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Autumn Styling – Bags & Blazers

Morning guys and the sun is shining! ☀️ My washing is on the line, I am on iced coffee number two and ‘Changing Rooms’ is on in the background. I promised you all over on my Instagram that I would do a series of autumn styling blog posts this season so here is the first one. This post is all about the staple black blazer and your brown and black handbags. Pairing them with dresses or items you already own is so easy for autumn.

Some items in this blog post are pr products and will be shown with a *

This black blazer was an eBay find and is a never worn Karen Millen tailored number. It’s such a classic piece for the autumn/winter wardrobe and there are always so many out there on the high street to choose from. I paid less than £10 including postage for this bargain and it is perfect. I have also ordered an oversized black shacket which I will feature in another styling post or over on my Instagram and for me, the blazer and shacket are enough in my opinion for a colder season wardrobe. This bag is from a gorgeous brand called Fenella Smith London* and it is a great transitional piece from day to night. On the left, this black and white shirt dress is a very recent purchase from the Warehouse sale and the dress on the right is a navy blue print M&S dress. They are both midi length and also have long sleeves.

Still featuring the bag are these two outfits. On the left is another M&S dress which again is a midi length but with shorter sleeves and on the right is this beautiful Warehouse dress. All of these dresses (and many more in my wardrobe) look great with this black blazer and bag from Fenella Smith London and I can’t wait to start wearing these outfits in the coming weeks.

These two autumnal outfits feature the Fitzwilliam bag from Fairfax & Favor*. This has been such a staple piece for me even throughout summer and looks great with all outfits. Both of these dresses are from Crew Clothing* and look perfect styled up with the brown leather and suede bag.

You don’t need to buy a lot of new items for seasonal styling. I have invested in classic pieces for this year which I know will work with items I already own. I have told myself to not buy another floral dress this season and instead be on the look out for neutrals and blacks. This way I can wear some of the more transitional dresses I own all year round with the right jacket and accessories.

Have a great sunny Thursday 🤍

A Timeless Wardrobe – Dress Edition

Good afternoon and what a rainy Sunday it is! 🌧️ My garden is certainly enjoying this rain however I am not and just want to wear some of the summer dresses I am going to mention in my blog post today.

I asked over on my Instagram what you wanted to read next on the blog and it was a toss up between this blog post and one all about garden party dresses. I thought that garden parties could wait seeing as this weather isn’t bringing the summer vibes! Therefore, here it is – how to create a timeless wardrobe when picking dresses. I’m going to give you some tips when choosing the right dress and talk about how I select mine. *This post contains PR products and all dresses are tagged over on my Instagram.

My dress collection is what you can see on the left in the image above. It used to be larger but I found I was just wearing the same items over and over again and I much preferred to do that. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of brands like Oliver Bonas, Crew Clothing and Phase Eight where I receive items and in turn, take photographs for you guys and show you how I style the pieces up. But how do you create that timeless collection?

It has taken me years to get my dresses right but I finally started to pick pieces that work with my body shape and height. I am only 5″3 and have a long torso rather than long legs. Therefore, a midi dress is way more flattering on me than a mini. I also can’t just eat anything anymore and not see it appear somewhere on my body so I think about the areas I prefer to cover up and for me that’s my tummy and my arms. Instead, I am quite busty so I tend to accentuate that area with the style of dress I choose – a cinched-in-waist or elasticated bust works really well for me 📷

Colours and prints are something to be really mindful of. I have always been a ditsy print kind of girl and in my wardrobe I have a whole heap of different coloured dresses from reds and purples to blacks and pinks. My go-to colours are blues and greens as they complement my accessories more. I have one trench coat which is a print and I would wear that with all of my dresses, regardless of clashing prints. My shoes and trainers are extremely minimalistic and can be worn with anything too.

Less is more. I am extremely conscious of the amount of dresses I accumulate. Like I mentioned before, I am very lucky to work with brands as part of my content creation. In the past, I have turned down partnerships and collaborations if it wasn’t something I would wear over and over again. Yes, I post midi dresses over on my Instagram account but it isn’t realistic to have a new dress every other day! Who has the money for that? 💰 For me, to create that timeless collection, you need to be really sure about a piece – invest in longer term items rather than fast fashion.

