Well I’m on fire!
We have blogs and styling videos coming out of our ears don’t we team!
As always it’s not about buying “this” dress or “that” thing though I always link everything that I can or try and find alternatives for you. It’s about thinking about what you like and what works for you. Sometimes it’s good to recognise that we can appreciate something works on someone else and is not for ourselves. There’s so much advice to read and imagery to look at these days which is obviously really wonderful isn’t it but you can’t beat understanding what you like and more importantly what makes you feel great inside.
Nothing split the room quite like this “buffet” dress! And I love that! I love the fact that styling can make a difference to turn an “no way” opinion to “”ooooo, errrr, actually…..I quite like it like that!” At fashion college we learnt so much about the power of styling. The building blocks of an outfit don’t change that much but how you put them together and how you play with proportions can make all the difference. Mixing smart and casual. Mixing hard and soft textures. Mixing feminine and masculine. The list goes on…..
Also I wanted to highlight a brand. It’s for no personal gain. I’m not working with them and I’m not getting any commission, just a warm fuzzy feeling supporting a small company that’s doing great things. It’s MMAA Social. The market basket in this blog and video took 2/3 days to weave. MMAA Social supports the women and their communities in Ghana that make these amazing works of art. If you’re on Instagram and can spare a follow?
So as always, a huge heart thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for watching the videos.
Hope you enjoy this one XX
MARKET BASKET – MMAA Social
SILK/COTTON DRESS – H&M
trainers featured in the video sold out but I like THESE
SLIDES – DUNE LONDON
PLATFORM SNEAKERS – Russel and Bromley
TALL BOOTS – ARKET
SUNGLASSES – KATIE LOXTON
The statement earrings featured in the video are old – but LOVE these!
MAKEUP throughout –TRINNY LONDON
I think I’m finally up to speed and everything thus far has been documented on a blog! Today should have been planning the next IGTV styling video but as usual life got in the way and we spent the afternoon as a family making mud pies and bike ramps out of dirt at our local park! I was feeling kinda smug and ahead of myself and then suddenly, out of nowhere, I’ve dropped behind!
Thank you again for reading XX
And away we go! I have to admit it was a bit daunting doing the videos after what has felt like very long break!
We all got through the last few months in our own way. Some of us lived in our sportswear and some of us dressed up for dinner at home.
As life is moving forward and I felt comfortable buying non essential items online these videos seemed relevant again. I felt like I had the head space to give them the time they need to plan. The styling videos have never been full of new season pieces and have always been more about giving you ideas and something fun to watch using clothes that you may well have similar to yourselves at home. For this reason they’re not always exactly as I’d like them to be but that’s not the point! It’s not about “that” dress or “this” thing….you’ll have different items in your wardrobe and you’ll suit different shapes and lengths. Hopefully it’s inspiration enough to show how versatile certain items, we’ve probably all got a version at home, can be. A logo top? A printed skirt or dress? A satin slip skirt? Trainers? Jeans? Shorts?
Ironically this video is all about the FUND JUMPER. A new discovery found in lock down! I fell in love with everything about the brand when I saw one on a connections post on LinkedIn. It’s a small brand that’s giving back. Every jumper sold funds 100 school meals for children in poverty. Beautiful British wool/cashmere jumpers made to last and be loved. Each one lovingly embroidered with an inspirational or thought provoking quote. My son chose my quote for me which makes it extra special. I do admire small brands that are prepared to give back to charities and communities that are in need of help. Imagine what could be achieved if the big guns did this too?
You may have a logo T or sweater of your own that you can style different ways. For the beach, worn with print, for a day shopping or for casual drinks with friends. I’m sure you could all pull out a skirt or a dress that you could style this way? I’ve always loved how a piece of soft relaxed knitwear can make everything look a bit more effortless, like you’ve not tried too hard.
I hope you enjoy this one. I’m in dire need of the hairdresser and my hair just got bigger and fizzier under the lights as the video progressed! I’ve included make up and lots of different accessories on the video.
Thank you for watching.
