fashion | Parisian chic by Ines de la Fressange

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressage

I was reminded by the wonderful world of Instagram of a book I have tucked away called “Parisian Chic” by Ines de la Fressange (available here). It’s soft red cover and glittering gold lettering hints at a sophistication and glamour which lies inside the pages. This book, along with giving ideas and inspiration as to how to re-create the Parisian flair for make-up, decor and style in general, demonstrates with easy chapters and plenty of photos and illustrations as to how we can simplify our wardrobes (to a point!) and have easy outfits to wear when we can’t think of anything else to pull out of our closet. Here I run through through what Ines believes are the Parisienne’s wardrobe basics on how to achieve the “I’ve hardly tried” Parisienne look.

The blazer

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Black jacket by Hush – a relaxed style for day and an alternative to a jacket or coat in Spring. Wear with the sleeves rolled up as above for a chilled attitude.

Parisian Chic Ines de la fressange

Blazer by Mango – a perfect evening option. Will work with skirts, jeans or trousers.

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Ponte blazer by Boden – a navy option which is a less harsh colour and good for daytime.

The trench

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Brook trench coat by Baukjen – a classic investment which can always be layered over a leather jacket for warmth.

The navy sweater


Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Cashmere crew neck by Marks & Spencer – a longer length style in a flattering, figure skimming cut.

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Cashmere crew neck jumper by Boden – a simple style which will live in your wardrobe for years to come and prove to be a staple.

The tank

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Racerback vest by Hush – a simple piece ideal for laying in a  good quality cotton.

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Relaxed tee by Abercombie – a perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe.

The little black dress

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Silk dress by Stalf – a relaxed version of the LBD for a chic style.

Parisian chic Ines de la Fressange

Black dress by ME + EM – a classic style which is a perfect “forever’ dress.

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Jumpsuit by Hush – an alternative to the LBD this jumpsuit has a chic cut and can be dressed up or down.

The perfect jeans

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Mid-rise slim leg jeans by Toteme – a perfect Spring/Summer jean.

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Straight leg jean by 7 for all Mankind – a style which you will wear day in, day out.

parisian chic Ines de la Fressange

Straight leg jeans by Marks & Spencer – the straight leg is flattering and the dark wash slimming.

The leather jacket

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Leather jacket by Zara – Zara do great leather jackets at a great price.

The shoes

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Loafers by Air & Grace – a perfect shoe for smarter than average daytime wear.

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Trainers by Converse – a weekend must have!

Parisian Chic Ines de la Fressange

Sneakers by Adidas – simple classics.

Brikkon | Lego compatible toy

It can be hard to find gifts/toys for kids which are unusual and different to what they may already have in their toy boxes. Both of my sons are huge fans of Lego, but Teddy, the youngest is not blessed with patience and he is still a big young to get stuck in, building from scratch. Over Christmas I came across the brand Brikkon (available at Five Boys Clothing here). It was the answer to the “wanting to play with big brother” conumdorum.

Brikkon Lego

It is a wooden toy which slots together and on which you can add regular Lego bricks. As Harry is mad on Star Wars I thought this would be a great addition for Teddy so he could join in the space flights taking place around the house.

Brikkon Lego

Brikkon Lego

Brikkon Lego

I slotted the Brikkon pieces together to make up the rocket and star which was simplicity itself. I then showed Teddy what to do with a couple of bricks and after that he was away! He spent ages designing his spaceship and afterwards took Batman for its first flight. Harry was also impressed with the spaceship…helping Teddy make adjustments…!

Brikkon Lego

Brikkon Lego

mums fashion | the statement sleeve

This may not be the most practical of style being a mum, but it is oh-so-pretty, it is hard to ignore…the statement sleeve. Whether it is flowing, tied, detailed, there are choices in abundance in the shops. Here are my picks…just make sure soup isn’t on the menu…

Statement sleeves

Sweater with tie sleeves by Zara – this is the perfect option for right now. Cosy, soft and can be worn casually with jeans and trainers.

Statment sleeves

Gingham flute sleeve top by Topshop – I love the little ribbon detail on the elbow as well and the black and white gingham print, which gives it a clean edge.

