Dream summer wardrobe moodboard

Dream Summer Wardrobe

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“The sun has got his hat on, he’s coming out to play…”

I am loving this sunshine despite the fact it’s still actually quite chilly in the shade and I haven’t yet ventured out without my coat.  Even so this beautiful weather is making me crave hot summer days and long summer evenings on the beach.  As I’m not yet brave enough to get my legs out I have created a little moodboard of dream items to add to my summer wardrobe.

Ethical Summer Wardrobe

I am rather desperate for a pair of sandals and TOMS have got a really beautiful range of sandals this year.  As a company they have come a long way from their roots whilst still staying true to their ethos, for each pair of shoes bought they give a pair to child in need. I love this company for a million reasons and I cannot wait to get my hands feet on a pair of the sandals.

I can’t go wrong with a good skirt and People Tree have some really pretty patterns (they’ve teamed up with Orla Kiely, enough said!) and colours, I will definitely be getting some of these over the next few months!  I know I have mentioned Reformation in quite a few posts over the last few weeks, for which I am sorry (not sorry, I am borderline obsessed with the this company), but they really do have the best selection of dresses I have seen from an ethically minded company.  Although they are a little out of my price range I will continue to stare, and drool, over their delightful range of beautifulness (hey, it’s a “Dream Summer Wardrobe” right?)

I am a real sucker for a floral pattern and a kimono style top (I’m even wearing one now – seriously) they are just perfect for covering up a little when it’s hot without overheating. They also make a pair of skinnies look a little bit more interesting without having to try to too hard (something I live by!).  This Annie Greenabelle kimono is quite possibly one of the most perfect things I have ever clapped eyes on, and I have a feeling I will be wearing it before the month’s out.  The floral sleeveless shirt is by Komodo, an ethical brand I have just stumbled upon. I really love the colours and patterns in this shirt, if their future ranges continue in this theme they will have a very loyal customer in me!
Finally, the beautiful Breton striped top.  As you may know I get weak at the knees at the sight of a classic Breton, and this contrast yoke top from Seasalt sent me into 60s/French Riviera stupor. The ‘saffron’ coloured yolk screams summer, but with it being a cotton knit it’s perfect for Spring or a slightly cooler summer afternoon. I love this top more than words can say and I hope to find it folded neatly in my chest of drawers in the coming weeks!

After all that I am sufficiently summery and desperate to chase the ice cream man down the street.  How are your summer wardrobes shaping up?   What are your favourite  pieces for the season?

{This post was written whilst listening to Francoise Hardy and eating a very juicy mango}


A winter wardrobe refresh

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I’m back in Cornwall for a few a weeks and although I used to complain about never being able to find any clothes I liked here, this week has seen a complete 360 and I’m making up for lost time! OOPS.

I have always had terrible trouble finding a pair of jeans that fit. With wide hips and a little waist either I have to suffer some severe thigh crushage, or a hugely gaping waist. Neither of these are particularly attractive so I have just given up wearing trousers. My mother and I trawled around Truro trying on every pair of jeans imaginable, honestly at least 12 pairs of jeans were squidged over my child bearers, and after three days of jeans trying i finally found a pair that fit almost perfectly. “Where?” I hear you ask… M&S, I kid you not. Black skinny jeggings that fit on the hips and are snug around the waist, and I went down a size, always a bonus! ha.

Winter buys

I have needed a new Breton striped top for a while now. My old faithful is just that and is starting to look a little straggly around the edges. This striped waffle top is from New Look, and is quite a loose fit through the body but snug on the arms. It’s a gorgeous fit and the perfect, cost effective way to update my wardrobe.

The dress was actually bought for my mum but she didn’t like the fit. I however, loved it. It’s a loose, comfy fit but with a tie belt to give it a bit of shape. Although I’ve only had it for a few days, I’ve already worn it twice! Once with a pair of ankle boots and oversized knitted cardi for a beach cafe coffee, and the second with a pair of block heeled pumps for dinner with the girls.

