20 September 2020

My Autumn Accessory Essentials

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As I've run through my transitional clothes and footwear choices over the past few weeks I thought I would share the accessories I've been reaching for (my straw basket bags have been relegated to storage until next year!). I'm styling all of the bags with the one dress - leopard print is the perfect backdrop to showcase them all! The dress is H&M and is sadly no longer available - however, as usual I have found an alternative here. I've also added footwear that I'd use with each bag at the moment. If you've read my last couple of posts you'll know the colour palette is all pretty neutral - no change with the bags either!

I've had a few questions about this bag so I thought I'd start with it.......

& Other Stories bag
Odyssey Greek sandals


10 September 2020

My Autumn Footwear Essentials

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I am by no means ready to get my boots out (or coats for that matter) for autumn yet. I tend to hold off for as long as possible because once it starts it feels like winter goes on forever! I truly believe that it's your footwear and accessories that really take your outfit to the next level. 

Now my favourite shoes to funk up my mum taxi uniform are my leopard print Vans. These are brilliant to slip in too as you fly out the door if you are running late for the school run - no fuss as no laces to contend with and they bring a certain something to a rather plain shirt and jeans combo - see my outfits this week below. I've have heard the Vans are back in stock after being sold-out for a while so here you go!


6 September 2020

Autumn Wardrobe Additions

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Following on from my last post on my autumn capsule wardrobe this time I'm sharing a few pieces that I have purchased since mid-July with my eyes firmly fixed on things that would take me right through to coats and woollies weather. I think I've filled a few gaps and added a little colour and a bit of interest to my existing staples.

I'm going to kick of with an accessory which has already (in my humble opinion) elevated many of my recent outfits! This chunky silver chain......

H&M necklace - similar here

I have my daughter to thank for this addition which is from H&M. She heads straight for the Divided section.....that's her Mecca at the moment! Anyway I noticed the necklace on display and after I linked one very similar in this blog post here I wasted no time in taking it to the checkout. It was £4.99 and I feel like I've already had my monies worth out of it! If you buy just one thing this season if you are a lover of statement jewellery then I would absolutely recommend this chain.


1 September 2020

Transitional Wardrobe Capsule

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I've been planning my Autumn capsule wardrobe for the past couple of weeks. I've had a rail up in my room and there has been plenty of faffing with it. It's been great to see the pieces hung up as it's made me realise that all the items are the core pieces of my wardrobe that spend about 75% of the year being my staples! They mainly get worn during spring and autumn but there are a few things that I draw on all year around. 

This is my phase one - I'm pretty confident we will enjoy an extended summer and have some lovely warm temps throughout September. So this is my plan for the next six weeks or so. I expect to be be swapping in a few warmer jackets and knits by mid October (I definitely recall  the weather being pretty good for the last few October half term weeks!). There are still a few things left hung in my wardrobe in case I don't reach for some of the things on my rail.....there may be an item or two that is a little ambitious for the coming weeks - who knows?

Without further ado I'll start with t-shirts. A plain black tee from Weekday and that transitional must have......a Breton! The Weekday t-shirt is a firm favourite I prefer a cap sleeve to an elbow length sleeve (which I always roll up shorter anyway!). I bought this tee this time last year (when I was in Copenhagen for my birthday). It's one of their core basics so they still do it in a variety of colours. I've worn it a lot! The neck is slightly higher than a normal crew and along with the cap sleeve which I think makes it an elevated little basic.

Weekday t-shirt


2 August 2020

How I plan my outfits

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To watch me chat through how I plan my outfits - watch here

I will warn you in advance - this is nothing ground breaking.......it's very basic! But I think we all have those days where we look in our wardrobes and although they are crammed full of clothes we feel we have nothing to wear. I like to plan my outfits in advance as it means I hardly ever have those days.

There are only a couple of factors I take into consideration. The first is what is on the agenda (I plan the day before!). At the moment it's the school holidays so I'm either on mum taxi duty or we might go for a bike ride or somewhere outdoors for lunch. As I have a teenage daughter .....shopping is often high on her list of 'activities'. Because we are still being cautious about socialising due to lockdown our lifestyle is a lot simpler than usual so my style is very reflecting the slower pace of life. Whatever we are doing comfort is key!

The perfect example is yesterday's outfit.

Zara top, 8 years old
Zara jeans, current
Odyssey sandals
Bag via eBay 


26 July 2020

Making the best of my wardrobe - occasion wear

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Whist preparing my last blog post on summer dresses it occurred to me that should I be invited to an occasion that I already have a few of pieces in my wardrobe that I could transform into occasion wear. I'd prefer to shop my own wardrobe than to splurge on a new outfit that in all likelihood I wouldn't get too many opportunities to wear. I'd be hard-pressed to get #30wears out of some of my dressier dresses so just by tweaking them by adding a jacket and some accessories means I will get some extra wears out of them! Occasions like weddings, christenings and parties are lovely experiences and my way of thinking is that I prefer to be able to buy a more generous gift because I haven't had to shell out for a new outfit!

