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Afternoon lovely ladies! Today is my Mum's only afternoon off work for the weekend, so we're popping out very shortly for my birthday meal, hopefully at Pizza Express, although no doubt I shall keep you updated on Twitter. It feels like I haven't eaten out with my family in forever, and meals out are probably our favourite thing to do because we always have the best dinner conversations! We always go for a meal when a birthday comes around too, regardless of if we also throw a party or other celebration. What are your family favourites and traditions?

(Floral zip front corset-esque top, Topshop circa 2009!;
Full skirt with belt, Zara;
Owl ring, H&M;
Golden Snitch necklace, Wallpaper Rose.)

I actually planned this outfit and had it in my head a week or two ago, but realised that the top was still here at home, while I was in Southampton with a much more drab selection of clothes. I couldn't decide what to wear today but then spotted this hung up in my wardrobe and knew just what to pair it with! The top is actually more of a floaty top; it cinches at the waist and flares out over your hips, but I've tucked it in my skirt for a 50's inspired look and fit. I also think this top perfectly suits my bralet wishes; I currently can't buy anything new, but this looks about the same?! Also as a little sidenote, these photos really don't capture the outfit very well, it looks so much nicer in real life!

I'm currently still dithering about the bare-legged business - the outfit will look quite prim and proper if I put my sheer black tights on, yet the weather is far too, for want of a better word, crap to go without! Might raid the mother's tights drawer for some tan tights! I'd also been toying with the idea of snapping today's outfit photo outside in my garden, seeing as the weather had been relatively nice all week, but alas, I awoke to the pretty sound of rain, and the garden just looks pretty soggy.

Just wanted to say a huge thanks for being such amazing readers and caring people. I'm popping the the doctors at some point while I'm home to get myself properly looked at. I do think my health "issues", if you can call it that, are just Uni stress related, and I'm hoping a chilled, relaxing weekend in with my little sister will sort me out again, because I'm never rundown with even so much as a cold. Anyway, I should probably get a move on and fix my tights fiasco, Mum's due back with the new car any minute now, hope you all have lovely Saturdays and I'll be back tomorrow with a surprise, and my week in photos.

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  1. aww hope you have a lovely time at home and at your meal! we always go for meals as well, and then family come round for birthdays & its chaos with all my little cousins running around dropping fairy cake all over the floor haha.

    the outfit looks gorgeous on you michelle! i did think it was a bralet, totally looks the same. makes me want summer so badddd! xx

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  2. Such a lovely outfit. Hopefully the Dr finds nothing too serious, look after yourself hun.
    xx

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  3. Aww that outfit is gorgeous! Hope you have a good birthday :D
    Fingers crossed the doc gives you the all clear :)
    xx

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  4. The outfit looks absolutely stunning, love the high waisted skirt especially!

    Hope the doctor's appointment goes okay :)

    X

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  5. Sian: Thanks sweet. Haha that sounds amazing, my little little cousins all live in Malaysia, so I barely get to see them at the moment ): Me too! I'm totally reworking this outfit with summery bits when the weather perks up a bit (:

    ScienceGeek: Thank you lovely <3

    Rhiiwn: Thank you doll!

    Chuui: Thank you (: Definitely my favourite skirt at the moment!

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  6. Love the outfit, that top is so pretty.
    Hope you have a good birthday meal with your family :) x

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  7. you look adorable :) i just adore your corset top!!

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  8. Such a lovely outfit :)

    Ooo I'd love a pizza express right now, yum! x

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  9. Happy Birthday, Michelle! I hope you have a great time out with your family. Also hope you get your health issues resolved. Stress does terrible things to the body.

    xx

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  10. Such a sweet, girly, pretty Summer outfit huni! Now we just need the bloomin weather here!!!
    I hope all goes well at the doctors sweetie nd I hope you and your mamma have a fab day xxx

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  11. Adorable outfit, seriously! Love the floral pattern of that bustier-sort-of top, it really suits you. And I love how you've paired it with that cute skirt!
    I wish it were warm enough to go outdoors without tights on, but alas, I think we've got a few more months to wait before we're blessed with so much sun, huh? Haha.

