Sunday

And Other Stories Poppy Maxi Dress

This week is going to be a bit crazy and I'm not sure how to deal with it. Two words; Black Friday. I don't want to be one of those bloggers who constantly bombards their followers with the "best deals" - but at the same time my god are there some good ones. So, I've done a little tab (you'll be able to see it on the top left of my blog below the illustration - or by clicking the "menu" tab if you're on a mobile) rather than a post and am updating it daily with offers and my picks. Influencers get emails about them in advance, so we might as well share!

outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett


When it comes to these pictures do not fear I have not totally lost my sense and bought another Gucci Soho. I was shooting with Claire and her bag went way better with this outfit than mine did. I ummed and ahhed between my colour (the honey, here) and this one - in the end the fact I wanted it for a summer wedding was the only reason I steered away from the black

I actually don't have a black bag I always go for a colour... Maybe next year. Saying that, they keep going up in price. When I first wanted one they were £565, I remember it vigilantly as I kept thinking about buying one. A year later I paid £715 and now they're £805. It's the same as the loafers which (don't tell anyone I know) I just splurged on - thats what happens when you a fantastically sh*t day and are stuck at home alone with your credit card. I digress...

outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett

So, the dress. Longer term followers will know I love a long sleeved maxi dress. You can wear them for 10 months of the year; they're great on holiday evenings and also with roll necks underneath in winter. This one was an immediate "saw it on the new-in an ordered" purchase situation. I love black and red together, I love the cut and as I said before when it gets a little bit colder it goes really well with a grey cashmere roll neck I got from Jigsaw last year, along with some ankle boots...


outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett

When And Other Stories bring out a print they always do multiple items in it. So alongside the dress there is also a mini dressa skirt and a a blouse. They pretty much all come in plain black too, in case you can't face the print but like the shapes. I did also find a very similar jumpsuit from Topshop here, that if I didn't already have the dress I'd definitely have bought.


outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett

The shoes are staples of mine, I have a summer suede pair and this pair in the same style. They're from L.K.Bennett and are called the Andrea. I know they're not the cheapest but (albeit through the blog) I've really learnt that within reason the more you spend on shoes the longer they last. I'm not someone who will particularly go with the latest trend, or like heavily embellished things. Instead I like pairs that'll are sort of timeless and look for quality. 

So L.K.Bennett is really good for me and you'll spot a lot of them in my posts - their shoes are Italian made and designed. I have little (size 3.5) feet and they are a perfect fit, I also have a tendency to blister and I have only once had a hard time with a pair for them - and even then with a little perseverance they turned out brilliantly; I still wear them 4 years on.

outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett

Make up wise I'm wearing what I always wear, I keep it simple especially when shooting as I hate looking overdone in photographs. I always put my favourite beauty and skincare things in the Beauty tab of my blog, here.


outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett

Overall this is my dream kind of outfit. It's quick to get ready in and it packs a punch without trying too hard. And Other Stories has been brilliant for stuff like this all year for me - I think lots of you have bought it too given the feedback but if there's anything I'm missing do let me know (am trying my best to keep on top of communication on Instagram)! 

outfit links = bag, Gucci (in honey, here) / dress, and other stories (in black here) / shoes, LK Bennett

Photography by Claire Menary
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