How to Wear: July

Happy Hump Day Readers!

I’m afraid that this is going to be a short post as I’ve just been scrolling through my photos for what I’ve been wearing this month and I haven’t taken many at all! If this was about how Oscar and Calum wore July that would be fine, but it isn’t…

A lot of it has been my usual uniform of late, consisting of Khaki, a Shirt Dress or a Jumpsuit.  

I had a KIT day at work (Oscar came with me) during the middle of the month and the Warehouse Palm Print shirt dress worked a treat for that.

I also wore one of my buys from earlier this year which was the leopard print (but actual leopards) jumpsuit from H&M. Again, really easy to wear with the bubba and no real thought needed.


Slowly, slowly too I’ve been able to dig out some of my regular clothes – breastfeeding is good for the waistline! My embellished H&M jeans and skirts have made an appearance. I even braved getting into a swimming costume (a one piece…) for a day on the beach.

Yet again I can’t believe how quickly the month has gone but I promise to document what I’ve worn for August much more thoroughly.

Enjoy the last few days of the month and I’ll be back next week with some new season buys for the cooler climes ahead.

Erin xx

What to Buy: July

Happy Friday Readers!

Apologies for the tardiness in getting this post up. It’s been very busy in the Johnson household. I’d forgotten how days can just morph into one whole week with a newborn – adding a toddler into the mix just seems to speed things up! Whilst I have been in a cloud of Toddler actives, Baby Cafe visits and NCT meet ups, I have been keeping an eye out on what’s in the shops, and there are few things I’d recommend getting your hands on this month – both for immediate use and “buy now, stash for later” wear.

To the Beach!

Since Summer holiday season is upon us, and for those of you who have not yet been on yours yet (that’s me, we are off on a Stay-cation in early September), there are some really nice beachy bits to be had, some of which are in the sale (bonus!).

Of course, as it’s me, stripes feature here, and I have to say that the H&M dress is lovely in the flesh. Cotton and just throw on, so perfect to put on post beach or for a relaxed day out. Not good for the Breastfeeding amongst us, but would be good to maybe keep for when you aren’t. I also couldn’t go without mentioning off the shoulder here – HUGE for this summer, the Mango dress below is easy to wear and a great nod to the trend.

I’d dropped a Hammam towel in here too as not only are they great for the beach (quick dry) they are chic enough to wear as a Sarong too. Make sure you buy cotton ones for authenticity. I use ours as throws on the bed as well.

Striped Dress / Hammam TowelOff the Shoulder Dress

Palm Print

I’m obsessed, and it seems as if I’m not the only one. I know I’ve mentioned this before on the blog (I did say I had an obsession) but there are some really nice bits around, not least the H&M print.

There is a gorgeously light cotton shirt in this print (sold out on line but some in stores), and I wore it on the beach last weekend with some crochet shorts when we went down to Dorset. A day on the beach I used to frequent as a child (Knoll Beach, Studland BTW) with my boys and Hubby. A lovely way to make memories of your old memories. Plus it’s National Trust and as members, parking was free ;) The playsuit here is a nice alternative. I also love the Topshop Jumpsuit, but I have one similar from a couple of seasons ago that I will dig out. Get this whilst you can as it is selling out fast.

Dress / Playsuit / Jumpsuit

Yellow

Set to be a big accent colour for AW15 (you only have to check out the J Crew looks from the season), you won’t go wrong in investing in some yellow to perk up outfits come the Autumn. The Karen Millen flats below also nod to the flat shoe trend that is BIG news for the winter. It will look great with the Pink that’s set to be huge, as well as lifting any neutrals you have – it’s always a winner with grey too.

Shoes / Skirt / Top

Pink

The rose tones of this season’s pink make it much more grown up and less “sweet” than has been seen on the runway in the past, and again, can be worn as the main part of an outfit, or as an accent. I really like the Clarks Bag – the leather is divine – and it’s a great size. Not available on line anymore though, but you may be lucky in store.

