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Hats Off

I’ve always felt just a little bit silly in a hat …But these last few seasons I’ve been coming around to the idea. Wearing Scarves, Straw Trilby’s and Trucker Caps this summer. Last winter my chunky knit slouchy beanie from Wool And The Gang was a daily occurrence, and now we’re slipping back around into Autumn I’ve been lusting after some gorgeous fedora’s and trilby’s.

I snapped up this little Zara number with a graffiti band a few weeks ago.

Ordering online is a great idea, especially if you’re on the fence. Try it on and come back to it a few hours later to try again, wear it around the house a little and see how you feel in it.

The likelihood is, it will be delivered in a box, as opposed to shopping on the high street and having it in a bag.

Tah-Dah you have the perfect storage for it!

Zara Hat

Right now I’m wearing mine with cut off’s, slouchy T-Shirt’s, Check shirt’s and Breton. When the evenings draw in I’ll be layering up slouchy knits, skinny jeans and Ash kicks. When the cold really hits I’ll be adding a camel coat and a huge chunky knit scarf.

What To Spend?

For this next seasons picks,  look to spend between £20 – £60.

Where To Hunt?

If you’re not convinced you’ll get a lot of wear and are merely dabbling head to Matalan or H&M for something around £10.

To carry you into future seasons? Budget not a huge issue? Head to Whistles, Reiss, & Other Stories, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters or my latest Instagram obsession Fallen Broken Street. Amazing selection.

Pour yourself a coffee and procrastinate on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Blue Hat Camel Coat Pinterest Image

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Grey Fedora Camel Coat Pinterest Image

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What Sarah did

What did Sarah do?…

Well 3 years ago Sarah opened a gorgeous little boutique in the market town of Hitchin. In a climate where small business' are being eaten alive by the big boys, Sarah's is thriving. I'd put this down to her savvy, her style, her merchandising and smart use of social media to give her loyal client base little tasters of new lines.

From the latest Ash high tops, killer heels, glam frocks to chunky slouchy knits there really is something for everyone. Pieces that appeal to various age ranges as a 30 something mum I can shop alongside a girl in her late teens and not feel intimidated or like I've got lost! Not an easy balance to achieve, but Sarah does, and very well with a welcoming atmosphere and with Sarah happy to offer her professional styling tips and tricks it makes for a great shopping experience.

…. There's even a seat for him.

Failing that, daddy can take the kids to a cute soft play cafe a couple of doors down so your free to take your time and try things on without interruption. Everyone's a winner!

With WSd a big part of my wardrobe I caught up with Sarah to find out a little more and share a little WSd with you all….

What Sarah did has recently celebrated it's 3rd birthday, you must feel hugely proud of what you've achieved so far, Has it always been a dream of yours to have you're own boutique?

It has always been a dream of mine to have my own business & my styling side of things started this off before I opened WSd at the not so tender age of 40! I just knew that if I were to do it, I had to do now or I never would!

By combining my styling secrets with the latest trends & bringing the huge world of fashion to my ladies, I created a lifestyle space rather than just a run of the mill fashion store.

I've seen through your Facebook some gorgeous pieces for this season, any particular favourites?

WSd is continually evolving & I feel now the brands I have really do reflect the here & now that is wearable by all ages.

This season I love all the shoes from Moda in Pelle, particularly the Danaya heels featured below.

Oooh they're delicious!

Mink Pink & Vero Moda always come up trumps every season & I always make sure I buy with my customer in mind rather than generically. This shows & I've had a great response to the season already!

Blows me away how much you all like what I'm doing!

Social Media is such a huge part of life these days, have you noticed it's affected shopping habits these last few years?

Social Media is indeed a huge part of my business. Some say I'm addicted! I am up at 6am posting something I'm excited about & even late into the night I'm replying to customer orders or questions on styling or stock availability.

It's 24/7 but I love it!

Spending habits dictate that I need to continue this mantra of showing my world to my angels. I get so excited about new deliveries & a new way to style up my outfits that I just HAVE to share!

It really does work too! One T Shirt I posted up on Friday sold out in just 12hrs!!

Wow! I do love seeing what you have in and how you put pieces together, you have a great Instagram feed,

If you could put together a gorgeous, practical ensemble for the school run, what pieces would you choose?

