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When it comes to jeans I usually alternate between a distressed boyfriend style and skinnies, but lately I’ve been looking to mix it up a bit. These slim leg jeans from Bonmarché strike the perfect balance between a straight leg style and skinny jeans.  The classic cut in dark denim looks chic whether dressed up or styled for a more casual look. Pairing these jeans with a classic white shirt, jacket and heels would create a relaxed professional outfit.

These Bonmarché slim leg jeans and stripe floral jumper teamed with red accessories are perfect for off duty chic.

I’m lucky enough to be able to wear what I like for work, but I still prefer to make the distinction between my work outfits and what I wear at home. These Bonmarché slim leg jeans and stripe floral jumper teamed with red accessories are perfect for off duty chic. Jeans and a striped top is one of my preferred casual ensembles. The floral embroidery on this jumper is a Spring-appropriate twist on the classic Breton top. It’s currently on sale reduced from £24 to £16.

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At only £16 these Bonmarché jeans are incredibly good value – they have just the right amount of stretch, run true to size and feel great on.

Finding well-fitting jeans can be something of a challenge – we’ve all had those soul-destroying moments in changing rooms trying to squeeze into a pair of unforgiving jeans, right? For me, the key to a good pair of jeans is striking the right balance between the amount of stretch and the thickness of the denim. If they’re too thin and stretchy they won’t give you a streamlined fit, and they’ll quickly show signs of wear. Jeans that are too thick and rigid feel uncomfortable and can also add bulk. At only £16 these Bonmarché jeans are incredibly good value – they have just the right amount of stretch, run true to size and feel great on. I think you’d be hard pressed to find such great jeans for this price anywhere else. The Susie slim leg jeans are available in three lengths, and also in grey.

 Do you have a preferred style of jeans or do you like to mix it up? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up your outfits 🙂

Bonmarché Slim Leg Jeans and Stripe Floral Jumper

Bonmarché Slim Leg Jeans and Stripe Floral Jumper

Bonmarché Slim Leg Jeans and Stripe Floral Jumper

Bonmarché Slim Leg Jeans and Stripe Floral Jumper

Bonmarché Slim Leg Jeans and Stripe Floral Jumper

Jeans and jumper c/o Bonmarché | M&S shoes (old similar) | bag: eBay (similar) | bracelet and ring: Pia


 

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A Day in Dubai - Going Up the Burj Khalifa

During our recent trip to Abu Dhabi which I featured in my previous post, we took a day trip to Dubai. By car, it only takes about 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi to the outskirts of Dubai, and taxis are relatively cheap. We paid about £30 to go to the Ibn Battuta mall where we picked up the metro to Dubai mall. Of course, when you only have a day in Dubai, going up the Burj Khalifa is high on the list of things to do (pun intended!).

The Burj Khalifa isn’t just a tourist attraction though; the tower also contains a restaurant, Armani Hotel, corporate suites and 900 residences.

Standing at over 828 metres the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. It also holds several other records including the building with the highest number of stories, highest outdoor observation deck and tallest service elevator in the world. The Burj Khalifa isn’t just a tourist attraction though; the tower also contains a restaurant, Armani Hotel, corporate suites and 900 residences. The lucky inhabitants of this exclusive building have access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis and a recreation room for gatherings and events. I dread to think how much an apartment here would cost!

Ticket prices vary depending on what time of day you want to go and whether you go to level 125 or 148.

The entrance to the tower is conveniently located in the mall – which is an attraction in itself..so many shops! It’s recommended that you buy tickets to At The Top in advance, especially at weekends. Ticket prices vary depending on what time of day you want to go and whether you go to level 125 or 148. The premium tickets cost 500 AED (about £110) per person so it’s quite expensive for a family trip. I imagine seeing the sun set over Dubai from the Burj Khalifa is quite a sight, hence the hefty price tag. We went to level 125 at the latter end of off-peak time to keep costs down. It was a bit hazy but still a magnificent view.

