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11/10/2016

Bonmarche - Casual To Glam

Reading through the comments last week, someone asked, "how do you look so glamorous all the time?"



The answer to that is I'm not! I like to be casual just like the rest of us ! (I'm still sitting here in my dressing gown as I write this)
So I thought I would add this post and show you how I switch an outfit around . A walk in the country park, and then on to meet friends later for lunch.



I'm in Watt Tyler country park today in Essex visiting family. The little houses that stand here are dated back to the seventeenth century and the park is steeped in history. There's a great adventure park here for children and I used to bring my children here and now my grandchildren too.


So I'm sharing with you the casual look today that I was gifted from Bonmarche Black jeans and a cowl neck jumper in a Toffee colour (here) The jeans are straight cut - not skinny (here)  They are on special offer at the mo, so do take a look. The whole outfit is comfortable the jeans are soft, not stiff but they hold your tummy in like a treat!


How cute are the little cottages? Some are huge and some are not much bigger than your garden shed!
Getting on to how I switched into something more suitable for meeting the girls....


I swapped the jeans for a faux leather pencil skirt and heels, then just added some accessories. If I knew it was going to be so cold I would have packed the jacket that will go perfectly with this jumper (here)


The broach added on to the cowl neck jumper really jazzes the outfit up. As does the clutch bag rather than a shoulder bag. See it's that simple to glam up an everyday jumper !

Can I just say a huge thank you to all the lovely comments that I received lately? I value them greatly .
Xo Laurie





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  1. Stunning Laurie, I love your blog post. x Love this colour on you. Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  2. The brooch----what a fabulous place to put it!!
    I'm going to have to try that soon!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie. I'm such a hoarder ! Iv'e had this brooch for over 20 years ! I new it would come in handy again ! xx

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  3. You really do look very glam. I love how you have changed the look by just switching to a skirt. Very chic. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x

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  4. That broach is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you showed the different outfits and how both looks are so well put together!

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  5. Laurie, it is understandable why your followers see you as glamorous...you are! I love this toffee color on you and it looks lovely paired with the black jeans and the faux leather pencil skirt. That brooch is the perfect accessory. Simple but lovely. - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. That's so lovely of you to say that Amy. Thank you so much xx

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  6. I love your day to night transformation ( or rather walk to girls night) very nice. Great inspiration here for a future post of my own. Thanks!
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" link up
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

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  7. Great transformation, it is amazing how little accessories can instantly add glam to the same top! Thank you for linking up with me.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
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  8. Well, here are some more! It doesn t mather what you are wearing, you ve just got a elegant, stylish appearance!

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  9. How absolutely gorgeous!! You really did take that sweater from casual to glam. I just love that. :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Stacey! Thank you for stopping by x

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  10. You look absolutely fabulous in both outfits! You always look so put together - casual outfit or more dressed up! I love the placement of the brooch.

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thank you Andrea. It was a last minute decision to put the brooch there. It just seemed the right place x

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  11. Both outfits are very elegant and stylish. I love the brooch, it's the perfect finishing touch! What a great park...those little houses are fab!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  12. Both outfits are very elegant and stylish. I love the brooch, it's the perfect finishing touch! What a great park...those little houses are fab!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  13. Oh wow this is gorgeous! I absolutely love that jumper on you the colour is amazing! Have a great day Laurie. Love Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  14. Such a gorgeous look! I love that sweater!

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  15. Although from a sartorial perspective, you do indeed look glamorous all the time, I personally think it's largely due to the vibe you exude. Your personality. It's very poised and collected and, well, posh :)


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    1. Ha ha ! Sheela, if only you could hear my Essex voice ! xx Thank you

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  16. Oh lovey choices and great Autumnal colour! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

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  17. You do look very glamorous! Your clothes are gorgeous, but so is the rest of your style - hair, make-up, accessories. I think that makes all the difference. How lovely to share your natural style and ideas with others. I appreciate the inspiration! #BestandWorst

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    1. Thank you so much ! What a lovely compliment. Thank you for stopping by x

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  18. So chic!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  19. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. It always amazes me that you can pull off so many different looks and look awesome. I love the sweater with pants outfit.

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  20. Love seeing how your transformed from casual to elegant! Your broach is beautiful!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  21. You have such great style, even in jeans you look put together and classy. I really like the way you switched up the outfit for evening, love the skirt and that broach really catches my eye.

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  22. Who would have thought that Bon Marche clothes could look so stylish. I am going to have to look at them with new eyes now.
    My hubby does a lot of work in Essex, maybe I will go with him one day and visit the super places you have
    Lynn in Lancashire UK

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    1. Thank you Lynn. Bonmarche have had quite a revamp this year and really have some great items at the mo. And you should take a ride with Hubby, Essex can be surprising ! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  23. Who would have thought that Bon Marche clothes could look so stylish. I am going to have to look at them with new eyes now.
    My hubby does a lot of work in Essex, maybe I will go with him one day and visit the super places you have
    Lynn in Lancashire UK

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  24. Laurie, you bring stunning to casual ... I love the look. I would also love to visit that park. It would satisfy the history buff in me lol xo

    Carla aka Mrs R @ SimplifyLifeWithMrsR.com

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  25. Looking so lovely!! Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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  26. Love the color...it's beautiful on you Laurie! The sweater is lovely styled both ways.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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  27. You do both glamour and casual so well Laurie. Even when casual you look so polished and that's to be admired. I love the colour of that sweater on you - autumn tones are clearly complimentary for your hair and skin tone. Another lovely post x
    Anna
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  28. There is no way you can be a grandmother! You look way too posh to be a grandma. I guess we will have to let go of the steotypes! Love the red on you Laurie, I think blondes look great in red.

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  29. You are elegant dressed up or casual, Ms Laurie! I love how you styled both looks, but especially the little detail of the brooch on the second look. Also, the location for your casual shoot sounds so interesting! How cool to visit a place "stuck in time." (You know how I love history!!)

    Hugs,
    Sherry
    www.petiteover40.com

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  30. I love history and old homes that bring so much of it to you. You always look fab and rad! Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/10/23/modest-fashion/

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