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Why I’m Loving Summer Dressing This Year

…after years of being an autumn gal

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I was previously a self-confessed summer dressing hater. If I really boiled it down it was due to two main reasons. One – I sweated. Like A LOT. Like ‘sweat-patches all over’ a lot. That alone can make summer dressing tricky. Combine that with reason number two – the psoriasis that previously covered my legs and now covers my whole body – and it’s not a great recipe for warm weather outfits. Weirdly this year things have shifted. I now seem to sweat less (perhaps a post-baby thing?), but my psoriasis has gone into overdrive and though I used to be able to cover it up by wearing trousers all year round, I can’t really hide it these days and that’s meant I’ve adopted more of a ‘WHO ACTUALLY CARES?’ approach. Skirts and shorts – you’re finally welcome.

This mindset shift, combined with adding a few pieces into my wardrobe, has been a game-changer and this summer dressing grouch is actually excited to get ready every morning. WHO AM I?! Here are the five items that have been the workhorses in my wardrobe this season so far…


A KNITTED WAISTCOAT

Now I’m talking a light knit here, so nothing *too* thick. But a thin buttoned-up loose knit in a waistcoat style has been my number-one most reached for top since I bought it. With jeans? Fab. Unbuttoned a bit with a silky skirt? Chic. Shorts? Looks great too. There genuinely isn’t anything it doesn’t look good with. I have the MANGO Oversized Fine-Knit Cardigan*, which went into the sale and seems to have disappeared from the shelves, but this one* looks exactly the same, just in a different colour.


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A SILKY SKIRT

I’ve had silky midi skirts previously but only ever in a leopard print style, which of course I will always have a special space in my heart for – but I felt like this summer I fancied something a bit simpler. So right at the start I purchased the DISSH Bobby Pearl Satin Bias Cut Skirt*. Worn up over the hips it falls to just above my ankle, but it can be worn on the hips if you’d prefer a longer length (I’d recommend sizing up if you plan on doing that for a more comfortable fit). It’s out of stock in the pearl, but in stock in the stone*. I cannot believe how much I’ve worn this! Of course it’s been something I’ve reached for when I’m going out in an evening, but it’s also lush with a flip flop and a thicker knit on windy days down by the coast. Truly a staple piece in my wardrobe.


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THE PERFECT PAIR OF DENIM SHORTS

I actually had a pretty good pair of shorts from last summer – the RE/DONE Frayed 70’s* style. But sadly they no longer fitted and denim shorts are allll about the fit. I like mine high-waist, but not too tight so you can comfortably sit down in them, long enough in the gusset but still on the short side and for the leg to flare slightly – I just find that’s the most flattering shape on me. So I went on a hunt and found that it’s the AGOLDE Parker Long Shorts* that ticked every single box for me. I now own the darker denim* (oddly in a size smaller than my usual size in AGOLDE – something to note), and the lighter wash* and I feel like they fill the denim short quota in my wardrobe.


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BARELY-THERE SANDALS

I know how many of you are excited to see the back of the ‘Dad sandal’ look. HA! And although I can’t ever rule out their return, this summer I’ve favoured a daintier sandal which I feel like has steered by style away from that slightly sportier look and onto something that feels a bit more refined. Heading up this change are the Emme Parsons Bari Sandals*. Originally seen on Angie Smith I snapped them up immediately and can vouch for how comfortable they are to wear. Like extremely so. I was missing a ‘slip on and go’ chic sandal and these have filled that spot so perfectly. I know I’ll be sad to pack them away at the end of the summer.


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A TEXTURED BAG

I’d been eyeing up the St Agni Bagu Woven Tote for YEARS at this point (I totally blame Lizzy Hadfield for that!). I didn’t really own much in the ‘summer bag‘ category aside from a gigantic raffia bag, that was fab for travel but a little too cumbersome for day to day. So I bought it and I’m so beyond happy that I did. It’s big enough for me to trek up to London with everything I need in it – including an iPad and water bottle – but it feels chic enough for a dinner out too. Because it’s a deep brown I feel like it will be something that I’ll be able to wear ‘out of season’ too. It’s pricey (especially with duties and taxes included), but if you’re looking for a dupe your best bet is Dragon Diffusion* (I’d say that Matches have the best range), and remember that it’s woven leather, so it’s made to last.