    Hope you're feeling better, dear. Stress and uni and all that *can* lead to health issues, so I'm sure just a bit of R & R is just what you need! xx

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  12. Mmm Pizza Express!! Happy bday, hope you have a lovely day!!
    You look v.pretty x

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  13. Happy Birthday, enjoy your day!
    I love your top :)
    x

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  14. Absolutely love this outfit Michelle, it's got such a lovely spring feel to it! Hope everything goes well at the doctors lovely! xxx

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  15. Wow that top is gorgeous! You look lovely :) hope you have a lovely meal with your family :)x

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  16. Really pretty outfit! I love the floral design of the top :) I hope you have a lovely family meal, we do the same thing on birthdays and such always go for a meal somewhere :)

    L x

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  17. I loveeeeeeeeeeee this outfit so much!
    xxx

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  18. Hope you have a really fun time! Slighty jealous of your outfit, I am in love with it! xo

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  19. You look gorgeous, I love your outfit. It's really sunny where I am today, but still cold. Have fun! xx

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  20. What a gorgeous outfit - perfect for a lovely day!
    I really hope you enjoy your pre-birthday weekend, and have a good time relaxing. You deserve it :) xxx

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  21. gorgeous, but you are making me feel chilly! the weather is so miserable and blah today! I hope you are ok sweets and everything goes well at the docs. And thank you for including me in your blogroll. :) xx

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  22. Aw happy birthday miss, I love going out for dinner too!

    Your outfit is so nice, the top is gorgeous! I think you're right about tan tights too ;)

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  23. hope you have a wonderful time with your mum! i love the skirt :) i need something like that in my life asap, especially for work xo

    wakeupbuttercup.blogspot.com

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  24. you look lovely :) i adore the 50s look. have an amazing birthday dinner, and feel better x

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  25. Have a lovely time with your family, your outfit is lovely. You look gorgeous :D The dress you've put as a top is so summery, can't wait for some sunshine! :D xxx

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  26. i lovelovelove this outfit... sooo nice!

    www.daisychainofdreams.blogspot.com x

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  27. lovely, very spring/summery

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  28. I hope you have a lovely birthday meal, it always tastes better when it's your birthday for some reason! Absolutely love your outfit as always! And I hope the doctors goes well and that you feel much much better soon! xo

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  29. You look absolutely gorgeous. I loooove your top - it's making me crave summer and better weather! I hope the doctor offers you some good advice. Have a lovely lovely meal :)

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  30. I love this outfit! The top is so pretty, I have something similar to that and hadn't thought about wearing it like that, so thanks ;)
    Have a lovely birthday meal! xxx

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  31. This is such a cute outfit! I think you should definitely go for tan tights so it's more of a Spring look:)xxx

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  32. Super cute outfit :) Looks great in the pictures so must be amazing in real life!

    M - Even Artichokes Have Hearts ♥

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  33. aww loving that outfit! very summery, if only these grey clouds would bugger off!! xx

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  34. You look so pretty! Loving the floral crop top, I wish it was still in store - I would deffo be purchasing hehe! Aw hope you get everything sorted at the doctors and have fun at Pizza Express. I went with my fam yesterday and it was sooo lush nom nom nom :) x

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  35. i bet you are going to have a lovely weekend at home, i bet it does you the world of good! i always go out for a birthday meal with my family too, which is always funny. when i was back in stevenage a couple of days ago i was taken to a yummy indian. i love being spoilt when back home. another lovely outfit, especially the top xx

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  36. I hope you feel better soon, lovely. You certainly are looking great! Love this outfit. Good luck at the doc, lady.

    x

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  37. Lily: Thank you so much lovely (:

    Claire: Thanks sweet!

    Laura: Thanks hun! I've been craving a pizza for a while and I'm fussy with them, so was excited to be able to choose a restaurant ;)

    Alyse: Thanks Alyse <3

    Claire: Thank you! The weather has actually perked up a little here, not enough to warrant no-coat-and-no-tights, but still lovely. Thanks honey <3

    Michelle: Oh thanks sweet. Really excited for it to be a bit warmer, and for when my spending ban is lifted so I can invest in new clothes! Mm definitely, I'm going to put my money on at LEAST late April for proper weather (:

    Dollyfaces: Thanks sweet!

    Sophie: It's not my birthday until Wednesday, but thank you anyway!

    Heidi: Thank you (:

    Courtney: Awh thanks lovely. Passed through your hometown yesterday and thought of you! (In a non-creepy way obvz!)

    Corrie: N'awh thanks doll!

    Laura: Thank you! I went through a phase of hating floral but I'm so so glad I decided to keep this top because its going through a bit of a revival with the ideas I've got in mind at the moment! xx

    Lauren: Thanks Lauren!

