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Monday, 17 April 2017

Wearing a beach cover-up as a top? and Easter Bonnets.


Morning,

How was your Easter Holiday,  more's the point are you still off today to continue enjoying it, and even more importantly are you still chomping your way through chocolate?
I'm feeling rather excited as the whole family are coming over for a huge roast and all the trimmings! Followed by Vanilla Cheesecake - a banging Vanilla Cheescake at that.
I love having family round, the older generation along with the younger members of my family. 
It's going to be a tad tight indoors likewise very noisy! 



Thinking back to Easter Saturday,

Saturday night had me at a party, not just any party but an Easter Bonnet Party (I think that's just an excuse to have a party - but that's fine with me he he!)
The only requirement to gain entry - Wearing a decorated Easter Bonnet upon arrival.
From the offset I didn't have a clue what to make, but figured by starting with a basic bonnet and some chicks, bunnies, eggs and other paraphernalia from the craft section, my bonnet might appear!
And eventually it did appear, after sticking, cutting, drawing and plenty of asking "where shall I put this, what shall I do with that"?  The spotlight was on my splendid Easter Hat.  
No - It's no good I'll have to 'fess up'
I didn't have anything to do with the production of my Bonnet, my middle daughter and god-daughter Georgina can take all the responsibility, praise and glory!  What a splendid job they did too!
Thanks girls I reckon I might win with this one. X
What do you think? 








Here's hubby's Easter Bonnet, more along the lines of Angry Bird!  The girls made this for my hubby too.
Angry bird is what they were aiming for - and I think they created a rather good copy,  if he hadn't arrived with a decorated bonnet the hostess would of been a very Angry Bird instead!! ha ha.





Here's the full assortment of Bonnets the girls made, didn't they do a good job?



Back to my #ootd, I'm asking the question ...

Can you wear a beach cover-up as a top when you're not going to the beach?

I saw this gorgeous pink cover-up on a recent visit to Matalan - drawn obviously by the colour, pink!
I decided to try this challenge out just to see what it would look like, and without a grain of sand in sight I reckon it looks delightful.
The colourful pattern, the soft, light and flimsy feel of the cloth, the tassel tie all enhance this paisley print kaftan making it a double delight for not only your holiday wardrobe, but your floaty blouse collection too.
Because it is a very sheer, transparent material, I've added a turquoise blue vest  T shirt underneath, which turns it into a stunning top for an evening out in the summer also warmer Spring evenings.
I've added my silk covered beads, also in turquoise which picks out one of the colours in the kaftan, but I could also have chosen, lemon, white or there's a slight purple in the print making it an all round, adaptable top.
You can pick this up in Matalan for £14, a cheap top that you can get double the wear - result!














Here you can really see how stunning this kaftan is, striking, bright colours equally at home on the beach as well as a fancy restaurant! 






With the addition of white three quarter length jeans (these are a must in any over fifties jean collection)  mine are from Wallis, but plenty of stores stock them including these from
M & S for £25!   I've paired my white, cork wedge sandals simply because I love wearing them - they're cute, comfortable and continuing to be my 'go to' choice for this and next season.  I wish I'd bought the tan option too!

















Well I think the answer is yes - you can adapt a beach wear kaftan for an every day blouse, by just adding a corresponding coloured vest or cami top.
What do you think, is this something you would do?


I hope this gives you some inspiration to try something out of the ordinary, and step outside your box, what's the worst thing that can happen?

Anyway enough of my forward thinking to summer outfits, I'm now off to prepare my family roast!
I'll probably have a bit lot of chocolate to hand,  and a few cuddles from my princess and prince, three of my favourite things ... Heaven!


