Weekly Round Up #31

 

Well another week is over and to be honest I wasn't really productive at all due to just not being bothered, workouts didn't happen as much as they should have been and it was mainly just a week of getting out and about. So here is what I got up to during last week.... 

Monday
On Monday I was all set for a day of blogging but ended up nipping into town for a few bits instead. To be honest I just didn't want to be sat in the house all day again so escaped for a few hours. It was a great day too as I managed to get some stuff we needed for our camping trip next week.

Tuesday
Tuesday was a trip out with my nephew and sister where I ended up purchasing a few more items for myself and Liam. It was nice going out and spending time with them as I am definitely making the most of not being in work full time at the moment. There is no point just being sat around, I may as well spend time with my nephew and make the most of it. 

Wednesday
Wednesday was food shop day once again then I went to Go Outdoors to pick up more camping bits we need before heading to a lovely restaurant for a gorgeous meal, we definitely need to go there again as it was well distanced, clean and gorgeous food. 

Thursday
Thursday was a day in the office for me and honestly it was great, just being in there is a sense of some normality for me, fingers crossed it won't be much longer until I am back full time as I do miss it. 

Friday
Friday was another day down at my sisters spending time with her and my nephew again which was great as the weather was really nice too. Then it was home for a night of YouTube watching and just relaxing.

Saturday
Saturday was all systems a go with the back garden. My dad put up the fence & built us another planter while we put the stone chippings down. With it being so warm it was definitely hard work but looking at the back garden now it was definitely worth it.

Sunday
On Sunday we had a nice chilled out day and I was so grateful for it as my body was aching from moving all the stones on Saturday. It also meant I had chance to finish off some bits on my to do list and start getting bits done I should have done during the week. It was the perfect ending to the week. 

So here is what I had been doing last week...

Watching: YouTube, YouTube & more YouTube once again, there is nothing good on TV at the moment so YouTube is literally keeping me going with things to watch. 

Reading: Again I haven't started my book yet but this section is definitely going to look different in the next round up. 
  
Listening to:  Again it has only been Taylor Swift I just can't get enough of that new album of hers. 

This week I want to get more ticked off my list than I did last week as I was nowhere near as productive as I should have been. We also go camping this week so I want to make sure we have everything we need and are packed so we don't forget anything. I also want to try get some bits done for the blogs that I have been putting off for a while as it isn't even necessarily difficult stuff to do. 

See you soon
Lucy

My Work Day Bag


I always take a backpack with me to work and it is filled with snacks, lunch and things I use for my blog on my lunch break. I feel lost if I don't take my bag and honestly having my items for blogging with me helps me stay on track as it means I can squeeze an extra hour of creating content into the day if I really want to.

Obviously at the moment I aren't working due to the lockdown so there is no need to have a bag as most stuff are now by my PC desk but here is what is going to be in my bag when I get back to the office...


Laptop / iPad

These are essential for me to still be productive on lunch time. I will take my laptop if I have blog posts/articles to write where as if I am just wanting to catch up on emails or social media I will just take my iPad. I am currently testing out a Lenovo Yogabook that my dad gave me too so that will sometimes be in my bag for carrying out those less demanding tasks.


Book/Magazine

This is always handy to have if I don't fancy gaming or blogging on my lunch which can happen sometimes. The book could literally be related to anything but the magazine is nearly always the PlayStation magazine. I have found that when I am in the mood I can power through books and this is mainly when I don't fancy doing anything else.


Switch

This is a new one that I am adding because if I don't fancy writing on my lunch break I can always sit and make my way through a game on the Switch for that 45 minutes I have each day, that is if Liam hasn't taken the Switch to work with him. Not only does this mean I finally get through that backlog but it also means more gaming content for you guys.


Notepad & Pen

I always have to have a notepad and pen with me because I could end up getting ideas for the blog at any moment. I actually take 2 with me, one little one for any of the blogs where I will then transfer the idea to the right notepad for that blog. I will also take an A5 notepad each day which will be specific for the blog I am working on that lunch time. This way I can make notes for the posts, track stats or make lists of things that I need to do or follow up.


