Style

8
Nov

November: Rain Or Shine?

So far, we’ve had a warmer than average October, but this season’s wet weather gear is simply too good to save for a rainy day. Check out the fabulous colours and styles on offer and get yourself decked out for some outdoor fun!

A drop of inspiration

It’s not as if we needed proof that, for fashionistas in 2018, anything goes, but here’s some anyway. Back in January, Fendi’s menswear show in Milan featured monogrammed umbrella hats. Yes, you read that right. Somewhat chicer than the ones you might be used to seeing, they were a part of the ‘ease-of-travel’ themed show and perfectly demonstrated the benefits of keeping dry and still being able to use your hands.

If anyone knows how to put the ‘oooh’ into monsoon, it’s British Vogue. Check out their article on How To Style Out a Rainy Day for inspiration. We particularly like the cute see-through rain hats. So much nicer than the ones your Nan used to tie round her hair to keep the blue rinse from running.

wellington boots

Wellie Watching

Since the rise and rise of festival chic, wellies are a staple part of everyone’s wardrobe. They’re also now available in more shapes, colours and styles than you can shake a wet stick at. But what should you look for when choosing your ultimate puddle-jumping footwear?

Wonderfulwellies.co.uk recommends three top qualities: comfort, warmth and waterproofing.

Here are our top tips for picking the very best pair of boots:

Size: In terms of fit, it’s not just about foot sizing. You also need to think about the fit around your calf. Too tight and puddle jumping could be problematic. Too baggy and you might end up taking on water.

Durability: wellies are available for every type of activity you can imagine, from festivals to farming, and walking to wading. As with all things, price affects durability. You get what you pay for and, if you’re planning to use your wellies in anger, it’s worth looking for a more durable, higher-priced pair, or even the more specialist styles designed with a particular activity in mind.

Comfort: there are a couple of things to consider in terms of comfort. Firstly; the lining of your wellies. Some of the higher-priced boots have a neoprene or other type of additional lining, making them more comfortable that the ‘single-skin’ versions. These linings can also keep your feet warmer but you need to be careful not to buy a boot that will be too warm in Spring or Summer. Secondly, you need to check that the wellies you choose give your feet and ankles adequate support. Even if you’re just wearing them for dog walking, you’ll soon feel a lack of support if you’re on grass or rough terrain.

umbrellas

Brilliant Brollies

Despite huge technological advances across society, the design of the humble umbrella has barely changed since it was invented over 4,000 years ago. First designed to protect people from the sun, the rain umbrella seems to date from the 17th century, although they were originally made of silk, which offered very little water resistance.

Given 2018’s trend for varied textures and unusual materials, it’s no surprise to learn that umbrellas haven’t escaped the eye of the fashion creatives, as this piece by pouted.com shows.

However, if you want something a little more sedate than an umbrella with a light saber as a handle, the high street choice is as colourful and varied as ever. From clear plastic ‘bubble’ brollies, to rainbow brights and autumn leaf prints, there’s something here for everyone.

It’s almost a shame to wait for the rain to come.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Requisite Print Wellingtons

Sports Direct

Requisite Print Wellingtons- £19.99

 

 

 

Rain By: Barney Campbell

WHSmith

Rain By: Barney Campbell – £5.75

 

 

 

Mocktail Scented Candle - Purple Rain

Card Factory

Mocktail Scented Candle – Purple Rain – 2.99

 

 

 

30
Oct

Time for a little retail therapy?

It’s a well-worn phrase but why do we refer to shopping as ‘therapy’?

Aside from the obvious outcome of new clothes or shoes, there are many reasons we love to shop. With busy lives and constant connection, we sometimes need to take time out to recharge our batteries. For many people, being mindful is about blocking out life’s ‘noise’ and getting some downtime in their head. Shopping is one thing that people feel they can relax into. Browsing slows us down and gives us an excuse to focus on ourselves: so, it’s official… getting out and about on the High Street is good for your health.

