Blonde vs brunette… do blondes really have more fun? Are brunettes perceived as more intelligent? I’ve been a blonde since I was fourteen and had my first experience of highlights… but six months ago I decided the expense and maintenance was just too much and time being so precious these days, having four hours to sit in the hairdressers chair just wasn’t feasible. So off to George Northwoods London salon with the wonderful Amy who worked her magic and gave me a sensible medium… rich brown with some blonde balayage thrown in for good measure. I loved it! And no black roots after two weeks. But then a shocker… the greys! I didn’t even know I had grey hair. I had to go back after three months as I would with blonde hair and have the roots touched up. Turns out being a brunette can be just as time consuming and just as expensive. Yes I could have used a home colour but I am a salon addict and would never trust myself with my hair, it means too much to me!

Turns out I missed the blonde and last week it was back to the salon for me, foils back in my hair and bleached up. I feel like my old self again. I think blonde and I think fun, flirty, beachy, laid back and youth. Yet most of the women I style crush on are brunettes. Brunette says elegance, style, maturity, sensible, sensual and sexy. In fact some of those words were exactly what my husband said when I went dark, that I looked more stylish and sexy. I don’t think any of these are necessarily true – but they were the feelings I had when being that hair colour.

Hair means so much to a woman, it is part of our identity. Team blonde or team brunette which ever side you pick be sure sure you work that look and enjoy everything that comes with it… meanwhile I will continue to wish I was a cali beach bum whilst fighting my black roots and depleted bank balance…

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Vx

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Although I am married to a wonderful man… I am prone to a girl crush… and today’s girl I have crushed HARD… Clemence Poesy.

She has flittered in and out of my life from the fashion pages of Vogue and Harpers to movies, Gossip Girl, Chloe ads, Street Style, and every time I see a photo of her I am entranced. And the reason I wanted to share this with you is because I honestly think she has the perfect easy style that mums can achieve without any effort (well maybe some of that Parisian effort!)

Scruffy hair, lover of hats, always wearing flat shoes (apart from a special occasion or date night), minimal makeup, topknots a plenty, white shirts, cross body bags, large scarfs (perfect for b-feeding!), fitted black blazers, razz a jazz jewellery when the occasion calls for it.. or you want to detract from the bags under your eyes… and ta da… a cute little capsule wardrobe and easy peasy effortless mum style.

I hope of my pick of pics will inspire you and maybe you’ll fall a little in love with miss Poesy too!

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Thank you so much for reading/looking and please comment – I love to hear your thoughts!

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September is often described as the January of the fashion world, a time for change, out with the old and in with the new.  And the perfect time to revaluate your own wardrobe. I know since becoming a mother my wardrobe is full of clothes I don’t wear. Partly because my life has changed and those short dresses don’t quite cut the mustard at the one o’clock club. Partly because my body has changed, my hips are wider and that flat stomach I was so proud of hasn’t quite made a come-back yet. I blame the G&Ts. But also partly because my personal style has changed. So it was time to look at exactly what I have, what I wear, what I don’t wear and what I want to add. There was a lot I don’t wear, and such a waste, but it felt so great when I stood back and saw the clothes I do wear all hanging pretty in the now far less cluttered wardrobe. A perfect collection of things that actually make me very happy. And that is what is key. Wearing clothes that make you happy.

Now… as to what I want to add…  a beautiful pair of Mary Janes, a romantic maxi or mid length sheer dress,  a statement white shirt, cross-body bag and some winter fringing detail. I have enjoyed browsing the street style photos from New York and London, and am excited about Milan and Paris. I think the street style is just as fun than the shows! Here are my favourite street style shots that have influenced my lust-haves so far. I hope they give you some inspiration for your own wardrobe happiness!

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Love to hear your thoughts, what you’re adding this season and any wardrobe tips you have for September!

Love,

Vx

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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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Vx

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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!

Love,

Vx

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