Snacks

I always like to have a snack in my bag just in case I get hungry at work. Normally it would be a breakfast bar but lately I have only been snacking on protein bars or chocolate raisins. I can't be leaving the house without a snack so this is one of the first things I pack on a morning.

The essentials

Obviously in my bag I have what I class as the essentials so in here I keep an inhaler just in case I ended up needing it, I also have my keys and wallet in here when they aren't just dumped in my pocket but honestly they spend more time in my pockets. My bag also holds a mask and sanitizer now just in case I do need them and it is so handy just having them at hand even if I am just in work.

Once I get my new laptop, hopefully only a few months away there might be a few more items added but for now this is all I need to work on my blog or relax at work on my lunchtime.

Keep your eye on the blog because there will be a few more editions to the what's in my bag series over the year as different items get taken to different things such as events or long car journeys that lead to a holiday. So my bags often change to suit what I need to take, I guess it is a good thing that I keep buying all these backpacks then.

July 2020 New In

Remember last month when I said I was hoping to spend a lot less money and save more... well I have managed to save more even though I have ended up buying a lot more than last month. July seemed to be the month where a lot of my favourite places have had sales on or I have just managed to find some bargains. Plus I have needed to restock a few of my essentials and to be honest I have noticed a lot of my clothes no longer fit and didn't look right any more so I have picked up a few bits for just keeping my wardrobe going. I am trying not to buy too much but that is a topic for a post another day. Anyways to save this post being far too long here are all my pickups from July...

Gymshark Keychain

Gymshark had a sale on so I managed to get a few bits. One thing I didn't set out to buy is this black keychain with the Gymshark detailing on it but it was cheap and could come in very handy for me as I am constantly losing my gym key fob whether that is in the bottom of my bag or around the house. 

Gymshark t-shirt

I also picked up this bold blue t-shirt from the Gymshark sale as I love these for either lighter workouts or daily t-shirts. I love how the white really stands out of the blue and it is a fantastic fit, I am sure you will be seeing this on here and my Insta plenty of times in the future. 

Gymshark t-shirt

Another t-shirt you will definitely be seeing plenty of is this petrol blue Gymshark t-shirt which was another sale pick up. I love the colour on this t-shirt and it is definitely going to be more of a lifestyle t-shirt for me as it looks too good to just wear for working out. The fit on this one is great and I can't wait to get wearing it.

fitness accessories

At the beginning of the lockdown I was on the hunt for a skipping rope and resistance bands but had no luck. But I finally managed to pick some up from Argos, I know the gyms are now reopen however, I am happy still working out at home if the gym is busy which no doubt it will be. These were really reasonably priced and I can't wait to get using them. 

Real madrid jersey

On a trip to the outlet store I picked up this long sleeved Real Madrid training Jersey for £14.95 when the price tag said it was originally over £100, do I believe it was that price? I still aren't sure. But this jersey is going to be perfect for those colder days or workouts in the garden due to the long sleeves but it still being the Clima Cool material. 


To go along with the jersey I picked up the shorts with built in leggings for the same price. These are fantastic quality and are going to be used for working out in the garden especially on those colder days as the leggings are so comfortable and are nice and warm.


Whilst in Superdrug I got stocked up on some bits that I had been wanting pre-lockdown. I always struggle with getting a tan and never want to dive right in with a fake tan so I use this Garnier Summer Body gradual tan, it does the job perfectly and really helps get rid of my pasty skin. I also picked up a tanning mitt as I just find it easier for putting the gradual tan on. 


I also picked up a few face masks as I had totally run out and wanted to treat myself for a change. Is there anything better than just putting on a face mask and relaxing on an evening? I love the ones from Superdrug and with them being on 3 for 2 they are super affordable too.


I am trying my best to try get into a bit of a skincare routine again as I am sick of constant breakouts so I picked up this pore cleanser to try as it was on offer. I honestly don't know what to make of this yet as I haven't tried many products from Biore but I am looking forward to trying this soon.


I still haven't had my haircut since lockdown began so it has started to get a bit out of control and I can't do my usual style with it. So I have picked up a got2b beach matt paste to help me create a messy but good looking style. I also picked up a tame & shine oil too as I used to use one similar to this and my hair was left looking great so I am hoping this one from got2b will give me the same effect. 


