Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

After an unusually long spell of hot and sunny weather we’ve finally had a few cooler days. As much as I love the hot weather it’s a relief to feel the fresh, cool air on my skin. The temperature at the weekend was just right for trying on this cute dress from Krisp. I often find fit and flare dresses difficult to wear because of my long torso but I’m really pleased with how this one fits me.

I styled this ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories for more of a party look, but you could also style it casually with some sporty lace-up shoes and a denim jacket.

The fabric is not thick but it’s quite stiff, which helps to retain that flared look…perfect for twirling! I styled this ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories for more of a party look, but you could also style it casually with some sporty lace-up shoes and a denim jacket. I had to add just a teeny bit of colour with these pink slingbacks and matching pink lipstick.

Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

This lace sleeve shrug is great for when you want to add a layer without bulk. It’s really stretchy – in fact when I took it out of the packaging I didn’t think I’d get my arms in it! I know a lot of ladies like to keep the upper arms covered, so this is the perfect solution because you can still see the skin through it. The cropped length means it accentuates the waist and keeps the upper half streamlined. The dress usually retails for £24.99 and the shrug for £14.99. The dress is also available in in navy and white, and the shrug in four other colours.

I have two more outfits from Krisp to share with you over the next couple of weeks. The price point is fantastic and there’s a huge range to choose from, whether you want to update your Summer wardrobe or find a dress for a special occasion 🙂

Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

Ditsy print fit and flare dress with silver accessories

Dress and shrug c/o Krisp | ring from a charity shop | necklace, shoes and clutch bag all old

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots and Stephanie of Priceless Life of Mine!

 


 

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Tips for feeling body confident in beachwear, Hunkemoller Doutzen flared playsuit

It’s been so hot here in the UK recently that I’ve been wearing my beachwear around the house and garden! Now, I’ve got to admit that I’ve always struggled to feel truly confident in beachwear; I’m particularly self-conscious about my legs. We all have that particular body part that takes longer to respond to diet and exercise, and for me it’s the thighs. For others it’s the tummy area, but whatever part you like the least, it can make finding beachwear that you feel good in a tiresome and disheartening process.

…it can come as a shock when you suddenly need to throw off the layers and expose some flesh – but I have some quick and easy tips for feeling body confident in beachwear…

You might think it odd then that I chose this playsuit, given my thighs are not my favourite part of my body. But, the fact is, unless you want to sit in the shade totally covered up – either at home or on holiday – you have to find a way to bolster your confidence. If you live in a generally cool country, it can come as a shock when you suddenly need to throw off the layers and expose some flesh – but I have some quick and easy tips for feeling body confident in beachwear that won’t break the bank!

Tips for feeling body confident in beachwear, Hunkemoller Doutzen flared playsuit

Buy well-fitting swimwear

When choosing a bikini, buy as separates. I only buy bikini tops in my bra size, because a set in a size 10 or 12 wouldn’t fit me properly. If you’re big-busted an underwired style will give you the support you need and create a more flattering shape.

Cover up in style

Choose stylish cover ups that can take you from beach to bar. This playsuit from Hunkemoller is made from a lightweight fabric, and the flared, airy sleeves make it perfect for popping on over a bikini or swimsuit. If you want to cover your legs up you could layer a wrap skirt over it as it isn’t at all bulky. I’m also a fan of wearing jumpsuits, tunics and maxi dresses over swimwear, as long as they are flattering and compliment the rest of my holiday wardrobe.

Add instant glamour with accessories

Accessories really up the glamour stakes; a big floppy sun hat, oversized sunglasses and a pair of statement earrings will instantly transform your beach outfit. I was recently shopping in the not-so-glamourous B&M Bargains wearing a straw hat and simple striped dress and the cashier said I looked like I should be in the South of France! Well that would certainly have been preferable to shopping for bird seed and loo roll! But joking aside, it’s simple accessories that can really make the difference to an outfit. Nude wedge sandals are great for creating a leg-lengthening effect, plus they go with everything.

Fake it

It’s amazing what a bit of fake tan can do; whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, having bronzed limbs will make you feel so much better about getting your legs out. Mine are usually deathly pale, but I’ve actually got a real tan just from sitting in the garden…and that was with SPF 50! I’ve added a little top up with Rosie for Autograph Amazing Radiance Body Glow, which has a subtle shimmer. If I go away in Winter I always have a spray tan first. Just remember to defuzz and exfoliate beforehand…

Personal grooming

…which brings me onto personal grooming. I can’t bear having stubbly legs. I use an epilator, which is a bit time-consuming, but lasts much longer than shaving. The only other downside is it does result in a few ingrowing hairs, so exfoliating is essential. I don’t find it uncomfortable, but if you have fast-growing hairs (like me) then it can smart a bit if you don’t do it regularly. A word of warning though: don’t be tempted to use an epilator anywhere other than the legs – trust me, I know from experience!

One other thing that makes me feel more confident is having freshly painted nails. I’m loving pastel shades at the moment – powder blue, lilac and mint in particular. Wearing sandals all the time means feet get a lot of exposure, so having pretty toes is essential for me. I do my own with quick dry polish because I would smudge them otherwise!

