Party Outfit Inspo

With party season in full flow, I thought I’d show you a few outfit ideas on here, including this dress from WALLIS

The high street is full of sequins and velvet again this year, which is fine by me as I love a sequin or two..

A flattering dress with heels is usually my favourite look but I also love the blazer, trouser and cami look too.

I’ve included some heels and handbags that you could mix and match with other party pieces.

There’s a few options below to give you some ideas. Hope you like them.. (Affiliate links used)

Warehouse Spot foil print midi dress ASOS

Leather wrap sandals RIVERISLAND


Burgundy V neck dress H&M

Wine ombre heels KURT GEIGER

Alice ombre clutch KURT GEIGER


Midi metallic bodycon dress TED BAKER

Rose gold sandals DUNE

Briana rose gold clutch DUNE


Black Adele sequins dress DEBENHAMS

Vince Camuto heels DEBENHAMS

Pearl detail clutch bag ASOS


Black batwing sleeve midi dress DEBENHAMS

Carvela embellished heels DEBENHAMS

Red satin knot clutch DEBENHAMS


Black embellished jumpsuit DEBENHAMS

Black courts DUNE

Embellished hard clutch DUNE


Red jacquard jacket RIVERISLAND

Leather look leggings WALLIS

Red jacquard cami RIVERISLAND

Stiletto mules NEWLOOK


Metallic leopard print blazer RIVERISLAND

Cowl neck cami RIVERISLAND

Metallic leopard print trousers RIVERISLAND

Knot twist stiletto M&S


Green plisse midi dress RIVERISLAND

Leather mules ZARA

Multi crossbody ZARA


Fishtail midi dress M&S

Mid heel sandal DUNE

Foldover clutch M&S


Bronze tie front midi dress DEBENHAMS

Sling back heels TOPSHOP

Velvet tassel bag TED BAKER


Black diamonte tux dress RIVERISLAND

Embellished sling back heels ASOS

Satin diamonte Clutch NEWLOOK


Diamante trim dress WAREHOUSE

Sequin ankle boots DUNE


Black sequin midi dress DEBENHAMS

Silver high heel court shoes DEBENHAMS


Wallis Shimmer shift dress DEBENHAMS

Wallis trim detail court DEBENHAMS

Diamante Clutch NEWLOOK

Or alternatively, wear something you already have and just buy some new accessories. I’m just offering some outfit ideas.

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

#partywear #outfits #dress #sequins #christmas #shoes #handbags #dressup

It’s parka time

It’s that time of year again when we all need a good warm parka for those icy cold mornings.

My Woolrich parka (above) was a Christmas present 4 years ago and it still looks great. I wear it all winter and it’s especially handy on those cold school morning runs. It’s the first coat that I grab when the weather is bad, it keeps me completely dry and sometimes only need a T-shirt underneath it’s so warm. They are expensive, but it was a really good investment piece and I’ve definitely had great wear out of it.

I’ve had a good look online for some cheaper alternatives, I’ve also linked a similar Woolrich coat in case you fancy treating yourself for Christmas.

There was quite a few to choose from, so I’ve just picked out 10 of my favourites below.

(AFFLINKs used)

Woolrich Arctic parka jacket £745 FLANNELS

Karly waxy parka £189 WHISTLES

French Connection utility parka £175 ASOS

Esprit faux fur parka £125 ASOS

Khaki faux fur parka £115 RIVERISLAND

John Rocha fleece lined parka £69.30 reduced from £99 DEBENHAMS

Phase Eight fur trim parka £125 reduced from £169 DEBENHAMS

Nine by Savannah Miller faux fur parka DEBENHAMS (also in khaki) £84 reduced from £120

Regatta waterproof parka £72 reduced from £120 DEBENHAMS

Water repellent parka £89.99 ZARA

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

The Boot Edit

Who doesn’t love an ankle boot? It has to be my favourite footwear. Flat, block heel, stiletto, casual or smart, I love them all.

My favourite pair from last year have to be a bright pink suede ankle boot that I bought from RIVERISLAND. They always get compliments whenever I wear them.

There’s so many different styles and colours around to choose from, I thought I’d pick some of my favourites. I always believe in buying quality over quantity and to stick to styles that aren’t going to date as you really want to be able to wear the boots year after year.