Whilst in Primark I picked up two more of their scents as they smell brilliant and are only £2 each. They are really handy just to have in my bag too in case my scent runs out or needs a quick top up whilst I am out and about. I have quite a few of these now and they are such good value for money. 


I managed to get to ShopDisney too and they had plenty of sale items left in stock so I treated me and Liam to a new mug each. I know he loves Mushu from Mulan so I picked him up the large Mushu mug which he now thinks may be to big for him and I got myself the made in the 90's Toy Story mug as I am still absolutely loving anything Toy Story related, plus I love the grey and white colour scheme of it. 


My mum treated me and my sister to a Disney plaque each from Clintons and we actually ended picking the same Lion King one. I absolutely love this this quote and I think this is going to look great displayed in the spare room. They actually had so many nice ones that I am tempted to pick up a few others. 

It isn't very often I actually buy books these days however when I saw Shoe Dog for just £3 I wasn't leaving that behind as I have been after the book for so long, as I love the Nike brand this is definitely an essential read for me, I just can't believe how cheap it was. I also picked up The Subtle Art as I had seen a few YouTuber's recommend this and I have been on a bit of a motivational kick recently as I want to improve myself and my mindset.  


Last month I purchased the Nike Air Force 1's so this month I needed to restock on the essentials... Crep Protect wipes. I absolutely love having these on hand for it I get my white sneakers dirty when out and about. I never used to bother with worrying about them getting messed up but now I really want to make sure I make them last and these wipes are fantastic. But that is enough on them for today as I have a full post coming soon about how I care for my sneakers.


With it being compulsory to wear face masks in shops and supermarkets now I thought it was time I picked up a few more so that I had plenty to have in rotation. When browsing the Adidas site for some t-shirts I ended up coming across a 3 pack of face masks for £15.00 so I picked up a pack and I am so glad I did as they are great quality and I actually find them quite easy to breathe in. 


One of the summer essentials for me is a pair of no show socks but I actually only had a few pairs in my drawer so I picked up a couple of packs so I am well stocked and have plenty on hand so I don't have to worry about running out. I have found the ones from the Primark men's department best for me as they fit well, don't rise too high and have a grip to hold them in place. 


I realised none of my white Nike socks were actually white any more so I picked up a new pack just to keep me going. My old ones were just becoming far too worn so it is nice to have some fresh new pairs to pick out on a morning. 


I have bought 3 pairs of Jeans in July and only 2 fit me which I guess is one of the downsides to losing weight. I picked up a pair of £10 stretch skinny jeans from Primark in a size 20 but a week later I needed a size smaller as the 20's were just too baggy and didn't look how I wanted them too. I ended up getting a dark denim and a light denim in an 18 and they are a perfect fit for now. I am trying not to spend too much money on single items of clothing anymore as when they don't fit for long there is no need so for me £10 jeans are perfect for now.


 I had been on the look out for some grey sweatpants for a while so when I saw these slim fit ones in Primark for £9 I picked them up straight away. You can't beat a great fitting pair of sweatpants and after trying these on they definitely tick all the boxes. Keep an eye out as you will be seeing these on here & my Insta a lot more in the future. 


Whilst in Footlocker me and my sister came across this gods of basketball t-shirt which is part of Footlocker's own brand and for just £9.99 I knew I wasn't leaving without it. This t-shirt looks more expensive than it was and I can't wait to get wearing it soon. I am really starting to get into basketball and the basketball culture so this is perfect. I already have a blog post about this t-shirt in mind. 


Matalan had a huge sale on and I managed to pick up some great items at really cheap prices. One of my pick ups was this green grandad collar shirt for just £5 and it is perfect. I was in need of some more short sleeved shirts and this ticks all the boxes as the material is really nice and the fit is just how I want it. 


Also from Matalan I picked up this black and grey striped t-shirt which is a lovely soft material and is a bit of a flocked design. I have bought this mainly for layering however, it may be worn with some nice jeans in the warmer weather with my bomber jacket over the top. 


 River Island also had a sale on and I picked up this Carpe Diem t-shirt for just £3. I said that for this price even if I just wear it a few times and then wear it for lounging around or sleeping in I have still got a bargain. It is a really nice quality material and fits quite well at the moment. 


