Tag Archives: Maxi

10 dresses to wear for work with my Michael Kors pumps….

Remember I mentioned these pumps earlier in the week well as I have to walk past them all of the time at work I have decided they need to be mine. (very pretty and very comfortable)

I know that they will work with almost everything I wear in store but with a new season upon us a few dresses or jumpsuits  to showcase the pumps would always be welcome!

A reminder of the pumps

Michael Kors Poppy Lace Ups £170 here

This black ruffle dress by Zara would also look great with my ankle boots!

Zara ruffled shirt dress £29.99 here

I do love a bit of navy blue! This a very cute and versatile dress.

COS knitted dress with woven skirt £69 here

I do love this Isabel Marant maxi dress as I think it is so versatile, any shoes in any situation. Perfection!

Isavel Marant Yukio Voile Maxi Dress £380 here


Completely love this dress, tanned legs with pumps or ankle boots!

Isabel Maramt Jirvana Georgette Dress £375 here

Michael Kors Cheetah Wrap Dress £195 here

Whistles Mondana Spot Jumpsuit £139 here

With or without a tee I love this Anthropologie jumpsuit!

Anthropologie Oxford Jumpsuit £118 here

Make Printed Chiffon Dress £260 here

Sandro Cashmere Print Silk Dress £360 here 

The Kooples Bi Colour Shirt Dress £245 here



Tales from a personal shopping life 2/7|What I love in House of Fraser|

As you all know I have been writing these tales for awhile now but today it is going to be a little different. I have been home for a few days with terrible earache and sore throat and it has made me realise how much I love being at work (my lovely personal shopping suite).  I do love the store (House of Fraser Manchester) and all of the people! Instead of sharing with you all of the things I have sold to customers I thought I would share all of the things that I would like (in my wardrobe!)

I will also include a few mini obsessions as well. (there will a jumpsuit or two and sparkly pumps)

Whistles is always a must visit department in store, Miss Gemma Randles is always on hand to help and is now in charge, which is great news.

I do love a Whistles jumpsuit (I have a few) but there is always room for one more, and this could be one of them.

Whistles Tie Front Dungaree Jumpsuit £110 here (was £160)

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We all need a good sweatshirt especially as summer doesn’t seem to be making an appearance! I am thinking I could wear it to fly to Canada in a few weeks (always thinking about outfits)

Whistles Hummingbird Sweatshirt £75 here 

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You have all heard me talking about Isabel Marant, well this dress definitely has the same vibe. I have tried it and it looks great with ankle boots and pumps.

Whistles Anna Wrap Dress £95 here 

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We are all hankering after a Gucci open mule and this are  a great alternative and apparently very comfortable (reliable source of information)

Whistles Lister Open Back Loafer £160 here

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As you all know I love platform sneakers at the moment, they are very comfortable and look cool with most outfits. This pair is by far my most favourite! (I do need these pumps in my life)

Carvela Lupo Silver Flatforms £89 here

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I have introduced many customers to Hallhuber, a German brand, with great quality. (also it’s not available anywhere else in Manchester) The style is easy but on trend. If I was going to wear a cropped white jumpsuit it would be this one.

Hallhuber Cropped White Jumpsuit £119 here 

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If you have a special occasion then this is a dress to try. I had a customer who was having a registry office ceremony and chose this dress.

Hallhuber Cocktail Dress £169 here 

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Pretty tops are always useful especially when they have a boho vibe.

French Connection Mara Top £59 here 

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Good summer dresses are always hard to find, either the cut os wrong or the fabric too heavy. This one suits everyone!

Warehouse Dress £45 here

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This one has an open back and is flattering on most people.

Warehouse Floral Open Back Dress £45 here

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Biba Fit & Flare Dress £49.50 here (reduced from £99)

This dress has a great scoop back and exposed zip.

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Need a pop of colour?? and a new bag (who doesn’t need a new bag?)

Aspinal of London Mini Marylebone Tote £297.50 here (reduced from £595)

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If the mini isn’t big enough then try the medium!

Spinal Of London Marylebone Tote £425 here (reduced from £850)

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So many things to choose from……………………..come and see for yourself.


