Sunshine and sorting summer wear for 2014



“So” according to the weather man – and virtually everyone I’ve spoken too this week The summer is about to arrive for an outing in the UK?! – For two weeks?!

I can’t help but be Very dubious about this……..especially because its almost ‘Wimbledon weather’ – or mostly soggy strawberries and cream weather!

This said (cynically) today the sun is actually out (like the mums at school told me so – ditto the weather man) And I did start my day with a morning mug of coffee in the garden – in the sun, And I did go for a cycle ride avec “le soleil” in a tee-shirt and with sunglasses!

“So maybe there is something in it”? I do hope so!

Summer clothes

Whether the sunny weather will or has arrived (or not) its prompted me to shove my winter clobber to the back of the wardrobe and replace the knits with hues of summer and flip flops – and review what my wardrobe needs to be Ready for the beach, summer cycles and those relaxed summer evenings :0)

And I’ve started to put together ideas for my 2014 summer WEAR LIST

to the beach


My favorite beach of all time is Thornham Beach in North Norfolk – where my family and I have holidayed (almost) every year since I was about 12.

And as predictable as it is I’m loath to change it as our holiday destination.

Partly because the kids love it, partly because we live close enough for the journey to be child friendly and not have to stop the car for a loo break. But mainly because I’m in love with North Norfolk and never tire of its breathtaking deserted beaches.

And when in Norfolk its the beach where we tend to spend most of the day; beach-combing, running,swimming,reading and picnicking. Until about 5pm, when we all begin to feel a little weathered and really need a wee!


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My favorite summer beach wear combination is bikini top with tee-shirt (and possibly also a jumper because it is only the UK) denim shorts and a big canvas bag which holds my drawing pads, books, papers,sunglasses and all the kids guff (of course)

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On my BEACH WEAR LIST  would be all of the above!

All taken form from A.P.C (

(who I also have a love affair with! and where all of my summer WEAR LISTS have taken inspiration from)

To finish off my Beach wear list I would also wear a bright pink pair of Havaianas Flip flops :0)

(Tropical Pink Havaianas £15.99 from

beach style with sexy back sweater and cut offs. I wouldn't do the highwasted shorts tho

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Cali beach style


As soon as the sun arrives I like to get on my bike and cycle – EVERYWHERE.

We are lucky enough to live somewhere very flat with good rural roads to cycle on and plenty of stop off points (to eat our snacks)

So come the summer holidays the kids and I spend much of our time on our bikes.

Below is my Summer CYCLING WEAR LIST

A white tee-shirt, over shirt or thin jacket (for the wind) denim shorts, and a bangle (because who doesn’t need a bangle?)


(All above from A.P.C collection Femme)



I love relaxed summer evenings and the below is an outfit I would typically like to wear.

A Summer jacket, mixed with a tee-shirt and the denim shorts I will have worn earlier in the day, accessorized with some evening bling/bracelets or earrings/bag.


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(With a little cotton skirt as alternative to the denim shorts)

(All from A.P.C, Collection Femme)


Well its still out (the sun) *crosses fingers*

Happy Summer wardrobe sorting folks xxxx







Goodbye Old Jeans


My jeans (pictured below) have had a busy week………….

beth green jean zara

Because my jeans (my old Zara faithfuls – bought at a jumble sale) – have faithfully accompanied me for (approximately) 5 x 20hour days this week – whilst I ‘pulled late 2am ones’ working to a deadline.

  • And through this period they have (bless them) enured spillages of late night muesli, camomile tea and red wine.
  • Have stains of pushbike oil, mud, tinned tomatoes, a splash of beach and a slop of Rioja.
  • Watched (ALOT) of 2am graveyard shift telly (#poker)
  • And on day 5 and hour 86 of consecutive wear have begun to smell – I noticed yesterday morning as we cycled (downwind) to school)

So today I took OFF my old faithfuls and popped them in the wash……..(!)

In reality I know that the life of these jeans; my old working mates, my 2am poker watching friends has come to an end – with one stain too many – destined to become a ‘painting jean’ :0(

And I’m OK with it (I think)…

What I’m not relishing though is the the sweat (the ball ache) that accompanies finding a new pair of jeans – or ones that you like.

Of course I will procrastinate about starting to look for a new pair.

Eventually I will start a internet search – halfheartedly, whilst drinking coffee and slopping around in my running leggings.

(And I will procrastinate some more.)

However Pinterest has helped to fire up my visual jean juices and helped me to start thinking about thinking to look for a new pair.


Below are the styles I liked :0)

Jean x1

Love the French relaxed jean chic!

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French Voguettes

Jean x2 

WHITE JEAN – ‘enough said!’ – love them especially with a sneaker pump.

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all whiteJEAN X3

Hands up who ‘doesn’t’ want this women’s style and of course her jeans collection (jealous!) Emmanuelle Alt we salute you!

(Picture of Emmanuelle Alt – found via FIG + SALT –

emmanuelle alt


“Oh Black jean how I will never tire of you” looking great with a grey tee!

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white chucks, red nailsJEANX5

The ripped one? – “well I guess” but only if I can rip the stains out of my Zara pair?

Photo via

jeans + conversejean board blog board x1



Cooler than school


Cooler Than School!

zara canvas copy

Photographs from Zara Kids lookbook

Today was Dilemma day!….

