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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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I’m All About

If you follow my IG feed you'll have been force fed my H&M haul on Monday, y'know when you pop in for a crown hair band and then you come out with a huge bag bursting at the seams? Yep. I had one of those shopping trips.

 

Among my haul was a 3/4 quarter length sleeve dress. At £12.99 I thought I'd give it a whirl,

 

 

 

I tried it on at home and was super impressed with the quality and the fit and think you should all grab one!

 

In this weeks I'm all about I'm sharing the versatility of this simple cut dress and how this little beauty will be seeing me through to autumn winter.

 

So, here I am, in all my 3 days away from a long awaited cut and colour selfie shocker!

 

Marl Grey T Shirt Dress H&M £12.99 (currently available in store only)

Size indications I'm 5ft 7 and an average 10/12. This dress is in a medium.

 

 

Hat – ASOS // Bag – Alphabet Bags // Pumps – Office



Sunglasses – Prada // Bag – Mulberry // Espadrilles – Kurt Geiger


 

Belt – Mango // Clutch Bag – MiuMiu // Cuff Studded Flats – ASOS

 

And to see you into the chillier months…..

 

 

Sweatshirt – Soft Gallery // High Tops – Zara TRF

 

Incorporate into your workwear wardrobe?…

 

 

Pink Biker Jacket – Zara // Metallic Silver Heels – Dune

 


Statement Necklace – Etsy // Trench – All Saints // Clutch – All Saints // Metallic Silver Heels – Dune


So you lovely lot, how will you wear yours??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m All About

This week I'm all about a cheeky pop of neon.

 

After colouring in the scuffs on my beloved studded cuff sandals with black marker for the umpteenth time this season. I thought it was time for some other summer footwear options.

 

There are some fantastic mid season sales on the high street if you're looking for a few pre holiday treats.

 

Sadly, these weren't in the sale… It was the voices. They made me.

 

These are probably the daintiest shoes I've bought for a long time. I'd seen the blue, pink, black and print colour ways in store I liked the style but the hot pink was a bit lairy for me, but these I stumbled across online. I liked that they're the leather, not the suede so a little more practical, had a bit of height and the pop of neon orange would be a refreshing addition to my wardrobe. In store for pick up within 2 working days I was a happy bunny.

 

I'll be teaming these with …. a much needed tan….cut offs, baggy long t's, ripped knee skinny jeans with turn ups, boyfriend jeans, some really loose palazzo zara trousers with loose vests and long maxi dresses with chunky knits.

 

 

 

 
Wedge Espadrilles – 'Monty' in Camel – Kurt Geiger £95.00
 
A popular style this summer. For other options, Office have some similar colour way alternatives at £55.00,
 
Or these are great from H&M for only £24.99.
 
Happy Shopping you lovely lot!

 

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Lycra…. I’m sorry I haven’t called.

It was circa 2008 that Lycra and I agreed we would part ways. It just wasn't good for either of us anymore.

 

Thereafter came years of family holidays to Cornwall. It was fine. We didn't need to rekindle anything. British summers meant cut offs and slouchy Ts were doing the job and so we didn't miss each other's company.

 

And then Mr G booked our honeymoon. To Greece. Now Greece, … As I understand it… Gets hot. Swimwear required kinda hot.

 

Que joining bootcamp, a valiant effort to shed the baby tummy so I can catch up with my old pal.

 

We leave in 4 weeks. S***T … 4 chuffin weeks. *puts down curly wurly*.

 

I know, I know I rave on about how you should have the confidence to not give a hoot blah, blah. alas like every woman if they're reaaaaaallly honest I want to feel better, trimmer, comfortable. Ordinarily if Mr G sees me in anything equally revealing it's while I'm pegging it to launch myself under the duvet before he has time to blink. I want to enjoy the holiday, and I won't if I'm sweltering in cover ups or surgically attached to a towel.

 

I've had a browse online for some holiday essentials, I even ordered this …

 

 

And then I returned it.

 

I think to feel comfortable in any form of swimwear I need to cover up just a little bit more than the above. It's a piece of mind thing. That after baby problem area that my dear chum Jo fondly calls your 'fanny apron' has outstayed it's welcome, but dosn't get the hint.

