Mixing a little Mulberry with a little Mango and Topshop and trying to break out of the only two outfits I’ve been wearing for weeks!

I have found July/August to be funny months when it comes to blogging. For a start, I have only been wearing two outfits – a Joules skirt (with deep pockets for tennis balls as I never know when I’m going to be called upon for a knock about) neon t-shirt, red Topshop shoes (not for the tennis) and Cath Kidston bag; OR jeans that I found at the back of the cupboard, boat printed Joules top, with the same shoes and bag.  


Either outfit covers most situations that I find myself in of late but there’s only so many times that you can show the same outfits in quick succession ie once, which means there’s not much else to show by way of outfits for the other 29 days of the month. Only wearing two outfits does cut down on the washing though, which is good when your children are producing more dirty clothes than a rugby team.


The only other outfit I’ve worn recently is the one below, which I wore when we went out for dinner with friends on Saturday night. If the dress code is smart/casual, I don’t think that you can go far wrong with some smartish trousers, a sparkly top and a pair of heels. Not only that but the trousers negate the need for perfectly smooth legs and closed in shoes negate the need for perfectly pedicured toes. I’m starting to wonder – am I turning into Waynetta slob?

The other reason that August is a tricky month for blogging is that whilst the winter collections are starting to filter through, there’s just something not quite right in writing about them. Not yet at least. I just want to enjoy the summer for as long as possible. True, I can often be caught reading my mags and surfing the internet looking at what’s in store but I’m not quite ready to go public with that little secret just yet.

I have also had to devote several weeks to getting the IT side of my life in order. One week was devoted to editing out all of my photos from the last few years to prevent my computer from spluttering and coming to a grinding halt. Another week was devoted to reducing my inbox from 1500 plus emails to 50 (although all I did was move the other 1450 into a sub-folder so they’re still there really).

And my final reason? I banned the children from watching TV and can I just tell you that making caterpillars out of yoghurt pots/doing aqua beads/painting/sticking/gluing/spending many hours outside severely limits the time available for blogging.

So, that’s where I’m at. Fortunately the photos are sorted, the emails are almost under control and having exhausted all manner of arts and crafts, I realise that the children’s TV habits are so deeply ingrained that they cannot be broken entirely, as a result of which I have slightly relaxed my rules.


So hopefully back into the blogging world I will come, with slightly more regularity than of late.


Last night I was working so I was forced, kicking and screaming, out of my denim skirt/jeans combo into some Gap printed trousers, Topshop sequin T and belt, a Hobbs swing cardi and Mango shoes.

I also used my pink Mulberry handbag and Tori Burch cuff which I was given as a birthday present.

With several other posts in the pipeline and a couple of new stores and brands to write about, I hope to be able to get back to blogging with a vengeance and certainly more than once a week at least!


  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    Have missed you Beth. Do share your new season thoughts. I bought a pale pink winter coat! Hx

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:41 pm

      I'm very excited to hear about the pale pink winter coat. Which one is it? Zara or Topshop perhaps? I would keep standing and taking a look at that little number hanging in the wardrobe. If you fancy sharing it with us please feel free to do so! You can send a photo to style@bethgoodrham if you like!

  2. sharon
    August 15, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I notice your photos confirm the bright and sunny weather that you all have been having there in the Mother Country. Having spent 2 weeks in the UK recently –one on the Grand Ubion canal and the 2nd in beautiful Edinburgh– I can attest to the fact that a redhead can get a sunburn in England. And, YES, it does rain at least a little every day in Scotland.

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:40 pm

      Hi Sharon – yes we have been lucky recently – although it is raining now. It's never far away is it? Hope that you have enjoyed your summer.

  3. Anonymous
    August 16, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    Are you growing your hair? Melissa x

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:39 pm

      Hi Melissa – well observed but no, it has now been chopped! I did like it a bit longer but my hair tends to grow outwards (rather than down) and gets very thick, so a good sorting out was needed!

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