DWP Home: Creating the perfect home office

I say perfect. My perfect home office would look a little something like this. Or this. But the fact is we’ve fallen in love with a one bedroom flat, which doesn’t allow for a room solely dedicated to my desk. It’s a bit annoying but it’s okay. I’ve survived over a year without an office, I’ll survive another one. And so a corner of either our new living room or bedroom will be my little writing home. Of course a new desk and a few extras are helping to ease the pain…

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SHOP: 1. Great Little Trading Co Pin Board with Shelf, £35 2. Karpen Tub Chair, $3400 (okay so this mental, but I love it! Find similar here & here) 3. Marks & Spencer ‘G’ Cushion, £10 4. IKEA White Desk, £60 5. Laura Ashley Pineapple Lamp, Was £75 Now £52.50 6. Flamingo Candles Green Tea & Lemon, £12 7. Cath Kidston Dotty Mug, £6.50.

I’m waiting till I’ve moved the rest of my crap in to the new flat before making my all-important desk purchase but as long as this one will fit it’s going to be miiiine all miiiine. Can you believe it’s only £60? Love Ikea! And should anyone be looking to purchase me a flat-warming gift a Flamingo Candle always goes down well as does anything Cath Kidston. And if you’re feeling particularly generous, how about the lamp of my dreams? I *need* a pineapple lamp.

Stay tuned for what my ‘home office’ actually ends up looking like in actual real life here. I move in later today!

London’s calling!

Afternoon! Just a quick note to say I’m moving to London tomorrow and that means things might start looking a bit different around here. While I’ve always known I wanted Dress with Press to be a bit more magazine-y in format, rather than street style-y and all about my style, this move will mean I’ll be able to share a bit more of what I do with you. From the sample sales to the press days to the events, expect a few more real life snaps and news as I’ll actually be close enough to attend the exciting things my job as a writer gets me invited to. I’m excited!

For those of you who enjoy my home and lifestyle posts more than the fashion ones I’ve just started a new blog: www.gemandthecity.wordpress.com. If you’re a Londoner make sure you follow it now too as I’ll be charting my London adventure and posting about things to do in the Big Smoke as well as a bit further afield later in the year.

That’s it for now – London’s calling!

A last minute summer dress

You’ll have noticed I’m heading for AW14 full steam ahead around here. Summer was great but I tend to spend more on winter wears owing to the fact that us Brits will be wearing them for quite a big longer than those bikinis and kaftans. However, if you’re still looking for styles that will see you through the sunny September weekends or are lucky enough to have a holiday booked, you need to see this fab floral dress I’ve just chanced upon.

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Whistles at ASOS Eva Midi Dress, £75

It’s by Whistles (so you know the quality and fit will be superb) and is available at ASOS exclusively. I love the colour palette of pink, white and black, which actually doesn’t make the piece *too* summer-y, should you be hoping to accessorise it differently for AW. Maybe black ankle boots and a leather jacket?

What do you think of Whistles’ latest design?

Wednesday Wishlist: All that glitters doesn’t have to be gold

Mid-month treats are tricky – you’ve still got pennies to spend but who knows what’s just around the corner? With a flat-move on the cards for me next week I’m playing it cautious with my spending. This selection of budget jewellery is the perfect solution…

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SHOP: 1. Accessorize, £29 2. myflashtrash, £20 3. Topshop, £12.50 4. Accessorize, £17 5. Topshop, £28 6. Topshop, £8.50 7. Dorothy Perkins, £12.50 8. Dorothy Perkins, £8.50.

 Spruce up an office blouse with an Aztec-inspired choker or take your daytime midi to nighttime party with colour-pop statement earrings (how gorgeous are the red and blue ones from Dotty P’s?) from this little lot and you’ve got a cost-effective way of turning your trusty favourites in to shiny new looks for AW14. And should you be coveting brighter jewels to suit sunnier days or your upcoming holiday, might I suggest popping along to my very own little jewellery shop, GEMAJewellery.com..?

What have you been purchasing this month? Are you a fan of statement jewellery?

Comfy AND chic: Luxe joggers

I love love love this trend. I don’t care that it may not be around forever or that some people think it’s ‘lazy'; I will forever be wearing my trusty luxe joggers. As comfortable as pyjamas and as pretty paired with pumps as with a pair of barely there heels, what’s not to love? Here’s my faves at the moment and a few footwear suggestions (I know that can be tricky with this slouchy style)..

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SHOP joggers (left to right): Topshop Floral, £35; Topshop Marl, £35; Atterley Road Monochrome, Was £99 Now £50; Vero Moda at Atterley Road Metallic, £35; Atterley Road Black, £35; Baum Und Pferdgarten at Atterley Road Print, £79.

SHOP shoes (left to right): ASOS Mint, £20; French Sole Pink, £100; New Look Block, £19.99; River Island at Nelly Pink Barely There, £37.95; Aldo Blue Boot, £100; ASOS Loafers, £20.

What are your views on the relaxed jogger style?

The go-with-everything, suits-every-shape little black dress

I’ve found it. A little black dress, which will flatter every figure and take you anywhere from the pub to swish cocktails to a club to a posh dinner to dinner with friends or your boyfriend’s parents or even to a gig. You get the idea. It’s versatile. AND it’s well under £100. Thank you ASOS.

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 Y.A.S at ASOS Voa Tuxedo Dress in Pinstripe, £75

I knew nothing of the brand Y.A.S (stands for Your Apparel and Style) until it appeared on ASOS. They are apparently a part of another favourite of mine, Vero Moda and the range they have on ASOS is equally lovely and of a similar price point. The LBD in question is however my favourite of the offering by a mile. It falls just above the knee and features a deep tuxedo-style V-neck (great for creating the illusion of a larger chest or accentuating an ample one) and shape-enhancing stretch waist, which you can pull high to create a voluminous and effortlessly chic looking top half. The stark black lapels make it sophisticated and smart and point down, drawing the eye to where every shape in the body shape bowl is smallest, while the slightly lighter striped body allows the piece to be dressed down.

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I can’t wait to try this black dress with bright pink accessories – I’m thinking my Lulu Guinness lips clutch and a bold lip – and I’m quite keen to dress it down with my new leather jacket and slip-on snakeskin shoes.

How would you style it?