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Time for one of my absolute favourite pre sales – all the online stores are getting crazy with all th sales pre sales pre pre sales! it is becoming a joke..i had access to it last week, but i think most people get access from today if you have an account, it applies automatically at check out apparently..the link below should work if you have previously shopped at matches, but sorry i dont think it works if you haven’t.

 

click here for MATCHES SALE LINK

 

I am going to keep this short as no one wants to read – they want to shop!! Matches is obviously a designer site, so it isn’t cheap, but sales are the perfect time to get that investment piece be it a shoe, earrings or time of clothing

 

Earrings – you all know i love a statement earrings, i know big earrings have been a thing for the last few years, but i have been wearing them since my early 20s – i love them regardless of trends so therefore think the great thing about getting them on sale is they don’t really really date so its a great time to grab a bargin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourites in the shoes – there are some amazing shoes this season, I LOVE all the pastels, so so pretty..i have also included some more basic wardrobe staples like a black pointy flat, and Givenchy boots that NEVER go on sale..(i think i may have to get these!) and some Miu Miu shoes that i had last summer that they made again this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourites in the Clothing – so many lovely things- i always invest in timeless dressses, Brands like Vilshenko, Vita Kin and sometimes if i am IN LOVE an Etro, but they are crazy expensive so i have to love them beyond!! So far there isn’t so much on sale from the clothing that i have to have, i think more will be available in the main sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you follow my instagram you will know I am literally waiting for Spring (its practically all I talk about)…but for every little glimpse on sun we get, it seems to be swiftly followed by rain or worse SNOW!! Now I loved it when it snowed the first time (for the first day) but then to be honest I was over it, and now i am simply bored of the cold and am basically waiting for it to feel like Spring / Summer. I really want to be wandering around in flats and boho style loose dresses, feeling more like an “earth mother’ rather than a mother in so many layers I struggle to get my arms around my baby.

 

Now hands up I admit, I do have the tendancy to get overexcited and switch straight from winter clothes to a summer dress (normally far too early! I am one of those people in my sandals when some people are still wearing thick black tights and boots) so with all this crazy weather I wanted to buy a few new “transitional’ pieces. I wanted something that could work for our somewhat variable “spring”.  On my internet search I stumbled on the “Hannah” dress from Reiss, now I have seen “Hannah” dresses before BUT I have never seen one I actually like before, whereas this one was very “me” – I loved the colours, plus it would be perfect on colder days with tights and boots, or with bare legs and sandals in summer – the perfect transitional dress – a total winner right?

 

 THE “HANNAH” DRESS

 

Reiss had some really super pieces on their site so I went in store to take a closer look. There were so many gorgous things, but I REALLY REALLY fell in love with the Cherry skirt, I was instantly drawn to the colour as it is that fabulous neutral shade that works with everything and with every skin tone, and it was just so pretty, with its beautiful delicate knife pleats that fan out at the bottom giving a beautiful silhouette. I am a huge fan of midi skirts, i think its such a great length no matter what your height as it can skim high or low on your calf and still look good. I also loved the hint of metallic with the silver waist band, and honestly it was so beautifully made it looked like a crazy expensive designer piece at a fraction of the price,  PLUS I knew it was going to be super versatile, it could be dressed up or down and you could team it with a knit on those chilly evenings.

I often get asked ideas on how to style a skirt – and I know over the past few months I showed you a few wintery styling options with tights and jumpers, but this is such A PERFECT skirt that I thought I would show you 5 ways I would style it for a more summery spring look.

 

STYLED 5 WAYS

 

Firstly I teamed it with a lovely Reiss grey Maya crew neck jumper, for a more casual look – by the way I have to say I also LOVE this jumper, its super super soft and such a lovely fit, I often find it hard to find great fitting light weight basic jumpers but this ticks all the boxes. I love the skirt styled this way, personally I prefer they jumper tucked in and paired with my pink velvet Rochas flats, but you could even dress this look up with heels and wear it on an evening out.