A Day in Dubai - Going Up the Burj Khalifa

A Day in Dubai - Going Up the Burj Khalifa

A Day in Dubai - Going Up the Burj Khalifa

A Day in Dubai - Going Up the Burj Khalifa

If you love shopping then Dubai Mall is retail heaven. The sheer scale of it is unlike any other mall I’ve been to. As we were there on a strictly sight-seeing trip I didn’t punish my credit card, but with more time and money at my disposal I could’ve really gone mad. When we first arrived we grabbed a quick snack at the food court and meandered over to the aquarium.

What did seem to take forever was the glass bottom boat trip. If you ever go to Dubai Aquarium, take my advice and skip this part.

Again, we’d bought tickets in advance, which saves loads of time. What did seem to take forever was the glass bottom boat trip. If you ever go to Dubai Aquarium, take my advice and skip this part. It took about an hour of tedious queuing to actually get on a small boat for all of ten minutes, in what’s basically a pool crammed full of fish. By the time we got off we had to sprint over to the Burj Khalifa so we didn’t miss our slot. Luckily, as we were leaving we were told to keep our tickets so we could go back later and finish the tour of the aquarium. I’m glad we did because it’s home to lots of creatures, big and small. My favourite was the little desert hedgehog, although the pair of saltwater crocodiles was quite an arresting sight!

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Generally, ladies should keep shoulders and knees covered and avoid very tight or low cut tops.

I mentioned dress codes in my last post and how I’d been unsure of what to take with me. While Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most liberal of the emirates, visitors are asked to dress “respectfully” in shopping malls. Generally, ladies should keep shoulders and knees covered and avoid very tight or low cut tops. It has been known for Emirati ladies to tell Western tourists to cover up (and arguing could land you in trouble). That said, it felt a lot more liberal than I anticipated, but I’d rather err on the side of caution.

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa Dubai Aquarium

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa Dubai Aquarium

Strolling in the early evening sunshine made me think how lovely it would be to spend longer than just a day in Dubai. I should probably start saving now, especially if I want to stay in the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel!  We popped into the souk for ice cream before heading back to Abu Dhabi. It was a great day and I’m already looking forward to next time 🙂

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa Souk Al Bahar

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa Souk

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa Souk Al Bahar winkwood sunglasses

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa

A Day in Dubai - Going Up the Burj Khalifa

A Day in Dubai Going Up the Burj Khalifa winkwood sunglasses

Outfit details: Winkwood sunglasses  c/o | FitFlops | Zara trousers | Principles by Ben de Lisi top (old)

 

Have you ever been to Dubai? If you have I’d love to know what you thought of it. Don’t forget to stop by for the Style With a Smile link up on Tuesday 🙂

 

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Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Hope poncho

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some photos from my recent holiday in Abu Dhabi. I have to admit that having never visited the UAE before, I really didn’t know what to expect. Knowing how to dress appropriately was the biggest conundrum for me as I had read conflicting dress code guides on the internet. Luckily, as we were staying with friends I was able to ask for advice beforehand.  Of course that still didn’t prevent me from over-packing! Old habits die hard.

 The design and construction of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is said to “unite the world” by using artisans and materials from many different countries

Having done some research on what to do and see in Abu Dhabi, at the top of my list was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque, which opened in 2007, is one of the world’s largest, with a capacity for 40,000 worshippers. It has 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. The design and construction of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is said to “unite the world” by using artisans and materials from many different countries. The seven imported chandeliers from Germany incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals….that’s a lot of bling!

All visitors are required to observe a strict dress code; women need to cover up from head to toe, including hair. Wearing a long sleeved top, full length trousers or maxi skirt is fine, but you are told at the entrance if you need to borrow an abaya (a full length loose robe) which is free of charge. The abayas at the mosque also have a hood, but they are not very flattering…Isobel said I looked like a dentist, so I used my pashmina to cover my hair.

