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Debbie the Dot

Sheffield

Socks

Ok, I love socks. I wear them pretty much everyday (aside from when I have tights on of course). I went to Vegas for my 30th and even wore socks with my sandals – much to my sisters horror 💁🏼

I also cannot stand to wear, or see, shoes/trainers without socks. Sweaty, smelly feet – no, urgh, just no!

Most people accessorise their outfits with jewellery or a handbag but mine are socks. If I’m wearing a skirt for work with a grey top I will wear my grey glitter socks, or if I have a pink top on and jeans, I will roll my jeans up so my socks can be seen, and flash my pink fishnet socks.

I also know some people look and I know they are thinking “what the hell” but I do not care haha. 

I used to hate the whole socks and sandals thing but then I got my amazing KG sandals and rocked them with my spotty socks and loved the look so changed my mind.

I also have a few pairs of knee high socks that I will wear to work with a black skirt and a shirt – bringing some sass to the office 👑

I have taken photos of some of my favourite pairs of socks as I didn’t want to photograph my entire drawer. Most of my socks are from ASOS as they seem to have the best range that is good quality and affordable. 

I know they are just socks but you can get some really pretty ones that add a bit of individuality to an outfit. Try the socks and sandals thing – I think you will be surprised at how much you love it ✨


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Sports Wear

When I go to the gym, or cycle to work, my make-up comes off, hair gets scraped back and I wear some leggings, an old vest or a t-shirt that once belonged to an ex. I also work hard and sweat ….. a lot 🔥But for some girls it’s a full on fashion parade – complete with a full face of make-up …… each to their own I guess.

These new tops that I have bought are about as ‘trendy’ as I will go for exercise. They were also in the sale which helps.

Both tops are from MissGuided and this first one is the Active Black Tropical Print Sports Vest which was £10. Black is such a flattering colour and teamed with the tropical print, I really liked this vest. I think it is subtly trendy for gym wear. It also feels like a swimming costume material which is weirdly nice.

The second is the Active Green Crossover Back Sports Top which was £10. I just love the detail on the back of this top. It’s a wide, open neck and it’s really different. I’m also loving animal print at the minute so this top is perfect. I’m almost tempted to wear it as a normal top with some skinny jeans 💁🏼

I have linked both items at the bottom of the page.

I think if you feel good in what you wear the urge to go to the gym and show your clothes off will spur you on. If you’re just starting out, persevere, get some new gym clothes, go show them off and trust me, no one is looking at you and thinking ‘what the hell’ ….. be confident, work hard and enjoy. 

Miss Guided still have their sale on so grab some cheap sportswear whilst it’s on offer 🔥

Tropical Vest
Crossover Top






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#fitness

Printed Shirt

Zara have the most beautiful printed shirts/blouses. I could have easily bought another 3 from their website, but gotta be sensible right?!

This is the Printed Blouse with Polo Neck which was £29.99. I have linked this at the bottom of the page.

I love pastel colours and I think they suit me so I’m drawn to any clothes that have that creamy/pastel colouring. I also love animals so this shirt is perfect!

It sits really nice and floaty and looks great with a pair of skinny jeans. I’m a massive fan of a shirt with no collar. I think it still has the smartness of a shirt but looks fresh and slick.

The shirt has quite a low v-neck which I don’t normally go for but I think it looks really cute. I always worry about a shirt side-boob view, you know when the shirt pulls at the boobs, however, because the shirt is really floaty I don’t have to worry about that happening 🌸

Anyway, as summer approaches get searching for that cute shirt with say leaves on, or the sunshine or flowers – it brightens up any day.

Printed Shirt – Zara



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Statement Jewellery 

An outfit can be transformed by a statement piece of jewellery. A simple LBD can become slick with a velvet choker or a shirt and a pencil skirt can look chic with a long pendant.

Some of you who read my blog don’t know me so just to tell you, I am a huge animal lover. Whether it’s dogs, cats or horses to pigeons, crows or hedgehogs to ladybirds and bumblebees – I love them all 😍. This leads me onto my new piece of jewellery ….

Lucy’s Instagram page (lucylus_art) appeared on my explore page, an image of the selection of bird necklaces that she has made, which prompted me to look at the rest of her page. The link to her Etsy page is also on there which is where I purchased my necklace from.

Lucy hand makes necklaces, earrings and ornaments of animals, cakes, people, flowers ….. anything really and they are just adorable.

So, I bought the Tiny Hand Sculpted Pigeon Pendant with a 16 inch chain which was £41. How amazing is this. I absolutely love this necklace and I’m so pleased with how cute it is. The detail is perfect and so accurate. I don’t think I have seen anyone else with a necklace like this (in Sheffield at least) which makes it even more special to me.

It’s different, creative and Lucy is so so talented. She has the patience of a saint and the steady hand of a brain surgeon 🙌🏻

Some of you may think that I have been asked to write this blog but I haven’t. I’m writing it because I write about all new things I love and because it’s gorgeous and unique and Lucy’s page is definitely worth a look 🐦🦄

H&M Treats

When the H&M catalogue lands in my postbox I read it immediately and fold down the pages I will go back to, then I work through the app ….. it’s a very thorough process 💁🏼

Anyway, I cycle to work and carry all my clothes, make up, handbag, lunch etc etc and I have been wanting a small handbag to fit into my cycle bags and I then saw this little beauty on their website.

