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Holiday Style : 9 Flattering Summer Tops

Before I show you my edit of flattering summer tops that are new in at Marks & Spencer, I just wanted to share a new piece of research. Of 3,000 Brits surveyed,  96% of us live life on autopilot. The result? We say yes four times each day when we want to say no.  I know by the time the kids have left to school, I have said yes too many times. The worst Yes was spoken by me today, when I said Yes to Elsa coming to my 3 year olds birthday party – ahhh it’s next week. Is that going to happen? I really hope she forgets!



Dr Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness says


Autopilot makes it harder for us to make good choices, so we feel we’re living someone else’s life.  We must reconnect with what really matters; prioritise to-do lists, stop comparing ourselves to others, try new things and learn to say no (kindly). If it doesn’t make you feel extraordinary, say no – we only get one life, so let’s spend it well.


We are all on autopilot and we need to slow down and think wisely before committing ourselves.  One of my favourite sayings that I *try* to live by is…


Let your yes be yes and your no be no.


Don’t say yes out of obligation or because you have space in your diary. Save your energy.

Anyway, here are 9 tops that I would say yes to (actually have already bought the first one and I LOVE it)

Embroidered Bardot Top Navy £25 

Hurry, this top is selling fast!!

bardot top

Luckily I got my clammy hands on one. It is my piece de resistance.

Dark – doesn’t show dirt/jam fingers

Off the shoulder – who has chubby shoulders?

Tummy skimming – enough said

Good length – no builders bum with this one unless you are really being over at Gymboree!

Bardot top

Earrings from TLM Edit 



Embroidered Bardot Top £25

This is the blue & white stripe version of the navy top I could wax lyrical about. It is so flattering  and even if you raise your arms like you just don’t care, it still works and doesn’t expose anything as your under arms stop it riding up. (If that doesn’t make sense, buy it and you will see what I mean)


Embroidered Bardot Blouse £39.50 


Stripe Bardot Top £29.50

Move over pastels, now we are talking!!

Stripe Bardot



Yellow Ruffle Sleeve Top £35

It’s all about yellow this summer, so grab this top with both hands – it is a perfect transitional top before the tan as it covers most of you.

Yellow Ruffle Top

3/4 Sleeve Blouse £35 

You can’t go wrong with a white top and this one with triple stitch detailing is sure to blow the lights out.

white stitch top



Navy Peasant Blouse £35

This is super useful school run top to throw on and still look stylish.

peasant blouse



Vintage Ruffle Blouse £29.50

The Victorian Blouse is here to stay and this is a good investment as you can dress it up and down and it will take you through into winter too.

ruffle blouse

Star Textured Half Sleeve Blouse £29.50 

Stars and ruffles – tick tick tick.

star textured

This post is written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer, but all items are recommended by me. 

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School Run Style : Tops With a Twist

Blah. I am bored of my clothes. I want to go full on into winter gear as I am bored of my ‘Sautumn’ clothes. My check shirts have had it, my jumpers are a bit tired, my t shirts have mysterious holes in them (do you get them too? Not moths…) and I am on the hunt for some throw on tops that I don’t have to think too much about – like wash n’ go but for your torso (speaking of torso, that aren’t too tight either…) Bye bye embroidery and bye bye off the shoulder. Time to buy some investment pieces (for this season atleast!)

Grey & Grey, Silk Violet Top £135

Comes in black, grey and another favourite – stars.

Conquista, Sheer Jersey Top £50

Show off that tan, whilst you still have it.


Bomee. Alacasia Top £150

Pale pink mesh and blue silk. Viola.





Yunion T, Deep Scoop T£45

They do 5 different styles of T shirts all designed meticulously not to stick, but skim and to wash really well.  So flattering. Stock up!

Women's White T-Shirt, White Classic Deep Scoop Neck T-Shirt, YUNION T

Livotte London, Gabrielle Short Sleeve T Shirt £135 (also in black)

Fab selection of T Shirts with a difference. I particularly like this one with the tie waist.


Whistles, Shirt/Sweater £120

This style slightly reminds me of baby vests with a jumper attached – means you only have to choose once and you know they work well together. A definate time saver.

Indi & Cold, Heart Print Flowy Top 97 euros

Love this. Simple & a bit edgy (in a mum kind of way).  I like it so much actually, I might buy it! (whoop!) Such a cool Spanish brand, could get carried away…


Cos, Triangle Panel Knit Top £59

These are becoming a bit of a ‘school run mum’ uniform and I can see why. Simple with a bit of detail.

COS image 2 of Triangle panel knit top in Indigo

Scotch & Soda, Woven & Jersey Top £49.50

As above. Also comes in grey and black. (Trousers are pretty awesome too aren’t they? Will do trousers soon as they are also on the list!)

Woven & Jersey Top

Maison Scotch Colour Block Sweater £59




Happy Shopping! x