Nothing says simplicity like black

With only a few days until we head off on holiday, packing is well and truly under way. Well, at least the suitcases are down from the loft! Taking expert packing tips from one of my favourite bloggers, Laura Fantacci I’ve decided to slim down the contents of my suitcase and keep to a monochrome theme. But for a long time black has been the least favoured colour in my wardrobe, it just doesn’t suit me. But with a little colour from the sun on my skin and a very lonely looking black jersey dress in my wardrobe, last weekend I ventured out my comfort zone and did it. I wore black and actually LOVED it.

Trying out new things can make you feel adventurous, like lighting up a little sparkle of opportunity. Though my main thought on this occasion was…. “What have I been missing out on?” And I never like to miss out.

If I am to continue my new found fondness for black then my buying strategy will still remain the same; considered and cautious. Gone are the days of impulsive buys (yes I can hear those sniggers coming from those that have been privy to my buying habits in the past but every purchase I make is highly investigated and deeply considered I can assure you!) I need to know that what I buy is going to go the distance both in style and in quality. Obviously a few things will slip through the net but then it would be boring not to have any spontaneity wouldn’t it?!

Inspired by it’s simplicity and effectiveness, I’ve put together a few of my favourite black pieces just right for holiday…

Topshop Embroidered strappy jumpsuit

the embroidered jumpsuit from Topshop

Accessorize Lenia cutwork shirt

the beach cover up from Accessorize

J.Crew grid dot maxi dress

the maxi dress from J.Crew

Reiss Bryana Black skirt

ok, not strictly black but lovely all the same…the monochrome stripy skirt from Reiss

Hush Homewear Maxi tube skirt

and finally, the simplest of them all the black maxi tube skirt from Hush. Timeless.

 What I love about the simplicity of black is that you can make a very quiet statement by wearing it cleverly and not as an after thought. Subtle details like eyelets and embroidery is all you need.

 Anyone else new to black?

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Having spent three sticky days in London at the beginning of the week, it has been glorious to have had the rest of the week with my feet firmly cemented to the ground back home. It’s been a veritable luxury to be back to family life and trawling backwards and forwards to the post office to post my ebay wares. Though I love the bright lights and glamour of the city there is little so comforting as basking in the countryside sunshine in floaty dresses and denim cut-offs.

It was fun to play dress up though and have an excuse to put together some outfits I don’t usually get to wear, something suitable for meeting those fashion folk. Between a couple of meetings I found this amazing black wall and couldn’t resist playing fashion blogger.

STYLE OBJECTIVE: Effortless trend.

Understated is all well and good but sometimes I want to put it out there (see the neon skirt!) and say actually I am confident enough to wear this. Being careful of-course to look like I have made no effort whatsoever. As a result, my outfit for Tuesday consisted of coated black jeans (Oasis), a floaty grey marl tank (Whistles), nude wedges (Jimmy Choo) and some gold statement jewellery (J.Crew).

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All of these items are core wardrobe staples that I’ve had for a very long time but here are some similar alternatives.

// sunglasses  // tank  // coated jeans  //

My girls are on school holidays now and I am determined to take control this time. Embracing the lack of routine and all round anarchy instead of resisting. So far so good and with just over a week before we head to the Channel Islands for three weeks…well in fact as I write this, we only have one way tickets who knows it could be longer…I’m feeling positive.

Oh the pressure of holiday packing…wish me luck and have a great weekend!

L x

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Style diary My Pollyanna

I’m on my third day of London day tripping today and as I get to dress in a way that is slightly different to my usual get-up I thought I’d diarise.

Day One, Busted Knees + Kimono

Everything here is old, which I love. I love to bring things out from the depths of the wardrobe and put them together and still feel up-to-date. The sign of a good buy too…Busted knees + kimono

From the top down…

Topshop kimono – I love this one from New Look and this one from ASOS.

Silk cami, from Winter Kate – lacey one here from Jigsaw in same dusky hue.

Old, battered and beloved Jbrand skinnies with busted knees through sheer love. Here’s some already done for you from H&M with frayed hems – love.

Sandals (equally as battered and loved), by Tory Burch. These are similar but take a look at the Tory Burch website anyway…it’s amazing stuff!

