Pleated longer lengths are said to be “having a moment” right now… not one of those funny as in weird moments more like one of those “oh-so perfect” moments.

Earlier this year, after Christmas had made a huge dent in my bank balance, I wandered into @TOPSHOPLEICS @Highcross and… dreaming of spring… bought a lovely Sheer Black Pleated Maxi Skirt… and the unstructured floppy camel hat too.

This week I have fallen absolutely head-over-heels in love with this peach chiffon pleated maxi skirt by Rare** for Topshop, £45. 

I am now imagining myself swishing along New Walk on a warm spring day, twirling around the streets of Leicester in search of an icecream or perhaps sunning myself in the South of France, come July, all romantic and wistful overlooking the Mediterranean [this skirt is definitely coming with me!]

As soon as you step into it… zip it up and fasten the little button… you feel like a ballerina… [cue twirl and plenty of skirt swishing] …as many of my friends are aware I have absolutely no coordination and cannot dance for toffee… so this takes some doing.

I recommend all you girlies out there who want to add a little romance to your wardrobe grab one of these skirts now whilst they are HOT HOT HOT. 

I have seen a variety of different styles available to suit all budgets… some going for as little as £18 whilst others have prices way over the £300 mark.. eek! So whether you are after vintage, high street or designer you are sure not to be disappointed - there is plenty to choose from!

For more inspiration see @ELLEUK’s latest 6 of the Best ‘Ballet Skirt’ feature here

Team it will a cropped vest, or perhaps a vintage Tee, or even a sleeveless blouse and floppy hat and you will look like a dream!

Photographs by @jmgcreative and edited by me.



my hair is a vague mix of all these colours at the moment, it’s like a blondey gingery pinky kind of colour. i’m sick of it being dull though.i just can’t afford to get it done in a salon. i want the whole thing bleached, messed around with highlights and stuff but want an all-over greyish lilac colour so i figured i’d bleach first then tone and add colour later…

Meet Lucie Loves @Highcross’s Best Dressed Individuals from Loughborough #streetstyle #Leicestershire #photography

Amy-Jo Gomes-Alves, Loughborough

Amy-Jo wears Top by New Look, Camel leggings, pink slip-on shoes by New Look, and Nan’s cardigan with the lovely gold buttons.

Jade Nelson, Loughborough

Jade wears this cute little blue ruffle trim dress and white accessories & a flower in her hair to create a perfect retro-inspired summer look! Beaded Necklace and Bracelet by New Look

Ceris Matthews, Loughborough

Ceris wears this lovely white kaftan style top by Tommy Hilfiger and teams it perfectly with orange chino trousers by Topshop, Chanel Sunglasses, Louis Vuitton Bag and gladiators sandals by River Island.

Royal Wedding Fever hits Melton Mowbray.

Alan Lee, Loughborough

Alan wears Tshirt by All Saints, Drop Dead Trousers, Dr Martens Shoes, and Topman Sunglasses

Ben Wall, Loughborough

Ben wears Shirt, Tshirt & Shoes by Topman, with rolled up dark blue jeans.

Peter Tsui, Student from Hong Kong, studying at Loughborough

Peter wears Ray Ban Glasses, D&G Belt & Jeans and Trainers by Dior

Chris Cawkwell, Fine Art Student, Loughborough

Chris wears Vest by Topman, Trousers by Fab India, Brown Leather Sandals from India, Customised Cardigan, Customised Necklace - from charity & vintage shops.

