My new hoodie from Rydale

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As I am trying to steer away from wearing just black and white all the time, I decided to go for a more colourful hoodie and something not my usual colour.

Rydale have an amazing range of hoodies and they are such great quality. I wanted to share my thoughts with you about my new hoodie.

The one I went for was the Lucy striped overhead hoodie in navy/sorbet in a size 12.

I wanted something with a pattern on and I think vertical stripes look really cool, this one has thicker stripes on, there is also an option for smaller stripes but I prefer the bolder look.

It fits perfectly, I usually wear a 10-12 in t shirts and jackets so always go for the slightly larger option if in doubt and this is spot on. It’s easy to get on over your head and the length of the hoodie itself as well as the arm length is spot on.

Sometimes it can be hard to order clothes online if you are between sizes or not sure what size to get but as I don’t like skin tight hoodies I went for the 12 and I am so happy with the fit.

It didn’t take long to arrive so I was really impressed with that and it arrived packaged really well.

It is made from a really soft and comfortable material and you can tell it’s really good quality. It’s so nice to wear and will be ideal in the summer to put on in the evenings if sat outside.

They do this exact hoodie and colour combination as a zip up hoodie too for those that prefer that kind of style.

Sarah x

7 Lockdown Date Night Outfits That Are Bound to Impress

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Whether you live with your partner or not, the pandemic has undeniably put a stop to your traditional date night plans. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a date night – even if it’s a little different to those that you are used to. If you don’t live with them, this could involve heading out into the park for a romantic picnic, for example.

But if you do live with them, there’s nothing to say that you can’t enjoy a wonderful dinner at home. Although it’s tempting to dress down throughout this time, it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up! But then comes the tough and daunting decision of what you’re going to wear. You want something that you’re comfortable in, but that’s still stylish.

Before your date, you can spend the evening beforehand pampering yourself! Run yourself a lovely hot bubble bath, put on a face mask and relax. If you fancy, you could also shave your legs and pluck your brows – whatever you want to do. This self-care is the ultimate relaxing activity to enjoy that will help you to unwind before heading down (or out) for your date night. 

If you’re unsure as to what to wear for the evening, here are some ideas that you can use for inspiration. Bound to impress, they are ideal both now and throughout the year.

A Blazer Dress

If you’re looking for an outfit that will turn your partner’s head, look no further than a blazer dress. The perfect statement piece, it can be paired with some designer glasses (such as these web choice ones) and heels. As it’s a very trendy look, you’ll also easily be able to find one of these at a price that suits your budget! 

Retro Jumpsuit

Alternatively, if you love retro clothing, then maybe opt for this elegant look instead. Comfortable and stylish, retro jumpsuits are ideal – whether you’re heading out for a romantic walk with your partner or indulging in a dinner at home. Available in a range of colours and styles, you’ll be able to find one that fits you to a tee.

Skinny Jeans and a Floral Blouse

For a more casual look that still oozes style, why not try a pair of skinny jeans with a floral blouse? Comfortable yet still date-night worthy, it’s the perfect alternative to a dress. Also, many people will already have these in their wardrobe, meaning that they don’t have to order any new pieces online. Pair these with dangly earrings and ballet shoes. 

Co-Ord Set

As it’s getting closer to summer, the temperature is starting to heat up. And because of this, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for clothing that’s light and breezy. This is where a co-ord set comes in. Available in different combinations, from a skirt and a top to shorts and a top and trousers and a vest, there are so many different options for you to choose from. 

A Maxi Skirt with a T-shirt 

If you’re looking for an outfit that’s feminine, but still casual for your next date night, then a maxi skirt and t-shirt might be just the ticket. There are so many different ways you can style this, from a skirt that’s floral-patterned to plain and heels or flats – whatever you’re comfortable in.

Off-The-Shoulder Skater Dress

Yet again, this classic look is bound to go down a hit. Paired with flats or heels, it will get you in the summer spirit in no time. As simple or as extravagant as you want, this popular look is suited to any type of date you plan.

The Iconic LBD (Little Black Dress) 

And who could forget the classic little black dress? Fitted or not, this iconic look is a staple for date nights. Due to its muted colour, it can be paired with any colour of jewellery, shoes or bag. Plus, it can match any style – you don’t have to be uber-feminine to wear it!

