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Getting Comfy with Femme Luxe Loungewear*

We may be starting to ease out of lockdown but I’m not quite ready to give up on wearing comfy loungewear just yet. I love wearing my dresses, but there will always be days when I want to throw on a pair of joggers and t-shirt and curl up with a hot chocolate while reading a good book.

I was super happy with everything I received from Femme Luxe last time, the quality was really good and all the items fitted like a dream. So of course I jumped at the chance when they contacted me again asking if I’d like to try out a few more styles from their loungewear collection.

I knew I’d love this grey loungewear set from the moment I unwrapped it, it’s such an easy style to wear. Both the top and bottoms are soft, lightweight material and perfect for cooler summer days. It’s a slightly more fitted design than the others but loose enough to hide any lumps and bumps. The joggers have an elasticated, high waist and are extremely comfortable. The set is a great staple to have in you’re wardrobe as you can mix and match with items you already have, I’ve styled the joggers with both my oversized slogan t-shirts. I think this grey loungewear set would also make an ideal travel outfit as well as one for around the house.

I was honestly spoilt for choice when deciding which style to go for from their grey loungewear collection. You may want to have a look and see if there are any styles you love too.

For someone who doesn’t normally wear cropped tops, this pink loungewear set has to be my most worn piece out of all the items I’ve chosen. The boxy style top sits just above my waist which is the narrowest part of my body. The wide legged trousers are an extremely flattering style, especially with the high waist and large tie that drapes beautifully over the tummy area (great if you’re not blessed with a super flat tummy like I’m not). I’m wearing it right now as I type up this post and drink my cup of tea. I feel like I’ve got dressed yet I’m as comfy as I would be wearing pyjamas.

Femme Luxe have plenty more styles in their pink loungewear collection if this one isn’t for you.

These white joggers are the same style as the peach ones I featured in last month’s loungewear post and I absolutely love those. A white pair will be more versatile, they’re made of the same ultra soft material and they are extremely comfortable to slouch around in. They have a cuffed hem with an elasticated waist and yes, they have pockets which are just the right size for a secret stash of sweets! They’re a loose fit meaning I’m not restricted in any way when I’m crashed out on the sofa watching my favourite box set.

In the first outfit I’ve styled a white ribbed off the shoulder top with the white joggers for a chic, more pulled together look. This outfit would look great with a pair of ballet pumps if I was popping out in the car to run a few errands.

In the second outfit I’ve styled the white joggers with a grey cropped button up t-shirt that has a tie waist (also from Femme Luxe but currently out of stock). It’s a much more casual look and perfect for days spent curled up on the sofa watching a movie, waiting for that pizza to arrive.

There are plenty of other styles in their joggers collection if white isn’t your thing.

Who doesn’t love an oversized t-shirt for lounging around the house. Slogan t-shirts aren’t usually my thing, but having been so pleased with the quality and fit of the white one I already have I opted for the pink “Bossy” t-shirt this time. I mean, these styles literally go with joggers, shorts or jeans. I’ve been wearing this one over the top of a pair of tiny shorts and it would make a great beach cover up. You’ll be pleased to know that it also comes in white and black if you’re not a fan of pink. It’s a good quality basic that everyone should have in their wardrobe.

All the pieces I’ve chosen can easily be worn with other items I already have in my wardrobe. I now have a designated loungewear drawer under my bed where all the items are in colour order, grey, pink and into cream and white. That way it makes things easy to find and mix and match outfits.

If you are looking for affordable, good quality pieces then honestly, take a look at the Loungewear collection at Femme Luxe.

*these items were kindly gifted to me from Femme Luxe

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Lockdown Life: All The Best Bits From The Last Month

June has been a very colourful month, with everything from food, flowers and fashion. Being at home has also given me the chance to get back into doing hobbies I’d long forgotten about.

So without a long, rambly intro, I shall get straight into telling you about my best bits from June.

