So did you have a wonderful Crimbo?!! Hopefully Santa paid you a visit & you haven't had to return too many of your pressies for a different size or style or of course refund if Santa ignored your wish list ;-)
We've had a lovely time & I have received some gorgeous presents....none of which amazingly need to be returned, although hubby has pointed out that since starting my blog I've made Christmas/birthday shopping so much easier for him as he now just has to take a peak & hit a few buttons!!! A fact of course that has been duly noted for next year ;-)
Needless to say I was the first one wide awake in our household Christmas morning (no surprises there!!!) after having spent a lovely Christmas Eve with wonderful friends at our local club before all coming back to ours to see Christmas morning in sampling the turkey with cranberry & stuffing sandwiches....perfect!!!
Christmas day was of course spent drinking & eating far too much with a couple of obligatory snoozes *resting of the eyes* on the sofa ;-) In fact having spent several days catching up with family & friends over the festivities the days have rolled into one with plenty of eating & drinking. And seeing as the fridge & cupboards are still groaning from the sheer volume of refreshments still in the house I think the next week or so is going to be pretty much the same......if only we could start the day every day eating chocolates in bed & washing it down with something bubbly the world would be a much happier place....no?!!!
Of course the next big occasion coming up is New Year's Eve & if you're anything like me despite still running of a morning (albeit at a much more social time!!) you may have gained the odd pound or two from your sampling of the odd chocolate! So with New Year's Eve fast approaching it's time to start planning the outfit for seeing in the start of 2014, after all we want to start the year as we mean to go on, meaning it's time to ditch the onesie & bring out the glamour :-)
So do you have your New Year's Eve outfit all planned out or are you still looking for inspiration? I'm still in the 'deciding' phase, which has got me thinking (yup it does happen on the odd occasion or two!!). Ideally I want to feel sexy (well as far to sexy as I'll ever feel), glamorous, comfortable (it seems the usage of this word increases once you hit 40 head on!!) PLUS & most importantly not spend the evening shivering or getting frost bite!!
So after a few hours mulling things over & the odd tipple or two to help the brain cells process I've come up with my fail safe New Year's Eve outfit.....whether I go down this route is of course another thing entirely but for now I know I've got my outfit planned & can kick back & enjoy another chocolate or two!!!
Ok so any guesses??!! Yup that's right it involves a blazer (well you can't say I won't get my wear from one of these.....we'll ignore the fact that I might already own the odd one or two already of course ;-) ), a loose fitting top (perfect for hiding the alcohol & choccie belly) & something black & slimming on my bottom half.
Now if like me you're tempted to purchase the odd new item or two for New Year's Eve you'll want it to be something that's not going to just be worn for a special occasion but that can work with your existing wardrobe all year round.....& of course its 's much easier to justify a new purchase when you bring out the old cost per wear argument ;-)
So enough waffling let's start with the all important loose top first....this is one item of clothing that having purchased a couple of in the summer I've fallen head over heels in love with......yup it's a camisole.....perfect for dressing up & feeling that little bit sexy, be it with some skinny trews or fitted skirt, ideal for slipping under one of my many blazers not to mention the perfect neckline for a bit of neck bling & also great with some distressed jeans & a boyfriend cardi for a more dressed down look too.....in fact I just know my collection is somehow going to be miraculously expanding....a bit like my waistline!!!
So here's a selection of some of the one's currently causing my finger to twitch!! Starting with this one from ASOS in the most stunning shade of blue, which always looks gorgeous when teamed with black.
This style camisole is also available in my favourite shade of red, which I find to be such a flattering shade & looks stunning when teamed with a tan.....well get the snow out of the way & then we can all start dusting off the flip flops & sandals...positive thinking & all that!!!
If however, you don't fancy adding a pop of colour how about working the monochrome look & this stunning dalmatian inspired top? I absolutely LOVE the pattern & can see it looking gorgeous in the summer teamed with a white or even black maxi skirt.
Sticking with black & white then this cracked print design is also a little bit different to your plain cami & would look simply stunning teamed with all black & some bling to see the New Year in.
Of course there are lots & lots of different camis out there including ones incorporating lace & the negligee trend, which I have previously featured, & let's face it whichever one you choose it's going to look stunning, elegant & prove extremely useful come the warmer months. All it comes down to is personal choice of style & whether you fancy sticking with a monochrome look or adding a splash of colour.
