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Friday, 28 October 2011

Party Dresses Part 5 - The Strawberry

4 fab dresses for those strawberry ladies:

The key is to balance out broader shoulders by adding volume to your hips and this Whistles dress
 £150.00 does it with a really simple frill along the base of the skirt.

Another fab choice from Whistles is this black dress £175.00, the sheer straps break up the shoulder while the full skirt creates a hip.

This One shoulder dress from Warehouse  £75.00 comes in serveral colours and is perfect for dancing the night away in!

But the really fun party dress is this 60's inspired dress from Ted Baker £129.00.  The halter breaks up the shoulder beautifully.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Party dress part4 - the hourglass

4 fab dresses for those with the hourglass figure.

This bandage pleat dress £89.99 from Phase Eight clings to all the right place to show off those fabulous curves.  It is also very accommodating for a bigger bust!

If you fancy a bit of print this party season then this dress from Coast £125.00 is a fun and flirty option.

But for va va voom this sequin number £90.00 from Warehouse ticks all the boxes for flattering a curvy figure but is also great fun add an oversized clutch and you will look instantly stylish.

For the really glam party outfit check out Damsel in a dress as they have an amazing selection of figure hugging sexy full length dresses.  This red dress is £219.00 and is available in John Lewis, I always opt for red over black (what can i say i love that Chris de Burgh song).

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Perfect Party dress Part 3 the Rhubarb

5 perfect dresses for our Rhubarb ladies

This lace dress £175.00 is from whistles and is great for creating more curves with its sweet- heart neckline in the bodice and the tiered skirt gives more of a hip.
This may not be a dress but it falls under party wear and this Dorothy Perkins jumpsuit £50.00 has a dropped waist, hip pockets and a fab frilled neckline all adding curves to your figure while showing off your slim limbs!

This dress is also from Whistles for £150.00, the draping at the front enhances a small bust and the waist panel creates a lovely hip line!

This dress From Zara £89.99 is great fun.  It cinches in the waist and the cap sleeves and full skirt create the illusion of a hourglass figure.

For a more glam dress try this Ted Baker number £119.00, the colour is great to make you stand out at a party and the cutouts and panels help to highlight your slender frame. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Perfect party dress Part 2 - Apple shaped ladies

5 top dresses for all you apple ladies:

My first top pick for ladies who are apple shape is this jersey dress from Ted Baker £110.00 as it is tight fitting through the hip and thigh area to show off fab pins but has a great slouch waist to disguise the tummy area.  Accessorise this with a fab long necklace to make it feel more glam.
For a more glam option try this gorgeous dress from Coast £125.00 as the ruching is really flattering on a tummy and the neckline flatters any size bust.

If your wanting something more fun for a party try this fab little dress from Very £49.00 add high denier tights and some killer heels and your ready to party.

For the glam Christmas party option this dress also from coast £145 is perfect with its capped sleeve and ruched waist.

One last option for the more mature apple is this fab dress£45.00 from Per Una at Marks and Spencer's.  I could hardly believe that this was Per Una when i saw it as it has much more of a limited collection feel. Either way this  dress is great for flattering a bigger tummy.

Tomorrow is the turn of the rhubarb. 

Monday, 24 October 2011

Little Party dress for all shapes and sizes part 1, The Pear

Over the last few weeks I have been styling women in the perfect party dresses in shopping centres up and down the country, so over the course of this week I am going to share with you the gems that popped up for each body shape.

Today is the turn of the pear:

This Dorothy Perkins dress £36.00 was a great fit on most ladies and was really easy to dress up with a bit of bling for the perfect  casual party outfit.

For something a little more dressy we found this Matthew Williamson Butterfly collection dress at Debenhams £85.00 really flattered the hips and more importantly defines that tiny waist! 

For the real party girls who wanted a fab little number to dance the night away in this Warehouse sequin dress £70.00 really fitted the bill.  Go for the size that fits your hips and the top will slouch over to balance out your body, use a long necklace to break up the neckline.

The formal Christmas party option is this fab Madmen inspired dress £229.00 from Hobbs, the shoulders balance out the hips and the ruched waist really cinches you in!