    Devs: Awh thank you (:

    Nicki: Thanks sweet, it's slowly brightening up but pretty chilly here as well sadly!

    Heather-Lou: Thank you honey <3 Got me a nice Lush bubble bar to enjoy tonight as well!

    Milly: Haha it was quite chilly just taking the photos! I did wrap up to pop out though ;) Thank you lovely, that means ever so much, and you are very welcome! <3

    Jess: Thanks lovely!

    KLEE: Thank you (: It is SUCH a gorgeous skirt, absolutely one of my favourite items at the moment!

    Hannah: Mm me too, so classic and feminine! Thanks Hannah <3

    Patsy: Thanks sweet. I know, such a summery outfit haha, really want to pair it with a sunhat!

    MJLS: Thank you (:

    Anne: Thanks hun (:

    Jennie: Awh thank you! Oh that is so true, it does indeed! My meal was so so good, haven't had such a nice lunch in weeks. Thank you Jennie <3

    Bee: I don't even like the summer usually, but this year I'm really into the idea of summer, nice weather, cocktails and relaxation! Thanks Bee <3

    Sophie: Thank you! Mm me either, I used to wear it over leggings and a simple cardigan, but thought it'd look quite nice and 50's esque with a full skirt!

    Hannah: Thank you! I couldn't find tan tights in the end aha!

    MW: Thanks (:

    M: Thank you! It's so annoying because I feel like there's just something missing in the photos, where the outfit isn't translating well into a captured image. Definitely need a blog photographer or something (:

    Victoria: Cheeyurs sweet (: Oh we don't have grey clouds here today! It looks relatively nice but is bloody cold out!

    Helen: Thank you! I'm quite sure Toppers have similar shapes in store at the moment, but with different prints (: Thanks sweet, Pizza Express was so so nice, had me a Pollo Pancetta pizza!

    Belle: It's been lovely so far, despite me only being indoors for the entirety! My Mum is so worried about me passing out again that she just wants me home, which is fine for lazy me ;) Omnom, haven't had an Indian in forever! Thanks sweet xxxx

    Aimee: Awh thank you (: I do feel a lot better today, docs is just a precaution!

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  38. you make me so excited for spring! even if it is depressing and grey outside -,-
    hope you have an awesome birthday and eat lots of nice food :) im always jealous of you're food!
    xx

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  39. Love this outfit! I did actually think it was a bralet hnI first looked, so I think we can safely say it is a perfect alternative.

    Is it your birthday today? If so happy birthday, and if not then happy birthday for when it comes! Enjoy your meal and good luck at the docs! x

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  40. Oh and love the new header. :)

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  41. thank-you for the lovely comment my sweet,
    definitely i agree i don't think i'll have the guts to wear it out of the house.
    you look super gorgeous hunny, i love the zip top! <3

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  42. We do pretty much the same - always always go for a meal!! Hope you have a good one :) xxx

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  43. Awh your outfit is so beautiful! I love wearing outfits like that in the summer time. Your legs look great bare, your complextion is lovely!

    Yeah they probably are stress related, I hope it goes well at the docs :)

    Katie. x

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  44. Loving this outfit babe! It's beautiful. And I'm liking the new header too it looks really good :)
    Always enjoy your posts, they're like a guilty pleasure <3

    Love you x

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  45. Lucy: Haha, it wasn't too grey outside today where I am, just really cold! Thanks sweet, hope you're having a nice weekend and all that!

    Alison: Thank you! It's more of the wimp's way out too, because I totally wouldn't wear a proper bralet paired with this skirt until I'd hit the gym for a few cheeky sessions! Nope, not until Wednesday aha but I'm celebrating early with my family as I'll be back at Uni on Monday ): Thank you so much lovely!

    Lily: You're welcome (: Oh I'd probs wear it out but it isn't "my style" at all so I wouldn't feel comfortable! Thanks doll, you're so lovely!

    Ellie: I love a nice meal out, we always stay for hours getting into the most ridiculous of conversations and debates (: Thanks sweet!

    Katie: Thank you! I always get told that haha, I use a gradual tanning spray moisturiser from Jan onwards to build up colour (: Thank you lovely.

