Sainsbury’s TU Fashion Blogger Community

I have some very exciting news to tell you all! As you may have guessed from the title of this blog post, I’ve been asked to be a part of the new Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing Fashion Blogger Community. I’m seriously so flattered to have been asked and super excited about it.

Alongside Gap, Sainsbury’s has always been my absolute favourite place to buy new clothes for Huxley. The quality is fantastic, it washes really well and the prices are amazing – especially when there’s 25% off (like there is until Monday!). We bought LOADS of packs of vests and sleepsuits from Sainsbury’s when Hux was a baby and it’s still my favourite place to buy him pyjamas now.

I also love their collections for women as it’s always full of classic basics and is a really ‘safe’ way to test the waters of a new trend. Their collections by Gok are always amazing and if I still worked in an office I can imagine that my wardrobe would be full to the brim with Sainsbury’s workwear.

We used to live quite close to a HUGE Sainsbury’s with a MASSIVE clothing department which was amazing but now our local Sainsbury’s only has a small portion of what they have available. Luckily, they’ve just launched their e-commerce site so now you can buy it all online – HOORAH!

To welcome me to the fashion blogger community, Sainsbury’s kindly gifted me £100 to try out their autumn/winter range. For this, I picked up a new coat, a jumper, a jumper dress, a top and two tops for Huxley – and that was before they launched their 25% off! So as you can see, your money goes a long way at Sainsbury’s. Unfortunately the top I ordered was out of stock so I didn’t receive it but it was this one and it’s SO beautiful.

I went and had my hair cut today and I have a fringe now! So it’s funny to look back at these pictures that were only taken this morning knowing that I now look completely different! I wore my new orange jumper and coat out today. You can see the rest of what I was sent in my vlog on Monday and I’ll be featuring it all on the blog shortly.

Sainsbury's Fashion Blogger Community

Sainsbury's TU Clothing Orange Pointelle Bobble JumperSainsburys Tu Clothing Red Fur Collar Dolly CoatSainsburys Red Fur Collar CoatCoat: TU Clothing* | Jumper: TU Clothing* | Jeans: Abercrombie | Boots: Primark

Nails: Essie ‘Bobbing for Baubles’ & ‘Set in Stones’

As I said, it’s 25% off until Monday so everything is such a bargain right now. This coat is £30 down from £40 and the jumper is an insane £13.50 down from £18.

Cafe Boscanova & an Aztec print wrap

So, good news! Nick went to the hospital this week and his broken leg is finally mended! Hoorah! That means no more stupid plastic Lego-man boot and more importantly, he can drive again! Wooohooo! That means that every single 10-minute trip to Screwfix or Bradfords or the tip doesn’t have to be a big family affair anymore! (I hope you can tell by the number of exclamation points in that paragraph how excited I am by this!)

I’m going to try and get back into the swing of daily posts, or at least, more frequent posts because let’s be honest, I work from home so some days I literally sit in the house in my pyjamas all day and nobody wants to see that! (I realise I’m now posting this on Tuesday but I had a very busy weekend painting our lounge and was too exhausted to sort all of this out!) The upside of being self-employed is that my day-to-day life is actually quite varied. I used to blog nearly every day when I first started blogging and I worked in an office 9-5pm so it can’t have been that interesting! That was way back when you could wear any old outfit on your blog and take the pictures in your bedroom and it was all good! No photographer boyfriends, marble-backed flat lays or swanky lattes in sight!

So I’m going back to basics. And if that means that you see the same t-shirt a couple of times then so be it. It’s real. It’s who I am. And nobody likes pretending to be something they’re not.

Today we went into town as Nick had a meeting and I went off to see my friend while we waited for him to finish. Then we popped to Zara to pick up a new winter coat for Huxley and I picked up the blanket wrap I’ve been lusting after from Marks and Spencer. (Although I could easily have bought at least four others in there. Their blanket wrap game is strong this season!)

Marks and Spencer Limited Edition Aztec Print Hooded WrapMarks and Spencer blanket cape with hood

Wrap: Marks & Spencer | Top: H&M | Leggings: H&M | Shoes: Tesco

In between all the lounge-painting that happened this weekend, we did manage to sneak off to our favourite breakfast spot, Cafe Boscanova, for a bit of a break!

Hux Cafe BoscanovaHux colouring in BoscanovaCafe BoscanovaBoscanovaPlaying with Woody and Buzz Lightyear

(This one’s just a random shot from dinner that night because the light in our kitchen was nice!)


