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.


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.


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


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


ASOS have some beauties…

Faux suede reversible obi belt £15 – HERE



But I’m saving the best for last.

Black & Brown Premium Leather Oversized Obi belt – £45  HERE

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!)


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

Ladies Day At The Races

No sooner had I landed back home from a long tiring day and drive from Naomi’s graduation day in Luton, was I setting off again, heading North this time to one of my favourite cities, to visit friends.

We arrived in Newcastle to more blazing hot sunshine. One very quick change (we were running rather late) and a grateful lift and mad dash later and we found ourselves surrounded by 6″ heels, posh frocks, feathers (lots of feathers) and men in suits.


We could only be at the races. Newcastle Races. Ladies Day.

I had decided on wearing a dress which I already had hanging in my wardrobe. I’d had it made in Thailand a couple of years ago especially for a friends wedding. I did wear it for her wedding but I kinda thought it deserved a second airing (if only to reduce its ‘price per wear’). Its a cashmere black and white pin striped (men’s suit material as I called it), strapless with a full length zip up the back.





I went shopping for a little fascinator to accompany my dress but came home with a rather large hatinator. In my defence, my choice of head dress was in the sale, matched my colour scheme perfectly and was soooo much cheaper than the smaller fascinators I’d seen. Not only that but I must have a big head as those little airy fairy feather pieces looked like a pea on a drum on my head. I was lucky enough to grab this one from Debenhams for the knock down price of £21.00 (from £70.00).






I also invested in new shoes but being a creature of habit and comfort, I bought some exactly the same as a pair I already owned but which I thought were a bit too tatty to wear for the races. Sounds stupid, I know but my trusty Kurt Geiger wedges were relatively comfy as far as sky scraper heels go so I presumed that my new ones would be too. Originally £75.00, these babies were on the Kurt Geiger website for £39.00. Don’t ya just love the sales!!!


I wasn’t going to bother with a new bag. I could already open a bag shop. But then I spotted a little black clutch on Ebay that would match my dress perfectly. There’s always going to be a small space in my wardrobe which I can fit another clutch bag in…even if it is in the Mr’s side. This nifty little bag by Irregular Choice was a bargain from the Schuh outlet on Ebay at only £19.99 plus P + P



OK, outfit sorted, I only needed to do something with my mop of hair. A style that would suit the hat but also look ok if I decided to take the hat off (or it blew off). Time to get my daughter out of her pit and put her skills to good use. She may have a degree in Specialist Make up Design but also needs to turn her hands to hairdressing too. Bonus!! Naomi…time to start paying back (in kind) some of the handouts from the last few years!!

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Et Voila….. moi a la races!!! All poshed up and ladylike for one day only.





As much as I love a good reason to get ‘dolled’ up, I have to say I wasn’t comfortable in the slightest. I don’t think there was one minute during the day when I wasn’t either holding my hat on or nudging it back into place, pulling my dress up (at the top)  so’s not to create ‘nipplegate’, pulling my dress up (at the bottom) so’s I could actually walk at a pace just slightly faster than a snail and finally…the feet. I am still suffering a week later…why do we do it??? The KG wedges may have been comfy for a while, however I had misjudged the amount of walking and standing I would be doing, hence the seasoned race goers carrying tote’s filled with flip flops!!!

So a few pounds lighter (in the pocket…no where else unfortunately, although the amount of walking I did, I ought to have shifted a few from my butt!!) and a few blisters later…those feckin shoes, our day at the races was over.

Next time it’s a maxi dress and flats!!

Liz xx