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How To Wear Leopard Print Without Looking Tacky

Most of you have probably seen that leopard print is all the rage right now. It is the hit trend of autumn and everyone seems to be wearing it. I remember when it started to resurface in the fashion world a few years ago.   Either you looked extremely high fashion, like someone out of a magazine. Or you looked tacky. However over the years the animal print phenomenon has grown on me and I have found myself being attracted to it more and more. My first purchase was a pair of leopard print ballerina pumps which eventually turned into a vast array of tops, dresses and skirts. So when I saw that the print was back this autumn I was delighted and thought I would share with you some tips on How To Wear Leopard Print Without Looking Tacky.

Not All Prints Are The Same

The secret to not looking tacky while adopting the leopard print trend is to choose your prints and colours wisely. The first print that comes to mind when I think Leopard print is the horrible yellow prints of the 80’s. Not a good look. But now fashion houses and material designers have expanded the animal print repertoire and there are now a lot of prints that are softer and more refined. Do your research. You will see what prints look best and what don’t. I personally prefer to go for greys or pastel type colours as opposed to bright ones.

The Blouse

You cannot go wrong with a printed blouse or jumper. A blouse or jumper is so easy to pop on and can go with a pair of jeans for a more casual look. Or with a pair of chic trousers or maxi skirt to look more sophisticated.

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The Leopard Printed Dress

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I bought my very first leopard print dress from Mango about 9 years ago. I was working in a French Fashion House at the time and wanted to look the part at our Christmas Event. It was an above the knee grey leopard print dress that was cinched at the waist and loose on the top. I was so nervous as it was a bold choice for me at the time.  I will never forget the feeling of elation when one of the senior managers who was the fashion icon at the time came up to me and asked where the dress was from because she loved it.

The shape and style of the dress plays a huge role. A short tight body con dress in a bright coloured leopard print might look good on some. But definitely not on me. I like to choose dresses with more flow such as a maxi or tea dress.

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The Maxi Skirt

I am obsessed with maxi skirts at the moment. They are so easy to wear yet super stylish and perfect for the summer autumn transition. Plus they suit any body type. The skirt below is not actually a skirt but a dress that I covered with a plain black jumper. The skirt I really wanted has been sold out for the last week.

Accessorize

And if all else fails, accessorising is the easiest way to stay in trend. Add a cute thin leopard print belt to your jeans. Or pop on a pair on leopard print pumps or booties to make a statement. Or of course the easiest option is to go for a leopard print scarf. Either way adding that little pop of colour and print will make your outfit stand out.

Whatever way you choose, wear whatever makes you comfortable and makes you feel good in your body. Nothing is more attractive than feeling good in your skin. So do what is best for you and you will shine.

 

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Style Like A Mother: The Paper Bag Trouser & Classy Sweatshirt Edit

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Autumn is approaching and I have been looking at ways to warm up my outfits without getting my full winter wardrobe out. Even though the weather has taken a turn. I am not ready to completely transition yet. I am wanting some autumnal colours and simple designs to keep me warm from a chill but without a big jacket or coat. So I went on the hunt for some new items and I found two that I am loving at the moment and that would be perfect for my new Modern Mum Fashion Segment : Style Like A Mother. Because Pleeeease, just because we are mums and are usually looking to simplify our lives. It doesn’t mean we need to migrate to FrumpvilleCheck out this months edit

The Paper Bag Trousers

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No, this are not some crazy fashion trend inspired by the homeless ie. Zoolander Derelicte! These are what I like to call the “feels like pyjamas but totally are not” trousers. I have been eyeing these trousers for ages and wasn’t convinced it would suit me. I was sure that with my mum bod i would end up looking more like a potato than anything else.

But after reading a few blogs and seeing some amazing products. I thought I would take the leap. And guess what? I love them! They are so comfortable and yet effortlessly stylish. I bought these burgundy ones from H&M. I paired it with a cream polo neck, small matching burgundy cross over bag ( also H&M) and some heels. Though I think you could also wear them with plain white trainers.

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The “Classy” Sweatshirt

It was really funny. I wore this sweatshirt a few times and all of my mum friends commented on it. What is it with oversized shirts that seem to attract us mums? I am an avid lover of sweatshirts and oversized jumpers. They are easy, comfortable and baggy enough to make me look slimmer than I am. I could literally live in my husbands Nike sweatshirt all day everyday. But I don’t think it appropriate for all occasions especially when I need to pop into town or pick Gabriel up from nursery. Though I must admit I have worn far worse on the Nursery pick up before.

I bought this mid sleeved sweatshirt from Missguided. It is affordable, easy to wear and has a soft furry cuff on the sleeve which is nice to touch.

I just bang it on with my black jeans from Massimo Dutti and my new ankle boots from Steve Madden. And a dark red lipstick!

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And there it is. My fav items of the moment. What are your favourite fashion items of the moment.