I’ve mentioned here and there about trying to go away long-haul before Huxley turns two as after that, you have to pay full adult fare. With everything that’s going on with the house at the moment I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’re REALLY excited about Sri Lanka but the weather just isn’t right at this time of year and we’d rather pay the extra bit of air fare to go in Jan/Feb when the weather is going to be perfect. We have been looking at some more low cost holidays just to try and get away for a bit of winter sun. Somewhere like Morocco would be perfect as Marrakesh would be busy and street-foody and exotic enough to keep Nick happy while still being warm enough for Huxley to splash about in a pool.

A/W fashion – blanket capes & wraps

Blankets, capes, ponchos. Whatever you want to call them, they are easily my favourite part of the Autumn season wardrobe. They’re always in the most delicious Autumnal shades of deep burgundy, forest green and caramel beige, but my favourite ones are the aztec print style ones that go with just about everything. The ultimate winter indulgence. A coat that doubles up as a warm snuggly blanket. Big high fives to whoever invented these.

I think for this look to work you need to keep the bottom layer super simple. I’m thinking plain t-shirts and skinny jeans or short skirts and thigh-high boots for a more feminine edge. You could possibly get away with some very form-fitting flared jeans with a heeled boot but you’d need to keep the accessories simple to keep from looking like a cowboy!

If you needed some style inspiration, where better to look than the blogosphere?

Atlantic Pacific Topshop blanket wrap

Here’s the gorgeous Blair from Atlantic-Pacific rocking a Topshop number. Her accessorising is always on point. Those big black glasses and her bouncy blonde locks tumbling out from under that hat. For me, Blair is Queen B of the blog world.

The Jade Aesthetic blanket cape wrap

Jade from The Jade Aesthetic hasn’t blogged since December (boohoo!) but I love the way she’s styled this blanket wrap from ASOS. Keeping the bottom layers simple is key.

Hannah Louise Fashion blanket cape

Hannah from Hannah Louise Fashion has gone for the thigh-high boots and skirt like Blair did. I really like the cheeky little peek of thigh as it keeps the look very feminine.

carrie bradshaw lied blanket capeI’m so head over heels for this look by Kathleen from Carrie Bradshaw Lied. Do you think I can have a perfect American smile to go with my cape too? *sob*

So here’s my pick of the blanket wraps & capes on the high street right now. And best of all, they’re all under £60!

Blanket capes & wraps - Autumn/Winter 2015

New Look – £19.99 | Esprit – £29 | Mango – £35| Topshop – £35 | Marks & Spencer – £40 | French Connection – £60 | Dorothy Perkins – £28 | River Island – £35

Now my only trouble is going to be deciding which one(s!) to buy! I’ve narrowed it down to my top 4! (The Esprit one, the Dorothy Perkins one, the M&S one and the Mango one!) I’m thinking I might have to try and buy now pay later* as I’ve got Huxley’s birthday coming up. I wonder if the fact that it doubles up as a blanket would persuade Nick that I needed more than one? After all, I’m usually the one carrying Hux around and we could snuggle in it together then!

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Today I’m Wearing: A H&M blouse

I bought this top on a bit of a whim last week on a quick ‘pop-in’ to H&M. I swear I can’t go in that shop without leaving with something.

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(God knows what I’m scowling at!)

Top: H&M (not online for some reason!)| Jeans: Gap | Boots: Clarks

#StyleMyNight with Fever London + win £200 of vouchers!

I was recently contacted by Fever London and was extremely flattered to be asked to take part in the #STYLEMYNIGHT blogger ‘style-off’ to promote their new ‘occasion’ collection for the upcoming party season.

Fever London stocks some really beautiful vintage-style pieces and I had a really hard time deciding what to choose. In the end I decided to go for this incredible lace 50′s-style skirt. It immediately made me feel like I could be in Grease and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I teamed it with a slightly more modern-looking pink top with sheer panels. I really like this outfit because I think the heels and skirt make me feel very ladylike and grown-up but the I think the slouchy, t-shirty shape of the top brings it down a notch and makes it feel more ‘me’.

My granddad is turning 80 in December and we’re off to a swanky restaurant for dinner. I know my nan will approve of this ladylike look as she’s always telling me off for looking scruffy!

Also, this skirt has POCKETS. That means hiding sneaky Celebrations to scoff during the evening! Winner!

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Now for the fun bit. If you’d like the chance to win £200 worth of Fever London vouchers then head over to their Facebook album and vote for the blogger that you think looks best (I don’t envy you that job as they all look UH-MAZING). If Facebook’s not your thing, you can also follow them on Instagram and enter by liking the photos over there instead.


Today I’m Wearing: & Other Stories jumper

The other day while Nick was in a meeting I was left to my own devices and decided to browse the rails at TK Maxx. I spied this beauty of a jumper from a little way off and made a beeline for it. I was pleased to discover when I arrived that it was in my size, was by & Other Stories and was £16 instead of the original £45. Winner.

