Monday, 13 May 2013

Laura Ashley Blouse

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cardi and top courtesy laura ashley, culottes - ymc, shoes - melissa, sunnies - topshop, belt - vintage

Last week I was challenged by Laura Ashley to style this cream lace top for the Laura Ashley blog. Along with fellow bloggers Paula and Natasha we each styled it a different way.

I went for my usual weekend look - top, cardi and skirt - complete with sunglasses for the first time since last year! I really like the top - it's already been worn at the weekend and to work. Most of the time my wardrobe is split rigidly down the middle, so it's nice to have a few things that can cross over. 

The only thing I find slightly annoying is it is dry clean only, which is always somewhat problematic as I am cheap and absolutely hate shelling out for the drycleaners all the time. But I think a bit of fabreezing will stop me having to make that trip too often, and I haven't managed to spill anything on it yet, so go me!


32 comments:

french said...

Great blog !!

french said...

Great blog !!

Simple Sophie said...

i love how you've styled it and it's such a pretty top - even if it is dry clean only! those shoes are super cute too :)

Annie said...

cute outfit - i love the cardi especially. I tend to avoid buying that's dry clean only as I am v.lazy

Jane said...

This outfit is suuuper cute! I love the skirt and your shoes too.

LapindeLune said...

lovely combination, esp the cardi!

char said...

Ah I love this combination, red blue and cream together always look so lovely!

Tabet said...

Beautiful outfit!
Great combination.
Love

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Jodie Santer said...

I really love this outfit, the colours are gorgeous together. Your shoes are gorgeous too!
Jodie xx
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Katie Frank said...

this top is really awesome, i love that colour <3

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My Hideaway said...

I sometimes hand wash items that are technically dry clean only...it just depends on the fabric whether you can get away with that or not. It does look very pretty though. And I love that cardi with the contrast edging. :)

Intrinsically Florrie said...

That is one very lovely top and the way you styled it is so cute! I love how your outfit feels slightly nautical for the warmer weather :)

Florrie x

Sherin said...

Love how you styled the top. It looks great on you. The skirt is so cute.

Lily Lipstick said...

Love this outfit. I try to avoid dry clean only items but unless it's something extra special I put them in the machine on the "handwash" setting and nothing has been ruined so far! x

daisychain said...

Oh Harriet, such a perfect outfit xx

good times tora said...

I know exactly what you mean about having to dry clean.....I would rather just not..

Winnie said...

You look lovely! I love the whole outfit - those shoes are fab. I know what you mean about dry clean only things. Sometimes...I'm a bit naughty and try and handwash them anyway, but I know that will probably go wrong for me one day!

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

Hurrah for sunglasses! Loving those shoes on you :) such a pretty colour x

Alice said...

That cardi is so darling and I love the shoes too xxx

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Maria Fallon said...

This top is lovely! I tend to ignore dry clean only and wash it on a delicate wash... I have been OK so far!

Maria xxx

little henry lee said...

such a cute top and cardigan! it's hard to go past the classic red, navy and white/cream combination, it always turns out well. :)

little henry lee

Top Style Advice said...

This is a lovely outfit! Great colours and very summer. Love the blouse and blue skirt combo.

Great blog, look forward to following you :)

Top Style Advice xoxo

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Imogen said...

WOW! This is so pretty and totally my style. The top and cardigan are stunning, as are the shoes. Everything about your look is beautiful. (can totally relate to the issue of dry clean only btw)

Mat said...

dry clean only, that's a bit sucky. not even hand wash? I'm sure there's ways around it. I don't mind it on jackets but anything else is a bit of a hassle.

Looks top notch, bet it feels good to get the sunnies back on.

Niki said...

What a nice challenge! It's such a pretty blouse but I'm with you...how annoying that it's dry clean only. I think manufactures and retailers are getting more and more wary and get so many complaints that they're covering themselves. It's a shame as it puts many people off making purchases.

Kimberlee said...

Super cute blouse! Definitely looks like something you can dress up or down. I hate dry cleaning too lol

Jodie said...

You look beautiful

Alice Barton said...

such a lovely outfit, simple & classy! xx
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Hazel said...

Cute outfit. Loving the shoes. The only thing I own from Laura Ashley is my bridesmaid dress, it just not a shop I think about going into and we have a shiny new big store in my home town too! I say new, it's probably been there for about 3 years hehe

Constance said...

You look so cute!