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How to Wear: Shorts - Inspiration
Back with a new installment to my "How to Wear" series, sharing inspirations on how to style shorts, when your not on the beach....

Such a versitile piece to have in your wardrobe - can be kept super low key and casual, or really dressed up. Until recently I have shied away from shorts, for me they were simply a holiday item of clothing, not easy to wear day to day and for me not the most flattering....that is until i discovered paperbag waist shorts. This style of shorts has completely changed my opinion and has opened my eyes to just how versitile they actually are. For me they are a great piece to wear on my mum days, my legs are out but no chance of flashing knickers while I am crawling around soft play or running after my newly walking toddler.

So first up are you a floaty, cotton or denim shorts kinda girl...choose your style, length & colour, then your ready to style them up.

What to pair with them?

Shorts are one of those pieces, that seem to work with every kind of top, I love to style mine up with a basic or slogan T-shirt, jersey vest, silky camis and slouchy shirts. I always tend to go a little oversized with my tops, then do a french tuck in the front to give my waist definition. I think shorts look so much more than beach wear when teamed with a jacket, be that a blazer, denim or biker. Personally I really like a paperbag waist pair of shorts styled with a classic tee and a blazer, this is my go to combination. As you can see from the styling inspiration images above there are so many ways to style, dependant on the occassion.

The Footwear

Again because shorts are so versitile, most footwear styles work. I tend to go for simple white trainers, my go to flat tan sandals, birkenstocks or on a cooler day slouchy ankle boots but I do appreciate something a little sexier, teaming shorts with a heel for a night out. I think as long as you make sure your footwear reflects your choice of top, then anything goes.

The Accessories

My favourite part of styling up any outfit....the accessories! I love to add a panama hat, a cute summery straw bag or something a little more structured (usually in tan), plently of boho jewellery especially layered necklaces. Shorts afterall are predominatly a summer style so embracing the sunshine and accessorizing accordingly is so much fun. Also if you are tucking in your top, a detailed belt is a great addition, adds interest as well as waist definition - I really like a western inspired belt teamed with an oversized shirt.

Image credits - 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

How do you like to style your shorts??
Check out the rest of the "How to Wear" series here...

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How to Wear: Shorts

How to Wear: Shorts - Inspiration
Back with a new installment to my "How to Wear" series, sharing inspirations on how to style shorts, when your not on the beach....

Such a versitile piece to have in your wardrobe - can be kept super low key and casual, or really dressed up. Until recently I have shied away from shorts, for me they were simply a holiday item of clothing, not easy to wear day to day and for me not the most flattering....that is until i discovered paperbag waist shorts. This style of shorts has completely changed my opinion and has opened my eyes to just how versitile they actually are. For me they are a great piece to wear on my mum days, my legs are out but no chance of flashing knickers while I am crawling around soft play or running after my newly walking toddler.

So first up are you a floaty, cotton or denim shorts kinda girl...choose your style, length & colour, then your ready to style them up.

What to pair with them?

Shorts are one of those pieces, that seem to work with every kind of top, I love to style mine up with a basic or slogan T-shirt, jersey vest, silky camis and slouchy shirts. I always tend to go a little oversized with my tops, then do a french tuck in the front to give my waist definition. I think shorts look so much more than beach wear when teamed with a jacket, be that a blazer, denim or biker. Personally I really like a paperbag waist pair of shorts styled with a classic tee and a blazer, this is my go to combination. As you can see from the styling inspiration images above there are so many ways to style, dependant on the occassion.

The Footwear

Again because shorts are so versitile, most footwear styles work. I tend to go for simple white trainers, my go to flat tan sandals, birkenstocks or on a cooler day slouchy ankle boots but I do appreciate something a little sexier, teaming shorts with a heel for a night out. I think as long as you make sure your footwear reflects your choice of top, then anything goes.

The Accessories

My favourite part of styling up any outfit....the accessories! I love to add a panama hat, a cute summery straw bag or something a little more structured (usually in tan), plently of boho jewellery especially layered necklaces. Shorts afterall are predominatly a summer style so embracing the sunshine and accessorizing accordingly is so much fun. Also if you are tucking in your top, a detailed belt is a great addition, adds interest as well as waist definition - I really like a western inspired belt teamed with an oversized shirt.

Image credits - 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

How do you like to style your shorts??
Check out the rest of the "How to Wear" series here...