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An outfit formula to try this weekend: 
- Cotton jumper with a contrasting t-shirt underneath 
- Wide leg jeans and a belt 
- Chunky boots (mine need a wipe down from the park!) 
- Gold hoops 
- A little structured bag 
- Large oversized wool coat
An outfit formula to try this weekend: - Cotton jumper with a contrasting t-shirt underneath - Wide leg jeans and a belt - Chunky boots (mine need a wipe down from the park!) - Gold hoops - A little structured bag - Large oversized wool coat
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Coming out of hiding to do a makeup routine video for the first time in a loooong time. Life’s too short, eh? 
@narsissist tinted moisturiser 
@glossier and @iliabeauty concealers
@makeupbymario bronzer 
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Coming out of hiding to do a makeup routine video for the first time in a loooong time. Life’s too short, eh? @narsissist tinted moisturiser @glossier and @iliabeauty concealers @makeupbymario bronzer @anastasiabeverlyhills brow gel and eyeshadow @lancomeofficial mascara @summerfridays lip butter (ad - gifted)
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What I’m wearing today! Here’s the brief: an outfit that’s fancy enough to take some new headshots in, but can be made more casual looking for my sewing class later (I’ve been looking forward to it all day! I’m so excited!). As always if you like my OOTD’s then check out my @substack - ‘The Wardrobe Edit’. It’s a good hub for all things daily style.
What I’m wearing today! Here’s the brief: an outfit that’s fancy enough to take some new headshots in, but can be made more casual looking for my sewing class later (I’ve been looking forward to it all day! I’m so excited!). As always if you like my OOTD’s then check out my @substack - ‘The Wardrobe Edit’. It’s a good hub for all things daily style.
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The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂
- Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! 
- ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️
- A Friday night tray bake. 
- A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰
- I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. 
- Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. 
- Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌
- Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. 
- Soup Sundays. 
- The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
The weekend ☀️🍴🎂 - Whenever I wear this coat + earrings combo, it makes me feel so chic! - ‘Big waves crash into rocks!’ - Ralph 😭❤️ - A Friday night tray bake. - A certain someone LOVES birthdays in this house 🥰 - I have 6879 photos of sunrise/sunset in the kitchen. - Conducted a massive beauty clear out this weekend and it feels SO GOOD. - Keeping up that 56 week @onepeloton streak 🙌 - Mark in his happy place. Ralph joined him out there all afternoon and it was so cute. - Soup Sundays. - The @beautypie LED mask (ad - gifted), really hits the spot.
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My morning smoothie recipe that I’ve had basically every day for six months now:

- Milk, whatever type you fancy. I don’t measure it out, but it’s usually just over a third of the blender cup. 
- Kefir, good for the ol’ gut! I just use a good glug. 
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flaxseed, or whatever seeds you fancy, sometimes I mix this up!
- 1 serving vanilla protein, I like the one from @formnutrition 
- 1/2 cup oats, you can use more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie 
- 1 tbsp nut butter, I’m giving almond butter a go at the moment 
- as much frozen spinach as you can stuff in there (you can’t taste it - promise) 
- and then I squeeze in a handful of frozen fruit, I used blueberries here but I like using frozen mango too sometimes

Blend and enjoy! This is a massive smoothie and fills up the cup twice - it’s such a quick and easy breakfast.
My morning smoothie recipe that I’ve had basically every day for six months now: - Milk, whatever type you fancy. I don’t measure it out, but it’s usually just over a third of the blender cup. - Kefir, good for the ol’ gut! I just use a good glug. - 1 tbsp chia seeds - 1 tbsp flaxseed, or whatever seeds you fancy, sometimes I mix this up! - 1 serving vanilla protein, I like the one from @formnutrition - 1/2 cup oats, you can use more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie - 1 tbsp nut butter, I’m giving almond butter a go at the moment - as much frozen spinach as you can stuff in there (you can’t taste it - promise) - and then I squeeze in a handful of frozen fruit, I used blueberries here but I like using frozen mango too sometimes Blend and enjoy! This is a massive smoothie and fills up the cup twice - it’s such a quick and easy breakfast.
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Five formulas for if you’ve fallen into a jeans and a jumper rut. What’s your fave? Save this for next time you need a quick outfit idea:
1 - Cord shirt + knitted trousers + loafers 
2 - Crew neck jumper + animal print trousers + Mary Jane’s 
3 - Jumper + knitted vest + trousers + animal print flats 
4 - Cable knit + silk trousers 
5 - Denim shirt + knitted trousers + flats
Five formulas for if you’ve fallen into a jeans and a jumper rut. What’s your fave? Save this for next time you need a quick outfit idea:
1 - Cord shirt + knitted trousers + loafers 
2 - Crew neck jumper + animal print trousers + Mary Jane’s 
3 - Jumper + knitted vest + trousers + animal print flats 
4 - Cable knit + silk trousers 
5 - Denim shirt + knitted trousers + flats
Five formulas for if you’ve fallen into a jeans and a jumper rut. What’s your fave? Save this for next time you need a quick outfit idea:
1 - Cord shirt + knitted trousers + loafers 
2 - Crew neck jumper + animal print trousers + Mary Jane’s 
3 - Jumper + knitted vest + trousers + animal print flats 
4 - Cable knit + silk trousers 
5 - Denim shirt + knitted trousers + flats
Five formulas for if you’ve fallen into a jeans and a jumper rut. What’s your fave? Save this for next time you need a quick outfit idea:
1 - Cord shirt + knitted trousers + loafers 
2 - Crew neck jumper + animal print trousers + Mary Jane’s 
3 - Jumper + knitted vest + trousers + animal print flats 
4 - Cable knit + silk trousers 
5 - Denim shirt + knitted trousers + flats
Five formulas for if you’ve fallen into a jeans and a jumper rut. What’s your fave? Save this for next time you need a quick outfit idea:
1 - Cord shirt + knitted trousers + loafers 
2 - Crew neck jumper + animal print trousers + Mary Jane’s 
3 - Jumper + knitted vest + trousers + animal print flats 
4 - Cable knit + silk trousers 
5 - Denim shirt + knitted trousers + flats
Five formulas for if you’ve fallen into a jeans and a jumper rut. What’s your fave? Save this for next time you need a quick outfit idea: 1 - Cord shirt + knitted trousers + loafers 2 - Crew neck jumper + animal print trousers + Mary Jane’s 3 - Jumper + knitted vest + trousers + animal print flats 4 - Cable knit + silk trousers 5 - Denim shirt + knitted trousers + flats
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