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Monday, 15 May 2017

Happy Birthday Me! Being girly.


Hello, hope you are all well.

Yes today I'm very excited as it's my birthday!  Later this evening a small gathering of family & friends, where a couple of glasses maybe drunk, some lots of cake will be scoffed - along with nibbles. crisps and dips.  I'm sure some cuddles and kisses will be due from my princess too.

Well this birthday has crept up on me! Actually all my birthdays from my 30th have been creeping up and overtaking me at a fast pace!  How can that be when I'm really only 18 inside?  I wished!

Who doesn't love getting dressed up in a feminine dress occasionally?  I for one love being girly once in a while, more often I'm in serviceable jeans, but dresses hit the spot every so often.  So here's my girly style dress.



This took my fancy a couple of weeks ago whilst looking for an outfit for a style challenge, thinking the length and style would be just right for the look I was after.

I spotted the colour first, a gorgeous blue with scattered red, blue and mustard flowers upon it, and seeing as it was longish with a flare I thought it was the girly, feminine dress I'd been dreaming about.
This midi floral dress from Matalan has lovely long sleeves in the fashionable cold shoulder style, a cute tassel tie detail mid-way giving this dress a real festival vibe.  I can't put my finger on why, possibly the sleeve length, but unfortunately it's one of those styles that just doesn't work for me!  Unlike the short sleeve darlings I bought a few weeks ago that I love!

The neckline is an OTS style, you can see a previous attempt last year, but they just don't 'do it' for me either.
I wore it half way between my neck and shoulder -  not off the shoulder, which sat well, and maybe I could wear it like this in the future.   I'm not sure if I'm too broad, or not broad enough, an outfit has to feel right and fit properly for optimum comfort and this dress does neither, so It's a big NO from me!!



Picking out green from this dress and jumping on the choker bandwagon I spotted this one in Matalan, however a plunder necklace would work well too.  My New Look clutch bag made another appearance this week - a cracking colour which highlighted the blue flower nicely. 
Trying to think outside the box I opted for tan suede court shoes.  These are from Debenhams and are £29, being a neutral colour and sturdy block heel they'll be worn quite a lot through the coming months and probably into Autumn as well!  Flat sandals would work well too for a more relaxed looking outfit.







I took a nosey into my eldest daughters wardrobe, nicking this jacket that I knew would match well and give extra life to this dress on cooler days -  I needed it when these photos were taken - a chilly wind was blowing.
On the plus side giving a bit of movement so you can see the pattern and detail of the dress.



With all the evidence and now the photos, I'm sorry to say this dress will have to be returned!  Lets hope I find something else that catches my eye, and stirs my fashion imagination too!

Dress from Matalan
Shoes from Debenhams
Bag (old) from New Look
Jacket H & M from my daughter
Necklace from Matalan

Hope you can pop by on Thursday, I'd love to share my Birthday gifts with you - I'll try not to brag too much, but I'm just so thrilled to 'show and tell' -  Excited.com to say the least. X




Photos taken by Esther Ruby - sending a big "Thank You" to her. 😍

Ok, I'm going now to prepare for this evening, a few roast potatoes to cook, beer and fizz to cool along with getting myself ready to welcome my guests.

Cheers X
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  1. Happy Birthday! I really like the dress! Lovely and floaty and feminine. Shame it's going back.
    Hope you have a fabulous day Jacqui xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thank you Laurie, I liked it on the hangar, but not on me! I'm sure I'll find something else! x

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  2. Happiest of birthdays, Jacqui!!
    It is a bummer you'll be returning the dress, but I bet you'll find something else....
    :)
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I'm sure I will Jodie, I'll let you know what! x

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  3. Happy Birthday lovely lady. That's a very pretty outfit and your friend has captured it so well. xx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Are you sure you want to return it? x

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    2. Thank you Carly, I'll pass that onto Esther Ruby. Yes I'll be returning it, I know it'll hang in my wardrobe without being worn! x Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Happy happy birthday, Jacquie! Thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  5. So many May birthdays. Happy Birthday Jacqui! What a gorgeous dress, love it. And the purse too. Welcome by this Thursday and linkup with me. Thanks. =)

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    1. Yes Ada, a popular month - lol! any thanks for your comments. x

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  6. Happy birthday Jacqui! The dress looks good but sometimes they just don't do it for us, do they. Send it back and get something that makes your heart sing!
    Gail x

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    1. I sure will Gail, I'll let you know what I exchange it for! x

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  7. Happy birthday👑🎆🎈🎂🎁🎀🎊🎉🎇
    That's is a fabulous dress! Have a great day!

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  8. Happy Birthday, Jacqui. Have fun tonight. See you've found yourself a good excuse to go dress shopping again!

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    1. Thanks very much Mary. Yes, you know how I love to shop! x

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  9. Happy Birthday to you! This dress is lovely and I really like the colors and print of it!

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  10. Happy Birthday!! I absolutely love his floral maxi on you! The colors are gorgeous!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  11. Belated happy birthday! I love the dress on you and those suede shoes as well!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  12. I love this dress. And I so know what you're talking about. I think of myself as 20 but I'm so not. It's a weird feeling getting wiser :) Happy Birthday beautiful!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Glad you agree Ruth, thanks for your comments. x

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  13. Belated happy birthday Jacqui! You really look gorgeous in this dress!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Suzy, thanks for your lovely comments and for stopping by. x

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  14. Happy belated birthday beautiful babe! You look beautiful, what a great dress!

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    1. Many thanks Andrea, appreciate your comment very much. x

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  15. Happy birthday Jacqui and many more. This is such a pretty dress and you look lovely it it, shame it is going back. I am sure you would soon find something else similarly pretty
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Many thanks, I'll be sharing what I got instead. x

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  16. You look stunning in this blue floral dress. It is perfect for the office with the blazer and block heels. A perfect combination for a day at work followed by a dinner in town. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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  17. I really like the dress, you look lovely...but if you don't feel good in it you won't enjoy wearing it. Better to hold out for the perfect one. I hope you had wonderful birthday :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. It went back but I've gained a beautiful replacement! I'll be featuring it on the blog soon. Thanks so much Emma. x

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  18. Happy birthday. That dress has a great print. Great styling with the camel accents.

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  19. Happy belated birthday and thanks for joining the Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Thank you so much Rena, much appreciate you stopping by and commenting. x

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