My new Marks and Spencer blouse

Sunday, July 08, 2018


Good morning my dear readers and how are you on this fine sunny day? If you live in the UK you'll be getting used to this weather being more of a constant than the fleeting promise that summer used to be, and oh how grand it is to be able to rely on the sun showing its face day after beautiful day! The Isles of Scilly are looking mighty fine at the moment and are teaming with happy holiday makers who can't believe their luck.


I want to share this fabulous floral blouse which is NOT preloved and that I bought a couple of weeks ago from M&S for £19.50. I've just done a search to find that it's on sale now at £12, but sizes are going fast! Get yours here. Anyway folks, it's a lovely shirt, cool and easy to wear and has been an asset over the past week when I seem to have worn it at least three times when travelling and generally out and about. 


The fabric is modal which I had to look up as I wasn't sure what that means - 
Modal is a type of rayon fabric that is made from the fibres of the beech tree. Oftentimes modal fabric is blended with cotton, spandex, and other fibres because it is very soft, resists creases, has a very smooth finish, and drapes well.


The fabric does indeed drape well and the fit was loose and cool for this current spell. I chose a size 10 which fits as expected; one point that I must mention is the magic button - that perfect placement of the button at bust level which stops the blouse gaping and revealing the bra. I've washed and worn it a couple of times and the colour is holding fast too.The compliments came thick and fast when I wore this outfit. The jeans (charity shopped) are by Fat Face and this is the first time I've worn them, also they have a bit of stretch making them perfect for everyday wear. 


These cute little slingbacks were from Topshop a few summers ago and are still going strong. The colour is a great match for these cotton jeans and they are super comfy leather too which has moulded to the shape of my (broad) feet. 


This sunny outfit was completed by the addition of my Candy Bag by Furla. A search for this has taken me to a rather fabulous pink version of this bag which has me in a quandary as it's on sale too! The best thing (for me) about this spacious bag is the fact that the semi opaque finish means that it's flooded with light when you peek inside meaning no more scrabbling about in the dark trying to find wallet and sunglasses in a hurry. I took it with me on my recent trip to the mainland and it was like a miniature filing cabinet just by the very nature of its shape - everything sat static inside allowing me to have a place for everything and everything in its place. I like to feel organised when I'm off the island and this bag really helped me with my control freak tendencies.


And here I am, on my travels last week. I hooked up with this gorgeous group of ladies (now friends) on a wonderfully exciting project, a modelling job in fact. I'm contracted to say nothing more until it goes live in the autumn, but suffice to say it was great fun, a fabulous opportunity and something which was a huge learning curve for me. I'll have lots more to tell you in due course and hopefully my photos won't end up on the cutting room floor!

In the meantime I'll leave you with a couple of shots of the islands as they shimmer in the summer heat. 




My dear friend Kate was here recently giving us a couple of days overlap before I scooted off to the mainland. We had two early morning swims down on Appletree Bay and put the world to rights at the same time - such are the joys of friendship!


Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Anna x

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24 comments

  1. Fab blouse Anna - I haven't seen it in Marks and I'm always looking! Modal is apparently a very eco-friendly fabric, we should all be looking for it (and not cotton, which uses a lot of resources). Yellow is such a happy colour! Congrats on the modelling assignment. Sounds intriguing!

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    1. I was just at the checkout about to buy some undies when I caught sight of it behind some other blouses. The colours are so vibrant and perfect for the summer. Modal is news to me, but is certainly really comfortable to wear, even in this heatwave. Can't wait to share more about the campaign, but am sworn to secrecy for the moment.

      Anna x

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  2. The island is looking beautiful. What a summer. I'm in in the Devon countryside right now and it's feeling like France! The modelling assignment sounds amazing. I'll be able to say I modelled with the famous model Anna! I'm a big fan of modal, for the non-crease and hang, but now I know about all this eco stuff I'll be looking out for more! Hugs, x

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    1. Aren't we blessed with this weather? I took refuge from the extreme heat with an long sea swim today which was bliss. Modal has never been on my radar before, but I'll be on the look out for more of it too. I'm not so sure it's gonna be exactly famous model...

