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How we fell back in love in Whistles

Ten or so years ago, in what we shall now refer to as my 'Wedding Years' you couldn't as much as go to a wedding or a hen do without bumping into someone wearing a Whistles dress. Quite possibly you were wearing one too. Probably with a nipped in waist and tulip skirt, they were incredibly flattering, beautifully cut and - this became the problem - EVERYWHERE. It was probably one of the reasons why during the 'Wedding Years' and then in the early 'Bump Years', I found myself going off Whistles. The style always used to be the same (not much in store for bumps and post-baby mum tums) and with a small baby and reduced salary, the prices were a bit out of my budget. And so, I got used to swerving Whistles, preferring instead the cheaper, headier thrill of Zara and then the delicious curveball designs of Cos and Stories. But, recently - and we're talking the last few months - both Natasha and I have started to fall in love with Whistles again....…

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Say hello to Summer! 20 must-have sunshine buys

Hurrah! The sun is shining and we're in for a beautiful bank holiday weekend. Now is definitely the time to thinking about sunshine buys: those gorgeous throw-on pieces that bare legs and warmer weather are made for. Happy shopping!…

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M&S: The Spend it Well Summer Edit

It can be tempting to keep your best clothes for, well, best. That flute sleeve beauty of a top? Can you really wear it on the school run, to work, around the house? Or that beautiful summery maxi dress, could you possibly wear it to the shops? We think yes. Life, is very much, for living, which also applies to your wardrobe. If you love something wear it and wear it and wear it, as what's the point in having something you adore just hanging forlornly in your wardrobe? With that in mind, we've both been busy checking out and trying on Marks & Spencer's new summer collection, which is very good this year and nicely ticking the sartorial boxes we love. Gorgeous flared midi skirts? YES! Tasselled jewellery and pom-pommed sandals? YES! Statement sleeves? YES SIRREEE! Here's what we've found that's available to buy in store and online now....…

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Get set for summer: the Hush edit

Ok. So the sun isn't shining ALL the time, but summer (we promise) is on the way! And with that in mind, we're thinking about our summer wardrobes. Natasha is off on a well-deserved holiday soon, so she is particularly in the mood for summery dresses, gorgeous tops and brilliant shorts. And of course, the odd lightweight knit for when she's back home. And so, we've done a little edit of our favourite pieces from Hush's new collection. We love Hush - the cut and the style are fantastic, and this year it's looking really good....…

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Remember *that* top? Well, here’s *that* dress….

Sometimes a piece of clothing is just so right, that it sets Instagram on fire. *That* red peasant top by Next is a prime example. So if you loved (and quite probably have) the blue or red version, you are going to be extremely excited by the equally gorgeous dress version....…

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Spring shoes: Rainbow Brights

In a week when thick jumpers, socks and snoods were pulled out of hiding and I went rogue and consumed every left-over Easter Egg in the house, you could think that winter had returned with a bang. And, perhaps that it would be untimely to write about brightly coloured, rain-phobic shoes. But, I say forget about all that as Spring is still here, we're just weather-blipping and now is most definitely the time to get your Rainbow Shoe on....…

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Florals. For Spring. Yes, we’re going there…

I know, I know. In the words of Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada’s titular devil: florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking. But, passing Zara the other day, I stopped short. There was a line-up of floral skirts which made my heart beat just a little bit faster. …

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Spring style: Pink sunglasses

I love sunglasses. Not only do they do what they say on the tin and keep the sun out of your eyes, they also hide aforementioned eyes and all the dark, lined, tired bag-gage that go with them. They are basically spring/summer - and if you can swing it - winter essentials. And you know what I really love at the moment? All the gorgeous, flattering pink sunglasses that are in the shops and start from just £5 (so if you lose them, well, you can deal with it) - quite honestly, I don't know why I haven't owned a pair before. Want to know the easiest way to 'lift' an outfit? By wearing one of these beauties....…

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The Buys of Summer: Planning Ahead

At this rate, summer will be upon us before I’ve finished the last of the children’s Easter eggs. I swear it was January about five minutes ago, and now it’s Easter and we are very much hoping for sunshine and chocolate for everyone. (Mine’s a packet of mini eggs or a Buttons egg #retroandunashamed.) And so we can all get ahead, I’ve rounded up some gorgeous early summer buys you need to get your hands on right now.…