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Who doesn’t love a bit of bling? Even a delicate pair of studs can lift an outfit and make you feel a little teeny bit special. I personally never leave the house without my earrings, especially now my fingers are looking a little bare!

But for me, a piece of jewelery needs to have a story. Be it from the person who gave it to you or the designer who created it which leads me seamlessly into an introduction into JewelStreet,  home to over 500 independent jewellery designers each with an amazing story to tell which results in unique jewellery which is crafted with passion, patience and attention to detail. So while I have a few pieces of sentiment, I can now treat myself to something which fits the other bill.

A word of warning, if you’re even slightly indecisive, put aside a good hour or so before heading over to browse. I’ve got so much on my want and needs list now, and being able to really get to know the designers behind each piece makes that back story I crave so much easier and appealing. Unfortunately, it now appears I have more expensive tastes than I realised #goals.

So to tempt my wandering eye away from the stunning diamond rings and pendant necklaces (knowing there’s a few one off’s in those collections doesn’t help either!) I’m toning a down with a more practical look at British brand Anchor & Crew; the perfect nod towards a coastal living lady like yours truly.

They combine Great British naval heritage with contemporary styles with inspiration from anchors and nautical objects. Anchor & Crew are handmade, exclusive durable designs which not only look good, they’ll last!  Created using GB-Marine certified rope, natural leather and precious and semi-precious metals into jewellery suitable for both men and women. I’ve picked out a couple of pieces to show you exactly what they’re all about…

I love this contemporary and unisex jewellery from Jewel Street

Red Dash Admiral Silver and Rope Bracelet

The Red Dash Admiral silver and rope bracelet is a one size fits all and suitable for ladies or gents. As an everyday piece, looking great as a summer accessory, it’s perfect for anyone with a love of the sea or find memories of happy holidays on the coast.

………….Or maybe the more subtle Grey Dash Tyne Silver And Rope Bracelet is more your style.

 

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This is a bit of an odd one to write from a lady (dare I call myself that? Answers on a postcard please, enemies need not apply ) I’m waving the mum of 3 boys card here to say I qualify as someone who could have an opinion on what would look good on a man. So if you’re wondering how to step seamlessly into spring then read on as I share some ideas on looking casual yet cool.

Go Spring Green!

Layering is still vey much the key, Spring can catch you out quickly switching from warm sunny mornings to chilly late afternoons or vice versa. So shirts, crew necks and a light jacket work well. Green is going to be big this year, think muddy, countryside greens and only in one item, head to toe and you’ll be stepping out like Kermet. If you’re tailoring then subtle blues and browns compliment it well. For a really fresh spring look, like the Pegasus moss stitch crew neck sweater from Chums   will work perfectly.

 Checks are big this year

Checks are also on the 2017 fashion radar, the classic Prince of Wales check print on a knit wear is probably one of the easiest ways to wear it although the more braver can opt for a check trouser in subtle grey aired with a plain crew neck jumper. And if you’re wearing a polo shirt under, according to esquire.com collars who’ll always be worn in unless you’re going for a John Belushi look.

Play it safe with Neutrals

And finally, neutrals are still going to be the more subtle theme for this year and are the perfect spring  tone to bring you out of a dark themed winter wardrobe. Where are previous years they were used to compliment brighter tones, this year it’s all about neutrals in varying shades. Think lighter browns, beiges greys and creams.

So no big shockers there, spring fashion is all about loosing the darker colours, stepping out of your comfort zone and being brave!

what's going to be hot for spring in mens fashion this year

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Last week it was the toddler who graced these pages in the latest collection from River Island and now it’s the turn of Yours Truly. While my penchant for a funky little dude of a son edges me towards fun, fashionable and on trend, I’ve gone for something a little different for myself with a classy navy number which leaves just a little to the imagination but still follows the boob or legs rule of keeping on the right side of the fashion rules and some dream beige patent boots for my top picks from the current collection.


