How to Wear: January

Good Morning Readers

I hope you have all had good January’s. Mine has been interesting to say the least. Little did I think that it would include a four day hospital stay for Pneumonia! I’m feeling a lot better now, but it did take me, and my whole family by surprise. The one good thing that came out of the experience was that I actually got a chance to read (not much else to do in hospital!) so I’ve made a good dent into one of my New Year Goals.

Due to that stay, and the week preceding my admission when I wasn’t feeling well at all (I thought I had the flu), I’ve not really been wearing anything that exciting. I did make a couple of cheeky purchases though.

One was a fantastic pair of jeans from a boutique local to me, Quattro Rich. They are a pair of Twist & Tango jeans and the perfect burgundy red colour – something that will go very well with a lot in my wardrobe. Not proper ‘denim’ but more of a heavy cotton twill, they are so flattering on the leg. Quattro Rich stock a lot of Twist & Tango bits (these jeans have unfortunately sold out) but it’s always worth giving Ivy and her team a call to see what they have, as she does offer a mail order service. The best bit about these were that they were a sales bargain – thank you January.

Another item I got was actually some underwear. I have to admit it’s been a struggle finding underwear to wear that’s comfortable whilst nursing. I have been massively put off nursing bras since I had a bad bout of Mastitis in the Autumn (I partly blame the fact I got it on a bad fitting bra I had from a well-known Mother & Baby retailer, even though they measured me. Turns out they measured me hugely incorrectly!). Since then, I have been wearing some vests from H&M which have been great, but lacking in support. I was then looking for something of a similar ilk, and came across this vest. What can I say – life-changing! Not only does it give you good support and good access, plus feels so nice on – the straps are so comfortable – it slims your silhouette so clothes look better on. A miracle in a vest! Granted, they aren’t the cheapest option around, but for something I have worn EVERY DAY, the cost-per-wear is low. Once I’m wearing something other than jeans and a sweatshirt again, I’ll post a picture of the difference it makes underneath clothes. Really, I can’t recommend these enough if you are nursing, or about to be as I know some of you are.

Finally, I had my first outing in a new pair of boots. I succumbed and bought a pair of Topshop Magnificent “Sock” boots. I own a fair few midi skirts and dresses, plus cropped jeans/culottes, and had read that these would be perfect to update them for winter. The reviews weren’t wrong. Very comfortable with a good heel hight (I had to size up but I often do in Topshop shoes), they are great boots – perfect Cognac brown colour and a modern toe shape. The purchase was made all the more sweet as I had a credit note burning a hole in my purse. Win Win.

Apologies again that there aren’t more pictures of me. I am on the mend, and come the end of Feb, I’m sure I’ll be back again in full health. I’ll be back soon with what to buy in February… Until then!

Erin xx

 

How to Wear: March

Morning Readers!

So it’s the last day of March and I’m yet again left wondering where time has gone.

My Month has been a mixture of a short break away with Richard and Calum, lots of work on the house (our move-back-in-date-prior-to-number-two is, fingers crossed looking likely), a lovely pamper/sightseeing day in London with a great friend for her Birthday and of course work (with some fun events rolled in!).


P&O Britannia Launch // At Cowshed Shoreditch for a Pamper Afternoon // Portsmouth from the IOW Ferry on Mothers Day // One of the new bathrooms taking shape

I have managed to pick a few bits up this month that I’m going to be saving for the warmer weather in my “post-maternity/summer box, but more on that in a bit. On to what I’ve been wearing…

Baby Number 2 has definitely made more of an appearance this month and I feel about as big at this point (with about a month to go) as I did at the very end of full-term with Calum. Weirdly though I don’t feel like my legs or arms have changed (which they did last time) so some things are still fitting.

I’ve managed to try out some flares in the form of some Topshop Jessie jeans which I found on eBay in the Maternity style (although I’m finding that over and not under-bump style jeans are more comfortable this time round). These worked well with my Acne Pistol boots in Chestnut.

