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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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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Liquorish Black and White Maxi Dress With a Wide Brim Hat

A flowing maxi dress is my go-to in hot weather. They give coverage without making me feel hot and trussed up. Admittedly, I probably get more wear out of them on holiday than I do in the UK, but the recent heatwave gave me the opportunity to wear this black and white one from Liquorish. Whereas most of my maxi dresses have thin straps, this one has short, kimono-style sleeves which are both flattering and cooling.

I styled this black and white maxi dress with a wide brim hat and orange fringe bag for a summery, boho look.

The black bands on the upper part of the dress create a slimming effect by breaking up the width of the flared sleeves. The fabric is very lightweight and it doesn’t crease so it’ll definitely be coming with me on my next beach holiday. It would look great with a basket bag and big straw hat. But this is the UK after all, so I decided to style this black and white maxi dress with a wide brim hat and an orange fringe bag for a summery, boho look. I was craving a little bit of colour and I don’t use this orange Modalu bag enough.

The sandals are new, and by a brand completely new to me. I shop quite a lot on discount members only sites, and when I saw these Ri-belle sandals on sale at Brand Alley I had to have them. I could tell from the photos that they are fantastic quality and very comfortable. When they arrived I was not disappointed. They have a very soft, padded insole and the ankle strap keeps them securely on my feet. I can’t wear sandals that flap or slip when I walk. I’ll be wearing these lots over the summer.

How do you keep your cool in the hot weather? Do you like wearing maxi dresses? It’s link up day so scroll down to share what you’ve been wearing!

Liquorish Black and White Maxi Dress With a Wide Brim Hat Modalu orange fringe bag

Liquorish Black and White Maxi Dress With a Wide Brim Hat orange Modalu fringe bag

Liquorish Black and White Maxi Dress With a Wide Brim Hat orange Modalu fringe bag

Gold and white Ri-bell sandals

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Liquorish Black and White Maxi Dress With a Wide Brim Hat orange Modalu fringe bag

Liquorish dress (not current season but I’ve found the exact dress here) | Modalu bag (similar) | hat (old, similar) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar)


 

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Max Azria brown print one shoulder dress

Knowing what to wear for a Summer wedding when it actually feels like Summer can be tricky. Staying cool and composed isn’t easy in a heatwave, and by UK standards it’s been really hot. We travelled over to my mum’s in Cambridgeshire at the weekend for a family wedding reception at the beautiful Wadenhoe House in nearby Oundle. Although it had cooled down considerably by the time we arrived in the evening, it was still very warm. I didn’t want to wear anything tight that would make me feel even hotter, so I chose my Max Azria draped one-shoulder dress. Strictly speaking, I suppose it’s not really a one-shoulder dress because it has a spaghetti strap, but it’s near enough.

Maybe part of the reason I love this dress so much is because it conjures up happy memories of going to the Moulin Rouge on my 40th birthday trip.

This is one of those dresses that I always feel good in. The draping accentuates the waist and skims over the hips, finishing at knee, which is my preferred length. Maybe part of the reason I love this dress so much is because it conjures up happy memories of going to the Moulin Rouge on my 40th birthday trip. I even chose the same shoes and clutch, although the platform on them made walking on grass rather perilous. I managed not to fall in a bush though, even after a few glasses of wine!

What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

Max Azria dress (old) | Asos studded clutch (old, similar) | KG by Kurt Geiger shoes (old, similar) | Merle O’Grady ring (this one from Asos is a great budget alternative) | Azuni bangle

Asos studded clutch Merle O'Grady spike ring

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What to Wear For a Summer Wedding: Max Azria one shoulder dress

Wadenhoe House

 

A one-shoulder dress is a very elegant option for keeping cool, without flashing too much flesh, but not everyone is happy exposing their arms. My mother-in-law doesn’t like wearing sleeveless dresses because of her “bingo wings” – her words, not mine! Similarly, my mum insists on having her arms covered, but this is because she has a fistula for dialysis. I don’t think she should be self-conscious about it – after all, it’s helping to keep her alive, but I understand that she’d rather cover it up. I can take no credit for the gorgeous blue lace dress she’s wearing – she chose it herself, as well as the accessories. The flared sleeves are very on trend, while the sheer lace provides coverage without getting too hot.

It was wonderful to meet up with family members – some I hadn’t seen for years – and the location was stunning.

Mum had been there all day and looked as fresh as a daisy when we arrived in the evening, which was impressive considering it had been in the high 20s. We don’t get to see each other very often these days, so when we do, I love to grab a photo. Isobel got to wear her favourite sequin dress and have a dance with the bride, which made her evening! It was wonderful to meet up with family members – some I hadn’t seen for years – and the location was stunning. Happy memories 🙂

How do you stay cool in the heat? Do share any tips…and don’t forget to link up what you’ve been wearing!

Joanna Hope blue lace dress Max Azria one shoulder dress

Mum’s outfit: Joanna Hope lace dress | River Island bag

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