You Deserve a Trophy.

Phew…what a week!  I know it’s only a short one but it feels like it’s taken forever to get to this point, hence my lack of posts this week.  Never the less I’ve made it, fueled by all the ‘Easter’ chocolate we have hanging around the house that is never going to see the light on Sunday.

I don’t know about you but I’m all about an easy wardrobe.  I love the ‘oh this old thing’ look, which can actually take a lot of time to perfect, but once you’ve got it your wardrobe will be full of easy to wear basics that work with everything.  That said as much as I am a jeans and tee girl through and through sometimes you just need something else to elevate your look to the next level.  Clever accessorising, a change of footwear or my ultimate – the trophy jacket.

If you don’t have one trust me you need one, I’ve got more than I should admit to and they all get their fair share of wear.  My love affair began a long time ago with a fantastic specimen from the Kate Moss at Topshop collection, the right amount of beading to give that boho Kate vibe but in silky fabric that gave it endless outfit opportunities.  Just take a look at the inspo images below, this piece can go with everything from denim cut offs to your LBD on a night out.

(All images via Pinterest)

One of my favourite places to hunt out a beaded or embroidered beauty is in H&M, I have found a couple of little gems in here all at great prices.  Obviously if you go for something beaded it’s likely to cost a lot of than it’s embroidered sister, and if you have kids or maybe you’re just a little bit reckless with your clothes sometimes, you could end up losing the beads so have a think about what’s most cost effective, but at the prices most of these are below how can you resist?  Go on, treat yourself to a trophy.

 

Getting Shirty

It’s funny where blogging inspo comes from.  Friday’s post is thanks to one of my best friends who asked if I’d seen any lovely shirt dresses recently, and it got me thinking about what a versatile little piece the shirt dress really is.

At this time of year we start to get hints that warm weather is on it’s way and we’re desperate to shed those layers and embrace something more spring like, but the moment you do the winds will pick up and the rain will reappear, making you and everybody you see wonder if you caught the weather forecast that morning.  So is a cleverly style shirt dress the key to transitional dressing?

If you buy wisely it’ll be an item of clothing that will see you through pretty much all seasons. In the winter you can layer up with thermals and a chunky knit, but it will also be the perfect bikini cover up and teamed with denim cut-offs will take you straight from beach to bar.

And if you’re not a slave to fashion THE shirt dress can easily be on trend without you realising, maybe because it’s stripy or has a bold floral print, it has a 50’s cut or is completely androgynous.  Not only that but you  team with trainers, sandals, boots, heels – I don’t really need to go on, I know you get the picture.

(All inspo images via Pinterest)

You may already have a shirt dress lurking in the depths of your wardrobe, if you do some clever styling can bring it bang up to date, we’re talking buttons undone, changing the belt and adding further accessories. If you don’t have one no need to get shirty (sorry) and feel like you’re missing out, here’s my high street hottest.

 

Pretty Little Peasent

Hello my name is Josie and I’m addicted to buying boho blouses! Well I’m just addicted to buying clothes in general, but at the moment I seem to be accumulating a substantial collection of these little boho beauties.

I don’t know whether it’s because I’m pregnant and can still wear a size 10 in these voluminous tops, or if it’s just this style of dressing conjures up images of me (post bubs) in my denim cut-offs in some far flung destination, well maybe just Ibiza sipping cocktails at sunset, that has me reaching for my wallet every time my little eye spies a tassel and embroidery detail.

Whatever the reason for my latest lusting there is a great selection on the high street with the summer stock trickling in, so if you are looking for a suitcase essential that you can also rock right now with your everyday denim look no further.

Queen of laid-back catwalk cool, Isabel Marant, always always pulls this look off so spectacularly, but of course in a Parisian understated way and her SS16 offerings were no exception.  You’ll see some inspo from her catwalk show below and you can see how easy it is to take this bikini beach cover-up to high fashion, everyday essential.

(All images via Pinterest)

Feeling the love and the free spirit of this beautiful little boho blouse? Here are my high street favourites….Peace!

Putting Your Best Foot Forward.

There’s a twitching in my feet, yep they are crying out to be set free from big black biker boots and into something a little more lightweight.  Of course it’s far too early to be considering sandals, although I’m always pedi ready – just in case.