 

I stumbled across this in the latest Red Mag. Oooh. I thought, not a style I'd considered, practically a one piece, but a little cheekier. I like.

 

 

 

And so, I've been on a Pinning frenzy to find a little number to fit the bill as a 30 something, mum of 2, an average size 12.

 

Nothing obscene, nothing you'd find in Millets

 

… Lattice bikinis??? Have you seen them?! They're a thing… Apparently …. Really?? My arse would look like it's being shoved through a betterware egg slicer!

 

You relate?? If you're looking for something you can wear with confidence, that carries a bit of your personal style but is still practical for messing around in the pool with the kids.

Take a look at my Pinterest board for some of my favourite finds for inspiration.

 

 


You'll find Stripes, Florals, Prints, Geometrics,

Bikinis, One Pieces, High Waisted, something for everyone and my thoughts on how to wear them

 

Happy a Shopping You Lovely Lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Do? Going out, out?

So, the Mr comes home and drops the bomb that his Christmas do is THIS weekend, and you want to go. You also want to treat yourself to something new but Toys R Us and alike have robbed you blind these coming weeks getting everything ready for Santa to go and take all the glory!

 

Allow me misses, I've only gone and had a cheeky browse on your behalf ….. I know, I love you too.

 

So. If like me you don't go out out often, the thought of spending £80 + on a albeit beautiful dress you'll probably wear again … urrrrm never. Isn't money well spent.

 

 

How about working a few basics, dress them up, feel comfortable but look Uh.Maze.Ing. It's all in the accessories and working with what you already have teaming them up with a new purchase to see you through more than just 1 night out.

 

 

But, really want a dress?…

 

 
This Topshop number is a flattering cut for all shapes and sizes, there is limited stock left in the navy but they also had it in a blush… Luuuurvly with plum heels….green and also a cream. A bit of a one trick pony but at £20 it's not the end of the world if it sits in the wardrobe for a while. In a classic shape VERY similar to the LK Bennett Marina dress at £225 a pop. A pretty good option I'd say.
 
Dresses not your bag?
 
I get that, I'm a size bigger on the bottom than I am on the top and fitted dresses fill me with spanx dread.
 
Alas, all hail the skirt of the season, the midi length is ridiculously flattering, exposing that section of the calf and ankle that in heels looks classy and sexy at the same time, not an easy task.
 
 
 
ASOS have a fantastic range, to fit all budgets. These are 2 of my favourites. I'd wear them with a blouse, and a statement necklace, or keep it simple with a stunning loose cami, chunky cardie and delicate jewellery.
 
Would also look gorgeous with a loose t shirt, from American Apparel alternatively browse in Zara and H&M for reasonably priced basics in a huge range of colours. Think understated sexy, look at your shoes, bags you already have and work with those to bring shades and together, mix it up and see what works.
 
Accessorize have some lovely statement necklaces and collars, priced from the £20 mark. These also will look great to glam up a pair of jeans and a jumper for lunch with the girls.
 
 
 
Either of these skirts would look stunning during the day with chunky knits, blouses under sweaters and brogues or cute knee high boots.
 
Think of what you already have and if it could fit in with your everyday style, especially if you're going for the pricier leather options.
 
For the more body confident among you, try this little number using similar ideas to team it up. Think tight skirt loose top and vice versa. Less is more.
 
 
 
Me?
 
I'm going all out on a jumpsuit. My go to destination Zara had a beautiful low cut number, but it wasn't in stock when I came to order *sobs* so I'm thinking this will do just nicely, I ordered a size bigger and am glad I did as it's quite 'snug' round the bum and fitting looser around the top makes it drape nicely. With some chunky accessories, tuck in the tie waist or hidden behind a leopard print belt and teamed with my silver heels and red lips I'll be bopping away on my festive girls night on Saturday feeling comfortable and looking fab.
 
Then, with a jumper underneath (as worn here) or over the top, my trusty bikers or hi tops during the day, I'd say that's £25.99 well spent.
 
It's SO comfy, and has a lovely marble in the material, I'm hoping this will see my through to spring summer and look fab with flip flops.
 
