Totally Tropical

 

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True blue
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So beachy
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Go green
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Picture this…
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Leafy bikini
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Lush greens
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So so vibrant!
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Leafy green
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Onwards and upwards!
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Ash Shilo Boots

A bit of bohemian….

Texture and movement….

They’re suede, tan, tasselled, studded and slightly wedged.

Had my eye on these for a while, perfect for adding a bit of a ‘wild wild west’ or American Indian to a casual look.

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What a load of pants!!

Yoga/boho pants are the height of comfy casual, perfect for lounging around at home or away.

Perfect items to pack for your hols’

They’re stretchy, thin, vibrant, colourful, versatile.

Others are sheer and easy breezy.

They can double up as a pyjama bottoms and easy to wear with a basic vest or off shoulder top.

They’re light weight and easy to fold up and have in your bag for a quick change on a day out.

I’ve probably bought way too many of these, but all the colours are so pretty – it’s nice to have a wide variety right!

You can buy them all over the internet, and in most ‘holiday’ shop sections of leading websites.

Now that’s pants!

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A Guide To Elegance for every woman…. by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

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Looking for something easy to read on the beach this summer?

“When comfort becomes an end in itself, it is the Public Enemy Number One of elegance.” pg 32.

A Guide to Elegance‘ was published in 1964 and this is reflected in some of the authors views  (a bit old fashioned some might say) in light of more modern fashion trends today.

Nevertheless, many of the driving principles of an elegant outlook are still true today – but perhaps more of a rarity amongst the majority.

You may not agree with every little thing the author says, but I think you’ll be hard pressed not to find something in this book that is useful, worth considering, or a principle you already know to be true.

A key theme that stands out in this book: that old chestnut ‘quality over quantity’.

Good quality capsule pieces that can be mixed/matched and accessorised automatically make you appear more well put together. If money is very tight and this is difficult to achieve, it is still a good principle to strive for – choose one key capsule piece to start saving up for (a quality coat, bag, well fitted skirt, etc ) and build your capsule wardrobe slowly.

A Guide To Elegance‘ made me smile, not because it was funny, (well actually some of the advice and opinions ‘seem’ a little funny to hear in 2016 just because political correctness and feminism have done a grand job of blowing these sentiments out of the window) but because it really brings home how little regard many of us give to ‘elegance’ these days; though it isn’t really something you think of consciously – instead it is a byproduct of how you groom, present and carry yourself.

When we see elegance we know it, because it is so rare and impressive, leaving a lasting impression behind.

This book is very easy to read, with short chapters divided into handy subsections, and quite nice if you commute as you don’t feel like you’re losing your thread when you keep stopping and starting.

Excerpts from ‘A Guide to Elegance

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Clutch of the day: Bagged it!

There will never be just one bag for all occasions, seasons and tastes.

A clutch bag offers a few note worthy things:

  • Minimalism
  • Elegance
  • Tidiness
  • Formality
  • De-cluttered presentation

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A clutch bag forces you to go into your bag with that bit more grace. As opposed to drilling your arm, elbow deep into your bag and rummaging wildly for this, that or the other.

With nothing hanging off your shoulder, your dress/outfit becomes all the more ‘centre stage’.

I got this black crock print clutch from Mango.

Compared to other high street retailers with similar bags, this one was far less bulky under the arm, and pounds lighter whilst empty.

Now for the compromise.  You cannot throw in all your usual day to day paraphernalia. The last thing you need is bulk, if you want a snug fit and the bag to click shut.

If you’re like me and tend to take an umbrella almost everywhere, then a regular tubular umbrella is no use here. You need a supper slim/flat umbrella for this bag.

 

The chain is a nice bold feature, and versatile. It looks nice tucked into the bag, draping over sides, but can also be worn in traditional hand bag style.

Personally, I think any textured animal print in black just gives off quite a strong, powerful and formal look.

There is also something about this bag that reminds me of Chanel, that bold, yet understated, simple and serious.

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Delightful Deal!!

Another great bargain.

Quilted leather gloves, extremely soft.

Perfect for a smart, formal look.

Echoes of Chanel….

Thick and fleecy on the entire inside of each glove – very warm

Black. You can’t get any more versatile.

Originally £29.95

Bought for a thrifty £8.99, can’t go wrong!!

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Bicester Shopping Village, Oxfordshire

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If you love your designer labels with up to 60% off, take a trip to the self contained Bicester Shopping Village and wonder around these pretty cottage styled stores and grab a bargain.

(Pronounced – Biester)

Tip: Check the weather forecast beforehand – best to avoid a rainy day as this is an outdoor village.

https://www.bicestervillage.com/en/home/ 

 

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Style Thoughts and Tips

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Not that I’m a fashion expert or anything…..

Being stylish really isn’t about how much money you spend, it’s all down to how you put a look together, and the confidence you exude when carrying it off

Low rise jeans are a great style for a slim waist and adds length to a short body.

Try to gather a wide selection of umbrellas in different colours and patterns – then you’ll always have a brolly to compliment any outfit. Your umbrella is an accessory, when it rains you wear it – essentially!!

