Monday, 28 July 2014

New Outfit Post - Tailoring A Maxi

How gorgeous is this weather?!!  I've really felt like I was on holiday over the weekend with spending time in the garden & taking some time out to get lost in a book - pure bliss!

Trying something a bit new today & teaming this simple casual t-shirt maxi dress from ASOS with my striped blazer from Gap, which fingers crossed won't be on for too long!!

Blazer - Gap
Necklace - Handmade
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Dress - ASOS
Bag - Boden
Sandals - Zara

Tailoring A Maxi Dress

Leather Cuff - Mango £9.99
Sandals - Mango Now £29.99

Not sure why I've not thought of teaming a maxi dress with a blazer before....probably something to do with the fact I wait until the weather is boiling to wear a maxi dress but now I've realised I can team them with a blazer instead of just a denim jacket there's going to be no stopping me!!!!  You have been warned ;-)

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Holiday Essential & WIWT

Now I don't know about you but my thoughts are firmly on summer holidays (less than two weeks & counting!!!!) & one must have is a stylish beach bag.  One that's big enough to hold all the family's essentials but doesn't compromise on style so not too much to ask!!!  Plus of course not too girly so hubby & son are happy to carry said bag, which of course rules out any pink flowery numbers in this household, leopard print I can just about get away with ;-)

So here's a round up of the ones currently on the high street that are tempting me to click the button.

First up is this lovely dip dye bag from Accessorize.  I love the colour, which is very neutral & for us the darker bottom is quite handy for disguising when said bag gets wet from water trickling from pool & somehow finding a trail to your belongings.....of course this might just be me but no matter where we sit/put said bag it always gets wet by the end of the day!

Although this next bag from Accessorize is totally calling to me.  A bit of bling to keep my inner magpie happy but still neutral enough to be carried by hubby & son.  Plus it's neutral colours mean no matter what colour your beach attire it's going to go.  In fact this is a real classic for summer, one that's never going to date & it's in the sale too, so be quick if you're tempted!!!

Another timeless design is this bandana chambray number from Gap.  This would look so stunning teamed with a simple white beach dress & panama & again isn't too feminine.  Plus it would make a great family day out bag or even shopping bag when back home too.

Of course we all know you can never have enough stripes in your wardrobe, again a great classic & perfect for being carried by both sexes without the male members of you family feeling as if they're unleashing their inner Louie Spence!!!  So this Gap one is perfect & I love the leather handles.

Or this striped number from John Lewis which has a handy matching zipped purse, just perfect for storing loose change & your hotel key.  The fact that it comes attached to the bag is genius as we (well when I say we I mean the males in my life!!!) are always 'loosing' our key/wallet & it usually results in a declaration that said key/wallet is no where to be found until they tip entire contents of beach bag out onto sun lounger!!! 

Another beach bag classic that's great for doubling up for shopping once back home is a straw basket or tote. I'm totally loving this one from ASOS looks great & has extra long leather straps meaning the beach towels could be balanced on top!

If you prefer a hand held basket then how about this one from H&M, which would also be perfect to double up as your travel bag not to mention the supermarket run for the essential water & biscuits for keeping in your hotel room.

Another favourite for me when looking for a beach bag is metallics.  Although it has to be said the ones I usually like are just to expensive to be used as a beach bag but they're great neutrals that I still look at them longingly.  Although this first one from Mango is a great price & may just need some further investigating!!!

I'm loving the look of this Warehouse leather shopper too but at £75 I think I'd want a sun lounger & parasol just for the beach bag to protect it from any damage!!! Although having said that I bet it's the sort of bag that with a bit of wear & use would probably get better with age.

But with this H&M shopper if it only lasted the one year I wouldn't be too disappointed as it's such a great price.

Something a little bit different with this next metallic one might be going a step too far if I'm hoping son & hubby will carry it.

Unleashing the boho vibe with this lovely one from New Look.

Or how about this long strapped number also from New Look.

Or how about this one from Topshop.  The fact that it's called a 'luggage bag' has got me thinking that maybe even the beach towels would fit in, as I don't know about you but I struggle to find a bag that holds all our books, sunglasses, suncreams, water, snacks, bats & balls, iPods not to mention suncreams.

Or for something a little less busy then Topshop also do this one.

Finally what about this colourful one also from Topshop.  The design reminds me of decorative tiles that you often seen on your travels abroad & is just that little bit different to your standard beach bag.

Finishing with what I'm wearing today.

Top - Zara
Bracelets - Banana Republic 
Bag - Boden
Jeans - Zara
Ballet Pumps - Bought in Majorca

Red & White

Jeans - Boden £49
Ballet Pumps - Mango Now £19.99

So are you on the look out for a new beach bag or have you got an old faithful?  Perhaps you have a couple of bags you take to coordinate with your different pool/beach looks.  Or do you purchase when you're away opting to buy one of the gorgeous baskets that you can generally find abroad & use as a stylish shopping basket once back home?  I'd love to hear what you use.

I'm still tempted by the Accessorize sequinned number & the Mango & Warehouse metallic leather to investigate further!!!!

Enjoy the sunshine & see you in the morning.

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