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Friday – Heart print & how to do smart casual without wearing all black

Yesterday, as I was rifling through my wardrobe to get dressed up for a business meeting I found myself reaching for my trusty little black dress. Everyone has one. That one dress that you can throw on for something important and be ready to go in five seconds flat. I’m the ultimate culprit of this. (I also have a black high-waisted pencil skirt that sometimes substitutes the dress if I’m feeling slightly more creative).

Just as I was about to walk out of the room dressed like I was going to a funeral, my eyes fell upon a new entry to my wardrobe from OASAP. My heart print t-shirt. I’m not sure if t-shirt is quite the right word, but blouse doesn’t really fit either as it has no buttons. Anyway, it’s a bit smarter than your regular t-shirt as it’s made of a silky material, so whatever you want to call it is fine.

This is how I learnt that it’s okay to wear colour and still look smart. You don’t have to wear all black for business. As long as you team it with the right accessories (in this case, a blazer and heels) then you can get away with wearing those neon pumps, printed silk trousers or a glitzy jacket to a meeting.

I love the versatility of this top and as I was slipping it over my head I realised that it would just as well with a pair of shorts and flip flops as it would with my red J Brand jeans that I was going to team it with on this occasion.

I managed to squeeze in some quick outfit photos to show you the result before rushing off to my meeting. (Looking at these photos makes me realise just how badly I need to sort out my unruly hair!)

Zara blazer, heart print OASAP shirt, red J Brand 811 jeans, New Look shoesZara blazer, heart print OASAP shirt, red J Brand 811 jeans, New Look shoesZara blazer, heart print OASAP shirt, red J Brand 811 jeans, New Look shoesBlazer – Zara

Top – OASAP*

Jeans – J Brand

Shoes – New Look

*I had a £2.55 credit to use on their website and this top cost me £14 so it’s kind of a little bit gifted….


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Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Greek & a walk & a party

I had the best day ever on Friday. I won £200 from Take A Break magazine. I knew the weekend was going to be a good one after that :)

Went out for a lovely dinner on Friday night with all my friends to Zorba’s Greek restaurant in Bournemouth. We had the meze and it was SO much food but really good.

Crumpet cashmere leopard print long sleeved tshirt, Jane Norman black pencil skirt, New Look peep toe wedges

Top – Crumpet

Skirt – Jane Norman

Shoes – New Look

Ring – Lola Rose

On Saturday, we decided to go for a walk. Unfortunately we chose badly and it was a pretty boring walk. Far too pathy – I much prefer the kind where you get stinging-nettle-legs and lots of mud. It was just outside Wimborne on the Kingston Lacy estate. We only ended up being out for an hour.

National Trust Kingston Lacy Estate

House in WimborneHunter wellies

IRO coat, French Connection breton stripe dress, River Island jeans, pink Joules chicken welliesIRO coat, French Connection breton stripe dress, River Island jeans, pink Joules chicken welliesCoat – IRO

Top – French Connection

Jeans – River Island

Wellies – Joules

Saturday night was my sister’s engagement party. I’ll be honest, I didn’t stay long. I’m far too much of an old lady and the music was giving me a headache. (As you can see, I don’t do party-wear well – I literally stared blankly into my wardrobe for about 20 minutes and then resigned to go for comfort instead)

Me, my Mum & my Sister

(Me, my Mum & my Sister)

Cardigan – Hollister

Top – Primark

Skirt – Zara

Shoes – New Look

Today we went to Nick’s parents as it was his Dad’s birthday in the week but they were away so we celebrated today instead.

It was insanely warm in the garden (thermometer said 26 degrees!) so I sat in the sun for as long as possible. Best February EVER.

Birthday cakeFebruary sunshine in the garden

We stopped at the beach on the way home for some quick photos. I know I probably look the same to the rest of you and I’m sorry to keep going on about it, but I find myself unrecognisable in these photos. I didn’t realise that a stone would make such a big difference to my appearance!

Crumpet cashmere leopard print top, Gap 1969 flared jeansCrumpet cashmere leopard print top, Gap 1969 flared jeans(I was jumping up and down to keep warm and I needed a wee!)

Crumpet cashmere leopard print top, Gap 1969 flared jeans

Top – Crumpet

Jeans – Gap

Shoes – New Look

Ring – Accessorize

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Tuesday – Jazz FM & Cute Overload calendar

We had Jazz FM on in the office today. I couldn’t stand another day of back to back Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and Pixie Lott. I’ve never listened to Jazz FM before but I love it! Well, I love it for work, not sure I would listen to it in my spare time. But, it was so relaxing! All day I’ve felt like I should be lying on a beach somewhere or sipping cocktails in a swanky bar. What more could you want at work?!?

They played a song by a band called Los Hombres Calientes earlier and it was amazing! It was like being transported back in time to July when I had the most relaxing holiday in Spain.

I wanted to feature one of my Christmas presents today. It puts a smile on my face every single day. It’s my page-a-day calendar from Cute Overload. Whenever I’m having a crappy time at work I look across my desk and am greeted by a totally adorable picture that cheers me up no-end.

Cute Overload Page-a-day calendar

Cute Overload Page-a-day calendar

Cute Overload Page-a-day calendar

Black H&M cardigan, black Dorothy Perkins tea dress, Black New Look wedges

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