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In my opinion, the sweatshirt has become a wardrobe staple, especially here in the UK where the weather is so variable. When it's too hot for full on knitwear but cool enough to need something on your shoulders.....enter the sweatshirt! Up until now the sweatshirt has be a sportswear item kept for PE/the gym or those super cool girls who can rock the Bella Hadid sportswear look. However it has moved into everyday style for many in the last few years, boosted by lockdown and a industry move to much more relaxed style trends. I was unsure if it was an item I could get on board with at first but actually I now have a few styles that work so well on a more casual day. I tend to gravitate to simple clean styles with a slogan or motif (easier to style with a printed dress or skirt) rather than an all over print however I will make acceptations for something beautiful.

I have rounded up my favourite styles below, from the high-street as well as a couple of independent brands.

Let me know your favourite piece...

The Sweatshirt - my top picks


A whimsical style to start off my picks, featuring my favourite Disney characters Stitch & Angel. Primark have such a great selection of sweatshirts, especially Disney themed styles at great prices. I also love a blush pink one with a beautiful line drawing of Thumper the rabbit on. A great budget option, especially if like me you aren't sure if a sweatshirt fits with your style.


Grey Rebel Slogan Sweatshirt - £69 Mint Velvet

Loved this style, grungy and a little more rough than the other styles featured. This shade of grey works well with lots of colours & would work well teamed with jeans, dresses or skirts and everyone loves a bit of rock & roll (well I do at least).


Pink & Neon Pink Leopard & Lightning Bolt - £50 Scamp & Dude

A very statement option, but I do enjoy a bold leopard print especially in pink. Cute too as you can get a similar mini me version to twin with your little sidekick. Also worth noting that Scamp & Dude have an amazing inclusive size run - from XS to 3XL.


Louisa Embellished Cropped Sweatshirt - £155 Sophie Pittom

The most expensive piece from this roundup, but very unique and beautiful. Each piece is hand appliqued so each one is unique. Sophie Pittom is a new brand on my radar, I discovered it through Instagram and I loved the unique embellishment detailing. Something quite romantic and girly balanced out with a simple boxy grey sweatshirt. It is also available in a beautiful baby pink.


The Sweatshirt Ivory - £60 Boden

A great classic style, simple Ivory base but with a cheeky rainbow stripe on the sleeves. Ideal to team with an easy jeans & trainers look, or style like the model with a pair of khaki chinos. Boden have this style available in other prints including a bold statement floral.


Saturday' Bouclé Slogan Sweatshirt - £16 @ Sainsburys

An unexpected find whilst doing my weekly shop! always worth a look as the supermarkets are giving the traditional fashion brands a run for their money, especially at this amazing price point. Slogan sweatshirts are cute and cheeky, plus this colour combo is gorgeous for spring/summer. A classic crew neck with rainbow bouclé lettering which adds some texture to a simple piece.


Pink City Slogan Sweatshirt - £69 Mint Velvet

I actually own this one, fell in love with the beautiful shade of pink (not to light and washed out, but not full on Barbie) with the burgundy lettering, an usual combination. Loving the city slogan trend and this was something a little different to anything else I've seen before. I also like the fact it is a summer weight sweatshirt, no furry inside making it ideal for warmer days and also a little easier to tuck in.

Are there any sweatshirt styles you've seen that you think I might like? Please leave the links below in the comments #sharethelove

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TGF Edit: The Sweatshirt


In my opinion, the sweatshirt has become a wardrobe staple, especially here in the UK where the weather is so variable. When it's too hot for full on knitwear but cool enough to need something on your shoulders.....enter the sweatshirt! Up until now the sweatshirt has be a sportswear item kept for PE/the gym or those super cool girls who can rock the Bella Hadid sportswear look. However it has moved into everyday style for many in the last few years, boosted by lockdown and a industry move to much more relaxed style trends. I was unsure if it was an item I could get on board with at first but actually I now have a few styles that work so well on a more casual day. I tend to gravitate to simple clean styles with a slogan or motif (easier to style with a printed dress or skirt) rather than an all over print however I will make acceptations for something beautiful.

I have rounded up my favourite styles below, from the high-street as well as a couple of independent brands.

Let me know your favourite piece...

The Sweatshirt - my top picks


A whimsical style to start off my picks, featuring my favourite Disney characters Stitch & Angel. Primark have such a great selection of sweatshirts, especially Disney themed styles at great prices. I also love a blush pink one with a beautiful line drawing of Thumper the rabbit on. A great budget option, especially if like me you aren't sure if a sweatshirt fits with your style.


Grey Rebel Slogan Sweatshirt - £69 Mint Velvet

Loved this style, grungy and a little more rough than the other styles featured. This shade of grey works well with lots of colours & would work well teamed with jeans, dresses or skirts and everyone loves a bit of rock & roll (well I do at least).