What I have been looking at and lusting over on Vestiaire Collective is a pair of espadrilles.  Ok, so they’re not exactly the newest footwear fashion on the block and they my conjure up images of your parents wearing them back in the day, but since last summer and the magic touch of Chanel, hotly followed by just about every other high end designer out there, they’ve had a make-over of sorts and are now hot to trot.

(All images via Pinterest)

I’ve been agonising over a pair of Celine bright orange beauties, not sure the credit card can take it at the moment what with baby no 2 on the way and plenty still to do in the house before bubs arrival in June, but seeing as my trotters don’t go in anything with a heel higher than a pair of slippers at the moment I basically need them….right?!

So, if like me and your feet are desperate for an airing, have a little look at the variations our fabulous high street stores are offering for the spring/summer season, there are some serious contenders for high end looky-likes!

No Skirting About It.

So it’s mid-week and hump day again, that came around quickly for me, I hope it did for you?

This week I’ve been working with a personal shopping client who is giving her summer wardrobe a big overhaul and our scouting of everything summery, whether online or on the high street has inspired today’s post – Thank you Charlotte!

Easter is fast approaching and some of you may already have a nice little break planned over the half term, or a quick getaway to make the most of the long weekend. My lovely client is off somewhere sunny and warm and so we’ve been looking at all elements of a holiday wardrobe, but the item that took the main focus was skirts.

It’s always easy to get carried away with the credit card when you’re holiday wardrobe shopping, but the (ahem) sensible way to go about this kind of shopping is to consider if it can still in-fact fit into your everyday wardrobe once the tan has faded.  Skirts tend to be a main impulse buy that then don’t see the light of day for the other 351 days of the year.

There is something out there for every style, age, occasion and body shape this season. We’re talking mini, midi, maxi, silk, denim, lace, pleats, wrap fronts, tassel detail – you get the picture.  Just take a look at the SS16 catwalks and you’ll see how anything goes when it comes to skirts this summer.

(All pic via Pinterest)

All these shapes, styles and details have been picked up by the high street making these catwalk looks one of the easiest and affordable trends to sport this summer. Feeling inspired to get those pins out?  Well take a look at my high street hot picks to help highlight those lovely legs.

 

My New Loves – Lace and Laser Cut.

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend people, and if you’re lucky enough to be getting dressed up and off out somewhere nice (I’m not bitter just pregnant), and looking for something a little bit special to wear I have the most perfect idea.

Lots of people have recently been asking me for ideas on dresses that are right for Ascot, weddings or christenings and my answer for all of them has been something along the line of super cool London brand Self Portrait.

The brand launched back in 2013 and it’s gained notoriety pretty quickly with celebs, street stylers and fashion insiders all coveting their beautiful dresses and making Self Portrait the go to brand when in need of an eye-catching outfit for that glamorous event.  What makes this label even more desirable is the price range, we’re talking normal human being purchases, not black American Express with prices starting around the £150 mark – which you could easily pay for a dress in Toppers.

(All images via Pinterest)

Self Portrait manages to blend something feminine with urban, sports minimalist with incredible detailing – I don’t know how but I’m definitely not complaining. Now the rest of the high street has picked up on the coolness of laser-cut, lace and mesh details, so you can easily channel the Self Portrait style into every part of your wardrobe.

Fun, Flirty and Floaty – The Frock You Need, Now!

Hello March, we’ve been expecting you.  We weren’t however expecting these gale force winds and torrential downpours, at least the beautiful daffodils popping up give a true feeling that Spring is finally on the way.

I don’t know about you but I’m also desperate for a bit of newness in my wardrobe too. Don’t get me wrong, I pretty much live in my jeans and love them dearly, especially at the moment whilst I’m harvesting another human being, but nothing says Spring/Summer wardrobe like a floaty, floral frock.

Believe it or not this style of dress is actually a key transitional wardrobe item.  It’s perfect to layer up right now, I’m talking tights, over the knee boots, chunky knits or a polo, finished off with a shearling jacket – yep serious layers, see below inspo.

(All images via Pinterest)

But as soon as the grey clouds disappear and sun starts to warm your bones this dress can be worn with beautiful sandals or fashions’ current footwear fav, the white trainer.  And it will of course be one of the first things you pack in your holiday suitcase.

With all that said what are you waiting for, no need for the other half to moan at the purchase of yet another dress, especially when cost per wear it’ll end up being one of the most cost-effective items you’ve bought. Here’s some of my current favourites.