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HOW TO ADD A SMIDGE OF SPARKLE TO YOUR PARTY OUTFIT

With Christmas just around the corner, the various Christmas party invitations are starting to ping my WhatsApp. When I say “party” it implies getting dressed up to the nines however this isn’t necessarily the case. As well as supper at a posh restaurant & drinks at a cocktail bar, I have afternoon tea with the Mums from school & a dinner party with family friends at my home. None of which require a full on party gown although if I felt like wearing a gown to afternoon tea I would. Bear with me, I’m getting there…

Invariable there are rather different levels of fancy when it comes to the Christmas party outfit. So here’s what I fancy doing for three consecutive posts. Three completely different styles of Christmas party outfit. After all “Christmas party” means different things to different people when what they all have in common is the best excuse to catch up with friends you wish you saw more throughout the year.

O.K here we go with number one – Let’s say today’s outfit works perfectly for the cocktail party. With just a smidge of sparkle & shine for Christmas cheer. Plus I adore this shade of mauve or is it lavender? I never know what to call it, periwinkle & lilac don’t seem right. My jumper from Whistles is incredibly old yet holds it shape beautifully. Once again proving you get the quality you pay for. I just don’t see the sense in buying five ยฃ20 acrylic jumpers every Winter only to throw them away after one season. I’d rather spend ยฃ100 on a single jumper, wear it for years & have a clear conscience that it wasn’t produced from child labour. Equally the sheer volume of waste produced by fast-fashion is completely unnecessary because nobody needs new clothes every week. Surely re-working your wardrobe is much more fun for us fashionistas?

Anyway, back to this stunning colour that suits me so well I never tire of re-styling it. Look, I even found an amazing matching OPI varnish! Now as I always say, I’m only here to inspire outfit ideas & I certainly don’t expect that everything I wear on the Blog will suit everyone. So if you’re not mad for mauve simply switch to the colour that looks gorgeous on you. If you’re looking for something in a similar shape I’ve picked a few beauties for you below.

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A LITTLE SPARKLE IN MY BOOTIES & SKIRT

Have you noticed all the sequins around at the moment? I don’t think there’s a single brand on the Planet that isn’t offering something covered in sequins. Even though that’s heaven on Earth for my girl Lisa I haven’t dipped my toe that far into the sequins pool just yet. Never say never when it comes to fashion. Ahem correction, never say never period. In any case for the moment it’s enough to have a little extra sparkle on my sexy ankle boots & sheer ruffled skirt. I particularly like how they shimmer when light catches them so I added my diamante collar & diamond earrings.

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OPI Style Unlimited

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OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish – click image to buy

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SHOP THE BOOTS & BAG

STYLE TIP – If you’re looking for more examples of how to style ankle boots with a skirt pop over to my Pinterest Fashion board. This outfit appears effortless because it is, particularly when paired with a jumper. I absolutely adore combining this unlikely sartorial contrast. And p.s. don’t be afraid to add fab coloured tights. Just go for it with what you already have, it’s all about the re-mix.

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SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED AROUND HERE

You will notice some genuinely major changes around here which I sincerely hope you like. The re-brand from RetroChicMama to MichelleTyler was fast in execution although actually a long held concept in my head. In actual fact since day one of the blog. You see I always pictured an eponymous brand that would evolve organically over time. When I started blogging I had no idea exactly where it would take me yet I was certain this would be my next career. Blogging felt so natural, like destiny. I was hooked from the get go. Unfortunately as a complete novice I couldn’t imagine how to promote a blog with my name. In essence MichelleTyler has no meaning, gives no clue as to what the blog is even about. In hindsight I see the same can be said for RetroChicMama, indeed it has taken almost three years of self promotion to get to this stage. Sure I lean towards the RETRO style & yes I am definitely a MAMA although that became only a small part of the blog. As for the CHIC, I gotta say that truly did not sit well with me at all. Chic to me says classy French woman not loud Aussie Brit who likes to drink & swear. A chick who doesn’t mind her P’s & Q’s in public, who wears her political heart on her sleeve & doesn’t care what people think of her Atheist soul. Nah I’m not CHIC.

If you look back through old posts it’s easy to see how RetroChicMama evolved so far beyond the name that it simply no longer fit. Not one for regrets, I see this more as an evolution or perhaps a hiccup? Definitely this re-brand feels right. I’m pleased I bit the bullet & went for it sooner rather than later when it would be even harder to change. Now I can take on any fresh opportunity that comes along without having to shoe-horn the RCM logo into it. I’m free to pursue other prospects yet keep everything under one banner.

