Posts tagged Marks & Spencers
BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY SPRING DRESSES

Dresses and breastfeeding are not mutually exclusive - you just have to find the right ones.

The best breastfeeding friendly dresses (and jumpsuits) I think are probably the ones that open at the front - although look out for dresses with a loose neck that can be pulled down or ones with massive sleeves/ arm holes that allow boob access from the side.

Marks & Spences have a couple of good options in at the moment here are my two favourites:

I love the lilac colour of this dress - it’s so pretty but I also like the modern cut of it. It can be worn both smart and casually. It would be great layered - you could wear a long sleeve polo neck (i’d probably go with a stripped one) and tights under it in the winter and then either bare arms or a short t-shirt in the summer.

Linen Rich Double Button Front Midi Dress £59 / Button Detailed Denim Jacket £35

This is such a good summer dress - super useful and perfect for both Summer in the city and on holiday. The style is very flattering and it is a great length. This is defiantely a ‘go to’ dress that when you can’t decide what to wear this one will never let you down.

Linen Blend Button Front Waisted Midi Dress £39.50 / Pom-Pom Clutch Bag £29.50

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my ongoing partnership with them. All words and choices are my own obviously.

Photography by Jane Looker

WARDROBE PICK ME UPS

This month's M&S pieces are the perfect items to give your wardrobe an easy update. None are 'maternity' but can all accommodate a swelling belly (if you need them too). 

First up is this stripped top, I have seen many takes on the breton top but this one has some good ingredients. I love the longer length and the frill on the 3/4 length arms, perfect for wearing over skinny trousers or jeans.  

Cotton Rich Striped Ruffle Cuff Tunic £25 / Multi Colour Cup Drop Earrings £12.50

I love this pale pink cotton dress, it is simple and flattering - I love the gathering around the waist and wrists. I'd wear this to a wedding but i'd also dress it down for everyday.

Pure Cotton Ruched Waist Tunic Midi Dress  /£65 / Cross Body Bag £12.50

This is a top of two halves - simple from the front but super fun and bright from the back. This is a great top for anyone who likes to avoid anything to tight around their waist as it hangs and fits really nicely.

These lilac shoes have got to be some of the most comfortable shoes i've ever worn (and I have tried on a lot of shoes). They are so soft plus are available in 6 different colours - there is a chance I might get them all...

Pleat Back Short Sleeve Shell Top £45 / Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps £35

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my monthly collaboration with them.

RETURN OF THE MAC

I think it would be too bold a statement to declare that Spring is here BUT I do know that it is coming (based on the fact that it always does). Anyway it means finally we can begin considering wearing clothes that aren't winter ones - and that is something to look forward to.

One of the first things that I put away at the end of the winter are my coats and I look to invest in a lighter weight version, and this year it will be a Trench.  A mac / trench is the perfect transition coat - it can be layered, worn with a scarf, over a dress/ jeans, dressed up, dressed down... etc. Plus trenches have a sophisticated coolness to them that I love.

There are some great modern versions of the classics around at the moment. I love this beige one with puffy sleeves. I don't usually wear beige but I love the simplicity of the mac with the contrasting statement sleeves.

I'm wearing it with a perfect transitional shirt dress and some pink and rose gold trainers.

Cotton Rich Puff Sleeve Trench Coat £89 / Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Midi Dress £59 / Lace-up Trainers £35 / 

I am currently 5 months pregnant so although this comes with certain clothes restrictions it does not (for me) come with any compromises. There are so many non-maternity pieces that will accommodate a pregnant belly and that you can then wear post baby that I have not had to deviate from my usual style at all.

There are also convenient fashion trends that can be embraced - like slip on shoes! No bending around a belly to put on and off or for the need to ask someone to tie up your shoe laces - slip them off and off you go/waddle.

I love this modern take on on the classic Inspector Gadget style mac - green and purple gingham. It is long and oversized (and fits big - i'm wearing an 8) but it is so cool!

This striped bib shirt is also cool - it would look great with a chunky knit cardigan over the top or tucked into some blue jeans.

