Spring Break Essentials

Howdy Y’all,

Happy Friday!  You made it through another week.Yay.  So Spring Break is approaching and that for many (usually me) means sun, sand, swimming and Sangria. Unfortunately my family are on the move soon so any exciting tropical experience has been postponed. So to rub extra salt in my wounds I wanted to share with you all some ideas and essentials for that wonderful sunny beach experience. I may have to grab a few of these items so I can enjoy the Texan summer when it arrives.  Anyone going anywhere gorgeous? Do you have some great recommendations of places to go?

Happy Weekend

Ta ta for now

TLL x

image

  1. J Crew Panama Hat – Fashionable, elegant and practical. The hat is not too large that you find you are constantly removing it. Looks cute and you are protecting your face from the sun. Keep you looking youthful.

2. Brown Leather Sandals These are beautiful and practical. The color goes with everything.

3. Pretty Beaded Clutch  Love this! If you can not have something pretty and colorful when its very sunny and the sand is between you toes, when can you? In the evenings what do you need more than your room key and lippie? It screams holiday to me!

4.Turkish Towel Less bulky than a regular towel and so pretty. Such a variety of colors and take up less space in your case and beach tote. Win win.

5. Honest Sunscreen The most important item and I like to choose sunscreen which contains as few chemicals as possible. I trusted this brand with Little L’s skin last year and I will do the same with the family once again.

6. Beautiful Evening Sun Dress So many colors and styles to choose from, but every lady needs a killer evening dress for those evenings in tavernas watching the sun go down and for romantic strolls along the beach. This one is so pretty.

7. Cover- Up Kimono  All ladies need a great cover- up for walking to the beach/pool, eating lunch and covering up when the rays get too much. This is pretty and such a good price point. White and blue is so pretty and fresh looking, great for spring break.

8. A great book A holiday essential and this is one of my favs. While researching this for this post, I was elated to see that it was becoming a movie with none other than Micheal Fassbender playing the lead. Wow. Read the book it is a beautiful story.

9. Swim Suit A great one-piece is essential and I love blue, not a black gal (although I should be for slimming necessity!) This is classic but still has a sexy/youthful edge. Would look perfect in paradise.

10. A great tote  A fantastic bag is essential, whether it is to carry lots of items to the beach or for the flight, these totes are amongst the best. They are made from sailcloth which makes them strong and sturdy. They are functional and in such lovely designs.

11. Statement Earrings Earrings of the season and so pretty with summer hair styles. So many colors and styles to choose. A summer must.

12. Lifefactory Water Bottle So important to stay hydrated and stylish and this achieves both.

13. Sunglasses  Sun protection is so important and eyes are no exception. These glasses will have you looking cool and protecting your eyes.

image

  1. Shirt I am a sucker for a man in a check shirt and all men in shorts with a tan look good in them, regardless of age or stature. So many colors and designs but a good check linen shirt is a holiday must for the traveling gent.
  2. Backpack If your man is anything like Mr L he has to carry a briefcase style bag everyday and is looking for a less formal option when on vacation. This fits the bill, great color and size. It is also functional as it leaves your arms free, to help wrestle children and luggage.
  3. Towel Functional, large and manly.
  4. Shorts Can not go wrong with mens navy shorts.
  5. Sunglasses Like the ladies these are functional and beautiful.
  6. Polo Shirt A classic, variety of colors and styles.
  7. Beach Games When you are fed up with reading and want to play a little to work up a thirst. These beach games are great fun.
  8. Book I am not an expert in choosing literature for men but I find anything by John Le Carre is a hit with Mr L.
  9. Swim Shorts These are fun.
  10. Docksider Shoes Classic and comfortable and look great with shorts, a male staple.

image

  1. Playsuit I love this, so pretty, great for summer and the beach.
  2. Swim Suit I love the vintage look of this, would look great with a tan.
  3. Beach Towel The hood on this is great, such bright colors and you can personalize.
  4. Kaftan This tunic is super cute and works brilliantly to cover up your little one when they have had too much sun.
  5. Backpack I am a strong believer in “what you bring you carry.” So I like to encourage Little L to carry her things and these backpacks are fantastic. Lots of sizes and designs available.
  6. Beach Toys I bought these for Little L last year for spring break and she has loved them, reasonable price, lightweight and can be carried in your suitcase.
  7. Hat Protecting your little one from the sun is essential and a great hat is so important. I have found these work well and they come in a variety of sizes and patterns.
  8. Dress These are so beautiful and look wonderful on little ladies.
  9. Sandals  Little L had these last summer and I will buy her more this year. The quality is fantastic and so useful for the beach.

 

image

  1. Swim Shorts Love the color and style of these.
  2. Backpack Such an appropriate pattern for the beach. Let them carry all their junk in style.
  3. Polo Another classic which will never date and looks great on the beach.
  4. Shirt Smart and fun, told you I like check.
  5. Towel Such a fun pattern
  6. Beach Toys Just showing my Brit side with a cricket set. I had one growing up and it was so well traveled.
  7. Shorts Love these are the color. So fun.
  8. Sandals  Love these sandals in navy or brown for boys. Super functional and classic.
  9. Hat It is so important to keep their faces protected from the sun and this is so cute.

High Five Monday – Fall Fashion Loves x

Howdy Y’all,

How was your weekend? Mine was a wonderful, I have family visiting and we went to a farm with rides and a fall celebration it was a fabulous time. Little L was in her element as she had her first pony ride which was as much of a thrill for her as for me (and she was a natural.) It really is good for the soul to spend time outdoors with those you love, treasured memories were made. When you live so far from special people you learn to appreciate the time you spent together.

