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Thursday 29 June 2017

Roman Originals -my kind of style.

Hi all, what you all up to?

Really happy to be sharing this post with you today.

I was recently contacted by Roman Originals, and I'm thrilled to be sharing these two stunning dresses with you.
You all know I'm a big fan of wearing dresses and can't get enough of them in my wardrobe.  They're so easy to wear with no stressing about what tops match with which bottoms.
Easy picking makes happy wearing!

With plenty of special events on my calendar to dress for, I know both dresses will be perfect for many of them.  I've got a wedding and a christening, along with a few birthday's in the next two months, so having these dresses will give me a stress free mind in the days before the festivities!

Lets take a look at my two super picks.

Abstract is an easy to wear look, so this leaf print jersey dress was a must for me,  this can be dressed up with white, blue or black heels and bag or for a more relaxed look flat sandals will give a casual feel. 
This Jersey Dress* comes in sizes 10 to 20, I'm wearing my usual 14 and it fits like a glove, draping well over any imperfections, giving a flattering, smooth finish.   How cool are these colours together?
Abstract is almost like camouflage - great at hiding any unwanted lumps and bumps. 
What about the waist detail? Isn't it charming. Gathers and pleats add that little bit of extra space we sometimes all need, but without drawing any unwanted attention.
The chic little features on each of their garments make Roman Originals stand out from the normal,  I love a bit of detail on an outfit - something that catches the eye and these outfits are no exception. 

With or without a necklace -  what do you ladies think?

The dress having a slight stretch to it, so therefore has no need for a zipper or any other fastening for that matter, that's where the inner lining comes into play, allowing the dress to slip over your head and slide down your body, smooth and slinky.

Paired with my Debenhams strappy sandals, which is a perfect colour match,  I found them in the half price sale - you may remember me saying I bought four pairs that day!

'Make hay whilst sun shines' as they say, or 'Buy shoes when there's a sale on' - as I say!! Lol.

I thought these hotties would be uncomfortable because of all the straps, but they seem to be alright when taking these photos, time will tell though when I next wear them - which will probably be for the christening I'm attending next month - I'll keep you up-dated!
You can buy this for the cool price of £35, I know you'll get good value for money because this stunner will be just as edgy in Autumn worn with the ever faithful denim jacket.

My pick for the wedding I'm attending is this Light Pink Pleated Floral Print Dress.*
The shangtung fabric is a type of silk, and not only feels, but looks just super.  This dress is fully lined *thumbs up from me* and has a 'v' neckline both at the front and back.  With a full zipper at the back, the dress sits on the knee, makes for a stylish appearance. 
I opted for my usual size 14 which fitted me well, but was snug on the hips,  I think it looks marvellous on, so really I could do with losing a few inches from my nether-regions to feel perfect in this dress.
You can see I chose the navy and pale pink option, but take a look at the other two choices of  Yellow for £45 & Brighter Pink for £35, you'll realise what a difficult decision it was.  
So at that price you could have all three hanging in your wardrobe!

With this look I opted to match my accessories with these Blush sandals and matching clutch, see where I wore them first.   Don't they make a great addition?  Some people consider this a really faux pas, I'm quite old school, but coming round to the fact that you can mix your trimmings for an interesting finish,

Love the slight cap sleeve & the pleated detailing on the V neck.  Making way for a pearl and bling necklace.

I urge you to visit the website because there are literally endless choices of stunning dresses, super separates along with umpteen choices of accessories, from fascinators to shoes and jewellery. 
You wont be hard pushed to find something you love!

Photographs c/o Esther Ruby, so pleased with them as always. X

Hope you can stop by on Monday where I'll be joining the four other ladies from
5 Over 50 for the third style challenge - that means it will be July by then!!!

Disclosure:  Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however my opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Monday 26 June 2017

Gingham Cropped Trousers with Three Tops.

Hello fellow bloggers, how's it going?
Another great weekend for MummaB'. 
Up to the big British City on Saturday - such a fun, lively day in the capital, one word  ... Prosecco!
Sunday being rather the opposite, curled up on the sofa - catching up on some TV and my water in-take!
The reason for our visit to London was my hubby's Christmas present, yes you heard correct Christmas!
You can Imagine how difficult it has been to arrange a date when eight people are free on the same day, so last Saturday was the first opportunity for me, hubby and six of our friends to travel up to London Town for Gin Tasting! 
Heading over to Whistling Shop in Shoreditch to sample gin, find out about its origins and how it's made.  En-route visiting a traditional Pie and Mash shop, a couple of bars and a fabulous tea and cake stop - aptly named Cake Hole Café
Here I scoffed a mouthwatering cream tea, along with endless cups of the hot beverage, in a cup and saucer from a teapot! - tea tastes so much better from china tea cups and brewed in a teapot don't you think?

Here's the casual outfit I wore on Saturday,  which was basic, comfortable and just the job for a day in big city.  Gingham cropped trousers, paired with white peplum hem tee shirt & I added my pretty necklace and matching bracelet along with my Zara metallic silver bag and gold espadrilles to my ensemble.  As we made our way to our destination I saw this graffiti wall where hubby took this photo, there's nothing like this locally so wanted to include the artwork in today's post.

Honestly, I could of eaten another of these super warm scones, cream & jam, not to mention any of the cakes that were on offer.

