Three Ways To Wear… A Denim Shirt Dress

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At this time of year (particularly in Scotland!) the weather doesn’t seem to know what to do with itself. Take this week for example – it’s now Wednesday and already this week I’ve seen rain, sleet, snow, hailstones and sunshine (and usually in VERY quick succession), yikes!

With such an unpredictable climate, there’s never been a better time to style the kinds of pieces that can be worn in oodles of ways – items that are easy to wear, versatile and perfect for layering. Unsurprisingly, denim is an ideal fabric for this time of year – it’s hard wearing and looks awesome! So when New Look challenged me to style a piece from their Denim collection in three different ways, I couldn’t wait to show you guys how to get the most out of this wardrobe staple.

I picked out a cute button-up denim shirt dress and soon I was putting together my first look…

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Look 1: Eye Of The Tiger

I love the dark wash of this dress but I couldn’t resist brightening up my outfit with some pops of colour! I was feeling very inspired by a striking piece of street art in the city centre that I had stumbled across, featuring a giant tiger that made me immediately reach for Terry, my Tatty Devine tiger necklace and my Dr Martens lace-up shoes. I like how smart the button-up style looks and was VERY grateful for the long sleeves since it was a particularly windy day (brr!).

I also wore some knee-high socks from American Apparel and topped the whole thing off with a hair accessory by my favourites, Crown and Glory. Orange you glad that I did?!

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Look 2: Brunchin’ Blouse

On a weekend brunch date, it’s nice to keep things (relatively!) casual. I decided to re-style the dress as a shirt, and roll up the sleeves a little (inspired by Rosie the Riveter!). I’m wearing it here with a polka dot skirt by Tommy Hilfiger and a scarf by Scottish design talent Karen Mabon in my hair.

A pick n’ mix of jewellery by Vivienne Westwood, Lucky Dip Club, Cheap Frills, Jolly Good and Bloody Mary Metal is my favourite way to accessorise for brunch (aside from the very necessary poached eggs, that is!) and I’m using my Kate Spade bag to carry my essentials.

This might be my favourite look of all three – but let’s take a look at the third before we make up our minds…

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Look 3: Sweater Weather

I’ll be honest, the weather was so awful on this day that going outside was a very silly idea! When I’m mooching around indoors, a shirt dress is a pretty solid choice and this time I decided to up the comfort level by layering a sweater on top of the dress (this one is by Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo). I can’t get enough of the little hands with the red fingernails on the design – so much so that I decided to throw on my trusty bowler hat and a slick of red lipstick to match!

I decided to keep the collar and cuffs exposed because I really like the contrast against the black sweater. A pair of comfy leopard print sneakers by Vans & spectacles necklace by Betsey Johnson were the finishing touches and meant I was good to go (just in case the rain stopped!).

After taking on this style challenge, I’ll be thinking about how I can switch up other pieces in my wardrobe too! Do you have any go-to items that you like to style in different ways? How would you rock this denim shirt dress?

Don’t forget you can check out New Look’s full Denim collection here!

Come rain or shine,

Miss West End Girl x

 

With thanks to New Look

 

Give People the Best of You: Why it’s OK to Say No (Sometimes!)

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Recently, I had to teach myself a new word. OK, I’m exaggerating – it wasn’t a ‘new’ new word, but more of a word that I was not used to using! It wasn’t a long or particularly eloquent word, but it’s one that holds a lot of power nonetheless. The word was NO (and it turns out it’s just as uncomfortable for me to write as it is to say!).

Hold up! Before you think I’ve gone and turned over a new, sourpuss leaf, allow me to explain! As most of you will know by now, I’m a happy-go-lucky kinda gal and really enjoy helping people – whether it’s supporting my closest friends or even people I don’t know so well. If there’s something I can do, I will always try to help. It’s something that’s in my DNA, and I don’t think anything could ever make that side of my personality disappear – and I wouldn’t want it to!

On top of that, there’s also the fun stuff, the things you want to get involved in and the opportunities that can develop you and your skills. They’re important too, and often don’t feel like work because you’re enjoying yourself – but they still take up time and energy.

Lately, I found myself saying yes to a lot of things. A ridiculous amount of things, in fact! It was almost as though I had lost the idea of time and was starting to see what people meant by saying there weren’t enough hours in the day. Eek! So I did what I think is crucial in that kind of situation and took a step back and looked hard at what had become my standard routine.