Finally from River Island I picked up this boxy t-shirt with a bold print on the back and I am in love with it. The t-shirt gives me Off White vibes and for just £10 was a fraction of the cost. The t-shirt has a smaller logo on the front but it is the bold back print that had me sold. It is a bit of a thicker material too so will be great for all weathers and should be easy to style. I am hoping to get plenty of wear out of this but even if it does start to get too big I think it will look great oversized.

So there you have it I have definitely purchased a lot of over the past month however, with so many items in the sale or reasonably priced I have still managed to save a lot of money too which is fantastic. I am hoping I don't need any more clothing for a while but I guess we will see about that in next months post. What has been your favourite pick up of the month?

Weekly Round Up #30


 So the final week of July has been and gone and to be honest it was a pretty good one. The weather was a mixture of good and bad but I managed to get plenty done and still spend time with my nephew too. Plus I did a couple of days in the office which was a nice change. So here is how the final week of July went...


Monday
Monday was such a productive day, I got up at a decent time and just sat at my desk for the day. I actually managed to get most of the content written for August, I just have images to add to those posts and I even got planning done for months later in the year.

Tuesday
Tuesday was day number 1 in the office and it was nice having a change of scenery again although I couldn't believe how tired I was when I was got home. It was a nice relaxed night just watching YouTube and switching off for the night.

Wednesday
Wednesday was our usual day of doing the food shop and spending time with my nephew. It is nice having Wednesdays as a bit of a routine day. It is nice getting to spend time with my nephew too as once I am back at work that is obviously going to change.

Thursday
Thursday was my second day in the office and it absolutely flew by. It picked up a bit and it was nice getting back into doing bits that I have actually missed doing. Again though by the time I got home I just wanted to climb back into bed but we had to wait for the AA to come and sort my car out which we finally managed to get sorted.

Friday
Friday was another day spent with my nephew, it was so warm so we got his paddling pool out and just spent the day in the garden enjoying the weather seen as it is rare we get weather like that. Then it was a trip to B&Q to pick up some post mix for finally putting our fence posts in.

Saturday
On Saturday my dad came round and we got the fence posts in ready for the rest of the wood and chippings to arrive so we can finish our back garden. Once he had gone it was a case of just relaxing and watching YouTube. It really was the perfect Saturday. 

Sunday
Sunday really was a perfect relaxed day. It involved a bit of blogging, naps and just relaxing catching up on more YouTube and planning for the week ahead. It was nice just getting blog stuff done and planned so that on Monday I could just crack on.

So here is what I had been doing last week...

Watching: I spent my week watching YouTube, there have been so many great fashion & tech videos in my subscription box lately. 

Reading: I have finally picked what I want to read next, now I just need to start need to reading it. 
  
Listening to:  I am absolutely loving Taylor Swift's latest album it is the only thing I have actually been listening to. 

This week I want to get plenty more content written as motivation seems to have come back lately. I am also hoping to pick up the bits we need for our upcoming camping trip so that is one less thing to worry about for the next few week. Fingers crossed we can make more progress with the garden too as there isn't much left for us to do. Once all this is done I am hoping to have plenty of time to get come Instagram pictures taken out of the house for a change. 

See you soon
Lucy

July 2020 Favourites

Another month has been and gone and how quickly are we approaching the end of the year, it doesn't seem like 2 minutes ago it was Christmas and we are getting closer and closer to December once again. I feel like I have blinked and this year has just flown so far part of me wants it to slow down but then another part just wants 2020 over and done with. 

July has been a pretty good month, I have spent time with family and discovered new favourite things once again so here are my favourites from the month of July...

Fashion


 Nike Air Force 1's

Just like last month the Nike Air Force 1's are appearing on this list. They are just so comfortable and super easy to style, I really do wish I had picked them up sooner as they really are a staple piece for me now. Plus I have gone a full month with keeping them nice and clean for a change. 