One of the most exciting things to happen was my first hour out of the house in almost 14 weeks. It came with mixed emotions, however it did my mental health the world of good. I wore a yellow and pink floral dress for the occasion, just to feel more like myself and took a stroll five minutes down the road to a nearby park. If you’d love to know more about my roller coaster of emotions, I have written a blog post about how it all went: Leaving The House For The First Time.

I had to try the new Magnum Ruby and oh my word it was delicious! I swear they made it pink just for me. Magnum Ruby is a velvety white chocolate icecream with a raspberry sauce swirl and coated in Ruby chocolate. Ruby chocolate tastes both slightly sweet and sour, the last time I had some was a few years ago on a Ruby KitKat. This will be my icecream of choice this summer.

Adrian brought out our telescope so we could spend the warm evenings doing a spot of stargazing. We set it all up just as the sun was setting and I had to take a photo of the gorgeous colour of the sky. By the time it was dark there were clear skies and Adrian connected his camera up to the telescope and took this amazing photo of the moon. We’ve been out a few more times and it’s so exciting seeing stars and planets up in the night’s sky.

Our garden is looking extremely colourful with gorgeous pink flowers in bloom. My favourites are the roses, some of which are the size of saucers, they are so beautiful that Adrian cut me a few to have in a vase on my desk (sorry, it’s not the best photo). We’ve also been enjoying sitting on the patio for lunch, coffee and cake or a cheeky glass of wine in the evening. It’s been wonderful to get some fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature.

I’ve been wearing more summer dresses this month. Don’t get me wrong, I still love lounging around in comfy clothes, but there are times when I’ve just wanted to put on a dress for no particular reason. I fell in love with this blue and cream floral, linen blend dress the first time I wore it. It’s midi length and has a button up front with spaghetti straps, this dress is absolutely perfect for warm summer days.

The second dress I’ve been obsessed with is this beige, broderie mini shirt dress. I love the puff sleeves and delicate buttons which go down to the waist. I think it looks so cute and has a real Zimmerman vibe, it’s 100% cotton and also perfect for warm summer days.

I posted a photo of the puff sleeve dress on my Instagram and was over the moon when River Island featured it on their #ImWearingRI gallery on their website. Naturally I had to take a photo of my computer screen.

Over the last moth I’ve got back into a routine of making a daily smoothie. As well as being super healthy, they’re absolutely delicious and simple to make. I add a banana, a hand full of strawberries or raspberries, a hand full of blueberries, a scoop of peanut butter, a scoop of protein powder and a glass of almond milk. I mix it all together in my Breville Blender for a couple of minutes and hey presto, a deliciously healthy smoothie.

Today is the anniversary of mine and Adrian’s first date. I was 18 when we first met and it took two phone calls from him until I agreed to go out for a drink. I was very nervous but I needn’t have been because Adrian was a complete gentleman. We went to The Anchor Pub in our home town, where we’d both been drinking many times before with our own groups of friends. It was a few years until he proposed and we were married in the April.

Tonight we will be celebrating with a bottle of wine and a takeaway pizza. The pubs have reopened today after many months of Lockdown but sadly we won’t be going out to celebrate, I think it’s still safer for me to stay at home, apart from an hours stroll to the park.

Have you started a new hobby or gone back to doing one you loved before? Have you had a celebration while under Lockdown? If so, what sort of thing did you do?

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Lockdown Life: Leaving The House For The First Time

In almost 14 weeks I’ve been shielded from the outside world and the threat of Coronavirus. I’m someone who likes to get out and explore or meet up with friends, but I also spend long periods of time at home due to a disability, just not quite this long. Over the last few months I’ve felt even more isolated than I normally do. I’d been keeping up to date with the news and events on social media for any signs of life getting back to normal. Time went by and I got use to being in my safe bubble called home.

Last week the news was announced that people who were being shielded could leave their homes for an hour a day and my reaction wasn’t quite the one I’d expected. I thought I’d be jumping for joy, instead I went into panic mode and my anxiety went through the roof. I wasn’t ready to go rushing out the front door and in to the big wide world, after all there was still a risk of catching the coronavirus.