Although changing the name was incredibly painful (my head literally hurt some days) at least I knew what it would be. Not so much for the artwork of the site. You may have noticed me doing the dither? Yep, properly indecisive like a typical Libra* changing the fonts & colours on a daily basis. Ack it was ridiculous! I chose two complimentary fonts I loved but just couldn’t for the life of me work out how to design the logo i.e. MY NAME to their best effect. As for the green & pink colour combo, well what can I say? That colour combination is my crack right now, I can’t get it out of my brain! I simply had to see how it would look. Well a week of researching big time blogs forced me to go cold turkey & face the black truth. Evidently black is best & in my (black) heart I knew it all along. I’m finally happy to admit I bloody love it too.

So that’s it in a nutshell as they say. No more disruptions to our program folks & no need to re-subscribe although if you haven’t yet please do… cheeky wink

Have a fabulous week my loves, xxx

*n.b. of course I don’t believe in horoscopes either but they’re harmless fun right?
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  • Comments ( 17 )

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    Rhiannon Duffin

    Tis the season to sparkle and you’ve definitely brought the glamour too! Hey, why not do the school run in this too? Well it is officially Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously, I really like the way you’ve put this together Chelle, xoxo

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    No Fear of Fashion

    Oh I have lots to say. Here it goes. I love your outfit. Very versatile. Just donโ€™t get this British party way of going bare-legged. I have seen it with your O40C sisters too. I shiver just looking at it. Donโ€™t get me wrong, it looks good. But COLD.
    Anyway, all is nice. Everything is shiny and festive.
    The part where you describe why you think you are not chic, had me grinning from ear to ear. โ€œAhโ€, I thought, โ€œthat is why I like her so much. She just described me.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Now for your new blog. It looks good and so did the old one. I would prefer a space between first and last name in your logo, but I know I am spoiling the creative side of it with that. I am still a bit old fashioned I guess. Then, one tip: when I am on my tablet and turn it portrait, your logo and top navigation disappear. When I turn the tablet to landscape they come back. I checked whether my blog does that too, but no it doesn’t. More headache?
    Greetje

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      MT

      OK – First point, door to door means there is usually no need for tights although I actually do love tights. Either way, not a problem.
      Second point – Wahhhhh I know! We are so similar ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Third point – I will look into this because yes it is an issue I’d like to resolve. Thanks for your candor as always Greetje xx

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    Rozanne

    The new logo looks great in black, good call! Really interesting insight into the motives for the rebrand too, using your own name does give you far more scope and your blog is very much imbued with your personality. So it makes perfect sense. You may not see yourself as chic at heart, but I think you prove that an outspoken, wine-loving Aussie Brit can be classy as f*ck, if – as I do – one defines class as uncompromising passion and authenticity.

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      MT

      Firstly – It was your suggestion to elaborate on my reason for the re-brand. Secondly – Can you please be my publicist?. Thirdly – I love you Rozanne! x

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    Petite teacher

    So cool that you feel confident enough to use your own name for your blog. I can imagine that blogging evaluates in ways you can not always figure out beforehand. It is such a creative process and since many creative professionals develop their own style over time, I can totally see that this would apply to blogging as well. Good to know ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week and enjoy all the Xmas festivities. You do have the outfit for it! Love, Lieske

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      MT

      Hi Lieske, As always you’ve articulated the situation perfectly. Love having your pov onboard lady xx

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    Suzy Turner

    I’m loving the new look blog โ€“ and name โ€“ and the outfit too! I’ve always been a fan of a bit of sparkle and love that everyone goes a bit sparkle mad at this time of year.
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

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      MT

      I know, I agree Suzy if not now when? ๐Ÿ˜‰ teehee I love how Lisa said laid back luxe.

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    Lisa the sequinist

    LOVE the new logo so much! Hooray on the name-change!

    What else am I loving here? This wear forever sparkly skirt and the fabulous sparkly boots! What a gorgeous combination for a party or just for Wednesday! I adore laid back luxe like this. Happy holiday season to you, ma belle. xx

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      MT

      Thank you darling ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

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    Wendy Kate

    You and the blog…looking good! xxx

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      MT

      Thank you so much Wendy Kate! xx

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    Nancy Baten

    I like the look of your blog better now! Simpler! I like things simple! I am so in love with your skirt! Fabulous, I always love a high low hem line.. And I always have to laugh on Facebook when you write something like ,,thanks mate,,! It sounds so funny when it comes from a feminime woman like yourself!

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      MT

      Hahaha that’s gorgeous I love it! Thanks mate ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut

    Christmass parties, I miss them so much. I used to go every year with my hubby to his high end ones (not far from the ร‰lysรฉe Palace), but unfortunately this year I’ll have to skip. I often chose exactly like you Michelle, a jumper with a skirt, to make it a bit less formal yet femininely chic. Speaking of which, congratulations on the big step and the new logo. Looking divine there! xx Abby

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      MT

      Abby my sweetness I see you in a fine knit sweater & sequins all tall glamourous chic outshining every person in the room…You’ll be well soon, I just know it xxx

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