JUMPER throughout FUND Jumpers
MAKE-UP used throughout – TRINNY LONDON
BASKETS throughout – BOHEMIA DESIGN
SUNGLASSES – H&M
DENIM SHORTS – UNIQLO UK
SLIDES – DUNE LONDON
NUDE LEATHER MULES – M&S
JEANS – AGOLDE available at REVOLVE (I’m wearing a size 27″)
Trainers sold out sale but I like THESE
I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet little blog post? There’s another one coming soon to flag up another small but great brand that I found and fell in love with too over the last few months when I was able to slow down and spend some time looking at things that made my heart sing. I’m a bit like the no.19 bus through London…no blog for months then three come all at once! Ha ha! X
Never in a million years would you have ever thought that you might read a blog about life in lockdown. None of us could have ever imagined going through what has transpired over the last four months or so. To be fair we’ve lived in a bubble of very little personal discomfort and for that I am grateful.
I feel as I write this blog I’m painting a picture that it’s all over but over it is not in more ways than one as we lick our economical wounds and live in the shadow of a second wave. I do not want this blog to breed an air of complacency, quite the contrary I think I’m still living very much as we were at the start. Family has become our focus. To protect them physically and mentally. I have tried to live as “we”… for the good of “us” rather than living as “I” want to live and fear it’s consequences. Though if I lived like the the later I very much doubt I cared about the consequences and the impact on those that were fighting for our safety and indeed our lives.
My social media was a conscious decision to do my bit to keep us all sane as best I knew how! We were dealing with our own issues at home too but positivity seemed the only option. There was the home schooling of primary and secondary school children (and still is!), there was the pressure of feeding three men at home and the dynamics of everyone needing WiFi and computers! The “C” word was never mentioned on the “squares”. They were there to offer a lighthearted distraction amongst the sea of loo roll humour!
As life begins to kick and splutter back to some kind of “normal” I thought it fitting to write a blog and share some memories of our time in lockdown. There were the bloopers, the photo-bombers, the silly pictures, the stylish pictures and the story board pictures of pretend trips to glamorous holiday locations! I’ve included a few pics that never made it to any of the platforms (for very good reason probably!)
I do wonder what changes we will all make. Will we revert to form as the school clubs and sporting events start again. As the parental responsibility to provide all the extra curricular activities cranks back up will we forget the promises we made to ourselves to do less? Will we go for “more” of everything because life is too short? Or will we strip it all back to doing less? Will we be content as we are or will we strive to make the changes that we never gave time to before? I think it will be a time of extremes… for the short term at least. Who knows? Time will tell as they say ….
And as we move away from living in jogggers or trying to feel like us by dressing up in the comfort of our home, I thought, right it’s time for the outfit styling videos to return on IGVT and return they have and will follow soon on the next blog!
If anything lockdown has shown me that to feel like me I still have to be creative so thank you all for letting me bombard you with my efforts! It look lockdown for me make friends with Instagram! Well we’re talking shall we say! Though I think the first pic still sums up my feelings towards selfies!!!
SHALL WE START WITH “THE FUNNY ONES?!”
WE HAD GOOD DAYS!…..
……AND NOT SUCH GOOD DAYS!…..
……WE HAD RAIN!…..
…..AND WE’NT WE ALL GRATEFUL FOR SO MUCH SUN!
AND THEN THERE WERE THE TRIPS TO SUNNY LOCATIONS! IF ONLY……..
AND LOTS OF LOCAL EVENING WALKS!
We had flat tyres, punctured tires; sore hands; sore bums; hot children; cold children; too much XBOX children and over tired past their bedtime children! BUT…in the main I think we had happy children.
MY FAVOURITE PICTURE!
I didn’t want this to be a big read. There’s obviously no links to the latest dress or a new purchase for you to check out. It’s just a diary to capture a period of time in history and seemed a crime not to put pen to paper as it were. I’ve mentioned the IGTV videos are back and thank you those that have taken the time to watch them. I’ll be putting them on the blog over the next few weeks and as new ones happen.
It’s nearly business as usual as wardrobe edits are being booked in for the season ahead and shopping days are running from September. Let’s hope we can try clothes on by then!
The videos are back, the blog is back so there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Thank you for reading and if you like more frequent silly billy’s then head over to my Instagram.