Bag / Shoes / Skirt

Monochrome

Again, a trend that’s set to be huge for AW15, from geometric prints to simple contrast, black and white it’s where it’s at. Easy to do in a simple top and bottom combo, there are some pieces around that would really work hard come the Autumn. The ease of the Stories silk-blend sweater is wonderful. Pair with slouchy white jeans and you are good to go. I also really like the Finery shoes – the trend nailed in one piece!

Shoes / Sweater / Dress

Wishing you all good rest of July’s. I do hope the weather becomes more summery and less Muggy – it’s doing nothing for my hair at the moment. Monica from Friends when she goes to Barbados springs to mind – LOL!

Erin xx

Summer Capsule Part 3: [Dresses & Round Up]

So I guess this is a kind of Friday Frock in disguise post. The final instalment of my capsule wardrobe! You all know I love a dress and I am finally taking full advantage of not needing 24/7 boob access. I was still feeding 2-3 times a day when I started this capsule and just took it off if I needed to feed when wearing a dress, now it’s just morning and evening so I can wear what I want. I have loved having dresses back in my wardrobe!


Denim dress // Digital print dress

This denim tencel blend swing dress was the first I bought and as my bust settles down it’s looking better and better. The Boden shift was a no brainer for a summer and holiday dress that I mentioned last week.


Jumpsuit // Maxi // Jumpsuit

The only dress that has been pulled from storage is this Gap maxi. I had it last year and hoped to wear it feeding but couldn’t in the end as it didn’t fit. It’s light and super comfortable so it’s a bit of a beater dress for everyday. The strappy tile print jumpsuit was bought when I couldn’t get hold of the Boden one, in hindsight I didn’t need it, but I’ve already worn it to playgroups when we had the recent heatwave and at £20 I don’t care about crawling on the floor!

So let’s do a little overview shall we?

I ended up with 27 pieces. (Don’t forget, this doesn’t include PJ’s, ‘loungewear’, stuff I paint or do the gardening in and exercise (ha!) kit.)

  • 8 work wear items (included in the below)
  • 10 tops
  • 3 knits
  • 6 dresses
  • 2 trousers
  • 2 jeans
  • 3 skirts
  • 1 shorts

And the prominent stores I bought from? Boden, GAP, Hush, New Look, Baukjen and Komodo – stocked in a local boutique and a new ethical brand find to me.

Here’s the whole summer capsule wardrobe 2015, en masse:


27 is just the number that works for me and I feel comfortable with. Last time I did this I ended up with 35 pieces but I included 8 shoes… so it’s exactly the same. I haven’t done that here – maybe I’ll post a selection on Instagram later today, and I forgot to shoot this top which should be included here. I’m really happy with what I’ve ended up with. I wear all of it, and fairly equally too, weather dependent. nothing feels like a waste or a splurge and my clothes seem to be striking a balance between being functional and fashionable.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and soon I will bring you a few posts on the pieces in action.

Have a fabulous weekend readers :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Summer Capsule Part 2 [Core Essentials]

I think I’m getting to grips better with the whole concept of the capsule and making it work for me, so this season I didn’t have a number of pieces in mind and I didn’t categorise as rigidly as tops/bottoms/dresses, more what the clothes were for. 99% of the time in summer I live in tee’s or lightweight knits and jeans or shorts, so I decided to invest in these a little more this season.

Blue v-neck // Breton stripe // Slogan tee Red stripe and graphic tee

I like to feel summery by a certain point in the year, even if the weather isn’t playing ball, especially true this year, so I make sure I have a few light knits in summery colour ways and plenty of long sleeved tee’s. This year I ‘invested’ in a Boden breton, although with the often available discount codes, it didn’t feel like too much of an investment at all, plus this twist on a breton, actually from the Boden teens range. The grey stripe is almost a light weight sweatshirt material so was great for the early part of spring when I wanted to shake up my wardrobe and for the cooler start to summer we had.


Grey Stripe // Swing strappy top

I’ve also wanted a slogan tee for a long time and loved the vibrant blue of this one from Baujken, which actually was an investment, but again I used a discount code. I also got another, this time v-neck royal blue tee from Hush which I have actually mixed into my work wardrobe with the printed pencil skirt I shared in the last workwear post, so it’s earning it’s place in my capsule.


