Six Shackets for Spring



I’m hot.  And not in a good way.  But then we’ve all been hot these past few weeks.  And on that point, yes, it’s been lovely to feel the sun on my skin, but I’ve also been bothered by why we’re all stripping off in February. News that it was the hottest February ever recorded just brought on another hot flush.


While I try various medical routes to control my ‘hotness’ I’ve come to the realisation that light layers are the way forward.  I sadly put my winter woollies away a week or two ago.  What’s not to love about the utter pleasure of looking cute in a huge cowl neck while hiding the rather large Sunday roast that’s just been consumed in the soft folds of merino wool below, aye?


So this week’s fashion find is the spring shacket.  Not light enough to be a jacket, but heavier than a shirt, this little beauty is a godsend.  Wear thin layers underneath and if gets chilly pop another lighter coat over the top.  It offers an opportunity to play with fabric, colour and texture, so there’s no end of cute outfits you can create, again and again.


I’ve gone jungle deep with a camo number from New look.  I love camo.  I have a pair of camo jeans that I bought in Zara years ago, which I wear all the time. They’re a go-to piece in my wardrobe and I knew as soon as I spotted this shacket it would quickly become a key piece in my wardrobe.


Worn here dressed casually for the weekend, I love that you can add a T.shirt and jean, pick out some eye-catching accessories and go.



I also think, this shacket will look great with a long black pleated skirt that I have, worn with ankle boots or pumps and easily made classy with a black polo neck.  I’ve added yellow because it was just a quick outfit that I needed to bolt of the door, but red would look nice or perhaps some of the neon colours, such as pink, would make for a really stand out appearance.


Utility is a key trend for spring 2019, so the shacket fits very nicely within it as it commonly has pockets.  You’ll find quite a lot of denim and neutral shades in stores.  Below I’ve picked out my faves from New Look, Top Shop and Very.  See what you think?


As you can see a lot of these are worn casually with denim, but consider adding:
  • leather/pleather or coated skinny jeans – to upgrade your daytime look
  • bright pleated skirts and a snazzy pair of trainers – great for the school run, a casual day in the office, or meeting mates for a coffee
  • leather midi skirt, heels and a bright clutch – if you’re heading out for early evening drinks
  • a boiler suit in cream or khaki with a bright red cross body bag – ticking all of this season’s boxes
  • a breton top – stripes go really well underneath a shacket, even if you’ve chosen a camo pattern

There’s actually lots of ways.  Keep watching my Instagram page because I’m going to be trying out a few of these ideas myself this spring.


Have a great weekend.



Gail xx


Denim Jackets for Spring Styling


This week’s post is a short one as I’m hoping you’re out having fun, enjoying the four-day break.  Me included.


I just wanted to mention denim jackets.  Have you noticed that they are cropping up in the stores this season?



I have and it got me thinking: when was the last time I wore one.


It was in 2005, on a fabulous trip to Rome with my friend Louise.  Granted it was a while ago, but I can’t find that jacket anywhere now.  Doh – they’re backkkkkkk!


So here’s a reel of options.  You’ll notice that many are oversized in design, but you can still find the classic western style that finishes on the hip.  Some designs also have embroidery for a less masculine effect.  However, I like the classic design and cut, especially as I’ve just proved, it will come around again after this season, so it’s an investment purchase.


Meanwhile, I tried on this version in F&F Clothing in Tesco.  Obviously oversized, I’m wearing a size 12 here and it came quite low over my hips, too low for me, but I’m short.  I stupidly didn’t write down the price, but they have a number of options in store and online including this one here.
Go for double denim if that’s your thing, but I would avoid mom and straight jeans, unless you really want to go back in time, which to me always feels a bit icky.  Rather keep your style moving forward and pair with flowing skirts and cute trainers for a fabulous casual look or you can’t beat chinos cropped at the ankle for that girl-about-town style.
Have a great weekend!
Gail xx

Packing for a (short) Staycation

I’ve been standing looking at my wardrobe for a good hour now, at times I’ve also sat down.  SP and I have been invited for a weekend in Devon with friends and I have that sicky icky feeling that I’m trying to quell, cause I don’t know what to pack.  I mean, what do you pack for a weekend in the UK where you have no idea what the weather is going to do?


