Friday 28 June 2013

Cotton candy, laced in gold.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Swap Shop event by the lovely people at VoucherCodes. I have a terrible habit of throwing stuff out of my wardrobe and then never getting round to eBaying it, so this event was perfect. We all took five items of clothes or accessories along... and swapped them! Simple. I got rid of a few items that I never wore, and came away with some great bits!

It was a great chance to catch up with some blogging babes, with some photobooth fun thrown in to boot.

Me & Chloe

Unfortunately the dress that I picked up doesn't fit, but I was super happy with this green H&M cardi and this snappy grey blazer from Warehouse.

But it doesn't stop there - VoucherCodes challenged me to show how I worked the items into my wardrobe, and gave me some money to buy something that went with my swaps. So I went out on a mission and returned with this dress from H&M.

Dress - H&M c/o VoucherCodes

It's super cute and very me, but the main reason I bought it is because I could see how versatile it is. It can be dressed up or down, winter or summer. My instinct is always to think of lace as eveningwear, but it doesn't have to be at all, which my first outfit shows. I paired it with the green cardi for a bit of colour-pop wonder, and raided my wardrobe and teamed the ensemble with a lace collar necklace that I got ages ago from Girl & Bird and these cute gold Melissa flat shoes.

Necklace - Girl & Bird
Shoes c/o Spartoo Shoes
Cardigan - H&M via Swap Shop

Totally cute, and very daytimey. Plus, if the day goes into evening, you're totally ready!

The grey blazer is very power dressy, I think - it's those shoulders! And there's absolutely no reason why this dress can't work for the office. Along with these badass shoes (which match perfectly), I would totally wear this to work. It'd actually look awesome with grey tights for winter, too, for ultimate coordination. Hey, I like matching.

Necklace - Topshop (old)
Shoes c/o Matalan (old)
Blazer - Warehouse via Swap Shop

VoucherCodes are doing a competition at the moment to see which of their challengers has done the best job at styling their swaps, so make sure you head to the Most Wanted blog on 4th July to register your vote and keep an eye on the #swapshopstyling hashtag on Twitter!


  1. Those Melissa shoes. SWOON!

  2. These swap events sound like so much fun and such a great idea, I have so many clothes I need to get rid of either because I've grown out of or are just plain bored with. I adore the grey blazer you are sporting here, I find comfortable and well fitting blazers so hard to come by.


  3. I love the colour of that H & M dress, and it really goes with the green cardi! :-) x

  4. Oh I'd love to go to a swapping party although I should really try and claw back a few pennies right now. Normally i send everything straight to the charity shop (since I buy a lot that way) but I'm thinking of maybe doing a blog sale (if I can pull my finger out and actually organise it). Clothes, they can be so exhausting!!! ;)

  5. The dress is a beaut, glad your swapshop goodies are looking lovely too.

  6. I love clothes swaps! Have found so many gems at these kind of events.


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