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OUTFIT: TRENCH SEASON

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TRENCH - TOPSHOP, BLOUSE - H&M, JEANS - BDG, BOOTS - ISABEL MARANT

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

secret weapon

Lingerie makes up the foundations of our outfits. Even though it's not visible, it shouldn't be overlooked. As well as having a huge impact on how our clothes look and feel, it also plays an emotional role; holding the power to boost our self confidence, as well as our bodies.

Let's look at the effect is has on our clothes. In the first place, I know that if I'm wearing a great set of underwear, I make more of an effort to put a nice outfit together. Who would want to cover up lovely lingerie with a bad outfit? On top of that - if you're wearing lingerie that fits you properly, and is the right cut for your shape, it enhances your body and you feel much better in your clothes.

I demand my underwear be both comfy and pretty at the same time, and there's no reason it should be boring. If I put on anything uncomfortable, I'm conscious of it all day. Sorry, but no-one likes a VPL. Another thing to remember is that it's going right next to your skin, so it should feel nice. I love silk, it's so beautiful to the touch, and even the simplest style of briefs will suddenly look sexy if they're made of a luxurious material. There are so many styles to choose from, and if you aren't yet an underwear junkie like me, you soon will be once you start looking. There's something so fun and addictive about lovely lingerie.

The mental role it has to play may not be so apparent, but I think it's actually more valid. The right underwear changes your mood; it can make you feel so confident. If you haven't ever tried on a killer set of matching lingerie, you might not get what I'm talking about, and I'll admit, it does sound a bit silly. There's nothing magical going on here, but what we wear, in this case lingerie (although it applies to clothing too), can make us feel all manner of ways - from sexy to elegant, playful to mature, the list is endless. And the fact that nobody can see your underwear somehow makes it more fun! Sexiness isn't always about what you see, it's about the feelings you pick up from someone. I think self confidence is one of the most attractive qualities, and yes, what we wear can have a huge impact on how confident we feel.

Of course, there are more important factors in life than clothes (or lingerie), but I do believe that what we put on our backs can help us be the best versions of ourselves! So, whether your lingerie is for your eyes only, or if a special someone will see it too, you should wear it for yourself.

Never underestimate the power of a secret weapon.

TOAST

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This week Toast invited me to blog for them. Yesterday I went to check out the new S/S collection and take in the atmosphere of their beautiful shop. Tucked away in my favourite little pocket of Bath is Toast's unofficial flagship store. The fresh and airy building matches the nature of the clothing, and aesthetic of the brand to perfection. It's Toast's largest store, and one of my favourite shops in the city. If you're in Bath or visiting, definitely pop your head in, the staff are really kind and helpful, and of course, stylish.

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The new collection will make you want to pack your bags and head off into the sunshine. Beautiful loose denim dresses and saltwater sandals are a reminder of childish ramblings through flowery gardens, while high waisted shorts and 50's inspired swimsuits give a lady like feeling to the whole collection. The colour palette is subtle, but expect to find the odd splash of bright orange and yellow - mostly in the form of beautiful jewellery - the gorgeous tassel necklaces would make a simple pair of white jeans and tee look so effortless.

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At their Bath in Fashion event that night, they were giving out these beautiful flower arrangements, which were smaller incarnations of their stunning window display!

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Toast makes such wearable, classic clothes. If, like me, you're a fan of a good pair of boyish jeans and a stripey top, you won't be disappointed. There were also some amazing suede ankle boots - always a big gold star in my books! A pair of these boot will see you all the way through the year.

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Thank you so much for having me, Toast!

JACKET TALK

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Can we talk about Clemence Poesy's enviable collection of perfect jackets? Of course we can...

FOR SALE - Isabel Marant Sneakers

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I'm looking to sell my Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers. Size UK 6/EU 39. They have a hidden wedge heel. Colour Anthracite. Price: £320 (RRP £390) They were only worn a few times, in excellent condition. Can supply orignal box if need be. See exact ones here. These sold out everywhere, and are pretty hard to find now! Will post to UK only.

Just pop me a line (beckymayblog@gmail.com) if you are interested, with all your questions. I can supply good detailed pictures for anyone interested.

Pop the word around if you like! Thanks!

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