Monday, 1 September 2014

Keeping It Understated - OOTD

A bit of a wet & grey start to the week today so keeping things simple & understated with my oversized cardigan from Rachel Wears & distressed jeans, which I've dressed up with my black court shoes.

Cardigan - Rachel Wears £135
Top - Zara
Necklace - Handmade
Jeans - Zara
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Court Shoes - Zara


Cardigan - Rachel Wears £135
Jeans - Zara £39.99
Court Shoes - Mango £59.99

So what are you wearing today?  Still clinging onto summer or have you dug out your autumn/winter wardrobe yet?  Apparently the heatwave starts tomorrow!!!

Have a fab Monday.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

My Secret Holiday Packing Tip & My OOTD

So despite only being home from our summer holidays only a week & a half ago, it already seems a lifetime ago & we're already in need of another break!  Needless to say the promises I made to myself whilst reclining on a sun lounger of taking things a lot easier, trying not to be superwoman with my daily to do lists & trying to ignore the phone for half an hour of an afternoon for a power nap - have already flown out the window.....although I'm still going to try & achieve them!

One thing I will be taking with me from this year's holiday for future holidays is something that really worked for me this year & that was to just take one pieces - sundresses/jumpsuits etc for both day & evening.

Now a lot of people have commented that I seemed to take a lot of clothes away with me but I can honestly say that I think this is the lightest I have ever travelled.....hubby was certainly impressed as my pile of clothes was less than either his or our son's!  Plus of course it made deciding what to take so much easier & less time consuming as it was just a matter of choosing which dresses/jumpsuits as opposed to choosing bottoms & then having to decide which tops could be worn with each skirt/pair of trousers etc.  

Also my other packing tip from this holiday is to mainly take neutral clothing - blacks, creams, navys etc & mix with metallics, stud detailing & splashes of colour in the form of shoes, bags & jewellery.

So here's a list of what made it into my suitcase & before you say it I will fully admit I could have done without at least 2 of the dresses I took for evening but because they took up so little room they were easy to slip in!

5 x day dresses
6 x pool dresses
5 x bikinis
1 x pool flip flops
1 x panama hat
1 x jumpsuit
7 x evening dresses
4 x sandals
3 x evening bags
1 x wide studded elasticated belt
Assortment of necklaces & bracelets

Of course the added bonus of packing (relatively) light is that it you have less washing when you get home & more importantly room in the suitcase for that all important holiday shopping!  Well it would be rude not to wouldn't it ;-)  Needless to say I full took advantage of the super savings you can make when shopping in Spain at Zara (the spoils of which I'll share with you in another post) but I also managed to purchase a few unique finds in the local boutiques to, as it's always nice to accessories with a few one off additional that aren't available back home.

Any guesses what colour I'm going with for accessorising for autumn?!!!

Finally here's what I'm wearing for a quiet Sunday.

Shirt - Zara
Bracelet - 
Jeans - Zara
Ballet Pumps - bought in Majorca

Classics With A Spot Of Hot Pink

Shirt - Next £36
Bracelet - Gemini-Woman £23
Jeans - Zara £39.99
Ballet Pumps - Next £22

So what do you think did I pack lightly or did I take far too many pieces?  Perhaps you have a packing tip that you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear how you approach packing & any tips you use for helping choose what to take.

See you in the morning.

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