What would you say if you could go head to head in a style battle for a chance to take home your winning outfit? If you’re like me, the thought of experimenting with new looks on somebody else’s tab is certainly an alluring thought, however, battling it out on stage? Me? I decided being paid to go shopping was too good of an opportunity to miss, even if it did involve a spot of modelling. So, as part of The Mall Blackburn’s second annual Pamper Day, I agreed to be their fashion blogger for Style Wars. 

Billed as blogger versus shopper, I was given £150 of vouchers to find a complete outfit for each of spring/summer’s three key 2014 trends, Pretty in Pastels, Monochrome and Summer. Within that hour, I had to dress for battle and return to the stage. Easy right? With a budget of just £50 for each outfit (and strict instructions not to be late or remove any tags) maybe not. This wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d first thought. 

First of all, I’m not a fashion blogger. I’ll firmly state I’m a personal style blogger. My personal style mixes vintage with thrift and high street, topped of with a whiff of affordability. I’m also a personal style blogger saving for a European adventure who just couldn’t turn down a day of paid work that involved shopping.  

So, where do you think I went first? You guessed it, Primark. 

Pretty in Pastels

Outfit Details
// Pastel blue dress :: Primark £13 // Lilac, pink and lemon bag :: Floozie at Debenhams £20 (£16 on day in sale)// Floral crown :: Primark £2.50 // Nude courts :: Deichmann £7.49 // Belt :: £3 //
total: £42 

First of all, the ‘Pretty in Pastels’ challenge scared the hell outta me. I’ve never worn pastels before. If you’re pale-skinned like me, you may have avoided pastels too for fear of them turning you into a ghost. However, I found wearing blue was my way in. Blue suits most complexions and having dark hair certainly helped. I found this pastel blue dress sidled next to a the pink version for a bargain at £13, stumbling across a pastel pink floral crown…I knew my outfit had started to take shape. What you can’t see in this picture is a pair of nude heels I found in Deichmann for the grand total of £7.49. Bargain!


Outfit Details
// Monochrome dress :: H&M £29.99 // Clutch bag :: Primark £6 // Necklace :: H&M £6.99 // Nude courts :: £7.49 //
 total: £50.49 (oops)

Oh monochrome, my beloved monochrome. How I love a good monochrome and colour pop ensemble. This outfit took me a total of 15 minutes to find and purchase. First of all, I made the somewhat pricey (for a £50 budget) purchase of this H&M dress. It’s a great take on the ‘little black dress’ and is cut so so well to create a flattering shape. I absolutely adore this Primark clutch bag, as soon as I laid eyes on its polka dot and orange combination I knew it would be coming with me.  Mixing colours that you wouldn’t expect has become my favourite way to wear monochrome. When I spied this electric blue necklace, I knew it was the perfect colour clash with the bright orange. I guess I cheated with the shoes, with £7 left I knew I’d find no better.


Outfit Details
// Monochrome dress :: H&M £14.99 // Yellow vest :: H&M £3.99 // Beach bag :: Primark £8 // Necklace :: Primark £4 // Flats :: Primark £6 // Hat :: Claire’s Accessories £10 // 
 total: £47

When it came to the final challenge, I wanted to find a summer look featuring versatile pieces. This tropical midi dress from H&M is just perfect for £14.99. I layered it with a pop of yellow for a casual look, but you could easily transform it for an evening look. Value for money right there. This wasn’t my favourite outfit, I’ll admit. I think it worked better in my head. However, I certainly felt like summer in it!
The Verdict
So, how did I do? What do you think? Well, I didn’t win any. A small audience, teamed with PR who rightly want the shoppers to take home their outfit meant I lost each round. But hey, I was paid for the day. Would I change any of my outfits if I had the chance to do this again? No. Not one. I can’t discredit any of the other girl’s outfits because they each won fair and square, but I did love my outfits (well, most of them). So much so, I got to take my favourites home after all by being the top bidder in the charity auction.  And, on another bright side, I did get the chance to meet TOWIE star Lydia Bright. I say ‘meet’, I mean stand by her side and smile with her in close proximity as she promoted her pop up boutique, Bella Sorella. 
All in all, not a bad day’s work!
Which was your favourite outfit?

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