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Finding a Winter Coat

I’m in a bit of a pickle at the moment. I’ve got three winter coats, but none of them is quite doing the job for me at the moment. The first is a black wool coat that I bought when I worked in an office. It’s decent quality and warm but is a bit too formal to go with my usual mum uniform of jumper, jeans and Converse! The second is a proper Berghaus hiking jacket which is super warm and weatherproof, but a bit too out-doorsy for every day. The last is a gilet, which I absolutely love, and it would be perfect…if only it had arms! I decided to take a look at women’s jackets from Superdry to see if I could find something which covers all of the bases and this is what I found:

Classic Rookie Fishtail Parka Coat

You can’t go wrong with a classic parka and this one looks lovely and cosy, with the fur trim around the hood. . The parka features a hood with detachable faux fur trim, zip and popper fastening, popper cuffs and four external pockets. Inside the coat is fleece lined and has a drawstring adjustable waist

Luxe Super Fuji Mix Jacket

I definitely like the thought of a longer coat – some of the shorter winter coats are what my lovely mother in law would call “bum freezers” and I have to agree. This jacket offers great protection from the elements while looking really neat and stylish.

Kiki Leather Biker Jacket

I’ve been coveting a leather jacket for absolutely ages and this one is a great shape and style. Leather is great for keeping the wind out, and when you spend a lot of time standing in windy playgrounds, that’s a definite bonus. There’s something a bit egdey about a leather biker jacket and I love the fact that you can dress is up or down, depending on your outfit.

SD Girlfriend Sherpa Jacket

I’ve always had a thing for Sherpa jackets and this Superdry one is so cute, with the patches and little details. Obviously, I won’t be copying the model and going bare-midriff underneath it, but I think it could make a really nice, fashionable alternative to a stuffy winter coat.

Which coat do you think you’d choose from Superdry? Leave me a comment below.

How to Make Any Dress Work in Winter

I don’t know about you, but I hate the fact that when the weather changes, half of my wardrobe gets consigned to the archives. I’ve got items of clothing that I love and am super comfortable in, so I love to find ways to make them work all year round. I’ve recently been looking at the Esprit website, given the fact that my favourite maternity jeans of all time were made by the brand. I love the fact that the company makes clothes which aren’t seen everywhere, and are both comfortable and stylish.

Anyway, after spending time lusting after a whole bunch of stylish winter dresses from Esprit I thought I’d share with you some tips on how to style dresses so that they last all year.

Shirt Dress

Esprit makes some stunning shirt dresses which are perfect in the summer as they’re made from a lovely crepe material. However, if you want to make them a part of your all-season wardrobe, pairing them with thick tights (exrta points if you opt for bottle green or mustard, which are SO in style this winter!), leather ankles boots and a buttery-soft leather biker jacket will look amazing and keep you warm, too.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are actually perfect for wearing the the colder weather because you can hide a whole bunch of stuff underneath them! Wear over leggings and a long sleeved t-shirt and then top with a poncho and your boho-chic look goes from summer to winter solstice!

Sequin Dresses

I mean, come on, this one isn’t even difficult. Winter equals Christmas and what’s more festive than sequins?! Sequin dresses are perfect for Christmas parties, and all you need to do is wear flesh coloured tights and a gorgeous pair of platforms to keep your legs warm in the chilly air.

Bodycon

Not gonna lie, I’ve never worn a bodycon dress in my life. Plenty of plus sized women do, and ROCK THEM might I add, but I don’t have the body confidence to do it. I have, however, seen other women wearing bodycon dresses but wearing a different skirt over the top, utilising just the top part. Floaty, metallic pleated skirts are all the rage this season and would look fab over a bodycon dress, also helping to keep you a little warmer!

Evening Dresses

When it comes to formal evening wear, the best thing to do is to think about your layers. You’re not going to want to wear a thermal vest or long johns underneath a beautiful Esprit evening dress, but you can layer OVER one. Faux fur stoles, short jackets and wraps all add an air of luxury to any formal outfit and allow you to stay warm without sacrificing any element of your look.