  1. Relaxation: we live in a hectic world, with constant noise from social media, news outlets and more. What better way to focus the mind on some non-digital activity than shopping? Purely by occupying your mind with just one thing for a couple of hours, you can release tension, put your troubles to one side and relax.
  1. Confidence: if you look good, you feel good and your local shopping centre definitely has the power to provide you with a killer new outfit. Just by trying on new clothes and imagining wearing them, we can boost our mood and make ourselves feel happy and confident. Plus, it’s great exercise, meaning calories are burnt and lots of lovely, happy endorphins are released, lifting your mood and lightening your step.

two people in a coffee shop

  1. Entertainment: Leisure time should be quality time, whether you spend it just with your good self, or with family or friends. It’s easy to see how you can while away a few hours browsing or buying under the bright lights and dazzling wonders of your shopping centre. You might be looking for something to do while the kids are at clubs or have time between meetings; either way, time flies when you’re having fun!
  1. Creative pride: pulling together a stunning outfit or finding just the right accessory for you or your home instills a sense of pride. You’ve created something new – and you get to take it home and enjoy it even more. This is the feel-good factor that keeps on giving.

shoppers

  1. Social interaction: of course, there’s only one thing that beats shopping, and that’s shopping with friends. The shopping centre can provide the perfect day out with some retail therapy, followed by coffee, lunch or some beauty therapy. Go on, your friends will thank you for it.

So, there you have it. Shopping is about so much more than revamping your wardrobe or stocking up on toiletries. It’s actually good for you from a health and wellbeing point of view. By getting out and about, we are exercised and invigorated and we have the joyful bonus of bags of goodies to unwrap when we get home. And if that doesn’t convince you, try Glamour’s alternative list of legit reasons to hit the High Street. What are you waiting for?

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Saucony Kinvara 4

Sports Direct

Saucony Kinvara 4 – £50.00

 

 

 

2019 retro calendar

Card Factory

2019 Retro Calendar- £1.99

 

 

 

Chesterfield Library

Relax and unwind with a good book from the library.

 

 

 

10
Oct

Where will you put your pumpkin?

There’s an interesting new trend for Halloween 2018…Check out Instagram, and you’ll find a range of orange glitter-painted pumpkin butts! According to an article in Metro recently, making your best asset into a sparkly, painted pumpkin is this year’s spooky thing to do….but we’re not sure it’ll work out well as a trick or treat costume in your local neighbourhood!

For those of you who prefer to stay covered up, we’ve come up with 5 wicked ways to enjoy Halloween this year (all while revealing appropriate amounts of flesh!)

1. Throw a Halloween party

These days, the UK retail sector is really embracing Halloween with the Association of Town & City Management telling us it’s the fastest growing retail event for under-18’s. In fact, after Christmas and Easter, it’s the third largest retail event of the year so there’s no shortage of fantastically fearful accessories and decorations in the shops.

From terrifying tableware to scary snacks, you can easily create a party with a difference to celebrate the occasion. All the usual rules go out of the window for Hallowe’en, when it seems perfectly acceptable to serve bite-size eyeballs or finger food crawling with spiders and bats.

Halloween costumes

2. Decorate your doorstep

Towns and villages across the UK have seen ever-increasing efforts made to spookify their surroundings on Halloween. From pretty wreaths to life-size ghosts and ghouls, it’s clear that all tastes can be catered for.

Don’t forget the trademark pumpkins, complete with creepy carvings, to add the finishing touches. Tradition says if you’re pumpkin is lit you’re happy to have trick-or-treaters knock at the door so make sure you’ve stocked up on sweets too.

3. Go along to an organized event

With Halloween enjoying ever-greater popularity, most public attractions will be holding special events or themed promotions. Many of these are great for kids and adults alike. For 2018, English Heritage is running family events including terrifying trails, spooky storytelling and creepy crafts, made all the more realistic when they are in the grounds of an old house or castle.

Falling so close to school half term holidays makes Halloween a fantastic opportunity for family fun; watch out for themed outings for quality time and fresh air as an added bonus.

4. Go full on haunted house

Give trick-or-treaters an amazing experience by creating a haunted house look indoors. Imagine the door opening and a ghoulish graveyard awaiting: creepy corridors, scary staircases and all manner of other scene-setters are available to take your decorating to the next level. In the digital age, it’s all about immersing yourself in fake reality and this will bring you right up to date with the latest themed decorating.

Of course, there’s no shortage of cobwebs and skeletons to add to the overall effect so let your imagination run wild. If you can’t do it at Halloween, when can you do it?

