Fashion seasons are so fickle aren’t they? I always think it’s weird how in the middle of August, when we should all be enjoying the sun (okay, I appreciate this really hasn’t happened), all everyone is talking about is school uniform, and things that are ‘new in for Autumn’, ‘new season’, etc. Still, I get it. If you’ve got kids going back to school (I haven’t – for the first time ever – sniff), you need to get uniforms and school kit organised, and if not, if you’re anything like me, those little glimpses of deliciously soft knitwear, leather boots and coats still make my heart do a little skip – autumn is by far my favourite season! Recently I’ve been considering investment handbags. I tend to buy a handbag – generally leather but not hugely expensive – and use it until I get sick of it, or ruin it. I’ve currently got a cavernous, ‘chuck it all in’ soft leather bag that I bought in John Lewis. But September, with all its back to school newness, does seem the season to maybe invest in something new and beautiful – a kind of new school bag for grown ups, if you will.
Now you all know I’m a huge Boden fan, and it’s that time of year again when they’re releasing gorgeous pictures of all their beautiful beach and holiday ranges. I love Boden for great quality, bold patterns, awesome design and just a little hint of British quirkiness. As an added bonus, from now until tomorrow, Sunday 11th June, there’s 30% off dresses, (including playsets and rompers), accessories (non-footwear), boys’ trousers and menswear with code: 6T2C. Here’s my pick of Boden’s holiday heroes – get those credit cards at the ready!
Last week while we were enjoying our week at Walt Disney World before Saturday Night Takeaway, we spent at least a couple of our free afternoons at Disney Springs (oh, how I wish I had a Disney Springs near me – I’d be poor, but so happy). There are so many shops there that I adore: Anthropologie, Kate Spade, the awesome Havaianas shop and – oh my goodness – the biggest Zara you’ve ever clapped eyes on. You know when you go shopping sometimes and you just love everything in a certain shop? It feels like it’s all just made especially for you? Well that’s exactly how I felt. Generally, as you know, I’m all sensible and minimalist, but there’s obviously something about shopping while it’s sunny and warm outside that changes my shopping personality, and I found myself rather taken by quite a lot of the items currently in the shops – things that I can only describe as – well – some kind of Spring cuteness overload: Bardot necklines, Self Portrait-esque lace, ruffles, and stripes (ruffles and stripes together!).
Have you ever been in Oliver Bonas before? Oh my god, we came across one in Leeds: I recognised the name because I remember a gorgeous flatlay from one of my faves, lovely Amanda featuring a funky pineapple from there and I thought we should pop in. I literally loved everything in there! As Laura pointed out, all the colours are really me: soft corals, minty greens, denim blues… and the homeware stuff is gorgeous too. Totally off topic for a cutest summer holiday wishlist roundup but look, I bought a pineapple!
Last year, Boden released a limited, special edition collection called Boden ICONS. The capsule collection of cool British premium items was snapped up quickly, so I was delighted to see it back again this year. I’d seen little snippets online but the full collection is utterly breathtaking. If you want one of the pieces, flex that credit card and get over to Boden’s website stat. These pieces won’t last long. Read more
Firstly, and slightly off topic – a word about M&S. Sali Hughes recently wrote an article about them in The Pool, and it’s spot on. What a shame, shame, shame. So much potential, but our local ones (Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury) are packed with that awful, gaudy Per Una stuff, terrible polyester trousers and dreadful old lady shoes. Do give it a read. I bet you’ll be nodding along just like I was. Anyhoo, off to Boden… I love the sales. I really, really love the sales, and I’ve spent far too much money on little basics and a few nice things for summer. But when all the lovely new spring stuff starts to come in, it’s just so exciting! I thought I’d share with you the bits and bobs that got the corners of the pages turned down. You know, just in case…
I’m off to Universal Studios in Orlando tomorrow to experience their incredible holiday celebrations, including Grinchmas, which I’m especially excited about (I’m going to interview the Grinch!). Unlike most regular travellers, I actually don’t really mind flying, especially when it’s Virgin Atlantic, and as a tireless plotter and planner, I adore packing and getting ready to fly. Read more
The best thing about winter when you work from home is being able to snuggle up in a lovely warm jumper, light a candle that smells of Christmas pudding, make yourself a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and sit in front of the fire all day, with a warm whippet for company. Unfortunately the aforementioned whippet also needs to stretch her legs, so my day is broken up with a couple of frosty walks, which actually I don’t mind, as long as I’m well wrapped up.
As I mentioned recently, Boden are ON FIRE at the moment (not literally, I just mean their stuff is fantastic). If you haven’t experienced their fab new autumn/winter range, I’ve got the perfect excuse to order a few bits: a fabulous 20% off plus free delivery + free returns (excluding Boden Icons range) from today just until Sunday! *Update – there’s now a new 25% off code from now until Tuesday 29th!)
I’m SO impressed with this season’s Boden collection. I think Boden has really turned a corner, from the domain of the yummy mummy to a brave new British classic. I love the eclectic styles and the sixties touches and there are so many things I want, it’s going to be difficult to keep it to a sensible amount to show you.
I’m still mad about everything blue this summer. If you base your wardrobe around one colour when packing for holiday, it makes everything so easy! Here’s a little roundup of all the beautiful summer blues I’ve been adding to my wishlist recently.
As usual, while I should be working, I’m actually internet shopping but this time it’s because there are loads of mid-season sales and lovely new pieces about.
So Sam and I are off on a trip on Sunday (don’t feel too bad for Charlie – we’re travelling together in April) on the delicious Disney Dream. Before I travel, I have a few little pre-trip rituals and pampering treats, and pack a few tried and trusted essentials. Here are my recommendations:
You know I’m a HUGE Boden fan right? I love their great quality basics, I’m more than a little taken with their beautiful leather handbags and shoes, plus their dresses are lush. So, yeah, just obsessed really. If you’re already a convert, then this code will fill you with a happy, Friday feeling. And if you’re not? Pop over and have a look – what better time to experiment than when there’s 20% off and free delivery AND returns?
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