Mango Stripe Dress

Last week was a total wipeout. Anyone else struggled with the heat!? Despite fans, prehistoric air conditioning machines, ice baths and too many Magnums to mention, I completely lost all ability to concentrate on work. Fortunately this coincided with most of my favourite stores going into sale. So I went shopping.

links to products = dress, Mango (on sale) / shoes, Mango (on sale and further styles available at ASOS here) / bag, Needle and Thread (press day gift) / star necklace, Missoma / rings, Missoma / bracelet, Missoma

I mentioned on my Stories that I was a little bit excited about the Mango sale. I was freakishly organised with my approach, adding to basket and bookmarking all the things I wanted to make sure I was first in line. The first thing I purchased was this dress. It's everything I look for in a hot weather outfit. No bra required, flattering elastic in the middle, halter neck (great for slimming your arms) and most importantly; blue, white and striped. It was already super reasonable at £39 but it went down to £29 in the sale. I've got the size small and could probably have worn a size down in it as it's very stretchy and roomy. Find it here.



Boo Hoo Floral Shirt

product links (click to shop) = shirt, Boohoo at ASOS (sold out so similar) / trousers, J Crew / bag, Saint Laurent / shoes, L.K.Bennett (in the sale) / coat, Joules (just seen)

It's a little bit hot isn't it!? Understatement of the century, London is sweltering. I've been going back and forth on the tube watching people in suits and just wishing them good luck in my head. How do you do it!? Saying that, I've been trying to look a bit smarter in the week for the office and in doing so have realised quite how tough it is, and how bleak the options are for you all. All of a sudden I have to think about things like hem length, bare shoulders... Argh. I've decided the way forward is big, bellowing shirts like this one which I stumbled upon from the most unexpected brand...

product links (click to shop) = shirt, Boohoo at ASOS (sold out so similar) / trousers, J Crew / bag, Saint Laurent / shoes, L.K.Bennett (in the sale) / coat, Joules (just seen)

Ok so here are the things I love about this shirt; it's oversize (I bought a size 8 which is a size down) and makes me feel really little inside it, It's got puffed up sleeves which make my arms look skinner (maybe in my head but still, it's a thing), the flowers make it less boring than an average shirt. Lastly, it was £20. Things I don't like about it; it sold out in a heartbeat (sorry)! But I did manage to find some really good alternatives...

Particular shout outs go to Warehouse's option here and this £20 one from Pretty Little Things. Now on to the rest of the outfit...

product links (click to shop) = shirt, Boohoo at ASOS (sold out so similar) / trousers, J Crew / bag, Saint Laurent / shoes, L.K.Bennett (in the sale) / coat, Joules (just seen)

I do need to properly talk about my trousers, which are from J Crew here. They're their Martie pants which come in an assortment for colours some of which are in their sale right now. A friend told me about them over breakfast as a much needed staple in her work-day wardrobe. I struggle with fitted trousers; I have quite a big bottom for my size and often feel self conscious. These are great. I've worn them religiously since they arrived, can't recommend them enough.

Shout out for my utility jacket too as it's been a failsafe so far this year (over my bag in the photos). I wear it on weekends with all the obvious dress-down attire but it also looks great with shirts and smarter trousers. I find it really tricky not looking too corporate and this jacket does it for me. I found it at Joules when I did a campaign with them earlier in the year and I think it'll be with me for a while (also is great as a base layer under coats when it's gets colder again).

product links (click to shop) = shirt, Boohoo at ASOS (sold out so similar) / trousers, J Crew / bag, Saint Laurent / shoes, L.K.Bennett (in the sale) / coat, Joules (just seen)

I bought the bag from Bicester Village at the beginning of the year having hankered after it for months. Followers of my Instagram will know I take ages over these luxury purchases so I was amazed when one turned up at Bicester for just over £400. They come up on Vestiaire Collective quite a lot, here is a good example.

Lastly, my shoes. These are from L.K.Bennett and they're perfect for my new found need for work/play outfits. With a low block heel they get me off the ground (much needed when you're 5 foot 4) but also don't kill my feet. I can run around in them all day and that says a lot with my feet which are very, very sensitive. I'd never have thought of pink shoes before either but they lift my outfits quite a bit without being an "in your face" statement shoe, which I don't want. They're in the sale too I believe, find them here.

product links (click to shop) = shirt, Boohoo at ASOS (sold out so similar) / trousers, J Crew / bag, Saint Laurent / shoes, L.K.Bennett (in the sale) / coat, Joules (just seen)

 Images shot by Amelia Allen Photography


River Island Lace Top

I blogged earlier in the year about my newly restored love for River Island. Going to be honest it took some convincing as their site makes me nervous with all the bangles and tummy-bearing neon stuff. If it wasn't for ASOS' well edited select (here) there is absolutely no way I'd have stumbled upon some of the things I've found. In truth, I'd forgotten I'd shot these photos as it all got a bit crazy before Zanzibar. Then yesterday I walking down South Molton Street (obviously) and saw a top in the window of Browns that - no joke - is exactly the same as this River Island one, but £755. Win.



The Summer Sales

Right, this year I thought I'd do sale shopping properly on the blog. No mucking about! As all the sale dates start at different times I thought the easiest way was to group into sections and if any other sales come in at a later point to do a round up of them underneath it. Hope it works and do let me know if you make a purchase, tag it with my Instagram handle here.

products from this photo = dress, Rixo London at Net A Porter / shoes, Gap (in the sale)



Fathers Day Gifts With Mr Porter

When I think of Fathers Day the obvious gift ideas come up. The socks, the golf shirt - the whisky you aren't entirely sure is right but cost enough to seem impressive. I decided this year I was going to think outside the box and get Dad something he'd actually really value (and Gus as Lopez really needs to say thanks for all the walks) . Handily Mr Porter got in touch and asked me put together some presents. I'd never explored their gifts section before but after finding this lot it's become my go-to places for bits for boys...

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