Being bold with colour and my love of fashion

My mum brought me up to feel confident in myself and my body. She was always so self assured and comfortable in her own skin and showed no insecurities about her style or appearance. Being confident is not something that came naturally and if I'm honest no amount of nurturing could have helped my teenage awkwardness. Still, she never used negative words about her size, never mentioned diets and always gave us such a great attitude towards food and fitness that I think despite my crippling shyness I felt pretty happy with the skin I was in.

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The same applies to fashion, although I don't think she would call it fashionable, more personal style I suppose. My mum was never afraid to go against follow the norm, she never followed trends. She would wear velvet maxi dresses adorned with mirror detailing and embroidery whilst all the other mums would be wearing jeans and polo necks. Going through her clothes as a child was the best kind of dressing up, she would have the most interesting beads from Africa (where she is from) silk dresses from the fifties and festival jackets from the seventies.

Although our styles are different I think that maybe its down to her confidence in dressing that I have such a love for dressing creatively. I am drawn to colour and prints and when I buy something I imagine the person I can be in it, I think fashion tells stories and inspires creativity. I'm certainly not one who could ever just wear black, I need colour to feel alive!

I'm working with John Lewis in this post to pick out three items from their Fashionista category as part of their Mothers Day picks. There were SO many things I could have picked from there but I went with :

Mabli helping..

Tove Triangle Tote Bag
- I love this tote bag as it's large enough to fit so much in it plus it has an inbuilt mini bag to pop in the little bits that often get lost at the bottom of a bag like this. The colour blocking is fantastic and love the pop of yellow that contrasts the tan and white.

Contrast Leather Zip Around Purse
- This purse was the first thing I saw when I looked at the 'Fashionista' category on the site. I'm obsessed with this colour and I feel like purses are such good gifts, practical but pretty.

Lastly I picked up this Kate Spade Hinged Pocket Frame which I think is such a classic Mothers Day gift. I've popped pictures of me and my mum and also me and the kids inside. The colour went perfectly with the other two items I picked too.

What do you think of the selection I chose? Are you looking forward to spoiling your mum or being spoilt yourself if you are a mum?

You can read the Mothers Day post on the John Lewis site here.

In association with John Lewis


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