Friday, 18 August 2017

Leopard Print Dress Love & #Passion4Fashion Linkup

The leopard print love is strong in this one. I mean really strong. I'm not a big pattern person anymore, opting for bold colours but no print, but my exception to this is leopard print and stripes (of course). I really do love a bit of leopard print and this gorgeous shift dress in this colour way makes me incredibly happy, the background of the print is a gorgeous khaki colour and then tan and black make up the print.
I also forgot how wonderful a shift dress is, with its magic abilities of hiding food babies, skimming over a multitude of sins and being sublimely unrestricted and comfy.
This one is from a lovely  #mumboss who runs Livia's Boutique and she has so many pretty, gorgeous things.
Check out her dress selection for sure!

I kept the rest of the outfit simple for an evening out, my trusty red mules which i never would have anticipated i would wear as much as i have this season.. they've been an absolute god send and toe the line between comfy day shoe to evening smart extremely well, a gold clutch and some gold hoops. I'm bringing gold hoops back, (i mean did they ever really go out of style?) what with all the statement earrings around at the moment i loved the simplicity of the gold hoops..

Do you have a favourite pattern?

Dress thanks to Livia's Boutique
Gold Clutch(old) try this lovely sparkly number

Mule Options below:


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

#BodyPositivity: Style Your Self Happy

Meet Jane

Stylist who encourages mums to find themselves again amongst the sleepless nights and dirty nappies.

Child negotiator (Jane has two under four!) and wife.

The easy bit:

I wouldn't say I was ever one of those teenage girls who cared too much about their body or weight – I’ve always been slim-ish, and I think it was easier back in the early noughties not to enter into the comparison culture we have now, as social media didn’t exist. I've always been into sport, and I suppose you could say I was more of a tomboy, even though I was always into my clothes, I didn’t wear any kind of makeup till I was 17!
At the age of 24 i married my husband. I remember feeling so happy in my dress on the day, like every bride does, it was a magnificent feeling. If only we could bottle that feeling and have a dose when we need it, because little did i know how all consuming having kids would be.

The hard bit:

I only really started to think about my body when I fell pregnant – you can’t escape the fact that your body is changing! I’ll be the first to admit I had a pretty easy time of it. I put on hardly any excess weight and was back in my jeans about a week after having both babies. I did however lose myself somewhere along the way after having my daughter, to all the demands that looking after a toddler and a newborn bring, which I found really hard. I’ll be brutally honest here – sometimes it felt like I was trapped in a nightmare I couldn’t escape from, and my sole purpose had now become to keep two small beings alive! I stopped posting my outfits on Instagram, deciding that I didn’t need to bother anymore as I was ‘just a mum’, and that was that.

When things started to get (marginally!) easier, I wanted to regain that little bit of me again that I loved expressing through clothes and fashion. I started making an effort and sharing my style online, and I wished I had done it sooner! Although I was still being a mum everyday, I also had that part of me that was just for me.

I felt so strongly that styling and what we wear can have such an impact on every part of our lives, that I began training as a stylist and personal shopper last year to set up my own business focusing on mums who perhaps felt that they had lost their individual style along the way.

Styling and body image:

The big reason behind starting my styling business - Highstreet Stylist - was to show women that wearing clothes that suit them, their shape, their personality and lifestyle, can benefit them in ways that are more than just physical. I really believe that your body positivity starts from the outside and works its way in. If you feel happy and confident then that's how you will go out and face the day. Owning and loving our style changes how you see yourself in the mirror in a positive way, and over time will change how you feel about yourself, which is an amazing thing.

 I still have my many hang-ups (who doesn’t!), I feel like the excess skin on my stomach is painfully obvious when I wear tight clothing, and I’ve always been really conscious of my broad shoulders. What I do now is try to find a way to turn those into positives – my tummy grew the best two things in my life, and I wouldn’t be as good a swimmer without my shoulders!

A few months ago I decided I wasn't going to weigh myself again - and it's been the best decision ever! I don't have that disappointment when I feel like I've been ultra good for a week but the scales tell me I'm the same, or even worse, put on a pound or two. I pretty much eat want I want, I love food and cooking, and it's definitely easier to eat healthy if you do it yourself from scratch. Most days I exercise - swimming, running, tennis, and trying to contain a two and four year old!

What's important to me now is feeling good, strong and able to run around with my small ones every day – and owning my style while I do it - and I hope that I can still do just that in 10 years time.

And cake, cake is always good ;)

Find Jane posting daily outfit inspiration on her glorious Instagram feed
Her Website and 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Interview at The Image Consultancy Co

Ever wondered how i got in to blogging, how long i've been blogging and why oh why is my blog called Rachel The Hat?

Well the lovely Image Consultancy Co have asked me those and some more questions about my blogging career so far.

I would love you to have a read and find out a little bit more about me and my blogging journey!

Interview Here

Friday, 11 August 2017

Shirt Dress Two Ways & #Passion4Fashion Linkup

What a busy busy week.. it still the summer holidays over here and that means trips out each day with my boy, and even the occasional date evening with the husband. Its been busy, busy, buys but good.. so so good.
I love having this time with Neo and i've been packing it full of things to do each day which does mean that yes.. no actual outfit post as such today (although its still an outfit post of sorts as i am still wearing clothes 😂)
But what i wanted to show you all was this amazing little dress i picked up from Next a couple of weeks ago. Its an absolute delight to wear and something i shall be getting a lot more wear of through autumn too. As you allllll know, i love an item that can be worn lots and lots, and this ticks the box perfectly. 

On the first day i wore it as a dress (below), out for a date with the husband i felt lovely in my swishy shirt dress. I paired it with some tan block heels and my little straw bag for a relaxed evening meal with Salvatore. I removed the tie waist and added my own tan tassle belt to cinch in the waist.

Then a week later (above) i wore it to the play gym with my son* , where i undid the buttons to wear like a kimono/shacket. I tucked the collar under also to give the lines a more clean appearance and more kimono like. I added in my fav jeans, a plain cami and finished it off with my red comfy mules and a pop of yellow with the bag to bring out the yellow flowers.

And those aren't the only ways i shall be wearing it, come the cooler months i'm looking forward to pairing it with my tan knee high boots and a big chunky knit cream cardigan. 
Or even layering a thin turtle neck knit underneath and some tights and ankle boots. I'm yet to try it with black also, so maybe something worth dabbling with there too.

This dress really is one that keeps on giving, my favourite kind of dress.

Do you own any dresses that just keep on giving?

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