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First Impressions: ItCosmetics CC Cream Illumination

As creature of comfort, I find I am really loyal when it comes to makeup products, when I find one I love thats my go to...sometimes for years. Foundation/base products have always been a tough one for me, I struggle to find one that gives me the desired coverage, whilst looking natural and not ridiculously expensive. I suffer from dry skin along with having large pores so some foundations just sit on the skin badly and make me look worse! #notwhatineed. I have also found that my skin prefers a lightweight formula so BB & CC creams work the best for me rather a heavy foundation. Having been a Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream fan for years, I decided to give the It Cosmetics CC cream a go after hearing so much hype in the beauty world....was a little hesitant as at £31 a tube it is pricey for me but I loved the results and it has become my daily go to product. Origionally I bought the classic CC cream, but after wanting something a little more dewey I decided to give the illuminating version a go and I am so pleased I did..... I wanted to share my first impressions with you.

First Impressions...

Just as flawless and easy to apply as the origional CC Cream but it offers an additional glow and natural highlight at the same time. A smooth, non drying formula, that applies flawlessy, although I do use my fingers, not a brush as I find this gives me a much better finish and a tube usually lasts me six months, as I only need two pumps for full coverage, which actually makes the cost per wear minimal. I did go to Boots (Fosse Park) to the It Cosmetics counter to get colour matched as I wasnt 100% sure that I would be the same shade in both products after reading a few reviews however I was, but in my opinion best to check as the product comes in 11 shades. I was pleasently surprised that I was shade "light," as I would normally go for something a little darker but the second the lady put it on my face I could see this was my perfect colour match. I do think this product is worth the hype and the cost, as it really does do what it says on the tube - I am so pleased with the results, natural but makes my skin look smooth, glowy and reduces the apperance of my pores. I am also really pleased with the SPF 50 protection, as my morning time is limited due to a toddler, so knowing I have sun protection within my makeup routine is perfect. My final comment has to be about the packaging, I like the origional but the combination of pink and hollographic details is just gorgeous....I am sucker for pretty packaging, I can't help it! Plus the pump applicator delivers the perfect amount of product for each use.

The Details...

"Full-coverage, skin-loving, multi-tasker with SPF 50. Infused with light-reflecting pigments to enhance the look of glowing skin. Enriched with anti-ageing peptides, hydrolysed collagen, vitamins and antioxidants. " - It Cosmetics

Delivers 7 benefits, all in one:
 Full coverage illuminating foundation, ✔ SPF 50 sun protection, ✔ Brightening colour corrector
✔ Reduces the look of pores, ✔ Smoothes wrinkle apperance
✔ Hydrating & anti-ageing, ✔ Radiant finish

So if you are looking for a new base give this one a go, you wont be dissapointed....also worth if you can, going to an It Cosmetics counter, they actually have soooooo many products in the range that I had never heard of. I will heading back on a child free day to try some out, especially like the look of the translucent powder which is recomended to teamed with the CC cream.

It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination is avaliable at Boots, Cult Beauty and direct from It Cosmetics.
Fancy giving this a go, or are you already a fan?

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First Impressions: ItCosmetics Illumination CC Cream

First Impressions: ItCosmetics CC Cream Illumination

As creature of comfort, I find I am really loyal when it comes to makeup products, when I find one I love thats my go to...sometimes for years. Foundation/base products have always been a tough one for me, I struggle to find one that gives me the desired coverage, whilst looking natural and not ridiculously expensive. I suffer from dry skin along with having large pores so some foundations just sit on the skin badly and make me look worse! #notwhatineed. I have also found that my skin prefers a lightweight formula so BB & CC creams work the best for me rather a heavy foundation. Having been a Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream fan for years, I decided to give the It Cosmetics CC cream a go after hearing so much hype in the beauty world....was a little hesitant as at £31 a tube it is pricey for me but I loved the results and it has become my daily go to product. Origionally I bought the classic CC cream, but after wanting something a little more dewey I decided to give the illuminating version a go and I am so pleased I did..... I wanted to share my first impressions with you.

First Impressions...