    Leanne: Thanks bubba, love you moreee <3

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  46. Love this outfit! You could always wear a cheeky pair of primark/henry holland suspender tights that seem to be around all over the place at the moment to solve the bare-leggedness but if you can brave the cold it definitely doesn't need it!
    Poor you, I certainly know about stress related issues, it can be pretty horrible - sounds ridic but sometimes doing something really physical can help - I, for example, do ballet exercises in the air-conned living room 'cos it's too hot out here.... hope you feel better soon :)
    Beth @ Baking and Brogues
    xx

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  47. Hope you had a lovely meal! The whole outfit is a beaut! I think a lot of people get problems with the stress of uni. I have a lot of friends with sleep problems etc. I feel so bad for them >_<

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  48. Beautiful outfit <3
    We always go for a meal for birthdays as well. It's just nice to get together some times xx

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  49. This is the cutest outfit. I love the top! And the more I see that skirt the more I want! I hope you have a lovely meal and that you are okay at the doctors.

    xoxo

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  50. This is such a beautiful outfit! It's no where near warm enough to wear that here though :( xxx

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  51. That is a lovely, cute little outfit! Have a great birthday meal :)

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  52. Beth: Thanks sweet (: Went for 15 denier black tights in the end, which looked okay. Awh thank you for the advice, I'm really considering something like yoga or pilates if I get the time and money to!

    Anna: Thanks hun (: I sleep at odd hours anyway but just think its' down to my workload and lack of iron in my body at the moment to be honest.

    Jasper: Thank you! Mm I think a meal is the perfect gathering for such an occasion, not too hectic!

    Soph: Thanks sweety!

    Georgie: Awh thank you! I really want to invest in another full skirt so I don't have to keep washing it haha.

    Amy: Aaah thanks lovely <3 I popped a thin scarf and cardy over for warmth, and then my usual coat! Ruined it ever so slightly but oh wellzz ;)

    Beth: Thank you hun :D

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  53. Do you live/go to Uni in Southampton too?

    Cute outfit!

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  54. What did the doc say? Hope it's nothing too serious. And hope you feel better soon. Don't stress yourself out too much.
    Lovely outfit, btw

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  55. I agree, I think nude tights would look best with this. But brrr chilly! Have a nice meal out and hope you feel better soon too!

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  56. Cherry: Mmhm! Already answered you somewhat on Twitter, but I'm there for Uni now, and I live there for Uni too (: I'm home for the weekend atm though!

    Joey: I've not been yet! I'm going to get an early appointment on Monday morning. Thanks so much lovely!

    Helen: Haha indeed, it was so cold! Thanks sweet, hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  57. This outfit is gorgeous! Ah I love family meals too. I saw your tweet the other day about fainting, I hope you're okay lovely. xx

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  58. Ashleigh: Thank you Ashleigh (: I'm fine now sweet, just feel really tired and rundown, and my Mum thinks I look really pale (even with make-up!) so I'll be popping to the docs v.soon! xx

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  59. you look lovely, when is it your bday?! love the top, you wear everything i wanted when i worked at ts haha! xx

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  60. Emma: Thanks gorgeous! My birthday is on the 2nd March, but I won't be around my family from Monday onwards for a month aha, hence the early celebrations ;) Haha oh I would love a job at Topshop, I'm way too scared to apply though for some reason! xx

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  61. What a bloody lovely outfit, you look ah-mezin, hope you had a really lovely time hunny. Xxxx

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  62. I hope you had a great birthday! Your outfit is so gorgeous, I love your top.

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  63. Super cute! I love the outfit!

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  64. First of all, feel better! Also, great to discover your blog - someone posted your blogging tips post in my forum on Daily Tasks over on IFB (http://heartifb.com/members/pg/groups/799705/daily-blog-building-tasks-motivations/)

    Just followed you. Keep in touch! Ann

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  65. You look absolutely gorgeous & hope you had a wonderful time xx

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  66. Ah, I really adore this outfit! The top is perfect for Spring and you've styled it beautifully :) I love everything about this, tbh!
    xxx

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  67. Gem: Thank you sweetcheeks, had a lovely meal thanks (: Thinking of you today beautiful. xxxx

    Ann: It's not my birthday until Wednesday aha (: Thank you hun!

    MSodaPop: Thank you!

    Ann: Awh thank you, and thanks for letting me know about the link (:

    Angie: Thanks sweet. xx

    Alex: Aaaah thanks hun, means a lot!

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  68. aww its not scary at all! well in my shop there were a couple of intimidating people when i first started but i was 16 so all shy. it gets boring like any other shop after a while, discount was good though! x

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  69. This skirt looks so cute on you!

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  70. Emma: Awh really? Well if a vacancy comes up, I just might be tempted to apply, the discount is persuading me already!

    Sarah: Thanks lovely <3

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