Monday, 30 December 2013

Catching Up and a Sale Outfit!

Well I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I have eaten more than double of my body weight in food this Christmas! Hope that you all had a fabulous one with friends and family!



So now the sales have started and I will be honest I've not been tempted much at all, it's been a crazy time recently so my head is elsewhere (more to follow). However I did receive gift vouchers that will be put too use! Rather than bore you too much with words I'm going to link to a few bits and bobs that I would add into my wardrobe.....





Wear with......


And......
Not in the sale but a great buy at £12



and continue to wrap up warm in this great biker jacket...



and for a pop of colour I am in love with this snood!
River Island £10






Saturday, 21 December 2013

Nike Air Max

Just a quick post! It was my birthday this week and amongst my presents were these seriously cool Nike Air Max. Bright and funky like me, comfy and I'm wearing with pretty much 80% of my wardrobe.

More on my birthday in my next post!


Topshop Yellow Knit Jumper
Topshop Teddy Fur Coat
Topshop Twist Lock Bag
Next Grey Skinny Jeans with Faux Leather panel
Nike Air Max
Topshop Scarf


4 SLEEPS TIL CHRISTMAS!



Monday, 16 December 2013

Little Vikings and a Sequin Bow.

I love different, I love fashion, I love vintage and I love a bargain. That's why I now love Little Vikings! I first came across them whilst helping out at St Albans Fashion Show, which you can read about HERE and I've been gagging to pop in to them. I did just that last week and I am so glad I did, Heaven. I came away with the most adorable sequin bow at the cost of £3.50 and what's more I can use it on just about anything to perk up an outfit. For instance today I have revamped my bobble hat.




I also happened to pop in on the day I wore my sequin cardi (post HERE) and so I also had to share these lovely gems....




I couldn't not share these guys on the blog. It had to be done. What's more this Saturday coming they are holding a fab event in which you can get 15% off, a great chance to grab a unique Christmas present for someone. I'll share more info in my next post!



Thursday, 12 December 2013

Casual Checks

Another quick daily wear post, if you need inspiration or tips on daily outfits check out my Mummy Wardrobe post HERE!

A checked shirt can be worn for so many looks today I've layered over another long sleeve top and some topshop skinnys. My daughter asked me to wear my Dr Martens so I obliged!

Topshop shirt
Topshop statement necklace
Topshop skinnys
Primark jersey tunic
Dr materns boots


I've also just had gel nails done for the first time! If you're local to me in Luton, this lovely lady is worth checking out and starting at only £10 it's a bargain. Find her on Facebook



Oh and I've gone back to black (its not black but hubby reckons it is). The red in my hair was driving me insane and I feel much more "me" one colour. 

Bittersweet Chocolate by Live XXL if you wanted to know!



Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Daily Sequins

I'm on a roll, two posts in two days and here was me thinking I was slacking!

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will have seen my Festive Special blog, if not read it HERE! It has lots of tips on simple and easy ways to give your Christmas wardrobe a lift. Today I am practicing what I preach and putting a bit of "bling" into my daily wardrobe.

Take a logo t-shirt, some boyfriend jeans, Uggs (yes I still say these are fashionable) and a sequin cardigan and you are set to go. Oh and of course I have my favourite statement necklace in the mix too.

Tshirt- Next (As seen in my Blogger of May post HERE )
Jeans- Replay
Uggs
Sequin Cardigan- Florence and Fred (Tescos) - Old stock but they have lots of lovely bling on offer!
Necklace- Topshop

**Again not the best pic but fleeting snaps in mirrors is a regular occurrence now!**




Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Camouflage and Breton

Posts are pretty thin on the ground for me right now with Christmas on top of birthday's it's manic but stick with me! It does mean you'll have to put up with mugshots of me in the mirror complete with pink dressing gown. Sorry about that.

So anyway this is just a quick post but relevant.

Pinterest - if you've not already got the app, get it. Search anything you want inspiration for, in my case it's pretty much always clothes!

Breton stripes and camouflage layered up = warm, up to date and trendy in one. Perfect for a way to add interest into your everyday wardrobe. Add a statement necklace or scarf and bam you're ready.



