Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Outnet Office Party

Outnet Office Party

I was recently contacted by The Outnet to put together an 'office Christmas party' look using the amazing plethora of products on the site. I absolutely love The Outnet; I shop there as often as I can afford and always keep an eye on the pieces on offer. They sell designer items at up to 75% off, which, for a bargain hunting fashionista like me, has huge appeal. The site is updated regularly and you can set up alerts for your favourite brands, to tell you when new stock comes in or items go on sale.

An office party can be a tricky event to dress for. I did work in an office for about a year and the dress code was pretty relaxed, but it was still important to be smart enough to look professional. I think this idea rings true of an office or work party situation, too; you want to look fabulous, but also appropriate. It is likely that your boss or superiors will be in attendance, so it can be important to get the balance right between suitability and fun!

I've picked an outfit that deftly bridges the gap between both of these requirements. I love a smart trouser and top combination as an alternative to a party frock; they look dressy enough to be party-suited but also are really easy to wear. Simple, classically cut black trousers are a wardrobe staple and can be worn year-round; likewise, a low heeled court with a touch of sparkle are a great failsafe shoe option for your wardrobe. I chose a pretty printed crepe top by Tibi which will be perfect for wearing in the summer time with skinnies, but is dressed up beautifully with this statement velvet jacket which is the most perfectly sumptuous evening cover up.

For jewellery, I chose an amazing pair of statement earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane exclusively for The Outnet, which certainly provide some festive sparkle! The sleek clutch from Mysuelly is a perfect accompaniment to the look and adds a touch of texture.

What will you be wearing to your work party? Shop the extensive range on The Outnet here, using code HAPPYHOLS for free delivery!

XO Amie

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Instagram Week #47

Fave candles // Throwback // Outfit // Fever London styling challenge // Blog post prep // Winter makeup // Dusk // Evening look // Shiny shoes

This week I've had loads to do over on the blog, trying to post every day with lots of new content. I've been lucky enough to work with Fever London on a blogger styling challenge, see this post for details, which was really good fun and a lovely opportunity to dress up!

I've got a couple of beauty related posts coming up this week as well as a 'winter handbag essentials' post which will be live soon. I have really invested in my winter makeup and have a few key go-to's that I'm loving, as well as some empties and 'forever repurchased' items that I absolutely love!

Of course, the festive season is just around the corner so I've got a couple of outfit posts and also themed lookbook posts to give some dressing up inspiration, should any be needed! I've already covered a glam evening look here and I'll also be talking about office party looks with The Outnet soon!

XO Amie

Monday, 24 November 2014

#Stylemynight with Fever London

Skirt and top c/o Fever London ASOS coat Vintage boots H&M faux fur

When I was contacted by Fever London with a styling challenge I jumped at the chance to take part! The premise was to style an outfit for a night out, pitted against several other bloggers who would be doing the same! I couldn't wait to get started!

I was very kindly sent a couple of items from their website to style. This amazing navy Bella skirt was the first thing I chose; not quite (but almost) midi length, it's so flattering and a lovely colour. I also chose a sweet top to wear it with; this gold crochet Lula top is just gorgeous and the metallic element adds a pretty vintage vibe to my look.

I do have quite specific style I suppose and whilst I loved this skirt and top combo, I was never going to wear it with strappy sandals and a clutch bag (not that there's anything wrong with that!) but it's not my personal look and I wanted to make this outfit as much a representation of me and my style as possible. Hence, out comes the leopard print! A duster coat is ideal for chucking on for evening because it's not too heavy and can actually complement, rather than completely covering, your outfit.

I added a bit of faux fur for some extra glam, and reached for my trusty vintage ankle boots to give the pretty skirt a little more edge. I love the mixture of colours, textures and prints; I don't usually choose to wear colour but I feel that this combination works well, and I love the overall look!

I would wear this for evening drinks out with friends or even to a works Christmas party. It's festive and pretty whilst still in keeping with my own style.

If you love my look, you can vote for it via Facebook here. Every person who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win £200 of Fever London vouchers, so it's a great opportunity to potentially win your Christmas party look!

XO Amie

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Perfect party shoes

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Faux Fur heels from Missguided

I bought these heels from Missguided a week or so ago and I wanted to review them on my blog mainly because I've never bought anything from Missguided before and so I wanted to talk around the brand and the site and what the products are like. I know online ordering can be a bit hit and miss; especially with clothing and footwear because you are never sure of the sizes, but also because I am a very textural shopper, I like to handle products and feel them before I buy and of course you can't do this online. With 360 degree imagery and even filmed catwalks, online retailers are addressing these issues more than ever before; but I have to admit that one of the reasons that ASOS gets so much of my money is because of their free delivery and return features. Many's the time I've unpacked something I've bought expecting it to be amazing, but it feels cheap or is completely see through, so back it goes!