The cropped gingham trousers I've had for a while now, are from Dorothy Perkins & fit me like a glove.  Black & white can be paired with loads of colours thus prompting me to try out these three looks.  Which one do you prefer? 

Beginning with the obvious white, which is my favourite.   I picked up this cotton top from Matalan.  I do like lace and the cotton cut-out detail reminded me of giant lace.  This was on the sleeves, across the neckline and round the bottom of the top - or the top of the bottom! Lol.  It could also be worn as a dress if you've got the legs for it - lol.

Feeling more able to match different coloured accessories now-a-days, so the black ankle sandals  worked well with the yellow clutch bag.

Are you liking the blast of colour - lemon?   Since starting blogging and reading fashion blogs from all age groups I've grasped that you don't HAVE to match your accessories.  Different colours, tones and textures can all work.  This will add depth and interest to an outfit, but I'm just a novice on this wave length and often still match my accessories, however it has given me a wider choice in what I can pick!  You may have seen this Primark clutch before here.

Look Number 2, how about the yellow camisole top?  This is from Asda and is a super fit,  I love the wide straps, along with the double layer effect.  This little cami is a wardrobe staple, well worth buying in as many colours as the shop has, because they mix & match, can be worn alone or with layers.  Let's hope they've got other colours because for £5 this is a bargain top.

Finally number three, my least favourite!  Gingham with red surely is a winner - right?  Upon reflection I wished I'd worn a red tee shirt underneath my red cardi and not the chosen white one.  It looks dis-jointed, breaking the fluidity of what could be a stylish outfit.  I'll be trying the red tee shirt soon and see if it looks better - I'll keep you informed.

My black ankle strap sandals are from Faith at Debenhams.  A girl can never have enough black sandals and I was smitten with these as they're very stylish and flattering too.  I picked them up in the half price sale a few weeks ago, well if I'm truthful I spent quite a chunk of my birthday money on sandals that day!

Until Thursday It's been fabulous, and I hope you'll pop back then to see another exciting feature that's in the pipe-line.  I'm super happy with it and can't wait to share with you all.

These super photographs were taken by the ever talented Esther Ruby, she's a star. ✴

Bye , bye.   x


Thursday 22 June 2017

Lotus Sandals - for a special occasion.

Hello, and how are you all feeling on this Thursday morning?

If you're living in the UK you'll know we're experiencing 'Flaming June' at the moment. Phew!!!
I'm not going to start with the ... "It's too hot"... "we need cooler/wetter weather" I love the hot weather, and all too soon this could be over and we'll be reaching for our woolly jumpers and the heating button!!  I can hear you shushing me now - sorry.
Let's not start thinking of that just yet!

So what are we all thinking of? 
I expect like me, you're thinking of special occasions that normally happen when the weather is warmer; weddings, christenings, days out and the like, a special event that we can dress up in our finery, feeling delighted and resplendent in our 'special' dresses.

That being said who nearly has a melt-down because they can't get shoes to match an outfit or comfortable fitting sandals to pleasure your feet on these long and eventful days out - see, I'm not the only one lol.
Well ladies look no further here's where Lotus shoes can help in your hour of need!
With a sensational choice of footwear, colours, styles and matching bags your quest will be over long before any pushing, shoving and pulling in the stores has begun! AND there's free UK delivery on orders over £40!  Here's where you can see my first encounter with the established brand of Lotus Shoes.
With a wide range of unique styles influenced by current trends & traditional designs making long lasting collections you'll adore through-out each season.

When I spotted these Cute peep toe sling-backs* in pastel pink I fell for them straight away.  I've got endless garments that will match these stunners, but wanted to show them off with both these two dresses that have been long acquaintances with me and my wardrobe.
One very formal from Jacques Vert the other more casual from my favourite store TK Maxx.

Sling-backs are always a stylish & comfortable option so along with the peep toe and heart cut-out motif detail they are just that little bit different to make you stand out from the crowd.  The clutch bag compliments these sandals & gives a really elegant finish to both my outfits.

With a spongy sole plus the mid-height heel both will have my feet purring all day, looking dainty and trendy at the same time.  My heart is all over these hearts - ha ha ha!

The Matching bag* will be a great addition to my bag collection and I can see me using this time and time again throughout Summer and into Autumn too.

Visions of tan or navy blue outfits married with blush pink come to mind - pure pink - perfection!
Featuring an internal pocket and chain strap, the lazer-cut detailing this clutch will bring to life so many styles.

Here's the second dress from TK Maxx, it's a heavy jersey that drapes rather well over the inner petticoat - hopefully skimming any lumps and bumps!
The hanging neckline works well with a necklace & cap sleeves cover the top of my arm, which again I feel is a flattering look and quite the opposite to the first dress, but which one do you prefer?

Having been to Ascot a few years ago & remembering the fashions and outfits - both dresses would have been suitable for the Royal Enclosure on Ladies Day at Ascot, these sandals and bag will be right at home stepping out among royalty and celebrities the like, only thing missing is a hat, so maybe it's just as well I didn't attend this year. Lol.

Switch over to Lotus Shoes and have a gander on their site,  where you're sure to find plenty of shoes, sandals and bags, that will be perfect for YOUR special occasion whatever it may be!

Please leave a comment and let me know what and where your special outfit is for - I'd love to hear from you. X

A big 'Thank you' to Esther Ruby for taking my photos again - they're super. X

Bye, bye for today see you Monday...

Disclosure: Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however my opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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