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Style Like A Mother: Pale Pinks, White Jeans & A Denim Jacket

I have been all over the place lately, I just can’t seem to get anything done. Recently I found out that I had less than a month to hand in my draft copy of a 12 page assignment. When I had stupidly believed that I had more time since the deadline is actually in July! So it has been a mad panic. Usually I have a strict schedule to be able to keep up with studying, blogging, housework, motherhood and social events ( wow that was a mouthful). However as soon as something goes off schedule it is chaos and one area of my life starts to lack attention. Not to mention my outfits of the day! Check out this weeks Style Like A Mother.

So every moment I have had I have been trying to get ahead on my assignment. Which has been tough since it has finally started to feel like summer is approaching. Staying indoors and trying to write a 12 page essay when all you want to do is bask in the sunshine while sipping and Pimms and lemonade is a kill joy. However with my schedule being manic, not to mention Gabriel breaking his collarbone ( more on that later). I still managed to enjoy a bit of sunshine and whip out some summery colours to brighten my mood.

 

Pale Pinks and White

 

I am so obsessed with pales pinks and white at the moment that I need to be careful not to blow our clothing budget and transform my wardrobe into something a sugar plum fairy would have. But the pastel themes have got me very inspired and i am craving hot weather, beaches and a new summer wardrobe. However since we live in Aberdeen and hot weather equals 10°C. I have been content with a casual look of white jeans and pastel tees and my oversized denim jacket. All courtesy of New Look.

 

outfit of the day

outfit of the day

Hopefully the weather will continue to improve and I can get back on schedule so that I can start updating my closet and get out some summer dresses.

Wishing you all a good week. Wish me luck for my assignment. I am going to need it.

 

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At Home Face Masks For The Busy Mum

Just like most people, I enjoy a good pamper. One thing that is always on the top of my list is my skin. I can usually see straight away when my skin (and health) has been neglected. I woke with dark circles and dull lifeless skin tone. Which made me feel ugly in every single way. I am so caught up in my busy modern life that I forget to nurture myself which in the end affects only myself negatively. For a while now I have been making it a ritual to give myself a quick facial every week and the results have been fantastic. So at the request of some of you, i decided to share My At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin.

In my teenage years I was plague with acne and when I say acne, I don’t mean a few spot here and there. My face was covered. What made things worse was the dark pigment in my skin would cause major hyper-pigmentation Meaning the spots would leave dark brown marks all over my face that took a long time to heal (You can see the hyper pigmentation on my leg in the below photo. This is from a batch of eczema I got a while back). It affected my self confidence drastically. I was called pizza face, spotty, all the names under the sun. Fortunately for me,  my skin started to clear up when I reached 18 with the help of Ro-accutane and some diet changes. Since then I learned to be heavily invested in my skin (and health) and research my products to make sure I use the best.

At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin

So here is my weekly routine which I usually do on a Sunday. It is easy to do and maintain and I often get bits and bobs done in the house while I wait fro the masks to set. I have noticed a huge improvement in my complexion which has resulted in me using a lot less foundation when I go out.

STEP ONE : Exfoliate

I believe that exfoliating is key to a clear and glowing complexion. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that can be the cause of dull looking skin and I just love the smooth feeling it gives afterwards. My favourite products are Kora Organics Exfoliating cream and Nip + Fab Glyceric Scrub. I usually spend a good few minutes gently scrubbing my face in circular motions with my hands.

STEP TWO : Dead Sea Mud Mask

Once I have finished exfoliating, I rinse off any residue and dry my face. The next step I apply a Dead Sea Mud Mask. Dead Sea Mud has been touted as containing a big array of minerals and is said to work miracles for skin. I use the one from Dead Sea Magik which is available at Holland & Barretts. I apply it to my face and leave it on for 10 – 15 Minutes and usually go downstairs and do some errands while i wait.

At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin

 

STEP THREE : Hydrating Mask

Next is a hydrating mask and my favourite by far is by Kora Organics which you can get on netaporter.com. Most of you might already know that I am a devout lover of KORA. It is the best organic skincare around and i cannot recommend it enough. After washing away the remnants of the mud mask, i then apply the hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes. Depending on how dry or not my skin is.

Once the hydrating mask has set I rinse it off and then pop on some moisturising cream.

Voila, thats it! It may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. My skin always feels so fresh and smooth afterwards and I now look forward to every Sunday just for this little ritual. The timings are indicative but sometimes i will pop the masks on for just a few minutes if i don’t have time. It is better than not doing them at all.

 

If you wish to know more about Kora see my post here.

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Get Party Ready with John Lewis

When I was asked to attend an afternoon makeover with John Lewis, I was excited and surprised. John Lewis do makeovers? I was aware that you could get a quick tutorial or colour match from a product you were wanting to buy. But a total party makeover? Yup! This was the full package. A full face of make up and hair styled by none other than 2 of my top beauty brands. So of course I said yes, who doesn’t like a makeover?! So I headed into town to Get Party Ready with John Lewis and experience all they had to offer.