Friday, 6 December 2013

New Mummy Daily Wardrobe

I got speaking with a friend today about the "nothing to wear" situation that hits you after having children. So I have come up daily outfit inspiration to work for a new mummy. If you are able to get a good basics set up sorted it makes getting dressed much easier when tiredness really wants to get in the way and you can't be bothered.

My loves.

*A good pair of boots. Leather is best as they will last longer and are waterproof. Uggs for ultimate comfort and warmth. Most are now weatherproof and as far as I am concerned they will remain in my wardrobe!

*High waisted jeans. My saviour. Holds tummy in.... need I elaborate on this?

*Boyfriend jeans. There are so many different styles, try a few.

*Slim fit jeans. If skinny isn't your thing and neither is boyfriend these could be the ones for you.

*Vests. Great for layering to keep you warm or cold, whichever your body decides. As lets face it your hormones will cause merry hell for you. Plus they aid you in breastfeeding.

*A parka. Matches everything and looks stylish.

*Bobble Hat. 1 its freezing right now and 2 it hides the fact that sometimes you don't have time to get your hair done.

*Jumpers. Pick something colourful or with texture to add interest without feeling like you have bothered

*Cardigans. Not as dated as they may sound. After all if you are breastfeeding they are practical.

*Shirts. For the same reason as above. Think checks, plaids or spots!

*Lipstick and mascara may be the last thing on your mind but Mum used to always say to me to pop these on and I would feel and look better. She was right. Even a pale gloss if you can't bare the thought of brights.

*Leggings. Not the see through variety please, no one wants to see your knickers. You can get some great hold you in types which scream "jeans day off" worn with a oversize jumper or cardi you have comfort.











Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Little Dapper Boy

My son would appear to be following Mummy's route of fashion and right now he is loving bow ties and ties. (He want's to look just like Daddy going to work) It's pretty easy to find what he loves right now on the high street as it's such an on trend look. I'm even considering a bow tie myself for Christmas!




the boys got style

Friday, 29 November 2013

My Christmas Outfit Wishlist

Eeeek it's almost here and that means my birthday is just around the corner too! I've thinking about what I will be wearing and have put together some inspiration for you if you are stuck for ideas.

Chirstmas Eve.
Now if you are anything like me then this is a manic day. Running around getting the last bits sorted and perhops even popping to the church with the little ones. So for me jeans, jumper and boots are a no brainer.

The jeans are on offer right now for £20 so snap up a bargain!


Christmas Eve




Christmas Day

I am really into sequins right now and I'm also into a statement item that can be worn more than once. This skirt fits the bill perfectly and again it's in the half price sale. Worn with the black top gives it the smarter look but worn with the cable knit jumper you have a bit more comfort but still look glam. Make up and nails has to have a splash of red, it is after all Christmas Day.

The leopard print shoes may be too much for some people with the clash of knit and sequin but in my eyes it's perfection! 

Christmas Day

Jumper * Skirt * Top * Heels * Pumps


Boxing Day

Perhaps you have family to visit today, this is a bit more laid back but still dressy enough to be celebrating! 


Boxing Day


Kimono * Trousers *  Top * Cuff * Pumps


As for the relaxing part of Christmas it would be wrong not to mention a onesie. Ultimate comfort is offered with this super soft Next all in one.



Thursday, 28 November 2013

Update with a Faux Fur stole.

I mentioned in my Festive Special (here) how a touch of faux fur is an instant update to the wardrobe and here's a brief example. The faux fur stole isn't just for the glam evening events, it's the perfect way to update a jacket and in my case my Mango herringbone one.

It's not the thickest of jacket's so over Autumn it was perfect (seen here and below), but with the temperatures dropping a touch of fur and my biker jacket layered underneath it keeps me warm! My stole is off another jacket that's sleeveless but you will find many similar on the high street. Topshop have two amazing ones that I'm ignoring.

Outfit with fur stole-

Jacket - Mango
Shirt - H&M
Biker Jacket - Topshop
Faux leather leggings - H&M
Boots - Clarks
Bag - Topshop




Without Fur-

Jacket as before
Jumper- Topshop 
Jeans - Topshop
Bag- French Connection




Today's outfit-

Jeans- Topshop
Jumper- Topshop
Scarf- Topshop


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Mummy's Wondersuit

This is a brave post for me, it's not every day that I flaunt my butt in a swimsuit on my blog and I won't be doing this anytime again soon. However I learnt a lesson...