It took me a while and only now at the age of 30 do I feel confident and comfortable in my wardrobe. I also choose my dresses thinking about all seasons and qill only pick it if I can see myself wearing it in every kind of weather. Can I style it up with boots aswell as sneakers? Will it work with a jumper layered over the top or a chunky knit?

Finally, I’m less influenced by others’ choices and happier in what I already have and I think that is key to creating a timeless collection. Don’t get me wrong, I am the first to put my hand up and admit to having done this A LOT in the past but I guess my priorities are different now and I’ve been gardening and styling my home. Fashion has taken a bit of a back seat and I’m more than OK with that.

Whilst I give this advice, I’m no expert and honestly, like I said, it has taken me years to get to this point with my wardrobe and I would still reassess some of my choices even now. I still don’t own a little black dress! Creating a timeless dress collection is a journey. Enjoy it – dress for your body shape, choose colours and prints you love, pick versatile pieces and enjoy what you have!

Happy Sunday guys x

May Favourites

Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I’m sorry that my monthly favourites blog is coming out a few days late. It’s been a busy half term and I am finally getting some time to write this blog post so without further ado, let’s get into this months favourites. *This blog post contains gifted items.

Let’s talk beauty and skincare. First up, a trusty favourite from No 7 – the skin illuminator. Now the weather is getting warmer, I try to wear less makeup on my skin and this is perfect for that light coverage. I use the Simple booster drops with SPF 30 first and then pop this over the top. The two products together give you a gorgeous glow whilst protecting your skin from UV rays. As part of my summer makeup routine, I also like to use the Burts Bees All Aglow. It is THE only bronzer I use in the summer months – it isn’t drying or cakey and just adds that bit of extra warmth to your complexion.

Next up is this gorgeous Barry M nail varnish. I absolutely love a dark red toe nail in the summer months and this was just what I was looking for. This is the shade ‘French Rose’ and they have a few other gorgeous pinky tones in their ‘Rose Tinted’ range.

Last up for this month’s skincare favourites is the Typology charcoal mask with organic nettle *gifted/pr. I have been a huge fan of Typology for a while and have mentioned them in a few of my blogs. This mask is refreshing, thick and leaves my skin feeling so clean and replenished. Active ingredients are stinging nettle, green clay and pine charcoal. I love how organic and natural this skincare brand is – definitely one to check out!

I wanted to mention a pair of trainers I was kindly gifted by Gabor – these are their Wilma design and they are so versatile. In one of my recent blogs about dresses and sneakers, I talked about how I always struggled with what to wear on my feet in the spring months. Now, I always turn to a gorgeous pair of trainers. Check out that blog post here.

Finally, these gorgeous blue striped cushions from Lavendar Coast Interiors had to be featured in my monthly favourites blog. Click here for their Instagram. I was extremely lucky to work with this beautiful interiors company recently over on my Instagram page. I ran a giveaway where someone could win their own Portscatho and Portloe cushions. Unfortunately, these are both sold out now but keep an eye on what is next to come from this amazing country and coastal interiors brand.

I hope you all have a great weekend and sending lots of love.

Rebecca x

Dresses and Kicks

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday! Who else is sick of this rain? I just want to get outside in my garden and wear all of my summer dresses! Talking of dresses, I thought I would do a blog post featuring some of my favourite new in dresses from high street brands and also my top pick of sneakers to wear with them. *This blog features some pr products but no affiliate links.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen these outfits. Left to right – shirt dress from Crew Clothing (pr), Diana midi dress from Phase Eight (pr) and floral tie waist dress from H&M. I paired the Pearl trainers from Ravel (pr) with all of these looks. You can shop them here. What I love about midi dresses and sneakers is that you feel dressed up yet casual and relaxed.

Here are a few summer dresses I am loving at the moment and have my eye on. I don’t really like getting my arms out and try to avoid really strappy designs but some of these are gorgeous. (I am cheating on fashion with interiors at the moment and I am also mindful of how many dresses one person really needs. I am super lucky to work with brands and will perhaps only buy one dress every other month – if that!)

These are all from HM. HM is definitely one of my go-to places to look for clothes. I thought these two strappy dresses were so lovely for the summer and this linen shirt dress is perfect for those days in the garden. I would wear trainers will all of these styles of dresses.

I have recently worked with Boden on some content and I just had to mention their trainers. They are one of my favourite places to look for sneakers which would look great with dresses. Left to right – Freya low top Toucan style, Maria comfort white/multi stripe and Hazel trainers in surf blue.