Here are some of my favourites (*affiliate links)

Star studded ankle boots MODA IN PELLE

Pointes ankle boots DUNE

Metallic boots RIVERISLAND

Burgundy suede boot MINT VELVET

Croc effect Chelsea boots DEBENHAMS

Block Heel ankle boots DEBENHAMS

Autograph leather boots MARKS & SPENCER

Joules Tan langham boots NEXT

Kurt Geiger western blot NEXT

Red suede boots (also come in black which I have and purple) MODA IN PELLE

Leopard ankle boots ZARA

Bordeaux buckled boots MINT VELVET

Leather Chelsea boots NEXT

Blue heeled ankle boots ZARA

Black patent boots RIVERISLAND

Buckle boots OFFICE

Pink suede boots RIVERISLAND

Hope you have a lovely day, Joanna x

#boots #riverisland #shoes #footwear #fashion #style #zara #mintvelvet #marksandspencer

Skirt love

The midi skirt and knee high boot is back in full force for autumn/winter. Team them with oversized chunky knits and you get that whole 70’s vibe, which I’m loving at the minute.

Floaty and feminine, patterned and pleated or power dressing pencil skirts, there’s a style to suit you.

All linked below (Affiliate links used)

Wrap over skirt with tie belt H&M

Polka dot skirt ASOS

Satin pleated midi skirt DEBENHAMS

Snake print midi H&M

Pleated skirt H&M

Pencil skirt H&M

Red pleated skirt H&M

Leopard print midi skirt DEBENHAMS

Midi skirt H&M

Floral print midi ASOS

Leather midi OASIS

Pleated midi OASIS

Midi skirt with side buttons STRADIVARIUS

Colour block skirt NEXT

Print pleated skirt JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Cord pencil skirt (various colours) JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

Faux leather pencil skirt RIVERISLAND

Have a lovely weekend, Joanna x

#skirt #midiskirt #riverisland #kneehighboots #hm #johnlewisandpartners #oasis #asos #skirtandboots #fashion #style

A little bit of Camel

I went for a good mooch around Newcastle yesterday, on the hunt for some Camel coloured pieces for my post. Camel is such a great colour and looks amazing with leopard print, which is just about everywhere at the minute..

To me, it’s always been a rich colour. I remember the first item I bought was a classic camel Burberry scarf. It comes out every year and can turn a high street outfit into designer just by adding this luxury accessory. It’s been worth every penny as I’ve had it for 10 years and it’s still going strong!

I looked at everything from basic polo necks to coats and I’ve chosen a few of my favourites below and linked them all, including a couple of Burberry scarfs that would be good investment pieces for your wardrobe.

(*affiliated links*)

Camel boyfriend coat MINT VELVET

Cashmere jumper MARKS & SPENCER

Camel snake print dress NEWLOOK

Camel coat ZARA

Satin camel blouse MARKS & SPENCER

Leather wrap skirt RIVERISLAND

Bobble heart knit RIVERISLAND

Camel belt H&M

Camel block colour jumper MINT VELVET

Camel coat NEWLOOK

Longline cardigan H&M

Camel roll neck NEWLOOK

Flat pumps ZARA

Burberry camel scarf (investment piece) BURBERRY

Burberry wool and silk scarf BURBERRY

Suède hobo bag H&M

Wool coat with cashmere M&S

Camel kitten heel boots DEBENHAMS

Straight cut coat H&M

Oversized cardigan ASOS

Thanks for taking the time to look at my edit. Hope you have a lovely day, Joanna x

#camelcoat #aw18 #neutrals #fashion #style #styling #autumncolours #snakeprint #wardrobeessentials #burberry #burberryscarf #marksandspencer #mintvelvet #h&m

River Island Edit

Oh my, I popped into RIVERISLAND last week and I could have easily walked out with 10 items. I actually stood in the middle of the shop holding two jackets and a coat, deciding which one to buy and which one I was going to wear the most. It was a very stressful moment.

After much thought and lots of strange eye contact from the staff, I decided on the leather jacket (above) It’s such good quality and a great price compared to others on the high street. It was £120 and feels really soft, worth every penny in my eyes.

There was lots of other pieces that caught my eye, so I’ve linked them all (affiliated links) below including the leather jacket.

Leather jacket £120

Double breasted coat £80

Leopard midi dress £50

Sequin top £48

Suede ankle boots £45

Colour block jumper £34

Faux leather skirt £30

Check side stripe trousers £38

Asymmetric dress £50

Mom fit jeans £35

Hope you enjoyed my edit!

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

#riverisland #leatherjacket #autumnedit #momjeans #ankleboots

New pieces for autumn

I love fashion and I’m the first to admit that I like to buy something new every now and then. However, I’ve always kept my style pretty simple so only buy pieces that I know I will get good wear out of and can mix and match with items already in my wardrobe.

I love black, it’s my favourite colour. So I always try to add a pop of colour or print to my outfit. Take this dress (above) for example. It’s just a plain black dress but that leopard print pleating around the bottom of the dress just takes it up a notch on the fabulous level.

So, I’m waffling on a bit. I just wanted to put together some pieces that I’d seen recently that I think would work into your autumn/winter wardrobe and pieces that you can wear over and over again.