      Anna x

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  3. I absolutely love the colors in this blouse Anna!!
    You look so summery and fabulous!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jodie, I totally love these colours too, hence me wearing it three times in the same week! I have a pair of turquoise jeans which work beautifully with it too.

      Anna x

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  4. I love modal trousers too as they are so comfortable. What a great look again, so summery and cheerful.

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    1. Hooray for being able to wear summer clothes while it's actually summer! I'm thrilled with this cool blouse in the sweltering heat and will be wearing it lots more I'm sure.

      Anna x

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  5. Glancing back I see that these vibrant blues, greens and yellows are another favored combination in your arsenal of happy clothing. I know that you always lean toward a happy mix no matter what the occasion but this is another that is particularly lively with your complexion as well as your personna.
    The modeling gig that you've hinted at sounds like a fun experience and that you came away with more friends makes it even more intriguing. :-) You're truly a woman of do many talents Anna!

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    1. You're right about these being the colours of the moment Jude and yes, how they seem to sing together! It's a joyful outfit and one that I'm wearing time and again currently. Oh how I wish I could spill the beans, but it will all be worth it in the end (I hope!) and autumn will come along soon enough!

      Anna x

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  6. Glancing back I see that these vibrant blues, greens and yellows are another favored combination in your arsenal of happy clothing. I know that you always lean toward a happy mix no matter what the occasion but this is another that is particularly lively with your complexion as well as your personna.
    The modeling gig that you've hinted at sounds like a fun experience and that you came away with more friends makes it even more intriguing. :-) You're truly a woman of do many talents Anna!

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    1. Not so sure that modelling is really a talent of mine, but showing off in front of the camera most certainly is!

      xxx

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  7. I always wondered what modal was! Now I know. It is such a wonderful, ebullient shirt- you look delightful in it, especially given what you paired it with! How exciting about the modelling job! I meant to say to you that I was inspired by your Zara embroidered velvet trousers and managed to bag a pair second hand. Waiting for them to arrive! Hope they fit!x

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    1. Ebullient is a wonderful description of this Kezzie! And what is equally wonderful is your success at finding those trousers - I do hope they live up to your expectations.

      Anna x

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  8. I love the colours in the blouse and those yellow shoes and trousers make it so upbeat and summery.

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    1. Thanks Hilda! I'm a little bit in love with this outfit you know.

      Anna x

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  9. The Isles of Scilly look absolutely gorgeous, and so does your M&S blouse. What a great find. As for the Furla bag: wow, I love that too. xxx

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    1. Golly, this blouse was a blooming great find wasn't it? What great inspiration it was for this whole outfit too.

      And yes, the islands are looking rather splendid currently.

      Anna x

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  10. Joy is the right word for this post, Anna! Joy in your bright colours, joy in the weather, joy in getting to do a modeling shoot! Love your sunniness in clothes, weather and attitude! Summer is here, baby!

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    1. Thanks so much Sheila - Joy is what I aim for most days, so hurrah for this hitting the mark! And yay, we're all basking in the joy that is summer too!

      Anna x

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  11. what a lovely shirt, the print looks so summery and fresh!, nice to know about the fabric too. And it looks fabulous with your yellow trousers and the cute shoes!. And the bag is so amazing!, even better because it's also practical!
    Looking forward to know more about that exciting project!
    besos

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    1. Thanks so much my dear. I think this is a very wearable outfit, more so than some of my more flamboyant affairs and therefore has a broad appeal. I love the jeans especially as they have that little bit of stretch. I'm itching to share my news, but we must all be patient.

      Anna x

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  12. I think this outfit is just wonderful, what better way to celebrate the stunning weather we're having than with an emulated outfit of the sun and sky. I'm searching for items to copy this and hope I can find them in time for a Style Steal! Love and hugs Anna - you look fabulous. x Jacqui Mummabstylish
    Oh and I can't wait to see what you've been involved with Hun - how bloomin' exciting. xx

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    1. I hadn't really thought about this reflecting the summer weather, but you're spot on with that Jacqui! Do let me know if you feature this as a Style Steal - I'd love to see your take on it. And golly I'm so keen to share this new project too!

      Anna x

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