Nike T-Shirts

Nike just seems to be my go to brand at the moment whether it is the sneakers they are producing or the clothing I have been wearing. I seem to have spent a lot of the month just wearing Nike t-shirts and I am all for it as they are so comfortable and really fit me nicely which is something I have been struggling with lately. The prints have been nice and bold on the t-shirts I have been wearing so they are definitely stand out pieces. I am hoping that I can pick up a few more items from nike in the near future. 

Lifestyle

Spending time with the Nephew

July has been a month of spending time with my nephew and seeing him grow into the cheeky little character he is has been fantastic. He is 16 month old now and is definitely developing his own little personality plus he is certainly my little best friend so every minute I am getting with him is perfect. I have realised I could be in the worst mood ever but that soon changes the second I see him.

Home

Things coming together

Finally we have got somewhere with our back garden, it is very nearly complete and just knowing we are so close to finishing another house job is fantastic. Looking around we actually don't have that much to do now just big jobs that are going to need saving for so we can finally have a bit of a break and just relax for a bit. I just hope once the garden is complete we get some nice weather so we can enjoy the space. 

Health & fitness

Seeing a difference

July is the month where I have really started to notice a difference in my body whilst I am on my weight loss journey. My clothing is fitting me a lot better but that isn't the biggest difference I have noticed... my fitness levels are getting a lot better now too as my heart rate doesn't get as high as it used to when I work out. Just seeing little differences like that is fantastic. 

Going on walks 

July has also been the month for going out on walks again, whether it is just around the nearby streets or at the park. It has been great just getting out seeing different places and more importantly helping my weight loss journey by being a lot more active. 

What are your favourites from June 2020?

Wearing A Full Tracksuit In A Colour Out Of My Comfort Zone


 Remember a few weeks ago I posted about loving wearing full tracksuits, well I have a new favourite tracksuit and it comes from Gymshark. 

Back on black Friday I was lucky enough to be able to pick up the complete Raid tracksuit in this gorgeous light blue colour. Now after I ordered this tracksuit I was a bit skeptical with the colour but it is perfect for the cooler weather and is really easy to style. Both items fit perfectly too, I got both the hoodie and joggers in XL and I am glad I didn't go any smaller as these are a perfect fit. 


The hoodie is just nice and simple with the Gymshark name just going down the chest but not too large, and the hoodie has a bit of a bagginess to it which I love as it just gives the neck are a little bit of a different look, plus when you put the hood up it covers your neck a little bit so it is perfect for the colder weather as you will definitely be kept warm. One thing I always want from a hoodie is zip pockets so I don't have to worry about losing any of my items and this hoodie has just that so I can wear this and be confident I aren't going to lose my phone or money. 

One of my favourite features though is something you don't see on most items.... the popper on the side of the hoodie and at the bottom of the joggers. I love them, they just make them so different and you can have them open if you wish or closed. No doubt I will have these closed more than I have open but you can also have them looking different if you wish. Plus when you open the poppers up you get a little more of the Gymshark branding. 


 I was definitely missing some slim fitting joggers in my wardrobe but these are definitely ticking those boxes. Sometime I struggle with skinny fit items just making me feel uncomfortable and like they are stuck to me however, with these I haven't struggled at all as they are tight but not too tight. 

There is a bit of excess material towards the ankle of the jogger but to be honest I expect that these days as my legs are so short. But that excess material doesn't really bother me though as I think it actually looks quite good on these joggers. Again there is minimal branding on the joggers as you just have the Gymshark name down the left hand side. Plus these joggers also have the zip pockets which means I can also happily put my phone or money in these and not have to worry about them sliding out. The tracksuit washes well too, it hasn't lost any shape and even after I spilled something down it the stain has come straight out and you would never tell it was there. 

This tracksuit is definitely going to be worn plenty of times and as a full tracksuit however, some days I may have to split it up a little bit as I think this could go with most of my wardrobe. I just know this tracksuit is far too good to wear to the gym.  

Weekly Round Up #29


Last week was definitely one of the busiest ones I have had for a while and it was fantastic as it was mainly spent with family. We went to places I had never been too or haven't been to in ages and just spending time with the nephew has been fantastic. 

Monday
On Monday I went into town for an hour just to pick up a few bits I had been wanting for a while. It was then a case of coming home and working on content which was much needed and I got plenty done. 

