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25 August 2016

seeing red!

These past few weeks I have gone from zero colour in my wardrobe to no less than three new red dresses.....even a touch of pink is in on the colour action! After a couple of dodgy weather days over the weekend I've turned my attentions to the looming transitional change in the forecast and what I might buy to bring a bit of life to the more muted colours I usually wear come A/W. For me the quickest way of uplifting your wardrobe is new shoes....so it's may not come as that much of a surprise that I'm looking at red trainers. As always I've turned to Pinterest for a bit of inspo!












All pictures via Pinterest

Rather handily Grazia magazine currently have a 25% off discount! There is a voucher in the magazine....however I took a chance and used the code GRAZIA25 online.....and it worked! Get shopping! These are the styles that made my shortlist......I've specifically plumped for red suede!

First up is the classic Adidas Stan Smith......I would infact heed the advice of my lovely mate @susiesoso and change the laces on these from red to white. I would have loved the red and white Gazelles....but sadly I had a bad experience with the fit of some navy ones last year....at least with the Stan's I know they are comfy!



The husband has just got a pair of these in black suede....so I'm not sure it would be such a great idea for us to have matching trainers so these are out of the equation as much as I love them!



I have actually gone with my signature trainer but gone for something different to my usual chuck low style and plumped for these gorgeous Converse One Star's. Fingers crossed they will arrive tomorrow.....judging by the weather forecast I could well be road-testing them over the weekend! ;0)



Have you purchased anything with your transitional wardrobe in mind yet? I would love to hear!

What have I been wearing these past few days......


Wrap London Lexi washed black sweatshirt, here
Zara jeans, ancient, similar here
H&M sandals, here
Kiwi St Tropez bag, here


Gap graphic tank, here
H&M jeans, past season similar here
H&M sandals, here
Balenciaga bag, similar here


Gap dress, here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
Kiwi St Tropez bag, here
Necklace, holiday purchase similar here


Gap tank, sold out online similar here
Vero Moda shorts, past season similar here
Topshop sandals, past season similar here
Kiwi St Tropez bag, here


Warehouse denim jacket, past season similar here
Marks & Spencer Alexa Chung dress, sold out similar here from ASOS
Converse, here

I now have a couple of A/W purchases under my belt....and there are a few other bits on my radar that I will share with you next time!

Back soon! 

21 August 2016

next's best things!

So....the holiday is over, the school holidays are almost over and the weather has taken a turn for the worse. However, Next have come to the rescue! This landed on the doormat on the other day....and the timing could not have been more perfect!
When I had five minutes earlier, armed with a cuppa I had a good flick through this. I don't normally buy that much from Next but after being introduced to these gorgeous boots below by this lovely lady on Instagram I decided to see what else they have on offer this season and I was pleasantly surprised when I realised here were the humble beginnings of my A/W16 wardrobe!

Next pixie boots (these are described as suede but they are pony hair leather upper!)

None of this looks to be available to order until late August! Gah....but I want it all now! This sweater is top of my wish list as I love the print.....everyone loves a bit of leo.....and those are my three favourite colours right there! Black, khaki and red! What's not to love!


More red....yup, I've become addicted over the summer to all things red. Love this Chloes-que style sports luxe top! I have a star print maxi from last year (similar here) which I will wear under this with my Nike Blazers!


I haven't yet succumbed to the embroidered jeans trend but I am very taken with these cargo trousers (these are available now). 



Next have also come up trumps with this gorgeous metallic pleated skirt in pewter!


Next pewter pleated skirt, also available in green and rose gold

I've set my sights on a couple more gorgeous tops, more of the going out variety....both would be fab with ripped skinnies for date night ;0)





I shall be researching this little lot once it all becomes available to order....so I shall be back in the very near future with my findings!

Just going to leave you with one more A/W16 gem that I stumbled across in M&S......which is right back on my radar after some of my magnificent sale bargains!



Now my A/W16 wardrobe in well underway! Have you purchased anything yet?

