As the snow thaws our thoughts can’t help turn to Spring and all that it brings with it. Promises of longer days, leaving the house without five layers, gloves and a hat… new Spring trends we can start experimenting with and skirts, dresses, shoes without socks! Ok I might be getting carried away it was just 7 degrees celsius today. We are definitely entering ‘weird weather’ territory and it can be tricky to dress for. So I wanted to share my top styling tips for this transitional season… number 1… loafers… with socks!
This is not for everyone, and whoah it is so out of my comfort zone – BUT – my message has always been wear what makes you happy. When people say ‘oh I am not cool enough to wear that’ or ‘I can’t pull that off’ …stop, it makes me sad (and roll my eyes)! You can wear anything you want, you can pull off anything you want.
If you like it – wear it. If you don’t – don’t wear it.
If you don’t have a pair of loafers then you need some! So here is a little edit you can shop. These bad boys will see you through from early Spring to Autumn. Hell – even Winter if you’re brave and up the chunky factor on the socks. i have the Gucci Jordaan Horsebit loafers and they are probably my favourite investment buy. If you like those but don’t want to spend that much money the &OtherStories versions this season are incredible.
Now for the socks… I am pretty boring when it comes to socks, I like to keep them a neutral. Woollen textures look great but a good classic cotton black white or grey pair is perfect.
And how to style them… the world is your oyster. But here are some seriously stylish women doing just that. I love how Leandra Medine wears the socks with a little dress in warmer months and Pernille Teisbaek with the big chunky mens suit trousers. It’s a sort of anti-trend that’s almost a bit ‘I don’t care’. Soak up the inspo and have a play with your own. Dresses, maxi skirts, mini skirts, slouchy jeans, skinny jeans. No rules just have fun.
The one product that literally makes me feel a ga-zillion times better about myself. A good fake tan. And my ultimate tan – Vita Liberata for body and Sisley for the face. I wish so so much I could say it was a cheaper one (sorry) but this is the only one I can use on my face these days. It looks after your skin and really works to give the perfect shade with no colour issues, marks or streaks. It’s tricky with the face as fake tan can really dry your skin out – the last thing you want on your face. The tanning drops you add to moisturisers are great but because I exfoliate with AHA’s and BHA’s (I use Glossier and Paulas Choice on rotation) they don’t last longer than a day its all stripped off that night. However – I did always love the Garnier face mist, its only recently my skin (probably through ageing) has started acting up when I use it. And that was super easy to apply with a great end result, never any streaks.
I have written about Vita Liberata so many times now but that’s because it really is so good. I wanted to re-hash an old post to give you a quick step by step in case you’re in need of a pick-me-up in a bottle (and not the alcoholic kind).
I would always recommend the mousse version of this tan, I bought the lotion online by accident once and it was much harder to apply leaving me with a few accidental streaks. But the mousse is amazing! I am not super careful with it, always in too much a rush. I use the medium but there’s also a light and dark version depending on what your natural skin colour is. After two applications it is the perfect tan shade for me, looks just like the real thing, fades over time like the real thing, no smells, easy to apply and no streaks what so ever. It is not the cheapest on the market but I go on applications per month and this bottle lasts as you needn’t top-up as often.
Here are my top tips for application…
This tan is unusual in that they actually say not to use any moisturiser before tanning, exfoliating is essential though – elbows and knees – but then the skin should be completely dry and clean.
Use your tanning mitt – it dries in an instant so don’t risk it with bare hands and any stray drops wash off straight away.
Squirt two to three pumps onto the mitt and squish it around.
Go in circular movements starting at your thigh then down to your calf.
When the legs are done and it looks like there is no more on the mitt, squeeze it and more will come out, use this for your feet.
Think beach feet – only put tan where the sun would naturally hit – the tops of your feet not the sides!
Do your toes very lightly, dark toes are a massive giveaway – and just the tops, then go across on the back of the ankle, not up and down.
Next is your arms, starting at the top and working down to your forearm, long circular movements.
Then the hand – each finger lightly up and down but not the insides – again think beach hands.
Then chest and stomach, long circular strokes.
