Swimwear: The One Piece 

Ive just started preparations for my next weekend break, the bikini will be back out for the first time since summer and so the body needs work. After indulging quite a lot of late the daily routine of crunches and lunges has begun and we are eating a lot more salads in my house…

So I have started the hunt for a new addition to my already oversubscribed bikini collection… I have an addiction  and its bikinis, the tinier the better…hence the crunches… 

 I genuinely love swimwear, summer is the best time of year in my eyes, frolicking on a beach and going for a swim is where I am at my happiest so why not make sure the swimwear matches the mood? 

This time of year is still quite tricky to find decent swimwear, winter ranges are starting to leave the shelves but the full swimwear set is not quite out yet, however, I have stumbled across something I’ve not worn since I was about 7… a swimming costume…

Swimming costumes are not necessarily my friend however I have found a super bright coral number from h&m that fits the stylish and sexy bill. Backless, high legged and a great colour, there’s no flashbacks to your childhood in this number. My husband isn’t totally convinced but most men would opt for the skin bareing bikini over a swimsuit, I on the other hand think it’s the perfect addition to my swimwear collection for when the teeny tiny bikini isn’t necessarily suitable… 

   
 

Coats to Covet

The winter coat- no longer just about keeping warm, the winter coat has the ability to transform any outfit into a stylish one. 

Depending on your lifestyle it’s more than possible you will need multiple winter coats. This year I have decided no more complaining about not having suitable outerwear and have shopped for all occasions. 

The knee length. 

This classic double breasted camel coat from Zara looks smart and is a style that will stand the test of time. This is a safe choice when shopping for a coat you want to last and to keep you warm when the temperature drops. Perfect for the office this is my go to smart choice. 

  
Zara £99

The ski.

Not just for hitting the slopes this coat will keep you covered in the harshest of conditions. They really have thought of everything when designing this coat, fleece lined, detachable fur, pockets galore, it’s waterproof and the stylish design will see you looking good on the slopes, après ski or walking the dog in the local woods. I feel the cold and it is super warm, there will be no complaining in this bad boy.   Sweaty Betty £360

The little black jacket.

A short black jacket is a wardrobe staple, much like the LBD. The wear with anything, throw a big bright scarf around your neck and off you go jacket always saves the day. This stylish tweed version will bring a touch of class to any outfit. 

    

Mango £79.99 

The short but stylish. 

A pastel coloured coat is always a statement and this high collar wrap design is sure to make heads turn. Deliciously soft and warm this coat is perfect for when you want to make an impression and not succumb to the elements. I picked this beauty up at an outlet store but Reiss still stock updated versions. I particularly like the baby pink one. 

    
Reiss £245

New year, new beauty buys 

With a new year often comes resolutions and whilst I tend not to be too specific I do find myself each year saying this is the year I will stick to a beauty regime, drink water, eat healthily, exersize lots etc etc and whilst most of them I am pretty good with- give or take a few hiccups the beauty part is where I tend to be quite flippant.

Now I have very sensitive skin and I am allergic to a few chemicals frequently used in lotions and potions so I have to be very careful with what I use and I find it is best if I do mix up my routine a bit so I have taken a look at a selection of products to kick start the new year with and these are my new favs. 

  
 Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream perfect amount of moisture to give my skin a glow before applying make up, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Protectant for chapped lips,  Clinique Facial Soap gives a refreshing cleanse in the morning, Lucas Paw Paw  great for on the spot problems and Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Oil as skin still needs to be loved in the winter. 

Boots Boots Boots 

We may have a slightly delayed winter in temperature terms but with all this rain a good boot is a must. 

I have fallen in love with a few pairs of late, unfortunately most of which are suede and not suitable for the rain but when it does stop they are a sure fire way to smarten up the most casual of outfits.

The Sock Boot

Topshop £79 
I’m a big fan of ankle boots and skirts/ dress combo but I have skinny ankles which means this is not a good look- usually – but finally I have found a boot that fits snugly around my ankle that can be worn with jeans, tights or bare legs and doesn’t look like I have borrowed someone else’s ‘too big for me’ boots. 

  

The Knee Boot

UGG £195 
Another one of my struggles is finding a knee boot that fits all the way up but alas it is a struggle no more! These beauties from ugg come with elastic on the back, suede on the front and are sheepskin lined (they are ugg after all) for ultimate comfort and style. 

The Trusty Ankle Boot

Dune £69   
These boots from Dune are super smart. Suede, gold zips and just the right amount of heel make them a comfy choice for the office and when your out and about.