I ❤︎ Trainers - part one, inspiration

It’s a beautiful thing when fashion and function come together. Case in point - trainers. I bloody love them.

They’re probably the item of clothing I’ve bought the most since my son was born. You know, since long gone are the days of business meetings, fancy lunches and a quick pint after work. Now I look for something easy to slide in and out of at soft play, should I have to run into the ball pit at a seconds notice.

My trainer collection. Please tell me I'm not alone in my obsession?! I think this is fairly reasonable... 

In my twenties I was a heels girl, all the way. At work, the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet was full of them. Should I need a classic black stiletto at a moment’s notice? No problem. But now, well I can’t even remember the last time I wore a proper heel!

I do think trainers have a come a long way in the past few years. It’s now not only acceptable to wear them with a dress, it’s considered fashionable (and a look I totally adore and wear whenever possible).

I loved dressing down this Hush maxi with my favourite Air & Grace Copeland trainers. 

I think I’ve always been a trainers girl at heart, it’s just taken the shoe industry a while to produce shoes that are beautiful and functional. And now, I’m obsessed.

My current count is 13 pairs of 'fashion' trainers, three pairs of exercise trainers and a couple pairs that should be permanently retired but instead have been demoted to ‘garden shoes’ (note, I’ve probably been in our garden err, ten whole times in the three years that we’ve lived in our current house).

Add trainers and a denim jacket to any dress to make it more wearable for daytime. Statement necklace optional. 

Are you convinced? Or are you still clinging onto your ballet flats and UGGS? Let them go ladies! Stylist’s orders! I promise, you will not be disappointed. 

 

Here’s some style inspiration from a few of my favourite bloggers to get the inspirational outfit juices flowing…

Zoë de Pass from Dress Like a Mum is also a big fan of the Air & Grace Copelands - in fact she designed her own line for them (living the dream!)! She's a great person to follow for making quirky fashionable items more wearable - whether you're a mum or not.

Who knew a satin skirt would work so well with trainers and a jumper? @dresslikeamum

Zoë dress down a tea dress with a simple pair of white sneakers. 

 

Kat Farmer of Does My Bum Look 40 is a big advocate of trainers. I've lost count of how many pairs of Golden Goose Deluxe Brands she must own. Her signature style? Well-worn trainers with a maxi dress and biker jacket. It works so well! 

So simple yet so stylish @doesmybumlook40

A duster coat dresses up a simple t-shirt and trainers combination. Culottes lend the outfit a trendy edge but jeans would work just as well if you're not as brave! 

Maxi skirt, slogan tee, trainers and biker jacket are always a winning style formula

 

Fran Bacon of The Fashion Lift loves to dress down her best items with a pair of comfortable trainers. Follow her for great school run style! 

Not sure how to dress down your leather leggings? White trainers do the trick! @thefashion_lift

Print mixing done right! I love Fran's no nonsense easy to wear approach to fashion

Erica Davies of The Edited NEVER (well, hardly ever) wears jeans. She's a great one to follow if you want simple styles that do not include denim. She does a great job of pairing trainers with a culotte or wide legged trousers - so chic! 

Simple neutral colours a pair of Adidas give off a Parisian feel. @erica_davies

 How to dress up all black? Tonal pinks. I love these pale pink kicks

How to dress up all black? Tonal pinks. I love these pale pink kicks

What do you think? Do you love these looks as much as I do? Do you need some help choosing your next pair? I’ll be back next week with my five fave brands, so stay tuned. Be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss it!

2018 The Year of Me

It’s that time of year again – where blogs are awash with posts about resolutions or anti resolutions or whatever ways you/they plan on making 2018 the best year ever.

2018 the year of me. And palm print. I bloody love a palm print. 

Well my friends, I’m skeptical. I’ve done this post before. Not last year because I was busy looking after a newborn and all that, but I did the year before. This one is a whole week earlier than that one was – but who really cares? I’ve not written a blog post in nearly three months, did you notice? Did you miss it?

So why do it? I think every blogger has dissected that question at some point in their blogging career.

