Quick! You’ll only be rich for a few more hours, before the bills beg to be paid and you realise you need to eat, so make merry and treat yourself to some of these pretty pieces. Then face reality safe in the knowledge you look gooooooood*..
SHOP: Rodial Superfood Lip Balm, £17; GEMA Jewellery Laila Necklace, £20; Dorothy Perkins Pink Top, Was £26 Now £23.40; New Look Black Midi Skirt, £19.99; Atterley Road Aztec Summer Coat, £69; GEMA Jewellery Oria Earrings, £12.
I think all of these bits are quite justified – a hot pink high neck top paired with the perfect and totally affordable flippy midi skirt and a printed summer jacket for the weekend, oh hello! – but I do feel the need to explain the £17 lip balm. I’m not one for spending hundreds on beauty products, not when there’s a dress to be snapped up, but after getting this Rodial lip balm free with a magazine I’ve fallen head over heels and actually repurchased. It makes you lips look instantly fully, smells amazing and is super-mositurising. So worth the money, I promise!
Oh and if it makes your payday purchases any more enjoyable all DWP readers can get 10% off GEMA Jewellery products by using the code DWP10 at checkout. Happy shopping!
*Disclaimer: Do not spend money on non-essentials, i.e the pretty things in this post, if you cannot afford to. A shopping ban is hard but not eating for three weeks is harder.
I for one am overrrrr the sales. Rails upon rails of neon and ill-fitting palazzo pants is not what I want to face when I walk in to a high street store but one must battle these hurdles to get the glorious new season stuff at this time of the year. Not keen on leap-frogging past season styles to source something shiny and new? Don’t worry, I’ve done it for you. Here’s my new season must-haves, all totally wearable right now and less-likely to be seen on every other bugger..
SHOP: River Island Scarf Print Dress, £45; Ted Baker Blue Suede Jacket, £399; Topshop Pleat Cami, £26; Topshop Print Skater Skirt, £48; Ted Baker Little Black Dress, £159; Topshop Sandals, £68; GEMA Jewellery Jolie Earrings in Lilac, £10; Ted Baker Embellished Pink Top, £109.
So whether you’re looking for a lightweight shirt dress to team with your Birkenstocks (the jury is still out on this fashion revival at DWP..) or a chic suede coverup to take you from summer nights to autumn commutes there’s something for you in my collection of new season finds. And if you’re still loving the pops of pink, pretty embellishment, pleats and sturdy sandals (my favourite trend of the year by far) you’re spoiled for choice too. Enjoy!
This cute but cool colour combo is perfect summer or winter and a lot of the below cuts are perfect for wearing now in the sunshine and in a few months (see: weeks) with warmer accessories…
SHOP: Marks & Spencer Pink Ribbed Crop Top, £35; Whistles Jersey Joggers, £75; GEMA Jewellery Carina Earrings, £12; Selected Grey Sporty Dress, £39.52; ASOS White Leather Sandals, £25; Whistles Flute-Hem Tunic Top, £145; Marks & Spencer Pink Pleated Trousers, £39.50; Marks & Spencer Palm Print Sweater, £35; Poem at Oliver Bonas Denim Skirt, £32; Mango Laser-Cut Clutch, Was £34.99 Now £19.99.
A cropped jumper like this lovely pink number from M&S is great for summer evenings – heavier in weight but smaller in cut – and come winter a high-waist pencil skirt or peg trousers will ensure your midriff is kept toasty. Same goes for the chic but slouchy joggers I found on Whistles’ website; these luxe bottoms will look great with ankle-strap sandals (heeled or flat) now and something a little more closed-toe when the ground gets a bit wetter. Grey is such a great colour all-year-long and if you feel uncomfortable getting too dressed up a loose drawstring-style dress like this one from Selected is perfect. Give it a summery edge with crisp white leather sandals from ASOS and a pair of jazzy earrings (GEMA Jewellery obviously..). For a workwear twist on my favourite new colour palette try these Penelope Pittstop-inspired pleated trousers from M&S again. Team with a long-line top (I love love love this investment navy piece from Whistles) and heels and you’re ready for the boardroom and the after-work drinks. For a more relaxed look suitable for a weekend of market-hopping I’m head over heels for this cool palm print sweatshirt and floaty denim skirt. I love a classic denim skirt and there are no end of outfit opportunities when you go for a good one – for me personally the form-fitting ones just won’t cut it but this flippy style is spot on.
