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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Tuesday

2016 Summer Sales

It's all in the title to be honest! Here is the very best of the 2016 summer sales. I'll update them as more retailers go into sale, but I thought it might be useful for you to see options broken down by brand. As a tip, I always "add to basket" my favourites so I can literally log in and shop straight away... Some of my favourite pieces from this year have been incredibly heavily marked down- enjoy!

Topshop

Topshop sales are always worth a gander. However can I just say; how good is that feeling when you've bought something recently and then sale starts, but the piece you bought didn't go in? That's how I feel about this dress. I'm obsessed with it, but if had been marked down I'd have been PISSED. This one IS in the sale though - and it's now mine and on it's way...

links to products:
mom jeans / black tie up flats / green dress / navy bomber jacket / dotty dress / white jumper with shirt detail / green boiler suit / sleeveless blazer / floral vest (£12!) / monochrome slip dress / cream heels 

First things first; denim. Topshop are good at it. Really good. I swear by their mom jeans and have two pairs now, including these that are now £20 or these classics for £25. If you're after an easy-wear pair that'll look good on Sundays with sweaters but also Thursday nights with heels, these are for you. Next up, dresses and stuff. I love this monochome print dress and for £18 it's awesome, and same goes for this LBDThis sleeveless blazer is awesome, I have one very similar and it's great to throw on over a shirt or tee in this WTF-weather. Oooh and this floral vest is amazing for £12.

High street brand sales are really good for picking up pieces from the fast-trends that don't seem to be going away. For example; bomber jackets. Everyone is still wearing them, but they won't be around for ever. This navy one for £20 is a brilliant way to get in on the look. Same goes for green jumpsuits, and this one is superb. Lastly, flouncy sleeved dresses are all the rage at the moment too, this dress is a perfect "way in." Footwear wise, we all know Toppers is the place to go to get designer copies. These Aquazzura flats are now dirt cheap, as these Kenzo silk espadrilles. These cream heels are amazing fail-safes for summer outfits too...

Reiss


link to products
red embroidered top (75% off) / black waxed jeans / green silk dress / black one shoulder dress / halterneck dress / blue leather jacket / blue suede leather jacket / printed shorts / marcel bag / black neoprene heels / white skirt / belts / taupe knitted jumper / silk vest / red leather purse / black bag

The Reiss sale is not to be missed. Everyone knows they're good for dresses, but their footwear and tailoring pieces are really strong too. Starting in our comfort zone, this green silk dress is the perfect 'work to play' or good for those events that you just don't know how dressed to be. LBD wise their are two showstoppers; this one shoulder dress is timeless, and this halterneck (I already have it) is literally the most flattering item in my wardrobe. Other good wedding/event staples include; this taupe sheer dress, this sky blue shift and this long sleeved rose gold number.

Hidden gems like this top for £50 are too good to miss, and this white skirt, these belts... and Reiss are good at leather and this blue jacket can't be passed up, especially at that price. I have one from four seasons ago that just gets better with age. These shorts are super good, and don't forget that things like knitwear are heavily reduced in summer; this taupe chunky knit and this navy sweater are excellent buys.

These black waxed biker jeans are a really good staple for anyone trying to look a little bit slicker (as opposed to plain jeans). The photo above doesn't do the fit justice, they are a gorgeous shape - buy your regular size here. Accessories wise, well where to start!? This Marcel bag is so lush, these black neoprene heels are awesome, I have these and they're super comfy - and this leather purse is butter soft and should really be more expensive...

Net A Porter

Net A Porter, the website of DREAMS. Here is a round up (apologies if this waffles but I'm shopping as I type and getting a bit excited): If you've read my wedding guest outfit edit you'll have seen my Ode to Needle and Thread. Some of the dresses featured are now heavily reduced, like this maxi dress and this top - shop the whole selection here, no excuse not to... Isabel Marant is always well marked down; suddenly the cost justification (lets be honest, Zara copies it very well) seems worthwhile when it's half price. This jacket (much lusted for, much copied) is half price, and this black top is awesome as a summer basic. The Elizabeth and James jumper worn on many a street style muse last fashion week (Palermo etc) is also in the sale in all colours; greywhite and pink.

