30 April 2019

I'm not kidding when I say.......

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........New Look are nailing dresses this season. I have to admit that I saw this animal print dress online but it didn't grab me (as so often the case with brands website photos don't you agree?). However I saw it in my local store yesterday and it literally turned my head! When I tried it on I would have happily walked out of the store wearing it......I loved it even more once I tried it on. I've had three compliments about it today so I'm already considering it to be a wardrobe winner.
New Look dress
Novesta Trainers via All Sole
Zara Bag
Rayban sunglasses

29 April 2019

When you gotta say yes to the dresses!

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I reckon New Look are hard to beat on the High Street when it comes to dresses! This shirt-waister style is perfect for spring.....so easy to wear. I've also found myself a new print! Loving the tropical vibes of this palm print.

All New Look - gifted but chosen by me


28 April 2019

Holiday attire!

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The holiday blues are just setting in, so I thought I'd cheer myself up by creating this little online diary of what I wore. This will be a useful to look back on when I'm trying to pack for my next holiday. I did refer to previous holiday posts......as I mentioned before I found it quite a challenge this time. We went to Lanzarote a little earlier than usual this yearand as we hadn't had much sun yet in the UK I'd couldn't find my summer clothes mojo!

I'm kicking off with my outfits but I have put in a few of my recommendations at the bottom of the post should you be going to Lanzarote.....I hope it's useful!

Let's kick off with this cracker of a dress that I bought whilst I was there. There is a lovely shopping centre in Puerto del Carmen......it's one of the Islands assets that keeps us going back! The Oysho shop is just across from Zara and I was torn between this leopard print maxi dress......but this green one stole my heart. I plan to wear this to a wedding in June too so it's not just a holiday dress! 

Oysho dress - purchased in Lanzarote Sold out online
Topshop sandal - past season, similar here
Mango bag, past season, similar here


23 April 2019

Oh Joy!

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It's back to reality after the Easter break! It was amazing to come home to some gorgeous weather after our week in Lanzarote....where the weather was equally as brilliant! The holiday blog post is still a work in progress as we've had a lazy bank holiday weekend getting back into the swing of things. Hope to have that up later this week.
The forecast looks as though thing will all be going downhill as of tomorrow so although the weather was cloudier today I didn't pass up the opportunity to wear another dress. Still warm enough to go without a jacket.....what a blessing!

Joy the Store dress, current - gifted


12 April 2019

My holiday wardrobe edit!

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Sorry I've been AWOL from the blog for a few days. I've limped through the first week of half term, solo parenting as the DH has been away whilst trying to get on top of my holiday prep going and I've been at work for the past two days.....this week away is much needed I tell you!

I have to say it's been a bit of a challenge to pack this time. We usually take this holiday in May and we've had a taste of summer by then so some clothes purchases have already been made. This time I'm relying very heavily on some past season purchases.......thankfully there are Zara and Mango store s where we are going so there will be plenty of opportunity to bolster my holiday wardrobe whilst I am there!

I'll kick off the post with my travelling outfit. Our flight is at 6 in the morning so due to the 4am start I need something I can throw on and go. This is where my new favourite dress comes into it's own. The New Look black jersey hanky hem dress is really comfy so perfect for a 4 hour flight. I'll only be taking one jacket, a denim jacket as it's the most versatile style for everything else in my suitcase. On my feet will be an ancient pair of Converse (at least 15 years old!) that I'm taking as we plan to do a lot of walking. Last time we were in Lanzarote a lovely couple told us about the coastal path between Puerto Del Carmen and Puerto Calero so we walk it every day. As for hand luggage, I'd normally take a straw basket but since I normally get lumbered with hauling everything down to the pool.....I've gone oversize and I'm taking my Stella McCartney tote that I picked up at a Kilver Court sample sale last year.

New Look denim jacket, gifted
New Look dress
Stella McCartney bag, past season - this is a lovely alternative
Primark scarf

8 April 2019

A blazer glory!

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Now here's an outfit combo I will be utilising for the foreseeable! After yesterday's occasion wear  outfit I looked for what other blazer/dress options I have in my wardrobe! Let's just hope it's warm enough to test out another similar ensemble tomorrow!

H&M blazer, current
New Look dress, gifted - limited sizes left - gorgeous alternative here
Novesta trainers
Zara bag
Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses


7 April 2019

Rockin' a frock for #sundaybeststyle

Another Sunday well spent in the MyFashionable40s household. We've been to a Christening.....invited by our gorgeous neighbours. It's been amazing to get to know some of the people we say hello up and down the street a little bit better. Feeling privileged to live in such a lovely community. Naturally I seized the opportunity to dress up......I knew this Studio by Preen dress from Debenhams would be perfect!

Zara blazer
Studio by Preen dress - currently reduced
Mango shoes
Zara bag
Rayban aviator sunglasses


6 April 2019

Life is looking just rosé!

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What a great start to the Easter holidays.....the sun is out. All I need now is a winner on the Grand National! And here is to my first glass of rosé of the year. Cheers!

FWP by Rae rosé t-shirt, gifted
New Look skirt, gifted
Novesta trainers 
Anna Cox rosé cushion, gifted


4 April 2019

Feel uplifted!

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I spent a wonderful day at Bristol Fashion Week Festival talking about all things body positivity an self confidence at The Mall Cribbs Causeway yesterday. It's given me perspective.....a fresh outlook and lots of ideas! Lots of information to process before I share some of these ideas with you. If you are in the South West do try and get along to it, there are still tickets..... it's on everyday until Sunday. As well as the conversations with Caryn Franklin (who is just fabulous!) there is a catwalk show and styling sessions on the runway. Outside the main auditorium there are styling and beauty pods and a ticket entitles you to experience all that is on offer! What did I wear? John Lewis at The Mall gifted me a stunning dress from their own John Lewis collection as well as accessories. The dress was a dream to wear.......I just hope that an occasion pops up so that I get to wear it again soon!

1 April 2019

clothes my husband hates!

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Yep, the boiler suit is right up there. When I put this on this morning I did get a quip about changing his exhaust....ha ha! Anyway I think with the boiler suit it is a case of finding the right one as I kissed a couple of frogs until good old New Look has come up trumps again! It's lyocell fabric, so quite fluid material which pleases me greatly as it's just more flattering in my eyes. There is no fiddling with it. It has pockets, a drawstring waist tie and a neat little cuffed hem which I find easier than a turn-up. 

New Look boiler suit
Novesta Star Master trainers
Zara bag