Be back later in the week,

L x

 

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Coast yellow skirt

Yesterday was a very special Monday. A great day spent catching up with some of the loveliest friends that I have made through the blog and the wonderful world of digital media. Definitely more to be said on that another day…

But when mulling over what I was going to wear for the occasion my thought processes were mainly focussed on understated and elegant. But instead I went neon. Well it’s not everyday you get to have lunch at Lime Wood is it?

The skirt is (very) bright and it’s also quite full and heavy so to play it down I went for a plain white tee and espadrille wedges.

Coast yellow skirt

It’s in the Coast sale reduced from £75 to £45  so grab it now for the rest of the Summer and next year.

BUYING TIP : Sizing is small so I went up a size (12, 16 & 18 have sold out).

Coast yellow skirt

Would you go neon?!

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Topshop one piece

With the murmurs of a holiday escalating to full blown booking of flights (wahoo!), like a dog being freed from it’s lead I was set free amongst the holiday wardrobe pickings. First stop, swim/beach wear.

After seeing one of my favourite bloggers, Laura Fantacci writer of WITblog wearing this beautifully elegant one-piece by Isabel Marant on The Grace Tales last year it’s always been in the back of mind. The look was so chic and understated I thought I’d give it a shot.

Laura Fantacci The Grace Tales

Image via The Grace Tales

 

As if I needed further convincing, the final clincher was seeing an Instagram pic from Alex Stedman of The Frugality with her strapless one-piece from Topshop. A matter of days later when I “happened to be passingTopshop I dipped in and came out with said one-piece (above).

But I’ve also seen these three lovely one-pieces from Marks & Spencer that are definitely worth consideration…

Marks & Spencer one pieces

1. Abstract print

2. Tropical

3. Polka dots

Bikini or one-piece for you this year?

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Oui Mon Cheri

Here I am on Saturday about to head off to the Lolly & Boo lampshade making course. The fact I’m wearing sunglasses is more to do with hiding my crafty nerves – you may know that crafts are not my forte – than keeping the sun out my eyes.

I’m living in this slogan jumper from J.Crew at the moment, to the point where I have to stop myself wearing for another day. One of the best buys ever. The fact that I’ve also seen Taylor Sterling, founder of the Glitter Guide sporting it, as well as Kat from Does my bum look 40 helps with the endorsement too!

I bought mine at the WIT blog for J.Crew event last month but grab it now, it’s on sale! L x

ps. turns out I’m not so bad…

lampshade instructions Lampshade

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Style Diary Evening Stripes

To have a child-free evening is always a huge luxury and one that always has me wondering how best to maximise this time. Do I make the most of the peace and quiet and catch up on jobs (yaaawwwwwn) or go out and revel in not having to be back for the babysitter or consider the repercussions of that extra glass of wine the next morning.

Needless to say, we chose the latter. We snuck out for a casual meal and a few drinks in Winchester. It was nothing fancy so I dressed down in my (new) favourite MiH Jeans, Breathless and bold stripes from J.Crew. To dress it up I went for my metallic heels from J.Crew and parrot clutch from Accessorize (frustratingly, they don’t have this one online but they do have a fab selection of beaded clutches at the moment, I love this one with tassels.) Job done.

Style Diary Evening stripes

 What’s your favourite dress up/dress down outfit combination?
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Marks & Spencer Best of British

Ever since I bought my floral dress about three years ago it’s been a wardrobe favourite. It was an impulse buy that turned out to be a go-to piece for all occasions. I’ve never seen myself as a floral dress kind of person but it just works on so many levels. Fearing I may look a little country girl in it at first, I felt anything but. It’s easy, it’s cool, it’s comfortable, it’s versatile…need I go on?

I wore mine on my trip to The Pig back in March with brogues. I’ve worn it with pink wedges to a school occasion. I’ve thrown a chunky knit over the top in the cooler months and a blazer to smarten it up.

Marks & Spencer have just launched their Best of British collection and this floral dress really caught my eye. It’s pure silk and I love the drop waist. It will work well for whole season and won’t date.

Marks & Spencer Best of British

The Marks & Spencer Best of British collection has been curated to celebrate the best of British design and craftsmanship.

Here are a few of my favourites from the collection…

Mint satchel

The Best of British Leather Twin Buckle Satchel Bag

Shimmer shift dressBest of British Wool Blend Textured Shimmer Shift Dress

Best of BritishBest of British Pure Silk Double Layer Shell Top

What’s your Summer staple?
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