It’s the Shoulder bag in yellow/metallic which was £12.99. It’s such a gorgeous colour and thankfully fits in what I need. It’s ideal now for spring/summer but I’ll use this even on a glum cloudy day to brighten things up ✨

I’ve realised my favourite colour is nude/icy pink and my favourite material is pleats. If you follow my blog you will remember the pleated trousers post I did with 3 pairs from Topshop; just in different colours. Well, I’ve bought myself the Pleated top in powder which was £12.99. Ahhhhhhh I love it. It’s effortless but so flattering and so pretty. I especially love the wide neckline and the edge of the top is a raw rough edge, almost like you had cut the seams off ….. 

I have linked both of the items at the bottom of the page.

I’m slowly bringing out my summer wardrobe so keep your eye on my posts as I will be showing some lovely summer pieces I have. 

Also, check out the new range in H&M – it will prepare you and style you ready for summer ☀️

Metallic bag
Powder Pleated Top




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Topshop Sale

As I’m sure everyone is, I am drawn to a sale. I can’t help myself.

I don’t always shop at Topshop I’ve got to admit as I think their clothes are a little pricey, so when a sale is announced, I’m straight on it!!

However, sale shopping can be stressful and expensive. I try to have an idea of what I want/need and then narrow it down to those items. If you impulse buy you can spend a fortune and end up with loads of clothes you don’t really need. Don’t be fooled by the cheap price either. I always think ‘would I have bought this full price and what would I wear it with’ if the answer is no and nothing, then I don’t bother. I like a sale but I am quite sensible when shopping.

So, I got the Wrap Jersey Dress in an 8 which was £12.00. Khaki green is such a gorgeous colour and the dress is perfect for work. Simple, flattering and smart – perfect! Albeit, a little tight 🙃

I have linked the dress at the bottom of the page.

I also got the Heartbreaker Sleep t-shirt in an 8 which was £10.00. I have every intention of wearing this as a t-shirt with jeans – it’s too good to just waste asleep.

Unfortunately this t-shirt isn’t on their website anymore so I can’t link this – apologies.

I’m not sure how long the sale is on for but I was impressed with the range of clothes and their reduced prices, so when you have a free lunch break or a free evening, have a look through ✨

Topshop Wrap Dress





#topshop

#sale

Frills

Clothes with frills on are really popular right now but I’m still unsure about them.

When I think of frills I imagine the Victorian times and ‘proper’ ladies with their enormous dresses and high neck frilled collars. 

However, admittedly, I have seen some lovely shirts with a really bold frill across the chest and down the arms or a dress with big frill sleeves …… but I still think mmmhhhh! 

I do think frills are really feminine though, I just haven’t seen anything that I think yesssssss, I like those frills. Until now …..

I bought this dress from ASOS and it is the Lost Ink Double Frill Dress with Contrast Collar and it was £40. I have linked this at the bottom of the page.

I love the colour of this dress, the style, the length, the pattern and the delicate frill detail that I have been waiting for on an item. I saw the dress a couple of weeks ago and loved it but I was unsure. I kept thinking about it though and I always believe if an item of clothing sticks in your mind, get it!

So here it is, my gorgeous new dress with the perfect frill detail. Enjoy 👗

Lost Ink Frill Dress



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#frills

Vintage Clothes

You either love vintage or you don’t. I, thankfully, love it.

Vintage shopping can be a bit tricky as you need to know what suits you, how your size and frame look in certain clothes, know where to look for good individual items and how much you can pull off the ‘look’. 

Sheffield has some amazing vintage stores such as Cow, Brag Vintage and Mooch Vintage to name a few. My purchases were from Mooch Vintage.

I have been on the hunt for a floral shirt for quite a while but I didn’t want one that someone else would have so I was really pleased when I found this shirt. The pattern had to be just right and this one is, also the sleeves are really floaty and baggy which I really like. 

My other purchase was a coral wool pencil skirt. The colour is just great and so bright. When I wore this quite a few people commented on how nice it was. Thank god for the underskirt though because gosh, wool is itchy 😮

Some vintage clothes can smell a bit musty so I would recommend dry cleaning some items if they do smell a bit. Also check the clothes for any stains, tears or rips but in particular, any moth holes. You don’t want clothes with moth holes in amongst all your other clothes, just in case.

You need to be in the mood and have the time to get the most out of vintage shopping so when you’re next free, head to one of your vintage shops and have a rummage. 

Who doesn’t love a bargain especially for a classic individual piece of clothing 💃🏻





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Zara

I’m addicted to shopping at Zara. Phew, felt good to get that off my chest 🤓

I have bought quite a few items from the Zara sale and today I’m going to show you another bargain and also another item from their normal range. 

I bought the furry (faux) bag in purple (item no: 3920/006) which was £12.99 (this wasn’t in the sale). I have been after a new handbag for a while and I saw this and thought, yes! It’s different, it stands out and it’s so soft, I love it. 

I also bought these Printed Crepe Trousers in size S (item no: 7521/225) which were £7.99. I just couldn’t resist these and for £7.99 who could?! They kind of remind me of a really nice sofa in a stately home though …. but I don’t care. They are beautiful and so smart. What I didn’t notice online was that the trim down the side is velvet in a gorgeous dark green colour – it’s the little details that make something amazing I think ✨

I have linked both items at the bottom of the page.

I think Zara has become my favourite shop. Throughout Christmas their party dress range was stunning, their January sale has been very cheap and has stuck around for ages and their ‘new in’ items are individual, affordable and beautiful. 

When I wore these trousers a lady stopped me in the street and said “wow, nice trousers” it made me feel great for the rest of the day. If you see someone wearing something amazing, be kind and pay them a compliment – that feeling is a nice one to share 💜

Furry Bag
Crepe Trousers





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