By now most of us have returned to work and the real world. We have managed to fill the first day back with general office chit chat, catching up on what’s been happening in our colleague’s lives over the Christmas break, and of course going through the hundreds of emails we received over the break (mostly spam). The second day hits and you are wondering “what happened to my holidays?!”, and thinking “perhaps I really could live off a minimal wage to be a lady of leisure full time”. The only way to cure this shock to the system for me was to return to work with a new LBD and shoes. There’s nothing like the excitement of wearing a new outfit you feel fantastic in, and this is something you will definitely need when returning to work after the summer break! I had been searching high and low for a pair of nude pumps that were just the right shade of nude and not patent leather. A task that I quickly learnt was almost impossible! I finally found a pair in Tony Bianco who always make a great pump – check them out here – and my dress is from Zara. A LBD is of course a must in any girl’s wardrobe. It can take you from day to night and I’ve been pairing mine with a blazer for work. Both of these items are staples which means they give you a guaranteed outfit option for the days when you just need a reliable friend!