Boyfriend jeans // Printed Khakis // Shorts // Skirt

For my bottom half options, I decided to be sensible. When I did my first capsule last Autumn, I was a bit obsessed with the idea of covering all eventualities, because of the associated buying ban until the next capsule. This time I just acknowledged that I wear the same stuff all the time and kept it simple. 4 pieces was all I needed and only one, the Hush skirt, was a new buy.

The last instalment will be coming later this week, with knits, dresses and occasion wear and shoes.

Do you think you could get your core essentials down to this number of pieces?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Summer Capsule Part 1 [Work wear]

Hi!

This week, I’m going to (finally, I know!) share my summer capsule. You can read more about my past capsule wardrobes and reasons behind it here. Its been a long time since I did a capsule, the last was in Autumn. I was inspired to start by Caroline Joy over at Un-fancy and she does 4 a year. Her seasons in Texas (and now Seattle, ) don’t quite align with ours and having lived with a capsule for almost a year, I realised I don’t need to update 4 times a year. I added a few pieces to my autumn wardrobe for Christmas, then updated a few tops for spring before the weather started to warm up. This wardrobe I’m about to share has been in effect since about the beginning of May and I plan to wear it until October. I’ll be shopping for Autumn/winter pieces in September when the new season stock comes in.

As it’s Monday, I thought I’d start with my work wardrobe. My capsule has had to include a work section for the first time this season, as I went back to work in March. I’m lucky because I dress pretty casually at work so a lot of my wardrobe is interchangeable, but I do have work staples that I use to smarten up the other pieces I mix in and that give it more of a professional edge.

I have to say, I didn’t give a lot of thought to my work wardrobe. There’s a big difference in working 5 days a week when my philosophy was that I spent so much time at work I might as well look nice while I worked, to working 3 days and just hoping you can find something without food or snot on it that’s passable and comfy and fits your postnatal body! Consequently, I pulled out a few postnatal and even pregnancy pieces and was forced to buy a new pair of trousers that fitted, et voila!

Tops/Dresses


Dress // Blouse // Chambray shirt // Shirt – Monsoon

I have quite a few nice work dresses but I don’t fit them just yet, plus when I initially returned to work and for about 3 months, I was expressing still so needed boob access. This jersey dress I bought and wore during early-mid pregnancy and it’s still flattering now, plus it washes easily and quickly, like the blue blouse that I hardly wore in my AW capsule, but has come into it’s own for work. This chambray shirt was an amazing find by my mum in GAP. I loaned one of hers during pregnancy and wore it open over things but it had a really soft fluid texture with fantastic drape, just like this one she later found for me. It works brilliantly tucked in as a shirt for my own particular style of smart-casual work wear. The remaining shirt is an old favourite of mine. I don’t usually do such blousy florals but it’s colour is bold enough and the fabric thin enough that it’s perfect for summer. As you can see, I always roll my sleeves!

Skirts/Trousers


Trousers // Trousers // Skirt // Skirt

My old navy work trousers had had very good use before pregnancy, so I intended to renew them on my return to work, but I’m not yet at my usual weight, so I held off and went to Zara for a different work pair. That was particularly demoralising (when did the sizes in Zara get so small?!) but they did have a good selection of styles in Navy trousers and I found a flattering pair that made me feel smart again. I’d say these get the most use week in week out and were pretty cheap at £24.99! Again the jersey tube skirt was a pregnancy buy that still works now as it was just a size up, and the printed skirt was a postnatal win that came from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and I fit! Yay! The only ‘this season’ addition were these jogging bottom pants, which again, my mum found. A complete bargain from New Look, I think they were £10. They are ridiculously comfy, work for work because of the silky (but not shiny) fabric, tapered ankle and with a tucked in blouse or shirt, they look great.

I wear all of these with either navy pointed flats, or summer sandals, depending on the weather, and of course opaque tights earlier in the year.