Popular brands like Self Portrait here and J Crew here are (surprisingly) included. 40% off some of the best selling frocks of 2016 really is pretty special, don't miss pieces like this and this. J Crew essentials like this denim shirt and these cargo pants are half price...

Accessories wise some brands you never see discounted are included; Larsson and Jennings watches, and Ray-Ban sunglasses (and the classic shapes, amazing...)! As for footwear, some of the pieces that have gone into sale I just don't understand as I'd have thought they'd have sold out my now. Sam Edelman (the sandal brand of 2016 in my opinion) has reduced these to under £80 and these to £45 (FORTY FIVE POUNDS PEOPLE). These Giuseppe Zanotti espadrilles are 40% off, and these Aquazzura sandals are too... Say, what?!

J Crew

Ahh the J Crew sale, because who in their right mind would shop with these guys full price? We're all well aware of the dollar-to-pound changeover if we shop over the pond and we're not prepared to shop without it. Am I right ladies!? J Crew is the place for basics, whether you like or loathe their stores. I use the sale to refresh my basics and bring in some new core staples.

Links to product:
embroidered linen top / red and white sun dress / grey and white stripe tee / grey silk cami / orange scalloped camiyellow off the shoulder tee / khaki silk shirt / blue stripe shirt / pink Elsie heels / palm print embellished shoes / striped mac trench / brown leather cross body bag / ring trio set

It will come as no surprise that I start with stripes; these Breton shirts start at £24 and as the proud owner of them all I can say they're super good even 50 washes down. Next on the list are their camisole tops which are worth the (reduced) investment; the simple Carrie shape and the scalloped Carrie cami are brilliant pieces to wear over and over again - available in a variety of colours! Thir coats and jackets are renown for being strong and this striped mac is the actual dream, particularly now it's £60 cheaper... Finally for the basics, their shirts are the best around and this stripe shirt and this khaki silk one are going to be my new everything. Other excellent summer staples include this sun dress (can't believe it's not Dodo Bar Or - brand of the moment), the yellow off the shoulder tee and this embroidered linen top, both 30% off.

Footwear and accessories wise, the sale is very good. Classic, staple shapes like the Elsie pump and their palm print sisters are an excellent starting block if you've never owned shoes from them before as they're half price. This crossbody is ace as a day bag and this set of three rose gold rings are incredibly good value.
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Sunday

Going Out Out


Those of you who have started following me on Snapchat (annaelerihart) will know the last week was pretty full on... Moving house, balancing work with all the stuff that goes with not being able to find spoons or hairbrushes in the 2000 boxes you've piled into your living room, and remembering to do things like be a dog mummy is actually pretty tiring. As a bit of a treat I decided to go "out out" for a couple of cocktails on Saturday evening to celebrate not having to change address for the foreseeable future (both of us have lived in three places this year, so we're staying put for a while) ...


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I wore the dress I've actually picked out for one of the weddings this month - I don't really believe in buying something for one occasion (as my wedding guest dress edit here waxes lyrical about). It's from Reiss here, and is such an easy one to wear. The colour can be really dressed up or down depending on where you're going (for more of Reiss' mint offering see here). I love the fit of it; it sort of skims your shape rather than being tight or loose and I feel really confident in it - a rare thing in any kind of formal/fancy clothing.


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I'm going to wear my bright blue L.K.Bennett shoes (here, and they're super reduced now, annoyingly for me) with it a the wedding, paired with this Mango clutch I bought yesterday (see the base of this post for my edit on Mango's clutch bag offering as it's the best in the business at the moment...). Equally, mint green looks great with denim so you could wear it for date nights with a jean jacket (my favourite one is from River Island here) and flat pumps rather than going totally "dressed up."


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With this outfit I wore my new Mango shoes (also a purchase yesterday) which I am delighted with. For a start just take a look at how similar they are to these Chloe ones, which are £500 more expensive. As someone who owns both "types" I can honestly say the Mango ones do not seem all that different... And they're £24.99 here (flat versions here). Ooh and underwear wise, I've been testing out how durable this Marks and Spencer adhesive strapless bra is - and give it a firm 10 out of 10... No strap at the back and keeps everything where it should be!

