I'm off to Sri Lanka this summer for nearly 3 weeks. We will share a family holiday for a week then my daughter will be doing some volunteer work with Dogstar Foundation. I need cool, cotton, summer dresses. I don't like linen (I don't like how they crease)! Do pass on any ideas please ladies!
In the meantime here are a few I have found.
This one has been ordered, arrived and tried on and I can report I am very pleased with it, it is cotton, lose and flowing and pretty! Bonita Paisley Print Dress from Monsoon at £49.
Here is another possibility, I like the colour and the that it is midi length rather than maxi, this is the Josette Stitch Detail Dress at £59.
Moving onto Next now which is good value for dresses that don't get worn much (let's face it, it is rare the UK weather is hot enough)! Although this one is higher priced so I am hoping it is going to be amazing. I've ordered it and the one below but not picked them up yet. Blue Broiderie Dress from Next at £65.
I quite like a shorter dress when it is really hot and I can show off my tan. This one is the Blue Embroidered Dress from Next at £24 so a very good price.
This one isn't cotton but I do find the Boden jersey dresses comfortable and work very well in the UK. I bought this one with a good discount a few weeks ago. The full price is £90 so make sure you look out for a 20% offer. I am looking forward to wearing this and it will be one of the first dresses to be hanging in my wardrobe as the weather heats up (and just before publishing I wore it ... scroll down to see). Diana Jersey Dress from Boden at £90.
I tried this one from Hush and I so wanted it to fit! I really loved it. Okay so it's not cotton but for the UK weather it would be fine. But sadly it was too long in the body for me, the waist sat too low and I would have needed to lift the shoulders so it had to go back but if you are not as vertically challenged as me it might work and it is lovely. Windsor Dress from Hush at £89.
That's as far as I've got with my research. I've looked at Aspiga but they really are very expensive and I have looked at Coco Bay but not a lot in cotton - if you find anything I'd love to hear from you.
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PS My daughter passed her driving test today! First time, only two minors. Big excitement here.
Not Dressed As Lamb
So excited to be doing my first blog giveaway! This is all happening on Instagram over the Easter weekend so do please pop over there to join in. One lucky follower will be able to choose a pom pom scarf from the two below - coral or navy, both are absolutely gorgeous!
I have been slowly introducing some brighter spring colours into my wardrobe over the last few weeks. And changing my base colour from black to navy. I've not gone out and bought loads of new outfits (yet) but adding a new scarf or two is the perfect way to update things without spending a fortune. Plus we still need a bit of extra layering to keep the chill off at the moment and a lighter weight scarf is a good way to do that.
Here I am wearing the coral one with a navy blue silk blouse from Hush - it's a lovely colour clash combo as the birds are pink and coral! But I think that coral goes so well with navy blue.
And this is the navy blue one worn with a pink Hobbs jumper I featured on my last blog post - it is in the sale. I love the way the pom poms fall on the scarf - the trick to wearing the scarf like this is to hold it from a corner then drape it round - I will need to do an instastory on this!
Plus the new scarves I have will double as sarongs in the summer for my holiday in Sri Lanka! I used one of Sweet-Bea's lightweight scarves last year for this purpose and it was perfect as an easy cover-up and to use if I needed some protection from the sun. You know the one leg that is a sticking out from under the umbrella or has gone a bit red.
Here I am styling it with a navy blue bikini from The White Company (mine is last year but there are similar navy ones this year and they even have tiny pom pom detail too)! My trilby hat is from Marks & Spencer Menswear - again mine was last year but have a look at this one - I have a size small.
I am wearing the navy one here with a beautiful sky blue coat from Boden - I picked this up in their late sale a couple of years ago, I always try to buy expensive items like coats in the sale - Boden currently have a mid season sale on with up to 50% off so worth seeing if you can find a few bargains.
But I think this scarf will also double up really well as a sarong!
And doesn't it look fresh against the navy and white breton? This one is from French Connection but Boden have some in the sale at the moment. A breton is a perfect transitional item to take us from spring to summer.
And finally I wanted to share these pom pom garlands for brightening up your home! They'd look fabulous in a child's room or I am going to use mine in my 'she shed/gym' to make me smile on a dull day. They come in lots of different colours - baby pink, grey, white and turquoise and they are £16 less the 20% discount available all next week! The little fur heart key rings are really cute too - not too big and lots of pretty colours. These key rings double up as beach bag charms too!
