Cyran is the founder and editor-in-chief of Corporate Style Story. She loves good pyjamas, good food and good company.
Cyran is the founder and editor-in-chief of Corporate Style Story. She loves good pyjamas, good food and good company.
What to wear when it’s hot outside and air-conditioned inside? Light, natural fabrics with short sleeves or no sleeves, plus a linen jacket if you’re in a conservative environment that you can whip off the moment you step outside!
Here’s my pick of 10 dresses that are perfect for the office this Summer. They’re all under £100.00, but be quick some are in the sale!
Whistles, £80.00 (reduced from £119.00)
& Other Stories, £69.00
Whistles, £85.00 (reduced from £110.00)
French Connection, £25.00 (reduced from £85.00)
£95.00 (reduced from £195.00)
£79.00 (Reduced from £135.00)
I love Father’s Day. Mother’s Day definitely gets more attention (no complaining here!) but Dads’ need love too. Shopping for men – or perhaps just my husband – is frustratingly difficult. There is definitely less on the market for men, which is why I may have left it until the last minute *hides face*.
This curated list of modern gifts is designed to be those things he’d love but wouldn’t buy for himself and they’re available to pick up next day or or you can get next day delivery.
Gotta love those pearly whites.
I think I’d actually be buying this for me, love it.
John Lewis £80
Great to take camping on camping trips (no complaining about the rain)
John Lewis, £220.00
It’s worth every penny.
The best kind of Summer belt.
Mr Porter £110.00
You can’t go wrong with a plain white t-shirt.
This way, Dad can share the gift!
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the beautiful Stoke Park for an event with Winser London. The day was organised to celebrate Winser’s 4th birthday and if you haven’t seen their pieces you can find them on Instagram here.
Winser London organised a full day’s itinerary for us including hair, make-up and shooting four looks we were asked to choose from their current collection. The team kept some elements of the day up their sleeves until the invite arrived, which was exciting!
I took a much deserved day off work and I was so glad to spend it in the company of the Winser London team and the other invited bloggers at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. It was such a treat.
We were extremely lucky to have 25 degree heat on the day and blue sunny skies all day! If you haven’t been to Stoke Park yet, it’s an absolute must-visit, it’s such a stunning place with a rich history. Both the spa and afternoon tea are highly rated, which is testament to Stoke Park’s countless awards. Conde Nast Traveller highly rate Stoke Park for their luxury family breaks for children too (and I plan on taking Pops at some point).
My first look from Winser London is such a wardrobe staple that every woman needs to have in her wardrobe – the black suit. Consisting of their single-breasted jacket* which is made from satin-back crepe fabric and falls really nicely with an amazing cut.
Winser’s satin-back sporty straight leg trousers* have an elasticated waist at the back, which is genius. The elastic is not only functional it adds a great sports luxe feel to them and are still smart enough to work with the jacket or on their own.
I complemented the look with their V-neck silk top, which covers the tops of the arms slightly and is a good alternative to a smart t-shirt or a sleeveless top.
Winser London’s silk pieces are some of the most wearable ever seeing as it has a touch of Lycra woven into it. You’d be surprised how much a ittle bit of give in anything you’re wearing makes it more comfortable.
Alexandra Svardh shot this look and I am so happy with how the look came together.
I love Winser London’s classic black suit with a modern twist:
I found Winser London whilst scrolling through Instagram and they’ve quickly become my go-to brand for quality, classically stylish work wear. It appears I’m in good company – British Vogue agrees with me:
“The art of boardroom dressing has many complex nuances – and Winser has them all covered. You’d be hard pressed to find better-quality shift dresses and fluid suits at such decent prices”
~ British Vogue, via @WinserLondon (Twitter)
You heard me correctly when I said that they day included more fun things and that I shot four looks. I won’t post them all now, but you’ll definitely be seeing and hearing more from me about Winser London and our day at Stoke Park. Firstly, because I love good quality, stylish wearable pieces for work (and play) and secondly because I love British brands.
Embroidered peasant tops are everywhere this Summer. I don’t need to tell you that embroidery is a big trend continuing on from a couple of seasons ago. These tops are a knod to the 70s whilst continuing on both trends. These gorgeous embroidered peasant tops are so lovely to wear on a warm day with shorts or with jeans (I love mom jeans in keeping with the loose fitting silhouette) the big sleeves make them so comfy.
I wore this Next red peasant blouse during my trip to Barcelona and lots of my followers and friends all asked where it was from. I think I’m one of the last bloggers to have posted it on Instagram in all honesty.
It was very popular after some really big bloggers were seen wearing it very early on in the season. I was lucky to even get one as it was sold out online in my size! I was so happy to stumble across it in store.
Anyway, it’s now sold out in a few sizes and isn’t coming back into stock in sizes XS and S. So UK size 8 – 10 and 10 – 12 and US size 4 – 6 and 8 – 10 aren’t available any longer. You can still get it in size M (wait time of 2 – 3 weeks), L is in stock and XL has a wait time of 1 – 2 weeks.
If you want one of these tops now before they sell out then keep scrolling, I’ve compiled a list of some alternatives embroidered peasant tops to the red Next one which are just as gorgeous and are in stock, but they won’t be for long.
Still limited sizing at the moment, but you can order XS and S to arrive in a few weeks and if you’re not a fan of the red, the blue is perfect for you.
Another one from Zara (there are a few), with the cords that tie in a corset-style criss-cross at the neckline. This one is a slightly different style as it contains lace and is really lovely in this soft white colour.
This version combines two popular trends at the moment, embroidered peasant tops plus the blue and white candy cane stripes. Black embroidery means that the detail is very visible. Love it.
