This is one of my all-time favourite outfits. It’s just so comfy to wear and believe it or not it works for both Summer and Autumn/Winter. When the temperature drops, I layer it up by wearing the shorts with brown tights, putting a white vest under the T-shirt and adding a red cardigan on top. (I’m lucky enough to be working in a creative industry where there’s quite a relaxed dress code, so I’ve worn this winter-version to work before.)
(How lovely does my Mum’s garden look in the evening sunshine?)
The T-Shirt is from Rare but I bought it at Luan Matthews (a boutique shop I go to often). You can’t see the full length here, but it is super-long. I always take it on holiday with me as it’s perfect for wearing over a bikini as a sort-of dress.
The shorts are a trusty old pair from New Look. I bought them a few years ago and they’re just starting to fray around the edges (and they’re looking a little crumpled here so sadly I don’t think I’ll be able to wear them to work much longer…)
P.S. Yes… I go barefoot a lot at home. It can be a bit risky with so many animals about, but what can I say? I live life on the edge!
Savvy Shopping: You won’t find Rare on the high street yet, but if you want to try before you buy then Topshop usually stock some items. Or if you just want to avoid delivery charges you can also find some lines on ASOS.
It’s finally happened. After weeks of glorious sunshine and un-English warmth, I’ve forgotten what it feels like to be cold.
So in celebration of this, the fact that I’ve booked a holiday this week, and the summer sales – here’s a round-up of some of the best beach-themed holiday wear on the web:
Ted Baker Bikini, Top £39 Briefs £35
Libertine by Giles Deacon Sea Horse Pendant £35 (on sale)
(Both via ASOS)
London Rebel Sandals, £16 (on sale) Via ASOS
JOY Maxi Dress £45 (on sale)
Oliver Bonas Shell Ring £3 (on sale)
French Connection Bikini, Top £24 Briefs £22 via ASOS
Oliver Bonas Clam Bangle
Roxy Palm Beach Print Bikini £35 (on sale) via ASOS
House of Fraser Seagull Print Beach Towel £25
Ted Baker Starfish Earrings £29 via ASOS
Oliver Bonas Necklace £26
Maison Scotch Jumper £57 (on sale) via ASOS
Ted Baker Seahorse Bikini, Top £35 Briefs £35
French Connection Swimsuit £34 (on sale)
Both via ASOS
I bought this ring from an exhibitor at a craft fair, on my recent trip to Paris. I’m addicted to unusual jewellery, and I’ve always loved celtic symbols. This one is a ‘triskelion’ – a celtic symbol (of sorts) for the holy-trinity. It’s pure silver and hand-made. See HOHL for other unusual pieces like this.
I love this time of year. Even if we weren’t having such lovely weather, the English countryside always looks at it’s most beautiful in Summer. Specifically, the point just before they cut the hay – when the grass is lovely and tall like this.
I took these pictures in a field near my house, the dress is an old favourite – one of ‘Tesco’s Finest’ from their F&F range. It’s pretty versatile – I wore it to work that day but it’s great for spending time outdoors too (it goes well with wellies!)
I’m a big fan of America – In fact it’s my dream to do a coast-to-coast road trip across the States one day.
Last week it was Independence Day on the other side of the pond. (It was also, coincidentally, a year since I completed on my house, so I like to think of it as my own day of ‘independence’ …more about that coming soon!)
The star-spangled banner is the main image associated with Independence Day, and this summer it’s something that’s really influenced high-street designs. So here’s my pick of the best stars and stripes still out there at the moment…
£38 (on sale)
Tripp NYC via ASOS
Denim Biker Jacket £12.99 (on sale)
from Zara & Canvas Shopper
£13.00 (on sale)
Pieces via ASOS
How would you wear this trend? S x
I bought this lovely midi dress from ASOS last year when I needed something to wear to my sister’s graduation. It has a knee-length slip with a chiffon overlay – and gathered waist. I love the colour too.
This sort of dress is perfect for a summer occasion with a more formal dress code – the chiffon layer is so light that you won’t overheat in it, but it’s still a bit flirty and fun. I wore it with nude heels and the clutch shown above (both from Dorothy Perkins).
Unfortunately this exact design is no longer available on ASOS but they do have an almost identical dress available.
Did anyone see Taylor Swift at the MuchMusic Awards the other week? If the rumours are true, then Ed Sheeran is a lucky man! She looked absolutely stunning in this Herve Leger bondage dress:
And the high-street is all over this monochrome thing. I’m tempted to copy Taylor’s look with these beauties:
Kurt Geiger £65
Savvy Shopping: The warehouse dress is on sale too!