Saturday, 11 July 2015

WhatLauraWore: Simply Be Home & Away

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

When I'm on holiday, I do fall into the trap of wearing dresses every night.  Its a luxury I'm not afforded too often in the UK as I don't go out out a lot and sometimes its raining when I do so when I'm on holiday, I like to crack the short dresses out as much as possible.

However there's more to summer holiday fashion than little dresses and during my time in Morocco, I promised myself that I'd have one night where I break away from the dresses and opt for something a little different.

In todays post, I wanted to share with you that outfit and how I style it at home as well as on holiday.

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

I love wearing shorts as they're so easy to wear but I find that because of the shape and size of my tummy, I can't get denim shorts to fit me the way that I want them to fit.  I really like light, floaty materials but sometimes I don't want to wear trousers.  When I saw these culottes, I knew they would be perfect for me.

Culottes are shorts that are cut with full, wide legs so they look a bit like a skirt, except for if the wind blows then you wont have any laundry revealing mishaps.  I remember wearing a pair in a delightfully vile brown colour back when I was a child in the Brownies but these are far nicer.  They're made of a soft touch jersey that feels so light and soft against the skin but they hold their colour well, even after a few washes, and look more expensive than the £12 that they were.

I couldn't recommend these culottes more highly, they've been a lifesaver for me so far this summer as they're quite easy to dress down or even up a little as they do look quite smart.  They've got an elasticated waistband and are a generous fit, making them so comfortable to wear whether you're home or away.

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

I paired my culottes with the Lace Trim Angel Sleeve Top for both looks as I really liked the effect it gave and for sunny days in the UK, this top is ideal as it is off the shoulder in a bardot style so I can still catch a bit of sun on my shoulders.  Mr WLL and I go for a spin in our convertible on hot, sunny days and on our last trip, I slipped my arms out of this top while we were driving and it stayed up perfectly well as a boob tube so it didn't affect my car tanning.  Although I did have to make sure I sat up straight as otherwise I may have looked naked to passers by!

The coral orange colour of this top makes me feel so happy, I love how pretty and summery it is without being too bright or in your face.  It is very easy to wear and the kind of colour that would suit so many people.  The fit is very true to size; I sized up one size when ordering and then swapped it in store for my usual size as there was plenty of room in the top and the elastic around the top is fabulous.  It has a lot of stretch in it but the elastic is still sturdy and fits to your arms and chest to keep it up; it doesn't gape at all.  I did find that with continued wear, it would try to migrate up towards my shoulders which aren't as wide but I would just pull it down further off my shoulders again.  It does look nice worn just off the shoulder too but I prefer to pull it down a little further as the design intended.

I've worn this top quite a number of times since I returned from Morocco and I've loved how soft and comfortable it is.  It looks great light and mid wash jeans for a daytime summer look.

Simply Be have some gorgeous tops like this one available in their summer holiday shop.  They have a multitude of different cuts and shapes, colours and patterns and materials and textures available so I would really recommend checking them out online when you're doing your summer clothes shopping.  I tend to order LOADS of different sizes and styles, try them all on and then use their free shipping to send the pieces back that I don't want to keep.  Super simple!

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

While I was away, I carried a little cross body/shoulder bag in tan from River Island that I bought years and years ago.  I remember it being quite pricey for me at the time as I think I was still in college but I am so pleased that I made the investment because I have used it so much over the years.  It tends to be the perfect small bag to take away on holiday with me as it keeps my items safe and close too me, plus the tan colour looks fabulous with all of my outfits!

Back home, I had more things to carry with me than I did when I was on holiday and so I opted for my larger tan bag from New Look and it is new this season.  I am absolutely loving fringe details this year but its the first time I've really loved fringing so I don't want to invest in a high end piece incase I don't like it in years to come.

This bag was so affordable and I've worn it quite a number of times so far this year already and I definitely think I'll continue to get my use out of it.  It can be worn as a clutch, over the shoulder or cross body and it fits so much in but still holds its shape if you don't have a lot in making it great for day or night use, whatever you're doing!