I have a couple of colourful dresses that I think really lend themselves to occasion wear. The first is this red Whistles dress. I prefer to wear this with flat sandals as I do like a maxi dress to sweep the floor..... for an occasion I would go with gold. Metallics accessories can really elevate a look I believe!


19 July 2020

Summer holiday dress capsule

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I have been trying to nail the perfect summer holiday capsule for a few years now. Typical for me to finally pull it all together in the year we have chosen to stay grounded! Anyway! In case you are going abroad and looking for some packing ideas......or you just fancy having a peek at what I would have taken I thought I'd share it anyway. There is nothing new to see here - all of the dresses are from previous seasons so sadly I can't share links to them. However I have found some alternatives - just in case I had to replace any of these! 

First of all though.....the item that has really bought this whole edit together is the addition of these little sandals to my wardrobe. They go with every single one of the dresses......which make me so happy as it really means I'm trimming down the amount I pack - I can take the absolute minimum!

Greek sandals via Etsy


12 July 2020

Staycation capsule packing!

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As the school holidays are looming and I imagine lots of us will be staycationing instead of holidaying abroad this year so I thought I'd share some holiday packing tips! I'll admit that I find it more of a challenge trying to cover all British weather eventualities. But hey....it is what it is and we are lucky to be going away. I'm looking for ways to make the best of my wardrobe.

As usual I have also done a video where I talk you through this rail - see here.


8 July 2020

Styling my last 3 dress purchases!

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I've had a request to do a piece on my summer dresses. I'll warn you now....this post is fairly low on words but photo heavy! If you'd rather hear me chat through these you can watch the IGTV to accompany this post here

When I had a sift through my wardrobe I realised it would be a mammoth task to share them all at once - I have about 20. So I am breaking them down in to smaller categories. To be fair it's been a great exercise to review this section of my wardrobe. What I have surmised it that I have a ton of holiday/hot weather dresses i.e lots of strappy and dressier numbers. However I discovered that I'm low on everyday dresses - I need some with sleeves for those cooler days! I did quite a cull of dresses when I did my Spring/Summer switchover and I've now identified and rectified the gaps. I've decided to start by styling my last three dress purchases with a variety of jackets, footwear and accessories. Expect to see lot of items on repeat - just to show how versatile they can be!

Now the first fo the dresses was actually bought at the end of December 2019. Many of my dresses have been purchased whilst we've been on holiday!). It's from Zara (all the best dresses are aren't they?!) so sadly it's no longer available......however I have found a few alternatives! 

Zara dress no longer in stock alternatives from the following:
River Island - the most similar and reduced in the sale!
Mango - with a longer sleeve (I always push mine up anyway!)
H&M - a very purse friendly option


2 July 2020

My TK Maxx finds and tips on how to shop there!

If you fancy watching me talk through these pieces - click here

Over the years I have had a lot of luck in TK Maxx and whenever I share the bits and pieces I've found on the blog or Instagram I usually get left a comment along the lines of 'I can never find anything good in there'. Well I'm hoping to inspire you to have a good look next time you swing by or even have a mooch online. This isn't a sponsored post.....my hope is that you just find it useful. A bit like eBay it helps to know your brands when it comes to TK Maxx and look with an open mind - just see what you can find! Tip no. 1 head straight to the Gold Label department (instore and online) for the big tag designer items such as Chloe and Stella McCartney. My favourite section is the Contemporary Designers where you can find things you would generally pick up in independent boutiques such as Iris Fashion or Feather and Stitch. A case in point would be this Star Mela dress I bought last year. I found it on the clearance rail for £36. These normally retail at the 100 pound mark. Which brings me on to another tip - when searching for this brand search only on the word Mela. Star brings up a whole of stuff whereas Mela brings the good stuff to the top and saves you having to filter through.

I'll link to whatever TK Maxx currently has to offer by each brand

28 June 2020

Wardrobe Additions Spring/Summer 2020

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This time I thought I'd share my Spring/Summer 2020 additions with you. I've done an IGTV video to accompany this blog post (watch here!). I have been banging on about trying to reduce my consumption over the 9 months or so (have more than halved it according to my notes!). I'm trying to make more considered and intentional purchases - only buying what I need and items that compliment my existing wardrobe. After my last post I realised that is very useful to review what I have in this way - it's been a great exercise in wardrobe management for me! I'm confident that all these items will exceed #30wears. 

So without further ado.......

