26.08.2016- Most Wanted: Warehouse Wonders

Friday, 26 August 2016

With autumn peeking gingerly over the horizon, I'm sure I'm not the only one anticipating the arrival of a new season. Whilst it doesn't feel like we've had that much of a summer, I'm still hoping that we've got at least a few weeks of sunshine left yet, and as such have been seeking out those transitional treasures which appear in such abundance on the high street at this time of the year. With an eye on autumn but still holding on to the spirit of summer, the new season offerings from Warehouse are firmly fixed on my radar:

Daisy Flippy Dress, £49/Clean Belted Trench Coat, £89/Painted Floral Culotte, £29/Tie Waist Shirt Dress, £35/Boxy Popper Detail Jumper, £35/Side Split Cropped Trousers, £45/Dipped Hem Top, £32/Leather Textured Shoulder Bag, £28/Velvet Slip On Trainers, £55, all Warehouse

Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of a failsafe floral, and this pretty print is perfect for the inbetweeny weather, as well as being ideal for teaming with opaque tights when winter arrives. Dodging showers is something which is synonymous with the Great British climate, and as such this trench coat is another staple which would become indispensable as autumn approaches. Keeping one foot firmly in the 'it's still summer!' camp, these stunning printed culottes- which may or may not have already made their way into my shopping basket... 

As far as style essentials go, you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with a simple shirt dress, and this understated design is a real wardrobe hero if ever I saw one- and great for layering over trousers too. Another transitional treasure comes in the shape of this knit- the sort of basic which is a boon to any wardrobe. Regular readers will know that I'm something of a culotte convert, and this black pair are a great investment purchase- great for dressing up or down as well as being a real classic option too. 

Tapping into a fresh colour palette when autumn arrives is always something to look forward to, and this vibrant blouse is a great option for the transitional season, especially if you're keen to pep up some of your winter staples with a bit of brightness. As far as accessories go, it's hard to go wrong with a cross body bag, and this grey design is a great all purpose option for layering over coats and jackets. Finally, keeping things co-ordinated, these velvet skate shoes- adding a little touch of luxury to an everyday staple. 

Are you a fan of Warehouse? 

(Image credit: Warehouse.)

24.08.2016- What I Wore Today #274

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

British summers, such as they are, always tend to be fleeting affairs, so when the sun does make an appearance it usually results in a frantic race to delve into your warm weather wardrobe and make the most of a spell without showers. Whilst my summer staples tend to sit safely in a drawer until I need pack my suitcase for a trip to the beach, over the last few weeks I've made the most of intermittent opportunities to give them a long overdue spell in the sunshine (especially as it's likely to be a little while before I'll be needing them again!)

Shirt- French Connection 
Shorts- Zara 
Bag- Zara 
Sunglasses- Zara

You can't really go wrong with staple denim shorts, can you? Although it's taken me a little while to find the perfect pair, these ones from Zara have become a go-to for me for when the weather warms up, and the slightly more relaxed fit makes them the perfect casual option. This shirt from French Connection is another brilliant basic, and the ideal piece to reach for when the temperatures climb as it's so light and easy to wear. Plus, it'll be great to layer under some of my thicker knits when the inevitable chill starts...

What are your summer essentials?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

22.08.2016- Why I Love the Olympics

Monday, 22 August 2016

 'The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.'
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee

 After a 2016 which had, until a few weeks ago, been largely punctuated by negative headlines, scaremongering, political musical chairs and some of the scariest rhetoric I think I've heard in my lifetime, there's no doubt that we were all in dire need of something to be cheerful about. Thank goodness, then, for the Olympics- and more specifically the incredible achievements of Team GB. After the unforgettable scenes of London 2012, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought that the accomplishments of the team at a home games couldn't be surpassed. Without a home advantage could we still hold our own?

(Whisper it)- of course we could.

There's no doubt that London 2012 will forever loom large in out collective consciousnesses as the most spectacular bookend to an outstanding summer. That incredible Opening Ceremony, where Shakespeare sat alongside Song 2 and sheer spectacle combined with storytelling to paint a poignant picture of a green and pleasant land with a self depreciating sense of humour and lion heart enough ready to welcome the world. Performances which more than lived up to expectations, and images which became as iconic as those five burnished Olympic rings skimming the sky high above Statford, forged by fire, grit, determination and hard work.

Now more than ever before we live in an age of instant gratification, where all too often a measure of success is intangible, fleeting- and something which is largely superficial in nature, based purely on constructed appearance. At the start of the summer you could scarcely watch the news without reports of division, resignation, self serving and enough machinations to make Game of Thrones look like a game of Scrabble. Far better they settle all of that infighting with a sprint over 100 metres and be done with it. 

Watching the incredible achievements of Team GB over the last 16 days has been more than inspirational, and has served as a much needed reminder of the rewards of commitment , team work and not putting limits on what you can accomplish. Not giving up when you're 3-2 down in a penalty shoot out for the Hockey Gold Medal. Breaking World Records over and over again just because you can. Coming back from illness, injury and adversity to achieve something which once seemed completely impossible. Powering your way to the finish line after falling over during your race. Reaching out your hand to help  your brother, as well as your brothers (and sisters) in arms. What better life lessons are there than these?

In short, thank you Team GB for once again giving us something to be proud of. #BringontheGreat (and bring on the Paralympics!)

Have you enjoyed the 2016 Olympics?

(Image credit: Team GB.)

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