The Item every wardrobe needs

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

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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

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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

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Topshop has been doing them for years and they are always a great fit, you can never go wrong here.

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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

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ADORE this jacket giving it a trendier edge with the full sleeve making this one slightly more feminine. Shop here

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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

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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

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And this ladies and gentlemen is how you style your utility/military jacket!

 

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Muted Garden Tones

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 

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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

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Bobbi Brown Uplifting nudes lip gloss here

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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.

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Chanel Nail colour, a favourite for every day nails, always looks slick and neat

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Love this brand and their beautifully finished off simple but interesting garments. A tee is everything! Shop here

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As always I leave you with some visual insp 🙂

Happy Sunday X

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Pics via Pinterest

Interior Additions

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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My favourite skirt

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 😉

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Draped waist black skirt here

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Knot skirt here

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Splice skirt here

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Deconstructed midi here

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Frilled skirt here

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Gold pleated skirt here

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Incorporating Black

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.

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Here we see it used in a far subtler way but that pop of darkness is so strong

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I think black floors are my new thing 😉 love that the rest of the woodwork has also been painted black.

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Loving the dark sinks

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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)

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I almost feel like this black staircase replaces the necessity for too much artwork.

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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.

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There will be pics up on the blog or instagram soon of my floors 😉

Happy Hump Day (or what’s left of it 😉

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Jan/Feb Pick Me Up

This really is for my Northern Hemisphere friends but the principle can be applied everywhere around the world of course.

I’m doing one for the colder climates right now because whilst we all need a pick me up in Jan/Feb no matter where we live, the one thing I can say is that I never used to get as sick of my outfits as I did living in London by January.  Coats, jeans and trainers or boots, day in and day out.  A good idea is to layer up different weight jackets and gillet’s to not only give your heavy winter coats a break but to make things a little more interesting.  I have chosen a few items as an example of what you could do differently whilst still keeping warm.

Outfit 1: For my first choice I have a cool pair of step hem crop jeans, wear a warm crew neck jumper, then pull on the utility jacket, roll up the sleeve once to show the jumper sleeve, and then add the faux fur long waist coat for extra warmth and style.  Wear a pair of square toe ankle boots for extra style creds and possibly a fedora if you’re into your hats and accessories.

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Faux Fur Waistcoat here // Utility Jacket here // Step Hem Straight Jeans here

Outfit 2: This warm long sleeve fitted top underneath is perfect under all sorts, ware underneath the dress, add a leather jacket and biker boots or and ankle boot to dress this look down and keep you warm whilst still looking great.

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Maxi dress here // Long Sleeve Vest here // Leather biker jacket here

For something totally different, invest in a non skinny pair of leather trousers and Im pretty sure you wont regret it.  Pair these with a plain top and simple shoes, be it heels or flats. Tuck this cashmere jumper in to show off the lovely waits-band and wear with a pair of suede sneakers or loafers to add edge and comfort on a cold day.

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Leather Trousers here // Cashmere Polo Neck Jumper here // Suede and leather loafers here

The key pieces of these three looks (Faux fur Waist coat, Maxi Dress, Leather Trousers) can all be dressed up and down depending on the shoes and accessories you choose. A good way of finding new outfits is looking through your wardrobe and finding something that you wouldn’t normally wear on any given day and pair it with a contrasting staple from your wardrobe to give it a new lease on life.

Have a happy week!

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The lazy hack to dressing-up

Sometimes going out feels like such a schlep, getting dressed up or even thinking about what to pull on is almost the worst part when you’re not in the mood.  Sometimes the best outfits are the simplest with one statement accessory.  I love the availability of great affordable accessories that look good.  Statement earrings are such a win, they light up your entire face and aura and detract eyes from the rest of your outfit.  Not saying that you should be wearing PJ’s but even if you’re wearing jeans and a black crew neck jumper, with a pair of pumps.  Black always feels smart so it’s a good staple to have on top and then adding your earrings instantly updates the look taking it to the next level.

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Shop Statement Earrings Below:

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Black and Gold Earrings here

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Two Tone earrings here

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Flower Beaded Earrings here

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Stone Pendant Earrings here

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Bead and Tassel Earrings here

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Hoop Flower Earrings here

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Bug Crystal Earrings here

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Green Coated Circle Earrings here

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Black Tassel Earrings here

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Stone Ear cuff and stud here

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Rhinestone earrings here 

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Plum Earrings (on sale – LOVE) here

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Denim Frayed Earrings here

 

Happy Tuesday

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