So those are my tips for feeling body confident in beachwear…I’d love to hear what makes you feel confident! Please do share your tips in the comments!

Tips for feeling body confident in beachwear, Hunkemoller Doutzen flared playsuit

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Playsuit c/o Hunkemoller (currently on sale) | Topshop bag (sold out, similar) | Amevie sunglasses c/o (first seen here) | Moda in Pelle sandals (old, similar) | Asos earrings (similar) | Freya bikini (old, similar)

 


 

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Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

With the weather being rather hot and muggy lately, I’ve been wearing dresses most days. While I often favour bright rather than dark colours at this time of year, this is the perfect black maxi dress for a hot Summer’s day. It’s so comfortable due to the super stretchy waistband, and the skirt section is a very light and cool fabric.

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

I’ll definitely be taking this maxi dress on my next beach holiday; it’s comfortable, cool, and flattering thanks to the elasticated band that emphasises the waist.

The gathering means you can get away with not ironing it – I think the slight creasing looks deliberate, even if it’s not! I’ll definitely be taking this maxi dress on my next beach holiday; it’s comfortable, cool, and flattering thanks to the elasticated band that emphasises the waist. I reckon you could twist it to pack in your suitcase and it would look just fine…even in my overpacked luggage! At only £19.99 it’s a real bargain, plus it’s available in a couple of other colours too…I may buy another one! For size reference, I’m wearing a M/L.

I kept my accessories neutral with some very old sandals and straw bag (previously seen here). Of course I had to add just a little colour with some tassel earrings which pick up on the red in the chunky bracelet which I scored for £1.50 in a charity shop 🙂

How are you staying cool in the heat? Are maxi dresses your go-to outfit for Summer?

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Krisp Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Black maxi dress for a hot Summer's day

Dress c/o Krisp

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jessica of J Petite, Tilden of To Be Bright and Joi of In My Joi!

 


 

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The Marks and Spencer Summer Beauty Box

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend! Mine has been very busy but so much fun 🙂 Isobel turned nine on Tuesday so we had a party for her and some friends on Saturday; the weather was glorious so all the kids had big water pistols and ran around the garden like lunatics. It just happened to coincide with the England v Sweden game, so the adults gathered inside to watch it with a tipple or two 😉 It was a really lovely day, but we were all so tired by the end of the evening.

Recently I treated myself to the Marks and Spencer Summer Beauty and Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Boxes, which are packed full of fabulous products for the warmer weather.

Speaking of the weather, due to the prolonged hot and sunny conditions, I’ve been refreshing my beauty regime. I love beauty boxes because I get to try new products, and often put some aside for travelling. Recently I treated myself to the Marks and Spencer Summer Beauty and Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Boxes, which are packed full of fabulous products for the warmer weather.

The Marks and Spencer Summer Beauty and Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Boxes

The M&S Summer Beauty Box contains

  • Color WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Hair Spray 50ml
  • PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara 4ml
  • Autograph Lasting Colour Intense Liquid Lipstick 6ml
  • REN Altantic Kelp & Magnesium Body Wash 100ml
  • Prai Throat & Decolletage Creme 15ml
  • Nuxe Refreshing Aftersun 50ml
  • Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30 4.8g
  • Percy & Reed Fragrance Mist 75ml
  • Leighton Denny Nail Colour 12ml
  • Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream 15ml
  • Autograph Sheer Radiance Eau de Parfum 30ml
  • Origins GinZing Gel Moisturiser 30ml
  • EOS SPF Lip Balm 7g
  • Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer 40ml
  • This Works Deep Pillow spray 5ml
  • Make-up Bag

I was really happy to see the Formula Ultimate Sleep Cream included in the box as there was one in the advent calendar and it really is a fabulous night cream.

The M&S Summer Beauty Box was a snip at just £15 with a purchase of £40 or more…which gave me the perfect excuse to buy more shoes! Unfortunately it’s now sold out – you have to be really quick with these, much like the advent calendars. I was really happy to see the Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream included in the box as there was one in the advent calendar and it really is a fabulous night cream. The peptides and hyaluronic acid nourish and hydrate the skin so that you look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep, even if you haven’t. In the morning my skin looks fresh and smooth, and feels hydrated. At £22 for 50ml I think this is a really good value night cream.

Rather pricey at £22 for 300ml, this is one product I would never have bought on its own.

I haven’t tried everything in the box thoroughly yet, but one of my favourite “new to me” products is the REN Altantic Kelp & Magnesium Body Wash. This sulphate-free formula has a really refreshing and reviving fragrance. It contains kelp extract, energizing magnesium and a blend of anti-fatigue essential oils – just what I need in this energy-sapping hot weather. REN uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients. Rather pricey at £22 for 300ml, this is one product I would never have bought on its own, but it’s a real treat on a hot day. It just goes to show how good value these beauty boxes are.

