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Bored of your winter wardrobe? Update it with these fun fashion buys

13th July, 2018

When you’re in the depths of winter your wardrobe can sometimes feel a little flat and in need of a pick-me-up. And hey, if the weather’s less than stellar a spot of retail therapy often works wonders to brighten up your day. I’ve rounded up a few buys that will lift your outfit game and inject a new lease of life into your style repertoire.

Acne Studios Canada narrow fringed scarf

A cosy, versatile scarf will see you through this season and is great to call upon on days when you want to add a chic touch to your look.

Carven wool blend turtleneck jumper

A bright yellow will instantly liven up any outfit and in a striped pattern it can work back with myriad outfits.

Frame ruched cotton poplin shirt

A classic failsafe shirt that’s always a welcome addition to any wardrobe—the blouson sleeves give it a fresh feel.

Ganni Lina suede pumps

Black heels can work for the office or for a night out and this pair features some interesting detail that allow it to stand out.

Alexander Wang high rise straight leg jeans

Straight leg jeans are showing no signs of going away any time soon. This pair with its classic wash and silhouette will see you through many an off duty day.

Dolce & Gabbana floral print silk twill scarf

For a bright pop of colour with loads of style cred look to a gorgeous scarf like this.

Ganni floral print jacket

With its quilted finish, frills and striking black piping this is a great jacket to snuggle up in with compromising on the fashion front.

Toga corduroy double buckle loafers

If you’re after flats that have a little more personality, this cord pair with its buckle detail is a great go-to.

Common Projects low top leather trainers

You can never go wrong with plain white trainers. This is a fantastic option for those who want sneakers that go with absolutely everything.

Kenzo embroidered logo sweatshirt

The logo sweater is huge this season and this grey number with the iconic Kenzo logo will add an on trend feel to any casual ensemble.

G-Star cropped high shine jacket

Edgy outerwear is always a great way to elevate a look. The high shine finish of this cropped jacket would be a dream pairing with denim.

Weekend Max Mara alpaca blend knit sweater

The rich colour and simple feel of this crewneck sweater makes it high on the wearability scale. In fact, I can almost guarantee you’ll have it on constant rotation.

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

6th July, 2018

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! Being in the midst of winter but seeing all the amazing looks coming from the Northern Hemisphere has me turning my attention to more lightweight looks for spring/summer. I know we’ve still got a few weeks of cooler temperatures ahead of us but I’ve always liked to plan ahead as far as seasons go so I know exactly what I’ll be shopping for when the weather starts to get a little warmer.

This month, I’m still keeping an eye out for staples such as ankle boots and jackets, but I’m also embracing my new love of classic pieces with a twist. Think a beautiful long sleeved double breasted dress which takes a traditional blazer in a new direction to a crisp white mini with gold accents that elevates a pencil skirt silhouette into a glam statement piece.

Here’s what’s made it onto my wish list this month…

Maggie Marilyn twill mini dress

I’ve shared my love of blazers in the past so it’s no surprise that this dress with its jacket style cut caught me eye. It has taken a traditional wardrobe staple and given it a feminine touch.

Marco de Vincenzo striped top

Love the colours of this cosy knit top. It’s also a great layering piece which will definitely extend its wear in my closet.

Taylor equipped jacket

With a futuristic feel, this little number would add a little edge to a look.

Balmain button-detailed woven mini skirt

Super luxe and chic, this skirt is versatile yet a little extra. The gold accents just elevate it even more.

Mercedes Castillo Norik leather mules

A bright pop of colour adds an element of vibrancy and fun to any look and these mules are a great place to start.

Kaleos Lord acetate sunglasses

It’s hard to go wrong with tortoiseshell sunnies. This pair would definitely see me through spring/summer nicely.

Gucci faux pearl embellished belt

I’ve got a belt like this in black and swear by its wearability. I think white will be ideal for when the weather starts getting warmer.

Saint Laurent crocodile embossed sunset bag

The perfect shade of hot pink that can’t be passed up! This would make any outfit pop.

Rebecca Vallance Bresica ruched poplin midi skirt

I’m into all things midi length and this skirt with its colour and ruching would work well paired with heels or a killer pair of sandals.

