Friday

Finery Polka Dot Skirt

I think it's pretty obvious that I'm more than a little bit happy about this skirt. I saw in months ago at a press day and I knew I had to have it. I shot this look a few weeks ago with Claire, and I'm still wearing it constantly. Midi skirt aren't always my friend as I always end feeling like it highlights my tummy, and to be honest I have the same thing with pleated skirts (you know when you get that ridge at the top of your mum, and the pleats seem wider - yeah that) but there is something about this one, and Finery's ability to tailor to perfection that means I can wear shapes I'd usually disregard.

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

It's swishy, it's kind of the right mix of super girly and boy like (navy and white doesn't scream princess) and also its office acceptable. I know this for certain because I wore it last week to a very big meeting with a shirt and some heels and the very important lady I met asked me where it was fro. Which is the unsung code for "you wore the right thing, and you fit in here." Or so I hope.


outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

This whole outfit makes me happy, every last bit. My bag hasn't had that much of an outing recently because the pesky Soho replaced it - but wearing it for shoots like this remind me how much I love it - and how glad I am purchased it. The colour is sold out in pretty much every place now, but I found a link to it below. Oh, and I totally love the blue colour because it goes with everything.
product links = bag / polka dot skirt / white shirt / stripe shirt / sunglasses / sneakers


outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

The shoes are my Superga faithfuls, but in honesty they're probably about to go away for the year now as canvas shoes in the autumn and winter aren't very practical. I do love them though, really do. I've heard you can get leather ones and if you can, I'm buying them. People tell me Superego's hurt your feet but they're the one shoes of their kind I can wear solidly and with bare feet. Converses have never agreed with me...

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

Now for the important bit. You guys will remember my friend Lauren, who through some unimaginable force of character set up Girl Vs Cancer during the middle of her own treatment plan for breast cancer. I just don't know how she did it because it's the most draining, mentally challenging and surreal process a person ever has to go through. And thats before the obvious physical side effects - and only considering the "sufferer" themselves, not those around them. But, I don't think it was a case of wanting to set it up, she had to.

Lauren isn't one to do things quietly and cancer wasn't going to be anything different. When she figured out that she was going to need financial support she needed to get creative. At the same time she'd become incredibly aware of both the amazing charities that were supporting her, and how completely rubbish breast-care awareness is to most women. Go on her website to see the statistics but they're scary - and ask yourself when you got felt up for anything other than fun-times recently?

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

So, the t*t tees were born. Just like Lauren they don't hold back; and they say exactly what they need to. You've probably seen them on Lauren's closest friends, and it's grown exponentially since then. They have either words or symbols related to boobs as a blatant reminder to remember they are there, and to check them. 25% of proceeds go to Lauren's favourite charities - check out the whole collection here.

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

Any way back to Finery. Lots of you have bought pieces I've worn from them, but a few of you have questioned the brand as it all looks a bit "out there." Rest assured it really isn't so I've picked out a few pieces that I really like (some of them you'll have spotted me in already) so that you can see for yourself. Also, the pieces (as I discovered at the time of writing the post) are also available exclusively at John Lewis, giving them a firm stand of "no need to freak out at the trendiness."

My Favourite Finery Pieces

The white shirt is amazing, I haven't got it yet but you'll see it soon I am sure. The pink mules I have already in navy and in red - and they're very comfortable. Everyone raves about Finery's shoes. Ooh and the rose print shirt; because you need it. I have it and everyone raves about it.

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

Last but not least my sunglasses. They're from Jimmy Choo. As much as my love for their shoes has gone a little downhill (I used to wear by a couple of their styles but they must have changed factories or something because I tried a new pair on this summer and they aren't as good) their sunglasses really are pretty amazing. This style is my third in the same shape, but I love the navy tone. They really suit my rounded face, which is very handy because it's hard to make any glasses suit a plate shape...

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

So, that it for this outfit. I've been pairing the skirt since with cropped knits and stuff now it's cooler and it looks really good with tights and ankle boots too. Sadly, it looks like these are needed for the foreseeable as winter is well and truly coming.

outfit links = skirt (exclusive to John Lewis) / t-shirt / trainers / bag / sunglasses

Photography by Claire Menary
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