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How to Wear a Jumpsuit to Work

How to Wear a Jumpsuit to Work

How to wear a jumpsuit to work? That is the question.

If you’re a fan of trousers, then wearing black or navy trousers to the office can quickly feel like Groundhog Day – there’s only so many times you can put a different spin on this outfit without it getting boring, really quickly.

This is where the jumpsuit comes in. Infinitely versatile, you literally just throw it on, pick up your bag and go. Perfect for the office and then after work drinks, the jumpsuit can be a real life-saver in the navigating-the-workwear-dress-code-restrictions.

With so many varying jumpsuit styles, there’s something for everyone and every work environment, but there are some rules:

How to Wear a Jumpsuit to Work

1. Go for neural colours

When it comes to knowing how to wear a jumpsuit to work, in formal environments it makes sense to go for solid colours in either black, navy or white. Summer may allow seasonal colours and possibly prints (which I’ll come on to later), but the safer choice in a formal environment would be to keep your jumpsuit to these colours for work.

2. Rules for Wearing a Jumpsuit in a Formal Office

When deciding how to wear a jumpsuit to work, I have a few suggestions for wearing one to a formal office:

  • stick to neutral colours
  • find a jumpsuit with lapels
  • wear a full length, tapered leg
  • avoid big, bold patterns
  • do add a blazer to make it smart
  • add a small smart belt
  • do layer a sleeveless jumpsuit over a shirt, smart blouse or turtle neck
  • elongate the leg with heels if you like to wear them

4. Incorporate small patterns if you want to

How to Wear a Jumpsuit to Work

If you’ve followed me on social media for any length of time, you’ll know that I love polka dots – they’re so fun, and can be very flattering so a polka dot jumpsuit if a definite yes from me.

The trick with wearing a patterned jumpsuit to the office is to jeep the pattern small or dainty as opposed to bold or bright floral and still within the colour palette.

3. Jumpsuits to Wear with Caution

As much as I love them, these jumpsuits are definitely for creative environments where anything goes, nights out or on the weekends:

  • strapless jumpsuit
  • denim jumpsuit
  • a jumpsuit with lace or cut-outs
  • slouchy jumpsuits

The office environment is changing and fashion is moving on and is allowing for women to have more freedom with what they wear to work. A smart jumpsuit with a blazer is enough in a smart casual office and is also perfect for a business lunch. Plan your accessories well and you have the perfect day to evening look too.

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We’re Going to Camp Bestival!

We’re Going to Camp Bestival!

We’re Camp Bestival First Timers

For those of you that follow me on social media (especially Instagram Stories) you will see that we take Poppy pretty much everywhere with us – that includes trips into central London, travelling and the occasional date night (when childcare is problematic, you know #parentlife).  

So you may or may not be surprised to hear that this year we’re taking her along to our first proper music festival! And not just any music festival, but the biggest and best family festival out there – Camp Bestival. 

I’ve wanted to go to Camp Bestival for such a long time and I each year I have seen people at Camp Bestival on social media having a blast, trust me its so well attended and everyone looks like they have an amazing time! So this year, that will be us and I’ll bring you all the behind the scenes content, including festival looks, music acts and all the other kids activities that I know Poppy will love.  We are officially Camp Bestival Influencers for 2018 and we can’t wait to go this July!

 

Check out the Camp Bestival Line-up

Just check out this line up of music, activities, food and drinks, comedy and talks taking place at Camp Bestival from Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July 2018.

We're Going to Camp Bestival

 

Is there a theme you ask?

Why yes, there is a theme, this year its “Sets Sail” so expect nautical themed activities, acts and of course fancy dress. I love fancy dress and can’t wait to figure out our costumes. I’ll definitely be consulting Pinterest!

 

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Summer Festival Season is Upon Us

Over the next few weeks, I’ll bring you posts and content related to Camp Bestival and how to make the most of the Summer Festival season, including where to stay, what to wear and what to do and check out at the festival.

I’m really excited, and I want to do our first music festival properly. If anyone has any suggestions or tips – please let me know, I want to make it amazing.

