I can't resist a sequin...

...spoken like a true disciple of Rachel Zoe.

But it's true!

I love a sequin and when you are feeling lazy, dressed in denim shorts and a tee, all you have to do is add about of sartorial bling and you are sorted.

This was my dilemma this evening...casual drinks out in the local hotel bar but as much as I didn't want to change I didn't just want to schlepp there looking so understated. On came the sequins.



This jacket/wrap was from New Look in 2010 - so it's probably heading into "vintage" definition territory - but remains a fantastic buy.

I know lots of high streets shops bring this kind of item out every season and I urge you to buy one. They are so useful - add a bit of colour and interest - without making you feel like Shirley Bassey.

I thought I would add in a picture of my over-applied highlighter for a laugh....I have loved this every time I have used it - St Tropez Skin Illuminator - it glows a blue/white tone that is truly unique - however, the key is to blend!

...which was done after this photo was taken.



In training....

I got an amazing bargain (i.e, 70% off marked price!) in the Harvey Nichols sale yesterday...a pair of vertinigious heels by Manolo Blahnik.





They are a gorgeous bright colour that will mesh well with anything tan/cream and I love the graphic quality to the design. This is what initially attracted me - an almost comic book effect to the material that wraps round the feet...and they look amazing on.

The only barrier is walking. I am perfecting that as we speak and intend to wear them before I head home on Wednesday night.

Any tips for me?

57 comments:

  1. Love this outfit, I have a similar wrap/ jacket/ shrug from French Connection years ago. Love the shoes and I need to try to track down those shorts!

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  2. Those heels are amazing, as is the wrap from New Look. I love pieces like that, that can just instantly jazz up a plain outfit! xoxo

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  3. I love this outfit! Those shoes are to die for :D You got the deal of the century on those!

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  4. @Becky - it will never date. one of the best buys ever. i always pair it with a wihte tee. :)

    @natalielinsay - me too. it's effortless - which for someone like me is very important :)

    @Kelly - i was sooo excited! I would never pay full price but 70% off? Yes please! Sale time is about the only good time to shop in Dubai! :)

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  5. That's a fab jacket, it really blings up a casual look! As for the Manolos, I'm afraid I'm so jealous I may just have to hate you lol!

    Nat x

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  6. love the sequin jacket. funny how a little sparkle makes you feel fancy eh? and i have heard of the st tropez illuminators! i heard they make a violet one which is sounds so unique and intriguing. your over-applied illuminator photo made me lol :)

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  7. oohh la la ..I'm lovin' the Manolos xxx

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  8. Denim, white V-neck and sequins, you're basically talking about one of my staple outfits! Still, it always works!

    That being said, I'd love to get these shoes in my wardrobe. That's definitely the best sale items I've seen. 70% off? Hu, really! AMAZING!!!

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  9. I love the sequin jacket!!! Also that highlighter looks amazing! Would love to see what it looks like properly blended :)

    Gem x
    www.twinklebug.com

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  10. I've been having cravings for sequin items in my wardrobe, I JUST blogged about that. I really want a sequin slouchy vest, I think it'd look great with jeans.

    The shoes are unbelievable by the way, SO gorgeous. xx

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  11. Oh lord, they are such beautiful shoes! Good luck walking in them, I couldn't! I loved Dubai when I was there, bet your a bit gutted!

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  12. @Natalie - haha thanks :) I love 'em

    @kellyyes - had to include it :) made me laugh too!

    @Luckymirai - heehee me too :)

    @Elodie - it's so true: and can be dressed up with some nice shoes....this time i wore flip flops though :) haha

    @Gem - yes definitely. been one of my favourite products for a year.

    @Shabna - great minds! :) you neeed them :)

    @Julie - always sad to have to go back to work :) lol i will be back here very soon though so not tooo sad. :)

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  13. Gorgeous gorgeous sequiny 'thing' i love how it looks with your uber casual outfit xx

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  14. looking gorgeous as usual! walking in those manolos? use a lot of heart? hehe, i find that making a beautiful shoe a home shoe first -then a street shoe always helps. i also find that i bs a lot..

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  15. @Rach - heehee love that description :)

    @Opheeee - haha i need all the BS/help I can get. I have been wearing them indoors...its the only way :)

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  16. Laura!
    I love your blog; I'm so happy you've started blogging again! :) In fact, you are the person who has made me want to so I've kind of started :)

    You always look so gorgeous and I hope one day my blog can be half what yours is :)
    xxxx

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  17. The shoes are amazing - never seen any like them before! Very unique.

