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.

You’d Look Good in a Paperbag

How man times have you heard or said that saying?  Well this season it’s most definitely the case as the only way you need to be wearing the waist on your trouser, skirt or shorts is in a paper-bag style.

This is a fab way to wear the high waisted look without needing to hold your breath the whole time, it’s much more relaxed and even better, it’s extremely flattering.

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There is a multitude of ways to wear, from the inspo images you’ll see smart, casual and everything in-between.  You could wear this in a maxi skirt as wedding guest, in a pencil skirt for work or in a pair of easy breezy shorts on holiday.  I have to say my favourite way to do the paper-bag waist ties in with the utility styling that we are seeing a lot of this summer, it’ cool, casual and comfy, but whack on a pair of heels to take you from day to night and allow you to eat, drink and be merry!

This is a look that the high end designers do so well, but armed with inspiration you can pick up some super sassy styles on our wonderful high street.  Here’s a selection of my favs.

Pretty in Pink

Here we are with a second injection of colour this week, I hope you enjoyed Monday’s post on yellow, I had lots of nice feedback from some of you via Instagram so here’s hoping you love today’s as much and  it’s the colour of love, the one that makes the boys wink…Pink!

Pretty in pink they say, but what if you don’t really do pretty and still want to do pink?  Luckily this season there are multiple ways to wear, from vibrant to pastel, every shade of the pink stuff goes and you don’t have to keep it tonal, this season the hottest way to wear is by clashing with other bold colours, such as red.

Take a peak at some of the SS17 catwalks, celebs and street stylers rocking out the sweet stuff.

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Pink is the perfect colour to put a feminine spin on your outfit, but I love it teamed with khaki to toughen things up a little and it’s surprising what a gorgeous combination this makes.  As I mentioned on Monday, there is a lot of top to toe colour going on this season, but if it’s just too much (I think in pink it would be for me) then make sure you’re ripping up the rule book and clashing your colours hard.  Red and pink would not normally be a first choice colour combo, but it’s so fresh and bold I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you give it a go.

So, to ensure you’re looking pretty in pink here’s my mouth watering high street favs in light, hot, deep, pastel, baby and Barbie pink, pink, pink.

Colour Me Bad

Happy sunny Monday you gorgeous lot, well, more like happy Monday, not so much of that sunny stuff anymore, typical on the first day of Spring, but fear not, I am about to bring some sunshine to your day!

Last week I was working with a friend who was searching for a dress to wear at her daughters’ christening.  As we sifted through the high street offerings I noticed a difference in our selections, mine were full of colour and her’s were black!  When I showed her a beautiful dress in red she said ‘ooh I never wear red’, ‘WHAT?’ was my reply!  I do understand why people shy away from colour and you guys know I’m particularly partial to black, white and grey, but there is a whole other world out there and it’s in big, bold colours.

This week I’ll be bringing you colour round ups, so if you’re unsure of living life away from the dark-side I can maybe point you in the direction of the seasons’ hottest colour choices that will be flooding the high street this summer.

First up yellow and you’ll see below that the SS17 catwalks were awash with every shade possible from mellow to mega, take a peak.

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This season we’re seeing a lot of head to toe colour block looks.  I understand that if you don’t normally ‘do colour’ this might be a little (or a lot) scary, so take a small element of your outfit and inject some oomph into that key item, whether that’s your jacket, shoes or handbag.

So if you’ve read this far and I’ve still not convinced you to swap your non-colours for colour give me one last shot and take a look below at this lovely lot, all available on our fabulous high street.

Shoes speak louder than Words

I’m a little bit partial to a lot of faux fur, feathers and other fluffy stuff and if the weather

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didn’t dictate what footwear we had to wear I would live in sliders – every day!  For me, they are most comfortable (and not bad looking) bit of rubber you could slide on your tootsies, but when I first laid eyes on my favourite footwear covered in my favourite materials I wasn’t convinced.

Last year we started to see the first furry slidders appear, I have a friend Tanyel from Essex Beauty Patrol who makes them and has been for ages, check her out, but I also found them on the shelves in River Island and of course Rhianna produced a collection with Puma, which you’ll struggle to find anywhere but Ebay now.

Want to see how the style set are wearing their furry footwear?  Have a look below.

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Like me, could you be converted or is it a fashion step too far? I mean there is a lot to love, but a lot to question marks too and you know this is one look the boys will absolutely hate!

Wherever the catwalks and celebs go our humble high street soon follows, so as you’d expect there is now a huge selection currently available at all your favourite high street stores, of which I’ve scoured and brought you the best.  BTW the pink Topshop ones below scream Givenchy if you like you high street with a healthy does of high end style.

Going Grey

Going grey, not up top, although I am and have been since I was about 13 years old, trouble with being a brunette, anyway I’m talking what we wear not hair.  I LOVE grey, all 50 shades of it and it’s started to filter down through the family.  The hubs has always been a little partial to the grey stuff but now I’m buying grey clothes for both the kids and all our wardrobe are starting to morph into one.

Don’t get me wrong, colour is great and I’m the first to encourage a new colour if you’ve never tried it before, but grey is just so perfect and goes with everything!  As the weather is hopefully starting to warm up you may find your other favourite non-colour, black, might be a little too hash in the warm haze of the sun, so for me grey is the best alternative.

Have a look at how the super stylish stick to grey hues whether it’s work or play, smart or casual.

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You can see from the above how super chic top to toe grey can look, if you’ve never tried a full colour outfit before (not many people have or do because it can be quite impactful, especially if you’re not looking for oodles of attention) but want to give it a go, grey is a good place to start.

The high street is full to the brim with colour this season, you’ll see lots of pink, red and yellow, but once you go grey you’ll never stray, so here’s some of my high street favourites.

Saturday night Style

Last Saturday I had a date in my diary that I’d been looking forward to for ages, brunch with the girls. Now, knowing this afternoon rendez vous would involve lots of mimosas, it was also more than likely to turn from early afternoon date into evening of fun and of course it did, which meant we ended up in a club!  We got asked for I.D, not because we were lucky enough for our age to be in question, but seeing those numbers flash up on the screen did make me think, what am I doing and what am I wearing?!

Obviously Saturday night is a big night out and a big night for getting dressed up, when I was younger it was an important part of the weekend for me, but now my style (and need for sleep) has changed.  Since hitting the 30’s I’m much more confident and brave with my choice of clothing, this was really apparent on Saturday night where we were surrounded by a sea of bandage dresses and sky scrapper heels.  Of course there is nothing wrong with what the other girls were wearing, but me in my denim dungarees, H&M khaki shirt and ankle boots were having much more fun, mainly due to the fact I was actually able to get a proper groove on.  Take a look at some of the below ways to wear your wardrobe for a less obvious but still super stylish Saturday night.

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It got me thinking how much emphasis we put on going out and getting dressed up, but when you’re younger you dress for different reasons, and people.  I’m married with kids so obviously not trying to attract attention from the opposite sex, although it’s nice to get the odd compliment, so I dress for me and for my girls (I like them to think I look nice) which actually gives me more confidence because I’m relaxed and comfortable in what I’m wearing.  You can’t really be comfortable when you’re constantly pulling your top up and your bottom half down whilst trying to balance on stilts -we’ve all been there and I know I’m much happier and more stylish now I’ve a few more years under my belt.   Looks like some good stuff does come with the extra years then.

On that note, here’s some lovely stuff that I think is perfect for a Saturday night out out when you’re not 18 anymore!