Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Breton Heaven

We have just come back from spending a wonderful two weeks in Brittany, France and as a die-hard fan of the Breton top I was literally in Breton heaven!

The Breton top was originally issued for the French navy in Brittany in 1858, hence the masses of Breton stripes in Brittany's shops, but following Coco Chanel's nautical collection in 1917 the striped top has become a symbol of French style for men and women, and a wardrobe staple the world over.

I have a few Breton tops, navy with white stripes, cream with navy, red with white stripes..... It is my absolute fail-safe outfit choice, worn with skinny jeans or under dungarees, with cut off denims.......A striped top is the most versatile top in your wardrobe and will work super hard for you.
For this reason I always feel there is room in my wardrobe for another Breton top, and if you haven't got a striped top hanging in your wardrobe then you definitely need one, or several!

Here are some of my favourites;

Such a classic and timeless style from Petit Bateau.

Boden do such good Breton tops, I like all the colour ways but navy is always a winner! There is discounts on Boden all week - 20% until Thursday, then 15% Friday/ Saturday, 10% Sunday.

Now I don't own a wool Breton and think this would be great for winter, La Redoute currently have 25% off new collections with the code NEW - though I'm not sure how long this offer is running.

You just knew that La Redoute would do great Breton tops at great prices, even better with the 25% discount code!

I LOVE this J Crew version. Saint James are iconic, and this modern twist on the classic striped top is so effortlessly chic.

This MiH breton top is a bargain! 

Love the colour, the neckline....... it is also available in blue stripes which is also nice.

Nice slouchy, relaxed shape from Jigsaw.

And a couple of beautiful knitted Breton's from Hush and Me + Em

I hope you like my selection, I would like to add all these to my wardrobe to be honest!

Are you a Breton fan? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

I have this thing with pleated midi skirts...........

I haven't blogged for a while, this time of year is so hectic with birthdays, holidays, end of term school stuff that I just haven't had chance to sit down and even open up my laptop! Anyway I'm back with a post dedicated to one of my favourite looks at the moment.

My current fashion obsession is with pleated midi skirts, now I know these are not a new trend and have been around for a few years now, but there are some really great ones on the high street at the moment and they will definitely see you through to next season. I just love this look, worn dressed down with trainers and a sweatshirt or tshirt, they are a great alternative to my usual mum uniform of jeans, but are still so easy to wear.

Here is a little Pinterest inspiration for you if you're not already convinced about this look.

A few of my favourites on the high street;

I have been lusting after a metallic midi skirt for literally years so the Zara metallic skirt above has been sat in my online basket for over a week whilst I try and justify to myself buying it when we are supposed to be saving for holidays etc. I know I'm going to be devastated if I go online and its sold out! 
Are you a fan of this look? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wedding outfit is now a Zara bargain!

Last weekend I was a guest at a beautiful wedding and I wore this Zara fringed dress which I loved, it also got a lot of love on Instagram and at £39.99 I thought it was a pretty good price for a wedding guest outfit.
However I went in Zara this morning and this gorgeous dress has been reduced to £15.99!!!!! Now not one to be bitter that I've actually paid full price, I had to share it with you as this is SUCH a bargain!
This dress is a great dress for an occasion, the colour is pretty and not too summery so that it will carry through to autumn, and it is so comfortable to wear, even after eating a huge meal! And then look how it moves once you've had too many prosecco's!!!!

Shop the dress here - Zara fringed dress

Friday, 24 June 2016

Celebrating British Flowers Week

One of my favourite and most inexpensive ways to add a hit of style and colour to my home is by adding flowers, wether its a cheap bunch with the weekly shop, a more luxurious bouquet or simply sweet peas cut from the garden, flowers add interest, colour and style to a room, whilst also smelling beautiful.

I was asked to join in with British Flowers Week by the lovely people at Four Walls, a new interiors inspiration site set up by Ocean Finance. On Four Walls you will find amazing tips and inspiration to create a stylish home, with helpful advice, design and decor ideas to suit every budget.

British Flowers Week is celebrated from 13-19th June and is a national celebration of seasonal, locally-grown flowers and is bringing British cut flowers back into British homes! You only have to look on Instagram to see how British home-grown flowers are having their moment, with thousands of stylish images of seasonal flowers in bloom, from peonies to wisteria - the British flower is having a moment! British flowers have charm, grace, scents and sustainability.

