I’m never going to be the type that has a job where I have to wear a boring business suit.

But working 9 to 5 in an office job doesn’t mean a boring work wardrobe! I like to look smart at work but I also like to show a bit of myself in how I dress for the office.

After four months of being out of work due to redundancy I started a new job at the start of June! And a new job means a new work wardrobe (well it does for me anyway)! So before I started working again I did a bit of shopping and managed to find a load of stuff that was still quirky enough for me, but at the same time work appropriate.

When putting together your work wardrobe I would definitely suggest shopping in the obvious shops like Marks & Spencer and Next and yes, even Matalan. The key to making an outfit your own is how you put it together and you can find some gems that you might not have expected in these shops. For example I got the gingham and floral trousers from Marks & Spencer! I was expecting to pick up a couple of pairs of plain black trousers and I came out with patterned ones instead! Another great place to look is supermarkets, Asda and Tesco often have some great options for work dresses or tops and blouses that don’t break the bank. I got the frilly white shirt and magenta one from Asda. Add some statement jewellery and a great pair of shoes and you’re winning.

Clockwise from top left: black culottes – New Look // trumpet sleeve top – Matalan // gingham trousers – Marks & Spencer // silver shoes – New Look // cream top – Next // wide strap vest – Matalan // pink culottes – New Look // lace swing vest – Matalan // floral trousers – Marks & Spencer

In my last job I had to wear a work pass to allow me to get around the building and I always despaired at how ugly a lot of the lanyards were. They definitely did not enhance an outfit that’s for sure! At the start of the year I came across Maisie-Jane, a company that have realised aesthetically pleasing lanyards were missing in the workplace. When I first discovered them I was just about to be made redundant so wasn’t in the market for one but it’s a company that stuck in my mind. Their lanyards look just like necklaces with a clip for your work pass, and the beauty of them is that you can remove the clip and pass, turning it into a necklace if you are going out after work!

I’m running a competition over on Instagram to win one of these lanyards and if you use code FrocksandFairyCakes on the Maisie-Jane website you will get 20% off your order (until the end of June 2017)!

 

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* Lanyards and hair band bangle featured in this post were gifted to me by Maisie-Jane.
Photographs taken by me, except the middle image – images taken from New Look, Marks & Spencer, Next and Matalan websites. Image created using Photoshop.
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Sometimes you find the best things in the strangest places.

Now, M&S is not always my go to shopping place. I have a few things from there and their Limited Edition collection usually has some pieces that nail the current trends. But their kids shoes are hidden gems, and even better, because you don’t pay VAT on kids clothes they are really well priced!

The kids sizes go up to a size 6, although that 6 is a EU 39.5, so technically not a size 6 and you might find these a bit big if you normally wear a 6/39. I have had a couple of pairs of shoes from them, one pair of chunky brogues that are a bit of a dupe for Dr Martens.

I have picked my favourites from their current collection, and none of them are over £25!

Clockwise from top left: Leather Sandals // Slip-on Star Print Trainers // Metallic Loafers // Heart Sparkle Loafers // Glitter Footbed Sandals // Faux Snakeskin Slip-on Trainers

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Photographs from Marks & Spencer website
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Next are absolutely killing it this season!

When I saw this jacket I knew it had to be mine. Pretty flowers and the combination of studs really works for me.

These photos were taken quite a few weeks ago now and to be honest I haven’t really felt like sitting down and looking through photos of myself to try and pick ones for a post until now.

We headed to North Queensferry to get these photos, and it’s one of the many places I haven’t been despite living so close to it all my life. The rail bridge is even more impressive when you’re so close to it!

With a jacket this great I didn’t want to detract from it so kept the rest of my outfit simple. The suede skirt is one I have had for a while but I love the colour and shape. I teamed this with a plain black polo neck and black boots, which were an absolute steal in the Schuh sale in January.

I think it’s safe to say this will not be my only embroidered purchase this season as it’s a trend that is everywhere and a great take on spring florals.

Jacket – Next // Boots – Schuh // Skirt – River Island (similar here) // Polo neck – Primark

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Photographs taken by M Richardson
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Sometimes my favourite outfits are the ones I just throw on in the morning.

I definitely love a cute dress but some days jeans just seem like the better option. Plus, living in Scotland, there are days when it’s so windy that stepping outside wearing a dress or skirt would result in it ending up over your head with your undies on show to everyone. Not generally a look I favour!

Black skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple for me. This pair are high waisted which I love, I find them a bit more flattering as the waistband sits at the smallest part of you. I paired my jeans with a pair of boots that were an absolute steal in the Clarks sale. From a boring practical point of view they are super comfy and have grips on the bottom which is perfect for icy days in Scotland when falling on your bum isn’t desirable.

We went out a few weeks ago to a park near us in Kirkcaldy for a bit of a walk and for Mark to try out his new camera lenses. What better way to try them out than to take photos of his girlfriend?! Haha.Most of the items I’m wearing in this post are old. Wardrobe staples are good because they don’t really go out of style quickly and can be easily updated and worn lots by mixing up your accessories.

Jeans: New Look (similar here) // Shirt: New Look (similar here) // Belt: H&M (one similar here) // Necklace: Primark // Coat: Marks & Spencer // Boots: Clarks // Bag: Zara
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A few weeks ago we had a nice wee morning stroll round Circus Lane in Edinburgh. Apparently this is one of the most Instagrammed streets in Edinburgh, it’s so pretty I can understand why!

I wore my latest Dylon DIY creation, a cardigan dyed using Burlesque Red wash & dye. The colour, is perfect for this time of year. Wintery and festive, I love it. I teamed it with my black denim skirt and Dr Martens Chelsea boots. Docs have been on my wish list for many a year, but I’ve avoided getting a pair for the fear of the pain caused when you’re breaking them in. I got these for my birthday and was fully prepared for some pain, I had my feet taped up the first few times that I wore them but there’s been no pain at all and no breaking in period. They’re super comfy!

Coat – Marks and Spencer (similar here) // Boots – Dr Martens // Skirt – Topshop // Cami top – Primark (similar here) // Hat – Primark (one similar here) // Bag – Dune (from TK Maxx)

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