Sport luxe: Vero Moda Matata top. Loose yet not one bit drowning your body shape. Candy boyfriend jeans. Slimmer in the leg & most definitely more flattering than some around, these are super comfortable! Rains are the brand for a fab mac or anorak… Well it's rained a lot lately & you may as well look stylish as well as remain dry! Add in the Ash wedge python Bisou trainers.. Leg lengthening & undeniably comfortable.

Drop the kids at school & shop 'till you drop in these babies!

Or this! Mink Pink cute shell top. Yes you can wear it.. You know you can.. Vero Moda infamous Wonder Jegging super skinnies, any of this season's Beck Sönder Gaard leather bags -they're to die for- & Moda In Pelle Frillies tassle pumps… Any colour works here.

Show your personality. Both cool & both bang on it & worthy of so much more than the school run.

I want the lot! I have a couple of pairs of the wonder jeggings they are ridiculously comfortable and hold their colour so well.

I bet your boys love having such a stylish mum! Do you think what you do has influenced the way they appreciate design and individual style?

I have 3 boys. 18, 16 & 11.. I hope they do like that I love fashion. Their girlfriends certainly do!! The boys haven't yet said otherwise so I hope they are not embarrassed that I'd walk in to school in a electric blue sequin skirt or cycle in a bright orange pea coat!

All 3 have very different personalities & therefore I encourage them to dress accordingly. They have very individual styles & I love this… They are the coolest dudes around & I'm very proud to be their mummatron!

Awww that's gorgeous. I'm sure they're immensely proud of you.

So Sarah, you're a Mum, Businesswoman, Stylist and Blogger, that's some plate spinning. Want to share your secret?

WSd is like being inside my head! Even down to the quirky props & the mix of brands. It's who I am!! It encompasses every inch of my life & I'm very lucky that my family work with that & that you all like what I'm doing!

I'm ridiculously organised at home & here at WSd too, especially as I don't drive so I guess I just do what I do best & continually stretch myself to bring you something new & to evolve my little business to the next level…

Some things work & others not so much but hey that's the beauty of life! Just to see my army of angels smile when they feel & look amazing is worth every sleepless night, spreadsheet headache, working 7 day weeks & very apparent lack of nice holiday. I thrive on this & my boys see & understand this. I'm so very grateful.

I burst with excitement with every new project/collaboration, season & new era.


Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me Sarah and sharing you're gorgeous shop with us. You're all kinds of awesome!

I'd like to thank you all for your continued loyalty & support. It really does mean the world to me. It puts an even brighter fire in my belly to make WSd go from strength to strength. Thank you xx

If you haven't paid Sarah a visit, please pop in and say hi! What Sarah did is on 4-5 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1JQ.

Or fancy organising a girly get together? A birthday treat, Mother's Day or a classy little hen do. Get in touch with Sarah to arrange a personal shopping evening, shopping fun with WSd all to yourselves and Sarah on hand to advise. Perfect!

Follow Sarah on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for exciting things happening for WSd later this year.

Happy Shopping you lovely lot!.

 

 

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Spend Safely

Bit of a serious sentiment to this post you lovely lot…. Stay with me.

Last Christmas morning Mr G gave me a big heavy box to open. I knew it was them. I could smell them I had been saving for a pair for months rarer than rocking horse poo he'd got me a pair of these…all my Christmas' had come at once.

 

I asked him just HOW the chuffin hell he'd found a pair, as they'd been out of stock for an eternity.

 

'Mmm yeah, there's a story there”… He went on to explain how a few weeks before Christmas he googled Ash biker boots, logged onto the website, selected the boots he knew I was champing at the bit for, in my size parted with £380. Gift sorted.

 

A week or so later, he took delivery at his work of 'the boots' they were awful. Just a bland pair of tan boots. Nothing like the Ash boots he'd ordered. He went through his emails. The penny dropped when the confirmation, lost in his spam folder didn't look as you'd expect. He called the company. Number not in use. After a bit more digging, he confirmed he'd been ripped off. Some dodgy operation in china. Fantastic. Merry bloody Christmas!

 

He called his bank, there was nothing they could do. Clearly proven fraudulent behaviour but as he'd paid on his DEBIT card, not on his CREDIT card, he was unprotected. No refund. Sorry.

 

Bless his heart, he took a day off work, hopped on a train to London to collect a pair at The Ash Store, Chelsea he'd reserved over the phone.

 

We sold the rip off boots on eBay for £50, the actual Ash boots that cost double what they should luckily are like my second skin. I love them. I love him even more for the lengths he went to to make me happy Christmas morning. He's all kinds of awesome.

