23 January 2015

STYLE: ASOS Wishlist

Working from home is a nightmare for me.  Not only have I learnt I am the biggest procrastinator ever, but I always get sucked into the online shopping habit……………. In fact that’s a lie, it's not just working from home that does that, it’s a serious habit all the time!!

Anyway, I’ve just had a little shop on ASOS and thought I’d share what I’ve bought.  If any of you don’t know, I lived in Cape Town for a while, and we’ve just booked to go back in April, so if that’s not a valid reason for a little wardrobe update, nothing is!!  April will be going into winter over there (winter being about 17°!), so I’ve tried to buy stuff which will do for that, and for when I go to Ibiza in September (35 weeks and counting!).





I love the longer length of this dark denim Victor skirt, although I'm slightly concerned that at only 5 ft 2, it will not look anything like this on me!!




After being inspired by all of the Alexa Chung AG Collection denim, I thought this playsuit would be great for a day to night look with my ASOS boots of dreams (see here).  I'm slightly obsessed with Alexa and denim, so any channelling of her is a big tick in my book!





OK, so this wasn't bought solely for holiday, as I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing it as soon as it arrives, as its sooooo my  style! I'm a real dress and boots girl for both day and night, and love olive and all things khaki (check out my insta for the jacket I've fallen in love with........ its men's and £595 but who cares, I'm having it!), so this is right up my boulevard!  In fact, I already have this dress in black and wear it to death!!



Two things which I love are stripes and Monki.  Its always the 1st shop I hit every time I'm in London, and I never fail to come out with something!  This dress is the bomb!!  In fact, as I've got ASOS Premier (the perfect antidote to I've not got anything to wear crisis days!), I'll be wearing this on Sunday for lunch with the girls, pretty much styled as this, as I'm loving socks and shoes at the mo!!

I'd love to know what you think of my haul!!  Happy Friday everyone!
















20 January 2015

EATS - Home Sweet Home -Manchester

This weekend was all about fun with my girlfriends; which believe me was a long time coming.  I left my old job in December, and after a nightmare end to 2014 (read more about that here) didn't get to have a leaving do. My best friend from work left on Friday so all my old team came out too and we had a joint leaving do. We went to Holdfast, a new pop up bar in the Northern  Quarter. It's a very random bar, but I like quirky, and we commandeered the games room complete with Sega video games and the DJ decks.  I'll definitely be going again, the cocktails were too die for!!!

Anyway, to the food.  I stay in Manchester quite a lot either with friends or in one if the many apartments around the city centre (tip, leave it til the day before and you can get a steal. I once got a £350 apt that sleeps 4 for £70!). Staying in Manchester means the standard breakfast the next day, and I'm pretty proud to say I can point anyone in the direction if the best Eggs Benedict around, and that's Home Sweet Home!


A table which screams hangover!


4 hungover girls meant a table full of food. I had the Eggs Cali which is an Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Salmon and hot sauce, and is honestly one of my fave breakfasts ever!  I was still trying to be healthy eating this, but then got sidetracked…………. Another highlight are the loaded fries, basically the hangover food of dreams as its chips with cheese and bacon, and believe me, it was needed!!  The menu is great all day, not just breakfast (see here) and I'd totally recommend the Brisket Mac Melt for a dinner...................... my mouths watering thinking about it!



Another Home Sweet Home gem are the cakes.  Now I forgot to take photos of the cakes, as I left in a total food coma, but they can only be described as door stops, they are huge!!  They're made fresh each day by Bake-O-Rama and need to be eaten to be believed.  I'm not a cake fan at all, and these cakes are the only ones I'll eat!!  Sat in the window of Home Sweet Home on a Saturday afternoon with a coffee, cake, my mates and a fashion mag are my standard fare (when I'm not watching football!).

The Bill was £60 between 4 of us, but seeing as there were Bloody Marys and endless pints of coke on there, we thought that was really good!!

You really should try Home Sweet Home, I can honestly says it’s my little slice of cake and breakfast heaven in the Northern Quarter!!

18 January 2015

STYLE: Hat Lovin


My friends have always called me the Queen of Accessories, but in the past 2 years I've become obsessed with hats, so much so it's very rare you see me without one! So much so that when I went out for lunch with a friend last week, she said she knew I was arriving when she saw a fedora walk past the window!!

I've got a small head, so I favour a trilby or a baker boy, but fedoras and big floppy 70s style hats are quickly becoming a wardrobe staple. Then, you can never go wrong with a bobble, I'm from Manchester, and it's ALWAYS cold, so a bobbles standard!! 2014 was definitely the year of the hat, and I can't wait to to add to my collection in 2015!! Now, anyone got any ideas where I can buy a top hat from?!?!?

13 January 2015

STYLE: Tips for Shopping The Sales


If you don’t know, I have my own personal shopping and styling business.  I was building it up before I moved to Cape Town, but it’s been left in the shadows a bit after the hell of 2014 which I mentioned here.  I still have a lot of clients, and work with friends and family, but I aim to get this off the ground again in 2015, so thought I’d combine my knowledge from that with my blog and put together a post on how to shop in the sales.


Research

Check out your wardrobe before you go shopping, look at what gaps you have to work out what you need, look at anything which either doesn’t fit or is looking a bit shabby to work out what you need to replace, and then think about what trend pieces you can add to update your wardrobe.