All items are linked with prices:

Jacket with a tie belt £34.99 H&M

Classic white shirt £29.99 MANGO

Black raw hem JAMIE jeans £42 TOPSHOP

Loafers £19.99 H&M

2 in 1 leopard chiffon dress £45 LIPSY

Leather shoe boots £60 NEXT

Fluffy cardigan £99 MINT VELVET

ALL SAINTS Silk blend tee £28 JOHN LEWIS

Levis 712 £85 JOHN LEWIS

Leopard trainers £70 DUNE

Leather biker jacket £199 JOHN LEWIS

Yasmin dress £99 HUSH


Slogan sweater £99 WHISTLES

MINT VELVET pleated skirt £89 JOHN LEWIS

AND/OR trainers £85 JOHN LEWIS

Double breasted blazer £79.99 MANGO

Green leopard print cami £12.99 NEWLOOK

Straight suit trousers £35.99 MANGO

Sling backs £69 OFFICE SHOES

Leather bag £89.99 ZARA

Merino wool jumper £45 M&S

Faux leather skirt £30 RIVERISLAND

Suede heels £69 M&S

Have a great Sunday, Joanna x

Rusty around the edges

I’ve been seeing this Rust Red creeping it’s way into the high street. It’s not normally a colour I would look at, but when I tried it on, i really liked it. It’s a lovely warm colour and looks good with blue or black denim and this tunic dress looks great with a black leather biker and ankle boots.

If it’s not normally a colour you go for, give it a try. You might feel differently when you try it on. I’ve linked a few pieces below that have caught my eye over the last few days. Let me know what you think?

Rust red wrap over skirt £39.99 H&M

Rust trench coat £39.99 H&M

Rust red suede shopper H&M

Rust me lipstick £8.99 from H&M

Satin camisole dress £39.99 ZARA

Cropped jacket £17.99 ZARA

Rust red stretch blazer £24.99 NEWLOOK

Rust spot jumpsuit £39 TOPSHOP

Rust tie shirt £33 WALLIS

Linen jersey top £9.99 H&M

Chiffon duster jacket £42 SILKFRED

Rust linen dress £24.99 NEWLOOK

Have a lovely day, Joanna x

A mooch around Boots

I thought I would pop into Boots and do a blog post on beauty and hair products that have caught my eye recently.

My biggest local store is at the Metrocentre in Gateshead and there is always good offers on, like the 3 for 2 offer and it stocks a multitude of well known brands.

The Boots advantage card is great too as it gives you 4 pence/points to every £1 you spend, which is great as it’s a shop I spend a lot of my time in. I’m forever buying toiletries and haircare products and always on the hunt for new makeup products.

Im going to talk through a couple of Boots own brands that you may not know about and also show you a couple of new products from some of the more well known brands too.

First of all I’m going to tell you about C.Y.O who are an insanely versatile makeup brand that gives you the freedom to create.

Lots of great colourful lip glosses and if you buy 2 cosmetics you receive a C.Y.O face jewel pack.

Their ‘Turn on the light’ illuminating mixing cream looks and feels fabulous. Use alone, mix with foundation or use on top. You can use it to highlight cheeks, brows and eyes. It gives your skin a natural sexy glow and instantly brightens the skin making you look more awake. I would mix it with C.Y.O long lasting foundation for a more natural glow.

Soap & Glory is another great brand. They have a wide choice of makeup, bath & body products.

Their ‘pillow plump’ leaves your lips looking lustrous, moisturised and plump.

They do some some great gift sets too and they would make fab birthday or Christmas presents for your daughters, sisters, mums or best friends. I know my daughter is a fan of the righteous butter lotion which she got in one of the gift sets last Christmas.

Gift set £20 BOOTS

If you love your eye makeup then you’re going to love the new ‘wonder swipe’ from Rimmel.

Available in a choice of gorgeous colours. You can transform your bold metallic liner into a sparkle shadow with the stroke of your finger. You just apply like you would a normal liquid eyeliner on the eyelid and then to reveal the sparkle shadow, blend it with a brush or your finger, whilst still wet. Simple as that.

The new Scandaleyes WOW Wings mascara is fab. With its unique 2 side brush, load up with the winged side, flare out with the curved side. Up to 11 times the volume.

(3 for 2 on all Rimmel London cosmetics)

OBSESSION is another fab brand in Boots. Mix up and make your own colour palettes. This is such a great idea as sometimes when you buy an eyeshadow or contouring palette there maybe some colours you don’t use. This way you can pick all your favourite colours. You have the choice of a 6 or 12 piece palette.

NYX cosmetics have some great products including the Ultimate eyeshadow palette in Brights. Packed with 16 high performance eyeshadows in a rainbow of tone inspired shades. This will certainly add a pop of colour to your outfits!

