Loopy for Hoops

I’m a little partial to a piercing, with more than my fair share in both ears and all in different places. But despite the number of silver studs my cartilage is home to, my all time favourite style of earring, since the day my Dad gave me the relectant go ahead to have holes in my ears, is the hoop.

I sometimes think the hoop gets a bad rep.  I recently watched an episode of KUWTK (Keeping Up With The Kardashians – sorry guilty pleasure), when Khloe was talking to Kris about the sizes of the hoops they we’re both wearing, commenting ‘The bigger the hoop the bigger the hoe’!  Charming I’m sure, but choose wisely and they are a great addition to your jewellery box.

Have a look at how the celebs and fashionistas are loopy for hoops.

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I personally always go for a BIG silver hoop, but we’re off to a wedding this weekend and I’m pushing my jewellery boundary’s, splashing out on a pair of pompom hoops!  They’re not the real Pomme Pomme London  hoops, I was worried they might be a little expensive if I’m not massively keen, so I tracked down some great ‘versions of’ on Etsy  and now I’m eagerly anticipating their arrival.  Of course I’ll post pics on Instagram once I get my grubby little paws on them….eeek!

So, if you’re looking for a piece of jewellery that will take you from beach holiday to Christmas party and every other day of the year, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than the humble hoop.

Blinded by the White

When it comes buying a shirt the holy grail has to be a clean, crisp and white.  It’s probably one of the most requested items of clothing that I help clients purchase, in fact it was this very conversation with a lovely client on Sunday that inspired today’s post.

There are a few staples that most people like to have in their wardrobe to make up the basis of many outfits; a good pair of jeans, grey marl tee, a decent blazer and a white shirt.  In all honesty I’m still searching for my ‘perfect’ white shirt, there is something very school girl about a cotton shirt for me, but this season the shirt game has been flipped and I can’t wait to get involved.

Prepare to be dazzled with some wonderful white shirt street styling below.

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Of course there is the No1 when it comes to white shirts, which is the over-sized, but this season we’re seeing hints of summers’ other big trends encroaching on the white shirt, well not really encroaching, more like a fantastic addition; the over-sized sleeve, ruffles, embroidery, knot detailing, some off the shoulder sexiness and more!!

I don’t think our high street could do the white shirt any more justice this season, you will find everything your heart desires when it comes to this style staple. But, if you’re looking for a shirt that will see you through season after season, layered up over a bikini or under a jumper my advice would be to keep things as clean and simple as the colour palette.

LRD – Little Red Dress

Inspired by me bagging a bargain LRD this week, which I’ve linked here Matalan or on my Instagram page, I thought I would bring you a whole host of red hot dresses. It was only a few posts ago I focused on the seasons’ must-have colours and red was a biggie for summer.  Catch up here if you missed it, Seeing Red.

If you don’t ‘do’ colour then red is probably one shade that are especially wary of.  Just yesterday a new client said to me she NEVER wears red, it just doesn’t suit her! But, I honestly believe there is a hue of red to ignite everyone’s love for the colour…so I will be tempting her when we catch up at the weekend.

This is not the first season we’ve been graced with some LRD action, the fash pack have been rocking out the lady in red look for some time now.  Take a peak at how easily they go from city streets to holiday heat, weekend casual or best dressed guest in many different version of the LRD.

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What’s not to love about the colour of love, especially in dress form, topped off with some summer sun.  If you find colour blocking too much you can mix it up with prints and patterns.  You’ll find Pretty Woman style polka dots, ditsy florals, bold tribals and girly gingham, making this a sure fire way to incorporate your favourite trends with the seasons’ hottest colour.  Not only that but there is an insane variety on styles, cuts and fabrics to suit all shapes, sizes and spondoolies.

As always, I’ve scoured the shops for my a selection of red hot dresses that dreams are made of – whatever and wherever you are.

Bohemian Babe

Just another manic Monday, actually it’s not and I’m quite liking it.  Apart from the fact I ended up puking all day Easter Sunday, which probably saved me thousands of calories from all the chocolate I planned on scoffing, the bank holiday weekend has been lovely, as have the two weeks of half term actually and I’m a little bit dreading the school run tomorrow.

Any who, you can see from the title we’re going all ‘boho babe’ today, influenced of course by the fact we’ve just been bombarded with Coachella spam (no I’m not hating – who am I kidding) and that I’m off on hols very shortly to my fav place in the world – the White Isle.

My style is fairly clean on a day to day basis, but come summer time I LOVE to release my mind and body into all things boho.  I love the carefree look and feel you get with bohemian styling and now more than ever it’s easy to take this from the beach to the bar, or if you’re not poolside, from day to night and every occasion in-between.  See how the street stylers and insta-fashionistas do it below.

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Most of us probably have a kaftan lurking in our holiday wardrobe and that’s probably where it’s gets the most use, but you can see above how the style set are making the most of their kaftans and incorporating them into their everyday wardrobe.  Not only that, but they are teaming over the easiest outfit on earth, jeans and a plain tee….et volia, boho chic at it’s finest, taking you from beach to the beat of the streets.