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

The way that I have styled the away outfit was for a relaxed evening at the hotel but back home, I was having a no makeup day and heading out with Mr WLL, hence the big sunglasses that I reviewed in this post.  They're the most amazing sunglasses for blocking out the glare from the sun, I absolutely adore them.  You can pick up your own pair here.

For my hair, I used a floral hair band on each look; while away I put the band over my head and did my favourite princess tucked in style and while at home, I wound it around my hair bun a couple of times for a quick and easy i-really-need-to-wash-my-hair look.

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

My sandals are brand new to me from a new brand called Ikwetta.  They're a brand of footwear and fashion accessories that are handmade in Kenya.  I went on safari in Kenya and fell in love with the country and the people there.  It was a trip of a lifetime so I am overjoyed to have a little taste of Kenya in my wardrobe.

All of their products are 100% handmade by artisans in slums using age old techniques and taking inspiration from African culture.  They use authentic African leather of the highest quality along with an array of beautifully coloured beads. Ikwetta aim to create these beautiful handmade products while empowering talent, providing employment, building the local community and moving people out of slums.  They launched their collection through Kickstarter and raised an incredible amount of money to help their cause and to build a new workshop.

Now Ikwetta products can be bought direct from their own website and they're sure to add a gorgeous touch of flair and colour to your closet.  You can read more about their story here.

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya

These are the Fighter Olympus Gladiator Sandals and I'm sure you'll agree, they're fabulous.  When I visited Kenya, I was amazed by the colours and designs and Ikwetta have some great pieces like these sandals that really encompass the spirit of Africa.

They're available in raging red or caramel brown like I have here and they have the most gorgeous beads in a circular design on them.  The design is so eye catching and unlike anything I have seen in a sandal before, especially as the design goes up your leg.  So many people have asked me where these are from when I've been wearing them.  While I've got them on here with my culottes, I've also been wearing them with a little white dress and clutch and they really set the outfit off well.

These are my first pair of gladiator style sandals and I couldn't be happier with them.  Underfoot, they are incredibly comfortable.  I have worn these so many times since I got back from Morocco as I've been walking on days out quite a lot and not once have these sandals rubbed or been uncomfortable to wear at all.

I love that they're the above ankle length and the best thing about them is that the straps on them that go around your ankle are VERY long.  I have quite big legs and thats the reason as to why I haven't bought the gladiator sandals that go up your leg like this before, because I didn't think that I'd be able to get any to fit me.  These fit effortlessly with PLENTY of room to spare, I would HIGHLY recommend checking them out if you tend to struggle to get styles like this to fit your legs.  If I'd wanted, I could have left the remaining bit of strap on the sandal or bent it back on itself but I just cut it off to size.

The leather feels so incredibly soft and supple and the buckle is very sturdy, as is the bead work.  These are such high quality sandals, I'm really impressed with them but most of all, I love the ethos behind the company and how they're really working hard to give back to those working so hard in Kenya.

Ikwetta have so many gorgeous bags, jewellery items and sandals for men and women that you can check out on their website here.

Simply Be Holiday Shop Ikwetta Sandals Kenya


Floral head band from Claires Accessories

Tan cross body bag from River Island
Floral head band from Claires Accessories
Long leaf necklace (similar here)
Gold mix bangles from Primark


Which Ikwetta sandals are your favourite?  Have you bought any gorgeous tops so far this summer?

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  1. Ooooooooooh! Loving the fringed bag! I wasn't too sure about the trend to start with but I've suddenly found myself wanting a smaller one and actually spent this morning trying to hunt the perfect one down ... looks like I'll be heading to New Look. BAG TWINS! xx

  2. YOU LOOK AMAZING<3 Love the coral top it suits so so well, thanks for sharing hope you have a lovely weekend. Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x


  3. Oh my lord - that tops is delicious!

    C xx

  4. I love the bag and sandals. They are so pretty and summery, especially the sandals.

  5. I love the river island bag. Just as well you kept it as fringe is every where now.

    Katie x

  6. Really loving the coral colour and the sandals are lush. I have a real thing for colourful sandals and these are gorgeous x

  7. You are killing it with your coral shirt and outfit!!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty


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