Check back tomorrow for the best choices for the apple girls!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Restaurant review - Tempo Mayfair

I have been working solidly for the last few months and was so excited to be going out for a lovely meal with friends on Saturday night.  The voucher we bought online promised exquisite food, buzzy atmosphere and a cocktail menu to make your mouth water!  So after a long day on my feet at work I bathed, groomed and forced my already aching feet into a pair of heels, donned my new Alice by Temperley dress, a bargain purchase from Brand Alley and headed out with the boy for a gastronomic delight.

We arrived at Tempo in Mayfair to find our friends already sat at the table sipping glasses of water rather than at the bar which on the website looked so inviting with elegant velvet chesterfields and tantalizing glasses of martinis.  Also our friends had been there for a good 10 minutes before we arrived (I am always late) and they had still not received their cocktails!  Apparently the Bar that they advertise on the website is private and as a diners spending up-woulds of £300 for the privilege of eating at the restaurant you are not welcome in it!!!!

OK so we are not allowed to drink our cocktails in the bar area, but i am still having one... I order a Rose GT which when it finally arrives is delicious, the menu looks tasty and the voucher that we have purchased allows us a greedy 4 courses and having eaten 1/2 a pack of sushi at lunch I am ready to be really glutenous!  My starter of Calamari was disappointing not only because mine and the boyfriends arrived a good 5 minutes after our friends, but also because it tasted bland.  After the miss hap with the starters and the original delays in taking our orders, food timing was fixed.  The pasta course which followed the starters was delicious, I shared the lobster linguine (when ordering this specific dish it has to be shared) which was delicious but an annoyingly small portion as I could have eaten double.  The meat course was really tasty I opted for the lamb chops which came with a tasty parsnip puree and lentils, but donated 1 and 1/2 chops to the boys, who had ordered the veal another dish you have to share and looked more than disappointed with the size of their portions.  But I was feeling generous and new that I still had pudding to come and I am a pudding girl.

One look at the menu and we are all agreed the chocolate caprese sounds delicious, but when the waitress comes over to take our order she informs us that this is now off the menu, if I said that at this point I was annoyed that would be an understatement, try steam coming out of my ears with frustration!
The restaurant is a few doors down from a Tesco metro which sells butter, eggs, flour and chocolate, give me the ingredients and i will make myself a bloody fondant.  As this option was not viable, I begrudgingly order the panacotta which although tasty was not at all what I wanted so the boyfriend ate mine and his own.

We opt to skip coffee as we just want to get our of the restaurant and find a decent bar to sit and have a cocktail.  The bill arrives and my friend Liz who is an accountant is looking at the bill when it is grabbed from her hands and a new one is given which is double what the previous one was.  I am glad to say that this is when Liz who knows the service industry better than anyone I know went for the jugular.  They had miss calculated our bill twice, the owner who was there chose not to approach us and offer an apology for the dismal service and incorrect bill despite being a witness to:

  • Tables coming and going in the time we were sat waiting for our orders to be taken
  • 2 starters arriving several minutes after the other 2 
  • Our disappointment at not being informed of what was not available on the dessert menu
  • The miss calculation of our bills.

Henry Togna the driving force behind Tempo restaurant needs to take a close look at his customer service, attention to detail, price and decor because the only thing that made my evening out enjoyable was the company, and the fact that on leaving Tempo we headed to Polo Bar at the Westbury Hotel.  Where we experienced decent service and atmosphere and were given nibbles which we needed after the disappointment of Tempo!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Polka dotty

This little post is an Ode to Mrs MDS, blogging queen, writer and stylist extraordinaire!
Earlier this week MDS and I were chatting about the pro's and con's of the Polka craze that is taking a firm grip on our high street.  Clients are always asking us do we mix dots with other prints?  Can we wear more than one type of polka at a time?  The answers are always YES, experiment with trends and have a sense of humour when trying them out.  So when your feeling dotty think of the below extras that you can add to a basic polka look to make it a little more interesting.

Go for good quality Polka tights Wolford are a great choice.


When dealing with separates, choose your polka item like this blouse from Full Circle £70.00 but mix your prints by layering over it.

This horse print jumper from ASOS £35.00 would be a great choice and the polka sleeves and pussy bow would create a great contrast.

Add these great ASOS trousers £40.00 and the £8.00 ankle socks below and you are ready for action.

Enjoy being dotty!  x

All of the above items can be found on www.asos.com


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