FESTIVE OCCASION

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Can't believe how fast this year has gone, this month alone has just flown by. As if a month ago I was in a floral summer dress, wandering around LA and today I'm curled up in our armchair in jeans with my Erdem hoodie on, trying to keep warm. Really need to invest in more blankets for the house without Bernard claiming them all for himself!

The colder the weather gets the closer we are to ... I'm not going to say the 'C' word just yet, as we are still in November. Plus some of my friends would scream at me if I did, even though we put a festive little jumper on Bernard the other day. Oops but he looked so cute! Anyway the one thing we can't deny is that party season is just around the corner in fact, I have my first party/event on Friday so I've already started planning my outfits for this winter season. As with any of the looks I post, I hope to inspire you even if you don't always buy the clothes I wear. So let's get into the first party outfit of the season!

 
 
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So for this extra glam look I've teamed up with John Lewis to create a sophisticated black tie outfit. This beautiful French Connection dress is for those extra special nights when you want head to toe glamour. Pulling out all the stops out!

When styling this look I was feeling a mixture of being influenced by the eighties, with the deep neckline yet still keeping it very sophisticated with the midi length of the pleated skirt. This kind of dress is not normally on my radar as I never have any posh black tie events to attend but this year I have been lucky enough to be invited to one on Friday. Party look styling is something I actually struggle with, because all I ever want to wear is 'jeans and a nice top'. But this was a good challenge to find something elegant while still showing my style.

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I have to say another reason I don't quite enjoy party outfit is due to the heels. I used to be so good at walking in heels, but since living in London there's has just been no need for them. So the heels I wore in Manchester got made redundant and have been replaced with tonnes of ankle boots. Not a bad thing but it definitely shows my age! So I have to be honest and say I can't walk that well or far in these strappy heels. I think it's just my lack of practice and not the shoes, because they are so pretty!

Anyway enough waffling, I would love to know your thoughts on this dress and party wear in particular? I have included some other great pieces below from John Lewis.

Joey x

DRESS - FRENCH CONNECTION

SHOES - PUBLIC DESIRE

BAG - ZARA

COAT - STAND