My top picks from the current collection at River Island this season is a classy navy wrap dress

I’ve got  growing collection of dresses for all occasions but nothing which is anything like the style of this little ditty.  The cross from neck line of this wrap dress isn’t too revealing and very flattering. But what really caught my eye when browsing was the thigh high split with an attached mid skirt. Plus the mid length sleeves makes it a little warmer than a strappy number. I’m a total wuss and feel the cold.

My top picks from the current collection at River Island this season is this classy navy wrap dress

Next on my wants and needs list were some day-to-night boots which wouldn’t leave me unsteady on my feet. I have a good supply of knee-high boots but nothing which would look good with skinny jeans or faux leather leggings on both a shopping trip into town or evening down the pub.

These nude patent, mirror heeled Chelsea boots tick all the boxes and liven up my go-to all black combination outfits. The pièce de résistance however is  I can stumble home at midnight without so much as a twisted ankle, Happy days!

My top picks from the current collection at River Island this season are these nude Chelsea boots & classy navy wrap dress

They’re surprisingly super comfy too, and as a busy mum of a toddler , I can still maintain a little dip in the style stakes while chasing the lively one around!

My top picks from the current collection at River Island this season are these nude Chelsea boots & classy navy wrap dress

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I’d never class myself as an opinated person, but there are occasions when I have to express a preference and one of these occasions is clothing for toddlers. Given the choice, my boy would be dressed head to toe in Paw Patrol & Fireman Sam apparel, I on the other hand am not a huge fan of character clothing. Sorry boy!
I much prefer to see a funky kitted out little chap, rocking the latest fashion and while mamas holding the purse strings, I’ve still got a little control. History has taught me it won’t be long until any opinion I have about fashion will be met with complete and utter ghast and grunts of “seriously, who lets their mum choose their clothes or on a good day, “it’s ok mum, I’ll go and choose them myself.” Hormone pending.

Kitting out the toddler in River Island, thus last collection of kids fashion is super trendy
Just take this outfit from River Island kids range for example. Seriously, how ruddy cute is it! If on trend comfy gear floats your boat then head over to their site sometime, you really won’t be disappointed. With my younger 2 boys being within their age range ( 0 -12 years ) I could be really mean and dress them in matching but the tween would probably disown me. In all honesty though,  I’ve been spoilt for choice trying to choose some toddler gear and the price works for me too, these boys do growth spurts with gumption!
Things I’m loving the most in the toddler range are little helpful extras like elastic waist adjusters to accommodate slim jim’s and the material being super soft. The sizes are pretty true to size and can withstand rough and tumble play.

While the boots have side zips so no fiddling round with laces and wriggly toddlers. Happy days! (Although my boy does insist on trying to undo them every time.)

I’ve now got one dapper looking dude to chaperone me on my daily errands!

Kitting out the toddler in River Island, this last collection of kids fashion is super trendy

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Hands up who loves to get glammed up for crimbo (Me!)  Think dress, high heels, fancy pants hair; you get the picture. If you can’t watch movies in a sassy dress at 3pm in the afternoon when can you? And this year my toddler very nearly chaperoned me to the dinner table in the most adorable tuxedo suit EVER if it wasn’t for a Batman hoodie which I hated and he adored. Somethings just aren’t worth arguing over though so I packed away this bad boy ready for a major family wedding coming up in June where I’m sure he will coax oodles of  “awwwwww’s” from the guests  as he carries the rings for the lucky couple.

(Best hide the Batman hoodie that day)


Luckily it’s be made with a little one’s delicate skin in mind as the super soft material meant that there was no resistance getting it on. (We did have a major one getting it off as he assured me it would be the perfect attire for walking the dog. so I guess you could say it’s been toddler approved.) And the extra little details like the embroidered button and silk lapels give it a real quality edge, this one being modelled by my own little suit clad son is from House of Fraser .

We’ve just got to find a few more occasions to go to as it really is the most cutest thing I’ve seen this year. But if  a black tux is not thing and you’re looking ahead to any occasions which require your toddler getting suited and booted then here’s a pick of some other great ones out there right now from Roco Clothing, Marks and Spencer and Debenhams.

Serious cuteness overload….I KNOW!

 

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