It's been a quiet week on here, due to me ending up in hospital dehydrated from norovirus. Not the most fun time. Needless to say I'm too tired to be blogging right now, so in the meantime please enjoy this guest post with some pre-party season tips.
The news may be gloomy, but BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid brightened up the red carpet with this bold outfit. Susanna has recently been strutting her stuff in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, and although she's said she finds the moves tricky to pick up, her sunny personality, can-do attitude and fancy footwork have won her plenty of fans.
Viewers familiar with her professional television persona have come to see that there’s more to this reporter than current affairs. Even away from the dance floor, Susanna's fun and quirky nature shine through in this turquoise outfit accented with glitzy silver accessories.
Pick a colour
Susanna leaves the little black dress behind and makes a strong style statement with her bright colour choice. This outfit is not for the wallflowers, as it draws the eye from tip to toe. The aqua dress beautifully emphasises Susanna’s golden tan and brunette locks, while the simple cut and sparse accessories keep her looking bubbly rather than tacky. Channel Susanna's bold style with this v-neck drape dress. Not quite as bright as her turquoise number but still certain to grab attention, the gentle powder blue and draped design make this a fun and flattering alternative to the LBD for party season.
These sparkly silver peep-toe courts are an excellent match for Susanna’s killer platforms and the perfect accompaniment to a statement dress in any colour. If you’re looking for a little less twinkle or a lower heel, check out the range of court shoes from Isme, with shades and styles to complement any outfit including this season’s pastels and tartans.
Susanna opts for a bare-legged look to show off her flawless tan and well-defined calf muscles. If you’re brave enough to bare your pins for a party, consider using a tinted body lotion or getting a light spray tan to even up your skin tone. Even if you decide to cover up with skin-coloured tights, exfoliate daily with a body brush using long strokes towards the heart, and put plenty of moisturiser on your legs at night to keep them looking smooth and soft. If you don't have time to hit the exercise bike every day, your high heels will make your legs look longer and slimmer, no workout required.
Follow Susanna’s lead and choose a belt that matches your shoes, finishing with sparkly but subtle jewellery to keep the look simple but perfectly coordinated,
Fresh-faced, tanned and beaming, Susanna’s bright look has an air of the holiday feel about it. It might not be possible to squeeze in a relaxing spa break or even just a day off before dressing up for your special occasion, but a dash of bronzer and a bright smile are just the ticket for completing this chic and confident ensemble.