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EVERYDAY OCCASION WEAR

I am not sure on the term 'occasion wear' because I believe that clothes shouldn't necessarily be saved for special occasions. All too often people have things in their wardrobes that they are saving for best or for a special occasion that never actually comes around.

I like to buy things that can work for all situations from the super smart to the everyday. With the right accessories and styling you can make dresses/outfits work for many different events, parties and everyday life.

This is a great dress - it is on-trend, super fun, makes a statement but isn't over the top. It would be perfect to wear on holiday but equally could be worn to a summer BBQ (+ denim jacket), wedding (+ heels and clutch) or to work (+ a smart jacket).

Straw Winged Tote Bag £29.50 / Cotton Blend Striped Skater Dress £69

There is a lot of lace around this season and this mint green is such a pretty colour. I've teamed it with white pointed flats (very in for summer) and a snakeskin clutch to make it look less traditional. The hem and sleeve length on this dress is really flattering so if you are looking for a pretty, simple, easy to wear summer dress then this is a good one.

Cotton Rich Floral Lace Swing Dress £69 / Leather Block Heel Slingback Flats £49.50 / Faux Leather Chain Shoulder Bag £19.50

This is another easy and very versatile dress - flattering, lightweight with broderie anglaise detailing and a flattering hem length. You could wear this anywhere from beach to wedding.

Pure Cotton Broderie Shift Dress £55 / Aztec Print Hand Embellished Clutch Bag with Strap £25

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All the clothes, accessories, ideas and theories are entirely my own.

COMPANY: BEG BORROW BUY

Beg Borrow Buy is a new clothes rental service that basically allows you to borrow/rent a super cool dress to wear for an event and then return it afterwards.

They have a range of high street and designer dresses to choose from, in a range of sizes for a variety of occasions. Once you have selected your dress you can rent it for 4 days or 8 days, you wear it and then return it in the prepaid envelope, they then have it cleaned ready for the next person to rent it.

I borrowed a stunning Kooples dress that i've had my eye on for a while (but couldn't afford to buy) and a super cool black and white striped dress - both of which would be perfect for weddings, parties, events, meetings etc. I was sorry to see them go back, but its fine as I can just borrow them again.

This is a really great service and idea - you get to wear an amazing dress at a fraction of the price without having to invest in something you many only wear a couple of times. 

Beg Borrow Buy was founded by Natalie, who after seeing dresses she'd invested in and not worn for a while gathering dust decided there must be another way... Here is what she wants us to know about her company:

NAME OF COMPANY: Beg Borrow Buy

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: June 2016

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Natalie Getreu

WHY WAS IT CREATED: I found myself constantly being torn between wanting to buy beautiful and unique pieces for the events and special occasions I had coming up and trying to be economically responsible - especially living in London! More often than not I couldn’t resist the urge and the pieces I invested in, whilst I loved, were only worn once or twice and then just ended up sitting in my wardrobe, occasionally borrowed by a friend but otherwise just gathering dust. Which is how the idea of Beg Borrow Buy was born. I thought it would be great to have a virtual closet where I could wear new and special pieces for every event and party for a fraction of the price. Plus given our items are delivered straight to our customers door, and there is no dry cleaning involved, it really is an easy option for everyone!

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Beg Borrow Buy is not just tailored to the luxury and designer market. Rather our distinctive collection is a mix of vintage, designer, and contemporary high street labels from around the world. This makes our brand not only unique but an affordable and stylish option for all budgets.

WHAT WE SHOULD BORROW FROM YOU: You can’t go wrong with black, and our back to black debut collection features a number of black dresses in a variety of styles and sizes so there is something for everyone.

Photography by: Jane Looker Photography / @janelookerphotography

BRAND: LULU KACHOO

LuLu Kachoo is a bespoke luxury jeweller based in London. They start with a one on one design consultation to understand exactly what you want and then create a design to fit the brief and budget. They can either design a piece from scratch or redesign an old and tired piece of jewellery. 

LuLu Kachoo was founded by an old friend of mine Louisa who is from a family of jewelers and so has been (lucky enough) to be surrounded by jewels her whole life. After leaving her job and meeting her husband she followed her dream and launched LuLu Kachoo.