Do you love wearing your items all year long? Have you got any great tips on making dresses last all year? Please leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Updating Your Summer Wardrobe

summerNow that the hot weather is in full swing, it’s made me realise how very little I have in the way of summer clothes. Husband noticed that I had a zip-tie holding my favourite shirts up the other day, because the button had come off, and that’s a pretty fair description of most of my clothes, so it’s safe to say that I’m desperate for an update to my wardrobe to see me through the rest of the summer.

The first think I need is some summer dresses, like the dresses from esprit; they’re casual yet pretty and perfect for everything from a summer barbecue to doing the school run on a hot day. I love dresses that can be worn casually with flip flops every day, or dressed up with a pair of wedges and a statement necklace for slight more formal occasions.

Obviously, I also need to invest in some new shorts, because the ones being held together by a zip tie just won’t do. I do like to have my legs bare in the summer, because I tend to feel claustrophobic and overheated if I wear trousers, even ones made from light material, so shorts and skirts are the way forward.

I’ve also realised how few summer friendly tops I have. In the winter, I tend to layer up with a t-shirt or vest, followed by a jumper or hoodie and then my coat, but all of my vests are either too clingy for summer or just not really tops that you wear by themselves. I recently invested in a strapless bra, for the first time since I got married 12 years ago, so I’m thinking of looking at some of the funky off-the-shoulder tops that seem to be everywhere at the moment.

Finally, footwear. My lovely sister-in-law bought me a new pair of Havaianas for my birthday back in June and I have about 8 pairs of Birkenstocks, but I think I need to invest in something a bit for formal, like a nice cork wedge so that I’ve got all my bases covered. I’m not a big wearer of heels as I find them uncomfortable, but I could wear wedges all day every day and still feel happy in them!

What are your summer basics? Do you have a summer wardrobe that you bring out every year or do you wear things until they need to held together with zip ties, like me?! Do leave me a comment below!

Creating a Kid’s Wardrobe for Bad Weather

There’s nothing like a sudden-onset Snowmageddon to make me realise how woefully underprepared we are for cold weather. The girls both have decent winter coats, as do Husband and I, but in terms of proper cold weather gear, it’s only Husband who was sorted. Not only does he have water-resistant jeans and gaiters to protect his lower legs, he also has all-weather boots and merino layers for his top half. As you can tell, he spends a lot more time outdoors than the women of this household do!

We went out sledging on Wednesday, and it was so wonderful and fun, but we had to go home after an hour as the cold started to seep in and Sausage’s legs ended up damp after she decided to cheese-roll down a hill! I’ve been looking at kids winter clothes on the internet, in the spirit of being a bit more prepared if more snow turns up and thought I’d share some of my favourite items with you:

Didriksons 1913 Moarri Overall

Aside from the fact that this base layer is SUPER cute, I think both girls could really benefit from a proper thermal base layer to wear when it gets cold. We’ve been layering with wooly tights under their trousers but it’s not very comfortable or practical, so something like this would be properly fit for purpose.

Color Kids Tudo Pants

These fleecy pants would be so much better for outdoor fun, because they’re nice and loose fitting, unlike jeans which can be really restrictive and hard to run around in. These would make an excellent mid-layer over thermals and under a snow suit and the girls would find them super comfortable.

Isbjörn Panda Sweater

As well as being water-repellent, this fleece protects against sharp wind and is a brilliant mid-layer for wearing under waterproofs. Layering like this would give the girls the ability to still move around and either add more layers or take some off, depending on their environment.

Color Kids Klement Overall Children

This waterproof overall would be absolutely perfect for cheeserolling down hills in! The girls could play in the snow for as long as they want witout ever having to worry about getting wet, and the bright colours mean they’re really easy to see on a background of pure white. In fact, I love this overall so much that I wish they also made it in my size!

Sorel Whitney Short Boots

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my very outdoorsy Husband, it’s that good footwear is VERY important. Having the right pair of boots for your environment is basically the most essential part of any outdoor wardrobe, and these snow boots look as though they’d be perfect for the girls. They have a decent sole, are lined with microfleece and are waterproof – ideal for afternoons gadding about in the snow.

Are you regular outdoorsy people? Do you have a favourite selection of clothes that you wear when the temperature plummets? Leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear from you.

