Exude some femininity with a blouse...

We are women. Ok, so I know I'm stating the obvious but in this androgynous fashion world I feel we sometimes forget this. We as women are equally as strong as men but our power comes not from brawn but from our gentle and subtle feminine energy. So why don't we use it! Now, I don't say that we should go out there and start posting nude selfies like a certain person I will not name but that we could display it in a more subtle way.

My quick way of adding that gentle feminine touch is to wear a blouse, not a shirt but a blouse. There I said it! I say blouse and I know for most of you it conjures up images of our mothers, doesn't matter how old you are images of your mother come to mind. Well the fundamental difference between a blouse and a shirt to me is that the former is cut just for us, women. It allows for our curves and very often comes in a sumptuous soft to the touch fabric. Now I'm not saying you need to go super feminine unless this is your souls calling but add it to a pair of jeans for that soft but modern vibe. 

Here are some of my favourites 'blouses' from the high street and I show you just how to wear one. So come on, get in touch with that feminine way. 

Blouse A/W16

1. Zadig & Voltaire, £315, 2. Pure Collection, £129 3. Marks & Spencer, £29.50 4. Bimba Y Lola, £135

Blouse Outfit AW16

Shirt, as above; Jeans, River Island £42; Shoes, Lipsy £59; Bag, Mulberry £595; 

Get some sumptuous velvet in your life!

Velvet, most of us of a certain age remember it the 1st time, 2nd time and numerous times after that coming round. Velvet has been slowly creeping back into the limelight for the past 2 winters but this winter it has come right into spot light! 

I know most of us have worn it before and shudder at the thought of wearing it again but trust me the designs this time round will make you change your mind. I really feel velvet can be worn at all ages and has a certain sumptuous decadent vibe about it. Oh and if nothing else its, really forgiving and super warm! So why not add a little to your wardrobe this winter with these lovelies from our amazing high street and embrace your inner Eatha Kitt.

Velvet A/W'16
Velvet A/W'16

1. Shoes, Maje, £299, 2. Jacket, Frame Denim, £4653. Skirt, Roland Mouret, £550, 4. Dress, Manon Baptiste, £140, 5. Dress, LK Bennett, £295



Let your underwear be just that, under-wear!

The summer is well on its way and with this time comes outfits which are lighter, silkier and  less forgiving. With this comes greater responsibility to get the underwear right as you may have a beautiful outfit on but with ill fitting wrong colour choice underwear underneath it will completely spoil the beautiful outfit that you so lovingly put together. 

Fit is one of the most important things when thinking about underwear so for bras I feel women should get measured regularly, many of the department stores offer a free bra fitting service so we have no excuse ladies! I recommend trying several department stores as different brands come up differently and also so you can compare the results. As for briefs, I am one of the biggest advocates of high waisted briefs regardless if your a size 8-20. They just create a much better silhouette and are not likely to give you lumps you never knew you had any. Also, Summer = seam-free briefs! I think at this time of year with the lighter, tighter outfits you just need seam-free briefs.

As for colour I am really pleased to see that the lingerie industry is realising that the term 'nude' is about a thing being a colour close to a persons skin tone. With that realisation they also had to acknowledge that their shoppers come in more than 1 or 2 skin tones but a whole host of skin tones.....well we have different foundations don't we!? So enter the new breed of lingerie and brands leading the way with it!


Naja a lingerie brand with a desire to make the world a better place. So when you shop with them you are helping their female workforce to get paid an above average wage. Also help provides things such as books to the children of the single mothers on their workforce. On top of all of that they believe in great quality bras marketed in a way that is sensitive to women. Great huh! Their 'Nude for all' range comes in 7 shades so I am sure there is a shade to match most skin tones! The only draw back is the hefty delivery costs you will have to incur as it is being shipped from the US.  But I think it is great lingerie and totally worth it!



Nubian Skin

Nubian skin is a British based company who was set up as they saw that there was a lack of choice on the market for 'nude' lingerie for many women. They stock both lingerie and hosiery in a host of shades. They have both essential T-shirt bras and also a lace collection. Also, their price point is amazing so you have to check them out!







