The Grey Zara Skirt

My recommendation? Do not go in Zara at the moment. There is a lot of stock that seems to fit the bill and you will end up spending quite a bit of money.

This week I literally sighed as I walked around as I was so overwhelmed with how much there was - and how much I wanted.

I settled for three things and this grey skirt is one of them. It's one of those basics items that you could so easily miss in store but when you find it you realise it will go with everything. Okay, so it's not really a work/office appropriate item but for the weekend/evenings it is perfect!

The elasticated waist means that you can pull it down to hip bone level if you want it a bit longer....or plonk it round your waist. Either way it works.

The colour is a soft grey and the material mimics silk. It's light and perfect for summer. The slightly tulip shape also means that you won't have to worry about a Marilyn moment - arse covered.

I wore it today to brunch at Jones the Grocer and then popped along to the beach to take photos. NB: This is not my typical beach attire and yes, that's the Burj al Arab in the background :)






Skirt: Zara - Link!
Shirt: Zara
Jacket worn in some pics: Topshop
Necklace: Topshop
Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Celine
Nail polish: N Style (Dubai brand) in Poetic Petra which I am absolutely obsessed with.

Now I am off for Sundowner's in the same outfit - see I said that I loved it! -  but before I go, a book update.

So Fifty Shades of Grey. Pretty shocking stuff, not least because the writing is fairly poor and the constant references to Audi's makes it read like the stuff of tactical marketing. What's that all about?

I feel like it's taken weeks to get halfway through. I just can't build any empathy with the characters nor understand what their motivations are for all of this relationship business....but because it's such an international news scandal I will finish it. Whether I download the next installment is currently undecided.

Anyone else reading this?

Have a great Friday all!

xxx

71 comments:

  1. This outfit is absolutely gorgeous! That skirt is definitely an item that I need to purchase! Also, Zara have just got a very similar skirt in an 'ice' colour which I need in my life too, just thought I'd mention it as you might like it, it's called the stretch waist miniskirt. You look gorgeous as always!

    Gem xx
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  2. Laura, you are absolutely stunning! I love the skirt AND the blouse =)

    I cannot seem to get my lazy ass to step to the left side of my closet away from the jeans and tshirts!


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  3. love the way you paired your usual neutrals with neon nails. very very cool and "bang on trend" (sorry, i had to lol)

    it's funny you say that abut zara, i've planned a cheeky visit after my laser hair removal appointment this afternoon. still on the hunt for the perfect bubblegum pink jeans, wish me luck!:)

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  4. Oh to be flipping young again, I'm late 40's ( God, that phrase makes it sound older!) so have had to retire short skirts. I go into Topshop and Zara pretending in my head that I'm shopping for my imaginary daughter.

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  5. I love this outfit! Note Mango is another shop you should stay out of these days, there's so many great pieces in there as well :) x

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  6. Lovely! Love your style! and I do understand...I work there....!!!!It's extreeeeeeeemely dangerous!!!! ;DDD

    xoxo
    Elisir
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  7. Lovely skirt, lovely outfit! xxx

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  8. Meoww of the last picture...I love those shades and thanks for 'warning' me about Zara

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  9. I can't handle awesomeness of this outfit.
    take care :)

    XO

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  10. Zara is definitely on form lately! Gorgeous nails :)

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    xxx

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  11. fabulous outfit. I especially love the nail colour and that cute necklace of yours. x

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  12. love this, sheer blouse, skirt, cropped blazer and cute chain. fab x x

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  13. i love the skirt~ i saw it in Zara the other day! but i thought that the material is really light so it may be a problem with the wind blows haha~
    And i do like the colour of your nails too :)

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  14. The skirt looks fab on & the Celine bag is the perfect accessory!
    Have a fantastic weekend hun xoxo
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  15. what a lovely outfit such simple pieces but perfect all together! I agree Zara has taken a lot of my money this past month....xx

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  16. I know what you mean! Zara is hitting all the right spots for me at the moment and I want EVERYTHING in the store!

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  17. The color of the skirt reminds me of the grey Focco. Very pretty. :) The bag is still going strong btw.

    Side note, would you ever consider doing a "life in dubai" post?

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  18. I would die to be able to shop with you for just a few hours! You have such a skilled eye when it comes to picking key pieces! Absolutely LOVE the skirt will definitely be picking it up STAT!!! Much love from Miami <3

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  19. that is just SO CUTE!
    I agree - I have been really loving zara lately!

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  20. Laura, love the outfit! Love the background :) Where is the evil eye bracelet from?

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  21. never mind about the evil eye bracelet, just remembered you had done a post ;)

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  22. love Zara they are always on trend and purse friendly xx

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  23. Loving the skirt ! And zara is very dangerous at the moment indeed ! xx

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  24. Love your outfit- the Zara skirt is gorgeous!!:)Xx

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  25. I absolutely love it! XXXX


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  26. I love the necklace! It's length gives the look real contrast pared with the more 'cropped' garments.

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  27. Is there a thing you can buy and I won't love it? I've been waiting for several months and that did not happen lol
    You are stunning Laura!
    I love your Celine and got myself nice H&M rip off :D I did a post on my blog about it :) I like it but I stay away from comparing it to your original because it would definitely loose the battle ha ha

    Greetings from England xxx

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  28. Well, moms of my son's religious school are reading it hungrily! *an internal eyeroll*
    That's all I hear about in the hallways while awaiting my child's pick up time!
    IDK...I think I'll pass!
    I did just finish an incredible book by Lisa Genova "Still Alice".
    Looking good Laura,
    xx

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  29. I love this – classic and gorgeous!

