My goodness, it’s been unbearably hot and humid this last couple of days. As if trying to keep cool isn’t hard enough, I had a two and half hour drive across country to my mum’s in a car with no air conditioning yesterday. It was hideous and I sweated buckets. We shot these photos just before I left and I travelled in this outfit. The only saving grace was my drink stayed cold in this cup from Personalized Cart (warm water in a plastic bottle is gross!).

The print and longer length of these shorts makes them appropriate for day or evening…at last I’ve figured out how to dress up shorts and stay cool in the heat!

Now before I go any further I just want to say that I’m not a fan of shorts. I don’t consider my legs to be the best part of my body so I don’t wear short shorts when I’m out and about. But when the weather is this sticky something has to give. Luckily I ordered these shorts in the Zara sale recently, even though I was doubtful that they’d suit me. Well, I’m happy to be proved wrong because they are just the right length for me to feel comfortable wearing them out in public. The fabric is lightweight, but not too thin so that my underwear shows through. (They have nice deep pockets too!) The print and longer length of these shorts makes them appropriate for day or evening…at last I’ve figured out how to dress up shorts and stay cool in the heat!

Teaming a statement necklace with a plain top is one of my favourite tricks for elevating basic items.

I couldn’t bear anything other than a vest top, and this ancient brown one was all I could find that matched. To make it look a little dressier I added an equally old wooden necklace. Teaming a statement necklace with a plain top is one of my favourite tricks for elevating basic items. To compliment the necklace I picked out a wooden stretch bracelet that I bought from Mango last year, but I added a little colour with my new Ottoman Hands ring and earrings. Neutral shoes and bag finished off the outfit, along with my favourite sunhat.

According to the website the cup keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours – although my drinks never last that long…hot or cold!

This stainless steel Yeti cup is ideal if you enjoy a cold beer in the garden on a hot Summer’s day. It’s available in five colours and there are nine fonts to choose from if you want it engraved with your name – that’s one way to ensure nobody accidentally swipes your drink at a BBQ! According to the website the cup keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours – although my drinks never last that long…hot or cold! The longest I’ve made a drink last in mine is a couple of hours and it did stay cold. In the cooler months I’ll be taking it to work to keep my coffee hot…but I don’t want to think about Winter right now; however uncomfortable this heat may be, I’m not ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet! Maybe just a few degrees cooler would be nice though 😉

How are you managing to stay cool in the Summer heat? Do you wear shorts or do your prefer dresses?

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Zara shorts | Mango hat (similar)  | H&M necklace (old, similar) | Clarks espadrilles (old, similar) | Skinny Dip bag bought on eBay (similar) | Ottoman Hands ring and earrings

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Tilden of To Be Bright, Adriele of Style Assisted, Laurie of Vanity and Me, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nicole of High Latitude Style! There were so many fabulous outfits last week that I just had to pick five…and that was no easy feat!

 

 

 


 

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Krisp Black and white polka dot dress with red accessories

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. The heat has returned here and it’s feeling rather muggy and oppressive. I don’t usually post solely outfit posts on Sundays but I have a few ready to go so I thought I’d mix things up a bit. We shot these photos during the brief respite from the hot weather. That said, this charming dotty dress is very light and breezy, and the stretch jersey material makes it really comfortable.

Teaming this black and white polka dot dress with red accessories creates a stylish and comfortable evening look.

I intially considered styling it with neutral wedge sandals and a straw shopper bag for a more casual outfit, but  decided to dress it up with some colour. Teaming this black and white polka dot dress with red accessories creates a stylish and comfortable evening look. The beauty of a dress like this is its versatility, making it ideal for trips away; it would take up very little space in a suitcase and it doesn’t crease easily. The deep V neck is very flattering on larger busts, while the knotted front adds definition around the waist.

Krisp Black and white polka dot dress with red accessories

Krisp Black and white polka dot dress with red accessories

Krisp Black and white polka dot dress with red accessories

For cooler temperatures during daytime I’d layer a fitted cardigan over the dress, but as I was aiming for an evening look I chose this faux leather jacket. This did crease quite badly in the packaging but the worst of the creases dropped out after I left it on a hanger for a day or two. It’s also available in red and silver (which I was very tempted by) and is only £19.99. The dress is now reduced to £10 and is also available in other colours.

Krisp Black and white polka dot dress with red accessories

Krisp Black and white polka dot dress with red accessories

Dress and jacket c/o Krisp

 

This is my fourth and final outfit from Krisp. Do pop over for a look at their budget-friendly clothes and accessories, and if you see something you like (which I’m sure you will) just enter the code THESTYLESPLASH25 for 25% discount!

 


 

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Khaki maxi dress and pink waterfall cardigan + link up

There are few places as relaxing as the area of Brittany where my Dad lives; from the beautiful coastline to the winding country lanes, it’s impossible not to feel chilled out here. It’s also an ideal setting for taking outfit photos…bloggers are never off duty, even on holiday!

Light layers are perfect for sunny days with a gentle breeze, so I’m glad I packed this khaki maxi dress and pink waterfall cardigan.

The weather is warm and sunny – not quite as hot as back home in the UK, but that’s probably a good thing; I find very hot weather quite draining. Light layers are perfect for sunny days with a gentle breeze, so I’m glad I packed this khaki maxi dress and pink waterfall cardigan. Both are lightweight and flowing, making for a cool and comfortable outfit. I love the combination of khaki and soft pink, which is very flattering to most skin tones. I’ve added gold and lapis lazuli jewellery to finish off the look.

