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SPRING EDIT

15 Mar

Snow’s over and Spring is definitely on the horizon, judging by all the pretty little flowers popping up everywhere anyway. I am still wearing my duvet coat for the school run so Spring is definitely not quite in the air yet. However I am more than fed up with winter fashion and my attention is definitely now on what’s trending for Spring Summer. I am totally over anything chunky, grey or black.

I love Spring, it’s definitely the prettiest season. This is not only evident in all the spring blossoms, daffodils and tulips, pretty pinks. Forals and lavender are also being injected into this seasons new collections. Everyday I have something new popping up in my inbox. My favourite high street stores are currently & Other Stories and H&M and their Spring, Summer edit has not failed to impress. H&M specifically (who seemed to nail AW17. Did anyone else find themselves buying so much from H&M over winter?) Florals and pinks aside, there are also quite a few lovely red pieces at H&M this season. Not bright red, which i’m not really a fan of unless on a lip or nail, but a more subtle orangy-red, or toned down with white embroidery. There is also a rather lovely long line trench, that comes in red, navy or dogtooth. It really reminds me of my beautiful Lucie trench by Acne I got for my birthday last year. (No style-statement in comparison, or in terms of quality or design, but at £39.99 it’s a really affordable alternative.)

A few other styles I have recently spotted, some I have already purchased in anticipations for warmer days. This ruffle summer knit from Other Stories was love at first sight. I have a feeling this will be on rotation with cropped denim and midi skirts all summer long. I am also in love with anything Three Graces.

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KNITWEAR EDIT

16 Nov

Do any other bloggers out there sometimes feel like they just can’t be bothered with it? Well that’s been me the past few months. Blogging is not my main job, it’s more of a hobby for me, and so there is never a real sense of urgency about any of it. And there is always something else that needs doing at work or at home. Thank goodness for instagram – I guess as a blogger it’s the quick snap shot, visual version?  However, there’s nothing like a new discovery to re-kindle that blogging flame. (As they say.)

I recently discovered Canva and I’m now obsessed. I always assumed you needed photoshop to create one of those mood board things? Anyway, point is, now I know how to do it to it’s got me hooked. I have already put together several different boards all lined up and ready to post. So lets start with knitwear, seeing as it’s that time of year and you can never have too much.

I love chunky knitwear and have a wardrobe full of jumpers, cardigans and cashmere. They go with everything and make dressing on cold winter mornings easy. One thing I hate is to be cold. I am also not so good at putting together looks or layering when under pressure. What’s also so great about knitwear is that it can be dressed up or down. My go-to festive look is a sequinned or metallic midi skirt and a grey v neck jumper with some statement earrings. I recently purchased a great v-neck in grey from H&M. It’s the perfect knit for evenings and comes in lots of other colours, at just £19.99 you can buy more than one. They do say this, and it’s true, if you find something you love buy it in every colour. It’s all very well looking chic but I also need to be comfy.

Here’s some other styles that have recently caught my eye. I especially love the embroidered two-tone sweater for a bit of colour.

From top left:

Zara. Embroidered two tone sweater.

& other stories. Red roll neck jumper.

Mango. Striped contrast sweater.

H&M. Light pink knitted jumper.

COS. Oversized Milano knit roll neck.

Next. Black roll neck sweater.

Earrings here and here.

 

 

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HAIR ACCESSORIES FOR GIRLS

3 May

Who knew actually how impossible it is to find school hair clips? After Easter the girls started at a new school and as a result we had to change all their current green hair clips and bands to blue. Being out of season, i.e April not September, it was impossible to find any in the shops; Thank goodness for Glammrags. An online boutique, run by two London mums, that have all the colours and styles of hairbands, clips and ties you may ever need, including those for school.

Glammrags offer traditional styles as well as more fun accessories, including a sparkly glitter range. Their statement oversized-bow Jo Jo Boutique hairbands are also a must have. Especially if you have two little girls that love to accessorize! They are all handmade and of the most beautiful quality, whilst not being ridiculously expensive like some other online boutiques. Their postage is also very reasonable. Just £1.50 for first class delivery.

Shop Glammrags here. It’s pretty hard not to get carried away…

Love,

Jess x

 

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WEDDING GUEST

12 Jun

I’m not pregnant but if I was, Madderson’s Lavinia dress would be a strong contender for Summer’s wedding season. Styled with gold, who says the pregnant guest can’t win best dressed? (Bride aside.)

Madderson London, luxury maternity wear for stylish mums-to-be, have a stunning collection and their statement pieces this season are no exception. I discovered this brand during my last pregnancy and was blown away by their quality, design and ease of wear. I naturally progressed into womenswear and have held back those maternity pieces, just in case. Have you seen those tassle dresses? If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, it’s definitely good enough for me.

View Madderson London, maternity and womenswear’s, collection here.

