Sometimes it is hard to believe it is June already! Time is moving so quickly and of course, this is not the summer a lot of us planned or expected. We spoke to some of our blogger friends, to find out what they’ve been up to, their favourite at-home trends and to talk us through their Monsoon edits, get ready for some serious inspiration with @simoneoaks!
How have you been spending your time at home?
As a busy working mum of two, we have been juggling a few plates between home-schooling, working and making the most of the slower-paced lifestyle. I am very grateful for where we live, now more than ever and we have tried to make the most of the village walks from our doorstep in rural North Yorkshire. We have been making the most of not having to be anywhere at a specific time, enjoying family movie nights, den making and Lego marathons! I have been trying to tick some of the home DIY projects off the list- note the word ‘trying!’. I have taken up running (well jogging) which if I am honest is something I have never enjoyed in the past. I have paced myself and I try to do 3-4 morning runs each week which I am now starting to really enjoy! I have also taken up weighted hula hooping, which is great for the core and if anything, it gives my children something to laugh about!
Can you take us through your top ten picks from Monsoon and why you picked them?
Poppy floral tea dress
In my opinion, every summer wardrobe should include a timeless tea dress. This shape flatters all figures, the flutter sleeves and lightweight sustainable viscose fabric make it a super comfy choice for summer. The poppy floral print is so feminine and has a beautiful vintage feel. I love vintage fashion, and this has a real 1940s feel!
Julissa floral print skirt & blouse
I adore this co-ord set as it is so versatile, and the coral ditsy print is bright but yet classic. The skirt has pockets- big tick! Is anyone else obsessed with pockets?! The elasticated waist means you can tuck the matching blouse in comfortably and the tie waist detail draws your waist back in for a flattering cut. The Julissa blouse features the popular puff sleeve detail but subtly without being oversized. I will be wearing this co-ord together to make a style statement or with neutral linen culottes and a crisp white blouse.
Billie sustainable embroidered lace maxi dress
This boho style maxi dress is a wardrobe capsule piece. It is perfect for summer garden parties, weddings, and festivals. Life is too short to not wear the dress- so don’t save it for best! Make a special meal and enjoy a garden date night. The tiered maxi hem and intricate embroidery neckline make for an extremely beautiful garment; one that can be worn year after year.
Florence embroidered straw shoulder bag
I love the circular shape of the Florence shoulder bag, a twist on the traditional basket bag. As a busy mum of two, this can stylishly store all the mum essentials for our summer picnics. The blue embroidery is a beautiful detail and the reverse is plain which means you can carry it, either way, depending on your outfit. You can never have too many basket bags; our bedroom has a beautiful display all year round!
Minnie suede peep-toe sandals
My go-to style sandal every year is an Avarca style sandal. The suede upper makes them incredibly soft and comfortable to wear, and they are easy to pop on and off. A timeless classic, to go with all my summer outfits.
Lilla embroidered jacket
Living in the UK means a summer light jacket is essential as the temperatures drop. The slightly oversized cut and open-front design makes it great for layering. Don’t be afraid to clash prints and textures to make a style statement.
Francine floral joggers in pure linen
The comfort of a joggers fit but with a linen tailored look. They are perfect for working from home and chasing around after the children and our Cocker Spaniel! I can create a casual look by teaming them with a white t-shirt and flats or opt for a heel and jacket for an evening look.
Savannah hammered disc stone drop earrings
When it comes to jewellery, I love all things gold and nude. The hammered disc detail and the nude stone additions create a beautiful pair of earrings that go with every outfit.
Aesha floral tiered maxi dress
This stunning floral maxi dress reminds me of the secret garden (a firm childhood favourite!). The mint green backdrop and colourful garden florals make for a beautiful silhouette. The crepe fabric is perfect for swishing (as my 5-year-old daughter would say) and the waist tie detail draws the eye to your waistline.
Trends have taken a bit of a turn during this time at home, what would you say your favourite trend is right now?
My favourite trend right now is the return of power-prints and they appear to be back in a huge way this summer! There has been an influx of giant florals, clashing hues, and oversized polka dots. Power prints coupled with puff sleeves and intricate broderie anglaise detail are a summer wardrobe must-have. I like to make a statement and go for a full look with a co-ord set or dress.
How do you boost your mood and stay positive while indoors?
Although we have been embracing the slower days, I have made sure I have stuck to my usual morning routine by dressing in clothes I would normally wear to work. Feeling like me and dressing to face the day definitely helps to lift my mood! I have tried to focus on the little things as it turns out they are pretty big things, especially at the moment. Baking and cooking home-cooked meals and eating as a family have created a structure for the day and a time to reflect and make plans for the future.
Can you give us a motivational quote that helps you feel inspired?
Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.