How to Wear: August

Hi there Readers

I have a confession to make… I categorically said last month that I’d take more photos of what I wore during August but I have failed at that mission. I’m sorry. To be honest though, it’s mostly been a variation on the recurring theme that has been Summer 2015 – denim and khaki – my Maternity Leave uniform 😉

Stripe Top – H&M // Khaki Jacket – Karen Millen // Jeans – H&M // Trainers – Adidas Stan Smith

The weather hasn’t helped the fact that I’ve lived in jeans either, and I hope it’s marginally better for September as we are off on our holidays – a staycation to somewhere that Rebecca actually recommended. I’m really looking forward to our break as a foursome!

I have managed to wear a few of my summer purchases this month though. Some Snakeskin Ghillie flats made an appearance mid month, and the khaki jumpsuit got an airing.

T-Shirt – Cos // Jeans – Topshop // Shoes – Topshop

Jumpsuit and Shoes – Topshop

I also wore a boyfriend shirt into London for a day of work meetings – perfect to dress up some jeans paired with jewelled sandals.

Trench Coat – F&F // Shirt – Topshop // Jeans – J Crew // Shoes – Clarks

However last week was slightly different in that a) I was able to get dressed up a bit for a friends 10th Wedding Anniversary Party – it felt good to spend some time on my face and hair and wear a dress (albeit a BF friendly one!)

Dress – & Other Stories

and b) I WENT FOR A RUN! 4.19 miles in 45 minutes – not bad considering it’s been 9 months since I did any real running. I’m hoping the motivation will continue.

Running Kit – Nike

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with my thoughts on September purchases. As Rebecca alluded to, there’s some cracking AW purchases to be made now.

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

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

Triple temptation: Cross Body Bags

I’ve had a real obsession recently with finding the perfect crossbody bag to wear over my parka. Although I can’t complain of being short of handbags in general, I just didn’t have one that quite fitted the winter bill, but fortunately I’ve seen some really cute ones on my travels lately…


Quilted wine leather square bag, & Other Stories £75 // The Cambridge Satchel Co. Clutch £155 // Silver saddle bag, Zatchels £60

I’ve already included this silver one in my Christmas wish list, but I also fell in love with the autumnal folky feeling quilted bag when I spotted it with Michelle in London a couple of weeks ago, (she eventually plumped for this one instead.) Then I saw this cute as a button small clutch with a cross body strap from The Cambridge Satchel Company. I’m so happy they have branched out into other styles but with their signature feel. It look sturdy enough to be worn over a coat every day but in sweet pastel shades that will work year round.

Which is your favourite readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Berry Lips


Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry £16 // Albeit lipstick in Plum £14 // Marquisette Rouge – & Other Stories £12

Now the mercury has dipped to freezing I’m thinking about pink cheeks and berry lips for a festive look. Equally good for a trip to the Christmas Markets in the day time or brought out for a Christmas get together. I actually purchased the & Other Stories shade in London last week and can vouch for the creamy texture and berry-perfect shade. I also own the Stila lip glaze and was inspired to get it out after seeing Bella wear it a couple of weekends ago (in another shade) but it remains less moisturising than the creamy texture of the lipstick.

Now, what I’d like to know is if you guys can recommend any other brands or shades for a berry pout this winter? Have you tried a berry lip?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: & Other Stories

Last week when I was in London I wandered down Regent Street and passed & Other Stories, the new-to-the-UK store by H&M and COS. Any of you interested in fashion will have already heard the hype but now I have experienced the store and collection for myself I feel ready to share it here.

Hands up, although I love the aesthetic of COS, it’s usually the accessories I’m more drawn to and that was exactly the same in & Other Stories. Although it’s supposed to be a midway point price wise between H&M and COS, I found that applied to the fashion, but not the accessories. That said, the quality was fantastic and I felt the bags were worth to £65 for a large clutch or £100 for a leather bag. Shoes were similar with leather flats from £45 ranging up to around £100 for more detailed heels or wedges.

Accessories were similarly covetable with chunky stylish jewellery to give everyday outfits a fierce touch and price points were lower here.

However, by far my favourite aspect of the store was the beauty department. Stocking some Scandinavian brands alongside their own body range and extensive make up selection (which had a brilliantly wide colour range for darker skins,) the best bit was the way you could try everything. Stools sat in front of mirrors with clean brushes and make up remover for you to try every shade and product available from foundation through to eyeshadows and lipstick. Even better, next to the bath and body products were two huge sinks, running water and paper towesl so you could try them too – Such a brilliant idea that makes you so much more likely to make a purchase if you’re confident in your selection. Eye shadows were £7, lip colours £12 and face bases £15.

Overall, I’d say it’s more of a buy in person store for me, but if you like any of the (leather) shoes and bags and decide to order online, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the quality and finish.

So readers, have you been? Do you want to?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Regent Street 24/7

Oxford Street is the place that seems to get the most mentions when it comes to London’s shopping scene, but I have always preferred Regent Street. It’s the place that I always make a beeline for when I head south as it houses some of my favourite stores that you simply can’t find anywhere else. So when I was approached by the Regent Street Online hub to share my favourite stores on Regent Street it was easy to accept.

The  Regent Street Online hub has everything you need to plan a trip; Check on your favourite stores, special discount days or events and restaurants located there. Get involved via Regent Street 24/7, the social media hub which groups Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media activity. Just sign in with your prefered social media account and join the community!

My favourite feature has to be the community page of listed stores and each of their social media access points – find your favourite store on Pinterest and tweet them when you buy something!

I’m hoping you guys might be able to also share your favourite haunts in the area and perhaps a new find for me to stop at next week when I’m in the big smoke! So here are my must-visits on Regent Street, where are yours?

1. Top of the list – Anthropologie. I love this store and when it finally came to the UK it was worth a visit to London in itself. The interiors accessories, books and jewellery are incredible – I lose hours in there every time I step over the threshold. Fortunately there are lovely sofas for Pete to park himself on and wait. 😉

2. Zara Home. Similar in style to Anthro, but at a price point more reminiscent of its fashion sister, Zara Home is my first stop when I want a fresh take on interiors and well priced luxe or world inspired accessories.

3. Banana Republic. Now we have one in Manchester I can get a fix sooner, but for years the Regent Street store was a go-to destination for me for work wear, costume jewellery and bags.

4. With all this shopping you’re bound to work up an appetite and my first stop is always the Regent Street Food Quarter. If you’re new to London and want to meet friends or eat something more substantial for lunch than a Pret sandwich, this is the place. Along Heddon Street, this little route detours off the main drag onto a pedestrianised street lined with restaurants and bars – equally good for a post shopping cocktail. I like Tibits, but Aubaine is also a favourite and The Living Room is always a reliable choice.

5. Another brand reaching our to Regent Street from the U.S. is Coach and I love that buying a handbag here means you won’t see it on everyone’s shoulders.

6. Finally, a newcomer and a soon-coming. & Other Stories, the new store from founder’s of H&M and COS promises the former’s well priced fashion forward staples, and the latter’s streamlined aesthetic, so I’ll be checking it out next week and reporting back. And need I mention the soon-comer? J.Crew, I cannot welcome you to Regent Street soon enough. 😉

So now it’s your turn. Where’s your favourite Regent St hangout?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*This post is sponsored by Regent Street Online.

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