As with any trend there is no need to go top to toe.  This season there are hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of peasant, boho style blouses, from high street to high end.  One in particular that has caught everyone’s eye is this awesome offering from Next  Available in red and blue it screams boho and is reminiscent of the Vita Kin blouse but without the £1000 (yes you are reading that correctly) price tag.

So whether this is a trend you do year after year or something you’ve been longing to try, this season is one of the best for beautiful boho vibes.  Here’s the my best of the rest from our fabulous high street and cyber space…..Peace out peeps.

Swimwear Issue

When I say swimwear issue what do you think of?  Maybe it’s the biggest and most anticipated issue of Sports Illustrated and of course it’s not hard to see why, have you’ve ever taken a peak?  Or are you like me and think the only issue I have with swimwear is finding the perfect piece.

Two babies in and one coming out the sunroof I’m feeling like my bikini days are well and truly behind me and that’s a massive disappointment as I’m a huge sun worshiper and want minimum tan lines when on hols.  With my holiday countdown firmly counting down I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect one piece.

Now that I’ve got my head round wearing a one piece I’m actually feeling a lot of love for the look, it also helps that many a celeb and fashionista are making the one piece their no1 choice when it comes to swimwear.  I don’t have the superstar body but at least I can have the superstar swimwear style, take a look at some of the fab ways to wear below.

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If you’ve got it flaunt, no?  Normally you might have thought flaunting it would be by wearing an itsy bitsy teeny weeny, yeah one of those polka dot bikinis, but you can make the most of your best assets in a one piece too.  A swimsuit can enhance your overall shape where in a bikini there is no where to hide!  If you have a gorgeous back go super low, if you give good side boob show it off.  Equally if you need a little support in the tummy department or with the girls up top, you can get all that from the wonderful one piece.

Maybe less really is more when it comes to swimwear?  Plus if you have kids or are more active than me, who is sloth like on the sunbed, then you may benefit in more ways than one.

As with anything seasonal grab them before they’re gone, because by the time the sales roll around I guarantee the size you want will be sold out.  Here are a few of my high street favs.

All Tied Up

So pay day has been and gone, did you go and have a spend up?  Now is actually quite a good time to do a bit of shopping as there are loads of mid-season sales on, and that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up some big bargains with bags of style.

For some time now the fash pack have been getting all tied up with knot details and you may have already spotted some tie front waist details on tops and dresses, originally I wasn’t hugely keen, but the more the high street has got a grip of this trend the more it’s drawn me in.  It’s now not so much about looking like you have a jumper tied around your waist (as flattering or cool as that can actually be) it’s about all the other ways to get tied up in this trend.  Take a peak at some street style inspo below.

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With street style pics more than likely showcasing the most obvious way of wearing a trend, remember that the point of ‘inspo’ is of course to take inspiration.  Try not to look at something and think that wouldn’t work for me because…. Instead look for elements that you can pick out and carefully introduce into your everyday wardrobe.

Many of us worry about adding bulk to our frames with extra detailing or fabrics, but this is honestly a great way to help not hinder.  Worn in the right places these knot and tie details can give you a waist if you don’t have one, or enhance that hour-glass shape further.  If it’s just too much for you on clothing there are some unreal footwear and accessory options that have this look all tied up.

Hopefully my super high street selection will show you there are a variety of ways to wear and knot (geddit) have you in a tizz over this trend.

Girls Weekend

It’s Friday and I’m allowed out on good behaviour for my fabulous friend’s Hen weekend, believe me when I type ‘I CAN’T WAIT’!

You may have seen on Instagram earlier this week (come find me if you haven’t already @notjustadress) a selection of outfits I was planning for said occasion, so I thought it only fitting that the final post this week be a homage to girls weekend fashion.

It’s always tough planning what to pack for any time away, but when you’re only going for a weekend it’s extremely easy to over-pack when you should be saving space in that holdall for shopping splurges and sneaky bottles of sauvignon.

This weekend we will be cocktail making, beauty treatment-ing, dancing and drinking…..not to mention sleeping and eating in my case as these are things I don’t get to do a lot at home!  If you don’t have a girls weekend planned maybe the below will make you think that you and your besties are deserving of one.

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No matter what your girls weekend involves; cinema trips, boot camp work outs, shopping or just lounging there are a few key pieces you definitely need in your bag.  The key to packing clever is to make sure your clothing and accessories work in multiple outfit options.  How often have you packed an outfit, got to where you’re going, put it on and hated it for no reason? Then been miserable for the rest of the time because you wish you’d packed X,Y, Z?

What are these key items then I hear you ask?  I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite high street pieces below, but for me it would always be skinny jeans and leather trousers, a killer dress, Stan Smiths and a pair of heels (ok, maybe two), a plain tee and a beautiful blouse, a cute clutch and statement pair of earrings, a leather jacket and a blazer, hoodie or sweatshirt, of course pyjamas and don’t forget to chuck in enough underwear options.  With just a handful of items you can mix and match your way through a weekend of fun and frolics with your female favs.  Now I think I can hear the Prosecco calling, enjoy your weekend lovelies!!