5 Lockdown Date Night Ideas 

Although we’ve already touched on this briefly above, it’s good to have an idea of what you can do for your date night throughout the lockdown. So, to help guide you, here are 5 ideas you can use:

Take Delight in A Virtual Trip to the Theatre

If you love to go to the theatre and are missing it during this time, then you’re in luck! So many shows are being streamed for you to enjoy together. Available across different platforms – from Disney+ (Hamilton) to the BBC, there are so many options to choose from. Plus, a lot of them are free, so you don’t have to worry about this date night breaking the bank! 

Simply set up some blankets, grab some popcorn and enjoy a night at the theatre from the comfort of your home!

Get Competitive with a Game Night

Ok, so you may be fed up of all the quarantine quizzes you’ve had to attend. But now’s the time to enjoy a fun game night with your partner! Bring out a good old-fashioned board game and indulge in a night of competitiveness and laughs. Paired with your favourite tipple, this is an extraordinary way to spend a date night during the pandemic. 

Indulge in a Cheese and Wine Night

If you both love cheese and wine, why not make a night of it for your next date? Romantic and exciting, you can sample various wines and cheeses whilst catching up. A unique idea, it’s bound to be unforgettable. Alternatively, if you’re not fans of wine, why not mix it up and try a cocktail sampling/making night or a gin and tonic night – whatever floats your boat!

Take on a New Hobby

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more casual idea for your next date night, then why not try taking up a new hobby together. From painting to pottery the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to ideas that you could use. Although this might not be the first idea that comes to mind, it can prove to be very fun – both throughout the lockdown and once it’s lifted.

 The ultimate bonding time with your partner, it takes you away from the TV and into an activity that you can enjoy together.  

Set up an Outdoor Cinema 

If you’re fed up of watching films in your living room or bedroom, why not change it up and head outside to watch a film? With the weather improving, it’s the ideal opportunity to grab a blanket, set up a screen (either a laptop screen or projector screen) and enjoy a classic movie. There’s so much inspiration for how you can set up the area (e.g. on Pinterest) that will make the night even more magical. 

Final Thoughts

So, there you go! Those are 7 on-trend and stylish date night outfits that you can take inspiration from throughout the lockdown. Alongside this, you can also choose from one of the above date night ideas. But, at the end of the day, no matter what outfit you wear and what date night you plan, you’re guaranteed a wonderful night with your partner that will create fond memories for many years to come!

And just think, in the near future when the world is back to normal you’ll be able to choose from an even wider selection of date night ideas. But for now, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy them from home or to take advantage of the nature around you – as long as you social distance from other couples of course!

Sarah x

Picking out some more T-shirts from Femmeluxe

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe a few times before and I have recently picked out some really great co ord sets as well as tracksuit bottoms and jeans, I wanted to pick up some more tshirts to wear around the house as well and to wear during the summer once lockdown is over. They always have so many great things to pick from!

I wanted some more t shirts to pair with shorts or leggings to wear out as the weather is getting hotter or to wear in the house with some tracksuit bottoms. I went for these slogan t shirts in a variety of designs/colours. They are all a great fit, they are meant to be oversized anyway and usually I buy men’s t shirts or steal my husbands as I love oversized t shirts.

I went for all of them in a large so this is anywhere between a 10 and 14. I usually wear a 10/12 in a tshirt but these are all meant to be slightly oversized anyway so they all are perfect.

Lime ‘Champion 96’ Slogan Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt – Nova

L (12/14) / Lime

£8.99

I don’t own many pastel logo t shirts so this is really expanding my wardrobe by going for these type of t shirts rather than my usual black ones! I love this lime shade and the design is pretty cool and sporty. I already have this one in the lilac. Teamed with black cycling shorts this is the perfect outfit to keep cool in.

Blue ‘California’ Graphic Print T-Shirt – Rivka

L (12/14) / Blue

£9.99

I already have this one in the coral shade and I love the California design. It is really soft material and fits well.

Stone ‘Santa Clara’ Graphic Print T-Shirt – Jewel

L (12/14) / Stone

£9.99

It is so summery and I cant wait to wear this with ripped denim shorts, it will look so good! I like how the design is printed in white and is quite subtle. The material is really nice and soft to keep you cool too.

Pink ‘BO$$Y’ Oversized T-Shirt – Ellis

L (12/14) / Pink

£8.99

Anyone that knows me thinks i’m bossy so this sums me up! It fits well and it’s a really nice shade of pink.

The delivery is always really quick which is great, as I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. I am always skeptical about ordering clothes online as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are so good and for the quality I would have expected them to be more expensive!

