Shopping For Must-Have Summer Accessories

Spring is here, and so our thoughts are turning to our Summer wardrobes. While you probably don’t want to go out and buy a whole new summer wardrobe, there are plenty of pretty and stylish accessories that will update your look.

Mobile Phone Cases

Even in times when we are not using our handbags, we are never without our mobile phones. They have become a new fashion accessory, and so our mobile phone cases are very important and a real harbinger of our personal style. CG Mobile, who are stockists of great iPhone 12 pro case and other phone accessories have the perfect range of Karl Lagerfeld hard cases with liquid glitter that are both stylish and fun. The Choupette case, named for Karl’s legendary cat. is also fabulous. You can also find similarly decorative cases for Android phones.

Flowers in Hair

An easy and beautiful way to add a touch of summer to your outfit is by wearing flowers in your hair. For everyday errands like running to the supermarket or grabbing lunch with your kids, tuck a blossom from your garden behind your ear. If you are going to a fancier event like a wedding, or ladies day, check out the gorgeous floral hair accessories from FTD, like the Flowers ‘n’ Frills Hair Décor. This accessory is technically in the bridal section of the company’s website, but it can definitely be worn by anyone who is looking to add some color to her hairdo. Flowers like orange spray roses, pink hyacinth and mini green hydrangea are attached to an accent hair clip, which is easy to place in an up-do or braid.

A Lightweight Scarf

A terrific way to add some needed color to your outfit is with a lightweight and colorful scarf. Dress up your T-shirt and shorts by wrapping one around your neck. A bonus: a light scarf will keep the chill away in highly air-conditioned places like movie theaters and restaurants. You can also use colorful scarves as belts and as sarongs at the pool. When choosing summer scarves, steer clear of heavy materials and opt for cotton or silk.

Clip on a Cuff

Arm and ear cuffs are all the rage this summer according to InStyle. For the arm cuffs, you can either wear them dangling from your wrist or clinch them higher up on your arm. ShopBop sells a nice assortment of arm cuffs including a thin curved cuff that looks like a railroad spike. Floral cuffs are another great option that will dress up a sundress or even just a plain T-shirt and jeans. If you are bored with wearing the same old earrings every day, give your ears an updated summer look with ear cuffs; the clip on cuffs will make it look like you have multiple piercings.

Put on a Floppy Hat

When you are looking for an affordable and fun summertime accessory, look no further than a big floppy hat. The hat will keep the sun and its damaging UV rays off your face, and you can wear it to the pool, park or shops, quite literally anywhere. Nordstrom sells a nice selection of wide brim hats in a variety of colours. To make your hat look even more feminine, wrap one of your lightweight scarves around it, or on windy days at the beach use the scarf as a tie.

Stack Friendship Bracelets

Relive your childhood and make some friendship bracelets with an adult twist. Instead of tying dozens of knots in thread, follow the instructions on The Craft and crochet some colourful bracelets. All that you need is embroidery thread and a small crochet hook. Once you have created some bracelets, stack them up on your wrists and voila — you will have added a dash of summertime fun to your arm.

 

Getting Your Glam On

I am a great believer in the adage that we are all beautiful in our own way. We all have our best features, and then the ones we would love to change if we had the chance. But even though we are all beautiful in our own way, it doesn’t mean that we can’t give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to looking our best. Sometimes that means faking it to enhance what we have already been given. Whether it be fake tan, fake lashes or lip plumping kits, we all have make up and beauty items that we turn to when it comes to getting our glam on. The rule with beauty is that as long as we are looking after our skin, we can wear whatever make up we like. A gentle skincare routine is also important.

What other beauty fixes can we use to give nature a helping hand?

Keep Your Skincare Organic

The general belief is that a skincare routine helps to keep your skin in tip top condition, but the reality is that some products actually cause more harm than good, with ingredients that contain parabans,  harmful ingredients and chemicals.

