As I mentioned last year as we get older I think the importance of keeping swimwear classy and chic is paramount and block solid colours are the way to do this. Plus good quality swimwear that lifts, holds and sucks in are a must too.
Black or dark navy always looks chic and polished (plus it is sliming) and they don't have to be boring ...... a ruffle, a large bow and scalloping all add interest.
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Nothing looks more glamorous than a white swimsuit or bikini ..... albeit less forgiving than dark colours and extra care is needed with suncreams and false tans, but you can not deny they look stunning especially near the end of your holiday when the tan is nicely developed.
If like me you have lots of white lacy coverups then they look perfect underneath. I feel I need to invest in one and this is on my wish list.
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Then of course if you want to don your inner Pammy then a red swimsuit it has to be and red complements a monochrome holiday wardrobe to perfection.
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Other colours I like in swimwear are blue, turquoise and green which all look amazing with a golden tan. I am not adverse to pattern either, normally I am drawn to monochrome in either stripes, polka dots (very Dolce) or animal print.
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I have picked a wide range of swimwear at all price points ..... At the top end I absolute love Melissa Odabash and if my budget could afford it all my swimwear would be Odabash or Heidi Klein ... when I could and feel confident in a bikini I loved her Bel Air and Trinidad bikinis. This Odabash swimsuit is on my wish list.
A one stop shop for your holiday wardrobe is Beachcafe who have a great stock of Seafolly bikinis and swimsuits, a mid price point Australian brand that always gets the best reviews.
J Crew is always a good place to shop for good swimwear at a mid price point also, I personally love their ruched femme swimsuit which I own.
On the high street I recommend good old M&S and their secret slimming swimsuits. Also, Next have good options and some of their swimsuits that have an expensive air about them ... this is very Heidi Klein. Next also have Marysia scalloping like swimwear and this bikini looks fab.
I was recently approached by Matalan to pick some of my favourite summer pieces to style for myself and my children. I thought this would be a great opportunity to select some really affordable pieces that have that air of FM40 about them.
So, what did I pick? Well my first pick was this cute little denim dress, super soft, easy to wear with a flattering v-neck and pretty frill detail sleeve. This dress so could be from a French brand and I suppose that is why I was instantly drawn to it. I styled it with my Castaner wedges (but also these are super cute from Matalan), this gorgeous bag and this fabulous hat.
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S T Y L E F O R A L L T H E F A M I L Y
Good quality affordable children's wear is a must these days and especially the rate these kids grow! What I was super impressed with when our selections arrived was the quality of the clothes for their price tags ... 100% cotton pieces, excellent quality, with a really nice feel.
For N, I choose these gorgeous lavender chino shorts (I love pink and lilac on boys) and to complement a navy tee that comes in a value pack of three (navy, grey and white ... perfect colours) and value it is! WOW he loves this t-shirt the feel and fit has N 100% approval!
You know I love a white summer dress for myself and that goes for L too and I immediately choose this one for L. It is the perfect sundress, broidery anglaise, 100% cotton and only £10! Yes ... £10! it also comes in a beautiful green colour. To accessorise we choose these super cute cherry embellished gold leather sandals .... Bonpoint and Stella eat your heart out!
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For my second look I choose this dress because again it had an air of French designer about it. A pretty red floral number with an amazing price tag of £16! I accessorised it with the same hat and bag as before and these amazing red sandals (which are sooo comfy)!!!!
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So, if you are looking for bright, cheerful super value fashion on the high street this summer for your holiday wardrobe ... then look no further than Matalan. I can't tell you how super impressed I am.
The Free People movement is now here now in the UK and above is one of my favourite stylist and bloggers Emma Rose Thatcher in the Jayma dress, which I LOVE.
Huge in the US, Free People is often a brand I have looked to order from in the past, but the import taxes and the P&P, putting me off. However, last year they launched their UK website and now the big game changer is the opening of their two new stores in London, Chelsea's Duke of York Square and Covent Garden.
Free people is a brand full of free spirited pieces in the softest of fabrics, bohemian floaty dresses (think Coachella), beach to bar kaftans and a selection of vintage-inspired band t-shirts. The later looking good under a tailored blazer or totally dressed down at the weekend with a khaki utility jacket.
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Love them all ... but WOW that blouse that comes in a few colours .... drinks with the girls with washed denim and amazing heels!
