10 tops for under £20

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Ive done a little internet browsing to see what t-shirts I could find for under £20 that will be a perfect match to throw on with your jeans and sliders. I’m always looking for new tops and new styles as I wear jeans a lot! I always feel I don’t have enough tops, its something I don’t buy enough of.

All tops are from Zara because they have so many lovely ones to choose from, and I ended up buying 2 of them while I did the blog..


Farrah Fawcett T-shirt £15.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/t-shirt-with-farrah-fawcett-print-c401008p4573502.html


Floral printed T-shirt £15.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/floral-print-t-shirt-c401008p4554503.html


This is the T-shirt I’m wearing above. Lace and foil print tee £12.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/view-all/t-shirt-with-lace-print-c719014p4258061.html


T-shirt with embroidered shoulder £15.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/t-shirt-with-embroidered-shoulder-c401008p4781004.html


Cut out shoulder T-shirt £17.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/t-shirt-with-cut-out-shoulders-c401008p4571509.html


Printed frill sleeve T-shirt £15.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/printed-top-with-ruffled-sleeves-c401008p4629505.html


Floral print T-shirt £12.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/floral-print-t-shirt-c401008p4668003.html


Floral print T-shirt £19.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/floral-print-t-shirt-c401008p4634022.html


T-shirt with frill sleeves £7.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/t-shirt-with-frilled-sleeves-c401008p4590509.html


Embroidered T-shirt £15.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/t-shirts/short-sleeve/floral-embroidery-t-shirt-c401008p4540006.html

All of the above T-shirts will look great with a pair of jeans. Casual or smart with sliders, espadrilles or trainers, and of course a bright lippy!

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x



The Trainer/Sneaker edit


My favourite footwear is a pair of trainers. I own lots of heels and sandals, but when it comes down to it, I always reach for the most comfy if I can. Now that wearing trainers with dresses and skirts is fashionable, you can have that smart girly look, but with the comfort too. I absolutely love converse they are one of my favourites, the fit, the style and the choice of colours and fabrics are great (latest converse below)


My most recent pair of trainers that I wear with everything are the Holster Australia Jetsetter’s in pewter (top photo) They are stylish, comfy and look great with jeans, dresses, skirts and shorts. I’ve linked them here http://www.holsteraustralia.co.uk/jetsetter.html however I think they may be sold out at the minute so I’ve linked up all my favourites available now below ..


Adida stan smith white ray pink rose gold exclusive £74.99 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/5,21/2143113031


Vans ols school trainers ultra marine green white £54.99 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/5,21/2421866843


Converse all star low trainers grey pink £44.99 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,20/2413122298


Converse all star low trainers metallic Jade £46.99 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/5,21/2413194718


Superga 2750 trainers cracked gold exclusive £54.99 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,20/1603594704


ASOS diamond sky lace up trainers £25.00 http://www.asos.com/women/shoes/cat/?cid=4172&refine=attribute_989:4926&currentpricerange=0-290&pgesize=36


Ted Baker Kulei metallic leather trainers £95.00 http://www.asos.com/search/ted-baker?q=ted+baker&refine=floor:1000|attribute_900:1562&currentpricerange=10-325&pgesize=36


ASOS selected femme donna leopard sneaker £80 http://www.asos.com/search/selected-femme?q=selected+femme&SearchSuggestUsed=true


Air and Grace Copeland sneaker £149 https://airandgracelondon.com/collections/womens-luxury-sneakers/products/copeland


H&M trainers £19.99 http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0460363003.html#Gold

Hope you like my picks, have a great evening, Joanna x

The boho M&S skirt


I always feel great when I find a little gem when out shopping, and when I saw this M&S mirror embroidered skater skirt I was delighted. It’s a boho style skirt with a wide waistband. It sits just on the knee, and you can sit the skirt on your hips or waist it looks good both ways, depending on what length you prefer. I would wear this on holiday with a vest top and flat sandals, or over your bikini at the beach. I’m showing you it dressed up a bit with some mid heels. The skirt is just new in and is £35 http://www.marksandspencer.com/mirror-embroidered-skater-mini-skirt/p/p22502705?image=SD_01_T57_8866N_Y4_X_EC_90&color=BLACKMIX&prevPage=plp&pdpredirect


This red ‘meet me in los angeles’ slogan tee is from H&M and is £8.99 it brings out the orange/red embroidery in the waistband  http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0465861021.html#Red


Close up of the mirror and embroidery detail on the waistband, lovely turquoise, yellow and orange colours, so you could wear it with a few different coloured tops.


