Monday, 21 August 2017

Last Throws of Summer.. What to wear

As the end of the summer starts to roll in i always feel a bit lost with what to wear. Its not hot its not cold, buying more summer dresses feels a little redundant and yet i'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the long light evenings and the feeling of summer just yet.
So after a long hard look through my wardrobe i know there are a few things that really help to see me through the last days of Summer.


I love to get as much wear out of my denim jacket as possible. If you don't have one, i simply insist you get one 😂 Summer simply wouldn't be summer without eh perfect denim jacket. This one below from Esprit is gorgeous, i love that its a slightly different cut and has no collar, making the lines just that bit cleaner and less fussy. This to me works perfectly with skirts, jumpsuits and dresses. I am going to wear mine as much as possible over the next month.

The next jacket is a khaki jacket. I have a utility style khaki jacket, but i adore the longline style of the soft draper jacket like below. It works perfectly with dresses and jeans alike and will work with layers come autumn.


I love a good skirt, the remix potentials are endless. 
Wear now with slogan t-shirts or a pretty blouse and then later with tights and a chunky knit. As a girl who loves a dress, and i mean really loves dresses, skirts have taken me a while to get to love. But honestly i feel my wardrobe could do with a  few more of these staples, and these two could work so so well.


This year has been the year i absolutely fell in love with culottes. Not a week has past when i haven't donned a pair of culottes, and i'm now the proud order of 4 lovely pairs. Culottes make the perfect all season trouser, wear now with sandals, in autumn with pumps and then winter with sock boots. I love the idea of a bright pink pair, but for the remainder of summer the gingham has stolen my heart. Add a cute yellow top and the last throws of summer are looking pretty swell.


An all year round fan of blouses, but now seems the perfect time to invest. 
Embroidered anything and everything is a trend thats sticking around and in blouse form looks pretty great. The blouse below works well with jeans, culottes and skirts.. especially than tan skirt above.
And as for the red beauty, well its just super pretty isnt it. Wear with a denim skirt or jeans and then some black coated skinnies come autumn. But for now, well a pair of culottes and this short would be perfection.


I was only having a conversation the other day about how hard it is to find decent cardigans. Cardigans can go often one of two ways: Frumpy or twee... which lets face it nobody wants to be either really.
I like to go for long and draped cuts or maxi cardigans and hopefully avoiding the two above cardigan faux pas. 
Get a cardigan right and it works as the perfect chuck on item to enable all of the dress wearing for the end of summer.


Could there ever be a season when striped aren't perfect (answer: no, no there is not). I don't think there would ever be a stripe i didn't love, and to wear with a little denim skirt, over a dress or to just chuck on with shorts is never wrong in my eyes

What are your last hurrahs for summer? 
What will you be wearing/buying in these last few weeks of sun?


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
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