Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Eve’

SYW Presents…….Your Festive Dressing Guide


Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by Emma No Comments

Some of you (although I appreciate very few) may like me be taking a well earned mid festive season night off to recharge before it really hits its stride and others may be nursing hangovers from the night before as you read this but thoughts will be turning to just how your wardrobe will keep pace with the varied events the next week is sure to throw at you.  With this in mind instead of an Outfit of the Month for Royal Priors thought would show you what’s in store with my guide to dressing right the way through from works do to the New Year.

First up the office or work do –  you want to look up to date but appropriate (best to avoid becoming talk of the workplace because of a wardrobe malfunction!) and still look good if you are one of the last ones standing at 3am.  You need an LGD – little glam dress!  This one from Topshop ticks the boxes, covered up but in molten metal texture.  To keep it on trend team with a biker jacket and a velvet heel.  Add some detail and fun with these fantastic fox studs from Pia Jewellery and an easily portable purse come handbag, impossible to lose a wristlet (yes they are a thing), the cheesy disco awaits.  Note: you can always double and use this look for New Year’s Eve too.

Dress, Topshop £39; Biker Jacket, M&S £55; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £18; Velvet Heels, New Look £22.99; Wristlet Claire's £16

Dress, Topshop £39; Biker Jacket, M&S £55; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £18; Velvet Heels, New Look £22.99; Wristlet Claire’s £16

With the main event itself looming, you need a look  for tucking into your feast, unwrapping those pressies, charades with the family and a good old Christmas Day walk.  I think this will do it.  Sticking with metallics but softening the look to make it daytime appropriate but remaining stylish all day long. The fun holiday season Alex and Ani bangles available from Fabulous Collections keep it Christmassy.   Layer up with this cosy but classy coat from Jigsaw,  thick tights and over the knee boots when you venture out.

Coat, Jigsaw £298; Metal Yarn Jumper, Topshop £42; Metallic Skirt, New Look £14.99; Alex & Ani Bangles, Fabulous Collections from £24; Velvet Heels as before

Coat, Jigsaw £298; Metal Yarn Jumper, Topshop £42; Metallic Skirt, New Look £14.99; Alex & Ani Bangles, Fabulous Collections from £24; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £15; Velvet Heels as before

The day after the over indulgence and the excitement, I think lends itself perfectly for a more casual combo.  Cath Kidston’s robin Christmas jumper works really well when teamed with Gap’s True Skinny jean with studded details.  Keep the festive feel by repeating the bracelets of the day before and finish with a metallic boot, these ankle ones will ensure that you can manage a walk to blow the cobwebs off and maybe a sneaky visit to the pub.   Keep toasty with M&S’ faux shearling (one of this winter’s key fabrics) wrap.

Robin Jumper, Cath Kidston £75; Faux Sheepskin Wrap, M&S £45; Stud front Jeans, Gap £54.95; Metallic Boots, New Look £29.99; Wristlet and Bangles as before.

Robin Jumper, Cath Kidston £75; Faux Sheepskin Wrap, M&S £45; Stud front Jeans, Gap £54.95; Metallic Boots, New Look £29.99; Wristlet and Bangles as before.

Just enough time to roll out the red carpet glamour to close out the festivities for New Year’s Eve.  This look works whether you are welcoming 2017 by staying in, going out or with  dinner a deux.  The full skirt has seen a real revival and this rich plum version from Roman Originals channels one of the colours of A/W 2016.  Keep it tonal with Jigsaw’s tie top.  Add interest with texture and print in your shoes and accessories but go for one full on statement piece in the form of these Soru earrings (available from Fabulous Collections).  I suggest repeating the biker jacket to give the look some edge but the Jigsaw coat from Christmas Day would work equally well.

Skirt, Roman Originals £50; Tie Top, Jigsaw £98; Block Heel Shoes, New Look £22.99; Leopard Print Clutch, New Look £17.99; Earrings, Soru from Fabulous £160; Jacket M&S as before

Skirt, Roman Originals £50; Tie Top, Jigsaw £98; Block Heel Shoes, New Look £22.99; Leopard Print Clutch, New Look £17.99; Earrings, Soru from Fabulous £160; Jacket M&S as before

So nothing left to say on this other than to wish you a happy and stylish Christmas and New Year.

Emma XX

Note: All items available at Royal Priors Shopping Centre.

 

 

 

 

NYE Style and Resolutions


Posted on: December 31st, 2014 by Emma No Comments

This NYE edition of Style on the Steps is my suggestion for a relaxed but sparkly NYE outfit, perfect for party to relaxed supper.

It is also accompanied in time honoured tradition with New Year’s resolutions. Taking my cue from two separate magazine pieces written almost a year apart* I have focused on a look back on the achievements of the year gone past. Not the big stuff that might still yet to be achieved, which as both articles point out can make you feel lacking and inadequate, but all those seemingly small things that make an immeasurable difference to your wellbeing and happiness. This approach appeals to me because I tend to focus on what I should have done rather than actual accomplishments.

Having made a big change to my working life just before the start of the year, I think that my achievements all link to the goal that was behind the change – to have the luxury of time in my life to spend on all the smaller things that mean more than work. I learnt new skills, read interesting books and articles, caught up and spend proper time with friends and family -near and far, made time for my husband and our lives together. Above all I managed to do these things without them causing the usual stress of “when will I fit it in? For me a massive achievement.

Here are the mini-milestones that made my year, I’d love to hear about yours:-

  • Was (and continue to be) part of a thriving new W.I. group which has introduced me to new friends and taught me lots from nutrition to crafting (even given me chance to be in a fashion show);
  • Evening walks with my husband and sometimes having his dinner ready when he gets home (retro I know but he never expects it);
  • Saw at least one exhibition I read about instead of just wishing I had gone (David Bailey’s Stardust);
  • Embraced clothes/jewellery I would not previously have considered (floral print trousers and layered necklaces);
  • Visited a City I had never been to – Bristol;
  • Made contact with cousins and met one of them and all of her family when they visited the UK;
  • Enjoyed many weekends with closest, dearest and oldest friends;
  • Went to the theatre more than once, including a fab girly evening of Sing-a Long a Grease
  • Raced for Life (and ran it);
  • Spent a whole week with my Mum, doing nothing in particular but really got to speak to her;
  • Read fiction that was out of my comfort zone;
  • Read non-fiction, which I not only finished but enjoyed (thank you Arianna Huffington for Thrive);
  • Joined Instagram and Twitter (still learning!);
  • Discovered and then used lots of local shops and businesses – shout out to Haddie and Trilby (although they may be responsible for that extra half a stone that has crept on!);
  • Hosted very special surprise 40th birthday celebrations;
  • A roadtrip with French friends which included Cannes Film Festival (OK, this one is a cheat because it was on the bucket list).

Writing these has made me smile. My resolution for 2015 is going to be to ditch the “Coulda, woulda, shoulda” and concentrate on those things I have achieved and what a difference they make.

Happy New Year

* Emma Laurence “Little by Little” Red Magazine, January 2015 and Michelle Ogundehin’s “Editor’s Letter” Elle Decoration, January 2014.