Tales from a personal shopping life 24/4………Stripes and Slides

Happy Sunday everyone even though it’s raining!! Where has the sunshine gone. Since I spoke to you last I did have a beautiful day off in the sunshine. I had my highlights done and then had a little mooch around the shops with The King of Peru.

In Selfridges I spotted this dress by Isabel Marant, it is my absolute favourite piece this year so far!! and it looks amazing on. I have been playing with different shoes for different looks!!

Isabel Marant Etoile Vinny Dress £220 here


The dress was a cause for celebration so cocktails then a delicious steak rounded the day off nicely.

I have been searching for the perfect cold shoulder top for weeks but unfortunately most of the fabrics are too stiff and they don’t drape properly. Well the search is over and I think you will agree this top is beautiful by any standard.

See By Chloe Printed Blouse £265 here



What has been happening in the personal shopping suite this week  (House of Fraser Manchester). Well as always it has had a succession of lovely people passing through.

Monday brought me a mother of the bride who wanted something different!! This is always an interesting statement as it usually means exactly the opposite, but this time, I think you will agree it is not a traditional mother of the bride outfit.

One very happy mum and daughter.

Marella Canapa Dress £185 here

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Marella Guida Fitted Jacket £185 here

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Tuesday morning brought a young mum of twins! who needed an evening dress for a work event. She didn’t want to look “old and mumsy” well I can assure you she looked gorgeous.

The dress looks beautiful from the back and front.

Coast Corwin Multi Tie Dress £129 here

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Next up was a surgeon who was starting a new job and wanted to look cool when she was’t in scrubs!!

She was easy to dress and she completely fell in love with the French Connection wide leg trousers. ( I have featured them so many times) Here are some of the many things she bought.

The famous French Connection Wide Leg Trousers £80 here

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Marella Conca Top £95 here

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Marella Lesena Trousers £110 here

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LK Bennett Floret Courts £185 here

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On Thursday a colleague wanted a jumpsuit to wear in Madrid, but it needed to have a small sleeve. Well i have to say she loved this one from Whistles and bought it immediately!!

Whistles Philipa Linen Jumpsuit £150 here

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It is definitely wedding season as Friday brought me another frantic mother of the groom. She wanted something simple but elegant and this Shubette dress definitely looked the part.

Shubette Chiffon Dress £160 here

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I really enjoy it when a client comes and tells me she needs a few things for very specific occasions, it is always challenging! Saturday brought me such a challenge and it was a success.

A dress for a ball.

Coast Penita Asymetric Dress £95 here

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A dress for the races

Ted Baker Panashe Cut Out Tunic Dress £149 here

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Dresses for a cruise!

Karen Millen Tropical Print Dress £145 here

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Karen Millen Stripe and Flower Print Dress £145 here

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A very happy customer as all of the dresses were going on the cruise after the ball and the races.

Well it must be time for my weekly obsessions and this week is no exception at all. I do love a Whistles jumpsuit and a new one arrived in store on friday and all I cam say is I LOVE IT

Whistles Cut About Stripe Jumpsuit £130 here

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I will wear mine with the Kurt Geiger Espadrilles that I love (I have mentioned them before)

Kurt Geiger Carvela Kupkake Espadrilles £99 here

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There is always something that I see that takes my breath away (yes really and my sleep) and these slides have done just that. The colour is amazing and I can see them on all of my trips this year Barcelona, Canada and the annual Peruvian adventure (denim shorts and tanned legs).

It is also a bit of a tradition now (I love traditions that involve shoes!) that I buy a new pair of Sophia Webster’s every year.

Sophie Webster Lilico Leather Slide £195 here


I hope you all have great week I shall see you next week with more tales from a the shopping suite.




Keep it simple and chic

just had a browse at what is new on Austique website and this outfit jumped off the page. If you are lucky enough to be passing one of their boutiques take a peek, they are full of gems.

The boutiques are on Ledbury Road Notting Hill, Kings Road Chelsea, and New Cavendish Street in Marylebone.

Rachel Pally Cloris Dress River £245

Austique Turquoise Thong Sandals £120

Mo by Monica Oceandrive Bracelet Pilati £195

Rachel Pally Cloris Dress
Austique Turquoise Thong Sandals
Mo by Monica Oceandrive Bracelet Pilati