Stylish shoes for the Summer from Vionic

I like to think that I try to dress nicely, ok, sometimes I am not quite on point but generally I can be seen looking smart casual. However, when I go out I always seem to over dress. I find that going for dinner with friends I can often be in a dress and heels when they turn up in flats and jeans. Of course there is nothing wrong with flats and jeans but for me going for dinner is about getting dressed up, making more of an effort to what I would wear for the school run. I guess however we are all slightly different.

Summer months for me are not my favourite to be honest, I find that I end up not knowing what to wear. Being more on the plus size of life means that I don’t always feel confident with my legs out in the summer, so I generally live in midi dresses, bardot tops with jeans, the odd maxi dress or skirt and then either flat flip flops or a pair of summer sandals. Finding sandals that are gorgeous and yet wearable for a day out, without thinking about your feet hurting is quite difficult. Style doesn’t have to hurt!

Stylish Shoes for the Summer from Vionic

Pumps are just not really me, I have a couple of pairs that I love but they generally get worn in the garden and in the spring or autumn when it’s too warm for boots or too cool for sandals. My best friends wears her pumps with everything, dresses, jeans, shorts. A few weeks ago we were all heading out for lunch, she explained her outfit. A lovely shirt dress but she was pairing it with her pumps……. Well I almost spat my tea out. However, she look fabulous! But I just could not pull that style off.

For me style is about being yourself, wearing what you feel comfortable in. I love a statement piece of jewellery, could be a ring, necklace or earrings, for me less is more when it comes to style. I feel like a nice piece of jewellery just finishes even the most casual of outfits off.

Style doesn’t have to hurt

When it comes to shoes I always have to think about my daily life. When I’m not on the school run or in the park with the children, you will often find me seeing my friends, entertaining at home or out and about shopping. Finding something that not only suits my style but I know I can shop until I drop in isn’t always easy.

I met with the fabulous team at Vionic at BlogOn a couple of months ago and they offered to send me out a pair of shoes I had fallen in love with. They promised me I would be able to be stylish while on the school run, out shopping and even for drinks with the girls. I choose the Solana tan sandals, with just the right size heel and perfect for the summer. I love them, with the weather being so nice, they have not left my feet even with relaxing with a glass of wine in the hammock.

 

*Thank you Vionic for sending me out the perfect stylish shoes for the summer.*

5 Countries to take your style inspiration from this summer

Even if you’re not heading abroad this year we all have those places we’d love to visit — from far-flung destinations to those that are closer to home. Why not take some style inspiration from your travel wish list and introduce fresh colours and prints to your wardrobe?

Leading us around the world is QUIZ, retailers of going out dresses and summer fashion essentials.

 

Miami, USA

Take your holiday style inspiration from the home of golden sands and sun-kissed residents. With temperatures reaching 28 degrees in the summer, Miami residents choose vibrant swimwear as they soak up the sun on South Beach before slipping into relaxed cuts as they party the night away.

Go loud and bright! Think tropical print culottes, palm print co-ords and bright dresses. Each piece can be dressed up or down, so whether you’re taking a summer stroll or hitting up a club, you can channel effortless Miami vibes.

And, what about footwear? Slip on flip flops by day before switching to barely-there heels when the sun goes down for a look that’s both glam yet effortless.

South Africa

For some authentic inspiration, take South African fashion designer Jacques van der Watt’s Black Coffee design house. The designer’s Orbit Summer 2018|2019 collection encapsulates the modernity and positivity of the 1960s, featuring bold colours and embellishments across simple shapes and styles.

It’s all about injecting colour into your wardrobe. Clash bold primary shades such as vivid reds with bright yellows, keeping shapes and styles simplistic—think loose-fitting tees and flared shorts.

For added detail, choose geometric patterns in classic monotone hues or incorporate bright colours. Crochet detailing is a staple aspect of Black Coffee’s collection, and crochet dresses or cover-ups would make the perfect boho-inspired addition to any summer wardrobe.

Morocco

The country of Morocco is famed for its diversity and attention to detail — as exemplified by the country’s outstanding architecture and detailed mosaics. When creating a Moroccan-inspired look, it’s important to retain this attention-to-detail — think detailed embroidery and intricate prints.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to bring a hint of Morocco to your wardrobe as tile print is key to this look. This on-trend, intricate detailing is all over the highstreets at the moment, so introduce it to your wardrobe through palazzo pants or even a co-ord. In terms of colours, choose patterns in rich purples and vibrant blues and oranges.

