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I’m Wearing tweed this Autumn!

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I adore autumn, but sometimes I do struggle with whether to wear a coat. It’s too chilly not to, but my winter coat is just a bit too warm! I find a gilet invaluable over the Autumn months and I was recently sent a tweed gilet from Ryedale Country Clothing.

Ryedale are a British country clothing brand which started up in 1954. Their ladies waxed jackets, men’s Tweed coatsbody warmers and flat caps are all made in the North of England.

I adore tweed, I think it’s a style which is never really out of fashion. Many years ago when I first graduated I bought a tweed suit second hand as I was desperate for the jacket it came with. I wore the jacket for an entire winter, then sadly lost it on a weekend away. But my passion for tweed has continued since then. I own a couple of tweed skirts and of course there’s my tweed Po-Zu boots too. Tweed is a great hard wearing fabric and really warm too – it seems to stop the wind. Whether you’re in the country or city, I think as the months get colder, tweed is a great option!

Tweed Gilet

I opted for a blue tweed , perfect for wearing with jeans (which I wear a lot!). The pink thread running through the tweed makes it easy to wear and gives the blue a warm tone. It’s easy to wear over a shirt or jumper to keep off the chill. I’ve also discovered that it will work really well as a layer under my wax jacket once the weather turns colder.

I’m quite tall so I was delighted with the length of the gilet, as it is longer than some. The fit is great as there’s an elasticated section across the back – making it comfy to wear while driving too. There are well placed deep pockets perfect for my phone or dog treats if out walking the dog.

Will you be wearing tweed this season?

Bra Shopping

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When did you last replace your bras? I recently learnt that you’re meant to replace your bras every 6 months or so. Some of my bras I dread to think how long I have owned them! So, when I got the opportunity to treat myself to some new lingerie from UK Lingerie I decided to update my bras!

The Sports Bra

One of the best bras to invest in is a sports bra, if you do any level of fitness activity. I have a couple of sports bras already, but I really wanted a great sports bra which would offer optimum support. I’m upping my fitness, so I need something with plenty of support!

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I opted for a Shock Absorber Ultimate Run bra – as it is seam free on the inside – no chaffing! I like that you buy this style by bra size, although on advice I went a chest band size – and was pleased I had! It is a really comfortable bra for exercising in, it supports and keeps me coold – it seems to wick sweat away. I think it helps my posture while I’m running too.

The T-shirt Bra

I like having a t-shirt bra as I wear a lot of fitted shirts, and I don’t want my bra showing through! I chose a Wonderbra Ultimate Silhouette T-shirt Bra. This is a great bra! It fits true to size, is seriously comfortable, and gives me a great shape! I like the fact that this can be worn with quite low cut tops too. The cut of the bra means it works with a low v-neck and not just t-shirts! I chose the nude colour as it works with all my summer wardrobe, but I’ll be investing in a black one too!

The Balconette Bra!

I think you need a balconette bra or a push-up bra in your lingerie drawer! Personally, I’m a fan of a balconette bra, I prefer the fit to push-up bras and they seem to work well with my wardrobe.

So those are my essential bras, and now I’m wearing the right size and style every day no matter what I’m doing!

Exciting Summer 2019 Formal Dress Trends


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This year will see an exciting and colourful collection on all the major catwalks, and if you want to get it right every time, here is a glimpse of what everyone will be wearing this summer.
Oversized Hats – This trend is a continuation of 2018, when large hats first graced the major catwalks, and with a scorching summer on the way, an oversized hat is the ideal way to protect your facial skin from the harmful UV rays. If you are still thinking outfits, Peaches Boutique has 2019 silver prom dresses on offer and they are simply stunning. Find a shade that is slightly lighter that your dress if you are wearing a hat, as this will give you a balanced look.