Everyone knows that when you go to a spa that you take a swimsuit. Not me. I forgot. Two years ago my now Step-Mothers hen weekend was a trip to the lovely Maldon Spa, one issue I had no swimsuit. A quick stop in New Look at the nearest retail park on the way and I was the proud owner of what can only be described as Minnie Mouse's swimsuit for when her red one is in the wash. It was pink polka dots, complete with bow, cheap and what's more it was age 13-14. A generous 13-14 I may add. So despite the fact that I looked like an oversize teen, I did have my swimsuit. Oh and new flip flops as yes I forgot I would need those too.

Fast forward to now and although I've had no holiday, I have taken the kids swimming. So when I got chatting with the lovely Natalie at Beach Cafe I was intrigued to take a browse. The ranges that they have are extensive and whilst I am under no illusion that I would not resemble the image of the model on my screen, the way that you are able to shop covered all areas. ie me. Small Chest (sob). Flatten stomach (bigger sob). This Seafolly variety caught my eye not just because the model has amazing hair, but the title lured me in. Seafolly Goddess Boyleg Swimsuit.

So when this beautifully gift wrapped box* arrived I had one hope in mind, I was to be a goddess. Perhaps pinning too much on a title but us Mums have to live in hope with some things!



Did it deliver? YES! It really did make me feel good, I felt comfortable and what's more it flattered (in my eyes!) the areas that Natalie's website said it would! So there was only one thing for it, a few hours at the Verulamium Spa with the Husband. Just one issue we didn't want to do anything for the rest of the day.




So while I may no longer have the 'pert' body I did once upon a time ago and I have extra lumps elsewhere, I have learnt a valuable lesson. If you dress in the right fit you can feel good about yourself and if you feel confident in yourself you're going to pull off something that you may have thought you couldn't.

I rename this swimsuit, "Mummy's Wondersuit" Oh and yes after I took these quick snaps I removed all my make up so I could sweat it out in the steam room. I'm not that anal over make up. Fetching though huh!



*PR Gifted 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Topshop Pinafore. I'm not giving you up!

I wore this Topshop Denim Pinafore to death over the summer period and I'm not ready to give up on it yet so I'm just layering the hell out of it! Whilst I realise that I'm at great risk of looking like an oversized toddler, I've also reached a plateau in buying clothes. This Topshop Pinafore has pockets, did I mention that? I love pockets, perfect for lipsticks.

So anyway there's nothing I need and yes yes I hear you 'us women never NEED we want'  but honestly I'm a tad bored right now. Ok yes I'll admit I won a gold sequin jacket on eBay but that doesn't count and if you read my last blog post HERE you will understand my reasoning. Plus it was a bargain. 

Make up however seems to be grabbing a whole lot of my attention again and I've gone back to my wedding choice of foundation Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation which is heaven. It's quite a creamy texture and a little goes a long way to give a flawless look. I'm also really liking the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner, where the nib is so fine it's much easier to get a flick!


Shirt H&M
Dress Topshop
Necklace Topshop
Boots Clarks






Friday, 22 November 2013

A Festive Special

When I was asked by Amy from Like Love Want Need to do a guest blog for her not only was I flattered, I was then stumped. What to write!? Amy suggested festive and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner it made perfect sense. So this is what I have come up with. It's a bit different to my usual posts but I have created this with the intentions that it will become a post that you can look back on for inspiration.

When it comes to updating your look for the festive season it's easier than you think. Sometimes all you need to do is change the way you wear your hair or make up and sometimes it's just about adding one or two new items to the wardrobe. Whatever your budget you can make it work whether the store you choose is designer or second hand. All you need is the inspiration first so you know what you are looking for and this is where Pinterest comes in!

Make up.

One of the easiest and often cheapest ways for you to update and change your whole look. If you don't wear lipsticks, why not try a pop of colour and keep everything else very simple. Red comes in a insane amount of shades and is as festive as it gets! If that's too much try a pale red gloss.