I do it for me. I’d like to blog more. I’m going to try to. But if I don’t, I’m not going to give myself a hard time or apologise for it anymore.

I want that attitude to cover anything that is not a do or die priority. And even then, we can only do so much. So let’s be kinder to ourselves in the meantime, k?

The last half a decade or so we’ve become so dependent on social media and viewing other peoples’ happiness and perfectly photographed and curated lives. We’ve coined terms like FOMO and YOLO and keeping up with the Joneses has never been so outwardly and incessantly shoved in our faces. Let’s just turn it off?

I’ll be the first to admit I get sucked into the rabbit-hole of online scrolling. Last night I decided I’d watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy then read for 15 minutes before going to bed. Then I started scrolling the ‘gram and before I knew it an hour had passed. So long Grey’s. I thought ok just another minute then I’ll go read in bed. Before I knew it, I’d wasted TWO HOURS total. Doing what? God knows!

So my one and only goal for this year is to take back MY TIME. I enjoy reading. I enjoy exercising. I enjoy writing. But I often don’t because I don’t ‘have enough time’… yet I can tell you all about the wallpaper that Fran Bacon has in her down stairs loo and which maxi dress is top of Kat Farmer’s wish list. I love you ladies, but it must stop. It doesn’t make me happy. It doesn’t do anything for me at all.

So this year is the year of ME. That age-old saying of putting on your own oxygen mask first before helping others has never been truer. We need to take better care of ourselves. We must be selfish. I’m sure I’ll still waste some time doing the Insta scroll but I’m going to be more mindful of letting it waste my time or affect me and my mindset.

Mindful. Selfish. Unapologetic. Kind to self. That’s what I’m making this year all about. No, I don’t want 2018 to be the best year EVER. I want to learn from my past, look forward to what the future and perhaps it will be the best year yet.

Say no to UGGs

Hello Autumn! This is one season I always welcome with open arms. I love everything about it – the crisp cool weather, pumpkin spice lattes, the changing of the leaves. And let’s not forget fall fashion. I dream of cashmere jumpers, big wooly scarves and fur-lined boots.

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It brings me such joy when the temperatures drop and it’s time to break out the boots. But please, whatever you do, do not reach for the UGGs. It seems everyone owns them despite knowing they shouldn’t.

I’m not hating on the brand as a whole, just the classic style that takes your legs from fab to stunted tree stumps in mere seconds. It doesn’t matter if they are just for the school run or around the house. If a shoe can make Kate Moss look dumpy, what hope is there for the rest of us?

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You can be comfortable without having to commit one of fashion’s biggest faux pas. Here are my top picks for keeping comfortable without sacrificing your style.

These Seven Boot Lane Kylie boots are my top pick. I actually bought these and it broke my heart to return them, but they made my feet look really big. Note: my feet ARE really big, I wear a UK size 8. So I’d say these are perfect for those a size 6 and under, sadly. Plus Seven Boot Lane have very kindly given me a special discount offer to share – enter LOLO15 at checkout and you’ll get 15% off (you can use it on ANY new season style until 29/10/17)!

 Kylie boots, £160.  Shop Seven Boot Lane  - don't forget discount LOLO15 to save 15% 

Kylie boots, £160. Shop Seven Boot Lane - don't forget discount LOLO15 to save 15% 

If you’re a converse girl, then these Chuck Taylor high tops are perfect. They are classically cool and will never go out of style. They come in grey too!

 Converse Chuck Taylor high tops, ASOS, £70

Converse Chuck Taylor high tops, ASOS, £70

These are the only actual UGGs on my list. They have all the cosiness with none of the ugliness! Super cute and versatile – they are on my wish list after having to return the Kylies.

For a more traditional boot style these Boden beauties tick all the boxes. They come in three different colours but my fave is the grey with a contrasting yellow zip pull. The sheepskin lining looks oh so soft!

The bargain beauties are from Tesco and a mere £28! They come in brown and black and are water resistant.