My shoes are from Aldo, they are a cute pointed shoe with a block heel and ankle strap. They are mid heel so not too high, perfect for daytime. They are also available in pale pink and are on the website now for £50 https://www.aldoshoes.com/uk/en_UK/women/footwear/heels/block-heels/Brookshear-Black/p/51145656-98


Overall a lovely little skirt for summertime.

Wishing you all a lovely day, Joanna x

Pretty Tops


I was in London at a couple of events last Thursday, and the hubby was taking me to The Ivy for dinner, so I was on the hunt for a really nice top to wear with my smart black trousers. I do struggle sometimes to find nice tops to wear for a night out, so thought I would do a little search to see if there was any tops that just had that wow factor.

Would you believe the first top I tried on.. I bought! It is this gorgeous green flower and leaf print pyjama style blouse. The piping and red buttons caught my eye, and thought with plain black trousers and black heels, this is going to look amazing. Printed Kimono top £49.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/new-in/editorials/exotic-allure-%7C-woman/collection/printed-kimono-c939013p4586015.html


Its such a vibrant print blouse that you really don’t need any accessories, it speaks for itself.


Apart from the little Gucci bag, that did just set the outfit off perfectly 😉


Black court shoes from Kurt Geiger http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/stilettos/beauty-black-suede-kg-kurt-geiger


This is the gorgeous Topshop top I wore to one of the events, and I got asked where it was from so many times. I think its the colour of the print, its so vibrant and the frills are really pretty. The top is cropped, but not too short. I wore it with high waist jeans and a belt. Red floral ruched front top £29  http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/tops-443/red-floral-ruched-front-top-6527433?bi=0&ps=20


I do love all the prints that are out at the minute, and I think we are getting better at wearing them too. Embrace the print and wear with confidence.


This gorgeous striped bardot top with frill sleeves is a great top to wear for a night out with jeans and heels. Top from Izabel London £26 striped frill sleeve top https://www.izabel.com/collections/top/products/t65863uk

I have linked a couple of other tops below that I love, and I think would look great for a night out.


Zara floral print blouse £25.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/view-all/floral-print-blouse-c719021p4705002.html I would style this with smart white trousers and blush pink heels.


Zara contrast lace top £29.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/blouses/contrast-lace-top-c401028p4810001.html I would style this with dark blue jeans and black peep toe heels.


This a beautiful top that would look fab with blue jeans and red suede heels. Zara floral print top £25.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/view-all/floral-print-top-c719021p4646020.html


This is a beautiful floral print silk top from Whistles, I would wear this with blue jeans and red or black suede court shoes £109 http://www.whistles.com/women/clothing/tops/floris-print-silk-top-25225.html?dwvar_floris-print-silk-top-25225_color=Multicolour#sz=60&start=61

Happy shopping, Joanna x






The denim skirt


I really love a denim skirt, and this one from H&M is so flattering, especially if your curvy like me. It is cut just on the knee, but with a split at the front so you get that extra little flash of leg. Its a pale denim with fraying on the bottom. It comes up a little small so I sized up, which isn’t suprising from H&M. Its such a versatile skirt that can be worn lots of different ways. The look above I’ve kept smart casual with a camel cardigan and tan flats. Links below:

http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0461991001.html#Denim blue

The sandals are from Zara and are £25.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/shoes/view-all/flat-sandals-with-shiny-straps-c719531p4289523.html


This cardigan and vest can be bought via this link http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0129393037.html#Beige marl  http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0391226001.html#White


