Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Christmas Party Dress Post

Hey lovelies,

Hope you've had a great weekend, the last one in november! :o

Can't believe I nearly made it to December without breaking into my advent calendar, but sadly I had a haaauge chocolate craving this morning and bye went door number 1. Happens EVERY YEAR!

Anyways, tonights post is all about finding a Christmas party dress. I've got 3 dresses to show you, which I think would be perfect for a good ol' christmas do. 

1. Chi Chi London Dark Red Embellished Skater Dress




Dark Red Embellished Lace Skater Dress - £52.99 Chi Chi London / Black Cross Strap Heels - £27.99 New Look / Black & Gold Bag - Accessorize 

This one was an obvious choice for a christmas party, it's got the festive bling detail on the top, not to mention the dark red Christmas-sy colour. It's one of those ones you can twirl around like a mad lady in your living room and feel slightly princess like :) Definitely a favourite recent purchase! 


2. Jones & Jones Black Ruby Skater Dress










Black Skater Dress - £60 Jones & Jones* / Silver Bag - Accessorize / Black Cross Strap Heels - £27.99 New Look 


You don't have to go for a typical Christmas-sy coloured dress, and I think this beautiful black number could be equally as perfect for your party. And it's not just a boring black dress, it's got lots of pretty detail like the polka dot mesh top, the cute peter pan collar, and the pleated skater skirt to make it extra special :) 

I also jazzed it up with a cute shinny silver bag from accessorize! :)


3. Topshop Floral Jacquard Dress










Floral Jacquard Print Dress - £70 Topshop / Black Heeled Boots - £31.50 Miss Selfridge (reduced in black Friday sale) / Black & Gold Bag - Accessorize

The first two dresses are perfect for if you're going to a party, however this year my works christmas do is actually going to be a boozy day out in York, which is why I thought this 3rd option, the Topshop jacquard print dress, would be a good choice. 

I think it's pretty enough that it's not just a typical day dress (I love the shininess!) but not too fancy that you look out of place wearing it through the day, and it can easily be dressed down. I styled it with my new favourite black boots from Miss Selfridge (which I got discounted in the black Friday sales hurraaaay) and a black accessorize bag :) 

And thats all for tonights post, hope you enjoyed & have a lovely week ahead :) 

Gabby xo

Monday, 24 November 2014

Give a young person the gift of fashion this Christmas!



Hey guys!


So the other night I went to my wardrobe to try squeeze a new dress in, when I realised I was due a bit of a wardrobe de clutter. I started making a scarifice pile fit for selling on depop or ebay (some still with tags on!!), when a wave of guilt came over me.

I thought back to my early school days, and the stress of a looming non uniform day. Back then we were a bit strapped for money and I never really had anything to wear (that I hadn't worn every other non uniform day or that wasn't a worn out hand me down!). I know I wasn't as bad off as some kids, but I still remember it worrying me even at an early age.

Fast forward to now, where I'll just pick a new skirt or dress whenever I'm in town, or spend £80 shopping online at Topshop without a bat of an eyelid.




It made me think about all those young people in our city who can't afford a nice dress for the school ball, or who have to stress about non uniform day because they're worried about what to wear. I know there are worse things that people have to deal with in the world, but it just doesn't seem fair that I can buy so much and that others have so little - everyone's entitled to that good feeling you get when you put on a pretty dress or an awesome pair of heels!

That's why I've decided to team up with the lovely people at Leeds Children's Charity, to organise the young persons gift of fashion challenge. And this is the plan (and hopefully where you can help too!).

  • Instead of selling my clothes on depop/ebay, I'm instead going to organise these clothes into outfits, then put them in gift bags ready to be distributed in time for Christmas by Leeds Children's Charity.
  • That's where you come in (I hope!).  I'm looking for any bloggers/brands/generally kind people who could spare an item - maybe it's a skirt, a dress, a bag, a hat? Anything that I could use to help me make an outfit for a young person who needs it. It doesn't have to be a new item - just instead of putting something on ebay to make a few quid - to give it to someone who would really appreciate it instead :)

Here's a quick example of a few of the items I've already pulled from my wardrobe:


So if someone donated a belt, that could go with the floral dress, or maybe a top for the skirt, or a pair of heels for the bow dress! Any donations that are in wearable condition would be really appreciated :)


  •  I'm then going to update this blog post with pictures of the outfits made from the donated items (and links the blogs of the fab people who have donated them). I'd also love your opinion on how you think would be best to style those items that haven't been made into outfits yet (will upload images as we go along!).


