A quick and easy up-do, a black OOTD for dinner & link-up

wearing black

Last weekend, we had dinner with friends and the weather was glorious and warm. Sadly, a few days later, I’m sitting indoors with a sweater on AND my trusty thick cardie! What is going on with the weather at the moment? I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind already! But enough of that. Let me tell you about my OOTD for that dinner, as well as my quick and easy up-do.

a quick and easy up-do

Firstly, I had no idea what I was going to wear for the dinner, which started at 8pm—which, you would have thought would have given me all day to decide. But nope, I was still hovering around my wardrobe at 7.30pm. Luckily, I ended up grabbing a few things that went together perfectly.

The tweed trousers I bought on a whim in Zara a few months ago (and they only cost me 10 euros and fit like a glove), the black tank top I wear ALL the time because I love the loose fit around the waist, the gorgeous black rock-chick heels from Echo and one of my newest additions, not yet seen on the blog, this beautiful black Bulaggi handbag which was another gift from my lovely MIL for Christmas. I hadn’t realised, but it’s actually a certified vegan leather brand based in Holland.

What have I missed? Oh yeah, THE most gorgeous sparkly necklace of all time. Isn’t it beautiful? Would you believe this was a gift from an old friend. She said she never wore it and just gave it to me! I believe she said it was from Vera Wang (I know, right…I’m a lucky so and so!).

I had thought about adding a sparkly bracelet too, but it just seemed a bit much for dinner at a friend’s house. I know, now that I’ve written that, it seems a bit silly! Why not get all dolled up? Next time I will. I love playing dress up lol.

As for my quick and easy up-do, I used one of those mesh donut thingies (clearly I have absolutely no idea what they’re called!), but do you know what I mean? You can usually get them in a dark brown colour or a blonde-ish for lighter coloured hair. Mine was from Primark years ago and I do believe this is the very first time I’ve actually used it!

It’s such a simple way of creating a quick and easy up-do. You just pull your hair into a pony tail, and use the donut instead of an elastic, then pull the hair over the top to disguise the mesh. Then, put a tight (ish) elastic over the top of the donut, to hold it in place. Depending on the length of your hair, you might need to simply pin the remaining hair to your head using bobby pins.

Mine is a bit longer, so I plaited the remaining hair and clipped it into place with a hair clip and then used a few bobby pins to neaten it up. It didn’t take long and it stayed put all night, which surprised me because I’m not usually very good at up-dos. And the nicest thing about it? My neighbour’s 15-year-old daughter complimented me on my hairstyle! They’re all dancers, so that meant a lot to me lol!

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12 comments so far.

12 responses to “A quick and easy up-do, a black OOTD for dinner & link-up”

  1. Laurie says:

    Love the outfit but it’s the glasses that keep catching my eye. They look really good on you Suzy. What brand are they? Have a lovely weekend xx

    • Suzy says:

      Thanks Laurie! They’re my new glasses. I have varifocals now (which is taking me AGES to get used to). But the actual glasses are called ‘Slats’. I’ve tried to google them but I can’t find them anywhere. They have additional sunglass lenses which clip on with magnets (absolutely brilliant)!
      Have a fab weekend!
      Suzy xx

  2. Mica says:

    Your hairstyle is perfect! I really like the way you have accessorised this monochrome outfit too – everything works so well together, what a pretty statement necklace as well!

    Thanks for the link up! Hope you are having a good week 🙂

    • Suzy says:

      Thank you so much, Mica! That’s really kind of you to say. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
      Suzy xx

  3. The updo is really pretty, it looks professionally done. And yes, next time go all out with the bling! If it makes you happy, do it! xo

  4. Gail says:

    Drooling over the bag – love the handle! – and sparkly necklace. And the up do is so chic. I can’t believe you didn’t know what to wear when this classy outfit was sitting there! Have a good weekend, here’s hoping it warms up both for you and the UK! Three layers today….brrr

  5. Suzy, I love this cute updo! I have to try those donut thingies. My neighbor has super long gorgeous hair and she always wear a top knot like yours with those things. She swears by them! You keep making me buy things, darn it! First period panties, now hair donut thingies.

    This outfit is really fun and chic and sassy. Your necklace, shoes and bag are all fabulous, too!


  6. The up do, the sparkly necklace, everything! Great look!

  7. Marsha Banks says:

    Hahaha! You make that hairstyle sound so simple, but I’d end up strangling myself!!! You do look stunning with your hair up (and down, of course)! And, why not dress up when going to your friends! If I lived down the street, I’d expect you in heels all of the time!! Thanks, Suzy, for the party!


  8. Nancy says:

    Those trousers look fantastic! I love tweed a lot. Did I miss something about your hair! I thought at one point you decided to turn grey?

  9. Michelle says:

    This is a fabulous look, Suzy! You have a gift if you can put this all together in 30 minutes.


  10. You looked wonderful. And what a presents do you get…the best.

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