A pair of ASOS distressed boyfriend jeans (over-bump) have been my best friend and I’ve worn these loads, both for work on a Friday and at the weekends. These were a great buy at £19 in the sale (now sadly sold out but these are similar).


At the Sky Garden in London // ASOS Maternity Distressed Jeans

I also did have a Black tie event to go to but thankfully a Cos Black Sequin dress I found in the recent sale worked. I just sized up one size and as it was a shift anyway, it is fitted perfectly.

Other items that have seen the light of day are some Stan Smiths (proving I do practice what I preach!) and shoes without socks for the teasing warm spell we had mid-month.

Boden Lille Flats // Adidas Stan Smiths // New Look Flats // Office Flats

Finally, as per, stripes have been my friend.


With my team onboard P&O Britannia wearing H&M // DVF Chevron Knitted Dress (non-maternity) // Zara Light Sweatshirt (non-maternity)

Now quickly on to my “Summer Box”.

I’ve noticed more and more in retail that if you don’t get something you like straight away then you are in danger of it being sold out, never to return, and I do suffer from FOMO cases when it comes to clothes every so often. Here are the bits that have made my box this month (most of which you’ve seen before). I’ve bought my normal pre-pregnancy size knowing that I went back to it after Calum so there’s no reason (she hopes) that this won’t be the case again. Ah, the joys of hindsight 😉


Topshop Pintuck Blouse // M&S Denim Skirt // H&M Culottes // H&M Jumpsuit

So that’s it! I’ll be back after the Easter break with my What to Buy April.

There will be something on the list that I hope that you’ll subscribe to. I’ve tried loads of variations but it just doesn’t work on me, boo hoo. I’m going to have to live vicariously through you guys.

‘Til then then. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter that full of family and freinds time, Roasts and Chocolate.

Erin x

How to Wear: February

Hello Readers!

Well February has been a mixed bag hasn’t it? We’ve veered from really beautiful, Spring-like weather mid-month to snow (where we live anyway) last weekend. It’s also been an extremely busy month for me work-wise and coupled with being almost 7 months pregnant and knowing we have a house that has no roof, I feel pretty exhausted to be honest.

I did enjoy a few precious days away with Richard and Calum just before Valentine’s Weekend. We decided to head to the New Forest (barely an hour and a half from us but it felt like far enough away for a nice break) and spent a few nights at The Pig.

Honestly, we love these hotels having now stayed at three of the four. I think for me it’s all in the marketing (“a restaurant with rooms”). They are so low key. Very little to do except wander round the kitchen gardens and check out the animals; perhaps have a little treatment in the Potting Shed; sit in one of the comfy public rooms and enjoy a cocktail whilst you play “Pass the Pigs” (does that remind anyone else of their childhood (the game not the cocktails!) or is that just me?) or just read, and really, chill out. Anyone who knows the properties will know the food is exceptional too and a fantastic added bonus.

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One of the Comfy Lounges at The Pig, Brockenhurst

A delicious array of home-infused Chase Vodka’s and of course, homemade Sloe-Gin. Must visit again when alcohol is on the menu 😉

What we loved this time was that they treated Calum like a king. The family room we had was wonderful, and the little treats that he was given throughout the stay were priceless.

Anyway, I digress a bit, as this is supposed to be a Style Column, but what we did this month dictated largely what I’ve been wearing.

Work-wise, it’s been all about pointy flats and dresses. Most of the dresses are non-maternity, either they just fit (thanks goodness for the shift shape that’s in this S/S) or they are a size larger than I usually take, and the flats are some I have and also supplemented by a new acquisition in these. I also made a cheeky purchase from my What to Buy Feb list – the TopShop stripe dress. This does come in Maternity too, but I decided against that and went for the normal one and it’s fine.

