Joe Browns.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a clothing company who wanted to gift me some items in exchange for a blog post. Of course as with anything I checked out the store first, I have had to turn some companies down when it comes to gifting, as if I genuinely don’t like the clothes I can’t accept them and I feel inauthentic. So to my delight there were some items I really loved, the website has a cool laid back vibe and I think that there is definitely something for everyone. I chose a really cool pair of flat sandals adorned with pompoms that are super bright and really gorgeous for summer, next I chose a beautiful blouse with a bird print on, which looks great teamed with skinny jeans and I am equally looking forward to wearing it on my holidays with denim cut offs or as a cover up on the beach, the last item I chose was a really lovely necklace which is really bohemian and has that hippie style I love. The price range is super affordable and the quality of the items is great, so in all I am a very happy bunny (What girl isn’t at the prospect of free clothes!) The bag I styled the blouse with is from my collection I am selling, you can email me for more details (Shameless plug there for myself!!) I hope you like the items and if you want to check out the website it is http://www.joebrowns.co.uk

Currently listening to Pharrell Williams new album Girl, favourite one (Its the rudest but I love the beat!) Gush!

 

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Girl Of The Sun

Hey guys, I thought I would let you all in on a business venture I have decided to embark on. The first reason I have decided to do this is because, basically I love fashion and for the past six months or so I have been going through some sort of intense spiritual awakening, It has made me become more conscious about the way I shop (eat, think, conduct myself, everything… But that’s a whole other blog post!) What is so lovely about the items I am importing is that the artisans all over the world are directly benefitting from the profits and there is no use of sweat shops or child/slave labour involved, which unfortunately is how most mass produced clothing is made. Secondly I have always absolutely love love loved bohemian laid back style and I like having one off pieces and styling them up with tons of jewellery and as I was shopping around for my summer wardrobe I was realising the lack of vibrant, unique items around (I still love the high street, but sometimes you just want something nobody else has!) All of the pieces I have are ethically made, using vintage fabrics and a lot of the jewellery are antique items, no two will ever be the same. I will also be selling lots of Mala beads, Crystal jewellery and lots of other meaningful items. My beautiful sister in law has modelled for me some of the cool harem trousers I am selling, I think I have turned her into a complete hippie and I have to say she suits it so much. If you would like more info you can email me on girlofthesun@outlook.com Or you can follow me on Instagram @girlofthesun Hopefully this is the start of something wonderful and I would just like to express some gratitude for the positive response I’ve had so far. Here is just a little taster of what’s to come. Hope you all have an amazing weekend. Love & Light!

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Bohemian Mummy

Well you could say I’ve had quite the hiatus from the world of blogging, life is just super busy! I can’t promise anything, but I am slowly dipping my toe back in and really wanted to share these wonderful pictures with you guys. As always when I don’t have time to blog I miss it like crazy as I love writing so much, So it feels good to be expressing myself again. Anyway a few weeks ago my super talented friend, over at wilsonkphotography.wordpress.com and I decided to do an ‘Earth Mummy’ kind of shoot, I wanted it to really reflect not only my style but also my style of parenting and the vibe of my family which is super laid back and bohemian (I can see myself retreating to a hippie commune very soon!) I chose the location of my parents garden, which is just overrun with beautiful bluebells and idyllic for what we had in mind, I styled us all up and let Kellie work her magic. If any of you guys are looking for a photographer I cannot recommend her enough, Sonny is the hardest person ever to capture and she managed to get some magical shots of him. I am absolutely delighted with the pictures and couldn’t of wished for anything more, Kellie & I make a great team as we totally get each others vision. The perks of having talented friends are endless 😉 So I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do and I would just lastly like to say a huge thank you to the people who have still been visiting my blog, I am astounded the stats have been so high even though I’ve been M.I.A!

My music recommendation of the moment is Chromeo & Solange ‘Lost on the way home’ (I’ve always been a lover of Solange & even more so since she bust up Jay Z haha!) Jokes of course!! A book I cannot recommend enough is Eckart Tolle ‘The power of now’ An oldie but oh so much of a goodie, a must read for anyone who wonders about the meaning of life.

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My Outfit; Red Dress; H&M, Cream Dress Over; Free People. Isabella’s Outfit; Jones & Jones. Sonny’s Outfit; Jumper; Next, Chino’s; Zara.

 

Well hello again…

So It’s been a while, so long that I actually feel like a kind of fraud writing this, but alas theladyisnotramp is back in action! Life has been pretty hectic lately and due to some personal issues my blog has took a nose dive. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year, I would like to wish you all a very prosperous 2014 filled with love and light (even though it’s almost February, I guess I’m a little late to the party!) This is a simple outfit I wore to go for a lunch with the girls, the trousers are part of a suit I bought from Zara, Which looks great together but I love mixing it up also. The coat is vintage, it is my favourite fabric boucle, it has that Chanel esque vibe about it. Teamed with a simple black jumper and an effortless pony tail this is the perfect luncheon outfit. Currently obsessing over Sam Smith’s new song ‘Money on my mind’ and Route 94 ‘My love’ my song’s of the week. Hope you all have a great Friday, it feels good to be back 🙂