Bec & Bridge strappy cherry midi dress

The slip dress works all year round so it’s a worthwhile investment to make any time. Layer it with a tee or knit or wear it on its own, it works equally as well.

Miu Miu Matelassé belt bag

Loving the hands-free element of a belt bag. The colour and shape is classic and can easily be paired with multiple looks.

Balenciaga tartan BB ankle boots

A definite winter item, these boots in an adorable tartan print will be the dress up any ensemble and give it a bit of punch.

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What’s on my winter shopping wish list

8th June, 2018

Now that winter has well and truly arrived I’ve been busy planning what to add to my winter wardrobe. I’ve taken stock of my key staples and pinpointed the gaps that I need to update with new season pieces. I’m finding myself gravitating towards a lot of colour in an effort to inject a bit of energy into my looks. This time of year is traditionally about subdued hues and this year I wanted to shake things up and adopt a slightly more bolder colour palette. Here are a few things currently on my wish list—I’m all about striking shades, luxe fabrics and the odd piece that’s made to stand out…

Balenciaga cable knit sweater

How beautiful is this burgundy colour? I can’t resist a cosy knit to snuggle into when it’s cold.

Chinti & Parker crochet trim jumper

I like the red and pink trim on this neutral jumper —it gives it a playful touch.

Prada striped ribbed knit midi skirt

I’m a fan of the midi skirt because it always looks polished. You can’t go wrong with a red and white stripe for a for a bold, yet classic statement piece.

The Row silk and cashmere top

This would be a definite splurge but the colour and the drape is amazing—plus no doubt silk and cashmere would feel so beautifully luxurious.

Fendi embroidered cashmere sweater

Logo tees were huge in spring/summer so it’s no surprise that the trend has made its way onto winter sweaters. I really love the sweet font and the monochrome colour palette.

Saint Laurent high waisted boyfriend jeans

I’m always in jeans so I don’t mind investing in a pair that I know I’ll wear to death. Cost per wear and all that. This would be perfect worn with sneakers and any of the above sweaters on the weekend.

Miu Miu embroidered raffia shoulder bag

It’s always nice to embrace natural textures when it comes to accessories. The raffia bag would make a nice finishing touch to an evening look.

Jil Sander floral brocade pumps

They’re quite the statement shoe, I know, but if you can’t have fun with your shoes then when can you?

Dolce & Gabbana enamel gold plated earrings

Any look can become special with the addition of a pair of standout earrings. These beauties would add a bold touch to a day or night ensemble and take it next-level.

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th June, 2018

Hello, winter! We’ve officially welcomed the cooler weather and this means a wardrobe refresh to see in the new season. For me, this season is all about staying cosy yet still maintaining an element of polish with my outfits. I love beautiful natural textures such as wool and cashmere, a lot of layering and plenty of standout accessories to liven things up. If you’ve been struggling with what’s in your closet then never fear—I’ve rounded up some of the best style ideas from Instagram so you can revamp your looks with ease.

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Update your denim

For most women, jeans are a constant throughout winter. So, inject some new life into your favourite denim by adopting new silhouettes. Looser, relaxed styles such as cropped wide leg is one way to take your casual off duty style in a new direction.

Statement leather

I can’t live without my leather jacket throughout winter as it works with most things in my wardrobe. And whilst the standard moto jacket is a classic if you want to make a statement consider different styles. This marching band jacket is one such piece that works beautifully with a dress and adds a little edge to an otherwise conservative silhouette.

Consider a cropped knit

This style works well with a relaxed ‘mom style’ jean and sneakers however it also works well as a layering piece. Pair it with a button down and you’ve got instant French girl vibes.

Mix textures

The beauty of layering is being able to add a little more depth to your look with the use of different textures. I love the contrast of wool with a slinky silk satin as a way to glam up a winter ensemble.

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Be adventurous with your coats

A fluffy coat might not seem the most practical of outerwear options but it really can work with so many looks in your wardrobe. It works with jeans and leather leggings or over a dress equally as well and it’s super cosy too.

