Stay Fit, Stay Classy

It’s been a while, et cetera, let’s move on.

I came across this item on ASOS quite unexpectedly and since it was in the sale, I thought “why not?” When they arrived and I tried them on I was so excited I was skipping around the living room – and the fact that I could do that was part of the cause for my excitement!

I’ve been wearing them to go cycling, but they would also be great for walking or climbing. Obviously, they’re also handy just for general use. They are light and soft since they’re made of 100% cotton, and, unlike most t-shirt dresses which are usually straight and a little fitted, they are very wide from the bust down. Since they’re on sale they’re only available in black and small sizes at the moment, but I would keep an eye on them. I’m sure they’ll come back in stock sooner or later.

In terms of size, I usually wear a 10 or 12 but these are so wide that I kept the 8. 10 was too voluminous.

ASOS Ultimate Midi Smock Dress – ASOS

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5 Pretty and Practical Eid Outfits

Eid is a celebratory time, but it’s also often a busy time. So I wanted to give you some outfit ideas that are both special and practical.

I was thinking of doing a series of Eid/special occasion posts every day for a week, but after enjoying the extra juicy post I made yesterday so much, I’ve decided to do one post with several outfits. So, you get them all now!

Also, you need time to order them if you want to have them on time, don’t you? I’m compiling whole outfits from the same shop, so you don’t have to pay for delivery more than once (and could even get free delivery). I suggest you order right now, though, if you want to receive them in time.

1. Pink and Cream Stripes – Dorothy Perkins

I love the unusual shape of this dress, so I had to build an outfit around it! Wear with loose black trousers (everyone has a pair of those in their wardrobe, right?) and black or pale pink shoes.


 Ivory Stripe Midi Dress: see in shop.


Black Relaxed Tuxedo Jacket: see in shop.


Cream Foil Spotted Scarf: see in shop.


Rose Gold Glitter Circle Lariat Necklace: see in shop.

2. Rusted Flowers – M&Co

What a gorgeous coloured skirt for a celebration!

I am assuming that the jacket sleeves can be unbuttoned and rolled down to become full length.


Satin Maxi Skirt: see in shop.


Floral Woven Front Top: see in shop.


Draped Linen Jacket: see in shop.

3. Dotty for Eid – Modanisa UK

I really love the elegant and simple style of this dress.

There are limited sizes in stock but lots of colours so have a look.



Grey Polka Dot Dress: see in shop.


Beige Patterned Shawl: see in shop.

4. Ditsy Navy and Pink – ASOS

For a more casual look, how about this?

ditsy floral dress

ASOS: see in shop.

pink trousers

ASOS: see in shop.

Navy cardigan

Cardigan in Rib with Button Detail: see in shop.

5. Monochrome Geometry – La Redoute

For this outfit I decided to choose a plain central piece and then add the party with the rest!


Maxi Dress with Shoestring Straps: see in shop.


Tribal Print Jacket: see in shop.


Printed Grey Scarf: see in shop.


Perforated Ballet Pumps: see in shop.

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15 Striped Reasons to Wear Dresses as Tops This Summer

Today’s express blog post is all about stripe patterns on casual dresses to wear with skirts, aka dresses as tops. You know what I mean. Let’s go.

Modesty tip: For some of these, particularly the t-shirt dresses, you’re best off getting a bigger size so it’s not tight. I also suggest wearing a long cardigan/blazer on top.

1. Cobalt Broderie Shift Dress – Dorothy Perkins

100% cotton. Gorgeous. Also available in coral in limited sizes.


2. Vila Blue Stitch Print Dress – Dorothy Perkins

Long sleeves and a quirky pattern. Yes, please.

3. Khaki and Navy Ditsy Folk Stripe Print Shift Dress – Apricot

Wow. Also available in khaki and coral.

4. Red Stripe Jacquard V Neck Shift Dress – New Look

Something a bit different here.

5. Navy and Aqua Ombre Geometric Print Shift Dress – Apricot

6. Navy and White Embroidered Stripes Shift Dress – Apricot

Also available in white and navy.

7. Grey Crochet Stripe Shift Dress – Apricot

Two stripes are still stripes. Also, cotton, cotton everywhere.


Apricot: See in shop.

8. Multi-Coloured Horizontal Stripe Print Dress – Apricot

All kinds of stripe.

9. Daisy Street High Neck Swing Dress In Stripe – ASOS

No neck coverage troubles here.

High neck striped swing dress

ASOS: See in shop.

10. ASOS Denim Dress in Pink and White Stripe With Tie Strap – ASOS

Time to go to the candy floss stand.

11. Abercrombie & Fitch Preppy Striped Collarless Dress – ASOS

This one is a bit pricier but it’s so nice I had to include it anyway.


12. ASOS Halter Neck Swing Sundress in Stripe – ASOS

13. Frill Front T-Shirt Dress – ASOS

Ruffle stripes.

14. Sleeveless Tie Dye Shift Dress With Pom Pom Detail – ASOS

Love the pom poms!

15. Nike Striped T-Shirt Dress – ASOS

Another pricier one (all about the brand, eh). I’m featuring it because it’s a bold but simple design.


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Maximise Summer: Casual Maxi Dresses

You may have noticed it has been a while since I posted on here, and I don’t really have much time to post now. So, what I’ve decided to do is cut out the commentary and just get to the clothes.

