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Thursday, 4 January 2018

JJ's House - My NYE Velvet dress.

Welcome 2018 we've been expecting you!

A big warm welcome to everyone visiting my blog today, new or old friends I hope to see you again throughout the coming months. A couple of days late with my blog post and hope you forgive my tardiness - a very busy Christmas & New Year is my excuse.
Last year flew by so quickly it seems like only yesterday I was cutting the grass and laying in the garden sunshine drinking prosecco!  That being said isn't it fabulous to be at the beginning of a exciting new year?  After having a tiny break over the festive holiday I can't wait to get back into blogging, I have plenty of ideas & goals up my sleeve for my 'baby'!

I was totally spoilt this Christmas, with plenty of wonderful presents, both wearable and useful, one in particular I'm eager to start. A photography course I received from two daughters and their partners.  That's going to go a long way towards improving my blog, I've learnt a teeny tiny amount since I started, so I'm enthusiastic & impatient to find out more.  I'll keep you posted how that one goes.





For NYE celebrations I was out partying with family and friends.  We had tickets to go to the local pub where they had a buffet, bar and disco.  But the most important decision was - What To Wear!!!  Now we all have that problem occasionally always don't we?  I however was feeling very smug as I'd already got my outfit, and had done for a few weeks.

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% mine and honest comments.

I loved working with JJ's House back in September where I selected a gorgeous fuchsia pink dress and jacket.  This would be an exceptional outfit for a summer wedding and I had hard work trying to finalise my choice from the extensive online collection.
They Kindly asked me to choose another outfit, so I whittled it down to this Winter number.
When I picked this dress out some weeks ago I knew it would be perfect for New Year celebrations, & reckon I've picked a top choice.  Velvet is typical for a festive outfit and I wanted to join in the craze so picked this Coffee faux wrap midi dress.*
Although the dress is more mink than coffee coloured it still worked well with my colouring & I kept the neutral accessories I'd planned to wear with it.


The dress is even better IRL with a soft drape that feels warm and delicate against my skin, love the long sleeves, that can also be ruched up to the elbow for a cooler feel.  The side zip is both comfortable and flattering & the faux wrap effect means it wont be sliding open to reveal any flashes of skin!
The detachable belt can be worn either in a double knot or bow, I chose the latter for a chic and elegant impression.  In my eyes the dress is worthy of any special occasion, not only Christmas and the New Year, so It would cover a date night or meal with friends. What do you think?


What bag do you pair with a faux wrap dress - well a faux snakeskin clutch of course.  I've had this over-sized bag for ages, it works so well with many outfits holding all my essentials on a night out.  You can check out my pattern matching with it here.


I love wearing these Lotus Nude shoes, they have a sling back and cute mid height heel that's super for dancing.  Having cushioned innersoles reduce any discomfort, another positive from these dainty neutral shoes.




I hope you'll give JJ' House s a visit, they have a vast collection of made-to-measure dresses that will fit many outings, my dress has been reduced to under £50, so with such wonderful prices a guilt-free shopping experience too!


Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your support and hope that 2018 will be good for us all!

Best wishes. X


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  1. I just saw the photo on IG with this dress. I think it's absolutely stunning! I love the color, the wrap and it just looks fantastic on you!

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  2. What a lovely, lovely dress and it fits you so perfectly, Jacqui!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    2. Thanks so much Jodie, glad you could visit. x

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  3. Jacqui, I think this is one of my absolute favourites on you! Considering you're usually such a bright colour gal, this colour is divine on you. It's stunning! Love the velvet and the shape too. And those nude shoes are the best! As is the bag, of course.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, my gorgeous friend <3
    Suzy xxx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Yes it makes a change Suzy, quite like it though. Love the velvet, i'm pleased I picked this one. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  4. A photography course sounds like the perfect gift for a blogger, I know I would enjoy it! Hope you share some of what you learn. That dress is just gorgeous on you, I love the color and that clutch you paired with it.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Yes I can't wait to go on this course. I do hope I learn a lot. Thanks for stopping by Jess.x

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  5. Jacqui, this dress is gorgeous and looks amazing on you! Love the color! What beautiful photos, the clouds make them so moody, fabulous!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogsot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Elise, much appreciate you stopping over. x

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  6. The dress is BEAUTIFUL, Jacqui! Happy New Year to you and your family!
    --Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

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  7. I saw your beautiful post on Instagram and was so intrigued. I love this velvet dress on you and also I adore the snakeskin clutch. I will check out this source it sounds very promising. I wish you the very best for the new year.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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  8. Well, aren't you the elegant partying lady! Bang on trend with the velvet and the colour so suits you. I like the moody late afternoon lighting too, the lovely Esther chose well.
    I saw the new year in my PJs, tucked up asleep - not photographed and I don't intend to recreate THAT look !!!
    Hugs, x.

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    1. Thank you Mary, chuffed to say I took these photos ALL BY MYSELF - I'm so pleased with them, but still not confident to go out amongst crowds of people! Thanks for stopping by. x

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  9. What a super Christmas outfit for you Jacqui! The colour is so different too, but really elegant especially with the nude courts. All in all, I bet your feel fab when you wear this velvet vision!

    Happy New Year, my sweet!

    Anna x

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    1. Many thanks to you Anna, you're too kind. x

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  10. I am with you too, i was a bit spoiled at Christmas too.. but fun things to show on the blog .. This is so pretty on you Jacqui! I have always loved velvet too. The color is lovely and you paired it wonderfully with the printed clutch and nude shoes. looks so comfy too!
    Have a great weekend and best to you in 2018!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess, I'll look forward to seeing your presents on the blog too. x Thanks for stopping by. x

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  11. You look beautiful, I love that clutch and dress. Happy New Year

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  12. Lovely dress Jacqui, the fabric looks very luxurious. Love the shoes and bag too.

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    1. Gail, thank you for stopping by. Glad you like this outfit, i'm really pleased with the outcome. x

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  13. Your outfit choice was a beautiful one! It was so sweet of your daughters to gift you a photography course, such a thoughtful gift. Happy new year to you!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. Yes it's a great choice of present, I can't wait to see how it goes. Thanks for visiting my blog - hope you're well Laurie. x

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  14. Love the colour! This dress looks stunning on you Jacqui xx

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    1. Thank you Laurie, much appreciate your kind comments.x

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  15. Such a lovely dress and a beautiful outfit - hope 2018 is filled with happiness and above all, health!

    Can't wait to see more posts from you!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  16. Such a pretty dress! I hope you love the photography class! It should be a blast!

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    1. Yes Carrie I can't wait to get started, thank you for stopping by - hope to see you here again. x

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  17. What a beautiful dress Jacqui. I do not own anything velevet but need to look out for something like this as I am loving it :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

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    1. Thank you Claire, glad I chose this dress - it worked out a winner. x

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  18. You look stunning in the velvet number, very elegant and stylish
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Oh, you're too kind - thank you so much Anna. x

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  19. That's quite a gorgeous dress and thank you for linking up. xox Terri

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    1. Many thanks Teresa, I appreciate you stopping by and leaving lovely comments. x

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