Halloween Outfit

5. Trick or Tree-eat?

You’re never too old for a bucketful of sweets, so grab the kids and head out for an early evening wander around the neighbourhood. As well as making sure you get your sugar fix, it’s a great way to see what your neighbours have come up with for Halloween and get some even better ideas for next year!

Don’t forget, take a torch for the darker roads, put something bright on the kids to make them easily seen and follow the Halloween code: if there’s a lit pumpkin, feel free to knock!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

‘This is my Halloween Outfit’ Slogan T-shirt – £3.99

 

 

 

Sports Direct

Hanging Reaper Halloween Decoration – £3.99

 

 

 

WHSmith

The Halloween Book – £8.27

 

 

 

Boots

Mix It Halloween Fake Blood – £2.00

 

 

 

24
Sep

Fall in love with Autumn

We’re seeing some definite autumnal signs and can’t help feeling that bubbling excitement at the prospect of a new season, new clothes, different things to do and the beauty of the most colourful season of the year.

This week, we’ve taken a closer look at Autumn and it’s colours, textures and accessories and, it’s safe to say, we’re already just a little bit in love…

This year, the gorgeous Autumn staples of oranges, browns and rich creams are here again but there’s also an injection of extra warmth with pastel and bright pinks, striking statement reds, and the ever-popular metallic and prints which provide a real showy edge to our wardrobes. Talking of print, this year is seeing some real beauties in the shops, including zebra, leopard, python and cheetah.

Colour Analysis

Colours become attractive to us for many reasons. Sometimes they simply grab our attention, sometimes we know what works well with our hair or skin colouring. Personal shoppers often suggest having ‘colour analysis’ to better understand what shades work best for us. There’s no doubt, our brains are attracted to certain colours for different reasons and Autumn is one of the best seasons to find a real range of hues.

Orange is the colour of optimism and social communication. It’s considered an optimistic colour which brings to mind feelings of energy and warmth. The perfect descriptor for an energetic walk in the leaves followed by a chat over hot chocolate!

Browns are seen as friendly, down-to-earth colours, which convey feelings of comfort, strength and reliability. Rich, chocolatey throws and soft cushions help us chill without the cold.

Bed

Gold colours signify luxury and abundance and evoke feelings of extravagance, value and quality, and, of course, party wear. What better time of year to throw caution to the wind and bring the bling.

Fall feels good

scarf

Autumn has to be known for textures, with layers the order of the day. From bracing woodland walks to fireside chats, layering is the ideal way to experiment with a host of colours and patterns and, of course, cope with whatever the weather brings. There’s still the chance to bring fun patterns into the mix as florals move from ditsy to decadent, with dark, dramatic backgrounds bringing in a seasonal twist.

It’s a great time to be shopping for those winter knits, with hats, scarves and gloves starting to appear in the shops now. Vogue’s Ultimate Hat Guide shows everything from caps to balaclavas and snoods being hot for 2018, and, back on the high street, there’s no shortage of style mash-ups to choose from.

Fireside glow

Don’t forget to relax in style as well with beautifully soft, cosy socks and sumptuous throws and blankets to continue the layering theme that’s so hot for 2018. Get yourself a warming scented candle and an oversized mug of hot chocolate and you’re good to go…even if it is only as far as your sofa!

Hot chocolate

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

slazenger hoody

Sports Direct

Slazenger Full Zip Hoody – £14.00

 

 

 

Lilley Block Heeled Ankle Boots

ShoeZone

Lilley Block Heeled Ankle Boots – £19.99

 

 

 

 

hugo boss private accord

The Fragrance Shop

Hugo Boss ‘Private Accord’ for men – £68.50

 

 

 

 

10
Sep

Goodbye summer blues, hello new you

The summer holidays are over and with any luck you’ve taken some time out and are feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to embrace the autumn and winter months, despite any post-holiday blues. What better way to give yourself an all over health boost than to address your fitness, your vitamin intake and your diet? After all, Christmas is only a few months away.