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  30. So funny, I have Fifty Shades of Grey on hold at my library. I decided I wasn't going to pay for it if it's a bust. Sometimes a good smut read is fun, but mostly I want to know what everyone else is reading and why. haha

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  31. forever jealous of how pretty you are! x

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  32. Love everything about all of these pictures! xx

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  33. Perfect outfit!! Love your whole look in these pics.
    Omg no don't tell me about Zara. 3.. 3 blooming online orders and 2 trips into the local one in ONE week. My online stuff hasn't arrived yet and I told my mum to force me to return 1/2 of it because its ridic how much stuff I liked and bought. Great season!

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  34. Love the skirt, Zara is the best place for basics! And the nail polish is such a pretty color!

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  35. I am dying for a Celine bag!!

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  36. This outfit look super comfy and super put together.
    Can you tell me where your star necklace is from? I'm in love with it and would like to find something similar (if not the same thing). Thanks.

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  37. I must admit I read it because I saw what you said about it last time. In my opinion it'f full of cliches but amusing enough to keep on reading... so far, and I haven't even finished the first half.

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  38. I am trying so hard to stay away from Zara at the moment - like you say, it is full to the brim of amazing pieces and my bank balance will not thank me if I so much as step in store! This skirt is gorgeous though - definitely on my radar..!!

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  39. Wowza looooove the shirt! xxx

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  40. i love zaras but my purse doesnt lol
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  41. Dubai looks so beautiful, you're so lucky to live in such a gorgeous place! :)

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  43. Just tried the skirt today (I have been thinking about it for a while!) But it doesn't look as good on me as on you, lucky girl!!

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  44. I bought 50 Shades of Grey from Amazon as soon as I read your post as I love controversy but I am having a hard time getting into it. I am pretty sure I will not be purchasing the next book unless Amazon puts it in the lending library so it is free.

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  45. Obsessed with this skirt! your style is cute

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  46. I love this type of skirt, light, easy and super comfortable with that elastic.
    My only (possible) gripe would be the material... don't you find it a bit prone to static.
    Awful in an office environment?

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  47. I love this skirt! I bought it but returned it. Definitely not for the hip kinda body.

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  48. Love the skirt!
    Don't forget to check out my giveaway- Revlon Lip Butters and Maybelline Color Tattoos.
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  49. I'm impressed by your blog. Following you now!! And I hope you do the same back :)
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  50. Exactly how I felt when I went in Zara the other day! I did some damage to my card and yet there were still do many other things I wanted. Sigh...

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  51. Laura
    Would you be interested in listing some great books you've read. You seem like an avid reader. Thanks.

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  52. Great outfit!! I have totally been avoiding Zara the last month or so but after seeing this skirt, I'm tempted..

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  53. Zara is a dangerous place to step foot in at the moment, they've just got it completely right this season! Perfect skirt, love the colour and it's made a really lovely outfit. Amazing nail colour too!

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  54. love the whole outfit, your blouse especially!

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  55. I downloaded 50 Shades pretty sure it would be rubbish but hoping for the best. I had requested a refund from Kindle within two days. I found it just painful and pointless..granted I didn't give it much of a chance but I just couldn't do it!

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  56. Such a lovely outfit. The skirt is beautiful.

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  57. Don't talk to me about wanting everything in Zara at the moment, I had to dedicate a whole post to all the stuff I want in there at the moment: http://www.allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/zara-appreciation-society.html

    Just discovered your blog, now following cos' it's fab :)
    xx

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  58. Hey, Laura!
    I'm so glad to have found your blog!! It's amazin: stylish, with your looks, and extremely absorbing, with all those witty and truthful reviews on diverse products a judicious shopaholic like me loves!
    I'm following you now, and I'd like to invite you to visit my blog. Then, if you like it, I'd be thrilled to have you among my followers, too!
    XOXO from Argentina,
    María José
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  59. love love love that skirt

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  60. fifty shades of grey is a twilight fanfic with the main character's names changed. i haven't read it but i can only assume the audi references come from edward cullen's love for them.

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  61. Great outfit: grey and greyish tones look so class...And I love The Bag!

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  62. love this! please check out my new beauty blog at BethDoesBeauty.blogspot.com xxxx

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  63. Downloaded 50 shades after you'd mentioned it in a previous post.
    I would agree that it is no great work of literature, but it was enthralling in its own way!!

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  64. I love me some Zara!! Haven't been lately and really need to!!

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  65. Hi Laura
    If you are looking for another salacious, poorly written age turner may I recommend Chelsea Wives and Their Mistresses, which is currently £2.50 on Kindle? I read about the author in the Evening Standard this week and apparently she was herself a Chelsea wife's mistress. I reckon it will soon become the next talking point in the news.
    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/my-lover-was-a-chelsea-wife-7618144.html
    I downloaded it last night and haven't been able to put it down, it's pure escapism fodder ;-)
    Lucy

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  66. i need that skirt in my life!

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    xx

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  67. Love the skirt, although i think I can get away with sporting it around the office. Also I am sad to hear you are not enjoying the fifty shade trilogy, I loved it and finished the first book in three days.

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