Love, Jess x

FROZEN-ESQUE PARTY

15 Jul

Whilst planning my daughter’s fourth birthday party last month I stumbled across the sweetest personalised cake topper’s via Instagram. Clara Ivy (claryivy.bigcartel.com) hand-makes any word, number or phrase in a choice of finishes to suit your theme. I feel in love, instantly.

The theme for our party was (of course) Frozen but I didn’t want the more obvious style frozen cake – I wan’t something a little more sophisticated and also a little different. I followed the ombre style of this sweet pink cake, swapping to frozen colours and a matching rainbow filling.  The glitter silver topper finished the look perfectly. And I added a token Elsa figure just to keep my daughter happy. She insisted on an ‘Elsa Cake!’.

All decorations and tableware was courtesy of Jelly and Blamanche. They have such a pretty selection for any party or event - there blue and white styles were perfectly ‘Frozen’. Their plastic milk-bottles are also a fave.

Love,

Jess x

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LADY IN RED

8 May

Not all of us would opt for such an eye-catching hue whilst eight months pregnant, but for those that dare, why not look to Hilaria Baldwin and her bump for inspiration. Dressed in a statement red (well it’s actually bright coral)  maternity maxi dress whist out and about with her family in New York, one can’t help but feel a little jealous of how good she looks.

I am not a huge fan of red, for me it’s a colour for brunettes over blondes. I will always stick to a more subtle injection. I love a red nail for example. However, if you are looking for Hilaria’s look, perhaps for a wedding or party, this Lisle maternity maxi from Isabella Oliver is a good place to start. It’s also available in grey which can easily be worked into your maternity wardrobe. Pair with those favourite flats and you have the perfect everyday piece.

Love,

Jess x

 

 

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KIERA KNIGHTLY

13 Feb

Always effortless, Kiera Knightly never seems to step a foot wrong in the style stakes, and bump dressing proves no exception. Whether it be red carpet style, or lower key outfit selection, she always manages to stay true to her feminine, chic, signature.  If only we could all make expectant dressing look that easy. (And have that same no-barred access to custom maternity pieces from the likes or Erdem and Chanel.)

Designer statements aside, we can still take inspiration from her everyday maternity style. Her recent airport look for example. That cute ruffle, printed chiffon dress – I just found something very similar by Marni at Nine In the Mirror. OK, so it’s still a little on the pricy side, but the good thing is, it’s actually non-maternity. So that makes it an investment?

Love,

Jess x

 

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UNIFORM

11 Jan

I always used to hate Winter, I hate the cold. But as I have grown up I actually quite like it, and I think I actually prefer winter fashion. In some ways it’s just easier, perhaps that’s the appeal now I am a mum.

So, being winter, lately I find myself reaching for that same jumper dress or chunky knit and jeans, so I like to call my ‘uniform’ right now. Cosy and chic you just can’t beat it’s off-duty appeal – for warmth and style without a second thought. Add a statement cross-body bag (Gucci’s Soho in black for example) point-toe boots and some orangey-red nails (stepup Victoria Beckham’s Nails Inc collab.) for that necessary touch of glamour. You can change these up, depending on your mood too. For those really chilly days I like to add a pom-pom hat. This is look that also works for pregnancy, just go for that knit a little more roomy.

 

Love,

Jess x

 

A CHRISTMAS JUMPER?

12 Dec

It’s obligatory right? At some point over the festive season you are requested to don that Christmas jumper. Whether you adhere or not is another matter.

If you do decide to play the game, after-all it’s just a little fun, you are not un-spoilt for choice. There are a lot of Christmas styles out there to choose from. From Tesco, to Topshop, to Isabel Marant. Every budget is catered for, and every-kinda style statement too. I personally think I will go for something a little subtle, fair-isle is always a good option as it’s not just for the festive period and can be worn throughout the season. I tend to go for more classic pieces, it’s always OK to invest in the classics.

N.B Those of you that are expecting can also get in on that Christmas jumper action. Just go up a size or two for that over-sized fit. I wouldn’t bother in getting anything maternity, one thing you will definitely never wear again!

Love,

Jess x

Florence and Fred

Topshop

Etoile Isabel Marant

Sandro

Adam Lippes

Boden

 

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WRAP-UP

4 Dec

Wrap-up in style, that new coat is calling. Question is can you hold off until the sales?

A chunky knit is my go-to for winter, so when it comes to outer-wear it needs to be oversized. (Expectant dressing approved.) Those most coveted styles, Joseph’s belted wool mac or a Marni olive-green version are my dream buys. From a more realistic view point the high street have some things similar, that I also love. COS is a favourite right now for that new addition, and they have the cutest mini-me version for A which I feel is a must? I am also lusting over Ganni’s teddy coat for that winter style statement…. Choices, choices.

Love,

Jess x

Joseph Mac textured wool-blend coat

Marni wool-felt coat

 

COS clean-edge wool coat

COS girls A-line wool coat

 

 

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