Tuesday
On Tuesday we went for a walk around a huge lake, we did two laps around the lake and had a picnic there as the weather was great. It was nice just having a day out in the fresh air plus it got my steps up for me.

Wednesday
On Wednesday I went to spend time with my nephew and it was another fun filled day, we called into town where I finally got to try a Mexican place in the market and it was gorgeous. Then it was up to Asda for the food shop. 

Thursday
Liam had the day off on Thursday as some one was coming to change our tyres for us. But I wasn't spending the day with him as I was off to a theme park with the nephew and the rest of my family. It was a theme park specifically for under 10's and just seeing my nephews face was amazing as it was his first experience of a theme park. On the way home we called at Meadowhall where I picked up a nice little treat for myself.  

Friday
The gardeners came on Friday to make a start on the back garden and I just spent the day working on content, planning some things I want to change on the blog and just generally being productive for a change. The house got tidied and things being clearer just helped me get things done. 

Saturday
On Saturday I went round to my parents, where I ended up helping my mum sort a bit of the loft out. It was a great day and I found so many things from when I was younger. Me and my dad then went to B&Q to get a bit of inspiration for the gardens and we will be heading back soon to pick a few bits up. 

Sunday
Sunday was more of a relaxing day, I caught up on YouTube & made a start on my new bullet  journal and planned for the week ahead. I love sitting and doing this as it gives me a chance to see what needs doing and when is the best to do it. 

So here is what I had been doing last week...

Watching: I spent most of the week watching YouTube as there had been so many great videos posted. 

Reading: I have started a new book that is all about football so should be perfect for me. 
  
Listening to: I just can't get enough of Taylor Swift's new album. I can see this being on repeat for a while. 

This week I want to have a full day writing content, I just want to get as much written as I can this week as my return to work is definitely getting closer. I also want to carry on planning out goals for this blog for the future and start implementing some of those changes already. I am also hoping that we can get more work done in the gardens just to tidy them up and make the changes we want to having the artificial grass laid in the back has definitely spurred me on. Fingers crossed we can get out to purchase some camping and walking bits too as it isn't long until we go.  

See you soon
Lucy

The Summer Essentials Your Wardrobe Needs

Summer is here but is your wardrobe ready for it? I recently had a check through my wardrobe and there were a few items missing however, that will soon be changing. For the warmer weather you are going to want clothing that reflects the weather, for many years I constantly wore all black outfits in the summer and honestly I suffered for it I was just too warmer and very uncomfortable. That is why I now try to wear lighter colours/ lighter & looser fitting clothing so I can enjoy my days rather than spend time worrying about sweating and being uncomfortable.  So here is what I think you should be looking to add to your wardrobe for the warmer months ahead...

On the top


T-shirts

T-shirts are basically an everyday essential for me as I would rather wear a t-shirt than a shirt and summer is no exception to that in fact this is perfect weather for me as I think t-shirt weather is the best. There are plenty of t-shirt options out there and I am opting to get away from bold printed t-shirts as I am getting a bit fed up of them so here are the t-shirts I think everyone should have on hand to wear throughout summer.

Slim fit t-shirt

These have been a recent addition for me and I am loving them as they just make an outfit look so much better. The fit on these t-shirts just make the outfit look cleaner as it isn't just hung off you and the tighter fit can also help accentuate your figure if that is a look you are trying to pull off. I would recommend having a look around as you can get some good quality slim t-shirts in different colours that are perfect for the warmer weather.

Regular fit t-shirt

If you are wanting something with a bit of a looser fit than a slim fitting t-shirt then a regular fit t-shirt is the way to go. However, you don't want the t-shirt to look like it is hung off you (I have had this happen in the past), if you want to get the over-sized look  make sure you do it right don't just pick any random t-shirt and hope it works as sometimes it doesn't and it will just make your outfit look messy.  A good quality and good fitting regular fit t-shirt could make a nice outfit look a bit more relaxed and change your outfit as opposed to just a plain slim fit t-shirt. Again definitely have a look around as you can get some great colours for the warmer weather.

