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


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


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


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

The Fash Flash: Spring Sunshine…

Yellow texture blouse // Multi floral elbow sleeve top // Bright Jacquard dress
Cocoon Coat // Boxy Jumper // Cropped Boucle Biker Jacket
Mirror print tunic // Drape front playsuit // Colour block tee

A couple of weeks ago I went shopping to pick something up and immediately noticed that 3 or 4 shops had transitional collections featuring yellows. Everything from pastel to acid to chartreuse to bright to mustard, it felt like such a breath of fresh spring time air in the gloomy depths of winter. It really does feel right now like it’s darkest before the (spring) dawn.

Some of the items I have picked here are full on, out-and-out yellow, but quite a few are mixed in with much more subdued colours that make them a little more appropriate for the still gloomy season and also better for yellow-shy skin tones to try out.

Happy Friday readers, go on and brighten your day 🙂


Friday Frock O’clock

Cape sleeve dress, Zara

After a few monochrome and rather serious weeks of frocks, there seemed nothing more appropriate to round off a week of glorious sunshine heralding the spring than a dress as bright as the sun has been.

Yellow is a huge trend for this season and I love this super modern, sleek and chic take on it from Zara. The clean silhouette teamed with superhero-esque cape sleeves would make a stand out style statement at any function you have to attend in the coming months. I’m imagining it with mirror metallic silver stilettos and a slick of a fuchsia lip for a futuristic look you can barely tear your eyes away from.

Have a fantastic weekend readers,


What to Wear: Neon

So, I’ve been talking a lot about neon fashion lately. First the Fash Flash a little while back, then I got all excited about neon skirts. Today I’m sharing probably one of my favourite looks so far,and what do you know, it’s neon!

Shirt, French Connection // Shorts, Reiss (old) // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Wedges, ALDO // Sunglasses and Bangle, Banana Republic

Clearly it’s a holiday look, and massively helped by the weather and slight tan. I totally fell for this longer back silk shirt from French Connection (Shhhh! It’s in the sale!) a while back and figured it would be perfect for holidays. It’s cool and comfortable but obviously has a touch of fashion about it in the colour.

I’m not going to lie, Neon is a hard cookie to crack and I think I like it best with neutrals. It depends on the neutral of course and in this case I think it went particularly well with my city shorts. (Yup, they’re the same pair I wore all around Yosemite – that’s double duty dressing for you!) A bit of height from the wedges stopped my legs looking too short and of course, I had to wear my neon edged Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

Looking back at the photos I love the whole look. Summer in the city eat your heart out. Not feeling so brave? Whack on a whopping great pair of sunglasses 😉



Friday Frock O’clock

This week I couldn’t help myself but include a dress from my favourite shop, Whistles. And it’s yellow. You know what they say, ‘you can go hard, or you can go home.’

Ellie drape front dress, £75 – whistles.co.uk

If you’re looking for a simply perfect dress, you can do a lot worse than go to Whistles.

Their shift dresses are absolutely the best and insanely flattering, particularly their what I like to call ‘signature’ shape. It varies slightly season to season, but think flattering slightly high waist, heavy silks that drape beautifully, tough exposed zips and small details that give a modern-luxe feel. I could have chosen any one of their dresses in the sale but this one looked too sunshine-y to resist.

Have a great weekend readers 🙂


Spotted: French Connection

Every now and then a shop seems to suddenly come into it’s own and have an explosion of purchasable items on a shop floor sea of desirability. When that happens, of course it’s my pleasure, no, my duty, to highlight said shop and share the retail recommendations.

Today I’m talking about French Connection, a shop that I unwittingly wandered into just over a week ago and became completely absorbed in looking around the brilliantly displayed collections. Perhaps it was the strong themeing to the displays but I also saw new micro-trends and styles that have until now not really taken my fancy this season, which I wanted to irrationally buy up so no one else could have them!

Sparkle Babbs Sleeveless dress // Mini sequins jacket // Bling glam clutch // Star runner tank – all French Connection
Although I have loved the mermaid or aquatic trend since seeing it on the catwalks, translating it to your day to day wear is a completely different thing and not something I have attempted so far this season. French Connection seem to have got the colour palette so spot on in terms of translating that shimmer of a mermaids tail that looks ethereal, fresh and terribly grown up all at once.

Rabari silk strappy dress // Electric circus strappy dress // Sun gaze halter dress // Peony print top // Shaped wooden clutch – all French Connection
This mini collection gets my vote because it’s so different. When you’re an avid follower of fashion it’s easy to sometimes find you and your friends are all wearing the same thing, the same colour, the same style and this mixed collection of nudes with oranges and desert sunset shades of red will be perfectly unusual for high summer and the festival season.

Mini sequins top // Lisella lace skirt // Elisa beading sleeveless top // glimmer denim trouser // Samara sequins clutch // Rascal lace-up brogues – all French Connection
Although I love feminine style, I also like keeping it clean and simple, so this collection works perfectly for me in feminine pastel shades with a hefty dose of sparkle, yet with chic shapes like these coated jeans and simple shell tops. The pale brogues with a sweet lace skirt also make a pretty contrast.

