[OUTFIT] Changing Seasons


Have you noticed that the seasons have changed? What happened to summer? I am currently mourning the end of weather warm enough for bare legs and arms and bemoaning the fact that I now have to wear tights and sleeves!

But if I must wear sleeves, my Orla Kiely for Uniqlo dresses are amongst my favourite pieces to pull on and go. They’re so easy to wear and as an added bonus, they’re pretty too!

For work, I like to be able to open my wardrobe, pick out a dress, put it on and head out the door! I’ve got a nice little collection of dresses coming together for my winter work wardrobe.

I hate being back in tights already – definitely looking forward to a few days in Barcelona later this month when I hope I’ll be bare legged again for a bit.

That being said, black opaque tights have their benefits – they are immensely flattering and mean less leg shaving (always a bonus!).

Last week I threw on a pair of Pretty Ballerina flat shoes with my dress and tights. But this dress works just as well with a pair of heels.

Once the cold weather hits I’ll be wearing this dress with a pair of warmer ankle boots and a nice big scarf.

How are you dressing now that the seasons are changing? Have you got your tights out? Or are you still braving bare legs?

[1 PIECE, 3 OUTFITS] Boden Breton-style Striped T-shirt

My new Breton-style striped tee by Boden is very so versatile. With this in mind I thought I might show you three looks I’ve been wearing recently.

This particular top is from the children’s section at Boden, known as Johnny B. It’s a great way to find the pieces you love at cheaper prices. This one comes in at less than £20 and is such a good quality cotton.

A striped t-shirt is one of my top wardrobe must-haves. I’ve been sadly bereft of one until recently as my others had had to go due to being of poor quality or the wrong size. I am determined, with my new house, to have a new slim-lined wardrobe with only the essentials which will make up any number of outfits.

One of my favourite bloggers, Laura over at Wearing It Today, has a great philosophy for adding new things to her wardrobe: mentally team it with at least five things in your wardrobe to justify it being added. For me, three is enough but still a good measure.

So without further ado (or ramblings!) here are my three looks:

Look #1:

For a day in the office I got out my new black skirt (another wardrobe staple!). My mum bought me this one from Dorothy Perkins recently. I’d been after a black A-line skirt for ages and not found one – this one still isn’t perfect as it’s slightly loose in the waist and has no belt loops but it works for now and was only £7 in the sale! Personally I don’t think there’s anything chicer than stripes and leopard print, so I’ve added my Pretty Ballerina shoes:


Look #2:

The massive bonus about this top is that it works for the office and for play time too! So for the weekend, I teamed it with my favourite (i.e. most worn ever!) denim shorts and new Fat Face knit gilet:


[HOW TO] Dress For The First Day Back At The School Gate

The school holidays are over and mums everywhere are back on the school run. But what to wear at the school gate?

There are a whole host of celeb mums to take your cue from – all rocking the simple and chic school gate look that is so easy to copy:


There seems to be something of a formula in these looks and so we’ve put together our tips for dressing in style for the school run:

  • A pair of skinny jeans seems de rigeur for these fashionable mums. They’re easy to wear and create a great base for the rest of your look.
  • Add an oversized tunic tee – this allows for easy movement without flashy any flesh.
  • Next a parka jacket – or for uber cool points, layer on a leather jacket – to keep the chill out as your wait for your little ones.
  • A scarf will also assist as the cold winter months approach.
  • Finally, finish off with a pair of easy to walk/run in ankle boots. Try these Sam Edelman ankle boots for size – or, if you’re on a more restricted budget, these Esprit boots will be just as stylish.
  • Or, if the weather is a little warmer, ballet pumps allow for running after your brood whilst looking stylish.

How will you be dressing on the school run?

If you’re a student starting at sixth form college or anticipating your first day at university, make sure to check back next week for our top tips on how to dress – on a budget and in style!

[OUTFIT] Statement Necklace


Another day and another Vero Moda dress for the office. Today, in purple. I love the structure and fit of these dresses – they are just so flattering.