To use my exclusive discount at Sweet Bea please put the code FAB20 in at the checkout for 20% off and free UK postage.
But don't forget to pop over to Instagram and join in the GIVEAWAY for a new scarf!
Diana Maxi Dress from Boden (now in sale), hat as before, scarf as before.
It's Easter again, doesn't time fly! Last year I wrote about using the long weekend to have a wardrobe sort out.
This year I will be doing the same again and reminding myself of the tips from Katherine in last year's post.
This year Easter is a bit earlier and we have hardly been blessed with any spring weather yet - we've had the odd day/hour/minute :) but really nothing to get inspired by.
I have even bought a few new bits of knitwear in the sales as I have got fed up with my winter colours but it is not time yet to get the lighter knits or spring colours out. It is so frustrating (yeah I know it's no ones fault)!!. These three Hobbs jumpers were all reduced in the sale and I thought with two having 3/4 sleeves I could make them work until it does finally warm up! I love a pink jumper for spring. Hobbs knitwear sale here or at John Lewis here.
But I really do need to spend some time moving my heavy winter wardrobe items out and into storage and getting out my spring / early summer bits. I've already started to sort my scarves out. Look out for my Easter discount at Sweet Bea for some really super scarves and accessories. I will be sharing some ideas for scarves that double as a sarong for the holiday season! I know it feels a long time off but it's fun to plan and dream. And I'm doing my first BLOG GIVEAWAY over on INSTAGRAM! You will have the opportunity to win a beautiful pom pom scarf from Sweet Bea so make sure you are following me and look out for the post on Thursday.
I've already bought two new summer dresses! I am always on the search for cotton dresses and I spotted a few in Monsoon so I ordered one and I am very pleased with it. I also had a £15 voucher and 20% off at Boden so decided to replace my much loved maxi dress. Monsoon Paisley Print Dress and Boden Diana Jersey Maxi Dress. The Boden dress is now reduced in the mid-season sale!
We have a fantastic trip to Sri Lanka organised this summer so I will need lots of cool cotton dresses that don't crease.
What I've been wearing:
Hobbs Etta Jumper Now £52 at John Lewis worn here with black coated jeggings from Next, scarf from Sweet Bea and red boots £18 in the sale at Marks & Spencer.
This blue coat is a few seasons back Boden sale bargain - always the best time to pick up a coat! I am wearing it with a new pom pom navy scarf from Sweet Bea and new navy boots from Hobbs (also in the sale but sold out at John Lewis and Hobbs online - Next have a couple of sizes but not showing the reduction)! I like a navy boot for spring and my old Cara ones had given up!
That's all for now - remember to look out for my Sweet Bea discount and giveaway coming soon and if you would like to have email reminders of new posts and special offers direct to your inbox please do sign up here.
I've resisted this trend so far - I am always late to the party, especially if the trend is something a bit bright, a bit out of my usual stay safe comfort zone. But I spotted these in Next when I was on my 'No Spend February' plus I've seen Avril at A Life to Style wearing a pair she got in the M&S sale and she is one of my inspirations. So I looked at the options more closely.
These are the Red Mid Point She Boot from Next at £38 so pretty good price. As red boots are a trend rather than a classic I don't think it is worth spending a huge amount. I doubt they will be worn daily. They are not leather but look pretty good and were comfortable despite being a 3.5 and I am a 4, also being a shoe boot they are lighter for going into spring. Next had a few other styles so worth browsing but these were my favorites.
These M&S Kitten Heel Pointed Tow Ankle Boots are £35 and look good but I've not tried them on (yet)! Now reduced to £20 - very few sizes though!
Going up a bit in price are these gorgeous pair from Dune - Osha currently reduced to £85.
My favourites are the Dune ones but I am not sure it is worth spending that much so I may try the Next ones in a 4 and see how I get on.
Have you got a pair of red boots - do you wear them?
Update: Between writing this post and actually publishing it, M&S started their mid-season sale and I picked up their red boots for £17 via the Sparks offers. I wore them last night and they are on my Instagram.
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