While stuck at home
letting my broken foot regrow learning to use crutches, I treated myself to a little bit of online shopping from Everything5Pounds. I’ve bought from this online discount retailer once before and it was kind of a mixed bag in terms of fit, so I was a bit more careful in my choices this time. They arrived today, I’ve already tried everything on, and I’m very happy with the results. Let me show you what I got.
Umbrella Print Woolen Swing Dress
This is gorgeous – easily my favourite thing from today’s parcel. It’s warm but lightweight, exactly what I want for this time of year. And the sleeves are a good length for me (I’m a short arse with short arms and full length sleeves tend to annoy me). I got the M/L which came up perfectly true to size on me as a UK14. Expect to see an outfit post with this dress soon – I’m already planning it out in my head.
Lips Print Bell Skirt
How could I resist this skirt? The colours, the print – it was all calling out to me seductively. The fit is good (M/L again) although the skirt comes up a little short. Nothing opaque tights and a pair of killer heels won’t resolve (and yes, I know – no heels for me until this damned foot is better).
Multicoloured Rings Velvet Column Skirt
Another siren call for a colour fiend like me. A good fit (body con though) I can see this getting a lot of wear if I can overcome my mistrust of the velvet-feel!
Rocking Platform Trainer
Despite my well advertised love of a fabulous heel, I do also appreciate a comfy shoe. There was a huge thing for these rocking, ‘barefoot’ style trainers a while ago and I’m finally jumping on board. The curve isn’t as pronounced as on some more highbrow brands but that actually suits me as the rocking would probably give me sea-sickness. Instead these just allow me to roll my foot gently as I step forward, giving a nice comfortable motion.
Anyone else tried Everything5Pounds? What did you buy? Tell me in the comments below.
This might be my last ‘three ways’ post for a little while – my sprained foot is finally useable (albeit with crutches) so I’m going to be easing back in to the real world over the next couple of weeks. Saying that, I’ve enjoyed doing these so much that I will definitely do more of them in the future.
Baroque Jacket | Joe Browns | £79.95
This jacket was sent to me by Cate to style up three ways for her. Hopefully these provide some inspiration!
Look 1: Berry chic
Wool skirt | M&S | £49.50
Knot front tee | Topshop | £16
Tan ankle boots | £47.50
Stripe jacquard scarf | Phase 8 | £35
Salon Pro nail varnish ‘Celebrity Bash’ | Rimmel via Superdrug | £4.49
A nice outfit for the office this – and all of those lovely berry shades will pop nicely against the grey of the jacket and skirt. That knot front tee nicely straddles the line between comfortable and smart too, I think.
Look 2: Paint the town cream
AX Paris lace waist skater dress | New Look | £30
Leather Chelsea ankle boots | ASOS | £55
Turnlock pocket bag | Laura Ashley | £21
Waffle textured tights | Topshop | £8.50
Mable cable headband | Joules | £14.95
A nice soft and feminine look, while still being able to hold up to the harsher weather for a night out. I liked the idea of the navy to pick out the blue feature button on the jacket, and where there is navy cream will follow!
Look 3: OK Coral
Pinstripe trousers | H&M | £24.99
Molly herringbone twill shirt | Monsoon | £29
Izzy brogue | Kate Kanzier | £25
Nicandra clutch bag | Kate Kanzier | £25
C oral statement necklace | Coast | £40
Just because you want a nice relaxed outfit for the weekend, doesn’t mean you have to cast off all colour, right? The pops of coral might be a bit unseasonal right now but who cares. For a more casual looks the trousers could be swapped for skinny fit jeans.
The comments are below if you want to tell me which look you like best, or how you’d still out that gorgeous jacket.
After my call out for ‘three way’ challenges, my friend Danielle threw this jumper at me:
Knitted Bunny Motif Jumper | Topshop | £45
Mega cute right? But dressing a bunny jumper up three different ways – what a challenge. It took a bit of browsing around and online window shopping (oh, woe is me!) but I think I’ve nailed it!