FITNESS – GET YOUR GEAR ON

If you’re planning to run away any excess holiday pounds, be it through running, boxing, Pilates, yoga, HIIT classes or a certain sport, invest in quality sports gear and you’ll feel twice as guilty at letting your training slide between now and Christmas, or giving up at the first hurdle. From renowned sportswear labels to high-street brands, the shops are full of new season fitness gear and footwear that combine fashion and function in a high-performance mix to take your training to new levels.

fitness gearDo your shoes fit? The most necessary purchase you’ll need to make is on a pair of performance enhancing trainers. Invest in a pair to suit your activity or sport and support the shape of your foot. Ask a trained shop assistant to recommend a specialist brand, such as Brooks, Asics, Reebok, Nike, adidas or New Balance based on the way they fit your feet. This will help you avoid any injuries.

trainers

Better comfort and performance? Look for breathable, durable, design-focused sportswear in fast drying fabrics, specifically designed to regulate temperature, such as sweat-wicking fabrics on vests for indoor training and thermal, long-sleeved tops for outdoor exercise.

Want to look the part? There is no excuse for looking drab, especially when there are so many fabulous fabrics, colours and prints available to buy. Have fun with neon and monochrome geometric, floral and splattered prints on clothing and accessories. The brighter, the better.

neon workout gear

HEALTH – NATURAL VITAMIN BOOSTS

Top up your vitamin intake and give yourself an energy boost. Whether you do this through supplements or with specific foods, it’ll help your performance and also make you feel on top of the world. As will drinking 2 to 3 litres of water per day, swapping caffeine for green tea, grazing on plenty of nuts, berries and grains and cooking only in coconut oil.

grazing

Why not start juicing? Super healthy cold-presses and juice-smoothies retain the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes that promise to help you lose weight, boost immunity and cleanse your system. Use fresh ingredients in a cold-press to create purple beet juices, green kale juices and orange carrot juices bursting with goodness. Alternatively, create a juice-smoothie using a blender by adding bulky fruits with some crushed flaxseeds, chia seeds and nuts. Take a look in department and electronic stores now for some of the best bargains on electric blenders and juicers.

juicing

Want a breakfast of champions? Start the day with a vitamin induced breakfast packed full of proteins, grains, vegetables and fruits and you’ll be well on your way.

  • Put apples and kale in your breakfast smoothie to boost cardio.
  • Include spinach, eggs and avocado on your toast to help maintain muscle.
  • Add blueberries and honey to your porridge help prevent injury.
  • Add pine nuts, walnuts and almonds to cereals to stay lean and healthy.

healthy breakfast

VITAMINS – SHAPE UP WITH SUPPLEMENTS

Exercising and eating in the right way will build new lean muscle mass while burning unwanted fat. However, training hard can deplete your body of vitamins and nutrients essential for muscle gain and fat loss. Even with the best diet possible, it can be tough to get all these vital elements, and that’s where supplements are needed.

Add several health and fitness supplements to your daily regime to help your body on its road to fitness, leaving you feeling energised, supporting weight loss, as well as boosting your immune system and improving your skin. Talk to an expert at a health food shop or pharmacist where you’ll find an abundance of fitness supplements in the form of tablets, powders, protein bars and protein balls.

fitness supplements

Vitamins A, C, D, E and Zinc – To boost your natural immunity and stay on top of your game.

BCAAs – To maximise muscle growth. These are amino acids that are a great source of protein for those who are dieting and counting calories.

Creatine – To aid muscle development and build strength. This is great for weight training and strength sports.

Omega 3 Fish Oil – To assist with cognitive function, fat burning and hormonal output.

Green Powder– To supplement a shortfall of nutrients and minerals. This is essential if you don’t eat enough leafy greens. Ensure your chosen green powder contains adequate amounts of fibre, antioxidants, digestive enzymes and wheatgrasses

Vitamin D – To boost bone density and energy production. From the lack of sunlight in the UK many people can suffer from low vitamin D levels which can drop dangerously low in winter.

Whey Protein – To repair sore muscles and trigger growth. Rich in BCAAs, whey is ideal pre or post-workout.

Glucosamine – For stronger joints. This is typically made from shellfish, can reinforce cartilage by stimulating the cells to produce proteoglycans, which can improve joint function and mobility.

