Whenever I am unsure about what to wear you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar I’ll grab a striped shirt. Paired with my trusty 501s, or a little skirt for the evening. For me its the perfect piece that makes you look smart but also not having tried ‘too much’. The ‘grabbed your mans shirt and flung it on’ sort of vibe. When I have a little more confidence the buttons edge lower for a little glimpse of something lacy underneath. That simple masculine/feminine rule.

If you don’t already have a striped shirt in your wardrobe – its time to get one. Such an easy thing to throw on without a moments thought. Try a few shapes on to see what you prefer – boyfriend, fitted, oversized. I love an oversized fit… tucked into something tight on the waist.

Five style tips for your striped shirt

  1. Tuck. Whether its back and front or just the front always tuck it into your bottom half to show off your waist.
  2. Pair with denim for a smarter relaxed look.
  3. Throw on over your leather/pleather leggings with a big oversized style shirt.
  4. Wear open and loose with a mini skirt in the evenings.
  5. Add feminine accessories like simple gold jewellery and a delicate handbag to play with your opposites.

Shop my edit here and below is a healthy dollop of style inspo for your viewing pleasure…

 

 

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I have a vase of tulips with me at the table, a flower in every colour, so beautiful. And as we near the end of January I know Spring is close… with Spring comes warmer (and often wetter) weather… but new beginnings, freshness, more doors opening than closing, excitement and… a whole new wardrobe.

So as we approach Spring I wanted to indulge in some serious style inspiration. This is my Spring ‘mood board’ my style ‘cheat sheet’ for the upcoming months. The feel and look I want my outfits to have and where I’ll be dipping in to inspire my choices in the mornings. I want to pare it all back, more comfortable, relaxed… hair loose or low messy buns and ponytails. Minimal makeup, skin first, tan (faux)… the dreamy inspo of Cali cool – Parisian nonchalance. I’ll be building on my gold jewellery collection, my handbag collection and my blonde highlights. It’s clothes to make you feel good physically and emotionally as you go about your life.

Hope you enjoy… Ax

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Party season is in full swing, which inevitably means party wear decisions… to sequin or to not sequin.

I like to keep my style pretty similar to my day-to-day look. Its the shoes, handbags and accessories where I love to play dress-up. My usual 501’s given a NY Eve edge with some killer heels, a red lip and a smattering of gold jewellery. It’s the little accessories that mean you can dress up an outfit in seconds for that desk to dance floor transformation. Ideal if you don’t want to look to ‘done’ as you trek across town with the rest of the holiday crowd.

This bag is Vince Camuto, the softest leather, the sort you know will just look better and better with age. And the tassel detail gives it a little seventies edge that I am obsessed with right now. As for the killer heels I was talking about – these are Kurt Geiger from Shoeaholics.com and the heel detail is insane. Wood and a battered metal. A fierce spikey shape, matt leather and the most flattering length cut just above the ankle to perfect with straight leg jeans.

Well both the gorgeous bag and these incredible boots were actually majorly reduced. I found out about a new website called Shoeaholics.com. In a nutshell its an incredible discount site for designer and highstreet shoes and handbags. Think Kurt Geiger, Nine West, Ugg, Carvela and Michael Kors each brand at up to 70% off. It will forever now be my go-to place when I need new shoes… I couldn’t believe some of the gems they have on there. Seriously dreamy shoes and handbags.

Then, wearing my blue 501 skinnies to death I bought them in the black too and they’re perfect for a ‘smarter’ evening look. Plus I love how they hold in the ‘mum-tum’. Pairing them with this Topshop emerald green top. Not a colour I would normally wear but as soon as I saw it in the shop I had to have it. And some say blue and green should never be seen… forget that. I love the peacock colour palette. This bag is Vince Camuto, the softest leather, the sort you know will just look better and better with age. And the tassel detail gives it a little seventies edge that I am obsessed with right now.
 
Bear in mind that I hardly ever go out these days so when I do I always end up emptying half of my wardrobe onto the bed, getting into a complete fluster and then pulling on what I was wearing that day and just changing my hair, makeup and accessories. I don’t know why I still do it every time when really I know its all about comfort. The best nights are always when I feel good, and a tight dress I am constantly pulling down doesn’t make me feel good. I much prefer to look like I haven’t tried… even when I very much have… for over an hour.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the festive season. Thank you so much for reading…

Ashley

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This was created in collaboration with Shoeaholics but all images and opinions are my own.

 

 

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Wham, bam, thank you ma’am… a quick edit of the Mango, ASOS and Topshop sales for your Friday shopping pleasure.

Enjoy,

Ax

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I’ve written about unleashing the beast a few times before – the timeless elegance and cool girl chic of the leopard print coat. If you don’t have one already – you need one. It’s a coat for everyday. A coat for Winter, Autumn and Spring. Layer it up with a denim jacket or leather biker in the colder months and alone in the warmer.

How to wear it…

  • Wear an all black outfit for a quick trick to look slimmer – it frames your body to create a lean silhouette
  • Pair with a striped top for casual cool
  • Add your blue-blue jeans for a cali-babe look
  • With leather trews for that off duty model rock chick feel
  • And add trainers and chunky boots for day – and go sky high for night

I’ve included my usual dollop of inspo below and an edit of some great ones on the highstreet right now… perfect Christmas presents…

Ax

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