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Sometimes bargain buys become our absolute favourites. That is the case with this dress from H&M which I bought a few years ago. It is made of the most comfortable jersey material, has just the right amount of embellishment, and can be dressed up or down.

Worn here with H&M fringed nude flats, and some vintage earrings I received as a birthday present.

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ImageI’m reminiscing about the beautiful sunny days I spent last year in Florence for my birthday. As always I didn’t pack light because getting dressed up is half the fun of a holiday. I have to admit that it only took one evening and a badly twisted ankle to make me realise that the heels I had brought along would be useless. I don’t know how other bloggers do it, but cobbled Italian streets are not conducive to me in 5 inch stilettos (or even wedges for that matter.)

So I compromised. Fashion may be pain, but I draw the line at a broken ankle.

I spent most of the holiday in trusty flats and billowing dresses and skirts. Here I am wearing palazzo pants & a maxi necklace from Zara, a vest top and fringed bag from H&M, my trusty (and battered) Raybans and some Primark sandals.

Economical, functional, comfortable and beautiful. What do you think?Image

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These days the fashion world is bursting at the seams with one style “blogger” after another. I confess to following some blogs with enthusiasm, but if I see one more Celine tote or Chinchilla fur I will have to poke my eyes out. I also confess that there is a plethora of far better looking and much better dressed wannabe bloggers than myself out there.

So let me clarify the reason for the venture. I want to create a blog that does not present highly stylised, unrealistic and ridiculously out of reach clothing and accessories. This page will be all about ACCESSIBLE fashion.

I will not be wearing strappy stilettos in the snow because frankly that is just absurd. (And also, after trying to imitate my favourite fashionistas and freezing my bollocks off, I would like to set a more realistic example.) There will be no handbags that cost more than cars either (yes Birkins, I’m talking to you).

So in this spirit, here is my first outfit post – and it’s all 100% high street. The most expensive item I’m wearing are the Raybans.

Enjoy.

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