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6 Best Sun Hats on the High Street

I have a countdown app on my phone which tells me exactly how long I have until I board my plane and jet off into the sun. I’m talking by the day, hour, minute and second. In the build up to that I’ve started picking up my holiday ‘essentials’. By essentials I mean bikinis, suncream and sunglasses. And while I now have 5 bikinis, 5 bottles of suncream and at least 5 pairs of sunglasses, I still don’t have a hat. And being the pale, freckled wonder that I am, I will burn.[Read more]

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The Pros and Cons of St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion

Anything that can be done in the shower, saving time, is a winner for me. From shaving my legs and brushing my teeth, to applying my tan, say what?! As soon as I saw St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion that could be applied from the comfort of my shower, I was all over it… After the Boots offer of selling it for a tenner was over, of course. Here are my pros and cons.
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Finery Are Killing Florals and I Want Them All

I am massively in love with Finery and have blogged about items from their collections a lot, however, I’ve yet to commit to a purchase. I think that might be about to change as Finery are having a floral moment.

I’ve recently organised my wardrobe and have noticed a few gaps, especially for the warmer weather. I’m after another pair of printed trousers and another work-appropriate skirt. They have that and more. I’ve picked out my five favourite floral numbers and trust me when I say this wasn’t an easy process.

Ida Kitsch Posey Straight Leg Trousers, £45

While this wouldn’t normally be a colour or print combo I’d go for, I really, really want them. I’d wear them just like the model above, with a tucked in tee and sandals, letting the retro-inspired print do all the talking.

Elmington Garland Pop Strap Back Dress, £69

This dress is beautiful and ticks all my needs. It’s made to define the waist, finishes mid calf, has a pleated skirt and has no back, just three intertwining ribbons for straps. It’s perfection.

Elmore Camofleur Print Wrap Skirt, £49

This dreamy wrap skirt certainly does all the talking. Sitting just below the waistline this skirt features clever panelling details and tuck and turns at every corner. All it needs is a plain top tucked in and some wedges. Both of which I can manage.

Henson Garland Pop Print Shorts, £39

I have a feeling that these would show far too much skin for work but weekends and barbecues with friends require smart yet casual dressing which doesn’t get better than this. Plus, I can pack these away for my beach holiday in September.

Blythe Tropical Print Boatneck Dress, £99

I’m ending this already gorgeous post on a high with the ultimate dress that’s ready for all occasions. The design feels vintage but the structure adds a modern attitude with it’s wide neck, nipped in waist and cute v-neck dip to the back. I’m sold. And this wasn’t even on my original list.

Check out Finery’s full Florals Reimagined collection.

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Want it on Wednesday: The Ultimate Summer Jacket

I have a sneaky suspicion that this jacket could be the jacket of the summer.

Lulu Kennedy has busted out a nifty little range for Indigo Collection at M&S, and I have a feeling that the mix of relaxed denim and patterned dresses won’t be hanging around for too long. In the meantime, I’d like to focus on my highlight, this Fringe Trim Jacquard Blazer.

This is perfect for the strange weather we’re currently having. Chuck on your trusty jeans, a simple white tee and vamp it up with a slick of lippy and this jacket. Boom. Outfit made.

It’s as easy as adding it to your basket, spending £75 and shouting BOOM. Done.

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Want it on Wednesday: The Perfect Summer Dress

Instagram is making me a mental spendaholic. I don’t spend any actual money, instead I screenshot all of the clothes, shoes, bags, homeware items that I aspire to own and create a little sub folder where they all live happily together. Every now and then I like to reopen said sub folder and browse, mentally filling my wardrobe, living room and lifestyle with these dreamy items. With today’s WIOW item I actually went one step further. I took a screenshot, standard, and then hopped online to track it down so I could admire all angles.

You see, I struggle to dress for work in the summer. I have plenty of Summer frocks but some of the hemlines are questionable for work. I also have to factor in my commute, which will be fine in the mornings but by the time I’m on the overground home, the train will have been roasting in the sun all day without any air conditioning. Imagine a face-in-armpit situation with no breeze and top it all off with beads of sweat pouring down your face and that’s what it’s like. Filthy and disgusting but true.

This rather long winded explanation should explain my fascination with finding the perfect summer dress that can be worn both to work (train friendly) and out with friends at the weekend, and I think this Long Layer Dress from Zara does just that.

It’s in a beautiful shade of blue, which I’m hoping will compliment my pasty limbs. It’s long, flowing, has a nice v neck which isn’t too revealing, drapes nicely and isn’t form fitted, yet it does have a belted waist to highlight the slimmest part of the body. All for £40.

Chuck on a pair of sandals (I’m in need of those too) and you’re good to go. Nice work Zara. Very nice work.