Pink & Neon Pink Leopard & Lightning Bolt - £50 Scamp & Dude

A very statement option, but I do enjoy a bold leopard print especially in pink. Cute too as you can get a similar mini me version to twin with your little sidekick. Also worth noting that Scamp & Dude have an amazing inclusive size run - from XS to 3XL.


Louisa Embellished Cropped Sweatshirt - £155 Sophie Pittom

The most expensive piece from this roundup, but very unique and beautiful. Each piece is hand appliqued so each one is unique. Sophie Pittom is a new brand on my radar, I discovered it through Instagram and I loved the unique embellishment detailing. Something quite romantic and girly balanced out with a simple boxy grey sweatshirt. It is also available in a beautiful baby pink.


The Sweatshirt Ivory - £60 Boden

A great classic style, simple Ivory base but with a cheeky rainbow stripe on the sleeves. Ideal to team with an easy jeans & trainers look, or style like the model with a pair of khaki chinos. Boden have this style available in other prints including a bold statement floral.


Saturday' Bouclé Slogan Sweatshirt - £16 @ Sainsburys

An unexpected find whilst doing my weekly shop! always worth a look as the supermarkets are giving the traditional fashion brands a run for their money, especially at this amazing price point. Slogan sweatshirts are cute and cheeky, plus this colour combo is gorgeous for spring/summer. A classic crew neck with rainbow bouclé lettering which adds some texture to a simple piece.


Pink City Slogan Sweatshirt - £69 Mint Velvet

I actually own this one, fell in love with the beautiful shade of pink (not to light and washed out, but not full on Barbie) with the burgundy lettering, an usual combination. Loving the city slogan trend and this was something a little different to anything else I've seen before. I also like the fact it is a summer weight sweatshirt, no furry inside making it ideal for warmer days and also a little easier to tuck in.

Are there any sweatshirt styles you've seen that you think I might like? Please leave the links below in the comments #sharethelove

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




Chloe Carlina Dupes

When it comes to designer items I am not normally that bothered (except when it comes to vintage Mulberry handbags), I like to see the collections and be inspired but I am a total cheapskate! Sunglasses especially, I love the look of designer but I tend to buy Primark styles - clumsy person + a toddler usually equals breakages so I can't justify spending a fortune. The Chloe Carlina sunglasses have doing the rounds for a few seasons now and while I thought they were cute the £300 price tag was a major turnoff.

Enter the world of Instagram - an inspiring (sometimes expensive) place and when Cara @babblestyle shared this amazing find yesterday I had to 1. Buy a pair before they sold out & 2. share them with you. They are the best sunglasses dupe I have seen in years! I know the conversation around dupes is a volatile one, some people believe that buying a dupe style is the biggest no no ever but for me finding pieces that allow me to access a designer look for my budget is very important. However I will only buy pieces that are a genuine inspired by, anything with a designer logo on it that isn't the real deal is where I draw the line. 

Chloe Carlina Dupes: the sunglasses

Next Rose Gold Statement Chloe Carlina Round

These will be a marmite product - statement sunglasses aren't everyone's cup of tea but honestly I am in love 

These beauties are from the high-street giant Next and look so much more expensive than they are. The sunglasses have a gorgeous rose gold frame (although I think they look more soft gold than rose but still beautiful), cushioned nose pads and they fit the face well, I have a pet hate for glasses that don't fit properly and you are forever pushing them up your nose. These also have Next's filter category 3 lenses, giving high protection levels against sun glare as well as 100% UV protection. The only real difference between these and the Chloe pair is these are slightly smaller in frame size, actually making them a much more wearable style I think. The delicate shaping of the metal around the frames and level of detail on the arms are beautiful and almost identical to the designer pair plus did I mention that they are only £15!!!! Gorgeous oversized 70's bohemian style and perfect for the summer sunshine.

Below are a few images I had saved on my Pinterest - I was subconsciously drawn to the statement vintage styling of the frames.

Chloe Carlina Dupes: my inspirationImage credits: Header / Inspiration Images 1/2/3/4/5/6

I will say though if you like them, buy now as I really don't think these will be around for long......

Buy my pretties, Buy!

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The Best Chloe Carlina Sunglasses Dupe

Chloe Carlina Dupes

When it comes to designer items I am not normally that bothered (except when it comes to vintage Mulberry handbags), I like to see the collections and be inspired but I am a total cheapskate! Sunglasses especially, I love the look of designer but I tend to buy Primark styles - clumsy person + a toddler usually equals breakages so I can't justify spending a fortune. The Chloe Carlina sunglasses have doing the rounds for a few seasons now and while I thought they were cute the £300 price tag was a major turnoff.

