River Island Pleated Maxi Skirt

Can you just imagine the difficulty I am going to have ironing this thing? All those teeny tiny pleats requiring close attention...and fyi: I am not that great at wielding an iron. I will struggle.

Dry clean only :)

However, the cleaning bill will be worth it...because this is a great cross-seasonal item.

The "this" I am referring to is the River Island pleated maxi skirt that I blogged about here.

I wore it today and lazily paired it with the a black body and a brown belt. I did feel strange about the brown belt (I had a mini conversation with a reader called @kellyyes about this)...it feels wrong to pair the two tones together but when it's all you have to hide an elasticated waistband, you deal. I am dealing and actually, I don't think it looks too bad.

A little more about the skirt:

a) Unlike yesterday's effort, this could easily be worn in winter.
b) It's extremely comfortable and can be worn either high on the waist or above the hips
c) The double layering makes it. Its fitted and yet provides volume with movement. This fact negates any potential frump effect that you always risk when you don a long skirt. It swishes and moves as you do and boy, do I like to swish :)

Skirt: River Island (current season)
Top: Topshop body
Belt: Swiped from a Forever 21 skirt
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (last season)
Sunglasses: Gucci

And because I like to end on a little ramble....here's a few things I am enjoying at the moment:

1) Studio Fix Fluid - bought over to Dubai to use up and I have to say that despite the awful smell of the product, it provides perfect, long-lasting coverage. I am experiencing something like love.
2) NARS Penny Lane - another product I wanted to use up. I have hit pan and like the colour it gives cheeks. It doesn't last a terribly long time after application but it's a light, flattering glow...and I am considering a repurchase once I use a few other products up.
3) Chanel Particuliere - an impulse application on the toes and before I knew it I was slapping it on my fingernails. Nothing beats this. Nothing. At least not this week :p
4) A really good glass of red wine - and this is how I toasted my Saturday night. A Cabernet and Merlot blend. Delicious!

Any other wine lovers out there? If there are....what's your favourite? I LOVE Amarone...it's my special treat tipple. I will also happily accept any Rioja within any price range :)


Hope you all have a great Saturday!

L
x

68 comments:

  1. Love the skirt and of course the WINE!

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  2. Dear Laura,

    As for wine, you ought to try Root 1 from Chile! :)

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  3. oooh, wine and tapas- I love that! I am obsessed with viognier in the summer and love pinot noir in the winter. Those sunglasses really finish your outfits- they really suit you!

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  4. You're joking about the ironing, right? (If not: you don't iron pleated items, dry clean them. Please.)

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  5. @metsis - I have every intention of dry cleaning :) this needs a professional!

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  6. Gorgeous outfit! Love your sense of style Laura. And I am such a wine lover...red, white, rose, dry, sweet lol

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  7. That's such a pretty skirt, really feminine and floaty and yet the black stops it from being ott girly. I love those pumps too! I drove from Dubai back to Abu Dhabi today and my goodness both places are so hot!

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  8. Great look, the skirt is adorable! :) I love wine, but I don't have a favourite (I do prefer white over red) :)

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  9. Love's me some Red! My wine of choice is Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Yum.

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  10. I actually quite like brown and black together. I'm wearing Particuliere on my toes right now too!

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  11. Stunning, black really suits you and you make it look SO good in hot weather! Do I also spy a new MK watch on your wrist? :) xxx

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  12. Love the skirt. As for ironing. Let it drip dry on the washing and the pleats will stay in. That's what I do with my chiffon pleated trousers and skirts and all the pleats are still perfect!

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  13. Go on with the black and brown together girl. Beautiful. I have a friend from Spain who wore that color combination often - and I mean like, brown top, black pants - and it worked soooooo well on her, thereby giving me the courage to try it! xo
    P.S. Loving ChocoVino Espresso lately.

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  14. I love the skirt! I'm not really a skirt person but I will be having a look for this,its really nice.

    The brown belt looks good with it too

    Kim x

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  15. love the skirt! it looks lovely and swishy, always a good thing :)

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  16. Lovely skirt! I am over in Dubai too and loving it, although a little less classy than red wine and more like brunch at al qasr- highly recommended if you're down here x

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  17. Love the brown belt "with it breaks up the black, but thinking a gold skinny belt would look nice as well!

    Don't like red wine but how about a black Russian nothing beats it lol xx

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  18. what mascara are you wearing here Laura?xx

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  19. i am trying to buy the skirt on the river island website. i couldn't find it... =(

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  20. I actually really like the brown belt with the outfit- you make it work!

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  21. i like wine as well, but i prefer white, better for your teeth ;)

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  22. I love your outfits. Your posts make me want to go shopping! :)

    Oh, and I think the brown belt looks great with your outfit.

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  23. forgot to say these pictures are beautiful, you have a good photog ;)

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  24. i love the skirt but your hair is looking beautiful! so pretty xx

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  25. I love that skirt and I too love Rioja, infact, I'm enjoying a glass or two right now. X

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  26. the skirt is pretty, but I'm more interested in that tall mojito! :)

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  27. The skirt looks amazing. I love your hair in this too.