Finally its the face – apply in the middle, t-zone, hairline and finally chin.
Don’t forget a bit behind the ears for when your hair is up.
Finishing touches make all the difference to the natural look – use a cloth to dab your nose creases, upper lip and eyebrows (I am usually too lazy to do this but its great if you need it looking perfect).
Then a damp cloth on your elbows, knees and the back of your ankles.
Final bit – damp cloth between each finger.
Ta-da you are one hot bronze goddess mama
…and if you want to increase the colour wait 3-24 hours before showering and doing it again. A few faux freckles look super cute too – I use an eyebrow pencil to dab them on where the sun would naturally fall on your face. My favourite natural look product for this is the Suqqu eyebrow pen, used it for years. Looks like the real thing. Just remember to keep them sporadic and not uniform dots across the face.
Thank you for reading and let me know if you have any tips or great products!
I am so pleased to finally tell you about my partnership with the incredible, empowering brand that is Avon. I did a little sneak peak into my shoot on Instagram at the end of last year. It was the most incredible day, the first time I have ever shot professionally at a location house like that before. The full team – hair makeup, photographer, videographer, stylists, production, art directors. I was so SO nervous, my stomach was in knots, I have been blogging for a few years now and new opportunities arise all the time that I have to pinch myself for, and working with such an empowering brand like Avon was just a dream, a real ‘pinch me’ moment. As for nerves – I shouldn’t have been. It was so much fun and such an incredible team. Of course what else would you expect from a brand thats championed women since 1886!!!! Thats a pretty incredible heritage isn’t it?
For those that have followed my blog since the beginning you’ll know how much I love Avon, their Red 2000 lip has graced many a picture since I started my Instagram and resulted in a good few hundred DM’s asking where its from. So when they told me they’re launching a fashion range I was all ears. Think stylish, simple, on trend pieces you can dress up or down, that are perfect for all shapes, sizes and ages. And very importantly – affordable.
So without further ado… here are my hero pieces from the collection.
The COVETED ripped jeans £30.
The COVETED Allana longline necklace £12
The COVETED Allana drop earrings £8
The COVETED jacket £39.95
The COVETED blouse £20
Just a quick note on the prices so you’re not caught out – they are all correct as I post but they’re on a launch offer so will go back to their regular prices soon. Shop the whole collection with the link here – avon.uk.com
Thank you so much for reading…
This post was created in collaboration with Avon but all opinions and images are my own.
Ever since I laid eyes on that &OtherStories silky pink kaftan I have become obsessed with embroidery. The delicate art of decorating clothing with colourful designs of flowers, birds and beasts. I am like a magpie to it in the shops, I have to head straight to it and stroke it like I have a crazed embroidery fetish. I tried to hold the obsession in as I’m normally much more minimalist. Black, white, denim, gold and maybe a smudge of red. But the embroidery love is too much I have to embrace it… this Spring Summer I am welcoming the rainbow in with these beautiful embroidered artworks.
I’ve rounded up my edit of the highstreet pieces here – everything from jeans (surprised myself with this one) to lingerie, bikinis and stunning dresses.
Get your inspiration below and then enjoy the shopping…
The bag that’s taking over Instagram right now – a small humble string bucket bag. With a less than humble price tag. At £310 or more this little beauty requires investment. There’s no doubt (in my mind) its gorgeous, the detail, the quality, the concept. But when your money is otherwise engaged… thank goodness for the Great British Highstreet. And helloooo there Mango.
I saw this online and of course the likeness made me flirt with ‘add to bag’ button… I was unsure for a few days… not really being a fan of such ‘inspired by’ designs. But then I caved. And when it arrived I knew I had made the right decision. Its a beauty. Vivienne instantly declared it hers. I have since reclaimed it and removed the plastic food.
It may only be February and I don’t want to send the Summer rush shivers up your spine but don’t forget – the good buys are gone long before Summer arrives. If you like it – buy it and start a little Spring Summer collection box ready to start wearing when the warmer weather arrives.
Meanwhile I’ll be taking this beauty out tomorrow. My mother always did tell me – if you always save for best (or Summer in this case) you’ll never wear it Ashley.