I noticed back at the beginning of lockdown that I'm a bit short on Spring weight knitwear. I have a few slogan sweatshirts but I'm not feeling those much at the moment. I bought a gorgeous Pull & Bear striped sweatshirt last year. However a few months ago I got caught on something and it ripped a hole in it (now stitched up for wearing around the house as I can't bear to part with it!). For the cooler Spring days I set about finding a replacement for it and I found this Zara sweater. Such a wardrobe staple! I bought the size medium. Love the length of it....not too long or too short.....just perfect. It's down to £9.99 in the sale so grab yourself a bargain!


24 June 2020

Wardrobe Stories

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Lockdown boredom has kicked in big time. But! After watching a few inspiring videos on Youtube and IGTV I felt a little motivated to try to emulate some of my favourite kind of content. I decided to turn my hand to a video of some of my favourite wardrobe pieces.....and tell the tales behind them. Backed up with a blog post for reference - here goes!

Most recent purchase

This is my first and only dress purchase of 2020. I've been searching for something in this style for a couple of years now. On Bank Holiday Monday I started a proper trawl and found this dress......but beware before you click the button........

Dress via EtsyI bought the medium size
Birkenstock Gizeh sandals*


31 May 2020

Lockdown Wardrobe Staples

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As well as sharing what I've been wearing this week I thought I'd tell you about a couple of my hero pieces throughout lockdown. Both items have exceeded the #30wears mark. They haven't featured in any of my posts even though they have been worn on a daily basis recently for dog walks and weekly supermarket trips! No jacket required this past week though......it's been scorching hasn't it?! The humble shacket has always been one of my go-to jackets but it has held the number one spot for the past couple of months. It's so good that I have more than one version of this style of jacket......I've been alternating between two. Both of them are past season from Topshop. I have a lightweight one which is great for over dresses, t-shirts and shirts. I've also been wearing a slightly heavier duty army style one, which is oversized and better for accommodating layers, bulkier knits and sweatshirts.

Topshop shacket, past season - nearest I could find is this one* (I would personally remove the belt)
Dress details below.


24 May 2020

Making the most of my wardrobe

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Last weeks outfit round-up seemed to go down well - so I'm just keep this post simple again. It's a mixed bag this week. After a little root around in my wardrobe I uncovered a few hidden gems......more on that below.

This week I'm going backward.....starting with what I wore today.

H&M shirt, ancient - they do it every year.....see here*
Pepe boyfriend jeans S/S19 - similar here*
Sandals courtesy of my friend Sue - you can buy similar here*

17 May 2020

Just a few lockdown looks......

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I'm merely sharing a few of my look this week. I am conducting a little experiment which I will share in another post.......but without further ado here's what I've been wearing. 

The looks are all in chronological order - starting last Saturday when it was positively scorching!

M&S beach dress - S/S19 Similar here*
Birkenstocks Big Buckle Arizona via eBay S/S20 Same here*


8 May 2020

Lockdown Life

Sorry.....it's been a while. In truth I've been enjoying this slower pace of life a little bit too much. I certainly aim to adopt some of my lockdown habits even when life starts to get back to some degree of normality. All those little jobs I promised myself I'd do have been done and I've got through my TV watchlist. I've got through books that have lain idle on my Kindle since my last holiday. I've a new found passion for cooking. I'm drinking a ton of water (instead of copious amounts of builder's tea) and I'm doing Yoga on a daily basis too! I think I may have even cracked my social media habit once and for all. I've had the odd down day.....mainly when I couldn't sit outdoors but on the whole I've really embraced this downtime. How have you been finding it? Hope you are all ok.

I actually mustered up the motivation to blog this week. I've still been scouring Pinterest for lockdown outfit ideas....... as well as recipe ideas and ways in which to improve my outdoor space. I thought I'd share a few of the things that are keeping me occupied at the moment.

First of all a style steal.......courtesy of Pinterest of course!

My outfit
J Crew vintage tee
Mih Tommy Jeans via Kilver Court
Tkees flip flops via eBay
Ancient Topshop Belt


4 April 2020

Saturday Seven - 04/04/2020

Just because Friday Seven just didn't have the same ring to it!

Right now as I press publish on this post we would have been mid air on our way to Lanzarote. We were so looking forward to heading off for some sun - to a place that has become home from home. Obviously due to the current situation we are on a staycation instead. A few weeks back I did mention I'd be doing a holiday packing blog........which is essentially what this blog is I guess! I made a list a couple of months ago......edited it a couple of times but these are the dresses I would have been sharing with you over the coming week had we been going. These photos are all from holidays past.

No.1 Kicking off with the most liked photo from our holiday in Lanzarote last year.......in fact whenever this dress features it gets a lot of love. The dress is Oysho and I actually bought during the holiday. I was looking forward to wearing it again :0(


28 March 2020

Friday Five - 27/03/2020

Sorry I'm a bit late with the blog this week. It's been a funny old week hasn't it?! The only excuse I have is that I've been binge - watching a Swedish thriller called Before We Die and was gripped by the season one finale last night - hence the delay!

