When I am struggling to pull together an outfit for an occasion I will always turn to a shirt – day or evening – paired with a skirt or trousers, flats or heels. A shirt can be as masculine as it is feminine. This is not a blouse. It is a sharp tailored shirt. You can wear it open and showing a flash of underwear or buttoned up to your neck. It’s elegant yet androgynous.

And for the ultimate in luxury – I will pull a silk shirt.

Sexy without trying it glides across your chest as you move and looks as beautiful in sunlight as it does the dim lights of a bar.

It can be an expensive luxury though with prices starting at around £200.

Enter the satin shirt – the cheaper alternative. It won’t look as luxurious granted but perhaps if you wear it enough it could warrant a splurge on a silk version? Plus when prices start around £10 you won’t worry too much when you spill your drink down it in the aforementioned dim lights of a bar.

Styling Tips

  1. Wear as a masculine piece. Don’t be afraid of oversized – just ensure you tuck it in.
  2. Look to style icons like Caroline de Maigret and her Parisian chic styling. Keep it modern and simple.
  3. Buy the best you can afford (once you know you will wear it) and make sure the fit flatters your chest size.
  4. Roll up the sleeves for casual chic.
  5. Pair with ripped denim to play with your opposites.
  6. Wear makeup simple and hair rough-dried. The perfectly polished look is best left for cotton.
Shop my edit below – from 100% silk to my pick of bargain satin buys.

 




 

 

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I’m not sure there’s a more special relationship than that with your mother. And being a mother is far more than biology. Working mums, foster mums, grand-ma-mums, gym mums, coffee-shop mums, stay-at-homes mums…. this Mothers Day notonthehighstreet.com is celebrating mums from all walks of life by championing their differences.

#ForMumsWho is about recognising our uniqueness, our diversity and our individuality – celebrating it with gifts that are just as unique and special.

Not a single week goes by where I don’t think about how lucky I am to have my mum. She is incredible, having had three daughters herself (I am the eldest of three sisters) she’s now the proud grandmother of three grandchildren. My mum is that mum who just does… and does everything. She still works but when she has free time she gives it up to look after Vivienne for me, to allow me to work. My mum’s the mum who makes sacrifices to allow her own daughter to succeed. And not just since I had Vivienne – since forever. My mum is the mum who is constantly giving, completely unselfishly giving herself, her time, her energy, her love, her knowledge and her wisdom. Whenever I am lost, upset, confused I call on my mum. Whenever I am happy, excited, desperate to tell – I call on my mum. She is my best friend in the whole world.

I hope that one day Vivienne and Margot will feel the same about me. If I can be even a small part of the mother my mum is I will be proud of myself. She is my inspiration every single day.

When notonthehighstreet.com got in touch with me and invited me to work with them on their #ForMumsWho Mother’s Day campaign and choose a gift from their site for my mum I knew instantly it had to be something that involved her grandchildren. Something she could wear close to her heart and something that was as stylish as she is. So this Mothers Day I treated my own mum to a beautiful personalised necklace from Rachel Jackson. This stunning amulet contains crushed pearls and aquamarine the birthstones of the months her three grandchildren were born in. It also has their names beautifully engraved around the front and the ‘Nana’ on the back. I know already she’ll love it.

Rachel Jackson necklace

Thank you NOTHS – for always providing the best ideas and most special gifts.

Ashley

xx

Visit www.notonthehighstreet.com to discover unique gifts for every mum this Mother’s Day, 26th March.

This post is in collaboration with NOTHS but all opinions and photographs are my own. 

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Totally aware of how quick to the draw I am here…two days of sunshine in London and I am writing about Spring! But that beautiful Spring light does wonders for the mood, there’s nothing quite like it. And being able to ditch the Winter coat – heaven.

So as I pull all my bikers, oversized cardigans and blazers to the front of the wardrobe I thought it would be the perfect time for a bit of blazer indulgence. If there’s one Spring jacket that can instantly transform a look its the blazer. Wearing a tracksuit (me right now at 41 weeks pregnant) and feeling ‘meh’ – throw a blazer over the top and you look instantly tailored, smart and well put-together.

 I’ve linked my edit of the high-street below and browse through the inspo pictures for some stylish ideas of how to wear them this season… simple, classic and easy….


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We regrettably never had a baby moon when I was pregnant with Vivienne, but having just bought our cottage we had other priorities. And history seems to have repeated itself this time round as we are in the process of buying a new home hoping to move in within a few months time. But this time around I was determined that we would have atleast one night just the two of us enjoying our company in the luxury of a hotel room, with a good meal and a slap-up breakfast.

Enter The Mitre Hotel.

Local for us just down the road in Hampton Court, this beautiful building sits opposite Hampton Court Palace and on the edge of the river Thames. A seriously stunning spot with so much to explore in the nearby area.

We arrived in the early evening and after being shown to our grand room over-looking the Thames we collapsed. Being eight months pregnant I was ready for an early dinner and TV in bed. We headed down for our dinner both intending to indulge and we were not let-down. Three courses of the most delicious food. Simple but good food. And big portions!


The hotel itself was a little treasure trove of history with lots of hidden areas including this adorable atrium style library which we snuck into to take a look at some of the books. Tapestries hang from the high walls and Tudor history is everywhere.

www.mitrehamptoncourt.com

Anyone considering a break with their other half before the baby arrives – do it. Even just one night away from the every-day routine will be a memory you’ll have forever and some much needed relaxation.

Ashley

x

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With this baby still showing no signs of her arrival I have been advised by numerous people to get walking. So off to the shops I went. Surely walking a mall is as good as a park? And there in Topshop I spotted a beautiful soft pink silky tea dress. The perfect combination of feminine and modernity. Cute little puff sleeves, a flirty length and fabric that glides across the skin as you move.

The tea dress has been a sell-out piece for years at Topshop, ever since their success with the first Kate Moss collection, and each and every season they bring out a few different fabric designs. This pink beauty will look stunning in the Summer with black gladiator sandals or chunky ankle boots. Add a leather biker and you’re good to go.

If you prefer your tea dresses a little longer they also do the same design in a stunning blue shade which is a midi-length and very similar to the red polka dot dress I bought a few months back and linked on the shop.

And below is my latest Topshop Edit for you to shop, all the pieces I want to own, and some which I may still have to shop…

 

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