Just as flawless and easy to apply as the origional CC Cream but it offers an additional glow and natural highlight at the same time. A smooth, non drying formula, that applies flawlessy, although I do use my fingers, not a brush as I find this gives me a much better finish and a tube usually lasts me six months, as I only need two pumps for full coverage, which actually makes the cost per wear minimal. I did go to Boots (Fosse Park) to the It Cosmetics counter to get colour matched as I wasnt 100% sure that I would be the same shade in both products after reading a few reviews however I was, but in my opinion best to check as the product comes in 11 shades. I was pleasently surprised that I was shade "light," as I would normally go for something a little darker but the second the lady put it on my face I could see this was my perfect colour match. I do think this product is worth the hype and the cost, as it really does do what it says on the tube - I am so pleased with the results, natural but makes my skin look smooth, glowy and reduces the apperance of my pores. I am also really pleased with the SPF 50 protection, as my morning time is limited due to a toddler, so knowing I have sun protection within my makeup routine is perfect. My final comment has to be about the packaging, I like the origional but the combination of pink and hollographic details is just gorgeous....I am sucker for pretty packaging, I can't help it! Plus the pump applicator delivers the perfect amount of product for each use.

The Details...

"Full-coverage, skin-loving, multi-tasker with SPF 50. Infused with light-reflecting pigments to enhance the look of glowing skin. Enriched with anti-ageing peptides, hydrolysed collagen, vitamins and antioxidants. " - It Cosmetics

Delivers 7 benefits, all in one:
 Full coverage illuminating foundation, ✔ SPF 50 sun protection, ✔ Brightening colour corrector
✔ Reduces the look of pores, ✔ Smoothes wrinkle apperance
✔ Hydrating & anti-ageing, ✔ Radiant finish

So if you are looking for a new base give this one a go, you wont be dissapointed....also worth if you can, going to an It Cosmetics counter, they actually have soooooo many products in the range that I had never heard of. I will heading back on a child free day to try some out, especially like the look of the translucent powder which is recomended to teamed with the CC cream.

It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination is avaliable at Boots, Cult Beauty and direct from It Cosmetics.
Fancy giving this a go, or are you already a fan?

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



The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review
The essential stroller. Live life on the go.
Something a little different today on the blog.... up until now I have not posted much motherhood content in this space, however I have decided to post this buggy review, as it is the kind of post I wanted to read when was researching such a big purchase, but struggled to find - hoping it helps a fellow parent (plus this buggy is so chic!)

We have had the Cosatto Supa Go, now for over a year and I wanted to give a full review after having used it in all seasons & weather conditions, also with a child from 9 months upto his current 2 years. We chose to purchase a stroller last year, as we needed something a little smaller and lightweight for day to day outings. After a lot of research we decided to go with a Cosatto Supa Go 2018. I had seen the brand everywhere, drawn in by their amazing statement prints but also I recieved a great review from a friend who also owns the stroller. Below are my opinions on the stroller and its performance, for full details & specs please visit the Cosatto website.

Style

The first thing that drew me to the brand was its use of colourful, bold print - that I discovered are not just for show, but are designed specifically to aid a childs sensory developement.
"At Cosatto, we've always believed in the power of pattern to engage your baby and promote happiness. Cosatto prams and pushchairs put your baby at the heart of visual systems. Bold, bright and carefully placed, our baby-friendly characters and patterns aim to harness your baby's early sensory skills." - Cosatto.com
Although I love the unicorn & llama prints, we went for the Dragon Kingdom print  as this was really the only "boy" print in the collection at the time of purchase but actually this has proven a hit with my little boy as he loves dinosaurs (he can't tell the difference!). Whilst I do try to be gender neutral with most things in my sons life, I felt a unicorn pushchair was just a step too far, plus hubby refused point blank to push something so girly! (I do think if you don't like bold prints, then Cosatto is not the brand for you, they do very few styles in solid colours). As well as the actual print, I really love the overall design of the Supa Go very streamline, with lots of thoughtful aesthetic details - such as co-ordinating wheel trims, contrasting prints on the inside of the hood and a cute little picture on the top of the handles.

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - The Print

Features

First up is the buggies size...compact, the perfect size for shopping but also for transporting in the car, fits comfortably in the boot of my Hyundai i20 but also across the back seat footwell. This compact size teamed with extendable handles makes it comfortable to push (for both me at 5ft 4 and hubby at 6ft), and allows a smooth journey for your child. Lightweight, with an aluminium chassis which makes it easy to manoover and carry. Also it is really easy to drive, even one handed which is really helpful now little man wants to walk everywhere. Plus being fully wipeable, is a great addition especially with sticky toddler fingers. We have used the buggy on pavements, cobbles, gravel and grass and it copes well with them all.

The 5 point harness, is very easy to use with even the wiggliest child, but still allows quick access to the one hand recline feature, really helpful when little one is asleep especially as this stroller can be used from birth to 25kg. Not sure I would want to use with a newborn, but my son used it from 9 months and loved it because he could see the world around him. He also enjoys looking at the contrasting print on the inside of the hood, keeps him amused while we are out and about.