Oversize your denim

I’ve said in the past how much I love denim jackets as a layering piece and I’m still all over them. This season try a slightly oversized denim jacket as a topper over everything from a dress to pants or a skirt.

Have fun with winter fabrics

Heavy tweed is synonymous with winter fashion and can often err on the side of conservative. However when in a playful jumpsuit style it can instantly turn it into something fun and a little more relaxed.

Add a punchy print to black

Black is a favourite of most throughout winter because it’s sleek, polished and easy to work with. However it can sometimes look a little flat. To combat this weave a few prints into your look. Polka dots and stripes are an easy go-to and can instantly inject a little energy into your ensemble.

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Experiment with winter neutrals

Freshen up your winter looks with light, airy shades—they’re so fun in summer why not wear them all year round? A white blazer worked back with an eye catching print makes for a punchy and on trend look.

Just add accessories

My favourite way to liven up a look is with a few bold accessories. Think anything in a vibrant shade or something ornate such as a vintage style brooch which can instantly add an element of interest to any outfit.

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Belt it up

Want to give your blazer a point of difference? Try cinching it with a belt. It’s flattering (hello, tiny waist) and it instantly shakes up the silhouette and gives it a different feel.

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Tuck it in

Want to change up the look and feel of an outfit? Try tucking your shirt (or jumper or tee) in. This is especially the case with winter knits which are given a little more shape when tucked into pants.

Whose Instagram style are you loving this month?

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4 autumn racing trends that will have you looking stylish trackside

13th April, 2018

I’ve had a few autumn carnival events of late and it has reminded me how much I love dressing for them. The fashion surrounding autumn racing is about embracing rich tones, great textures, a touch of layering and of course, looking polished. While there are some general rules to remember such as wearing felt rather than straw headpieces (these are reserved for spring/summer) and keeping looks conservative that doesn’t mean that there’s no room to experiment. There are some great trends to try this autumn racing season that will ensure you look your best trackside.

Standout shades

Bubblegum pinks and powerful reds are worth considering as they definitely ensure that your look stands out in a crowd. It’s definitely the time to embrace rich hues.

Statement accessories

As always, you can never go wrong with statement accessories. Colourful prints and graphic patterns are both guaranteed to elevate any look. But don’t underestimate the appeal of a simple, elegant accessory such as a black bag with gilded accents. There’s always room for classic pieces.

When you’re styling a racing look don’t forget about your jewellery, especially when it comes to earrings. Whether it’s a stud, hoop or drop style, think of it as the icing on the cake that will ultimately finish your ensemble.

Luxe textures

Satin, tweed, lace… adding some depth to a look with textured elements can really give it a luxe feel. Also it adds a layer of interest and really makes an outfit stand out.

Elegant headbanfs

Headwear at the races is non-negotiable. If you’re not a fan of felt hats however there are plenty of other options available. Headbands are huge. It all comes down to the embellishments this season whether it’s glamorous pearls, a fun bow or feminine florals.

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3 trends I’m still very much in love with

30th January, 2018

I know trends are supposed to come and go but sometimes along comes one that just really hits the nail on the head in terms of what I’m in the mood for style-wise. And why stop when you’re onto a good thing? I know there will inevitably be something else that comes along that will catch my eye, but until then these are the three trends I’ve had a love affair with for quite some time…

Feminine Flounces

I don’t know what it is about frills that has me coming back for more but without a doubt I’ve adopted it with great enthusiasm. In particular dresses with frilled trims that add a playful touch and really elevate it into something special.

Slides

I pretty much live in slides all week long. For someone who is constantly in flats, they’re a great style that are ultra wearable and comfortable too. They are so easy to pair with almost my entire wardrobe that they’re just a no-brainer. Loafer slides are my particular faves as they add a polished touch to almost any outfit.

Athleisure

I think I’d be in the minority if I said the athleisure look wasn’t still kicking around in my fashion arsenal. What’s not to love about it? It pretty much gives me permission to stay in my sneakers and leggings all day whilst still being on trend. Plus for someone who needs to spend most of her time in comfy clothes due to having to keep up with two active little girls, this look very much ticks all the boxes.

