I originally picked up this Vera Moda dress from House of Fraser at the weekend but after a tip off tweet from Ellie I re-ordered it from Room31 with a whopping 50% discount - result! It was only £25 to start with which I thought was a great price anyway, it's of lovely quality for the price. I love how pink it is, gorgeously girlie. I like wearing pinks with black, it kinda adds a bit of an edge and toughens it up so I don't end up looking like a total barbie girl.
A few gems have caught my eye this week. I love everything purple so this little Topshop number with its cutesy full skirt and nipped in waist ticks all my boxes, such a regal shade of purple too. No surprise that the next dress is mint, it is everywhere at the moment and I really cannot get enough of it. The polka dots make it even more amazing and I know that the chiffon will hang beautifully. Last up this week is a gorgeous lilac dress from Rare. A tad overpriced at £45 but Rare usually have fab sales and my wardrobe is definitely missing a dress in this colour.
... You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man! Oh my. Words cannot explain how much I love this little cutie. The photos on the asos website made me think it was black and white but when it arrived I found out that the base colour is in fact minty! Result. I still cannot get enough of mint and it has made me love this little beauty even more, if that is even possible. The print is just so damn cute and pretty unusual. Anyway enough of me jabbering on lets get on with why we are all here - the dress!
Not sure why I look so orange in the last photo, I'm not IRL - honest! I am going out for Tapas with Gray, my sister and her husband tonight so am very much looking forward to wearing my gingerbread man dress for the first time. I know I must really love a dress when I save it for a night out rather than just put it straight on at the first opportunity. It is just so cute guys! If you've got your eye on it stop dawdling and just buy it!!
Wow, sorry guys. It's been a whole week since I last blogged and forever since an outfit post graced these pages :( Will try and rectify that asap! Work has been crazy busy recently and the spare time I have had has either been spent chilling or catching up with neglected friends and family. It's a hard life! If you are missing my outfit posts I try and snap a quick outfit pic on my instagram each morning, I'm amilliondresses, come and say hello! Anyways onto the real reason you're all here - the clothes! Some real beauties have dropped this week, thank goodness it's pay day on Friday ;)
I am still loving dresses with collars, mint and chiffon so this weeks picks have a bit of all three. First up is this minty collared dress from Missguided, a touch of lace makes it spot on. This is already in my basket, just perfect.
I think I squealed when I laid eyes on this asos dress, how cute is the little gingerbread man print?? I love that it is monotone and a bit quirky without being OTT. Oh and yep it has a collar too, result!
Finally this cute turquoise number (not mint, I do like other colours you know!) had me cooing. How gorgeously girlie is it?! I love the floatyness combined with the nipped in embellished waist and the illusion of a bustier underneath. It's by a brand called Little Mistress who I haven't come across before but cannot wait to see what else they have to offer. Beautiful.
I haven't seen that much online that I have been coveting this week, apart from these shoes oh and yeah these shoes. The H&M ones are not in stock til May though :( Annoying!! Anyway back to the main event, the dresses! They are all from Own The Runway this week and are staying true to my current love of pastels and eternal love of all things leopard. I love the mix of pastel with the leopard collar on the first one, it shouldn't work but it so does! The second corally dress is so adorably girlie, the perfect mix of chiffon and tiny polka dots.
The last dress reminds me of my beautiful Oh My Love dress which gets so many comments but isn't easy to get your mitts on - not a bad dupe if you are trying to track down a multi coloured leopard print dress and I know a few of you are :)
What have you got your eyes on this week? Show me something that will turn my head!
I am happy to be back on Weight Watchers and if we ignore the Easter weekend, on track! Easter really does call for diets to be forgotten and copious amounts of chocolate (or in my case junkfood) to be consumed. Not that I really need an excuse to eat but four days off work is certainly a time to celebrate and eat :)
The Weight Watchers team sent me a little hamper to help me get back into Weight Watchers and following the ProPoints plan, how very kind of them! I'm a big lover of Weight Watchers products, especially their cakes! I am sure that will be of little surprise to most of you. Their blueberry slices are to die for - you can only tell they are a diet cake because of the size of them, the taste is fantastic! They are only 2 ProPoints each so it doesn't hurt if you eat more than one ;) I find most of their products to be tasty and of a high standard for convenience foods. Convenience sometimes being the most important thing especially when it comes to lunches at work. The items they sent me are all available either at meetings or to mail order from the Weight Watchers website.
