John Lewis Beach Safari edit

When it comes to colours and trends that sum up Summer perfectly, the colours, tones and patterns of safari style are pretty hard to beat. Jungle style prints and neutral beige, khaki and nude tones can easily transport you to a place of sun, sea and sand, even when you are feeling the heat in the city.

John Lewis have launched summer with a style edit called ‘Beach Safari’. An eclectic mixture of John Lewis’s own collection and selected brands, this range is chocked full of animal prints, natural shades and simple clean lines.

What makes this collection stand out from the general safari style looks is the addition of luxe fabrics. Think silk – both the wafer thin and the heavier varieties. Think leather in the form of Gerald Darel pieces in stunning cognac shades. Think unusual suede for sandals and lots and lots of different straw bags. The luxe nature of this collection makes it highly covetable, totally wearable and ultimately timeless – these are pieces that will find a space in your wardrobe easily and then earn their keep by being worn again and again.

Here is my edit of the John Lewis edit. I am totally in love with this – what are your thoughts?

John Lewis Nuria Suede Espadrilles, Brown £59 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Nuria Suede Espadrilles, Brown £59 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Brushed Leopard Print Bandeau Swimsuit, Multi £59 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Brushed Leopard Print Bandeau Swimsuit, Multi £59 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Zig Zag Silk Print Kaftan, Multi £130 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Zig Zag Silk Print Kaftan, Multi £130 click to visit John Lewis

Jigsaw Heavy Silk Shirt Dress, Khaki £198 click to visit John Lewis

Jigsaw Heavy Silk Shirt Dress, Khaki £198 click to visit John Lewis

Warehouse Palm Print Shirt Dress, Multi £45 click to visit John Lewis

Warehouse Palm Print Shirt Dress, Multi £45 click to visit John Lewis

Violeta by Mango Belt Shirt Dress, Light Beige £44.99 click to visit John Lewis

Violeta by Mango Belt Shirt Dress, Light Beige £44.99 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis City Straw Shoulder Bag, Multi £39 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis City Straw Shoulder Bag, Multi £39 click to visit John Lewis

Gerard Darel Auline Skirt, Cognac £301 click to visit John Lewis

Gerard Darel Auline Skirt, Cognac £301 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Soft Tunic Dress, Khaki £160 click to visit John Lewis

Karen Millen Soft Tunic Dress, Khaki £160 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Straw Shopper Bag, Natural £29 click to visit John Lewis

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Straw Shopper Bag, Natural £29 click to visit John Lewis

Mint Velvet Belted Shorts, Khaki £49 click to visit John Lewis

Mint Velvet Belted Shorts, Khaki £49 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Rectangle Frame Sunglasses, Tortoiseshell £20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Rectangle Frame Sunglasses, Tortoiseshell £20 click to visit John Lewis

To view the complete John Lewis Safari Beach edit click here.

 

Basket Bags – The Look of Summer

Every summer it seems I succumb to the same fashion obsession. I fall in love with every straw basket or bag I set my eyes on. I buy at least one new one per year, and then use them until they inevitably fall apart. Menorca is a really fabulous place to find them, with natural, simple designs taking their place amongst the coloured straw and more elaborately embellished ones. There is a basket to suit every taste, and they really suit the boho look of maxi dresses and cheesecloth skirts, but look just as good with jeans and a cotton top, or used as a beach bag with a Talitha Getty style kaftan.

Here are some designs I spotted and loved in Menorca.

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Spotted in Ciutadella

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Pretty colours in the hotel shop

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Love the gorgeous salamander lining.

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Very Moorish influenced

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I love the unusual shapes and prints.

On the day before I was due to go on holiday, my favourite straw bag suffered a disaster when the strap broke. I love this bag so much that I will be getting it repaired, but in the meantime I got a fabulous, classic straw basket from Menorcan brand Pou Nou which I know I will use to death!

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My fave basket bag – now sadly broken.

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My new bag from Pou Nou.

Find your perfect basket bag.

     M&S COLLECTION Straw Bucket Tote Bag T836089Y     £12.50 click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION
Straw Bucket Tote Bag
T836089Y
£12.50 click to visit M&S

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M&S COLLECTION
Straw Bucket Tote Bag
T836089Y
£12.50 click to visit M&S

Sequin Striped Straw Basket £35 click to visit La Redoute

Sequin Striped Straw Basket £35 click to visit La Redoute

 

Straw Floral Trim Basket £23.40 click to visit Laura Ashley

Straw Floral Trim Basket £23.40 click to visit Laura Ashley

Joe Browns Natural stripey straw shopper now £13.95 click to visit Debenhams

Joe Browns Natural stripey straw shopper now £13.95 click to visit Debenhams

 

Betty Jackson. Black Designer orange straw effect satchel £28 click to visit Debenhams

Betty Jackson. Black Designer orange straw effect satchel £28 click to visit Debenhams

Straw bag £24.99 click to visit H&M

Straw bag £24.99 click to visit H&M

Pull&Bear Woven Straw Shoulder Bag £19.99 NOW £12.00 click to visit ASOS

Pull&Bear Woven Straw Shoulder Bag
£19.99 NOW £12.00 click to visit ASOS

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