I have to say it’s tough ticking every box. Writing blogs, posting on Facebook and Twitter; filming IGTV videos and juggling the day job as well as family life.
I’ve always wanted my social media to be a safe place for readers to come and enjoy and feel part of something special that’s theirs as much as mine. I love making the blog pretty to look at with hopefully some creative flare in the imagery and not just about buying any particular piece of clothing featured.
The IGTV videos have become a fun way to show different styles in motion. The point was to hopefully encourage others to give different things a go. I absolutely love planning them and posting them. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to engage with them and comment. None of my social media would be worth while if others didn’t enjoy it and for your connection with it I am hugely grateful.
So this blog quite simply came on the back of rushing out the door to make the most of a special day.
Over the past few years I’ve made a conscious effort to invest in clothes I’ll actually wear! Classics with a bit of edge. What can be more classic than a camel coat! Pick your budget and the shade that suits you. Buy the best your budget will allow when it comes to coats and the fabric will reward you with years of wear. Great with animal print, beautiful beiges, brights or denim. Can be dressed up or down.
Left JIGSAW Right MARKS AND SPENCER
So it’s full steam ahead with social media! On to the next IGTV video which I’m planning to feature my camel coat. If you follow me on Instagram please watch the videos and make any suggestions for ideas for topics to film.
I hope you enjoy my musings about style and fashion. lots of love…and thank you for reading XXXX
You kinda have to pick and choose the days when this works in the UK but when it works it’s a classy change from black in the winter or the rather predictable pop of colour somewhere in our outfit against a backdrop of more black that we all do as a knee jerk response to grey days.
I started doing the videos to show the diversity of different items in our wardrobes. To show how something could be worn different ways for different climates and different situations we find ourselves in through the seasons.
This Winter White video came about to show different ways of wearing ivory as the temperature drops. I love adding milky tones into my autumn wardrobe as it lifts even the dullest palette and works better with black than strong colour. The only thing is that it’s not particularly practical if the weather is rubbish! So I find adding another neutral shade stops things looking too precious or too weddingy! Let’s face it, EVERYTHING looks amazeballs on Pinterest but can look a bit costumy in real life?
Adding camel, beige or grey just seemed the right thing to do. A cream coat has to be the most impractical item of clothing ever closely followed by cream trousers! So I used ivory jeans which can be chucked in the washing machine with no dry cleaning required. Also I wanted to flag this pair up. I’m pulling back from having a wardrobe full of Zara BUT I fell in love with these palazzo style pair. Not for everyone granted but I’m sure you could do the “look” with a shape that works for you.
There’s never been a better time to buy into neutrals. It’s been around for a few seasons now and never goes out of style. Think about textures to keep things interesting. Satin, sequins, ribbed knits, pleats…..the list is endless. Details too and proportions that work for you. You might swap the wide leg for a neat cigarette shape if you’re petite? Watch your creams too! If they’re too similar it can make one look dirty against the other. Cream and bright white sometimes works better together than trying to be too matchy matchy?
The purpose of the exercise as always is to be helpful. To inspire enthusiasm and encourage experimenting to find what works for us. Good luck team!
Just a few lovely beigey bits to wet your appetite below! There is just too much to choose from! I’m rather impressed with ARKET and COS this season who seem to still be able to deliver decent quality at a fair price. Investment pieces that can be enjoyed and worn different ways for years to come.
There’s a little Youtube video at the end of this blog using clothes from my own wardrobe
Ribbed Sweater – H&M
Wide worker palazzo jeans – ZARA
Wool blend coat – ZARA
Wool mix coat – H&M available in stores
Cigarette jeans – WEEKDAY
ribbed knit – ARKET
High leg boots – ARKET ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Caramel silk satin blouse – ME+EM
Cable knit sweater – The White Company
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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the blog!
I thought I’d write a blog about our travels. Not around the world, that might be yet to come, but quite simply a blog about Cornwall. I thought someone might find it helpful as we’ve been going as a family for the last four years and each time we go we learn something new or find another hidden treasure or fall in love with a place we’ve been before in a different way as the kids grow up. What they want changes from year to year. Probably you’ll understand if you have young children that knowing in advance what to expect is the key to them having a good time and that happy children means happy parents and everyone can relax and have a good time! They’ve gone from paddling at the edge of the waves; to body boarding and now they’ve tried their hand at proper windsurfing only to return home with requests of surf boards for CHRISTMAS!