Finally, on Saturday 13th June I plucked up the courage to leave the house for a short stroll down the road and back. All the time I was getting ready I could feel my anxiety rising and almost changed my mind. Looking back, I’m glad I made it past the garden gate because it did my mental health the world of good.

I’d decided to take a stroll to the nearest park with a flask of coffee and take some outfit shots, thinking that would give me something good to focus on.

But I got half way there and froze. My pulse was racing and it felt like someone had their hands around my neck, all because a woman showed a simple act of kindness. She was coming in the opposite direction and moved far enough into a drive way to let me get past.

I was faced with the new reality and it made me feel utterly disoriented. If you’ve ever watched the start of 28 Days Later or The Walking Dead when the main character comes out of the hospital and sees the world after the virus has taken hold, then you’ll know exactly how I felt.

Thankfully I didn’t give up, we took a slow stroll around the edge of the park, stopping at a couple of benches along the way. Luckily it was fairly quiet and people kept at least two metres away. I gradually became acclimatised to the environment I once took for granted. It was wonderful to hear the sounds of life again.

Adrian and I found a quiet corner with some large rocks which were perfect for me to lay down my blanket and have a few photos taken. The sun was shining down on us as I sipped the coffee I’d taken with me, honestly I felt so happy and relaxed.

I’ve not been out again yet, I know it won’t be easy the next time but I’ve done it once and I’m proud of myself for taking those first steps.

Dress Miss Selfridge / Bag Henrietta Spencer / Bracelet Missoma / Beach Towel Urbanara / Shoes (old) River Island / Hat (old) Jolly Brown’s Vintage Boutique

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Lockdown Looks: Femme Luxe Loungewear*

If you’d have asked me a couple of months back what I was wearing around the house I’d most likely have said a pair of pjs or baggy grey T-shirt and faded black leggings on cleaning days. The word loungewear wasn’t a thing in my house.

Then the country went into lockdown and everything changed, especially my moods. One day I’d feel I could take on every task known to man, the next all I’d want to do was wrap up in a throw and sleep for days.

I made the decision to change the way I dress while I’m at home and do you know what, it definitely made a difference to how I felt. By getting dressed everyday I had more motivation and I was getting a heck of a lot more jobs done. So I ordered a few tops and matching joggers, but being at home 24/7 these weren’t going to be enough to last me through the whole of lockdown.

Then Femme Luxe* got in contact and asked if they could send me a few pieces from their loungewear collection. When the package arrived I immediately tried everything on, they looked stylish and I felt super comfortable.

I love the loose fitting style of these peach joggers, they fit beautifully, I felt extremely comfortable lounging around the house and didn’t want to take them off. The material is slightly heavier than the other sets but it’s oh so soft next to my skin. The colour is so pretty and looks amazing styled with a plain white top. They also have deep pockets which is great if you’re someone who likes to carry your mobile on the journey from sofa to fridge! I paired them with this oversized T-shirt from Femme Luxe, I love how good the two look together. If peach isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know they also come in a range of other colours.

I love the shape of this grey loungewear set, the short sleeve boxy style of the top makes it easy to wear yet looks chic and stylish while you stick on headphones and listen to a podcast or two. The trousers are cropped with a straight leg, but oh so comfy. The material is stretchy making it easy to curl up on the sofa and get stuck into a must see box set. I wanted to have at least one set in a neutral shade, grey being my obvious choice, but there are loads more styles in the black loungewear collection.

No surprise that I opted for a rose loungewear set, I literally squealed with delight when I saw they had one in just the right shade. The top is the same boxy, short sleeve design as the grey ones, only the rose one has a deep v-neck. Being on the bustier side, I find this neck line more flattering than a crew neck. The matching cropped, straight leg trousers are just as comfortable. Both the rose pink and grey trousers have pockets, they’re not deep enough to keep your mobile in but great for somewhere to put your hands in a photo! Femme Luxe have some other amazing styles in their rose loungewear collection.

