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Summer In Black

Where the devil is the year going?!  I can’t believe we are nearly in May!  I’m off to Barcelona for work and me packing a case on a budget airline is going to prove quite tricky! If my antics of packing at bootcamp are anything to go by, (I had to sit on my case to zip it up) then I’m truly buggered.


I’d seen this dress in Topshop quite a few weeks ago and thought to myself I’d buy it as a summer investment.  It’s casual but can be dressed up – plus a black strappy dress is a girls best friend.

grungy summer

One of my favourite items I’ve ever bought was my Miss Selfridge leather jacket.  I’ve had this piece for around 2 years now and honestly it’s amazing to throw with anything.  Anyways for this look I’ve taken inspiration from this seasons grunge but instead of baggy tshirts and sloppy hats…I’ve just interpreted it with a feminine twist and added height with my fave Next suede platforms.  Team this with smokey eyes, cleverly teamed accessories and you’ll really set the entire look off.

This Topshop Strappy Lace Dress is stunning with its crochet detail at the side and hooks at the back. I know I’m extremely pale and even though it stills works, it can be fantastic as a holiday dress whether it’s a city break or a beach trip and it weighs nothing…. thus why it’ll be joining me to Barcelona! 

Hello Winnie Woo!
Topshop Black Strappy Lace Side Dress – £36.00

I know it’s very simple but I sometimes like to keep things effortless with my clothes.  You can certainly jazz this up with vibrant colours, sandals or even other heels.  I’ve added snake print heels from Stylistpick and these just make the look remain simple but add something slightly different.  These Stylistpick Rosemary Mid Snake Print Heels are now in the sale for £20.00, if I wasn’t wearing them with this I’d wear them with simple black jeans and a top.

To be honest after seeing the photos I can’t quite get over how pale I am!  Thank goodness I have Barcelona coming up and a trip with friends to Torquay. If I don’t see some sunshine soon I may fade away….




  1. April 29, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    Yeah I love the jacket with the dress 🙂 it makes it nice and relaxed

  2. April 30, 2013 / 8:04 pm

    Cute detailing plus I love a leather jacket with dresses! Aw the cat made the top picture 🙂 xxx

  3. April 30, 2013 / 9:10 pm

    I wish she was my Cat! It's Alex from Gingey Bites, she's called Winnie 🙂

  4. April 30, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Love the crochet detail! Lovely look. 🙂
    xoxo Aimee

  5. May 2, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    Love that first photo. Love the dress, especially with those shoes!

  6. May 2, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    Thank you! The dress is my fave thing at the moment!

  7. May 2, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    aww love the dress, annie! Wow I'm jealous of the Barca trip!! Wish I was jetting off somewhere this week…. can't wait until june for my holiday! I'd just try to be really organised and plan out all your outfits for while you're there! If you try to coordinate a couple things then it should help you pack lighter.

    Hannah xx

  8. May 4, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    I hope so! I'm gonna try to pack well! Xx

  9. May 10, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    Thanks Emma, it's still in stores!

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