Hope I've given you a few ideas and some inspiration. Tweet me your choices for the festive season I'd love to see what you're going for.
 
Happy shopping you lovely lot!
 
 

 

 

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Time to talk Coats…

Autumn Is looming, we've had more rain than sun of late and the rails of ditsy floral bloomers are being pushed aside to make room for chunky knits.

 

Yey! Autumn is my favourite time of year.

 

And, this means a wardrobe update, for you and your little ones.

 

One of, if not THE most important buys for your child's wardrobe, has to be a good coat, can be one of the priciest of purchases so it pays to choose one that can be a jack of all trades, comfortable, practical, warm, rain proof, easy to clean and smart. I've been scouring the Internet to share a few of my favourites.

 

 
A Gillet is a great way to crossover into Autumn Winter, late September can be chilly but not cold enough for a bulky coat, one of these will see your little ones through.
Orange & Grey – Zara £22.99
Green H&M £14.99
 
 

I'm not a huge fan of print on coats, I find the Hatley, Joules and Boden ranges can be a little predictable, cars, tractors, flowers….That said this hotly anticipated A/W13 Mini Rodini Penguin Print has me hook line and sinker. It comes in the form of rain trousers, a rain coat, hats, leggings, bodies and tops …. That's a whole lot of penguins! You can enjoy the print with just a little hat or go all out if the mood takes you.

Available through Cissy Wears at £45.00 this coat comes into it's own with its detail, the zip, the reflective strips, the unusual print in colours to go with everything. My experience of Mini Rodini is so well made I'm confident that this coat will look just as great when passed down from Euan to Edie.

Investing in these items that should last to be handed down to Edie fits in well with my taste of girls clothes that aren't super girly. If you have girls and boys this is something to be considered, think spending money on the items that you need to function well and will last for your younger child to benefit from…. Purchase justified?? …

Fab, lets move on.

 

The Blue Owl Print also above is available from John Lewis at £30 it's a lovely shape and looks so cosy, I'd be tempted to try a size up to attempt to get a little more length. I like the children's coats to ideally come down past their hips to minimise any draft round their backs. Also I'd worry this would be a bit too bulky for a little one that is in a pushchair quite a bit.

 

 

….. And the award for girls coats that don't look like they've been covered in pritt stick & rolled in Hobby Craft, is …. *insert drum roll* Zara. I'm a big fan of Zara, beautiful, fun kiddies clothes reasonably priced. I've ordered a few pieces from their new autumn winter range for both Euan & Edie, their outerwear range doesn't disappoint. I'm a big fan of this Parka in particular, it's has a subtle early 90's Oasis fan vibe. Worn with some knitwear that packs a colour punch it would look great.

Parka (age2-13) Zara £49.99

Top Right – Hooded Wax Jacket £24-26

Bottom Right – Shearling Moto Jacket £44.95

 

If you're looking for something a little less pricey, but still very practical check out H&M's Functional Outerwear range, for both boys and girls. Jacket's come in a good selection of colours and at only £29.99 are great value for money, they have all sorts from splash suits to affordable ski wear.

Similarly, take a moment during the manic weekly shop in Sainsbury's or Tesco to have a look at their coats. Euan has a plain green padded jacket just for wearing at Pre School, at £11.00 it's been warm enough over last winter and it's not too precious that if it gets damaged while he's playing its not the end of the world. Supermarkets are upping their game in the style stakes making more stylish children's fashion at accessible prices not to be sniffed at.

If you're looking for something a little extra special, Zara has some lovely little floral jackets for occasions and this combination coat with faux leather sleeves is £27.99, Edie would rock this with some studded pumps. This stunning flannel and beautifully lined coat, from the delicious label that is Bobo Choses at €129.00 available in ages 2-9 or in Navy…. Something for my wish list perhaps….

 

 

Happy Shopping you lovely lot!

 

http://www.cissywears.com/

http://bobochoses.com/shop/

http://www.gap.co.uk/

http://tablet.hm.com/gb/

http://Zara.com

http://h&m.com

http://www.johnlewis.com/

http://www.marksandspencer.com/

 

All images have been taken from the relevant websites, please find links detailed above. All opinions in this post are my own and unsponsored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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