Peonies are one of my all-time favourite flowers, they remind me of my wedding day where I had bouquets of seasonal flowers which we arranged ourselves with an assortment of peonies, stocks, roses, sweet williams and foraged flowers. Peonies are glamorous and beautiful and add pretty colour to a room.

This beautiful bloom is from Bloom & Wild - I absolutely LOVE Bloom & Wild flowers! If you haven't heard of them before they are an online florist that have transformed the art of sending flowers, their bouquets are so stylish, seasonal and on-trend, and are delivered in a box that fits through your letterbox. There is nothing like getting home to find a box of gorgeous flowers waiting for you on your doormat!
This bouquet is called The Imogen and contains white lilies, monte azzuro alstroemerias, stocks and lisianthus, they describe it as looking like a midsummer nights sky! 

I hope you like my selection of flowers and feel inspired to go and treat yourself to a bouquet of gorgeous British flowers this weekend. Be creative with how you display them to change the style, try glass jars or jugs as an alternative vase, or single stems in small vases looks simple and elegant. Your options are endless but whatever you can guarantee they will look and smell beautiful.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Warehouse 25% off dresses

Whenever I look at Warehouse online I always see a few pieces that I would definitely buy, so when they have a great discount on, the temptation to 'add to basket' is even higher!!!!
Warehouse currently have 25% off dresses with the code DRESS25, and they have some REALLY nice styles, perfect for everyday, summer holidays or for summer are a few of my favourites;

Tempted??????? Me too..........

I don't know how long the offer is on for so don't wait around!

Happy Shopping

P.S. M & S currently have their 20% off school uniform offer on - here

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Shirt dresses with Laura Ashley

I am a huge fan of shirt dresses, they are such an easy flattering shape to wear, for so many different occasions, wether you button it up for work, or wear it casually with a few buttons undone with flat sandal for an easy sumer look. As far as dresses go, the shirt dress is a wardrobe staple, no longer confined to formal office wear, the shirt dress is modern and will become your go-to dress.

When Laura Ashley asked if I would like to choose a look from their new season collection, I was instantly drawn to this style and these gorgeous shirt dresses. As someone that is drawn to neutral colours, I decided to inject a bit of colour into my wardrobe for summer with these dresses.

I love the checked pattern of this dress, the fabric is beautiful and hangs perfectly, skimming all those bits we want it to skim, whilst the belted waist nips in your waist creating the perfect feminine silhouette.

One of my favourite things about this dress is the midi-length, this is my favourite length of dress to wear at the moment and perfectly on-trend. Another is the button up front, this allows you to change the look and feel of the dress by either unbuttoning a couple of buttons at the neck or a few of the bottom buttons for a more relaxed sassy look.

I paired this dress with a denim jacket for a dressed down style that I would wear for an everyday look, you could equally dress this shirt dress up with heels and a clutch bag for a special occasion, it is so wearable.

The red linen belted shirt dress is such a classic summer dress, again perfect for any occasion or the ideal holiday dress. The pleats down the front and back and the belted waist make this shirt dress super flattering, I instantly felt sophisticated and summery in it.

This linen dress is a great investment piece that you will wear year after year, as the classic shape will never date, and the options for dressing it up or down are endless, it would look fabulous teamed with navy accessories for a nautical style. This dress is now in the sale so a great buy and addition to your wardrobe.

I teamed both dresses with this gorgeous Laura Ashley woven straw bucket bag. I have used this bag literally all the time as it has plenty of room inside for all the paraphernalia that I carry around daily , and also comes with a detachable longer shoulder strap. The neutral colour is light and bright and works with any summer outfit, so would make a perfect holiday or everyday bag.

Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens (old) shop similar here

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Summer Holiday Shopping at La Redoute - 25% off

It's nearly summer holiday season and one of my favourite online retailers have got a massive 25% off their summer holiday shop with the code HEAT - I'm not sure how long this offer is valid so don't hang around with this one....... there are some great buys, from perfect essential dresses that you could wear for day or night, to fabulous skirts and shorts. La Redoute also have a children's and men's holiday shops with the 25% discount at the moment so you could do a stylish family holiday shop!

I could have selected even more, but here are some of my favourites (I've given the price before discount so there is then 25% off this price!);

Holiday wardrobe sorted!

I'd love to know if you buy anything so please tag me in your pictures on Instagram or Facebook or message me.

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