Meet Lucie Loves @Highcross’s Best Dressed Individuals from Market Harborough #streetstyle #Leicestershire #photography

Tom Costall, Teacher from Market Harborough

Tom wears shirt by Next, trousers by H&M, Doc Marten shoes

Stephanie Maddox, Virtual Office Telephonist, from Market Harborough

Stephanie wears tan longline blazer jacket, breton stripe top by Monsoon, and handbag by Wallis

Nicky Green, Managing Director of Linton Products, from Leighton Buzzard

Nicky wears cardigan by New Look, Bag by River Island, Jeans & Tshirt by Topshop, Necklace - gift from Australia

Valerie Harrison, PA to Chief Exec at Joules, Market Harborough

Valerie wears dress by Joules complimented by her own long pearl necklace & black leather handbag

Michelle Bates

Michelle wears top by Next, boots by Joules, bag from NYC, watch by Toy

Alice Smith 

Alice wears Breton stripe top by H&M, trousers by Next & Anya Hindmarch bag

Jean Cornwell, from nr. Market Harborough

Jean wears jacket by Joules, beads by Monsoon, and a Kipling bag

Ann Burgess, from Market Harborough

Max Meadows, from Theddingworth 

Max wears Shirt & Tshirt both by Topman, Shorts by Next, & Adidas Trainers.

Sam Driver, from Rothwell, shopping in Market Harborough

Sam wears her colourful striped maxi dress with a denim jacket by New Look & bag by Accessorize

Arwen Vanwick, Trainee Hairdresser, Market Harborough

Arwen wears vintage style cream sheer blouse, scarf, necklace, shoes & leggings by New Look

Kiran Georghion, footwear designer from Market Harborough

Kiran wears AX Paris floral maxi dress, summery green cardigan, bag & shoes from China

Simon King - “Tank”

Tank wears customised leather waistcoat, t-shirt & boots from Las Vegas, jeans by Next

Linford Martin works at Lipsy @Highcross

Linford wears Jacket by Next, Trousers by All Saints, T-shirt by Topman, Shoes by Next, and Hat by H&M

Grey and Ecru Stripe Hooded Jacket, £40 at Next

Rapture Chino, £85 at All Saints

Stripe Premium Espadrille from £18 at Next

Funmi Sule, Acounting & Business Management Student at DMU

Funmi wears Cardigan, Vest & Jeans by H&M, Trainers by Vans from Office

&Denim. Boyfriend fit Jeans, £29.99 by H&M

Vans Era Navy/Yellow Trainers, from £37 Office

@jmgcreative bought me these wicked @henryholland Black Superstar tights, £15 from River Island

Bought this gorgeous Black Paisley Print Kimono, £50 at Topshop @TOPSHOPLEICS @Highcross

Perfect for any occasion… even if that occasion is lounging around on the couch at home.

Thanks for taking the photos @jmgcreative :-)


My #todayimwearing is inspired by lastnight’s film #Apollo18. I’m feeling space age in my @topshop @highcross metallic silver cobweb top over velvet stud leggings with my chocolate KG brogues and gold bracelets. #fashion #accessories #styleinspiration #outfit #whattowear #whatihearttoday #blogger #ss12 #photo #lucieloveshighcross #instagram #iphone #iphoneography (Taken with instagram)

Meet Lucie Loves @Highcross’s Best Dressed Individuals from Melton Mowbray #streetstyle #Leicestershire #photography

Meet Delilah the Jack Russell

Linda Lanzoni, Nursery Nurse from Melton Mowbray

Linda wears a beautiful cobalt blue printed kaftan style dress, accessorised with Pandora Bracelets, white leather handbag and bead detail earrings.

Helen Dell, Melton Mowbray

Helen wears a beautiful bright floral printed maxi dress, with shoes by Next, accessorised with a funky canvas print bag and long beaded necklace

Hannah Burrows, student, Melton Mowbray

Hannah wears necklace by Accessorize, Tshirt & Shoes by New Look, teamed with a pair of skinny Lee jeans and a cute hair slide

Joe Jackson, Student, Melton Mowbray

Joe wears a Billabong printed cap, cobalt blue graphic Tshirt with jeans to complete the BMX’r look

Heather Birley, Student, Melton Mowbray

Heather wears a pretty oversized floral print Tshirt over leggings, with lace up shoe boots fromOffice, bag by Accessorize & a mixture of colourful bracelets to complete the look.

Sam Povey, from Rotherham in Melton Mowbray for the Cycling Tournament

Sam wears a gorgeous tribal print maxi dress, silver gladiator sandals, Pandora bracelet, Nude leather Warehouse bag and Tom Ford Sunglasses

LOVE LOVE LOVE Sam’s Coral nail polish against the blue of her dress!

