Hi hi! I've been a little lax with posting lately as I've been away and I'm always consumed for a good few weeks of preparation and planning beforehand and then it takes another week or so to adjust back to reality! I was only gone for 4 days but sometimes I think that's harder to plan for and then get back into the swing of things. Anyway, I'm here, I'm back and I've got a huuugee backlog of outfit photos to get up - so I'm starting with this feature in collaboration with Laura Ashley which was shot just before I went away (hence the pre-suntan - hopefully I can get some outfits shot while I still have a slight glow; although I always find it disappears almost immediately after stepping back off the plane!)
Summer is one of my favourite times of year for dressing - I feel it pushes me to be more creative with trends and styling, as it could be so easy to just throw on a dress and pair of sandals every day. Don't get me wrong, of course there are days just like that, especially since becoming a Mama because let's face it, sometimes, there just aren't enough hours in the day/ hours of sleep had to concoct a creative ensemble...fellow fashion conscious Mamas - am I right, or am I right!?
I used to be all about 'more is more' - the more colour, pattern, accessories - you name it, the better. However as the years have gone by my style has dramatically evolved - I still love colour and pattern but I'm much more concerned with creating a capsule wardrobe full to the brim with good quality basics and investment pieces that deploy longevity, in all the neutral tones with splashes of colour here and there. You can read more about my journey of simplicity in my previous post here.
This is what I love about Laura Ashley - you can really see and feel the quality of a garment ensuring you'll continue to wear it for years to come. Embracing my newer minimal and simplistic approach to outfit building, one trend I just cannot get enough of this season is Utility. I just love how you can create such a chic look from basics and keeping the colour palette within neutral territory. I picked out these taupe cropped Capri pants for that laid back look and paired it with the lace sleeved shirt - you just can't beat a classic, crisp white shirt and I love the fact that this one adds a touch of the Laura Ashley femininity with the delicate lace inserts. To finish off the look I added the neutral colour block cross body bag for practicality running around after my toddler, and of course because it tied in beautifully with the colour palette. A pair of sunnies and heeled sandals topped off the outfit with a subtle touch of glam, to add in my own little twist - I am not usually one for flats and to me anything with a little heel always makes me feel more confident, especially as I'm a mere 5"3!
I actually wore this on one of the warmest days we've had in Blighty so far to take Theo to a lovely little park and feed the ducks. It was the perfect attire for such a warm day - I kept cool thanks to the light fabrics and bypassed feeling all hot and bothered in the heat while looking after the little one, as well as being comfy and casual for a Mother/Son day - but all the while keeping that little bit of 'chic' with the little extras such as the lace detailing.
This outfit has got a kind of 'Traveller' vibe to it with the neutral tones and the silhouette of the classic shirt and trousers. I would definitely pack this ensemble in my case for a holiday; I can just picture exploring dinky little cobbled streets and soaking up the sun sat leisurely outside quaint cafes wearing this outfit. I might wear the shirt open with a little striped crop top underneath for more of a holiday vibe, or even tie it in a knot to show a subtle and classy amount of midriff. I would add a white floppy hat, striped straw beach bag, twist my hair into a messy top know to keep cool, add a slick of red lipstick and definitely trade in the heels for a glam pair of flat sandals for those tricky cobbles!