 

Tickets to Camp Bestival 2018

There is still time to grab a ticket to the best family festival in the UK as voted for by the Family Traveller Awards.
Adult Weekend Ticket – £187.50
Student Weekend Ticket – £180
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £119
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £93.75
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £33
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £11
Babies in Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)
All weekend tickets include camping from Thursday

All tickets are subject to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions

Check out all the Camp Bestival information over on the website www.campbestival.net

 

Image credit: InthisLoop.com 

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The Best Topshop Tops for Summer

The Best Topshop Tops for Summer



The Best Topshop Summer Tops

Topshop has some of the best Summer tops out there at the moment, they’re so versatile and can be worn dressed up or down.

I love wearing a long sleeve top with short shorts (as you may know) or a cropped top with high waisted jeans or even white denim culottes and some flat sandals and a basket bag.

Here’s to hoping that the sunshine stays where it is in London – high in the cloudless sky!

 



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My Spring Skincare Routine

My Spring Skincare Routine

My Spring Skincare Routine

I like to think that I take really good care of my skin after living my teens and early 20s not really paying much attention to it at all about it. Back then I’d just happily put on allllll the make-up and barely take it off!

Nowadays my skincare routine is my self-care thing and I actually really enjoy it, I take my time with it, it feels indulgent and I can make my skincare routine as long or as short as I want to. 

Seasonal Changes to Skincare Products

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

My routine changes depending on what my skin needs at that particular time, so I sometimes add products in or swap products for others.

My Spring skincare routine adds in lighter products because the harsh Winter has gone and my make-up is lighter too, but that’s for another post. In Spring, I also need UV protection but more hydration because of the heat.

Skintype: My skin is probably referred to as combination as I experience the odd hormonal break out now and then but can get dry in places. 

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

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Morning Spring Skincare Routine

 

CLEANSE

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel £11.00- For gentle but effective cleaning this cleansing gel from Avene has long been in my bathroom cabinet. It helps to balance my skin brilliantly. When the weather starts getting warmer I need to really clean my face in the morning, I’ve probably had a small person stealing sharing most of my bed from the early hours of the morning, which has made me hot. Make-up looks much better when you’ve done a good skin prep and that for me starts with really clean skin. (It’s also available at Boots and is on 3 for 2 at the moment and also comes in 100ml which I take with me when I travel here) or

Elemis Gentle Cleanser £28.00 – which is a foaming cleanser which I prefer when my skin isn’t necessarily on the oily/blemish prone side this is a very gentle foaming cleanser and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped. This removes make-up really well.

Garnier Micellar Water £1.99- I use Garnier Micellar Water for sensitive skin water in my Spring skincare routine twice a day. I like this one one as it’s one of the first micellar waters I’d heard of. I love that I can buy it anywhere (in with the weekly shop) but annoyingly, the bottle is usually 125ml which means it can’t go in carry-on.  So I use other brands when I travel. I use micellar water after I’ve used the Avene or Elemis foaming cleansers to remove any last bit of eye make-up and to remove actual cleanser residue from my jawline and hairline. 

 

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

TONE

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner – I pat this toner on my face with my hands and this helps mattefies my skin, balances PH levels and prevents breakouts. It’s really good and isn’t drying.

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

Side note: If you have blemish prone skin I recommend

La Roche Posay Anti-Blemish Kit 

SERUM

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% £5.90 – My skin has a tendency to be on the dehydrated side so in my Spring skincare routine, I like to keep it hydrated by using a hyaluronic acid under my moisturiser. It helps my skin look and feel plump. The prices of these products from The Ordinary are amazing plus they’re actually really effective – this product is about £5.90 direct from ASOS (be quick, because it sells out fast on there) or otherwise you can get it from Deciem directly or Amazon for about £11.00 on Prime (I have no idea what I’d do without Prime in my life).