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

We used the cooler days to do most of the sightseeing, which gave me the opportunity to wear my gorgeous poncho from Hope.

The usually hot and dry weather seemed to be taking a holiday of its own when we arrived – it was actually raining when we touched down. The weather did improve as the week progressed, but for the first few days it was windy and a bit chilly at times. We used the cooler days to do most of the sightseeing, which gave me the opportunity to wear my gorgeous poncho from Hope. The visit to the mosque was the first stop on the Big Bus Tour which allows you to hop on and off, stopping at all the main attractions. The ticket includes a cruise along the corniche on a traditional wooden Arabian Dhow that lasts about 40 minutes. It’s a lovely way to view the Abu Dhabi skyline.

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Hope-poncho-zara-trousers FitFlops

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Dhow cruise Hope-poncho

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Dhow cruise

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Hope-poncho-zara-trousers FitFlops

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Hope-poncho-zara-trousers FitFlops

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Hope-poncho Azuni-athena-cuff

Holiday in Abu Dhabi Hope-poncho-zara-trousers FitFlops

Outfit details: Hope poncho | Zara trousers | FitFlops | Azuni Athena cuff

Holiday in Abu Dhabi yas-waterworld-wave-machine

Towards the end of the week the weather had improved so we spent the day at Yas Waterworld. I have to admit that I’m not really a fan of hurtling down water slides at breakneck speed but it was a really fun day. In fact I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I was even brave enough to go on a rollercoaster…twice! It wasn’t a particularly scary rollercoaster (according to my husband who’s an afficionado when it comes to lunatic rides) but it was enough for me!

We floated serenely around the lazy river, before going on a white knuckle ride down a water slide on a big inflatable for six people.

Yas Waterworld isn’t cheap (it was about £100 for the three of us) but it was definitely worth it. It wasn’t at all busy so there were no queues and lots of sunloungers free. I got to relax and surf the internet (there’s free wifi) while watching Isobel get soaked by the giant tipping bucket and whizz down the little slides. We floated serenely around the lazy river, before going on a white knuckle ride down a water slide on a big inflatable for six people. I happened to be sitting backwards, which may have been a good thing as I couldn’t see what was coming. Halfway down Isobel decided that she didn’t like it…a bit late to bail out at that stage! Thankfully the arrival wasn’t as violent as the journey and I didn’t get dunked.

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Holiday in Abu Dhabi yas-waterworld snakes

Holiday in Abu Dhabi yas-waterworld sun-loungers

Holiday in Abu Dhabi yas-waterworld dryers

As well as fun at Yas Waterworld, we did spend some time at the beach where we were staying. The sea was a bit cold for me to do more than paddle but I thoroughly enjoyed basking in the sun looking out towards the Yas Marina F1 circuit.

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Going to the mall is a day out in itself – Yas Mall is huge and spotlessly clean, with plenty of pristine public toilets ( a bonus when you’ve got kids). I made a beeline for Zara (as I always do) and bought a couple of pairs of culottes. I also bought a pretty bird print bag with a chain strap from another shop, which I’m sure will make an appearance on the blog soon.

Holiday to Abu Dhabi Yas Mall

Holiday to Abu Dhabi Yas mall

The last day of our holiday was also the birthday party of our friend’s young daughter. I wore one of the many tops I’d packed but hadn’t worn, with some new culottes from Yumi.