Before this year, I had never worn sneakers with dresses. Now I wouldn’t wear anything else in the spring and on those cooler days in the summer. They are versatile, comfy and can be paired with any print or pattern. I never knew what to wear on my feet in spring and summer and I wasn’t very confident about this look – hopefully if you feel the same, this blog has given you a little bit of inspiration.

Have a good Sunday x

Dress-ing for Spring

Good morning guys and what better way to kick start #sundaysstyledinspo over on Instagram with a new blog post all about dresses for spring. I asked you all what you wanted to see next on the blog and it was unanimous – dresses!

In this blog post I have picked my favourite dresses for spring. Some of the dresses are pieces I own and are therefore perhaps a season or two old but I have also found new in dresses from brands which I love *adds to basket!

This blog post does not contain affiliate links.

First up is Marks and Spencer.

(From left to right) This gorgeous floral print is vibrant I adore the paisley pattern. I love the sleeves and the fact that it synchs you in at the waist. Product code: T533365U. The Yolke Midi Dress is a last season piece and one I was really excited to get out again this spring. It is so flattering with the puff sleeves and the elasticated waist. I have seen a few of these dresses floating around on eBay but don’t get caught out with the prices. Kate Middleton wore this and that has meant prices have sky rocketed! Finally, this printed dress is a recent addition to my wardrobe. I love the colours and the tiered skirt. I did pop a stitch in the front as it was a little too open for me. Unfortunately this is out of stock at the moment but again, it is always worth checking sites like Ebay. Product code: T533395U

Next up, H&M.

(From left to right) In my opinion, H&M has some of the best floral dresses for spring this season. One of my new favourites is this blue calf-length dress. You will have seen this dress featured so many times on my Instagram. I love the sleeves and the stand-up collar. Product code: .0942418001. This dress is in my basket! I love a smock dress and this print is just beautiful. I love the cuffs and the neckline too. Product code: 0861847004. I fell in love with the colours of this last dress. The trim detailing is so pretty and such a great dress that could easily transition between day and night. Product code: 0946450002.

(From left to right) Love & Roses is a new brand featured on Next. I have a beautiful cardigan from them and when I saw this dress I instantly fell in love. I love the tiers and the smock style. Product code: R08-905. Fat Face always do great dresses and this cornflower blue dress is divine – such a great colour for spring. Product code: 960738. This dress from Warehouse has been one of my go-to dresses so far this year. I love the shape, the print and how easy it is to wear. Product code: AWW99668.

I hope that some of these picks have inspired you. I can’t wait for warmer weather and to be able to sit in gardens with friends and family wearing these gorgeous spring dresses! Have a good Sunday x

Pinterest

Good evening guys! It has been a little while since I wrote a blog post but so so many of you over on my Instagram requested to know what my Pinterest handle was so I thought I would also share it over on here.

This is a little snapshot of what my account is looking like at the moment. I am currently in the process of pinning new ideas for spring – style and home interiors. I have also started to pin some bits and bobs which I plan on using when we move to a new home. This is not anytime soon but it’s nice to explore colours, fabrics and furnishings to see what would work well together in another space.

My next blog post will be my monthly favourites so keep your eye out for that towards the end of February.

Rebecca x

August Favourites

Good afternoon guys. It’s that time again where I bring you a bunch of my favourite products for August. So without further ado, here they are!

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First up is the Robinsons Crushed Lime & Mint fruit cordial. Guys! This is so good. It is the perfect summery drink and we have got through so many bottles of this. So tasty!

Next is the Wilkin & Sons ‘Old Times’ orange marmalade. I have always liked marmalade but this one is definitely my favourite. Since lockdown, I have really got in to having marmalade on sourdough bread. Now I can’t function in the morning without it…and a coffee of course!

I have been working with Dermalogica for over a year now as a #skinfluencer and every time they send me one of their new products it feels like Christmas. The Hydro Masque Exfoliant arrived the other day and I have used it three times already. This is such an amazing product with these amazing spheres which exfoliates with bamboo and hydrates with snow mushroom. You work the spheres into your skin until they disappear and leave the product on for five minutes before washing off. I am a huge fan! New favourite!

We found a new TV series on Netflix and we absolutely loved it! I watched season one of Dirty John by myself but we watched the second series together which is about Betty Broderick. So gripping and really good if you are looking for a new short series to watch.