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Fluted sleeve knit by Marks & Spencer – cosy, the colour of the season and a flared sleeve – a win all round!

statement sleeves

Denim shirt by ASOS – the statement sleeve and the trend of the deconstructed shirt are both covered in this top by ASOS. Adds interest to a simple blue shirt.

Statement sleeves

Ruffle printed blouse by Mango – ruffles and frills cover this blouse without being over the top.

Statement sleeves

White ties puff sleeve blouse by River Island – I really like this modern take on the white shirt. Perfect teamed with heels and skinny jeans for a night out.

statement sleeves

Fluted sleeve top by Mint Velvet – simply gorgeous with dramatic frill cuffs.

statement sleeve

Lacey Victoriana Lace Frill Blouse by Monsoon – this top is perfect teamed with dungarees for a day look and styled as above for a lunch date or teamed with a tux style blazer for evening.

Statement sleeves

Pure Cotton Long Sleeve Blouse by Marks & Spencer – a cute style which is not too extreme yet has just the right amount of frill.

“New Year, Slightly newer you” giveaway

New Year, Slightly Newer You giveaway

As I mentioned last week, I have teamed up with Lyndon Littlefair’s Yummy Tummies fitness programme, along with some other gorgeous brands to bring you a giveaway which will make 2017 a year in which you need not worry about keeping resolutions or making yourself a new person, but simply making little improvements to hopefully make your life easier.

As busy mums, we more often than not have little time for ourselves so I have put together these prizes to make you have some “retime”, even if it’s 20 minutes a day.

So, the prizes? Carry on reading…

Yummy Tummies new mum fitness programme

Access to the Yummy Tummies fitness programme – you can read more about it in my post here, but essentially it is a fitness programme designed to help fit around your schedule. Obviously you need to set aside some time, but put on some music, grab a medicine ball and give it a go. Not only do you feel you’ve achieved something, your body will feel stronger and more energised. Trust me, I am not a sporty person but I have stuck at this programme and loved that my tummy is a bit flatter as a result 9I’m ignoring the festive blip!).

Health and fitness giveaway

Body treats from Green People Organic Beauty – I am a huge fan of this brand. They have literally saved my over-the-top sensitive/hormonal skin. The Age Defy + Exfoliating Body Creme and Contour & Sculpt Body Lotion will be real treats for your skin, bringing out the softer, smoother you!

Health and fitness giveaway

Workout top from Essex Mama – this is now an exclusive as Essex Mama has closed down her store for a while but have very kindly agreed to providing the winner of this giveaway a workout top in their size. With such a positive message, this will be a perfect exercise addition.

Health and fitness giveaway

Yoga sweat by Lala & Bea – a perfect “throw-on” for after a workout…or for simply relaxin with a good book on the sofa! This soft organic cotton sweatshirt has a slouchy silhouette for a relaxed fell.

Hello day planner giveaway

Planner by Hello Day – this is the ULTIMATE planner for the year ahead. I use mine as my bible of what I should be doing, where I should be going, and why am I going there…it’s beautifully designed and will be you 2017 constant companion.

health and fitness giveaway

A yellow “Baba” pouch from Jem + Bea – not only is this great for carrying essentials in a changing bag but as it can be wiped clean, it’s a perfect wash bag/make up pouch for the gym. The vibrant yellow means it’s easy to find in the huge bags we have to lug about with us with all life’s necessities!

How To Enter

To enter this rather fabulous giveaway simply comment below as to your goal for 2017 – it could be anything from moving house, to starting a business to learning to bake a loaf of bread…anything.

We will also be running the competition on our Instagram and Facebook feeds so make sure you are following us to make sure you stand a good chance of winning!

Terms & Conditions

  • The Giveaway will run from 04.00am GMT on 16th January 2017 until 00:00am GMT on 30th January 2017.
  • The Giveaway is open to UK residents only.
  • The Giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 and over.
  • You are allowed one entry per social media outlet…so if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, it means you have more chances to win!
  • By entering you agree for your details to be passed onto the participating brands to be included on their mailing lists so you get information on any offers they are running. Your details will not be passed onto any other companies.
  • The prize is not transferable.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced via social media outlets and will also be contacted in person. Make sure you have subscribed to our blog so you can keep an eye out to see if you have won!

We were gifted the prizes to use in this competition.  All thoughts, opinions and styling however are entirely our own.