I love Matalan. I really genuinely do, I think you're pretty much guaranteed to find something that you love that also happens to be a complete bargain whenever you go in there. I'm also now somewhat addicted to the homeware section, although I am trying to keep that under control until we find a new flat! Clothes don't take up nearly as much space though (right?) so my self imposed ban does not apply to anything I can shove in my wardrobe.
For any of you lucky ladies jetting off to the sunshine anytime soon, the Matalan Holiday Shop is the perfect one stop shop for anything you might need. A bikini? There's a shape and print to suit everyone, a pair of sunglasses? Nailed it. The perfect beach to bar cover up? Look no further.
Unfortunately for me, what with the pending uproot myself and move all the way to the other side of the country thing that is going on, I don't have any holidays planned. Well, I mean we might go on a few Scotland road trips, but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed for balmy Mediterranean weather on that front. Luckily pretty much all the Holiday Shop items (except maybe the bikinis) are totally wearable when you've touched back down in the UK as well, in fact, well, I'm not really planning on taking this beaut printed jumpsuit off.
There isn't much better, in my opinion, than a lovely sunny Sunday where you have nothing specific planned - just a nice book to read, some cider to drink and a garden to sit in. This last Sunday was a real scorcher - I was woken up early by the sunshine streaming in through my windows and it didn't abate all day. The perfect day really to give my Yumi 30 Days of Summer outfit its first outing.
If you haven't heard of Yumi, I'd highly suggest you stepping away from this blog post for a moment and going to check out the website. They've been one of my faves since my uni days - chockablock with pretty dresses and unique prints. So when they asked me to take part in their 30 Days of Summer showcase, really the only hard decision was picking an outfit.
This sleeveless polka dot chambray skater dress is the ultimate summer day dress - the cut and the contrasting belt combine to provide an über flattering fit, and the material is lovely and lightweight - perfect for a hot summer's day! The lace detail kimono was a practical choice, although to look at it I'm sure you'd assume I picked it purely for how beautiful it is (insert heart eyes emoji here). Often on a sunny day if I'm sat outside I'll want to throw something on to protect my shoulders, but if the temperature is a bit on the sweltering side you don't want anything heavy - this kimono is the perfect solution! I adore the combination of the dress and the kimono together and the classic colour way of blue and white really only requires one accessory - a bold red lip.
Which dress would be your summer dress of choice? Would you opt for the little dotty number like me, or would you go for a bolder print?
This weekend there was a nice little heatwave down south - sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds as far as the eye could see. People all down the street were setting up their barbecues, hauling out paddling pools and laying down picnic blankets to take full advantage (we are British after all.) It was lovely.
I had plans to spend the Saturday lazing around in the sun, reading magazines, drinking cider and playing games. I also needed to take some outfit photos - I'm sure you full time jobbers know that sometimes you just can't be sure when your next little slot will be available. But, there was a little moment when I debated getting changed and wearing something else to take photos in. I'd thrown on some denim shorts, sandals and a cute new top I'd bought that week and really liked the outfit, but I still hesitated. I don't know about you, but sometimes I get a bit caught up in that whole 'blogger envy' thing that everyone mentions in hushed tones. Not in the way you might think, I'm always chuffed when girls I know are genuinely lovely do amazingly well for themselves - but more in the way you do when you're a teenager at an all girls school. She's got longer legs than me, she's got bigger boobs than me, she's not got cellulite, her hair's so much nicer than mine. It's exhausting! So for that little moment on Saturday morning, I considered changing my whole outfit rather than put one up on the blog where I might feel self conscious about how my thighs look. What madness, right?
In the end though, I decided that there wasn't much point of an outfit of the day post where I wasn't actually wearing my outfit of the day. And what do you know, I loved almost all of the pictures (and that rarely happens - usually I discard ten before I find even one I like, which drives Sean totally mad.) When you actually think about it, how amazing is it that it's possible for there to be such diversity in blogging - we can all find someone we can relate to rocking the current trends, which is something you absolutely wouldn't find flicking through the average fashion or beauty mag you've picked up off the shelves in WHSmith. That's pretty fricking fantastic y'all.