London rock stripe maxi dress // Mimosa mist mini short // Rabari skirt //Creole Crepe shirt // Electric meadow trousers // Eva T-bar sandals – all French Connection
Lastly, these are amongst my favourite pieces. I may have to be physically restrained from purchasing that dress. Sheer, yellow, maxi and belted all at once, and the whole selection almost has a Mulberry seaside styling feel with the patent t-bar sandals and the signature embellishment on these never-will-go-out-of-fashion shorts. If you’re still fancying some printed pants, I don’t think you can go wrong with these electric meadow print pants for summer.

So my recommendation is to hot foot it down to French Connection and have a look around.

Extra points go to any of you who can goes what I bought from this selection… two tops and an incredibly long list waiting for the sale! What are you lusting after today…?


Friday Frock O’clock

There’s been a bit of an undercurrent of a trend going on this season that I am really loving, fifties chic. It’s a trend that seems to surface every summer and Mad Men is of course adding fuel to the fashion fire, with their sexy costumes. When it comes to the fifties, I’m not a huge fan of the stereotypical full skirted prom style dresses, but the trend I’m loving just now is more desperate housewives, all chic cocktail dresses, fitted shifts and candy colours.

The Beverley Dress from Coast, £145

I love yellow and this lemon shade is much easier to wear than most. The thin belt is a cute finishing touch to nip in your waist and the subtle gradient of colour is achieved with converging polka dots, which gives a classic shape a dose of fun. It’s perfect for a wedding or event this summer and I can just see it with Pimms on the lawn.

Happy weekend readers,


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…


What to Wear: In the Snow

So, as you might know, I spent last week in Sestriere, Italy, ski-ing. Today’s What to Wear is really more of a ‘winter brights’ post, but hey, you can’t blame me for using the amazing natural backdrop to add a bit of contrast to this super bright ensemble, right?

Last week, I shared the GAP SS12 collection, (and psst! They currently have a 30% off denim promo!) and might have hinted that I was in love with the brights they’re all over for this season. I hot footed it off down there when I needed an extra jumper for ski-ing and pounced on this egg yolk bright, Yellow and Grey Broad Stripe number.

Jumper: Gap, Jeans: Warehouse, Striped Top: A&F, Hat: UGG boots. Sunglasses: Ray ban

It’s actually a cotton jumper, so perhaps not the best for ski-ing, but layered up with an older A&F stripe top also in grey then my bright blue jeans (see them here too) plus bright pink accessories, I was feeling pretty cheerful. That and first day of holiday and all 😉

Ah yes, the UGG boots. Are they still cool? I don’t know. What I do know is that despite appearances, mine are still WARM, and I love them. After three years hard wear (I did my home visits in them all through the snow last year and as long as it’s not slushy, they never get wet) the sheepskin lining is getting a little less soft and fat so I’m ready for a replacement, BUT they’re perfect for messing around in when it’s chilly.

Are you getting into brights yet?

And what’s your essential super cold weather item?

Lots of Sunshine yellow love,

Spotted: Whistles SS12

It’s not a secret that I am a big fan of Whistles, and this season, I am loving the early press releases of their collections. Full of pieces that are easy to wear (read: loose shapes and chiffon pleats) there’s also a healthy dose of colour interspersed among the navy that I love.

First up, my key seasonal piece – the laser cut out leather top. You’ll be seeing a lot of this in the ad campaigns I suspect (ditto leather on the whole this season) and I think it’s one of those pieces that will go a long way in your wardrobe, seasonless and a style staple for years to come. Expect long waiting lists and sell out success.

Next, my favourite, the floral prints. I was a little underwhelmed by Whistles last season, mainly due to the lack of colour and as a big fan of brights my prayers have been answered. Although I’m not sure I’m brave enough to rock the tailoring in fuschia, the yellow print dress virtually has my name on it. Check out the sample of print here that translates into this fabulous jumpsuit too.

Your sartorial fashion crises solved for any summer formal events? The dresses. There’s not a season goes by without me buying a Whistles dress, although I have also been known where possible (and Whistles often do it) to buy the top and skirt in one print then wear together or separately, particularly when it comes to a more casual look. The jumpsuit featured here has been tipped for the top of the style charts but I am head over heels about the scallop edged cream dress. Come to Mama.

Lastly, global prints. Although I’ll admit when I first clocked these I wasn’t that keen, I’ve now scoured the collection images 3 or 4 times and each time I get more and more enamoured with the look. There is something very nonchalant about the shapes. Did I mention those sunglasses – chic.

I’m also loving the styling in these images. Often absorbed by the clothes themselves, I am actually kind of wishing I was the model in these shots with her grown-up look and simple style. All in all, Whistles SS12 is a winner for me..

What do you think readers? Are you a fan of Whistles or could this collection convert you?


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