Striped t-shirt

A striped t-shirt can just change up an outfit and give an outfit a great look. You could team up a striped t-shirt with some nice shorts and shoes & you will have a nice nautical look going on. Stripe t-shirts are something I have stayed away from in the past however, I do have a few in my wardrobe at the moment which I will be wearing quite often in the warmer weather and I will definitely be picking more up in the future, a nice white and black or white and navy t-shirt will look great with some of the other items I already own.


Shirts

Linen Shirt

You are going to want to be cool in the warmer weather and one of the perfect ways to do this is by wearing a linen shirt. Up until last year I never even considered wearing a linen shirt but now I want to add even more into my wardrobe. I loved wearing mine for those days where I just wanted to dress up a little smarter and it worked, perfect with shorts, chinos or even jeans if you really want to linen shirts can be pretty versatile. Plus you can get them in long or short sleeve so there are plenty of options out there for you.

Short Sleeve Shirt

Now this is a clothing item I love, you just can't beat a short sleeve shirt & summer is a perfect time to wear them You can get plain ones or printed ones but they all look great. The best part is you can layer with them too, if you fancy your shirt being open with a t-shirt underneath then you can, just make sure your t-shirt sleeves don't poke out under the shirt sleeves. You can get some great quality short sleeved shirts for great prices so have a look around there are plenty of options out there.


On the Bottom


You aren't going to want to be wearing tight skinny jeans or any bottoms that are a thick material in the warmer weather because that just isn't comfortable. So you are going to want something more lightweight just to keep you from feeling so warm plus you will feel a lot more comfortable during the day as you wont feel as restricted. So here are the bottoms you should be looking at adding to your wardrobe for the summer months.

Chinos

Just as I said in the spring essentials post, chinos can smarten up any look and they are perfect for the warm weather due to their lightweight material. Team these up with some nice footwear and a nice top & you are good to go. You can get some great quality chinos at reasonable prices plus there are plenty of colours out there so there is something for every style/colour palette.

Chino Shorts

Chinos don't just come in a longer length there are also some great chino shorts out there for you to add to your wardrobe. Again these come in plenty of colours to suit everyone's style/colour palette. They just give you an extra smart option for those days that are too warm to wear long length pants. One great way to wear these would be a pair of khaki/stone chino shorts with a nice t-shirt (striped would be great) then finish off with a nice pair of boat shoes or white sneakers and in my opinion that would be a great way to wear the shorts, in fact it is how I will wear them most of the summer days where I want a smarter look.

Lightweight / light coloured jeans

If you do want to wear jeans during the warmer months I would really recommend going for a lightweight material in a lighter colour. This will just help you feel a bit cooler and more comfortable when it does get warm. I try to stay away from the tight fitting skinny jeans when it is warm and that is why I have Mom / boyfriend fit jeans in a lighter colour as they are just as looser fitting and the lighter colour just makes me feel a bit cooler which I think is just psychological.

Denim shorts

One of my go to items in the warmer weather are definitely denim shorts, they are just so much better than wearing full length jeans. Denim shorts are just a great alternative that are so easy to style. I would recommend looking around and picking the style that is best for you, personally I pick up knee length light coloured and black skinny denim shorts as they are great to style, suit me and work well with the rest of my wardrobe.

Sweat shorts

Sweat shorts/ jersey shorts are brilliant for those lazier day and more casual outfits. They are fantastic for when you are staying in the house and don't want to make an effort. I have plenty of pairs of jersey shorts in my wardrobe as I will just throw a pair on after work ready for an evening of watching YouTube or gaming. The best part is for a decent pair it isn't going to break the bank plus you don't have to really worry about getting the best of the best because who is going to see them if they are just for lounging?


On your feet

No outfit is complete without some great footwear that fits brilliantly and works well with your outfit. To me the footwear is one of the most important parts of the outfit so you are going to want to make sure it fits with your clothing so they don't stand out for all the wrong reasons. There are so many options out there that will work so well with plenty of different outfit options so here are the ones I think you should be looking at owning for summer.

White sneakers

There are so many options out there for a great pair of plain white sneakers. In fact one of my current favourite pairs cost me just £12 from my local Primark. A pair of clean white sneakers will definitely go with 90% of your wardrobe and it just adds some simplicity to your outfit and goes so nicely with a variety of clothing. Just make sure they look clean and not filthy as no one like a filthy pair of sneakers, in fact I have a new post coming very soon on how to keep your sneakers clean.