Enter the world of Instagram - an inspiring (sometimes expensive) place and when Cara @babblestyle shared this amazing find yesterday I had to 1. Buy a pair before they sold out & 2. share them with you. They are the best sunglasses dupe I have seen in years! I know the conversation around dupes is a volatile one, some people believe that buying a dupe style is the biggest no no ever but for me finding pieces that allow me to access a designer look for my budget is very important. However I will only buy pieces that are a genuine inspired by, anything with a designer logo on it that isn't the real deal is where I draw the line. 

Chloe Carlina Dupes: the sunglasses

Next Rose Gold Statement Chloe Carlina Round

These will be a marmite product - statement sunglasses aren't everyone's cup of tea but honestly I am in love 

These beauties are from the high-street giant Next and look so much more expensive than they are. The sunglasses have a gorgeous rose gold frame (although I think they look more soft gold than rose but still beautiful), cushioned nose pads and they fit the face well, I have a pet hate for glasses that don't fit properly and you are forever pushing them up your nose. These also have Next's filter category 3 lenses, giving high protection levels against sun glare as well as 100% UV protection. The only real difference between these and the Chloe pair is these are slightly smaller in frame size, actually making them a much more wearable style I think. The delicate shaping of the metal around the frames and level of detail on the arms are beautiful and almost identical to the designer pair plus did I mention that they are only £15!!!! Gorgeous oversized 70's bohemian style and perfect for the summer sunshine.

Below are a few images I had saved on my Pinterest - I was subconsciously drawn to the statement vintage styling of the frames.

Chloe Carlina Dupes: my inspirationImage credits: Header / Inspiration Images 1/2/3/4/5/6

I will say though if you like them, buy now as I really don't think these will be around for long......

Buy my pretties, Buy!

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



 
Wear'em Out Review

Last year I made a decision to look into ways in which I could work towards becoming more sustainable in my choices (already doing the basics - using reusable cups/straws etc) and my first move was to swap from disposable cotton wool pads to reusable bamboo cotton pads (I wrote a post, read it here). At the end of 2020, after months of research I took my second step and made the change to reusable period products. Now I wanted to share my experience and my review of this "swap" as it is still a topic on the internet that isn't widely discussed and actually I think I would have done it sooner if more information had been available with honest thoughts on the products.

One of the reasons I decided to make this swap was after reading some alarming statistics around sanitary products.... for instance that 1 disposable sanitary towel can take up to 800 years to decompose!....this is such a scary number especially as I still have lots of periods ahead of me in my life and my little boy is still in nappies so those are building up too. I had done some research into making this change before but was put off by the cost, the lack of information around the products available and sadly the gross factor. I really don't know why it grossed me out so much, we are kind of going backwards to how ladies in the "olden days" dealt with periods, they certainly didn't have access to tampons or disposable sanitary towels, did they? I also looked into the menstrual cup side of the market but decided as I am not a fan of tampons that I wasn't keen on trying a cup.... I may take another look.

I stumbled across Wear'em Out  over on Instagram, when the new print collaboration with Emily Brooks went live and my boss posted about buying them. I clicked on the Instagram handle and was blown away not only by the products themselves but the amazing lady behind the brand - Lauren. Her honesty and the amount of information she has across her social media, really helps to demystify the world of reusable plus the outstanding reviews speak for themselves....and two orders later I am hooked and no longer dread my period arriving - a sentence I never thought I would ever say! Plus I loved that this is an independent business and the pads are made in UK.

Wear'em Out Review: the pads

The other reason I wanted to try an alternative to disposables was actually comfort....apologies this bit may be a little TMI!

I struggle with very heavy periods for the first few days, night times especially are so annoying, I regularly leak, even wearing a night time, super absorbent pad and my poor bedding will get washed almost daily, and this is usually due to the disposable towel bunching up during the night and not staying in place. This was the feature of the Wear'em Out pads that really grabbed my attention, that because of fabric & design that this won't happen! Also and I didn't even think of this until it happened on my last period, if you get caught out on the first day, there is nothing worse than the disposable not sticking to your knickers because there is a little blood there! with poppers on the reusable pad, this isn't gonna happen to you again.

Wear'em Out Review: the sizes

Now I am not gonna lie, it is an investment switching to reusable pads, something that really made me consider not switching, however, when you learn that these pads if looked after, will last for as long as four years it makes it seem a lot more worth it, especially when you add up how many disposable pads you would use in that time. With that in mind, when I placed my first order - I only bought a couple of pads, mainly because I wasn't 100% sure what size I would actually need. The pads are available in four different sizes - the mini flo, the medium flo, the mega flo and the mega mega flo. I normally go for the biggest, highest absorbency pads but after reading the reviews I thought that this may not be what I needed and I didn't want to invest in things I wasn't going to use (and I am glad I did this as I have no need for the mini flo size). I then went back and ordered more along with one of the Out & About bags once I had an idea on what I needed specifically for my periods. I have been using these pads for three months, I now know I will need to add a couple more pads to my stash and will do soon.....holding out for the next collaboration to be announced!