As soon as I took the lid off the M&S Summer Beauty Box Isobel made a grab for the Eos lip balm. In fact she didn’t even know what it was, she was just intrigued by the packaging. When I told her it was lip balm it was no longer mine. I owned it for all of about ten seconds. It turns out she has impeccable taste because it’s a fantastic lip balm…and only £6.50. There are different varieties, but the one I received has a zingy, fruity scent. To me it smells like grapefruit, but I could be wrong. All I know is it’s fresh and summery…and no longer in my possession! Ah well, it’ll be my clothes and shoes soon I suppose so I’d better get used to it!

Eoa lip balm

I’ve bought all but one of the Tili boxes from QVC. Although they’re not as good value as the M&S box, the selection of products are consistently well-chosen. Tili beauty boxes are subscription-free, and you can see what you’re getting before buying. The contents for this box are valued at around £65.

Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Box

The Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Box contains

  • Elemis Superfood Facial Cleanser (30ml)
  • Pixi Rose Tonic (40ml)
  • Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream (5ml)
  • Percy & Reed Dry Instant Volumising Spray (200ml)
  • Molton Brown Purifying Shampoo with Indian Cress (30ml)
  • Molton Brown Purifying Conditioner with Indian Cress (30ml)
  • Vita Liberata Body Blur (7ml)
  • Nails Inc Duke Street (14ml) – a smoked lilac shade
  • Magnitone Wipe Out Cleansing Cloth
  • Your Zookie Blackcurrant Vitamin Supplement (5ml)

The Marks and Spencer Summer Beauty and Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Boxes

I’ve been using the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream for a couple of weeks and I love it. It’s enriched with hyaluronic acid and contains soft focus pearl pigments to blur imperfections. This is another product that I wouldn’t have bought because it’s £45 for 15ml, much more than I’d usually spend on an eye cream. If I find something that works and I think it’s worth the price tag I’ll buy it, but I won’t take a gamble on high-end products. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that big bucks doesn’t always equal high quality. That said, I would consider buying this again. I’ve heard many good things about Caudalie, so I’m keen to try more from the brand.

I’ll be keeping the Molton Brown shampoo and conditioner, as well as the Elemis facial wash for travelling. I’ve tried the Nails Inc polish and love the colour but not the formula. In fairness, I’ve never been keen on Nails Inc – I find it hard to apply and it takes ages to dry. I only buy quick-dry nail polish because otherwise I’d smudge it and have to start again. (My favourite is Maybelline Color Show 60 Seconds nail polish, with Kiko Milano Quick Dry a close second).

The Pixi Rose Tonic is roses in a bottle; it smells wonderful and leaves my skin refreshed and calmed. At £10 for 100ml I’d say this is an affordable treat, and one I’d definitely buy again at full price.

The Tili Violet Blooms Beauty Box is still available at QVC.

Did you buy either of these boxes? Or have you tried any of these products individually? I’d love to know if you have a favourite!


 

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Feeling Summery in bright yellow and Calla Florence Sandals

Well the heatwave continues here in the UK and that means I get to wear all the pretty things! This yellow top is an old favourite and comes out every Summer. I climbed up to the top of the Eiffel Tower in it almost four years ago! I think this is the first time I’ve worn it with a skirt though. I’ve had this floral print skirt a few years too but have never worn it until now…crazy considering how lovely it is. I think I struggled to find a top to go with it…but low and behold, there it was all along in my wardrobe. It was only when I received these gorgeous Calla sandals that the outfit all came together.

I was instantly feeling Summery in the bright yellow top and gorgeous Calla Florence sandals…yellow always makes me feel more cheerful!

You may remember I showed you the Emma shoes from Calla back in March (coincidentally I was wearing yellow then too!). Calla shoes are designed for ladies with bunions (yep, that’s me!) and fit like a dream. When I slipped my feet into these pretty sandals they gave a sigh of relief. Comfortable shoes do not have to be boring, and here’s the proof. The charming frill detail makes them perfect for a wedding or garden party (they are also available in soft pink).  I was instantly feeling Summery in the bright yellow top and gorgeous Calla Florence sandals…yellow always makes me feel more cheerful!

Feeling Summery in bright yellow and Calla Florence Sandals

Feeling Summery in bright yellow and Calla Florence Sandals

Feeling Summery in Calla Florence Sandals

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Feeling Summery in Calla Florence Sandals, Modalu grey bag

Feeling Summery in bright yellow and Calla Florence Sandals

Henry definitely approves of my sandals…he does love to be in the photos! My husband, on the other hand doesn’t approve of my big glittery sunglasses…he thinks they’re a bit too Dame Edna 🙂

I’me keeping it short and sweet today because it’s my little girl’s birthday and I’ve got to make a cake…my first attempt at a vegan Victoria sponge…wish me luck!

Feeling Summery in Calla Florence Sandals

yellow Principles by Ben de Lisi top

Outfit details: Asos skirt (old) | Principles by Ben de Lisi top (old) | Modalu bag (bought on eBay) | River Island sunglasses | Calla Florence sandals c/o | Pia bracelet and ring | Becky’s Boutique bee necklace

 Last week’s favourites were…

Linda of A Labour of Life, Amy of Amy’s Creative Pursuits and Claire of Claire Justine!

 


 

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