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Last but not least, the jewellery. Without outfits like this it's the accessories that really do the work. My Astley Clarke bracelets stack is my fail safe and luckily the gems I have pair really well with the colour of this dress. They actually have a sale on at the moment so pieces like this gold/woven one and this bright blue charm piece are half price - take a look at the full collection here. Other important mentions include my pinky ring which I made at The Workbench earlier this year (seriously wish I was spending my Sunday doing this today, such a cool way to spend a few hours) and my Monica Vinader Riva ring - a gift from my late grandmother for my 30th...

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Wednesday

Jump Around

I'd been holding this post back for a rainy day so today couldn't be more apt. This is the first post written from my new place and am typing from a pile of boxes, surrounded by mess and general chaos. I have no idea where my shoes are and can't remember the last time I saw a hairbrush. Things are looking good though, other than the bleak winter cold I've managed to pick up...


To cheer myself up, today's post is from one of the happiest days of 2016 so far. I was with Emma and Lindsey in Morocco on one of the funnest holidays I've ever been on. We'd woken up in beds the size of oceans, giggled around by the pool all morning before heading to La Mamounia. Voted the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, we knew it was going to be good! We'd been invited for lunch, to try their French restaurant Le Marocain.

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We ate and we ate, and we ate. From surf and turf right the way through to lemon meringue pie... Then we bounced (some of us literally) around the Yves Saint Laurent gardens to digest our gastronomical feast. I was wearing my favourite summer purchase from ASOS, here. Even though the girls called me "Andy Pandy" all day I was blissfully happy pratting around in it. It's the easiest thing in the world to wear....

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I've become a little bit fond of jumpsuits this summer. Before now I'd ruled them out as an option for me as I'm a fairly curvy, short person. But after finding this Zimmermann one (post here) I'm a full on convert. They're perfect holiday outfits as all you need is a pair of sandals and  hair tie and you're set to go... I've bought (and am yet to post) this Madewell striped one (so many of you have bought this since I mentioned it in last week's post) and this ASOS denim one - which I am loving wearing around town since spotting on Mel, here (NB I bought my regular size and it was super oversize, which I love, but if you want a better fit go a size down).

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I paired mine with my new Havaianas espadrilles. Yes, they do espadrilles. I was a bit dubious at the beginning, but they're the most comfortable things in the world. I'm making excuses to wear them every day, and everyone asks where I got them. They're £30, but I found them for cheaper at Sarenza here. I love them so much I've just ordered these too...

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Accessories wise, I never really stray far from Astley Clarke. Their biography collection is fantastic, and the perfect addition to any summer wrist... I have quite a few now, but my favourites are my turquoise stone moon bracelet followed by the bright green agate snowdrop charm. They make gorgeous presents, a friend just bought one for all her bridesmaids... Such a nice idea. My watch is from Mondaine, the Swiss watchmaker. I've worn these since I was little, so this orange strapped version is a welcome summer addition. My sunglasses, as is becoming the norm, are from Fendi. They're old season, but you can find pretty much identical ones here... 

Outfit credits
patterned jumpsuit, ASOS (sold out, but odd returns keep cropping up so stay persistent) / similar here / similar here (this is insane, really want) / similar here


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

So Called Summer

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We have a new home. It seemed like we had been waiting forever and would never get there, but we're finally in (thank you to Chestertons in Hampstead for being the most proactive and useful estate agents I've ever come across). I say "we" have moved in, the boy had cleverly picked this weekend to go on a 3 day stag do in France... So having picked up the keys to the new place (all over on Snapchat if you fancy: annaelerihart) Lindsey and I put on some heels and went to the pub for a celebratory beer... 

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The weather has been a bit off recently. We had a glimpse of summer and just when we'd got ourselves ready for it, it went. My jeans have been really handy for the stop-start sun... They're my favourite fit from Topshop; the mom jean that you already know I live in. When the brand asked me to pick out some of my favourite summer transition pieces they really stood out as they're a bit more interesting that plain jeans, yet aren't overly "in your face" patterned... Get them here. I bought some lovely little white vests to go with them, which it was a bit too chilly to shoot but will be making an appearance soon. (NB - buy your regular size and take the pain of the first couple of hours of them being too tight, they stretch...).