Sizing is also an issue. I find ASOS own brand comes up very large; not just clothing either, I am between a 3 and a 4 in shoes but in ASOS I always have to get the 3. I was a little worried about that when ordering from Missguided; it is unusual to find half sizes these days and Missguided only had these in a size 4 at the time I was ordering them so I hoped they would be ok. I found the fit to be pretty good; I would prefer a sandal to be a bit on the bigger side as I hate it when your toes go too close the the edge! 

I bought these when I noticed Missguided were doing a 20% off footwear evening, I saw tweets from the brand and headed over to the website to have a look. I have been after a really simple pair of sandals for ages; I wanted a pair I'd seen in Topshop but unfortunately they sold out and I'd been unable to find anything similar, until I found these! They are so pretty; black velvet with a faux fur panel across the front of the foot; really unusual and the actual shape of the shoe is just lovely. They are a little higher than I would normally choose but they are quite comfortable; I think these would look amazing with jumpsuits or dresses or even to dress up jeans for a night out.

Price wise they were £27.99 which puts them on a par with I guess somewhere like New Look; I just really liked these as they were quite different to anything else I'd seen and I thought they would be the perfect Christmas party shoe! I think they are lovely.

XO Amie

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Wanted #20

Sheer Organza Polka Dot Skirt: Topshop Boutique

I've not done a wanted post in a little while, and I was browsing the Toppers website earlier (taking full advantage of the 'notebook' feature on the app which allows you to save a wishlist of your favourite pieces, when I spotted (mind the pun) this amazing silk midi skirt. It's from the Boutique range and is silk, which semi-justifies its £50 price tag; unfortunately it's very much a slip style midi which means it's sheer. Girl can't just wear this with undercrackers cos they'll shine right through...why do this to me, TS?!

It's still a beautiful skirt though, and I love the it will stay on the wish list for now!

XO Amie

Friday, 21 November 2014

Current Favourites

Tins of candles // Moschino phone case // Faux fur hat and scarf // Rainbow Club shoes

Since I'd not written a 'favourites' post since July, I thought it would be worth doing a more current one! I really enjoy them because they are one of the favourited posts for me to read on other blogs; I've found so many great beauty products and useful items through others' 'Favourites' posts, so I hope I will inspire with mine!

Of course at the moment it is most definitely Autumnal, and I love the cosy feeling that scented candles can bring to a room, especially when it is dull and dreary outside. I have particularly been loving tinned candles, mainly because they don't soot when extinguished! You just clip the lid of the tins back on and it stops any smokiness. These ones were gifts but they can easily be found all over the high street, from Wilko to TK Maxx which is a great place to find ones with pretty printed tins.

Something I've just started to use fairly recently is an iPhone, and I love all the different cases that you can get to go with them! I got this one from eBay and the fact that it is like a tiny handbag is the best thing ever! It's so funny but I love the look and style of it!

Of course, it's getting a lot colder just lately and novelty faux fur seems to be all the rage! I actually bought this set at the end of winter last year, but put it away to wear now and I am glad I did. I love the print on this and both pieces are practical as well as fashionable!

Finally, I had to include my beautiful Rainbow Club shoes which I was gifted after the shoe event I attended a couple of weeks ago (post here.) I love the colour of these, a really soft, pale grey, and the clean, simple style of these pumps is just so pretty. 

XO Amie

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Glam Evening Out with Debenhams

Glam Evening Out with Debenhams

I posted a really fun, Christmas 'Night Out' look last week and I wanted to continue the theme but on a more glamorous note! If a little playsuit and heels isn't dressy enough for the party you're attending, how about channelling a more cocktail appropriate look with all these gorgeous pieces from Debenhams?

I am really into jumpsuits at the moment and I think they make such a chic alternative to the typical 'cocktail dress' look which is a failsafe for many women. I think this Coast option is perfect for evening, with the mesh insert panels to show a bit of skin and the sleek and elegant shape. The belted waist gives a great fit and the slouchy cigarette pants lend it a very flattering fit.

I am all about texture and I comment regularly on the blog that I love to mix textures in my looks. Christmas is undeniably all about sequins and sparkle, but you can totally dip into the festive feel without going OTT on the spangle! Even though this outfit is all black, the subtle hints of gold on the shoes and jewellery, and the gorgeous textures, the faux fur and feather bag add another dimension to a really classy and elegant outfit.

The beauty of this look is that the pieces can all be worn outside of a specific Christmas look. The coat will work just as well with skinnies and a cute knit for day, whilst the heels would elevate any look to the realms of super glam! The earrings are very sweet and don't look too festive so would be suitable to wear all year round.

I love this look and would wear it to any party,I think the jumpsuit would also look amazing with pointed flats and a thin roll neck jumper underneath it to transition it nicely into very chic daywear.

XO Amie