One of my best friends has got the Hepburn and it's absolutely stunning - if LuLu was doing her thing when i got engaged i would definitely have got my engagement ring from her they are stunning!

Here is some more info on the brand:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Lulu Kachoo

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 2012

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: I (Lou) founded Lulu Kachoo with my husband who works in investment with particular knowledge of the luxury industry

WHY WAS IT CREATED: I've always had a passion for jewellery ever since I was at school. I would carry around my jewellery box at the age of 10 to see if anyone wanted to buy my gemstones. My mother is a Jewellery designer too and she has been a huge influence. After university I followed my passion and worked in various jewellery shops on Bond street and Burlington Arcade but after a few years I took a de-tour and left the jewellery industry for finance until I met my husband who supported me in following my dream.

The luxury jewellery industry is dominated by more old fashioned brands, we wanted to create something contemporary, cool, colourful and classy.. Our own 4 C's! We take great inspiration from Graff and Faberge and aim to build a design around exquisite stones that showcases their brilliance and unique characteristics. I also love the way in which some old name fashion brands are recreating themselves: Fendi, Balmain, Saint Laurent, Moncler. They are all taking an established brand and going in a more contemporary direction.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: Lulu Kachoo is a bespoke luxury jeweller based in London. We specialise in colourful designs centred around the finest gemstones and crafted by highly talented and experienced craftsmen. We are young, fun and luxurious.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Yellow sapphires. The Sunburst and The Coco are great examples of making a beautiful piece of jewellery with a yellow sapphire. Yellow sapphires are extremely rare, they are in fact more rare than diamonds so not only are incredibly beautiful, they are also a great investment piece.

@lulu_kachoo_ / lulu@lulukachoo.com (please say i sent you!)

JUMPSUIT OF DREAMS

My favourite colour is fuchsia pink and i love jumpsuits so when i was in TOPSHOP and i saw a fuchsia pink jumpsuit i literally yelped for joy! When i went to pay for it i even told the shop assistant how happy and excited i was about finding it and that it was my perfect item of clothing - i think she was pretty happy for me to!

I wore it to a party the other night, but i would also wear it to meetings, work, weddings - i would wear it everyday if i could but my Instagram might get a bit repetitive.

Here is an outfit idea for a wedding - the pink Sarah Baily bag is made to go with it (the silver and pink version would also work perfectly), the silver shoes i am wearing were my Terry de Havilland wedding shoes - they are expensive but so comfortable and FUN.  The elephant necklace costs £23,000 - unlikely that i'll ever own it but if i did i'd wear it with this outfit. 

BRAND: A DAY IN A LIFE

While looking for the perfect black jumpsuit i came across a new brand called A Day In A Life.

There are many things that i like about this brand - I like that the collection is so versatile, i can imagine wearing the same dress/jumpsuit to a wedding, party and to work and it being perfect for every occasion.  I like that the pieces are ageless and would look amazing on both a 60 year old and on a 20 year old.  I like that there aren't to many pieces in the collection and that they never have sales, instead the collection will grow and more seasonally appropriate items will be added.  

I recently got their black silk jumpsuit and i love it - i know its going to be one of my default items of clothes and will stay in my wardrobe forever.  It can be dressed up or down and worn at every occasion - from a meeting to on holiday.  There is a draw sting waist that you can tighten up high on the waist or lower on the hips - you could also wear this if you are pregnant as it is a loose fit.

A Day In A Life's clothes are well thought through and curated.  The Engineered Knit Slip Dress which is a kind of spanx dress that holds everything in can either be worn as a dress on its own or underneath the looser fit dresses.  This is the type of thing that'd be useful for after you have had a baby to hold everything in, plus you can breast feed in it by pulling the strap to the built in bra down.  The Stretch Printed Bodysuit is another versatile and useful piece that can either be worn on its own or underneath something - again great for breastfeeding and tummy hiding.

The pink coat is amazing - it kind of feels heavy and swings, the cropped jumper is fun to and would look cool on top of the shirts or over the long sleeve jumpsuit.  The quality is amazing and you can only buy directly from the brand meaning that there are no wholesale costs. 

I meet Davina who is the Founder and Creative Director, she has an impressive fashion CV having worked for some of the worlds best fashion houses, she is also really nice and a mum to!

