Triple Temptation: Boho kaftans

Good Morning readers! Sorry for the lack of posts – I’m having some camera trouble which has been getting in the way and Pete is on his official paternity leave so we are out and about enjoying Bea. I’m sure things will get back to normal soon. Bear with me!

Maybe with the recent change in weather I’m already feeling nostalgic for the end of summer, or perhaps I’m hoping for an Indian summer to spend with Bea and the earth mother in me is coming out, but right now I’m leaning towards a much more relaxed sartorial style. Floaty tops, bright embroidered touches, cool fabrics and comfortable shapes are what I’m coveting, so I’m looking for the perfect embroidered top to pair with shorts, sandals and sunglasses for summer style.

Monsoon £29.99 // Monsoon £22.50 (sale) // Zara £29.99

They double as beach wear and don’t have to be restricted to summer – the black detailing on the first choice above would transition well into Autumn to work the folksy seventies vibe that will continue to be a hit for AW14. They’re also super kind to a lingering mum-tum and work well layered with a vest for breast feeding.

What do you think readers? Would you wear a kaftan?


What to Wear: The South Africa Edition

For a while now I have been thinking that it would be fun to do a feature of what I wore every day of a holiday, so for a break from the travel posts I thought I’d share my outfits in SA, day by day. Putting together a packing list or ‘holiday wardrobe’ isn’t the easiest thing to do and I thought you guys might like to see how I’ve worn the same things in different ways throughout the holiday and I’ve included some tips on things to think about or remember when you are planning what to take away with you. This trip wasn’t all glamour so please don’t get too excited about what’s in store, it’s really more of a real life insight and hopefully you like it!

If you’re going to be sightseeing, a lightweight showerproof jacket and a cosy scarf are invaluable and will serve you well day after day…

If you’ll be walking a lot, especially out of the city, don’t forget some trainers or casual white pumps that will go with everything whilst giving you stable footing off the beaten track…

Stick to a key colour palette (mine was yellow, navy, and coral/red with neutral basics mixed in and a big dose of stripes.)

Invest in a couple of key accessories like these metallic flats to keep your outfits on trend.

You’re on holiday so ditch the formality and go for relaxed casual style and clothes you feel comfortable in…

Be prepared in certain parts of the world (and depending on your activities) to put together an outfit that covers your arms and legs. Sometimes it’s function over form!

Make your wardrobe work harder by re-wearing and layering. Neutrals work best for this as they will go with so many pieces (and in my book, navy and white stripes = neutral basics!)

Always pack a new bikini for a poolside pick me up 🙂

Don’t forget a cross body bag for all your essentials and some inexpensive costume jewellery (I always go for a bangle, hoop earrings, studs, a chunky necklace and a fine chain,) that will take you from beach to bar with ease.

I hope you enjoyed the insight 🙂


*PS I haven’t included my Safari outfits here as we barely took any photos of each other and I was just layered up to the max wearing all of the above on the chilly morning and evening drives!

Some of the items featured have previously been blogged about here:

What to Wear: Holiday layers…

Over the last few months it’s fair to say I’ve been working my way through new trends, trying them out and sharing them with you, along with making quite a few new purchases. However, come this time of year my spending habits tend to shift away from fashion, for a couple of reasons. Of course, the sales are looming and unless it’s a good quality basic or essential I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of, it feels foolish to splurge with the sales around the corner. This summer has been so poor, a lot of the high summer trends just aren’t worth attempting, (tropical prints in the rain anyone?) and before we know it the Autumn/Winter’12 trends will be filling the rails. As a result, I’m doing what any normal girl does, recycling. So you’re going to be seeing a few of the items I’ve already shared in different combinations or for different occasions over the coming weeks. I hope it inspires you to reconsider your classic items alongside this seasons new pieces and extends your wardrobe that bit further into the Autumn, a little like this print clash I shared earlier in the week.

This morning’s what-to-wear is a bit of an exercise in holiday versatility. I do enjoy honing a holiday wardrobe down to the bare, hardworking essentials but honestly, it’s not because I love planning outfits, it’s altogether more mundane than that. Firstly, I HATE washing when I get back from holiday. The only think worse is washing all the items that you didn’t wear or need. Secondly, I hate taking a huge case. Its a pain to lug about and who wants to go over the luggage limit? Particularly when there’s shopping to be done when you get there. 😉

Dress (seen as skirt) Zara // Jumper – Florence and Fred // Wedges (old) – Aldo // Bag – Mulberry //

So, although you have already seen today’s main items, this amazing £12 steal of a summer jumper from Florence and Fred at Tesco, layered over this digital print bodycon dress, from Zara. I just added a pair of casual wedge heels in tan leather and a metallic bag, keeping it neutral as there was already a lot going on with the skirt. A pearlescent skinny belt picked out the lilac in the skirt and toned with the jumper to give the top half some shape and smarted up the outfit.

I wore this on the first evening we arrived in San Francisco. I was tired and it was really quite windy but we wanted to make the most of the first evening and headed out to explore the Embarcadero. I knew I wouldn’t want to change again for dinner and we wanted something quite casual, but of course, it was the first night of holiday, so I wanted to look nice. As you do 😉

A good friend of mine does this all the time and I’m always inspired by the flexibility she gets out of her wardrobe by layering, so I was pretty pleased to pull it off with this outfit. Packing wise it’s a double score. The jumper got worn again for sight-seeing the next day and the dress came out for a night out in Vegas. And I had less washing when I got home 😉

Hope you like it readers, and it inspires you to look at how you can combine and get more out of your wardrobe…


Friday Frock O’clock

All I’m thinking about right now is my holiday so when I stumbled across this Seafolly dress I fell in love. I have to admit, I NEVER spend a lot on Summer clothes, you get to wear them so little and when you do, they get ruined by sea water, pool water or suncream.

Seafolly Coral gladiator maxi dress – £99

If you’re a little more confident that you can take care of them however, this could be the perfect reason to invest in a stunning beach to bar dress like this one. With care, you’ll still be wearing this in years. It’ll look equally good with heels and chunky jewellery in the bar as flip flops on the beach, or in the city for that matter sight-seeing. The colour is perfect with a tan and I love the way it has been styled here with flats and a raffia bag. It’s probably the top end of what I’d stretch to price wise, but I can see it having great longevity and being 100% worth it!

Have you started thinking about holiday dresses yet?


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