Here's what I've been wearing over the last week or so.....since I've returned from my hols!


H&M blue shirt, here
Gap denim skirt, past season similar here
Topshop Hercules sandals, sold out similar here


Gap top, sold out similar here
Vero Moda shorts, past season similar here
Topshop Hercules sandals, sold out similar here
Kiwi St Tropez bag, here
Accessorize hat, here


Zara t-shirt, past season similar here
New look shorts, here
H&M sandals, here
The Jacksons's London bag, sold out
Accessorize hat, here


Zara dress, ancient similar here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Necklace, similar here


Gap outlet dress, can't link, gorgeous alternative here though!
Topshop Hercules sandals, sold out similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize hat, here


H&M cami, sold out online similar here
Mango skirt, sold out similar here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
Accessorize hat, here
Zara bag, past season similar here


Just Female dress via Hi*Hi* store fab alternative here
Topshop Hercules sandals, sold out similar here
Mulberry Bayswater bag, ancient similar here


H&M dress, can't find online, this is a fab alternative here
Converse, here with 30% off code BANKHOL


Muubaa leather jacket via ASOS past season similar here
Mango top, past season similar here 30% off with code BANKHOL
Zara army trousers, past season similar here
Converse, here
Balenciaga bag, ancient similar here

This is just the beginning! I do love this time of year, planning the new season wardrobe! What's your favourite season to buy for?

Back soon with some more new season finds!
 

14 August 2016

postcards from st tropez!

Fresh back from our holiday....feeling revived and rejuvenated I thought I'd share some my holiday moments with you. We've been talking about doing one of these glamping kind of holidays for a few years and so we started to plan it in September last year after one of my friends raved about a Yelloh campsite they had stayed at with their two young girls. After some extensive research (we didn't want to drive the whole way as the DH is on the road a lot for work) we plumped for this campsite as the it meant we could fly to Nice and pick up a hire car. We would also be only a 15 minute drive from the very lively St Tropez and we could walk to the stunning Pampelonne beach.


St Tropez port

The campsite absolutely exceeded our expectations. We hired a cottage Soleo which was perfect for the three of us. It was beautifully kept, very clean and  had everything you needed (you do pay extra for towels and bedding but you can take your own). It's also worth investing in a 'cottage' with air con! Our unit was on a hill (great exercise) and we had an incredible view of the surrounding mountains. If you enjoy proper camping I can honestly say that the facilities looked brilliant! If you have small children it is such a lovely safe environment for them to roam around, a good idea would be to take bikes/scooters if you are driving over! There is a lovely park area for all different age groups which is where my daughter struck up conversation with her little group of holiday BFF's! As for the bar and pool area.....all I can say is WOW! There are water slides and a lazy river.....I have never spent so much time in the pool on holiday. Lifeguards are everywhere and the pool area is gated so the little ones can't stray too far on their own. On an evening it is very lively, always some form of entertainment. They have a fast food area, which was good especially busy in the daytime and they also had a restaurant , which we didn't get  around to trying! There is a takeaway pizza shack and they also have a bakery onsite for fresh croissants and baguettes every morning. There is a large Spar supermarket just outside of the campsite (too far to walk with a lot of shopping!), again this was brilliant with a fresh fish counter and really caters for your every culinary need and otherwise! Also situated next to the supermarket was a rotisserie and greengrocers for all your fresh fruit and salad stuff! We prepared our own food 4 out of the seven nights. The other three night we drove to St Tropez and were pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't as extortionate as we'd imagined!
St Tropez.....what can I say! Totally fell in love with this place! 















 
What did I wear......


