Friday, 18 May 2018


S U N,  S E A  &  S W I M S U I T S

As we get older I think the importance of keeping swimwear classy and chic is paramount and block solid colours are the way to do this.

We will start with black or dark navy which always looks grown up and polished. The simple back one piece doesn't have to be boring, add ruffles, laces and scalloping for some interest.


Nothing looks more glamorous than a white swimsuit or bikini ..... albeit less forgiving than dark colours and extra care is needed with suncreams and false tans, but you can not deny they look stunning especially near the end of your holiday when the tan is nicely developed. 


Then of course if you want to don your inner Pammy then a red swimsuit it has to be and red complements a monochrome holiday wardrobe to perfection. 


If you want to a break from the solid colours I would suggest my favourites polka dots, stripes and really pretty disty florals. 


As you can see I have picked a wide range of price points ..... At the top end I absolute love Melissa Odabash and if my budget could afford it all my swimwear would be Odabash ... when I could and feel confident in a bikini I loved her Bel Air and Trinidad bikinis. J Crew is always a good place to shop for good swimwear at a mid price point, I personally love their ruched femme swimsuit and that one-shoulder striped one piece is so chic! 

On the high street I recommend good old M&S and their secret slimming swimsuits. Also, Next have good options and some of their swimsuits that have an expensive air about them like this and this. You may have noticed I have included many pieces from &OtherStories ..... the girls at Sheerluxe recently reviewed it on their new show and said it was very expensive looking in both design and fabric and I couldn't agree more. I love this, this and this.

Accessorize and Next are killing the Marysia scalloping like swimwear, Accessorise's red bikini is so cute!

Finally, forgot to pick any from Boden this is fabulous as is this bikini.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018


I quoted Coco Chanel on my Instagram yesterday "Fashion passes, style remains" and that is very true. 

I see Instagram is awash with lots of fast fashion, floral dresses and loud prints .... honestly you will get fed up with them .... next summer you will pull them out of your wardrobe and think ... 'what was I thinking" ..... trust me, I have made those mistakes. 

M & S  S U M M E R  P I C K S

M&S has you covered this summer from holidays to the office and everything in between, they have one trend that has the FM40 seal of approval ..... polka dots.

Firstly, this spotted ruffle skirt would look great with a simple tee and crisp white/cream blazer (something like this) for the office. Or with trainers and a denim jacket at the weekend. This spotted tunic dress would look amazing with either a Hermes or Gucci belt to clench it in at the waist and to totally elevate it to something special. Finally, my personal favourite, this dotted blouse makes summer denim look pretty and fresh.  I also are quite keen on this navy/gold top that has a very similar vibe to the more expensive Bea Blouse from Sezane.

Marks and Spencer tailoring is fabulous at the moment, I finally got the Balmain like jacket in black recently that I have been harping on about.

Style Tip : size down one size and I plan to swap the buttons to more expensive looking blazer buttons 😉

They have other pieces of tailoring that are perfect for the summer that will make you look polished, whether it's for the office or to wear with denim. I like this cream blazer I mentioned earlier, the pale blue Balmain style jacket and finally this navy linen blazer which would look very chic with this breton, these Chloe like jeans and these fabulous red shoes! Those red shoes would in fact look stunning with a white tie waisted full bodied dress for a summer garden party.

H O L I D A Y   S T Y L E  W I T H  M & S

As you know, I am in the middle of my summer holiday capsule wardrobe series and I am yet to cover, swimwear and accessories. On the subject of swimsuits I have a few and my favourite swimsuit is in fact the cheapest one I own ..... from Marks and Spencer. If like me you have boobs and a mummy tummy that you don't like showing off then M&S secret slimming swimsuits are
A M A Z I N G and this striped swimsuit by Rosie for Autograph looks stunning. 

M&S Holiday Shop is a great place to get inspiration and buy all the things you need, plus they have a few packing tips that I have just found quite useful and I consider myself a good packer. 

My picks are this great classic white shirt cover up (love the ties on the sides) this striped shirt cover up and this dress that is ideal for throwing over a bikini, but also can also double up as a little dress.

 If you like the style of espadrilles, but don't like the ribbon ankle ties then these espadrilles are a really good option for you. M&S accessories are very on trend this season and some will certainly add a trend driven look (and fun) to the more simple and chic holiday style I champion here on FM40. My favourites are this, this or you could stay classic with this Rea Feather style tote and I absolutely love that striped half-moon clutch above. I do love a panama hat, but sometimes I do like to go all Hollywood scarlet with a large floppy sunhat like this.

Finally, do you need a new PJ's for the summer? Well, nothing is more cool or fresher looking than white cotton and I have just purchased these ... loving the pretty vintage look of them.


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Marks and Spencer, thank you for supporting the brands I love and trust here at FM40 

Thursday, 10 May 2018


S U M M E R  H O L I D A Y  S H O E S

You don't need to take a suitcase full of shoes on holiday you only need three pairs ..... a tan flat sandal, a wedge espadrille and a pair of slides and I'll allow you to sneak a pair of practical flips flops in too.

TIP: Remember to stick with natural colours. 

Let's start with the slides ... made so popular by the stunning Hermes Oran and Saint Laurent Woven Nu Pieds ... of course if you have the budget then I would advise to go and invest! However, there are many homages on the hight street Dune's Loupe and this pair from Mango are nods to Hermes. Saint Laurent homages you can find at Zara and these fabulous ones here from Topshop. 


N O  E X C E S S  B A G G A G E  H E R E

A pair of strappy tan flat sandals will literally go with everything, so there is no need to pack different shoes for each different outfits. I have this pair of Ancient Greek Sandals and they are now entering their third summer and I just truly love them because of their versatility ..... never mind comfort! 

Another excellent sandal brand is K Jacques that also do gorgeous traditional greek style sandals this pair are my favourite. Of course, the high street always have similar options and these from Gap that I have featured before are just fabulous as are these from Topshop


S O M E  H E I G H T

You don't really want to be tottering around cobbled streets or beach resorts in stiletto heels, but I totally understand that some nights you may want a little height .... some outfits certainly look better with a heel.  The perfect holiday shoe for this is the espadrille wedge .... my favourites are made by Castaner which come in a variety of colours.  Again, the high street have some cheaper options, but as the Castaner are not overly expensive at £80 if you can afford I would advise to invest in a pair of Castaner. Although, this two tone pair from Toppers look fab. 


So, if you follow my advice there is no need to lug all your shoe collection with you on holiday and there will be no baggage excess fees! 


All images are from two of my favourites Sincerely Jules and Collage Vintage 📌
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