The dress and cardigan are available in other colours, so you could recreate this outfit in different colour combinations. They retail at just £14.99 each from Krisp.

I’m keeping it short and sweet today as I’m on my hols. The wi-fi is very slow here so I’ll be catching up with comments and link ups when I get home 🙂

Khaki maxi dress and pink waterfall cardigan + link up

Khaki maxi dress and pink waterfall cardigan + link up

Dress and cardigan c/o Krisp

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jacqui of Mummabstylish, Alexa of Fabes Fashion and Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust!

 


 

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Happy Sunday! As yesterday was my birthday I thought I’d treat you all to some very unflattering birthday bloopers for this week’s Sunday Reflections link up post 😉 I’m spending the week at my Dad’s in Britanny, but I actually spent most of my birthday in the car as we flew from Exeter. You may well wonder why we flew from Devon when we live in Cheshire…well, the flights were so much cheaper than the flights from East Midlands…hundreds of pounds cheaper in fact. So we (and millions of others) hit the motorway and headed south on the first day of the school Summer break…mmm…I don’t think we’ll be doing that again!

So while I kick back with a nice glass of red I’ll let you have a good laugh at these birthday bloopers!

Anyway, it was all worth it because we’re by the sea and the weather is lovely. I slept better than I have in ages and woke up at 10.45am! Isobel has her French playmate for the week and we’ve spent the afternoon at the beach 🙂 I think a week of fresh air and plenty of sleep will do me the world of good. So while I kick back with a nice glass of red I’ll let you have a good laugh at these birthday bloopers! Enjoy!

Heels sinking into the grass is a common blogger’s problem!

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

My photographer (aka the husband) obviously said something very funny, and probably very rude! It happens a lot!

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

I’m easily distracted by wildlife – in this case a little robin who came to have a look at what we were doing. We managed to get a photo of him which I included in the post.

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

Naughty photographer making me laugh again!

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

Trying to take photos on a bridge near my place of work when a storm is whipping up was not a good idea! The wind blowing my dress up certainly gave any onlookers some entertainment!

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

It may look like I’m touting for loose change, but actually giving Isobel my hat to hold. She’s proved to be such a good little assistant that I’ve promoted her to trainee photographer.

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

Shooting in bright sunlight is never a good idea, but sometimes needs must. It’s not very flattering, but it does produce some funny photos.

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

Am I about to sneeze or has someone said something smutty? Hmmm…I wonder!

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

Sometimes the relationship between blogger and photographer becomes a little, ahem, strained…leading to moments like this.

Birthday Bloopers + Sunday Reflections link up

My husband said this furry rainbow clutch looks like a merkin (downstairs toupee) so I thought I’d humour him! Turns out they’re back in fashion, so maybe he’s more in touch with style trends than I gave him credit for!

 

I hope you enjoyed these birthday bloopers! It’s the first time I’ve shared any but if you like them I may do an outtakes post every year. And thank you to everyone who left me lovely birthday messages on Facebook, they put a big smile on my face 🙂


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Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

I’ve indulged in a spot of dress shopping this last week or so…I’m blaming the glorious weather. Well, that and the fact that there are so many gorgeous dresses out there to tempt me. It started with a visit to Zara when I was working in Leeds, and that just whetted my appetite. Since then I’ve ordered a couple more from Zara online, and then this beauty caught my eye. I wore this mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch on Sunday.

To celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary we went to a local gastro pub that has just introduced a vegan menu. It’s only a couple of miles from where we live and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. After lunch we had a little stroll to suss out the footpaths so that we can plan a nice long walk when I’m more suitably attired. Of course I could have dressed more casually, but sometimes it feels nice to dress up, especially when you have new outfits to photograph 😉

I love the clashing prints and bright colours in this dress – mustard and bright blue is one of my favourite colour pairings.

I’m a huge fan of wrap dresses because they are a classic style that suit just about everyone. They’re also very comfortable (exactly what you need when you go out for a big meal!).  I love the clashing prints and bright colours in this dress – mustard and bright blue is one of my favourite colour pairings. If you’re unsure about mixing prints, choosing a dress that does it for you is a good way to start. The two patterns are very different but the colours compliment each other. A dress this bold needs neutral accessories, so I wore my trusty gold wedge espadrilles and added a rattan bucket bag.

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch

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Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch

The cutout V at the back of this dress is a really nice detail, and helped keep me cool on a very warm day. The point ends just above the bra line which is great because I can’t/won’t go braless. So many dresses that I love from the front immediately become off limits when I see the deep V at the back. Not this one though 🙂

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, rose gold bee necklace

I added this dainty rose gold bee necklace that I won from Becky’s Boutique. I can’t actually remember what I did to win it, but it was a lovely surprise 🙂

Asos Mix print wrap dress for an anniversary lunch, Zara rattan basket bag

Asos wrap dress | Clarks espadrilles (similar) | Zara basket bag (last year’s, similar) | Roberto Cavalli sunglasses (similar) | Bee necklace from Becky’s Boutique

Are you a fan of wrap dresses? Do you love dresses with clashing prints? Let me know in the comments!

Last week’s favourites were…

Chanda of Birth of a Fashion Blogger, Trina of Tipsy Heelz, Elsie of Polished Whimsy and Gail of Is This Mutton

 

 


 

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