We love...

Yes, it's the 20th of the month and that's time for my monthly style challenge. Previously Ping Pong Piece held centre stage here, but the girls and I have called it a day. After 18 months of collaborating we felt the time had come to bow out gracefully before we outstayed our welcome. Samantha has launched a weekly link up so do pop over to see how she's getting on with that and Ann is busy as ever sharing her savvy style as well as her DIY projects.

And me, well I'm delighted to introduce you to my daughter, Sasha, who is joining me in our new style feature called "We love..." As mother and daughter we share a passion for clothes, shoes, boots, handbags and all things sparkly. We'll be popping up on the 20th of the month to show you that there needn't be a generation gap where style is concerned. This month "We love florals" so let's get going!

Sasha and I not only love clothes, but we love clothes shopping together. We are ninjas of the sales and experts of rummaging in charity shops finding all sorts of bargains together and for each other. When I suggested that we do this monthly style challenge together Sasha immediately had her own ideas of items we've doubled up on. We have an overlap on many favourites including our passion for brogues, embroidery and all things metallic which will be featured in due course. Clothes sharing may be a contentious issue for some mothers and daughters, but not us - we are constantly passing on pieces to each other (my top today is a prime example). 

Florals was on obvious starting point for the feature as we both own an abundance of this most feminine of prints. Winter florals may well crop up over the next few months as we embrace darker tones and deeper colours that are trending. And that's where I'm going to enjoy Sasha's input most of all, as current trends tend to pass me by, but not so with Sasha. She truly has her finger on the pulse knowing what's rising, waning and completely over. Her insight will be great even though I'm sure my own style radar will remain the same. It's exciting to have her on board and I do hope that you appreciate her flair too.

Outfit details -
Sasha wears overshirt and jeans from New Look, sunglasses from Primark and shoes by Guess. I'm wearing a top by H&M, pre-loved jeans, mules by Red Kiss, sunglasses by Sainsbury's, all jewellery pre-loved.

Linking with -
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb
Samantha of Fake Fabulous
Laurie of Vanity And Me
Anna x


Transitional dressing

I really don't profess to be a style expert. The blog features my take on fashion with little regard for age appropriateness as I wear what makes me feel joyful and I hope that this may be an inspiration to you. Transitional dressing isn't something that I feel particularly clever at - I much prefer the clear cut demarcation between summer and winter. This rather grey area for me is perfectly reflected in today's outfit which coincidentally showcases many shades of grey. The breezy start to the day informed my choice of top with a high neck to keep the chills out, but the fact that the sun was shining meant that the gallery would probably heat up to boiling point by the afternoon. With this in mind, I chose these lightweight silk palazzo pants which are cool and easy to wear. The fabric mules are in a wide fit and minimal heel - just because you want to be stylish doesn't mean you can't be comfortable!

This weekend finds me rotating my summer and winter wardrobes (see? no spring/autumn clothes mentioned there) as I try to second-guess the weather. The process is little short of bedlam this year, but more of that another day. A friend was delighted to hear that I'm putting my summer clothes away as she said that pretty much guarantees an instant upturn in the weather. On the strength of that, I may keep a few lighter pieces to the side ready for the Indian summer. Oh, such are the joys of transitional dressing!

Outfit details - top: H&M, trousers: Jean Muir, mules: Miss Selfridge, sunglasses: Quay Australia, silver disc ring: pre-loved, silver and gold band ring: Diana Porter.

Anna x


Quite contrary

They say it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind and as such I find myself being rather contrary since my last post. I'm no longer convinced that summer is a state of mind when the cold North wind is blowing as ferociously as it is currently! Hence I'm wrapped up in a cosy turtle neck and trousers today.

The simple roll neck is a perfect canvas for my long two toned metal necklace. I've added rings, preloved, in silver and gold to pick up the alternate shades of metal. 

These trousers are a recent purchase from TK Maxx and are reflecting what seems to be theme in my transitional wardrobe. Black and grey are featuring heavily as you'll see over the next few weeks with these fabulous trainers being the building blocks that I worked up from. They're black and a glittery silver which may not show up very well in the bright sunlight and best of all are incredibly comfortable!

Sasha has done the honours with today's photography giving Polly a day off. We've dodged just along the beach at New Grimsby from our normal location to try to escape the wind, with an element of success. I'm so lucky to have this kind of help from both of the girls and know that my blog wouldn't be half as good without them. It's going to be a real bonus having them around all this winter too. Thank you, my lovelies!

Outifit details - trousers: Massimo Fabbro, sweater: old, trainers: Steve Maddon, necklace: Du Barre, rings: preloved, sunglasses: Quay Australia.
Anna x


Gingham and florals

Yesterday started off with a mere glimmer of sunshine in the sky, but that was all the encouragement I needed to roll out a couple of my favourite trends from the summer before they have to be packed away. The gingham and flowers are in perfect harmony especially when paired up with monotone accessories.

I find myself at this time of year fighting a sense of panic that I still haven't managed to show you all of my purchases from the current season. It seems so sad to have to pack up these colourful delights without them making their debut. My blogging friend Sheila of Ephemera always makes a point of wearing her new purchases as soon as possible which makes perfect sense to me now. 

I think I had, somewhat foolishly, believed that after the heatwave in June, we would be blessed with another burst of sun where one day followed on after the other, joining up to make something that resembled summer - no such luck eh? If we have the occasional bright day, be aware that I'll be subjected you to something bright too, for my own satisfaction. Today's outfit may be familiar to you, but previously seen as separates which are married joyfully in this ensemble. The black and white accessories tie it all together - black belt, shoe boots and petticoat and the white jumbo pearls, sweetly finished off with my favourite black and white sunglasses. The shoes are in fact brand new though - from Tu at Sainsbury's in the July sale for £8, yippee! 

Outfit details - skirt: H&M, top: George at Asda, shoes: Tu at Sainsbury's, belt: Dorothy Perkins, necklace: Debenhams, petticoat: eBay, leather jacket: preloved, rings: preloved, sunglasses: Quay Australia.
Anna x

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