Focus

It’s easy to say don’t get distracted by ‘amazing bargains’ that aren’t on your list, but as a shopaholic who’s also a stylist, even I know this isn’t possible!  Just focus on what is essential, and what budget you have.  The green fur coat might be half price and look great, but if its £100 and you know you’ll only wear it once, it’s an expensive splurge vs the black boots you know you’ll wear 100 times!  I always think if you wouldn’t pay full price for it, why buy it on sale?  I’ve seen so many wardrobes (mine included!) which have items with tags still on, which is a lot of expensive mistakes.  On wardrobe consultations I always add up the amount spent on clothes with tags still on, and it often scares people.  I did this in my own wardrobe first and realised I could have bought the Louboutins I really wanted but couldn’t afford, so now I always 2nd guess what I’m buying and if I’m not sure, walk away, and put the money in my savings pot.  Now I’ve got the money to buy Loubs each year without realising!!


Enjoy

Having said all that, a sensible wardrobe is a boring one!!  Fashion, style and shopping are about fun.  But just know how much fun you can afford!  If you’ve got a certain amount of money you can afford to spend, do buy something crazy.  The green fur coat will always make you smile more than the black boots!!

11 January 2015

EATS - Albert Square Chop House Manchester


I want to make my blog more lifestyle based, and include more non fashion content, plus it's a way to still be able to blog when I can't get outside to take outfit posts!!
Manchester has some of the best restaurants, and I love eating out (and probably do it faaaaaar too much for my waistline and bank balance!) so I'm going to include EATS posts.
Yesterday, I met up with a friend and went to Alberts Chop House, on Albert Square. It’s a place I've always wanted to go, but never bothered. I've been to the other Chop Houses in town, but Alberts had eluded me..... That was until I received a 50% off food offer which I couldn't turn down!!  




The food was amazing. I had the cheese and onion pie and my friend had fish and chips, which both were great and HUGE portions. I think both courses were about £13 at full price, which is on the pricey side for a lunch, but worth it for an evening meal. We paid £36 for the mains (with the 50% off) and a bottle of gorgeous wine, including tip, which wasn't bad, but if we'd paid full price it wouldn't have been expensive.





I'll definitely be back though. A great friend of mine raves about the corned beef hash here (although corned beef hash with an egg on top turns my stomach although he swears it's the best dish he's ever had!), and there's loads of dishes I still want to try.

The 50% deal is available if you sign up to the newsletter here, and I'd definitely recommend going. Food and wine on a Saturday lunch is the perfect way to spend time with friends!!


We also went to the new gastropub in the Northern Quarter, Abel Heywood, which is a cosy bar with a chilled out atmosphere. Drinks are expensive though, £9.60 for 2 bottles of cider, but I guess this is a stand out for a pub with the strap line 'not your ordinary pub'!  Apologies for the lack of pics, by this point, the wine had taken hold!!


9 January 2015

JW Anderson Pre Fall 2015

I've been a fan of JW Anderson for a while, long before the Topshop collab, so was excited when I saw the Pre Fall Collection images.  I'm all for people wearing things in unusual ways, and I think he's a Master of showcasing that, and I actually think this is a collection anyone can create the look of from things they already have in their wardrobe.  Its heavily 60s inspired, but a lot of the shapes can be copied easily.  The shape of the bell bottom trousers is actually made from a split, not a bell shape, which mean anyone can do this with scissors to an old pair of jeans!  Anyone who knows me, knows I wear all of my zip bottom trousers this way anyway, so I am proud to say I'm on JW Anderson trend, although the truth is I have to do this as I'm so short, I look like Nora Batty (sorry for the V old reference!) if I don't.

Anyway, here's some of my fave looks from the collection.



Create this look by belting any of this seasons capes with a coloured belt.  I'm lucky, I have a few season old Dorothy Perkins coat which is this exact shape, with a belt, so I'm just going to swop the belt.  Why I've never done this before is beyond me!!


The Fashion Bloggers Fave ASOS Fur Bomber here is the perfect way to recreate this look!  Unfortunately its sold out now, so I'm even more glad I nabbed one at weekend!


This weekend is literally going to be spent trawling the vintage shops of Manchester's Northern Quarter to find a tan shearling jacket, as I am OBSESSED with this!


The pattern of this dress coat is like a work of art, I'm in love!


I couldn't not put the archetypal black look in, but this is typical JW Anderson for me.  So bad, its good!!  

Hope everyone is well and looking forward to the weekend.  I'm off to cut some slits in my jeans and find some wide coloured belts to recreate this look!!









5 January 2015

Turning The Page, Starting A New Book

My last post was in March 2014, where I swore to get back into blogging after a year hiatus and well, it never happened. 2014 was a pretty crap year for me. I was stuck in a job I hated, which was long hours and loads of shit, which meant blogging was the last thing on my mind, all I wanted was to veg with a glass of wine in the evenings and at weekends! On top of that I was having problems in my personal life, fell out with someone very close to me and one of my best friends committed suicide, all in the last 6 months.

I spent a lot of time moping, not knowing what to do, but 2015 is a new start. Things are on the up. My personal life has turned a corner (if there was anything good about 2014, it was realising how amazing my friends are), I've got a new job which I think I'll love in the music industry and I'm determined to do stuff for me, which includes getting my blog back up and running and getting a business idea I've had for ages off the ground. Sometimes you need to experience lows to realise what highs you can have, and that's what 2015 is going to be for me, something that I can look back on and say I tried.



So, Just Dee is back in business. I'm moving it into more of a lifestyle blog, which'll be a mix of my loves of fashion, music, travel and food and drink!



 I never stepped out of the blogging world, I'm always reading my fave blogs and keeping in contact with my blogging friends, so, I'm hoping jumping back in and writing won't be too difficult. So, bare with me whilst I sort my place in the blogging sphere, but I'm determined to do this cos I love it this time, not cos I feel like I have to to keep a foot in the fashion 

Here's to 2015!

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