Trusted Timberlands

By Sarah Hugill 

For once I went for the sensible option for shoes…. shocker I know!

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With a trip to New York on the horizon (which I have to add reached -14 degrees when we were out there) I thought a boot for all weathers would be ideal. As much as I love my UGG boots, as many of you will know snow is not their friend!

I would advise that you wear Timberlands in though if your planning on doing a lot of walking in them, as I found they did rub slightly where the boot finished on my leg. But overall I’m really happy with my purchase. I even managed to fit a pair of fluffy socks under them and didn’t have to dart out of snowfall for fear of it staining the suede!

The traditional choice of Timberlands was definitely the right one for me! Have you got a pair, or have you considered buying some? Let us know @thesarahsblog

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Love a bit of floral

By Sarah Hugill

For a night out in Essex, I sucked it up and wore a pair of heels, I may have cheated slightly by wearing wedges but it was still a proud moment! 

I wore a silky navy cami from Top Shop with a midi-skirt from Miss Selfridge. The navy and pink floral pattern made a change from my usual colour scheme, adding a summery touch. 

Midi-skirts can sometimes be restricting and although I would not attempt to do the splits in this particular one, I still had enough movement to feel as though my legs weren’t tied together! 

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What have you worn on your latest night out? Let us know @thesarahsblog

Dance into the night

By Sarah Hugill

For a night on the town with the girlies if I want to last the night its simple flats are a must!

For all you girls who can wear sky high heels and still be on the dance floor at 4 in the morning the respect I have for you is unreal! Unfortunately at 20 I still have not gained that ability!

My high top white converse meant that I didn’t moan once about my feet killing and the others wore flats too, so we were a pretty happy bunch on our feet till the early hours!

I also wore a black and white checkered bodysuit from Miss Guided. I’m a huge fan of this design of top as although when you get changed you look like your wearing a baby-grow, you don’t have to constantly tuck in your top every 10 minutes or so as it gradually crawls out from your skirt or shorts! 

I then wore a skort, the skirt and short combo is great as you don’t have to worry about your skirt rising up, revealing anything that should definitely not be on show, but you still have the girly feel of wearing what looks like a skirt from the front. This purchase was also from Miss Guided, but be warned the skort in this design comes up pretty big, luckily my Mum is great with the needle and thread so she managed to take it in for me, but if I was you i’d order a size down from what you usually wear, much less hassle!

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What do you think of skorts? Let us know @thesarahsblog 

Rain rain go away…

By Sarah Hugill

 

Apologies all you lovely bloggers as I seem to have fallen off the face of the earth!

What with exams and then working full time i’ve been pretty rubbish at updating our blog, so it’s about time I get cracking!

I don’t know about you guys but I couldn’t wait for bank holiday weekend! No surprises it rained cats and dogs, typical English weather, so I decided to crack out my recent New Look purchases to brighten up my mood!

I worse a kimono (which I am slightly obsessed with at the moment, so many prints and colours to choose from!) this one caught my eye with the floral and bird print in a silvery shade so that you can wear it with pretty much any colour from New Look. I then wore a white vest top with detailing along the bottom also from New Look, a mint green, cream and white clutch back… you guessed it from New Look with a pair of leggings (as they’re quick drying) incase I got caught in a down pour.

I teamed the outfit with a spot of red lippy, dressing up the outfit for the occasion of a bank holiday meal out! 

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Have you joined the kimono trend? Have you had a shopping frenzy in New Look recently? Let us know @thesarahsblog

 

 

I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything’s right

By Sarah Redman

Yes I chose my title inspiration from Paolo Nutini – if by any chance you don’t know him then have a Google or hit up YouTube or iTunes. At the moment I’m obsessed with his new album, Caustic Love.

The title also has some inference on the point of this post. It doesn’t take a genius: New shoes.

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Nude pumps & Cuticle tattoos

These are just your bog standard Ballet Pumps from H&M, retailing at £7.99, these beauties come in pretty much every colour. A put on an go kind of shoe, these are made of faux suede so are soft and sweet. Not fantastic for a day of serious walking but they look cute, a versatile and cheep. Sold.

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Harley & Freddie playing tug of war in Knole Par, Sevenoaks

Unfortunately these have now been slightly chewed at the back by puppy who is now one year old – and yes still running off with my shoes. Sob!

Are you a fan of a simple pump? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

TSSB Edit: Top 15 ASOS Swimsuits

By Sarah Redman & Georgia Thomas

This is TSSB’s first colab post so we hope you like it…

When summertime comes around most 20-somethings we know reach for the bikini – it’s simple, cheap, easy and you can even mix and match. So we thought we would step outside the box and dedicate a post to the cosy. No longer the black or blue sensible suit you used to wear when you learnt to swim; ASOS‘s collection offers something for everyone – different sizes, shapes and styles.

