Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

It really feels like Autumn is just around the corner now with the evenings drawing in. The main consolation of Summer nearing its end is the sales. Although there’s a lot of tat on the rails, if you have the patience to trawl through them it can pay off. I bought these pink culottes at Marks & Spencer along with the sunshine yellow dress. They were both roughly half price which I was quite happy with…until I went into another M&S store a couple of weeks later and saw the dress reduced to £4.99 and the culottes to £8.49! Don’t you just hate it when that happens? But then I consoled myself with the fact that if I hadn’t bought them when I did I wouldn’t have had them to take to Brittany.

I packed these pink culottes and cold shoulder top because I knew the proportions would work together

Sales frustrations aside, I love these culottes and I know I’ll get plenty of wear from them. The quality is fantastic and they feel much more expensive than even the full price. They make a great alternative to a midi skirt, especially on a breezy day. We took these photos in the ruins of the old church at the end of my dad’s field, which makes a nice change from my back garden. I love doing outfit photos on holiday, but it does require a bit of planning. I packed these pink culottes and cold shoulder top because I knew the proportions would work together (I’ve also worn the top with my metallic culottes).

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

I’ve had this top for years, in fact I think I bought it from a Freemans catalogue – that’s going back some! After going out of fashion I stored it away in a suitcase in the loft, but now the cold shoulder trend is back with a vegence and its time has come again! It’s great for taking on holiday because it’s light and doesn’t crease. Plus it goes with almost everything. I added some gold accents with my jewellery and wedge espadrilles, which are also holiday wardrobe go-tos.

As soon as I spotted the bag my heart skipped a beat, especially when I saw it was on sale!

The bag was a holiday treat which I bought on a shopping trip to Paimpol, a lovely little town a short drive from my dad’s. I also bought the jacket I wore in last week’s link up post that afternoon. As soon as I spotted the bag my heart skipped a beat, especially when I saw it was on sale! It cost 44 euros with the discount, which I thought was a bargain. All in all that was a very satisfying shopping trip 🙂

Do you like to shop the sales early? Or do you wait until the end for big discounts and risk your favourites being sold out? If you have a strategy please do share it! Now it’s time to link up 🙂

leopard print flapover bag

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

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Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top Jord wood watch

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Marks & Spencer culottes (sold out, similar here and here) | cold shoulder top (old, similar) | gold espadrilles (similar) | bag from a shop in France (similar) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar) | Jord watch c/o | ring from Pia | necklace and bangle from a charity shop


 

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Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

A simple jacket and jeans combination is one of my favourite outfits. Casual but smart, this classic pairing is appropriate for so many situations. On my recent holiday to Brittany we had a little shopping trip to Paimpol, a charming little town with some fabulous shops. I spotted this jacket on a sale rail reduced to 43 euros, which is a real bargain considering the quality. My dad kindly bought it for me as a birthday treat. I also have my dad to thank for the necklace, which he brought back from a recent trip to New Zealand 🙂

This combination of jeans and a jacket by the sea seems to match the blue sky and white boats in the harbour perfectly.

I decided to wear it for a meal out in St Quay on our last night there. Last year we were there for my birthday and ate in the same restaurant. I wore a similar outfit then: jeans, jacket and a printed silk top. Since then I’ve become full vegetarian, which isn’t easy in France. When I ate fish and seafood it was so easy, especially on the coast. I thought I might be able to order a salad without meat or fish, or maybe a pizza…but I was wrong. I ended up having another omelette (I ate a lot of those in France!) and felt like an egg bound chicken by the end of the holiday.

Despite the lack of vegetarian options it was a lovely meal and the perfect opportunity to snap some outfit photos. This combination of jeans and a jacket by the sea seems to match the blue sky and white boats in the harbour perfectly.

I’m keeping this week’s link up post short and sweet because as I write I’m about to head off to Switzerland for a few days…I’ll keep you posted on Instagram! Scroll down to share what you’ve been wearing!

Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

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Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

St Quay Brittany

Jeans and a Jacket by the Sea

Scottage jacket (bought in France) | Gap jeans (similar) | Clarks espadrilles (similar) | Bag from TKMaxx (old, similar) Emilio Pucci sunglasses (similar) | necklace from New Zealand (gift from my Dad)

 


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Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

I’m just back from a wonderful holiday in Brittany where we took advantage of the beautiful surroundings for these photos. I’m very lucky that my dad lives in such a picturesque part of the world which is only an hour’s flight away. We go every Summer but I’m hoping to make more frequent trips, even if it’s only for a few days with hand luggage. I’m not one to travel light but you really don’t need to take much (note to self!) as smart casual is the norm in Brittany.

At first I was unsure about this dress, but when I took a moment in the changing room to envisage how I’d wear it I was sold on it.

I packed mostly casual clothes, with a couple of pairs of culottes and two dresses – this yellow one and my striped White Stuff dress which I bought for Madrid last September. I picked up this yellow dress in M&S recently when I popped in to collect an online order. At the same time I also bought some bright pink culottes which I’ll be featuring on the blog soon. Both were in the sale so longer available but I’ve found some other gorgeous yellow dresses for you in the Shop the Post gallery. At first I was unsure about this dress, but when I took a moment in the changing room to envisage how I’d wear it I was sold on it. It has a slip under it so no worries about it being see through.

Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

Wearing this Marks & Spencer sunshine yellow dress in Brittany complimented the stunning array of hydrangeas lining the country lanes.

We were quite lucky with the weather considering it can be very changeable, just like in the UK. There was a little bit of rain, but for the most part it was warm, even when it was overcast. We managed three trips to the beach which pleased the kids (Isobel has a French playmate when we visit so they keep each other amused!). As well as enjoying the seaside, we enjoyed exploring the little hamlets and admiring the beautiful flowers in full bloom. Wearing this Marks & Spencer sunshine yellow dress in Brittany complimented the stunning array of hydrangeas lining the country lanes.

Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

The low wedge of these Clarks gold espadrilles add a bit of height, which I think works best with the midi length of the dress.

Apart from trainers and FitFlops I only took my gold espadrilles and a pair of flat sandals. I’ve learned from experience that taking heels on holiday is almost always a waste of time and case space. The low wedge of these Clarks gold espadrilles add a bit of height, which I think works best with the midi length of the dress. I take this beige bag on every holiday because it goes with everything and holds plenty. My straw hat is another holiday wardrobe hero; it’s survived being crammed into a case countless times. It’s getting a bit battered now but for only a few quid it’s been one of my best buys.Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

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Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

The drawstring neckline of the dress meant I didn’t need a necklace so I just added a ring and bracelet. The matching wrist ties are a really pretty feature of the dress; cinching in the sleeves shows off a bracelet perfectly. This one is from Azuni and is part of a bundle I won in a Facebook competition. It’s actually the second time I’ve won jewellery from them…lucky me eh? 😉

Do you like wearing yellow or do you steer clear? It’s link up day so scroll down and share what you’ve been wearing!

Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany Azuni gold bangle Jord wood watch Pia sapphire ring

Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany

Marks an Spencer Sunshine Yellow Dress in Brittany Clarks gold espadrilles

Marks & Spencer dress (sold out but this one is similar) | Clarks espadrilles (similar herehere and here | hat from Matalan (old, similar) | Azuni bangle | Pia ring | handbag from TK Maxx (old) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses


 

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Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo

After almost seven years of blogging I’m featuring menswear for the first time! It seemed a little bit strange for me to be taking photos of my husband when it’s always been the other way round. He’s a good sport though and was happy to help me review the smart casual menswear at Jacamo.

Relaxed dressing is the norm in Brittany so the range of smart casual menswear at Jacamo is perfect for this kind of holiday.

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings around my dad’s house on the north coast of Brittany for the photos. The ruins of the old church are just at the end of his field and provided the perfect setting for both outfit photos and fairy treasure hunts with the little one. Relaxed dressing is the norm in Brittany so the range of smart casual menswear at Jacamo is perfect for this kind of holiday.

As well as their own range Jacamo sells lots of big brands, including some with exclusive sizes.

Denim and chambray shirts are a wardrobe staple for everyone, men and women alike. Interesting details like the floral print section on this short sleeved shirt elevate them beyond a basic utilitarian garment. Who said floral print is just for us ladies? The shirt is a soft cotton fabric, and not too thick. We paired it with some charcoal chinos from the Flintoff by Jacamo range. As well as their own range Jacamo sells lots of big brands, including some with exclusive sizes. These trousers were a little on the big side, but fine with a belt (which was included).

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo denim shirt and chinos

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo denim shirt and chinos

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo denim shirt and chinos

For the second outfit we chose a long sleeved chambray shirt and a pair of tobacco coloured chinos. The subtle print and contrast cuffs make this a versatile shirt which would be appropriate for the office or an evening out. Pete wasn’t convinced about the colour of these trousers to start with but with a little persuasion he agreed to try them. I really like the combination of blue and tobacco – it reminds me of the beach.  Both pairs of chinos have a little bit of stretch so they are very comfortable. The great thing about Jacamo is the range of sizes and lengths of trousers, plus shoes up to a size 15. It’s all at a very affordable price point too without compromising on quality. BTW, in case you were wondering, that’s not a real meerkat in the background!

If you’re thinking of treating the man in your life to some new clothes it’s definitely worth popping over to the Jacamo website for a look!

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo chambray shirt and tobacco chinos

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo chambray shirt and tobacco chinos

Trousers and shirts c/o Jacamo, all opinions are completely honest and unbiased.

 

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

You could say I’m fashionably late to the gingham party. In fact, if I’d left it any later everyone would have drunk up and gone home. My procrastinating came to an abrupt end when an email arrived informing me the Zara sale had started. Not only did I order this top, but also the matching skirt, this cute basket bag and several other items I decided I couldn’t live without.

I like the combination of gingham ruffles, denim and embroidered shoes, it brings together several trends in one outfit.

I’m not sure I want to wear the gingham top and skirt together – I think that would risk venturing into Little House on the Prairie territory. But then, when it comes to fashion I’ve learned to never say never to anything. I like the combination of gingham ruffles, denim and embroidered shoes, it brings together several trends in one outfit. Not that I’m a slave to trends, but I like to make them work for me without looking like a fashion victim. The top is quite short so it works better with high waisted trousers. For a dressier option you could swap the jeans for a pair of wide legged trousers in navy or white.

I can’t help thinking that this raffia bucket bag would make a perfect bird’s nest!

Raffia bags are really having a moment, but finding a good quality one that doesn’t cost silly money hasn’t been as easy as I’d expected. When I saw this bucket bag in the Zara sale it went straight into my shopping cart (it’s been reduced further since I bought it…typical!). It’s a good sturdy design with a top handle, as well as a long strap that can be removed. It’s lined with a striped fabric and has a snap fastenening strap over the lid to keep it shut. I can’t help thinking that this raffia bucket bag would make a perfect bird’s nest! Grab it while it’s going cheap (sorry, terrible joke!).

Are you embracing gingham, ruffles, embroidery and raffia bags? Which is your favourite? It’s link up day so scroll down and add your lovely outfits!

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Marks and Spencer embroidered mules

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Marks and Spencer embroidered mules

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Zara top | Gap jeans | M&S mules |Zara raffia bucket bag | Winkwood sunglasses c/o | Les Nereides necklace

 


 

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