What do you think of my finds?
Well, ish. Yes, I may have lured you here under false pretences but stick with me. This is good…
You remember the semi-weird, semi-cool Chanel Illusion Dress? The one Keira Knightley wore and everyone said she looked a bit deformed and oh-so-skinny but somehow the dress worked when Rihanna gave a purple tweed version with matching trainers a go?
Well, a much more wearable and chic and not-even-a-bit-strange version has landed thanks to Lipstick Boutique and it’s only £60. The little black dress has had a catwalk-worthy revival and I LOVE it. What do you think?
Buy yours here from LittleBlackDress.co.uk.
I’m curbing the spending at the moment so anything I buy has to be justified in my head as either a) so affordable it’d be silly not to indulge b) a bit more pricey but an ‘investment’ I’ll have forever c) good for next season, i.e. the rain, and so I will inevitable wear it forever. I think each of this week’s picks tick at least one of those boxes…
SHOP: GEMA Jewellery Sicily Necklace, £14; ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses, £12; Zara Mint Jacket, Was £49.99 Now £35.99; Mint Velvet Suede Shoe Boots, £129; Warehouse Short Culottes, Was £26 Now £15; Lily Lola at FeelUnique.com Mineral Blush in Clementine, £7.99.
Mint is such a lovely fresh, summery colour without being too OTT and I’ve become a bit obsessed with it every since I started picking jewels for GEMA Jewellery. There’s a lot of light green going on over there! Add a pair of retro cat eye-shaped sunnies (for just £12 – bargain), a peachy mineral blusher and suede shoe boots, which will look just at home with a ditsy print dress and denim now and jeans and a coat in a few months, and you’ve got a pretty cost-effective selection of transeasonal pieces. If I do say so myself. Last but not least I’m giving the culottes trend a go but in shorter form as I don’t need to be cut-off at the ankles any more than my own natural proportions do for me. These daisy print ones from Warehouse are cute, eh?
What are you’re go-to pieces for wear now, wear later style?
I am a big eyeliner fan but you wouldn’t know it because for the last few months I haven’t worn so much as a subtle sweep of under-eye kohl. Mostly because I was getting so fed up of eyeliner, which ended up on my chin (exaggeration) before lunchtime. And I’m a bit of an eye-rubber, which doesn’t help matters. As for liquid liners – you know the sexy flick-y ones Alexa Chung has the monopoly on – well my little eyelids struggle. I can’t go too thick with my flick as it will take over my entire (tiny tiny) eyelid a la thick black eye shadow and thin and along the lashline is, well, hard to do. Also if it doesn’t set quickly it really gets my goat – think eyeliner pretty much everywhere around the eye region as soon as a I blink. So now you know how difficult my life is, I want to share how much better it now that I’ve discovered this cheapo Boots SEVENTEEN Tattoo Me liquid eyeliner… hint: it’s loads better. You should get one.
It’s a pretty unassuming product. To be honest the only reason I picked it up was because I’d spent a certain amount on SEVENTEEN product (I was stocking up on their amazing under-eye concealer, which gives Benefit’s a run for it’s money, but that’s a tale for another day), and needed to spend a bit more to get something free that I probably didn’t need but obviously wanted anyway.
The 48 hour wear bit on the tube did seal the deal for me though. Turns out it does stay on for 48 hours – I am so grubby and was so terribly hungover one weekend that I was able to test this. And it’s still a bit of a bugger to get off with micellar water then, which is a good thing in my book – I trust it’s durability.
It’s also really easy to apply because the brush is super super thin, just be sure to keep all the little brush hairs lined up. It makes a really nice little flick too without too much effort, just run the brush along your eye and swoop a bit. That’s probably not how the pros do it but for amateurs this will work ;)
The black is very black, if that’s even a thing to say and it dries quite quickly as long as you don’t layer it on too much. I thought I liked it when I put it on but after selfie-ing the night away and getting oodles of compliments about my ‘sexy’ eye make-up I fell head over heels. I’ve since test-driven this bargainous liquid eyeliner a few more times and each time, whether with a pastel pink or fuchsia lipstick, I’ve loved the results.
Oh and the fact that it’s only £4.99 (or 499 points for you Boots-lovers), really swung it for me. If you’re on the hunt for a budget liquid eyeliner that doesn’t budge – buy, buy, buy!
Get your own SEVENTEEN Tattoo Me liquid eyeliner at Boots here.