 

The lesson here this festive season, is. If you're buying from a website for the first time, if it's an item you know is hard to get hold of, but this website seems to have them in abundance. If it's too good to be true, it most probably is. If it just dosnt feel right, don't do it.

 

Take a moment to check where you stand in your consumer rights online through The Money Expert.com that shouty Martin Lewis however annoying he is, he knows his stuff. Spending a large sum from, use your credit card so that you're protected under Section 75 of The Credit Consumer Act …. and then pay it off immediately.

 

There are so many replica websites that for a tiny typo in the address it was almost identical. We reported this incident to Ash.

 

Mr G is not naive and the wool can't easily be pulled over his eyes. He was so frustrated as was I, that this had happened to him, but it did, and could to anyone.

 

I don't want to scare anyone, just please be cautious when shopping online, and remember, too good to be true? …. It's probably some dodgy operation in china shipping out knock offs at your expense.

 

 

 

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ME + EM

I may be a little late of the mark with this one, and for those of you with ME + EM spilling out of their wardrobe already, I apologise, for those who, like me until this brochure dropped through my door this week had been missing out.

 

Allow me to make the introductions.

 

 

All hail Clare Hornby, Founder and Creative Director of the deliciousness that's about to follow.

 

 

With a beautiful knitwear collection of high quality wool and cashmere some pieces understandable command a high price. Toddler flicking porridge on your £148.00 100% Cashmere jumper not ideal…. Wear an apron. These are too lovely to not be hidden in your wardrobe under a cover.

 

I've been on a corner turning frenzy…. Santa's on Twitter right?

 

It's not just the knitwear and the range of essentials that's got me swooning, the dresses look very flattering.

The Pencil Dress would be a great work wardrobe addition and the tailored body con dress screams classic lines. A versatile LBD that would have serious lengievity.

Opt for it in Aubergine and wear it with leopard print heels or nude courts, with an oversized clutch would be a different take on a LBD.

 

It's this ruched t shirt maxi dress that ticks all the boxes for me. Described as 'body sculpting genius' I'm sold!! The ruching can be adjusted to suit your body length.

 

Layer it up with a chunky knit snood and a biker jacket teamed with some Ash Jalouse boots or high tops for Autumn. Easily seeing you through to next spring and even the chillier summer evenings with some gladiator sandals, or statement jewellry and delicate heels you could easily wear it in the evening. I'm tempted to go for it in the Forest green, a jack of all trades this little number. *firmly folds corner and moves on*

 

With free returns and the contact number with customer email clearly displayed on each page you scroll to , you get that reassuring feeling when spending money on investment pieces that this is a brand that want you to be happy. They want to help you with little tips of how to wear each piece in the description and the models size and height detailed to help you visualise how it would work on your proportions. These little touches are what sets brands such as ME + EM apart.

 

 

 

Before you head to the checkout, take a moment to read through the Blog. With pictures of the brands founder Clare wearing the range, notes on how she wears it, ideas on what to wear it with and the thought processes behind the range give you a delightful insight into the brand.

 

Plus it might make you take a second look at pieces you'd looked past previously, seeing them on a 'real woman' helps you to envisage wearing them every day.

 

Next day delivery for orders placed before 12pm.

 

Happy Shopping you lovely lot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note this is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own, images taken from the ME+EM October 2013 brochure. Stills of website taken from the ME+EM website. MEANDEM.COM

 

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And the penny drops …

Into my 30's and having had the little ones I finally feel comfortable in my own skin.

 

I went through a minor hiccup when becoming a mummy, thinking I wasn't cool enough to be able to shop in my old favourite, All Saints. I was now a mum after all. I'm not too embarrassed to admit I had days where I looked a bit like I'd been covered in glue and rolled around in Cath Kidston. I didn't love it, I just followed suit, wasn't that what was expected of me?

 

Some studded high tops, and a pair of Ash boots later and normal service was resumed.

 

A friend of mine recently bought me a fab zesty green pouch (make up bag) from Whistles. It's a saviour. I sling my keys, phone a small coin purse and a lippy in there and rummaging to the bottom of my new Alphabet Bag Tote for something is a distant memory. Branded with a bold 'E' the tote is for Edie / Euan's 'stuff', and there's a lot of it.

 

Clean lines, a pop of colour, simple silhouettes. How I love thee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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