WHAT TO WEAR TO A WEDDING

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Over the last few years more and more of our friends are getting married and with that I wanted to make more of an effort with my outfits. I see these occasions as a chance to dress up in some fabulous outfits and glam myself up. There’s just something so lovely seeing all your friends dressed up at weddings. 

Over the years I have spent a fair amount on hotels, flights, gifts and my dresses. I think the amount of effort people put into their special day you should reflect that in your outfit. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to glam up to show off your latest hair do or nails. The recent wedding I attended was in the wine region just north of Bordeaux. It was in a beautiful setting but boy was it super hot, I was glad I wore this silky loose fitting dress by Topshop Boutique. These photos were actually taken whilst we were in Paris a couple of days after the wedding. The day of the wedding I was busy helping out with favours and seating plans, so I had to get ready in record time before the ceremony started!

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Like I said the weather was so hot in France the loose dress was great for keeping me cool, but the shoes were not the best choice if I’m honest. Because of the heat my feet swelled up leaving marks on my ankles where I wrapped and tied the heels. These strappy heels look beautiful for photos but I think I need to give up on them sadly. In fact I changed after the canapés into my favourite Jigsaw sandals. 

Anyway if you guys are looking for a wedding guest dress I have picked out 8 stunning designs. They are all flowing numbers that I had on my list before deciding on this abstract printed dress. Let me know if you have any weddings and what you plan on wearing to them. 

Joey x

SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!!!

SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!

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ABSTRACT PAINTED DRESS - TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE

HEELS - PUBLIC DESIRE similar here, and here, or these.

HANDBAG - ZARA (old)

EARRINGS - MANGO

SUMMERTIME

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Hey guys welcome back, currently I am writing this mid flight on my way to Bordeaux for a friend’s wedding!

Very excited for a few days off with lots of wine and cheese. Yes I will be living my best life eating and drinking! As much as I have been looking forward to a break; the gorgeous weather in Manchester the last two weeks has felt like a mini holiday. I would even go as far to say it rivals London some days.. I still miss the park days sat in London Fields by Broadway Market (East London whoop whoop!) but having a back garden BBQ or eating a Sunday roast outside in the sunshine is just as good.

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With all this good weather it means I have actually had an excuse to wear my summer wardrobe for more than just one day every couple of weeks!

Not going to lie.. I have purchased some lovely pieces for summer! This check number from Mango is in the sale but has already sold out online.. if you really love this item head into a small store as they will more than likely have all the sizes available. If not, I have some other cute check pieces that you guys might like, which would make a great outfit for days in the park and wandering around Manchester on a hot Sunday like here..


Joey x

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Other lovely check dresses as mine's sold out!

THE SHIMMER IS REAL

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Hello guys and welcome back. I’ve had the best week working from home. As I’ve mentioned before I’m travelling a lot with my job, so any weeks I am able to spend at home are cherished. I just find eating healthy, working out is way easier when you aren’t travelling and staying in hotels or with friends. I am such a sucker for a routine! The added bonus is that I’ve got to spend a full week with my little babe Bernard. He is squeeky clean after having a soapy bath and now his coat is super soft when I cuddle him now.

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As well as spending as much time as possible this week with Bernard. I have decided to really challenge myself and start Crossfit. To be honest I was getting a little bored of my gym routine and not seeing the results I was after so decided to mix things up and start Crossfit. So far so good, it’s been good to see how far I can push myself in training and try new things like Olympic weightlifting that I would have never have done in a normal gym. I’d find myself being too nervous in a normal gym to try the squat rack, too many bodybuilding men making weird noises. Anyway I’m finding Crossfit loads of fun and it takes my mind off of any stresses I have with work, which is perfect.

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Anyway enough of my day to day, I’ve decided to try something new in the way of fashion. I have been a massive fan of anything shiny and actual loved seeing splashed across the catwalk in a tasteful manor. Granted the past couple of seasons I’ve shied away from anything shiny as mainly because a) I didn’t want a trashy version and b) Look like I’m out in fancy dress.. Until I found this stunning shimmery two pieces, which gave me the Studio 54 vibes.

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You guys know I am a sucker for a two piece, I bought one a couple of months from Topshop which kind of covered the whole rainbow trend but in my own way. When I saw this set I knew straight away this would be perfect for British wedding or a formal occasion. Sometimes I think it’s nice to mix things up and wear a trouser co-ord as I don’t always feel that comfortable in a dress and massive heels. Trousers are sometimes the better option. I know this look might be a bit out there for so people so I’ve put another shimmery looks that is perfect for occasion wear this summer.

Joey x

SILVER SHIMMER TOP - ZARA (sold out)

SILVER SHIMMER TROUSERS - ZARA

SILVER BAG - TOPSHOP

NECKLACE - ASOS

LOVELY LINEN

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Happy Sunday guys! Hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying this sunshine. I’ve been down in London this past week and it’s been so muggy and not half as much sunshine as Manchester. London always makes me think of work and being more business like, but as soon as I step off the train in Manchester I just seem to relax and the stresses I’ve felt go away. After a full week down there I was so ready to be back up north to see my boys and climb into my own bed, nothing beats sleeping in your own bed.

I’ve mentioned before how me and Joe are exploring Manchester since moving back and we decided to explore more of Beech Road in Chorlton where we took these outfit shots. I’m going to do a monthly update of places we have eaten and visited so I’ll leave that for another time. But today I wanted to talk about how much I’m loving linen and how easy I find to wear this fabric in the summer. It is just perfect for all the sunshine we have been having recently.

Other lovely linen pieces...

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Other lovely linen pieces...

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I picked up this top after being inspired by Pinterest images of people like Emma Hill & Lindsay Holland wearing these buttoned blouses. Zara seems to have nailed this blouse perfectly and here it was so easy to style with some vintage jeans and my trusty pink velvet mules. This look is one I can turn to for a relaxed day wondering around exploring the city.

With a holiday around the corner, I’ve picked out some other pieces that have caught my eye for summer. I’m really feeling for the striped jumpsuit, paired with a massive straw hat for a wine and cheese night in Bordeaux.

Joey x

LINEN TOP - ZARA

JEANS - VINTAGE LEVI

MULES - DUNE

EARRINGS & NECKLACE - TOPSHOP