Unlike a lot of collapsable buggies, the Supa Go has a good sized hood, that allows for both half and full coverage over your little one, perfect cover from the sun. It also comes with compact raincover, which is easy to fit with poppers (an upgrade on the origional Supa stroller) and fits comfortably underneath in the basket without taking up too much space. The basket itself is adequate, but would be helpful if a tiny bit bigger but meets my everyday needs. Both the raincover and hood offer UPF100+ protection.

The one thing I wish this model came with is a cup holder, or that you could add as an extra.... 3rd world problem I know but have you tried pushing a buggy and carrying coffee! it doesnt end well for me or my white tee!!!!

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - The Details
The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - A Close Up

Other details

I was pleased to learn that Cosatto is actually a British brand and I love to support British brands where possible, especially ones that are such good quality. This stroller and all items on the Cosatto website come with an amazing 4 year guarentee - click here for more info. Although one of the more pricey options in the market at £170, this product is tested to 25kg not the standard 15kg like most buggies, meaning it will last my little boy longer. Cosatto also offer amazing delivery, it arrived next day at no extra cost and came in minimal packaging (cat loved the box), was easy to set up (took less than 5 minutes) and came with idiot proof instructions.

Assembled Size: L 78cm; W 48.5cm; H 110cm
Folded Size: L 104cm; W 27cm; H35cm
Handle Height: 101-103cm
Weight: 8.6kg


Final Thoughts

ROARSOME! Overall I love this buggy and would highly recommend to anyone looking for something lightweight for everyday adventures. The only time in the last year that I have had to swap back to my original pushchair, was during heavy snow....the lightweight chasis makes it really hard work to push in the snow but apart from that all other weathers have been a breeze. I am really pleased with how resiliant the buggy is too, after 18 months of daily use it still looks brand new (apart from a bit of mud on the wheels from last weekend!). We always get compliments on the print and I am so glad I went for the dragons, my son also loves it and points at them all the time, saying "Roar".

*Photo below is my son aged 9 months when we first started using the stroller and as you can see by the beaming smile, he loves it!

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - The Happy Rider
This product and many more can be found at Cosatto.com 
If you have any questions about this amazing buggy, or you have it too, please do leave me a comment.....

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



The Cosatto Supa Go: Dragon Kingdom print | Review

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review
The essential stroller. Live life on the go.
Something a little different today on the blog.... up until now I have not posted much motherhood content in this space, however I have decided to post this buggy review, as it is the kind of post I wanted to read when was researching such a big purchase, but struggled to find - hoping it helps a fellow parent (plus this buggy is so chic!)

We have had the Cosatto Supa Go, now for over a year and I wanted to give a full review after having used it in all seasons & weather conditions, also with a child from 9 months upto his current 2 years. We chose to purchase a stroller last year, as we needed something a little smaller and lightweight for day to day outings. After a lot of research we decided to go with a Cosatto Supa Go 2018. I had seen the brand everywhere, drawn in by their amazing statement prints but also I recieved a great review from a friend who also owns the stroller. Below are my opinions on the stroller and its performance, for full details & specs please visit the Cosatto website.

Style

The first thing that drew me to the brand was its use of colourful, bold print - that I discovered are not just for show, but are designed specifically to aid a childs sensory developement.
"At Cosatto, we've always believed in the power of pattern to engage your baby and promote happiness. Cosatto prams and pushchairs put your baby at the heart of visual systems. Bold, bright and carefully placed, our baby-friendly characters and patterns aim to harness your baby's early sensory skills." - Cosatto.com
Although I love the unicorn & llama prints, we went for the Dragon Kingdom print  as this was really the only "boy" print in the collection at the time of purchase but actually this has proven a hit with my little boy as he loves dinosaurs (he can't tell the difference!). Whilst I do try to be gender neutral with most things in my sons life, I felt a unicorn pushchair was just a step too far, plus hubby refused point blank to push something so girly! (I do think if you don't like bold prints, then Cosatto is not the brand for you, they do very few styles in solid colours). As well as the actual print, I really love the overall design of the Supa Go very streamline, with lots of thoughtful aesthetic details - such as co-ordinating wheel trims, contrasting prints on the inside of the hood and a cute little picture on the top of the handles.