How to Stay in Fashion This Winter

We know that sometimes it might turn out to be very difficult to catch up on all the trends following each season. However, to be up to date with the latest trends does not mean necessarily that you need to go over your usual budget reserved for shopping. We all know that fashion changes very often and it is very hard for certain items to resist the passage of time. This is why whenever you are thinking to follow the latest fashion trends, you should focus more on achieving a personal style, which should consist in clothes you feel comfortable in. It may be that you see a certain item on display at various fashion shops and decide to buy it only because of it very trendy this winter.

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However, your decision of buying certain items should not depend mainly on that. Not only may it be that the item you want to buy to be trendy might not be fashionable next winter, there are also high chances that the item might not suit your body proportions. When choosing an item of clothing, the first test that you need to apply to your decision of buying it is the fact that it needs to be suitable for you and to match your taste and personality.

How Can You Adapt Trends to Your Own Personality (and Budget)?

It is said that the first impression is always more important than anything else, as this is the first contact anyone will have with you. The first 10 seconds are crucial for catching the eye and attention of your interlocutors, so making a memorable appearance is highly important. Some people correlate a good impression with fashionable clothes, as wearing the latest trends might mean that you are actually updated with everything new in fashion and have a good budget to invest. Investing in one’s image is actually important, however, buying expensive clothes is not always the case.

There are designers who support the idea that some fashion items are so expensive that you are not actually buying the material of the clothing piece or the design behind it, but the brand itself. Even if they work in this industry, some of them strongly disagree with the idea that an item’s price should be influenced only by the brand that created that item. Moreover, one of our society’s biggest issue is mass-consumption and clothes are on the top list of industries, which are pushed up to the extreme by the not so well-founded trend of buying many clothes. The same happens when results won’t show up if you keep playing the same game at maria.com casino and see you don’t have any luck – you might need to simply take a break or try another game that suits you better.

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Investing on Clothes This Winter

Buying a huge volume of clothes and change them every season just because they grew out of fashion the following year is irrational and supports one of the industry’s most acute problems mentioned earlier. Instead, you should focus on some pieces which are a statement for this winter and which will help you be fashion no matter the season:

  • Although some of us considered them out of fashion already, the fashion designers seem to have re-invented them and placing them in the current fashion. Moreover, they are a cosy and warm alternative to the traditional tights, which is one more reason to have them.
  • Overcoats with navy pattern. An elegant overcoat is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe, for the more elegant choices when you need something on top to keep you warm. Also, the navy pattern is in fashion for some time now and seems to be staying for a while.

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  • 90’ platform boots. These boots have made an extraordinary comeback in fashion and they are becoming a classical model already.
  • In case you already have one at home, you can actually combine it with a dress on top and re-create a brand new look for this winter. Be careful with your proportions and make sure that everything you put on is suited to your body and personality.

Do I Need to Buy New Clothes Every Season?

All in all, wearing all the fashion trends which are circulating every season is not an ideal solution. What you could do instead is to invest in some classical items, which you can combine with other items in your wardrobe and manage to have some spectacular looks. You can try with some of the fashion trends for this winter presented above. Happy shopping!

Cosy Autumn Fashion & Celebs Who Are Rocking It

Although Summer is by far my favourite season, one thing I love about Autumn and Winter is the fashion. Cosy knitted jumpers, jeans and boots are basically my winter uniform, and I’m also a huge fan of oversized knitted dresses which I can team with tights and boots too. I spend a lot of time in and out of the car on a normal day, doing school and nursery runs, gym drop-offs, shopping and all the other errands I run during the day so I tend to wear a padded gilet rather than a full coat as it’s more comfy to drive in and layering high-quality knitwear underneath is a must for keeping my arms warm!

I was thinking about all the celebrity looks that I love for the AW17 season (as well as the state of fashion executive recruitment in 2018) and I thought I’d share a few of them with you for your own inspiration:

Emma StoneEmma Stone Looking Cosy

I’m a huge fan of Emma Stone’s style – she keeps things chic and simple, choosing a jumper with a bold asymmetric print and teams with classic blue jeans and black ankle boots. The camel coat looks amazing on her, especially with her colouring, and the whole outfit looks casual and cosy without sacrificing style.

