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Holiday Haul

September is the month I’ve been desperately waiting for as I’m off on holiday, well actually three of them – yes I’m very greedy.  Whilst I spent the summer lusting over everyone else’s breaks on Instagram, I’ve also been slowly gathering my key holiday items, some of them have of course already made an appearance but everything needs a little trial run doesn’t it?

I’ll be visiting France, Ibiza and St Lucia, they’re all very different trips so when I’m shopping for holiday I try to buy pieces that’ll work on any and every occasion, even into the colder months when the tan and the memories are fading (that bit is mainly for my husbands benefit). I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with packing, regardless of weight allowances and bag sizes, so here’s what key for me and why, and how I’ll be getting the most out of them through the rest of the year.

First up, swimwear.  Two kids in and one c-section scar I think my bikini days are numbered, so for me finding the right one piece was huge.  I’ve tried on countless options, from Primark to Mara Hoffman, but I finally found the right balance between poolside glam and practical mum (if there is such a thing) at Boden.  Yes it’s a rip off of the high end Marysia style swimwear, but it’s a great fit, has a sexy low back but great support up front, so this one piece will take me from beach club to local pool.

Teamed with that are my faded black denim cut offs from J Brand, these just get better with every wash and are probably the center piece to any holiday wardrobe.

On to the LBD, I found this James Perse number in TK Maxx and it’s perfect for a number of occasions.  I’ll be wearing over swimwear, but you could glam it up with heels and copious amounts of jewels for a evening out whether that’s dinner or dancing.

And of course I need a hat to hide my Monica style frizz whenever I’m somewhere hot.  I love a classic style trilby which looks as stylish on a city break as it does beach-side.  Just remember to wear it or carry in your hand luggage as it’s great for hiding under after a long flight, and you’ll save it from the dreaded suitcase squash!!

 

 

Some of you may have seen both the next items on my Instgram, if not come follow me @notjustadress. I just bought these Balenciaga sandals on a recent trip to Bicester, they will be perfect whether I’m doing daytime casual in denim cut offs or a floor sweeping maxi, definitely earning their cost per wear.

The bag is Antik Batik and it was love at first sight.  This little bag is actually quite large and can be used as a clutch, but also has a long rope, over the shoulder strap so is extremely versatile.  I’ll be using night and day.

The cream lace number is a floor length cover up from Surf Gypsy and goes nicely over my swimsuit. The two little tops are from Topshop and Primark and just had that Isabel Marant vibe that I love. I’ll get use out of these later in the year with jeans and an over-sized blazer.  Finally my Dodo Bar Or shirt, which I searched high and low for and end up buying from a boutique called Ruesrq via Shoptiques in America, check them out.  I actually can’t wait to wear this with leather trousers in the winter.

There we have it, I’m sure I’ll be posting lots of OOTDs throughout each break so have  look out for my favourite pieces you see here, and hopefully I might inspire or give you ideas for the next time you’re having fun in the sun.

Oliver Bonas skirt £59.50 top £39.50

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

It’s the start of another week and a new season, have you noticed all the leaves on the ground?  I can’t believe how quickly it changes and summer fades.

Last week in Friday’s post I blogged about one of the big autumn trends, velvet. The first of this weeks’ posts is another key look for autumn, and a firm favorite of mine – metallic.

A little like velvet, metallics used to be kept for those special sparkly occasions, but over the last few seasons it’s slowly become more acceptable, if you’re brave enough, to wear the shiny stuff in your every day wardrobe.  We’re in for a treat this season though, you’ll see all shades of metallics that’ll remind you of those huge tubs of sweets you buy at Christmas, (and eat before it’s any where near Dec 25th) from your standard  bronze, silver and golds to dusty pink, glorious greens and midnight blues.

(All images via Pinterst)

Hopefully the above pics will give you inspiration and show how easily a little bit of twinkle can update outfits you already wear everyday. Team a beautiful metallic pleat skirt with chunky knitwear and white trainers for daytime cool, then chuck on a pair of heels for evening glam.

My favourite way to do metallics is with denim, I do live in jeans, but try pair of metallic silver courts with ripped, skinny jeans, it’s just mwah!  Or how about a big slouchy, silver sequin jumper with light blue jeans, fab teamed with the last of that summer sun-kissed skin and so effortlessly cool.