While stocks last, there is also an offer on if you spend £15 or more you will receive a free miniature ‘Worth the Hype’ mascara.

Their born to glow highlighting palette is perfect for those of you who like to shimmer. Packed with shimmery pearls to catch that natural light. You can use these alone or layered together.

All No7 products are hypoallergenic, even their nail varnish, so are great if you have sensitive skin. It is exclusive to BOOTS and their serums are clinically proven too.

One thing I didn’t know about No7 is, they don’t use models or airbrush any of their posters or ads, they test on real women! How great is that..

No7 is also the only counter that will colour match your foundation, concealer, blusher, bronzer and lipstick through their Match Made Service.

They always have great offers on including 3 for 2 and buy one, get second half price.

Their makeup Master Class and skincare perfection classes (which are free) provide one to one support and guidance allowing customers to apply what they have learned back in the comfort of their own homes. (Approx 40 mins) If you are local to the Metrocentre then pop in and ask to see Crystal, she is so friendly and will be able to answer any questions you have.

Their newest serum is a fast acting non-invasive wrinkle solution and one is sold every 7 seconds! You have to try it!

This was my finished look by Crystal at No7. She called this a ‘summer look’ it was very natural and It didn’t feel like I was wearing much makeup.

We started by taking the Match Made Service. This technique matches a foundation to your skin-true shade. You then get a card which offers all the best colours of lipsticks, concealer, blusher and bronzer that matches your foundation. Very clever. Everything that was used looked amazing, I was really impressed.

She started by removing my own makeup with the Micellar Water Then she applied the Laboratories Booster Serum followed by the Lift & luminate moisturiser.

Then Crystal applied a primer called Airbrush Away followed by the Instant Radiance foundation in colour Wheat.

The eyeshadow was gorgeous, it was called Rose Gold smoothing eyeshadow, which was really shimmery and pretty. The mascara used was called ‘Lash Extender‘ which is the newest mascara from No7

My eyebrows were slightly sculpted using the Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting pencil in brown.

For my lips we went for the Moisture Drench lipstick in Rose Mist and finished off with the Pop and Glow cream blush stick in Classic Rose.

You know I love my nail polish and Essie have got some great colours at the minute. One of my favourites is Peach Daiquiri which is a lovely coral summer colour.

They also do the Gel Couture, which is a long lasting gel-like shine polish. There is no UV or LED lamp needed and 31 lush colours to choose from. I’ve linked my favourite gel colour here ESSIE and if you spend £8.99 or more on Essie, you will receive a free gift.

The one question I get asked the most is, “How do you curl your hair” I always use a large barrel/tong. I take sections of my hair and wrap it around the wand and hold for about 15/20 seconds.

The BaByliss boutique salon soft waves hair wand is a great hair tool. It’s a good size to create that natural loose wave and it doesn’t come with a huge price tag. Check out my stories and highlights under the name of BaByliss on my instagram page to see a video of how I use it and the end result.

The only product I use on my hair once it’s styled, is the OGX coconut oil hydrating mist which smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling really soft.

Click here for more offers of the week with Boots. Including some fab deals on Fake tan

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

#beauty #boots #babyliss #hair #makeup #beautyproducts #no7makeup #makeover #hairproducts

Metallic & White Edit

One combination I love on holiday is a white outfit with metallic accessories. So with the weather being amazing over here I thought I’d pick out some summery whites and silvers that you might like to add into your wardrobe.

I always take a pair of metallic shoes/sandals on holiday with me as they just seem to go with everything. However I will still try and fit as many shoes in my hand luggage as possible..

I’ve linked a few pieces below including these silver sling backs that are now half price!

Silver sling backs £32.50 (reduced) RAVEL

White dress £154 (reduced) REISS

Silver sandals £19.99 HM

White dress £49.99 HM

Silver sparkle flats £20 SOLIVI

White v-neck frill blouse £17.99 HM

White denim skirt £24 NEXT

Tassel clutch bag £65 ASOS

Off the shoulder dress £32 RIVERISLAND

Silver metal trim mules £12.99 NEWLOOK

Sequinned dress £29.99 ZARA

Silver tote bag £29.99 MANGO

White linen dress £49.99 MANGO

BODEN sling backs £80 NEXT

Pute collection linen trousers £99 JOHN LEWIS

All saints Ida dress £98 JOHN LEWIS

Ancient Greek sandals £135 MARTHA LOUISA

White cropped jeans £40 RIVERISLAND

Lace trim top £28 ASOS

Broderie dress £49.99 MANGO

Carvela slip on mules £59 (reduced) DEBENHAMS

Hope you liked my picks!

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x