Sale finds and floral dresses. The weekly edit

Hi All. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope you are all well? Getting back to normal at all? or holding back from reality? The shops are now open at last. Have you been yet? I do love a good sale and I think there are going to be some good ones.

I did an Instagram poll last week asking if everyone thought it was the right time for shops to open, and although we’ve all missed our shopping, 68% thought it was too early. I’m quite happy shopping online to be fair. The only shop I have missed is TK Maxx and Home-sense. I’m looking forward to spending a day in London though. I miss that. I did find a beaut of a floral dress and some bargain Espadrilles online recently that I’m sharing here today.

I had to take some time out last week because all of a sudden, builders, and supply’s have been in touch. It’s all systems go! I’ve had to make final decisions about walls coming down, bathroom walls (Trying to make my mind up on the finish) the kitchen plan. All big decisions that can be quite stressful!

It’s been hectic. I found my bathroom sink unit online and on sale and it’s currently sitting in my front room. Actually, thinking about it so is my new staircase! Yep. It’s hectic. Anyway, let me show you the floral dress.

I do love a good sale and I think there are going to be some good ones.

I purchased this button through dress from H&M. The whole skirt is lined, it has a smocked back for comfort and movement and I fell in love with the subtle floral print.

At £24.99 I think it’s a great price and quality, H&M is smashing it right now with some beautiful clothing I think. The dress comes in various shades and patterns and I’m tempted to go for the white version too.

The dress is available in other colours and prints and I did intend to wear without a T-shirt but the weather was awful when I took this photo, so I added one and I think it looks ok. I’ve added in the basket bag. It’s not a summer look without a basket bag, is it?!

H&M has a reward scheme, I’m not sure if you know? I signed up and after buying a couple of items prior I received £3.00 off the dress too.

Shop The Look

A sale find that got everyone talking on Instagram stories.

I do love a good sale and I think there are going to be some good ones.

I had an email drop from New Look about a 50% off sale. I managed to purchase these Espadrilles for £16.79! And free delivery! I posted them on Instagram stories as I ordered them and I had so many requests for the link.

What I hadn’t realised when I ordered is that I could have got another 25% off of the espadrilles if I had signed up for email alerts. I have my eye on this dress though and I’m going to use it for that I think.

I’m really pleased with them. They’re comfortable, and so much cheaper than the Castaner ones that I had on my wish list. I was tempted but too pricey I thought, and in the end, I didn’t take the plunge. It’s funny how you can get sucked in by designer brands flaunted at you on Instagram. Reign it in Laurie, there’s a house refurb going on!

I wanted to give my new bracelets another mention because I’m so pleased with them. I mentioned them in the last post a couple of weeks back. I’m keeping my eye on the Daisy London sale too.

There’s a necklace called “The Halo” A round disc that you can slide different styles of coins into. I think this is a great way of swapping looks and the jewellery is exceptional quality, and reasonable compared to some designers. I’m leaving some beautiful designs below for you to browse.

In other news, let’s talk about foundations

Nope. Not make-up! I wanted to share with you this new nude set that I was kindly gifted from Fantasie Lingerie. I nearly always go for a nude shade. It will work under any colour of clothing and not show through.

But what did take my fancy to try was a bra that wasn’t underwired. A bralette. I was worried about what support I’d get with this but I did think this would be a great T-shirt bra if it fitted well and I’m over the moon with it. No worries about the support either because its the wider band underneath that gives the support.

The knickers look enormous but they’re actually really nice on and sooo comfortable. It’s called the Impression range and I really recommend it.

I was also gifted the wired version of the bra and I’m pleased with this one too. But I’m pretty wowed by the support of the bralette and wanted to give a big thumbs up to this one for those of you that can’t wear underwired. I think it’s so important to have good underwear. Especially support in our 50s. Give yourself a good foundation for the outfits and you will notice the difference.

New to try skincare & make-up

Look Fabulous Forever, the skincare and make-up brand designed for us mature women has launched a new eye cream. After the new skincare range has proved to be so popular, they have added to this range and I’m sure it will grow further. Designed to brighten dark eye pigmentation and smooth crows feet.

I’m looking forward to trying this, I haven’t got a specific eye cream at the moment and you can see this is the case in my weekly skincare routine vlog that I’ve listed below.

There’s also a new eye make-up for me to try called Lid Colour. I always wear light colour on my lids, so I was excited to try this cream eye-shadow designed to brighten and smooth out lid creases.

The Team at Look Fabulous Forever also popped in some of my favourite Eye Prime. This is a main staple to my make-up routine, it’s absolutely brilliant stuff, giving your eye-shadow more staying power and brightening the eye socket that can darken as we age.

I will be sharing a new make-up blog and Vlog very soon. I’ve been working alongside the brand for a few years now and there are certain items from the Look Fabulous Forever brand that I use on a daily basis that I want to share with you.

On film

I filmed a whole weeks of skincare. See me at my worst! It took guts to put this out there! But grab a cuppa, its long. It takes so much more time and so many more potions to try and keep this mature skin in good condition.