Nooki Cape via The Dressing Room, here
Topshop Cami, similar here
Culture Trousers via Hi*Hi* store
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here
Chambers & Beau necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


H&M halter top, ancient similar here
H&M shorts, similar here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


Zara t-shirt, past season similar here
Vero Moda shorts, ancient, similar here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


H&M red dress, here
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
SayWhatYouC embroidered clutch, similar here
SayWhatYouc necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


New Look cami, sold out similar here
Mango skirt, similar here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


H&M dress, instore but similar here and here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
Beach Bunnies grey pochette, here
Chambers & Beau necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


Mango dress, past season similar beach cover here
Havaianas, past season similar here
Beach Bunnies Bali tote bag here
Accessorize panama, here


Gap dress, here
Warehouse sandals, ancient similar here
Necklace, St Tropez boutique similar here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


H&M shirt dress, here
Havaianas, past season similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here


Gap outlet dress, current not online. Fab alternative here
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
SayWhatYouC necklace here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


Zara top, ancient similar here
New Look shorts, sold out similar here
Beach Bunnies Bali tote bag, here
Havaianas, past season similar here
Accessorize panama, here


Mango dress, past season similar here
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
Bella Jane bracelets, here


Boden cross tie tunic, here I may have to purchase the white for next year! ;0)
Topshop Hercules sandals sold out similar here
The Tipi round straw basket, sold out similar here
Accessorize panama, here
Bella Jane bracelets, here

What didn't I wear? I thought it would be helpful for next years packing to do a little post mortem on what came home unworn....and then there is the matter of a couple of last minute things I popped in!
I definitely won't be taking swimsuits again....as much as I love the idea of them it was too hot too faff around with the blighters and struggle with them every time you needed the loo! Neither of my playsuits were worn and they may just be delegated to the *wear in the garden only* box. It was much easier to wear separates, especially if you wanted to nip to the bar for a bottle of water or ice cream as you could get away with just sticking your top on....I'm not one for strutting my stuff in just a bikini and the playsuits just seemed too much of an effort in the heat! Next time I would take a couple more t-shirts or tanks like these. I slipped my grey Zara one (similar here) in at the last minute along with a long sleeve Zara white linen top (similar here) and both got worn. I think a striped tee and some lighter colours were needed.....note to thy self....you packed too many black cami's! Other bits that made in into the case last minute were the H&M print shift...I love that so it got worn, I also bought this black dress from H&M and took it but I didn't get the opportunity to wear it! I picked up a brilliant little swing dress from the Gap outlet in Street (similar here) which I popped in my hand luggage to do a quick change once we touched down in Nice airport....sadly I missed a photo opportunity with that one but you are sure to see it soon! One last thing....I did take Helen from Net A Dressers advice on my last post and stuck a pair of sparkly flats sandals in.....so glad I did, as you can see I wore them quite a bit! Thanks you Helen!

The holiday heros....this little lot


Hammam towel via Amazon, here
Beach Bunnies Bali tote bag here
Beach Bunnies grey pochette, here
Beach Bunnies cosmetic bag, here
Accessorize panama, here
Havaianas, past season similar here

I've never used Hammam towels before but I'm a convert as they are so easy to hand wash at the end of the day and they dry so quickly! The little grey tote is a super size, very lightweight and a lot less cumbersome than the straw beach bag....but my daughter kept hoodwinking it! The Beach Bunnies pochette was a Godsend for keeping my phone and keys within easy reach (and will now be a permanent fixture in my handbag!) and doubled up nicely as a clutch, also brilliant was the cosmetic purse to hold all the lotions and potions! I never go anywhere without a hat on holiday...this Accessorize panama is on it's last legs but it's served me well for the past 4/5 years! Last but not least....the Hav's....say no more!

And finally....well there had to be a holiday purchase or two! ;0)


Necklace, St Tropez boutique similar here

So there we have it....my amazing holiday in a nutshell! It's back to reality now but I am heartened to hear that we are in for a lovely spell of weather....thus we shall still be in the holiday spirit! I am looking forward to getting lots more wear out of my holiday clothes! :0)

How did you get on with your holiday packing....or how is yours going? I would love to hear!

I shall be back again soon! 

p.s Beach Bunnies very kindly gifted me the above items.....but I can honestly say I would have happily parted with my own dosh for them!