Katy HolmesKaty Holmes Looking Cosy

Katy Holmes has always had what I would describe as a proper ‘grown up’ sense of style. Her clothes look practical and cosy (apart from the shoes – the tops of my feet feel cold just looking at her!) and on anyone else they might look pretty basic but somehow she makes them pop. I love the combination of knitwear with a leather jacket for the combinations of fabrics and textures.

Lily CollinsLily Collins Looking Cosy

Lily Collins is basically wearing what I spend most of winter and autumn in, here! Large chunky jumpers, skinny jeans and slouchy boots – it’s a personal fave which can be switched up by choosing different colours or difference types of knitwear. Lily has kept it simple, but I also find adding a necklace or bracelets takes the look to the next level.

Olivia PalermoOlivia Palermo Looking Cosy

Given the fact that I was a HUGE fan of The Hills and was OBVIOUSLY #TeamLauren, I find it hard giving props to Olivia Palermo as we ALLLL know what a cow she was to our beloved Lauren, but there’s no denying that she has an incredible sense of style. She always looks sleek and ‘put together’, even when rocking a winter outfit and I absolutely love the button detailing on her military-style trousers, adding a bit of bling to an otherwise low-key look.The addition of the faux fur proves you don’t have to sacrifice style to be cosy.

Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyRosie Huntington-Whiteley Looking Cosy

I’m a HUUUGE fan of greys and monochrome looks at the moment, grey is basically MY colour (is it even a colour, though?) so this outfit is really appealing to me. I love the fact that Rosie’s sleeves are long and oversized, letting them peek out of the bottom of her coats sleeves and ripped black jeans are LIFE.

Which celebrity’s style are you loving at the moment? Leave me a comment below!

 

Hot Items to Wear this Fall

The leaves are turning, the weather’s cooler, and it’s time to break out the sweaters. This season, don’t wear the same stuffy pullovers that have collected moth holes over the last year. It’s time to update your wardrobe with this season’s latest trends. Designers combined comfort and cool this year with a diverse array of textures, silhouettes, and colors. Whether you want overhaul your whole look or you want to add a few statement pieces, these are the latest trends in fall fashion.

Fall Florals

Florals aren’t just for spring this year. From scarlet roses to purple chrysanthemums, this season’s florals come in dark, broody, and romantic colors. Rich hues and jewel tones blossomed over the runways and onto dresses, skirts, blouses, coats, and shoes. They’re budding on every piece of clothing as designers turn to nature for inspiration. Give your usual look a twist with a floral-embroidered leather jacket.

Boots of All Shapes

Boots are a staple for any fall and winter wardrobe. This season’s boots come in all shapes, styles, and colors. From slim over-the-knee boots to discrete ankle boots, you can find a pair for any look. Leather isn’t the only kind of boot to wear this year. Try suede, silk, velvet, embroidered, and knit fabrics this season.

Old West

This rustic style is more than just cowboy boots and daisy dukes. This style harkens to the 1970’s with tweed coats, turquoise jewelry, and big-buckled belts. Ditch the boho-chic look in favor this type of earthy style. The casual-cool look of corduroy, cowhide, and patchwork fabrics make this look as retro as it is whimsical. Whether you’re a southern belle or an urban cowgirl, a few rustic pieces will give your style a sentimental touch. You can shop in-store or find real classics online on Ebay and Etsy.

A Coat of Many Colors

Forgo the traditional pea coat for bold faux furs and shoulder pads. Statement coats are a must-have this season, and there’s one to suit every style. Pop a velvet blazer over a simple tee, or throw on an embroidered jean jacket over a silk dress. Be bold with vibrant faux furs or go classic with textured tweed. Pick out just one statement coat you can wear with almost anything, any time.

Embroidery

Embroidery was a huge trend in the spring, and it’s found its way into the fall. Embroidery is the delicate, feminine contrast to the structured, ultra-modern looks that also are also in style this season. Find embroidery on everything, including coats, jeans, blouses, skirts, and shoes. Find blooms, birds, butterflies, and more stitched into this season’s clothes.

Velvet

Velvet is a popular fabric this season. It has a beautiful texture that you can find in hats, scarves, coats, dresses, and more. Keep a velvet dress from Lulu’s in your closet that you can wear on a night out, whether it’s for date night or cocktails with the girls.

