An age old formula that works….and a couple of things for when the sun (finally) arrives…

 Whistles Jacket, jeans and scarf, Jigaw bag, Zara boots

You may think from this photo that I’m lacking in inspiration in what to wear, which isn’t the case at all. I have lots of ideas of things that I want to show you but yesterday it was just soooooo cold that I had to resort to the age old formula of jeans, boots, a jacket and a scarf. I even put the heating on when I returned from town mid-morning but when Mr SG came back at lunchtime to work from home for the afternoon I was busted and off it went.  Mind you, things are looking up for Thursday and Friday so ladies, slap that fake tan on.

In the meantime here are a couple of things that I spied whilst out and about yesterday which will be great for when the sun finally arrives…

Topshop Slides (£40) – you can forget your Birkenstocks, furry or otherwise, and your lace up ballet pumps, these are where it’s at right now. I had my first pair of these from my local Freeman Hardy and Willis (showing my age or what?!) and they were a size 13. They were a denim print and I loved them. I have a pink pair of Scholl ones in my wardrobe which I think may well make a re-appearance sometime soon.

You can’t beat a good beach dress and this one from Topshop (£35) caught my eye as I passed it yesterday. There was a lovely Michael Kors one in the window of the MK shop but I couldn’t bring myself to spend much on something that was only going to end up with sun-tan cream, ice-cream and all manner of splodgy stuff all over it.

This Accessorize beaded chevron clutch bag (£25) on the other hand? Well let’s just say it might be wrapped up in tissue paper in a wardrobe not too far from here….

And talking about things in cupboards. I found this in our kitchen cupboard the other day. I should be embarrassed but I’m not – well, only for the fact that we even owned a tin of evaporated milk in the first place. Why would you do that? Condensed milk yes, I get that. That’s what’s needed for chocolate caramel shortbread but evaporated milk? I have no idea. However thinking about it I was pregnant at the time. Maybe that had something to do with it.

So what do you have lurking at the back of your cupboards – anything of the evaporated milk/scholl shoe variety, or perhaps a new little number for a sunny day? Go on, share them with me!


  1. Carol
    May 20, 2015 / 6:22 am

    I too had a pair of those Scholl slide clogs – in white – bought them when Carrie from Sex and the City made them stylish again! But I binned them ages ago – they were so uncomfortable – heavy and very unforgiving under the foot! Not too sure why they are in the health shoe category! Love the Topshop kaftan but not going on a beach holiday this year. Might even skip buying new sandals – been trying on the lace up gillie style ones – but not sure it's worth the bother as we are likely to have such a short summer! Beth where do you stand on the lace up,gillie ballet flats? I bought the Boden ones but sold them on eBay as I found them uncomfortable. Been trying on others elsewhere – same problem – and the straps seem to loosen too as I walk around. I think I am more in the d'orsay camp…now that style I love.

    • StyleGuile
      May 20, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      Hi Carol – I love the d'orsay flats – definitely the way forward I think. As with all of these things, I think it's just about getting the right fit so that they are comfortable. I love my Topshop ballerina lace ups – very comfortable, nice and pointy and I've now worked how to tie them so that they don't come undone! But you know, they're not for everyone! The Office ones are lovely too, plus the Russell and Bromley ones. x

  2. Anonymous
    May 20, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    I love evaporated milk on strawberries as it reminds me of my childhood. Try it. Tastes so much better than fresh cream.

    • StyleGuile
      May 20, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      I think that evaporated milk reminds lots of people of their childhood. Having just cleansed myself of my tin of evaporated milk I'm not sure that I can go back there just yet…but no doubt my Mum has some!

  3. Anonymous
    May 21, 2015 / 9:15 am

    I had a Saturday job at Freeman Hardy Willis, that's how old I am!! Love the TopShop dress

  4. StyleGuile
    May 21, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Oh wow, that's brilliant! That was all we had in our local town – the epitome of style it was!

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