I don’t know about you but I find ankle boots quite a tricky find.  All the ones I love are too high on the leg which cut me off in the wrong place and my long legs get replaced by little fat sausages!!! The best trend for me this year is the cut out ankle boots.  They are still high on the ankle but with the cut out sides you still get the shape of the leg, and they make legs appear longer. I found these gorgeous ones in River Island, with an almond toe they even make my size 7s look dainty!

Finally to add a little bit of colour I went for a tinted lip balm (perfect for chapped winter lips) and deep red nail varnish.

A really should stop shopping now, I’ve just had confirmation of parcel having been delivered to my London flat…uh oh! Sorry bank.  But a Winter wardrobe always needs an update, no?

Winter Wardrobe WishList

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Winter wish list

Okay, so I may have a few things on this already (the bag is currently in the post hurtling it’s way towards my apartment, and the hat was an anniversary present from the chap), the Topshop shirt is also in the pipe line, by that I mean I have it sitting in my online shopping basket waiting for me to click ‘CHECKOUT’.

I really love the tube skirt look, I love the versatility of it and how such a simple skirt can be worn in so many different ways. Dress it up with a shirt and heels for a smart occasion, or wear with a slouchy tee or jumper for a relaxed day look.  I’ve been looking for a midi skirt for a while but could never find the right one, but I quite like the look of this Topshop chevron patterned one and am super tempted…  I am a little hippy though, so I’m not sure what it’ll look like, but I think I might just give it a go anyway!

The ankle boots I’ve had my eye on for a while.  They’re from DUO, a shoe store that specializes in different fittings.  They do 21 different calf fittings in their tall boots, and 3 different foot widths in all their shoes and ankle boots.  Made of high quality, Italian leather it’s such a nice treat to get quality shoes and boots that fit you perfectly, finally a company that realises that us gals are all shaped a little differently!!!  I have fairly narrow feet and always find shoes an issue but these ankle boots are a perfect fit! The grey suede is super soft and the block heel means that even I can walk them, I’m not sure I can resist them much longer, I’m talking my self into them just writing this.

I’ve also got really into lipstick in the last few months and am trying to make myself buy more so I have a wider range to choose from in the morning.  I’m yet to try a MAC lippy but I only here good things so I think that may be my next purchase.  Any suggestions?

I really should stop writing before I talk myself into buying every item on this wishlist.

Too late, I just bought the skirt and top…

Dream outfits for dream travels

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It has been a dream of the chap and mine to hire an old open top classic American car and drive all around the USA stopping at all the quirky roadside attractions. Although it may seem like a far off dream after the cold and grey of London today I sat down a started to roughly plan the first part of our journey; Califonia. From giant shoes, 40ft roadside statues, an office shaped like a bulldozer and a PEZ museum we are set to have a very busy time in California. But no dream journey would be complete without a couple of dream outfits…

Dream outfits for dream travels

I cannot wait for the time to come when we’re on the open road, with a bag full of dresses and sandals, my camera, and the chap. Roll on dream road trip…

Dream outfits for dream journeys

Summer wedding outfits

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Summer wedding outfits
This weekend, the chap and I attended his cousins wedding.  I was a little nervous about going as I hadn’t really met many members of his family, but it was all fine.  It was a beautiful wedding, the bride looked stunning, and the reception was brilliant, and his family made me feel very welcome.  The food was divine, alcohol flowed heavily, and there was lots of laughter, dancing and bubble blowing (mostly me and SJ’s little cousins).  It was the perfect weekend, and a great chance to get out of busy, miserable London!
Wedding outfit shopping was a stressful affair, and I will never learn not to buy everything a few days before!  I have attempted to piece together everything we wore, I couldn’t find an exact replica of the shoes, but the ones above give you a rough idea (although they were peep toe, had two cross over straps and weren’t a wedge…).  On the advice of my new and amazing hairdresser I slept with my hair in rags (socks) the night before and went to sleep feeling like Amy March.  The result however, was perfect; thick, bouncing curls which  I pinned into a half up/half down Sixties-esque do, with curtains (I’m attempting to finally grow my fringe out!).  It was a really lovely weekend.
Congratulations to Christine and Mark. ❤