Everyday Folk Tales

My beloved 'Boho style' looks set to stay into the autumn months.  I am in my element in this style.  So much so on telling husband that "boho style is in this autumn" he replied "that's great you don't need to buy anything new then".

My overwhelming wanderlust takes a hold, as I start daydreaming of running off (again) in a bohemian Romany caravan.  Joss sticks and Moroccan lanterns aplenty!

Mixed up textures and prints - ditsy print dresses with leather or suede, fringing with leopard print, chunky knits with lace.

Not quite ready to join the hippie caravan, and don't want to fall into the Professor Trelawney from Harry Potter trap (!) you can still make a nod to the 70's vibe. Swap your usual skinnies for a pair of flared jeans this season, add a fringed bag or throw a poncho or longer line cardigan over you usual outfit instead of a jacket.

How blimming gorgeous?  Chanel, Chloe and Valentino ... in my boho dreams!

Although I am loving the cat walk trends, they can be translated into wearable (and affordable) style for everyday. Pair a peasant style blouse with skinny jeans and trainers, layer a denim or leather jacket over a maxi dress, team a faux fur gilet with a cable knit jumper and if you bought into the dungaree trend earlier in the year style them over a floral print or plaid shirt.

For higher end at affordable prices The Outnet have got some fabulous pieces and still available in a range of sizes.  Check out the Tory Burch smock top and those black skinny Helmut Lang jeans!

La Redoute, Mango, Wrap London, River Island and good old M&S are also on my radar at the moment.

Pentangle CD and Afghan coat optional!

Everyday Folk Tales

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Boux Avenue Beach Rep

Earlier in the year I entered an Instagram competition run by Boux Avenue to represent the brand as a #BouxBeachRep during the summer.  

Inspired by fellow bloggers and Insta buddies over the age of 40 who have all been rocking bikinis on their hols this summer (as well as completely ignoring the ridiculous 'advice' of Janet Street Porter - which you can read more about HERE) I decided to take part and was thrilled to be chosen.   Along with a group of ladies we were lucky enough to be sent a beautiful box full of Boux Avenue goodies, as well as beach essentials and did I mention a .... selfie stick!

Having already purchased two fab Boux Avenue bikinis which accompanied me to Portugal earlier in the year HERE, I decided to choose a cream and black polka dot number as part of the collaboration.  I have literally lived in their swimwear this summer.  It has accompanied me on a whole host of adventures, from teaching yoga on a boat in Greece, to freezing cold Atlantic dips in Dorset with my four year old.

Our goodie boxes contained a bikini of our choice, a pretty thong ... thong, thong, thong, thong (!), addictive selfie stick, cute Boux Avenue owl tissues (the four year old pinched those), polka dot sarong, lip balm, hair brush and a fab Brita water filter bottle (I am LOVING using this for flavoured water during my yoga classes).   

To finalise the competition Miss B will be choosing her fave #BouxBeachRep who will win yet more beautiful goodies - Boux Avenue KNICKERS for a year!  Imagine that, no more 'knickers' at the top of my Christmas wishlist!

On a serious note, has anyone invested in any Boux Avenue swimwear or underwear this summer?  Both the fit of the bikinis and the quality have been fantastic and will be safely stored away for my next travel adventure.

So as we wind up summer with this awful weather, I am (just about) starting to daydream of cooler evenings and snuggling up at home.  As a new customer to Boux Avenue they seem to have regular great offers and competitions, so do check them out.  

I've been enjoying browsing the new autumn stock and picked some favourite lingerie and sleepwear ready to cosy up.  And if you are super organised and starting to think about Christmas (there I've said the word and it's not even the end of August) there is currently a great 2for1 offer on the cutest pyjama sets, as well as gifts which will suit either cute and ditsy friends or Boudoir glam ones.

Boux Avenue Gift List

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Luxe Loungewear

Yoga Loungewear

Having worked from home (albeit in a corporate role) for the past eight years, hardworking separates have been the key to my wardrobe.

Apart from my more trend led impulse purchases(and there have been a few!), for work I have tried to stick to pieces which can be dressed up together as outfits during the week, then dressed down at the weekends with more casual bits and bobs from my existing wardrobe.

Making the move to teach yoga and practice massage full time, I've started to ear mark some favourites which will take me comfortably from weekday to weekend in the autumn. 

The opposite to how I usually dress (and bearing in mind that I also have Luca starting school in a few weeks,) I am going to need to dress more casually during the week.  On a budget I want items that I can dress up for the weekend. 

I tend to 'layer up' for teaching yoga, as my class locations can vary from sunny boats in Greece to dusty old village halls in Dorset!

I still like smart and put together outfits - yes even for yoga, I feel the need to luxe up my loungewear. I will be looking out for funky leggings and harem pants which I can pair with budget vests and sports bras, plus more on-trend trainers and slip ons for running from class to class.  I've already spotted quite a few smarter, cute jackets and cardigans, as well as sweatshirts and jumpers which I can layer and dress up separately for nights out and weekend wear topped off with a couple of luxe pieces like scarves and jewellery (so I don't feel too much like Sporty Spice - which is not me at all)!      

I will be sticking with my usual mix of budget to higher end high street and online favourites!  Massimo Dutti, Fatface, Next, Hush, H&M etc.

Anybody else caught the yoga bug - do you dress up or down?

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