Last weekend my older brother graduated from University, it was a beautiful happy, sunny day that required an outfit to match. I find occasion wear shopping really difficult, as I never really know just how much of an effort I should have appeared to have made. And especially as I'd never been to a Graduation ceremony before, I wasn't quite sure what the standard outfit expectation was. 

Luckily, however, my two best friends know my style extremely well, and for my birthday this year they bought me a lovely mint green dress, with the intention for me to wear it mostly whilst on holiday. I was umm-ing and ahh-ing whether it was "graduation appropriate" for a while; due to its bright colour and slightly casual style. However, once I had tried it on with a formal black blazer, I decided it was a nice take on smart/casual (smasual) occasion wear. Luckily the sun was shining all day, so the bright colour of the dress wasn't too noticeable. I teamed the dress with a little white belt, partly because the dress seemed a tiny bit too long in length for me, but also because the white belt matched my shoes & bag.

Moral of the story: throw a smart blazer on and you can wear just about anything you like to this type of occasion.

What I'm Wearing:
Dress - Gifted - LavishAlice.com (Available here)
Blazer - £20 (Sale Price) - Topshop
Shoes - £20 - Boohoo.com
Clutch Bag - £2.72 (Bargain!) - eBay (Available here)



So this blog post is going to be one more focused on the 'and stuff' section of my title, as its not at all related to fashion. However, it's a creative post which may inspire some gifts ideas from future Bridesmaids...

Basically, this year I'm going to be a bridesmaid for my Dad's fiancée, and instead of a Hen do night out, she's opting for a classier, daytime Bridal Shower. So once I realised I had to come up with a gift pretty quick, this is what I created...

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Basically, this is a great and very personalised creative gift idea which is just a simple collection of lots of mini gifts.
This gift works well if you know both the Bride and Groom pretty well, as you are then able to personalise the Survival Kit around things they like, things they don' like, stuff they argue over, etc.

It's very simple to create once you've got a few ideas. And some pretty handwriting and cute pegs make it way sweeter.

Some of my gifts were quite personlised, but many of them can be quite relevant to many couples. Here's what my survival kit entailed:

  • A set of ear plugs labelled: 'for when he snores'
  • A chocolate bar labelled: 'for when he works late'
  • A mini bottle of wine: 'for when he doesn't share'
  • A mini dry shampoo bottle: 'for when he says "be reading in 5 mins"'  (sure every woman can relate)
  • A set of candles 'for when his feet smell'
  • A face mask 'for when he uses all your products' (personal joke one)
  • A DVD 'for when you're sick of 'The Godfather'' (can be applied to any grooms favourite boring film)
  • A nail varnish: 'for when he says you've got too many' (P.J)
  • A pack of instant coffee: 'for when he sends you to sleep'
  • A pack of paracetamol: 'for when he gives you a headache'
  • A pack of Rennie: 'for when he eats too quick' (he always has indigestion)
  • A takeaway menu: 'for when he suggests you cook'
  • A bubble bath: 'for when you need to relax'

After you've come up with your contents ideas, all you need is a shoe box, some white paper, a ball of string or elastic, a black marker pen, and some mini pegs or clips (which can be bought from any little haberdashery store or paperchase)

Hope that's given a few people some creative ideas!



Another year, another Ladies Day! 

This year I'm on a serious budget! I'm currently attempting to save for my summer holiday to Tunisia, and I accidentally just keep buying more and more bikinis... I can't explain it, they just keep appearing... 

So I thought that I better keep the budget low on a Ladies Day dress, I gave myself a £20 limit, to buy a dress, fascinator, and a pair of shoes.. Here's how it went...

What I'm Wearing:
Fascinator - £12 - eBay.co.uk
Dress - £8 (!!!) - Boohoo.com
Heels - £20 - Boohoo.com

So, as you can see, the budget kind of went out the window! But not by much, to be fair to my bargain hunting skills. I thought that the dress was such a bargain for £8, granted it's not the best quality, but for eight pounds I can't say I'm surprised really! 
I absolutely love these shoes also! I've been searching for a pair of simple double strap heels, but all of the ones I've seen recently seemed a bit too simple. These perspex heeled white ones are fabulous though, the heel just finishes off the outfit nicely, making it look that little bit more expensive (when in reality, they're dirt cheap!)


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