I was kindly sent these products by Love Raw who make the BEST vegan chocolate ever! I had never tried vegan chocolate before but now, I would choose to get this instead of non-vegan chocolate. There was another one they sent me but I ate it before I got this photo! Pop on over to their website to see their full range https://eatloveraw.com 

This is my second Dr Paw Paw product in the last two months and I love this peachy colour. Honestly, since finding this brand I can’t believe I was using anything different for blush and a tinted lip stain. This product is smaller than the bright orange one I have but goes everywhere with me in my handbag. Such a gorgeous colour! 

I was on the hunt for a good top coat as I am getting back into painting my nails again! I found this one by Essie. It is the Couture Gel Top Coat and is such a great top coat for keeping a colour on. The reason why I never really paint my nails with a colour is because I hate when my colour chips. I have had the colour on for a few days now with this top coat on and I have painted a bathroom, got out in the garden and done other DIY bits. Not a single chip yet!

Indeora sent me their coconut and vanilla deodorant to try and I have been using it for the last two weeks. It is vegan and cruelty free, is a unique and natural magnesium formula and this bottle is supposed to last up to 3 months with 400 sprays. The smell is gorgeous! The one thing I would say is you need to persevere with it. I would also say that if you shave under your arms to not spray on straight away and to wait for an hour or so before popping it on. A very good natural deodorant. Thank you guys for sending it to me. Here is their website https://www.indeora.com/

Finally is this gorgeous loungewear set from Marks and Spencer. When I saw this I ordered it straight away and boy am I glad I did! I am living in this whilst at home. It makes me feel like I am dressed for the day but super comfy. You can also get a short sleeve top to go with the bottoms. I have linked all of the pieces below:

https://www.marksandspencer.com/cosy-knit-ribbed-short-sleeve-lounge-top/p/clp60462786?color=NAVY

https://www.marksandspencer.com/cosy-knit-cuffed-hem-lounge-bottoms/p/clp60458665?color=NAVYMIX

https://www.marksandspencer.com/cosy-knit-ribbed-lounge-top/p/clp60458697?color=NAVYMIX

Marks and Spencer loungwear set

*No obligation to post or write about any of these gifted items.

How My Style Has Evolved

Good morning everybody. I hope that you are all well on this dreary Tuesday. The sun has disappeared yet again but I can’t say I am mad about it – I love the heat, but only when I have someone making me cocktails at a swim up bar.

I thought I would write a very simple blog post about how my style has changed and evolved over the past few years. There have been a number of different factors as to why and I wanted to chat about them.

Money. I was always really bad at saving and never thought it was as important as I now realise it is. I was throwing my money away on fast fashion and not really thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong – I still like to buy the occasional piece every now and again but I am a lot more conscious of investing into better quality items than an on-trend dress for one season.

Space. Honestly, it was ridiculous how many things I had that I would never pull out of my wardrobe and decide to wear. I kept picking out the same things over and over again. Now I have 1/2 of a rail for hanging clothes, a drawer for vest tops and tees, a drawer for jeans and trousers/skirts and a draw for jumpers – which is very empty at the moment which we will talk about in the next point. That is it and I am really happy that I have been able to condense my wardrobe down to that amount of space.

Impulse buys. This is a little similar to the first point but honestly my downfall was seeing the price of a jumper in F&F or Tu whilst out shopping and just grabbing it because it made me feel excited about having something new. Bloody jumpers! I have really stopped myself from doing this for the past few months and have thought carefully about my purchases. The three items of clothing I have purchased in the past month are my Jack Wills blazer which was an Ebay find, a cream fine knit jumper from ASOS and a black fine knit jumper from H&M. I bought these knowing that I would be able to wear them with all of the dresses I own, the blazers I have and they are items that won’t date. They may get worn out after a season of wearing and wearing but I am fine with that.

Staple pieces. I have always been a fan of prints and ditsy summer dresses. I mean who isn’t? However, it got to that stage where I had so many printed dresses and tops that I didn’t have anything that I could wear with them to transition them into a different season. I have started putting block colour pieces into to my wardrobe so that I can carry my prints through to autumn and winter. I also love to clash prints – over on my Instagram there have been a few styling posts recently where I have paired a red printed dress with a grey check blazer. It can work, you just need to have the right pieces.

