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One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress

Hasn’t it been a crazy month already or is that just me?!  Well I haven’t stopped and apparently life decided to catch up with me and give me chicken pox last week… yes and at 29 years of age it wasn’t fun! Fortunately I’m now nearly better with just the spots.  I know it’s a delightful image!

My health aside… but now that I am better I’ve started thinking about nights out in January.  Going on a night out when the weather is chilly isn’t the most appealing, I often would rather trade me heels for my slippers and my party frock for a onesie! Agreed?!  I’m sure many will.  I had started this year with a bundle of new years resolution but one of them in particular is to be more social and go out more, so for this post I’ve created the perfect look for a January night out.

January Glam

I’m a big fan of rich purple tones at the moment, so much so I’m currently revamping an old desk to a snazzy purple colour, (I’ll be blogging about that soon so watch this space) but as you can see throwing some dashes with the black really make this look feel warmer and chic.

Dress – French Connection Dolly Mesh Dress* – SALE £39.50
Bolero – Vintage
Heels – Carvela Glossie – SALE £65.00
Necklace – Anna Lou of London Initial Necklace – £45.00
Clutch – Accessorize
Earrings – Accessorize Raindrops Chandelier Earrings – £8.00
Bangles – Next

What do you think of this look? Well this is my favourite dress of the moment and you’re all super lucky as it’s actually just gone into the sale!   It’s the French Connection Dolly Mesh Jersey Dress, but has a cheeky detailed chest with chiffon and ruffles. 

As you can see I’ve added a black furry bolero to keep warm, which has been a fantastic investment when I bought it for the British Fashion Awards.

 I’m going to be honest I’ve used quite a lot of my old faithful pieces for example my clutch is from Accessorize from three seasons ago, however when I did my end of season clearout it didn’t get the chop.  Of course my Anna Lou of London necklace is with me everywhere!  It’s my favourite piece of jewellery and goes with pretty much everything, but for this look because there is a lot going on with the dress at the top a heavy necklace would of looked too much, which is why the ‘A’ necklace is back.

 You may have noticed my simple half and half hair do, this was so easy to create by washing, blow drying, straightening then losely pinning my hair back.  Trick for volume in the hair is using my favourite product (ever) label.m volume mouse… honestly I swear by it! 

toni and guy mousse review

 Add it to your shopping list!

How to use it
Just lightly spray on the roots (I only use a bit on the top) then blow dry and va-va-voom… you have big hair! 

How it feels
 Sometimes I have found in the past that mousse can feel sticky or tacky, which makes you feel the opposite to glam! The beauty of this one is that it’s extremely light but that doesn’t discourage from the effect.  My hair didn’t ‘feel’ any different on touch just the same as if I’d sprayed with natural touch hairspray#

How long does it last
I’ve used this numerous times when I have been doing a number of activities.  I mainly use it on nights out when I’ll be leaving the house at 7ish then returning later on, and have found my hair not to drop at all.  I won’t lie I do spray it with hairspray it but only with natural touch type. 

 I’ve been on a constant journey to find a decent volumizing mousse and this is the only one I’ll ever buy.  It’s even better when you use it and put rollers in… your hair is truly lifted! 

My January style ensemble for a night out is great for all kinds of ocassions, but I really think that adding a warm colour such as purple really makes this look stand out.  

What have you been wearing on nights out or have you hibernated this January?!




  1. January 12, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    LOVE that handbag Annie!! You look gorgeous xxxx

    • January 12, 2014 / 10:53 pm

      Thank you! It was Accessorize age ago but I absolutely love it! Have a browse on eBay as there might be one on there xx

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