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Casual boho style

My outfit today was what I would describe as casual boho style. The colour in this top is amazing, it’s such a bright Mediterranean style blue. It was perfect for a sunny day like today.

It’s lower at the back, which for me is a bonus as I like things to cover my bum. HOUSE OF WINDSOR

I’ve paired it with these blue jeans from H&M which are a slim leg with regular waist and really flattering to the figure. H&M £17.99

My bow slides are from Oasis and come in other colours. They are really comfy and look great with a red nail. OASIS £26

My jewellery today is the moon flower necklace from Chlobo Jewellery and the bracelet cuff is from Bibibijoux

I’ve also linked up some other pretty tops below that have caught my eye.

I hope you liked my outfit today, Joanna x

Embroidered top £79 MINT VELVET

Embroidered blouse £79 MINT VELVET

Embroidered top £29.99 ZARA

Peasant top £98 ANTHROPOLOGIE

Embroidered blouse (reduced) TOPSHOP

Embroidered top £25.99 ZARA

Embroidered top £25.99 ZARA

My fave high street picks this week

flounced tunic £34.99 H&M

Raffia cross body £29.99 ZARA

Snake print blouse £39.99 ZARA

Studded flat sandal £69 HUSH

Stripe wrap midi dress £38 RIVERISLAND

Frill sleeve top £26 RIVERISLAND

Luxe palazzo trousers £45 OASIS

Button front dress £34.99 H&M

Gladiator stud sandals £28 NEXT

Button down tea blouse £26 TOPSHOP

Straight leg jeans £40 TOPSHOP

Flounced skirt £19.99 H&M

Bow sandals £26 OASIS

Cotton shirt dress £29.99 MANGO

Satin crossover blouse £29.99 ZARA

Frayed denim shorts £29.99 MANGO

Flat natural sandals £25.99 ZARA

Button through cami dress £65 RIVERISLAND

Hope you like my picks! Have a lovely day, Joanna x

The Denim Skirt

I love a good denim skirt. This one (above) is an old from H&M and it comes out every year. It sits just over the knee and the split isn’t too high. Too be honest it’s not been worn since last year and it’s feeling a bit tight! I’ll have to keep my hands off the croissants for a while…

The denim skirt is a wardrobe staple. It should be in every stylish woman’s wardrobe. It never goes out of style.

Styled up for spring with a basic tee and trainers, or a ruffle blouse and sandals. It’s also going to look great with a chunky polo-neck and boots in autumn/winter.

Do you have one? If not, don’t worry, I’ve linked a few below that are very similar to the one I’m wearing and a couple of button front styles too, as I really like things with buttons on at the minute..

Denim midi skirt £25.99 ZARA

Denim pencil skirt £36 RIVERISLAND

Button denim skirt £25 ASOS

Dark blue pencil skirt £32 NEXT

Denim frayed hem pencil skirt £39 VEROMODA

Denim split front skirt £36 reduced to 28.80 (limited offer) WAREHOUSE

High rise button front skirt £39.95 GAP

Split front denim midi £25.99 NEWLOOK

Denim split front midi £28 VERY UK

Knee length midi skirt £68 Free People HOUSE OF FRASER

Button front midi £25.99 NEWLOOK

Side split denim skirt £55 LEVIS

PEPE Jeans Skirt £65 HOUSE OF FRASER

Denim pencil skirt £55 HUSH

Slit denim skirt £35.99 MANGO

Because you always have room for more denim..

Wishing you all a fab Sunday, Joanna x

House of Fraser ‘Blackout Event’

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I was asked by House of Fraser Metrocentre to come in and pick some of my favourite pieces in the run up to their ‘Blackout Event’ where there are going to be some great discounts, including spotlight deals and secret sales. Starting today (Wednesday 25th April) from 5pm (online only) Thursday 26th April until Monday 30th April online and in-store. You don’t want to miss this!

(*not all brands included*)

When I arrived, I was treated to a full make over at NARS. Makeup artist Heba was so lovely and helpful, she talked me through everything she used and how I should use certain products.

Heba asked me what kind of look I preferred and then went away to pick the perfect products for my skin type. She returned with a tray full of colourful products (above) and began to talk me through them and swatch the colours on her hand to let me see if I was happy with what she had chosen.

I was blown away with the skincare products, they felt amazing on my skin. I was especially impressed with the luminous moisturizer.

