Black and white Asos pants

Wearing black in Summer might seem like a missed opportunity to get out the floral prints and bright colours, but sometimes you just want to keep it simple. Let’s face it, black will never go out of fashion, whatever the season. The key to making it season-appropriate is to choose light textures that won’t make you feel all hot and bothered. These Asos trousers are perfect for the warmer months as the material and cut make them light and airy, but not so thin that you can see through them…always a big no-no for me! The detailing down the side breaks up the black and gives them a slightly sporty feel, just don’t expect me to do any running in heels that high! As it was a very warm day I opted for a jersey t-shirt with open shoulders. It’s a casual style so I added a silver and crystal necklace as a focal point…I do love a statement necklace!

Silver and crystal necklace

Black and white enamel bracelet

Black and white Asos trousersJaeger grey and black sandals

Trousers: Asos, top: old, necklace & bracelet: market stall, shoes: Jaeger, bag: Modalu, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld.

 

 

Do you like to wear black in Summer or do you prefer bright colours? Let me know in the comments!

 

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NW bloggers goody bag

As I  mentioned in my previous post, last Sunday I went to Liverpool for the NW Blogger meet up, which was organised by the lovely Katie, and Jenny of Secret Beauty Box. It was my first visit to the city so I was very grateful to Dana for meeting me at the station and walking with me to the Lime Kiln, where the event was held. We were greeted by macarons and a tub of body cream from Sweet Cecily’s…the box even had our names on them!

After taking a seat and chatting for a few minutes there was a talk by Lisa of Hollybobbs, which was full of some really useful tips for bloggers. Jenny followed this up with a fun multiple choice quiz…my score was a rather pathetic 3 out of 10, but the questions were quite hard! Did you know that 65% of internet users are blog readers? Well you do now!

We then had presentations by Melanie from MyShowcase – a company which stocks more than 30 independent brands curated by co-founder and Telegraph Magazine Beauty Editor, Kate Shapland – followed by Hannah from Motives cosmetics, which included a brow demonstration using the Essential Brow Kit. Before tucking into the buffet I bought a bag of goodies from the Skinny Tan ladies who persuaded me to strip off and have a free spray tan (my first!)…which is where I was when the group photo was taken in case you’re wondering why I’m missing! Unfortunately I somehow managed to part company with the lovely goody bag at Lime Street Station so I’m really glad I had the spray tan now! I have a love/hate relationship with fake tan after having a bad reaction to a couple of brands but I was really impressed with Skinny Tan and will definitely be buying from them again – and hopefully holding on to it next time!

My Showcase talk

My Showcase stand

NW bloggers My Showcase stand

Motives cosmetics stand

NW bloggers Liverpool meet up

Photo courtesy of Jenny at Secret Beauty Box

Sweet Cecilys rose body cream

NW bloggers goody bag gifts

Manuka doctor bee venom samples

NW blogger goody bag

I was so tired when I got home I didn’t have a proper look through the goody bag until the next day, but it was worth the wait! Jenny and Katie did an absolutely fabulous job of organising the event and I’m really looking forward to the next one!

 

 

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Per Una frill teale top

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the NW Blogger meet up in Liverpool (more to come on that in my next post) which I’d been looking forward to for months. Of course when you’re going to be meeting up with a bunch of fellow bloggers you want to look your best, but comfort is also an important factor, especially when using public transport. Footwear was the starting point for choosing my outfit, and although I have a few pairs of flats I couldn’t resist wearing these new ones from Clarks which I bought in the sale the previous day. Despite my better judgement I made the rookie error of  wearing new shoes without testing them out properly beforehand…I was lulled into a false sense of security by how comfortable they felt, but by the time I got home they had rubbed my heels and made them quite sore! So my top tip is always wear shoes you’ve broken in before attempting to walk any distance in them! I wanted to wear one statement item and keep the rest of the outfit simple, so I opted for this frilled teale top from the Per Una Speziale range at Marks and Spencer – it’s really comfortable due to the stretch material, but the detailing makes a nice focal point for the outfit. A pair of skinny cropped jeans in dark denim and my trusty navy Zara blazer kept the look on the smart side of casual. I took a big bag so I could fit my camera in it as well as all the usual stuff us ladies can never be without!

Clarks flat shoes

Teale Per Una frill topTop: Per Una Speziale at Marks & Spencer, jeans: Gap, jacket: Zara, shoes: Clarks.

 

Have you been to a blogger event? What did you wear? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be posting about the event later this week and showing you what was in the goody bag!

 

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Fever fit and flare dress

It seemed quite appropriate to wear a dress by Fever on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far. Keeping cool in this mini heatwave has been a little challenging, we’re just not used to dealing with heat and humidity in the UK. I wasn’t being intentionally patriotic when I chose the red, white and blue Fever dress, but I like the colour combination. The body of the dress is made from two layers of thin cotton with stretchy panels at the sides so it’s super comfortable, and the skirt has a thin under layer making it light enough for hot days without being see-through – and it has pockets which is always a winner for me with dresses and midi skirts!  The dress also gave me an opportunity to wear red shoes, which can instantly inject a shot of glamour into any outfit. I’ve had these Biba suede shoes stored under the bed for at least a couple of years and yet I hadn’t worn them before – I really don’t know why because they are surprisingly comfortable. I think I need to make a shoe directory with pictures to remind myself of just how many pairs I’ve got stashed away…even though my husband is constantly telling me I have far too many!

Fever red white and blue dress

Red Biba shoes

Asos blue sunglasses

Fever dress

Pia silver ring and bracelet

Biba red suede shoesDress: Fever, shoes: Biba, bracelet and ring: Pia, sunglasses: Asos, bag: Ebay.

 

How are you keeping cool during this heatwave? Drop me a message with a link to show me your Summer style!

 

Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day!

 

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