Personal Style, Fashion and Lifestyle Blog.

Mama's Got A New Bag...

It's the dream... "Hi Karen, would you like to choose a bag from our new SS17 Hero Collection...?"

What Was Life Like Before...






...these studded boots! 


If It's Good Enough For Beyoncé...





...then I'm sold!

Choosing Happiness...


Would you just look at this face... I do, a lot.

NEXT Spring, already...






As the weather in the UK has finally turned chilly, is it crazy to be thinking about Spring already...?


No, no it's not.

They May Not Be Saint Laurent But...




I've just saved myself 2.5 weeks maternity pay £335...!!!

It Always Starts With Shoes...

For me, every outfit starts with the shoe - the choice of how practical it needs to be fights the heel height and overall look.


Fall For Style - Part 2...





Welcome to my last post in the Quedam #FallForStyle series - this is the one that shows the new season pieces that I couldn't squeeze into the £100 budget yet, are still on the wishlist (and let's face it, will probably end up in the walk-in before Bonfire Night!).

Fall For Style...



Can you imagine being asked to spend a day shopping, pulling out new trends and chatting about all things AW16...? That's my kinda' day.

Quedam Shopping Centre invited me and the gorgeous Rhian to do just this - it turns out that we are style sisters so do check out her posts on the Quedam 'Inspire Me' page. 

We started the day with lashings of caffeinated double shots in Starbucks, totally fuelling us for the shops - I'd already eyeballed the key stores for me; New Look, River Island, Primark, M&S, H&M and Topshop. 

The first task, post coffee, was to do a sweep of the stores prior to an afternoon of smash and grab shopping. 

My initial thoughts were that this was a fairly small centre, would I find anything... ?? It turns out that size doesn't matter (who knew) and in actual fact, I was more focused than I'd been in a long time at the shops and had a hard time not going cash crazy!

My life has changed dramatically since the arrival of my daughter, Olivia in June - this has meant that the wardrobe  has to be way more practical than the 40+ pairs of heels and thigh skimming summer dresses I own!! 
(There's a pram pushing look that no one needs to see!!)

The key to shopping and personal styling is to be true to yourself, your figure and your lifestyle whilst, having fun with the trends. This has become more apparent as my income has changed too - instead of just buying all the individual pieces I want, I now consider everything and build looks in my head to justify the purchases - spending the time looking around the stores first made this so much easier.

For me, this was the first shopping trip without Olivia  - the excitement of a new season shopping haul fought with the sense that I'd forgotten something all day however, the #FallForStyle challenge was on.

 I started the browsing at New Look, this one is a good size and the staff were so helpful!! I spent a small fortune in my head before elevenses. As I worked my way through the Quedam Centre, I took photos of pieces I wanted to go back to and then mentally built outfits as I went. 




Soooo, how would you burn £100...?




Starting with these two pieces from New Look - I bought the cami on the day and then went back for the jeans!! The cami is the perfect AW colour that can be layered or, worn on it's own. Buy the cami here or in store at New Look at The Quedam Centre. 


If you follow me on Instagram then you'll have seen a few of these already;



The gold choker necklace from River Island - Layering on the neck is the perfect way to modernise your look. Buy here or in store at The Quedam Centre.


 


These H&M navy pinstripe joggers are in.cred.ible!!! For just £24.99 they are easy to wear and have already had several outings! I've worn them with Stan Smiths and a slogan tee and then, heeled sandals and a pale blue off the shoulder top (just like the changing room selfie below). Buy these joggers in store at H&M at The Quedam Centre or online here.






This River Island skirt is stunning. It's true to size, the wrap and bow detail are on trend and flattering - DOUBLE WIN! Buy here or in store at The Quedam Centre.






Here's the skirt again in a changing room selfie. I've paired this with the most stunning mustard batwing knit, another key trend this season. This knit looks amazing with my boyfriend jeans and trainers too! Buy here or in River Island at The Quedam Centre.




Last up, some geek clear glasses, just for fun!! Buy here or in store at H&M at The Quedam Centre.


Don't forget to check out the Battle of The Brands competition running at Quedam for a chance to win £100 to spend!



x



So Anyway...



...I've had a very beautiful baby girl, she's just turned 3 months old and I'm ready to bring Mission:Style (plus 1) back!

Mardi Gras Mules...


Swear down, I've been hunting down the best pair for months...

The Post Pregnancy Shopping Edit...




Image via Pinterest


Let it be known, this edit is nowhere near final or exhaustive...

Loafing Around...




Stop the clock - I make that Maternity Leave! 

Shiny New Stars...





#ChuckTaylorGemma

Eeny Meeny...BOTH!






Just in time for payday - 25% off Kurt Geiger!!!

Warehouse Capsule Wardrobe...With 20% Off!





T-W-E-N-T-Y% off you say...?!!

Forever...




Who'd have thought it...?

Smells Like Summer...

When the air con goes on in the car, it's summer - FACT.

Outfits Of Instagram - Part 2

Slightly later than billed...

Greyed Out...

You have insomnia to thank for this post...

Give It Some Shoulder...


It's likely that my shoulders are one of my best features right now (true story) - everything else is either swollen/can't be found/unrecognisable as a body part! 


#InstaOutfit Review - Part 1





The last 7 (!!) weeks have flown by... Loads has happened (asides from my ankles blending into my thighs), I really did intend on getting back to regular posts...

The Half Way Point...



So here I am, 20 weeks gestation (that's a new word in my vocabulary), my waistline of 2015 is just a distant memory...



Just Doing It...





When I'd planned to show you my 'sensible' shoe purchase this week, these darling Nike Cortez weren't even a glint in my eye... 

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