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,
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.
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.