Monday, 20 October 2014

Work Wear #6

Hey wonderful people!

Back with another work wear themed post today.

I like to mix it up at work and whilst some days I'll go for the really girly outfits (such as pretty printed dresses), other days I'll feel like dressing a little more edgier! 

Here's a few of my more girly work looks from recent weeks:

Navy Polka Dot Smock Dress

Polka Dot Smock Dress* - £5 Hidden Fashion / White Shirt - Boohoo / Pink Bag - £19.99 Asos / Pink Heels - £19.99 Newlook / Rope Belt - £32 now reduced to £16 American Apparel 

This vintage style little beauty was sent to me by the lovely people at Hidden Fashion. It costs just £5 to buy - yes FIVE POUNDS! Not even primark do things that cheap anymore! And honestly, you wouldn't know from the quality that it was so inexpensive. Bargain dress of the year? I think so!  You can get lots of other pretty & purse friendly dresses on their website (link here). 

Miss Selfridge Black & Floral Playsuit

Pussybow Printed Playsuit - £45 Miss Selfridge (now reduced to £20!?) / Brown bag - £7 Primark / Black Heels - £19.99 H&M 

Going super girly (and quite classy I think) with this Miss Selfridge Playsuit - I'm actually pretty pissed off right now because I just went to get the link and have found out it's now reduced from £45 to £20 (I ONLY BOUGHT IT A FEW WEEKS AGO!) Haha never mind, good for you guys should you want to buy it :) - If you do tweet me @gabbytweets_ and feel free to brag!

Pink Skater Dress & Floral Jacket

Pink Skater Dress - £30 Topshop / Floral Jacket - £24.99 Newlook / Brown Satchel - Next / Bead Necklace - £5 Primark / Black Heels - £19.99 H&M

You may notice this is the jacket featured in a 2 piece set from a previous work wear post. Well I like to make sure I get plenty of wear out of my clothes so I styled it with this pretty pink skater dress from Topshop for a very Barbie esque work look! (Did anyone else have like 1 Ken and 30 Barbies when they were younger? The girl to guy ratio was just not good for playing relationships - Ken was a sleaze!)

Moving on, here's a few of the less cutesy looks from recent weeks:

Leather Skirt & Aztec Jacket

Black Faux Leather Pencil Skirt - £35 Miss Selfridge / White Top - £9 Boohoo / Aztec Jacket - Missguided / Brown Satchel - Accessorize 

I'd been looking for a leather skirt for this winter (since last years is a bit of a squeeze to get into now oops!) when I came across this awesome one from Miss Selfridge. I just love its asymmetrical style and think it looks great with the aztec jacket for a fun but professional work outfit.

Royal Blue Mesh Dress

Blue Strappy Maxi Dress- £17.99 Cameo Rose @ Newlook / Black Bow Bag - £7 Primark /Black Stappy Heels - £19.99 Newlook / Bad Fake Tan Job - Priceless

As you can probably tell I like to wear lots of colour to work! It's definitely a way to brighten up the day :) Cobolt blue is definitely back this winter after it was featured loads on the London fashion week catwalks - so I was happy when I snapped this bargain blue dress from New Look. 

And that's all for today, what about you guys - how do you define your work style? And what do you think is the best style for work? I'd love to know your opinions! 

See you soon,

Gabby xoxo

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Barcelona Style Diary - Featuring Damned Delux @ The Hut

Hey guys,

Remember me? Ha I've been so bad with blogging lately, I've just not had the chance to get any pics taken, and it's so difficult now that the sun goes down at like 6.15pm at night! Damn you autumn. But I'm back now and ready to jump back into it :)

I recently went on a very last minute trip to Barcelona for the BF's 29th b'day, so thought I'd share a few holiday snaps as well as some pics of what I wore. You'll probably notice that a few of the pics aren't taken in Barcelona.. well it turns out getting outfit pics done properly when you're either full of sangria or just generally too busy seeing the sights, is pretty hard! But I still managed to get a few shots at home to share with you guys anyway.

Day 1 - Friday exploring the "Gothic Quarter"

So somehow on Friday morning we managed to jump out of bed at 3am and set off to manchester airport, by 7.15am we were in the air and by 10.15am we were in SUNNY BARCELONAAA!

We spent much of the first day exploring the gothic quarter of the city. It was so amazing, like a labyrinth of cute boutique shops and restaurants. One of my favourites was this amazing circus themed ice cream shop!

The outfit I went for on the Friday was a cute tile print tunic dress I had found in Newlook just the day before.  I teamed it with some comfy brown heeled chelsea boots (also from Newlook), a brown mini Accessorize bag and added some turquoise accessories. (Newlook again!) 

Tunic Tile Print Dress - £19.99 Newlook / Brown Tan Heeled Chelsea Boots - £24.99 Newlook / Mini Brown Push Lock Bag - £12.00 Newlook / Necklace & Bracelets - Newlook (old)

On the night I wore a pretty pink babydoll dress from Miss Selfridge with some black Newlook Heels, a Newlook jewelled statement necklace & a black and gold bag from Accessorize. 

Pink Babydoll Dress - £39 Miss Selfridge / Jewelled Statement Necklace - £9.99 Newlook / Black & Gold Bag - Accessorize / Black Strappy Heels - £19.99 Newlook (old)

(It's pictures like these that remind me I need to fake tan more often - you'd think the dress was floating in thin air!!)

Day 2 - Saturday, Market & Local Town Exploring

Do you know one of the best things about barcelona (if you're a greedy pig like me) is how there seems to be a bakery on every street, packed full of calorific yummies! We were lucky enough to be staying really close the most amazing one which served amazing coffee too. We grabbed a selection of buns and pastries, then headed to the local park for a breakfast picnic in the sunshine - so lovely! :)

Later we headed into the local town and ended up stumbling across a medieval festival! It was quite cool they had people literally making everything, from glasses, to fabric, to baskets - not to mention they had some amazing food stalls & BBQ's. 

