My Perfect Winter Dress

Geo Print Notch Overlay Dress - Topshop / Shoes - Schuh / Satchel Bag - Forever 21 / Watch - Olivia Burton / Hand Chain - River Island

I think I've found my perfect dress; one that doesn't ride when I walk and result in me doing an almost Penguin dance to avoid any indecent flashes; one that doesn't gather round my stomach when I sit down to reveal the outline of the garlic bread, pasta and desert that I've just consumed; one that doesn't hide the fact I've got a bum, nor skim it so tightly that I'm afraid to bend down incase it rips. And a bonus? This is super warm for winter. 

I've paired it with some simple loafers and a black satchel for a daytime/office look. And of course, I love an item that I can dress up and down and this would look great with some chunky heels and a gold clutch over Christmas. 

Does anybody else have a perfect winter dress? 


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Chirstmas

Picture the scene: it's Christmas morning and you're gathered round opening presents. You spot one that looks vaguely in the shape of that candle you've asked for, or one as delicate as that Victoria's Secret set you've been eyeing up since the show. The excitement is practically unbearable. You run over, grab it and tear away at that paper like there's no tomorrow. (And if you have a dog like mine, they tear at it that little bit more!) 
Ribbon is flying everywhere, scraps of paper covering the floor, you don't care...you need that underwear and you need it now! And there it is, practically singing hallelujah at you - because it must be a miracle. What did the wrapping paper look like? Don't remember? Me neither. 

Despite this, every year we get so carried away with all things wrapping and sometimes spend as much on that as we do a present, and for what? So this year I've done wrapping on a budget...and you can't even tell. 

Brown paper is perfect for any present-giving occasion. It's cheap (I couldn't believe the prices in shops this year...£3.50 a roll? No thank you), and it's easy to accessorise. I got this paper and gift tags from the Card Factory, and the ribbon and reindeer paper from Paperchase. The ribbon came in a set and with my student discount, was cheaper than a roll of wrapping paper. You can also head to a haberdashery and get metres of the stuff for pennies! 
I also bought a sheet of this silver reindeer paper just to wrap the odd thing up for people with multiple presents, to make it that little bit more exciting. 

Note: Brown paper is also amazing if you're an eBayer. 


'Smart Casual'

Jumper - H&M / Skirt - Urban Outfitters / Bag - Zara / Necklace - H&M / Shoes - Office / Watch - Olivia Burton

I hear the term 'smart casual' quite frequently and to be honest, I hate it. It doesn't clarify the dress code in question, nor does it inspire ground-breaking ideas for an outfit. The eliminating items consist of - no sweatpants (obviously), no baggy/torn t-shirts (unless you work in a 'fashion-house' maybe), a hoody and a suit. I am non the wiser. 

My usual go-to smart casual pieces are black jeans, 'nice' tops, skirts and dresses. It's easy to dress up a simple jean outfit with jewellery and a smart bag, and it's easy to dress down a dress or skirt by layering it with a jumper. Collars are also a great way to make a casual outfit, 'smart', as it gives that 'business' impression. 

The one thing I can advise is to check how transparent your items of clothing are. Upon posting this blog, I came to realise that I should have worn a t-shirt under my jumper...now there's professionalism if ever I've seen it. 


That Missguided Dress...

Dress - Missguided / Shoes - Office / Coat - New Look / Bag - Forever 21 / Watch - Olivia Burton 

I remember when Missguided made their first online appearance; low prices and on-trend collections. There was a national but silent thanks given by all those shopping-savvy, including myself, that someone had answered our prayers for easy, cheap fashion. Since then Missguided has gone from strength to strength, in my eyes anyway. The quality of their clothes is just improving with every item I buy - this dress is so thick and fits incredibly (and not too short which is one fault I have with them sometimes). I also bought a checkered shirt from Missguided last week and expected it to be quite thin and anti-winter, but the material is so thick I think I actually got a bit of a sweat on when I wore it (and it was late October...just to clairfy).

I've worn this dress on a night out, for an interview and just to have a mooch about town. It's so versatile and the lime elements give it a real boost for these upcoming dreary months. 

Is anybody else loving Missguided at the moment?