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Casually, it’s been all about sneaker- flats, jeans and oversized jumpers. Perfect for this transition weather. I do love the Zara boots above I picked for a steal in NYC. They are such a beautiful colour IMO 😉

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The other thing I’ve rediscovered is my love of a hat. There are certain styles I can’t wear (I struggle with a Trilby) but wearing a hat is something I’ve always loved and winter is the perfect time to try some of the lovely felt styles out there. This TopShop one has been a favourite over the last couple of weeks. You also can’t go wrong with a bobble hat. Mine (from Bobbl) is great as it’s a nice mix of Black and Navy which goes with a lot of my wardrobe.

So, how have you worn February? Did you pick up anything in the What to Buy list from earlier this month?

See you back here in a couple of weeks!

Erin xx

Spotted: New Look Denim

One of the things I need this season is a pair of new jeans, not cutting edge fashion, but necessary none the less. The thing is, I’m on a budget right now and I have precisely zero experience in shopping for jeans on the high street. Usually I buy ‘designer’ in the sale and spend maybe £50-100 – a fact that has long been the subject of amusement amongst my friends as I’ll easily spend more on a dress thats worn only a few times, yet if I consider cost-per-wear, they must be the most hardworking item in my wardrobe. That not withstanding, I’m looking after the pennies so the pounds can look after themselves and that means well priced jeans.

New Look are relaunching their denim collection (check out the dungarees for serious fashion points this season or the denim shirts for a bit of denim on denim action.) As a result, I thought I’d look them up and select a few of my picks for the coming season. Fortunately for me, the majority are skinny cuts as I’m thinking ahead to wear with ankle boots this winter, but I see they have kept a flattering bootcut for curvy silhouettes.

  1. I didn’t quite get around to trying the coated jean last season but at this price (£23) it’s a trend that’s worth a try.
  2. This season, lengths are cropped, including tops so think about a high waist to rock a shorter length knit this season.
  3. All summer I’ve loved a turn up and I’ve no intention of giving up on them now so this distressed turned up skinny will be perfect for the weekend with converse or distressed boots, and a slouchy top.
  4. If you prefer a bootcut, I love this dark blue vintage wash pair with a wide belt.

Have you tried New Look jeans? Are you looking for a new pair this season?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Sexy Boyfriend Jean

I don’t mind admitting, I haven’t bought a new pair of jeans for a couple of years now. There are 2 reasons for that. Firstly I am ahem, a bit heavier (still, yes, I know!) than I would prefer to be and kept convincing myself that I should wait and lose some weight before buying another pair. (Flawed logic, as if I lost weight I wouldn’t need new jeans… I’d be able to fit into the numerous pairs I already have.) Secondly I cannot stand shopping for jeans. It’s boring, frustrating and often soul destroying trying to pour yourself into yet another pair that don’t flatter, aren’t the right shape for you (what is that shape anyway, anyone who knows, do share,) and make you feel worse than when you started. So it was with relief that I managed to purchase this pair, the first I tried on, on a trip to GAP.


Jeans, GAP // Top, Marks and Spencer // Scarf (old), GAP // Ring, Accessorize // Nails, Mavala // Shoes, Clarks

I love the current trend for flashing a bit of ankle in cropped trousers and the slightly slouchy ‘boyfriend style’ of jeans that are on-trend right now feel like the ideal weekend alternative. I thought it was going to be a nightmare finding the right pair, but knew GAP did a style they call the ‘sexy boyfriend‘ and thought I would give them a go. In an up to date paler distressed wash than I would usually go for, I was pleasantly surprised by the fit and snapped them up.

It feels good to be back in jeans again, even if not for virtuous reasons and I’ve worn them non-stop ever since, often with my other recent purchase, these ponyskin, leopard print slipper flats – an absolute steal and from Clarks of all places at £39.99. They feel well made and smart with cushioned insoles and I still can’t believe that Clarks quality comes with serious style credentials. Who knew?

I teamed the jeans and leopard print with an unexpected flash of red on my nails – I don’t usually wear red as I associate it with a vintage look that I rarely aspire towards, but for some reason right now it feels fresh, particularly on short nails and when rocking a bejewelled fox ring that is equal parts cute and quirky.


