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17 Dec 2015

Outfits of the week #1

Here's the thing about outfit photos - taking them can be a complex process.

You need the right location, lens and light - not to mention a photographer willing to take endless shots until you deem them "acceptable".

With all these dependencies it's tempting to just sack it off and not bother.

I've decided then to try and capture the outfit photo in a way that removes all the stress. No fancy locations - just me, outside my house, at some point during the day, most likely wearing Zara.

Although this week was a fail - in that I missed a day when I had to go to a client's office and therefore couldn't snap the outfit in daylight - on the whole it has been a successful revelation. It's just a simple shot - 1, 2, 3 done - and doesn't take up more than 1 minute of my day. I hope this is okay with you!

Looking at these 4 photos I have come to some conclusions:

  • You can tell I am technically off project work until January because my style has become casual bordering on sloppy. 
  • I need to wear a skirt every now and then
  • I need to try and deviate beyond Topshop and Zara
  • I need to try out some new poses. 

1. The Too Low Cut For Life Top

This Topshop top looks so innocent on the hanger. Peach toned, neat knot detail at the front and a comfortable three quarter sleeve. What will become apparent however is that this is the ideal garb for you to flash your aliens to the world. Wear a vest or at the very least a pretty bra that you don't mind visually sharing with all who glance at you.

Top: Topshop - Link!
Jeans: ASOS - Link!
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia - Link!
Bag: Givenchy Antigona - similar Link!
Sunglasses: Celine - Link!

2. The Smug Bitch Face

Clearly the leg cock is my new favourite stance. I love this outfit and I actually wore it twice recently, albeit with different footwear.

These Zara cargos as supremely comfortable but a few words of caution - they will slip down your bum if you wear them a few times and need a belt to hold them up.

Top: Express - Link!
Trousers: Zara - Link!
Blazer: Zara (old)
Shoes: Converse - Link!
Bag: Sophie Hulme - Link!
Sunglasses: Celine - Link!

3. The CBA

Well the fact that this outfit is more about comfort than style isn't really unusual for me is it? I clearly felt like dressing a little dreary and a lot casual.

The only items of note here are:

1) My Celine Thin Preppy sunglasses - remarkably similar in style to my New Audrey's but a little rounder.
2) The little leopard flats - these are quite flimsy Topshop leopard flats with a black bow detail. While the quality isn't sensational they are comfortable and cute.

Top: Zara
Trousers: Zara - Link!
Shoes: Topshop - Link!
Bag: Mansur Gavriel - Link!
Sunglasses: Celine - Link!

4. The Wet Look Skinnies

I have been tempted by leather trousers this season. I even bought a faux pair in Zara a month or so ago and although they do the job, they are so uncomfortable. Ross from Friends? Yeah, something like that.

These are the same principle but SO COMFORTABLE. They are a wet look suede feel with zipper details a-plenty and are best worn juxtaposed with a softer top or, if you have it, a super chunky knit in a light grey or cream. Lush!

I wore them last night to our girls Christmas dinner and loved them even more then!

Top: Topshop - Link!
Trousers: Zara - Link!
Shoes: Oasis - Link!
Bag: Sophie Hulme - similar Link!
Sunglasses: Celine - Link!

And that...well, that is it! Until next week - unless I wear something really sensational and manage to rope someone in for an artfully staged "shoot"!

In any case I'll really try to wear a few more feminine items and perhaps find a new wall to you know, keep it interesting :)

PS. Thank you so much for all the comments on the last post. I mentioned on Snapchat that sharing opinions and personal insights is something that can unnerve - but thankfully we are all friends here and you made me feel very loved  :) 


  1. Zara is my favourite store ever so I really don't mind if you're likely to be wearing their clothing all of the time, especially as your outfits are always so chic Xx


  2. Those Zara wet look trousers are lovely! They look so good on you.
    You look really beautiful in the last photo too = )

    Jenna xo

  3. I actually love the backdrop of these photos! May I know the shade that you used to dye your hair, that is if you used a box dye? It looks lovely:)

  4. Just picked up the top in #3 in Navy yesterday! Can't wait to wear it now that it's "winter" in HK. I also tried to explain to the husband the place of easy and comfortable tops in a woman's wardrobe, and failed. :) xx

  5. Totally love your outfits as always. You are such a classy lady! And also I really enjoyed your more personal post. I understand the need for privacy but a little insight now and then is very enjoyable. I actually appreciate couples who don't overshare their life online. It makes the relationship seem much more sincere.