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  18. love that sequiny thing I have one almost like this but in black but yours is more shazam :) love it. wow to the shoes, it is like it was designed by a graphic artist, so unique sketch & 70% off wow it's gift from heaven:) I hope they are comfortable at least for walk from door to car ..haha but keep those anti-friction sticks on your bag in case you need touch up:) enjoy your new shoes , have a great day Laura xoxo

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  19. I absolutely adore the sequins!
    And those shoes ... love love love <3
    x

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  20. this sequin jacket is so so awesome

    want it too :D

    it makes every normal shirt so special


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    xoxo

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  21. The shoes are incredible!! Bargain of the century! :P And lol to the blue cheeks! :D rachinald.blogspot.com

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  22. Love those shoes and what a bargain too.

    I'm so glad your back, I really had missed your blog xx

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  23. Wow beautiful shoes!

    Hmm a highlighter that actually shows in photos? I think I'll look into it.

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  24. I love jazzing up casual tshirts with sequins, shouldn't work but it does!
    Sparkle-and-grey.blogspot.com

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  25. LOL at the highlighter, it must be so pretty in person =)

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  26. Those shoes are to die for!! They look like something Superwoman would wear on the runway!

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  27. You have inspired me to dig out my topshop jacket like this from last year. Looks awesome on you! xxx

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  28. I adore the jacket, was thinking about getting something like this - I love how a bit of sparkle glams an outfit up :)
    And those shoes were an unbelievable bargain!
    x

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  29. I've never come across a sequined thing or glitter nail polish I didn't want. It's a sickness. Nice shoes!

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  30. A girl after my own heart...casual but still polished! Love it! And that highlighter on your cheeks is stunning!

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  31. Oh Laura!
    You never fail to look gorgeous! I love your style...
    I'm really glad you started blogging again! Yeah! ;-)
    Lots of love from Switzerland!

    http://mesbistouilles.blogspot.com

    Anne.

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  32. Gorgeous shoes!!! nice!!

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  33. those shoes look stunning!!! love the color of them as well! xxx

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  34. sick of H&M, well I think you should check out Francesca's very lovely items!

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  35. love love love the sparkley, blingy top!

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  36. Wow, I shall be on a hunt for that sequined top. It really brightened the whole casual tee and denim shorts. LIKE!
    xoxo,
    LoveSkinBest

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  37. Do you have your navel pierced? It seems like it's seen through the white shirt in the pictures. Love the shoes!

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  38. Loving the sequined top! Never really seen you in such a sparkly top! it looks great.

    please check out my blog: http://nudelipstick-pinkblush.blogspot.com/

    Thank you. xx

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  39. One of my friends is the queen of high heels. She told me I should walk the way I'd walk with trainers. I still find it hard, though, it looks like 8cm is my maximum.

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  40. did i miss where the demin shorts where from...? not sure i can brave my legs just yet but after a little st moritz i might..LOL x

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  41. the shoes are lovely... you look really brown in the pics :D

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  42. LOVE LOVE LOVE Manolo Blahnik so Sex and The City!!!

    http://jessica-aprilvents.blogspot.com/

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  43. love the shorts!! feel odd saying this but im landing in Dubai wednesday night..

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  44. I love everything in and about this post!!
    Burn the Blonde XXX

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  45. I like the cute little cape, but remember next time, always wear a nude bra under a white top, not a white bra! It looks so much better x

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  46. Recently discovered your blog and love it! And i especially love those Manolo Blahnik's!

    www.sydneysuburbangirl.blogspot.com

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  47. i love how relaxed and flowy the sequins cardigan is. i've never owned anything sequins, but i'm diggin' the look!

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  48. Oh I love the sequin cardigan! Very pretty and the shoes.... Such a great colour.

    http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com

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  49. OMG ! Not only did I find a job 2 days ago but you're also back blogging and I just discovered it today ! Best week ever !

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  50. Is your highlighter the violet version? Or gold or Rose?

    It looks amazing!!

    Melissa

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  51. you have a piercing, dont u? :) lookin lovely as always! xx

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  52. Lauraaaa! I'm so glad you're writing again! :D
    Also... are your shorts here the same as the pair in your previous post?

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  53. That little sequin wrap is exquisite. I adore your blog and will definitly come back to read more of your posts. I wish you all of the luck in the world with it.

    All the best,
    Voe.
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    http://lipstick-and-pearls.blogspot.com

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  54. Those shoes are amazing! Please show them off in a future post because I'd love to see what they look like on!

    A few years back I stumbled across a sheer black racer back tank top (in Wal-Mart of all places). It had a large sequin bow design stitched on the front and it cost me all of $3. I expected it to last two or three washings but three years later it's still going strong! It's in great shape and no one believes me when I say it was a cheap Wal-Mart purchase. Something about sequins just jazzes up an ordinary piece of fabric :)

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  55. Love the blog and love the sequin cardigan!

    http://bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  56. love it. I really like how do ur blogs. Keep it up Laura :)


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