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Holiday in Abu Dhabi jane-norman-top

Outfit details: Jane Norman top (similar)  Azuni Athena cuff  | Yumi culottes

During our holiday we took a trip to Dubai, which I’ll be posting about separately later in the week because otherwise there’d be far too many photos! Also, I think a trip to the world’s tallest building deserves a post all to itself 😉

Have you ever been to the UAE? Or are you planning a trip there? I’d love to hear about your travel plans in the comments! Now, let’s get the link up party started 🙂

 


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Finding the right gift for mum can be tricky and time-consuming, so I’ve put together some fab Mother’s Day gift ideas inspired by nature. Jewellery is always guaranteed to please, especially if it’s unusual. Whether it’s foxes, flamingos, cats or unicorns you’re looking for, there’s something for all tastes and budgets. I’ve selected some beautiful pieces of jewellery, as well as accessories, trinket dishes and charming tea cups…because even a cup of tea can be a thing of beauty!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Nature

Dowse Hettie bird and cloud earrings £13.75 | Suzy Q Fantastic Fox necklace £18 | Eve & Fox rabbit necklace £42.95 | Dainty Edge horse necklace £47

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Nature

Saba Fox and Crow necklace £130 | Azuni Lionheart cuff £42 | Biba leopard trinket box £28 | Yumi cat scarf reduced from £28 to £19

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Nature

Flamingo mug £9.95 | Harlequin Savannah elephant teapot and cup £40 | Miss Étoile mug £14.45 | Pip Studio bird cup and saucer £13

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Nature cats

SOS15 Kitty Cat clutch bag £55 | Kate Spade New York glitter cat iPhone 6 case £25.49 | Iphoria iPhone 7 case £40.45 | Cleo Ferin Mercury cats silk collar £53

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Nature

Kenneth Jay Lane giraffe cuff £120 | unicorn jewellery dish £15.50 | Me & Zena unicorn ring £16 | Mango bird clutch £35.99

I love the science-inspired jewellery of somersault18:24 – I’ve never seen anything like it before. As well as necklaces, there’s a selection of earrings and rings. I’ve picked out my favourites, which was so difficult because they’re all amazing. The intertwined DNA and 4 cell embryo necklaces would make fantastic gifts for mums-to-be 🙂

I’m working on Mother’s Day, but I’m hoping for a nice meal and a glass of wine when I get home (hint to husband!).

Which of these picks are your favourites? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Inspired by Nature somersault 18:24 science jewellery

somersault 18:24 necklaces oxytocin flat necklace £109 | DNA necklace £84 | interlocked DNA necklace £111 | 4 cell embryo necklace £111

 

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Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers

Military style jackets and coats are a firm favourite of mine because they instantly elevate even the most basic of outfits. In my last post I wore a new embroidered military jacket from Zara, which reminded me that I had this one, also from Zara. I bought it about seven years ago when, in a post-baby haze, Balmain came onto my radar and tormented me with eye-wateringly expensive jackets that I drooled over, but alas couldn’t afford. Thankfully Balmain’s influence swiftly filtered down onto the High Street and I snapped this lookalike up for a much more purse-friendly price.

Combining the structured cut of the Balmain-esque military jacket and studs on the shoes and bag creates an edgy, but smart look.

Previously, I’d only worn the jacket with skinny jeans and heeled boots, so it was fun to try on different trousers with it to see which worked. I was actually quite surprised that these trousers did work with the jacket; I’d assumed that the accentuated shoulders needed a streamlined bottom half to balance them out. It just goes to show that it’s worth trying different combinations, even when you have doubts. Pairing it with these cropped trousers and heels creates an office-appropriate look that’s also on trend. Although a tote bag would be a more sensible option for work, I chose an over-sized embellished clutch to match the gold studs on my shoes. Combining the structured cut of the Balmain-esque military jacket and studs on the shoes and bag creates an edgy, but smart look. I’m not sure I could wear these very high heels all day though!

Are you a fan of the military trend? Let me know your thoughts…and of course don’t forget to link up your outfits 🙂

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Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutch

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Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutch

Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutch

Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutch

Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutch

Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutch

Military Jacket and Studs zara-military-blazer-and-black-trousers asos studded clutchJacket: Zara (old, similar here and here) | trousers: Zara | shoes: Aperlai (these are a great budget option) | clutch: Asos (old, similar) | sunglasses: Joe’s (similar)

 



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