Glutamine – To add muscle faster. This is an amino acid that minimises the breakdown of muscle tissues during strenuous exercise as well as improving muscle synthesis. Having adequate levels has also been linked to improved brain and gut health.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

leggings

Sports Direct

USA Pro Leggings Ladies – £12

 

 

 

adidas cloudfoam racer mens trainers

Sports Direct

adidas Cloudfoam Racer Mens Trainers – £49.99

 

 

 

 

nike evolution 4 ladies trainers

Sports Direct

Nike Revolution 4 Ladies Trainers – £35.00

 

 

 

 

mbody superfoods

Boots

Mbody Super Greens 400g – £16.00

 

 

 

16
Aug

Ten Top Tips to Deal with the Tricky Transition Season

With sultry summer days still clear in our memory, this tricky time of transition, before Autumn arrives in all its glory, can be a wardrobe nightmare. Follow our top ten transition wardrobe tips and avoid the pitfalls of unpredictable weather by blending the seasons perfectly.

1. Darker basics

Replacing your whites and pastels with deeper colours gives a nod to Autumnal hues. Moving from summer brights to deeper tones will help mix and match summer favourites with Autumn staples to create a flexible look.

2. Feels like Autumn

The change of seasons is just as much about texture as colour. Bringing in a few textured items will achieve that new season look without you being overdressed when the sun puts in an appearance. Go for open knits rather than anything too heavy. Texture can come from accessories too: bags are exciting this Autumn with materials such as beads, and even wood, featuring heavily

autumn fashion

3. Summer repurposed

Don’t give up on your favourite summer dresses yet. The right styles can easily be teamed with a plain white tee and some will look just as good with a pair of boots as they did with your summer sandals.

4. Cover up with a cape

Cape-lovers will be delighted to hear that this easy, cool-but-covered style isn’t going anywhere soon. Blanket coats will be featuring this Autumn, helping us all to stay warm on those cooler evenings. Coats and jackets of all sorts are your friend in a transition wardrobe: they are the ultimate in layering and adding a chic look during inclement weather.

5. Versatility

Being versatile with every piece in your wardrobe will make dressing for the change of season much easier. Some of your summer outfits can be layered with an over-sized, chunky-knit cardi or even knee-highs for a look that’s a cosy as it is chic. And, for those ditsy summer prints, simply add leather for style that’s perfect for Autumn days.

cardigan

6. Prints are in

There’s no need to worry that an Autumn wardrobe means drab days ahead. Quite the opposite as there’s lots of emphasis on graphic prints and colour blocking. The season’s biggest hit though, is animal print. Leopard print leads the charge and with many more big design houses choosing faux over fur, it’s a look we can all enjoy.

7. Boho is back

Hooray, everyone’s favourite look, the effortless and enduring boho-chic is here to stay. Maxi dresses are a great transition wardrobe addition as they can be easily layered and teamed with all sorts of footwear from strappy sandals to knee-length boots.

8. These boots were made for wearing

We all secretly love the day we can wear our boots again – but AW18 signals a new style that’s perfect for transition. Ankle-length, heeled sock boots in purest white can be worn with long layers or minis and bare legs, for just the subtlest nod to summer.

For some fabulous looks, check out this Harper’s Bazaar piece on how to transition your boots.

As seems to be the theme for AW18, the rulebook on shapes, fabrics and finishes has gone out of the window. Check out this amazing take on the style from Topshop.

boots

9. Skirting the issue

We may take the humble skirt for granted but it’s probably the single best transition item you could own, with Elle even claiming 2018 is set to be the year of the skirt.

Quite happy coupled with long boots on a cooler day or teamed with anything from strappy heels to your kicked out converse, the skirt is flexible and fuss-free. Try different styles and colours to complement your late summer and Autumn wardrobes. With yellows, deep red and greens in the shops now, it’s easy to find versatile skirts whatever the weather.

10. It’s all in the details

For Autumn 2018, accessories are set to become the main event. Shoes, bags, jewellery and even hats have been pimped and primed.

