I was planning a longer post about Spring / Summer clothes but I started shopping for my Easter holiday to Mauritius a few weeks ago and have noticed some of my favourite buys selling out so I’m posting quickly. Chances are I’ll be revisiting new Spring/Summer clothes anyway 😉
Before I move on to clothes I want to wish you a happy International Women’s Day. I feel more hopeful than I have for many years about the potential for changing the world I am raising my mighty girls in. This morning as me and my girls celebrated with doughnuts for breakfast we talked about some of the women we’ve been reading about in the new Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 and some of the amazing women we know (they are extremely lucky to have my 6 sisters as examples of truly mighty women) My eldest has been what I can only describe as hugely moved by the story (in GSfRG) of Molly, Daisy and Gracie – better known as the Rabbit Proof Fence girls. This morning I welled up when she read the story to her little sister and told her “as Mama says to us, we stand on the shoulders of giants – these girls were little but made themselves giants in the world by sticking together” (truth be told, my smallest did express some hesitancy at becoming a giant;-))
Now on to clothes.
First up is one of my favourites buys.
Starry cami topThis top is very voluminous so I sized down to a M. It’s black with gold metallic stars. I can’t wait to wear it with shorts and big gold sunnies in the day and jeans and heels with a black blazer and big gold hoops (these are good) in the evening. (Gap have 40% off at the moment)
Cotton sundressOk so this isn’t an immediate wow dress. What it is is a light, easy to wear kind of a dress – add sandals and you’re done – that I will be grateful for come high summer/holiday sight seeing. The reviews for this dress all say to size down but I tried a 12 and it was pulling on the chest so I had to get a 14.
This black dress is very light (it’s in their beachwear section) but it’s another summer grab it and go winner. I tried it with a strapless bra and big pants and will definitely be wearing it in London in summer. I used the 20% discount and got two (I’ve been looking for a light, black dress for a loooong time)
This starry dress is lovely. I have a L which ASOS say is a 16. I could have got away with a M (10-12) were it not for the chest which would have been far too revealing for my taste. I thought I’d like this best with espadrilles for evening but I think I prefer it with flats, gold hoops and a denim jacket. I’d really suggest giving this a try if you have a cami dress itch but haven’t found one that flatters. I expect this will be my going out dress of the summer.
H&M shoes are always worth a look! I dithered about these pink striped shoes but am so pleased I decided to keep them. I tried 6.5 and 7.5 and kept the smaller, tighter size mainly because I find block heels have a tendency to be heavy and can pull the back of the shoe off. I am planning on wearing them with jeans, a grey tshirt and grey blazer.
I am about to buy some new Stan Smiths (the white and grey ones this time) but these Reebok trainers (currently in ASOS sale) screamed Spring to me and I could not resist. I have a few pairs of trainers that need retiring really so I’m pleased to have found a decently priced replacement (or two!)
I hoping no one is as offended as my children that I have been wearing a Topshop bumbag these past few weeks. I totally see that they’re not to everyone’s taste but geez, they’re handy! I wore mine to watch my mighty Tottenham Hotspurs fight valiantly against Juve at Wembley on Wednesday evening and it was so helpful to have everything safe and no handbag. This one is leather and has two pouches. One pouch fits a reasonably sized purse (I use this & Other Stories one my papa bought me), lippy, concealer, glasses (just) and sweeties and the front smaller pocket fits an iPhone and bank/travel card for easy access (with that much in I need it on the tightest belt notch as it gets heavy) Note that the Topshop one I have looks like it has gold metalwork but it’s actually silver toned (the only downside for me, maybe I need the red too which does have gold zips!)
I’ve returned so much stuff that I am feeling extreme daily gratitude at finally being able to drive to a post office! Here are some of the losers. This black woven bag just wasn’t me and it looked quite hard to carry. I had high hopes for this green striped cami but it was an odd shape and went straight back – it may well work on a petite frame. These espadrille striped sandals looked a good way to get some colour in but nope, one foot was tighter than the other and I was worried the base would fray so they went back. I tried these red suede slides in a similar vain but they were so baggy my foot slipped right out. This red maxi dress was huge and so unflattering as was this bronze dress I was hopeful about. I returned a few pairs of jeans to Zara – their sizing is all over the place at the moment and I’d have needed an 18 in one pair of straight leg jeans (I am back to a size 12 elsewhere and in Zara’s skinny jeans oddly) This lace trimmed dress was quite pretty but staticky and too nightdress like for me. Unlike almost every other cami dress I’ve tried, it is good on a larger chest though so do give it a try if you’re after a lacy cami.
I almost forgot my new sunglasses!
These Wyclef sunnies aren’t for everyone but I adore them. They come in black with silver studs too.
I ordered a few things in the & Other Stories sale which will arrive tomorrow and I’ll share over the weekend.
Again, happy International Women’s Day.