Morgan Loach, student, Melton Mowbray

Morgan wears tie-dye print top with grey cardigan, pretty nude crochet over-the-knee socks and little black brogues with a floral bag and a long statement gold owl necklace.

Ruth Collier, Student & Model, Melton Mowbray

Ruth wears Forget-Me-Not Vest by Topshop, St Christopher necklace - gift from mum, Skinny Jeans by River Island, mum’s leather belt, Nike Trainers and a mixture of Pandora and other bracelets.

Oh hello there @Highcross Ad Van #Spotted in Melton Mowbray!

Sophie Hewitt, Melton Mowbray

Sophie wears this gorgeous retro-style spotted dress and adds just a touch of colour with this simple pink bag with gold chain and gladiator sandals. Perfect!

Ben Sandilands, Newlywed, Melton Mowbray 

Ben wears Cardigan by River Island, Breton stripe Tshirt, Shorts, Espadrille Shoes & Sunglasses by Next

Lianne Sandilands, Newlywed, Melton Mowbray

Lianne wears a khaki green grecian style maxi dress by Next, a black cardigan, River Island Bag with gladiator style sandals and gold bangles.

New Blog Post: Lucie Loves... #triedandtested @johnlewisretail Summer Sun Beauty & 2 weeks in Greece...

I’ve just spent two weeks in Skiathos, just one of the many very beautiful islands that Greece has to offer. Here are a few of the items that came with me in my Holiday Toiletry Bag… 

and here’s what I thought of them:

Benefit Cha Cha tint, 12.5ml, £22.05 - John Lewis, Highcross.

I’m a BIG Benefit make-up fan and have been for years now. My favourite products include:

  • Bad Gal Lash Mascara
  • Hoola Bronzer
  • Sugarbomb Blusher
  • Moonbeam
  • Hi-Beam highlighter
  • BeneTint! 

So when I was given the chance to add their new Cha Cha Tint - Mango Cheek and Lip Stain to my holiday make-up look, I was rather excited. It actually turns out quite vibrant on the lip and looks fab blended into tanned skin, giving it a real glow!

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF15 PA++, 50ml, £17.55,  John Lewis, Highcross

I found the Benefit Facial Emulsion packaging absolutely delightful! With its rather Alice in Wonderful ‘Magic Potion’ glass bottle design, I just hoped that its contents would work wonders on my parched, sun-exposed skin. It hydrates, protects and comforts the skin in one fail swoop! Giving my skin the perfect finish for applying my evening make-up.

Clarins Face Treatment Oil - Blue Orchid, 30ml £26.10  John Lewis, Highcross

Every night after getting back from a day at the beach/ by the pool, I would treat my clean post-shower skin to a 5 pence sized drop, rubbed between palms until warm and then press it into my skin. This beautifully scented and ever-so-light Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is divine! It was heavenly! So much so that I looked forward each evening to applying it to my skin. It worked wonders for my complexion, in terms of both evening out skin tone and plumping it up a bit.

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream With Microbeads, 50ml £22.05,  John Lewis, Highcross

Exfoliation when on holiday is key to getting an even tan. By sloughing away dead skin cells your newly tanned skin will looked buffed and pampered! I used the Clarins mask as part my skincare routine twice a week whilst I was away. First, I would gently exfoliate my skin…

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask, £28.80  John Lewis, Highcross

… and then I would apply a thin layer of the Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask. I left it on for around 5-10 minutes, before taking it off with a dampened cottonwood ball. My skin felt soft, silky and plumper.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream, 50ml £30.15,  John Lewis, Highcross

After using the exfoliator and mask combination I would, as I did every evening, apply a layer of Clarins HydraQuench Cream to put the moisture back into my thirsty skin.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin Types £14.85 - £25.20,  John Lewis, Highcross

Another GREAT moisturiser is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Again, this is a product that I have been using for YEARS! Having first been bought a Clinique 3-Step kit by my lovely Aunty when I was younger, I was impressed by this light, fresh fragranced moisture drink for my skin. It is perfect for younger people as it is not too heavy and is pretty gentle on the skin.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free