Rock t-shirts are everywhere and they are definatley going to look good with this skirt. Team it with black Gucci-esque loafers and a black biker jacket. Perfect school run outfit. Pink rock tee £12.99 from http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0464480004.html#Pink/Guns N’ Roses


Black leather jacket from Mango £119.99 http://shop.mango.com/GB/p0/woman/clothing/jackets/biker-jackets/zip-leather-jacket?id=83080274_99&n=1&s=prendas.chaquetas

Black leather loafers from Office Shoes £69 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,30/2582700078



This was from a look the other day when I wore my baby blue gingham top and white trainers for a more casual look. The trainers are from Mango but they don’t appear to have them on their website, but any white pump or converse would look good. The gingham top is still available in your local Primark store.



Dress it up with this ‘double denim’ look. This ruffled sleeve shirt is from Zara at £29.99 and the wedges are from Russell and Bromley (old) You can shop the blouse here https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/view-all/blouse-with-frills-c719021p4384531.html

You can totally dress this up or down, it looks great both ways. Its definitely worth the £24.99, its such an easy comfortable skirt to wear.

Joanna, x

Shoe Love



Ok, I have a problem with shoes, and chocolate, and champagne.. but what great problems to have! I’m yet to meet a woman who doesn’t love to buy shoes, and when I’m having one of those days where I’m not feeling great in clothes, shoes always cheer me up, because they fit no matter what!

I remember getting my first pair of Christian Louboutins (Pigalle 100 in patent black) in Paris and how exciting the whole experience was. They literally made me feel like a million dollars. They instantly gave me a slimmer elongated leg, (which I don’t have) and even though they weren’t the most comfortable heels to put on my feet, (may need to sit down a lot whilst looking hot) I just had to have these shoes in my life. They literally go with everything you put on.

So I thought I would do a little blog on the shoes out there now which have caught my eye. A mix of heels and sandals to see you through summer, and a couple of really nice pairs that just have that wow factor!

Let the shoe party begin…


Marks and Spencer Pink suede stiletto court shoe £49.50 http://www.marksandspencer.com/suede-stiletto-court-shoes-with-insolia/p/p22496027?image=SD_01_T02_7025A_LM_X_EC_90&color=BUBBLEGUMPINK&prevPage=plp


River Island Brown leopard print velvet £35 https://www.riverisland.com/women/shoes–boots/shoes/brown-leopard-print-velvet-court-shoes-698023


Zara High heel leather sandals with feathers £79.99 https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/shoes/view-all/high-heel-leather-sandals-with-feathers-c719531p4540014.html


Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats £365 http://uk.charlotteolympia.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-co-uk-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=E001139VMC0002#cgid=FLATS&start=2


Mango Lace-up velvet sandals £35.99 http://shop.mango.com/GB/p0/woman/accessories/shoes/heeled-sandals/lace-up-velvet-sandals?id=13080314_85&n=1&s=accesorios.zapatos


Valentino rockstud ankle strap heels £620 http://www.cruisefashion.com/valentino-rockstud-ankle-strap-heels-238417?colcode=23841703


Sophia Webster Evangeline winged suede pumps £475 http://www.harveynichols.com/brand/sophia-webster/184922-evangeline-winged-suede-pumps/p2819441/


Carvela Ava grey grey suede bow sling back £130 http://www.asos.com/?hrd=1


Office Missy frill mules pink suede £58 http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,33/2696675004


Mango flower applique sandals £39.99 http://shop.mango.com/GB/p0/woman/accessories/shoes/flat-sandals/flower-applique-sandals?id=83005591_99&n=1&s=accesorios.zapatos


Mango Bow leather sandals £59.99 http://shop.mango.com/GB/p0/woman/accessories/shoes/bows-leather-sandals?id=83005584_08&n=1&s=accesorios.zapatos



Air and Grace Shimmie espadrille £99 https://airandgracelondon.com/collections/espadrilles/products/shimmie-3



Holster sandal in pewter £29.99 http://www.holsteraustralia.co.uk/sunset.html


River island Nude and Black strappy court shoe £45 https://www.riverisland.com/women/shoes–boots/shoes/nude-and-black-suede-look-strappy-court-shoes-698026

And I thought I would finish off with a bang, look at these babies below from Christian Louboutin….


