That bank holiday weekend was just blissful. Three days of sunshine, a little glimmer into the Summer we will (hopefully) have ahead of us all. Running out the door with nothing more than a little sun-dress on and sandals. Heaven!

It did take me by surprise though. All my Summer clothes are rammed under my bed in storage, smelling slightly musty and in need of a wash and press. Saturday saw me frantically pulling at things from bags in search of my Levis mini skirt to pair with a vest. Sandals I was sorted for – been buying them since January – I always panic my favourite designs will sell out before Summer comes round. I’m the same with buying Winter coats in August!

So with the Levis mini and recent spaghetti strap vests from Mango and Topshop I was sorted for the weekend but I was longing for some Summer dresses. Today I bought the blue Topshop wrap dress. I love the length – means I can wear it the park with slides just as easily as a Summer garden party with sandals…. and just LOVE the flattering sleeves on it. Then I pulled together this blog and what do you know – I have more on order. This blogging is bad for the bank balance.

There’s a huge linen trend this year, the button up dresses are everywhere and at every budget. Just be careful of the thickness – too thick and you’re a hot mess, too light and the world can see your pants. I have some I wear a little slip under which I don’t mind – M&S has great skin coloured slips (skirts and dresses) that come in different lengths too.

I am still a huge fan of ditsy florals, wrap styles and little teeny straps. Anything thats super feminine screams Summer to me. I love the little pink gingham dress below, and the Stradivarius maxi in yellow is winging its way to me right now. And the Mango creamy dresses winking at me – those sleeve ruffles are gorgeous!

Enjoy and thank you as always for reading…

Ashley xx

 

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Firstly I need to say this is by no means sponsored, I have never even received a gift 
from Levis - I just love them!

 

One of my most asked questions on Instagram is ‘what jeans are you wearing’ and usually, probably 99% of the time, it is my Levis 501 skinnies. I have them in black and blue and wear on repeat. I do also have some vintage pairs I snapped up in Urban Outfitters which have a wider leg and wear these for a more scruffy look.

Why do I love them so? They hold in my mum-tum, they show off my derriere and because of the quality of the denim they last. I remember back at school my best friend and I always complaining about our jeans getting knees in them – we would throw in the tumble dryer before a night-out to snap them back into shape (anyone else do that?!). It takes a very long time for that to happen to 501s. You’ll be washing them anyway before it gets to that point.

So here’s a few snaps of how I like to style mine. Followed by my edit of the different styles and shades and of course a plethora of inspiration for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy, and please feel free to DM on Instagram or comment below with any queries.

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The next little ‘weird weather’ styling tip is probably something you already have in your wardrobe – the bandana scarf. Silk, cotton, satin, linen it really doesn’t matter but a good size so you can tie it around your neck comfortably and have extra fabric for chillier days. The smallest piece can really make a difference, when the layers have been shed having a little added warmth on your neck is heaven. And it looks good too!

So how do you tie it?

The Desperado/Outlaw: Fold the scarf or bandana into a triangle. Wrap around the neck and double knot in the back

The Choker: Fold the scarf or bandana into a triangle and continue folding until it forms one long strand. Wrap tightly around the neck (forward to back), then wrap around again and tie a tight double knot in the front.

The Necklace: Roll scarf or bandana to preferred width. Tie loosely around neck (back to front), then knot in the front to finish.

The Audrey: Roll scarf or bandana to preferred width. Wrap loosely around neck (back to front), then double knot tails.

And when you’re all warmed up just tie it around your ponytail or bun for an effortless chic hairstyle….

 

Thank you for reading,

Ashley

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In the second of the ‘weird weather’ style posts I wanted to focus on layers. Just like your mum probably told you – layers keep you warm – when are mums ever wrong?!

How to do it stylishly… with different textures and colours. Make it obvious how many layers you’re wearing otherwise you’re at risk of looking a bit michelin man chic.

And the perfect wardrobe icon to make it work – the humble denim jacket. The fresh pop of denim under your coat, blazer or knit works perfectly.

I recently got the Levis original trucker jacket and love it so much. The perfect fit and its nice and soft which you need to layer – anything too stiff and it gets uncomfortable. I’ve been wearing it under an oversized blazer, my favourite look, playing with the opposites of a tailored piece vs the scruffy denim.

Go for something lightweight underneath. A t-shirt or a light knit is perfect, remembering to keep the colours different to show off those layers. And pop the cuffs of the denim jacket out the bottom of your top layer too. Fancy a popped collar – the denim jacket’s great for that too.

I’ve linked some of my favourite denim jackets here and popped some more stylish ladies below for your inspiration….

 

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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.

Gucci

&OtherStories Dupes

Classic loafers

Coloured loafers

Backless

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.

Thank you so much for reading.

Ax

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