I think my absolute favourite thing about London fashion week is the street style, more so than the shows… I just love a good bit of people watching. Getting to your seat that little bit earlier and watching as the fashion-set arrive, taking in their amazing and carefully thought-out outfits. Watching those that are so comfortable in their own skin they ooze confidence – and those that look so physically uncomfortable you wonder was it really worth it? And then there are those, and I hope this doesn’t come across in a mean way – but there are those that just look so uncomfortable generally. Like they’re not really happy in what they’ve decided to wear, it’s not really their style and they don’t feel confident, they don’t normally wear heels and now they can’t walk in their skyscraper heels or they’re tugging non-stop at their crazy-short mini skirt. No matter how fabulous their outfits are the uncomfortable-ness just ruins the look.

This is like the extreme version of when you go on a night out not quite happy with your choice of outfit and then spend the whole night not enjoying yourself as you wish you’d listened to your instinct and changed before leaving. Never under-estimate the power of a good outfit on a bad mood – and vice versa unfortunately.

So how to avoid it – know your own style, wear what makes you happy, don’t wear something just because its so ‘this season’ or you feel it’s occasion appropriate even if you don’t really like it… and make like Coco Chanel – before you leave the house take a look in the mirror and remove one item. I wasn’t sure what to wear for my first days of shows and deliberated between a few outfits but my husbands strange facial expressions were making it harder. In the end I went with my uniform of denim and breton and felt instantly happy. My Levi’s denim skirt, tailored blazer and a breton top – add some statement shoes, neck scarf and a Chanel brooch. I did have a hat as well (it was drizzling outside) but took this off before I left.

So today’s Sunday inspo post is about being yourself, being happy and really enjoying fashion for what it is – fun. I have pulled together a round-up of those who had their street style nailed. Those who stuck to their personal style and looked confident and (most of all) comfortable!

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Ashley x

 

 

 

 

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Rock t-shirts are having a moment and I am so happy about it. Nothing says rock n roll more than wearing a piece of it. I love how you can throw a band t-shirt on with any old pair of jeans and it instantly creates a cool edgy look. It also has the uncanny power to give a very smart skirt and heels look an updated on-trend sassy look that just shouts confidence. In fact its a pretty perfect buy for right now and will see you through the seasonal changes. Pair with leopard print, denim and leather for the ultimate rock-chick feel.

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I hope you’ve had a lovely bank holiday weekend no matter the weather. It’s certainly been a mixed bag here, finishing with today’s grey skies and chilly air. But wow, when it comes to bringing sunshine to my day – today’s response on Instagram has blown me away. I cannot thank you enough for all your kind words of encouragement and sweet comments. It means a lot to me.

So todays delayed bank holiday Sunday Edit is about keeping it real, staying true to yourself and having the confidence to do what makes you happy. People can be so quick to judge… when a mum decides to stay home after having children, when a mum goes back to work after having children, when you breastfeed, bottle feed, home-puree, ready-made jars, step-out in a tracksuit, spend an hour on your hair. It seems us mums can never do right. So why care then… lets make the decision that this week we will throw caution to the wind and actually do those things we have wanted to but have been too worried about what someone might think or even say.

Do what makes you happy!

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There’s nothing like a super short working week post holiday to really get you in the mood for a long bank holiday weekend. And with the sun shining its looking to be a good one!

Friday confession time and having been on holiday my spending has (rightfully) been curtailed. I did manage to stumble across a Stradivarius on holiday which was a lovely air conditioned break from the heat and bought a little scarf I am yet to wear but will share below. Then I also fell in love with some Chloe-esque sandals I had seen on numerous Instagram babes and had to make a sneaky online holiday shop. Needless to say when my neighbour handed me the box before we had even stepped into the porch on getting home I was well and truly busted! Whoops!

I wanted to also share an update I have given an old Topshop skirt I had been wearing before during and after holiday. It’s given it a new lease of life for me and also some added length which certainly helps when you’re running around after a crazy toddler!

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I really don’t like packing. And considering how much I love clothes it surprises me. But it’s the thought of having to plan two weeks of clothes in just a few hours. Proves I have a long way to go with the whole capsule wardrobe detox way of dressing. So with just four days until we all fly off at silly o’clock on Saturday morning I am pulling out the big-guns and I have drafted myself a packing strategy which I wanted to share with you as so far so good…

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