Tuesday

Part IV of the Jumpsuit Diaries

I'm slightly concerned that I've become obsessed with jumpsuits. Given that a year ago I'd ruled them out as options only for the "long and lean" I've acquired quite the collection. This one from Madewell (J Crew's funky little sister) made the perfect weekend outfit when I had to mix bouncing around town with meeting the girls for drinks in the evening.

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I love the fit of it; the wide leg, the peep hole (wearing a normal bra with this and it doesn't show), the elastic waist... It was really, really comfortable and got a lot of "ooooooh where is that froms" with the girls...  Not a bad price either considering it's an entire outfit. I could go on but I'll make it easy for you; buy it here.

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I wore it during the day with my white Birkenstocks... Are they still cool or have they gone back into "mum" territory? To be honest I don't really care, but good to know. For the evening I swapped them for my new pumps from L.K.Bennett. It won't come as any surprise to long term readers of the blog that they are the Floret shape as I love them and have quite a few pairs. This shade of blue is just brilliant, I'm wearing them to death and they still look like new... Get them here, and I have my idea on their apple green ones here too. 

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Accessories wise, I never stray far from Astley Clarke and these Gucci sunglasses are my favourites (which says something as I have quite a few pairs now). It's not the first time I've blogged about them and they're past season now, but I'd really recommend Gucci as an eyewear brand as they're really nice to wear... See their collection here. For cheaper options, ASOS have some really nice floral print ones here.

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We're off on our Italian road trip this week and this whole outfit will most definitely be coming with me, it's super easy to wear and really doesn't take much to pull off. I was a bit unsure about the peep hole in the middle but find it really flattering, in reality not many people are chubby on that part of their body so its actually really nice to show some skin...


Outfit credits:
shop Madewell at Net A Porter here
shoes = white birkenstocks

Photos taken using an Olympus PEN EP-L7 from John Lewis here.
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Sunday

June Beauty Buys with Mr Porter

This month's beauty post is dedicated to the men in our lives. Today (in the UK) is Fathers Day and if yours is anything like mine, they have everything. Buying for someone who would like nothing more than a day spent is a power drill in the garage with the cricket on the radio is pretty tough. Which is why when Mr Porter offered their grooming box as a gift it was a complete blessing in disguise. Dad does actually care about his beauty regime, not that he'd ever call it that. We lived with him for a couple of months between houses this year and I noticed his bathroom cupboard was stacked with products that were actually being used.


Admittedly I'd imagine Mum is responsible for the change - she's a fiend for a beauty cream. Regardless the grooming box made the perfect gift, but wasn't handed over before I had a thorough nosey through it. Have to say, I'm seriously impressed by the selection for the price. Here are a few of my top favourites:

  • All men are trying to keep all their strands firmly in place, healthy and strong. In a handy travel size, Bumble and bumble's Thickening Shampoo will add body with every wash – the fortifying formula is blended with moisturising Aloe Vera, Silk Powder and Wheat Protein to build fullness
  • I am already an avid user of this Malin and Goetz's Grapefruit Face Cleanser. It's blended with natural Grapefruit Extract and Amino Acids to gently cleanse and hydrate without irritating.
  • This is the kind of thing I could never persuade Dad to buy, but if I left it in the bathroom it would be used every day! Baxter of California's Exfoliating Body Bar is made with Pumice, Jojoba Meal and crushed Olive Seeds to refresh your complexion - and is really good for those who work in town as it removes daily toxins...
  • This stuff is perfect for Dad as he spends days hours at weekends standing in the sun either gardening or playing crocket; Providing protection from the sun's harmful rays, Clinique For Men's Broad Spectrum Moisturizer absorbs quickly to intensely soothe and hydrate
  • This stuff smells funny but it's awesome: Perricone MD's Cold Plasma is an "elixir" (fancy word for "gel") designed to combat wrinkles, dryness and enlarged pores
  • Lab SeriesFuture Rescue Repair Serum stimulates collagen production to detox and repair the skin, while reducing visible signs of ageing (which we all, not only Dads, need)
  • Quintessentially British (perfect for my Dad, sums him up) Czech and Speake's Oxford & Cambridge Hydrating Body Wash is an invigorating foaming cleanser infused with fresh notes of Lavender, Peppermint and Bergamot
  • Lastly, (and I pinched this as my one has just ran out, sorry Dad) ypu can boost your skin's defences against harmful environmental stressors with Ren Skincare's Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist

You get all of the above and more (see picture) for £75, which is incredible when you consider even just the items I mentioned are well over £100... Whats additionally good is the majority of the products are small enough to take on board a flight and comes with a handy little transparent wallet... So when Dad goes off on his vacay (Majorca, same every year) he has no excuse not to keep this up...

Shop Mr Porter's grooming selection here, and find the grooming box here for £75. 

This post was in collaboration with Mr Porter, all words and images my own.
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Friday

Friday Feeling

Today is a slow one... Last night I went to see Coldplay with the girls and Marks and Spencer - am feeling the midnight espresso martini decision... The only win is remembering I bought this jumpsuit from ASOS which I am going to rename The Most Comfortable Item Of Clothing That Ever Dared Exist. 

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I cannot explain to you how much I love wearing this, literally the most comfortable thing in the world ever. It's super soft and the really relaxed fit means you sort of lose all worries about arms, tums and bums... if I could wear it everyday I 110% would. I bought mine true to size (this is a size 10) but could probably have dropped to a smaller one if I'd wanted to as it's very roomy - depends how you want to wear it...

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I threw my hair up and didn't even check myself in the mirror before these photos so apologies for the bedraggled-ness... I kind of thought that if I hid my eyes under my new Jimmy Choo sunglasses I'd get away with it. They're so sparkly and shiny I'm hoping all attention is directed to them and not my face... They are most definitely an investment (find them here) but I found these ones from Jeepers Peepers at ASOS that'll do the trick for under £25, or these for SIX POUNDS...

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I wore my box fresh new trainers, which I am a bit obsessed. It's the first time I've ever had non-sport-brand trainers. They're from Iris and Ink and it's love. I'd been pining after a pair of Isabel Marant or Saint Laurent ones for months but when my friend showed me these I instantly knew I had to have them. Such good value, love the ostrich skin effect and really comfy from the beginning. Iris and Ink haven't done footwear for long but the collection is awesome, find it all here.

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My bag is new from Reiss here... I struggle with finding good mini bags that are pale coloured and needed one for events over the summer (most of mine are all dark colours which doesn't look right at weddings). I really like the fringing as it adds a little something to an otherwise very plain and simple blue suede tote... 

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In case you missed it, sales started properly this week. Have a look at my edit here. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have a great one. We are spending the whole 2 days enjoying our new area and unpacking the final boxes... Loving being back in North London!

Outfit details
sunglasses = sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / similar here (£24!) / similar here (£6!!!)
trainer/sneaker = trainers, Iris and Ink / same in blue satin / Iris and Ink footwear collection here
bag = bag, Reiss

Photos taken using an Olympus PEN EP-L7 from John Lewis here.
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