High Neck – Balloon Sleeves From The Holly Willoughby Collection


With the weather being, well just unbelievable for February I took a couple of days off this week. I needed to catch up on tidying stuff around the house and garden,  The renovation of my tiny London abode is coming along but boy the mess and dust! I just wanted to be outdoors and make the most of the short-lived sunshine.  We even had a stroll to the river where there’s a nice pub and you can sit there and watch the boats float by.  I wore this balloon sleeve top that’s silky soft and wasn’t at all cold, even at 4 pm. This top is from the Holly Willoughby collection for Marks and Spencer. Every time I open up any of my social media platforms someone is talking about or wearing something from Holly.


This top is from the Holly Willoughby collection for Marks and Spencer. Every time I open up any of my social media platforms someone is talking about or wearing something from Holly.


Described as the nation’s favorite, the Holly Willoughby collection sold like hotcakes. There’s a new denim edit that Holly has just released and I bet that will sell quickly too. You can find the collection here. I bought this balloon sleeved top a couple of weeks ago. Any new clothing that I have come in I add to my shopping bar on the homepage.

No sooner had I bought it, now sold out! But if you like the look of this top, Marks and Spencer have it available in other colors. The Khaki is also very nice.



The statement sleeve and neckline is a welcomed trend



The cuffs on the blouse are wide and zip up at the sides. A nice touch that stops the balloon of the sleeve from making my hands disappear and dangling awkwardly into my drink! I love a statement sleeve but I have to be careful with my short arms!

The bag is from Mango. I needed a smart smaller Black bag and I like this can switch from day to night time wear. I actually pondered quite a while over Black accessories or Nude for this outfit. What do you think?



1. High neck top
An elasticated neckline adds another lovely touch of shape to this stunning long sleeve blouse,
2. Black Suede Bag
Small. Suede. Fine metal chain. Metallic ring. Magnetic metallic fastening.
3. Slim Fit Trousers
tailored to a wearable slim fit with a high rise and they fasten with a hook and zip front fastening


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My bargain find trousers from the January sales




You may remember a few weeks ago, the post where I talked about holding on till the last minute to get a pair of well-tailored trousers from the Reiss sale? Not your everyday priced high street store, I love the Reiss brand and I was determined to catch myself a pair. I opted for Grey, a colour that will work hard with everything I have in my wardrobe.

The tailoring doesn’t disappoint at all. I’m really impressed with them. No bulky seams, good quality material too. Reiss has these trousers on the site constantly but they just change the colours. Obviously a good seller. I’m tempted to buy the Dusky Pink too.



The trousers are just a classic style straight cut pair of trousers. But the quality is what makes the difference. These Dark Grey are sold out now but I have listed other colours that are available via the shopping links. After a few wears I will decide whether to invest in full price.  That’s how I play the game!



This top is from the Holly Willoughby collection for Marks and Spencer. Every time I open up any of my social media platforms someone is talking about or wearing something from Holly.



I like the neckline of the blouse. It’s such an easy idea. It’s elasticated and not at all tight. I hate anything tight around my neck! I didn’t think there was much call for a necklace, I’m letting the top speak for itself. I found it hard to believe that I was out and about in a silky top at 4 pm in February and not at all cold! I’m intriqued to know if you have bought anything from the Holly Willoughby collection or if you have your eye on something? Let me know what you think of the collections.





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  1. March 14, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    I haven’t bought any new clothes for ages – I’ll have to check out the Holly Willoughby collection.
    Thanks for sharing with #pocolo

  2. March 12, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Love those sleeves, very glam. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  3. March 7, 2019 / 8:06 pm

    Thanks so much Laurie for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 32! Shared ♥

  4. March 7, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    I love this outfit – the pink of your elegant blouse goes so well with your dark grey trousers.

    It is so good when you get a bargain in the sales – your trousers are a great style for work or evening wear. I have been wearing trousers far more than I used to and need some more for the office.

  5. March 6, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Thank you for this post #BloggerClubUK

  6. March 6, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Baloon sleevs are very flattering for any body type.

  7. March 5, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    This colour and style is so perfect on you! I love the zips on the cuffs because I just love zips!! You look very pretty and I’m glad the weather is taking a turn for the better over there!! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏 donnadoesdresses.com

  8. March 5, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    Gorgeous blouse – I love pale pink and it goes so well with those fab trousers. I’m like you. If I see something and it’s a little pricey I’ll wait until it’s reduced most of the time. Of course there is the risk of loosing out. There’s quite a bit hype around the Holly collection – I need to check it out .
    Alison xx

  9. March 3, 2019 / 11:15 pm

    How clever, zippers on the cuffs. With my short arms (well, short everything), length has always presented an issue so I’ve learned to (wherever possible) place rubber bands under the cuffs or folds, to hold the sleeves to where I want them to be. Obviously, yours is a much better option GRIN and may I compliment you on that perfect shade of greige on your nails, Laurie?

  10. March 3, 2019 / 1:25 am

    Very pretty blouse Laurie. Thank you for linking up with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty 35

  11. March 2, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    What a beautiful shirt Laurie. I love seeing the Holly range. I was looking at some denim edits the other day 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Hope you having a lovely weekend.

  12. March 2, 2019 / 12:20 pm

    I love the entire outfit! Very classy but not too dressy. A great ensemble to wear throughout the day — add a jacket for going out in the evening. Looks great on you especially that blush color.

  13. March 1, 2019 / 11:23 pm

    Great colour and wonderful design, this would work well in my wardrobe too, and one of my favourite colours too i might add. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:44 am

      Thanks Jacqui. I think it will work really well with jeans and skirts too. I’m liking it xx

      • March 7, 2019 / 3:48 pm

        Thanks for joining the #linkup today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  14. March 1, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Fabulous blouse, that color suits you so well. I was in the UK last week and enjoyed the weather so much! Fantastic! Just unbelievable.

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:45 am

      I hope you had fun Nancy. I look forward to hearing about it xx

  15. Marianne
    March 1, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    I have that blouse too, Laurie.

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:45 am

      Good to hear! You know how nice it is then Marianne? xx

  16. March 1, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    A lot of hype about the new collection, particularly the denim boilersuit! You chose a winner in a shade that suits you so well. I like your wisdom with buying expensive trousers! It’s so rare to find trousers that tick all the boxes, its really worthwhile to buy a couple of pairs.

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:46 am

      Thanks Gail. My eyes will stay firmly fixed on the next sale. You have to be super quick though! xx

  17. March 1, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    I’ve been seeing her collection on Instagram Laurie. It’s cute and lady like. You’ve picked an elegant piece. Such a beautiful colour. Good for you for taking a few days to enjoy the sun – it was glorious while it lasted xx

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Haven’t we been spoilt Maria! Totally enjoyed it like a little holiday! xx

  18. March 1, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    Laurie I love that blouse sooo much xxxx

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:48 am

      Can’t wait to see how you style it my friend xx

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