I will be honest and admit to struggling to find my style mojo right now! Some seasons it all just falls into place - like it did last year - but this year I can't quite seem to decide what I am loving! But I did a quick swoop on John Lewis last week and I do love the knitwear colours in their new John Lewis & Partners range. So here I am sharing an easy to wear autumn outfit - great for down days, errand days, pop on a black biker jacket or a faux fur gilet or jacket and you are good to go!
I 'met' Kate on Instagram soon after I started blogging, Her stylish ladies scarves and pretty grid caught my eye, we share a love of scarves and we are both scarf addicts! Kate's first business is online scarf and accessories store Sweet Bea and if you are a regular visitor to my blog then you know that I feature Sweet Bea a lot in my posts, Kate has called me her 'best customer' on many occasions! If I need a scarf for an outfit my first stop is always to see what Sweet Bea has. She also has some great choices for presents for birthdays or Christmas. And she has a lot of leopard print right now because it is so on-trend - like this blue leopard print scarf you can see Kate wearing below.
Last week was full on but so much fun and so many new opportunities for me and my blog. I posted some of my adventures on Instagram but as we are charging into autumn now and gradually moving from our summer wardrobe to our autumn wardrobe I thought it might be helpful to share some outfits posts and tell you a bit more about what I am wearing now.
I am not great at transitional dressing so if like me you need a bit of inspiration then you might find these ideas helpful ...
I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to review this gorgeous range of ethical activewear from Asquith. This is a brand that has only recently come to my attention but the benefits of bamboo clothing has been slowly coming onto my radar for a while.
I adore their new autumn colours. I chose the claret and pink with a hint of rust as well as a pair of black tie pants. I was drawn to the style of the black pair as they can be adjusted for the shorter leg! Being 'short' I do have a problem with this style but the Asquith Hero Tie Pants can be tightened at the bottom and therefore suitable for short and tall.
Benefits of Bamboo Clothing
Bamboo clothing in general but in particular bamboo exercise clothing appeals to me due to its ability to wick away sweat, it is breathable, soft and naturally anti-bacterial. It is exceptionally comfortable to wear and suitable for sensitive skin. It is also an environmentally low-impact fabric.
Asquith incorporate organic cotton into their range too. Also a durable and breathable fabric that will not bobble, fade or stretch. And like bamboo, feels amazingly soft against the skin.
Asquith say that once you have felt the softness of their bamboo activewear you will not want to take it off! I agree, it is incredibly soft and comfortable as well as being very flattering.
Let's be honest - you can wear it for yoga, pilates or a gym workout but hey it is also fantastic as everyday 'athleisure'. No exercise needed! I am not a fan of relaxing in PJ's but I do love a lose pant or cosy leggings. These bamboo yoga pants and yoga leggings definitely fit the bill. In fact, it is Monday morning and as I do the final edits to this post, I am wearing the hero tie pants and pink top and yes I definitely love!
Bamboo Yoga Pants
First of all I chose the Hero Tie Pants in black (see photos above) - because a girl always needs comfortable black yoga style pants in her wardrobe. They have a very soft, elastic waistband that folds over so it is flattering and holds you in (I need that)! They are so soft and drape beautifully. The tie at the hem means I can pull them tighter and therefore adjust the length. Perfect, I suspect these will become a wardrobe staple for relaxing at home, walking my dogs or even yoga!
Bamboo Yoga Leggings
Next I decided to try the new claret colour and chose the Move It Leggings (see below). As I mentioned I am quite short (not quite 5' 3") and they are longer on me but not overly so. They really are extremely soft and flattering and I doubt they will move much during a workout. They will be put to the test later in the week when I finally get back to the gym.
Bamboo Yoga Tops
I chose the Balance Bra Top in claret and the Chi Racer Top in rust (see below) to go with both my hero pants and move-it leggings. The bra top is very comfortable (I sized up) and I love the ruched detailing on the sides of the chi racer top.
I added in the Long Sleeve Smooth You Tee in pearl pink to keep me warm! It has lovely floaty puff sleeves and a wide waistband that can be worn on the hip. I love it with the hero pants as it is also soft and drapey - and comfortable!
For yoga, pilates and living in ...
Every item in their range complements each other, it is incredibly stylish with a beautiful seasonal colour palette. Bamboo makes fantastic exercise wear due to its moisture wicking properties so I don't feel a desperate need to take it off, I can run errands on the way home! I also think that the range would make a very stylish outfit to travel in - by car or by plane as it won't crease or look crushed and it will maintain it's freshness. I wish I'd had it when we flew to Sri Lanka.
They have a good range of sizes too - starting at S and going up to XL. I chose the S (M in the bra top) and everything fitted very well. The leg length is longer but I didn't find it a problem.
If you sign up to their newsletter online then you can get 15% off your first order, they also offer free delivery if you spend over £75 and all returns are free.
I am looking forward to getting lots of wear out of my Asquith items over the coming months, preferably in front of the TV and a log fire!
Disclaimer: these items were gifted to me by Asquith They asked me to try them out and review them on my blog.. All opinions and words are my own.
'Asquith uses organic cotton and bamboo fabrics to create their ethical yoga clothes. Sustainable with excellent stretch capabilities and supremely soft next to your skin, you will feel comfortable and confident in all of their ethical activewear. Discover more about Asquith's organic yoga clothes for life both on and off the mat here ...'
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