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Coat; Vintage, Jumper; H&M, Trousers; Zara, Shoes; Zara, Bag; Vintage

Studio 2

Last Saturday was date night for the hub and I, a much anticipated occurrence when you have a couple of mini monsters! We enjoy this quality time together immensely and I think it’s so important as a couple to get dressed up, go somewhere nice and enjoy each others company. With the craziness of being parents, working and bills to pay, it becomes quite easy to become passing ships in the night, it’s really nice to be reminded of why you actually like the person you’re with. So we headed over to Studio 2, Liverpool’s legendary recording studio, bands such as Coldplay, Take that, Snow Patrol, Moby and Bjork (to name a few) have recorded there. This place is definitely a must for any music lovers out there, I actually had my 30th birthday party here, I fell in love with the décor and atmosphere. It has since been took over, but certainly hasn’t lost any of the original charm, if anything it is better! There is a host of musical events throughout the week, ranging from Jazz artists, Soulful bands, Weekend dj’s and an eclectic mix of musicians, Something for everyone. The food is delicious, tapas style, you can create your own board to share, perfect, as that way you get to try everything. As always we ordered far to much, the portion sizes are overly generous for the price. And I have to just say, the banoffee pie is the best I’ve ever tasted. We were treated to the talents of two fabulous artists, the first a pretty little thing named Lauren Mcgee, her voice was beautiful and she had a folky style charm about her, so soothing. Next up was the amazing Soweto Kinch (Check him out on youtube) who is an award winning alto-saxophonist and MC. He was performing material off his new album ‘The legend of Mike Smith’ which draws on the seven deadly sins and tells the tale of a young MC caught in the very modern world of temptation, the political messages in his music are incredible and he is nothing short of a lyrical genius. If you like Jazz and you like Hip-Hop this is the man for you. All in all we had a lovely night, great food, wine, music and cocktails (The French martinis are a little piece of heaven!) If you want a cosy night full of entertainment, you should get your little booties over there immediately. I wore one of my favourite Vivienne Westwood suits (My number one designer of all time, but that’s a whole other post!) with black ankle boots from Zara. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, I’m just about to crack open a nice bottle of red, Cheers!

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Suit; Vivienne Westwood, Choker; Vivienne Westwood, Top; H&M, Boots; Zara

An inch of skin

Admittedly I’m not really a ‘sexy’ (Hate that word, makes me shudder) kind of dresser (or person for that matter), I never dress for men or really show a whole lot of skin. The whole thing just makes me uncomfortable, I much prefer leaving a little to the imagination. However as much as it pains me to say it, over the knee boots are quite overtly sexual. Alas I do love them though, but worn in the right way they can still look classy. The key is to cover everything else up, there’s nothing worse than boobs, bum, bingo wings, back….. trying to think of another B for legs… all hanging out, you get the picture. You want to say ‘You can look but you can’t touch’ not ‘Please come and spend the night with me, I’m £10 an hour’. I wore this outfit last Saturday for a meal at Mal Maison Liverpool, with my gal pals. The food and wine where delicious, as was the company, my cheeks where hurting we laughed so much. My mum recently visited Florence in Italy and picked up this gorgeous skirt from Zara for me and the necklace was also a gift from her (isn’t she the best!). It’s incredibly special as it’s vintage and made from Aurora borealis stones which means ‘Northern lights’ It is inspired by the Northern Lights as it has a special iridescent finish that shines with many colours. These pieces are very rare and was invented in the 1950’s by the Swarovski company with Christian Dior. I love how dainty it is, it is the perfect complement to any outfit. With this outfit I’ve also broke the rule that navy and black should never be paired together, I personally think this is a load of nonsense as the two colours look beautiful together and super chic. Hope you guys are enjoying your Saturday, have a great weekend 🙂

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Coat; Zara, Shirt; Next, Belt; Aqua Couture, Skirt; Zara, Boots; Christian Louboutin, Necklace; Vintage

Romance

As soon as I laid my eyes on this skirt, it was love at first sight. The full skirt is quite possibly the most flattering style of skirt for any woman, as it accentuates the smallest part of the waist and stops short just above the ankle, it’s is pretty difficult not to feel ‘Gone with the wind fabulous’ in this stand out piece. This particular one is the softest grey and super heavy, perfect for these colder months, it creates such a dramatic silhouette and just makes you feel ever so lady like. As I was going for afternoon tea with my mum, I was caught up in the moment and went all out. Teamed with simple, pointy black shoes, a fine knit jumper and vintage feather bag I really was channeling my inner high society Princess….Sorry I haven’t lost it, just going with the romantic, girly theme of the skirt! Natalie Portman and Jessica Alba, two of my girl crushes, have also been seen in similar (more expensive) styles. My top tips for wearing this style, is to always keep the top half streamline and fitted, whether that be a t’shirt, jumper or blouse, avoid anything boxy, keep jackets cropped. Let the skirt be the masterpiece, keep heels dainty and feminine, also pointy flat shoes can look equally chic. So treat yourself, break out of the jeans and watch your waist magically shrink to wasp like proportions!

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Skirt; H&M, Jumper; H&M, Shoes; Dune, Bag; Vintage.