STYLED BY……….JACQUI

Styled by……….

Styled by…..tells the story behind someones style. What does a person tell by the way she or he is dressed?  What does it say about their personality? When did they began to create their own style? The series is published every first Tuesday of the month.

Do you also have a story to tell, and do you also have beautiful pictures of your style evolution? I, and many of my readers, want to read your story! I would love it if you can join the fun too! You can find all the info in the Styled by…..page or contact me via email.

Let’s see who tell’s her Style Story this month!

Styled by………Jacqui

Firstly I must thank Nancy for being included in her Styled by feature …. I’m very humbled and appreciative of the opportunity she has given me.

Secondly thanks for taking the time to read about my fashion style, I hope it may give you an insight as to what works best for me – maybe picking up a few tips too!

Having always been a huge fan of getting dressed up, wearing make up and having nice hair.  However one big snag – when I was younger I never had enough money.  Saving up pocket money along with birthday and Christmas monetary gifts so I could then go out and have a big shopping spree with my sister.  Coming home with armfuls of bags, full of bargains was something I simply loved doing & was a real highlight for me. I still get that buzz when I’m on a big shopping splurge.😁

 

My style in my teens would mainly be wearing skirts, I hardly ever wore jeans.  Mixing and matching outfits like fitted skirts with different tops.  All matched with classic court shoes – normally black patent.

 

Over the years my love of clothes has grown along with my wardrobe.  I’m more daring then I’ve ever been, but I know what I like and only wear what I think suits me.  Never anything short – I hate my legs!

I suppose I’d say my style is classic with a hint of fashion and on trend items.

I’d love to wear a nice fitted dress and jacket or a dancing dress (as my granddaughter calls flared dresses), but sometimes that’s simply not practical.  Jeans are my go to choice, I probably own about 20 pairs now!  All different lengths, fits and colours – making a very versatile piece of equipment.

My favourites for now are my DIY frayed jeans that looks fab with plenty of my tops.  I have spotted a cute pair of white jeans with gorgeous cute embroidered cut out designs on the leg. Really?  do I need another pair of white jeans though!Styled by..........JacquiStyled by..........Jacqui

Love wearing dresses or jumpsuits to make the choice easier, therefore giving far more thought to what necklace, shoes or bag to use.

Oh and talking of bags, since I’ve been blogging I have embraced the non matching bag and shoes fashion!  That’s been a hard rule to break, but I’m getting there!  Being told on FB that’s it’s a real faux pas in Paris!  But hey fashion is personal, is says who you are and if it works some or all of the time, who’s to say you’re wrong?

Imagine if we told Vivienne Westwood, sorry Dame Vivienne Westwood she was wrong! Enough said!?Styled by..........JacquiI tend to use more fashionable accessories when and where I can, I’ve got such a huge collection of necklaces and scarfs, having nearly always got one to fit the outfit. The two photos below showing my use of scarves in my outfits.Styled by..........JacquiStyled by..........JacquiStyled by..........JacquiClassic dress with a fashionable cold shoulder sleeve, the added choker is a trend that I’m happy to wear, having got a few in my collection.Styled by..........JacquiI’m also a firm believer of not having to spend a fortune on an outfit.  This black and white stripy dress above came from Primark and cost a mere £6!  The sandals, bag and necklace cost considerably more, and work well to give a finished off, expensive look to what I’m wearing.

Having said that I’ll also spend lots on a dress if it’s for a special occasion – having spent nearly £400 on my mother of the bride outfit.  I fell in love with this two piece dress and jacket, but had to be convinced to buy it by my two daughters who said it was very flattering and suited me really well.

Drawn by the colour – this peacock blue dress is fitted and has bones to hold me in.  With the jacket having some stunning additions of pleats and buttons on the sleeves, I felt a million dollars in it. It’s such a shame I won’t get to wear it again.Styled by..........JacquiI’ll continue to grow my fashion sense and wardrobe contents, along with enjoying reading plenty of blogs – it’s a great way to get first hand knowledge of new ideas, gain insight and vision, then in turn influence other people.

Again many thanks Nancy for this opportunity, it has truly been a treat and pleasure to work with you.

The pleasure is all mine dear Jacqui! Thank you so much for your great story and fabulous photo’s!

If you want to see more of Jacqui, check her blog Mummabstylish.

THE BAD BUY BOOK: SKIRTS & FANCY FRIDAY LINKUP

The Bad Buy Book: skirts

Welcome to September’s edition of The Bad Buy Book! This month’s theme is: skirts!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15 th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or nancybaten@upcmail.nl. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

So, time to take a look at our Bad Buy Skirts!

First is my dear co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the EdgeThe Bad Buy Book: skirts“When I saw this faux leather pencil skirt, I had to have it.  Because, well, a black leather pencil skirt is completely bad ass.  But only if it fits properly.  Which it doesn’t.  It is crazy tight around the midsection.  I can’t sit or breathe in it!  But the next size up was much too big.  And how the heck do you get those horrible creases out of the faux leather?  I haven’t a clue.”

( I iron faux leather skirts Shelbee! Inside out!)

Next the always lovely Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style

The Bad Buy Book: skirts

“Well, it’s another episode of what Jodie can buy that really doesn’t work—ha ha!! ( Jodie’s words, not ours!)

Here’s my maxi skirt that I bought last year at the thrift store! I wanted a knit maxi skirt, and I love the colors, but it just didn’t work well for my style. There was too much going on in the print, and I never felt comfortable wearing it!! 