The Tuxedo

Add a masculine touch to your look with a simple tuxedo jacket. The tuxedo jacket is the perfect addition to your wardrobe that you can wear for any casual to semi-formal event. Dress it down with a pair of denim jeans or dress it up with wide-legged trousers.

Pajamas

Yes, it’s now socially acceptable to wear your pajamas outdoors. Leave the Juicy Couture sweats at home and opt for silky, luxurious pajamas. Silk button-down pajama shirts and matching trousers keep you comfy, and you can dress it up with a pair of heels or dress it down with velvet loafers. You can also mix and match your favorite pajama shirt with a pair of jeans for a cool-girl look.

Statement Jewelry

Upgrade your jeans and t-shirt with bold accessories. Earrings dangle at shoulder-length, hats come in all shapes, and rectangle sunglasses have made a comeback. Find your perfect statement watch in a variety of styles, from rose gold chains to classic leather and chronograph watches. Get creative with your accessories, and turn your outfit from drab to fab.

Whether you want to add a few modern pieces to your wardrobe or you want stand out in a crowd, you’ll turn heads with this season’s fashions.

Accessorize in Style: How to Make Your Winter Wardrobe Go from Drab to Fab

Do you think you have to spend a fortune in order to look stylish? Please think again. With the right selection of accessories, anyone can give their wardrobe a much-needed boost. In the name of budget conscious fashionistas everywhere, we are pleased to present a few tricks and tips to add life and interest to your outfits.

Switch up that little black dress

Every girl’s got to have at least one perfect ‘little black dress’ that she can dress up or down any way she likes. Timeless and sleek, your own little black dress can be dressed up with splashes of color via colorful shoes, wrists rife with bangles, and a fabulous tote bag. Dress it down French Riviera style with a printed scarf, sassy espadrille wedges, a cross-body bag, and cat-eye sunglasses, recommend fashion experts at Glamour magazine.

Go for the unexpected

Most girls, when donning a pretty party dress, opt for uncomfortable heels that flatter their legs. Be as bold as you want to be when you pull on a pair of high-end industrial moto boots instead. Heavy lug sole boots can be a surprising fashion accessory, especially when you add flirty boot socks from The Boot Cuff Store.

Never be afraid to shop in any store. Pop into a cheesy mall teen boutique as easily as you would Neiman Marcus, and you’re bound to find all sorts of accessories that work with your oh-so unique style sense. Resale shops, consignment stores, and decidedly un-classy stores like TJ Maxx and Forever 21 offer items that you won’t see on runways yet somehow work perfectly with your wardrobe, advise fashion mavens at Stylecaster magazine.

Go with your own taste, but add a twist that nobody expects. Scrunch long sleeves up your arm, and unbutton one more button. Tuck your boyfriend’s shirt into your most distressed skinny jeans, and wear sneakers to a party where every other girl is barely balancing on stiletto heels. Break the fashion rules, but do so with subtlety. Move with confidence, not arrogance, and for goodness sake, offer an authentic smile every chance you get.

Forget about labels and wear what you like

Any woman who believes that a designer label makes her cool misses the point entirely. Don’t work too hard to be stylish, and always let yourself be a little less ‘done’ than the other women you hang out with. Style is a state of mind, after all. If those super-pricey, red-soled Jimmy Choos pinch your toes and make you wobble when you walk, that is not cool. Wearing a pair of super clunky, uber comfortable combat boots and boot cuffs with your frilly party dress is.

When it comes to style, imagination, and the guts to pull it off matter so much more than anything fashion magazines purport. Wear garments that fit well, keep your clothes in good repair, and don’t be afraid to mix and match items you’ve never worn together before.

 

Rebuilding My Wardrobe

wardrobeSince making changes to my diet and activity levels, I’ve not only lost weight but also changed shape (although the summer holidays has done a good job of undoing some of that, unfortunately!), which means that there’s a LOT of stuff in my wardrobe which no longer fits me. There are a few bits which I’ll hang onto, like t-shirts which still look okay, just a little looser than before, but so much stuff is now too big that I need to have a major overhaul of my wardrobe. I thought I’d tackle it bit by bit and focus on main areas which need replacing:

Jeans

While I don’t want to invest too much money on expensive jeans before I’ve hit my target weight, there’s little more unflattering than ill-fitting jeans, so this is something I’ll need to replace sooner rather than later. It’ll be a while before I go for Levis or something with a label, but a few pairs from a High Street store should see me through the winter.

