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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Giraffe Midi Dress - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hiya my lovely friends.
A very big Happy Birthday to my youngest son today.  Another lock-down birthday to celebrate.  Things are very slowly starting to unlock here, & normalcy can't come quick enough.  I'm pleased we can see more family and friends now, but still don't feel at ease with the situation.  I literally cannot wait to hug, kiss and cuddle my daughter, son, grandson and my mum.  My daughter, who's been at home shielding, can now venture out once a day and has been enjoying her freedom with excitement - she's visited us twice now & we've chatted over drinks (socially distanced) which has felt a little like old times. 
Another thing I'd really like to do is go shopping - clothes shopping.  Now I know I don't need any new bits, but everyone needs new bits don't they!  I've never been a fan of buying online.  I like to see clothes for real, touch them, hold them up to me and try before I buy.  I'm fearing more high street stores will close down as a result of Covid and the ongoing situation - some shops just won't be able to survive.  Let's hope this doesn't happen and we can get our high streets back. 🤞
Therefore with the lack of new pieces in my wardrobe here's a dress I borrowed from Emily as a possibility for my Style not Age outfit.


You might be familiar with giraffe print, another animal pattern that's high on the fashion train.  I love any of the animal prints and am always on the lookout for more.  I'm surprised I hadn't spotted this in Matalan when Emily bought it as I'm often in there!
This dress was a second option for the challenge & she suggested I keep hold of it to use for a future blog post subject to me sewing on a button and repairing a rip in it.  Well worth the deal as I love the dress.  A midi is a real gem to wear and you can't go wrong with a shirt dress either - you can see it's slightly small for me as I couldn't do the top button up.  That didn't matter as I'd worn a full slip under it and the dress looked super with the top button open.  It has a belt, I like belts.  They add definition by giving a silhouette from being cinched in.  I could have worn the dress as a long line jacket too and maybe tied the belt at the back. 


My grand-daughter picked the shoes, my Vionic snakeskin courts emulate the colours in the dress perfectly - olive green, cream and nearly black - I was looking for a cream or black sandal, but it seems my little princess knows better and is a budding fashionista in the making.



Here's the first outing for a birthday gift from a friend, it's a minx leather clutch bag in a half oval design.  Mixing in a fourth colour adds interest and depth to an outfit - I'm learning this first hand from all my blogging friends and it's exciting to find out what works and what doesn't!



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It's party time!  #Chicandstylish #LINKUP is live right now and waiting for you to join.


Let's see who's most favoured from last week.  Welcome Duhamel - La Moumous who's wearing a darling blue and white maxi dress that I want, want, want!  It's just so chic, so feminine and so pretty.  Do stop by for all the details about this striking dress.


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Thanks for joining me today.
Looking forward to an enjoyable evening for the birthday boy!
Bye, bye for now. X
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33 comments

  1. We can go to cinemas and restaurants now, keeping distance of course and only with two! But whats the fun of that! I want to go out with friends and family. But we are still anxious to go out two. That s a perfect dress! It suits you very well.

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    1. That sounds better, but I know what you mean it's nice to go out with a few friends at times. Thanks for joining me today. x

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  2. The dress looks really lovely with the shoes and bag too, what a lovely birthday gift. I have been reading the updates about getting the shops open but I fear fitting rooms won't be open? Which means bringing home things to try on so still a faff. But it is a start I guess. I am not keen on joining queues like the ones outside Ikea. Love Michelle xx

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    1. Thank you Michelle. It's going to be very strange at first, but finger crossed it changes soon. x

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  3. Jacqui you look gorgeous! Happy birthday for you son 🌺
    xo Tina

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    1. Thank you Tina, glad you could join me today. x

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  4. Jacqui, this dress is amazing! The giraffe print is so cool and I love the colors. Your accessories are on point, too. I love that you wore snakeskin shoes with this. Brilliant combination! I am glad that you got to socialize a bit. I have been socializing with my neighbors so frequently lately that I am tired of people already! Haha. My in-laws have come to visit until next week which is nice. The kids were super excited to see their grandparents!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. How lovely for you, glad you got to see your family. Thanks for linking up today too. x

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  5. Happy Birthday to your son! Thanks for the link up!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thanks so much, glad to have you join in. x

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  6. What a lovely dress! such a nice print! We have our last iso birthday this weekend and then I think by the next one things will be more back to normal - a lot of things are reopening now which is good!

    Thanks for the link up! Hope your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. I'm hoping this will be the last one as my daughter's is in July, let's hope it will be back to some sort of normal by then. x

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  7. You look so lovely in this outfit.

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    1. Amy, many thanks for your sweet comment. x

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  8. I am so glad you are starting to open up. It feels so great to get among people, again!!!

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    1. Yes me too! It does feel better to see more friends and family. x

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  9. This is a great print! I have been laying out my clothes 3 to 4 days in advance and feel like it is like shopping: creating new outfits is fun. I haven't shopped in store yet but I did buy several things online last month so it makes getting dressed more fun.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. That is a brilliant idea Mireille - I love the idea of this. I'm wanting to buy some more pieces now, especially if lock-down stays like this. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  10. It sure is a crazy time. I agree with you I so prefer buying clothes in persona nd I am so worried about the shops not being able to re-open. So many have been so badly affected. We are slowly being given a few freedoms but I am a more at risk person so Kents doing all our grocery shopping. I am trying to make the best of life at home and embracing small victories. Stay safe

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    1. Thanks for joining me today Linda, much appreciated. Stay safe and good luck with what you do. x

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  11. I'm an animal print fan, too, and love this one on you! And you can't beat a shirtwaist style for versatility. I am hopeful that the shops will be able to reopen soon in my area, as buying clothes online is just not the same as a shopping trip! Thanks for hosting the linkup!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciate your comments. Glad you like the dress too, I'm not sure I want to give it back!! x

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  12. OOOO I love this dress Jacqui! You know I love olive, so I love the mix of olive and white along with the detail at the waist. So pretty on you! I love that you added the animal print shoes too!

    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks Jess, yes these colours really suit you. Many thanks for your lovely comments. xx

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  13. Loving the zebra and giraffe prints together. If you fancy a trip to London on the Clipper to do a bit of shopping, let me know :-) (Once they're open of course.....)

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    1. Thanks Gail, love them too - so pleased my princess suggested it! Yes that sounds like a great idea, will look forward to when we'll be able to do this. x

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  14. Your dress is so pretty! I love the print!

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  15. Things are verrrrry slowly going back to normal here, although I'm working from home until September! Love your Vionic shoes!
    Cheryl Shops | www.cherylshops.net

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  16. Jacqui, I love that giraffe print on that dress! How fun. The pumps are perfect with it!

    xx Darlene

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  17. You look spectacular in this dress! And- a very Happy Birthday to your youngest:) Please come link up to my weekly Friday LInk up party:) Thanks!

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  18. We are slowly opening up here as well, but I am still pretty hesitant about going out too much. I've found that the few places I have gone to shop might be open, but not necessarily very well stocked...even Target was pretty low on stock.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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  19. Beautiful dress Jacqui. Love the print. Thanks for hosting, sorry I am late to the party.

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  20. That's a lovely dress Jacqui! It looks fab with the statement necklace and snake print shoes!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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