To make the whole look a bit more ‘done’ I have a small selection of jewellery I wear for work too – which is quite nice, as I don’t get to wear much at home. I stick with a gold pair of studs and my sparkly ones, plus 2 rose gold pendant necklaces that I have. I don’t paint my nails anymore (although toenails are an essential in sandals I think,) but I do always wear make up to work. Not much, but again, it makes me feel more done and professional.

So here are my tips for creating a functional capsule wardrobe when you are a working mum. I’m making the assumption that you a. don’t want to spend much, b. don’t have much time, and c. would rather spend said time and money with or on your baby. ;)

  • Choose a colour palette and stick to it, particularly for your basics – mine is Navy and blues, obviously.
  • Make sure you have a good look through your old wardrobe and check for any keepers that still fit.
  • Choose fabrics that wash easily, dry quick and don’t need ironing, so you don’t have to get changed before you cuddle your messy baby or toddler when you get in.
  • Think about using things in ways you wouldn’t normally – i.e., tucking in a more casual summer shirt or chambray, and dressing up items like ‘relaxed trousers’ (Read:jogging bottoms) with heels.
  • Make sure you have one outfit or top and bottom option or a dress, per day you work, plus a spare, then even if you only get to do your washing at the weekend, you’ve always got something to wear.
  • Dress it up with jewellery and shoes, and have fun with those pieces as they’re probably bits you won’t wear when you’re off-duty and being mummy who gets clambered all over and needs to wear flats to run round after said baby/toddler.
  • Treat yourself to some new makeup if you’re feeling a bit sloppy or nervous about going back to work. Getting your game face on always helps and gives you confidence. ;)

Ok, I hope you enjoyed that insight and I’ll be back later in the week with my casual wardrobe, knitwear and occasion wear. Give me a shout if you have any questions and i’d love to hear about your work wardrobe and how you approach it!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Blue tile jumpsuit

Friday Frock…

I know, it’s been a while, right?

I’m still working on a capsule wardrobe basis when it comes to buying my clothes (more on that next week) but this capsule I gave myself a free pass to buy something for Bea’s Naming ceremony as it was the only occasion we had looming and I didn’t know what size or shape I would be; (The battle of the baby weight continues…)


Dresses, all Boden – SALE NOW ON!

When crunch time came last week I really struggled. I’m still quite big on top, despite only feeding twice daily now, and my waist has definitely not returned to what it should be, but I have slimmed down a lot. This leaves we with the difficult situation that I need bigger sizes to fit my top half but the bottom halves tend to then be a bit big (which is what happened with the white floral dress here,) and some of my preferred T’shirt style shift dresses still look a bit tent like with my boobs.

I ended up going for this jumpsuit which I wanted to order at the beginning of my capsule but as is often the case with Boden it said it wouldn’t be delivered for 9 weeks. In actual fact it’s been in stock for a couple of weeks now which is probably more like 4-6 weeks after when I was looking so I might actually order next time. The V-neck is flattering, its well made and cool, and I actually felt fashionable! Yay! The other two were pretty but perhaps a bit too ‘wedding’ or ‘formal garden party’ for the occasion.

As used to be tradition… do share any frocks you have your eye on at the moment or think your fellow readers deserve to hear about!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS I actually kept the St Ives print shift too – it was a tad too casual for the Naming Day party, but I love it as a holiday and summer-in-general dress. ;)

How to Wear: June

Happy Monday Readers!

Hope you have all had good June’s. Mine as you probably will have guessed has been spent introducing our new Bubba to the family and learning to be a new Mum again. My goodness you forget! However, the tiredness and lack of sleep is much MUCH easier to cope with second time round ;)

This week is set to be a scorcher which I’m pleased about as it’s No 1 sons birthday and it means we can make good use of his present (a playhouse!). Can’t wait to see his face once Rich and I have managed to actually put it up :/
Now on to how I’ve worn June…

First things first. It’s been a joy not being in Maternity Clothes but… dressing has not been without it’s challenges. Oscar is exclusively breast-fed which I didn’t do last time down to several reasons, some beyond me, but it’s meant I’ve had to learn what to wear on the top half – something I didn’t have to do with Calum. Also, it’s massively surprised me how quickly I’ve been able to get back into about 50% of my wardrobe. Again, not something that happened quickly last time. It must be those extra 500kcals a day that BF is supposed to burn. OK, some of my waisted skirts I can’t do still, but wearing my old jeans (and some new ones) has felt amazing. It is “9 months on, 9 months off” after all and I still have a way to go to my happy weight but I’m much more relaxed about that (that’s a whole other post in the making!)