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

Related Post: How to Take Care of Your Skin, Despite the Dreaded Office Aircon

MOISTURISE

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue* £40.00 – This is one of my favourite eye creams, I like my skincare to feel like it’s actually doing something and this eye cream helps reduce puffiness, smoothes, refreshes, reduces dark circles, improves wrinkles and gives skin energy. I look forward to putting it on, I really like the consistency.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream £70.00 – I have been using this moisturiser for at least a year and I think it’s such an effective moisturiser that really keeps my skin moisturised all day. It’s also not full of perfume which is really important to me. I love the smell of certain products but I’d much rather the smell comes from the ingredients than added perfume. This is a great all-round moisturiser regardless of your skin type it also has SPF 15 my skin looks dewy and plumped up after using this. 

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 £16.50 – (not pictured) This is one of my favourite SPF products, its super light and is really good if you have skin that is sensitive to the sun or products in general.  You definitely need a moisturiser over the top of this as (see below). Poppy and I both suffer with eczema occasionally which we manage well and we have found that La Roche-Posay products are particularly good for us.

 

Related Post: Best Sun Cream for Babies and Children with Eczema

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

To Remove Make-up

Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil – £10.00 for 100ml (not pictured) this is a great first step for melting away make-up including eye make-up. This isn’t effective to remove make-up on it’s own but it does give a good head start. This one from Bobbi Brown is nice and gentle. or I also like to use

Foreo Night Cleanser – £30.00 this is an oil-based night cleanser melts from a gel into a milk. This cleanser removes impurities, makeup and pollutants for a clean and supple skin afterwards. It removes everything but the oil means your skin isn’t stripped.

Clarisonic Cleansing Brush £130.00 or the Foreo Play Cleansing Brush £39.00 – I use either of these according to where I am. I don’t tend to travel with the Clarisonic as it’s quite bulky. My Foreo Play is much more portable (it’s about the size of a golf ball). Using a face brush is so much more effective at cleansing your face than just using your hands. I will alternate using a brush and using an exfoliating product, I never both in the same day.

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

Lancome Gel Eclat £23.00 – The Elemis Foaming Cleanser I’ve mentioned is really gentle. this one from Lancome is not necessarily ‘gentle’ but it is probably the best cleanser I’ve listed here. If you wear lots of make-up this will literally leave your face feeling squeaky clean. 

 

Evening Routine

Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – This is one of my favourite exfoliators, it’s another sell-out product that removes the top layer of the skin to give brighter appearance, decalog pores and give skin a more even appearance. What’s not to love.

— after exfoliating — The product you put on the skin after exfoliating really matters, your skin will really absorb the product, so at least once a week I use a sheet mask after exfoliating. Some of my favourites are the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask £18.00 – helps my skin looks healthy, glowing and refreshed. If my skin is congested I’ll use Dr Jart Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask – it really calms my skin down and gets rid of breakouts.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue – Same as above, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic eye Rescue, I use a bit more at night so it can sink in.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue – I rave about this on my Instagram Stories, I love the consistency as this is actually a balm. My skin feels really hydrated and firm in the morning. Because I put The Ordinary Retinoid on over the top this prevents my skin getting dry.

 

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Skincare Routine Charlotte Tilbury, The Ordinary, Avene, Clarisonic

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% – (not pictured) Another great product from Deciem, adding a retinoid has duel effect for me. Retinoids are amazing for preventing ageing and they’re also great for blemishes and hormonal acne. Win:win. 

Trilogy Organic Rose Hip Oil – I alternate this with the Retinoid. Rose Hip Oil is loved by celebrities, models and Royals (David Gandy and Kate Middleton are both fans of Rose Hip Oil). It hydrates, plumps and firms skin. I have just started using the light blend* of this oil which is a swap of the original blend for Spring and I this one is great. Evens skin tone and prevents ageing, and it helps that it totally organic and natural – its a great treatment oil.

 

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The Best Sun Cream for Babies and Children with Eczema

The Best Sun Cream for Babies and Children with Eczema

 

Managing Eczema Prone Skin in the Sun

As much as we’ve been moaning about the weather recently, I pray it will get warmer soon so you need to be prepared. 

As with managing eczema, some creams and emollients will work and others won’t, it’s a matter of trial and error.

