23 June 2014

Holiday organisation!

6 weeks until we are off! Counting down.....

I am well previous when it comes to this sort of thing! I am not off my hols until August but the cogs are already whirring with regards to what I will take! I am ruthless! It's not capsule packing as you would know it but the whole content of my suitcase is planned within an inch of it's life!! So my list starts off with what I will wear in the evenings first. So I present you with the 6 dresses that I am taking......

Left Mango dress see me wearing it here (current)
Right River Island dress, see me wearing it here (think this is a beach cover up really, so may go over a bikini later in the week!)
Primark necklace over RI dress (last year)
Zara gold sandals (ancient but still winners!)

QED maxi see me wearing it here (c/o T K Maxx, old)
New Look tusk pendant (last year)
Zara sandals (as before)

Zara white maxi, see me wearing it here (holiday purchase 3 years ago!)
New Look silver slides (new purchase!)
H&M necklace (last year)

 All Saints dress, see it on here (c/o T K Maxx, old)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals (current)
River Island chain mail clutch (ancient)
Silver belt via eBay (recent)

 Mango one shoulder dress, see me wearing it here (last year)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals (current)
Primark clutch (via eBay)

Next up are the shoes, bags and accessories. I will only pack 3 pairs of shoes and wear one pair! 

Kurt Geiger Kad's (current)
New Look silver slides (new purchase)
Havaianas gold (old)
Zara gold sandals (ancient)

The bags! The raffia bag is perfect for poolside and I use as hand luggage, then there are 3 bags for evening when I shall only be carrying phone, lippy and room key......well I live in hope!

Warehouse raffia bag (c/o eBay last year)
Beaded pink, black, white clutch (Primark c/o eBay new purchase!)
H&M purse (old)
River Island chain mail purse (old)

Not forgetting hats and shades!

Primark hat (current)
Rayban Aviators
Rayban Wayfarers

Few bits of jewellery to bling things up! I never take any of the good stuff.....paranoid of losing anything sentimental or valuable! I will probably fling a scarf in too!

New Look tusk pendant (last year)
Ice perspex watch (old)
Primark spike necklace (last year)
H&M chunky crystal necklace (last year)
H&M neon bracelets (lots of other bits added)

I always take a trusty denim jacket just in case!

Warehouse jacket (old)

And so onto the breakfast/poolside outfits

Gap grey dress (outlet, old)
H&M dress (new purchase)
Havaianas (old)
M&S bikini (outlet, old)

Primark dress (ancient, mullet hem!)
H&M playsuit (old)
H&M bikini (old)
Havaianas (old)

Uniqlo playsuit (old)
Next strapless dress (ancient)
Ondademar bikini (c/o T K Maxx, old)
New Look silver slides (new purchase)

Primark pink stripe t-shirt (current)
Next boob tube (ancient)
Ondademar bikini (T K Maxx, old)
Topshop denim shorts (ancient)

Obviously I reckon a few more bits and pieces will get smuggled in.....the sales are set to hit us full force before then so there is bound to be an addition or 2?! I do also seem to make a purchase whilst on holiday so I need to think about leaving room for those too! Although looking over what I intend to pack has made me realise that a lot of what I take isn't actually new, they are mostly old favorites that I've had for years. Let's face it....our summers are generally pretty dismal and so the high summer bits only see the light of day a couple of times a year so they still look pristine and of course we add to what we already have each year too!

Onto the usual round up of outfits from the past few days.

Zara top (current) 
Zara boyfriend jeans (last year)
Kurt Geiger Madison (current)

Gap dress (ancient)
New Look silver slides (new)
H&M necklace 

Zara sweatshirt t (last year, holiday purchase)
Mango jeans (old)
New Look silver sliders (new)
H&M necklace (last year)

Whistles sweater (gift)
New Look boyfriend shorts (last year)
New Look silver slides (recent purchase)

Mango dress (this season)
Zara sandals (ancient)

So.....are you super organised and like me plan way in advance or do you fling it all in at the last minute and hope for the best! I always pack for all 3 of us and split our stuff across cases so that if a case goes missing we all have stuff to last a few days! I like to be prepared for pretty much any scenario!! What about you?

I do love reading and responding to your comments!

See you soon!

Michelle xx


16 June 2014

A couple of classics!

Time for a couple of classics! The good old white shirt teamed with a denim skirt! The inspiration behind the denim skirt came from Susie So So again! So sorry Sue....I am constantly stealing your style!! I went on a mission to find a denim skirt to suit me and came back with a pencil skirt style which I wasn't quite sure how to wear once I got it home (which I probably why I only own a couple of skirts!!). Anyway I turned to Pinterest as usual and it all became obvious! I have also been struggling to style an oversized white shirt I bought from Gap awhile ago but it turns out they were the perfect partners!

I love the way that Olivia Palermo is wearing her shirt here so I decided to try this out with my skirt!

My take on the white shirt and denim skirt combo! Please excuse the oh-so serious face and the knobbly knees!

