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.

(all images via Pinterest)

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.

(All images via Pinterest)

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.

Woven Wonders

Happy Monday peeps and it most definitely is a happy one because the sun has been shining – long may it last!

The sunshine links nicely to today’s post because there is a high chance that you already have one of these lovely items hiding in your wardrobe, maybe packed away with your holiday outfits, yep it’s the woven bag.

I do love a new bag and if there is one to buy this season it most definitely should be one of these babies.  No longer kept to that once a year beach holiday, these woven wonders have become a regular fixture on the arm of many a fashionista and it’smeasy to see why.  The big beach baskets are just that, big, with loads of room for your everyday essentials and more! Alongside the beach basket is of course the raffia clutch, I blogged about these last year and they are not going anywhere. To finish off this little trio of lovelies is the most recent addition, the wicker bag, which is having a moment and probably the most fashionable way to do your arm candy right now…..take a peak below.

(All images via Pinteres)

Shapes, styles and sizes for everyone’s taste and usability.  The only thing I would say is if you are going for a wicker style the contents of your bag is fairly visible, so you may want to consider what you’re stuffing your bag with.

You can really let your personality shine through with these bags, you can personalise them with initials or phrases, pimp them with pom poms or just keep it plain and simple to compliment an outfit that’s doing all the talking.

As usual I’ve collated a lovely selection for you, including some of my personal favourites from Rae Feather  Made by Wave and Star Mela  check them out…..And don’t forget, have a good old rummage through your wardrobe first, as you may well already have one of these little beauties just waiting to see some sunlight again.

Island Style.

Just as we’re all gearing up and wrapping up, in more ways than one, ready for Christmas, fashion land is enticing the industry with all things summery.  It’s a daydream and a nightmare, all mixed up in one weird, whirlwind couple of weeks.  Just as we’ve got to grips with our winter wardrobe you find yourself drooling over swimwear, flirty dresses, sandals and skimpy shorts – almost wishing away the most wonderful time of the year!

Last week I was lucky enough, thanks to the mother-in-law, to escape all things doting wife and muuummmm, and catch a glimpse at the gorgeous going-ons at River Island’s SS17 press event, of which I’m sharing with you a sneaky peak into what you may be able to buy on the high street next summer.

Of course River is always very trend driven but it’s also really wearable.  They nail festival fashion and as soon as I walk in to the showroom that’s what I see. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just cool casuals you’ll find in River next summer, if you’re on the hunt for something smarter, with a little sophistication you’ll also be able to nab yourself some stylish pieces for work and play, desk to dinner – all that stuff.

My advice though, if there is one item to add to your wardrobe next spring/summer it’s a denim jacket.  We all need a little something to throw over our shoulders once the sun goes down, but I’m not talking just any old denim jacket, we’re talking business up front and the biggest of parties on the back!  Take a look…..

 

Finally, accessories and there is an abundance for summer.  As you’d expect from River, the footwear is on point with everything from embellished espadrilles to over the knee lace up boots – every occasion covered.  What really impressed me was the selection of sunnies.  Of course we all love a pair of designer shades, but if you’re looking for something budget busting with oodles style, that’ll have people looking twice then set your sights (ahem, sorry) on River Island next season.

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.