Mum on the Run – What to wear for Style Birmingham with ten minutes to go?

Cleverly, I managed to leave myself 10 minutes to get ready for Style Birmingham today. I had it in mind to wear a dress and because the Mailbox, where the event was held, is not all undercover I knew that I would need a jacket with some warmth in it. 


Despite the fact that I have been blogging for over two years now, I don’t think that this dress has ever featured before. I really like it but don’t often get to wear it so today was the day for it to have an outing! 


This dress was actually chosen for me by someone else. I was styled in it by another girl (Dreda from Just Style Me) on my styling course and I loved it so much that I went on to buy it. It was so different to anything I would have normally chosen for myself and the fabric and structure are really unusual. It was from All Saints. Dreda is great and is based in Kent, so if anyone is looking for stylist in that part of the country, she’s your girl!


There’s a lot going on in the collar area, so I kept the rest of the outfit very simple. The collars sat better together earlier in the day and arguably it would have been better to take photos before I left, rather than on my return home. However when I left not only was I short of time but my nails were wet in places where I patched up the chips in my shellac nails with a Primark nailvarnish. Classy! 


Anyway, here is a clearer look at the dress.


This is the closest to the dress that I can find – it’s the Marilyn Dress from All Saints and costs £165. Sorry about the poor quality photo – just follow the link for a better shot.

And here, amongst other thing, is a momento of the day – which I think has already been acquired by our eldest. Unfortunately it was too dark inside the fashion show to take photos but hopefully I will have access to some professional shots soon.

Tomorrow I am off to the park with the youngest to collect those things which fall off the trees at this time of year – those things being coconuts apparently!



  1. Lula Belle
    September 29, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    I thought you looked lovely, very glam for a style event.Loved the dress!

  2. StyleGuile
    September 30, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    Thanks Lula Belle – very kind of you to say so. Hope that your shopping trip was a successful one! X

  3. Anna
    October 1, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    Hi where's your jacket from? I love it!Thanks, Anna

    • StyleGuile
      October 1, 2012 / 7:13 pm

      Hi Anna – the jacket is from Oasis but from a while ago now. However Next has a great leather jacket in mink (leather asymmetric £160) that it might be worth you taking a look at. Beth

    • Anna
      October 2, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      Hi BethI've just found one in the House of Fraser sale – Biba – which is quite similar … can I justify 195 though? Meant to say how lovely you looked. Very much enjoying your blog. Bank manager less so.Anna

    • StyleGuile
      October 2, 2012 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks Anna, that's lovely of you to say so. I am sure a female bank manager would understand where you were coming from! The test as to whether to buy it or not is how much would you be cross with yourself if it went and how much wear would you get out of it? Sometimes just the act of purchasing a much wanted item is enough to get it out of your system and they don't always live up to expectations anyway. So I would advise you to get your mitts on it and then decide. The title of one of my earliest posts was "it doesn't count until you decide to keep it" and it's so true!

    • Anna
      October 2, 2012 / 9:36 pm

      Serendipity – before I saw your reply I ordered it! I have quite a few dark dresses, and seems like the perfect thing to go with them. It would be fab over a party dress, or could get away with wearing it to work too… thank you so much for your style inspiration!

    • StyleGuile
      October 8, 2012 / 5:32 pm

      Oooh, how exciting. Has it arrived yet and what is it like?

  4. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 / 4:41 pm

    You look really nice in that dress, I like the style. It's also nice to ring the changes, I was getting so bored with blogs just featuring skinny jeans! A nice look. Nancy xx

    • StyleGuile
      October 1, 2012 / 7:14 pm

      Hi Nancy – thank you, that's so kind. I can feel a post coming on about alternatives to skinny jeans!

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