Image of a purple sequin jumper

‘Tis (almost) the season to sparkle.

Christmas party season is almost upon us! And that means many nights/days out.

The festive season is the perfect excuse to add a bit of sparkle to your wardrobe. And what better way to do this than by adding some sequins to your outfits!? The shops are full of party wear. When it comes to picking some festive sparkle, there’s always plenty of choice. And Warehouse has a great selection of party dresses, sequins and sparkles to make your Christmas party wear stand out! Perfect for any occasion – from your office Christmas party to Christmas shopping or a visit to a German market.

I’m trying to be a bit more conscious with what I’m buying and I love when you get an item of clothing that can be styled up in different ways. I’ve styled the sequin top above in three different ways, showing that sparkle doesn’t only need to be for your Christmas party!

Christmas Party

Image of purple sequin top, black midi tutu skirt and black patent heeled ankle boots

Although sequins don’t have to be reserved for your Christmas party night, they definitely make your outfit a bit more festive! I’m not really one for flashing a lot of skin on a night out (mostly because I’m always freezing!) so a long sleeve top is perfect for me. This midi tulle skirt goes perfectly – dressy and a bit cute but still grown up due to the length. Add a pair of skin coloured tights or go bare legged if you’re brave enough. You really can’t go wrong with ankle boots, black patent is perfect to pair with a dressy outfit.

Outfit details – Sequin jumper: Warehouse // Skirt: Primark (old, similar here) // Boots: F&F at Tesco

Christmas drinks

Image of purple sequin top, black skinny jeans and black patent heeled ankle boots

You really can’t go wrong with a pair of skinny black jeans, a definite wardrobe staple. Teamed with the sequinned jumper and black heeled boots and you have the perfect smart/casual outfit. Ideal for after work drinks or even for Christmas day. (Although, only maybe if you’re spending Christmas day with your own family and feel able to unbutton your jeans once the food baby gets too big!)

Outfit details – Sequin jumper: Warehouse // Jeans: Next (old, similar here) // Boots – F&F at Tesco

Casual sequins

 

Image of purple sequin top, light blue Levi's jeans and black Dr Martens

Who said sequins had to be saved for fancy occasions?! The best thing about Christmas is you get to sparkle all month long! If you don’t want to wear a Crimbo jumper then sequins are a great alternative. Add a pair of ripped jeans and Dr Martens and you have an outfit suited for a day at the Christmas markets or a cinema date.

Outfit details – Sequin jumper: Warehouse // Jeans: Levi’s // Boot: Dr Martens

How would you style sequins for Christmas?

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

 

*This was a collaborative post but all writing/opinions are my own
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Dress with Cheshire Cat print.

Life has been a bit busy recently.

I’ve gone from having more time than I knew what to do with to being super busy!

We took these photos last month. I’ve struggled to find the time to edit them and think about content for a post. I thought I would give a wee life update as a bit has changed recently, my time has got a load more precious for one thing! After almost a year of redundancy, I started a new job last month. Towards the end of last year, I was starting to feel really down about my lack of a job. It’s a funny thing. When you have a job there are days when you think “how amazing would be to not have to work?” Well, it’s not really that amazing in reality. The lack of money is the obvious thing, but the lack of human interaction is another one.

I had almost given up all hope of finding a marketing job. In December I had two interviews – one for a PA job and one for a marketing job in Stirling. I thought I had no chance of getting the marketing job and that maybe I would be offered the PA one. Amazingly I got offered the marketing one!

black leather handbag with silver studs magenta coloured tights and black boots

I had the first couple of weeks of January to enjoy my last wee while of unemployment. But in all honesty, I was just desperate to get started. So I’m back into the world of working. Back to commuting. Back to feeling tired. And I feckin’ love it! What I don’t love is being a newbie. I always seem to forget how tiring it is learning new stuff. I’ve been knackered for the last month! I’m travelling to Stirling every day which actually isn’t too bad. Mark and I travel together as I pass his work on the way to mine. So I don’t have to do the whole drive by myself!

My new job partly consists of social media updates, writing press releases and proofreading/editing. I can’t actually believe I’m getting paid to sit on social media every day! Quite often with something you’ve wanted so badly, it’s a disappointment. This isn’t one of those times. As well as social media being part of my job, the people are nice and I get a free gym membership. Win for me!

As well as a new job, plans are well underway for the next blogger event – Instagram. We had a rebrand at the start of the year too and we’ve changed from Edinburgh Blogger Conference to Braw Blogger Events. I haven’t managed to be as involved this time as I was with the other ones. With starting my job my brain capacity hasn’t been quite as much. And me and Taryn have some pretty exciting things planned for this year. Turns out maybe 2018 will be the year I hoped 2017 was going to be. It’s certainly starting better, and bagging my dream job is a massive part of this.

black coat and pink coloured tights

Dress – Lindybop // Coat – Dorthy Perkins // Boots – Carvela // Handbag – Rox and Ann (from TKMaxx) // Tights – Marks & Spencer

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photos by M Richardson

 

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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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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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Photographs taken by M Richardson
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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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Photographs taken by M Richardson
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