Party Season

The party season is upon us. Decembers calendar is filling fast with work parties, family gatherings, friend nights out. I’ve felt, as I’m sure we all have. The need to buy a few outfit for every occasion to get into the festive spirit. But you really don’t need to. Working with a few elements in your already existing wardrobe to create festive work party looks.

My works party this year is “smart casual” the bane of many peoples lives. I am always the one to over dress and make a statement. But there are a few ways around this “smart casual” conundrum.

A good pair of black jeans, high waisted if possible. They will make your legs look longer instantly. A “smart top” anything that isn’t a t-shirt, collared shirt or overly sporty. Anything embellished or patterned, think sumptuous fabrics. Here is a high necked top from Monsoon that’s been in my wardrobe since the boxing day sales, last year.

Footwear stick with something comfortable, but not trainers. Anything really goes for footwear. If you want to wear heels wear them if not, boots or flats are perfect.

Jackets and Coats. It best way to say you are “smart casual” a formal coat can work with a more casual look and visa versa. This little swing jacket is one colour no flamboyant detail but the cut makes it more premium. I’d suggest to not wear the coat you call run to the corner shop in at 10 minutes to close to get chocolate and crisps (you know the one)

Finally the best part.

Accessories – My favourite way to have fun with an outfit. If you are wearing head to toe black, add a bright bag for a statement. Add your sparkle to your headband or bag. Slip a broach over your lapel on your coat or wear something in your hair.

Jeans – New Look | Boots – Seven7 Footwear | Velvet top – Monsoon | Bag – Stella McCartney | Headband – NalĂ­ Shop

Julia’s House Store Expansion – Press Event

Dress – Old | Boots – seven7footwear | Jacket – Vintage | Bag – Calvin Klein (thrifted)

Halloween earrings – Claire’s

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice is a charity founded by a lady called Julia. As a nurse she saw a gap in the community from in-patient care to home care and wanted to create a charity that would bridge that gap. Unfortunately Julia lost her battle with cancer. But her friend Mike Wise took over the dream and founded Julia’s House. Julia’s House provides respite for families with have life-limited children. There are two hospice locations one in Dorset and one in Wiltshire. There are many ways you can donate to Juila’s House. Through charity events, leaving money in your will, my favourite one is shopping in one of their stores.

One of the stores is in Creekmoor, just outside of Poole, Dorset. It was a large store before it expanded and now it’s more a department store than a charity shop. The visual merchandising in this store is perfect. Creative displays really promote all the donations that come through. Their bridle room has expanded, there is now a library, electronic store, a huge kids section and the women’s and homeware has expanded too. The store manager talked through the process of the re-fit building displays for the store using as much recycled, materials as possible. Julia’s House store really developed on the sustainable shopping trend. Why not shop sustainably in a sustainable shop.

To celebrate the expansion of the store bloggers were invited to have an after-hours shopping spree. To be able to have a look around and have a talk from the various staff was affirming. I took Hayden along with me, he picked up a running book and I a striped cardigan for my holiday at the beginning of November. I did have to restrain myself from buying so much more. I think I’ll be going back for the dress in the second picture.

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Thank you to Julia’s House & Bournemouth Bloggers