Friday, March 6

- Tailored... + GIVEAWAY!

First of all, HOORAY for sunshine! Second of all, today's post features an outfit plus a giveaway! Good moods all round.

Whether you wear tailored clothing for work, the gruelling process of job interviews (like me), or simply because you want a 'smart' day for no apparent reason (also like me), there really is something about looking and feeling smart. I recently picked up this pastel blue blouse from H&M, which you may have seen in my blouse post here, along with these black fitted trousers. I honestly can't recommend H&M enough for pieces like this as they're great quality yet a total bargain!

No smart outfit is complete without a stylish bag and this is where the Olivia Tote* comes in. Nicola from The Handbag Closet very kindly sent me this bag way back in Summer (read my previous post here) and I honestly haven't stopped using it since. Nicola has to be one of the loveliest individuals I've collaborated with since starting my blog; she is a true gem to work with and her range of bags are gorgeous!

This Olivia Tote is perfect for lugging around your laptop, notebooks, lunch - basically everything but the kitchen sink. I've traipsed around with it weighing a tonne of bricks (well, almost), yet it remains sturdy and the handles are still intact. Impressive muchos?

Now for the exciting part! As I love this bag so much and we're now into March which marks 1 year of blogging for me, Nicola has offered to give you the chance to win your very own Olivia Tote bag! Please read the rules below carefully and enter via the Rafflecopter form.

RULES:
- There will be one winner who will receive an Olivia Tote bag from The Handbag Closet.

- You must complete all 3 mandatory entries to be entered (I will be checking), you can then unlock extra entries which are optional.

- UK only and will end on the 20th March 00:00 GMT.

- The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or I'll be drawing again.

- The prize will be sent directly from The Handbag Closet to the winner's address.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


What do you think of this tailored outfit? Make sure you enter the giveaway - good luck everyone!

61 comments:

  1. What a good giveaway! It's nice to see something a bit different, don't think I've ever seen a bag giveaway before :) the bag looks perfect for everyday!

    Amy x

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  2. I love H&M for smart and work wear too! They do the best trousers. I always find something on trend but still smart in there. And the bag is lovely! I can see why you haven't stopped using it, looks like a great staple piece. Nice picks! :)

    LipGlossJedi Blog

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  3. I love the outfit, it's simple yet stylish xxx

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  4. What a great look! Very sophisticated :D


    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely! Make sure you carry out all 3 mandatory options to enter! :) x

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  6. Fab giveaway :) This look is great on you - a smart/relaxed/chic vibe :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Bella & Bear Pro Makeup Brush Set Giveaway

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  7. I always find the tailored look so hard to pull off! But your outfit looks great! I love pastel blue and your bag is so amazing! I really love the shape of it :)

    Becki | beautyandthebrunette.co.uk
    xxx

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  8. love wearing shirts, a staple in every girls wardrobe!

    Alice x
    Sheer Beautiful // Bloglovin'

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  9. Oh Karen, you look absolutely stunning! This is a really chic & classy look. The tote bag is to die for, I wish the give away was international...
    xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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  10. Aww, Karen you look so lovely here and that tote is really nice for office and day to day look! I wish all the best to the contestants, I'm in Canada so had to miss out. :-(


    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  11. i think you look smart and stylish and fab giveaway x

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  12. Gorgeous bag and great effort on the tailored look :)

    Andrea x

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  13. love the bag
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I really love that bag. It is so cute!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  15. Love the shirt! Perfect for Spring :)
    Bea
    www.thebeacollective.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. This is a beautiful bag! You don't often see bags on giveaways so i thought i'd better give it a go. Wish me luck!
    Claire.x
    www.xclaireabella.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Love this outfit very smart and looks comfy to xxx

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  18. I've been drooling over pastel blue clothes on Pinterest so love this! xx

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  19. Super cute outfit! H&M really are one of the best shops for workwear.
    That bag is lovely - I'll definitely have to enter the giveaway!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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  20. It's a great work outfit - stylish but comfortable

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  21. I love your outfit looks effortless and classy

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  22. Lovely bag - I'd love to win it! x

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  23. This outfit is so lovely, it looks smart but super comfy! Would love to win this giveaway, have a wonderful day :)

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  24. I love it smart but doesn't look uncomfortable. Loving the bag.

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  25. I love that bag! It looks lovely and it's great value for the price. Here's to hoping I can win me one.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  26. Very nice and I love the background also. You are beautiful.:)

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  27. Very chic for running around in :) Love the bag, it's so stylish!

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  28. Gorgeous, just the kinda thing I would wear x

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  29. Lovely outfit, very smart but yet still casual! x

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  30. I must buy more shirts you always have lovely ones on and they are great for work. The tote is perfect for carrying around a laptop and then the mass of crap that I think is essential to carry. My bag weighs so much Lucy x

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  31. Love it - would be great for work, but also looks good for going shopping or out for lunch :)

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  32. Lovely outfit, and love the shape of the bag! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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  33. This is amazing would love to be considered. Good luck everyone x

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  34. Love this outfit so classic and chic! E x

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  35. Awwwh unfortunately I cannot enter this giveaway!! :(
    But best of luck to everyone entering, it is a lovely bag!!!

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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  36. Very nice..Simple and classic

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  37. Very smart and the bag sets it off nicely!

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  38. You are looking beaut as always Karen! I love your shirts from your previous post too!

    Laura xx

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  39. Simple and chic, sort of style that would be perfect for work!

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  40. thank you for the giveaway, i love your style!

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  41. The outfit looks gorgeous! so smart but still casual - love the shoes and bag in particular! xx

    thechloelook.com <3

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  42. I love this outfit so much! I love the smart work look style that's around these days, I bought two shirts the other day so I'm deffo going to try this outfit out! X

    Shannon from www.thatdeergirl.blogspot.co.uk

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  43. Love it, would be great for work then drinks after work too, Jemma x

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  44. I love H&M as well, their quality is amazing for such low prices. I was just there today looking at some of the new spring pieces! Thanks for the giveaway! xoxo

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  45. Loved this post the blue looks stunning on you ! entered the giveaway also x

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  46. Gorgeous outfit, you look great! <3 fantastic giveaway also, thanks for sharing! :)

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *

    x

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  47. Great Giveaway Karen and gorgeous outfit! I have never considered H&M before for smart wear I definitely will now though!

    hannerking | a beauty and lifestyle blog

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  48. Love this outfit, it's so simple yet smart and suitable for a number of different ocassions! Black trousers are a definite staple item for any wardrobe! I love this bag giveaway makes a change from all the beauty ones :)

    Annalouise-m

    annalouise-m.blogspot.co.uk

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  49. Oh I love dressing smart, and I totally agree- H &M is the perfect place to go for a bargain, I think it has to be my favourite shop! Great giveaway too- I love that bag,seems like a perfect size and style!

    Emily
    Under The Scottish Rain

    xx

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