The popularity of animal print is influencing shoes and bags and every material imaginable is fair game in the world of accessories. There are leather bags masquerading as plastic shopping bags, as well as mags made of carpet, plastic, and gem-studded. Jewellery is over-sized and amazing and hats range from wide-brimmed to balaclava style.

accessories

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Lilley women’s tan turn collar ankle boot

Shoe Zone

Lilley women’s tan turn collar ankle boot – £24.99

 

Lee copper Fleck Cardigan Ladies

Sports Direct

Lee cooper Fleck Cardigan Ladies – £5.99

 

 

 

Firetrap PinaforDrs Ld84

Sports Direct

Firetrap PinaforDrs Ld84 – £34.99

 

 

 

Miso Ladies Scarf

Sports Direct

Miso Ladies Scarf  – £5

 

 

 

USC PU Chain Bag

Sports Direct

USC PU Chain Bag – £17.99

 

 

 

3
Aug

Superpowered Schoolwear

The competition between high street retailers for the best school uniform offers is well and truly on, and the cheapest price points don’t mean the poorest quality either. New quality updates from all retailers allow for every lunchtime spill, playground scuffle and every inch they grow, and if you’re unsatisfied, many retailers offer a no quibble guarantee for anything between 60 to 200 days.

Girl's school uniform

Trawl the high street and supermarkets and you’ll find that you can stock up on unisex polo shirts from as little as £1.00 to £1.25 for a single pack or between £2.00 to £2.50 for a pack of two. A pair of trousers or a woven pleated skirt can be purchased for the bargain price of £3.00 and school shoes for boys and girls can be scooped up for as little as £8.00, while sports shoes are available for £2.50.

School uniformYour A-Z of superpower terminology

ACTIVE SPORT
PE kit that keeps them cool and fresh thanks to special technology that safely repels bacteria, so gym kit remains reassuringly smell-free.

ADJUSTABLE WAIST
Almost all trousers and skirts come with an elastic inside the waistband to adjust the waist, perfect for growth spurts and extra comfortable for active kids; and since all children are different shapes and sizes, you can now buy slim fit and plus fit trousers for girls and boys.

BIONIC FINISH®
A breathable, stain resistant and water repellent finish.

CREASE RESISTANT
Clever uniform that doesn’t crumple so they’ll look smart all school-day long – whatever they get up to.

EASY DRESSING
Retailers have made dressing for school quicker, easier and more comfortable offering trousers and skirts with no buttons or zips, pinafores with longer zips and shirts that are buttonless and fastened with Velcro.

EXPANDICUFF™
Brilliantly clever, this shirt technology mean children up the age of 8 don’t have to mess around with fiddly sleeve buttons.

FRESHFEET™
Say hello to clever technology that combats that eliminates odours and prevents bacterial and fungal growth.

GUARANTEE
More retailers will guarantee their school uniforms for anything from 60 days to 200 days if you are unsatisfied and your proof of purchase will allow for an exchange or refund.

NON-IRON
The iron can stay in the cupboard with this brilliant time-saving innovation. Simply tumble-dry and hang up immediately. Job done.

PERFECT CREASE
Trousers and shorts with the added benefit of a permanent crease, held in place throughout washing and wearing.

PERFECT COLOUR
Coloured garments are treated with a Hunstman IQ® lasting colour wash, which provides improved colour retention properties.

PERMANENT PLEATS
Woven skirts and pinafores with the added benefit of permanent pleats, this means little or no ironing at all!

REINFORCED KNEES
Trousers have a reinforced inner patch at the knee for added resilience against wear and tear.

SCUFF RESISTANT
Durable, coated-leather shoes are made scuff resistant, to withstand any mishaps. Plus, look out for real leather ones. They’ll go on and on. And on.

STAIN AWAY™
Stain Away™ technology allows stains and spills to be washed out easily. Available on shirts, polos, blazers, trousers, shorts, skirts and pinafores, it is an invisible fabric protector that helps protect clothing from spills, stains, blemishes and everyday messy mishaps.

StayNEW™
This clever technology helps jumpers keep their colour, retain their shape and stay bobble-free, keeping kids looking super-smart.

SUPERCREASE™
Supercrease™ technology on skirts and trousers offers a unique, permanent crease for their uniform, withstanding washing, dry cleaning and normal wear and tear.

TEFLON ECOELITE™
A renewably sourced, plant-based fabric treatment for durable water repellency, to help remove ground in stains more easily after washing,

WASH RESISTANT
Uniforms will stay brighter for longer thanks to specialist perfect colour technology – guaranteed to stay colourful, wash after wash.