My Collection

So as it stands I have the following pads, all are part of the Emily Brooks Fierce collaboration but the original print is just as cute and the New ocean wave design has just been launched..

2 x Medium flo - perfect everyday size for me from day two of my period.

2 x Mega flo - for those heavier first days of my period

2x Mega Mega flo - for bedtime

The Out & About bag

Wear'em Out Review: the out & about bag

My Experience

So as I said before I have been using these pads for three months now, so have really got a feel for them and can give an honest review.

The first thing I will comment on is how soft the pads are, as soon as you pop one into your knickers you can barely feel it....even after a few hours, which is when a disposable would usually start to bunch up or have moved. I feel like they move with you rather than feeling rigid which as they are thicker than a disposable, surprised me. I have even managed to do Yoga and a barre class whilst wearing one, which would not normally happen whilst on my period as I wouldn't feel secure.

I have been able to wear just two pads during the day, and one overnight, this is half the amount I would normally have used with disposables, the absorbency of these pads is phenomenal - you do not expect something to hold so much blood and still feel fresh. *The number of pads will obviously be variable and a personal thing dependant on your flow but I felt clean and so comfortable. The best bit for me is, no night time leaks, for the first time in years! The Mega mega pad is ideal for night time, the longer length gives me extra wiggle protection. I also felt a lot fresher first thing in the morning and can safely wear cute PJs without the fear of washing everyday.

The process of cleaning when you change pads is so simple, simply rinse off (I usually do mine in the shower first thing or the sink during the day) then hang up to dry, I use a radiator rack so that they get some heat but are not directly on it. It is worth noting I have only been at home during this time due to the UK lockdown - but I have no anxiety about going out and about in them and changing on the go. The only difference when out of the house would be rinsing off the pad then popping into the specially designed, waterproof Out & About pouch until you are back at home. The pouch is split into two sections - one for the used pad and the other for the fresh, clean pad. Then at the end of your cycle you can just pop all the pads and your out & about bag into the washing machine for a full wash, just remember not to use fabric softener as it can affect the pads absorbency. Once dry they are ready for next month.

I don't know if it is linked to switching to these pads but I have noticed changes in my period - they are not as uncomfortable as they used to be, I feel like my periods have become a little lighter and I seem to have less notice of it arriving (no pre-period pain). These may not be linked but worth noting - would be good to know if anyone else has noticed a change since swapping to reusable products.

The Wear'em Out pads cost between £8.99 for a mini flo and £10.99 for a mega mega flo and there are bundles available in the store which do give you some savings, but buying individually means you can add to your collection when you want to.

Overall I would say I have had a really positive experience using Wear'em Out pads and would highly recommend making the change, not only for environmental/sustainable reasons, but also for long term cost savings as well as comfort.

For lots more information about the pads as well as the sustainable side of the brand and to shop the full range, head to Wear 'em Out. I would also say head over to the Instagram page as it is a wealth of knowledge and really lovely to see behind the scenes on an independent business.....plus Lauren is so lovely @wearemoutpads

I would love to know if you have made the swap to reusable - what brands have you used and would you recommend any other products. I am now looking into alternatives to cotton wool buds.

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



Wear'em Out Reusable Sanitary Pads - Review

Wear'em Out Review

Last year I made a decision to look into ways in which I could work towards becoming more sustainable in my choices (already doing the basics - using reusable cups/straws etc) and my first move was to swap from disposable cotton wool pads to reusable bamboo cotton pads (I wrote a post, read it here). At the end of 2020, after months of research I took my second step and made the change to reusable period products. Now I wanted to share my experience and my review of this "swap" as it is still a topic on the internet that isn't widely discussed and actually I think I would have done it sooner if more information had been available with honest thoughts on the products.

One of the reasons I decided to make this swap was after reading some alarming statistics around sanitary products.... for instance that 1 disposable sanitary towel can take up to 800 years to decompose!....this is such a scary number especially as I still have lots of periods ahead of me in my life and my little boy is still in nappies so those are building up too. I had done some research into making this change before but was put off by the cost, the lack of information around the products available and sadly the gross factor. I really don't know why it grossed me out so much, we are kind of going backwards to how ladies in the "olden days" dealt with periods, they certainly didn't have access to tampons or disposable sanitary towels, did they? I also looked into the menstrual cup side of the market but decided as I am not a fan of tampons that I wasn't keen on trying a cup.... I may take another look.

