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.

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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.

Lust List

At any given time if someone was to ask me if I’ve seen anything ‘nice’ whilst out shopping the answer is always a big, fat YES!  I know that might sound materialistic but I just can’t help myself and can spot ‘pretty things’ at 50 paces that I believe will make my wardrobe complete.  If something is out of stock or unavailable it just makes me want it even more – do you know that feeling?

So today’s blog post is me sharing my current lustings and these could be anything from clothes, shoes or bags to cosmetics, skincare or gym kit – so here we go.

Ok, so in my current 38 weeks pregnant physical condition  I would not really get away with rocking any of these beautiful pieces from Mara Hoffman, but with a little September Ibiza escape on the horizon I’m hoping that I’ll be feeling confident enough to get back in a bikini, and if I’m not I’ll be draping myself in one of these stunning beaded kaftans.

 

You guys know from previous posts what a magpie I am, so of course there are a few sparkly things thrown in the mix.  This clutch from ASOS looks so much more expensive than it’s £25 price tag, plus it’ll look great with a bikini on the beach or teamed with a super sophisticated dress…need, need, need!

I love a pair of sunnies, they hide a multitude of sins and just generally make you feel like a rock star.  I don’t currently own a pair of rose gold coloured lenses, but maybe I will soon and hopefully they’ll look something like this pair from Dior

I never wear matching earrings, not because I think it’s cool but because I’m forever losing them, or the butterflies. But now it is cool to mix and match your earrings and these single studs from Astley Clarke are right up my street.  I would be teaming them with this stunning large horn necklace from Missoma which would never leave my neck.

 

I’ve been desperate to squeeze my baby bump into a pair of side stripe trousers, I love the real casual vibe of this pair from ASOS, but would equally be able to dress them up with a pair of heels, possibly this ankle tie pair from Topshop which at just £29 have to make it to my shoe cupboard very soon,  They’re a great heel height and I can totally imagine them with a full on double denim outfit.

Now who doesn’t love a little off the shoulder action? This dress from M&S is pure understated sexiness, I can see it on balmy holiday evenings out with flat sandals, but how gorgeous would you feel teaming it with sky scrapper heels as a special occasion outfit…One not to be missed.

Lastly, everything is always better when you put a little bronzer on it and this Nars bronzing powder in Laguna has cult classic status.  If you’ve never tried do not delay any further.

And there you have it, my current Lust List, I’d love to hear what’s on yours.  If any of the above make it into my grubby paws soon I’ll be posting pics on Instagram so come find me over there on @notjustadress