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - The Print

Features

First up is the buggies size...compact, the perfect size for shopping but also for transporting in the car, fits comfortably in the boot of my Hyundai i20 but also across the back seat footwell. This compact size teamed with extendable handles makes it comfortable to push (for both me at 5ft 4 and hubby at 6ft), and allows a smooth journey for your child. Lightweight, with an aluminium chassis which makes it easy to manoover and carry. Also it is really easy to drive, even one handed which is really helpful now little man wants to walk everywhere. Plus being fully wipeable, is a great addition especially with sticky toddler fingers. We have used the buggy on pavements, cobbles, gravel and grass and it copes well with them all.

The 5 point harness, is very easy to use with even the wiggliest child, but still allows quick access to the one hand recline feature, really helpful when little one is asleep especially as this stroller can be used from birth to 25kg. Not sure I would want to use with a newborn, but my son used it from 9 months and loved it because he could see the world around him. He also enjoys looking at the contrasting print on the inside of the hood, keeps him amused while we are out and about.

Unlike a lot of collapsable buggies, the Supa Go has a good sized hood, that allows for both half and full coverage over your little one, perfect cover from the sun. It also comes with compact raincover, which is easy to fit with poppers (an upgrade on the origional Supa stroller) and fits comfortably underneath in the basket without taking up too much space. The basket itself is adequate, but would be helpful if a tiny bit bigger but meets my everyday needs. Both the raincover and hood offer UPF100+ protection.

The one thing I wish this model came with is a cup holder, or that you could add as an extra.... 3rd world problem I know but have you tried pushing a buggy and carrying coffee! it doesnt end well for me or my white tee!!!!

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - The Details
The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - A Close Up

Other details

I was pleased to learn that Cosatto is actually a British brand and I love to support British brands where possible, especially ones that are such good quality. This stroller and all items on the Cosatto website come with an amazing 4 year guarentee - click here for more info. Although one of the more pricey options in the market at £170, this product is tested to 25kg not the standard 15kg like most buggies, meaning it will last my little boy longer. Cosatto also offer amazing delivery, it arrived next day at no extra cost and came in minimal packaging (cat loved the box), was easy to set up (took less than 5 minutes) and came with idiot proof instructions.

Assembled Size: L 78cm; W 48.5cm; H 110cm
Folded Size: L 104cm; W 27cm; H35cm
Handle Height: 101-103cm
Weight: 8.6kg


Final Thoughts

ROARSOME! Overall I love this buggy and would highly recommend to anyone looking for something lightweight for everyday adventures. The only time in the last year that I have had to swap back to my original pushchair, was during heavy snow....the lightweight chasis makes it really hard work to push in the snow but apart from that all other weathers have been a breeze. I am really pleased with how resiliant the buggy is too, after 18 months of daily use it still looks brand new (apart from a bit of mud on the wheels from last weekend!). We always get compliments on the print and I am so glad I went for the dragons, my son also loves it and points at them all the time, saying "Roar".

*Photo below is my son aged 9 months when we first started using the stroller and as you can see by the beaming smile, he loves it!

The Cosatto Supa Go Dragon Kingdom print | Review - The Happy Rider
This product and many more can be found at Cosatto.com 
If you have any questions about this amazing buggy, or you have it too, please do leave me a comment.....

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



My Style Evolution

A few weeks I made the mistake of disappearing down the rabbit hole that is Instagram and after scrolling back to the begining of my feed, I realised just how much my style has changed over the last 7 years....not only in fashion, but in photography & filters and also how that has impacted on this blog. Obviously my love for fashion began well before 2013 but as that is the year I began documenting it, that felt like a natural place to start - although I am sure my friends would have lots to say about my style pre Instagram! Some things have remainded the same though - I am still to this day a big lover of the "From where I stand" pose as well as a good mirror selfie but the quality of my shots has most definatley improved. It is also interesting to see just how much life & work can really impact on fashion & style.

Ready to take a look?

~2013~

My Style 2013
The start of Instagram...I think we will call this my "chameleon" phase, I cannot believe just how many bright colours and prints I had in my wardrobe back in 2013! colours that I wouldn't ever wear now. I think my style in this year was fuelled by starting a new job and wanting to reinvent myself in a new role. There were lots of dresses (mostly short), layered up with leggings, big statement necklaces (the kind that hurt your neck, they were so big!), lots of bold Kat Slater leopard print and I loved my faux fur collar. I think my style was actually very complicated, lots of things going on in one outfit but I was confident and happy. This was the year I purchased my first designer bag - my cream Mulberry Tillie tote so I wore it everywhere, getting my moneys worth out of my purchase. Most of my wardrobe was from Topshop with a few ASOS and New Look items mixed in. 

