You make me Blush

You know I love a little colour feature, even though the majority of my wardrobe is most definitely black, white or grey!  At the start of each season there are always a handful of key colours that we know will be huge, this summer we have bold reds, vivd yellows and fresh whites.  I’ve already blogged about all of these so have a peruse if you’ve the chance, but there is an outsider racing up the pantone chart that’s got everyone gushing over blush.

You may be thinking, blush, that’s not much of a colour, but I promise to show you otherwise.  Personally I think it’s beautiful, sophisticated and very complimentary to pretty much every other colour going, not to mention fantastic when we get to that weird transitional period, you know not quite summer but not quite autumn. …Take a peak below.

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What gets me blushing about blush is it’s timelessness, if you buy well cut, good fitting pieces of clothing you’ll get maxim wear season after season. The colour range is vast too, meaning it looks great on everyone, but especially in the summer, accessorised with sun-kissed skin!

If you like to invest in your wardrobe knowing that you’ve not bought a one hit wonder opt for the deeper, warmer tones and you’ll be blushing all the way into AW17.  Here’s my High Street hot list.

Summer Strides

It’s no secret that I live in jeans, my Insta feed is practically ripped jeans upon ripped jeans! But when the heat of the summer sun reaches boiling point (like it has recently) and you’re forced to replace your skinnies for something a little less sweat inducing what do you do?

Other than opt for a baggy fit jean (which is cheating) I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of summer strides.  Print or plain, wide leg, culotte or awkward length the summer trouser is a must-find!  They’ll see you through school runs, holiday travels and much, much more.  Take a look at the what the SS17 catwalks and super stylish, street stylers are favouring.

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Now the summer sales are in full swing it’s worth taking advantage and bagging a pair of baggies.  There are some big ways to wear your trousers this summer, stripes are huge and can be extremely flattering, feminine florals are still floating around and lastly the ever impractical but dazzling beautiful, bright white!

Whatever cut, style or colour you go for, carefully consider the material for two reasons.  First up, we’re looking for a cooler alternative to add to our summer wardrobe, secondly nothing ruins a fancy pants look more than creases!  Of course some creasing is inevitable, but a lot will spoil your sophisticated summer look!

Here are some of my current favs, sale and full priced.

Going for Gold

When it comes to a little bit of bling I’m top to toe (or ear to ankle) in silver, but there is something about sun kissed skin that just cries out for a drenching in gold.

People tend to sit in one camp or the other when it comes to a favourite metallic hue, that might be because of the watch you wear or the colour of your wedding rings, but it’s always good to switch things up a little, hell even mixing our metals.

Here’s some gold star worthy street styling, courtesy of the style set.

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The choice is yours, multi layered, big and bold or simple and sleek there are lots of ways to go for gold this summer, so will you be budgeting for a big money splurge or a wallet friendly injection of fast fashion?  Whatever your selection here are a few of my favs to bag you gold medal status in the style stakes.

Maxed Out

When it comes to bottoms, and I mean the kind you put on over your legs to cover your actual bottom, you’re either a trousers or a skirt kinda girl.  I definitely have both legs firmly in the trouser camp, but when it comes to summer styling and the warmer weather I relent of course (as long as I’ve remembered to shave my legs)!

My skirt of choice has to be swishy and floor sweeping, and when mumma duties call, a maxi skirt is the only way forward.  I love that boho vibe I get from wearing something floaty, it gives me a lovely feeling of freedom (and desire to twirl), but if your more of a rock chick or want to play at being Princess for the day there is a maxi for every mood….See below

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I guarantee you have a maxi skirt hanging around your wardrobe somewhere, take inspiration from above and maybe wear it in a way you’ve not tried before, that could be with a rock tee and trainers or smart shirt and stilettos.  But, if you want an update on this look for SS17 look out for wrap front, waterfall styles – also great for flashing that tanned flash if you’re off on hols.

As always, here are a few of my favs whether it’s tulle, chiffon or denim, floral prints to thigh-high splits you’re after in a must-have maxi.

 

Summer Jacket Styles

I don’t know about you but this constant chop and change in the ‘summer’ weather throws me and my wardrobe into a sweaty spin.  Since having kids I seem to heat up faster than a heat seeking missile if I have too many layers on.   So, when the warmer weather finally arrives I love not having to wear a big jacket, but as we all know, you can’t trust the good old British weather, so having a little summer jacket you can throw on in a down poor is a must!

There are a few ways to wear a light weight jacket this season, here are my top four.

The Trophy Jacket – Big, bold, embroidered or embellished.  It’s nothing new, but they just seem to get better and better. Buy wisely and you’ll have a gorgeous little number that will see you through season after season.

The Denim Jacket – Denim is just keeps going from strength to strength.  A staple that you can layer up or down, keep clean and simple or use it to tap into more of the seasons’ big trends.

The Shaket –  Yep, you know, the hybrid of a jacket and shirt and what’s not to love about a little bit of khaki.  One of the easiest and chicest ways to wear a summer jacket with a subtle nod to military styling.

The Leather Biker – No jacket round up is complete without the leather biker.  If you normally keep yours to the confines of your winter wardrobe DON’T, or if you’re feeling brave, now is the time branch out into brights or pastel colours.

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Looking at that gorgeous lot I think I’ll now be adding more than one to my summer wardrobe!  If you have a bit of cash to splash it’s definitely worth investing in a leather. I’m loving the lighter, brighter hues hitting the high street at the mo, but whatever your budget here are some of my favs from all four styles, just waiting to be swung over your shoulders.

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.