Have a look at some of the magic metallics our high street has to offer, these are definitely buy now wear all season pieces, and as the temperature really drops just layer up and continue to shine.

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Vavoom in Velvet

September has made finally made an appearance and didn’t that just creep up on us? Whilst we’ve been lucky enough to still experience some rays of summer sun, fashion is most definitely feeling the autumn season.

When I blog I normally write about trends and styles I’m particularly fond of, but as I’m extremely fond of you lot I think it’s only fair to give you a well rounded view of all things planet fashion. With that in mind today’s post is about sumptuous velvet.  I’ve never been hugely keen on velvet, but it’s a massive trend for autumn/winter that’s already widely available on the high street, and it can encompass a lot of the other trends you’ll be seeing throughout the season, so here we go.

I find velvet very 90’s and I just can’t go there again right now, but it is a trend that’s really key for the season and it’s easy to put together a grunge velvet dress, over a t-shirt and team it with DMs, but it’s also actually rather modern and sophisticated, think wide leg, high waist trousers, blazers and beautiful heels.  Have a look at some of the inspo below.

 

(All images via Pinterest)

Hopefully you can see from the above how easy it can be to work this luxurious fabric into your every day wardrobe with bomber jackets, blazers and cami style midi dresses, but it’s also a great addition for those special occasion outfits, maybe a you’re a guest at a winter wedding or even thinking about party dresses for the festive season?!

If you don’t like the idea of committing to a trend fully it’s always easy to give a little nod with great accessories whether that’s jewellery, shoes or a bag.  Take a peak below at what our fabulous high street already has to offer.  Happy browsing and bring on the weekend.

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Coverting Camis

I’m back! Well I’ve got a little spare time to myself after getting my head round baby No 2, and what a gorgeous little bundle she is but jeez, two is a whole other world! Never the less it’s good to be back on the laptop and hopefully writing something you guys might enjoy reading.

It’s a nice easy piece to get myself back in the saddle, but it’s totally relevant and about a item of clothing that I’ve never really been that bothered about, till now – the cami.

Once a piece of attire you kept as sleepwear or as something to team under a sheer top, but now camis are most definitely taking center stage.  I’ve never been that fussed by them, always opting for a bit more of a statement top to wear with jeans, trousers or a skirt, but we had a wedding not long after baby No2 arrived and whilst I was tearing my hair out over what to wear, I managed to find a beautiful Whistles skirt at my local ‘preloved’ shop Friends Dress Agency.  Check them out by the way, Victoria, who owns Friends is fabulous and has some incredible stock.  Anyway, I needed a top and had no idea where I was going track something down with T-12hours till my flight to Ireland. Luckily New Look came to the rescue with the most perfect silky cami in navy, which you can see here, along with my new arrival and the hubs.

This off the cuff purchase for a dressy affair has now become part of my everyday wardrobe.  It’s pretty much my ‘go to top’ instead of a black, white or grey tee, regardless of what I’m wearing, see below for some inspiring ways to wear.

I’m not the only one who sees the worth of a humble cami, the high street is full of them whether you’re doing dressed up or down, spring, summer, autumn or winter there is a cami for every occasion. You probably even have one tucked away in your underwear draw, or screwed up in the back of the wardrobe.  If you do dig it out and give it a new lease of life, or have a look at some of the below and treat yourself.  You’ll be impressed, I promise.

 

 

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Saddle Up

Every now and then an iconic it bag, a must-have piece of arm candy, widely and loving imitated comes along and creates quite a stir.  The fashion pack swing these expensive pieces proudly from their shoulders, whilst the rest of us search high and low for something similar without the eye-watering price tags, or squirrel away Birthday and Christmas money in hope we’ll have enough to purchase before there’s a cooler replacement on offer.

For some time now Chloe have most definitely been producing the most lusted after ‘it bag’.  Cleverly they took the simple saddle bag and rocketed it to another stratosphere! First of all we had the Marcie cross-body bag which had that typical Chloe boho vibe to it with a thick shoulder strap, tassels with a smarter vibe and stitch detailing.  Then, enter stage left, the super sleek and uber stylish Chloe Drew, with its dainty chain shoulder strap and clean, minimal design what’s not to love?  I couldn’t put an inspo montage together without both bags being included, and more than once, so have a peak below.