~2014~ 

My Style 2014
2014 seems to have been more about tailoring, clearly still loving a dress but have smartened them up with a blazer or structured jacket. My colour palette became a monochrome base with bright pops, pastels and whole lot of bold floral prints. My favourite outfit (that I wore to death) would have to be my topshop vintage floral wrap dress, grey & gold belt, black blazer and my faithful brown slouchy boots - I felt like a total girl boss in this and it was my go to meeting outfit. This is the year I bought my first Kate Spade bag, a black Beau and I wore it everyday. Spent a lot of time tottering around in heels at work, really expanding my shoe collection beyond my comfort zone. Most pieces still from Topshop & ASOS but also a lot of H&M, a store I hadn't really shopped from before, other than basic tees.

~2015~

My Style 2015
I think 2015 was the year my style aesthetic really began to change. It was a tough year for me personally, as I suffered a miscarriage, and really felt like I needed a change. A lot more monochrome & denim mixed up with pops of colour & print through jewellery and scarves. Trainers began to appear outside of the gym, teamed with dresses & skirts, which I never expected. My outfits became a lot simpler, less fussy and more classic. Embraced the need for a good Breton stripe tee and hemlines dropped, favouring a midi over a mini. Gone are the leggings, embracing my bare legs and mourning the death of my faithful slouchy brown boots (am still on the look out for a replacement pair). Fedora love began. Interestingly stopped shopping in Topshop - realised I no longer liked the clothes or fit in them! so most of my wardrobe was from ASOS, New Look or Dorothy Perkins, with Primark starting to catch my eye.

~2016~

My Style 2016
The first year I actually featured myself on the blog - more confident posing and happier with my style. Another big style shift in 2016... much more pulled together and cohesive, with more investment pieces. Switched my regular denim to black skinnies (and haven't changed since) which I found more flattering for my figure. Fell in love with the black & white printed dress above from H&M and wore so much teamed with sandals and boots. My whole ethos for dressing really changed gear - I started to embrace the high/low rule of dressing. Discovered the Cambridge Satchel Company and added two styles to my bag collection - both cute but actually a lot smaller than I have used before, helping me to streamline what I carried daily. Finally I turned 30 which had an impact, unexpectedly, I felt the need to embrace a simpler style to start my thirties. Most of my pieces this year were from New Look & H&M, ASOS had started to loose its sparkle for me (most pieces too young) and I branched out into new brands (for me) such as Zara. 

~2017~ 

My Style 2017
This was an very odd style year for me, half of the year I was pregnant and dressing a bump is actually a really tough challenge, whilst the remainder of the year I was a new mum (regularly covered in baby spitup). Both ends of the spectrum challenged my style. I would say 2017 is the year I fully embraced trainers, Primark became my go to store (no point spending loads on clothes that would only fit for a few months) and my style became a lot more casual and easy. It was all about finding my mummy style. Sadly swapped my heels for fancy flats, and my wardrbobe became practical over pretty. Very much a year of using what I had and creating new looks. Most of my pieces were New Look or Primark but almost all of my maternity styles were actaully from ASOS, an unexpected source. Read more about Maternity fashion esssentials here.

~2018~ 

My Style 2018
I like to call this, the year of reinvention, starting back to work and finding my style groove outside of my mum uniform - a jeans and tees combo. Working for a fashion brand, with a uniform allowance really helped, as it gave me the opportunity to challlenge my norm and push the style boundaries. Although not back to my bold colourful self of 2013 I really did feel I was getting my style back. Embracing a few items I had vowed never to wear in public - shorts & a backpack, but your outlook on style changes with a little person around, it is more about comfort and practicallity than style. I also became much more relaxed about my body, more confident getting my legs and arms out (areas I have struggled with before). Still wearing my trusty black skinny jeans and trainers but adding in a lot of broiderie anglais tops, statement boots and sooooo many stripes! Also found some new flat styles that I love - pointed leopard slingbacks and Chanel style espadrilles - chic but comfy. Most of my pieces were from New Look, Primark, H&M or Mint Velvet.

~2019~ 

My Style 2019
The present day - I have really starting to feel good with my style, feeling much more confident which has been a struggle since bubba, and am so much happier to upload mirror selfies. Embracing a "wear what I own" approach to dressing, trying to reduce my fast fashion purchases (so far all I buy is essentials plus a few cheeky accessories) and taking my time to find items I truly love and can wear everyday, no more "for best". Still basing my outfits around my faithful black skinnies but trying to add something new through tops and accessories. The leopard print is also back! but in a much more grown up way and not quite so full on.