You can see the full collection here: A Day In A Life and for 10% off the jumpsuit from today until August 2nd enter promo code 'DLAM'.

WHAT TO WEAR: WHEN YOU'RE BREASTFEEDING AT A WEDDING

Here is a piece I wrote for the awesome cool crafting website Ladyland last week - when they asked me "How do you breastfeed at a wedding and maintain your fashion composure!?" 

I think one of the hardest outfits to find is a breastfeeding-friendly wedding guest outfit. There are so many things to consider, but most importantly you want to look good and feel comfortable.

The same rules apply as with any breastfeeding-friendly outfit: the top part must either undo or come down, or the straps of the top must come down over your shoulder. Personally, I tend to wear a thin stretchy vest under everything that can be pulled down or up – depending on which way you are getting nipple access.

But, there are other factors to consider: if you have very recently had your baby you may not feel super confident or comfortable wearing anything too tight. I avoided waist bands as I found them very unflattering – they would be tight around my waist and my mum-tum would poke out the bottom. Nice! Also, in the early days of breastfeeding you tend to sweat – so best to avoid clothes and fabrics that will enhance sweat patches or leaking milk! And, of course, over exposure of your breast is something you might want to avoid: you don’t want detract from the bride!

It's very important to stay true to your style, so try to wear something that you'd wear even if you didn't have to breastfeed. If you're wearing something you don’t feel comfortable or confident in, you won’t enjoy yourself as much.

Here are some ideas:

One option is to wear a jumpsuit (one that you can unbutton or that you can pull the strap down over your shoulder). This one by Whistles unbuttons; it’s fairly plain but with the right accessories could look really chic.

An obvious choice but one that works well is a button-up shirt dress. This dress is good because it buttons all the way up the front (good access), the style is not too fitted so would be flattering on the waist and tummy, but you could also wear a belt with it or tie it tighter at the back.

Co-ords (a matching top and bottom) are perfect because the top comes up for easy access. This outfit is good as it looks like a dress; the loose-fitting top that goes over the skirt would be more flattering than if the top was tucked into the skirt.

Love this waistcoat and culotte combo:

I love this dress – it looks so comfortable and flattering. You could lower the strap down over your shoulder and maybe take a scarf to drape over if you felt self-conscious. You could wear anything with this, like a brightly coloured jacket or big flower in your hair.

There are certain accessories that are a bit of a no-no while breastfeeding – think hoop earrings or big dangly ones – they are too tempting for the baby to rip out of your ears. Also, chunky or pointy textured necklaces that they could head butt should also be avoided, but this gold 'Mother' chain from Cult of Youth is perfect.

Cross-body bags are a good idea as they mean you’ll have you hands free (the nappy bag can travel separately – don’t let it ruin your outfit!)

Comfortable shoes are important, like these shiny flats from Zara. I nearly always wear flats anyway, but definitely avoid ones that you can’t balance in – chances are you’ll be carrying a baby!

And finally, lipstick! Wear it bright and with confidence; it will brighten up your face which, if you are breastfeeding a baby all the time, might look a bit tired. Let's hear it for the lippie!

WEDDING OUTFITS

When my daughter was 6 weeks old we took her to a wedding in France and i wore a jumpsuit.  

The one i wore was from Whistles and had thin straps that i pulled down over my shoulder when i needed to feed her.  I wore a thin lycra boob tube under it (that i pulled up) and took a scarf with me.  

If anyone is going to a wedding this Spring / Summer i've noticed Whistles has a couple of other good options.

Claribel Frayed Edge Jumpsuit £175 / Adrienne Zip in Pearlised Print £120

Love this navy jumpsuit - it would look super chic with hair up, gold jewellery and red lips.  Or fun with bright shoes, jacket and clutch.

This dress is such a good style for a new mum - not to tight and the zip is perfect for feeding.  I'd wear it with my bright pink tuxedo and some pointed flats.

ASOS £40 / Whistles £140

Shorts and matching jackets (AKA Co-ords) are also a good option - that way you can wear any top under the jacket.

This black and white jumpsuit is a similar style to the one i wore - it would also look cool dressed down with flats and you could wear any colour with it.