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  • Looser Shorts – We all saw the cycling shorts make a comeback last summer, yet this year will be the year of the loose, sensible shorts. Make sure you are tanned and select a rich, deep colour, either that or white. Mid-knee length and large side pockets make for a sophisticated, yet rugged look, great for the beach and other summer outdoor occasions.
  • Tight Pleats – If you invested last year, you’ll be glad to hear that tight pleats are still the thing to wear. Lilacs, light blues and silvers are all popular with evening and day wear, as are pinks, bright red and beiges. There’s nothing wrong with a little experimentation regarding pleats, and if you would like some inspiration, here are some excellent pleated skirt ideas to view.
  • Tie Dye – This 60’s fashion has gone full circle and bright yellows and turquoises, great for those hot days on the beach. Chic patterns that are bold and contrasting, and of course, it looks much nicer with a deep tan and silver jewellery.

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  • Flat Shoes – As with last year, those flat and fancy shoes are still trending, especially for beachwear, and coloured bows add a touch of contrast. Leather sandals will be on display on all the major catwalks this summer. A perfect companion to that beach-battered look just make sure that yours are comfortable to wear, and braids can be added for some extra colour.
  • Fringing is Back – Those adorable rawhide fringes are back in fashion, and suede is the perfect fabric, and can be worn on those cowboy boots and also on certain jackets up to the elbow. Bags can be fringed, which adds depth to any look, and make sure you don’t overdo it with fringes, as it can detract from the look you are trying to create.

There are great bargains to be had with summer designer dresses from an online boutique, and with the above tips, you can plan your outfits ahead of time and make some heads turn. Choose your colours wisely, and stock up on bright costume jewellery to complement your outfits, and this summer will see you nailing your design choices. The Internet is a great source of inspiration for anything, especially fashion concepts, and by choosing a look that matches your personality, you will be self-confident of your fashion choices.

THRIFTY FASHION for summer – Sustainable Style

It’s been a while since I shared some of my thrifty fashion finds. As the weather has been sunny, it has made me start to think about what I’ll be wearing this summer! I make no secret that I love to charity shop, and I’ve had some fabulous purchases recently. You can read more about my charity shopping tips here.

I have not owned a decent pair of denim shorts since the pair I owned as a teenager which I wore until they literally fell to bits! I have been looking to replace them ever since, but I’ve never found a pair which fit quite right. This week I finally found a super pair, which are perfect! They’re The White Company, and I found them in a Cancer Research Shop for around £6!

I think a lot of people shun t-shirts and vests at charity shops as they’re such a cheap thing to buy new. But, I’m buying second hand for environmental reasons, so I’ll happily look through all the things!

Every summer, I wear cardigans to help with the changeable British weather! But sometimes a jacket works with an outfit slightly better. I gave my favourite jacket away last summer, as it didn’t suit me anymore. Imagine my delight when I found a casual Monsoon linen jacket on a 50p rail! It is perfect with a dress or teamed with my new to me denim shorts! It’s so light that it’s almost a shirt, and I love the handkerchief style front, though I may need a brooch to secure it on days when it’s windy!

I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a pair of sandals, I know people have mixed views on second hand shoes, but I have to admit that when I buy them they always look unworn. Often with sale stickers still stuck on them.

Should I pack a Swimsuit or Bikini?

With last week being so sunny, my thoughts have well and truly turned to summer! I couldn’t help but start planning our holidays! Last year we spent our holidays in France and Spain, and the holiday was split between beach and pool. Most days we spent the day at the beach, then ended up having a dip in the pool before dinner. Essentially our holiday packing included plenty of good beach and swimwear!

Swimsuit or a Bikini?

Every year I try to pack practical swimwear for use in the pool and a couple of bikinis to wear at the beach. I used to worry, should I wear a swimsuit or a bikini? But now, I know I need both! I choose both as I like having the versatility of different options to wear. Also, I don’t want to contaminate the pool with sand from the beach!

This year, I’ve already been shopping for swimwear thanks to UK Swimwear. I’ve spent quite a lot of time looking at sports bikinis. I love the Gottex Profile Sport collection, my favourite the Cosmos Bikini would be great for aqua-aerobics too! But I settled on a Speedo Swimsuit, in a brightly coloured pattern which screams summer fun!