  6. these are all 100% Sandra-approved outfits. there's nothing a good skinny pant/interesting loose blouse can't fix. can't wait to see more of these! x

  7. #4 - I busted out laughing at your Friends comments .. That was a funny episode and I can totally picture how uncomfortable certain pants can be.


  8. "Smug bitch face" lool! Great outfit styling x


  9. I am not only fine with you taking those pictures in a much more relaxed way, I am actually thirlled to see that there are people out there wanting to keeping it real !! ...I also love Zara, it's one of the few ways to look trendy and chic without going bankrupt !! ...and I believe I have that same black cape, mine is from Zara, I got it last December ;-)

  10. I could never figure out how to pose, even taking makeup pictures feels so awkward. I think you do great!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking



  12. I love this post Laura, such a great no nonsense ways to show off your looks. I have the kitty flats in black, but am totally crushing on your burgundy pair...swoon swoon!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  13. I love the cape and this is such a good way of doing an OOTD - so much better than 20 shots of the same outfit from every angle! xx

  14. I like all those outfits but my favourite is the last one- you look gorgeous !

  15. Thanks for your share, and every outfit is so beautiful

    Yana www.fairyin.it

  16. Hi Laura, just want to say you have lost weight and u look fantastic. Have not been reading your blog of late as have been painting house and moving to Florida for the winter. Just want to say I so enjoy your rapier wit, honesty and your ability to poke fun at yourself and not take it seriously. Thoroughly enjoy your musings, Jen

  17. Omg, you are saying you are almost looking sloppy and I'm sitting here wishing I looked as polished as you do! :D You are gorgeous and I really like your style!