Who’d have thought I’d ever be wearing a pair of bright pink tie dye joggers, I certainly didn’t. Yet I bloomin love these, they fit in the most flattering way a pair of jogging bottoms ever could. I often suffer with bloating around the tummy and these hide it so well, I even felt confident enough to actually tuck in a T-shirt, normally I leave it loose. Yes, the shade of pink is brighter that I’d usually wear but it’s a fun colour and I feel happy when I wear them, that’s what we want right now. The material is thinner than the peach ones so great for warmer days. I styled them with the same white oversized T-shirt as before, yet they look equally fab with a white vest top or hoody. It’s definitely worth checking through other colours from their joggers collection.

What are you wearing during lockdown? Have you ventured into loungewear sets? Let me know in the comments below.

*These items were kindly gifted to me by Femme Luxe but all views are my own.

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Lockdown Life: What I’ve Been Doing During Isolation

In some ways March and April seemed like a complete washout, I felt like I was on set of Groundhog Day, only this was real life. One minute I was making arrangements with a friend choosing where to meet for coffee the following week, the next minute we were in Lockdown.

Some days I’ve really struggled and felt mentally and physically exhausted that I couldn’t even get out of bed. I made the mistake of watching every thing on the news and reading all the stuff about the virus on social media. My anxiety went through the roof and I was having irrational thoughts, some reduced me to tears. I’m use to staying indoors for long periods but this was like nothing I’d experienced before. It helped to talk to friends and family by telephone or Skype, to know that they were safe and we’d see each other real soon.

I wanted to focus on the positive things in life, however small. We’ve been out in the front garden every Thursday evening at 8pm to clap for our NHS staff and many other key workers. Our neighbours are in a band called Pink Champagne and they played Over The Rainbow. It was a wonderful atmosphere in support of some truly amazing people.

I had a lovely surprise a few weeks ago when a bouquet of flowers from Bloom and Wild dropped through my letterbox. My cousin had arranged for them to be sent as we’d only been chatting on the phone a few days before and she knew I’d not been feeling great, how kind and thoughtful of her to send me some of my favourite peonies.

Like everyone else our plans for Easter had to change rather quickly. We were due to have a family lunch but instead Adrian and I had an Easter lunch together at home. I had a few treats while getting ready in the morning and still wanted to make an effort by wearing a pretty dress with some natural makeup. We finished the day watching Disney films and old black and white movies, then fell asleep on the sofa.

We had planned to attend a street party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. As this was cancelled Adrian and I chose to have a vintage style afternoon tea in our lounge, it was lovely and the food was rather delicious.

If you’d like to see more from our afternoon tea then you may like to read my post VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations.

Whenever there is a crisis, either personal or national, I love to organise and de-clutter, I find it extremely therapeutic. Sometimes it’s my desk drawers and others it’s a full blown bedroom deep clean, but during April I did the lot. My wardrobe is back to being organised and colour coded, I rearranged items on shelves in every room, then cleaned and de-cluttered the kitchen cupboards and work tops. I came across a Valentines Day card from Adrian with a print of The Eiffel Tower on the front, I’ve put it in a gold frame as it goes perfectly with other prints already on my bedroom wall.

As much as I love wearing feminine dresses I’ve really gotten into loungewear during lockdown. I’m totally in love with this pink tie dye hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue and it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It’s literally like wearing pjs all day.

You may also be interested in Spring Outfits I’m Wearing Right Now.

This hand held steamer is one of those random things that turn out to be one of the best purchases ever. It’s practical, lightweight and comes in rose gold. It saves me having to use the iron just for one linen or cotton dress that’s a little creased from being in the wardrobe, and it’s even small enough to pack it in your suitcase on holiday. It’s an all round winner!

How have you been coping during lockdown? Are you still going out to work or working from home?

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