Just as the Carpenters sang, rainy days and Mondays always get me down. But nothing a good outfit can’t remedy! Summer rain can be notoriously hard to dress for, there is a fine balance between looking like you’re off to sea in a bright yellow mac and wellington boots – and looking like you’re a teenager at a wet and muddy music festival. Strong basics are the key to a stress free rain look. Swap sandals for espadrilles or this seasons fashion trainers, and swap the cardigan for a stylish trench. There are some great sale buys to be had right now on trench coats and I strongly believe they are an investment item you will wear year after year. Hope these little sale buys will brighten up this wet and rainy Monday… Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 09.34.29

Rag and Bone leather trimmed trench – 70% off – was £695 now £208.50

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Michael Kors trench – 70% off – was £1825 now £547.50

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TOO CUTE! 

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I remember, vaguely, the days I wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without at-least a lick of mascara and the straighteners were on every morning without fail. My poor bleached locks!

But to be honest most ‘home’ days I won’t even pick up the BB cream. Days with the small are days I let my skin breath… soak in a good facial oil and then come ‘bedtime’ I finish with a wholesome clarisonic cleanse and estee lauder night mask.

So I wanted to explore hair…  I thought I’d impart my very limited knowledge of mum hair, what has worked well for me, what actually I wish I’d have had the advice on back in those early days….

Relax, put the straighteners back in the box, hairspray back on the shelf and your time back in your pocket for some well deserved ‘reclaim’ time.

Number 1

The Topknot

The topknot can look very good but its a fine line… aim for messy, not too messy but more ‘been like this for a few hours’ messy. From my experience this has been the perfect mum-do, I have (mostly) dirty hair so it stays put like a mo-fo… apart from those pesky baby hairs that grow post birth like alien antenna (serum is needed)… pick up your hair from the back, starting low and working up, scooping left to right, twist as you scoop and keep on scooping… as high as you like.. then copy these pictures which are far better than my rambles….

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Number 2

The half topknot

I have found this to be ideal when you have made an effort and washed and styled perhaps for a weekend do or weekday meeting… then the following day its looking less than lustre but time is limited so grab those front bits and scrape high to create a mess on the back. The trick is to use a lot of dry hair spray, if it looks too neat its doesn’t look right. Messy is key so put the dry hairspray right into the roots and wriggle around to create a sexy mess, leaving flowing loose messy waves or if your hair is straight.. more sultry messy locks…

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Number 3

The low pony

This looks great with less than clean hair, perfect stylish mum look, just pull it back and finish with a black ribbon or bow, or a statement pom-pom! Not something I have done myself but I have admired others from afar and it can look so chic.

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Number 4

‘The small did-it’ 

For this very intricate style I would suggest creating your usual look, giving the small a tight hug and letting them enjoy tweaking and styling the hair as they wish. Result – photo worthy with the small in shot. Unfortunately no inspiration shots available but you can imagine the result!

Please let me know if you have any questions or want product advice! Would love to help thank you!

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Becoming a Mother does not mean you have to have a personality edit… but it does call for a wardrobe edit.

The tight pencil skirts and towering heels are best kept for date nights and instead I have welcomed with open arms the seasons block heels, Aquazurra style flats, a lot of hard wearing denim (must be soft) in the form of cut-offs, ripped jeans and seventies a-line skirts. Striped shirts worn oversized hide a multitude of sins and ‘statement’ tops give an allure of style even if you’ve chucked on yesterdays look from the bedroom floor.

Add a mani pedi, preferably done at the weekend whilst the little people are on ‘dad-time’ and you can pop to the local salon, and ta-da your look is complete!

The Wardrobe Edit inspiration board…  this week its oversized shirts, stripes and denim.

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If you need any help with finding these pieces on the highstreet just let me know!

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