Autumn Wishlist


So Autumn has officially kicked off on the highstreet, even if the weather didn't get the memo! Although this balmy heatwave is due to continue into September a girl has to be prepared as i am sure the cold will arrive as sharply as the heat did. Although my radar has been on the lookout for autumn items for a few weeks now finally i can see some front runner pieces that have made it onto my wish list ready to incorporate into my wardrobe. My aim for this season is to add in texture and print as last year was fairly black and simple.

Below are my wish items so far, a mixture of pieces to layer with transitional footwear and a dash of sparkle, more i am sure will be added to this list once the warm snuggly winter fashions are delivered to store but for now i am happy to start on my transitional journey into Autumn/Winter 2013. 

Fancy dress - friend or foe


Fancy dress, two words that should conjure up memories of childhood - running around in my granny's high heels and silk nightie (apparently something i used to do), pretending to be a princess or an animal but these days strikes fear in my heart. As a child dressing up was something reserved for a birthday party or for school events and usually left my mum in a tizz, creating something last minute for a witch or cat at Halloween and Mary or a wise man at Christmas. I have a fond memory of going to a Christmas party at school aged 8 or 9 as a witch, armed with a broomstick and with my little sister in tow as my familiar, a black cat complete with pink nose and whiskers, not sure she was as enthusiastic about this outfit as i was.
Then in university fancy dress was something banded about every week at the student union bar - themes included: school reunion / 80's / Baywatch / playboy bunnies, every conceivable character, usually with girls wearing as little as humanly possible. I even ended up with a dressing up bag reminiscent of my childhood, full of fairy wings, a witches hat and other paraphernalia ready to whip out ready for the next party. 
At uni you don't care, everyone looks stupid and is usually very drunk, so you join in.

As an adult fancy dress is something that doesn't come up to often, the occasional hen party or birthday and of course Halloween. As my enthusiasm for fancy dress is pretty non-existent and my husband shares this feeling, we tend to avoid any party that states fancy dress on the invite however when my little sister's fiance invited us to her themed birthday party, we both had to suck it up and get involved. Originally 80's or 90's themed i had visions of Flashdance or Spice Girl's themed outfits however at the last minute it was changed to anything goes which is much easier to work with.

Not one for skin tight outfits - i immediately ruled out wonder-woman, cat woman or anything with a skirt that covers nothing, so i headed to Narnia, in Northampton (a magical place much larger than a wardrobe) to see what that left me with. I have to say i was pleasantly impressed at the wide choice available - Disney princesses, Greek goddess, 60's/70's/80's, pirates, Star Wars and even Lady Gaga to name a few.

My July


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