Vans

Vans are an absolute classic option for me but they are a type of footwear that I easily fall in and out of love with. However, recently I have definitely found myself looking at picking up more and more pairs of vans especially the Old Skool range. A nice pair of black and white Old Skool's teamed up with some nice denim shorts could really make a great look.

Boat shoes

Boat shoes are an alternative to sneakers and they can look great when worn with the right outfit. I actually have a pair of Vans boat shoes that I love to wear in the warmer weather. I usually team these up with some chino shorts and a nice plain t-shirt and it makes for quite a nice outfit.

Sliders

My go to footwear when I am around the garden has become sliders just thanks to how easy they are to get on and off. Plus these would be perfect for a trip to the beach or if you are poolside for a day as you can just slide them on and off when you need to move around.  There are some great picks out there for you and come in a variety of prices so there is an option for everyone's budget.


The jackets

If you are in the UK like me then there is a high chance you daren't leave the house without a jacket due to how unpredictable the UK weather is especially lately. That is why having a good choice of jackets available is essential so that you are covered for any possibility. Here are two options I would definitely recommend having on hand for the summer months.

Lightweight Jacket

If you are in the UK like me no doubt you will need something to keep you dry through those almost guaranteed summer showers. A lightweight jacket is perfect for those occasions as it will be waterproof as well as keeping you cool in the warmer weather. Again there are so many different options out there so go have a look and see what suits you best. I currently have one from H&M that I am absolutely loving as it keeps me dry and I don't get too warm in it. Just be careful when purchasing a jacket those as I have had some in the past that claim to be waterproof however, they have been far from it.

Bomber & Baseball jacket

On a night it can drop really cool here in the UK even when it has been really warm throughout the day. I have found that my go to jacket over the past few years has been a baseball jacket as it is lightweight and really takes the chill off, the best part is there are plenty of thicknesses of baseball jackets out there so you have a choice of selection. Another jacket I love is a bomber jacket especially when wearing my jeans or chinos as it doesn't spoil the look it actually fits quite well.


Accessories

Accessories are an essential for all seasons and the right ones can really finish off an outfit for you. An outfit isn't just clothing for me it is about what you pair with the clothing you pick. So here are some accessories I would recommend adding to your wardrobe to pair up with your outfit choices.

Sunglasses

You need to be protecting your eyes in the warmer weather as those sun rays can do some real damage, plus they help you cover up those watery eyes if you suffer from hay fever like me. A great quality pair of sunglasses might seem like a huge investment to you however, is it really that much of an investment if it protects your eyesight for years to come? I know I would rather purchase a pair of sunglasses that are going to look after my eye health for plenty of years and finish off an outfit rather than not bother and struggle with my eyesight in the future.

Woven Belt

A woven belt looks a lot better with chinos in my opinion over a leather belt so in the warmer weather try to change things up a bit and reach for a woven belt over leather one. I have found they are more comfortable too and the buckles are less bulky on a woven belt compared to a leather one so why not give one a try?

No show socks

These are one of the top things on this list to pick up even if you just think oh I need to get this about one item it should be this one. Some outfits looks great with shorts and crew socks however, for a smarter look a pair of no show socks is the way to go. You don't want a pair of trainer socks peaking over the top of your sneaker as it just looks messy and like you have forgotten about that aspect of your outfit. A pair of no show socks will tidy up the footwear and give you that comfort of wearing socks throughout the day.


Good scent

You want to smell good throughout summer alongside looking good. No doubt in the heat you will be sweating more however, you don't have to smell, just a simple fragrance can really help stop the smell. You are going to want a lighter scent for summer as opposed to the heavier scents you often wear during the colder months.

The best part about most of these items is that you could very easily wear them in multiple other seasons too especially the shoes and accessories which means you are definitely going to get plenty of wear out of them. Plus if you get an item which is better quality (which is a new rule I am going to follow, post coming soon) then you are possibly going to be able to wear these items the following year & possibly even longer.

So there you have it, do you own any of these items? Or are you going to pick some up in the future? Let me know. Also what do you consider to be some of your summer wardrobe essentials?