I cannot bear to see white or orange stitching on denim – in fact I’m not keen on seeing any stitching – I think it makes them look cheap

If you live alone (or even if you don’t !) make sure you would be happy to be seen in whatever you choose to wear for bed should you (heaven forbid) need to dash out into the night due to some imminent emergency (or keep something easy to throw on – close to hand)

I do not like those belts where you push the pointer into the punched hole. The holes have a habit of stretching after a while and then the belt start popping off while you wear them – no good. I much prefer a buckle or friction belt

If you can’t find the time to do your nail polish in the morning and mostly stick to the same colour, invest in a good shellac – a french manicure/white tip shellac would be the easiest to maintain if possible – you’ll hardly notice as they grow out.

Ok I know it’s ‘cool’ at the moment and lots of women do it BUT, personally, I’m not a fan of a mis-matched bikini. It’s like taking the cherry of the cake – the whole look seems to be missing something and lacks impact.

Check your VPL before leaving the house, especially in the summer when wearing lighter fabrics, or a slinky dress. (Visible panty lines can cheapen an otherwise impressive look – take heed). Invest in some seamless knickers.

Smarten up boring cardigans and jackets/coats with some stylish buttons. A bit of haberdashery can go a long way!

When wearing heels, please do not drag your feet across the floor when you walk – unless you are trying to pull off “how not to be elegant” 

Boost black cotton garments with Dylon fabric dye every now and again – keeps the looking rich in colour. 

Every underwear drawer should also have a few tshirt bras. Bumpy textures are not a good look when wearing chiffons and thin vests

 

Garments with movement, swish/swirl/float, automatically add femininity to any look

No point wearing nice shoes and a scruffy bag, bags and shoes are worth investing well in – they really set off your whole look 

Sunglasses in a hue to match something you are wearing really makes an impact.

 

Thick parcel tape is great for removing fluff off dark clothes

 

Lovely smart clothes for work+trainer+rucksack = style demolished

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Do not let your heels wear down to the point of leaning: this is not a good look and bad for posture

 

Polish your shoes and iron your clothes, it makes such a difference to the quality and makes you look well groomed

 

Nail polish remover is great for removing marks from patent shoes

 

Patent shoes look fabulous with ultra glossy tights

Personally, putting full make-up on while sat on the tube is as good as blowing your own cover ladies. Some things should remain mysterious

 

Keep a bottle of topcoat clear shine nail polish in your bag 4 any time you need a gloss-up b4 a meeting, lunch, after work drinks etc

 

I prefer to wear two signature pieces of jewellery at time, three’s a crowd

 

Sandals and socks – just don’t

 

Unless your job prevents it – always wear nail polish (even if only a clear shiny one), dull nails look like you haven’t made an effort

 

Wear a pair of gloves when putting on tights or holdups to prevent nails from catching on them.

 

If the shoes pinch in the shop, do not buy them, you will end up wearing them once and then never again

 

People always look at your nails. Keep them well groomed & polished. 

DIY manicure while watching TV, no excuse to neglect.

 

When wearing leggings, wear a top that covers your bits. Too much information is not pretty!!

 

A distinguished hat will add drama and charisma to any outfit.

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There is something about a person’s shoes that just gives you a whole vibe about them

 

Have a stash of boob tubes in every colour going, they are great for layering and adding colour

 

Bra straps showing (even clear ones) can often look tacky. Invest in a range of bras with racer back, hater neck, multiway options

 

When wearing sheer clothing, wear underwear that is as close to your skin tone as possible

 

Nails that are ‘just’ over the tip of the finger look better than talons

 

A scarf is another great way to add colour, texture and charisma to an outfit – for any season

 

Make sure your coat length is longer than your dress or skirt – flows better and looks more elegant

 

Round and high neck tops will accentuate the bust, V necks have a minimising effect

 

Bring coloured jeans back to life with Dylon machine dye, especially black and dark blue. Anything that looks like faded black looks cheap and scruffy.

 

Sleep with a leave in conditioner and plaits for glossy waves in the morning

 

A purse to match your bag really looks impressive

 

An umbrella to match the colours you are wearing – impressive, most people mismatch. Get brollies in as many colours as possible, they are an accessory after all all.

 

Carry sunglasses in you bag as standard, the sun can shine anytime of the year whether its hot or not

 

The flatter the sole of the shoe, the more elegant and expensive they look (as opposed to chunky platform soles. Hidden platforms are also preferable….you don’t see the adjoining line between the shoe and platform piece)

 

Spray perfume inside the underarm of coats, cardigans and jumpers, the warmth in this area makes the scent radiate

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When wearing a ponytail, cover the hair band by wrapping a strand of hair around it and discretely pinning under the nape of the neck

 

For me, sports wear (including socks and trainers) should only be worn when playing sport

 

Keep spare tights in your bag unless you are wearing a thick denier

A scarf can inexpensively style & edge-up bland outfits, stock up on scarves for all seasons, silky and chunky.

I’ll add more if anything springs to mind!!

Style is a very personal and individual thing, there are no rules really, but we all have our preferences, and even though I’m sharing mine, it really is ‘how’ you style and carry your look, rather than merely ‘what’ you wear that makes a positive impact

……and another thing, ten people could all wear the same thing, following the same ‘rules’ and perhaps only one would make your head turn in admiration, so “wear it your way”!!