So there we are, my style journey....

~The Blog~

Love this collection of shots, it really shows the design evolution of the blog, 2013 to the present format. I am so proud of my little corner of the internet and how much it has changed....so much more modern & streamlined, without the clutter of widgets, which I was adament I needed back in 2013. Along with more interactive elements that have been possible with all the technological advances - including my Shopstyle Collective wishlist, which also allows me earn whilst sharing my favourite pieces. I also love the sleeker, cleaner format which allows my imagery to do the talking.

Thanks for joining me on this little trip down memory lane....would love to know which year you thought was my best "style" year.


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My Style Evolution

My Style Evolution

A few weeks I made the mistake of disappearing down the rabbit hole that is Instagram and after scrolling back to the begining of my feed, I realised just how much my style has changed over the last 7 years....not only in fashion, but in photography & filters and also how that has impacted on this blog. Obviously my love for fashion began well before 2013 but as that is the year I began documenting it, that felt like a natural place to start - although I am sure my friends would have lots to say about my style pre Instagram! Some things have remainded the same though - I am still to this day a big lover of the "From where I stand" pose as well as a good mirror selfie but the quality of my shots has most definatley improved. It is also interesting to see just how much life & work can really impact on fashion & style.

Ready to take a look?

~2013~

My Style 2013
The start of Instagram...I think we will call this my "chameleon" phase, I cannot believe just how many bright colours and prints I had in my wardrobe back in 2013! colours that I wouldn't ever wear now. I think my style in this year was fuelled by starting a new job and wanting to reinvent myself in a new role. There were lots of dresses (mostly short), layered up with leggings, big statement necklaces (the kind that hurt your neck, they were so big!), lots of bold Kat Slater leopard print and I loved my faux fur collar. I think my style was actually very complicated, lots of things going on in one outfit but I was confident and happy. This was the year I purchased my first designer bag - my cream Mulberry Tillie tote so I wore it everywhere, getting my moneys worth out of my purchase. Most of my wardrobe was from Topshop with a few ASOS and New Look items mixed in. 

~2014~ 

My Style 2014
2014 seems to have been more about tailoring, clearly still loving a dress but have smartened them up with a blazer or structured jacket. My colour palette became a monochrome base with bright pops, pastels and whole lot of bold floral prints. My favourite outfit (that I wore to death) would have to be my topshop vintage floral wrap dress, grey & gold belt, black blazer and my faithful brown slouchy boots - I felt like a total girl boss in this and it was my go to meeting outfit. This is the year I bought my first Kate Spade bag, a black Beau and I wore it everyday. Spent a lot of time tottering around in heels at work, really expanding my shoe collection beyond my comfort zone. Most pieces still from Topshop & ASOS but also a lot of H&M, a store I hadn't really shopped from before, other than basic tees.

~2015~

My Style 2015
I think 2015 was the year my style aesthetic really began to change. It was a tough year for me personally, as I suffered a miscarriage, and really felt like I needed a change. A lot more monochrome & denim mixed up with pops of colour & print through jewellery and scarves. Trainers began to appear outside of the gym, teamed with dresses & skirts, which I never expected. My outfits became a lot simpler, less fussy and more classic. Embraced the need for a good Breton stripe tee and hemlines dropped, favouring a midi over a mini. Gone are the leggings, embracing my bare legs and mourning the death of my faithful slouchy brown boots (am still on the look out for a replacement pair). Fedora love began. Interestingly stopped shopping in Topshop - realised I no longer liked the clothes or fit in them! so most of my wardrobe was from ASOS, New Look or Dorothy Perkins, with Primark starting to catch my eye.

~2016~

My Style 2016
The first year I actually featured myself on the blog - more confident posing and happier with my style. Another big style shift in 2016... much more pulled together and cohesive, with more investment pieces. Switched my regular denim to black skinnies (and haven't changed since) which I found more flattering for my figure. Fell in love with the black & white printed dress above from H&M and wore so much teamed with sandals and boots. My whole ethos for dressing really changed gear - I started to embrace the high/low rule of dressing. Discovered the Cambridge Satchel Company and added two styles to my bag collection - both cute but actually a lot smaller than I have used before, helping me to streamline what I carried daily. Finally I turned 30 which had an impact, unexpectedly, I felt the need to embrace a simpler style to start my thirties. Most of my pieces this year were from New Look & H&M, ASOS had started to loose its sparkle for me (most pieces too young) and I branched out into new brands (for me) such as Zara. 

