Steal Your Man's Style With A Shirtdress

For me, the fabulous Miss Minogue can do no wrong in the fashion stakes.  Here is a lady totally rocking it and flying the flag for ladies looking amazing in their 40's and beyond.

I fell head over heels with one particular shot of Kylie, wearing a beautiful peach, Autumn 2014 Stella McCartney dress and I am now hooked on everything 'shirt dress'.

Paired down and kept simple with a skinny belt and tan sandals, thrown over a bikini or swimsuit by day, or dressed up for the evening with killer heels and accessories. The perfect shirt dress will take you from beach to bar, with a simple change of accessories. Come autumn/winter simply layer over skinny jeans and throw over a chunky knit. 

Totally needing to be this girl!  How cool?  Loving the black shirt dress, keeping the chills at bay with a knotted scarf and paired with leopard print and killer shades.  I'll take her tan as well please! 

I sung the praises of Wishbone a month or two ago, when I attended a J.Crew event in London.  I was wearing their green broderie shirt dress and was quick to ear mark another in the form of the Bridget Floral shirt dress.  £135.00 a few weeks ago, it is now in the sale at £35.00! I've already snapped mine up (maybe even with a few other goodies) so be quick because their sale prices are amazing.

Wishbone - ORLY TUNIC



So to are Baukjen's! 

Dress - BAUKJEN SARDINIA SHIRT DRESS  - in the sale now
Belt - a little Japanese shop in Covent Garden years ago!
Shoes - as above bought on honeymoon in Positano (10 years this August!)
Bag and Necklace - GLOBAL MAGPIE - current stock

I've completely fallen for the Sardinia shirt dress in lemongrass.  I styled the bright colour with neon pink and equally bright green accessories for work, but this dress will also work and look beautiful with neutrals and metallic. 

If you are petite, like I am (Kylie too!), you can avoid what I refer to as the 'Wee Willy Winkie' night shirt look, by cinching in the waist with a knotted belt and rolling up the sleeves.  If you are gorgeous and tall a la Baukjen's model, you can pretty much wear as you like!  This Sardinia dress also comes in blue.

It would have been very rude not to have taken full advantage of the Baukjen sale and the snake print VENICE SILK SHIRT DRESS, has been re-homed with me too.  I'm saving this one to dress up for my tenth wedding anniversary, which is in a few weeks.  I'm a new Baukjen customer and only have good things to say.  The goodies I have bought are beautiful.  The size I ordered is very true to size, in fact a great fit and the delivery was quick and beautifully packaged.  They are also well stocked in all sizes.  This is a real bug bear for me, with a couple of brands in particular who never seem to have anything in my size.  So Baukjen is a new fave!  

I also had a little play around with 'shirt dress layers' earlier this week, and on a slightly cooler day.  It's an old H&M shirt dress, again cinched in at the waist for me and layered with ripped skinny jeans and Kate Kuba heels.

Have you been wearing shirt dresses over the summer?  By the way,  if anybody knows which brand of sunglasses Kylie is wearing, I would love to know!


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Jara Wine Photoshoot

A few weekends ago I got to spend a gorgeous morning posing in Regents Park and Camden Parkway, with talented young designer JARA WINE and her equally talented make up artist and photographer/stylist friends; MANISHA AMAR and REBEKAH ABSALOM.

Having left a Twitter comment on International Women's Day earlier this year, I was lucky enough to win a photo shoot with Jara. 

Jara Wine is a brand new women's clothing made in London. My favorite type of fashion,- timeless pieces that won't date,  a capsule collection, with a limited number of garments. You can be sure to stand out from the crowd and not be dressed in the same fast fashion as everybody else.  Jara's designs often develop from her finding unique fabric and textiles in pops of colour and cute prints. 

Viewing Jara's collection I immediately fell in love with her COCO CYCLE PRINT TEA DRESS and Breton NILA POLO SHIRT .

I had lots of fun playing 'dress up' in Jara's pretty designs as well as having my make up applied professionally by Manisha.  Fellow beauty and make up junkies like me, you need to check out Manisha's beauty blog.  A girl after my own heart, Manisha loves to shop and has to hide many of her beauty purchases from her mum, which made me chuckle.  Being a typical Scouser, I also turned up at the shoot with a full face of slap which she had to remove before my transformation!     