I quickly realised that I was spreading myself WAY too thin and that this was not the way I wanted to go about my business, or my life in general! I thought about why this was, and the main factor was that I had become unable to say no to people. Simple, but true! This in turn made me think about reasons why it’s OK to say no sometimes and the positive effects that it can bring (really!). Today, I’d love to share a few of these thoughts with you…

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First things first – remember that saying no to some things does not make you a negative person! It’s important to say yes and embrace new experiences, that’s what makes life so wonderful. At the same time, saying no to specific requests or ‘opting out’ doesn’t make you the world’s biggest party pooper. It actually shows that you care, which brings me to my next point…

Give people the best of you. If you say yes to everything that is going, the inadvertent result will be that you will give less of an effort to the things that deserve your focus. If people ask for your help, or request your input into something, they are asking you because they admire your ability. If you’re trying to spin all the plates at the same time, it’s possible that you won’t dedicate the time or attention that you normally would and this might result in your own standards slipping, or the temptation to cut a few corners here or there. It’s not a situation I would want to find myself in, would you?

Prioritise your tasks and make lists. Taking a few moments to look at your to-do list will help you understand if you’re taking on too much at once and if you are overdoing it, put the list into order of importance. Ask yourself why each item is on the list and how it makes you feel. Is there anything on there that doesn’t need to be? This will help you to understand which tasks are more important.

Make self-care a permanent fixture in your plans. In order to truly give people our best, we need to FEEL our best. If you’re being offered a seat at the table, show up feeling energised and bubbling with those great ideas that you’re known for! The best way to do that is to make sure we are exercising self-care – that time where you rest and let your body and mind recharge. If you’re sitting up at 3am replying to emails (and due to get up again at 6am!), I would guess that you aren’t looking after yourself so much. Taking that time might mean that we need to drop one or two of the lower priority things that we were thinking of doing, but think of it as an investment.

Pleasure vs pressure. I have always stood by the firm opinion that life should be filled with joy. A little bit of pressure (like a deadline, for example) is OK now and then but constantly feeling like you’re swimming against the current is no way to live! Enjoy what you do, and push yourself forward, but make sure you have space to breathe and enjoy the journey too!

One of Dr Suess’ (many) quotes is, “life’s a great balancing act” – and I think that has really resonated with me recently. It’s all about balance. Make time for others, but also time for yourself. Say yes and know when to say no. By doing so, you’ll give the important things your best shot and let others get the best of you.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, too! Have you ever spread yourself too thin? How easy is the balance for you?

With love,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Friday Hi-Fives: Cue The Confetti!

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Happy Friday, you guys! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this week has been NON. STOP. It really doesn’t feel like a whole 7 days ago that we were last hi-fiving together. I hope your week was filled with magic and mischief!

Last weekend, I took to the sunny days like a fish to water and hung out in the park, shooting for Blog Your Colour (catch all the details here if you missed it!). We had a mexican-inspired food fiesta at night to give our besties a send-off – they’re touring California as we speak! During the week, I spent a couple of days catching up with friends and brainstorming ideas and also made it along to some fun local events.

My brow game was SERIOUSLY raised (ha!) on Tuesday when I visited the new HD Brows Academy in the city centre. I was truly given The Works, with my brows tinted, waxed, threaded and plucked – I can’t believe the difference! On Thursday evening I hopped over to YUU Beauty to join in their birthday celebrations and today I’ve been in coffee-fueled meetings for most of the day (sidenote: if you’re in Merchant City be sure to check out Spitfire Espresso, I popped in at lunchtime and really enjoyed my visit).

I am super excited for this weekend as I am hosting my first ever sleepover at the Rainbow Palace with my blogging girl gang! Cue the confetti! I think an old-school pyjama party is way overdue and I can’t wait to spend the next few days hanging out with these babes.

Let’s celebrate the end of another awesome week! Here’s a few of my favourites, giggles and must-reads…

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EYEBOMBING (yup, really!) – Where street art meets craft comedy. Genius!

Emily’s snapshots from her recent trip make me want to bundle up and hit a windy beach!

Shinerock London released their new collection – I can’t get enough of those dinosaur prints

Creativity & corn chowder. Is it any wonder that this piece by Pip got my attention?

I want to give the fabulous Clare’s DIY a go!

 

Also Making Me Smile…

Blue, cloudless skies

Late-night Elvis Monopoly hilarity and the agony of not being able to afford Graceland (sob!)

The new Cinderella movie has finally been released!

Macadamia nut cookies

Wiggling my new brows at myself in the mirror (Zoolander ain’t got NOTHIN’ on me…)

 

Let’s make this weekend amazing. Go, go, go!!

With confetti, coffee and all the colours,

Miss West End Girl x

 

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