I want to make sure I’ve got all my bases covered and it would be dead easy to just pack for practicality (it’s bound to be cold and wet isn’t it?).  But, I want to appear as if I’ve stepped out from one of those A5 catalogues that fall out of the Sunday supps.  Yeah, I want to look like I’ve got some sense of style like these pics below that I scooped off Pinterest.  A tall order.  So I better get started.



Boden. Image via Pinterest

Hush. Image via Pinterest

Hush. Image via Pinterest

Boden. Image via Pinterest

Boden. Image via Pinterest

Hush. Image via Pinterest

Hush. Image via Pinterest


Four days later and what looked like a promising weather forecast has turned out to be but a dream. It’s going to be grey sky all weekend.


Things can change though!  So, with a colour theme finally decided, blue, (I’m rad, I know), I’m going to pack lots of layers, take a few light pieces, but make sure there is plenty in my weekend bag to keep me warm.  Hence my bag will include:


  1. blue/white striped t.shirts
  2. cotton chambray long-sleeve shirts
  3. denim jeans –  1 boyfriend/1 skinny
  4. grey cotton harem pants (dead comfy)
  5. denim shorts (ever optimistic!)
  6. swimming costume (there is a heated outdoor pool – item most likely to stay in bag!)
  7. off the shoulder cotton day dress (in case the sun does show its face)
  8. two blue light-weight knits
  9. blue hoodie (part of the back-up plan)
  10. one floaty easy-to-wear dress (heading out for pub dinner Saturday night)
  11. low-heel embellished sandals to go with above
  12. Adidas Originals trainers to go with everything else
  13. large bright yellow tote to add a pop of colour
  14. cross-over tan bag
  15. fluffy socks….

Continuing on the blue theme, I did a little snooping on the net and found these lovely pieces that would have been great additions to my weekend wardrobe, had I had the spare cash.  I am absolutely loving all the baby blue off the shoulder tops that I’ve seen around and you can pick up some great bargains in the sales right now – try Mango and Zara for cheap deals. I would also like a sweatshirt with a cheeky message, a long denim skirt, which would be a great addition to the wardrobe and would see me into Autumn as well, and some longer-length boyfriend cut-offs.  Ah well, I can dream.


Hope you have great plans for the weekend. Enjoy!


Gail xx

Dress Up Your Denim



Don’t let the headine fool ya, I’m not getting out a pair of scissors and setting up a sewing machine any time soon.  Last year we saw denim being worn in new and exiting ways and this year is proving to be no exception.  Anyone fancy a pair of dungarees?  I do, what fun to be a little kiddish and light of heart again, but I wore these back in the “Geno” days and they didn’t suit my body shape then (apple), so they definitely won’t know.


But, there’s always hope and my love for denim is only multiplied by the raft of denim dresses now on the high street.  It’s time to ditch the jeans ladies….for the summer anyway!


I did buy a denim dress last year in River Island, which I wore and wore.  For work and play.  This year, there is an even bigger selection to choose from and the denim shirt dress has come into its own.


The dress I already have is a light wash in a soft touch denim, but there are some gorgeous dark wash denims out there.  My friend has her eye on this one from River Island so when I was out mooching I tried it on to show her what it looked like.





I posted the pic  on Instagram and a lot of people ‘liked’ it so I think it’s going to be a popular piece for RI.


The great thing about the denim look is that it can take you from spring to next Autumn.  Worn with sandals and a smile during the warmer days and then with tights, boots and a jacket as we lose the sunshine (if we get it that is).


Here’s my pick of what’s out there.  I think there’s something for everyone and a few new wardrobe staples.   See what you think and don’t forget you can share your views in the comments box below.

See you next week.


Gail x