What are some trends you’re still in love with? Off the shoulder dresses? Bell sleeves? Millennial pink? Tell me!
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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd October, 2017

So many outfits, so little time! If you’re looking for a little style inspiration then look no further than this month’s 12 stylish ladies. Now that we’re definitely in the midst of warmer springtime weather it’s time to start putting the last remnants of our winter wardrobe into hibernation and start embracing the lighter, breezier looks that this new season brings. Whether you’re looking for a way to elevate a casual look or revamp an outfit with just the right on point accessories there are plenty of ideas here to help make getting dressed so much easier. A wardrobe refresh is just a scroll away…

Try a cropped sleeve blazer

White jeans, a tee and a blazer is a classic outfit combination but that you can carry into spring with the addition of a 3/4 length jacket. It’s a little lighter and more in keeping with the season than it’s full length counterpart.

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Have fun with a slogan tee

Whether it’s a quirky phrase or just emblazoned with one of your favourite things (who doesn’t love french fries?) adding an interesting slogan tee to your look says you’re not afraid to have a little fun with fashion.

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Embrace a slim tapered pant

A pair of pinstriped pants looks even more chic when they are cut with a slight taper. Keep the rest of your look sleek by pairing it with a top in the same colour and adding a hint of colour to add an element of interest.

Introduce a wide leg pant into your wardrobe

A pair of cropped wide leg pants (especially in white) is a great alternative to your favourite jeans. Easy to pair with everything from a casual tee to a dressy cami and a pair of flats or heels, this is one wardrobe staple this season that will get plenty of wear.

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Pay attention to the finishing touches

Sometimes a look is made by the finishing touches. In the case of this 6os inspired ensemble the white pussy bow blouse, blazer with pearl buttons and structured top handle bag are the icing on the cake.

Downsize your accessories

It’s time to give your roomy tote a rest and embrace pint-sized accessories such as this mini top handle bag. There’s something quite chic about being the kind of woman who can carry her essentials in such a diminutive bag.

Pair a dress with a bomber jacket

It pays to pair the unexpected. In this case a spotted midi dress is toughened up a little by teaming it with a monochrome bomber jacket. It’s a feminine look that is made more day-appropriate with a topper that has a more casual feel.

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Wear black from head to toe

Yes, it’s not a new concept but there’s something about wearing one hue from top to toe that helps give an outfit a little edge and such a dramatic effect.

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Try a colour blocked pant

The above pants have a distinctly tuxedo-like feel to them but with a more modern feel with the addition of the bright red stripe down the side. By adding pieces that have similar hues it helps give the outfit some cohesion.

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Try an off the shoulder two-piece

A two-piece set always looks effortlessly chic but when it incorporates the very on trend piece of an off the shoulder top it immediately looks very of the moment.

Tuck in a wrap top

A wrap top is ever increasing in its popularity so to avoid your look being ubiquitous why not try tucking it into your pants or skirt for a different take on it. While you’re at it take note that a white wrap top when paired with a bold pant is a winning outfit combination (millenial pink sneakers an optional extra, but oh-so right).

Unleash your girly side

There’s no better time than now to wear a floral cold shoulder dress but to really embrace this ultra feminine look pair it with a ladylike top handle bag in the same hue for a look that screams polished.

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What’s on my September shopping wish list

11th September, 2017

Hello, spring! A brand new season calls for a closet refresh and this month my shopping wish list is all about light and airy pieces (with touches of glamour for a little bit of drama) that will see me through the next few months. From sandals to sundresses my spring/summer wardrobe is shaping up to be one that’s relaxed and understated with a few pops of colour to add a bit of pep to my looks. Check out what’s made it onto my September shopping wishlist below…

Plaice Nationale midi skirt

I can see this crochet midi skirt taking me from beach to drinks with minimal fuss.

Illesteva silver tone sunglasses

Statement sunglasses are one of my favourite purchases each season so I couldn’t resist this pair of round frames with dramatic mirrored lenses.

Charlotte Chesnais earrings

Earrings in interesting shapes are one of my styling shortcuts to elevate an outfit. This pair can easily work for day or night making it a truly versatile purchase.