The skin care products Heba used were..

Aqua-gel moisturiser £41 HOUSE OF FRASER

Optimal brightening concentrate (available in store) Total replenishing eye cream (available in store) Smooth and protect primer spf50 £28 House of Fraser

We then moved onto applying the make-up. I was in love with their eye palette which got me all excited about using a bit of sparkle again and the colours were just gorgeous.

Heba used the following products..

Radiant creamy concealer in Canelle £24 House of Fraser

Sheer glow foundation in Fiji £33 House of Fraser

Super orgasm illuminator £23 House of Fraser

Laguna Bronzer £30 House of Fraser

Wanted cheek palette 1 £45 House of Fraser

Velvet shadow stick in Corfu £21 House of Fraser

Velvet eyeliner in Kaliste £17.50 House of Fraser

Audacious mascara £22 House of Fraser

Lip liner in Cap d’ail £18 House of Fraser

Summer fire lip cover £21 House of Fraser

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My finished look was very natural with a bold eye (above)

My perfume pick of the day was Armani’s Prive. The two newest fragrances of the Prive range, Bleu Lazuli and Bleu Turquoise. If you would like to find out more about the Prive fragrances, pop in and ask to speak to Claudia Lawrence or click here

Described as ‘Mr Armani’s world in a drop’

A captivating fragrance inspired by spiritual journeys to exotic lands.

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Bleu Lazuli represents the infinite. The Lazuli stone contributes to elevate mental spirit, it is magnetic and has a strong spiritual intensity.

Captivating, sumptuous and radiant. House of Fraser

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Bleu Turquoise, where swirly blue waters meet. The Bleu Turquoise stone represents friendship and love. It is the oldest stone known to man.

Contrasted, distinctive and deep. House of Fraser

On we move to fashion and I couldn’t help but head straight for Tommy Hilfiger. Renowned for its preppy style, delivering premium fashion since 1985. Its womenswear collection forms the essence of the brand’s contemporary offerings, with ladies’ jackets, jumpers and tops influenced by classic Americana. Bold colourways and weekend staples delivered with a fresh twist.

I fell in love with the Kaylee stripe midi skirt which is such a flattering shape. I teamed it with the Brody H T-shirt This T-shirt also looks great with the Allegra Rome Jeans

Sticking with the jeans and going for bold colours, I picked this stripe comfort fit jumper. (available in store)

This gorgeous blouse is currently not online but available in store. Its a great blouse to dress up for a night out with jeans and heels or dressed down with trainers like my outfit above.

FOOTWEAR Michael Kors Irving lace up trainers £130

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Carvela Kath sliders £99 

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HANDBAG Michael Kors red crossbody bag (similar)

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My next stop was Biba. Bold, beautiful prints. This iconic 60s brand has been reimagined exclusively for House of Fraser, interpreting elements of its Deco design heritage for the modern woman. Relaunched in 2008, the new collection harks back to its roots, bringing glamourous retro styling.

This gorgeous off the shoulder Biba dress is the perfect summer dress for me. Its colourful, floaty, lightweight and very flattering. True to size.

This palm print dress. Team with sandals and straw bag for on holiday or with heels and a bright clutch for a night out. True to size.

These palm print trousers are just fabulous. They have a bold pink stripe down the side and the fit is true to size. Palm print trousers £70  The peach foil paisley swing dress is an ideal holiday dress. Its lightweight and sits just on the knee. The perfect dress for those holiday metallic accessories. Foil print dress £80

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Biba printed and stud biker jacket £140 For those cooler summer nights.

Biba black Stevie jeans £59 Which I have to say are an amazing fit!

FOOTWEAR Carvela Kurt Geiger gold sandals £79

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FOOTWEAR Nine West black caged heels £69

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BAGS Michael Kors Pink envelope clutch bag (similar)

Biba mini leather pouch in gold £30 (similar)

Last but not least I popped over to Issa London, known for its vibrancy and boldness of colour, Issa encapsulated elegant femininity with a playful edge. Now relaunched exclusively for House of Fraser, the new collection remains loyal to the brand’s design ethos and aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the Brazilian landscape of its heritage, Issa London creates striking occasion pieces that reimagine iconic styles and celebrated silhouettes.