Have you got any favourite jeans to share or have you tried the Sexy Boyfriend from GAP?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Spring Pastels

This weekend, after the hectic dash I made to London for the Florence Finds meet up (more on that later), Sunday was about being a day of rest. We headed to the allotment in the morning then I spent the afternoon blogging, tidying, and just enjoying being at home. Come the early evening it was still balmy and light so we headed off to the local pub for a drink outside.

These pictures were as much about my outfit as the backdrop, the Magnolia trees being out on my local streets literally stop me in my tracks every day, just to stare at the shell pink flowers and the cherry blossom is out in full-on fluffy force too.

One of the nicest things about the weather getting warmer is peeling back the layers or getting to wear lighter ones after the winter, so it was lovely to be able to step out in just my lightweight French Connection pale pink jacket. (Also seen here and here.) I teamed it with a new t-shirt, possibly a future ‘find’ from Zara – a lovely soft grey in organic cotton that isn’t ridiculously see through.


Neutral accessories were the order of the day and I wore my nude ballet flats with my jeans and for the first time, swapped one of my winter bags for this cream Marc by Marc Jacobs tote. I’ve had it for probably 5 years now and it still looks great. Perfect for warmer weather.

The thing that tied it all together though? I think it was the scarf. Another old item, it had all the pastels in that I was wearing on a cream backdrop but with the blue, just tied in my jeans nicely 🙂 I love it when an outfit comes together!

So what were you wearing in the sun this weekend?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: A Blue and Yellow weekend

Sometimes I write these What To Wear posts because I’m trying out a new trend that I like or because I want to share with you guys ideas about how to wear a particular trend. Other times I might just be particularly pleased with an outfit. I might share them because they make me happy. And lastly, sometimes I think I’ll share something that’s quite simple and today’s outfit is one of those. Despite my interest in fashion and trends, the majority of the time I’m running around doing exactly what you guys do. This last weekend that included an informal day time housewarming-come-baby shower, followed by a trip to see my brother and sister-in-law and my niece for dinner, then breakfast with them and their friends, followed by general Sunday slouching. I know you guys like seeing how a real person wears things so I thought I’d share my weekend outfit…

Being British, my clothing is generally dictated, and oft thwarted by the weather. This weekend saw a window of warmer weather before the cold returned (I took these on Sunday when it was freezing – hence the red nose and slightly strained expression!) and I was desperate to wear my new purchase from Whistles (don’t forget the 25% discount with Grazia – today is the last day you can pick one up in the shops, but you can use the online code until Tuesday the 13th.) I’ve been lusting after this oversized yellow striped knit for several weeks and snapped it up as soon as the discount came out.

Something else I was desperate to wear was this chunky turquoise and royal blue necklace that I shared last weekend, from Banana Republic and it turned out the brights worked really well together. On sunny Saturday I wore them both with my pink trousers, but when the weather changed slightly I switched to more season appropriate jeans and black accessories – my trusty leather jacket (the extended shoulder leather jacket, also from Whistles) and new pointy flats from GAP (even better, their spring sale starts today with up to 50% off with free shipping today only on orders over £30. Use the code FREE30!) I’m just loving a pointed toe right now. 🙂

For me at the moment, it’s still all about making new season style work in the never ending British winter and this outfit certainly cheered me up dispute the weather cooling down.

As always, let me know what you’re wearing right now and if I’ve inspired your style choices…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash… Think Pink

Just recently, I have seen an absolute onslaught of pink hitting the shops, and I’ve also seen it popping up all over the blogs, adorning the most stylish ladies and just generally making me want to wrap myself in it from head to toe. Pink used to be just a little bit un-cool, but it can certainly be done…


L-R Top Row: Fuchsia Dress, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere in Pink on Pink on Pink, Camel and Neon. Bottom row L-R: Bubblegum jumper and striped skirt, Hot Pink Blazer and bobble hat, Emily again in pink pants and khaki jacket.

So I thought I’d do a little round up of items in the shops that you can combine into your outfits at home:

So come on girls, tell me what you think? Is pink for you? Or will you be sitting this trend out?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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