Christian Louoboutin Pony safari suede £745 http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/christian-louboutin-ferme-rouge-100-pony-safari-rougissime-suede_684-10145-1170426M623/?previewAttribute=Version+rougissime

There are so many shoes I like, I just cant fit them all in!

Wishing you a lovely day, Joanna x





Its coming up to holiday season and I know I’m not the only one that dreads getting a bikini on! I think we tend to beat ourselves up a bit about how we are meant to look (for other people) I’m becoming more confident the older I get. I think you need to be happy with the way you are, not everyone has the same body shape and I’m so guilty of comparing myself to taller, thinner women, but that’s just not me, I’m curvy, and if you are comfortable with that then you start to ooze confidence and feel great.

So now I’ve hit my forties I have to think very carefully about the swimwear that I buy. I’m not going to stop wearing bikinis just because I’m 40, I still have a good figure! I love a good bikini, and if worn with the right accessories you can look great. I do love a good swimsuit too, but they just seem to make me look (dumpy) if that’s a word?


I need a bikini top that is built like a bra, it needs wires and support and the cup size needs to be full. The bikini bottoms need to be flattering and if they have a fold over detail (to cover the tummy) that’s even better. The bikini above is from Fantasie Swimwear and this style is the Masai Mara collection, they also have a lovely selection of matching beachwear. I have the Palazzo Pants (above) also from the Masai Mara range which are a lovely floaty cotton pant that look really stylish.


and they have pockets!!

I have included some of my favourite swimwear and beachwear pieces from Fantasie and Marks and Spencer that are available now, I’ve linked everything below..


Masai Mara full cup bikini £42 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/full-cup-bikini/fs6302.aspx?colour=black


Masai Mara bikini brief £28 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/bikini-brief/fs6306.aspx?colour=black


Masai Mara palazzo pants £54 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/trousers/fs6310.aspx?colour=black


Caya full cup bikini £42 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/full-cup-bikini/fs6041.aspx?colour=brown


Caya bikini brief £26 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/bikini-brief/fs6043.aspx?colour=brown


Caya kaftan £48 http://www.leialingerie.com/fantasie_bras/kaftan/fs6046.aspx?colour=brown


Marks and Spencer secret slimming lace-up swimsuit £29.50 RED/BLACK http://www.marksandspencer.com/secret-slimming-lace-up-swimsuit/p/p22494165?image=SD_02_T52_2705_Y0_X_EC_90&color=BLACK&prevPage=plp&pdpredirect


Marks and Spencer Swimsculpt animal print swimsuit £39.50 http://www.marksandspencer.com/swimsculpt-animal-print-swimsuit/p/p22498233?image=SD_02_T52_6354_Y4_X_EC_90&color=BLACKMIX&prevPage=plp


Marks and Spencer animal print embellished kaftan £29.50 http://www.marksandspencer.com/animal-print-embellished-kaftan/p/p22491597?image=SD_02_T52_6362_Y4_X_EC_90&color=BLACKMIX&prevPage=plp


Marks and Spencer printed multiway bikini top £25.00 http://www.marksandspencer.com/printed-multiway-bikini-top-b-e/p/p22499281?image=SD_02_T52_6413U_KQ_X_EC_90&color=MINTMIX&prevPage=plp


Marks and Spencer printed hipster bikini bottoms £16 http://www.marksandspencer.com/printed-hipster-bikini-bottoms/p/p22502146?image=SD_02_T52_6423P_KQ_X_EC_90&color=MINTMIX&prevPage=plp


Marks and Spencer parrot print sarong £15 http://www.marksandspencer.com/parrot-print-sarong/p/p22502732?image=SD_02_T52_6409_KQ_X_EC_90&color=MINTMIX&prevPage=plp

Have a lovely evening, Joanna x