£16.20 - £22.50,  John Lewis, Highcross

Another must-have year-round Beauty staple is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream… The original version had a very distinctive smell… some people LOVED it… some people (often boyfriends/ husbands/ ‘other half’s) would HATE it! For example, *picture the scene* once, said Lover/ User of Eight Hour Cream has slathered it onto their skin at bedtime, in a shiny shiny sticky mask type way. The other-half then tries to cuddle up for a goodnight kiss and usually ended up recoiling/ wrinkling their nose in a “WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!” kind of way…

Anyway… this time its FRAGRANCE FREE!! and it is just as good!

It’s such a versatile product, I use it for lots of things and believe me, a little bit goes a LONG LONG way:

  • Lip Balm
  • Weekly Face Mask
  • Soothes Sunburn
  • Softens Cuticles
  • Can smooth frizzy ends of hair when applied sparingly
  • Adds gloss to eyelids
  • Keeps lashes/ eyebrows in place
  • etc etc etc

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Triple Shield SPF 50, 50ml

£49.50, John Lewis, Highcross

Since turning from Twenty-young to Twenty-old, something has changed in me… Now that I’m 26, I seem to be taking my skincare far more seriously! I’ve always been one to moisture religiously, after heeding many warnings from my Nan telling me horror stories about wrinkly necks and knees…. and more recently actually showing me the effects that Sun Damage can have on your skin. So when I received a few samples of Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Triple Shield SPF 50, I was determined to give it a go! I applied it carefully to my face for the first part of my holiday and then went down to using a SPF 30, just so that I didn’t return home with a Casper-the-friendly-ghost white complexion.

The product was light, non-greasy, easily absorbed into the skin and pleasantly fragranced. I would definitely recommend it.

Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, £41.40 - £55.80,  John Lewis, Highcross

Once my skin had started to tan nicely I would use the Estee Lauder Skintone Illuminator to add a lovely glow to my evening make-up look. It made my skin look fresh and dewy. LOVED IT.

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, 50ml, £50.40, John Lewis.

This creme has just the kind of deliciously expensive lard-esq consistency that my Nan would be proud of! It feels like velvet on your skin and is super-moisturising, I’d recommend a pot of this to any super-duper moisturiser fans out there!

La Perla Divina Eau de Toilette £40.50 - £49.50, John Lewis, Highcross

I’m always one for trying out new scents… and La Perla’s Divina was lovely, quite a pretty, sweet, sugary yet fruity fragrance. “The fragrance reflects a luxury Italian garden with a fruity floral bouquet. The citrus fruits of the Garden of Hesperides in Calabria adds a burst of wild strawberries, with splash of pear granita over champagne accord.”

Here are a few of my other favourite perfumes… Looking at their ‘Base Notes’ and ‘Top Notes’, etc, I think there may be a theme going… I wonder what my choice in Perfume says about me?

  • Dior - Addict, Eau De Parfum, £59.50 - £84.50, John Lewis: WoodySumptuous silk tree flower, voluptuous night queen flower, and luscious bourbon vanilla combined with sandalwood and tonka bean”
  • Tom Ford - Black Orchid, 30ml £45 or 100ml £85, Boots: OrientalBlack Truffle and Ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Blackcurrant.”
  • Victor and Rolf - Flowerbomb, Eau de Toilette 50ml, £55, Boots: Floriental “Freesia, rose centifolia, osmanthus and jasmine sambac, supported by a background of patchouli.”
  • Prada - Infusion D’Iris, Eau de Toilette, 100ml £72.50, Debenhams: FloralLily of the Valley, powdery Violet, addictive Heliotrope, sophisticated, sensual Cedar and Neroli”
  • Dolce and Gabbana - The One, Eau de Parfum 30ml £37.50, 50ml £54, 75ml £68.50, John Lewis: Floriental  ”Mandarin and peach that leads into a heart of jasmine and ends with a base of vanilla, amber and musk.”