Look 1: Sunshine preppy
Louche Addy Blouse | Joy |
Leather-look skater skirt | New Look | £10
Black lace-up pumps | AX Paris | £12
Yellow cotton socks | Sock Shop | £4.25
Triangle Collar Necklace | Accessorize | £10
This blouse popped up in my email as it’s currently half price (seriously, grab it before I buy them all) and I just knew it had to be paired with a leather skirt. The bunny jumper over this lot, with just the peek of a yellow blouse and socks puts a splash of colour in to this preppy look.
Look 2: Navy and check
Cooperative Trousers in Red Check Print | Urban Outfitters | £48
Navy cami top | River Island | £10
Satin slingback peep-toe sandals | Barratts | £20
Navy mini satchel bag | Yumi | £25
Navy Barry M Nail Polish | Nail Varnish Direct | £2.95
My short legs just don’t go with trousers, but I really need these check print ones. And I love the idea of the muted navy pallet against the check and bunny jumper. Plus, it stops the trousers from looking too Rupert The Bear/Rod Stewart.
Look 3: Bunny Up
Peter Jensen Rabbit dress | People Tree | £68
Bannyla ballet flats | Le Bunny Bleu | £27.45
Johnny Loves Rosie bunny ears headband | ASOS | £12
Rabbit bowler bag | Next | £34
Alice in Wonderland Book Page brooch | House of Ismay via NOTHS | £10
It had to be done – I could not resist the lure of searching for all the bunny themed clothing. The dress, shoes and jumper would work together without drawing too many funny looks, but by the time you add the ears and bag people may start to spot the theme (although the ears are surprisingly quite subtle). And that brooch – made out of a page from Alice in Wonderland is just the icing on this (bunny shaped) cake.
Please use the comments below to tell me which look or piece you like best. How would you still out that jumper?
As I had so much fun doing my boots three ways looks, I asked twitter to suggest items for me to base outfits around next and my friend Katie (of The Neverending Tea Party) came up with this hat:
Plum Wool Hat | H&M | £12.99
The best thing about this challenge is I already have a hat a bit like this that my husband bought me on our first holiday together, which of course I never wear because I can never think of ways to wear it. Well – I have three outfit inspirations now!
Look 1: Plum monochrome
Belted Prom Dress | M&S | £49.50
Therapy Triple Compartment Bag | House of Fraser | £39.20
Lennox Ballet Flats | ASOS | £25
Gipsy Purple Tights | New Look | £6.49
‘Quite The Thing’ Sheen Supreme Lipstick | MAC | £15.50
I do like a muted palette with splashes of one colour. Okay, between the hat, bag, tights and lipstick it’s quite a few splashes – but tell me you don’t love this! And seeing as Katie is the inspiration behind this post, the MAC lipstick is a tribute to her. Seriously, she’s even convinced me to wear make-up on a semi-regular basis.
Look 2: Casual colourful
Hampton Boyfriend Jean | Jigsaw | £75
Spot Shirt Layer Sweater | Next | £35
Converse All Star Low Red | Office | £44.99
Patterned Scarf | Uni Qlo | £9.90
Cute Cheeseburger Necklace | Little Miss Delicious | £25
I didn’t know where this one was going when I started it, but I really like it. I’m picturing the scarf tied around the hat to bring all of the bits together. This is definitely something I would wear for mooching around town in.
Look 3: Teal and Plum
White Stuff Glass Dress | House of Fraser | £55
Aimee Cropped Sleeve Blazer | BooHoo | £25
Black Cashmere Scarf | H&M | £34.99
Rhinestone Wedges | Everything5Pounds | £5
Beaded Tassel Drop Earrings | Topshop | £25
I want to call this look boho, but I think it only loosely fits in to this. However, I just love the teal against the purple so this had to be done. I’m a big fan of blazers – they can really jazz up a dress. And the shoes? Well the shoes are just too fun to say no to, right?
As always – do leave a comment to tell me which look you like most.