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.

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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.

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.