Blue aso ebi

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Good morning all. No Motivational Monday post in sight today, but a lovely outfit that I really like.

This is a tailor-made dress. I was a bridesmaid for a very good friend back in September, and we were given this material to make anything with it for the second part of the wedding. For those who don’t know, in many weddings where the couple are of African descent, they and the bridal party will often change into an African tailor-made outfit. The material and pattern will depend on where exactly the couple are from.

The bride’s sister got this fabulous material for us straight from Nigeria. This particular lace texture is called aso ebi (asho-eybee). I was inspired to have this design made because of a similar dress that I had seen on ASOS. It sold out before I had the chance to buy it, but I decided that after wearing this dress for my friend’s wedding, I would wear it for another that I was due to attend the month after. I paired it with silver open toe sandals and accessories, because I think that silver complements the vibrant blue.

The tailor added padding inside the dress so that it’s not bodycon (I really can’t stand that material), but elegantly outlines my shape. What do you all think?

Mich x

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A lace number

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Black lace dress

Black pointed flats

Good afternoon everyone. Hope you’re all well. I’m back from my holiday in Alicante with the hubby. More details about the trip coming soon.

The reason for the trip was my third anniversary, and the week before, my hubby and I went for dinner. I wanted to wear something nice for him. It was fortunate that I found this dress from New Look the day before, and was able to have it arrive with next day delivery.

I put it on at the office with black stiletto heels, but I just wasn’t feeling the look. I’m not used to wearing close-fitting dresses so, I felt uncomfortable and ‘naked’. I wore my flats to the restaurant and kept them on. And when my hubby took these pictures, I preferred the look with flats, as opposed to in heels.

The lace detail is what captured me; it is one of my favourite textures. The front was a little low so, I wore a black vest underneath.

The dress also comes in white and red.

Mich x

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The Autumn Edit

When I think of autumn, I imagine all of the gorgeous colours that come with it – the reds, browns and golden yellows that litter the floor in the form of fallen leaves.

I think that this season is all about colour, so I’ve put together my ideal autumn edit. I can’t wait to wear my knit jumpers and boots. But I have to say that scarves are my favourite. The variety of colour and styles you can get them in is so tempting. You just want them all. I actually have quite a few and I like to mix and match them with my outfit.

1. Brown single breasted coat

2. Yellow ribbed scarf (I have this!)

3. Red ribbed knit sweater (red is on trend this season)

4. High-waisted jeans 

5. Brown ankle strap knee high boots

What will you be wearing this autumn?

Mich x

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Blue pleats

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Dress: ASOS 

Silver sandals: Boohoo

Good morning everyone. It’s good to be back.

My husband picked out this dress for me to wear to a wedding some weeks ago. I had a few options in mind; this was only one of them and my least favourite, but he insisted on this one. I didn’t like it all that much, but I wanted to make him happy. After all, apart from dressing for myself, I now also dress for my man, and I take pleasure in that.

But it wasn’t all that bad. Once I put it on, I loved it. And I can wear it again to a number of events.

The lace insert detail at the neckline has won me over and even though I am not the biggest fan of pleats, I love how it complements the simplicity of the dress.

I paired it with my silver heeled sandals and curled my hair.

Mich x

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The structured peplum dress

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Dress: ASOS

Lace-up sandals: eBay

This dress stayed in my Saved Items on my ASOS account for a while. I checked on it one day and it was out of stock. Despite my disappointment, I didn’t delete it because a girl can only hope. And my optimism paid off. Instead of saying that my size was out of stock when I checked again, it was there in all its pink peplum glory. I ordered it immediately. Not for the sake of it, of course; I had a wedding to attend that weekend… naturally. You all know by now that if it’s an outfit post, it’s because I’ve been to a wedding haha.

I hit the jackpot when I got this dress because of the structured shape, which works very well for my figure. It’s not tight; it hugs my body in the right places and complements my form rather than exaggerating it.

I love the peplum detail at the bottom of the dress and the structured lining. The material is of good, thick quality.

I paired it with my black lace-up sandals – sweet and simple. I can’t resist turning to ASOS for my outfits. I try to steer clear but I can’t help it – I have free next day delivery for a year and I intend to make the most of it.

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I’ll be on my way to Bournemouth in a few hours. I decided to treat my husband to a weekend away for his birthday on Friday. I’m so excited, probably even more so than he is. This is a break that I have desperately needed and I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. Check out my Instagram for updates.

Have a great weekend!

Mich x

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My love of culottes

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Blouse: ASOS

Culottes: ASOS

Lace-up sandals: eBay

I think culottes have become my favourite style of trousers. That’s funny, considering I only have two. Yet, I don’t think it’s about how many I have, but how I feel when I wear them, and I always feel so good. They are loose and comfortable, and even though they are naturally wide-legged, they don’t make you look big. The material of this particular pair from ASOS are soft and feel so good on my skin.

This was my outfit for my birthday dinner at Burger and Lobster. Once again, I wore a blouse covered in ruffles. I just can’t seem to get enough. Turns out my birthday was ruffle-themed. Remember the top I wore to the theatre in this post?

These culottes have a fancy slit on the side of each leg – you can only catch a glimpse of them in the last image –, which gives them that extra oomph and makes them differ from an ordinary pair of black culottes. The great thing about these is that I could wear them to work with smart loafers, or casually with a white t-shirt and sandals or white trainers. I love pieces of clothing that I can wear in a multiple ways.

Mich x

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Birthday ruffles

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Blouse: ASOS

Black jeans: New Look

Blue mules: New Look (similar here, here, here and here)

This is what I wore to the theatre on my birthday. It was the perfect outfit because I was comfortable. I had been in a two-hour meeting beforehand, and I didn’t want the hassle of changing into something fancy. I just wanted quick and easy.

I am really loving ruffles and big sleeves, and I don’t think I will get tired of them anytime soon. They are elegant and feminine, and pretty to look at. The only thing that bugged me about this top is that it just about sits on the waist line, so whenever I lifted my arms, it would raise up. I had to wear a vest underneath because I was not keen on showing any skin. But apart from that, I loved it. This top and mules are due to be on repeat very soon.

Two more birthday posts to come and that will be it, promise. Have a great weekend.

Mich x

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