This bold coloured Kate dress was one of my favourites. Its figure hugging and flattering at the same time. Its a great length, just over the knee and would be a great choice for a wedding, christening or a day at the races. For those colder nights, team it with the Lottie Marabou jacket in green. The black beaded clutch is also from Issa.

This yellow and black combo is so striking. The yellow Heidi dress has a lovely frill detail around the neckline and down the back of the dress. This was also teamed with the Marabou jacket in black. You can view the full range by clicking here.

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Moving onto shoes and handbags, my favourite part of the store! They have such a good collection and there is a lot of bling around for spring/summer.

I picked out a few styles below that caught my eye. All available in store and I’ve linked the ones available online.

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BIBA Frances crossbody handbags (various colours)

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Carvela stud crossbody

BIBA zip top chain leather clutch BIBA keyrings (various)

CARVELA banish snake print sandals Tote bag available in store, linked similar here

CARVELA red sliders 

MISS KG pearl detail sandals

BIBA poppy boxy leather bag CARVELA Lisa trainers

There will be loads of offers on throughout store and online, just click on any of the links above and it will take you straight to the House of Fraser website.

Most of my photos were taken in the Personal Shopper changing room (above) located upstairs. This is a free service that House of Fraser offer, so if you need any styling or fashion advice, click here for more information.

Also a big thank you to Olivia Smith on fashions who was so lovely and helpful.

Have a wonderful evening and happy shopping!

Joanna x

Holiday wardrobe ideas

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Holidays are exciting aren’t they? I must admit I’m the worst packer. I want to take everything and every pair of shoes I own. But with luggage restrictions these days it’s not easy and it’s a fight for space with 3 other people!

I have got better over the years learning from my mistakes. For example, high heels, they never get worn. I literally live in flats or espadrilles that aren’t to high, ones that I can actually walk in and not need to lean up against my hubby after half an hour.

So below I have linked up a few pieces that have caught my eye over the last few days. Everything from the swimsuit to the shoes..

SHORTS

Tailored d-ring linen shorts £23 ASOS Various Colours

Button waist shorts £35.99 MANGO

Ruffled bermuda shorts £19.99 ZARA

Denim shorts £19.99 H&M

TOPS

Lua embroidered top £68 ASPIGA

Broderie anglaise top £9.99 H&M

Embroidered cotton blouse £70 ASPIGA

Lace sleeve blouse £25 NEXT

TUNICS/KAFTANS

Crochet trim tunic £67 FANTASIE AT NEXT

Tunic with contrasting details £25.99 ZARA

Embroidered kaftan £79 ASPIGA

Embroidered kaftan £40 ASOS

Tassel beach dress £12 NEXT

DRESSES

Striped dress £75 HUSH

Stripes and florals dress £29.99 ZARA

Maxi dress £34.99 H&M

Dori linen dress £80 ASPIGA ( the one im wearing)

Windsor dress £89 HUSH

Off the shoulder dress £38 NEXT

Shirt dress £17.99 H&M (various colours)

SWIMSUITS

Jump in swimsuit £60 BODEN

Twist front swimsuit £78 FANTASIE DEBENHAMS

Seafolly ruched side swimsuit £95 BEACHCAFE

Secret slimming pink swimsuit £29.50 M&S

FIGLEAVES bandeau bikini £28 NEXT

SKIRTS/TROUSERS

Gathered waist skirt £69.99 MANGO

Printed palazzo trousers £39.99 ZARA

Asymmetrical beach skirt £41 LASCANA

Paris harem trousers £40 ASPIGA

SHOES

Pink espadrilles £82 ESPADRILLE.CO.UK

Gold flats £17.99 NEWLOOK

Striped bow slides £29.99 ZARA

Metallic strap sandals £29.99 MANGO

Rose gold flip flops £28 ASOS

BEACH BAGS

Personalised made to order beach basket £40 SEATTHREADS

Beach shopper £22 ANNE HUDSON BOUTIQUE

Pineapple beach bag £27.99 NEWLOOK

Beach bag £50 BODEN

Hope you liked my picks tonight, have a lovely evening. Joanna x

Polka dot love

My love of polka dots is still going strong. This gorgeous blazer from Baukjen is a great addition to my wardrobe, it’s going to look great with so many pieces.

A white t-shirt, jeans and trainers will look great, giving you a comfy, stylish look and when it’s a bit warmer, pair it with linen shorts and espadrilles.

I’ve styled it here with blue jeans, a black pearl detailed jumper (it’s still cold!) and my black Chanel bag.