Today, more maxi dresses!

1. Khaki Frill Trim Maxi Dress – New Look



2. Apricot Black Floral Embroidered Maxi Dress

High neck – great for coverage! (Sorry, just a quick comment)

3. Printed Maxi Dress – La Redoute

Pretty pattern, simple shape.

4. Maxi Dress with Shoestring Straps – La Redoute

Also in black and orange.

5. Appleline Navy Floral Maxi Dress – Modanisa UK

I should write a whole blog post about this, but it seems Modanisa (a Turkish clothing brand) has opened a UK fulfillment centre or something, because they now ship to the UK much faster and for less. Yay!

Note: Some of these items contain affiliate links. This means if you buy an item after clicking on it here, I will get a percentage of the profits.

A Little Bit of Folksy Flavour: Semi-Formal Embroidered Jackets

One style that always jumps out at me when I’m browsing clothing sites is embroidered jackets. I think they are such a statement piece and bring so much character to an outfit. I know casual “leather” or bomber jackets with floral embroidery on them are all the rage right now, but I’m talking about the more formal, boxy jackets. You’ll see what I mean. Anyway, I’ve kept telling myself that I need to do a post about them, and I’ve finally got round to it, so here we go!

1.Embroidered Cropped Jacket – Very

This was on the homepage of Very, so let’s put it first here. Also, it’s made of 100% cotton so it’s a great light choice for the summer.

2. Embroidered Jacket – La Redoute

Without having seen the others, I think this one is probably going to be my favourite of the post.

3. “Free Minds” Embellished Top – TK Maxx

This one is a bit lighter than a normal jacket, and it’s “embellished” rather than embroidered, but it’s close enough!

4. Glamorous Embroidered Jacket with Tassels – ASOS

Let’s have a break from the light colours, shall we!

I’m not completely sure if this jacket has full-length sleeves. It isn’t specified in the description. So keep in mind that you might need to wear a shirt or sleeves underneath it.


ASOS: See in shop

5. Black Floral Embroidered Blazer – New Look

This one is a little different, but I think it can still fit in the formal category, despite the “VIE” written on the back.

Matching Bonus: Rust Satin Maxi Skirt – M and Co

What a find! I don’t come across skirts like this very often. I can see it matching nicely with 1, 2 and 3. For 4 and 5, you can decide.

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Matching is Easy: Black Patterned Short Dresses

It’s been a very busy week for me, so I haven’t got round to writing a second post. I’ve decided to set myself a challenge and write this post in 15 minutes. I haven’t even decided what I’m going to focus on. Let’s see the first thing that appears to me…

Ok, it looks like we’re going with black patterned sleeveless short dresses to wear with maxi skirts (that’s a really easy one, I’ll be honest). Let’s go!

1. Multi-coloured Folky Floral Shift Dress – Apricot

I actually came across this dress last week when I was writing a different post and I really liked it, so here you go!


Apricot: See in shop.

2. Apricot Black Floral Tie Back Mini Dress – New Look

You can adjust the fit of the waistband on this dress as it is a tie back.

[I just passed my 15 minute deadline… oh well!]

3. Dorothy Perkins Spot Shift Dress – House of Fraser

A simple design and comfortable loose fit (I should hope they all are!).

4. Black Pastel Floral Bouquet Print Tea Dress – Apricot

This one is in limited sizes, unfortunately, but there are more sizes in the navy version. As with the second one above, you can tie this loosely to make sure it’s not too tight.

5. Black Multi-Coloured Tribal Shift Dress – Apricot

I think this is my favourite one (actually, it’s battling number 1 for top). It’s simple but the pattern is really pretty and quite striking.

Well, that post took much longer than 15 minutes and wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be! All the same, I hope you like what I found and something catches your fancy. If you’d like to request a post theme, just message me or comment on a post on Facebook or Instagram! I’d love a challenge (more realistic than the one I set myself at the beginning of this post)!

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Kimono Krazy: Short Kimonos.

Light, loose and long, what’s not to love? Kimonos are great options for those outfits that could do with that bit extra coverage. Or just to add some colour! I was going to make this a general post of kimonos, but there are so many that I’ve decided to focus on the shorter variations. I will make another one for long options. When it comes to kimonos, short means around hip length, of course.

1. VITOKYO KIMONO Short-Sleeved V-Neck Kimono – La Redoute

Starting with something simple, this one is decorated with a discrete beige-gold, geometric pattern. (This is between short and long so…)

2. Cameo Rose Cream Floral Kimono – New Look

Another light coloured one, this time all about the flowers.

3. Y.A.S. Dora Kimono – ASOS

Heading to the other end of the spectrum, how about this?

4. Mela Navy Floral Chiffon Kimono – New Look

Let’s have some colour now, shall we?

Here’s a mystery: this kimono by Yumi looks exactly the same as the one below but is almost double the price. Any explanations? I can’t find one.

5. Mela Navy Lace Kimono – New Look

Contrary to the usual heavily patterned fabric, this kimono is based on a lace-like design.

It’s currently only in stock in “small”, but there is a pale pink one that’s also pretty and available in S-L.

Bonus: White Stuff Selvedge Stitch Kimono – House of Fraser

This one is a step above the others in terms of fabric quality and is a bit more sturdy in its structure (it even has pockets!). I wanted to put it at number 1, but decided to add it as an extra since it’s a bit more pricey than the average.

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