Meeting Lorraine and a catch up on the rest of the week's outfits!

It's been one of those weeks - I've hardly sat still the whole here's a quick run down on the outfits I wore and what I got up to. You'll have seen many of them if you follow me over on Instagram - the place to be to see things as they happen :)

Wednesday saw me meeting Lorraine Kelly and Mark Heyes over at the JD Williams press day. I was utterly star struck even though both of them were so down to earth and lovely.
Lorraine's new range for AW15 looks great. 
She said herself that she's been much more involved this season and braver with her designs. The full range will be available on the JD Williams site soon - I'll be sure to let you know when it launches. Incidentally, Mark also designs for one of the Marisota plus size brands, AVA...and he was showcasing his range too.
I then took a quick look at the Simply Be collection. I didn't realise it caters for size 12 in many of its ranges and will be incorporating more size 10's in the range going forward too as the designs are so popular. I was very glad to hear that having seen some of the pieces they have in their AW15 range....
and wow the shoes!
Thursday was a real catch-up day....this is what I wore during the day:
Jeans - Lidl size 12
Navy Quilted Handbag - Dune (via TK Maxx last year)
and then in the evening I had to go to Crumlin Road Gaol for a dress rehearsal ahead of the choir's appearance on Friday's The One Show and BBC2 NI's Music Day programme so it was a quick change into the usual choir uniform..
Yellow Cardigan - via our Choir Director, Marie, who bulk buys them online. They're not fabulous quality but do the job for occasional wear at concerts.
Black Jumpsuit - Matalan (SS14 - similar)
Black Ballet Pumps - Emmy Twenty (no longer in business...nice ones in New Look here)
Cross Body Bag - Gap (sold out in black)

On Friday, I had returns to do, new stock to pick up for the shop, orders to post and a friend to meet.. 
Military Jacket - Hush (now sold out)
Black Stripe Top - Hush (past season similar)
Jeans - Lidl as before
Bag & Shoes as before

but it was another quick change at lunchtime, for yet another dress rehearsal at the Gaol all afternoon before our live performance from 7.30pm. If you're interested, you can see the choir on the One Show on this link and on our BBC2 NI show on this linkI don't feature on the One Show link as it was so short but I do appear a few times on the second one. I'm up on the balcony beside where the presenters do a few of their links.

Saturday, I took 2 of the kids to Ikea for some stuff we didn't need...
Kimono - New Look (SS14 - a bit similar here & here)
Black Top - F&F at Tesco (old)
Jeans - Gap Forever Stretch Legging (via Gap Outlet)
Necklace, Bag & Shoes as before.

and on Sunday, it was a long promised trip to the cinema. I tried to explain to the kids that when the sun shines, the cinema is the last place you should be but they were having none of it. Cue 90 minutes of my life I will never get back in the form of Sponge Bob. I normally enjoy the kids' movies but not this one.
Dark Denim Jacket - M&S from about 3 years ago (similar here & here)
Necklace - SGS Shop (past season)

Here's to a slightly quieter week this week coming. For anyone who's ordered from the shop, all orders will be dispatched tomorrow (Monday) including all the black flower necklace orders. Thanks for your patience with these out of stock items...I can't get anymore of the black one but most other items will be back in stock again by Monday afternoon.



  1. How exciting! Lorraine lives just a couple of miles from me & we have seen her on the beach a few times, I've never said hello though! I really like the JD Williams shoes, I'll be taking a look at them for winter.
    I feel for you having to sit through SpongeBob, I can't stand it!! X

  2. I adore that Matalan jumpsuit. It's so flattering and versatile. Lucky you get to wear such a great choir uniform! X

  3. Wow what a week. As always your outfits were spot on. Here's to joggers and sweats this week lol x

  4. What a week! I'm exhausted just reading all of that! I LOVE your choir outfit - totally gorgeous on you. Off to watch on catch up.

  5. Sounds like you had a busy week Avril & how lovely to meet Lorraine & Mark. Is it wrong I'm starting to get excited about autumn clothing & we haven't even had summer yet?!!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

  6. So lovely to hear that Lorraine lived up to expectations and is as lovely in real life as she comes across on the TV! What a fab day getting to meet Mark Heyes too! The collections look fabulous and your outfits this week are all absolutely gorgeous, great inspiration, something to suit every occasion!! xx

  7. That was one hell of a week!! Love that Hush jacket on you and as always, am amazed that your denim jacket is M&S. Looking stylish as always x

  8. Lorraine is a natural treasure(Mark seems really genuine too:)!

  9. What a fab day! I used to deal with Mark Heyes fairly often in a past life, and he really is a sweetie, isn't he? Loving those leopard buckle boots, they are stunning! xx

  10. What an snacking opportunity, Avril. Love you in the military jacket and Breton - perfect outfit! You suit yellow so much too. Lynne xx

  11. Gorgeous outfits Avril! I would of been star struck too! The new collection looks pretty amazing! Love those funky leopard boots! Andrea x


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