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What to wear to the races

One of my favourite things about the beginning of the year is that you get to plot out all of the upcoming events and start planning what to wear. I’ve been thinking about going to one of the biggest race events of the year* and have been furiously Googling for inspiration to make sure I don’t stand out like a sore thumb!

It’s proving a little tricky as it’s in March so you can’t just whack on a pretty little floral number and walk out the door like you can in the summer. You’ve got to think about layers.

I’ve put together a couple of options, all of varying colour schemes to see what takes my fancy. I’ve also got a wedding to attend in April so maybe I’ll be able to recycle whatever I wear at that too. #thrifty

 

Cheltenham Festival

Dress: Coast | Bag: New Look | Coat: Oasis | Shoes: Topshop | Watch: Net a Porter

I love this look. Mainly because I love the effortless simplicity of black. And the fact that I know I could easily stick on a pair of really thick black tights with this and it would still look awesome.

 

Cheltenham Festival - Perfectly pale

Dress: Coast | Hat: Accessorize | Coat: Wallis | Bag: Michael Kors | Shoes: Office

I love the different shades of nude and pink in this outfit but I’d definitely have to be feeling pretty brave to wear this. There’s something about having kids that makes you naturally weary of anything white or paler than black.

 

Cheltenham Festival - Tweed classics

Shirt: Mango | Scarf: Joules | Jacket: Joules | Skirt: Joules | Wellies: Joules

My third option is to raid Joules and go for a classic tweed look like Kate Middleton. There’s nothing like a good bit of tweed to make you instantly feel upper class. This one is clearly the most comfortable option and although I’m not sure I’d be able to wear a tweed skirt suit anywhere other than to the races, the pieces make good separates. I did own a Joules tweed skirt once and I loved it!

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Getting romantic with La Redoute (& a competition!)

Last week I was contacted by La Redoute who asked if I’d like to get involved in their Valentine’s Day campaign with them & monthly subscription service, My Little Box. They’ve asked me to talk about the most romantic thing that has ever happened to me.

I’ve been with my husband for 10 years this summer and he is very romantic so I had a whole heap of stories to tell! The one that always stands out in my mind the most is our first (proper) date. It was like something out of a movie.

We’d driven to Kimmeridge on a beautiful summer’s evening to watch the sunset. The sky was clear and it was beautifully warm. We laid down on the cliff edge and looked out over the ocean as the long grass blew in the wind. He’d bought a packet of my favourite biscuits for us to eat as we watched the sun go down over the sea and we shared our first kiss. Once the sun had set we drove back to Bournemouth to watch the fireworks on the beach. We climbed onto the roof of a beach hut and watched the fireworks exploding over the pier. When it ended we lay looking at the sky for a little while and saw several shooting stars. It was literally perfect.

The second story that always springs to mind is when I went to India for a month about a year after meeting my husband. It was a World Challenge thing that I’d signed up for a year before I’d met Nick and I was going round Delhi & the Himalayas for a month with a bunch of people from school. As well as making me a t-shirt to wear while I was away, he also packed a chunky envelope into my bag. The chunky envelope contained 30 little envelopes each containing a handwritten letter about how much he loved me. He’d even found a copy of our itinerary so each letter corresponded with the destination I was going to be in on that day.

To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, La Redoute kindly provided me with an outfit to wear on my dream date (a walk in the woods) and sent me a ‘My Little Box’. Unfortunately my ‘My Little Box’ hasn’t arrived yet but I’ll be sure to share it with you when it does!

My Little Box is a monthly gift box subscription with a different theme each month. They are super cute and previous themes have included ‘Diane Von Furstenburg’, ‘cosy‘, ‘colour’, ‘couture’ and even a ‘Fleur de Force‘ one. The boxes contain all kinds of lovely things like Essie nail polish, Kerastase & Cowshed goodies, as well as little lifestyle things like notebooks, mugs, stickers and magazines. At £14.95 per month they are such a beautiful little bargain!

If you’d like a chance to win an annual subscription to My Little Box, then scroll to the bottom of this post for more details!

Rene Derhy boho dress from La Redoute

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Hat: c/o La Redoute | Dress: Rene Derhy c/o La Redoute | Tights: Primark | Boots: Clarks

To win your very own annual subscription to ‘My Little Box’ hop onto Twitter or Facebook and tell La Redoute the most romantic thing that’s ever happened to you, using the hashtag #LaRomance.

The three best entries (chosen by a La Redoute representative) will win an annual subscription to My Little Box.

T&Cs

- The competition is open to UK residents

- Entrants must be over the age of 18

- The competition will run from 9th – 23rd February

- Winners will be announced on Wednesday 25th February and will be contacted by the social media channel they entered through

You can find more information and the full T&Cs on the La Redoute blog and Facebook page – good luck!

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2015 Spring Trends

Is anyone else celebrating the imminent arrival of Spring? It’s not long now until the clocks go back and I’m already really enjoying the longer days and lighter mornings. There’s nothing like a bit of prolonged sunshine to put a smile on my face.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is the torrent of spring/summer catalogues that come sprawling through my letterbox. I get so excited flicking through all the gorgeous bright pictures of people licking ice-creams on the beach. Honestly, the Boden catalogue made me so happy that I almost cut out some of the pictures to stick on my wall.

For this post I’ve picked out some of my favourite trends for spring 2015 (although I might be buying it all through credit catalogues* at this rate as we save furiously to have enough money to renovate our new house!)

Seventies - Spring Trends 2015

Dress: New Look | Hat: Dorothy Perkins | Jeans: MiH Jeans | Dress: Zara | Camel skirt: Miss Selfridge | Trousers: Etro | Bag: Yves Saint Laurent | Skirt: Zara | Wedges: Topshop

One of my all-time favourite trends no matter the season is the seventies trend. It’s just so cool and I wish I could pull it off successfully. Two bloggers who always get this trend spot on are Olivia and Amy. Effortlessly cool.

 

Gingham - Spring Trends 2015

Skirt: Tesco | Dress: New Look | Shirt: Boden | Top: Miss Selfridge | Hat: Debenhams | Trousers: Zara | Dress: MSGM | Top: Warehouse | Dress: SimplyBe

I love gingham. I can understand why people hate gingham because it’s easy to associate it with primary school summer dresses (which is probably why a lot of gingham is in black and white!) but it makes me feel nostalgic. I love being able to give it an adult twist. For example, those Zara trousers with a plain black top and some heels is going to look so good.

Here’s some bloggers all looking awesome in gingham: Sarah, Amy, Sarah, Kristabel & Kileen.

Statement shoulders - Spring Trends 2015

Black top: Zara | Patterned top: Motel | White top: Topshop Unique | Black dress: Next | Striped top: SimplyBe | Orange top: Topshop | Black dress: New Look | Grey top: Dorothy Perkins | Jacket: Faith Connexion

This trend is great because it’s so subtly sexy (and in a more practical way, great for letting in a nice spring breeze to cool you down on warmer days!)

Here’s some bloggers rocking the look: Emily, Steph, Miss Pouty, Mafalda & Jennifer.

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