Each year we have to scour the coastline for bigger and bigger waves and I’m sure there are even more hydrangeas!
This wouldn’t be a fashion blog without a few outfits splashed about too!
We LOVE Mevagissey. It’s a place we usually visit in the evening. If we’ve had a shorter day on the beach as the weather turns it gives us some time in the evening to stroll along the harbour wall and see the town at sunset. A great fish and chips supper is enjoyed by all.
My eldest is at the stage where he enjoys spending time with his Dad probably more than me! So learn to sea fish was on his holiday agenda and Mevagissey is a perfect place for a novice. Pulling line after line full of mackerel from the sea was met with great delight and his Dad became his hero. Though I’m not sure who was the happiest? The joy that it gave Mr.W was clear to see. To be able to deliver the experience to his son was priceless. As I write this blog I get quite emotional as it makes me realise the sacrifices my own parents made and the lengths they went to to make us happy and give us a childhood full of wonderful holiday memories. I wish that I could tell them in the wisdom that being a parent myself has brought, that I am grateful.
As the eldest bonded with his Dad over smelly fish, broken lines and hooks in fingers I got to go shopping in all the cute little seaside gift shops that the harbour at Mevagissey has to offer and try great Cornish ice cream and handmade crepes! Poor me!! (try She Sells café in the harbour)
A little lost and out of the way but we fell in love with this bay and it became our favourite destination this year as on the right day it pleased everyone.
The boys got their surf and got to try out real surf boards hired from the local café on the last beach of the bay.
I got to swim in the sea numerous times rather than just freeze my bits off at one attempt!
It was the only beach all holiday that MR.W enjoyed without his wetsuit and played in the surf with the kids, dodging waves and body boarding.
Be advised though that every day is different on these shores depending on the direction of the wind and the amount of sun in the sky! The children had to learn to embrace each day for what it had to offer and understand that life isn’t always perfect but fun can still be had even after any initial disappoint.
Whitsand Bay has an RNLI lifeguard too which means as long as the kids are within the yellow flags and obeying the lifeguards instructions, as parents, you can relax a little in the knowledge they are being watched. There is a long, fairly steep walk down to the bay too so don’t attempt it with pushchairs or very tiny children unless you want to carry them too along with the kitchen sink that we seem to ALWAYS have to take down to the beach! Why is it the stuff you choose to leave in the roof box is always needed and the stuff you lug up and down the hill is surplus to requirements?
Poor Mr.W stood on a weaver fish. Agony like no other apparently! After the pain of sea fishing at Mevagissey poor man felt a little worse for wear and in his words “was only able to function with his left side by the end of the holiday!”
The most classically beautiful beaches in Cornwall. The ones in all the post cards. White sand and crystal clear aqua waters. A bit of a drive for us from St.Austelle so we tend to make the effort when we know it’s going to be a bit of a scorcher.
There’s rarely surf for the kids so there needs to be sun so they can simply enjoy the sea, the long stretch of sand for beach games and watching (I stress watching!) their dad make his annual sand sculpture. Amongst friends it has become a bit of a talking point! Little dot always sods off with his brother then once it’s finished stands close enough that passers by think he’s been involved!
There’s no life guard but it’s generally a calm surf. There’s beach activities organised by a local kids club that included a tug of war and beach volleyball. The parking is a challenge at both beaches. Carbis bay can be easily reached by coastal train with it’s station right on the bay. We managed to park this year but it was a long walk to and from the car. St.Ives is the same. Every year we park up the hill at the local rugby club (£6 this year for all day parking) but it is a very long walk and a steep climb back up the hill when your hot and tired with the kids after a day on the beach. There is a shuttle bus but obviously this gets very crowded at peak times in the summer holidays, especially at the weekend. We walk to the co-op half way up the hill. Mr.W leaves everything he’s carrying with us and comes to get us with the car. It’s not for the faint hearted but there’s not many other options unless you’re actually based in St.Ives. Out of town parking at the train stations has proved impossible in the past too if you’re not prepared to be up at the crack of dawn packed and ready with two boys! (one of which is sleeping in every morning on the cusp of becoming a teenager!)