These pictures honestly don’t do the snuggly, chunky knit the justice it deserves.

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UK fashion blogger& Other Stories jumper, Gap jeans & TOMsJumper: & Other Stories | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: TOMs

Today I’m Wearing: A French Connection Ditsy Dorothy dress

I was recently contacted by French Connection who kindly gifted me this dress as a way of promoting their sale. It’s safe to say it’s my new favourite dress. I felt like a fairy princess the second I slipped it on (and one step closer to being Rosie Londoner!)

It’s weird because this is totally not my usual style, I’m never usually this girly but I was instantly drawn to this dress, like it was calling out my name. It also fits like a glove so maybe it was just meant to be!

There’s a great range of dresses up for grabs in the French Connection sale – some for as little as £17! I’ve showcased some of my favourites at the bottom of this post for you.

This particular little beauty is the Ditsy Dorothy dress and was £58 down from £195.

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(The poofy underskirt is removable if you didn’t want quite so much volume!)

Here’s my favourite picks from the rest of the sale dresses:

French Connection Spectacular Sparkle dress

Spectacular Sparkle Dress – Was £160 – Now £48

French Connection Desert Tropicana Maxi Dress

Desert Tropicana Maxi Dress – Was £160 – Now £48

French Connection Manhattan Jersey Sleeveless Dress

Manhattan Jersey Sleeveless Dress – Was £60 – Now £30

French Connection Bloomsbury jersey dress

Bloomsbury Floral Jersey Dress – Was £75 – Now £17

French Connection Shimmer Shower Sequin Midi Dress

Shimmer Shower Sequin Midi Dress – Was £250 – Now £75

French Connection Glitter Whisper Strappy Dress

Glitter Whisper Strappy Dress – Was £180 – Now £90



Today I’m Wearing: A floral midi scuba dress

I have to be honest with you. I have no idea what a ‘scuba’ dress is. In my mind, anything with the word ‘scuba’ describing it should be made out of wetsuit material. I thought my confusion would be cleared up on the arrival of this dress but it wasn’t. On the website it’s described as being made out of ‘scuba’ material which it then says is ’95% viscose, 5% elastane’. It is quite a bit thicker than your regular cotton dress but I wouldn’t go scuba diving in it (!). If anyone could clear this up for me that would be awesome.

Material confusion aside, I love this dress. I’d never tried a midi style before as I’m not overly tall and I was worried it would make my calves enormous but you know those times when you get a smile on your face the instant you slip a dress on and you just know it’s right? Yeah I had that.

UK fashion blogger wearing a floral midi scuba dress & Christian Louboutin shoesUK fashion blogger in Glamorous floral midi scuba dressUK fashion blog The Style BoxFloral midi dress with Christian Louboutin shoesFloral midi scuba dress from GlamorousChristian Louboutin patent pumps

Dress: c/o Glamorous | Shoes: Christian Louboutin


Open Farm Sunday

Yesterday was Open Farm Sunday. It’s a national event that happens every year where farms all over the country open up their doors/gates and let the public have a nosey around. It’s run by the charity LEAF as a way to get consumers back in touch with where their food comes from. It’s also a great day out for families and kids as lots of farms let you meet the animals, put on tractor rides, have live music and good food (although it varies from farm to farm so check the website for the best ones near you!)

We drove over to Myncen Farm just outside of Blandford and round the corner from Larmer Tree. It was absolutely beautiful and the perfect day for it. We met the 5 week old calves, stroked a chicken and saw some pigs. The queue for the tractor ride was massive so we gave that a miss as I don’t think Hux would have known what was happening anyway and went and grabbed a burger & some cider instead.

I had so much fun stomping around in my wellies and being out in the fresh air in the middle of the countryside. Fingers crossed for sunshine again next year!

Myncen Farm in Dorset on Open Farm SundayHuxCalfDucks & chickensPigUk lifestyle bloggerDorsetHux & NickMyncen Farm, Dorset, Open Farm SundayGlamorous spotty topDorset wildflower field, Myncen FarmUK fashion blogger in Glamorous top

Sunglasses: London Retro c/o MyOptique | Top: c/o Glamorous | Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters | Wellies: Joules


Today I’m Wearing: Denim dungaree shorts

Yes, my beloved dungarees again. These were taken before I got my hair cut last week. You know when you’re shooting outfit photos and you think they all look fine but actually there’s only really one usable picture….yeah, that.

UK fashion blogger in dungarees

UK-lifestyle-bloggerTop: French Connection | Dungarees: New Look | Shoes: Converse