Aquazzura two-tone suede sandals

Flat sandals are a staple of my spring/summer wardrobe and I am particularly loving this pair by Aquazzurra due to its fun tasseled detailing.

Marysia scalloped bikini

I love Marysia’s signature scallop-edged swimsuits due to its ultra feminine vibe, and especially love the style in a very on trend antique rose pink. I’m always at the beach during summer so this bikini will definitely be worth it from a cost per wear angle.

Mercedes Castillo leather slides

It seems I can’t ever have too many pairs of slides and this elegant geometric inspired pair will easily work with myriad outfits in my spring/summer wardrobe.

Three Graces London cotton blend dress

I love having a great casual summer dress on hand as the weather heats up as it’s an easy and simple option for those days when I just want to head out the door fast. I’m also loving the striped print of this particular frock.

Caroline Constas off-the-shoulder top

The off-the-shoulder style top shows no signs of waning in popularity. A bohemian style striped top such as this will work well with high waisted shorts, skirts and pants.

Eugenia Kim straw sunhat

Beautiful hats are a weakness of mine and I can see this straw sunhat accompanying me on many trips to the beach.

Gucci Broadway bee plaque mini bag

Gucci are once again killing it in the accessories department. This mini bag is a splurge but oh-so worth it for its show-stopping design.

Sea ruffle blouse

I love adding bright pops of colour to my wardrobe during spring/summer and this ruffled blouse works for dressy occasions while still maintaining an element of fun in such a vibrant golden yellow shade.

Alexander Wang Amelia slides

The deep burgundy shade of these Alexander Wang slides keeps them classy whilst the velvet and circular net design make them a little bit edgy.

Aquazzura sweet lover sandal

It’s no wonder Aquazzurra is one of my favourite shoe brands—they just get it right all the time. These sandals with its crystal detailing add a luxe touch to any after dark look.

Rebecca Vallance beltran pleat mini dress

I find you can never go wrong with a crisp white dress. The pleated skirt and fitted bodice make this a perfect option for a dressy lunch.

Tell me—what’s on your wishlist this month?

 

 

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What’s on my shopping list this month

7th June, 2017

A brand new season calls for a new shopping list and this month I’m coveting a number of gorgeous accessories and key winter style staples. I find there’s no better time than a change in seasons to splurge on some new wardrobe additions to rejuvenate my style. Here’s what I have my eye on…

Isabel Marant hanging beaded cluster earrings

A dainty, understated pair of earrings that will easily add an elegant touch to an outfit without being too over the top.

Faith Connexion star gloves

Sometimes you just have to have fun with your accessories and these gloves certainly fit the bill!

Kenzo Kalifornia wallet crossbody bag

A pop of pink adds a fun touch to any outfit and this crossbody bag is the perfect companion on a night out.

Givenchy mini bow crossbody bag

A monochrome bag with a striking star print is a versatile piece that will work with myriad looks.

Acne Studios leather biker jacket

This biker jacket is made from buttery soft leather with on trend metal finishes that will ensure it’s on high rotation this season and beyond.

Erdem Elin cut-out shoulder silk blouse

I’m in love with the gorgeous cornflower blue shade of this blouse and the bow and cut-out details just make it a standout piece.

Gucci New Ace faux-pearl embellished leather trainers

Who better than Gucci to give trainers the luxe treatment. The faux pearls on these sneakers elevate it from simple everyday footwear to seriously of the moment.

Bianca Spender charcoal fine wool aviator coat

A great coat is a must during winter and this cosy number by Bianca Spender will keep me nice and toasty when the weather gets chilly.

Aquazzura Sweet Lover sandal

A pair of neutral stilettos never goes astray and with crystal embellishments it’s the perfect party shoe.

By Johnny Borderline mini shift dress

The combination of colour blocking and feature sleeve make this mini dress a 60s style dream.

Zimmermann Divinity ruffled midi dress

This dress will easily transition from winter to spring with a simple change of footwear. During the cooler months this will look elegant when paired with boots.

Aquazzura Powder Puff velvet backless flats

Pink velvet + pom poms = the cutest flats I ever did see. These will add the perfect feminine touch to any look.