The M&S Limited Edition jeans have made an appearance as have my Gap Always Skinny… Worn mostly with Shirts for ease.

Jeans M&S / Top Zara

Jeans and Shirt Gap / Sandals Topshop

Jeans Gap / Shirt Zara / Shoes J Crew

Jeans M&S / Shoes Clarks / Shirt Primark

The other item that’s made an appearance is one of this seasons must wears which is of course the Jumpsuit. I’ve got a couple that are a “shirt” style at the top which works perfectly, and actually, they aren’t as tricky to navigate as people think. I found wearing a sling with one on much easier too.


Jumpsuit H&M / Shoes Clarks

As I mentioned at the start of the month, shirt dresses are a great option, and I’ve worn a couple of those too. This New Look one was great… Easy to wear and feed with even if it did crease (damn that Viscose!)

Dress New Look / Shoes Dune

Finally, I’ve been wearing a new summer favourite colour a lot – Khaki – and easy trousers with BF tops – getting dressed quickly with a Toddler and less-than-a-month old bubba is a must!


Top Zara / Trousers Dorothy Perkins / Shoes Topshop

Sling Hana Baby / Shorts F&F / Shoes Dune

Vest Next / Trousers Zara / Shoes Topshop

*Please excuse no make up in any of these photos. Time is of the essence!

So that’s June peeps. The Longest day has been and gone and we’re now over half way through 2015. Unbelievable.

See you back here in a couple of weeks for what to buy July – they’ll be some “buy now, stash for AW15″ bits making an appearance ;)

Erin xx

What to Buy: June

Morning Readers!

June is here and I’m so pleased to say that Bubba No 2 is as well (at last!). Oscar Theodore arrived on 27th May almost two weeks late. It’s wonderful (but tiring I’m not going to lie – you definitely forget!) being a new Mum again.

Calum couldn’t be more in love with his younger brother. It’s so lovely to see, not least because I’m an only child so watching this sibling relationship develop is one of the things Rich and I are looking forward to most.

Anyway, back to What to Buy this month. Summer should be well and truly upon us as we move through the month (I hear that it starts today so fingers crossed!) so here’s a selection of things to get you set for the warm days and nights that are (hopefully) ahead.

Espadrilles

Dune // Kurt Geiger // Mint Velvet // ASOS

Typically reserved (by me anyway) in the past to a beach shoe, the straw-soled espadrille seems to be everywhere. The most-coveted Chanel and Valentino styles are out of most of the “mere-mortal leagues” but these are some great alternatives. Go for leather to dress things up a bit or keep it casual in canvas. I like the Mint Velvet wedge versions for something a little smarter too (and for height). This H&M version is a good cost-effective substitute to them though.

The LWD

Topshop // & Other Stories // Mango // Topshop

I kind-of touched on this in May but summer wardrobes aren’t complete without a “little white dress”. Pick a casual one or something a little more dressy, there are plenty to be had. Take care with white though. True pure bright white only suits certain complexions (dark hair, dark eyes, olive to black skin – think Jessica Alba; or dark hair, blue eyes, fair skin – think Courtney Cox). Ecru or off white is universally flattering though. I love these TopShop dresses for ease of wear (sold out online but I have seen in stores), and this & Other Stories one is lovely to dress up or down. Mango of course is a great go-to for one with plenty on offer, including this dreamy maxi number. Flat sandals and a denim jacket and you’re good to go.

