Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Well we’ve had some glorious hot and sunny weather in the UK for the last few days…sadly it’s now on its way out though. All good things must come to an end. The unusually high temperatures for early May made me feel like I was holiday again. In fact I haven’t even put any of my holiday clothes away yet. I will get plenty of wear out of this Issa wide leg jumpsuit over the Summer though.

This Issa wide leg jumpsuit is one of three that I bought for my holiday, and is probably the most versatile of them all.

It looks like a maxi dress because of the very wide legs – you can’t really tell it’s a jumpsuit until I start walking. The deep V neckline keeps the upper half of the body streamlined in contrast to the voluminous trousers. And it has pockets, which always score extra brownie points from me. This Issa wide leg jumpsuit is one of three that I bought for my holiday, and is probably the most versatile of them all. For a more casual look I would layer a fitted white T-shirt underneath it and wear with my Stan Smith trainers. For cooler days I’d top it off with a denim jacket.

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

The balmy evenings in Abu Dhabi didn’t require an extra layer. All I needed to add was some jewellery and my cute cat bag; that’s the great thing about jumpsuits – they require very little accessorizing. I finished off the outfit with my gold wedge espadrilles, which gave me a little bit of extra height and prevented the trouser hems catching on the floor.

For once I was actually quite restrained with my footwear choices on this holiday – I didn’t take any heels and I wore every pair of sandals I took! I must be getting better at this packing malarkey. I’d still like more practice though 😉 My next trip will be to my Dad’s in Brittany during the Summer break…and who knows what the weather will be like then!

What are your top tips for holiday packing? Do you manage to pack light or take too much stuff and then regret it?

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

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Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit, Asos velvet cat bag

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Issa Wide Leg Jumpsuit, lobby of Al Raha Beach hotel, Abu Dhabi

Issa jumpsuit (sold out) | Asos bag (from eBay) | Clarks espadrilles (similar) | Les Nereides necklace

Last weeks’ favourites were…

Vale of Fashion and Cookies, Bettye of Fashion Schlub and Laura of I Do deClaire!


 

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Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Can you believe it’s May already? That must mean warmer weather is just around the corner, right? Well, we live in hope. Even though the temperature has struggled to reach double figures lately, I’m ready to put away the big coats and jumpers. I’ve been opting for lighter coats, including this coffee-coloured one, to mix things up a bit. It doesn’t have any fastenings, just the belt, so it feels like a trench coat. The belt actually sits a little bit too high, almost over the pockets, so I’ll probably wear it without. I may even add a different belt, maybe a black one for contrast.

It’s not yet sandal weather so I teamed the flare hem skinny jeans and leopard print top with a pair of matching court shoes.

I’ve been looking for some new jeans, trying to move away from the usual skinny and boyfriend styles. I’ve tried a few pairs of flare/ruffle hem jeans but none suited me. Then I just happened to be browsing Asos (I say that like it was an accident, but it’s a frequent occurrence) when I spotted these black flare hem jeans.

I bought Isobel a pair of black flare hem leggings recently (and we do like to outfit twin sometimes) so I thought I’d give them a try…and I really like them. They have plenty of stretch so they fit snuggly on the leg, contrasting nicely with the cropped flare. Jeans like this are made for showing off shoes. Alas, it’s not sandal weather yet so I teamed the flare hem skinny jeans and leopard print top with a pair of matching leopard print court shoes.

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, flower brooch

I chose a bag with some colour to break up the neutrals, along with a red bracelet and a brooch to add some texture.

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, Aqua di Perla bag

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print, enamel cat earrings

Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

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Flare Hem Skinny Jeans and Leopard Print

Flare hem skinny jeans from Asos | coat c/o PopJulia | Zara top (old, similar) | New look shoes (old, similar) | Aqua di Perla bag (old, similar)

Do you like to try different styles of denim or do you have a go-to style that you stick to?

Last week’s favourites were…

Suzy Turner, Vanity & Me and La Vida Dulce!

 


 

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After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend 🙂 It was my turn to choose the theme for this month’s Style Not Age challenge, and I wanted it to be season-appropriate. After mulling over a few ideas I decided to base it on the optimistic phrase “after the rain comes the rainbow”. It was duly approved by Isobel who’d suggested unicorns, which I thought might be a stretch…but you never know, maybe next time 😉

Of course April does mean frequent showers, but you can’t have a rainbow without the rain!

It feels as though we’re emerging from a very long winter and I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing colour return to the garden. Of course April does mean frequent showers, but you can’t have a rainbow without the rain! I’m just happy that it’s no longer freezing cold.

I’ve mentioned before that I love the peg leg trousers from Asos and have them various colours. When I wear these pale blue ones I usually pair them with yellow or pink shoes. The blue jewel-embellished straps on these Carvela shoes go particularly well with the trousers (the cropped length is great for showing off fancy ankle straps).

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

I love the quirky designs of Skinny Dip bags, they add a fun and cheerful element to any outfit.

The top and clutch are new purchases; I ordered this rainbow bag along with two others from Skinny Dip (those Facebook ads are so bad for my bank balance!). I love the quirky designs of Skinny Dip bags, they add a fun and cheerful element to any outfit. My red top was a cheeky lunchtime purchase – something I haven’t been able to do since I worked in Nottingham. Rather out of the blue I was asked to help out in Leeds for a few days, so always up for a little adventure I packed my case and headed over the Pennines.

As luck would have it the office is a five minute walk from some very nice shops, where I found & Other Stories. As I’d only seen items from this brand in magazines I was keen to have a look, and that’s where I found this red wrap top. I didn’t even bother trying it on as it was a very hot day and I knew I was going back the next day anyway (too many shops to conquer in one lunchtime!). For size reference, this is a 10 and I’d say it comes up big, but that means I can wear a camisole or vest underneath. The fabric is quite thick, so not one for hot Summer days, but ideal for cooler Spring weather.