This week it's quite simply five things I'm grateful for.

My wardrobe 

Guaranteed to bring me joy. Clothes are definitely a mood-enhancer for me. However now more than ever I don't want to own more than I need. I've made the decision not to buy any clothes for the foreseeable future. It just doesn't feel right to be acquiring anything that's non - essential. My hope is that whilst we are in this situation that I can break the habit of buying things for the sake of it. The time I'm getting to spend at home is a luxury.......I can now play around with my wardrobe to my hearts content and I intend to make the most of it!


20 March 2020

Friday Five - 20/03/2020

How things have changed in just a week. The world seems like a totally different place in the space of just 7 days. As planned I'm just going to share a few of the things that make me go Mmmmm. I'm not taking for granted the simple things in life that never fail to lift my spirits.

I'll start as I usually do with a style steal. 

Alexa made me do it.

My outfit 
Zara coat, past season
Pull & Bear sweatshirt S/S 19
Topshop Straight jeans
Cocorose shoes, still available (purchased in January)
Clare V bag

13 March 2020

Friday Five - 13/03/2020

Remember this outfit inspo I shared with you a couple of weeks back?

Well it's my style steal for the week!
Joseph trench via Kilver Court
H&M blouse, past season
M&S cashmere sweater, past season
Rag & Bone jeans via TK Maxx, past season
Preloved Swedish Hasbeens via eBay


6 March 2020

Friday Five - 06/03/20

So this is my fifth Friday Five! Woo hoo! I think I'm establishing a new habit :0)

Style Steal

Right off the bat - apologies. This weeks outfit is a little dull. There is spring inspiration everywhere and it's been hard to find ways in which to shop my wardrobe with the allure of gorgeous newness everywhere. Here goes though.....I'm copying the incredibly cool Anime Bing again.

My outfit details
H&M sweater, past season
J Crew V-Neck tee (under sweater), past season
New Look trousers, past season
Golden Goose Trainers
Balenciaga bag, ancient


28 February 2020

Friday Five - 28/2/20

It's a short and sweet Friday Five this week. I've been scouring my Pinterest boards for a bit of inspiration for my spring capsule wardrobe.

I've thrown in a little bonus -a style style of course! Copying an outfit from another of my style heroines - Anine Bing.

H&M shirt A/W 2019
New Look trousers A/W 2019 
Preloved French Sole two tone ballet flats


21 February 2020

Friday Five - 21/2/2020

Hitting the ground running this week!

No.1 Style steal! 

I'll start by sticking to the usual formula.....this week it's the turn of Emma Hill's. This was an easy one to replicate from my winter capsule. I suspect a lot of us could replicate this look with similar items in our wardrobes

My outfit details
Fahri coat via TK Maxx (Christmas present 2019)
& Other Stories jumper (A/W 2019)
New Look coated skinny jeans (A/W 2018 - they still stock similar)
Golden Goose Trainers via Flannels (S/S 2019)
& Other Stories bag (A/W 2019)


14 February 2020

Friday Five! 14/2/2020

Here's my little weekly round up - starting with a style steal.

No.1 #sorrynotsorry I make no apologies that Michelle Williams is my muse again. Love the way she keeps things simple. Trying to get in the habit of wearing clothes suitable for my real life - not my fantasy life. You really have gotta love Pinterest......it's so good for reminding me what I already have. This Topshop jacket has been a wardrobe staple every season - they bring out a version every year which says it all......it's a classic!

My outfit
Topshop jacket, past season (similar here)
New Look coated skinnies, past season (similar here)
New Look hi tops, past season (nearest I could find here)
Snood - currently has 20% off


7 February 2020

My First Friday 5!

So here goes.....my first foray in Friday Fives.                                                      Affiliate links used

No.1 Kicking off with a style steal

Michelle Williams is my style heroine. Love her easy effortless style. By the way.....it was this picture inspired my purchase of the leopard print Vans.

My outfit details
& Other Stories sweater , past season (more similar to Michelle William's here)
Gap Original Fit jeans, ancient (similar here)


2 February 2020

What's in store for me in 2020?

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Keeping things simple. That's top of my list of goals.

New Look coated jeans AW18 (similar here)
New Look leopard print hi tops AW18 (similar here)


19 January 2020

Instagram #bestnine vs my favourite nine

Just for fun!

So these were my most liked photos on Instagram during 2019. I actually think they are a good reflection of my style. I am more 'liked' in a dress though it would seem!


12 January 2020

How an Instagram "rest" has affected my style..........

........and what I've been wearing lately!                                                         **some affiliate links used

Hat & Scarf both gifted via Black.co.uk