STYLE | the LBD

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Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you  – don’t bother me.” – Yohji Yamamoto

Black … one of my favourites.

Black Magic … delicious.

Black … the colour associated with death , with mortality and creatures of the night.

Black is black – I want my baby back ! [ if you know you know ]

Black … kohl pencil smudged into your water line to create a smokey eye. If it’s good enough for Kate Moss then count me in!

Amy Winehouse sang about it in her hit ‘Back to Black ‘ and chances are I’m guessing you have a little black dress , otherwise known as your LBD, lurking somewhere in your wardrobe.

My mum instilled it into me from an early age that it was something I should have in mine.

A wardrobe basic.

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STYLE | Teal Appeal

“Teal is a deep blue-green colour; a dark cyan 

Teal gets its name from the coloured area around the eyes of the common teal, a member of the duck family.” 

Hey up its me, sat typing and sweltering. I’m at work and I really want to whip my bra, pants and dress off. Not my best idea. But hey … anybody else feeling the same vibe…

Apart from the glorious weather – this week has kicked off to a grand start. I’ve only gone and bloody won a dress over on instagram! I know, I know … go me!

I don’t often do fashion posts ; I’m hardly the most fashionable person on the planet . I personally think people should wear what the bloody hell they want too. It’s clothing not rocket science. It should be fun and it should also be a reflection of you, whether it’s ‘ in fashion‘ or not. #youdoyou

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Style | The Maxi Skirt …

I was looking through my wardrobe the other day and noted there are several staples that I am missing.

A black maxi skirt for one; something I can just throw on.  Black would be ideal as it goes with most things, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be black. I have loads of jumpers and pretty little tops that are crying out to be worn with something other than my jeans.

I’m not feeling my jeans at the moment and its not because I ate too much over Christmas either. As regular readers will be aware I did a sponsored ‘No cake, chocolate or mince pies’ for the whole duration of December. I swear I’m the only person who actually lost weight over the Christmas holidays and is officially sick of the sight of bananas…. I  raised £500 for The Eve Appeal. Win win.

So back to Maxi skirts I’ve been having a quick ganzy , in-between drinking copious amounts of coffee and trying to make sense of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ .

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Atomic Blonde … 

Last night was ‘Date Night‘.

What with one thing and another ‘we‘ tend to get side-lined. We decided Date Night should become [where possible] a weekly affair. Sometimes life gets in the way of romance doesn’t it? We made a promise to make time for each other.

You may all say awwwww… 

or be sick. 

Your choice. 

The BF mentioned the cinema. I pulled a ‘urgh’ face. I was tired I told him , I’d fall asleep as soon as the lights went down . It would be a total waste of money and let’s face it going to the cinema these days isn’t a cheap affair.

Sometimes I’m mardy and not much fun! As you can see my can’t be arsed mood isn’t shifting very fast.

Then I remembered that Atomic Blonde with the beautiful Charlize Theron was showing at Vue, Meadowhall.

I’d been dying to see this film after seeing the trailers. There was only one problem the BF was keen to see bloody Spider-Man .

Some quick thinking on my part and the promise of some naked, lesbian sex scene action sealed the deal. The BFs eyes lit up and the decision was made… Spider-Man could wait! Continue reading

NFD – Accessorising with obi belts…

Now I don’t claim to know much, if anything about fashion but I spend alot of my time with my head shoved in fashion magazines, umming and arhhing over clothes I can’t afford. Ever since I spotted Cara Delevingne wearing a rather gorgeous red obi belt…well I’ve wanted a piece of the action. Obi belts are nothing new and have been around a while . They were big news back in 2011, but like most things are making a welcome come-back, or maybe they never really went away? Either way I’m inspired…

Obi belts also referred too as sash or wrap belts are soft belts that you wrap around and tie either at the front, back or side  – from Japanese origins.

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Miss Delevingne looked amazing, but then again let’s face it she would look great in a potatoe sack! I am in lust with her outfit; I think that the belt really adds the finishing touches .

Flicking through this month’s Vogue… up they popped again.

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So here’s my inspiration and how I’m planning to style mine.

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imageI love the idea (above) of a long chunky cardy over a polo neck / skirt combo neatly gathered with an obi belt. It’s just looks so stylish and really accentuates your waist . The same goes for the blouse, it just adds that little something and pulls an outfit together. They would also look great and add a little va va voom to jumpsuits and dresses.

I have some great news. Well I say great – don’t get excited! I would have disclosed this earlier in the week had I not been scared somebody would outbid me and I’d miss out. For once I kept completely stum.

So the news… I bid for 2 ASOS obi belts ( one black, one tan) on ebay at the beginning of the week and I’ve only gone and bloody won them both for the whooping cost of only £2 plus P+P. Yes you heard me correctly two whole English pounds.

Said belts are winging there way to me as I am  typing and I have my fingers crossed they fit. Like the ding bat I am….I didn’t check the sizing!!

imageSo if they don’t here’s where I’ll be heading. Mango.

This comes in at £29.99 and comes in black and chocolate. HERE

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ASOS have some beauties…

Faux suede reversible obi belt £15 – HERE

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But I’m saving the best for last.

Black & Brown Premium Leather Oversized Obi belt – £45  HERE
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Delicious isn’t it ? I’m just working out whether or not I can afford it.

(Translates too …  If I can or can’t this will be in my Wardrobe!)

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I’ll keep you updated as to whether the ebay goodies fit (please fit!) and how I get on styling my outfits. My plans will either come together nicely or I’ll look a proper chuff!

Until next time, Tracey x

A little bit of this and that … but mainly dresses!

On 15th December I will have been on this earth 44 years. Jesus 44 years. To weigh it all up – I’m single with 2 cats – Lola and Frankie. I have cataplexy. I own my own home, have a car, and I hold down 2 jobs . I have the most amazing family and friends and I make myself laugh alot, or rather I laugh at myself a lot. See when I put it like that – I/my life doesn’t sound too bad (apart from the cataplexy part) I do need to start curbing my spending habits but I will do that in January. December is my month and I intend to sparkle through out … with a glass of Baileys in one hand and a mince pie in the other. Because it is Christmas, it is allowed and mainly because its my birthday month!

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