By Johnny Lace Outline Circle Sleeve Top

The flared sleeves and see through lace make this a daring focal point of any ensemble.

Matthew Williamson aviator style mirrored sunglasses

I can’t resist great sunglasses and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic aviator style. The mirrored lenses give it an edgy touch.

Balenciaga tube high rise straight leg jeans

I like to update my denim wardrobe per season and a pair of straight leg, high waisted jeans is the season’s biggest silhouette.

Marni jacquard knit cotton blend sweater

The print of this sweater caught my eye. Whilst I love neutrals it’s sometimes nice to be able to mix it up and go for a completely striking pattern.

What’s on your shopping list this month?

 

 

 

 

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What’s on my summer shopping list

23rd November, 2016

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Summer is always one of my favourite seasons to shop for and after checking out what trends have been popping up in the Northern Hemisphere over the last few months I’ve been getting more excited to start pulling together my shopping list. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on…

Loren Stewart necklace: A lot of the necklines popular during summer require showing off the décolletage so I’ve been looking for a great minimalist necklace to complement the new pieces I’ll be adding to my wardrobe.

Lisa Marie Fernandez wrap bikini: A new bikini is one of the things I look forward to purchasing during summer and this navy bikini with its wrap detail is a chic option for wearing whilst sitting poolside.

Alexander Wang espadrilles: White sneakers and espadrilles are both big trends for summer and this is a really cute marriage of the two. I can imagine wearing this with flowy summer dresses.

Bassike striped dress: I like having dresses that I can easily throw on without too much fuss and this striped dress is a no-brainer. It’s perfect for when I need to get out the door fast (which I need to do a lot these days!)

Castillo beach towel: I frequent the beach often with my family so I can never have enough beach towels. I love the colourful mix of prints on this and it also has such a distinctive look that I’ll be able to spot it easily.

Ace of Something woven fedora: I’m a stickler for sun protection so I’ve been on the hunt for a great wide-brimmed floppy straw hat to wear to the beach. I love the leather cord around this particular style – it gives it a modern touch.

Ancient Greek sandals: Black and tan sandals are of course staples during summer but I wanted something a little more feminine and really liked these pastel pink, calf-hair sandals by Ancient Greek. Pink is also a surprisingly easy colour to wear and can almost be considered a neutral in this particular shade.

Le Specs round sunglasses: I wrote about my love of sunglasses earlier in the week so of course I’ve been on the look out for a cool new pair of sunnies to add to my collection. In a matte silver these are quite modern and with mirrored lenses they’re a great statement-making piece.

Anna October cold shoulder top: There’s nothing quite like a crisp white top to pair with a skirt or shorts during summer and I think the cold shoulder silhouette is a nice take on the off the shoulder trend. This is an easy option for days when I need to look dressed up with minimal fuss.

Melissa Odabashi beach dress: I’ve been looking for an easy cover-up for the beach and this is perfect. I like the navy shade and the subtle stripes and lace trim. I can see myself throwing this on over a bikini and heading off to lunch.

Maison Michel hemp straw hat: Whilst the floppy straw hat is perfect for the beach I wanted something I could wear whilst running around doing errands or heading out for the day and I think this has the right amount of polish.

Dolce & Gabbana crystal iPhone case: Summer’s for having fun, right? I love how colourful and vibrant this phone case is and it reminds me of being on holiday. Plus who doesn’t love a touch of D&G?

Dolce & Gabbana one-piece: I’ve been on the hunt for a great one-piece for awhile and when I saw the Sicilian print on this it sealed the deal for me as it reminds me holidaying in Italy. I think every girl needs a one-piece in her swimsuit wardrobe this summer.

Sarah’s bag Pacifico wooden clutch: Yes, it’s completely over the top and definitely not the type of clutch that you’d classify as a ‘classic’ but it’s so bright and fun how could I resist?

Lila Eugenie kaftan: I can see myself getting plenty of use out of this kaftan over many summers. I just love wearing white during summer as it’s so fresh. All it needs is a great bikini and a pretty pair of sandals and I’m set.

What’s on your summer shopping list?