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The Easy to wear Summer Trend To Try Now

Welcome to the return of the Monday Pick me Up! A short but sweet, Monday indulgence :)

Today is all about a Summer Trend that is wearable and stylish too. It's the mixture of blue and white and reminds me of Wedgewood china.

If you don't like these prints, you could do a stripe or just mix blue pieces with white pieces.

It looks especially fresh in linen and all that's need for accessories is a touch of tan leather and a basket bag.

Will you be trying this combination?

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Skirt // Pineapple Bag // Top // Dress // T-shirt // Mules // Trousers // Belt // Sandals // Tote // Blouse //

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Styling A Summer Skirt

If you have watched this week's video (below) you will know that although I am not a huge skirt wearer - especially in winter as I hate tights - I do like a Summer skirt. The problem is finding one that works on my shape. As my waist has now disappeared and I'm short waisted, it's hard to find a skirt that works.

However, there is one style that I come back to that does work. I love a midi with an elasticated waist. This skirt fits the bill perfectly. Not only that, I love the colours - not your typical Spring/Summer pastels - and the Batik inspired print, for the touch of Boho I like in the Summer.

It's made from beautiful lightweight organic cotton tiers, making it the perfect floaty Summer skirt. The added bonus is it also has pockets!

I have plenty of little tops that will work with this skirt as the weather improves, but for now, I will be wearing it like this...

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Wedding Guest Dress Edit & How to Accessorise

Now that weddings are back on, you may be needing an outfit for a rearranged wedding. The easiest answer is a dress and it makes sense to choose one that can be worn again for other occasions and evenings out. You are in luck this season because there are plenty of gorgeous options available. Below are some of my favourites. 

 

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Top row left to right Blue // Pink // Yellow // Blue // Coral // Blue/white //

Bottom row left to right White/pink // Peach/cream // Red/blue // Green // Red // Dark green //

 

When you are accessorising your wedding guest outfit, look for multi tasking pieces. Choose neutrals and metallics, then you can wear them again and again, both together and separately. If you opt for a dress with sleeves you won't need to add a jacket.

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Dress // Fascinator // Earrings // Bag // Shoes //

 

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Dress // Fascinator // Earrings // Bag // Sandals //

 

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5 Outfit Ideas As We Come Out Of Lockdown

Monday sees the easing of more restrictions and at last we can go out for a meal or shopping trip and coffee with friends and we can sit inside. Hurrah!

So I have put together 5 outfit ideas from casual to a smarter evening dinner  look. I hope one or more of them work for whatever you will be doing next week.

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Top // Trousers // Bag // Espadrilles //

 

 

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Top // Trousers // Earrings // Bag  // Shoes //

 

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Jacket // Dress / Bag // Sandals //

 

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Jacket // Top // Trousers // Bag // Bag Strap // Trainers

 

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Jacket // Top // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

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Mini Socialising Capsule Wardrobe

Have you been out socialising yet? If not it might be down to the cool weather we have been having. While it is supposed to warm up a bit soon and it's not long until we can socialise inside, I thought I would put together a mini socialising capsule that is pretty, can be dressy and hopefully won't have you freezing.

I have included a crochet sweater and skirt co-ord - a great buy because the skirt will look great in the Autumn and Winter with boots too - a pair of white jeans (one of my Spring/Summer wardrobe essentials) and a second short sleeve wrap knit. Add a couple of accessories, in this case a pair of bow detail shoes, small neutral bag and necklace and you have 4 outfits that will take you to a restaurant, pub or friend's for dinner.

Of course the sweaters and skirt will also work with other pieces in your Spring/Summer wardrobe too.

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Sweater // Skirt // Jeans // Pink cardigan // Necklace // Bag // Shoes //

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Spring Prints & How To Style Them

This season I am loving prints! I've been more drawn to them this year than ever before. Most of my wardrobe is made up of plain pieces and the odd stripe. But now I am inspired to add a few more prints.

They can be more versatile than you think, especially if you have plain pieces in your wardrobe in the colours within your print. In fact this is one method I use for creating a colour scheme for a capsule wardrobe - as evidenced in this month's magazine where I have created a capsule wardrobe around a print.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you to add some prints to your Spring wardrobe.

Print Skirt

How to wear a print?

This gorgeous skirt in a fabulous clashing red and pink print can be toned down by pulling out the soft pink to create a blended look. Or use the red to colour clash for dramatic effect. Option three is to contrast by using the white. Which is your favourite? I'm loving the drama of the colour clash.

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Pink necklace // Pink top // Skirt...

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3 Ways To Wear A Strappy Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits have become everyday staples in our wardrobes, but you might think a strappy version wouldn't give you good cost per wear. However, I have found one that I think will. Plus, it comes in a great neutral Taupe which can be worn with brights, other neutrals and pastels.

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Jumpsuit

Outfit Option 1

For my first look I have paired it with red. For a daytime look I've layered a t-shirt underneath and added red sandals and bag.

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T-shirt // Necklace // Bracelet // Bag // Sandals //

Outfit Option 2

For this look I have dressed it up for an occasion with this fabulous print jacket (also has matching trousers) high sandals and clutch and included a lovely bright pink nail varnish for fingers and toes.

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Jacket // Bag // Shoes // Nail varnish //

Outfit option 3

Finally for a smart casual look I have added a crochet knit (an on trend piece) a raffia bag and woven shoes.

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Spring Outfit Ideas - With A Pop of Brights

Add a some bright colour to those warm weather essentials of espadrille sandals and a basket bag. This Broderie skirt is so pretty and can be dressed up or down. Add a white blazer and sandals for a smarter occasion with that pop of pink on toe and finger nails.

Espadrilles are proving to be very popular at the moment so buy early as they are selling through quickly!

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Why You Need Wardrobe Basics & What To Choose

If you struggle to create outfits with what you have in your wardrobe, the chances are you don't have a good mix of wardrobe basics. It might seem boring to shop for a simple cream blouse or neutral blazer instead of a beautiful print skirt, but without the former, you may not have anything to wear with that skirt. Plus, if you shop wisely, those wardrobe basics will create outfits on the days when you don't want to have to think about what to wear.

You will probably have seen lists of the top 10 items you need in your wardrobe, usually including a trench coat, white shirt, black trousers etc. but I don't subscribe to those lists. Why? Because they are too restrictive and 5 of the items on the list might not work for your lifestyle, body or colouring. A crisp white shirt for example, won't work on a full bust. Black trousers with a white shirt is too much contrast for most women's colouring.

So what should be on your wardrobe basics list? The simple answer is that's up to you. As...

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Fashion Maths - 3 Always Stylish Outfit Formulas For Spring

The trick for always having something to wear is to have a few outfit formulas you know work. I've put together 3 that you can easily follow by using the same pieces I have here, or by using what you already have in your wardrobe.

Formula 1 - Jeans, lightweight knit & Espadrilles

An easy formula that always works as we all have jeans and a sweater in our wardrobes. The trick though, is to add accessories and colour to keep it from being boring. For my option I have chosen Turquoise and added a few colourful accessories.

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Scarf // Sweater // Jeans // Bag // Bag strap // Espadrilles //

Formula 2 - T-shirt dress, denim jacket & trainers

This is a great seasonal transition outfit when you want to get your legs out but you might still want a jacket. I've stuck with neutrals for this outfit but added some animal print to make it more interesting.

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Jacket // Sunglasses // Necklace // Dress // Bag // Bag strap...

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