Bon, Bon Prix

The best thing about December is the amount of times that you get to wear a pretty dress. Not that I ever need an excuse, of course, but it’s good to have one. Bon Prix got in touch with me recently and offered to send me a dress and some shoes for a Christmas party, along with some questions about the outfit.

First of all, show us your picks from the partywear on bon prix!
I chose this berry coloured one from the selection of party dresses (which is just £28) and these strappy grey killer heels to go with it (also £28). My Christmas party (which is on Friday) has the theme a day at the races, so I thought if I were at the races, I would want a simple dress and small heels. (Having lived in a racing town for 20+ years, I feel like I know what a good outfit is to wear to the races – and I definately know what not to wear!)

What else did you accessorise it with, and why did you put those two items together?
As you can see from the photo, I chose three different looks, because I can’t honestly decide what I want to wear! In the first, I’m wearing a hat from Primark (bought on a whim, of course, and never worn out of the house), a peplum jacket from ASOS* and huge wedges, again from ASOS*(which I can just about walk in!). The second, I have a furry cape from Debenhams that I bought for my first works Christmas do (in 2006…eek) and the beautiful glittery heeled shoes which usually live on my bookshelf – they’re just too pretty to hide away!). Finally, I wore the shoes from Bon Prix, with a grey feathered cape from ASOS* (where else?) that I bought on a whim.

Do you think your outfit fits in with a trend for AW2012? If you’re setting your own trend, what’s it called?
Berry, oxblood, maroon – whatever colour you’re going to call this, it’s always one that is on trend this time of year.

Were the dress and shoes comfortable to wear throughout your evening?
My party isn’t until this week, but the parcel arrived at my office last week and I instantly put the shoes on – because of the heel (much lower than I would usually wear – as shown by the other shoes in the photos!), they’re really comfy! The dress is a thick jersey and isn’t restrictive, so you can eat drink and drink all night ;)

If you had to give the shoes a ‘dance-ability’ rating, what would it be out of 10 (10 is the best, obvs)?
Probably a 7 – the elastic could be tighter: you don’t want a shoe flying across the room in a particulary energetic dance!

If you had to give your dress a ‘shimmy-ability’ rating, what would it be out of 10?
I’m not really a shimmy sort of girl, but this dress is quite slinky, so probably 8?

How easy were the items to style up to fit your look?
Pretty easy! Because the dress is nice and simple (which I mostly go for), it wasn’t difficult to find things in my wardrobe that I could wear with it – the only new items in the photo above are the shoes and dress from Bon Prix!

Finally, describe your style in three words (which is actually quite tricky…):
Erm…pass! I have no idea!

Shoe Porn: Glitter, Glitter, Everywhere

…and for those of you who have a pair of glittery shoes, you’ll know that title is quite literal.

I’m such a magpie when it comes to glitter and sequins. I had an amazing pair of pumps when I was at uni, they were multicoloured sequins and flat (perfect for the hills of Aberystwyth!) but they got destroyed when I walked in a huge rainstorm to visit my mum at the hospital. She told me off and threw some money at me, telling me to get into town and buy a new pair of shoes before I came back to visit her! I already have one beautiful pair of glittery heels but I need more. MORE!

glitter heels

First up – the party shoes. It’s coming up to office Christmas party season, and glittery shoes are the best way to make an outfit seem festive. Wedges like the nude pair from Debenhams* (1) (£37.50 in the sale!) or the black glitter wedge pair from Dune* (5) (£51 in House of Fraser’s sale) will be easier to walk to different bars on – especially if there are cobbles inbetween! If you prefer a stiletto heel, this gold pair of Steve Madden shoes from Sarenza* (2) (£93.50) or this black pair of Bordello heels* (3) (£97.90) will go with most outfits. (Side note: I totally want a pair of Steve Madden shoes because of Josie and the Pussycats. They’re new. They’re ORANGE gold. By far my favourites have to be the Geordie wedge boots from Carvella/Kurt Geiger* (4) (£109). I mean, look at them. They’re wedges, boots, and insanely sparkly.

glitter pumps

For a more everyday look (well, as everyday as you can get with glitter), these Qube Qalm glitter brogues* (1) (£27) from Sarenza are cute – I already have a pair of glitter brogues from Primark, but they seem to be falling apart after a few wears, boo! The navy glitter Joana pumps* by a brand called Anniel who I’ve not heard of before (2) (£87.55) are pretty, with multicoloured glitter bits in there to make them a bit more interesting. The pink “Ultragirl” pumps from Kurt Geiger* (although the brand seems to be Melissa, so perhaps they’re those plastic shoes?) (3) (£65)  are perhaps a little bright for work, but are very cute and will catch some attention. Finally, these London Rebel black sequin slippers* (4) (£29.99) from New Look look like they would go with most things – however I managed to find a very similar pair on eBay which cost me a mere £11 including postage, because eBay had one of those £5 vouchers that they seem to have occasionally but not really tell anyone about them.

Are sparkles too much for work? Would you wear them? (I have, they only ever got positive comments from the bosses!) More importantly, how do you keep the glitter to stay on the shoes? I’ve heard hairspray, but it can dull the glitter. Annoying!

Threw Away The Key

Dress: H! by Henry Holland | Boots: USC

Back to work this week, and despite the shorter week, it actually felt longer. Sigh. At least the first week is over and done with now, right? A reasonably quiet weekend was needed – we met up with some friends, ate far too much food and exchanged presents. Oh, and I may have spent a bit of money on a bag…I love it!

Alex is in Seattle this week, and since he’s going to be away quite a bit over the next few months, I’m trying to find things to do in the evening and also drop subtle hints of things I wouldn’t mind being brought back for me…perhaps I can place a few orders from Modcloth and Williams Sonoma! What other shops and things am I forgetting about?

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