Spring is in the air, and some beautiful Birthday blooms have been my inspiration over the past few days. It’s amazing the difference a bunch of flowers can make to your mood. That, and an obscene amount of Nutella pancakes. Vibrant, bold basics are definitely the order of the day, mixing in a decent dose of layering for some all important extra warmth. Anything that has even a hint of sunshine seems to brighten things up, so I’m going all out this weekend with wall-to-wall wardrobe colour.
The Dressing Room have done it again, perfecting the most luxe, striking and simplest staple pieces. Already a huge fan of Becksondergaard scarves, I am loving these bird print pretties. The Dressing Room’s treasure trove is all so gorgeously wearable. Here are a few of my favourite laid-back SS14 looks currently taking centre stage…
1. American Vintage Massachusetts Tank – Plum; American Vintage Massachusetts Long Sleeve Tee – Pebble Melange; Becksondergaard H Parrot Crowd Scarf – Electric Coral; Tokyo Jane Bangle.
2. American Vintage Jacksonville Short Sleeve Tee – Oasis.
3. American Vintage Massachusetts Long Sleeve Tee – Dahlia; American Vintage Jacksonville Long Sleeved Tee – Crystal.
4. American Vintage Jacksonville Short Sleeve Tee – Wisteria; American Vintage Massachusetts Tank – Agate; Becksondergaard H Flamingo Scarf – Soft Citrus
Last week’s mini me must-haves were from Swedish clothing company me&i. As well as cool clobber for little ones, they also do design-savvy work and casual womenswear. The range encompasses dresses, tunics, tops, trousers and underwear and is all about the importance of versatility. I’ve been searching out a soft yet smart wrap top, so when approached to sample their collection I happily trialled the Foldover Cardigan With Pleats.
Striking the perfect balance between comfy and stylish, this cardi in particular could see you through pregnancy as well. I paired it with Topshop Mottled Floral Flock Trousers, a steal at just £28.
Meeting Mama needs, this top is a super flattering style trick. It’s all about the multi-tasking, and I often find myself mixing up outfits as the day rapidly switches from school gate to work or social life. As a result I absolutely love layering up, and can see my new wrap buddy becoming the perfect wardrobe addition.
I’m in chic company too, as the lovely Vicki over at Mummy’s Got Style will soon be joining me in the me&i blog love with her Fashion Friday review of their Blossom Foldover Dress.
See the rest of the me&i womenswear range here.
This morning’s glorious sunshine has me dreaming of Summer, and wishing the last few wintry days (or months) away. Even L has noticed a seasonal change, stopping to point out flowers on the school run yesterday. I had to let her down gently though, when she asked to get the paddling pool out this weekend. The North Sea would probably be warmer.
We are however hitting the waves in March, as we take a trip to Center Parcs. A lovely family break complete with my parents in the lodge next door, I’m hoping for a few trips to the spa. Plus, as the main pool is inside an enormous greenhouse-style dome, I can easily pretend we’re in a tropical paradise. Perfect prep for a Summer holiday.
Talking of which, Lilylola Beachwear Boutique recently caught my eye with their gorgeous jewelled sandals, woven beach bags and stunning designer swimsuits. An exclusive swimwear and beachwear boutique, they source their unique collections from all over the globe. There are embroidered Italian cossies, delicately detailed sandals and classic cover-ups to behold in the latest SS14 range. One of their stylish swimsuits will definitely be sneaking its way into my suitcase in a few weeks time.
In my sun fuelled excitement I’m forgetting it’s actually still only February. So, to turn up the temperature even further, it felt fitting to do a Friday five wishlist of all the Lilylola beauties I’m lusting after…
1. Emanuela Caruso Pink Toe Gem Sandal
2. Ondademar Metallic Beach Bag
3. Nicole Olivier Floral Print Monokini
4. Emanuela Caruso Turquoise Jewel Sandal
5. PilyQ Brynn Maxi Dress
Browse more beautiful beachwear over at www.lilylola.com.
