The Perfect White Dresses of Summer 2019

White is a colour some people believe they can’t wear, thinking it makes them look bigger, or drains their complexion. On the contrary, everyone can wear it, you just need to play around with it, have fun and be brave! It can be such a chic look. Add layers to give texture to the outfit or a coloured belt to cinch in the waist and a bold jacket and shoes. Be confident in playing around with this non primary colour, be daring and always think out of the box. Find the right style for you and run with it!

Spring and Summer 2019 has seen some amazing seasonal fashion but I for one have loved the number of fabulous white dresses that have been on the high-street. There has been a style for everyone and the ladies of Instagram have certainly confirmed this with so many stunning photos on their grids!

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This embroidery anglaise dress from Next featured above on myself and Bev @the_fashionstalker is 100% cotton so a great choice for holidays in the sun and is perfect to dress down by day with strappy sandals and then pop on some heels and gorgeous accessories for an evening of fun and cocktails. At £48 it’s a perfect investment for a Summer wardrobe staple and is a dress that will come out of the wardrobe year after year.

Model – @lovestyle40

This beautiful linen dress from Aspiga is again a perfect dress for the Summer and holidays in the sun. With its gorgeously feminine smock style, ruffles and its luxurious linen it’d be a perfect, floaty investment for days when the temperatures are high. Its elasticated neckline makes it the perfect bardot style dress and as seen here on Joanna @lovestyle40 you can see what a beautiful investment this dress is and again is still available.

Model – @the_stylecat

This gorgeous Topshop linen bardot dress is an absolute winner as you can see here on @the_stylecat She looks amazing in it but if this catches your eye you need to be quick. Now in the sale, reduced from £39.00 to £25.00 with limited sizes but it’s so gorgeous it needed to be shared with you. It’s a great length for the taller of you as Emma pictured here is 5ft 10″ and as you can see it’s a perfect midi length on her. I love the belt on this dress with its raffia buckle accentuating the waist before falling to the perfect mid length dress, it’s a must for time in the sun!

Shop – @southoftheriver.boutique

How beautiful is this dress from the fabulous South of the River Boutique, with its beautiful cut and floaty skirt. The adjustable shoulder straps and its lace and sheer polka dot bodice are so flattering and feminine. It also has a dropped layered detail at the back. A perfect investment at £110.00 to bring out of your Summer wardrobe year in year out!

Model – @dressedtothemax

This beautiful cut work embroidery dress from Zara is currently in the sale, only a couple of sizes are available so you need to be quick to snap up this beauty! This 100% cotton dress is perfect for hot days in the sun as seen here on our lovely model Maxine and with its short sleeves and beautifully tiered skirt it’s an all round winner! Zara dresses are always a fabulous addition to your Summer wardrobe.

Model – @thefword.marianna

This dress is such a gorgeous style on most women, with it’s extremely flattering neckline as we can see on our real model Marianna. It’s currently in the sale and most sizes are still available, it’d be a shame to miss out on this little Summer number!

Model – @adelaknox

This stunning white linen dress is available from by_b.o.y via Instagram and with its beautiful style, sleeves, ruffles and piping it’s definitely one to have you standing out in the crowd as you can see on my fabulous model Adela!

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This contrast stitch, denim pencil dress is a gorgeous choice for the Summer, with its slimming shape and marble buttons it’s certainly a fashion statement. This style of dress would look amazing with a t-shirt underneath, bringing colour to the outfit for anyone who feels all white isn’t for them. It’s a perfect midi length pinafore style, feminine and

Model – @fashionable_later

If an all white dress isn’t for you, one with a pattern is a perfect alternative, breaking up the block colour by finding one with another colour to add detail to draw the eye. This Baukjen Mia shirt dress is the perfect example and modelled here by Rachel from @fashionable_later you can see how the beautiful polka dot print adds the perfect amount of colour to break an all white look.

Below is the Marks and Spencers printed shirt dress which is also a perfect example of one with a pattern with its scarf inspired paisley print. Seen here on our real model Rachel @fashionable_later it fits around the waist beautifully and falls at a perfect midi length, a perfect dress for those of you that prefer a pattern to an all white look.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my beautiful, real models who, you have to admit are perfect in their dresses! Thank you to Bev, Joanna, Emma, Maxine, Marianna, Adela and Rachel for getting involved in bringing you some perfect white dress examples to have in your wardrobes for many Summers to come.

Tis The Season To Wear A Christmas Jumper

You know you love them, we all do and even though they’re short lived in seasonal style they’re fun to wear. We love to have the whole family around on Christmas day and made this our family Christmas dinner theme one year, it was so much fun to see ages ranging from late teens to 80’s wearing a Christmas jumper! 

