Outfit: Black Lace

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Dress: Lashes of London*
Earrings: Matalan
Shoes: New Look

I do love a good skater dress. Even better if there’s some lace involved. This ‘Cartona’ dress from Lashes of London combines a few of my favourite things and is a very welcome addition to my going-out wardrobe. I wore this outfit recently for a much-needed catch up with some friends – along with a big jacket as it is still freeeeezing! The underneath layer is a luminous neon pink which is a colour I would definitely avoid on it’s own, but with the black lace over the top it tones it down a bit and it ends up looking more like a bright red. I love that it manages to look bright and colourful but at the same time still quite “black” so it’s not too far out of my comfort zone. The only thing I’m not so keen on is how short the underneath layer is – it barely covers my bum – but a pair of tights help to solve this problem. The dress is a total bargain at the moment too, it’s only £15 reduced from £50!

The last time I was in Matalan, I had a gift voucher to spend and needed a few extra pounds to make up the total, so picked up these earrings on the way to the till. I like how they’re quite simple but striking, and they’re very different to any other earrings I own. Most of the time I forget to put in any earrings, but lately I’ve been making an effort for nights out to work my way through my drawer full of jewellery. I think one of the reasons I always forget about earrings is because I never wear my hair up so you can’t even see them most of the time anyway!

I took some photos of my shoes to include in this post, but when I looked at the pictures on my computer the shoes looked properly disgusting so I thought I’d better not upload them haha. They have definitely been well worn! I also have a really bad habit of wearing peep-toe heels with tights, usually I don’t notice because I’ve already had a few drinks by the time I put my shoes on and it’s always dark in clubs so no-one’s going to notice my shoes anyway, right?! Looking at the photos, it does look a bit weird though, think I will have to invest in a pair of closed-toe heels to become my new going-out shoes!

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Hayley says:

    I love the dress, you look absolutely stunning 🙂 x

  • What a beautiful dress!
    You look gorrrrrgeous


  • Maria Fallon says:

    This dress is gorgeous, I love the lace overlay!

    Maria xxx

  • annikaherz says:

    amazing !!!

  • xchristybx says:

    love the dress you look stunning in it! x

  • what a gorgeous dress! also your hair looks amazing, so sleek! xx


  • beewaits says:

    I LOVE lashes of london! Love the colour x

  • Carly says:

    I love your dress – it's so pretty. Your hair looks beautiful too! xxx

  • You look fab lady! Dress really suits you. haha I do exactly the same thing…my go to pair of night out shoes are peep toe 🙂

  • I only discovered Lashes of London yesterday and my, my, have I been missing out! Gorgeous dress 🙂

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

  • Stephanie says:

    Ooh you look lovely 🙂 x

  • Rose Sergent says:

    Love this dress! The earrings look great with it.

  • Oh wow, I was looking at that dress on the site yesterday and liked it but passed up on it, now I've seen it on you its gorgeous I adore it.


  • Samantha says:

    Gorgeous dress! I love the splash of color breaking up the monochrome. And, well, the whole look, actually.

  • gleepface says:

    Love the dress!

  • Jules. says:

    oooh I love the earrings – totally up my street!

  • @distract_me says:

    Love this outfit, and the earrings! xx


  • You look gorgeous, love the dress!



  • Jaz xo says:

    Ooh that's lovely 🙂 xo

  • katymitten says:

    Gillian you look so beautiful in this dress. The lace really suits you, and I extremely want your luscious locks! xx

    The Littles.

  • This is such a great dress, I love the layers with the bright color underneath the lace. You are seriously so pretty.


  • Caroline says:

    that dress is awesome! the neon & lace go so well together, you look like a megababe xx

  • Gem says:

    love this dress, nice to have a bit of colour underneath. Your hair looks amaaaazing xx

  • Love the colour and the lace is so pretty.


  • Love a lace dress – I like how this one has a pop of colour with it too, very pretty!

    Lynne x

  • P says:

    Pretty dress – and I've found a new dress website to look on now! Thanks!

  • Birgitte M. says:

    Wow, you're beautiful ! Love the outfit 🙂

  • Cute outfit and love your little corner.

  • Jesss says:

    I love this dress! You look stunning, the colour really suits you.
    I never realise how gross my shoes are either haha – never mind!

    Jesss xo

  • Lauren says:

    I love the dress, you look lovely in it xx

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  • mel davies says:

    your lips look gorgeous this colour 🙂 i love this dress on you, who doesn't adore a skater dress?! xx

  • I LOVE your fringe, it makes me want to have one! x

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