On the evening we went for the most amazing meal at a local restaurant (had the best tapas!!) then went to see the beautiful Montjuic magic fountain for the light show. I wore a black lace dress from Topshop, along with the black strappy Newlook heels & black Accessorize bag from before. 

We were looking for somewhere to go out when once again we came across the festival from earlier which had turned into a massive street party! We ended up dancing all night with the locals - so much fun and definitely a highlight of the trip :)

Black Lace Bodycon Dress - £42 Topshop / / Black & Gold Bag - Accessorize / Black Strappy Heels - £19.99 Newlook (old)

Oh heyy new spanish friends

Day 3 - Sunday, Tour Bus & dinner on the beach 

The last day came far too quickly but thankfully our flight wasn't till 10pm so we had all day to play! We decided to be proper tourists and get on the open top bus - which is actually a great way to see the city as you can hop on and hop off all day :) 

We also had a lovely dinner on the beach, I ordered a mixed grill not realising I'd get a plate of meat big enough to feed 3 people (no wonder the waiter looked at me funny when I ordered!!). The bf ordered a fish dish and ended up squirting prawn juice all over his pants by accident. It was so funny when he had to explain to the poor guy next to us on the plane why he smelt like fish!! Oops!

(the BF can pose better than I can!)

For the last days outfit I'd actually packed more autumn appropriate clothes (not realising it was going to be 27 degrees weather - it was meant to be rainy!). Thankfully the top was light enough and I could just use the cardigan for the cooler evening.

I was lucky enough to receive the skirt & jumper from the lovely people at the Hut from their fantastic "Damned Delux" range, and I actually thought both pieces worked really well together for a cute autumn/winter look!

Cream Cardigan* - £25 from Damned Delux at The Hut /  Lace Skater Skirt* - £9 From Damned Delux at The Hut / Brown Tan Heeled Chelsea Boots - £24.99 Newlook /  Dark Red Crop Top - £7.99 Select Fashion /  Mini Brown Push Lock Bag - £12.00 Newlook / Jewelled Statement Necklace - £9.99 Newlook / Chunky brown leather belt - £22 Accessorize  / Tan Fedora Hat - £7 Primark

And that's it for tonight's post - thanks so much for reading! I would definitely recommend Barcelona for an awesome weekend away - if you can get cheap, decent flights like we did it's definitely worth it! Also make sure you check out The Hut for more amazing bargain buys (still can't believe that skater skirt is priced at only £9!).

Have a lovely week.

Gabby xo

Monday, 29 September 2014

My Favourite Budget Autumn Items, Part 1!

Hi Guys!

Todays post is based on some of my favourite purse friendly buys for the autumn season. You may notice a lot of the items are from newlook but what can I say - I personally feel they are one of the best for price and style. I just think if you spend say £80 at newlook you come out with a lot more  than if you spent the same amount at somewhere like Topshop (not that I dont love topshop but a girls gotta be spend-savvy right?!). Anyway, here is part one of my budget autumn faves - the link to each item is in the title :)

Jacquard Paisley Stripe Tube Skirt - £14.99 Newlook

For me an aztec skirt is just an autumn staple - so when I saw this one for only  £14.99 at Newlook I had to pick it up! I teamed it with a dark red crop from Select Fashion (another bargain at £7.99) some black Newlook heels (£19.99) , a black Missguided bag, and a silver statement necklace from Primark.

You can always count on Newlook for great shoes at low prices, and these brown ankle boots are no exception! I think they look great with a pair of skinny jeans or a cute dress.  

Tbh most of my shoe collection is from from New Look, in fact I just can't bring myself to spend more than £25 on a pair at other shops when I know I can get cheaper at New Look, and they will last! It's the same with jewellery too! 

An autumn wardrobe wouldn't be complete without a fluffy jumper! And I found this cute one from Miss Selfridge to be not only a lovely colour but very reasonably priced too! :) 

I made use of a summer maxi dress (also from Miss Selfridge) by layering the jumper on top & adding a chunky statement necklace! I also added a cute brown Primark bag (£5), a black Topshop Fedora hat (£25) & those brown Newlook boots from before. Voila!

I'm never going to get over my love of cute floral dresses so I decided I may as well update the wardrobe with this autumn coloured one from Newlook! I styled it with my recent pastel blue coat buy from Asos (£80),  green Primark satchel (£3) & green heels also from Primark (£10).

Kapok Patterened Playsuit - £22.99 Ark 

I think this print is perfect for autumn and it's also a versatile piece as you can layer it up for a day wear look or wear it on it's own for a night out! 

The navy skater skirt is from Forever 21,  the dark red Fedora is River Island (£25), brown shoes are Newlook (£19.99) and the tulip bag is also from Ark (priced at £22.99) which I bought on a recent shopping trip to Manchester! Which Reminds me - check out the awesome breakfast I got in Manchester's amazing cafe "Home Sweet Home":

Donut French Toast with maple syrup, blueberries and crispy bacon (*Homer Simpson druel*)

And Last but not least is this adorable skirt from Newlook. I'm so glad I can start embracing the tartan trend again as it's such a lovely print and a huuuge favourite of mine! 

I styled it with my Miss Selfridge camel coat (£59), a beaded Primark Necklace, some black Newlook boots (£19.99), and a green Topshop high neck top (£10) for a very clueless style look :)

And that's all for tonight, thanks for reading and I will be back very soon. If you comment please make sure you leave your blog address so I can check it out - I love reading them! :)

Gabby xo