Gap shirt (current)
Gap skirt (current, sale)
Topshop sandals (last year)
Mulberry Araline bag (old)
River Island cuff (current)

Here is a close up of the Gap skirt it was only £9.99 in store but it's £22.99 online?!! I am rather pleased with it now I've figured out what works best with it on me!

I rather like this style of denim skirt also from Gap but I shall hold tight and see if I can bag this one in the sale too!

Am I the only one who find it difficult styling a skirt? I literally only have 3 in my possesion! Dresses are so much easier! This whole exercise has help me out with another pencil skirt (of the black pleather variety) that has been hanging unworn in the wardrobe for 9 months! Any other skirt styling tips much appreciated!!

A round up of what I've been wearing this past week! Kimono gets it's first airing on a girls night out!

Primark kimono (current)
H&M black halterneck top (ancient)
Zara coated chinos (current)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (current via The Outnet)

Mango top (current)
Gap original fit jeans (last year)
Birkenstock Arizonas (current via Amazon)

Another cricket match....another chance to dress up!

Clement Ribiero dress (via T K Maxx last year)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals (current)
Balenciaga bag (old)

Alexander Wang t-shirt (via Fashion Bloodhound, recent)
Pull & Bear jeans (current)
Birkenstock Arizona (via Amazon, current)

Loving the kimono....2nd wear in a week! Worth every penny of £12!

Primark kimono (current)
Topshop cami (old)
Gap original fit jeans (last year)
Topshop sandals (last year)
Mulberry Araline (old, outlet)

Basking in the glorious sunshine!

Zara top (last year, holiday purchase)
H&M boyfriend jeans (last year)
Kurt Geiger Madison espadrilles (current)

Whistles dress (old)
Birkenstock Gizeh's (gifted by the lovely Thrift My Style)
Jack Wills tote (last year)

I am well and truly sorry for the lack of a post last week.....I blame a bit of bloggers block and the world cup....it meant the fact that my laptop went AWOL for a few days! Normal service is now resumed and I shall be back in a couple of days!

As I always say....I do love reading and responding to your comments!

See you soon!

Michelle xx


4 June 2014

My sandal style steal!

I pinned this picture on Pinterest a while back. Last week I suddenly realised I had a gap in the wardrobe for some everyday kind of sandals. With sandals I would normally go completely flat for everyday or with a heel for an evening but I needed something in-between! I was hankering after something in black and I instantly remembered loving these!

I had an occasion where I wanted to wear a dress last week but I was missing the elusive black sandals so once this picture popped up on Pinterest the deal was sealed!

Now unfortunately my budget wouldn't quite stretch to Isabel Marant but I found this excellent homage from Carvela/Kurt Geiger called Kad

They come in white as well and are reduced from £95 to £59, as I think style may have surfaced first last year. There are only limited sizes on the Kurt Geiger website but having trawled the net I found they still have a good range of sizes on Shoeaholics. They are also stocked at House of Fraser and Debenhams.

How wonderful do the real thing look in white! 

Mine on me!

My other little purchase this week thanks to the wonderful Susie So so and more recently the lovely Donna at 'I won't wear sludge brown'. A kimono wasn't something that was on my radar and to be honest I have been avoiding buying anything jacket-like as I have banned myself from adding anymore to my collection! However I saw this fab little number in Primark and I just could not leave it behind! It was just £12 and I cannot wait to wear it.....come on sunshine where are you?! It goes so perfectly with this look, featuring the new sandals too!

A close up!

A look back at what I wore over half term and into this week! Starting with at stay at home outfit thanks to the miserable half term weather!

Gap stripe top (A/W 13/14 Sale)
Gap real straight jeans (sale, last year)
Converse trainers (ancient)

Zara jacket (last S/S 13)
H&M black t-shirt (old)
H&M boyfriends (Last S/S 13)
Kurt Geiger Laurel's (current)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie (current via The Outnet)

A chance to dress up a bit for a lovely day watching the hubby play in a charity cricket match!

Zara jacket (old)
H&M top (old)
Gap skinnies (old)
Jaeger gold pumps (old)
Mulberry Bayswater (old)
New Look necklace (S/S 13)

A comfy kinda Sunday look thanks to a little smattering of sun!

Pull & Bear dress (current)
Birkenstock Gizeh's (gifted by the lovely Thrift My Style)
New Look pendant (S/S 13)

Back to the school run!

French Connection top (last year via eBay outlet)
Primark cream skinnies (S/S 13)
Birkenstock Gizeh's (gifted by the lovely Thrift My Style)

Gap blazer (last year)
H&M kids top (last year)
Gap real straight (last year)
Converse trainers (ancient)

Superdry leather jacket (old c/o T K Maxx)
Pull & Bear sweatshirt (current)
H&M black ripped jeans (recent sale purchase)
Converse trainers (ancient)

Just as I start buying the high summer stuff the sun disappears! How typical! Here's hoping we will get to see some better weather this weekend so the sandals and kimono get an airing!! Is there anything you have purchased recently for which you are desperate to wear but is weather dependent?? 

As always I love hearing your thoughts and responding to them! 

Have a great week everyone!

Michelle xx