In my previous post, I mentioned that my first outfit pick for the office Christmas party had to be scrapped – but it doesn’t mean that it has to be forgotten. Here it is, featuring this week’s manicure: Particuliere. Released as part of Les Impressions de Chanel in spring 2010, Particuliere was a major hit practically before it even hit the stores. It’s not hard to see why – it’s a beautiful neutral, and one of the first to kick off the trend for greiges.
I love Particuliere; it’s a rich, creme polish that goes on like a dream in one coat, and it’s a perfect colour for fall and winter – it looks so warm and toasty! It’s also a great match for my new-ish Zara heels. These beauties were an impulse buy, but how could I resist them? Bows and sparkles – too much!

And here is the rest of the outfit.

I love the architectural neckline of this dress (a Winners find), but the rest of the dress is not particularly kind to curves; some help is needed to add definition and avoid the potato-sack look that flatters only the ultra thin. The print of the dress is so colourful, it’s tempting to anchor it with a “non-colour” like black. Instead, I decided to go in the opposite direction – even more colour – with a bright yellow belt. With nude-ish heels and minimal accessories, the belt becomes the main focal point – conveniently drawing attention to my waist. Which, finally, is making a much-awaited reappearance.

The finishing touch … bow earrings, of course!

Happy Friday!

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