island which is a must to carry my night out essentials.

Do you own the Aldara yet? How do you wear yours?

**Edit - I'm on the Missguided blog today, love how they have displayed my photos!**

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Laser Love

I forgot I had this dress.  I bought it after this wishlist post but had to exchange it and down size.  I kinda just hung it up when the replacement arrived, exchanging dresses takes the fun out of new arrivals!  I was digging around looking for something to throw on this morning and out it came.  I love how the unusual laser cut design stops it from being just another black dress and makes it something a bit special.  I teamed it with my new Missguided blazer for a blast of colour and ended up with the perfect lazy Sunday outfit.  Today has been mostly filled with slices of cake (all WW of course!) and few cups of green tea whilst catching up with friends.

Dress: asos
Blazer: c/o Missguided

I really must clear my main wardrobe out, can't find anything as it's all squished together :( My other two wardrobes are full as are the storage bags under the bed/on top of the wardrobes... I can't be bothered with selling on eBay and am not sure I like the idea of a blog sale to be honest.  Anyone wanna organise a swishing party??!  Maybe I should just be good and donate them to charity.  What do you guys do with clothes you no longer wear?

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Wednesday Wants

I am loving the ice cream pastels around at the moment, I may as well make the most of it whilst I still have a tan and they work with my current skin tone!  I especially love wearing these colours with black opaques and accessories, I feel like they make the pastel colours work better on me and of course make them much more suited for wearing RIGHT NOW! Who says you need to wait til Spring hey?!

I love the colour of this first Zara dress and of course the back detail.  Bit obsessed with pretty backs right now.  As long as you can still wear a bra with them though, none of this low back no bra rubbish!

 Dress: Zara 

Not sure I would be able to pull this colour off with my non tanned skin although the black collar will help as peach always looks worse when it's right next to my face!  Comes in other colourways but this is definitely the hottest.

Dress: Zara

How cute is this little number?! The colour/lace/little button detail are all perfect.  The model is pretty cute too making me want it even more.  I only own one green item and it's a bright green so I think I need a bit of mint/sage in my wardrobe!

Dress: asos

What items are you lusting after this week?

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Share The Love with Own The Runway!

The lovely people at Own The Runway are running a fantastic Valentine's competition and have sent me one of my wishlist items as an early Valentines pressie and all the info so I can tell you beautiful things how you can win your very own gift!

The competition is running via their Facebook page and you can win a different item each day this week.  To enter you need to like their page, share the picture and email with your name, address and required size.  Good luck and I hope you manage to win your perfect Valentines look!!
I loved this gold dress from the moment I saw it on their website.  Gold and black is the perfect colour combination that wins me over time and time again.  Add a blazer with sharp shoulders, a pair of patent mary janes and a gold and black studded clutch and I've got the perfect outfit for a Valentines dinner with my beloved.  Oh and don't forget a slick of red lippy (I'm wearing hazard by Topshop) so you can leave your mark...

And because no dress is just for Valentines I will be rocking this dress as day wear with my favourite gold heeled boots and a black slouchy jumper.  How would you wear this dress?

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