Good Basics

Fashion has always been important to me. I always used to dress really kookie. I swear I invented wearing socks and high heels, whether that is a good thing or not. When I was at college a boy even wrote a song about me entitled ‘Her Pink Socks’. My arrogance when I was younger gave me this false sense of security and I really went to town on experimenting with fashion. It was great. I felt empowered in my River Island faux fur jacket and Primark PVC ankle boots.
Then I became a mother and all sorts of things happened. I suddenly lost the urge to spend any money on myself and was paying ยฃ50 for a romper that would meet its poo stained end within days. My body shape was different and I lost all confidence. I guess I didn’t want to be a rubbish mum standing out in her faux fur.
Zoom forward to Harbor starting school and I felt I needed to wear the school mum uniform. With a sea of Boden stripes, Joules wellies or tracksuit bottoms to choose from I simply gave up.* I spent most of the first year wearing the biggest parka I own and Ugg boots. It was all wrong. I felt like I looked a mess.
So when Harbor started in year one I made the decision I was going to dress for me and if I didn’t fit in then that was just the biscuit I’d have to eat. However its been a really self affirming experience. The pressure to fit in has been lifted. I get the impression I’m not understood anyway. (Put it this way Id never be a good candidate for the school PTA) I have been stopped by a mum who said I’m known as the trendy mum. Im sure she was just flirting to find out where my hat was from but ill take it anyway!

Im thinking about doing an outfit post covering what I wear daily on the school run but I thought I’d break you in gently with my favourite go to outfit because I am only dipping my toes into fashion blogging at the moment!

I wanted to get some photos but its pouring with rain so you’ll just have to cope with the model pics!

warehouse jumper
Jumperย Asos
gap jeans
Jeans Gap
Asos Shoes
Shoesย Asos
ย Let me know if you like me doing fashion posts or if I should stick to my ‘I don’t have my shit together’ posts!

*Sometimes you just need to be a leopard print cami in a sea of Breton stripes. However I am guilty of owning Boden and Joules and I’m very happy about it!



  1. Sarah
    January 12, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Yes loving the fashion posts, keep them coming! x

    • Cara
      January 12, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Cat Spaven
    January 12, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Love the fashion posts- I bought the boho (bargain) black dress after seeing it on your last post fashion post. You have a Jem of a blog!

    • Cara
      January 12, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      It was such a bargain wasn’t it! looking forward to wearing it as a summer dress rather than the chunky cardigan and tights combo!

  3. January 12, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    You’Re just ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    I went through a Boden stage. Then I got divorced and my new partner told me EXACTLY what he thought of that. (Sorry Johnnie).

    Although my 15 y/o daughter has tried her hardest to dissuade me from a River Island animal print coat and she doesn’t even know who Bette Lynch is!

    Keep on doing what you’re doing. Xx

  4. Cara
    January 12, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Thank you! We have to dress for ourselves don’t we!

  5. Frankie
    January 12, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Yes indeed, I love your style. However I think you’d fit in our PFA just fine ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. January 12, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Ah the school run mum uniform – I fear I’ve fallen foul to it. Feeling a bit shit at the moment so think I’ll take your advice and hopefully find my mojo! X

  7. Emma Howell
    January 12, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I really like the fashion posts. You’ve got really cool taste and highlight things I’d never find otherwise.

  8. Emma
    January 12, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I feel like I am at exactly the same stage and 2017 is about making a bit more of myself again ๐Ÿ™‚ love the fashion posts. Please include jewellery too x

  9. Kerry
    January 12, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Ah yes please keep them coming. I’m at the stage you were at a few years ago and would love some inspiration! I’ve just ordered the tassle shoes from Asos you featured a few posts ago. It’s so nice to get some ideas as I’m really not that great at putting outfits together at all!

  10. Kellie
    January 12, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    I love the fashion posts! Keep at it, you are doing great x

  11. January 12, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Definitely keep going, I’m waiting for the La Redoute pinafore thanks to you xx,

  12. Ali
    January 12, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Bretons, Boden and leopard together is the way forward! I’m so glad I’m mum to teens and there are no more school runs. Don’t miss them one bit! Feel
    Like I dress much more like me now I’m not trying to ‘fit in’ most mums are a frumpy bunch. You always look lovely,young and fresh. Xxx

  13. January 12, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Definitely keep the posts coming – I’m waiting on the La Redoute pinafore because of you xx

  14. January 13, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Are the jeans good Cara? I want a looser fit ankle length pair but nothing too low cut (big bum probs! ๐Ÿ™ˆ) Would you recommend? Xx

    • Cara
      January 13, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      They are my favourite pair now, I’m 5ft7 and they aren’t quite ankle length though. super soft and comfy!

  15. January 14, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Every now and then I slip into full on mom mode, it’s a tough place to get out of once your in and I do love a good Breton stripe, have to keep reminding myself that I love leopard print more than stripes! Definitely keep the fashion posts coming x

  16. January 22, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Cara you have made me want the gap jeans so bad! Would you say the sizes are a true fit? Love your blog BTW xx

    • Cara
      January 22, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      I’m living in them! Yeah true to size! Xx

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