Lifestyle. My lifestyle has changed dramatically over the last year. I used to live in the buzzing city of Munich where drinks after work and nights out were the norm.  Now, I enjoy the slower pace of life a lot more where those things will still happen but definitely not as often as they used to for me. I also wouldn’t say I have any ‘going out out’ type clothes. I would just wear something from my wardrobe and make it work.

Content Creating. Over the past year I have been fortunate enough to work with some beautiful brands who have kindly gifted me a lot of my staple pieces in my wardrobe. This is something I am very grateful for and definitely makes me think longer and harder about whether or not I need something else.

Sorry if this has been a bit of a rambly post but I thought it was quite interesting to share with you all how my style and my attitude towards my style has changed a lot over the past year.

Happy Tuesday again x

#MyMonsoon

Good evening guys. How was your Monday? I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine again. Isn’t it lovely to have it back?

I am extremely excited to say that I am working with Monsoon as a content creator and this morning the most gorgeous pieces arrived, which were kindly gifted to me. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen I did a bunch of stories showing you how I would style up these pieces. If you haven’t seen these then head on over to my Instagram account and check them out.


First up is this gorgeous daisy printed midi dress. Again, to see this styled up please head on over to my Instagram account. The dress has a drawstring waist – perfect for cinching you in, balloon sleeves which are super flattering and and a tiered hem. The dress has been made with eco-conscious fabric and is very easy to wear. I got this in a small and I would probably recommend to size down as you can draw the waist in as much as you need to and there is still plenty of room. I have styled it up in this photograph with this gorgeous pearl necklace from Accessorize. You can find the dress here on the Monsoon website: Daisy Print Midi Dress


BLUE DRESS

Next up is this structured shirt dress. What attracted me to this dress was it’s 1940s vibe and the stunning shoulder detail. The beautiful blue colour is a statement in itself. The dress has a point collar and a belt to tie around your waist. It also has pockets. I don’t think I need to say much more! You can find this dress on the website using this link: Plain Shirt Midi Dress Blue


Finally is the blossom print shirred blouse. This is so beautiful and has such delicate detailing. It has a fitted shirred bodice and these stunning sheer sleeves which are then gathered in at the wrist. The print is perfect for the summer and if you want to see how I styled this up, head on over to my Instagram. You can find the shirt here on Monsoon: Blossom Print Shirred Blouse

A huge thank you to Monsoon for gifting me these amazing pieces. I am very grateful and I will just be over here…staring at my clothes rail. 😍

*Monsoon have not asked me to write this blog. There was no obligation with them to write or post anything online. It is part of a gifted campaign.

High Street vs Online

It’s no news that shopping habits of the British public have changed drastically over the years. Instead of shopping until we drop, we now can shop in the comfort of our own homes with our feet up on the sofa and order everything we need with one click of a button. But is the convenience of this online shopping world favoured by all?

When I was younger I spent all my hard earned waitressing money on clothes. As a teenager I would head into town and hit the high streets…every weekend. As an adult, I still do trip out to the shops on the high streets but my shopping habits have changed for lots of different reasons.

My priorities are different. I did the biggest clear out ever after I moved back to the UK from Munich and I donated pretty much half my wardrobe to the local charity shops. I wanted to start a fresh and to be honest, I realised I didn’t need that many dresses, jumpers and tops! When you have pieces in your wardrobe that you hardly ever wear, why are they in there?

When looking for new pieces for my ‘less is more wardrobe’, I took to Ebay and Amazon. Both are one stop shops. They sell pretty much everything including the weird and the wonderful. When I buy clothes on Ebay, my personal preference is to buy items that are brand new with tags to grab a bargain. I also buy a lot of my makeup and bits and bobs on Ebay and Amazon. In addition to saving the pennies, it saves a lot of time too! Next day delivery? Yes please!

Whilst all of the above are time and money savers, it does make me feel guilty about what is happening with the high street shops and the employees that are constantly losing their jobs due to stores closing. Will there come a time when there will no longer be shops on the high streets? I really do think that there is something to be said about the ‘experience’ of shopping – grabbing a coffee and a spot of lunch and browsing the shops. Sometimes all you need is a bit of actual retail therapy. Who is with me?

Finally, as a creator, I have had the chance to work with clothing brands big and small and it is fascinating to see how they use #influencers to help their products sell. This approach is still fairly new to the online retail world and a model that isn’t transferable to the high street. But will the social media world of buying and selling ever go out of fashion?

High Streets vs Online. What is your preference?