I stumbled across Wear'em Out  over on Instagram, when the new print collaboration with Emily Brooks went live and my boss posted about buying them. I clicked on the Instagram handle and was blown away not only by the products themselves but the amazing lady behind the brand - Lauren. Her honesty and the amount of information she has across her social media, really helps to demystify the world of reusable plus the outstanding reviews speak for themselves....and two orders later I am hooked and no longer dread my period arriving - a sentence I never thought I would ever say! Plus I loved that this is an independent business and the pads are made in UK.

Wear'em Out Review: the pads

The other reason I wanted to try an alternative to disposables was actually comfort....apologies this bit may be a little TMI!

I struggle with very heavy periods for the first few days, night times especially are so annoying, I regularly leak, even wearing a night time, super absorbent pad and my poor bedding will get washed almost daily, and this is usually due to the disposable towel bunching up during the night and not staying in place. This was the feature of the Wear'em Out pads that really grabbed my attention, that because of fabric & design that this won't happen! Also and I didn't even think of this until it happened on my last period, if you get caught out on the first day, there is nothing worse than the disposable not sticking to your knickers because there is a little blood there! with poppers on the reusable pad, this isn't gonna happen to you again.

Wear'em Out Review: the sizes

Now I am not gonna lie, it is an investment switching to reusable pads, something that really made me consider not switching, however, when you learn that these pads if looked after, will last for as long as four years it makes it seem a lot more worth it, especially when you add up how many disposable pads you would use in that time. With that in mind, when I placed my first order - I only bought a couple of pads, mainly because I wasn't 100% sure what size I would actually need. The pads are available in four different sizes - the mini flo, the medium flo, the mega flo and the mega mega flo. I normally go for the biggest, highest absorbency pads but after reading the reviews I thought that this may not be what I needed and I didn't want to invest in things I wasn't going to use (and I am glad I did this as I have no need for the mini flo size). I then went back and ordered more along with one of the Out & About bags once I had an idea on what I needed specifically for my periods. I have been using these pads for three months, I now know I will need to add a couple more pads to my stash and will do soon.....holding out for the next collaboration to be announced!


My Collection

So as it stands I have the following pads, all are part of the Emily Brooks Fierce collaboration but the original print is just as cute and the New ocean wave design has just been launched..

2 x Medium flo - perfect everyday size for me from day two of my period.

2 x Mega flo - for those heavier first days of my period

2x Mega Mega flo - for bedtime

The Out & About bag

Wear'em Out Review: the out & about bag

My Experience

So as I said before I have been using these pads for three months now, so have really got a feel for them and can give an honest review.

The first thing I will comment on is how soft the pads are, as soon as you pop one into your knickers you can barely feel it....even after a few hours, which is when a disposable would usually start to bunch up or have moved. I feel like they move with you rather than feeling rigid which as they are thicker than a disposable, surprised me. I have even managed to do Yoga and a barre class whilst wearing one, which would not normally happen whilst on my period as I wouldn't feel secure.

I have been able to wear just two pads during the day, and one overnight, this is half the amount I would normally have used with disposables, the absorbency of these pads is phenomenal - you do not expect something to hold so much blood and still feel fresh. *The number of pads will obviously be variable and a personal thing dependant on your flow but I felt clean and so comfortable. The best bit for me is, no night time leaks, for the first time in years! The Mega mega pad is ideal for night time, the longer length gives me extra wiggle protection. I also felt a lot fresher first thing in the morning and can safely wear cute PJs without the fear of washing everyday.

The process of cleaning when you change pads is so simple, simply rinse off (I usually do mine in the shower first thing or the sink during the day) then hang up to dry, I use a radiator rack so that they get some heat but are not directly on it. It is worth noting I have only been at home during this time due to the UK lockdown - but I have no anxiety about going out and about in them and changing on the go. The only difference when out of the house would be rinsing off the pad then popping into the specially designed, waterproof Out & About pouch until you are back at home. The pouch is split into two sections - one for the used pad and the other for the fresh, clean pad. Then at the end of your cycle you can just pop all the pads and your out & about bag into the washing machine for a full wash, just remember not to use fabric softener as it can affect the pads absorbency. Once dry they are ready for next month.

I don't know if it is linked to switching to these pads but I have noticed changes in my period - they are not as uncomfortable as they used to be, I feel like my periods have become a little lighter and I seem to have less notice of it arriving (no pre-period pain). These may not be linked but worth noting - would be good to know if anyone else has noticed a change since swapping to reusable products.

The Wear'em Out pads cost between £8.99 for a mini flo and £10.99 for a mega mega flo and there are bundles available in the store which do give you some savings, but buying individually means you can add to your collection when you want to.