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Instead, I wore my gorgeous Iris and Ink top, here. This has been in the drawer for a few weeks and I'd been waiting for a chance to wear it. It's a wool fabric so super handy for those weird warmer days that suddenly get cooler, and the cut off shoulder is surprisingly really flattering. I'm not a fan of my upper arms but actually felt really confident in it, maybe it's the navy colour (it does come in white for any of you annoying people with perfect limbs, here). You already know how much of a fan of Iris and Ink I am (The OutNet's own brand) and expect much more to appear on the blog as I've just shortlisted my summer haul... 

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The shoes... ahhh the shoes. My beautiful Chloe pumps here. I'm so pleased with these, and so glad I got them in red as my inner-neutral self really wanted the taupe coloured ones. They're perfect for a little bit of a statement... I've found some high street similars here and here in black and white for £20 so I bought those as well so I have the best of both worlds!  As a note, they come up small. I am always a size 4, as these are, and after one wear the suede stretches a little so I needed an insole... So if you are treating yourself, go a size down.

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Last but not least, my hair. I went to Sassoon Salons last month and has the best time sorting out my locks. I've been going to the salon for three years now and if you look back on photos of me pre-Sassoon it really was a sorry tale. My hair is now so much thicker, the colour is so much better for my skin tone, and the cut is just... Good. Also, I love the coffee there, and the team are so lovely that it feels like home as soon as I walk in... I need to leave you now as am off to a barbecue with my girlfriends, in the typically gloomy London weather. Happy Sunday!

Outfit credits
embroidered jean, here / similar here (darker denim) / similar here (slightly cheaper)
sunglasses, Fendi 

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

Chelsea In Bloom

I'm not sure what has happened to the weather today but in truth there is a part of me that isn't disappointed not to be getting my legs out this week. I've managed to pick up a cold (in June!?) and have been feeling pretty sorry for myself all week, bleurgh. We move house on Monday and having cleared out all my cupboards (I've been threatened with being allowed 15 pairs of shoes, he has no idea where I'm hiding them) I found these, my white jeans. I wore them when out in Chelsea for the flower show last week...

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White denim gets a lot of stick. There was a time that it was thought you had to be a teeny, tiny size to be able to wear them. I go through phases of love vs hate (I worry about looking too K-Middy, not helped by her Breton-wearing-ways most recently) but at the moment I'm finding them perfect to wear with shirts and tees. Mine are from Paige Denim (my go-to denim brand) here, but if you havent tried the look before I'd recommend testing out a cheaper pair - these ASOS ones are very good - or try a "boyfriend style," I have these.

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My shirt is an oldie but a goodie from Zara here. Khaki shirts are my favourite thing at the moment, I'm having to stop myself from buying this one from Topshop and maaaaay have slipped up and acquired this cross front one from Equipment (blog post to come). They go with everything, in particular all my denim for summer and also look great under a dark coloured jacket (this Reiss one is firmly on my wishlist, really hoping it goes into sale) for evening looks...

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My shoes are from LK Bennett here and I'm in love with them. They're the "Floret" shape that I've been wearing for years and (apologies to long time readers of the blog) are in my humble opinion the best heel on the market. I have little feet so heels are tricky as they stretch my arches more than somebody with regular sized hooves. Therefore heels are uncomfortable and I can't usually wear them for more than a few hours. However, these ones are the best (I can do a whole day and night in them, easily) and here is a link to the entire range. I picked these ones because I want to wear them with a little red dress to one of the weddings this summer, but I couldn't wait and they seemed fitting for the flower show!

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Other bits and pieces include the bag (a long awaited Vestiaire Collective purchase, I kept an eye on the site for months) from Louis Vuitton which I'm so pleased with - somehow is being second hand also makes me less shy about wearing it all the time, I'm not as worried about scratching it etc... The sunnies are new from Fendi, I went to see them last week and picked up a few pairs for Italy, so excited. Just a house move to get out of the way, and then we're off!

Outfit credits:
khaki shirt, Zara / similar here (bought this, oops) / similar here
shoes, LK Bennett / as flats / entire Floret range here

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