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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A lot of top for £15......

Took a trip to Next today as I saw these sandals in a magazine...
and wanted to see them in the flesh....
They do look as good in real life but the fit wasn't great for me....loose around the ankle and the front seemed to gape a bit. Of course, now I'm home and looking again at the picture in the magazine, I realise that I didn't tie them properly....DUH....blaming the heat. I'll head back down to try them out again tomorrow. Anyone else have senior moments like this? I seem to be on a roll with them. Another one coming up in my next blog post.

Of course, once I was there and hadn't bought the sandals, I had to have a look around to see what else I could buy. I think (hope) Next is getting back on track again after a few wobbly seasons. There's still a fair amount of their range that is just too colourful and fussy for me but their footwear is the real highlight right now starting with these double strap flats that come in a few colour ways on this link. Really comfy and so easy to slip on and off.
Also loved these strappy black ones..
And these silver cross over mules....
I came across these fab boho tops - well priced and perfect for holidays over denim shorts:
This Self-Portrait lace inspired piece also caught my eye.
and this dress in a fabulous shade of orange:
sadly, it's been made from an unforgiving jersey material but they style and colour is right up my street. You'd have to wear a full spanx slip under it I reckon but it's not expensive so that's the trade off. I've a wedding in July and if I'd not already bought a dress for it, I'd have tried this on.

Finishing with a top I did actually try on.
Loved this on the hanger as it's right up my street with the racer-style straps. I've also just ordered a pair of navy sandals (which I'll share when they arrive!) so I had them in mind while trying on.
Perhaps this is how I'll integrate some yellow into my wardrobe *finally*. The only thing I didn't like was the open back - don't ask me why but when I see open back tops like this, I immediately think 'frump'....no idea where that came from but I've probably just seen a few too many tops like this in Per Una....
However, I'm overlooking it as I think it's a great top for just £15....fully lined, floaty and flattering and with a great colour combination that will hopefully lift me out of my sea of neutrality for a day or two :)
Finishing with an outfit or two from the past week, starting with another outing for my Onjenu maxi dress from last summer.
Maxi Dress - Onjenu (SS15)
Flat Black Lace up Sandals - Topshop (SS15) - similar here & here
Vest - M&S

The off-the-shoulder tops are on heavy rotation. Worn with jeans on a cooler day:
Jeans - Kings of Indigo via TK Maxx
Sandals & Necklace - as before

Finishing with today's simple ensemble. Layered vests from M&S which are on buy one, get one half price at the moment!
Vests - M&S
Jeans - Piezak via Sarah Jane Boutique
Necklace - Anna Lou of London
Sandals - Birkenstock Arizona in Basalt

I need to give the necklace a wee mention because it was a birthday gift from the guys at Anna Lou of London and it's a personalised necklace that spells my name using Chinese symbols. Just gorgeous! They can make them in any language to order, in silver, rose gold and gold. Perfect present for someone who's difficult to buy for.

Back soon with my senior moment from the weekend!

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  1. They are gorgeous sandals. I have a black pair from last summer from Next with multiple straps, and I forget every time I wear them how to do them up!! Jane X

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one Jane! X

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