Jumpsuits are for all, don't let that jersey slim leg jumpsuit tell you otherwise!

Jumpsuits have been around in fashion for a long time and never really ever goes out of fashion. Each season it just gets and update whether it be with prints, fabrics and colours. Spring time is lovely time of year when the weather starts to warm up, the flowers bloom and everyone just has an extra spring in their step. Although its warmer you may not feel ready to really get your legs out so a jumpsuit is a great way to look more springlike without baring any flesh. 

I know many of us believe that jumpsuits are just not for us because of that one time you tried one of those jersey slim leg jumpsuits and did not like what was looking back in the mirror at you. Let me tell you its not just you!! Those jersey slim leg trousers are just not made for most women's bodies. a) Jersey is not forgiving and b) the slim leg does not work for many body shapes! Let me give you a brief outline on what shape is best for each body type.

Apple shape - A jumpsuit with a V neck in a more structured fabric with a wide or slim (not narrow) bottom. You can also benefit from the new wave of culotte jumpsuits. 

Body Shapes

Pear Shape - Go for jumpsuit with a slash neck or boat neck and it will give the appearance of being broader on top. You can really have fun with the current seasons off the shoulder jumpsuit. I recommend the bottom of the jumpsuit to be a wide leg, a peg leg or you can also do the culotte jumpsuit of the current season.

Carrot - I suggest staying away from V necks and going for something softer like a scoop neck. You can also do something with an asymmetric neck line. I would suggest volume on the bottom with a wide leg or at the slimiest a straight leg.

Hourglass - You really need a jumpsuit that will cinch you in at the waist with a V neck. The bottom of the jumpsuit can be a straight leg or a wide leg which will make your waist look even smaller.

So that being said here are a couple of my favourite jumpsuits on the market:

Jumpsuits Spring'16

1. Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit by Love, Topshop, £45

2. V neck Peg leg jumpsuit, Asos, £45

3. Four shadow Ruffle jumpsuit, C/MEO collective, £155

4. Pinstripe jumpsuit, Uterque, £160

So go out shopping and dispel this myth that you cant wear a jumpsuit!



Bank holiday weekend getaway......what to pack!

Yaaaay, the first of our 2 May bank holidays are fast approaching and I am sure many of you have plans to have a quick getaway. Well, what to pack is always a dilemma. You want to feel you have enough options to be ready for anything however you don't want to lug your whole wardrobe with you.....that's just not practical (although I do try!). What you want is a small capsule wardrobe that you can mix and match and can make numerous outfits for any impromptu outings while away. Some of the items I have listed I feel are essential items worth investing in for your wardrobe in general. So here is my suggestion for what to pack, some of these things you may have in your wardrobe already and others you can nip out and buy.....what better excuse than a weekend away!


May weekend getaway

1. Rostock Double Breasted Wool Blazer, MaxMara, £270. A classic every women needs a version in their wardrobe 

2. Long Sleeve Breton Top, Boden, £26.50. Breton tops never go out of style, another essential for any woman's wardrobe.

3. Mid- Rise jeans, Zara, £25.99. A good pair of jeans is another essential item!

4. Beige Lace-up flat shoes, Nine By Savannah Miller, Debenhams, £25.00

5. Ferne Slouchy Bag, Boden, £139 

6. Aitrex Coloumn Midi Dress, Topshop, £55. Taps into this seasons slip dress trend.

7. Sunny off-the-shoulder cotton top, W118 By Walter Baker, £50. A hero piece of the season which I feel most body shapes can wear!

8. Yellow Clutch, Liu Jo, £60

9. Play to Win Mules, ASOS, £21

10. Bi-stretch Skinny Ankle pants, Gap, £29.99

Weekend Getaway wardrobe

11. Jaeger Classic Trench, Jaeger, £225. A good classic trenchcoat is a must for any wardrobe and a good cover up for spring.

