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

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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

 

 

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)

American Apparel metalic £22.00

 

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)

Asos deep plunge ruffle £35

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)

Bikini lab fringed £52

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)

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.

Creative cones

By Sarah Redman
To me ice cream is never boring, especially on a hot day! However in a small ice cream parlour in France they have upped their game and created lovely rose designs out of the ice cream of your choice.

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Straciatella (Ice milk with pieces of grated chocolate) rose cone

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Straciatella (Ice milk with pieces of grated chocolate) rose cone

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Fraise et Noisette (Strawberry ice cream and Nut ice cream) rose cone

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Straciatella et Fraise (Ice milk with pieces of grated chocolate and Strawberry ice cream) rose cone
Have you had a fantastic ice cream lately or know anyone who prides themselves on food presentation? Let us know and leave a comment or Tweet us a picture @thesarahsblog

Outfits for the company blog awards

By Sarah Hugill

The Sarah’s style blog was extremely pleased to be invited to the Company Blog awards 2013, in partnership with New Look, as we were shortlisted for the best blogging duo!

Deciding what we were going to wear took some thinking, we wanted to make sure we were dressed appropriately for the occasion while still feeling comfortable and expressing our personal styles.

I took a trip to London… and yes you guessed it ended up in Topshop and was instanly attracted to a bright, heavily patterned, body-con mid dress. After trying it on I was sold. It was eye catching and fitted the description of my ideal outfit… as i’m sure many of you do, I get an idea of exactly what I want to buy before I even hit the shops.

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I teamed the dress with a leather jacket, from Red Herring, one so that I didn’t freeze and two because it gave a more edgy, less formal look.

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I wore a pair of simple, yet classic black wedges from New Look. I thought they would be comfy due to the wedge heel, but the platform is not large enough in my opinion to balance the height, but no pain no gain! Besides, I’m sure a pair of stilettos would have been more painful! I decided to match my shoes and a clutch bag, as my dress added enough colour to my outfit. I chose a black silk clutch bag, purchased from New Look, complimented by a large bow on the front as it fitted all the essentials I needed.

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I then chose a silver necklace (also from New Look) which dressed up the outfit whilst not making it too over powering, as I was already in a fairly bold dress.

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Sarah Redman opted for an emerald green tunic dress from Asos, which Sarah decied to dress up with accessories.

Sarah Redman

Sarah (R) wore adventurous peep- toe, blue and aqua shoes from Zara, which she managed to walk in pretty well… Lets just say I was less quick on my feet!

Sarah R shoes

Sarah brightened up her outfit with her clutch bag, which also matched her shoes (great minds think alike!) Her bag was from Biba, and do not be fooled, despite the clutch looking fairly small it was like a Mary Poppins moment. The amount of items that could fit within the bag was rather impressive, the material was fairly stretchy making it practical yet still stylish.

Sarah Redman's blue bag

Sarah teamed her dress with a classic black jacket from Miss Captain, giving a chic feel to her image.

Sarah R blog awards

Sarah (R) never fails to wear a gorgeous ring, and for the blog awards there was no exception. The emerald stone matched her dress, while the amber stone contrasted adding extra interest to her outfit, a birthday present bought from a small boutique in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells.

Sarah redman rings

The necklace Sarah (R) chose was another gem from Zara, the sapphire, ruby red and light green stones added texture and dressed up Sarah (R)’s dress, adding to her elegant look.

Sarah r necklace

The whole experience of attending the blog awards was great, we are extremely grateful to all those who voted for us, it was amazing to be selected out of thousands of other fellow bloggers! Besides, it gave us an excuse to buy a whole new outfit – the bank account may have had a shock but we certainly had smiles on our faces!

What do you think of the outfits we chose – would you have worn something different? Let us know @thesarahsblog or leave us a comment below.

Lace must haves

By Sarah Hugill

Combining comfort with style Topshop have these gorgeous lace trim boxers for just 3 for £10!

Topshop boxers

All girls love to update their underwear draw once in a while, so why not treat yourself at Topshop! As a fellow fan of Topshop underwear, when Emily Connah showed me these that she recently brought I thought they deserved a blog post!

The cream and navy, and similar white and navy pairs (despite looking black in the photo) are sexy yet sophisticated made of just lace, while the floral pair with white lace trim are a great addition for that summary wardrobe!

Are you a fan of Topshop underwear? Do you feel that 3 for £10 is a great deal? Let us know at @thesarahsblog or drop us a comment below

Joining the monochrome trend

By Sarah Hugill

playsuit

Miss Guided playsuit

monochrome print

monochrome floral print

I simply couldn’t resist one of Miss Guided‘s latest playsuits. I adore floral prints, even if the weather isn’t great wearing flowers brightens up my day! I’m a fan of playsuits as they’re more practical, especially on a night out if there is a chance you could end up falling over…. with your dignity flying with it! The only thing I would criticise this playsuit for is that I would prefer it if the bottom half was more fitted, making it more flattering. Also, the sizing appears slightly bigger than usual so I would advise to get perhaps the smaller size than what you would usually go for on Miss Guided. The monochrome theme is everywhere this season, so to stay up to date with the latest trends this item is perfect.

Are you a fan of monochrome and or playsuits? Let us know at @thesarahblog or feel free to leave a comment below.

And in the post today…

By Sarah Redman

Pastel Earrings

Pastel Earrings

These beautiful earrings arrived in the post today from my wonderful mother!

Perfect from the summer #DontForgetYourPastelAccessories

Earrings from F&F at Tesco

The perfect mothers day present

By Sarah Hugill

'A mother is a daughters best friend'

‘A mother is a daughters best friend’

To make this years mothers day that extra bit special (no matter what your budget) there are plenty of hidden treasures on the high street  to ensure you impress…

1) The perfect charm to show how much you care, Links creates gorgeous jewellery for those who have some extra cash to spend

2) Cath Kidson have the perfect floral purse, sure to put a smile on any mum’s face

3) The Body Shop have produced the perfect gift set to accompany a relaxing bubble bath, especially for the chocoholics out there

4) Sweeten your mum up with chocolate cups from Thorntons 

5) Add comfort and style to your mums favourite chair perhaps with this embroidered cushion from Marks and Spencers 

6) Flatter your mum with this cute mug from John Lewis

7) Treat your mum to a subtle floral fragrance perfect for spring time, with Miss Dior Perfume  by Dior 

8) Brighten up your mums day with these beautiful tulips courtesy of Interflora

9)  Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with a touch of pink for a tasty mothers day treat, from The Little Cake Company

10) Harrods have the perfect heart shaped mirror to ensure your mum can top up her lippy easily, even when on the move!

Whether your mum is a fashionista or has a strong sweet tooth there is a gift suited to all!