I tried all of these products for breakfast at work. The porridge oats are made with water and are ready sweetened. I usually have quaker oats and couldn't really tell much difference except that the Weight Watchers ones are lower in points. My standard Quaker oats with semi skimmed milk are 5 points whereas the Weight Watchers oats made with water are just 3 points. I don't really like cappuccino and didn't really enjoy this either to be honest, they are sweetened which I don't like and taste the same as any other sachet of instant cappuccino. If instant cappuccino's float your boat these ones are only 1 point each. I did love the peach and pear fruit pots though. I love tinned pears and am happy to say that these are point free and nice and tasty.
Weight Watchers also sent me various sauces to try out so I whipped up a few evening meals for Gray and I and am happy to report that he loved them as much as I did, no compromise on taste here!
The Mediterranean Sauce serves one for just 1 ProPoint. I like my pasta sauces to be spicy so I added some chilli and a bit of garlic to it and stirred it into my ravioli. I added a rasher of bacon, a serving of Weight Watchers grated cheese and some sauteed sprouts (oh yeah Rosie, it was me that googled 'Rosie Outlook sauteed sprouts' if you were wondering ;) ) The whole meal came to 10 ProPoints and was yummy.
I didn't really follow the instructions when it came to the Weight Watchers curry paste, I like quite a bit of sauce so I added more tomatoes than required and added a bit of hot curry powder too. I also added some spinach and served with rice. My serving was 11 ProPoints of curry heaven. If you are a curry lover I recommend these little pots.
I love these bag and bake packs, the chicken is always so juicy and this one is zero points, result! The garlic and herb flavours were really good especially with the oven chips. We also had cabbage, brocolli and cauliflower with some gravy powder gravy for 8 ProPoints.
What are your favourite Weight Watchers products? I really want to try some of their new bars but will have to wait til I've eaten a few of the Malteaster Bunnies I stocked up on...
I've been lusting after this mint leather skirt for weeks now but at £98 it is going to have to stay on my wishlist til it hopefully finds it's way into the sale... even half price is a bit steep to be honest. Just look how pretty it is though!
I didn't really think much of this New Look dress online but I saw it in store yesterday and fell a little bit in love, it will be spot on for summer and would give me the perfect excuse to buy these beauties seeings as the rest of my summer wardrobe is looking like it will be mostly made up of pastel colours.
This isn't a dress I would actually wear - it would need a good few inches chopping off first. I adore the colour and the polka dots though and think that Sophie will love it too. I'm going to hunt it down instore and see if it will work shortened for little me :)
Total Inch loss over 4 weeks:
Waist: - 1"
For me I felt like I was still following the Weight Watchers plan but eating Jenny Craig food. I tracked my Pro Points each day and kept note of my exercise as I would if on any Weight Watchers day. I did find it easy to follow and having your meals planned out for you and just waiting to be warmed up really did make it simple. Choices were taken away from me which I originally thought I might struggle with but when it came to it it was actually easier and meant there was less chance of me choosing a 'naughty' option after a tough day.
Would I do Jenny Craig again? The answer to this is a big YES but at £11 a day it is pricy. Especially when you are a shopping addict who would much rather have a new dress instead. If you struggle to stick to a plan and are committed to losing weight then I would say Jenny Craig is for you. You can currently sign up to a two week trial for only £5.50 a day.
I seem to have fallen head over heels with mint recently, I can't get enough of it! Actually I guess you could say the same for most pastel colours which is definitely something I never thought I would say. They just seem so much more wearable this year round. And rocking them with black tights helps I guess. I fell in love with this Topshop beauty as soon as I spotted it, a few clicks later and it was on it's way to me. It's currently sold out online but I am sure you'd be able to find it in store still. It's got a pretty silver flex running through it which really enhances the dress. My only negative is that whilst the skirt and the front are lined the back isn't, I have put a crop top on underneath as I think that looks better than seeing all bra straps. Still love the scoop back detail though.
The jacket is from New Look (there are matching shorts for those with better legs than me) and whilst I love the flecks of pastels running through it I didn't really like the round neck. A few stitches later and I had created lapels, much better I am sure you will agree.
I now have two pairs of Converse dance lace shoes, they are set to be the shoes of my summer again this year. I cannot praise them enough - they are so comfy but more feminine than standard Converse so work well with dresses. There are a few more colour choices this year so the hardest bit is choosing which colour to buy. I would love a pink pair though please Converse. Oh and a minty pair whilst you're at it ;)