Overall I would say I have had a really positive experience using Wear'em Out pads and would highly recommend making the change, not only for environmental/sustainable reasons, but also for long term cost savings as well as comfort.

For lots more information about the pads as well as the sustainable side of the brand and to shop the full range, head to Wear 'em Out. I would also say head over to the Instagram page as it is a wealth of knowledge and really lovely to see behind the scenes on an independent business.....plus Lauren is so lovely @wearemoutpads

I would love to know if you have made the swap to reusable - what brands have you used and would you recommend any other products. I am now looking into alternatives to cotton wool buds.

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




Well I haven't done one of these posts in ages....normally just keep my Wishlist items to the homepage widget but I found so many cute pieces this month that I am lusting after and wanted to share them with you. Lets be honest, we have all spent some of lockdown browsing online and whilst my bank account isn't too pleased about it, I have found some amazing pieces and also new brands (really enjoying discovering local brands & businesses to support)! so this is a collection of fashion along with some home / kid related pieces that I have had me eye on this year.


1. SWYC tote

This tote bag is everything! I saw Emma @brummymummyof2 had ordered one of these in her latest haul and decided I need to add one to my summer tote collection. The ideal mum bag as I can fit lots inside (having a three almost four year old means I carry a lot of stuff!) but the design and personalisation adds something different, elevating it from a traditional changing bag - which I am moving away from as my son is so much older now. Sadly the colourway I want is currently out of stock, but as soon as its back, I will be placing an order ahead of the summer months and filling it when we finally will be able to go places again #lockdownsucks

Jute Market Shopper Bag


2. Lion wall art

A new Instagram seller (@oskieandroo) that I stumbled across on a late night scrolling session (come on we all have had those moments) and OMG how gorgeous is he! I am looking at jazzing up little dudes room this summer and finding pieces like this that are beautiful but also aren't too baby is exactly what I am looking for. There are some other animals including an elephant but Mr Lion is my favourite. Check out her Etsy store for so many gorgeous macramé pieces for the home.

Macrame Lion Wall Hanging


3. Dinosaur prints - Single & Poster 

Although this is a Wishlist, I will admit I have already bought this gorgeous A4 Stegosaurus print for my little boys bedroom, I couldn't resist - its such a beautiful piece by a local artist (@hallelula_prints) and ideal for a dino mad boy. The second piece is a larger A3 poster, which I also need! The detail on these prints is insane and would make such a great idea for a gift. I have had a few bits from this lady before, including the most amazing set of animal flashcards (she lives in my village) and I love the quality and individual-ness of each piece. She does all sorts of beautiful prints, not just dinosaurs so take a look at her store.

Stegosaurus & Dinosaur Poster Print


4. MV vintage tee

It wouldn't be a Wishlist without something from Mint Velvet! Every new season I excitedly scroll through the new in section, ready to choose the pieces for my uniform and this vintage photo tee caught my eye and is perfect for teaming with jeans or chinos & a denim jacket ready for when retail is finally back open again. I love the fit of MV tees and this one is the perfect off white colour with my favourite kind of imagery - vintage with a romantic feel to it.

Cream Photograph T-Shirt


5. Sophia Webster Astra heel

Sophia Webster is my go to designer brand for shoes. Whilst I am still to buy a pair, her designs encapsulates everything I love about fashion - the individualism, quirky and fun and these Astra heels are just beautiful...admittedly maybe not that practical for my day to day life but a girl can dream cant she! I love the subtle nod to stars and the colour palette would make these really easy to style with so many pieces. Maybe one day soon.....

Astra Sandal Black and Metallic Mix


6. ASOS spotty dress

The perfect summer dress, has me dreaming of sunshine and holidays. Love the simplicity of the dress and the classic monochromatic spots, also the shape will be ideal for keeping cool on a hot day. Teamed with sandals and a straw bag, and you are ready for the day.

ASOS DESIGN trapeze maxi dress in oversized mono spot


7. Amazon ♡ Sunglasses 

So I already own two pairs of these sunnies, but the second I saw the lilac pair I knew I needed them! I get compliments every time I wear my tortoiseshell or white pair, they are such a fun accessory but also very chic. Plus lilac is such a key trend colour for the SS21 season and these are a great, inexpensive way to add a trend colour to your wardrobe....need to order ASAP.

Heart Sunglasses - Vintage Retro Cat Eye


8. Storage Crates

These days I am always on the look out for cute storage options (toddlers come with a lot of toys!), something practical yet chic. These crates are a great idea, stackable and available in a variety of colours, ideal to match in with the décor and not scream "toy storage". Just need to decide which of the 28 colours I am going to choose! 