We have put together a collection of our favourite fifteen swimsuits on ASOS.com – trust us it took a while to narrow it down!

These are in no particular order – although we may have commented on those that are our personal favourites

1) American Apparel Tricot Maillot One Piece Swimsuit (RRP £31.00 – Sale price £22.00)

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First up is this American Apparel number – its simple and elegant, yet still has that ‘something a little different’ element thanks to the metallic colour and the plunging v.

2) ASOS Cross Front Wrap Halter Swimsuit (RRP £28.00)

ASOS cross front wrap £28.00

This one basically just looks like a bikini – but not split – just an intriguing wrap around in a fantastic pool side turquoise.

3) ASOS Deep Plunge Ruffle Swimsuit (RRP £35.00 – Sale price £25.00)

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A personal favourite of Sarah (R)

The coral colour compliments a tan and this cosy covers you up whilst the plunging v is eye catching and the ruffles are not just fabulous but could hid a multitude of sins.

4) ASOS Kaleidoscope Floral Lattice Cut Out Triangle Swimsuit (RRP £30.00)

ASOS Kaleidoscope £30

Weird tan line warning!

So much love for the pattern on this one and to be honest for the cut out too. It’s so quirky yet still girly and cute – although we think it might be struggle to put on if you’re not concentrating!

5) ASOS Leaf Print Cut Out Bandeau Swimsuit (RRP £32.00)

ASOS Leaf print cut out £32

A personal favourite of Georgia (T)

We are loving a strong print this summer and this tropical leaf print is on point. Combined with the ever popular cut out this is simple suit with a beach feel.

6) ASOS Monochrome Feather Print Swimsuit (RRP £32.00 – Sale price £22.00)

ASOS Monochrome Feather £32

A simpler style with a bolder cut out, this monochrome feather print cosy remains classic and stylish in an unobtrusive way.

7) ASOS Sunflower Cut Out Cupped Swimsuit (RRP £35.00 – Sale price £21.00)

ASOS Sunflower cut out £35

Another cut out – clearly the only way to go with your cosy. This one has a colourful floral print and can be worn with or without straps.

8) Bikini Lab Fringe Ferdinand Monokini Swimsuit (RRP £52.00)

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A personal favourite from both of us

It’s safe to say we love the fringing on this particular cosy. The relaxed bohemian style is fun yet elegant and would also look great with shorts not just round the pool.

9) Juicy Couture Wildcat Print Zip Front Swimsuit (RRP £105.00)

Juicy couture aniamal £105

One for the animal lovers out there – this partially printed suit has a classic shape but still has lots of character.

10) Lolli Cake Walk Cut Out Bow One Piece Swimsuit (RRP £115.00)

Lolli Cake black bow £115

A personal favourite of Georgia (T) & Weird tan line warning!

Yeah it’s going to look weird when you take this off and just have a patch of tan on your stomach – but it’s super cute on and really who’s going to see?! It may be pain old black which seems to be steered away from when choosing a one piece but the bow leaves this cosy with a youthful feel.

11) New Look Twist Detail Swimsuit (RRP £19.99)

New Look black simple £19.99

Simple, elegant and classic. You can’t really go wrong with this one – its classic shape is also supportive and adjustable thanks to the halter-neck.

12) Oasis Digital Rose Print Swimsuit (RRP £45.00)

Oasis floral £45

A personal favourite of Sarah (R)

We think this is an awesome floral print on this structured Oasis suit. This classic style still manages to look modern and fresh with this pattern. A great cover up for someone with a classic style.

13) Panache D-G Chloe Pippa Bandeau Swimsuit (RRP £46.00 – Sale price £19.50)

Panache cute bandau £19.50

This suit is classic and demure, the cute pattern keeps the design playful whilst the coral band around the bandeau neck line gives this cosy a grown up feel.

14) Tommy Hilfiger Palm Springs Scuba Swimsuit (RRP £85.00 – Sale price £42.00)

Tommy Hilfiger scuba £85

Now this one is a little different, the look is more of an adjusted scuba suit but there is something for everyone on ASOS. The bright summer colours are eye catching and fun – and the chances someone else has the same suit as you?

15) We Are Handsome The Pantera Scoop One Piece Swimsuit (RRP £213.00 – Sale price £137.00)

We Are Handsome big cat £213

A personal favourite of Georgia (T)

Finally the boldest one on the list. This suit is quirky and completely different, plus everyone loves a big cat with beaut eyes!

What did you think of our edit? See anything you like? Let us know and leave a comment, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

(All photos were taken from ASOS.com and all links back to the products are with the photos)

Lily flames

By Sarah Redman

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This lovely addition to my candle collection comes from Somerset company Lily-Flame. I received their Fairy Dust (invisible and true) candle for Christmas from my lovely friend Georgia Thomas. After sampling their most popular candle I can see the attraction and have been hooked ever since.

