I'm Not Perky - The Scarlett & Jo Crochet Collar Dress

The little black dress, a staple item for Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham... and Wednesday Addams. I am an Audrey fan but I must say Wednesday would be my favourite out of the bunch and getting her spooky schoolgirl chic has long been something I've aspired to. Crochet collar shift dresses were big last year but naturally I was looking for something a little different and with a smidge more class. Well, yet again the fabulous Scarlett and Jo have helped me live out my fashion dreams by creating this utterly gorgeous crochet collar dress which satisfies all of my cutesy goth girl fantasies.

It's a really dreamy style with perfect three quarter length sleeves and it's just the perfect length on my 5'7'' frame sitting just on the knee. As is always the case with Scarlett and Jo the fabric is thick and stretchy and marvellous quality, something that will stand wash after wash and still look as good as new (although with the delicate beaded collar I would definitely recommend a delicate wash). Speaking of the collar, it really is lovely. Crochet like lace in ivory with pearl bead detailing to add that extra something special.

To keep with the creeptastic theme I decided to go for black biker boots and one of my favourite accessories, my petrol feather clutch bag with was an amazing Primark score last year when I went on a weekend trip to Edinburgh. I'm at work this Halloween, and I think this will be my outfit of choice.

Scarlett and Jo Crochet Collar Dress - Evans - £38.00* (currently only available in plum)
Catwalk Collection Biker Boots (EEE Fit) - Fashion World - £65.00*
Raven Feather Clutch - Primark - £8.00 (2013)

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Divine Designers : Jonathan Adler

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I get distracted from clothes and get on to a homewares / cookery / furniture kick. This week I've been lusting after pretty decorative things for my home and also some key statement pieces that I'd love to bring into my house to mix it up a bit. There are a few designers that I always head straight for when I'm looking for beautiful but unusual pieces and one of them is the lovely Jonathan Adler. I think I first found out about Jonathan when I spotted some of his gorgeous stripey canisters somewhere on a Beetlejuice-esque photo shoot and had to hunt them down. Sadly I don't own any yet but perhaps one day... perhaps...

You can't beat a good pretty random object to brighten up a sideboard or a mantelpiece. Mine are covered mostly with old lovely things that I've found at vintage fairs but I do like to throw in the odd modern piece to add an extra spark - that's my thing after all, classic but quirky. A nice bowl to fill with jewellery or pop your keys in is always a good thing to add to your hall table and if you get one with an unusual design it adds intrigue as soon as you step into your home - this Muse Bowl will do just that. If you wanted to creep people out a bit why not also add this delightful Eyelashes Canister? Have a favourite hat or hair piece you'd like to display a little more elegantly? Then grab yourself this Madame Head Form and don't forget to pop this unbelievably beautiful Muse D'or Candle next to it to make your dressing table really special.

I mentioned statement pieces and to me the ultimate statement piece will always be a fabulous home bar. We've fancied a globe shaped one for some time but I keep seeing them in swanky bars and other people's homes now so I've been hunting for something a little more uncommon and I think I found the perfect thing in this Delphine Mirrored Bar. I adore the mirrored exterior, the gold detailing and frame base and the pale blue interior is just darling. If anyone has a spare 3k let me know, I promise I'll make you a cocktail.

So, being a little more realistic it's unlikely I'll have a three grand home bar in my living room within the next decade, but I might be able to swing a pretty cocktail tray table. I love the golden bamboo style legs of this Meurice Butlet Tray Table, it's so kitsch 1950's tiki bar brought up to date. Of course, I need a beautiful chair to sip my yummy cocktail in and a pale purple one like this Haines Chair in Canterbury Amethyst will go perfectly with my blonde locks and golden maxi dresses that I swan about in at home. Ahem, I wish.

Finally, an odd vase or candlestick will always be something I gravitate to and as I think the female form is so beautiful I just can't resist the Luciana Vase and the Edie Vase. Some of you may also know that I have a big thing for hand ornaments and jewellery. I have a lot of vintage pieces but have never found a modern rendition that I like, until I spotted these amazing Eve Candleholder which I am dying to put on my bedside table.

Do you have any favourite interior designers? Please do share I love to find new designers to add to my love list!

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Now get this work

Weekend!!!!! Aaah I'm ready for this, what a week! Well actually I still have a busy day tomorrow as I have a wedding to attend and bride and bridesmaid make up to do. Still, it's not a day in the office and I always love a good wedding so I'm quite excited!

I've not done a workwear post in a while and so I thought I'd share with you the outfit I wore to a job interview last week - I got the job so I think it was a good choice! I don't think you can get more workwear appropriate than a shirt, but I just don't like plain cotton types and I find them kind of uncomfortable. Chiffony shirts are more my thing and I love one with a good print, and this one from the new Look Magazine collection at Simply Be is just wonderful! It fits true to size and is lovely and soft and looks fab with sleeves rolled or down and with the collar fully buttoned or open. My favourite feature is the covered button placket, a detail often left out but that gives an added luxe flourish to a staple piece like a shirt. I loved quite a few of the pieces from this Look range but this is the only one I've bought so far - have you bought anything from the range?

My trusty Claire Richards black velvet pencil skirt was my chosen partner this time, something I wear at least once a week and has served me very well - I wish I had bought two as it is now not available. Accessories were what added the spark to this outfit I think, my trusty gold baroque flourish necklace which was a £4 Primark bargain last year added the needed sparkle and the lovely Ted Baker bag that Pete gave me for my birthday made a perfect partner. With it's monochrome vinyl echoing the shirt and the rose gold detailing adding even more sparkle it was the perfect choice for outfit.

And finally my beautiful shoesies, Razzel Dazzels from Irregular Choice. Sadly this colour way is now sold out but there are lots of other gorgeous variations you can choose from. This is my favourite IG style as it features a smaller and much more wearable heel and also because the split to the front makes them perfectly suited to wider feet like mine as they allow a little more room. I do wish they'd bring out a wedding version of this style as I'd love to wear some silver crystally ones for my wedding next year! Hint hint!!!

Look Printed Long Sleeve Shirt - Simply Be - £35.00
Claire Richards Black Velvet Skirt - Fashion World - Sold Out
Dazzel Razzel Low Heels - Irregular Choice - £74.99
Gold Baroque Statement Necklace - Primark - Sold Out 2013
Sophia Quilted Tote Bag - Ted Baker - £149.00

Lipstick is MAC Russian Red

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