 

Bobbi Brown

Get Party Ready with John Lewis

My contact told me that a professional at Bobbi Brown was going to do my makeup and I was ecstatic. Bobbi Brown is one of my go to makeup brands and I was beyond excited to be able to get a makeup tutorial with their products. Some of which I already own. Check out my no makeup look using Bobbi Brown products

Leanne and Alex greeted me when I arrived and I told me that Leanne will be doing my makeup. Having got my everyday look down pat I wanted something a bit more glam. Something that made my eyes pop on a night out. “If you can think of a celebrity’s makeup that you would like to imitate, who would it be?” Leanne asked me as she examined colours that would suit my skintone. I cringed. I knew exactly who I wanted to imitate but was embarrassed to say it out loud. Looks like my Keeping up with the Kardashian obsession was about to be revealed. I squirmed in my seat hoping not to be judged as I said ” Kim Kardashian”.

 

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Makeup Tips

To my relief she didn’t bat an eyelid at my request and went on to show me some colours to create a “Kim style” smokey eye and nude lip. We established some neutral colours with a hint of shimmer and she went to work starting with my eyes. This really surprised me. I always thought that foundation was the first step, especially under eye concealer. However according to Leanne the eyes should be done first as you are likely to get a lot of residue on your face. Which could then muck up your foundation or leave dark circles under your eyes.

 

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After my eyes where done she proceeded with my skin. Giving me a natural dewy look with good coverage. Blusher, highlighter and lipstick were then applied and we were done! Meanwhile Alex listed all of the products and drew a picture of my makeup so that I can replicate it at home.

The girls were so friendly and approachable, and were happy to answer any questions I had about makeup and beauty. I must admit I am usually the “ask google” type but after speaking with Leanne. I realised that it is a lot more beneficial to actually go in store and ask for some advice. Plus they encourage it!

I walked away feeling very confident with my new makeup tips and had a huge list of products i am dying to buy. Especially their small mascara designed just for the under eye lashes! Maybe next month.

 

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Good Hair Day

Get Party Ready with John Lewis

 

Next up it was hair time, I was taken to the GHD stand where I met the lovely Jacqui who was going to style my hair. I was so surprised to see their little hair salon set up. I had no idea that there was even the possibility to get your hair styled in John Lewis. “I’m thinking a nice wave would suit you” she beamed as I came over. “Sure” I said. “I love a wave”.

She proceeded with my hair while I asked questions about the GHD services. All personnel are fully trained with GHD and every 3 months they attend classes to learn about new hair styles and how to use all of their products to suit customers needs.

 

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I watched as she effortlessly curled my hair into the most perfect waves i have ever seen. Considering the speed at which she curled my hair. She didn’t burn herself once which impressed me more than it should have. “Please give me some tips” I said. “Almost every time I curl my hair I burn my fingers or my head”. “Its the gloves” she said showing me her hands. I made note. I need a pair of those! She set my hair with some hairspray and viola my makeover was complete.

 

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The Result

I walked out of John Lewis looking a little more glamourous than I would usually on a wednesday afternoon and wondered what the Nursery staff at Gabriel’s Nursery were going to think when I walked in. My hair looked amazing and my makeup flawless. It seemed a shame that I didn’t have a night out or event to show off my amazing transformation. At least my son could admire their handiwork.

If you would like to get a makeover at John Lewis (and I highly recommend it). Book your appointment with Bobbi Brown to get the full “Party Makeover” for just £30. Bobbi Brown has a range of How To tutorials such as How to Do Your Brows & Get ready in 5 mins. Designed for the every day woman looking to up her makeup game.  For more information and to book an appointment Click here.

For a GHD hair makeover, just pop in to John Lewis and to test out their straighteners and curlers. You will not regret it.

 

 

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Kids Style ⎮ Pastels, Denim & Welcoming Spring

Like everyone in the UK, I have been waiting desperately for the weather to change and to finally get some sunshine. To sit outside and have a drink and a BBQ. To get Gabriel out of the house and playing in the garden. And of course, to get out of these heavy jumpers and coats!! However although it is officially spring here in Scotland, the weather is yet to improve. Which is hard for a blogger to take good photos!!

I have been focusing a lot of my time on Gabriel’s wardrobe, as well as my own. Now that he has reached the age of 2, he now fits into size 2-3 which is brilliant. His clothes will now last longer than they did last year which needed replacing every 3 months because of the speed he grew. So that means I can now properly build a good quality wardrobe for him and not feel so bad if items cost more than £20. Now that spring is here I have been diving head first into my favourite kids wear Spring/Summer Collections and have put together my first spring Kids Style outfit.

kids style

kids style

Pastels and Denim are BIG this spring and the fashion lover in me cannot resist dressing my boy up to the latest trends. As much as i would love to dress him as a mini Karl Lagerfield, practicality is a must for a toddler. Here we paired these cute boys shorts in salmon with a white tee and denim shirt. I love how well this works and how easy it is to put together. Plus Gabriel loved these shorts so much he cried when I took them off!

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kids style

Do you like this Kids Style Outfit?  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think and how you like dressing your little ones up for spring.

You can find the links to Gabriel’s Outfits below in the Shop The Post Section.

Want some Spring Trend Inspiration? Check out my post on 3 Spring Trends For Everyday Outfits

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