Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pink Clove: Bloggers Supper

I think I have to preface this post to add a bit of perspective so here goes: I have always maintained that I am very much a hobby blogger, I dip in and out of the blog when I feel like it. For me blogging is a pleasurable experience because I am essentially just a frock enthusiast. I do not have a super duper camera and I don't have bags of time to do reviews. I am oh so 'British' and believe quite strongly that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything (I am also a big fan of afternoon tea and queuing!) hence my opinions are honest.

Every now and again an invite drops into my in box that excites me and I feel I must expend time and effort be a part of. The Pink Clove bloggers supper invite was one of these exciting e-mails. I must admit I was romanced by the thought of going to Mayfair for dinner and a cocktail (there aren't many gals who wouldn't be!). Before accepting I thoroughly dug through the website and I was really impressed at the clothes on offer. I would buy these clothes because they are just lovely but overall they are affordable.
My day was a feet of precision timing, I was up at 6 to embark on my 35 mile commute to start work at 7:30 so I could leave early, I spent all day on my feet at work then drove the 35 miles home I had precisely 30 minutes to beautify myself before my other half dropped me off at the local station for a 45 minute train ride into London (I am very lucky to live on a great rail link to London). I donned my flat shoes to navigate the tube and the mean (OK actually quite posh) streets of London, then threw my heels on at the last minute and trotted into the beautiful room (last of course!).

There was a lovely dinner table set up and the ambiance was elegant and subtle. There were also some rails of pretty clothes. My favorite theme from the collection is 40's/50's lady, the event really did mirror the clothes.
Shall we get on with my outfit, I wasn't quite how to dress but in the end I went with my new frock form Live Unlimited at Evans. (and yes -I have had my hair cut and haven't quite learned how best to tame it yet! I don't know if I like it - the length and layers just aren't quite right still it grows fast and will soon be long enough to sort it out.)
Dress Live Unlimited @ Evans similar here
All other accessories @ New Look

This dress was great for the event very comfy but still glam and a bit sexy.

Anyhow onwards to the leafing through pretty clothes:
Two of my favorites:
The wrap dress on the left also comes in a gorgeous midnight blue colour, I didn't get a picture of it but I did get to lay my mits on it and the jersey was ridiculously soft and only £18!

My camera was not quite up to scratch on coping with the lighting levels in the room but I did take a couple of other shots:
I was impressed with the basics too -this black pencil skirt would be such a hardworking addition to any wardrobe and at a tenner it's a pretty good price. (I love the teal version too)
I'm going to bombard you with lots of pics of the fabulous bloggers I met and then add some links at the bottom. Needless to say all of the ladies were lovely, and seriously fun to be around!
Not pictured but I also met:
(Yey for twitter which helped me find everyone!)

Last but not least here are the lovely Ladies representing Pink Clove (Bex and Elizabeth) and of course the gorgeous Curvy Wordy in her one off Collectif dress which was just gorgeous! (serious frock envy!)
So to sum up Pink Clove clothes are really promising and super affordable prices range from £12-£40 -seriously some retailers are just getting started at £40. Please believe me when I say the glam event has not swayed my opinion I think that a lot of hard work and thought has gone into creating this range. So I have just put my money where my mouth is and have ordered a frock. I'm will let you know what I think of it in due course!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

My Garden Style

So a non outfit post I hope that's OK! Since I enjoy dressing and accessorizing myself I thought I'd share how I dressed my garden for a recent BBQ.

I'm getting quite proud of my collection of garden stuff, It's taken a while to build up bits and bobs but over the last few years It's taken a bit of patience and luck but not as much cash as it should have.

My epic extendable table came from e-bay last year (a bit of luck was required in the winning of the auction), it was a not perfect second and cost a couple of hundred quid (instead of 1000!), all I needed was a man and a van (cue Dad) a man who could fix a hinge (cue other half) and a fair amount of teak oil. The striped garden chairs came from Next about 5 years ago and were bought in the sale (just before winter!). The parasol and deck chairs were also collected at different times when we had the cash.
I made all the bunting myself (If you're interested I refer you to this post here). The little things are all cheap and cheerful, the candle holders are either from Ikea, Wilkinsons, store 21 or cleaned out jam jars! (again collected over a couple of years) The belfast sinks with plants in were 10 quid each from a car boot.
Aren't my balls great! They are from Cargo, I spied them full price back in spring and waited until they were half price, then I pounced!
The lanterns are again from Cargo and were a couple of quid each, they looked amazing when it got dark.
Last but not least add guests, pavlova and an ice cream factory and some alcohol (Cactus margarita glasses another e-bay purchase) and all is well.
I thought it might be fun to show you round my garden, hope you enjoyed it!

OOTD: New Monsoon Frock

Here's a couple of quick snaps from our trip to Brighton at the weekend. I wore my sale bargain dress from Monsoon which is a very comfy jersey dress with an oriental inspired crane print. The V neck is very flattering and a little bit naughty! 

There's always a great backdrop in Brighton their Graffiti collection seems to be ever growing and refreshing. This is a brilliant piece of art and I had to stop for a photo or two despite this being the end of a seriously tiring day wandering around the city (and being very full of Chinese food!).

In other news I scored a Live Unlimited dress in the sale at Evans for 25 quid, the poor thing has had a hard life in the shop but I'm going to wash and iron it and then wear it with pride (and maybe big knickers!). I also took the plunge and bought a Queen of Holloway frock, which I will put some effort into styling and blogging very soon I promise! We are still getting over household appliances conspiring and breaking in unison so our holiday plans have fallen somewhat flat, I think that rules me out of plus north too :-( still I'm looking forward to a week off soon tho.
Dress @ Monsoon
Shoes @ Asda
Cardigain @ Monsoon
Necklace (barely seen, bad blogger) Alex Monroe @ Evans