Gingham Trench Coat £89 / Pure Cotton Striped Long Sleeve Shirt £35 / Leather Block Heel Mule Shoes £45 / Garden Brooches £15

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my ongoing partnership with them. All thoughts, outfit choices and ideas are my own (obviously). 

HAPPY NEW YEAR / CLOTHES

It's the New Year! And the time of year when people all over the world make resolutions and promises of self improvement.  One resolution I am continuing with this year is to wear an outfit I love everyday - because I believe that a good outfit can make for a better day. 

January is also a time when a lot of people aren't flush with cash so when you are thinking of new outfits and purchases then make sure that they are versatile and can be worn with what you already have in your wardrobe.

A leopard print pencil skirt is such an easy piece that can be worn everywhere - work, party, shopping... I've teamed this one with this super cool (catwalk inspired) beaded jumper and patent brogues. But it could also be worn with a chunky knit, denim shirt, trainers or boots. And as leopard print is a neutral it can be paired with any colour.

A new bag can be enough to make everything in your wardrobe feel fresh again - I love this round one it is a great size and somehow manages to be both serious and fun at the same time. 

Animal Print A-Line Mini Skirt £15 / Embellished Round Neck Long Sleeve Jumper £35

This is a great statement knitwear option - I like the detailing on it, the red trim and the way it is designed to be longer at the back means that it works well with tighter trousers; like these leather and lycra leggings - which make a great change from jeans and will make a very useful addition to any wardrobe.

Jacquard Print Round Neck Jumper £35 / Faux Leather Skinny Trousers £25

This shirt has what i'd call is a statement sleeve but because it is on a black shirt it doesn't seem so extreme. I love the longer length and that it contains some stretch - which is always good for expansion (which is something I am currently working on).

If you can't decide between a trainer, boot or shoe then this patent brogue is a good option. I really rate M&S shoes - I think they are good value, quality and comfortable, these have a soft pad on the heel area so that they don't rub. 

Cotton Rich Frill Cuff Shirt £27.50 / Leather Flatform Brogue Shoes £49.50

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my ongoing partnership with them. All thoughts, outfit choices and ideas are my own (obviously). 

WHAT TO WEAR TOO.....CHRISTMAS PARTIES

I love dressing for parties, especially around Christmas - mainly because it is the perfect time to indulge everything sparkly, shiny, lurex and fun. However, my priority (as always) is comfort, no matter how good you look you will never really enjoy a party if you are feeling uncomfortable or self concious.

Here are some party proof outfits that will pretty much guarantee you will feel good, look good and have fun. 

BLACK TROUSERS 

So many people rely on a good pair of black trousers for event and parties, and that is not a bad thing. They are great because they are flattering, you can wear them with pretty much any colour top and they are suitable for so many occasions. So it always worth having a pair in your wardrobe you can call on.

These black trousers are currently my new favourites and could not be more perfect for the Christmas season - they are a subtle black on black leopard print but also have elasticated waist so they can expand with indulgence.  This sequin striped t-shirt is another great party staple as are my black pointed flat shoes.

PER UNA Animal Print Tapered Leg Trousers £39.50/ Sequin Striped Short Sleeve T-Shirt £35

A SEQUIN DRESS

I LOVE sequins - Christmas (and festivals) are the perfect times to go all out on the sparkle and become the Christmas decoration or human disco ball.

The blue colour of this sequin dress is amazing, and I carried on the blue theme with these pompom/ Christmas bauble inspired earrings. Another bonus to this dress is that it is stretchy so is comfortable and perfect for dancing in too. 

Sparkly Sequin Long Sleeve Shift Dress £89 / Love Box Clutch Bag £45

A LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Another reliable party classic is the LBD and this one is great. It has buttons up the front, slightly puffed sleeves and cool green, pink and white print. It could be dressed down with ankle boots or trainers or up with smart shoes or heels. It would also work for many occasions - work, lunch, dance floor...

Printed Long Sleeve Shirt Dress £45 / Captain Winter Hat £15

This post was created as part of an ongoing collaboration with Marks & Spencers who I love.