The power of a blazer to make you feel like you’re conquering the world. Even if that world is getting out the house with kids dressed, teeth brushed and a school bag with completed homework. Winning!

I have a new found love for these blazers that have emerged for Spring. Belted blazers. They’re intrinsically feminine showing off the female curves – yet androgynous to boot which is my favourite look. My camel one is from &OtherStories and made of the softest brushed cotton. Gives it a luxurious look especially in the soft creamy shade.

I am quite tempted by a pinstripe one or a darker navy or black. Going to road test it with belting one I already own with a chunky black leather belt. If you’re belting one yourself just make sure the blazer is long enough on the body to not flare out too much at the waist. A long line blazer would work perfectly on the hips.

As I deliberate holes in my wardrobe and plot my next spend I have put together a round-up of the best on the highstreet for you to peruse right now. Including a few more higher end versions like the stunning Charlotte jacket by Anine Bing. A smattering of style inspo is below the shopping too.

Enjoy…

Ax

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If theres one item of clothing I wear all year round, at least once a week (apart from knickers which I promise I always wear too)… then its a black boot. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn I always go for a black boot. Recently its been hiking style, my favourite Acne Jensens are mighty battered from all the pavement pounding the last few years, pistol style boots, my favourite Anine Bing patent heeled boots I always reach for with little dresses in the evening… so I thought it was time to give the black boot some blog-loving and round up my edit of my favourite black boots available to buy right now. From the very budget friendly to the Ganni cowboy boots I fell in love with last year.

And then a few of gorgeous street style snaps to help you style them up…

Ashley x

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We are well and truly in the midst of party season and this week I am sure will see many a work-party. Then with NYE around the corner my eye is being caught by many a sequin dress, LBD and bling earring. My edit of what to wear to a party… and exactly how to style…

The Sequins

When I think Christmas / NYE sequins will always come first. I am partial to a daytime sequin especially in the Summer, a little shawl thrown over battered blue jeans is the perfect pairing. But come party-wear the bigger, the bolder the better. I would forgo the bling and let the dress/top/skirt do the talking. Keep hair and makeup simple and opt for an elegant over chunky heel…

The LBD

The classic little black dress – find the right one and it will serve you a lifetime of parties. And most can be dressed up and down to make it work harder for you. A LBD means you can definitely go big with the hair / makeup / bling. And shoe wise – I would think opposites. A dainty dress – go bolder with the shoe like a platform or ankle boot. A big wow dress – pick a more elegant scrappy sandal style shoe.

The Jumpsuit

Such an easy piece to wear, very little thought needed and it can look so much more modern than a dress. Shoes can be trickier as you want the right length trouser so worth trying a few heights. I love a flash of toe with mine…

The Power suit

Powerful – best styled simply with a cami or if you dare – bare. Maybe a delicate bralette you get a flash of every so often… add feminine earrings and an elegant clutch.

The bling

I am so routine with my bling – never taking my favourite gold pieces off so party wear is about the only time I have fun with jewellery. And my favourite way is with a huge pair of bling earrings. They frame the face so well and give just the right amount of pizzazz for the party…

The shoes

From elegant sandals, ankle boots and nude pumps – just make sure they’re comfortable. Nothing spoils a night like painful feet…

Have fun xx

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The fruit of Summer 2018 – got to be the lemon. They’ve been seen splashed across street style sites and Instagram… on bags, dresses, jeans even hair scrunchies. And the colour – looking to be this Summers unsuspecting hero.

The little lemon dress. Ok – some of these are across the yellow spectrum but a little Summer dress in a sunshine hue is the perfect way to wear the trend. I am not sure its possible to wear to yellow and not feel in a summer state of mind. I’ve included a little lemon bikini below too – super cute for holidays! As well as my usual plethora of style inspo… enjoy…

Shopping time….

Thank you for reading…

Ax

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I am always hesitant to write resolutions for New Years – instead I like to think of them as my goals for the year ahead. Creating a plan for life. Things I would like to achieve and ways in which I can get there. This year there really is one goal. A simple aim – to just go through the year with a content feeling of happiness. And as pinterest and instagram like to tell me – happiness is a choice – not a result. So I am flying into 2018 making a conscious choice to feel happy in each and every area of my life.

How to achieve that – I have broken it down into five categories of my life that I deem to be really important to me…

  1. Happy as a mother
  2. Happy as a wife
  3. Happy in myself
  4. Happy as a friend
  5. Happy in my work

To be happy as a mother I know I must be humble enough to realise I certainly haven’t got it mastered. Brave enough to keep trying. And thankful enough to see the grace in it all. Its not easy through the mess and chaos. And I will continue to always try and be ‘in the moment’ as I know thats when I am always at my best.

As a wife I know my husband gets put to the bottom of the pecking order now the girls are here. I want to dedicate time that is just his. Not me talking about the girls, or life admin, schools and bills… nor saying ‘hang on a minute babe I just need to post this picture’. But time that is blocked out (in my mind) as time for just us like it always used to be. I truly believe the best relationships are nurtured. And my husband is my rock he needs to be shown that every now and then.

To be happy in myself… comes complete body acceptance, accepting the dimples that once weren’t there, the stretching post-pregnancy skin that no longer sits taught across my stomach… the lines on my face… the marks of having a life and a damn good one at that. And to be truly happy I know I also need to be healthy (maybe just healthier)… less McDonalds and more fresh produce thats going to nourish me. Chocolate wine and gin are non negotiable. But regular exercise is on the list.

Since having children finding the time to see my absolute diamond friends has become really hard. As people have moved to Hackney and Bristol (you know who you are) and even those close return to work and our schedules no longer pair up. I am going to be business like in arranging ‘meetings’ because there really is no other joy like spending even an hour with one of your best friends in the world, talking serious or nonsense, laughing, hugging, reminiscing, putting the world to rights. I think everyone needs that time.

And lastly being happy in work. A little tricker as I think I really need to work out where I would like to be this time next year. Perhaps thats a whole other post. But I know the thing that makes me the happiest with my blog is getting messages from people who follow my stories and read my Instagram posts. When I know I have made someone laugh or helped them find the perfect patent boot, cheered them up when they’re having a grey day or just helped them realise they’re not alone in this crazy motherhood journey.

I hope maybe this will help you think about what you want to achieve from the next year. Just breaking it down into areas and what you could do to get yourself there.

I’d love to hear what you’re planning and how you’re planning it.

Thank you so much for reading,

Ashley

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