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There’s a strong likelihood that you have a saddle bag somewhere in the depths of your wardrobe, I know I’ve got a couple, and you’ve probably kept them for specific occasions; holidays, music festivals, anything that requires you to be hands-free because you’re with kids!  But thanks to team Chloe the saddle bag has had a chic make-over which means you you can now consider it as a bag that’ll easily take you from day to night, weekly shop to weekend wedding and all with enough room from those essential essentials – if you get my drift.

Here’s a selection of my favourites from understated to obvious, the choice is yours.

 

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Bold and Beautiful Botanical Prints

When it comes to prints I have to say I’m more of a minimalist really, bold bright, block colour and of course a stripe with the odd hint of animal print, but there is a particular print that’s recently caught my eye and it’s the botanical print.

I’m loving the palm or banana leaf style print, on a crisp white background and then this bold splash of green, but there are lots of ways this look is achievable. Just take a look at the below catwalk and street style pics to see different ways you can work this look into your wardrobe.

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Some of these looks are big and bold, like the Blake Lively jumpsuit, but look how a pair of printed city shorts, teamed with a fresh white shirt offers just a hint of this totally tropical vibe making it pretty easy to wear.

The most natural habitat to try this look is of course on holiday and there are lots of lovely printed kaftans out there that’ll achieve this look.  I just snapped up a beauty in the Monsoon sale, it’s listed below but I’ll post pics on Instagram once it’s popped through my postbox.  I’ll be teaming it with denim cut-offs and a plain bikini when I get to hit the beach, but also want to get maximum wear out of it and know how work well with skinny ripped jeans and a silky cami.

Whether you’re shopping online or on the high street you can find beautiful botanical prints on everything from footwear, scarves and bags to maxi dresses, camis and tailoring.  And I’ve attempted to make it easier for you by narrowing down my perfect picks that will help you achieve this look no matter the style, event or occasion.

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Lust List

At any given time if someone was to ask me if I’ve seen anything ‘nice’ whilst out shopping the answer is always a big, fat YES!  I know that might sound materialistic but I just can’t help myself and can spot ‘pretty things’ at 50 paces that I believe will make my wardrobe complete.  If something is out of stock or unavailable it just makes me want it even more – do you know that feeling?

So today’s blog post is me sharing my current lustings and these could be anything from clothes, shoes or bags to cosmetics, skincare or gym kit – so here we go.

Ok, so in my current 38 weeks pregnant physical condition  I would not really get away with rocking any of these beautiful pieces from Mara Hoffman, but with a little September Ibiza escape on the horizon I’m hoping that I’ll be feeling confident enough to get back in a bikini, and if I’m not I’ll be draping myself in one of these stunning beaded kaftans.

 

You guys know from previous posts what a magpie I am, so of course there are a few sparkly things thrown in the mix.  This clutch from ASOS looks so much more expensive than it’s £25 price tag, plus it’ll look great with a bikini on the beach or teamed with a super sophisticated dress…need, need, need!

I love a pair of sunnies, they hide a multitude of sins and just generally make you feel like a rock star.  I don’t currently own a pair of rose gold coloured lenses, but maybe I will soon and hopefully they’ll look something like this pair from Dior

I never wear matching earrings, not because I think it’s cool but because I’m forever losing them, or the butterflies. But now it is cool to mix and match your earrings and these single studs from Astley Clarke are right up my street.  I would be teaming them with this stunning large horn necklace from Missoma which would never leave my neck.

 

I’ve been desperate to squeeze my baby bump into a pair of side stripe trousers, I love the real casual vibe of this pair from ASOS, but would equally be able to dress them up with a pair of heels, possibly this ankle tie pair from Topshop which at just £29 have to make it to my shoe cupboard very soon,  They’re a great heel height and I can totally imagine them with a full on double denim outfit.

Now who doesn’t love a little off the shoulder action? This dress from M&S is pure understated sexiness, I can see it on balmy holiday evenings out with flat sandals, but how gorgeous would you feel teaming it with sky scrapper heels as a special occasion outfit…One not to be missed.

Lastly, everything is always better when you put a little bronzer on it and this Nars bronzing powder in Laguna has cult classic status.  If you’ve never tried do not delay any further.

And there you have it, my current Lust List, I’d love to hear what’s on yours.  If any of the above make it into my grubby paws soon I’ll be posting pics on Instagram so come find me over there on @notjustadress