I was very kindly sent this dress as a gift by River Island. All opinions remain 100% honest and my own.
It’s not often you’ll find me wearing a dress. I am, generally, much more comfortable in jeans (when I’m outside the house), comfy sloggy leggings or joggers when I’m at home, or, if I’m feeling particularly fancy on a night out, you might find me squeezing myself into a pair of leather-look trews for a little bit extra pazzazz.
As we all know, fashion and trends are constantly changing and evolving, new fads coming in, then fading out, before coming back round and swinging into popularity again a few years later (chokers, anyone?)
Working in Shoreditch, I am forever surrounded by people who are at the very front of the fashion times, rocking looks I would never be brave enough to pull off – my ‘style’ (and I use that word loosely) is definitely more jeans-and-jumper than anything that could ever be called edgy or fashion-forward.
As a little girl I was a bit of a sickly child with my tonsils and adenoids giving me grief, plus having to have grommets in an attempt to fix my dodgy hearing (which didn’t work, I’m deaf in one ear).
As a result of the sniffly little thing I was, I had a fair amount of medicine (shout out to the banana flavoured Amoxycilin – gutted they don’t let us adults have that) and as a result of those meds, I now have discoloured teeth.
I’m not talking Stig Of The Dump horrendousness but they’re definitely not white either.
“Oh I’m not very good at crafts!”
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard somebody say that, shortly before they produce a perfectly scaled replica of a small village created from nothing but old buttons and scraps of wood they found at the back of their garage.
However, when I say “Oh, I’m not very good at crafts” you can bet your bottom dollar I’m telling the truth. I am AWFUL. Not just a bit rubbish, but children-weeping-and-people-in-the-streets-screaming-BURN-IT-WITH-FIRE awful.
However, I’m now in my 30s so when John Lewis asked me if I fancied popping up to their Christmas crafting night I thought “Y’know what, I’m a grown woman, I have hands and eyes, surely I can make something worthwhile” and gratefully accepted.
Towards the end of last year, the lovely people from George at Asda contacted myself and my Blogger BFF (and general BFF of life) Haydy to pick a dress from their collection to style up.
Any of you that know Haydy will know she has a fantastic style – it’s quirky, it’s fun and it just screams her personality. I’m forever looking at her outfits and wishing I was less of a jeans-and-a-tee girl – her look is beyond awesome.
After having a browse of the George at Asda website, we settled on a dress we both felt comfortable with – their Stolen Heart Sequin Panelled Dress.
Then we went our separate ways for a spot of secret squirrel online shopping to find accessories – I picked out a pair of glitter court shoes, a blazer with leather-look trim, and a tote bag.
This look, for me, is the perfect day-to-evening outfit, easily wearable in the office then a quick slick of red lipstick and a brush of the hair and you’re ready to hit the bars come 5.00pm!
The most incredible thing about this is that this entire outfit came in at around £80.00! For a good quality dress and wardrobe staples like the blazer, shoes and bag (all of which you know you’ll return to time and time again), this is a more than reasonable price and definitely counts as a fashion investment.
Thank you George for kitting me out – I’m ready to hit the town feeling like a million dollars!
(You can check out how Haydy styled her dress here)
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