Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wednesday Wish

As usual I’m kinda’ late to the party on these, but I think that is more because jogging pants don’t really suit me.  I look at other bloggers and nod in agreement at how fabulous these look when paired with blazers and little tee shirts.  On me, they look like I got dressed in the dark!  However, in this summer season when everyone is thinking of heading off to the sunshine for a week or two, I thought that these could well be the basis of a perfect travelling outfit. 

Navy is always smart!  And these DKNY navy crepe jogging trousers are particularly smart. Pair with a blazer and some summer flats or trainers.  Sunglasses on, bag checked in, quick glass of vino and you’re good to go.  These won’t wrinkle (the Holy Grail of travelling clothes) so you could use them again during your holiday for sight-seeing or eating out in the evenings.  I think I’m coming around to these … definitely a contender for Perfect Summer Trew.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wednesday Wish

Last week I went to Kildare Village – the Irish first cousin of Bicester Village – for a day of browsing, shopping, lunch and coffee.  My shopping was hardly exciting … pillows!  Although in my defence, one can never underestimate the joy of finding truly comfortable pillows.

Whilst there, one of my pals picked up a rather gorgeous blush coloured cross body bag from Radley and it got me thinking ... this really is as much of a wardrobe staple as a black bag.  Many years ago, I was given a nude coloured bag from River Island, and although it has seen better days, it still gets dragged out during the summer months as it goes with absolutely everything.  Clearly it needs to be replaced!

But do I want cross body?  Do I want hobo ... grab bag … tote?  The options are endless, but here’s one to whet the appetite. The Lottie taupe leather shoulder bag from Aspinal of London is really rather lovely.  Perfect to sling on cross-body with jeans and flats for daytime jaunts, whilst the chain-embellished strap gives it an elegance that works wonderfully for evening.  Euro per wear? Tick!  Good heavens, could this actually be a ‘value for money’ item on the Wednesday Wish?!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

It's Time to Talk Summer Wardrobe

The sun is here!  The sun is here!  * happy skip *  I hope you’re all out enjoying it … but if dressing for summer is one of those thoughts that instantly induces a headache, then worry no more!  (Mine is the dreaded ‘summer wedding’ in case you wondered – thankfully I’m now old enough to have passed the ‘wedding season’ stage of my life)  Over the next while, I will be blogging about all things relating to summer fashions, so all going well you should find your summer wardrobe a whole lot easier to navigate this year.

Starting on a low note I’m afraid, as after the gorgeous collection earlier this year, I was expecting great things from the Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo summer range.  Last season I would have happily bought almost everything in her collection.  I raved about it here and my sister (who lives in Boston and therefore has access to a Uniqlo) took note and kindly bought me the Slabyarn Coverall jacket for my birthday.  Result!

So when the emails started arriving to tell me about her new collection, I was very excited.  Endless possibilities, I thought.  But meh!  There’s not whole lot there to be excited about I’m afraid.  Not a single jacket caught my eye, and as someone who is firmly of the belief that you can never have too many jackets, that’s really saying something!

However, it’s not a total wash out, and for anyone battling with how to cover up their arms during the summer, there are a few tops worth looking at.  The first is this 100% linen sweater with ¾ sleeves.  This is ideal for our Irish & UK climate.  Wear on its own during warm days or with a vest top underneath on cooler summer days.  The stripe version is wonderfully summery and I always think a boat shape neckline is very flattering.   Linen knits have never caused me any problems so I’m going to stick my neck out here and suggest that it should be easy to wear for most people with psoriasis. Would look great with white or navy jeans, regular denim or even blush tones.

Staying with linen, this casual 100% Ines Linen long sleeve shirt  is also an option for anyone trying to stay cool yet also trying to conceal their skin.  I’m not going to lie to you … I find linen a difficult fabric to wear in shirts.  It’s the wrinkles, people – I just can’t cope with the wrinkles.  I totally blame my mother and her insistence on ironing and pressing everything in sight.  I grew up instilled with the belief that wrinkled clothes equate to extreme slovenliness, which frankly is a terrible burden to shoulder through life.

But I digress.  This shirt ticks many boxes.  It’s linen, therefore it’s cool and shouldn’t irritate your psoriasis.  It’s a lovely natural shade, which looks great teamed with white jeans/trousers and gold jewellery.  If the blouson silhouette is too shapeless, then it can be cinched in at the waist with a belt.  Quite honestly, if you can bear the wrinkles, this shirt could be a nice little summer staple.

I know many of you struggle with the colour black - you long to wear it, but it always lets you down as it mercilessly shows up any flaking that may occur on your scalp.  Well, this 100% Silk Georgette Dot Print Blouse may well be the answer.  The dots will camouflage any flaking, but just be careful not to be too heavy handed with the steroid creams and emollients as they will stain the silk.  Apart from that, this would be a gorgeous blouse to pair with some skinnies, heels and layered gold chains for a relaxed yet stylish look. 

And finally hats.  Whilst I always decree that if the sun helps your skin, you should expose it as often as possible, that does not mean that you can be reckless.  Ensure you protect yourself with regular use of spf and whatever you do, don’t burn!  I speak from experience here, having once been sunburnt in my own back garden (because yes, it can even happen in Ireland) resulting in a vicious flare up that meant I was ill and unable to work for two weeks.  So please, please exercise care!  And one way you can do that, is by wearing one of these very cool hats.  Sense and style in one item.  Me likey!

So that’s enough rambling for me this week – time to catch the last of the rays!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine this weekend and wish you all a happy week.  Talk to you on Wednesday.