Khaki  Topshop // Dorothy Perkins // Karen Millen // Etoile Isabel Marant via The Outnet

THE shade of the summer it seems, Khaki doesn’t have to be reserved for cadets! It’s actually a great neutral and works well with denim, black and white – a hard-working wardrobe all rounder! The trousers from good old Dotty P’s are so comfortable – a good buy in my post-pregnancy state. I’ll be wearing them with stripes no doubt. I also REALLY like the Topshop All in One.. And so it seems does everyone else. Limited stock available but a great drapey, soft fabric. Pick one up if you can.

Snakeskin

Clarks // Gap // Topshop

Now again in my mind this is a great neutral (and I’m talking about the “grey/nude/brown snakeskin here) that works well on accessories (and even looks great with Khaki). I had a jacket in snakeskin print from Zara from a couple of seasons ago and it really does lift a black dress or pair of jeans. I’ve seen a few things of late that would be worth second looks at to update your existing wardrobes. From lifting a pair of jeans to jazzing up a white summer dress, these pieces would work well. I especially love the Gap Bucket bag (THE shape of the season) and the TopShop Glads (not available on line but I’ve seen in store).

PomPoms

Anthropologie // East at John Lewis // Mango

It’s good to have fun with fashion and Pompoms are fast becoming de rigeur in terms of updating your look this summer. I remember spending some of my school holiday days making these in brightly coloured wools with my Mum and Nana, tightly winding the wool around cardboard circles and snipping it. Not sure what became of the Poms we made but I’d use them now to decorate gifts. Here are some ready made Pom-tastic things that have caught my eye. The straw tote is VERY cute. Beach anyone?!

I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration for the month and I’m looking forward to sharing How I Wore June later on now Oscar is safely with us. Let’s hope sleep deprivation won’t take over too much… :/

Have good months all!

Erin xx

How to Wear: May

Morning Readers!

I do hope your second May Bank Holidays have treated you well and that you all had lovely long weekends. It’s utterly amazing to me that we are pretty much six months into the year. My hubbies birthday in June marks the mid-way point for me and we are fast approaching that – it’s going to be nice to (hopefully) be able to slow down for the second half of 2015.

I’m hoping that by the time you are reading this I’ll have had Bubba No. 2 who is extremely late. It’s therefore in that vein that I’m posting a quick “How to Wear” as to be honest, my May has consisted of only a few things on rotation.

My maternity leave started at the beginning of the month – 8 days prior to my due date. I wanted to have more time off post-birth so worked as late as I could cope with my commute. Pretty late it turns out. However, it seems as though the little person had other ideas so May was an opportunity to sort out the house, have copious amounts of Reflexology and Raspberry Leeaf Tea and chill a bit.

It’ll be no surprise that stripes have been on rotation (my Cos Bretons have been workhorses. Non-maternity and so easy to wear and wash. Love them. They have some great colours this season too. Grab one here).


Sorting the house has also meant accessing all my stored clothes and shoes. My leather espedrilles made an appearance (how I covet the Chanel ones but these Park Lane ones from ASOS are perfect in the real world!). It was so nice to dress up this Gap Maternity tunic differently (I’m 40+ weeks in the pic below and feeling mightily fed up!)

I’ve also been rotating a couple of silk tee’s that I picked up in the Uniqlo winter sale. They’ve been great for wearing over Jersey trousers as they are loose and cool. The tangerine shade of this one instantly lifts your mood.  Not the easiest colour to wear but I love it. The other I have is in a raspberry pink. Good deals at £9.99 each. The Uniqlo Silk range is really great and some pieces are on sale now (plus machine washing is fine!)

I must also mention here that my world has been revolutionised by my new ToyShades (mine are the Andersons worn above and below pictured with my big bubba) – prescription sunglasses for £40! Get them here or visit the one-hour lab at Topshop Oxford Circus. All you need is your prescription. The need for contact lenses on ALL sunny days has now vanished. LIBERATING!

Finally, when I’ve not felt like wearing nice clothes (or can’t in actual fact) there’s always accessories in jewellery and shoes. Gaining access to stored things is like Christmas. These TopShop sandals and Hipanema bracelet are good examples ;)

Enjoy the rest of May everyone and hopefully I’ll be with you in a week or so for what I recommend to buy in June. There’s some great espedrilles that will make the cut.