I am well aware for the majority of you it has been cooling down for a while and you have been enjoying the trappings of cooler fashion. It finally is showing minute signs of cooling here and being super excited I wanted to share with you my fav fall items, things I am eager to wear. Most of these will transcend to winter so if a few are a little pricier you can justify it the lifestyle way 😉.

1. Gilet or Vest – either describes this versatile item which is perfect for the season. This year in particular I have noticed a larger selection in styles, patterns and colors. I own two and hope to replace once this season!!

Fantastic Pattern
Traditional and Timeless
Cheaper and very cheerful x

2. Comfy Sneakers/Trainers – now I never thought I TLL would ever be the advocate of these, but life for me has changed and ballet pumps or boots just don’t hack it when I am running around after a toddler. So fear not those who know me well I will not be wearing loud and proud athletic shoes with my jeans but this season I found some keepers.

Want these ! My size out of stock- agh
Own these, love the shoreline design so easy to wear and no laces issue!
Cool and fab color

3. Plaid/Tartan Blanket Scarf- I will be honest I bought one of these last winter, so am totally thrilled to see them back in vogue once again. My mantra the bigger the better which might not work so well if you are on the petite side, but stores are producing a variety of sizes. This really depends what colors suits you and what patterns you like.

I own this scarf and have a matching one for Little L, love it
Classic navy and green
Another classic

4. Breton Tops- the classic stripe. Call me traditional I am always drawn to the chic navy and white. It has that Audrey Hepburn feel. They are everywhere in all colors and styles. I have a collection and they never date. I want to add red and white to the pile.

Saint James the standard in breton tops
Another must have
Love this color and love Boden

5. The Trench Coat- an absolute must for every closet or wardrobe. I like most things think this is worth investing in but the high street produces such fun varieties in colors and styles each season. This item is so elegant and keeps you looking put together even in the rain. I bought a new classic last season but here are a few that have caught my eye. I do hope to get some wear out of mine, we need some rain in the South.

Love Gap and navy is so classic
The ultimate trench
Timeless

So that’s my loves for the season. I have plenty more I want to share with you all. Is that something you might be interested in? What are your loves? What do you disagree with? Get in touch.

Enjoy Monday!

Ta Ta for now

TLL x

Fall Favorites Friday – Handbags

Howdy Y’all,

Have I mentioned before my small penchant for all things handbag and purse? Now I am one fussy customer in this field and my passion although expensive is very contained. I don’t love that many bags but when I do I fall hard. Are you the same way? I have some lovely bags, but I am less inclined to use them currently as sippy cup stains and wet wipe marks are not the easiest thing to remove from leather interiors. So I wanted to keep this fairly brief but below are pictures of my dream closet of bags!

Leave me a comment of what I have missed out or other bags I should be salivating over!!

Happy Weekend.

Ta Ta for now

TLL x

Dream Collection

Bags from left to right:-

Mulberry Bayswater  I confess to owning two of these. One I bought second-hand and the other a gift and  I can quite honestly say they get better with age. The craftsmanship and the quality of the leather is everything you would expect from a company like Mulberry. I own a few other Mulberry products and have never been disappointed. I would like to own the chocolate color one day, who wouldn’t? Brown is so versatile and I find a more flattering, softer option to the ever popular black. I have used mine so much, it’s small enough to use as an everyday purse but large enough to use as airplane carry on (pre-child) or work bag to carry iPad etc.The design is timeless and would suit everyone. I will use mine for a good while yet and I hope to pass down to Little L, they really are an inheritance piece.

Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote This bag is one of my newest desire, there are many other designers who have similar styles. Tory Burch springs to mind. I really love the look of this Prada bag. So elegant and smart. Would be a great accompaniment to a working closet. I am told the zip compartments hold an iPad perfectly. Not sure how versatile it would be for a young mummy but I could stare at it thinking of a past self. The colors this bag comes in are beautiful also. The blue is stunning. Maybe one day.

Hermes 30cm Cognac Tan Leather Birkin Bag This to me is the bag to end all bags. I am in love with everything about it. It says simply class and elegance. The color Cognac Tan for me also says class and this is the most timeless piece. It’s simply a shame that the price tag is so extreme. A gal can dream or win the lotto.

Chloe Drew Mini Bag This another LL newbie but I love it. To me it’s a more modern-day take on the Chanel classic. It comes in a variety of colors but I liked the cream. Would be a beautiful evening bag or summer bag. I love the gold accessories.  It is a small bag but looks like it could hold a little more than a credit card. Do hope Chloe will keep this style around for some time yet.

LV Neverfull GM The perfect tote, comes in all LV prints. Timeless piece. Great size and could be the excellent compromise piece as a diaper bag, practicality vs style for those mummies who sometimes want to feel a little more stylish. Also great if like me you want to cart everything but the kitchen sink around with you. I do not own one but have always wanted to. If your thinking of investing in a designer bag you can’t ever go to wrong with any of the LV collection.

Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag Similar to the Birkin but more affordable but we are still speaking big bucks. This bag is a timeless classic. I think Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace, Princess Diana the list goes on of classy women who would have owned a bag like this. To me this is the epitome of evening bags. The gold chain, the quilted black leather and the elegance associated with a Chanel makes this an absolute staple amongst the classy rich and famous. It makes me think of St John clothing and ladies who know what style, sophistication and elegance really is.