Why hello you lovely lot.
I’m currently writing this blogpost on the way back from London whilst listening to Queen. Yep, I’m still absolutely obsessed which you’ll know if you follow me on Twitter of have watched my recent Home Updates video. Having now seen Bohemian Rhapsody two times, I am completely and utterly in love with all things Freddie Mercury, now more than ever before!
I'm feeling really good right now. I’ve had a really gorgeous day but my goodness it’s been a mighty long one.
It all kicked off with a 5am wake up call and a 7:15am train to London.
After a truly awesome Saturday By Megan Ellaby meeting that has got me really rather excited for 2019 I must say (stay tuned) I took two very special ladies from my management company, Gleam, out for a festive afternoon tea at Sketch London. If you haven’t been to Sketch then my goodness add it to the top of your “Must Visit!” list should you be heading to London any time soon, it’s such a special treat and with the most exquisite interior design I have ever seen with my own two eyes. It was really nice to spoil Zara and Sophie from Gleam, two girls that I wouldn’t have got through this year without!
I’m feeling so lucky and #blessed to have two truly incredible, slightly weird (all the best people are), bad ass women on my team and most importantly in my life. Thats one (of many) thing that I love so much about this time of year, the giving back and the saying “Thanks for everything, I appreciate you” for those who look after us in life, it’s a really lovely thing to be able to do. Giving is such a beautiful thing. Whatever you do this season be sure to tell those closest to you just how special they are to you.
As you can tell I’m feeling extremely grateful right about now. Happy in the thought that I have my health, happiness and a great support system around me, it’s been a real eye opening year for me and I am SO thrilled to be exiting 2018 in this great mental state.
I’ll also be skiing in France by the time this post goes live which is really rather exciting and slightly terrifying in equal measures. Lets “PRAY 4 MEG” that no bones are broken! It’s been a hot minute (or 10 years) since I last hit the slopes but I’m hoping after 5 mornings of ski ~refresher~ lessons and lots of fun on the slopes with George, that I’ll be nailing it in no time, but if not, ski plough hasn't failed me yet!
But anyway, after that rather rambling intro, let me introduce you to a festive party look that I am OBSESSED with and already want an excuse to wear again.
This dress has most certainly been doing the rounds recently.
An absolutely stellar print and in one of the most unique cuts I’ve seen in a long ole time, on the high street at least. It’s a really, truly beautiful silhouette that is extremely flattering- nipping in at the waist and skirting out in a rather fairytale like fashion, over the hips and down to around calf length (on me at least, I’m 5ft4)
But what make this print work for me, aside from the fact the colours are sensational and the clashing of checks makes my heart sing, is the slit up the skirt. A slit in this way allows me, someone who is lacking in the height department, the chance to feel at home and comfortable in a midi/maxi length. I often feel a little swallowed up by this kind of length but a simple slit really does make all the difference and in all honesty, makes me feel really rather sexy, It’s an understated and really rather sophisticated nod to sexy festive dressing.
When a particular piece is popular, fickle ole me often avoids like the plague. I don’t really like to wear the same piece as everyone else if I can help it but there was something really rather special about this dress.
It spoke to me in a way that a high street dress hasn’t in a long time. You might remember back in the summer, that I struggled to find dresses that I actually liked and unfortunately the winter is following suit. I know that during the winter month, it’s rather easy to avoid wearing a dress but every now and again I get a real urge to rock something a bit floaty, a bit feminine and a bit sexy and a dress is often the perfect piece to tick all of those boxes.
So despite this baby doing the rounds, I loved it too much to let it go.
And if you weren’t yet sold, then just think about how beautiful this dress would be during the spring time. Paired with white trainers, perhaps Veja’s or Superga’s, with Ray Ban Round Metals and wavy loose hair… Dreamy right!?
It’s certainly a versatile, inter-seasonal dress which is also pretty damn perfect for party season, awesome or what!?
But enough of my dress gushing, how about we talk about the jacket ey?
I saw this online recently and fell TOTALLY in love. I thought it was the most rock & roll jacket I’d ever seen and having not treated myself to any high street clothes in recent months and after weighing it up and styling up some outfits mentally, I decided that it had to be mine.
It’s an incredibly tailored piece and much slimmer than I first thought having spied it online BUT I'm actually pleasantly surprised as it makes for the perfect “smart” coat of choice, something I must say I am lacking in, having always relied so heavily on my trusty leather biker jacket.
And although the dress is statement enough, I really feel it's the coat that transforms this look into a rather festive sight to behold. The metallic sheen reflects the light in the most beautiful fashion and really ups the ante on the festive factor. I'm already desperate to rock this coat with a simple white tee, jeans and trainer combo to really allow this piece to do the talking.
Throw in some seriously comfy knee boots (I told you I was obsessed), layer up the jewellery and go all out on a multi-coloured beaded bag such as this for a touch of maximalism, the only way to do festive dressing IMO.
So what do you reckon? Is this a festive look you can get on board with? I feel the metallics and the check print nod to all things festive however it's not ~too~ OTT and full of sparkle in the way that the majority of festive get-ups can be. I'm excited to see where the styling opportunities take me and both the dress and the jacket separately, two very statement pieces with a multitude of styling opportunities.