Nightwear

Being a co-sleeping Mama means that nightwear is a priority, especially with winter coming – I cannot BEGIN to tell you how often I get woken up by my own shivering because a duvet-hogging toddler has left me without a cover! I like to wear high-quality nightwear such as soft jersey pyjamas which will keep me warm but allow me to also breathe.

Undies

Being a big-busted lady means that I’m all too aware of the importance of a good bra, and changing shape has meant that many of my old bras are now too big around the band. My bras are generally expensive, no matter where I buy them from, but it’s something that I need to just suck up and deal with so that I can maintain good support.

Basics

This is a pretty general category, but I tend to keep a lot of basics like plain vests and t-shirts which I can use to layer up in the colder months. Being in and out of the car all day means that I HATE wearing coats and thick clothes, so wearing a few thinner layers keeps me warm without making me feel too bulky and uncomfortable. Most of my current basics are either too big or have holes/bleach stains on them (hands up who else ruins EVERYTHING whilst cleaning?!) so replacing them is something that I need to do on a fairly regular basis.

Woollies

I do love a good woolly, and as I said above, they’re an Autumn/Winter staple for me so that I can use them for layering. As with jeans, ill-fitting woollies can be super unflattering (I threw a jumper away in 2013 purely because it clung in ALL the wrong places and I got asked three times if I was pregnant while wearing it!), so I need to invest in some jumpers and cardies in smaller sizes now.

Choosing New Bras with Simply Be

It has to be said, I’m not very good at shopping. Being uncomfortable about my size means that shopping for clothes is rarely a pleasure and I often come away from shops unhappy with having tried on a bunch of stuff that doesn’t fit properly or look right on me. One thing that I’ve ALWAYS made sure I spend money on, though, is underwear. Having a massive bust means that buying proper bras is an absolute necessity, especially if I want to avoid back problems and shoulder pain. My bust is also an area which isn’t really affected by my weight; even at my biggest and smallest, my cup size has barely changed, although my band size has recently got smaller with my weight loss.

Just recently, I’ve been doing some online browsing to find new undies, and I’ve noticed that there are some really fun, sexy styles out there at the moment. For years, it seemed as though anyone over a certain size was confined to really frumpy bra styles, but things have come along leaps and bounds and suddenly everything is far more fun! Here are a few of my favourites:

FIGLEAVES CURVE PEARL FRONT FASTENER PLUNGE BRA

I absolutely love the look of harness bras, and although they might not be hugely practical, they definitely look good. Lots of my friends have separate harnesses that they attach to any bra, but I love the fact that this bra has one attached already. The matching knickers are really pretty too!

FIGLEAVES CRISS CROSS BIKINI TOP

Okay, so technically this one isn’t a bra, it’s a bikini, but just look how pretty it is! I adore the colour, I adore the shape of the cup and I adore the pretty straps. It’s absolutely gorgeous and as soon as I;m confident enough to wear a bikini again, I’ll be choosing something just like this.

THE FLORAL TATTOO BALCONY BRA

This bra does a stunning job of proving that white underwear doesn’t have to be boring! The delicate flowers across the cups are embroidered and the combination of the rose-gold accents and the small keyhole detail on the front make this style look smoking hot!

PRETTY SECRETS IVY LACE CAMI BRA BLACK

I’m no prude, but when you have a big chest you have no choice but to show your cleavage even a bit, unless everything you wear has a roll-neck! I absolutely love the lace detailing across the tops of the cups on this style, which you could wear under almost anything and you’d get an extra bit of modesty in the bargain – plus, a little bit of lace peeking out always looks pretty!

PRETTY SECRETS NAVY FLORAL PIPPA HIGH NECK PRINTED LACE BALCONY BRA

Another style which would keep the girls well and truly in-check is this high-neck style from Pretty Secrets. It’s probably both the sturdiest AND the prettiest bra I’ve seen in a long time, a combination which rarely ever goes together. I really, really love this bra!