At St.Ives there is a car park nearer the beach but this gets full quickly and it’s a case of sitting tight and waiting for a space.
Top picture is Carbis Bay. The rest are taken at St.Ives.
A place of crazy natural beauty. It has a very high high tide that leaves hardly any beach. It’s a National trust location so it can, in good weather, get VERY busy as there’s no where to sit until the tide makes room for it’s visitors. Avoid the temptation to sit too close to the cliffside as falling rocks are dangerous.
The boys enjoyed big waves here between the rocks but there’s not really room to body board or surf. The magic happens when the tide goes down enough to be able to slip between the rocks and visit the next cove. Stunningly beautiful and weirdly humbling.
Café on the cliff but no lifeguard.
We tend to visit Looe on a cloudy day. Eldest enjoys a spot of crab fishing with long suffering Mr.W and I, yes you’ve guessed it, get the retail therapy and local delicacy tasting option with the youngest! Blooming good fish and chips here too at Dave’s Diner!
We’ve visited so many different places over the years so I’ve listed some below that we’ve enjoyed:-
St. Michael’s Mount. Checking the tide for when the causeway is open is essential to avoid disappointment. It’s a National trust site.
Porthpean Beach. A small shingle beach that was local to us. Definitely worth a visit when it’s sunny otherwise it’s a bit bleak and seaweedy! The boys have enjoyed kayaking here in the past. Available to hire at the beach. No lifeguard.
Pendower Beach. Again a nice little local shingle beach with rock pools and surf. No lifeguard.
Caerhays Beach. Local long shingle beach which if the wind is right has a great body boarding surf but check before visiting as it can be a bit lack lustre if the weather is poor. No lifeguard. Nice café that often has entertainment into the evening and a pizza oven. Lots of seating available under large roofed tents. A bit of a surfer dude location!
The phrase of the holiday became “let’s catch some gnarly waves dudes!” I think you had to be there!
So we were camping and definitely NOT glamping! A few holiday essentials to follow! I found these two hair products invaluable on holiday. They stopped my hair feeling like straw after the sea and meant it was protected from the sun too. I’d use the mask combed through my hair with my fingers on the beach and used the protective veil whilst out and about in the sun or by the pool.
It wasn’t particularly easy, and actually the point of the holiday was to not feel the need to bother, to look glam on holiday. It was more surviving the different situations one found oneself in! One minute it was sunny, the next minute the heavens would open. Very much what you’d expect from a holiday in the UK. I had to remind myself of that on many occasions to ovoid getting disappointed. So in amongst the location shots is a splattering of outfit pics. I found an oversized cotton shirt on the beach proved to be a great beach cover-up. Looked a bit cooler than a traditional beach cover up and far less precious for screwing up in my basket! Whilst around the pool I felt happier to up the style anti a little with a kaftan. If you can get away with the length I think there’s something really glamorous about a floor length number!
You all know I love basket bags in the summer and I love my ones from Bohemia Designs. Round ones are everywhere on the high street but there’s something reassuringly authentic about this one and I love that the brand is Fairtrade too. Accessorise it as you choose with tassels (also available at Bohemia Designs) or a head scarf….or anything you like really!
I’m not too keen on spending a fortune on holiday clothes especially those worn on the beach so I was pleased to find this little coordinating set from Matalan. The ease of a two piece with the benefit of looking like a playsuit.
I guess it’s about time to wrap it all up and give you some links! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer hols no matter where you are. I’m not going to bang on about next season just yet. Let’s all bask in the sunshine that might be left.
Bikini – Fantasie
CO-ORD – Matalan
Basket – Bohemia Design
Hair products – AVEDA
Leather tan slides – Dune London
Kaftan – Somerset Alice Temperley at John Lewis
Cotton shirt – ZARA
Flip flops – Havaianas at OFFICE
Sunglasses – Accessorize
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the blog!
You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a blog about cucumber sandwiches and Battenberg cake. Nope!
I was invited by Wing Wah in Birmingham to try their newly launched “Afternoon Tea”. A set menu of authentic handmade Chinese dim sum and treats all washed down with a choice of oriental tea.