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

I added even more colour with my jewellery, including this bright yellow Les Nereides bracelet which I found in a charity shop. I was spoilt for choice with tassel earrings because I have them in a variety of colours. In the end Isobel decided for me because she thought I needed more green. I think I need to make some rainbow-inspired jewellery…there’s a little project for another post 😉

Are you a fan of wearing bright colours? Do you find colour affects your mood? I certainly felt happy in my rainbow outfit 🙂

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

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After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , green tassel earrings

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , pale yellow necklace After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutchAfter the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

After the Rain Comes the Rainbow , red & Other Stories wrap top, Skinny Dip faux fur rainbow clutch

Asos trousers (old, similar) | & Other Stories wrap top | Carvela shoes (old, similar) | Skinny Dip clutch | Les Nereides bracelet | earrings from eBay (similar)

 

Let’s see how the rest of the group styled this challenge…

Anna's Island Life

Anna is wearing one of my favourite colour combinations – red and pink. I love those funky tights and silver brogues! You can see more of this look at Anna’s Island Style

Jacqui managed to acquire some fabulous rainbow striped shoes from her daughter that match her top perfectly! Check out her look at Mummabstylish!

Hilda

I love this gorgeous bold floral print dress that Hilda has chosen. Pop over to Over the Hilda for all the details!

 

This month’s challenge was so much fun…I’m looking forward to next month’s already!

 

 

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Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic

My holiday wardrobe was in desperate need of a refresh for my recent trip to Abu Dhabi. I’ve been taking the same old sarongs and beach dresses on beach holidays for years. As luck would have it I was invited to choose one of the fabulous cover ups from Miss Tunica just in the nick of time. There are so many stunning designs that I had a really difficult time picking one! I’m such a fan of leopard print though – it goes with everything, right?

Adding a little poolside glamour with Miss Tunica made me feel confident and put together…despite the sweltering heat.

I love the maxi length and flowing style of the Mondello tunic; when I manage to prise myself off my sunlounger to go to the bar or the toilet I prefer to cover up. I know it’s perfectly acceptable to walk around in just a bikini but I always throw on a dress or a sarong – I wouldn’t walk around in my underwear so it doesn’t feel right to me not to put on another layer. Maybe I’m just a prude! But then who wouldn’t want to wear this gorgeous tunic? Adding a little poolside glamour with Miss Tunica made me feel confident and put together…despite the sweltering heat.

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic

The fabric is really soft and feels lovely against the skin. Handcrafted in India, the V neck is decorated with metallic beads. Miss Tunica was “inspired by the concept of promoting a woman’s creativity, individuality and personal style – on and beyond the beach”. The long, glamourous style makes going from beach to bar effortless.

A simple sheath dress can be dressed up or down so easily, making it a holiday wardrobe hero.

As the fabric is quite sheer, Miss Tunica also have a range of slip dresses in various colours to wear underneath. I chose a long black one and I can honestly say it was one of the most useful pieces of clothing I packed. A simple sheath dress can be dressed up or down so easily, making it a holiday wardrobe hero. The fit is very flattering as it hugs in all the right places without feeling clingy. The fabric quality is fantastic and retains its shape all day. I can see myself wearing this with a denim jacket and a statement necklace. Having really versatile pieces is key when you want to pack light (I’m still practising on that one!).

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, black slip dress, Mango straw fedora

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

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Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

Miss Tunica also sent me this gorgeous ring to complete the look as a lovely surprise. I wore it lots on holiday as it goes with so many outfits. I can’t wait for my next beach holiday so I can wear this fabulous outfit again!

How do you prefer to dress by the pool/at the beach? Do you like to add a bit of poolside glamour to your holiday wardrobe?

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Piha ring

Poolside Glamour With Miss Tunica, Mondello leopard print tunic, Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi

Mondello tunic, slip dress and ring c/o Miss Tunica | Mango hat (similar) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses (old, similar) | FitFlop sandals (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Cheryl ShopsVanity and Me and In my Joi!

 


 

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

I did my usual trick recently of going to TKMaxx to return something and coming out with more items than I went in with! I spotted these jeans prominently displayed at the end of the rail, and when I saw the price (£14.99) and the quality of the denim I had to try them on. I loved them so much I bought two pairs! They are by a label called Butt I Love You, and are supposed to make your derriere look perkier. Well, I don’t know if they do in my case, all I know is they fit well and feel great on.

They’re very stretchy and don’t bag or sag, even after I’ve been wearing them all day. Obviously I’m not the only one who loves them because they are sold out almost everywhere. I can’t even find them on the TKMaxx website, but I did manage to track down a lighter wash version here. Poshmark have some too.

I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring.

As the weather wasn’t freezing (for a change) I decided to debut these open toe ankle boots. I’ve been waiting ages to wear them; I bought them at the end of the summer and missed the boat with the weather. I think they’ll work well with skirts as well as jeans. I combined different shades of blue with a pop of yellow as it’s one of my favourite colour combinations, especially for Spring. The faux fur jacket keeps out the chill and the hat covers up my unruly hair!

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week as I’ve been burning the candle at both ends as well as the sides lately working and packing for holiday…by the time you read this I’ll be catching up on sleep by the pool 🙂

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

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Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

Pia earrings

Shades of Blue With a Pop of Yellow

French Connection faux fur jacket | Butt I Love You jeans (TKMaxx, similar) | Warehouse jumper | H&M cap (similar) | Bright Bag yellow tote (similar) | Isabelle Jaquelin shoes (similar)

Last week’s favourites were…

Roxanne of Glass of Glam, Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela of Sheela Goh!


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