WEATHERPROOF
This water-repellent (and stain- resistant) finish means spills roll right off the fabric and kids stay dry in sudden downpours. Available on trousers, shorts, skirts, pinafores, blazers and coats.

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe

Shoe Zone

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe – £12.99

Mix + Match 2 pairs for £20

 

school uniform

Tesco

Two polo shirts, one jumper and either a skirt or a pair of trousers for £10.50.

  • A two-pack of polo shirts are available from £2.50,
  • a jumper from £4.00
  • a shirt from £4.00
  • a pair of trousers from £4.00.
  • All uniform has a 100-day guarantee. A 2-pack of trousers is £7.

 

 

 

diary

WHSmith

2018-19 A5 Tropical Pineapples Academic Mid Year Diary Week to View – £8.99

 

 

 

ringbinder

WHSmith

Pastel Lilac 25mm Rollbound A4 Ringbinder – £2.99

 

 

 

Assorted Pens

WHSmith

BiC 4 Colours Assorted Ballpoint Pens, Medium Nib, Assorted Ink (Pack of 6) – £5.99

 

 

 

23
Jul

Summer Goals

This summer you have most probably lost your partner to one sport activity or the other, whatever sport your other half is addicted to this season don’t let it stop you from having a sensational summer. While they are staying in glued to the box, take note of these five Summer Goals, some fun and fabulous things you can do alone or with friends. You may find your other half gets a little “grassy” green with envy.

1. Pamper party

Keep calm and have a pamper party! Whether you go solo, share with friends, share it with siblings or daughters, host it yourself, or bring in the experts; the sound of cheering and groaning from the TV room will become a distant sound, as you and your guests relax to the sounds of custom playlists whilst indulging in some in bubbly, healthy snacks and being cossetted with facials, manis and pedis.

Set the mood with pretty tableware and décor, and if you’re providing all the products make sure you get some bargains. From spa sets and face masks to nail polishes and pedicure bowls (we love a washing up bowl), the high street has everything you could need. Don’t forget your robe and slippers and tell your guests to bring their own!

spa items

2. Picnic paradise

Nothing quite beats a picnic in the park. Pick a gorgeous spot with a view, invite some friends, fill your cool bags with plenty of fizz and delicious treats and relax in your surroundings. With plenty of fabulous food offers in stores on picnic delicacies, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and whether you go disposable or invest in some picnicware, just remember to take plenty of picnic blankets to chill out on.

picnic

3. A day at the beach

Get your bikinis at the ready as the beach awaits you for a fun filled day of sand and sea. As long as you have plenty of SPF to wear and water to drink, some man-made shade, fluffy towels and flip flops to protect your feet from the burning sand, take advantage of this current heatwave and have yourself a holiday.

beach

4. Festival fun

Heading out to a festival is one of the highlights of our summer – what’s not to love about live music, sunshine and friends? Pack wisely to ensure you have the best time, or if you’re creating your own festival in your back garden then don some denim shorts, cheap flip flops, a sequin top, stackable bracelets, a cute hat, a crossbody bag and a water bottle. Face gems and body glitter optional.

festival

5. Mindfullness

Take 90 minutes of alone time and you’ll be amazed at how good you feel afterwards. Read a summer blockbuster, paint a picture, go for a run, do some colouring or some meditation – whatever floats your boat for 90 minutes of peace and quiet and you’ll feel fabulous for the rest of the day.

mindfulness

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Origins Plantscription™ Youth-Renewing Sheet Masks

Boots

Origins Plantscription™ Youth-Renewing Sheet Masks – £36.00

 

 

Gelert bag

Sports Direct

Gelert bag – £5.75

 

 

 

Face Jewels

Boots

Face Jewels – £4.99

 

 

 

Soltan Family Essentials Pack

Boots

Soltan Family Essentials Pack – £11.99

 

 

 

Everless by Sara Holland

WH Smith

Everless by Sara Holland – £5.75

 

 

 

28
Jun

Can you cut the mustard?

You may be forgiven for thinking that it was the sight of Amal Clooney in THAT mustard dress at the Royal Wedding that has catapulted this season’s hottest colour trend onto a high street near you, however thanks to designers showcasing this controversial shade on the SS18 catwalk, and the likes of Rihanna, Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski rocking it to award ceremonies, it has taken the world of fashion by storm this season, knocking millennial pink off its pedestal and leaving us to wonder just how is the best possible way to wear this sunny shade of gold?