~2017~ 

My Style 2017
This was an very odd style year for me, half of the year I was pregnant and dressing a bump is actually a really tough challenge, whilst the remainder of the year I was a new mum (regularly covered in baby spitup). Both ends of the spectrum challenged my style. I would say 2017 is the year I fully embraced trainers, Primark became my go to store (no point spending loads on clothes that would only fit for a few months) and my style became a lot more casual and easy. It was all about finding my mummy style. Sadly swapped my heels for fancy flats, and my wardrbobe became practical over pretty. Very much a year of using what I had and creating new looks. Most of my pieces were New Look or Primark but almost all of my maternity styles were actaully from ASOS, an unexpected source. Read more about Maternity fashion esssentials here.

~2018~ 

My Style 2018
I like to call this, the year of reinvention, starting back to work and finding my style groove outside of my mum uniform - a jeans and tees combo. Working for a fashion brand, with a uniform allowance really helped, as it gave me the opportunity to challlenge my norm and push the style boundaries. Although not back to my bold colourful self of 2013 I really did feel I was getting my style back. Embracing a few items I had vowed never to wear in public - shorts & a backpack, but your outlook on style changes with a little person around, it is more about comfort and practicallity than style. I also became much more relaxed about my body, more confident getting my legs and arms out (areas I have struggled with before). Still wearing my trusty black skinny jeans and trainers but adding in a lot of broiderie anglais tops, statement boots and sooooo many stripes! Also found some new flat styles that I love - pointed leopard slingbacks and Chanel style espadrilles - chic but comfy. Most of my pieces were from New Look, Primark, H&M or Mint Velvet.

~2019~ 

My Style 2019
The present day - I have really starting to feel good with my style, feeling much more confident which has been a struggle since bubba, and am so much happier to upload mirror selfies. Embracing a "wear what I own" approach to dressing, trying to reduce my fast fashion purchases (so far all I buy is essentials plus a few cheeky accessories) and taking my time to find items I truly love and can wear everyday, no more "for best". Still basing my outfits around my faithful black skinnies but trying to add something new through tops and accessories. The leopard print is also back! but in a much more grown up way and not quite so full on.

So there we are, my style journey....

~The Blog~

Love this collection of shots, it really shows the design evolution of the blog, 2013 to the present format. I am so proud of my little corner of the internet and how much it has changed....so much more modern & streamlined, without the clutter of widgets, which I was adament I needed back in 2013. Along with more interactive elements that have been possible with all the technological advances - including my Shopstyle Collective wishlist, which also allows me earn whilst sharing my favourite pieces. I also love the sleeker, cleaner format which allows my imagery to do the talking.

Thanks for joining me on this little trip down memory lane....would love to know which year you thought was my best "style" year.


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


TGF Edit Headband Inspiration

Finally an accessories trend I can full get on board with.... seen on the catwalk and now everywhere on the highstreet, the headband is here to stay and I am loving it. The ladies above are a great inspiration on how to style - whether you favour a structured headband or simply your favourite scarf tied in a knot.

There is nothing more chic than a white sundress or a classic white tee & jeans combo topped off by a statement headband. The trick is to keep your outfit simple and let your accessories do the talking - you want to avoid looking like a little girl...so grab your favourite headband, channel your inner Blair Waldorf and rock the look!

Here are some of my favourite (chic, statement) headbands for spring from the highstreet:

TGF Edit: Highstreet Headbands
*Inspiration images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Susanna Green Twisted (£28) | Animal Print (£2) | Silver Metallic twist (£25)

Which one would you choose?

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TGF Edit: Head over heels for Headbands

TGF Edit Headband Inspiration

Finally an accessories trend I can full get on board with.... seen on the catwalk and now everywhere on the highstreet, the headband is here to stay and I am loving it. The ladies above are a great inspiration on how to style - whether you favour a structured headband or simply your favourite scarf tied in a knot.

There is nothing more chic than a white sundress or a classic white tee & jeans combo topped off by a statement headband. The trick is to keep your outfit simple and let your accessories do the talking - you want to avoid looking like a little girl...so grab your favourite headband, channel your inner Blair Waldorf and rock the look!

Here are some of my favourite (chic, statement) headbands for spring from the highstreet:

TGF Edit: Highstreet Headbands
*Inspiration images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Susanna Green Twisted (£28) | Animal Print (£2) | Silver Metallic twist (£25)

Which one would you choose?

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