12. Shirt, Zara, £29.99.

13. Linen T-Shirt, Toast, £59. Good t-shirts are priceless and can take you far!


Beautiful Boden SS'16 Bags

Boden is a wonderful brand who I feel make just the perfect breton t-shirts. However I have to say that I am really loving their selection of handbags for this season. They tap into some of the key bag trends for this season such as the white bags seen on the runways of Louis Vuitton, Marni, Dior and Celine. Also the 70s boho trend has just not left yet and these bags also tap into this with their tassels as seen in the DVF, BCBG and Alice+Olivia runway shows. Bold colour blocking were featured on the Gucci runways and Boden has a bit of this too! So here are a few of my favourite bags from their selection, hope you love them as much as I do!


Boden Bags

1. Tilly Bag, Boden, £189

2. Abbey Bag, Boden £159

3. Sophia Bag, Boden, £109 

Oh hail Platform Brogues

Every so often fashion gives our tired feet some grace and flat shoes really get their moment in the spotlight. This is just such a moment and for that reason there are a wide range of options from pointy flats to trainers and everything in between. Now I have to admit that I have just never really quite been a flat ballet pump kind of girl.......the ballet pumps I have owned have often been reserved as something to carry in my bag just in case my feet start to hurt. But I have often seen many an elegant woman pull them off effortlessly. I also tend to picture them on wonderfully elegant Parisian women which I have to admit elegance is not something I am always quite channelling. 

So now that brings me on to my choice of flats....brogues, just up my alley! For the past few seasons brogues have become a trainer/brogue hybrid with them featuring a platform with a sporty edge. This gives you the perfect cross over that you feel smart enough to wear it to something more formal but they have a sporty style which is incredibly comfortable. They also work well for your off duty wear as they have the sporty edge so it's an all round winner!

You can wear them with your cropped chinos, cigarette trousers, cropped frayed  jeans (really having a moment). I also wear them with tights and a jumper dress so feel free to experiment! So to help your quest to find your own perfect platform brogue here are some of my favourites. 

Platform brougues

1. Fringed flat shoes, Zara, £39.99

2. Factor Two Tone Flatform Lace, £110

3. Patent Leather Oxfords, Jil Sander, £297

4. Knox Flatform Brogue, Kurt Geiger, £110

5. Copper Elyse Star Shoes, Stella McCartney, £625

Khaki, the new Camel.....?

So spring is here....I think I can hear the faint cries of hooray! We can finally start to ditch some of those layers and put on lighter coats, lighter colours.....in fact everything lighter!

Let's talk transitional wear, how to go from a dark and long winter to a brighter warmer spring whilst making it look effortless. Khaki has long been on the radar and comes around most springs but this spring it is here in a big way. Last year it was all about the camel but Khaki this year has taken over as the new neutral and the new go to! Khaki is a winner as it just about goes with anything from navy to grey to yellow and even orange. Also khaki trumps camel as quite a few skin tones can pull off. If you find khaki not the best colour for you then opt for wearing it on the bottom. So this season there are a plethora of great khaki buys out there and I have found a few wonderful pieces to get your khaki obsession rolling.

Khaki Spring'16 items

1. Shirt Dress, Uniqlo £29.90.  Wear now with a skinny jean and brogues and wear later on its own with sandals

 2. Suede coat, Zara , £159. Wear now with simple slouchy knitwear, jeans and ankle boots...if your feeling daring add a snakeskin ankle boot!

3. Trousers, Karen Millen, £125. Wear easily now with an ankle boot, brogue or court shoes. Add a trench, leather jacket or blazer to easily change the look.

Khaki Spring'16 pieces

1. Pleated skirt, Topshop, £59. Wear with slouchy knitwear or a crisp white shirt with a lace up court shoe

2. Trench coat, M&S Archive by Alexa, £89. Amazing trench at a great price point which will sell out quickly! Throw this beauty over the top of anything!

3. Shirt, Zara, £29.99. Wear with jeans...whatever style suits your shape best.