Because of the climate in the North African country, loose-fitting, kaftan styles are essential. Choose shift day dresses in a darker tone — such as burnt orange — complete with gold embroidered detailing. Finish your look with gold or leather strappy sandals, and layer on gold accessories.

Sweden

The fashion in Sweden is defined by simplicity, taking basic items and styling them to create timeless looks. Part of this is the near effortless blend of smart styles with casual wear, pairing sports-inspired trousers with a tailored blazer, for example.

Looking to recreate a Scandinavian look this summer? You’ll need a combination of everyday essentials and fine tailoring. Make sure you have a great collection of plain t-shirts in white, grey and black. Wear yours with sports-inspired trousers and a blazer, or swap out your trousers for tailored shorts. Loosely tuck the hem of your t-shirt into your trousers, slip on a statement necklace and keep your hair loose and natural.

Another technique that’s important is layering. For an effortless look, throw over a lightweight scarf or keep your knitwear loose and wear over a crisp shirt. Don’t be afraid to go oversized either!

India

In India, it’s all about colour, vibrancy and pattern. If you like creating bold looks with rich colours, this is the country you need to steal your summer style from!

How is it done? Much like Morocco, India enjoys intricate embroidery and jewellery. However, generally speaking, the colour palette is much richer in India — think deep reds and emerald greens. For formal events, choose a sophisticated maxi in a deep tone with extensive embroidery. For day time dressing, a simple tunic is a great choice, providing it features some sort of embroidery.

The paisley pattern has become synonymous with the country, so look for ways to incorporate this into your look. How about a bold midi or maxi skirt complemented by a plain-colour vest or blouse? Alternatively, look for a paisley print bag to finish your look, and don’t forget to add plenty of jewellery.

Take your wardrobe around the world this summer!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Holidays in Devon with Marsdens Devon Cottages

As a child we always holidayed in the UK, with our go to places being Devon and Dorset. We spent many a day on the gorgeous beaches and visiting the wonderful attractions there. When we got married, we actually went to Devon on our honeymoon, it had the most amazing time.

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Woolacombe in Devon is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK, having been voted UK’s best beach in 2012. It is also found in the top European beaches and regularly within the top 20 beaches in the world. Woolacombe is home to a 3 mile long, beautiful sandy beach, that gently slopes down the Atlantic ocean, so it’s very popular with surfers.

Set in North Devon coast line, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many areas are now owned by the National Turst meaning it will be looked after for generations to enjoy.

If you are looking for a somewhere beautiful to visit then Woolacombe is the place to go, with little shops and restaurants to visit. With lots of little villages near by to visit, and coastal walks. You will always have something to do.

My Aunty has been taking her Grandchildren to Woolacombe each year for a mini holiday, for the last 8 years. They love it. Although I have visited as a child, it’s somewhere I would love to go back to with my own children.

Marsdens, Woolacombe Cottages are gorgeous and they have so many available to choose from. I have picked out a few that I would love to stay in.

My top Marsdens Devon Cottages in Woolacombe

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This is the gorgeous Highfields, a fabulous open plan bungalow. It has recently been renovated to a high standard that gives that beachy feel from walking through the door. Highfields sleeps 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all bed linen and towels included. There is an enclosed garden and plenty of parking. With Fabulous see views and if you fancy a stay in the winter there is a log burning stove. Although no pets are allowed here it does make a lovely holiday home. Oh and there is wifi, a plus note for most people with families now.

Palms 1 is an awarding winning cottage, with it’s very contemporary interior and sea views. It’s just lovely. Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, bed linen and towels, open plan kitchen and living space. There is also private parking and a private garden. Palms 1 also allows you to bring a dog with you, the location is perfect for hours of dog walking.

Broadside is a lovely bungalow, which has garden of beauty, decked patio area for enjoying during the evening or for having you breakfast at. I could imagine spending hours just taking in the gorgeousness of this garden and wishing mine looked anything like it. Sleeping 4 people, it has everything you could want from a holiday get away in Woolacombe.

Number 53 is a detached bungalow, sleeping 6 people. It is a gold award winning cottage, with a fabulously large garden, sea views and a beautiful interior. Number 53 has 3 bedrooms, and not only does it have a wonderful garden there is also the decked balcony area that has plenty of seating for everyone to enjoy.

So what do you think to my picks? I would love to spend a week visiting Woolacombe and although it would be fabulous to visit during the Summer I think it would also be a great place to visit during the winter months. I am starting to think it might be the place for us to go for February half term.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are credited to Marsdens Devon Cottages. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*