If your skin is suffering from your skincare, you should switch to an organic routine like the Amanda Jo Organic Bunny subscription box which curates some of the best organic beauty products around.

Fake that tan

I’ve written many posts about faking our tans and looked at the health implications that mean we now want to be sun kissed without the threat of skin cancers. But many of us do prefer the look of our skin when it is tanned, when we have a lovely, healthy glow that makes us look and feel better. St Tropez is one of the best brands around, but if you are on a budget I would definitely recommend St Moriz which is a stunning dupe brand with fabulous results. I often use their self tan mist, it is easy to apply and costs less than £5. (You can read some of my tips for applying fake tan here).

St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mist Medium 150ml £3.99 Click to visit Boots

Fake those lashes

Long, thick, lustrous lashes are the dream of most of us. But, in reality, my own lashes are fairly thin, not as long as I would like them, and quite blond in appearance. And so, when it comes to a night out, I fake it. Eyelure are the queen of false eyelashes, with a range of styles that can either add to the thickness of your lashes, or give you a full on, swinging sixties, dollybird look. My current favourites are the ‘Cheryl Oh My Goddess’ set that are dark, featherlite and fluttery and give a real glamorous look.

Cheryl – Oh My Goddess £7.25

Fake those lips

We can’t all be blessed with bee stung lips or a perfect pout, but again, we can give nature a helping hand. Many lipglosses now contain ingredients that will plump your lips. Soap and Glory’s hilariously named Sexy Mother Pucker brand has a variety called Pillow Plump. This features LIPSWELL, a natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology that will give you a pretty glorious pout.

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump XXL

You are beautiful, but sometimes we just need to fake it!

How to save money when shopping

Are you looking for more value for money when you shop? Then step this way for hints and tips that can make your money go further.

Is looking stylish all about the money spent on an outfit? Not at all. In fact, it’s possible and quite easy to dress in style while staying frugal. These days people no longer boast about how much they have spent on their wardrobe, rather they wear their bargains and the savings they have made like a badge of honour, proving you really can look good for less.

The same is true when it comes to all our shopping. Budget supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi are busier than ever as people look for value from their shop, and want to make savings that can really help when it comes to budgeting. The same is true of both BM and Home Bargains who offer real savings on home wares and toys.

Here I am showing you five clever ways to save money on your fashion and your general shopping without sacrificing quality and good looks.

  • Browse for sales. Gone are the days when one had to travel long distances to shop. Today, the world’s top retailers are available for you at the click of a mouse. Moreover, it’s possible to come across sales that offer up to 70% off at websites selling clothing and footwear by top brands by searching sites like Brand Alley and The Outnet. Sign up to email alerts so you know when sales are about to start, this will avoid you missing out on a bargain.
  • Search for coupons and latest deals. When at a store ready to check out, use your smartphone to search for clothing coupons. There are plenty of popular applications for Android and IOS.  You can also try Shop It To Me service to get regular notifications of your favourite brand clothing available on sale. Similarly, before you shop check out https://frequent-ads.com/ for the latest deals, both online and instore, this will ensure the price you pay is the best price, and may also alert you to BOGOF offers or flash sales.

  • Have a look at Charity Shops and discount shops. As we move towards a more eco friendly form of shopping, don’t forget that charity shops offer really good quality clothes at bargain prices, and do something good for both the planet and charity, stopping used clothes going to refill and supporting a good cause. In addition, discount shops and outlets can offer last seasons clothing items at bargain prices.
  • Look for clearance items. Online retailers sell out of season clothes and footwear with great discounts so keep looking for clearance items. Buying winter coats in spring and bikinis when summer is over is totally worth it.
  • Sign up for newsletters. Newsletters are a great way of finding out about sales, one day events and discounts on all your favourite products. Most online stores have them and you can also be rewarded for your shopping loyalty with special offers on your birthday, so they are definitely worth a look.

As can be seen, shopping doesn’t always have to mean spending a fortune. Shop cleverly and you will have extra money in your account at the end of each month.