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  28. I used to say black and brown make me frown but recently I love putting them together. The same goes for mixing gold and silver. Everyones doing it these days! Great pic of your shoes on the steps. x

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  29. oooh love this!! I quite like the black and brown combo! xox

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  30. Beautiful! :)
    Where is the two-tone watch from, by the way? x

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  31. loving this outfit!


    http://thechicandcheapblog.blogspot.com/

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  32. I love your outfits, it looks so simple but still lovely! You've tempted me into trying Studio Fix Fluix now.. what's not to love about perfect, long-lasting coverage?! xx

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  33. I loveee the skirt but want those flats!!

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  34. Pretty! Perfect flowy dress for a breezy day =) I adora Laura!

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  35. OMG!!! You're blogging again?!? How did I miss this? I'm so happy! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs :) Happy shopping

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  36. Rioja, tempranillo, blends if any kind - yes, yes and yes! Cheers! :)

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  37. i really quite like the pairing of the black with the brown belt, breaks it up a little bit :)

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  38. You look amazingly gorgeous in all of these photos! Totally having a weather envy moment too, can't wait for the Summer over here in Australia. Bring on the beaches, skirts and tans :)

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  39. Beautiful!

    Your new post has made my Sunday morning so much more enjoyable :)

    xoxo

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  40. The skirt is lovely! I found a full length pleated number in warehouse and didn't buy it because of the ironing situation! The assistant was slightly smug when I told her this and said it would require no ironing. Yeah right!! Love your blog x

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  41. she said it would need no ironing that is!

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  42. I actually think brown and black together, used in the right way, is really stylish and classic, particularly tan brown accessories with black. The skirt looks lovely and versatile, will look nice with just a plain grey jersey tee too.

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  43. i love shiraz but prefer white; nothing compares to verdicchio or chablis.
    the outfit looks lovely as usual x

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  44. the skirt is way too old lady for me. I think this year brown and black combinations are in, but I can't quite cope with that, yet. :)

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  45. You look lovely! Maxi skirts will deffo be a staple in my wardrobe this winter :D

    Joselin
    xxx

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  46. adorable blog.

    and if you have the time for it :) please visit my fashion photography blog

    www.newyorkfashion-sh.blogspot.com

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  47. My favorite wine is sold everywhere in Iceland where I'm from but is unfortunately rare in the UK. It's from the Tommasi estate in Valpolicella Classico region of Italy. The red is the best one I tried, very light and fruity yet full-bodied. I miss not having it here!

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  48. Red wine is the best thing in the world! I love Chilean if you want to try a cheap but amazing red try 35 degrees south. Its about a fiver but tastes amazing. Also a good wolfblass always go down well. I got a skirt similar to that but without the double layers and when I washed it the pleats just stayed and it didn't need ironing. hopefully you wont have to iron it at all. :)

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  49. skirt looks lovely but i especially love the shoes :D

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  50. Im loving this makeup combo on you -I think its your best ever x

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  51. @raspcherry - thank you :) it's all down to good old Studio Fix Fluid! :)

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  52. For medical reasons I cant drink red anymore :( big sad face. Used to love a good glass of pinot noir or montepulciano occasionally- lush! Gives me a fab excuse to have sparkling wine / chalamagne whenever a glass of wine is in order..

    Z x

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  53. Do I spy a cheeky mojito in the background?? ;)

    Z


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  54. love the skirt and a gorgeous outfit! hope you're still having a lovely time in dubai! X

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  55. Voga Pino Grigio is my favorite! And love those flats, btw. =)

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  56. so lovely!

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena ♥

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  57. This is a great look. I think tan brown and black can look great together; it's certainly an interesting mix of neutral tones. I love neutrals of all shades mixed together creatively. I give it two thumbs for execution and style!

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  58. love the skirt! Looks so good on you.

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    Natalie

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  59. omg you rock the maxi skirt Laura, love the whole look. I am a big wine lover ( and by big mean HUGE) I prefer Spain, Argentine and some parts of France, this weekend I had "Il Brecciarolo Rosso, 2008" from Italy it is little bit dry but fruity which I like:) have a great weekend xoxo

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  60. Super love the first photo! :D

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  61. I just re-discovered you! so excited.

    love the skirt have one in my bag on asos, Also inspired by you got a grey focco everyone keeps asking me about it it's wonderful :-)

    ohhh wine, mmmmmmmmmmm I'm a kiwi so really just stick to the New Zealand options (heaps) have you tried any?

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  62. I am so glad to have found ur blog! I have always loved ur styleand personality! My favorite red is from california. Its a pinot called golden eye.

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  63. The skirt look gorgeous on you. *puts hand up* massive red wine fan over here, Rioja is lovely however Blossom Hill isn't, a relative bought me it, I lied, said I liked it and now get it every year without fail! ;;p x

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  64. Laura, if you are traveling with that great looking
    skirt...STEAMER!!! I purchased a large one for my home on the recommendation of another blogger and I LOVE it...Then purchased a travel one and my worries of ever ironing again have vanished!!! Love the skirt!!! And I love a great Malbec...it's a combo of Cab and Merlot I believe...

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  65. I really love your profile, the lips and the eyebrows are beautiful. :-)

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  66. my favorite red wine is Ribera Del Duero, really yummy spanish wine! and good italian ones would be nero d'avola and montepulciano! ;)

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