Chasing Waterfalls

  • Black and white – simple, flattering and VERY easy to wear.
  • Waterfall jackets – simple, flattering and VERY easy to wear.
  • Hmmm, hang on, I’m starting to see a pattern here.

I’d been looking for a lightweight duster coat/longline jacket for a while and after a bit of shopping around I went for this great waterfall jacket from M&Co. Its a fantastic piece, well made, stylish and do easy to wear. Best of all its in the summer sale!
MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
For sizing I am wearing a size 10 but it is available in sizes 8-20.  With no fastenings its a free fit but is structured on the shoulders so go for your usual size.  It flows beautifully and has sleeves you can roll up to 3/4 length and large patch pockets.MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
For a simple, chic look I’ve styled it today with a striped breton tee, wet look leggings and black wedge sandals.  Its super flattering and looks as good with jeans or a dress…I really love it.
MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog    MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
Oh and I accessorised with a cute vintage necklace…
MandCo waterfall jacket & wet look leggings #ootd via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog
Currently in the sale for £24 reduced from £35, find it instore now and grab yourself a bargain!  Its a piece you’ll wear again and again and always feel great in!  I’m loving wearing mine and it will be great transitional piece too as we go into Autumn.

Waterfall jackets are the perfect shape for all body types.  My advice is get one in your wardrobe ASAP.

Jacket – M&Co
Necklace – vintage
T-shirt – Papaya at Matalan
Leggings – eBay
Sandals – New Look

M&Co. Blogger Style Challenge: Beach Break

M&Co. have just launched their new summer catalogue and I’m already starting to plan my summer wardrobe.  As you might remember I’m a big fan of M&Co. and blogged my top buys for spring 2015 here and now I’m ready to do the same for summer! I’ve already been through the new catalogue and created a wish list of summer buys for myself…

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…so when M&Co asked me to pick my favourite items from the new range and create a great fashion look for under £100 for either a beach or city break I was super excited. I do love a city break but with the sun shining and the heat rising, I’m dreaming of lazy beach days and hot summer nights. So here is my ultimate look for feeling stylish, cool and fashionable this summer during a beach break…

Petite floral print multi-way maxi dress – £29

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: I’m 5’2″ and adore wearing dresses so finding a dress in the right proportions is very important to me.  I love the flattering shape of this petite range dress, plus the removable multi-way straps makes it really versatile. Straps marks? Not for me this year!  The bold print is fun and summery but not too busy if you’re curvy like me.  A dress you will wear again and again.

M&Co petite maxi dress via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

buy it here

Trilby straw hat – £10

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: A sun hat is an essential for keeping cool in the midday sun (and avoiding sunstroke etc) and a trilby shape is fashionable with that edge of cool.  Styling wise a hat adds an edge to any outfit and this one could be worn with jeans and a t-shirt as much as it can a dress.

M&Co straw trilby hat via Always a Blue Sky Girl blogbuy it here

Set of four bangles – £8

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: Adding a small amount of jewellery can make all the difference when you are styling an outfit.  Bangles are great in summer, you can wear as many as you want and gold works perfectly with a tan.

M&Co bangles via Always a Blue Sky Girl blogbuy it here

Gold oversized sunglasses – £14

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: Oversized sunglasses just ooze glamour and the gold again accentuates a tan and look great with anything. Plus if you don’t want to wear make-up every day they can hide weary looking eyes from the night before!

M&Co oversized sunglasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

buy it here

Leopard Print Halterneck High Waist Bikini Set – £28

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer:  Firstly a beach holiday is not a beach holiday without some glamorous swimwear!  Many of us can feel a bit insecure in swimwear so a great fitting suit will make you feel your very best. This 1950’s inspired one is underwired giving great support with a retro halterneck tie fastening and the high waisted bikini briefs with side ruching are so flattering particularly if you are like me and like to cover your tummy. Glamorous, flattering and will contour my curves – I call that perfect!

M&Co leopard high waist bikini via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

buy it here

And this is everything together…what do you think?  I love a relaxed yet stylish summer look and I think this is a perfect beach holiday choice for me.  And to top it off, it all came in at just £89 leaving me enough money left over for some suncream too!  See you by the pool….

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What’s your beach holiday essentials?  Find the rest of the range at www.mandco.com or pop into a store near you.

Love is in the air…well on my chest at least!

A few weeks back I blogged about how I had fallen in love with quite a few items from M&Co.’s SS15 range (see blog here). I decided to treat myself to a couple of pieces and today I’m wearing a casual look with the ‘LOVE’ jumper I just had to have! 

When I saw this jumper I wanted it immediately. A grey marl knit with flecks of pink and a hot pink intarsia logo spelling “love xx” it is perfect for a easy casual outfit.  I’m wearing a size 10 here and I’d say its a normal/slightly generous fit.  M&Co.’s main range runs 10-20 so if you want a size 8 you need to go to the petite section.

 

 

I wore the jumper with dark indigo skinny jeans from New Look and heeled boots from Marks and Spencer.  I added a pink vest from Matalan underneath for an extra pop of colour and some co-ordinating lipstick.  I also added two necklaces from Claires Accessories for a pretty layered effect. 

I think I’m in love with my new jumper! It is lovely quality, with a dense yet soft knit and well worth the money. Look out for the other fabulous M&Co. item I bought in a future blog coming soon.

NEWSFLASH – This is now £14 in the sale… grab it before it sells out!

Jumper – M&Co. 

Vest – Matalan

Necklaces – Claires Accessories 

Jeans – New Look

Boots – Marks & Spencer

My M&Co S/S 15 top fashion picks

Do you shop at M&Co.?  I popped into my local store the other day and was so impressed with the new seasons stock that I saw.  Anyone who thinks this store is ‘not for them’ is missing out on some amazing fashion.  If you havent heard of M&Co. they used to be called Mackays many moons ago, sell womens, mens and kidswear, are online, have an in store catalogue and loyalty card and have over 300 stores in the UK. 



Priced at a mid market price level ( think Marks & Spencer ish), the clothes are all great quality, generously cut and, as I’ve discovered this season, totally on trend. The colour and print in store was amazing – zingy yellows with navy blue, fun orange with monochrome, stunning prints and great cute knitwear.  

There was a lot to love but let me show you the ten items I fell in love with on my visit…

1) Nauctical print tea dress – £39



2) Yellow ankle grazer trousers – £29



3) & 4) Tropical print pompom kimono – £32 & double layer orange vest top – £20



5) ‘Love’ jumper – £29 (currently £20.30)



6) Floral print clutch bag – £29



7) Navy and white striped blouse – £29



8) Yellow jacqurad coat – £59



9) Sling back pointed shoes – £28



10) Rainbow print blouse – £29



What do you think?  Some pretty amazing items right? Check out the full range online here or pop into a store – let me know what pieces you love.  I think all of these would be great additions for SS15 to any fashion lovers wardrobe. 

PS Being a loyalty card holder I was just sent this, so I’m pretty sure there’s going to be some of the above used in outfit posts very soon!!!