Turtleneck jumper £19.99 ZARA (true to size)

Blue jeans £17.99 H&M (true to size) with stretch

Black court shoes £55 LOTUS SHOES

Polka dot Cecile blazer £169 currently reduced to £109 (Loose fit, size down) BAUKJEN

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter, Joanna xx

Dream loafers

I was kindly sent these amazing slip on loafers from Lisa Kay shoes and I must admit, I’m head over heels in love with them. I did struggle to choose which pair I would like to try as there were so many fab pairs to choose from.

The colours in these ASH loafers are gorgeous and the chain detail just sets them off. I do like to wear a lot of black, so popping these on with an all black outfit just transforms the whole look.

They also have the comfort factor and I don’t need to grip them when I’m walking as they fit around the foot nicely. I know with some loafers they can slip off the foot.

Kimono jacket H&M

I’ve already had so many compliments on them and my hubby really likes them too!

They have a wide range of loafers, trainers, heels and wedges, so I thought I would show you some of my favourites from their website and if any of you ladies suffer from bunions or know of anyone who does, they also have a website called Sole Bliss who specifically cater for this, offering stylish and comfortable footwear.

Paris in silver leather LISA KAY

Sam in black floral print LISA KAY

Bonita blue velvet (interchangeable strap) LISA KAY

Jenna in hot pink suede LISA KAY

Helene gold leather LISA KAY

Dana blue velvet LISA KAY

Emmy-Lou Tangerine suede LISA KAY

Pandora black suede SOLE BLISS

Carmen red suede SOLE BLISS

Alessia snake print SOLE BLISS

Have a lovely day, Joanna x

Monday shopping

Happy Monday to you all! I thought I’d link up all the pieces I tried on today.

My favourite find today was the gold sandals from Newlook, super comfy and real leather too. The lilac sparkly top from NEXT was also a favourite of mine.

There were a couple of things I put up on my stories that I couldn’t link because they aren’t online yet.

Red kimono £24.99 NEWLOOK

Black button front cami £12.99 NEWLOOK (pale pink linked as black not online)

Crochet top £19.99 NEWLOOK

Gold wide fit sandal £17.99 NEWLOOK Real leather

Mini straw bucket bag £19.99 NEWLOOK

Soft knot front dress £34 NEXT

Stripe dress £28 NEXT

Spot print frill mini skirt £40 DEBENHAMS

White lace top £25 DEBENHAMS

Leopard skirt £36 DEBENHAMS

Floral smock dress £55 DEBENHAMS

Jeans today are from HM and are £17.99

Tee is from RIVERISLAND and is £24

Sling backs are from LOTUS SHOES

Hope you liked my picks today, Joanna x

My picks from the high street today

Black full midi skirt £17.99 H&M

Denim long length shirt £24.99 H&M

Polka dot off the shoulder top £17.99 H&M

Blue coat £79.99 H&M

Frill midi skirt £24.99 H&M

Black balloon sleeve blouse £17.99 H&M

Maxi dress £69.99 ZARA

Good about yourself tee £9.99 ZARA

Shimmer puff sleeve top £39.99 ZARA

Embroidered blouse £29.99 ZARA

Basic linen shirt £25.99 ZARA

Bird print blouse £25.99 ZARA

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x

River Island try on

I popped Into RIVERISLAND today and boy do they have some great fashion pieces in! Yet again I wanted and obviously needed everything i tried on.

Some great t-shirts to wear with blazers and some gorgeous sandals for summer. I’ve linked below everything i tried on. I didn’t get a photo of the sandals but they were lovely on.

White diamanté trim t-shirt £18. Great with jeans or shorts for the summer. RIVERISLAND

Bisous jumper £40. Good throw on jumper with jeans and trainers. RIVERISLAND

Red lips boxy t-shirt £24. I bought this as it’s just totally fabulous! RIVERISLAND

Double breasted jacket £68. If I was rich I would have bought this, but I’m not so it went back on the rail. RIVERISLAND

Peplum top £36. Gorgeous going out top. RIVERISLAND

Amour bow embellished tee £24 RIVERISLAND

Split hem super skinny £42. Great with the sandals. RIVERISLAND

Black raffia sandals £42. Very Chanel. RIVERISLAND

Kitten heel peep toe £42. Really comfy! RIVERISLAND

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x