So back to New Year's Eve, personally I don't think you can ever go wrong with black - slimming, elegant & something most of us have a least a couple of items of clothing of, due the sheer ease of owning & styling black bottoms be it of the skirt or trouser variety. They really are the perfect multi-wear item of clothing in your wardrobe...apart from jeans of course.
However, if you're feeling the need to invest then with the sales having reached fever pitch what better time than now & what could be a better investment than these cropped trousers from Boden. The fact that they're reduced is simply just a win win situation, not to mention the fact they look amazing when teamed with leopard print!
If however, you fancy something a little less sophisticated & more rocky then how about some leather effect jeans. There are some great pairs around at the moment & these River Island ones that are currently available in the sale look stunning.
I'm also loving these leather effect ones from Next too & have to admit to loving the bracelet & bag they've teamed them with too! After all who could go wrong with an all black sexy little number to see in the New Year with a splash of colour from your accessories?!!
Or for all of you wanting to release your inner 'Sandy' then how about these leggings from Mint Velvet.
If however, you're not a trouser lover then fear not a cami looks just as stunning when teamed with a leather or faux leather skirt & for the money this one from Tesco is perfect.
If you fancy something a little shorter in length that falls just above the knee then this one from Lipsy is certainly going to tick all the boxes.
Or if you want to raise the hemline even more then what about this one from ASOS?
And finally onto one of my favourite items of clothing for which I will NEVER admit to owning enough of...yup it's blazer time :-) Now you may have noticed from some of my recent outfit posts that I may just have happened to buy a new black blazer.....yes I know I already own a tuxedo styled one & yes my new purchase may also be classed in the tuxedo section but personally I LOVE a tux as I think it stops a normal black blazer looking like an office jacket that is being brought out to play at a weekend. Plus of course those satin/silky lapels just add another element of glamour. And of course what could be a better investment than a stunning classic tuxedo styled blazer?!!!
So here's my round up of the one's in the sale making me drawl, starting with ASOS & this longline styled tux, which would be fabulous at covering any lumps & bumps you wanted to conceal.
H&M also do this lovely tuxedo too & as long as you're not ordering online, in which case be prepared to have your outfit for seeing in 2015 as opposed to 2014, you can't go wrong!!
I love the detailing on this one from Zara & the fact that it's in the sale then yes please!!!
Finally I couldn't do a round up of tuxedo jackets without including my latest addition to my blazer collection, which has now gone into the sale too......luckily I brought mine in Rome where the exchange rate worked in our favour otherwise I'd be feeling particularly miffed. I have to admit I have loved this jacket as soon as it came out but I didn't love the price but in the end birthday money & the fact that it was cheaper over in Rome meant that I was able to say hello to this stunning number......I just LOVE the cut away tails & fit.
So there you have my perfect New Year's Eve outfit.....of course the question of whether I ACTUALLY wear said outfit is another thing entirely & remains to be seen! In the meantime a quick round up of what I've been wearing over the festive period, starting with of course the main event itself....Christmas Day!!!
Necklace - J Crew
Top - Tesco F&F Limited Edition
Belt - H&M
Bracelet - J Crew
Skirt - H&M
Shoe Boots - Next
Necklace - Zara
Jumper - Zara
Camisole - Zara
Wax Effect Jeans - Zara
Boots - Zara
Overcoat - Zara
Faux Fur Stole - Zara
Long Sleeved T-Shirt - H&M
Sequinned Sweatshirt - H&M
Combats - Zara
Boots - Zara
Denim Shirt - Zara
Striped Top - Zara
Necklace - Mango
Biker Jeans - H&M
Bracelet - J Crew
Wedge Trainers - Ash
Scarf - Zara
Jumper - Primark
Bracelet - J Crew
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Oasis
So do you have your New Year's Eve outfit all sorted or are you hoping that one or two new purchases from the sales are going to be making an appearance? Perhaps like me you're a lover of camisoles & fancy teaming separates to make you outfit. As always I love reading your thoughts & comments & would love to hear what you've decided to wear to see in the New Year.
Right I'm off to pop a chocolate or two....we're currently about to crack open chocolate tin number three of seven (& no I'm not kidding!!).....& with the amount of boxes of chocolate also under the tree this could mean we won't be coming up for air until Easter!!!
Back in a few days with the start of my sales picks, which means it could get messy!!!! And of course my outfit from New Years Eve.
In the meantime enjoy the rest of 2013, thank you to each & everyone of you who reads, comments & follows me, I really am blown away by your support & love getting to know you through my blog & here's to an amazing start to 2014 for us all.....2014 here we come!!!