Folding Crate — This Modern Life


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March Wishlist


Well I haven't done one of these posts in ages....normally just keep my Wishlist items to the homepage widget but I found so many cute pieces this month that I am lusting after and wanted to share them with you. Lets be honest, we have all spent some of lockdown browsing online and whilst my bank account isn't too pleased about it, I have found some amazing pieces and also new brands (really enjoying discovering local brands & businesses to support)! so this is a collection of fashion along with some home / kid related pieces that I have had me eye on this year.


1. SWYC tote

This tote bag is everything! I saw Emma @brummymummyof2 had ordered one of these in her latest haul and decided I need to add one to my summer tote collection. The ideal mum bag as I can fit lots inside (having a three almost four year old means I carry a lot of stuff!) but the design and personalisation adds something different, elevating it from a traditional changing bag - which I am moving away from as my son is so much older now. Sadly the colourway I want is currently out of stock, but as soon as its back, I will be placing an order ahead of the summer months and filling it when we finally will be able to go places again #lockdownsucks

Jute Market Shopper Bag


2. Lion wall art

A new Instagram seller (@oskieandroo) that I stumbled across on a late night scrolling session (come on we all have had those moments) and OMG how gorgeous is he! I am looking at jazzing up little dudes room this summer and finding pieces like this that are beautiful but also aren't too baby is exactly what I am looking for. There are some other animals including an elephant but Mr Lion is my favourite. Check out her Etsy store for so many gorgeous macramé pieces for the home.

Macrame Lion Wall Hanging


3. Dinosaur prints - Single & Poster 

Although this is a Wishlist, I will admit I have already bought this gorgeous A4 Stegosaurus print for my little boys bedroom, I couldn't resist - its such a beautiful piece by a local artist (@hallelula_prints) and ideal for a dino mad boy. The second piece is a larger A3 poster, which I also need! The detail on these prints is insane and would make such a great idea for a gift. I have had a few bits from this lady before, including the most amazing set of animal flashcards (she lives in my village) and I love the quality and individual-ness of each piece. She does all sorts of beautiful prints, not just dinosaurs so take a look at her store.

Stegosaurus & Dinosaur Poster Print


4. MV vintage tee

It wouldn't be a Wishlist without something from Mint Velvet! Every new season I excitedly scroll through the new in section, ready to choose the pieces for my uniform and this vintage photo tee caught my eye and is perfect for teaming with jeans or chinos & a denim jacket ready for when retail is finally back open again. I love the fit of MV tees and this one is the perfect off white colour with my favourite kind of imagery - vintage with a romantic feel to it.

Cream Photograph T-Shirt


5. Sophia Webster Astra heel

Sophia Webster is my go to designer brand for shoes. Whilst I am still to buy a pair, her designs encapsulates everything I love about fashion - the individualism, quirky and fun and these Astra heels are just beautiful...admittedly maybe not that practical for my day to day life but a girl can dream cant she! I love the subtle nod to stars and the colour palette would make these really easy to style with so many pieces. Maybe one day soon.....

Astra Sandal Black and Metallic Mix


6. ASOS spotty dress

The perfect summer dress, has me dreaming of sunshine and holidays. Love the simplicity of the dress and the classic monochromatic spots, also the shape will be ideal for keeping cool on a hot day. Teamed with sandals and a straw bag, and you are ready for the day.

ASOS DESIGN trapeze maxi dress in oversized mono spot


7. Amazon ♡ Sunglasses 

So I already own two pairs of these sunnies, but the second I saw the lilac pair I knew I needed them! I get compliments every time I wear my tortoiseshell or white pair, they are such a fun accessory but also very chic. Plus lilac is such a key trend colour for the SS21 season and these are a great, inexpensive way to add a trend colour to your wardrobe....need to order ASAP.

Heart Sunglasses - Vintage Retro Cat Eye


8. Storage Crates

These days I am always on the look out for cute storage options (toddlers come with a lot of toys!), something practical yet chic. These crates are a great idea, stackable and available in a variety of colours, ideal to match in with the décor and not scream "toy storage". Just need to decide which of the 28 colours I am going to choose! 

Folding Crate — This Modern Life


Which of these pieces would make your Wishlist? leave me a comment below....

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Next up in the series is a casual classic - the sweatshirt, but with a modern twist. The sweatshirt has fast become a staple in lots of daily uniforms (including mine) over lockdown. Easy to throw on with jeans or leggings and a nice alternative to the traditional knit but I wanted to show how to style a sweatshirt not only now but also outside of the house....ready for when we go out for more than a food shop!

All pieces featured are from Mint Velvet - I am trying to stay inspired and ready to style up my ladies once stores reopen.