I suppose I could have tried other options to see if something would work, but I gave up and donated it!”

And  finally me with my bad Buy skirt. The Bad Buy Book: skirtsI bought this one on a market in Rye on a holiday. Very cheap! I fall for cheap, isn’t that awfull! But I only like the colors, nothing else. It’s cotton and I don’t like cotton. It doesn’t form to your body.The Bad Buy Book: skirtsThis is also a bad buy skirt, it’s actually a very boring color and I never wear it as a skirt. I wore it here as a dress! But this one I bought when I was still working and got 50% discount, so I bought a lot of clothing then………still do……without the discount…..

That’s it for this month! Hope you liked to read about our Bad Buys and that you will participate next month!

The October theme will be: Jackets!

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My favorite of last week is: Suzanne of Crazy Blonde LifeThe Bad Buy Book: skirts

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THE BAD BUY BOOK: DRESSES!

Welcome to June’s edition of The Bad Buy Book!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15 th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or nancybaten@upcmail.nl. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

Let’s start with The Bad Buy Book: dresses!

First of all, my lovely co-host Shelbee of Shelbee On the EdgeThe Bad Buy Book: dresses

I have this dress in black and it is one of my favorites!  When I saw it in this bright yellow floral, I had to have it.  It was slightly damaged so I also received a 50% discount but it was a final sale.  Now that I have it, I realize that the color is not so flattering on me.  And the slimming effect that is created in the black version is not present at all in the bright yellow!  Oh well, I still like the cheerfulness of the dress even though it is not the most flattering piece in my closet.

I actually like the boots and the cardigan with the dress Shelbee!

Here is Lorena of My Every Day Wear

The Bad Buy Book: dressesI’m the first one to admit that something does not look well. In this case, the black jumper dress purchased not too long ago. It looked ok in the dressing room and I was in a hurry, so I did not stop to further evaluate and just bought it. Today I am ready to let it go after just three wears. Does this happen to you often ? Buy something in a hurry,  little thought put in it and then… it just does not work ? I have to say it makes me upset as I like to think that I am now wiser and more assertive with my purchases, well I guess not.

Haha, oh yes Lorena, I can relate to that!

Here is our loyal fellow blogger Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of StyleThe Bad Buy Book: dressesSo I’m sending this photo of my dress that I consider a bad buy! It may look fine in the photos, but after only one washing it pilled terribly. I had washed it normally like the directions said, but the material must have been defective. I kept meaning to take it back to the store, but I never got around to it. Sadly, I gave it away, even though I loved it otherwise!!  

That’s a pitty Jodie, because the colors and the print are very nice.

Here is Susan of Over 50 Under 20The Bad Buy Book: dresses

Years ago, I made up a little saying for my husband to use when he went shopping by himself.  I felt like this was necessary, because sometimes he would bring home clothing that was…how can I put this?…..downright UGLY. I finally figured out that he did not look good in brown, so I taught him to say, “If it’s brown, put it down” and “If it’s blue, it will do.” His wardrobe choices have improved dramatically since he learned these phrases, but occasionally he will rebel and come home with something in the forbidden color. LOLThe Bad Buy Book: dresses

I am telling you this because I should have followed my own advice. I bought a brown dress, and I tried to make it work. I really did! When I tried this dress on, I thought it was so cute. But as I am fond of saying, my fashion journey is full of trial and error, which is why I don’t like to buy expensive clothes. I don’t like to make mistakes. BUT….I just have to admit…..I don’t like it!  .

Believe it or not, I did not give up after seeing these pictures, but kept going:The Bad Buy Book: dresses

To be honest, it is not just the color.  This dress is just NOT flattering at all. Ladies, this is why the camera is your friend. It will tell you things that the dressing room mirror will not say. The mirror might say, “Only $14.99, and you look so cute in this!  Buy it!”   But the camera will say, “It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t look good on you. What were you thinking??” So bye bye brown dress.  I hope you enjoyed hanging out in my closet for a month.

Haha, what a funny story Susan! At least you’ve tried!

Here is Gail of Is This Mutton?The Bad Buy Book: dressesThe problem:

 I bought this dress about a year ago: I was looking for an “impress dress” in terms of a smart dress for work that would give me confidence in a meeting where I had to present to a senior manager from the US. I thought this dress had the necessary gravitas.

BUT. Although it’s fairly figure flattering, it’s navy blue, a colour which doesn’t suit me and drains me.  I find the dress so dreary, I can’t even think of what to wear with it to make it look better. A belt? Meh. Jewellery? Meh. So probably the navy blue tights and shoes aren’t helping.  The dress is also a bit low cut, and I wore it with a sports bra to avoid showing any cleavage (!), and it shows my clavicles, which, unlike the rest of me, are bony. I don’t like wearing scarves but I don’t like this area being exposed. 

So I only wore it once, and I can’t see myself wearing it again! 

Perhaps styled in a totall different way Gail?

And lastly I, of course, also have a Bad Buy dress!The Bad Buy Book: dresses

I can’t even look normal wearing this one. What was I thinking? I know! Oh, It’s only €15! Why do we ever go back there every time? Bleh! To big, to frumpy, to long, to whatever! Not me.

 

That’s it for this month! Thank you all so very much for participating! Hope you, and lot’s of more beautiful women, will join us next month!

Next month theme is: Tops!

So dig up that ugly shirt, that without any thinking bought tee and those not to combine tops. And send us your picture before the 10 th of July!

Have a great day everybody!