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.

Thanks for reading
Luisa
xx

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 weddings.......here 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
Luisa
xx

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

Thank you for reading
Luisa
x











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.

Thanks for reading
Luisa
xx








Sunday, 15 May 2016

J D Williams Summer Edit

I don't know about you but I find dressing for Summer difficult, the majority of shorts and skirts on the high street are just too short for my late thirties legs these days, vest tops can be too revealing.......and when you're chasing after a toddler or doing the school-run, you don't want something too flimsy that is going to flash too much flesh and leave you red-faced.

I met up with some friends a couple of days ago in the midst of the heatwave and our conversation turned to what do you actually wear in the summer, wether you've got issues with your tummy, legs, arms etc etc there seems to be no hiding place with summer fashion that allows you to feel comfortable, stylish and most importantly happy with what you are wearing.

When JD Williams asked if I would like to look at their summer collection I was pleasantly surprised, to be honest I didn't know that much about JD Williams before, other than they had a range with Lorraine Kelly, but they create stylish clothes for women of all shapes and sizes with an emphasis on quality, trend and individuality.
Their summer fashion is very wearable and a great price point, and they have a dedicated holiday shop where you could stock up without even having to leave your sofa!!

Here are a few of my favourites;


A maxi dress is a great Summer shape, perfect for holidays with sandals or dressed up with heels for an occasion. The cape print maxi dress taps into the bohemian trend perfectly with its pretty floral print, and is great if you want to conceal the tops of your arms or shoulders, wear with tan sandals for an effortless everyday look, or heels and a matching clutch for a special summer occasion.
The beaded maxi dress is so so pretty and prefect for a summer wedding, team with gold heels and a gold clutch bag for a glamorous bohemian look.





Summer dresses should be fun, fresh and flirty, which I think these three are. The off the shoulder style is a major trend this Summer so this bardot jersey dress from JD Williams is a great buy, perfect for holidays you could throw it on over your bikini or dress it up with a statement necklace and sandals for a chic evening look.
I love the pink of the floral dress, it's pretty without being too girly, I'd wear this with a leather jacket to toughen up the look. The spotty shirt dress has a vintage feel to it which I love, wear with ballet flats for a classic chic everyday look, or bold contrasting accessories for a more modern feel.





3. Moda in Pelle Rubertia Sandals £79.00

I think I need a pair of each of these in my summer wardrobe! The Lotus sandals are inspired by a style I love, the classic Menorcan sandal, these are a perfect everyday sandal which look great with summer dresses or denim jeans or shorts. The Moda in Pelle sandals are both gorgeous and could be easily dressed up or down for day or night.


I hope you like my selection, I'd love to know your thoughts......

Thanks for reading,
Luisa
xx

This post was written in collaboration with JD Williams

Thursday, 28 April 2016

H & M Discount - My Edit

H & M has to be one of my favourite stores, there is generally always something thats on my wishlist from there, and it just seems to be getting better!! Their prices are just so affordable, and even though the sizes are sometimes a little off (I can have to size up 2 or 3 sizes sometimes!) their designs are so good and always perfectly on-trend.

H & M currently have a promotion on online which is running until the 1st of May
So if you are thinking about adding to your summer wardrobe its definitely worth taking up this offer, their summer holiday section is great and they have some gorgeous accessories at the moment.

Here are some of my favourites (I could have gone on and on but this is an edited selection!);
















There is so much more that I love too......... I'd love to know if you buy anything!
Thanks for reading 
Luisa
x