They’re very comfortable and whether I’m sitting at my desk all day long or in meetings, the dress is smart enough to take me right through. I’m really busy in the officer at the moment and unexpected meetings are totally part of my day, so this outfit is perfect for impromptu events that require more business attire.

Likewise, it works just as well with flat black shoes or a pair of heels if I’m in need of a little power kick!

To add some interest to an otherwise simple look, I’ve added a whole chunk of bling in the form of my Pieces’ statement necklace:


If you fancy checking out my outfits on a more regular basis, I often post looks to my Instagram feed @sugarandspiceSG.

I am wearing: Vero Moda dress; Topshop shoes; and Pieces necklace.

For a smarter work look, I’m going to be adding a pair of black court shoes.

These dresses are a departure from my work “uniform” last autumn/winter which consisted mainly of body con style midi dresses. This season, I’m more about the A-line look which is easier to wear whatever or however much I’ve eaten the night before!

What do you wear to work? Do you have a signature look?

[OUTFIT] Winter Work Uniform


My winter work uniform is sorted, thanks to Vero Moda’s simple and chic A-line dresses.

A dress – as I have said before – makes getting dressed so much easier with only one piece to consider. So for work wear I love to have one or two fall-back dresses for those days when I need to be out of the door without having to consider my look too carefully.

I spotted this dress at Spartoo ages ago and for some reason stalled on ordering one. But then they went into the sale and I snapped up the black version. When it arrived and I put it on, it was perfect. So I quickly ordered the navy and purple too. Three dresses which will make dressing for work this winter so much easier!

And I can wear them now too, with bare legs and simple flat shoes.

I’m wearing: Vero Moda navy dress and Topshop shoes.


The v-neck at the back too adds a little extra detail to an otherwise plain dress. It could easily be dress up with heels and a statement necklace.

Come the cooler winter months, I’ll be adding tights and a pair of ankle boots.

How do you dress for work? Do you have a uniform of sorts?

[OUTFIT] Just Add Colour


Sometimes a Monday morning needs a bit of colour. A couple of weeks ago, was one such Monday morning so I pulled out this bright butterfly emblazoned dress from Gap. I bought it back at the beginning of the summer in a sale – for just £4! As it had a rip down the seam. But I quickly whipped out my sewing machine and patched it up and it now looks as good as new! Perfect.

I like the drop waist style – and, of course, the addition of pockets! As well at the flattering half-sleeves and high neckline.

The weather seems to have taken a little turn recently and so it’s not quite as warm as it was. Even so, I can still get away with exposing a little skin. In this dress, I like the fact that I can go bare legged and keep my arms a little covered.

My legs are still white as white and so I’ve been using Lauren’s Way instant tan to give them a little colour.

As the dress is quite so bright – which doesn’t usually tend be my style – I’ve kept the rest of my outfit simple with minimal jewellery and plain black flat shoes.

When winter comes I’ll be adding black opaque tights and a plain black jacket.

How are you dressing for the office as summer starts to fade?

[OUTFIT] La Française


Today’s look is a little French, don’t you think? The striped Breton-style tee might be the reason! This is the latest addition to my wardrobe, courtesy of my very generous sister who now works at Boden and scored this for me from the kids’ section. (Top bargain style tip: always check out the teenage section of your favourite stores for cheaper alternatives!)

This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been in a top with sleeves. It’s not cold but I felt the need to rock something different. Think it might have been painting my nails with my new Opi red polish.

I know that fellow blogger Amanda, over at The Online Stylist, has been feeling the same.

This is the easiest look in the book: plain black trousers + a Breton-style tee + red nails. I’ve added a twist with my leopard print smoking-style slipper shoes by Clarks.


I was wearing: Johnny B striped t-shirt by Boden, H&M black skinny trousers, Clarks shoes and I later added my Vero Moda jacket.

Are you missing wearing different layers and longer sleeved tops? Or are you wishing summer would go on forever? What are you wearing these days?