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I do love the statement sleeves but there are so many that really look like all they are good for is an Instagram pic. Here Im bringing you the statement without the stress. You will get the wow sleeve factor, whether it’s full, frilled or bows, but you can still eat your lunch without the stress of wondering what your sleeves might be dipping into.
Happy Weekend to you all
Having skimmed through some of the AW17 NYC & London shows its clear to see that colour colour and more colour is everywhere. There is no real trend happening just that different fabrics from velvet, tulle, silk and lace to metallics, embellishment and prints, and styles from decades past are all on the horizon. I think it would be pretty accurate to say just about anything goes really. And I think that’s wonderful as that is what fashion is all about, from that, individuals can create their own styles.
One trend I am talking about today is Gingham! I do love a bit of gingham but at the same time I feel one needs to tread carefully when choosing to dress in gingham, lets remember gingham has dressed many a tea table and jam jar for decades. If the incorrect garment is chosen and styled badly then you’re not going to be doing this trend or yourself justice. My high street hits below.
Gingham blouse with tie sleeves here
If you know the styles I go for as often as possible you will know this style ticks all boxes, floaty, full sleeves, great length and such a cute fabric to match although it’s not a cute dress, I feel the style of the dress really balances out the fabric ensuring its not too girly. Especially worn with a pair of converse 😉 Buy here
This shirt is great for dress up a pair of high waisted jeans and a blazer, love the ruffles in all the right places. Shop here
This is a favourite, tried and tested I loved it on, I also felt its is such a versatile top, from wearing it with a pair of shorts to a pair of leather trousers in the evening, this top can really be casual or smart. Shop here
This doesn’t come cheap but this embellishment!!! Shop here
If you’ve got a long torso, finding the right jumpsuit can be tricky, usually the Tall department is where you need to shop. This Jumpsuit looks super cool and again could go from the office with heels and a blazer, straight to the beach with slides. LOVE – shop here
Styling your gingham..
Well Tuesday Talk started yesterday and ended it this evening so I guess it’s happy hump day from me.
The utility or military if you like, jacket has become something of a staple, like the denim jacket. It goes over everything, from a t-shirt to a formal frock. Its slightly more versatile than the denim jacket however, in that the longer length and softer fabric (in some) allows you to play around with the style a lot more. Wearing a belt around the middle can dress it up over a cocktail dress, or if it’s more of a Shacket (shirt/jacket for those of you not up to speed with fashion jargon ;)) then the fabric is usually a softer tencel which allows you to even tuck it in as a shirt, wear it open loosely with sleeves rolled up or tied around your waist.
Here are some of the best ones out there.
This is your really good box standard Utility Jacket, it has an inner drawstring for creating a waistline, softer fabric, and all buttons covered. Super jacket to throw over anything, shop here
A camo jacket has the same effect and does pretty much the same just a little bit more out there, great for mixing up prints and livening up staples. Shop here
This one s referred to as a parka by the retailer however aside from the outer cord drawstring to me it’s more of a utility jacket than a parka. The adjustable cord showing on the outside gives it more of a casual feel and limits the styling of this jacket somewhat, only slightly though, but a great shape and I love the high neck and lapels. Shop here
Topshop has been doing them for years and they are always a great fit, you can never go wrong here.
A trusted brand when it comes to quality, this fit and fabric look perfect, the length is good too for those ladies with larger hip areas as you don’t want the jacket length ending at your widest part of your hips and thighs. Shop here
ADORE this jacket giving it a trendier edge with the full sleeve making this one slightly more feminine. Shop here
We can rely on Zara to give us a bunch of trends in one jacket, from embroidery, and studs to writing and colour on this slightly more parker-esque take on a utility jacket (you will see from the back shape online), This one’s got all the bells and whistles if your’e a trend junkie
Im clearly a fan of the slightly more feminine styles as this military jacket with frills is right up my alley and could easily jump into my basket.. shop here
And this ladies and gentlemen is how you style your utility/military jacket!
I am loving my green hues at the moment but I have always loved muted greens, think eucalyptus, duck egg and those succulent green tones. You will find it in everything from my coffee mugs and crockery to scatter cushions (actually now in storage) and guest room, which Im now wanting to paint green too! Saying that I am also loving my blush pink tones just as much and it so happens that these two together are a wonderful combo. The beautiful weekly planner from Blush Paper company (you may have spotted it on my Instagram feed) arrived this week and without me choosing it, I was sent the gorgeous florally looking covered one which is all tones of greens and pinks which I could frame! But its strange how when one is attracted to something you tend to surround yourself with whatever it is without realising you are doing it.
I have done the search and here I am going to share with you some wonderful pieces that you can purchase in these very shades.
Flared sleeves blouse
This item of knitwear may not look like much in this picture but the super soft blend contains cashmere and merino wool, so not only is it delightful to touch but it’s great shape is extremely flattering too. Shop here
Bobbi Brown Uplifting nudes lip gloss here
I love a globe and am always on the look out for a nice one, this is perfectly pretty for a desk or book shelf with its duck egg ocean and blush pink continents, the Mango wood base and copper bolt ends finishes it off in the prettiest way possible , i think its a great buy for the home.
