Kimono Trend for Autumn (and photo-bombed by a cow!)

Monday, 15 September 2014

 I have loved the Kimono trend this summer. I find them so elegant and pretty, plus they make the perfect lightweight jacket.
I've recently read that Kimono's are staying around for the autumn season too, which surprised me(in a pleasant way) as i kind of associate them more with a spring/summer type trend, but I've found in darker hues of blues and reds they can add a wonderful little spark to an outfit. I'm picturing in winter an all black outfit, perhaps with a high neck fine knit sweater and a splash of lovely colour with a kimono.
This particular kimono is from the lovely people at F&F, we've all established by now how much of my wages gets spent with them each month, right? Its just too irresistible!
After browsing the Inspire-me page with lots of lovely ladies i then turned to The Autumn Winter Hit list which i found very handy ( i didn't realise how much lovely inspiration they had on the website up until now!).
It points out all the trends this coming season and some suggestions.... I was sold on the kimono's.
So this lovely little outfit came together. I had a birthday meal and drinks to attend for my manager and this outfit worked out perfectly, we sat in the sun of a Sunday afternoon sipping sangria. It was wonderful!

 Excuse the tired face.. it had been a long weekend!
Prior to lovely drinks & food at Cardiff Bay it had been a party of 26 four year olds at a play gym for Neo's Birthday party (which was fab), exhaustion is clearly making an appearance on ma face!

 Have you spotted the multiple cow photo-bombs? They just snuck up on me, i didn't even hear them the little(big?) sneaks! Kind of fun thought, it's like a game of Where's Wally haha!

Rose Gold Shoes: also F&F (on sale for £14!!)

 Do you have a kimono? 
Would you normally pack them away come autumn or are you happy to continue with the trend?

Ps be sure to check out the beautiful Angele over at The European Malteser she has a fabulous
link up party today! 
Plus she was Yosa's first customer on launch day and she's styled up her lovely necklace on today's post ... she looks stunning!

The Relaxed Trouser (again) & Passion 4 Fashion Linkup

Friday, 12 September 2014

 The relaxed trouser seems to still be going strong, with new styles of the 'fancy jogger' landing in shops each week, i thought i'd bring mine out again. I have loved wearing these (and my green ones) for easy days where comfort is high on my agenda but yet still wanting to appear like effort was made. These are my favourite types of outfits. Plus stretchy waistband..need i say more?Last time i wore these on the blog (here) i clashed up some orange and pink, this time i went for black on black with some hits of red, another favourite combination of mine. Lately i seem to be reaching for a lot of plain simple tee's and accessorising around them. Maybe it's all because of Yosa and the fact that great accessories seriously excite me. Take this beautiful little red clutch.. i mean how cute! Evidently i do not need a party to whip out the sequined no, a trip to the shops is all it takes for me;)

 Trousers & Tee: New Look
Biker Jacket: c/o George at Asda
Sunnies: c/o Sunglasses Shop
My Favourite go-to necklace: Mint & Red Bloom Necklace
Clutch: Yosa 
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Calling all Shoe Lovers #Giveaway !!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I am the first to admit i am a huge shoe lover. I have rows and rows of shoes. They are stuffed under my bed, under the stairs and they line the wall of my bedroom. And yet i can never have enough shoes. There is always more room in my shoe loving heart for another perfect pair.
Shoes just make me happy, they take an outfit from ok to wow in a second.
So when the beautiful people at Bells Shoes allowed me to pick a pair, well it took me about 3 days to choose. Yup Mrs Indecisive here could not pick just one pair( i know, jeez Rachel, what a chore ;) After scouring the site profusely, I ended up going for a beautiful new season pair from Clarks.
You see Bells Shoes sell some of the most well known brands. I was so so tempted to get a pair of this summers favorited sandal the Birkenstock, but approaching autumn i went with a pair i would be able to wear a lot over the next few months. Take a peek here here!

 Dark forest green suede with black embellishment and black heels.. beautiful! Ps these also have inner cushioning making them so so soft and pillow like for your feet.. oh yes. My feet deserve this luxury!
It makes wearing high heels that much more comfy and pleasurable. Thank you cushioning!!
They also have the high scalloped edge  which i am absolutely loving right now. Its such a great detail and adds such a lovely difference to the average court shoe shape!

 I paired my pretty green shoes with some new season pieces. The top is a deep jewel purple colour. I didn't realise when i bought it just how long it was, it's kinda like a tunic, but i like that. Its easy going yet the colour packs a punch. I teamed that with a new Yosa necklace  (coming soon, the Purple Pleasures.. i know i'm biased but it is a total stunner!) And also the gold sparkle clutch which i can not get enough of right now. Going to the shops requires a gold sparkle clutch, right? Right. Glad we're on the same page;)

(that's my hair dangling off the end there, not a thread.. just in-case you were wondering.. i am actually malting more than my cat at the moment.. just thought i'd share that haha!)

Coated Skinnies: New Look
Purple Top: River Island
Necklace & Clutch: Yosa
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Dressing for late summer days

Sunday, 7 September 2014

As predicted, as soon as the kids go back to school, the persistent rain leaves,. the clouds part and the sun comes out. Its not super warm in the mornings,it's actually quite chilly, but by the afternoon the day has heated up and it can be quite hot.
So what to wear in this tricky weather? Good question. Honestly? I'm stumped most mornings, so my go-to formula seems to have been a maxi dress and cardigan or light jacket. Simple and easy, and as they day goes on i will shed the light layer and then re-instate it in the chill of the evening.
This dress has been on constant rotation this summer (I'm surprised it's not been on here before now) It's actually from last year and is still a summer favourite of mine. Paired with the slouchy cardigan it has been the perfect outfit to throw on for easy days or dates with the hubs.
So do you have a way of dealing with the late summer weather we've been having? Typical British summer really, rain all August and sunshine through September. I have to admit, i am so excited for when its that bit cooler and i can wear tights and chunky knitwear.. anyone else with me on that one? Crisp sunny days but with a chill in the air are my favourite!
I normally wear some simple gold hoops and a gold bangle with this outfit, but forgot to grab them off the shelf beofre leaving (d'oh!) so do me a favour and picture some pretty gold hoop earrings and a chunky gold bangle, yes? Aw thanks, you're a good 'un.

 Dress: River Island (last year)
Cardigan& Clutch: New Look
Sandals: F&F

So how do you dress for late summer? 
Do you cling on to your summer attire for as long as possible or are you already wearing autumns new additions?

Ps check out the gorgeous Catherine sporting Yosa today.
PPS.. Are you a shoe lover like me? Stay tuned this week as i have the best  giveaway for you!!!(free shoes anyone??woohoo!)