Similar for the eyes, if you are someone who loves your lips to be the focus, switch it around and go for a simpler lip and a smoky eye or an exaggerated eyeliner flick. For those of you that are never without make up why not try some sparkle, I am really loving gold on the eyes right now. For a big night out don't be afraid of some false lashes, even the most natural ones can really open up your face.

Remember department stores are full of makeup counters and booking with one can teach you a great new technique. Don't let yourself feel pressured into buying though! If you are not sure then walk away and see how you feel after a walk about the shops!





Hair

Next up is your hair. This is perhaps not a daily thing you would change, especially if you have kiddies to chase around but for a night out how you wear your hair is going to complete your look just as much as nail varnish and make up. Again if you normally wear it one way, switch it up and go for the opposite. Hair always down and straight, looks beautiful when you have a curl added or perhaps you never wear your hair up, try curling it and sweeping it up. If a visit to the salon isn't in the budget then study YouTube, there are some brilliant tutorials on there.

If you are like me and have a shorter style it is possible to look different. I quite liked to smooth my crop down for a night out as I love to play about with make up and often with shorter styles the cut makes a statement enough as it is. However I do love the look of some accessories that you can buy and who says that they are just for those blessed with long hair, just keep the outfit a bit more simple with something fussier on the hair dept to avoid looking 'too' much.



chirstmas hair


Clothes

I personally like to keep my going out outfits pretty simple in colour but more exciting in texture so most are black, gold or cream, that way you can really play with accessories. If you are a bit strapped for cash then look at adding some glitz to what you already own. A pair of killer red heels matched with red lipstick will really stand out against a simple black dress. Sequins is high on my list right now and this time of year is perfect for it day or night. Sequins work so well with denim that I can't help but drool over sequin jackets in particular. They look just as amazing over a tight fitted simple dress as they do with a plain top and boyfriend jeans. The perfect wardrobe pick me up!



all that glitters



A faux fur jacket is also a must have this time of year, much the same as the sequin jacket that I would like it's wearable day and night. If a full on faux fur jacket isn't your thing then have a play about with a faux fur stole to update your current jacket. Also think about swapping your normal leggings for faux leather ones to update to the winter trend.



faux fur


It would be rude for me not to even skirt around the Fair Isle look when we are discussing festive times. It has to be done! Boden and Next have hit mixed up the look great and who can resist some festive fun socks!

Next Snowflake Jumper
Next FairIsle Jumper
Topshop Gingerbread Socks
Boden Fairisle Knit



fair isle



Accessories

I'm not one for much on the Accessories front and that's something I am working on! I prefer to have a statement necklace or even just diamante earrings in, but for a night out at Christmas some bling has to be done! I love my Next silver glitter heels and they come out every time I want some sparkle added to an outfit.

Bags have become quite art deco recently and the high street has taken much inspiration from the catwalk. If I was buying a new evening bag it would have to be a box clutch, pure chic and no floppy situation going on under your arm.

A statement flat is also big news for this season and it wouldn't be right to not mention them, with it being the festive season something shiny works great. Not only does it dress up jeans and a jumper they work great for anyone who wants a dressy shoe for an evening out but can't take the pain or balance of a heel.

To instantly dress up your daily jeans combo look a chunky necklace is a must, layered over your blouse, tshirt, shirt or even a evening dress it gives you your moneys worth in versatility.

Luckey Dune Pump
River Island Gold Stripe Box Clutch
Topshop Beaded Oversize Flower Necklace
J Crew Shimmer Crystal Earrings
Next Silver Peep Toe Heels

christmas accessories



So there we have it, a quick post to update your festive wardrobe!



Tuesday, 19 November 2013

What I'm loving right now.


my love list!





Short but simple today. Make up which has staying power that impresses me to the max and keeping warm in my cosies!

1-Bobbi Brown 24K Longwear Shadowstick
2- Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink Longwear Liner
3-Topshop jumper now OOS but any chunky knit makes the list!
4-Grey Check Pyjama Set
5-Next PomPom Hat


Monday, 18 November 2013

Anniversary

The husband and I escaped North to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary so I've been MIA on the blog. I'll be back on track asap!