And I think that's about everything! I have until the 12th of December - just over 2 weeks - to get these gift bags sorted, so if anyone could donate an item (in any size or style as long as it's in decent condition) as soon as possible I'd be so grateful! (and so would some unsuspecting young person!)

If you would like to donate then please email me at gpapfash@live.com and we can arrange. If you're a Leeds blogger I would be happy to come pick any item up from anyone, maybe on their lunch break or before work as I work in Leeds centre myself so could meet you :) We could even organise a little Leeds bloggers get together in aid of the task!?

Let me know what you think anyway. I hope to hear from you soon, and thanks so much again to Verlie from Leeds Children's Charity for offering to distribute these gifts! I know we can make a difference to a young persons life this Christmas - hopefully to lots of young people!


Keep an eye on this post for updates! :)

Thank you,

Gabby xox

Updates:


The lovely Laura from Laura's Little Locket donated this brand new jumper dress. I teamed it with a brown bag and a necklace for a lovely little winters day outfit! Thanks so much Laura x


The inspirational Ali from Being A Mummy With ME  donated a HUGE bag of clothes! I could't fit them all on one picture to show you so I picked out this cute floral (and brand new!) dress she donated! Thanks Ali - you're a star! x


The gorgeous Sarah from What Sass Says met me on Saturday and dropped off these lovely pieces as well as a few other lovely bits! Thanks so much for your generosity lovely! :) x



I also met with Eve from A Story Of Hearts on Saturday who donated this lovely top (and some amazing disco pants). I styled the top with a pair of New Look jeans which have hardly ever been worn & a cute New Look necklace. :) Thanks Eve! x



I was given this gorgeous red coat from Alex at Clouds In Violet Haze - I thought it went nicely with a new floral dress I'd bought but hadn't manage to wear. Thanks Alex! :) x 

And here's a quick peak at some other donations from my wardrobe:




I've still got more to go through in my wardrobe and there's also still lots more to be collected & sent in the post so I will be updating the post again each night! Thanks to everyone who's getting involved it's really appreciated :) 

Gabby xo

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Exploring Leeds Christmas market wearing Sugarhilll Boutique


Hey guys

So I recently signed up with a PR company called etail PR - I didn't know what to expect as I'd never signed up to one before but I'm so glad I did! Within a few weeks of registering I had already received a beautiful new vintage style shirt dress to review from the lovely people at Sugarhill Boutique! 


I decided it would be the perfect dress for an outing to the Leeds Christmas Market since it has quite a festive feel to it. I really love the wine colour of the dress with the cute floral print, and thought it went nicely with my trusty Miss Selfridge camel coat :)










Dina Shirt Dress - £55 Sugarhill Boutique* / Button Camel Coat - £59 Miss Selfridge / Brown Faux Fur Hat - £9 New Look / Statement Necklace - £7.99 New Look / Knee High Socks - £3 Primark / Purple & Black Mini Bag - Miss Selfridge (old)

I actually ended up layering it up with a comfy cream Topshop jumper since we were going to be sat out in the cold all afternoon, and there's only so much that mulled wine can do before you start to freeeeeeze! It's always a bonus when you can get more than one outfit out of an item and this dress is perfect for layering :)







I thought about saving this dress for Chirstmas day, but I just couldn't resist taking it for a spin in the end! :)

The Christmas market was good fun. I just wanted to eat everything from every stall! But I settled with a huuuuge german sausage & a chocolate filled donut. And of course plenty of mulled wine & some "hot honey mead" - which I'd never tried before but it's sooo good!









What about you guys, have you been to any christmas markets yet? And how on earth is it only 1 month until christmas!!?

Please do check out Sugarhill Boutique's website (here), as they have some gorgeous dresses plus lots more lovely items! You can use the code PARTYREADY to get 20% off all dresses until Sunday the 23rd of November (and they even do free delivery too!).

Thanks for reading & see you very soon :)

Gabby xoxo


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