Our advice? Tread carefully. The Marmite of the fashion world, mustard is a shade you either love or hate. Dressing head to toe in mustard coloured clothes may seem scary at first and for some fairer ladies it can be harder to pull off, but if you are of a darker complexion, then every shade of mustard, ochre, saffron and yellow will suit you.

If you’re of a certain age the thought of it may throw you back to corduroy jeans and striped knits of the Seventies, but the good news is that mustard is one of those trends that isn’t too difficult to weave into your wardrobe. Start with baby steps, find the confidence to wear it, and once you do, you’ll probably wonder why it took you so long to finally take the plunge. If you’re really dubious then remember, accessories are your entry level into every trend.

DIP IN

Fancy some mustard coloured arm candy? Take your pick. Every hot international designer and designer label has saffron versions, from bucket bags and bumbags, to totes, mini circular bags and more, and the glorious high street has followed. Shoes? From cowboy boots to slides, ankle-tie sandals and satin courts, any mustard shoe is super chic when worn with all black.

For just a flash of burnt sienna, a silk chemise, polo neck or cotton crew neck tee worn under a buttoned-up shirt and tucked into denim, feels very preppy. You could apply the same layering trick to any floral summer-dress combo or separate your co-ords for mix and match summer styling.

DEEP DIVE

If you are willing and have the complexion to move beyond just dipping in with accessories and go the full monty with head-to-toe mustard, then not only are you making a fierce style statement, you will be applauded as well as the envy of everyone around you.

The it-hue of the season, mustard yellow, is no mean feat. Whether you carry off a figure hugging dress, statement heels and a hat inspired by Mrs Clooney, a floaty maxi dress or a jumpsuit, it is sexy, it is sassy, and it is not for the faint-hearted.     SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

 

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

mustard ruffle dress

Tesco

Mustard ruffle dress – £13.00

 

 

mustard top

Tesco

Mustard top – £8.00

 

 

 

13
Jun

Summer wardrobe revamps

This summer there are a lot of looks to add to your wardrobe to stay on trend. But the great news is, you can stick with the trends that suit you best and still look fabulous, as there are so many to choose from. The SS18 catwalks were oozing old-school charm, with inspiration taken from Jackie Kennedy, as well as 1980s style. Donatella Versace looked into the Versace archives, drawing inspiration from her brother Gianni Versace’s collections on the 20th anniversary of his death. Nostalgia and making a statement are the themes for the new season. Bright, bold colours, contrast with pretty pastels, as well as floral patterns, and sequin and embroidery details are in vogue for summer. And if you can pull it off, mustard and different hues of yellow will also make an appearance on the streets and in the stores.

It’s all in the detail

This season it’s all about the finer details of your look. Whether you’re into sparkling sequins or a simple embroidery embellishment, find the style that works for you. A simple accessory or great pair of shoes is also the perfect way to add some animal print to your wardrobe if you’re not brave enough to do head-to-toe prints.

Time to dress up

In summer, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful dress. It is possibly the simplest item in a woman’s wardrobe. Just slip on a dress and you’re good to go. There’s no need to fret over putting an outfit together, struggling to find different pieces that complement each other.

And to make sure you stay on trend, look for pretty florals and different shades of yellow, particularly mustard, to make sure you are hitting the right sartorial note this season. This season you can also play with pastels and bright colours, with both making an appearance on the catwalks for the SS18 shows.

The perfect pair of trainers

If you don’t already have a great pair of trainers, this is the season to find the perfect pair to go with all your casual looks, as well as to pair with dresses and smarter outfits too. Look for a versatile style that can be dressed up or down.

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Shoe Zone

Stylish, fashion forward and comfy, Sketchers Grey Lace -up Memory Foam Trainers will see you through Summer. Find them in Shoe Zone for £49.99!

 

 

Warren James

Fancy making a fashion statement this season? Warren James’s Florentina Sterling Silver Twist Creoles will make any outfit a winner!

 

 

 

Sports Direct

Be comfy and fashion forward with Sergio Tacchini GT Ladies trainers from Sports Direct!