Back again on Thursday. X








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  1. Love your bonnets, I was very tempted to make one this year but nowhere to wear it! Pretty kaftan....I often wear them for the evening, glammed up, when I'm on holiday and then re-use the next day for the beach. Enjoy the rest of Easter,
    Gail

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    1. Oh that's a shame for you. We did have fun! Glad I'm not the only one to do this. Hope your Easter was fab. x

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  2. You've shown a perfect way to wear a cover up, Jacqu!! In fact, I wouldn't have even thought that because it's a beautiful top!!
    What a fabulous way to make your closet versatile!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Awe kind words Jodie, many thanks for this. I love to get value for money! x

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  3. How good are the hats? Well done to all! And yes, of course you can get away with wearing the Kaftan. Looks lovely xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thanks Laurie, I'll let the girls know. x Thanks for your lovely comments. x

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  4. Hi Jacqui
    Love the hats for Easter and your dinner sounds scrumptious! We had a nice relaxing Easter, though my family is in another state. I think the cover up works quite well and looks lovely in this pink print with the white jeans. Looks like a pretty tunic!
    stop by when you can
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed your Easter break. I'm happy I made this choice - it works wells. x

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  5. What a fun print! I hope you enjoyed your Easter!

    Liz
    Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    1. Many thanks Liz, my Easter was super - hope yours was too. x

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  6. An Easter bonnet party?! How fanciful and fun. I'll take any excuse to party and dress up, especially when there's kitsch and costumes involved. And I love a coverup or caftan styled as a tunic with jeggings or jeans for spring and summertime. It's a way to channel resort glamour without booking a vacation!

    Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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    1. Nice that you agree with me Liz, I might have to try with another one soon! x

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  7. Love the colours in the tunic and yes, I wear beachwear off-beach too.
    Maybe it's due to the beach life we share. Your weekend sounds wonderful and the girls did an amazing job with the hats. Well done them!

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    1. It's so pretty Mary, I can't wait for summer! I'll let the girls know you've said that - they'll be very pleased. x

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  8. When a top is this pretty, why just keep it for the beach i say! Love how you remixed it in to your daily life. It works wonderfully as a top!x x

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    1. Kind comments Rachel, thanks for taking the time to stop by. x

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  9. The bonnets are great!

    The kaftan is beautiful and works great with the white jeans as a wonderful top!

    Have a great week!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thank you Andrea, kind words, and I hope you've have a super weekend/week. x

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  10. Love the hats! Adorable. And the beach cover up makes a beautiful top.
    www/over50under20.com

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    1. Many thanks Susan, they did do a fabulous job! Glad you agree with me about the top, much appreciated. x

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  11. Jacqui, those hats are so cute! What a great idea. The girls did a fabulous job. I love your outfit. I was thinking the same thing about wearing a beach cover up as a blouse. There are so many cute ones out there and why not? You picked a very pretty top and it looks fabulous with those jeans and wedges. You look amazing! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Thank Amy, I'll pass that on to the girls. x Fabulous colours I love them. glad you stopped by, x

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  12. You guys did a fantastic job with your Easter bonnets! They turned out very cute! I also love your blouse. The colors are gorgeous and look fantastic on you!

    -Katie
    www.hellokatiegirlblog.com

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    1. Hi Katie, many thanks for your kind words. x

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  13. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I think it look like a tunic and it work how you styled it. It's a great look!

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    1. Kind words Nicole, many thanks for stopping by. x

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  14. I think t is a fabulous idea and you look absolutely lovely. The girls did a really good job on the bonnets, Jacqui
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Appreciate you visiting Anna, kind words indeed. x

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  15. Well that beach coverup makes the perfect light-weight Spring tunic. Love how you styled it. And those DIY Hats came out great, so fun!


    Welcome by tomorrow and every Thursday and linkup your gorgeous style with me. Thanks, Ada. =)

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    1. Thanks for your comments Ada, so pleased you could stop by. x

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  16. I love your kaftan! It looks great with the white jeans and turquoise necklace. I used to love making Easter bonnets at Brownies as a child :-) Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Many thanks for your lovely comments, I love this look, it's so summery! x

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