Chanel Nail colour, a favourite for every day nails, always looks slick and neat
Love a retro digital radio for a kitchen, the Roberts are a wonderful brand going for donkeys years, a great little investment for every kitchen that loves to have the radio station humming in the background.
Pale pink sneakers don’t make a statement but they add a subtle pop of colour and coolness to an outfit, love the slightly chunkier sole giving the sneaker a trendy edge. Shop these Mother sneakers here
A linen and cotton blend table cloth in this pastel succulent green shade is a lovely finish to any table indoor or out. Table Cloth
A great pair of soft drawstring pants, best worn on Sundays when you feel like comfort is all you want but your’e lunching with friends and cant look too much like a sloth, pair these with sandals and a pretty boxy blouse to add interest. Shop them here
Love this brand and their beautifully finished off simple but interesting garments. A tee is everything! Shop here
As always I leave you with some visual insp 🙂
Happy Sunday X
Pics via Pinterest
Some beautiful pieces to lift a space that needs little change up without a complete overhaul. Interiors are like wardrobes in that you have your staples (your larger pieces of furniture perhaps like your classic sofa’s, cabinets and sideboards in neutral tones) then you can move out coffee tables, side tables, rugs and scatters to either change your colour scheme ever so slightly or just bring in a new design element that you love.
The velvet topped stool. I love this elegant looking stool, at first glance it’s quite sophisticated looking, but the lighter oak legs will ensure that this piece fits in with traditional or contemporary decor themes. Shop the stool here
Mix up your outdoor area and add this round day bed to a special corner for curling up in. Its a very contemporary style but feels very luxurious at the same time. It looks like a piece you would find on the deck of your private plunge pool at a lodge. Shop here
Add texture to your walls with baskets, a different take on artwork or mirrors, I love the layers it adds to a space. Choose from a range here
Free up some space on your bedside table and attach lamps to your wall next to your bed. I love these, they can be shopped here
You probably know by now Im a sucker for baskets. These could be used for anything from kids toys to bathing towel storage outdoors (undercover). Shop baskets of varying sizes here
A plant sorts out any space when you don’t know what to do with it or if an area is lacking life. Why not put plants on your wall too. I adore these wall hanging pot plants which can be ordered here
Adding ceramics, wood, metal and wicker to your bookshelves is a great way to add interest to an area. A home can never have too many bowls in different shapes, colours and sizes. Shop this striking yellow one here
This bark mirror is so different and again doubles up as artwork, purchase three and place them on a wall beside one another. Shop these at a bargain price here
I have to say that my favourite thing to wear at the moment is a flowty midi skirt. Its such a win no matter what shape you are. The only thing you need to watch out for is probably the fullness. I feel as Im a bit shorter I prefer a skirt with less volume, if wearing a fuller skirt then I have to be wearing heels. The styles out there are endless, from pleated to button fronts to tie waists and deconstructed, the list goes on.
If you have bumps and lumps you wish to hide, it does that and if you are straight up and down and you wish for curves it can give you that too. Other reasons to love it other than being super flattering on everyone is the comfort levels of this style skirt is up there with PJ’s. You can sit on the floor with your legs crossed, you can climb a ladder in it or wear one to a wedding, dress them up, dress them down. VERSATILE is what Im getting at.
It just so happened that all the skirts you can shop below are black. But really go mad with print and colour, wear it with logo tees, printed jumpers, sneakers, whatever!
Shop them below and get outfit inspo further down the page 😉
Draped waist black skirt here
Knot skirt here
Splice skirt here
Deconstructed midi here
Frilled skirt here
Gold pleated skirt here
So you would have heard me banging on about my floors in one of my previous posts here, and I decided to go dark. The actual colour used was Ebony, but it doesn’t come out pitch black, its more like a really really dark brown (perhaps one shade lighter than black…) Anyway the outcome is sensational (for me) Im so thrilled with them. Ive left the rooms quite bare at the moment as Im trying to decide how Im going to fill them and what I want to do with the space. Anyway now that Im obsessed with my floors it got me looking through other ideas of using black in the home. Last year I decorated a guest house which you may also know about if you follow my Instagram page There I decided to paint the kitchen cupboards black. The owners didn’t want an entire kitchen renovation but rather update what was there, so I went with black and it made such a great impact on the rather vast, outdated and dull space that had existed beforehand. I also brought in black chairs for the dining area (open plan) which carried the boldness through to balance the spaces out somewhat. Now, I know black is no great shakes in terms of “newness”, it’s been trending in various ways for some time in the world of interiors. We have been loving black steel door and window frames as well as cabinetry and bathroom tiles for a few years now, but there are certain ways to do it, for a better, bolder and slightly classier outcome.
Here are some ideas of how to incorporate black.
I just love this black backdrop for this bedroom, so simple and effective.
Here we see it used in a far subtler way but that pop of darkness is so strong
I think black floors are my new thing 😉 love that the rest of the woodwork has also been painted black.
Loving the dark sinks
So rich, the blues with black. Im always a fan of mixing blues and black in dressing. (clearly Slim Aarons fans judging by the pictures)
I almost feel like this black staircase replaces the necessity for too much artwork.
I love a black exterior wall for a wooden house, it looks great in a lush leafy area as below or even on a beach house with the contrast of the white sandy surrounds.
There will be pics up on the blog or instagram soon of my floors 😉
Happy Hump Day (or what’s left of it 😉