I love this brand, although I can’t take credit for discovering them, I was introduced to them by Lisa from www.cityrunmum.com. Dodo Bor Or has such detail oriented pieces and they just ooze quality. I like how tasteful the embroidery on this blouse is, completely on trend without being too loud.
Styled exactly as I wore it in Barcelona with cut off shorts, this is another great embroidered peasant top that includes some colour. This time from Anthropologie.
Another one from Zara, super affordable and a toned down compared to some of the others. It features off-white embroidery on off-white cotton, the detail looks fab up-close.
Probably the sought-after collection of embroidered peasant tops out there at the moment are those by designer Vita Kin. Her SS17 collection is filled with this embroidery detail, a bit on the pricey side of things, but gorgeous all the same. Take a look at the full collection here for other embroidered peasant tops and dresses.
This is another special embroidered peasant top, again at the higher end of the market price-wise but can we all just take a moment to appreciate that intricate tapestry floral motifs on the sleeves – so gorgeous. It’s made of 100% linen and is hand-made in Ukraine.
I love all the colour in this top, it is a bit light on the other details like the cords, but I think the colour and the contrasting black and white stripes more than makes up for this. This also comes in petite!
I love the colours in this embroidered peasant blouse, It would be perfect on holiday, the light blue reminds me of the gorgeous water-shots of Santorini flooding Instagram during Summer.
Again, this blouse has limited sizes, but it’s such a bargain, I thought I had to include it in the list. Also, so far many of the blouses featured have been in light fabrics, so this black one is for those of us that like to wear darker colours.
Do you already have an embroidered peasant blouse? How do you style it? Also share the link below so that we can find it!
Trying a kids styling service is not something I would usually sign up for on behalf of my daughter, but with work being as manic as it is and having no spare time to buy my own clothes let alone find clothes for her, it seemed like a genius idea.
With work being quite full on at the moment, finding myself needing to be smarter about how I spend my time. I have plans to outsource or automate as many things as I can that are easier and more cost effective for other people or computers to do – like putting the weekly shop on repeat for example. That way, when I’ve finished work I can get on with doing the things I want to do, like spending uninterrupted time with my family without having to spin too many plates. Basically, I’m trying to take up Tim Ferris on his advice and see if it works.
So when I was asked by Muddy Creatures to review their kids styling service, I was actually really excited to accept.
I took a look at the website for Muddy Creatures and was really impressed with how slick it is. I also took a look from my mobile, in case I’m on the go and that site work really well too.
Essentially, Muddy Creatures is a styling service for your children and is aimed at busy families. I don’t know about you but I don’t go shopping with my daughter for her clothes. Actually, I tend not to go shopping with her at all if I can help it. It’s just not fun for her and it’s not really very fun for me either. I either grab time when I can to go shopping for her bits and bobs, or I shop online for her, or I’ll grab stuff as I’m doing to the food shop. I mean, I love F&F and TU but sometimes you want something different and something a bit more special, you know?
I signed up at muddycreatures.com and completed the profile for her. I entered:
Her approximate size in tops and in bottoms;
Her shoe size;
Approximate details as to what colours she likes to wear and the styles according to different designers they carry;
Entered my card details (I wasn’t charged for anything at this point);
and sat back and waited.
I didn’t wait very long at all, I got a call from Muddy Creatures the next day to confirm everything, they talked through all the information I’d inputted and confirmed the sizes and discussed the types of clothing they had. It was actually a nice chat, I chatted about the things she liked to wear and how we spent our time so that the clothes could be tailored to our lives. I said that she liked to wear leggings and trousers for every day wear but since starting nursery she had a couple of birthday parties coming up and would like a party dress to wear for them.
At the end of the call I was told that the box would be arriving the next day – I was quite excited! Although none of the things were for me, I did feel like I’d just conquered a huge task without doing very much at all!
The box arrived the next day via DPD (I love their delivery slots) and the box full of gorgeous things arrived. The guys at Muddy Creatures are happy to deliver to the office or your home, which is great. When I looked through the box I was genuinely so surprised at the kinds of things included. It was full of some of the coolest clothes I’ve ever seen and they really are what I would be looking for if I were out shopping for my daughter. They’re such unique pieces and they’re great quality.
Muddy Creature was originally created so that the founder, Anja, could share her love of her native Scandinavian designers with other parents the UK and offer this service for busy families. The collection has since expanded to include Spanish and British designers.
The Muddy Creatures service currently caters for ages from Newborn through to age 6. They carry pieces from designers such as Mar Mar Copenhagen, Mini Rodini, FUB, Soft Gallery, PopUpShop and lots more. Anja won’t mind me saying that the prices of these pieces are slightly higher than your average high street and that is testament to the quality, gorgeous design and the commitment to slow production. The clothes truly are really unique.
This dress from Mar Mar Copenhagen* is so perfect for her, flowing, lined cotton and not too fussy. The cotton rib tights* are such a lovely colour they add finishingtouch. The floral print chelsea boots* (seen below) are from Angulus, she loves them.
The box has little touches that you wouldn’t think would be included, like the swimsuit, hair bows, socks, tights and this very cool towel poncho. This swimsuit and seriously how cute are the leopard print sunglasses?!
Once you’ve been through the box and decided what you want to keep, you send back the (in my case, now half empty) box and you only pay for what you keep. There aren’t any delivery charges or charges for returning. The work really is taken out of the whole clothes buying process for children, which I’ve also found very time consuming. It’s very easy to use – even my husband could do it. I’ve discovered some great brands I really like as a result of the review. Although I actually think he would keep more things than I would, just to limit the amount of washing or ironing he had to do, but that’s another story…