Sarah x

Picking out some summer t shirts

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe a few times before and I have recently picked out some really great co ord sets as well as tracksuit bottoms and jeans, I wanted to pick up some more tshirts to wear around the house as well and to wear during the summer once lockdown is over. They always have so many great things to pick from!

I wanted some more t shirts to pair with shorts or leggings to wear out as the weather is getting hotter or to wear in the house with some tracksuit bottoms. I went for these slogan t shirts in a variety of designs/colours. They are all a great fit, they are meant to be oversized anyway and usually I buy men’s t shirts or steal my husbands as I love oversized t shirts.

I went for all of them in a large so this is anywhere between a 10 and 14. I usually wear a 10/12 in a tshirt but these are all meant to be slightly oversized anyway so they all are perfect.

Lilac ‘Champion 96’ Slogan Print Short Sleeve T-Shirt – Nova

L (12/14) / Lilac

£8.99

I don’t own many pastel logo t shirts so this is really expanding my wardrobe by going for these type of t shirts rather than my usual black ones! I love this lilac shade and the design is pretty cool and sporty. Teamed with black cycling shorts this is the perfect outfit to keep cool in.

Blue ‘Santa Clara’ Graphic Print T-Shirt – Jewel

L (12/14) / Blue

£9.99

I think this is my favourite one from the four t shirts I picked as I love the shade of blue. It is so summery and I cant wait to wear this with ripped denim shorts, it will look so good! I like how the design is printed in white and is quite subtle. The material is really nice and soft to keep you cool too.

Coral ‘California’ Graphic Print T-Shirt – Rivka

L (12/14) / Coral

£9.99

This is my first coral t shirt and its not a colour I would usually go for but I am really trying to wear more colourful things and I really love this shade. I love the California design and it is really soft material and fits well.

Pink Tie Dye Oversized T-Shirt – Veda

L (10/12) / Pink

£8.99

Tie dye is so fashionable at the moment and this pink t shirt looks so good with skinny jeans or leggings or as the weather gets nicer it would look really good with denim shorts or black cycling style shorts. It is really soft and comfortable and I love the fit.

The delivery is always really quick which is great, as I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. I am always skeptical about ordering clothes online as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are so good and for the quality I would have expected them to be more expensive!

Sarah x

How to Inject 2020 Summer Style into Your Existing Wardrobe

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With the official start of summer just a couple of weeks away, the time has finally come to get rid of all the layers and start sporting your summer wardrobe. And while you may have a lot of pieces you love, and fit with your personal style, it’s always nice to add a few on-trend and stylish new pieces each season. It’s a great way to continue to look fashionable without going to the trouble of completely overhauling your wardrobe each season.

So what are the top on-trend 2020 summer styles to pick up for the season? Here are a few you’ll want to add to your list.

Designer Handbag

Let’s face it, there’s no need to wait for any one season in order to update your designer handbag collection, but there do tend to be new releases that coincide with each season. With summer in mind you may want to check out the trendy Jacquemus bag collection. Jacquemus bags are from the designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, who hails from the South of France. His Southern France roots are reflected in his bright, lively, and sophisticated designs that are absolutely perfect for summer.

You can head over to the Jacquemus range on ssense.com to browse the rather large collection use of different designs, styles, sizes, and materials. You’ll find all the summer necessities here; your only problem will be narrowing it down to just one bag!

Go for Oversized Victorian Sleeves

Another trend that you can work into your wardrobe is the oversized Victorian sleeves that are popping up on all the hottest runways. This is a beautiful and very feminine trend that first popped up in the spring and is now carrying into the summer offerings.

What makes these even more special is the fact they can help to create the illusion of a slimmer waist. The eyes are drawn to the puffy and full sleeves, with the bulk of that detail being in the shoulder region. It helps to balance out the rest of your silhouette and make you look svelte and fashionable.

You can find this trend in sundresses, blouses, jumpsuits/rompers, and even blazers.

Cotton is Having a Moment

It seems like every few years cotton manages to have a real moment in the summer. Let’s face it, it’s one of the most comfortable fabrics to wear in the summer allowing your body to breath. It also washes up well and is very lightweight.
So, what’s the best way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe? You can’t go wrong with a lovely cotton dress. Look for something with a full and flowing skirt on it to create that ultra-fashionable vibe. You can also take this trend to the next level by purchasing items in crisp white – which screams summer.

Simple Touches to Create that Ultra Fashionable Vibe

By adding these few pieces to your summer wardrobe you’ll find you’re instantly able to look more trendy and fashionable.

Sarah x