Erin xx

What to Buy: May

Morning Readers!

I totally was not expecting to be writing this post so apologies its late, but Bubba No.2 still hasn’t deemed it appropriate to make their appearance (perhaps they are taking after Princess Charlotte and have decided to be fashionably late too).

It’s not going to be a terribly long one though, as to be honest, I’ve mostly been ensconced in getting back into our house after a 4.5 month hiatus whilst we had an extension done, and not perusing the shops in favour of decorating and moving back in (we are now back in! YAY!). There’s nothing like a deadline (or hard stop as I’ve come to say thanks to my US colleagues) to make one more productive. If however you wanted advice in choosing the best grey for your walls, or which flooring to choose for a kitchen, then along with Rebecca, I’m currently probably your woman.

That being said, there are a few trends below that I think you’ll need to jump on sooner rather than later if you’d like to wear them over the warmer summer months…

Broderie Anglaise

M&S // Whistles // French Connection

I remember my Mum making me dresses using this beautiful fabric when I was younger but in my early teens I rebelled thinking it was way too “babyish” and pretty to be wearing at my age. I’m now eating humble pie. The prettiest sun-dresses are made from this lovely fabric, and the best bit is that it’s 100% cotton meaning nice and cool for those scorching days. There’s nothing nicer than crisp white with denim and sandals for a purely summer feel.

Ghillie Flats

New Look // Topshop // Office // Next

So named as they are the shoe that Scottish or Irish dancers wear, there is no getting away from them this season. They literally are everywhere. I have the New Look and Next pairs here, but the Topshop version are a great alternative and come in three colour ways, and I have it on good authority that the Office versions are very comfortable. Great to dress up a look and still wear flats – either for the office or otherwise.

Multi-use Bags

Mango // Topshop // Gap // ASOS

Not the most technical of terms I realise, but what I mean here are those bags that can be just as easily used on holiday for the beach as they can for work purposes. OK, so the basket is probably less of a work bag, but some of you may have dress down Fridays, so why not?! I really like the Mango option – ticking both the boho and monochrome boxes for this summer. I actually have a version of the Gap one below (in thinner stripes) to use as a nappy bag for No 2 since some lovely people bought me this as a gift (in a different colour) which I can just drop inside it :)

Off-the-Shoulder

Dress // Warehouse Top // New Look Top // Jumpsuit

There’s no getting away from it, a bare shoulder is where it’s at right now. I wouldn’t condone this look for work, but for a weekend look, or even for something more dressy, showing your collarbone and shoulder is quite easy to do. I really like the ease of this New Look top as it’s not clingy and therefore you aren’t in 80s Fame territory. The same goes for the Warehouse one – it’s a a good price point to try out the trend too. Styled with some of this seasons wedge sandals and a denim skirt or flares, you’ll be good to go for embracing the 70s thing that’s around at the moment.

Jungle Drums

Topshop // Warehouse

Apt that this is actually the colour of one of the rooms in our new loft extension, but there is something quite fresh about a palm print, and this season doesn’t disappoint. The Warehouse dress below is so eye-catching in the flesh – and easy to wear. The Topshop shirt dress could also be a winner – especially in the BF stakes. We’ll have to see.

Occasion Dresses

Karen Millen // Topshop // Karen Millen

Lastly I thought I’d share a few “occasion” dresses I’ve seen as we are headed into Wedding season. If I had something to go to this summer, I’d be wearing one of these, probably one of the Karen Millen ones as I seem to have become obsessed with the retailer of late. Their summer collection is amazing, not least their new Art Atelier collection. Stunning.

So there we have it readers. Before I go I thought I’d just mention that the Shirt dress I had talked about in March is now available at The Outnet. Let’s see if it lives up to the picture I have in my head!

Have great week’s all, and hopefully next time I post, I’ll be able to share some exciting news with you ;)

Til then (…and wish me luck)!

Erin xx