Kimono Queen

If there is one item in my holiday wardrobe I hate packing away once the holiday is over it’s my beach kimono.  It’s only a cheap one from Boohoo , but it’s been a fantastic buy and now there is more than one way to wear this bit of beach attire when you’re not frolicking in the sand.

You may have spotted a handful of fashionistas wafting around the city streets in what looks very similar to (and is more than likely) a beach kimono.  Of course they’re not teaming it with their must-have one or two piece, no, you’re more likely to see it worn over jeans and tee….See below

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The maxi kimono has long been a firm favourite on the summer festival scene, but if you’ve out grown that part of your life and still want to get more wear out of this lovely piece of fabric, now is most definitely the time to give this look a go.

Hopefully you already own a lovely beach cover up that will work well for this trend, but if you don’t, are off on hols shortly and fancy giving this trend a go here are a few of my favs.  I think it makes the perfect airport outfit over a little vest, with jeans and sandals…And if you stick your swimwear in your hand luggage at least you’ll have one beautiful thing to wear poolside if your suitcase take a completely different kind of holiday!

Floral Fancy

Can I just start by saying I love getting feedback from you guys, especially when it involves a specific request. With that in mind today’s post is not only about the must-have dress of the summer season but was also requested by a good friend, so here’s hoping you all enjoy.

A floaty floral dress for summer time is not ground breaking, but this year there is something so beautifully fresh and different about what’s out there. Maybe it’s the fabric, cut or sleeve details that set this season apart, I’m not sure, but whatever it is we all seem to be feeling it.

If you’re not keen on your arms and in particular the dreaded bingo wings, then having a longer sleeve on your dress can be a game changer. This summer you’ll find the whole shebang of sleeve available – off the shoulder, cold shoulder, bell sleeves, ruffles and tiers! Take a peak at the floral fancys of ss17 catwalks and street style stars that have caught my eye.

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I recently bagged myself a blooming beautiful maxi dress from Boohoo which I wore to a wedding last weekend. I don’t normally girlie prints, especially in dress form, but teamed with my biker and hardware heavy Stella clutch it toughened up the final look up just enough for me to still feel like me.  Goes to show how versitile a little floral number can actually be.

So if you’re currently on the hunt for a dress that’s fantastically floral, feminine and frilly look no further because I’ve done most of the searching for you.

Arm candy fit for the Beach

With only a few days to go before we head off on hols I’m all last minute panic stations trying to ensure everyone has everything (and more) that they could possibly need.  I shop all year round (don’t tell the hubs) in prep for the holiday season.  The winter sales are my favourite time to nab a holiday bargain or two, but the one item I’m always useless at ensuring we have is a good size beach bag.

This year I’m on top of it and picked up this beauty from one of my favourite local stores, Friends Dress Agency who are just brimming with fabulous pre-loved items.  I bagged this beauty at a fraction of the price it would have been brand new and better still, it’s never been used!

So there’s my little bit of beach bag inspo, but take a look at these beach babes and their awesome arm candy, sure to have you dreaming of distant shores.

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Whether you’re jet setting or world wide trekking there is a beach bag to suit every style of holiday.  Of course they’re practical, especially when you have kids and a husband who all want to stuff their days’ essentials in your bag, but you can also use it as your carry on if flying and it’s the coolest way to carry your day-to-day essentials when you swap you daily commute to the beach, for the return to the office.

So before it’s finally time for me to jet off I’ve lined up a bevy of beautiful beach bags just for you guys, I’m talking sequins, tassels, pom poms, flamingos, embroidery, wicker, canvas and more!

When the bags are this good you don’t even need a holiday to justify a little purchase.

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.

Bold and Beautiful Botanical Prints

When it comes to prints I have to say I’m more of a minimalist really, bold bright, block colour and of course a stripe with the odd hint of animal print, but there is a particular print that’s recently caught my eye and it’s the botanical print.

I’m loving the palm or banana leaf style print, on a crisp white background and then this bold splash of green, but there are lots of ways this look is achievable. Just take a look at the below catwalk and street style pics to see different ways you can work this look into your wardrobe.

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Some of these looks are big and bold, like the Blake Lively jumpsuit, but look how a pair of printed city shorts, teamed with a fresh white shirt offers just a hint of this totally tropical vibe making it pretty easy to wear.

The most natural habitat to try this look is of course on holiday and there are lots of lovely printed kaftans out there that’ll achieve this look.  I just snapped up a beauty in the Monsoon sale, it’s listed below but I’ll post pics on Instagram once it’s popped through my postbox.  I’ll be teaming it with denim cut-offs and a plain bikini when I get to hit the beach, but also want to get maximum wear out of it and know how work well with skinny ripped jeans and a silky cami.

Whether you’re shopping online or on the high street you can find beautiful botanical prints on everything from footwear, scarves and bags to maxi dresses, camis and tailoring.  And I’ve attempted to make it easier for you by narrowing down my perfect picks that will help you achieve this look no matter the style, event or occasion.

Cool as Chloe but on Half the Money

Sometimes I look back over the previous season catwalk shows, it helps with inspiration and direction whether it’s blogging, outfit planning, shopping or working with a personal styling client.  Obviously this close to the summer, and hopefully some sunshine (fingers crossed) I’ve returned to the SS16 catwalks, which really aren’t that old any way, and there are a couple imprinted on my mind; Isabel Marant, Temperly, Stella McCartney, McQueen, J Crew – OK so more than a couple, but the one that I really loved, and so does the high street, is Chloe.

We’ve already seen the cool kids such as Suki Waterhouse and top blogger, Aimee Song, wearing key pieces from the SS16 Choe collection at fashions hottest festival, Coachella.

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It’s easy to see why Chloe’s summer offerings would be the first choice for most, especially if you have the cash burning a hole in your pocket.  It’s got the perfect mix of festival with a 90’s edge, there are peasant blouses teamed with raw edge denim, floor sweeping maxi dresses and skirts in rainbow colours, styled with over-sized knits and an updated version of the tracksuit.

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I think it looks so fresh and above all easy to wear, a style straight off the catwalk that we can all, and should, steal by shopping on the good old high street this summer.  Here’s how at some of my favourite fashion haunts.