 

 

 

Next I teamed it with Reiss’s Remy silk front vest, for more of an evening look with heels and my Chanel Perspex bag. The Remy vest is also such a fabulous staple, I love a good basic t-shirt as much as the next person, but its great to have an alternative, and this is just so chic and the colour is divine – I also will be wearing it under a blazer or a chanel jacket dressed down with jeans.

 

 

 

 

I easily converted this to my third look  which is more of a “day” look with the same Remy Vest, just by switching the heels to my Valentino Flats and wearing in with an old chunky  cardigan and the bucket bag.

 

 

 

For the 4th look i went with a logo t-shirt, to give it that young modern fresh look, although it would also look gorgeous with a plain t-shirt. I teamed it with heels but equally i think it could look cool with some trainers.

 

  

 

For my last look i dressed it up with my fail safe statement knit and belt, this would be perfect for a glam cool evening out, suitable for right now with this transitional weather. I really love this look, and think i will be wearing it this way for a friends birthday next week.

 

 

 

As you can see I TOTALLY LOVE the Reiss cherry skirt and will be wearing it a lot this spring and summer. Hope you enjoyed this post and it has given you a little inspo for skirt looks this summer. SHOP THE POST BELOW

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS – VICTORIA ADAMSON  – www.victoriaadamson.com

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Now that I am more than well into my thirties; practically all my friends have babies or young children. However although I always remember a lovely card, I am not always the the greatest at getting birthday gifts – SO I always like to go that extra mile at Christmas and get the most perfect gifts possible. Believe it or not I genuinely start thinking about Christmas presents in January!
I have to be honest though, I have always felt that finding the right gift isn’t necessarily easy – you know that your friends don’t want any more plastic rubbish, they want a quality item not something that they already have surplus of, so I like to find a unique gift, something that will be treasured, something that is needed, of a beautiful quality-  essentially something that the parents and the children will love to receive. I have always thought that personalisation is the way to go with this, I mean who doesn’t love a unique personalised gift, an heirloom pieces a keepsake to treasure?

 

I recently discovered ‘My First Years’ an online store selling the most fabulous selection of personalised products for babies and children – totally perfect for not only my Christmas gifts, but birthdays, christenings and new baby gifts – basically every occasion. The range is huge and covers everything from toy storage and clothing, to accessories and toys and each product can be personalised for no extra charge often in a variety of colours and styles, whats more they offer same day dispatch on personalised items (no waiting for weeks on end). If that isn’t enough it arrives in the most beautiful turquoise packaging and boxes (at no extra charge i might add!) – totally perfect right?!

 

 

I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous personalised small rocking horse for Winter (its divine) and some beautiful embroidered hooded towels with the girls names on. Everything arrived in sublime signature packaging and the rocking horse was super easy to put together which is always a bonus (as much as I love a flat pack they can often be a pain as I am sure you are aware!)

 

Soleil was delighted to have a personalised hooded towel and couldn’t wait to twin with Winter, who has been obsessed with the rocking horse since it arrived and constantly wants me to put her in it! It really makes her giggle she really has so much fun with it.

 

 

 

I am already shortlisting ideas for Christmas – I LOVE the personalised toy chest, especially in the grey (such a neutral colour for your living room) although I also love the pink and the white versions, and know from personal experience EVERY parent never has enough storage for toys! I also LOVE the huge storage bags, and it even comes in one of my all time favourite patterns – pink ditsy .

 

 

Next on my list are the gorgous wooden little chairs, so traditional (which is very me) and they come in a rocking or a non rocking version in a variety of colours and again personalised with the little persons name.

 

 

For bigger children I am loving the personalised umbrellas – which come in a variety of colours and are super cute and totally practical…..Soleil had a look on the site and is coveting one of the backpacks.

 

 

I could go on and on with suggestions and if unlike me (ha ha) – you are far better at remembering to get birthday gifts – this is a one stop shop for that all year around PERFECT gifts for children and babies, whatever the occasion. Who knows, now i have found My first years, maybe now i will be gifting on every occasion possible!!

 

I have put together a shortlist of my favourites in 2 price categories below – or you can shop the whole site HERE.

UNDER £40

 

 

OVER £40

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