You can always find a version to suit your taste and style, whether you like glamour and sophistication or straight out crazy and silly, there’s a jumper for everyone! I’ve been looking at an endless range in lots of high street stores and have brought my favourites to share with you.

I’ve started with this gorgeous jumper from M&S which is grey with the embellishments of sequin stars and a moon, to be honest you could definitely wear this without people complaining about the ‘C’ word and comes in at £25.00.

Another one of my favourites is this fun Santa riding on a unicorn, who’s to say he only has reindeer to help him on his merry way!  This jumper costs £26.00 and can be found at Mela London and Debenhams and comes in XS, S, M, L, and XL.

If you’re a champagne lover this Christmas jumper may just be the one for you! In the online description they don’t mention the fun additional feature of lights and who wouldn’t want to twinkle their way through this wonderful season! It’s available from George at Asda and comes in small, medium and large and is £18.00.

I bought this fabulous oversized chunky knit from Evatrend, it’s perfect for this seasons chunky style with a gorgeous traditional reindeer on the front. It’s available in red or green and comes in one size which is ideal for medium,large, extra large and xx large and costs $59.99. It’s designed with an ample full sleeve making it a cosy knit to wear and great for tall ladies with long limbs.

Calling all penguin lovers, here’s one you’re going to adore! This jumper features little penguins in a Christmas tree design, what’s not to love! It’s available from Society 8 which can be found online via Brands at Next and definitely has the cute factor! It comes in sizes 6 – 18 and costs £28 – so for £2.80 per penguin, it’s worth every penny!

This pink, snowflake jumper is such a pretty addition to my choices, it’s the kind of seasonal jumper you can dress up or down. The knit is gorgeous too as it has alpaca wool in the mix giving it that fluffy feel which feels so nice on and the with the addition of sparkly snowflakes, it’s perfect! It’s available from Next and comes in sizes 6 – 22 and is a great price at £28 as I think this one will come out for Christmas year after year!

This Oasis jumper is a beauty in my opinion, it’s such a classy little number in navy with a beautiful stag head. You’ll find this one at Oasis and it’s been reduced from £42.00 to £31.50 and it’s available in xsmall, small, medium, large and xlarge. 

My final choice if you’re a fan of the bardot neckline is this beautiful snowflake jumper with a gorgeous fairisle design from Asos. It’s a soft touch knit with ribbed cuffs and waist and comes in sizes 4 to 18. This gorgeous little number comes in at £25.00 and for such a flattering design is very much worth every penny!

Hope you have enjoyed my choice of seasonal Christmas jumpers, I could have gone on forever as there is so many fabulous designs to choose from. Enjoy this wonderful season and stay fabulous! 

C xxx

Crowning Glory

No matter how flawless your make-up is and how good your outfit looks, if your hair isn’t right you just don’t feel right. It all starts with hair health and achieving a shine, no split ends and avoiding frizz or lank hair. After 30 years of hairdressing I thought I’d share a few tips, treatments and products.

The top of the list is to have regular trims, around every six weeks, even if you don’t have treatments and colours applied to your hair, regular drying with a hairdryer, curling tongues and the changes in weather all have a bearing on your hair.

Keeping your scalp healthy is just as important, a dry scalp can lead to dandruff and an itchy scalp leading to weakened hair, so giving the scalp some tender loving care makes a huge difference. Choose an hour or so when you don’t need to go out for a few hours and warm some oil in a bain marie, I like to use coconut oil but almond works just as well, gently massage into the scalp, avoiding adding friction to the roots then ease down the lengths of your hair. A shower cap is a great way too wrap your hair out of the way plus the heat within the cap generated from your body heat will help the oil absorb into the hair. The longer you can leave it on the better it is but once it’s time to wash it off please remember to apply your shampoo before any water. The water acts as a barrier which will then prevent the shampoo from breaking down the oil, this will lead to multiple washes undoing the benefits.

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A wide toothed comb should always be used after washing your hair, while it is wet the hairs are weaker so combing it with a brush or small comb will make stretch and snap which adds to a finished style having a frizzy look and reduced shine.

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Another way to keep your hair strong and in tip top condition is once you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair finish your final rinse with cooler water. Like rinsing your face with cool water contracts the pores, so making them appear smaller, the same goes for your hair. Cold water helps to seal the hairs cuticle, making it lie flatter which then helps the hair reflect light giving it a lovely shine.

