Sweet Dress Tough Accessories.

I love this little Topshop dress. But, with it’s lace trim and cutesy Peter Pan collar, it’s almost too twee for my liking. So the studded McQ sandals and geometric pattern of this fab Victoria Beckham clutch add a bit of toughness. I’ve also worn this dress with heeled pumps for work but I like it best off-duty. Tough accessorising works well with most girly frocks – as it gets colder you can do this by adding a leather jacket and boots (ankle boots for this dress).  Not sure what boot length to go for? Look out for “boots guide” coming soon!


Addie x

Dress: Topshop; Sandals: Alexander McQueen; Bag: Victoria Beckham; Sunglasses: Celine 

Get Shorty!

With my boyish frame – narrow hips, strong legs –  I have to be super careful when it comes to denim cut-offs. A poor choice and I risk looking like one of the Village People or a 1970’s rent boy (Lol). So for hols, I always default to soft-tailored shorts. They soften the legs, can be dressed up or down and have the added bonus of being light and easy to pack – a win win! They are also timeless –  find a good pair and you will wear them forever (legs willing of course!). I’ve had this pair for years and I nearly always pair it with this shirt. Here we are off to breakfast, sans make-up (don’t look too closely!) before hitting the beach. Was it really only a week ago? Sigh.


Shorts: Primark| Shirt: Topshop | Sandals: Havaianas |Sunglasses: Celine | Watch: Tank Solo 




Too hot for jeans? Make like a silk pyjama!

I love jeans but trying to peel off a pair of skinny jeans on a hot day is not one of life’s most pleasant experiences. So, if you are like me and can only take super-girly frocks in small doses and don’t fancy an entire Summer in denim cut-offs, say hello to your new wardrobe BFF: Summer trousers.

They come in a variety of fabrics (I have both silk and polyester numbers) and styles (pyjama, palazzo, track, harem). I tend to go for a relaxed “boyfriend” cut as they suit my body shape best. They are also extremely versatile and can be casually chic with trainers and flats or oomphed-up with heels. I like to pair mine with a shirt however vests, T-shirts and blouses work just as well. Tip: Keep the chic factor high by pairing your Summer trousers with a top in a similar fabric (silk or polyester) although not necessarily in the same colour or pattern.

This black silk number is from All Saints but most brands (high-end and high street) have a version.  For my other summer wardrobe “essential” – oversized shirts – see my previous post Get Your (Oversized) Cotton Shirt On.

Bring on the Summer!

Addie x

I’m wearing:

Silk trousers (All Saints)| Shirt (Primark)| Trainers (Isabel Marant)| Clutch (Alexander McQueen)| Sunglasses (&other stories)

First outings: Large Kenzo X H&M Shopper. (An instant classic but not for all seasons)

My Kenzo x H&M shopper FINALLY got its first outing last weekend. I’ve had it for seven months (the collection landed last November!) but this just isn’t a Winter bag – the colour and style are not for soggy conditions. Happily, Saturday was gloriously sunny. And with a bulky gift to carry to a 6 year old’s birthday party, it seemed the ideal opportunity to give it a spin.

Verdict? It did well. Obviously, the colour meant I had to be careful where I put it down. But, I’m usually – and possibly irritatingly(!) –  precious about my bags anyway 🙂 so this wasn’t a problem. It’s large enough to take quite a lot – it managed the gift plus the usual baggage that comes along with a 6 year old – without feeling too bulky. Meaning it fits comfortably under the arm as well. My only quibble is with the straps which are a little “shallow” (not sewn deep enough into the body of the bag) for its size. So, if you’ve got one, be careful not to over load it with heavy items as I’m not convinced those straps can take it. And avoid extremely wet days obvs! Otherwise, another H&M collaboration gem. See Hello my name is Addie and I’m a brand collaboration addict for my other very happy H&M collaboration purchases. And if you would like a piece of the action from the next one, stay tuned to yours truly as I will be tracking events very closely……. 🙂

Addie x