This Autumn Winter is the season you need to buy a hat! It will be your best friend and it is the ultimate wardrobe transformer! The perfect alternative when it is raining, the harder the fabric and wider the brim the better, no more fussing around with a brolly (especially when out pushing the buggy!).  Perfect for keeping you warm as the cold comes in, as our mothers always said,  and if you’re worried about hat hair, just keep a miniature dry-hair spray in your handbag to give your roots some volume when you take it off. I prefer the classic Batiste never lets me down!

The highstreet has so many hats right now and I wouldn’t spend a fortune if you do plan to wear it in the rain, natural fabrics don’t bode well in wet weather so the high street alternatives are ideal. Click on these links to see my pick of the bunch…

Stunning large rim hat from Zara

This Mango hat has gorgeous leather detail

This khaki hat is such a bargain from New Look

Grey marl from H&M premium and still a great price

Serious 70s vibes in this floppy hat from Oasis

Top end of the budget from Free People but gorgeous gold bar detail

Love the buckle detail on this from &Other Stories

And as usual I have including some gorgeous inspirations images … if you have a few moments I hope you can soak up the amazing style these girls have and then get creative with styling up your wardrobe with your own gorgeous Winter hat. Be brave!
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I had my ears pierced when I was just five, I remember it being quite the controversy in the playground and most of my friends had to wait until they were at least thirteen (how I feel about this now I have my own is a whole other blog post). But….. I then waited until this year to add three more piercings – three on the right ear and two on the left ear. I think it was rebellion against becoming a mother and everything I thought came with that – sensible dressing, boring clothing choices, not making an effort anymore. I knew when I was pregnant the way I dressed would change but clothes had always been so important to me, I loved being creative with them and the way a new top could make you feel. I was HUGE when I was pregnant, my mini me was nearly ten pounds, and I mainly lived in my super soft J-brand maternity jeans (which my chubby thighs did rip and I had to get a second pair at eight months!). So after my baby was born I was so excited to get back into experimenting with fashion and back to those shops!!!!

My style has definitely changed, I don’t get dressed up to the max for work anymore but i do look after myself and I make careful choices when spending my money, investing in good boots and a coat that will last and adding a few extras to make the seasons wardrobe fun. But jewellery is something I still love to go wild with, key is not to be a show-off, mix designer with highstreet and handmade friendship bracelets for an eclectic look. I love statement necklaces, big earrings, bangles bangles bangles!!! And now with a total of five ear piercings the world is my oyster!!!!

So here is my round-up of some super gorgeous bling I hope will get you inspired to get adding some jewellery to your everyday look, and maybe even some mum-piercings! Dare you!!!

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Love for you to comment and let me know any of your own jewellery stories or tips!

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When thinking, talking and writing about style I find myself so often referring to attitude. A way of wearing something with a feeling –  attitude, confidence, nonchalance, being fierce, sexy, bold. I really do think that what sets apart two women in the exact same ensemble is the way in which they wear it in terms of their personal attitude. Its so hard to put in to words – in fact – the French who many say do this attitude so well – also say it so well…

…It is that je ne sais quoi.

And the Parisian who has this je ne sais quoi in abundance, and who personally I hold in such high style regards is Caroline de Maigret.  Like Emmanuelle Alt she does that ‘I don’t care but I do care’ thing so well. No make-up, messy hair, thrown together clothes, lots of layers… and then the magic je ne sais quoi.

For me trying to recreate this is where it is so easy to go wrong, you need to not try… just be. Choose clothes you find beautiful and wear them because they are beautiful. Not because you want them to make you beautiful. You’re already beautiful, and knowing that is essential in achieving the je ne sais quoi.

Caroline has been quoted as saying ‘Maybe you take us (Parisiennes) as example because we gave up on the idea of looking. Maybe that’s what’s cool, not running after something that doesn’t exist. There is no Prince Charming. Not how life is, and it’s much more fun once you give up all those demands’.

So in my usual round-up of inspiration here are some of my favourite pictures of the beautiful Caroline de Maigret. Now go flash some je ne sais quoi of your own!

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Thanks for reading and I’d love to know your take on that…je ne sais quoi

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Over the knee boots have been huge for the past few years and they’re not going anywhere for AW15. Leg lengthening and frankly quite warming… they are the perfect boot for Winter. Rule of thumb… the shorter the skirt, the longer the boot. Thigh high boots are super sexy and this season Stuart Weitzman, Isabel Marant and Gucci are all leading the way. On the highstreet head to highstreet hero Zara for near identical takes on the catwalk pieces, then Aldo, Dune and Kurt Geiger are fantastic for elegant looking designs without the hefty price tag.

The most important thing to wear yours with this season – confidence!

Style wise, select heels or flat versions, I keep my heels for the evenings and flats for every day run arounds… then wearing over jeans is a subtle way to edge into the trend, or with tights and a pair of shorts for the tomboy looks and a big loose jumper dress for that cosy but sexy look.  For the brave, bare legs and a short skirt looks fantastic paired with a baggy top, a loose t-shirt or heavy knit. Here’s my pick of the best boot inspo…. 

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Images courtesy of Pinterest.

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For anyone that was a little frightened of contouring (thats me) the latest beauty trend is a softer and easier way of getting on the bandwagon. Strobing is contourings au naturel sister…  swapping bronzer for illuminator you can create beautiful dewy skin, the sort of skin only eight hours sleep, every night creates. In face this really is the perfect trick for us sleep deprived, run ragged, tired mums!

Here’s how to fake your perfect skin…

  1. Preparation is key! Use a hydrating moisturiser or primer (I love the Laura Mercier hydrating primer) – having well prepped skin is even more important when strobing.
  2. Use a tinted moisturiser rather than a heavy foundation, this will give an all over glow. But just as you would with a foundation ensure if matches your skin and you have no marks around your hairline or jaw line.
  3. Choose your highlighter with the help of a professional, it needs to match your skin tone, then apply to your cheekbones, centre of your forehead, arch of your eyebrow, tip of your nose, cupids brow and the centre of your chin.
  4. Use a fan brush to blend the product into your skin so there are no obvious marks.
  5. if your skin is oily make sure you steer away from highlighting any breakouts – keep them matt.

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Good luck and let me know if you have any of your own beauty tips for faking that perfect skin I crave!

Love,

Vx

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