Happy New Year everyone! I'm a bit late with posting this as it was meant to go live on 1 January...oops! Anyway. I was quite surprised when Steph told me it was my turn, following the previous order, to pick the challenge for this OMCZ. We've redrawn for the New Year and this opportunity has timed itself perfectly for me, as I've just bought an item of clothing that is OMCZ. So, this challenge is 'Pretty Pencils' and goes a little something like this: 'I absolutely love pencil skirts but I've never had the confidence to wear them, what with the VBO and all that jazz. However, I've just ordered a beauty and I could really do with that push in order to wear it...let me see all you lovely ladies rocking your pencil skirts, get those pins out and share your style tips (as I also have no idea what to wear with the damn thing)!' (I've also bought three polkadot pencil skirts from Everything £5 since).
I recently purchased the Anna Scholz for Simply Be Jewel Print Pencil Skirt (£24.00, Sizes 14-32) as I fell in love with the print as soon as I saw it. I absolutely love pencil skirts but don't wear them due to fear of the VBO and not knowing how to style them; normally this would put me off making a purchase, but at the time there was an offer on the Anna Scholz for Simply Be range to save £20.00 when you purchased two items...so Michaela (of Cardiffornia Gurl) and I teamed up, making the skirt an even more bargainous £14.00 each. I was a bit worried about the fit, but when it arrived I noticed the very discreet elasticated sections in the waistline which put my mind at ease; I think this is a very clever idea, as I'm not keen on waistlines that are fully or half elasticated and in this case it would've been really noticable.
Images © Big Fat Betty | So, here's me biting the bullet (or the jewel)! Overall I am a lot happier and impressed with the look than I thought I would be, although wearing the skirt high waisted did cause some problems; I had a very annoying (to me) bulge of fat which I attempted to conceal with a waistbelt and, as you may be able to notice in the photos, had some difficulty with getting the zip to lay flat (it does, but as I moved it raised again). The skirt is really comfortable and stretchy, which is great as I was expecting not to be able to move my legs! What do you think? Any styling tips? PS: I'd also like to thank Amz for dying my hair for me; the photos really don't do it justice (it's actually pink and purple)! Amz runs Black Sunshine Dreads.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the OMCZ crew:
Stephanie - http://www.seeingsp0ts.blogspot.co.uk
Leah - http://www.justmeleah.blogspot.co.uk
Mary - http://www.marysbigcloset.blogspot.pt
Becky* - http://www.doesmyblogmakemelookfat.com
Natalie - http://awheelbarrowfullofstyle.blogspot.co.uk
Nikki - http://www.nattynikki.blogspot.co.uk
Rebs* - http://sullen-hearts.blogspot.co.uk
Verena - http://aplussizefashionobsession.blogspot.de
Hollie - http://www.prettybigbutterflies.com
Sabina - http://www.femmefatalexsabina.blogspot.de
Katt* - http://acurvycupcake.blogspot.co.uk
Mookie - http://muki7x7.blogspot.co.uk
Erin - http://erinslittlebigcorner.blogspot.co.uk
Debz* - http://www.wannabeprincess.co.uk
*not participating in this challenge