Such fun to do something different. On a weekday too sans kids! Just MR.W and I. I’d never tried dim sum before and neither had he. My experience of Chinese cuisine I’m rather embarrassed to admit is the traditional take away that’s very much tweaked to suit a western palette. I’ve consumed, even more embarrassingly, my fair share of “eat as much as you like” Chinese buffets as a student whilst living in London.
The Afternoon Tea selection was created to include many of the restaurants’ most popular dim sum and pastry dishes. All handmade using natural colours from beetroot and spinach. The three tiered platter is reminiscent of the presentation that one might see at many a cream tea venue. In the same way it’s contents were both sweet and savoury. All perfectly formed and beautifully made.
So a very different experience for Mr.W and I. A privilege to be invited and a wonderful chance to try authentic Chinese cuisine handmade by artisans of their craft. It’s something new to try, a real ice breaker amongst work colleagues perhaps on a corporate lunch or a chance to do something different in your own home city?
Mr.W did ask me as we started our meal if I’d only invited him as my royal taster! I did make him try everything before I took my turn! That’s not a failing on the restaurant’s presentation or service which was exceptional by the way, however, it was a dining experience that we had never had before. That’s just my limited western pallet that’s to blame. Or rather that I didn’t know what everything was before I ate it. Was it sweet or was it savoury? With the traditional English high tea I’m fairly confident we’d all know the difference between the main course and the dessert! It was all delicious I just needed a bit of guidance!
In short the Afternoon Tea set menu is a great way of trying something new; something truly authentic; something that normally you wouldn’t do or something that would usually take the trip of a lifetime to take the plunge to try and at no great financial outlay either. My advice would be ask for help; ask as many questions as you need; ask what everything is and enjoy the taste bud journey! I even asked for a fork! I know!!! We were the only people slurping soy sauce on our dim sum dangling from stainless steel cutlery! Ha ha!
What to wear to a Chinese lunch? A kimono sprung to mind! You all know how much I love my dresses so I wore this traditional outer layer/ “throw over” as a dress. While we’re on the theme of East meets West it seemed fitting to chuck on a vintage Levi studded belt to offset all the Oriental florals. It’s fair to say that you lovely lot have probably noticed all the sales are on now so I’ve thrown a few midi dresses out there at the end of this blog to wet your appetite. Sizes are limited as it’s the end of the season. Perfect timing to get dressed up and enjoy the sun!
REISS – EMMI midi dress WAS £235 NOW £165
TED BAKER – Narrnia midi dress WAS £229 NOW £114
SANDRO PARIS – WAS £315 NOW £157.50
GANNI – WAS £180 NOW £126
TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE – WAS £85 NOW £45
SANDRO – WAS £369 NOW £221.40
MAJE – WAS £315 NOW £157.50
NOT IN THE SALE!! BUT IT HAS CAUGHT MY EYE!
JOHN LEWIS – AND/OR – £195
Thanks for reading!!
I’ve wanted to do a suit styling video for absolutely ages. We had all the grey check versions in the winter and no surprises but now it’s summer we’ve got an array of colour pop options to choose from on the high street.
The problem I was having, and it’s a common issue with buying a suit, is that I might love the blazer and not like the style of the trousers or visa versa. If I’d found a pricier one obviously I’d consider going down the alterations route but if i’m being totally honest I was looking for a bit of a fashion fix without too much investment! So I ended up trialling this bright blue baby from Zara for the purpose of the exercise. Now I’ve broken myself into the whole suit thing I might buy better for keeps? I can feel a trip to Bicester coming on!
The benefit (which I have to say I didn’t think of straight off as I was too suit obsessed!) is that of course you still have a blazer that you can wear with everything from jeans to dresses and a pair of statement trousers that can be styled alone.
You may have your own suit or separates that you can styling together to give a similar vibe. Pairing neutral tones of stone and beige together is a massive trend this summer.
My videos are just a bit of fun. Nothing too serious and just ideas to get you thinking about your own wardrobe and the choices you make for yourself. Your lifestyle and your style will be completely different to mine but hopefully you enjoy watching my antics if nothing else!