Swedish brand me&i are this week’s mini me find. Boasting bright colours and super soft fabrics, my two were lucky enough to sample their kids range recently. The togs we were sent included Crown Leggings for Lyla, and a T-Rex T-Shirt for Mr T which has been worn three days in a row. Made from durable cotton, I’m really impressed with both the look and feel of me&i’s kidswear. Ideal to share between siblings who grow too quickly, most items are also unisex.
Founded in 2004, me&i was created by Susan Engvall and Helene Nyrell, from their homes in Barsebäck, Southern Sweden. Available in five countries, me&i launches new pieces twice a year- one kids’ collection and one women’s collection. The women’s collection strikes the perfect balance between chic, smart workwear and comfy weekend loungewear. More to come on that next week…
In the meantime, today I’ll be trying to remove Theo’s new favourite top for washing purposes. I have enough trouble taking off his dinosaur wellies before bed. Talk about putting the T into T-Rex.
L wears Crown Leggings, £18.
T wears T-Rex T-Shirt, £15.
See more me&i kidswear here.
My birthday is next weekend, the big 30. To mark it, I’ve secured a new Mulberry and a day out with my sister for some sacred sibling time. As last year’s present was a baby bash from Theo and an NHS nose job, to be honest, a Lidl carrier bag would be an improvement.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that since she became Aunty Sally, I rarely get her to myself for more than five minutes. Such is Sal’s popularity that it may even be a struggle to get on the train without a surprise stowaway. Same goes for my brother, although I’m not sure a day trekking round Topshop is really his thing.
Ever since my babies arrived, bikinis and I have fallen out in a big way. Despite bathing in Bio Oil and various other lotions during pregnancy, I still fell victim to the stretch mark curse. Feeling pretty smug up ’til 39 weeks, they arrived practically overnight. Helpfully pointed out by a rather over-enthusiastic midwife, it was such a glamorous time. Yeah they’re a baby badge of honour, a constant reminder of how amazing the human body is. But, in all honesty they can hit confidence hard.
Like most style issues, I’m a big believer in the art of illusion. If you can’t see them, they ain’t there. And skincare aside- pre-pregnancy I’m not sure I ever felt my best in a two-piece, constantly tugging at the top or bottoms and re-arranging various wobbly bits. My new swimsuit obsession however, is a confidence trick to behold. Online boutique Beachcafe.com have an amazing array of cut-out, tummy tucking swimming cossies- they feel fantastic on and, hide a multitude of sins. Beach Cafe also do a specialist fitting service, should you be unsure of what may suit and compliment your figure.
I’d never seen beachwear as an investment item before, but these beauties are definitely worth saving for. The feel of their luxe fabric and va-va-voom fit make mini-breaks, holidays abroad and family swimming sessions so much more sophis.
No need to dread the poolside with one of these bathers in your bag…
From left to right- L *Space Free Love Swimsuit, L *Space Portofino Swimsuit and JETS by Jessika Allen Flamingo Swimsuit.
It never ceases to amaze how far up the wall Theo can fling yoghurt or cereal. He’s also a big fan of firing toys at furniture. Luckily, our carpet disguises Rice Krispies very well, although I’m always on the look out for more (un-bashed) homeware.
Those lovely people at Loaf recently brought out a brand new boho line, inspired by their craftsmen in India. The range consists of textured, sumptuous fabrics sent from Jodhpur, Varanasi and Jaipur. I particularly love the luxury piece dyed Needful Cushions, made from linen with contrasting blanket stitch details around the edge. The Padma Ottoman would look gorgeous upstairs or down; a dyed, woven and hand embroidered piece perfect for extra storage space. This would double up as one super stylish toy chest or blanket box.
1. Needful Cushions
2. Padma Ottoman
3. Lekker Lamp
Add in a white metal Lekker Lamp, beautifully hand beaten for extra effect. Mr T definitely knows a thing or two about that.
Visit Loaf and view their Meet The Makers page here.