New Dress Code Round Up

To say I’ve been obsessing about purchases over the last few months would be an understatement.  I’ve thought, dreamt and physically tired myself out over finding what I think I’m going to want and need living a new lifestyle in a completely different climate to the past 11 years in London.

Two things I know is, it’s casual and it’s hot! Of course there are always going to be those very few (probably not that necessary but couldn’t resist) purchases that have egged their way into the basket (managing to get hold of the inner fashion goddess spirit and the head is nowhere to be seen or heard!) But overall I’ve been wise, pulled myself together, talked some sense to the wild free spirited side of the brain and managed to refrain from the fairly left-field decisions that I sometimes like to make when it comes to dressing.  On the occasions where I haven’t managed to hold back, generally upon arriving home and rethinking my decisions I have have managed to return these so called wild idea purchases, however, sometimes with great reluctance….

I have no problem advising others what to buy but when it comes to myself I deliberate forever.

I have curated a couple of pieces and whilst this is a very small selection of my super spree, it’s a little round up of what the future dress code will look like.  These I believe are all wardrobe staples and will hopefully be with me for many years to come.  You would think I was moving to the middle of the outback the way I am banging on as if I am never going to walk into a store again, which of course is NOT the case, however I do know that South Africa is not cheap and I am going to kick myself if I find I’m needing a white linen tee, searching for weeks on end for starters to find “the one” and when finding it spending half my family’s food budget on buying the simple item.  Whereas here, I know where to get it, I know it’s not going to break the bank and I know what the quality is going to be.

As you may have gathered I am rather meticulous about fit and fabric, and will scrutinise most of what I purchase, which my poor husband has had to succumb to and bear the brunt of my ongoing explanations and reason’s of why I don’t feel that a particular item is not right.  (rolling his eyes, crying inside because he’s desperately wanting the search to be over).  Not only have I been doing this for my wardrobe, but for the boys and our home interiors….needless to say I think he is completely and utterly over shopping.  I would like to add that he has been an absolute star and great resource for sourcing certain items for us, I hold his opinion in high regard and have so enjoyed having such a big input from him in all the decisions that we have made from rugs, crockery and lighting to boys toys, and my running shoes and goodness knows what else.

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Crochet Tank Top Rag & Bone, no longer available online, similar here // Paige Cropped jeans similar here or on US site here // Clare Vivier Clutch similar here (although double the price I paid)

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Striped BCBGeneration (now on sale) bikini // Bailey Nelson Sunglasses // Nightie/swimwear cover-up/tunic (whatever I want it to be top 😉 – also on sale!) Anthropologie

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Tassel boho blouse similar here // Black bikini Primark (!) // Denim short Levis similar here

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Grey Henley H&M // Green lace bra Bonds // Breath v-neck bra Gap // loungewear/running shorts similar here

It’s going to be a completely different way of dressing but I’m certainly looking forward to it; simple, comfortable and beachy with hopefully a need for a touch of elegance, cooler weather and (glamour) every now and then when I get to bring out the dusty rose faux fur, 4″ heels and crocodile leather evening bags ;-).  For now I’m so ready for sandals, shorts, and baskets.

XXX

PS excuse the dodgy iphone pictures

Pictures via Pinterest

 

Dining Alfresco

The clocks have gone back, the afternoon’s are lovely and long and the evenings are light. But it’s still early April so although it looks beautiful out of an evening it is still pretty chilly. I think we all get a bit carried away and cant wait to get the BBQ’s going and the tables laid outdoors for Alfresco dining and we probably even think it will be fine to go out with a sleeveless top, or even worse a dress and a little jacket.  I know that if I’m cold I cant enjoy myself, I cant even have a conversation because I cant concentrate on what anybody is saying, all Im thinking about is how freezing I am.  So at this time of year it would be wise to still wear trousers/jeans/tights AND a jacket.  If you are hosting a dinner at home in the garden, be sure to put up plenty of lights for ambience , cosiness and sparkle.  Check out my inspiration boards for eating out.

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Breakfast Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 12.43.59Slide1Dungarees Zara // Bag Anthropologie // Grey Rib Cashmere Vest by Boutique at Topshop // Denim Jacket Mango

 

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Embroidered Kimono Topshop // Jeans Paige at Net-a-porter or similar here for less // V neck tank Topshop // Ancient Greek Sandals at Matches // Necklace J.Crew at Net-a-porter

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Embroidered Jacket Mango // Sleeveless Double layer Cami Mango // White Stiletto Courts Mango // High Rise Skinny Jeans Rag & Bone // Bag Jill Sander at Matches

Wishing you all a very happy and sunny weekend xx