Every now and then, we all find ourselves in a bit of a sticky style spot; those days where you can’t make head nor tail of the latest trend, you’re in a panic over what to wear for that party, and your wardrobe just isn’t making any sense. We’ve made it our mission to solve those tricky style dilemmas so you can enjoy doing what you do best: looking and feeling utterly fabulous…
Style Dilemma No. 1
I can’t afford a brand new wardrobe for spring; what three essential items should I invest in to stay stylish through the new season?
To make a fashionable impact without stretching the purse strings, look to a couple of classic spring pieces and throw in a directional trend for good measure. With spring weather typically difficult to predict, a versatile cover-up should be your first port of call. Make it a mac and you’ve got yourself a timeless, light and oh-so chic coat that will see you through what’s left of winter and well into spring in style.
Next up, your precious pennies will be well spent on another spring favourite: florals. While flower prints can be found growing all over trousers, shirts and tees, the piece you’ll get the most wear out of is a floral dress. Simply style with flats and a blazer in the day and switch to heels and glam accessories come nightfall. It’s the perfect piece to see you through the transitional weeks too; tights on for wintery days, tights off come summer!
For your final piece, inject a little high fashion into your new season wardrobe with the couture doll trend. Inspired by the pretty, candy-coloured looks of the SS14 catwalk, a sweet separate in the shape of a light blouse will earn you some serious style points.
January may be done and dusted, but when it comes to cold, wet weather, we’re not out of the woods yet. With a less than favourable forecast for February (and beyond), we’ve got several more weeks of weather woes and that means battling on with our winter beauty bugbears. From chapped lips to lacklustre hair, the weather sure doesn’t go easy on us during winter. But don’t lock yourself away until spring; take a look at our top tips for staying gorgeous through these rough beauty conditions…
Dry, itchy skin
There’s nothing lovelier than hot shower when the mercury drops, right? Wrong! As tempting as it is to blast the boiler and step into a steaming tub, hot water actually strips your skin of its natural oil barrier; a barrier your body needs to trap in moisture.
Lower the temperature and resist the urge to soak for half an hour (no more than 15 minutes), then pat dry with a towel. Lock in the moisture with a milk-based cream, perfect for softening skin and warding off irritation. This Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion will do the trick.
It’s been a loooong month since the pre-Christmas pay packet, leaving many of us looking longingly at our fashion wish list like a kid with its nose pressed against the sweet shop window. But at last! That glorious event known as ‘payday’ has arrived and with it comes the monthly (weekly? DAILY?) temptation to shop the latest styles. Channel your payday glee with our top treats from the Simply Be stash…
The Don’t Snap-Your-Purse-Strings Shoes
At £30 or less, why even wait for payday for these beauties? In a range of to-die-for designs and the coolest of colours, pick your favourite and step out in style.
Hang in there people, only one more week left until we leave the January blues! If you’re struggling with this cold and depressing time of year, don’t fear as we’re here to give you a boost!
Quick! Balloons, streamers, CAKE! Today is Measure Your Feet Day people! Who’s with me?
Okay, so it’s no Cheese Day (yes, that one exists too), but if there’s one thing we should take from this slightly random but no less helpful day, it’s that we should all know how big are feet are. Both of them.
Last month, we brought you a blog post which showed you how to do just that (and how to measure your calves to boot). You can check it out here.
We’re not sure why the good folk in Iceland originally dreamt up Measure your Feet Day, but for us, it’s all about feeling comfortable and confident in your own shoes…and being able to fit into these beauties…
These boots are made for walkin’…
With summer still a distant dream, there’s life in the boot yet. These fab pairs will see you through the chillier months and well into spring.
We’ve made a list, we’ve checked it twice, you’re gonna find out what our favourite Christmas movies are! So get the kettle on, drag the duvet downstairs and get cosy with our top festive flicks.
Love Actually (2003)
We owe a lot to Richard Curtis. Not only did he bring us Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley, but without him we may never have seen Hugh Grant and Colin Firth brawling in a fountain over Bridget Jones. He’s also the big softie behind some of the most romantic moments ever to grace our screens and his 2003 romcom, Love Actually, has to take the prize for the most heart-melty moments in one movie. If there’s one film that makes us want to snuggle on the sofa with a hunky man at Christmas (Colin or Hugh will do), it’s this one.
Struggling to find the perfect present for the picky people in your life? Well fear not; your pals at Simply Be have done the hard work for you and found some fantastic gifts that won’t end up on Ebay by Boxing Day. From the designer diva to the man in your life, check out or top present picks this Christmas and get your festive shop on quick sharp!
Hey there, pretty lady…
If she’s a girly girl with a penchant for preening, fill up her stocking with beauty booty and must-have hair products.
Today we’re proud to release our new video – we hope you like it!
And we hope that in some small way we can help make women feel fabulous about themselves, and treasure what makes them unique.
So here it is! If you like it please do share it, and join in the conversation about it on Twitter using #SimplyBeYourself
Filming the video was lots of fun, and took place at various locations across London, from Clapham Common to multiple coffee shops! Well done to all the team – especially our two leading ladies. Hats off to Bonnie in a particular for enduring the ‘splashing scene’ on a cold November day
With just 20 sleeps ‘til the big day, take a look at our top picks for what’s hot this Christmas. Let us know what you’re loving in the comments or @SimplyBeUK
Oh how we love the fabulous festivities at this time of year! Dresses, dancing and skulking into work the next morning; nothing beats a good old Christmas party. Continue reading
There’s a bit of a celebrity baby boom brewing at the moment, with everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Kate Winslet expecting the pitter patter of tiny designer booties. While these lucky ducks have stylists on hand to see them through those sartorially-tricky months, we mere mortals must muddle through on our own…and dressing for two can leave some in a bit of a sticky style spot.
Never fear, mums-to-be; a little muffin in the oven needn’t mean nine months of wardrobe misery! We’ve looked to the stars for some style inspiration and created six gorgeous looks straight from our very own maternity range, available in sizes 14-32.
The (seemingly) perpetually pregnant Jessica Simpson gets maternity style spot on with this animal-print dress and black accessories. What better way to show of your baby-mamma curves than with an all-over eye-catching pattern?