Stripes and Sparkle (& formal dress update!)

At last - it's the Johnnie B sparkly shoes in action! I wore them on Saturday with a striped jacket from Esprit that I got at the end of the summer sales last year. The jacket has gold trim so I've not worn that much as I felt it needed a nice gold necklace. Then I remembered I have a jewellery was a bit of a duh moment!

Jacket - Esprit (similar here, here & here)
Navy Emma Top - Boden (similar)
Jeans - Autograph @ M&S (thrifted)
Glitter Flats - Johnnie B @ Boden
Necklace - SGS Shop
Sunglasses - TK Maxx
I need to give you an #OperationFormalDress Update! The one being sent to me arrived and is absolutely perfect in every way. I honestly might have cried with relief when I tried it on. It sounds extreme to cry over a dress but I really was worried! I knew I could pull off an average dress but at important events, if I'm not happy with what I'm wearing, I struggle to relax and enjoy myself. Well I can assure you that there will be muchos relaxing and enjoying ones-self on Saturday night! 
Saturday morning sees the start of the preparation....with nails by my friend Catherine, followed by make-up by the lovely Lynne at Effortless Beauty in Moira and hair by Gemma Managh - Session Stylist. Both of these ladies are beautifying me free of charge as they read the blog and wanted to be part of my special evening so please show these fairy godmothers some Facebook love!
Back next time with what I wore to Belfast Fashion Week. What a week....


  1. Great news & a big fat PHEW! SO pleased you're happy with your dress - can't wait to see it on you! Love everything about this outfit and that necklace looks gorgeous in gold. x

  2. WOW this is SUCH a good look - I love it all from head to toe.
    Off to check out your very kind pamper god mothers!

  3. Love the jacket Avril, and the necklace -I have one too ;-). I am behind with my blog reading - (apologies!) what's happening n Saturday? Sounds exciting and glad you have the dress sorted! Xx

    1. Aha I see now after a quick catch up! Great stuff, you sound v well prepared and impressed about your mountain climbing btw! Xx

  4. Love the blues and gold together. You are going to have a ball on Saturday!! So glad the dress is perfect and see you soon xxx

  5. Such a chic look, love the stripes and glitter for Spring! Sooo glad your dress is completely will look fabulous...looking forward to seeing hair and make-up too! X

  6. Nice necklace, I don't really wear gold much but love it for summer x

  7. Fabulous outfit the jacket!! The necklace and shoes totally notch the outfit onto a whole 'nother level!! Wish I could find me a thrifty bargain like your luck whatsoever with your challenge this month!!

    I am so excited to see all your beauty preparations and of course your outfit for Saturday! Will be checking out on instagram for the updates!! xx

  8. Oh I love this outfit and so pleased you have your dress sorted and how nice two readers are doing your hair and make up - that is lovely!!! x looking forward to the pictures.

  9. Beautiful jacket Avril - I've been in a little Breton striped dress today!

    Wow sounds like a fab Saturday - looking forward to seeing your outfit x

  10. Hilarious that you forgot about your gold necklace!!! Great outfit. Love the jacket, and as I remain convinced that I was a magpie in a former life, I obviously adore the sparkly shoes. Good luck on Saturday ... I've no doubt you'll look sensational x

  11. Great look - the shoes totally make it! I'm so tempted by them! X

  12. Everything about this works brilliantly. I love those shoes. x

  13. Anonymous22:11

    Love this outfit - the jacket, the necklace and the shoes all look so good - Sparkly shoes are just so nice !

  14. Aww love your sparkly flats , perfect with your beautiful necklace too :)

  15. Really pleased you got your dress sorted, have great time.

    Loving the shoes, you can't beat a bit of sparkle.

    X x

  16. That's a great jacket Avril x

  17. Anonymous18:02

    Loving this outfit, especially that jacket! xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

  18. The blue and gold look great together here x

  19. That jacket was a great find Avril....good luck with all the preparations,I'm sure you will look fab:)
    ~Anne xx

  20. Such a gorgeous look Avril, I love those shoes! Can't wait to see you all glammed up for Saturday!

  21. Love this outfit on you especially the jacket. Esprit has pulled out of Canada so now we really have to track it down. Will have to watch for other options here.


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