There are two types of sunscreen:

  • chemical absorbers – those that absorb UV radiation
  • mineral-based reflectors – which reflect UV radiation

Many people with eczema find mineral-based sunscreens to be less irritating to their skin but this won’t be the case for everybody. Some people with eczema fair better with sensitive, fragrance-free sun scream instead. You need to find out what works for you and your child.

 

Test Before you Go Abroad

You’re advised to test on a patch of skin 5-days before you go out in the sun or on holiday and see how the skin reacts. It could sting or irritate the skin and you don’t want to be stuck abroad without a suitable alternative.

At the bottom of this post I’ve included some tips for managing eczema whilst in the warm weather or on holiday, that you should consider in addition to a suitable sunscreen for babies and children with eczema.

 

Here are a few sun creams I’ve found online that are fragrance-free, intended for sensitive or eczema prone skin or are mineral-based. From experience, I’ve found that some of these products aren’t available in stores, so my advice is to shop online.

 

 

The Best Sun Cream for Babies and Children with Eczema

Alba Botanica Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 50+

La Roche Posay, Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics Baby Lotion SPF 50+

Image result for La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo baby Sun Lotion SPF50+ 100ml Read more at http://www.boots.com/la-roche-posay-anthelios-dermo-kids-sun-lotion-SPF50-100ml#qT0pRSlU8yZTzlYc.99

We have personally used this*, the one above is the baby formulation. It’s slightly thicker than the kids version and goes on white as a guide as most baby sun care products do. This worked well for Poppy without irritation.

La Roche Posay, Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics Kids Lotion SPF 50+

 

Image result for La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Sun Lotion SPF50+ 100ml Read more at http://www.boots.com/la-roche-posay-anthelios-dermo-kids-sun-lotion-SPF50-100ml#qT0pRSlU8yZTzlYc.99

We have also used this formulation, less thick than the baby formulation and is one of our favourites. Definitely needed 2 of these for a 10 day holiday last year.

Child’s Farm 50+ SPF Sun Scream

 

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Green People Children’s Sun Lotion Scent Free SPF 30

Badger Sunscreen for Baby SPF 30

 

Related Post: This is the Top You Need for Spring

 

Eucerin Kid’s Spray SPF 50+

Also comes in SPF 30+ here

Sunsense Kids UVA & UVB Broad Spectrum Lotion SPF50+

Also comes in a version for Toddlers, here

 

Organii SPF50 High Protection Sun Milk

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Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30+

 

All Good Elemental Herbs Kids Sunscreen SPF 33

 

Jason Natural Sunbrellas Kids SPF 46 Sunblock

 

Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun for Eczema-Prone Skin

  • Children should wear a hat in the direct sunshine.
  • Stay under a parasol when the sun is at its highest, i.e. between noon and 2pm when you should have lunch or take a siesta.
  • Keep a gap between applying an emollient to moisturise the skin and applying the sun cream to avoid diluting the SPF.
  • Gently apply the sun cream as over-rubbing may set off itching.
  • Wear UV resistant swimwear, a rash guard that covers the arms is a good option.
  • When choosing a sun cream for babies and children with eczema the advice is to look for ‘zinc oxide’ as the active ingredient on the label, or ‘titanium dioxide’ as a second choice.
  • If you are using a chemical sun screen (as opposed to a mineral or mineral-based sun screen, spray in your hand before applying all over).
  • Children and babies with eczema should have a bath or shower every evening and the skin should be cleansed with an appropriate cleansing product suitable for eczema prone skin to remote any product and dirt sitting on top of the skin. The usual emollient or natural, sensitive after-sun products like aloe vera can be applied before bed.

 

I will be adding more sun cream for babies and children with eczema as I find them. If you have any reviews of these creams, please do share.

For more details about the National Eczema Society you can call them on 0800 089 1122, email helpline@eczema.org or visit www.eczema.org.

The above post is not to be considered medical advice, and nor are you to use the information contained in this post instead of seeking medical advice from a qualified medical practitioner. Please contact your GP or the National Eczema Society if you have concerns regarding your skin or the effective management of eczema.

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