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My top 10 winter dresses to wear everyday ……..

I do love a pretty dress whether its mini or midi (Idon’t do maxi dresses) I can team them with either ankle or over the knee boots.  I do not like wearing tights so on colder days my legs are covered both ways

There are so many to choose from this season but these are my favourites, just a add a great coat.

Isabel Marant Yukio Cotton Dress £365 here

RED Valentino crepe dress £390 here

See by Chloe lace dress £320 here

Whistles Ilona Debby Dress £179 here

I already this little number from Zara and it is so easy to wear and it will look great with over the knee boots.

Zara  Embroidered Mesh Dress £39.99 here

Zara Printed Midi Dress £69.99 here

Self Portrait velvet trimmed dress £380 here

Isabel Marant Pachecked wool blend dress £340 here

MO&CO hooded wool dress £240 here

Sandro floral print silk dress £345 here


Tales from a Personal Shopping Life

I have so much fun every day that I have decided to share it with you. Who could have thought that being a personal shopper in a department store could yield so many stories.

As you know I am a personal shopper/stylist at House of Fraser in Manchester and it is a cool place to work.

On Monday I was very excited to be returning to work after my trip to Peru, I know this may sound a little sad!! but I do love my job and more importantly the people both staff and customers.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed after all of the welcome back hugs, the “we missed you” and the comments about the tan is was business as usual.

i didn’t have to wait very long for a giggle, I returned a phone call to a customer and a beautifully spoken lady asked me if I could call her back in half an hour as she was having her morning coffee and watching TV and she did’t like to be disturbed. what could I say? The good news is she is coming to see me soon and I am sure she will be fun.

After all of the diary updates it was time to catch up with up with what new clothes we had in store, I love this bit it is a bit like christmas on delivery days.

I had a good rummage around  Whistles and it is a great place for me to catch up with what is going on around Manchester, you know who you are Gem.  A great piece of gossip which I hope is true!! The French Connection store has closed in my absence but the rumour is & Other Stories are taking it over!! Exciting. If even its not true. Unfortunately they didn’t have the cropped flared jeans I wanted to try but they did track them down for me and I am going to try them today.

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Whistles Cropped Flared Jeans £95 here

I did share my obsession of the metallic green Isabel Marant Drew boots, I told them how I had checked all of the websites everyday whilst I was away incase I missed them, but sadly still no joy.

metallic green just perfect
Isabel Marant Drew Boots in metallic green just perfect.

Then it was my first customer of the year, a young mum returning to work after maternity leave, what a delight. She was returning to banking but she really suited vibrant colours so we kept the skirts formal and the tops colourful it worked perfectly.

A perfect first day back.

My first customer yesterday was a no show so I called her to see if she was running late but she did make me laugh when she said “oh I couldn’t be bothered love” What can you say!!

A very lovely lady from Liverpool who was about to be the mother of bride made me smile yesterday when she declared me amazing and asked where had been all of her life!! It makes everything worth while.

We do have quite a few characters in store and I love a certain young lady on the 5th floor she happily gives out pink bags all day on the collection point. Yesterday she announced she needed to learn to drive but also declared she wouldn’t be very good at as she cant see and is very easily distracted!! I hope her parents realise that after she passes her test she requires a “cool car” like mine!! Apparently mini’s are cool, well I certainly think so.




Pleated Skirts

There are so many of them out there at the moment and I think there is a shape and length for everyone. I love pleats but being quite small they can bury me but I know that with a bit of experimenting I will find one I love.

I think my passion for pleats started yesterday when I included the leather skirt by Alice & Olivia, that was definitely a case of love at first sight.

Shimmery Pleated Skirt £79 www.stories.com

Pink Pleated Skirt £29 www.stories.com

Coated Pleated Skirt £39.99 www.zara.com

Check Print Skirt £59.99 www.zara.com

Pleated Skirt £59.99 www.zara.com

Charcoal Pleated Skater Skirt £28 www.topshop.com

Whitepepper Pleated Denim Skirt £45 www.asos.com

Terrazzo Print Box Pleat Skirt £110 www.whistles.co.uk

& Other Stories Shimmery Pleated Skirt
& Other Stories Pink Pleated Skirt
Zara Coated Pleated Skirt
Zara Check Skirt
Zara Pleated Skirt
Topshop Charcoal Pleated Skater Skirt
Asos White Pepper Denim Pleated Skirt
Whistles Terrazzo PrintBox Pleat Skirt