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There are many hair care products on the market and we all have our favourite shampoos and conditioners varying in price and what our individual needs are. I have recently discovered a fabulous range called Monat, I used the Revive Shampoo and Revitalize conditioner which boosts volume, moisturises the hair and adds a fabulous shine. What makes these products even better they don’t contain toxic ingredients, they’re cruelty free and a 100% vegan. These products are expensive but you only need to use a small quantity so they will last considerably longer than the products we pick up in our weekly shop. If you want to know more and purchase these items contact by clicking on the link below.

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If you like to use heated stylers, which many of us do, you’ll need to use hair protector sprays as straighteners heated rollers and curling tongs can be very damaging. Find one that is suitable for your requirements, whether it’s for curling or straightening, to reduce frizziness or control the curl, but it can be very confusing with so many on the market. Ask your hairdresser for advice if you’re unsure and if they have products on sale in their salons ask them to use some when styling your hair to give you an idea. I’ve used many heat protector sprays and found one of my favourites is the Elnett Heat Styling spray which I find brushes out easily and doesn’t leave your hair feeling tacky.

Enjoy reading and stay fabulous!

C xx

 

Animal Instinct

I’m sure you’ll all be aware that animal print is having an undeniable moment on the high street for Autumn and Winter 18/19. Having always been a fan I’m loving the styles that are available to us and happy to say there are pieces to suit everyone’s price range.

The great thing about these prints is the variation in zoological preference, so there is something to suit all colouring (cool or warm), taste and style. Leopard, tiger, snake, croc and zebra, there is an animal print for everyone. They are also perfect for print clashing by mixing with florals, metallics and many more.

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Leopard print can sometimes be on the orange side and if you are cool colouring (fair skin, blue eyes and blonde/light brunette) a beige shade of leopard will compliment your complexion more unless it’s accessories which are away from your face. This revere animal print coat is available from Next and comes in  a regular and tall and at £75.00 is perfect for this seasons trend.

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Animal Print Revere Coat

This long leopard print dress from Zara is a perfect addition to your wardrobe and at £39.99 is perfect through autumn and winter, ideal to wear  with a pair of trainers for a casual look or dressed up with boots or heels and a jacket.

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Long Leopard Print Dress

Snakeskin print is a huge favourite of mine although it’s advised to wear in moderation, this classy Zara dress is perfect and ideal worn with plain accessories. Again, another addition to your wardrobe to be dressed up or down.

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Zara Snakeskin Print Dress

If you are wanting a minimal amount of print and a fun look, this personalised sweatshirt from Hari and the Gang ticks the box and is the perfect casual wear for autumn and winter.

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If an animal print is too bold a statement for you to wear why not add it with your accessories, shoes, belt, scarf or handbag.

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Missguided heeled ankle boots in snake print

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Davie – Leopard Double Zip Handbag

Keep smiling and thanks for popping by lovelies,

C. xx

Putting the Smart into Casual

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We all love a T-shirt and jeans for a casual look, but sometimes it needs an injection of smart to go from school run or dog walk to lunch with friends or a trip to a bar.

Adding a blazer or jacket, a handbag with a pop of colour and some great jewellery along with a pair of heels creates the smart casual look we all love.

There are a fabulous choice of blazers on the market, plain, patterned and variations of check prints. This houndstooth check is from Next and has two front pockets trimmed with a navy cording and looks fabulous teamed the the jeans and T look.  Add a pair of heels, whether shoes or boots and some statement earrings and you have that smart, casual look.

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This Red Herring beige, heritage check coat is a favourite of mine and is on sale at the moment in Debenhams, a perfect piece to dress up or down so great value for a great look.

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Slogan T shirts are huge this season and there are some great choices in the stores, they vary quirky quotes to named labels.

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The big, statement earrings are still huge this season as seen at Paris Fashion Week with earcuffs, large crystal dangles and tassel earrings still being at the height of fashion. We are spoilt for choice on so many stunning options available in all our highstreet stores!

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Once you have your essential pieces you can add your favourite shoes, bag and a pop of colour with your favourite lipstick! I love the Revlon matt balms, long lasting and a choice of fabulous colours that keep your lips moisturised.

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C xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Left My Forties

Writing My Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog, I decided to write about all the things I love after turning 50 (how on earth did that happen!). My earrings got bigger and my lipstick brighter as I decided I was going to hit my passion for fashion head on by trying to style out my 50’s!

I will be chatting about fashion, make-up and and beauty including my knowledge from my years of being a qualified hairdresser, beauty and holistic therapist and while writing I’ll be fuelling myself on caffeine, chocolate and of course, prosecco!

Enjoy x X x