This Verbena (A summer in Provence) hooked me not only by the name, as this is my summer destination of choice, but also by the amazing fresh and summery scent. This one definitely brightens up any room.

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Lily-Flame has a range of products with both full size and mini scented tins, scented glassware, room mist sprays and reed diffusers. I absolutely love the quirky look of these candles and how the coloured wax melts into the rest of the candle releasing even more of the luscious scents.

Lily-Flame was established in 1994 and they make all their products by hand in the heart of the Somerset countryside. This has lead them to become one of the UK’s favourite scented candle manufacturers.

My next purchase is hopefully going to be a more fruity affair: Mango Fandango (hot, hot, hot!) This is ‘the worlds tangiest, most mango-ey candle’ – I popped into a local supplier in Sevenoaks today (The Lemon Tree) to check the scent lived up to the name. So I think I’ll just add this 35 hour burning candle to my wish list now.

I also have another on the wish list: Parma Violets (The sweetest feeling). Yes, exactly like the sweets – I became a big kid in a sweet shop when I smelt this one. Definitely another must have.

To complete my small but growing collection: Taste of Provence (Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary and Sage). Described as “culinary perfection” I found this one on their website and have yet to try it out but this one sounds right up my street – again with the Provence.

What do you think of my candle addiction? Or have you tried Lily-Flame before? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Summer colours

By Sarah Redman

This lovely little post contains a few outfits for my friend Georgia’s (of Life’s little Ponderings) 20th birthday!

I am loving this sunny weather and so are my girls. So for G’s birthday BBQ and night out we all chose summer brights for our outfits – sorry there are no full length photos (we may have been more focused on the Pimms than the photos).

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From L to R: Sarah Redman, Alicia Berman (AB), Georgia Plummer (GP)

I wore my new patterned crop top from New Look (Blue Tribal Print Crop Vest £5.99), AB wore a simple red cami from Miss Selfridge, while birthday girl GP wore a yellow tee from ASOS (Petite top in texture £22.00) and stunning a statement necklace from Zara (retailing between £19.99 & £29.99).

My outfit was completed with a nude body con skirt from H&M and wooden chunky heals from Clarks. AB wore a white skort also from Miss Selfridge (Origami skort £30.00) and her shoes were nude heals from Russell and Bromley. GP competed her look with a floral patterned skort from ASOS (Premium skort in bright floral £35.00) and some awesome wedges from Topshop (Wish Buckle Espadrilles Black £42.00). Yes they are on my wish list so I knew them straight away!

How are you styling your looks this summer? Is the brights trend for you? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Tattoo trends

By Sarah Redman

Recently I have noticed there has been a small resurrection of the ‘Temporary Tattoo’ and this time they’re a bit different.

My first thought, I’m not going to lie, was oh please don’t be those annoying glittery transfer sticker things from way back when – as a 90’s kid I remember a few dodgy versions of the temporary tattoo which left you with a pealing mess after one wash. Not a fan.

My second thought was ohh awesome, I’m so awful with pain so to sit in the chair and actually get inked up sounds kinda like hell to me, no matter how lovely the outcome. This however has not stopped me doodling all over my wrists and hands the second I’m bored with a pen in my hand!

Earlier in the year I uploaded a small post concerning a new nail art trend. The cuticle tattoo. I have finally got my hands on some (as a small birthday treat to myself – £3.99 Bourjois Nail Tattoo Kit in Graphic from one of my favourites Asos.com – also available in Arty Tropics).

Forever unconventional, I decided cuticles were not enough for this product and got creative with a little pattern on my feet.

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What do you think of this new trend and my unconventional approach? Let us know and leave a comment, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Cheating on blogging with magazines

By Sarah Redman

Hi all our lovely readers!

We firstly want to say a big sorry for another massive break from blogging and thanks for sticking with us. As we are both currently at university sometimes we have to put our course first and with deadlines and exams throughout May and June we have been a little busy to say the least!

Sarah (H) jetted off to Egypt this morning for a lovely little holiday with her beau – but in her absence I thought I would start up blogging again. I am hopefully off to sunny Cornwall next week, but I’m sure I will have to odd five minutes to blog my adventures with the girls.

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Picture taken from insideKENT magazines website (Link below)

Now to explain this post’s heading. Not only have I been busy with uni but I have also been writing a few pieces for inside KENT magazine! The June issue is out now across Kent – if you are in the area then check your local Waitrose for a copy, if not then don’t worry they also have an online issue. Just click HERE to view it or HERE to see previous issues.

Or have a look at a few of my favourite pieces from inside the magazine and the blog:

Finally as usual, if you want to get in touch or have any ideas you want us to try out here at The Sarah’s Style Blog then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook Page.