Outfit One 

Sweatshirt used in all looks - Lilac Ribbed Sweatshirt

Light Grey Boyfriend Coat, Ohio Jeggings & Ezra Suede Boots

First up is an smarter way to wear the sweatshirt, which is typically a casual item of clothing. For this look I have teamed a classic black skinny jegging, with slouchy suede ankle boots and a tailored boyfriend mid length coat, smart but chic. Keeping the look simple elevates the sweatshirt and the slouchy boots adds some texture and refinement without going too "office". This sweatshirt also has a funnel neck detail meaning it will sit perfectly under the lapels of the coat.


Outfit Two

Knitted Joggers, Faux Fur Slippers & Lavender & Geranium Candle

Now this is a much more traditional outfit, but ideal for lockdown. Teaming the sweatshirt with a classic pair of cosy knitted joggers and some stylish slippers - chic loungewear. If you wanted to elevate this look for going out & about, you could switch out the knitted style for the faux leather joggers. I have included a fancy candle in this outfit as this look is ideal for chill days, plus these candles smell amazing.


Outfit Three

Poppy Tiered Mini Dress, Disk Earrings & Allie Padded Trainers

My favourite outfit - something a little more unexpected and playful, layering the lilac sweatshirt over the beautiful purple Poppy print mini dress. The crop of the sweatshirt shows off the cute flippy hem of the dress whilst adding a layer of warmth. Styled up with trainers, keeps this easy and casual, cute for a day shopping or out with the girls. Going tonal with lilac on lilac is a great way to add colour to an outfit without going too crazy, ideal for those who are a little afraid of colour. I have this dress in two other prints and it is a great everyday dress, ideal if you want to be comfy but still look like you've made an effort.


Outfit Four

This outfit updates one of my favourite looks of the year, taking a classic white shirt, skinny jeans combination and adding the sweatshirt on top - love having the tail of the shirt hanging out the bottom. Teamed with a chunky biker boot adds a cool edge and dresses down the more formal white shirt. I have gone with grey jeans here as I love lilac & grey together, less harsh than black especially with a white shirt.

Worth noting, this sweatshirt is also available in white ♡ White Sweatshirt

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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1 Sweatshirt - 4 Ways

 

Next up in the series is a casual classic - the sweatshirt, but with a modern twist. The sweatshirt has fast become a staple in lots of daily uniforms (including mine) over lockdown. Easy to throw on with jeans or leggings and a nice alternative to the traditional knit but I wanted to show how to style a sweatshirt not only now but also outside of the house....ready for when we go out for more than a food shop!

All pieces featured are from Mint Velvet - I am trying to stay inspired and ready to style up my ladies once stores reopen.



Outfit One 

Sweatshirt used in all looks - Lilac Ribbed Sweatshirt

Light Grey Boyfriend Coat, Ohio Jeggings & Ezra Suede Boots

First up is an smarter way to wear the sweatshirt, which is typically a casual item of clothing. For this look I have teamed a classic black skinny jegging, with slouchy suede ankle boots and a tailored boyfriend mid length coat, smart but chic. Keeping the look simple elevates the sweatshirt and the slouchy boots adds some texture and refinement without going too "office". This sweatshirt also has a funnel neck detail meaning it will sit perfectly under the lapels of the coat.


Outfit Two

Knitted Joggers, Faux Fur Slippers & Lavender & Geranium Candle

Now this is a much more traditional outfit, but ideal for lockdown. Teaming the sweatshirt with a classic pair of cosy knitted joggers and some stylish slippers - chic loungewear. If you wanted to elevate this look for going out & about, you could switch out the knitted style for the faux leather joggers. I have included a fancy candle in this outfit as this look is ideal for chill days, plus these candles smell amazing.


Outfit Three

Poppy Tiered Mini Dress, Disk Earrings & Allie Padded Trainers

My favourite outfit - something a little more unexpected and playful, layering the lilac sweatshirt over the beautiful purple Poppy print mini dress. The crop of the sweatshirt shows off the cute flippy hem of the dress whilst adding a layer of warmth. Styled up with trainers, keeps this easy and casual, cute for a day shopping or out with the girls. Going tonal with lilac on lilac is a great way to add colour to an outfit without going too crazy, ideal for those who are a little afraid of colour. I have this dress in two other prints and it is a great everyday dress, ideal if you want to be comfy but still look like you've made an effort.


Outfit Four

This outfit updates one of my favourite looks of the year, taking a classic white shirt, skinny jeans combination and adding the sweatshirt on top - love having the tail of the shirt hanging out the bottom. Teamed with a chunky biker boot adds a cool edge and dresses down the more formal white shirt. I have gone with grey jeans here as I love lilac & grey together, less harsh than black especially with a white shirt.

Worth noting, this sweatshirt is also available in white ♡ White Sweatshirt

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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