St. Enoch Centre in Glasgow are celebrating their 25 year anniversary this weekend and have given me a style challenge which involved creating and combining an outfit from the available stores in the centre on a budget of £75! How challenging indeed!
I love a challenge and I also love to meet the “brief” as accurately as possible, which means dressing for the occasion – but more about that shortly. The centre will have a number of various day-time treats and activities for the shoppers such as mini beauty treatments in their pamper lounge, a range of entertainment and even a pop-up cinema, which I’m really looking forward to as I’ll be going to see an old classic – BIG!
Firstly – let me tell you about the thinking behind my outfit picks!
I always shop with my “practical” mind (I’m a mum) and always think of how I can pair my newbies with casual and party pieces in the future, so this is exactly what I did there with this look. A weekend full of celebrations involving mini treatments, popcorn at the pop-up cinema, maybe some ice – cream and of course lots of shopping means that anything white and too figure hugging were not an option on the top, just in case the ice-cream missed the mouth you know?
As the day will go on and the sun goes down, it will only be natural to put all our shopping bags into the car or get our boyfriend to pick them up (cheeky) and head into a nice bar on Buchanan street, Royal Exchange Square or anywhere in Merchant City for a cocktail or two with the girls, right? 🙂 And this, is where you get creative (and brave) my lovelies… Yep, you guessed it – your slouchy comfy practical jersey becomes a sexy crop top by tying a nice little knot either on the front or the back, OR you could buy the matching laser cut crop top to change in to and be super trendy with your laser pastel cut co-ords! Oh yeah!
OK, you’re probably wondering about my HAIR? 🙂
I was at the launch of the new MB Hair salon on Wednesday evening on Buchanan street in Glasgow and I got my hair styled in their super stylish Blo Bar and I tell you – I had no idea my hair would go up like that and more importantly give me so much “volume”!!! Anyway, I had slept all night without moving so I could wake up in the morning with the up-do to shoot this party look!
The challenge was pretty hard! There’s so much choice in St Enoch between Debehams and H&M plus many other stores – it took me a couple of days to finally pick this look, as I initially chosen bought something completely different and keeping it anyway, so will show you later.
So, decided to give myself 2 hours on Wednesday morning, trying to find the last pieces for the first thing I got, but something wonderful had happened as I was walking by Dorothy Perkins (a store I never usually go in) to find this stylish SS14 laser cut pastel skirt with the matching crop top on the mannequin just staring at me and there – my bottom half of the outfit was sorted! I didn’t fancy the crop top as it would make me look a bit pale, but that’s just me!
The shoes were next to the changing room, but I came back for them later after picking my H&M bag, which was the same matte grey as the shoes and I LOVE matte grey. So after sorting out the bottom half and the bag – the Topshop stripes were ideal for bringing out the pale pink of the skirt without making me look pale plus it’s kind of safe for all the ice-cream and cocktails I think…
I hope you like it and although I over-spent the budget by around £6 – I couldn’t imagine this outfit with anything else, so it’s worth every penny!
Laser Cut skirt – Dorothy Perkins (£28)
Silver heel grey sandal – Dorothy Perkins (£29 originally, but because mine were on the mannequin, I paid £23)
Striped jersey – Topshop (WAS £20 – got for £10)
Bag – H&M not available online, check in store (£19.99)
Jewellery – blogger’s own 😉
St. Enoch Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. For more information about the range of activities taking place in the centre, please visit http://www.st-enoch.co.uk/whats-on/news-events/