I was so excited when Elemis approached me to try their new Peptide 24/7 range which has been devised to be time efficient as they are effective. In my first blog post I had been using the products about two weeks and now further on I am still pretty impressed.
A little update for you ....... Firstly I tried the Peptide4 Adaptive Day Cream, which adapts to your skin's needs throughout the day, keeping oily patches at bay, while minimising the appearance of pores and uneven skin texture. It is a featherlight cream, with a mousse like texture that delivers an instant burst of cooling hydration, it creates a soft-focus effect and blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles .... sounds just what I needed! You only need a small amount to cover your whole face and it works beautifully under your make up..... very much like a moisturising primer. Two products in one, saving your money and time .... win, win!
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I am often too tired, busy (and maybe a tad skincare lazy) to stand infront of the bathroom mirror and have a very long evening skincare regime. I am all for easy and effective skincare products. The Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Facial does exactly what it says on the jar ... it helps lock in moisture while you sleep leaving skin looking younger and feeling plumper upon waking.
I have had a few questions about how to use this product and the frequency, Elemis recommend you apply a pea sized amount to your face using upward strokes 2-3 times a week on top of your nightly moisturiser. Rinsing off any residue in the morning to reveal super hydrated skin.
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In my last post I told you I was pretty impressed with the products I had been gifted and that they had rekindled my love affair with Elemis.
I have purchased some other Elemis products that used when I was cabin crew, which kept my face feeling and looking hydrated. This cleanser and this toner .... I am just wondering why I ever stopped using them! The rosepetal milk cleanser is so gentle to sensitive, dehydrated and mature skin like mine. The Ginseng toner doesn't dry out your skin and I can already see a reduction in the appearance of my pores since using.
If you are looking for summer dresses then look no further than Hush who have a great selection. From printed, floaty maxis to relaxed boho, Hush’s summer collection features something for everybody. Here are my favourites; the navy shirt dress above is perfect for summer in the city.
Keep your footwear to a minimum if you want to pack light and the art of doing this is to pick styles and colours that go with everything.
I am a self-confessed shoe lover, the shoe departments of Liberty's, Selfridges and Harvey Nics are my idea of heaven. So, if I can pack light in the shoe department anybody can.
So, what styles do I recommending taking .... firstly the slide. Not those horrendous rubber things, don't go there unless they are Chanel darling and then I'll let you off. I am thinking of the Hermes leather slides or Hermes inspired and there are plenty of them on the high street!
If you can afford the Hermes Oran sandals go of it! If you can't or don't chose to spend your hard-earned money that way then, Dune's "look-a-likes' are the fabulous, as are these and these. Dune, have lots of designer inspired slides Valentino inspired here and Balenciaga inspired here.
The beauty of this style of shoe in either tan, black or white is that they look fabulous in the day and equally of an evening.
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Another style of sandal I like to take on holiday is a barely there sandal, they literally they go with everything and again can be worn day and night.
You can go for Ancient Greek Sandals or look for cheaper on the high street. Also, not all are barely there, some are now adorned with seashells and pearls which adds a little interest. Go for tan, but black can look equally good if you have a lot of white summer dresses.
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There are some evenings (and days) when you require a little lift in the height department on holiday and let's face it cobble streets and a few glasses of Rose don't go hand in hand with high heels! So, I like a little pair of espadrilles and Castaner are my go to.
Of course, there are others on the high street, but Castaner are quite competitively priced. Plus they come in different heights so you can choose how high you would like to go.
As you can see, I have included some raffia wedges that I like too, which are great if you don't like the ankle ribbons. Also, these are a great option if you like a tan high heel sandal (love the Hermes style front).
Next up and a must ..... the humble flip flop that you will basically live in poolside or at the beach.
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Those Tkees flip flops come in a range of different nudes to complement your skin tone ... clever hey!?
So, there you are you can do a fortnights holiday with just 4 pairs of shoes! No excess luggage here!
HERE COME THE GIRLS
Boden's quality of their children's clothes is second to none, albeit slightly more expensive than Next for example, but it is often worth paying that little more for the quality. The merits of the excellent quality is that can be recycled to a younger sibling or sold on (which I often do my Mini Boden stuff) and of course it's always great to get Mini Boden discounted.
As today is the last day for the 25% off I thought I would show you the things I love for little girls.