Kimono My House, our SNA challenge for July

Hello and welcome once again to our Monthly Style Challenge where my friends and I all take turns at choosing a theme. Gail has opted for Kimonos this time, resulting in a lovely variety of styles and colours. Mine is more of an overshirt, but that's mainly because kimonos are few and far between in my wardrobe. Let's see how the four fabulous fashionistas fared, shall we?

Summer is here, according to Jacqui! While the rest of the country is besieged with showers, Jacqui is ready to hit the beach in this beautiful all-white outfit complete with lace kimono. See her backstory on her blog Mummabstylish.

Hilda is showing the local shoppers how to do it in style in her fabulous paisley patterned kimono over her white trousers and mules. Catch up with her news on Over The Hilda blog.

Canary yellow trousers and blue patterned kimono make for a colourful offering from Emma this month. Her eclectic mix comes from the high street, eBay and charity shops to maximum effect. Read more from Emma on the Style Splash blog.

Gail's palette in more understated in soft turquoise, lilac and white. This elegant look comes from the high street aka John Lewis, M&S and ASOS to create a soft summery feel. Find out more on Is This Mutton.

My outfit comes from Number 36 in Penzance, a small boutique that I frequent when I'm on the mainland. The shop is small and beautifully curated to offer unique pieces in fine fabrics, usually holding only one of each style and colour to ensure clients find something special. The prices are good too, given that you end up with an individual garment or outfit that you know won't be seen elsewhere. My white linen trousers have a Made in Italy label as does the cotton kimono/overshirt. 

I'm wearing a white vest top and stretch belt to finish the look off, along with a pair of silver and white sandals. White sunglasses are obvious touch for this summer inspired outfit, although summer is playing hide and seek currently.

My silver and glass bauble necklace as well as both my rings are pre-loved from charity shops over the years, and the stretch belt is ancient, from good old Dorothy Perkins.

Apologies for my absence last week. 5am starts and bouts of insomnia are both taking their toll on me at this time of year, resulting in a mini-burnout situation. I'm trying to take things easy on the home front as that's the only area I can step back from currently, which means minimal amounts of after work chores, including admin. Thank you once again for being there, for coming back to read the blog and for your lovely comments which mean so much to me. I'll finish off with a shot of my back garden and the glorious agapanthus that are in bloom. 

Have a great week!

Anna x



  1. The pale pink & white go great together, & the long kimono/shirt & flowing fabric of the wide bottomed trousers make for a lovely summery feel

  2. Agapanthus always make me think of Tresco! You look glorious in this pretty white linen outfit with the beautiful kimono overshirt- so pretty!
    I love the way everyone else interpreted it too, particularly the sheer lace white one! Beautiful!xx

  3. Oh, your garden is lovely, Anna! I do appreciate that you have a life, so do what you need to do for you, my friend.

    Love this theme, although I'm not much of a kimono person either. I adore your wide-legged trousers - I would love to swan about in them. I hope the insomnia goes quickly. Hang in there, darlin'. <3

  4. Fabulous colours in your kimono, picked out by the flowers. Kimono/overshirt/duster, they're all the same really. We saw a great variety in the challenge!

  5. Love the colours in your kimono and the wide leg trousers. Casual and stylish.

    Thank you for sharing the clips of your beautiful garden, it looks like a little sanctuary.

    Hope you’ve has a better week Anna. Take care. Xx

  6. Love the variety of everyone's outfits, your white ensemble is so pretty too, one I'd wear for sure. Jacqui x

  7. Oh I love those wide trousers. And that shirt works really well as a kimono. Hope you are back sleeping x

  8. Lots of variety and all gorgeous. My fave is Gail's kimono. I hope you are sleeping better now Anna, take care. Tessa x


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