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MY SUMMER MUST HAVES – PART 2

16/06/2016
As the title and my previous post suggests, this is part two of my Summer must haves in collaboration with Fat Face and I’m so excited for you to see it because it was pretty clear to see in the comments that you lovely lot were just as “omg gimme that striped dress, heart emoji’s on fleek” about the pieces as I was. 
But a lot has happened since I pre-wrote that last post and if you follow me on twitter and Instagram, you’ll already know what. I don’t want to keep mentioning it for so many reasons but I will because this campaign is about sharing happiness and if I’m being totally honest, I haven’t felt happiness since the day that I actually shot these photo’s.
The night of snapping these with my sasspot Hannah Gale, my Grandad, who was without a doubt one of the most special people in my life, suffered a major stroke, passing away 3 days later with us by his side, holding him, watching over him. I don’t want this post to be depressing or morbid, or to take anything away from the fact that these Fat Face pieces are a bloody beaut, I wholeheartedly recommend every single one of them and I genuinely think the Coastal whites collection is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a very long time… but how on earth could I possibly talk about happiness when I feel, well… empty.

I feel sadness beyond belief, I feel devastation, I feel like I’m not sure I’ll ever experience happiness again (I know I will, in time, but it feels a long way off) but most of all, I feel empty.
So I’m going to attempt to talk you through these pieces, I’m going to attempt to do it with humour and laughter because the last thing my Grandad would’ve wanted was for me to be moping around like Moaning myrtle and a mega drip. But if I’m not my usual self, then that will be why.
I know from your amazing messages that you’ll all understand and for that, I am so incredibly grateful. If there’s any happiness I can pull from this situation, it’s that I have the most insanely amazing community of you reading my blog and following me on social media and today I’m sharing the love for you. 
Fat face ditsy jumpsuit - the elle next door
Fat face ditsy jumpsuit - the elle next door
Fat face ditsy jumpsuit - the elle next door
Fat face ditsy jumpsuit - the elle next door

Lots of you will know that I’ve been travelling a lot recently and lots of you will also know that comfort comes first for me on board a plane (I’m usually about 2 seconds from flinging on pyjamas and giving absolutely no sh*ts) and I honestly think that this little gem, the Fat Face Jenny Batik Ditsy jumpsuit is the most perfect travel/”omg I need to be comfy but chic and as sassy as Beyonce whilst I’m at it” piece. Navy is always a go to for me in summer because it gives me all the nautical vibes and the ditzy print just gives it that little somethin’ somethin’. Plus did I mention that it’s so comfy it feels a little bit like a hug from Hagrid? I mean, if that’s not a reason to buy it then I don’t know what is.

Fat face strawberry shorts
Fat face strawberry shorts
Fat face strawberry shorts
When these Garment dye shorts in Strawberry first arrived I had one of those “erm, Han, I think I’ve just committed social suicide and picked out salmon colour shorts” but oh my goodness I actually bloomin love these. Despite the colour being called strawberry, they’re actually a really gorgeous pinky/coral shade and are officially my favourite “I need to feel like I’m abroad on a beach in really hot weather so hey there strawbs” pair of shorts and look so fresh and clean paired with a simple, sleek vest like this Cara broderie cami. Again, as with every single piece that I’ve ever owned from Fat Face, they’re extremely well made and ridiculously comfortable and totally, totally effortless.
I am lazy AF so gimme all the effortless things please and thank you! 
dungaree dress
dungaree dress
dungaree dress

So, I was going for cool and chic with this outfit but I think I may have managed to make the prettiest dress look like a 4 year old’s wearing it. (BRB while I braid my hair into two plaits and grab a barbie doll). But in all seriousness, I adore the Fat face Lyla denim dress and how versatile it is. Roll necks, bardot’s, vests… pretty much anything looks good underneath this. It also looks just as good with tights and some ankle boots for the winter too (there’s my old age practicality sneaking in there, lols). The only thing I’d do differently next time I wear it is belt it in at the waist as it can sometimes sit a little bulky at the front, but it’s really only a small price to pay if you’re a fan of the ole dungaree dress.

And there we have my final part of my summer must haves with Fat face. I always love, love, love these collaborations because they’re a brand that I love, they promote happiness and all round good vibes, and each item is wearable, practical (whilst still being extremely stylish) and just comfortable. Strong basics that you can wear everyday but also really easy to dress. I’m all about that life.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it’s been without a doubt the hardest time in my life over the last week but if there’s one thing that it’s given me, it’s perspective. And I do think that searching for some happiness in any situation is really important and right now, the support of the entire blogging community, getting to work with brands that I love, memories of days like this with friends I love and being able to share pieces that I know you’ll all fall in love with too are just some of the little things putting a very rare (and small) smile on my face.

So again, thanks so much for the love and apologies if I go missing for a little while. Right now life is all about spending time with family and I hope you’re all OK with that.

I’d love to know what your favourite piece from this post was? Have you discovered Fat Face yet? Let me know your thoughts 🙂
As always, thanks so much for reading!
xx
This post was kindly sponsored by Fat Face but all thoughts, photo’s and love of dungaree dresses that bring out my inner 3 year old, my own.

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