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    تهتم شركة قمم التميز باعمال الرش والقضاء على الحشرات المنزلية فمهما كانت المعاناة ومهما كانت كمية الحشرات التى تعانى منها فتعاون مع افضل شركة تهتم بهذه الخدمة الان شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقطيف
    الحشرات المنزلية من المشكلات التى تعانى منها البيوت ، وخصوص فى المناطق المرتفعة فيها الحرارة ، وحيث تنشر الحشرات فى المنزل وقد تسبب متاعب كثيرة وأمراض خطيرة .
    وللحماية منزلك من الحشرات ومنع دخولها ويمكن ان نطرح بعض النصائح :
    *الحرص على النظافة الدائمة للمنزل ،
    *التهوية الجيدة لغرف المنزل ودخول أشعة الشمس لقتل الحشرات التى لا ترى إلا بالعين المجردة . مكافحة النمل الابيض بالقطيف
    *التخلص من القمامة أول بأول حتى لا تكون عرضه للأنتشار الحشرات .
    نتظيف خزانات الطعام وتهويتها جيدة، والتخلص من الفضلات ، وغلق المحكم للبرطمانات للطعام التى تواجد فى خزانة حتى لا تكون مصدر لتسرب الحشرات .
    *وضع سلك شبكة صغير الحجم على النوافذ والأبواب ، وسد الثقوب والشقوق بالأسمنت اوجبس ،لكى لا تتسرب الحشرات منها .
    *تنظيف الأطباق وأوانى الطعام بعد استعمالها مباشرة ، لأنها قد تسبب فى خروج الحشرات من المكان التى تعيش فيه .
    *عدم ترك فضلات الطعام على مائدة الطعام ، وتنظيف بصفة دورية تمنع من أنتشار الحشرات والوقاية منها .
    وهناك حشرات متعددة قد تسبب للأنسان أزعاج دائم ومنها : النمل والصراصير والبق والذباب والناموس والفئران .
    النمل نوعان * النمل عادى مصدر غذائه فضلات الطعام ويعيش فى ثقوب وشقوق المنزل . شركة رش مبيدات بالقطيف
    والنمل الأبيض يسمى ( العتة) وهو يحتاج إلى طعام الدائم لكى يبقى على قيد الحياة ، مصدر غذائه السكر (الجلكوز) الموجود فى الخشب ، و المتواجد فى الأبواب والنوافذ والأثاث ، وقد يسبب خطر كبير على منزلك فالنمل الأبيض يعمل ممرات ويقوم بتأسيس بيت له أسفل المنزل ، ويكون دمار بمرور الوقت وأضرار فادحة لايمكن اصلاحها إلا بعد فوات الآوان .
    ويمكن التخلص من النمل الأبيض برش مبيدات كيمائية مخصص لها أثناء بناء الأثاث فى الأرض ، وعند تركيب الأبواب التأكيد من أغلاق جميع الفتحات فى جوانب الباب وألأفضل تركيب الأبواب بالمفاصل وليس بالمواد اللزقة ، وعند شراء الأثاث الضغط على الخشب وتأكد مدى قوتها وعدم أصابتها بالنمل الأبيض .
    أما النمل العادى التى يتواجد المطبخ يمكن التخلص منه بقليل من الصودا المخلوطة بالسكر وضعها فى الثقوب والفتحات التى تخرج منها فالنمل يموت فى الحال .
    فى خزانة الطعام نضع فيها قليل من القهوة المرة أو الفلفل غير المطحون فهو يخلصك من النمل نهائيا وكذلك الحشرات الأخرى . شركة تخزين اثاث بالقطيف
    والصراصير لمنعها من أنتشارها فى المنزل يمكن سد البالوعات والمراحيض فى الليل ، صب المحاليل السامة أو مشتقات البترول القتلة فى فتحات المراحيض والبالوعات ثم صب ماء عليها فى الصباح.
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    تهتم شركة عزل اسطح بالقيام باعمال العزل الحرارى من خلال الاعتماد على افضل الطرق المثالية وافضل الخدمات المميزة فى القيام باعمال العزل بالاضافة الى ان الشركة تهتم باعمال الكشف الدورى من فترة الى اخرى من اجل ان يتم التحقق ان اعمال العزل تمت كما هو مطلوب فى المكان . شركة عزل فوم بالقطيف
    العزل الحرارى يساعد فى حماية الاسطح من التعرض الى ارتفاع فى درجة الحرارة وتسربها عبر الجدران فى فصل الصيف بالاضافة الى التعرض الى التصدعات وعوامل المناخية المختلفة التى تتعرض الية فى فصل الصيف نتيجة لشدة الحرارة التى تظهر التشوهات فى المبانى ، بالاضافة الى ان لدينا خدمات العزل المائى من خلال الاعتماد على خدمات العزل المائية التى تتم من خلال افضل خدمات متواجدة والتى تسعى الى تحقيق افضل مستوى من الخدمة والعزل بالفوم ايضا من اهم الطرق الحديثة التى استخدامت فى العديد من الدول الاوربية لانه يساعد فى حماية المبنى من التعرض الى الحرارة المرتفعه او التعرض الى التسربات للمياة والحفاظ على المبنى من اى مشاكل وعوامل مناخية ، فاعمال العزل للفوم اختصار لكل طرق العزل والتى تساعد فى الحفاظ على المبنى .
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    تسربات المياه مشكلة تؤدى الى التعرض الى عدد من المشكلات الاخرى ، فالاهمال فى تسربات المياه يؤدى الى التعرض الى الكثير من المشكلات التى نحن فى غنى عنة فاذا تعرض الى التسربات وتعرضت الى ظهور عدد من المشكلات الاخرى مثل سقوط الدهانات والتعرض الى مشاكل الرطوبة فعليك ان تتواصل وتتعاقد مع شركة قمم التميز المخصصه فى اعمال الكشف عن تسربات المياه والتى تحقق افضل ما تتمنى ان ترى علية المكان من خلال القيام بالاتى :- شركة تسليك مجاري بالقطيف
    1- الاهتمام باحدث الاجهزة المخصصة فى اعمال الكشف وبالاضافة الى التعرف على اساليب الكشف التى تتلائم مع مكان التسرب .
    2- الاعتماد على العمالة المدربة الكاملة التى تحقق افضل مستوى من النتائج من خدمات التنظيف والكشف والاصلاح والتى تحقق افضل ما تتمنى ان ترى علية المكان .
    3- الاهتمام بخدمات التنظيف بعد ان تتم اعمال الاصلاح .
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالقطيف
    اذا اراد ان تقوم باعمال الاصلاح والتخلص من التسربات المتواجدة فى المكان بالاضافة الى البحث عن الاسباب التى ادتت الى التعرض الى تلك المشكلة حتى لا تحدث مرة اخرى فعليك ان تتعاون مع شركة قمم التميز المتخصصة فى اعمال الكشف عن تسربات المياه والتخلص من مشاكل التسربات .

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