The LavaFlow Digital Powerback is a high cut swim suit made in a lightweight fabric which is quick drying. The fit is great, although I must admit it fits a little smaller, so if you’re between sizes I’d go up a size. I love the fit of the suit, the high leg is quite flattering on my thighs and it really does look great on! I will be wearing this to while I swim for fitness not just on holiday!

Why spend on a bikini?

When I was younger I used to gasp at the cost of a bikini, and always look for a cheaper alternative. The problem was the inevitably the bikinis were unlined, un-supportive, and not made to do anymore than look good poolside. Invest in a good, well fitting bikini and you will be comfortable, supported and able to swim in it too! I’m a huge fan of Moontide bikinis, they’ve been my go to brand for many years. They seem to fit my figure well, especially on the bottom! I opted for the Moontide Cruise Versailles Braided Bandeau Bikini as the pattern is striking, and I love a bandeau style!

The bikini top can be worn strapless, or as a halter neck. If you have children who love to cling onto you while you swim, that halter neck strap is essential! The bikini top is comfortable, and generously sized. I think the pattern is so pretty, and it goes well with all my accessories!

So, I’ll be packing both swimsuits and bikinis this summer! I think they are both essential as part of my holiday wardrobe. Do you prefer bikinis or swimsuits?

Buying Leather Shoes? Read this…

Have you ever considered how your leather shoes, or bags are tanned?

You may have heard companies using phrases like “chrome-free” leather. I had no idea until I started to investigate, that chrome may be used in the tanning process of leather. Actually, I had very little clue about how leather is produced at all.

What’s the alternative to chrome?

Vegetable tanning is a “chromium-free” way to tan leather,without using harmful chemicals. The process uses natural tannins found in bark, wood and plants to turn animal skin into leather. Vegetable tanning doesn’t subject workers to high levels of toxic chemicals, and those chemicals are not then carried into the supply chain.

Why don’t all shoe manufacturers use vegetable tanning?

The Vegetable tanning process can apparently take up to 12 months! This long tanning process inevitably has a cost implication when the leather reaches retailer. It also uses more water than chemical methods of tanning. BUT the water is not polluted so when it is put back into a river there is no damage to the environment, unlike with chemical tanning processes where the water is heavily polluted.

I know many people who were shocked by the Stacey Dooley Investigates programme on fashion last year. It really was an eye opener just how badly the planet is being polluted by our desire for fast, cheap fashion. So we do all need to start thinking about what we are buying.

I think the real beauty of vegetable tanned leather, is each piece is unique. Colours will be very subtly different. So, it’s good for the worker, good for the environment and looks good too!

Another Way…

I joined in with #FreeTheShoes over on Instagram this weekend. A protest organised by shoe manufacturer Po-Zu – who I’m a great fan of. They are appealing this week, during London Fashion Week for more to be done to ensure shoes are made using ethical processes. Po-Zu are going to be 100% Vegan from A/W-19, using sustainable materials such as Pinatex. Having just got my first pair of Pinatex shoes, I think I am prepared the admit that maybe there are great alternatives to leather.

It’s not always easy to know how fashion has been produced, and I think fashion brands have a responsibility to be more transparent. I have to be honest and say it’s kids shoes I really struggle with. I love the Po-Zu Star Wars kids shoes but I really need suggestions of brands who produce school shoes in an eco-friendly way. That’s my research for the week planned…

A Guide to Choosing the Right Shoe Colour for that Special Event

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If you are planning your outfit for the prom, or another equally important social get-together, your choice of shoes will either make or break the look you are trying to create. Of course, your outfit very much depends on the type of event you are going to attend – a prom or a special birthday party, or even a business dinner – and it is advisable to leave your shoe selection until you have decided which dress to wear.

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Why I buy second-hand clothing.

While many people buy from online selling sites, there is still a stigma attached to buying “second hand”. I can’t help but wonder why this stigma exists? There are so many barely worn or even new items in the second-hand market.

Second Hand

These Kids DM Boots were bought from a local Hospice shop, they’re like new!

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