The sun is shining and summer is finally here. Since my last blog I have been home to visit my family and my beautiful niece and nephew up in the Highlands, and whilst there I took a trip down memory lane and visited where I grew up and went to school in Fort Augustus. It really was wonderful and I was reminded of how stunning the Highlands are. Our little road trip took us all the way down Loch Ness passing my childhood home – a small cottage on the shoreside – and then up the west coast to Mora and all the way to the top to Skye. The trip had everything you could wish for from a trip to the Highlands, from stunning mountains – with their dramatic purple heather and vivid yellow gorse – to the steely grey vastness of the North Sea, set against flashes of white sand coves. We heard traditional live music on Skye, which had us tapping out a jig, and of course a visit to Scotland is incomplete without the infamous haggis, neeps and tatties!
Now, let’s talk fashion! We have been busy on QVC Style bringing you fabulous looks and putting together lots of great outfits. That’s one of the reasons I love the “Look of the Week“ as our stylists and models do a fantastic job of creating new ideas for you. In my June blog I promised a nod to one of my favourite styles – cowgirl chic. It’s so much fun and easy to achieve. I bet most of you have at least one or two pieces at home already to get you started, so tune into your inner cowgirl and go wild!
Let’s break this one down – think more bohemian meets Wild West, including casual, pretty shirts and cute vests with jeans, rather than Dolly Parton rhinestones and sequins. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Dolly fan and if I hear “Working 9 to 5” then you can’t get me off the dance floor! The look does need one signature piece of western fashion – maybe a cowboy hat or boots.
And for those you who are wondering, yes we do have a real saddle in the house – it was a present from the venue I hired for my “Glamorous Western” birthday party this year!
I am wearing my white embroidered shirt from Together which is pretty and feminine, and a pair of my denim shorts and one of my many pairs of cowboy boots. You can pile on bangles plus long pendants that look great with shirts or the long duster coats like this one from C Wonder. We have wonderful jeans at QVC and I would suggest going for light denim colours. If you have a waistcoat pop that on over your long shirt, and go for the layered look.
Hair and make up is easy for this look, as it’s natural and carefree. Sweep long hair up, or put it in a loose pony to the side. Likewise I keep makeup minimal; a little bronzer over your cheeks – try Laura Geller’s (I also dust this on my eyelids) plus a gentle soft flick of eyeliner. I have been trying Cailyn two-piece eyeliner and eyebrow gelux which is easy to use and creates a smooth slick line. Then a soft pink lipstick or gloss, and you’re good to saddle up and go!
Another way of styling this is going for a dress, and I think this new Ronni Nicole cold shoulder dress in cobalt looks fab with tan cowboy boots and a leather belt. Pop on a Stetson, and this look could easily be worn on a night out – just make sure you leave your six shooters at home!
Now for something a little fruity, pineapples, melons, lemons, butterflies, tropical flowers and flamingos, a few of the popular prints and patterns that you see in clothing and jewellery at the moment and will continue to see through to next year. Summer is a great time for bringing out the big prints and bright colours, and QVC have embraced this trend too! So why not add some exotic freshness to your wardrobe with these patterns? How about this dress by Onjenu with cute mini pineapples or if you are not quite ready for the full tropicana effect, try wearing a simple T-shirt and blazer and adding this cute pineapple on a pendant by Diamonique. My favourite picks at the moment are the Joe Browns tropical jumpsuit and Biba off the shoulder dress and the cutest, coolest pom pom bracelets from Fornash.
Enjoy the sun, enjoy the bright colours and prints of summer and have a wonderful July. Next month I’ll be talking about tweed and tartan…