Monday

Topshop Gingham Top

It seems like our prayers have been answered and finally Spring is here! More than anything I've been dying to get out some new pieces I've been storing up for warmer weather like this Topshop gingham shirt. The top has been all over Instagram, but I shot these images a couple of weeks ago and was saving them up. I'm very aware I quite recently posted about Toyshop's other failsafe gingham piece, the pencil skirt, here (for anyone who can't be bothered to read about it, see it straight on the Topshop site here)

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Thursday

What To Buy Your Mum On Mothers Day

This week was a special one for our family; my Mum's "big" birthday. I will spare telling you the exact number as I'm not sure she'd want me to (even though, as I'm sure you'll agree, she's looking pretty awesome right now) but regardless, it was cause for celebration. All six of us headed down to the Cotswolds for a weekend of rest, relaxation and intensive "Pit" playing (if you don't know the game it's excellently competitive... and none of us are exactly wall flowers).

outfit links: my top / mums top

One of the lovely things about blogging is when a brand comes to you with a project that is just so fitting. The White Company asked me to share what I planned to gift Mum for Mothers Day and as she'd most likely be getting something from the store regardless of the project - and it was her birthday - it seemed perfect! Mum's never been on the blog before but once we got Lopez in to liven up the scene she was fine (and very excited about her new top, here).
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Saturday

How To Visit Iceland For A Weekend

I've always wanted to go to Iceland, and it seems I'm not alone. I've had more questions and requests for recommendations in the last week than ever before so I thought I should get cracking on the post - particularly as I know a couple of you are heading there very soon. As a prerequisite can I just say that we were incredibly lucky in that not a single thing failed us. Everything from the car (decision to rent cheaply from Sadcars and not get a 4x4) to the weather (the whole place was covered in snow) worked in our favour... NB - there is a quick hit-list itinerary at the base of this post.

outfit details = coat, Parka London / boots, Monsoon (amazing find for cold weather, and in the sale!) / jeans, Topshop / scarf, The White Company / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo

We decided to go Sunday to Wednesday as the weekend flights were much more expensive. We arrived after the heaviest snow fall ever in a February so everything looked pretty, damn beautiful. It's a bit of a lottery going at this time of year, had we taken the weekend flights we'd have been stranded due to the weather so do bear this in mind! We flew in to Keflavik which is the equivalent of flying into London Luton, hopped in the car and arrived in Reykjavik. After a quick pizza and a beer our apartment...
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Monday

The Everyday Breton

I've put off doing this post as I didn't really think I was wearing anything interesting or new (great start to a post Anna, well done). But then I realised this really is what I wear all the time, and by "all the time" I mean that I'll wear this as many days of the week I can get away this. These are collectively my best finds of 2017 so far...

full outfit details at the base of this post

Lets start with most obvious one; my Breton tee. I actually really wish I'd started my blog just wearing Bretons and then that had been my thing. Every outfit would have included one, it would have been much better than the blog I did create - and leaves far less margin for error. As I said in my birthday blog piece last week I own a lot of these. However, Joules sent me theirs for my birthday and the others have been left gathering dust ever since. They're just so good, the one I'm wearing is my favourite here - but they also kindly sent me a lovely green one here and one which is a sort of cream and gold here that looks amazing with my blue denim jeans.

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Saturday

Topshop Gingham Skirt

I knew I wanted a gingham pencil skirt as soon as I saw them on the runway back in September at the fashion weeks. As my Instagram Stories here will have told you I had a bit of a trial and error finding one. At first I tried a red and white one from ASOS but it made me look like I worked in a diner (nothing wrong with that, but as I don't it could look a bit weird at a meeting). Then I tracked down this one at Topshop and it's been love ever since...

full outfit details at the base of this post

It's navy and white (rather than black which it kind of looks like in the pictures) which means it takes the formality out of it, and the ruffles make it very flattering. I used to be really nervous about pencil skirts on my shape, I assumed I was too short and too curvy. What I've learned is that they're actually really good for me - I wear them a lot. The secret I find is making sure they are cut on the bias (Google it) and they're not a silk or satin based fabric as that opens up a whole new level of questionable lumps and bumps in areas girls don't want them. If you really aren't into the shape, I found this one at ASOS.

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