We hit the streets of Camden Parkway and the quirky rooftop of the Camden Collective first and had fun capturing  Jara's breton Nila Polo Shirt and after a quick change headed to Regents Park.

I even had a lovely co-incidence with our beautiful photographer Rebekah Absalom, who is a recent graduate from The Arts University Bournemouth.  Rebekah has a gorgeous Tumbler account and it was really interesting for me to see how she worked, made the most of the light and created some lovely images. 

If there is one thing I feel totally passionate about (apart from fashion), it is being able to support start up and small business owners.  Having started my own companies, I can't help but jump on my soap box but there just isn't enough (if any) support for small to medium size start up's in the UK, and with the current economy, they need all the support they can get.  

All too often 'fast fashion' can provide a quick fix and is of course all importantly affordable to most of us.  In the future however, I want to make more of an effort to buy less disposable pieces and think more about who and where I am buying from.

I whole heartedly admire anybody who has the courage and get up and go to start up in business, to follow their dreams and make things happen.  I'm sure the girls would love your support. Please do click through and have a little look at what they do, and who knows, these could be our Celeb designers, make up artists and photographers of the future! 

If so girl's, please don't forget 'Aunty' Keri and it was fun to spend the morning with you all  xxx  

You can follow Jara on
Insta and Twitter - @jarawine

Manisha's blog -
Twitter - @manisha_amar
Insta - @manishamarmakeup

Rebeka's styling and photographic work is available to view on her Tumblr account - 

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Introducing Global Magpie

I whiled away a super, summery few hours, with the amazing GLOBAL MAGPIE (aka Theresa Clark and Annie Brook) on Sunday afternoon.

With my background in yoga, Global Magpie's collection and pop up shop in Muswell Hill, had me transported back to days spent exploring Kerala and Goa.

India, as beautiful as it is, can be an equally frustrating place to travel, but it is most certainly a visual feast.  Colourful street scenes, the brightest of sari fabrics, interlaced with silvers and golds and amazing mirrored and jeweled textiles.  

With their combined years in the fashion and textile industries, Theresa and Annie's years of retail expertise shine through their collection. Frustrated with high street retailing, the ladies have set out to create a brand that will appeal to other ladies (like me!) who share their passion for luxury fabrics and a distinctive and unique style.  These are timeless pieces, in classic shapes and designs, that will serve your wardrobe well and not date.

Think serious beach and poolside glamour. Perfect for embracing your inner boho on the beach in Goa, Ibiza chic or posing in Positano.  A range of the most beautiful cotton broderie tunic tops;- perfect to wear with skinny jeans or boyfriend shorts, elegant kaftans and kimonos in vibrant colours;- some interlaced with silk, others with striking detailed sleeves.  As a self confessed accessories addict, I was also head over heels with the range of ethnic inspired jewellery, neon scares and sarongs and bespoke, one of a kind CLUTCH BAGS, which have been hand crafted in India (one of which, of course, found it's way home with me)! 

Designed to suit all shapes and sizes, there are pieces in the collection which will suit everybody.  I was in heaven trying on some of my favorites and decided on a pink (naturally) FLOURO EMBROIDERED BEACH TUNICI will be hitting the sand in style, as this is perfect to wear as a cover up in the sunshine, or dressed up for evening cocktails, with a little nude or white slip dress underneath and paired with heels. 

Have you ever found a label or store and just thought 'this is me'?  Well I had that moment at Global Magpie. The collection definitely appeals to my inner boho, as well as my love of detail and colour.  I also love the fact that you won't be spotted wearing the same thing as everybody else this summer (ahem ... Zara/Mango), there are a small number of pieces in each style and size, so be quick if you fall for anything.

Likewise, if you are interested in supporting ethical fashion and like to know where and how your clothes are manufactured, Annie and Theresa have viewed and hand picked the suppliers that they work with, both in India and more recently bringing some manufacturing back to the UK. 

At the moment, the collection is available via the gorgeously designed WEBSITE and a number of trunk shows which will be held by Annie and Theresa. If you are London based or in town, you can visit the Pop Up Shop at THE LOCAL GALLERY in Muswell Hill this week - Thurs/Fri/Sat and next week Thurs/Fri/Sat.  Be warned though, if you are anything like me, you may just become another Global Magpie addict!

Global Magpie love to 'tweet' and you can follow their stunning friend and model Juliette, on the twitter handle @GlobalMagpie, as well as on FACEBOOK



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