Horrah for spring! It’s my favourite time of the year, the colours, a little more heat, every one just has an extra lift in their step! And what better way to enjoy the change than in a new pair of shoes from Next.
I wrote a post recently about how Next were keeping well and truly on top of the trends and this smoothly follows through to their footwear collection. From bold colours to different proportions, finer details to stand out style, they have got it all!
My idea was to choose a pair of shoes that filled a gap in my wardrobe. So I was looking for one thing – a block heel, and I had plenty of choice! But after lots of trying on (a lot of my try on time was with flats but I resisted!), I kept coming back to these…
Admittedly, I was put off by the black. I don’t often wear dark colours on my feet (light coloured shoes are essential for flattering leg proportions!), and it was spring I was shopping for – black is not the first colour you think of in spring! But the suede and leather contrast, the simple bow to the side, the peep toe ticked the other boxes, making it hard for me to resist. And I actually already had the perfect outfit in my head anyway – they fitted the brief.
I was due a night out for dinner and drinks. I don’t usually get too dressed up for these occasions but the heels generally come out. If you follow on Instagram, you will see these trousers feature a lot for both dressy and casual occasions and I planned to team them with a pre-loved t-shirt from Deja Vu (originally Cos) and my new boots. A perfect nod to the ongoing monochrome trend! And here is the final look…
Unfortunately I cannot find the link for these lovely peep toe boots online but I spotted them instore today…
And this will be the look for another outing…once I get the fake tan back on my legs again;)
Thanks to Next for the shopping inspiration and for my lovely new boots:)
It’s 4.30 and it’s getting dark – we wake up in the dark, we come home from work in the dark, the daylight hours have slipped slowly away as the Autumn chill has crept slowly in. But in the hours that are daylight I love this season – and this year we have been spoiled with the dry weather, and opportunity to celebrate the crispness and ease in gently towards winter.
But fear not, as once I have accepted that summer is over, and it will be back, I go hunting for my much loved layers! Leather and faux fur are firm favourites, blanket scarves and two pairs of socks are essential.
On a recent trip out to Castle Ward (purely going to kick the leaves, make leafpile angels and get buried in leaves), I managed to swap a little bit of fun for a photoshoot (10p pocket money if he takes one photo, 50p if he takes a range!!) and these are the results…
The perfect mix of metallics – a little touch on my shirt, another on the shoes…
I love the idea of this shirt, but oh, the wrinkles 🙁
And the leaves are blending in!
I did however need some layers for my knees – they were freezing!
But I do love these Topshop jeans, just the perfect amount of tear for me.
Wearing my current favourite scarf from Little Boutique at Alana Interiors – the colours work perfectly with any outfit, but more importantly, it is so cosy!
Accessorizing with very old gloves (but perfectly on trend for this season), and a new bag from Aldo – again, the colour works with most of my wardrobe.
Any tips on layering? How do you beat the autumn/winter chill?
Often the weekend for me includes building dens, becoming a Lego man in a battle with Ninjago or playing football for as many hours as my little boy can push in the local football pitch. So as payback, he has to be my photographer when we head out for some essential coffee breaks;)
As spring approaches (it may be officially here, but today’s weather does not show spring at all!), we headed to Hillmount Garden Centre to pick up some new additions for the garden (and sneak in that coffee!). This lovely little dress from H&M is the perfect wardrobe staple for this time of year. The fabric is still heavy, but the sleeves are just above the elbow. The perfect balance for spring weather (and I still have two vests underneath!) – with of course the addition of tights rather than bare legs!
Mixing up my outfit with my trusty leather jacket. And (for anyone who follows on Instagram, you may have seen these once or twice before?!) wearing my well worn, very comfortable and sparkling silver Adidas originals. Matching up the metallics with accessories from local designers Gráinne Maher and Lines and Current.
Feeling rejuvenated, and spring garden ready, we layered up headed to Topshop to try on some new trainers..
I love the versatility of this dress. Bought for a mere £20 I have worn it casually as above, added brogues for work, added a shirt underneath to brighten, worn with heels at dinner, worn with a print cardigan for an afternoon with friends, and can see it being worn on many more occasions. Currently thinking of how to make it summer ready with a pair of sandals, maybe add a brooch or two…
What is your go to comfort outfit and how many ways can you wear it?
Today’s post has taken many different routes. It began as an outfit post. It moved on to a wearing your summer wardrobe in winter. It was due to incorporate a lovely dinner at a new restaurant in Belfast and now it has moved to how to be confident even when your dress is wrinkly!
So let’s bring all of those ideas together…
I had a lovely invite to come along to a family dining night at Kua ‘Aina, a new Hawaiian inspired restaurant in Victoria Square, Belfast. I was already stretching the ‘family’ definition by taking the opportunity to catch up with my friend and fellow blogger, Ruth from Willow Lane fame. Then, following a sleepover and lots of hours playing football with a friend, my little boy was ready for zoning out…so took control of my phone and it’s games while waiting for his dinner and waiting for us to finish catching up!
Browsing the Coconut Prawns and Tropical Granola on the menu, and debating over the Seared Ahi Tuna with avocado or the Teriyaki Chicken with pineapple, I ended up picking the tuna and was not disappointed (and a tip, the avocado completes the flavour combinations, don’t order without it!). I saved my pineapple fix for the Eton Mess delights that completed the meal. There were no complaints from the six year old as he enjoyed his cocktail of orange juice (he felt very fancy!) and managed to clear the sweetcorn from his meal without an argument! Mind you the Morellis chocolate ice-cream may have been the biggest hit! And for any parents out there, you will understand the joy when a pack of colouring pencils arrived at the table and they were sharp! Brownie points for this one!
As the weather has been brightening, I was in the mood to get something that was not black or grey on. Mixing the summer and winter wear, I chose to wear my denim dress (bought last summer during the Zara sale, and worn then with bare legs and trainers) with tights, loafers and my fur coat. I bought my coat in a second hand sale last year and love the 3/4 length sleeves for the transitional season. I was happy with my choice…until I stood brushing myself down ready for the photos to be taken.
And so to the final point. I love choosing my outfit, mixing different things together, wearing items that haven’t left my wardrobe for months. Wearing something different actually gives me a renewed confidence. But wearing a dress with wrinkles ruins my photo opportunity, as if I don’t generally stand awkwardly enough! But I decided not to worry, to show you how delicious the food at Kua ‘Aina was and to give a little example of how to make your summer clothes work in winter! Now I’m off to do a little bit of ironing;)
My lovely friend and silverbrogues supporter came to visit a few weeks ago so I roped her in to taking some photos for me to help try and perfect the pose. Thinking back to the previous post on recognising our individual beauty, I tackled my uncomfortable embarrassment and stood in front of other shoppers in Belfast’s largest Shopping Centre.
This is a look I feel may be repeated numerous times over the next few months. I have been wearing so much black and grey since the change in season – I think my new scarf and sleeveless jacket may have prompted this wardrobe selection!
Sleeveless Jacket – Warehouse
Leather Jacket – Miss Selfridge
Shirt – River Island
Scarf – Urban Outfitters
Jeans – H&M
Shoes – Debenhams
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