There’s also a look-book, featuring some items that haven’t made it onto the blog yet too.

I’m looking forward to hearing about how you are coping during the lock-down. Are you back at work? What shops have you missed? How has this lock-down affected you? Have you decided to make any lifestyle changes because of what’s happened? I’m nosy aren’t I!

Keep you and yours safe and well xx

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  1. June 28, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    Gorgeous dresses! I love how you’ve layered the first one over a t-shirt. Those espadrilles were a bargain! The Castaner ones are nice but very pricey! I love your new underwear – the bralette is fab! Sometimes I get fed up with wearing underwired bras and crave something comfortable that’s still supportive and looks pretty. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      June 28, 2020 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Emma. I’m really impressed with the bra. I never thought I would get the right support with type of bra, but it works really well and I’m surprised at how well it does give support. Top marks I say! xx

  2. June 27, 2020 / 7:51 am

    Beautiful dress Laurie, hope you are well lovely? x

    • laurie
      June 28, 2020 / 10:05 pm

      I’m all good thanks, Claire. Lovely of you to ask. Getting back to the new normal. Its been such a weird year hasn’t it? Best to you lovely xx

  3. June 25, 2020 / 11:48 pm

    love the floral prints, crazy times though right – keep well and thanks for sharing with #PocoLo

  4. June 24, 2020 / 1:50 am

    The dresses are really pretty. You are blessed to be able to wear anything. They both look great on you. The foundation pieces are nice as well. I love pretty undergarments. Thanks for sharing your finds..

    • laurie
      June 28, 2020 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you so much Clearissa. There are some things I can’t wear. Being short leaves restrictions. I totally recommend the underwear though. It’s amazing to get good lift without an underwired bra. xx

  5. June 22, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    Pretty dresses Laurie and the espadrilles look an absolute dream! I’d just been searching the Next sale and have been impressed with the sale prices of their dresses! Managed to find four found their way into my basket – lol. Let’s hope they look as good on me! Liking the foundation range, they look very comfy and oh so pretty. Thanks for sharing too. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      June 28, 2020 / 10:11 pm

      I look forward to seeing the dresses Jacqui. I think we need to gear ourselves for the hot weather we seem to have each year. I seem to be wearing less and less each year! xx

  6. June 18, 2020 / 2:03 pm

    Lovely dresses. I’m a huge fan of vintage-y floral prints. I gravitate to them immediately when I’m out shopping, which hasn’t been happening nearly enough lately. I’ve yet to visit the recently reopened thrift and consignment stores that I usually enjoy searching for bargains in. Your post is giving me incentive. The espadrilles are adorable. Such a classic summer style. And the T shirt does look cute with the sundress.


    • laurie
      June 19, 2020 / 9:54 am

      Hi Theresa! Yes, I’m so pleased with the bargain find espadrilles. They will work well through the summer months. I don’t know why I didn’t buy more pairs?! Kicking myself now! xx

  7. June 17, 2020 / 8:00 pm

    Hi Laurie!
    I love the soft tones of your dresses! So pretty and summery! I am mainly a dress girl in the summer, but will wear denim shorts as well. Love the color of those espadrilles and the ties of course. The white tee looks great with the sundress as well.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      June 19, 2020 / 10:20 am

      Thanks Jess. You can never have enough summer dresses! xx

  8. June 17, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    I am trying to reign in my shopping as we are hoping to get a few things done to our outdoor area and I really feel like my summer wardrobe is complete. I do need to get a proper bra fitting as I haven’t had one after my last two kids: hard to find the right size!

    • laurie
      June 19, 2020 / 10:21 am

      As soon as you can get a professional fitting Mireille do so. I have found in the past few years that this has made the hugest difference to how I look and comfort. I never realised how way off my chosen sizing was! xx

  9. June 16, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    Both dresses are lovely, Laurie! And the Espadrilles are a perfect compliment. As for shopping, I’ve always preferred shopping online, so the virus didn’t change things much for me in this regard.


    • laurie
      June 19, 2020 / 10:23 am

      Thanks so much Michelle. I only really started on-line shopping because of blogging. I’m used to it now though. Way too used to it! xx

  10. June 16, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    Laurie, this was a fun post! I love your floral maxi dress and your gorgeous dainty gold jewelry. I have not shopped much during quarantine and I can’t shop now that places are opening because I lost too much income during quarantine. So no new things for me this time around. But I am enjoying seeing what everyone else is buying. I don’t know if it is too early to start opening businesses, but it is definitely too early for me to immerse myself into the real world. I am good staying isolated for a while longer. Thanks for sharing and linking up!


    • laurie
      June 19, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Thanks, Shelbee. I think we have to run with whatever makes you comfortable. I hope your income recovery is swift xx

  11. June 16, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    Oh yes but that dress! Love the one you are wearing too. I always love your videos. They are personal and I like that!

    • laurie
      June 19, 2020 / 10:44 am

      Well, that’s music to my ears Nancy! I worry about my filming because there’s not a lot of feedback going on over on YouTube. I’m so glad you are enjoying xx