Basically because today is a ‘NON UNIFORM’ day at school!

By my daughters own admission (Erin aged 8) the morning started in military style approximately 45minutes earlier than usual in the spare room where her outfit choice(s) where laid out. Clothes, socks, shoes, hair accessories and lip gloss – the gloss she would later hide in her shoulder bag alongside the ‘ALSO’ banned (by school rules) a locket, all laid out perfectly on top of the spare bed.

After checking all was in order (or making sure mummy had not substituted her clothes choices – especially the impractical bright pink jelly shoes) she came down stairs to nibble at a little toast – before a brisk tooth brush and hair brush (brushing just the front) running eagerly back to the spare room to commence dressing…. ..

pink jelly shoes

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After 30 minutes she returns wearing – ‘ABSOLUTELY NON’ of the clothes she had painstakingly laid out!!!

10 minutes later she changes her shoes

And 5 minutes later she also swaps her bag and lip gloss choice!

The house, her room, the spare room and the room I hide all my Ironing in all strewn with clothes – shoes – bangles – lipgloss…..

The house an entire bombsite! Although I can’t get cross, it would be totally hypocritical of me.

Because inevitably I do exactly the same thing, most women do “don’t we?”!!!?  Change our minds, switching shoes, pants, tops, bras at the last minute! – Occasionally (often) after many outfit tweeks reverting back to my initial choice – despite knowing how much it aggravates my husband I can’t help it!!!

I am very much of the opinion of letting children dress themselves – I always have, and as tough as the ‘swimming costume’ phase was (My daughter aged 4-5 developed an obsession with a swimming costume she wouldn’t take off) I let her wear it, rain, sun at the supermarket with wellies, to birthday parties……..

Because, creatively – in a world where she didn’t actually have much choice (because she was 4yrs old) she could express herself, it was her choice! – Which is what fashion should be all about ‘oui’

In the end Erin cycled to school – looking ‘way cooler than school’


Below are some other cool looks I know Erin would approve of!

Taken from ZARA for kids Look-book 2014

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April-Kids-LOOKBOOK | ZARA United Kingdom

(For more kid related style ideas follow me on pinterest and my board kids-stuff :0) XB)

Erin cooler than school x2


The blokes idea of female fashion



(Illustration copyright Beth Kevill-Byrne)

Had an interesting conversation with the Husbie – over our Friday night dinner;

He has a theory that ‘because’ weather girls are only seen from the waist up – they are chosen on their breast size?!!!!!! WTF!  (yes I AM thinking of ‘consciously un-coupling’ on gounds of being a feminist and I have small boobs #wouldnt make the cut!)

Ha, though seriously it reminded me of exactly why women should never expect our husbands/men partners to buy knickers/undergarments/nightwear that are NOT;

A) red

B) lacey

C) vile/hooker style/crotch-less

D) have matching nipple tassels

Because generally straight men/ most- a lot of – choose ‘sexy’ trash over fashion – “Don’t they?!”

They don’t get haute couture, high fashion, fashion models that do not look like Abby Clancy  – ‘yes’ I am generalizing here – bad of me I know – especially because I spent approximately nine years *faffing* around being an Art student – during which time I dated two straight male fashion designers who ‘DID’ of course get fashion women……………………….

I can’t remember the name of the girl off countdown – the brainy/blond one (Rachel I think) *Anyways* she has just been on ‘The Gadget show’ (a blokey style show) –  wearing an awful leather/short skirt combo, the poor girl has obviously been dressed by the male dominated production crew…… The husband thinks she looks great……nuff said HA!

xx sweet dreams xb





French slogan tee/acid pastal yellow and spring mac fashion obssesion of the week :0) x


(All Images copyright of Illustration Beth Kevill-Byrne)

When a University student (1st time round) back in the late 90’s/Noughties my friend and I shared a student house with 7 French boys – they introduced us to French Rap music and brie – whilst we introduced them to binge drinking/’largin it’/Aftershock and hangovers.

My conclusion of the three Anglais/Franglais years living together was that Rap sounds soooooooooooooo much better in French, (ditto slogan tee-shirts) and that the Brits are WAY better at binge drinking.. ;o)

french oui

I’m totally OBSESSED with a slogan tee at the moment – my little ones have many (‘Tres cool’) moi aussi :0)

I’m also obsessed with my spring Mac worn with a fab in season acid pastel yellow tee and sneakers.

yellow mac x3

My last of this week obsession is a slouchy tucked in white-teebeth tucked in tee – simple – oui :0) xxb

Hot/cold what to wear?! A very British dilemma


According to the weather man on the tellybox it is to be warmer than Greece in Blighty this weekend! – Is it though??????!

I’m dubious, I’ve been caught out many a time dressed for spring only to find out its still winter! “merde!” 

The British weather though, I’m certain is a contributor to the British knack for eclectic dressing – only yesterday I spotted a girl wearing ‘jelly-shoes’ (80’s kickback) with socks – she looked Fabulous :0)  

So what will it be today? Chaud or froid – I’m opting for the Jumper/skirt/no tights/boots option (and rain mac #safe#allbasescovered Ha x ;0)

Happy weekend folks Xb