If you’re usually just housebound in your UGGs, these slippers are a great alternative. They actually looking very similar to the branded version but are much more affordable! I’m actually on my own second pair after I wore out the first – they are sooo comfy!

What do you think, will you swap your UGGs for something more stylish this season? Or can you not live without them? 

Don't forget you can save 15% off ANY pair of shoes or boots at Seven Boot Lane by clicking the link and entering LOLO15 at check out until 29/10/17. I'm tempted to order another pair myself! 

RED-y for Autumn

If you’ve been over to my Instagram lately, you’ll have noticed I have a penchant for red. Heck if you’ve been on any style blog, Instamum page or opened a fashion magazine in the past couple of months you’ll probably already know that red is THE colour to be seen in this season.

I’ve got a slight theory why red is so big this season and it’s similar to the ‘Lipstick Effect’. Basically put, when times are tough, we search for small ways to brighten them up. Roll in shades of fire engine red, juicy orange and even vibrant mustard.

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It’s a defense mechanism to keep things rosy whilst we pray that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un call a truce, house prices stop rising and flexible working finally becomes the norm.  Because while we can’t change the world overnight, we certainly can change our attitude and outlook. And it’s a proven fact (according to Vogue!) that wearing bright colours can brighten your mood.

@thefashionlift

Here are three of the boldest and the brightest jumpers on the high street. Red because we all know Mondays can be hard work; jumpers because well it’s Monday and we all still want to be cosied up in our duvets. These are the next best thing.

Marks & Spencer, £35. I own this one - and I love it! 

& Other Stories, £35. I own this one too (noticing a trend?!) - it's the one I'm wearing in the image at the post of this post. 

& Other Stories, £79. I don't own this one, but I want to. The price puts me off slightly when I have the M&S one which is similar but it is lovely if you're looking for a classic! 

If those don't take your fancy fear not, I've compiled a Pinterest board of many more luscious red jumpers. You'll be sure to find your perfect match. 

 

Lolo’s tips for adding edge to your red jumper:

1) Pair with patterns – my favourite is leopard print!

@thefrugality

2) Go tonal and wear with shades of burgundy. Perfect for those with warm skin tones.

3) Add a statement earring for an instant updater.

4) Red looks great with this season’s heritage tweeds and checks.

 @theyallhateus

@theyallhateus

5) And finally, there IS a shade of red to suit everyone, I promise! If you’re a cool skin tone, go for a blue red; warm skin tones should go for orangey reds.

Back to Blogging. Hello September!

I’m writing this sat in my car outside of little L’s nursery. It’s his last settling in session before he starts one day a week. I’ve been okay up until now. Heck I’ve even excited for him to start this new chapter and for me to gain a solid day when I can begin taking on clients and putting my business brain on again.

But now… I’m a bit emotional. This is normal right? When I look back at these past 10 months I can’t believe how far we’ve come. There have been ups and downs, laughter and tears, sick and smiles, but overall, I’m kind of loving this motherhood gig.

 Bag packed and ready for nursery!

Bag packed and ready for nursery!

That being said, it’s only been for the past er, couple of months that I’m finally starting to feel a little bit myself again. Little L is going to bed much easier in the evenings which means this mama can have a night off – and catch up with friends over dinner and drinks like the old days. Except of course that I’m ready for bed by 10pm. Baby steps okay?

 Out for a sunny stroll... the sunshine didn't last (it is England!)

Out for a sunny stroll... the sunshine didn't last (it is England!)

But the dawn of this new chapter is a bit emotional. I’ve always loved September and this one is no exception. Its fresh start, which is probably engrained in our brains from school days. It feels exciting and fresh. Which is kind of weird because autumn is all dead leaves and darker days. But I don’t care, I love it.

I’ve already had my first (but by no means last) pumpkin spice latte of the season. Thanksgiving is just around (my) corner. And funnily enough, Little L’s 10 month birthday yesterday also meant its just 100 days until Christmas! So it's now 99 and counting (even if I'm the only one counting)... 

 Summer loving... see ya later! Bring on autumn!

Summer loving... see ya later! Bring on autumn!