CF Picks: Summer lingerie

I think I’ve reached the age, and stage in my marriage, where lingerie is not all about push-up bras, chaffing undercarriages and bells and whistles (was it ever?!). Whilst I’m not ready to give in to the sensible belly button warmers quite yet, I now yearn for comfy, everyday staples offering enough support for my post-baby bazookers, with just a hint of sexy mama.

Especially for summer, I like soft, sheer fabrics in pastel shades from the likes of…

When in Italy, I can’t resist buying Intimissimi lingerie. I love their lacy bralettes, peeping out from a linen or chambray shirt. I think this set from their ‘Summer in Sicily’ collection (above) is so, so pretty. Their swimwear is fab, too.
Floral embroidery triangle bra, £47, Intimissimi


I’ve been writing about Bodas for over a decade – in fact my first ever shopping feature was for Grove magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine for Notting Hill, home to Bodas’ flagship store. I extolled the virtues of their cashmere soft, comfy, pretty lingerie then – and my opinion hasn’t changed. I love this blush pink for summer. I know it doesn’t look that ‘wow’, but trust me – it has underwiring but no padding, giving a really flattering, natural shape. It’s beautifully made and oh-so soft. A proper underwear staple that still feels special.
Smooth Tactel Underwire Bra, £45, Bodas

La Perla
Okay, how beautiful is La Perla lingerie? Sigh. It’s like candyfloss, frothy and sweet… shame it’s ruinously expensive. Maybe I need to find a Parisian lover who will keep me in luxury lingerie…. Or, perhaps more practically….

How about this £12.99 H&M bralette instead?


I’ve championed Cos for their undies before and this season’s are fab. They’re not great for big boobs, but they are soooooo comfy in jersey and sheer fabrics. Proper grown-up, sexy under crackers.

Sheer lace bra, £25, knickers, £12, Cos

I *love* underwear shopping but loathe swimwear shopping… which is my next task, any recommendations?

CF Style: Cos underwear

Lace Bra and Knickers £19/£17

I love COS for their knitwear and underwear in equal measures. These bras made it into my basket before you could say ‘Dolce & Gabbana esque’. I love the modern, soft and gentle shapes of their designs, that flatter the natural female curve. I loathe nothing more than underwear that hoiks you up, creates giant, padded spheres somewhere up by your chin and a squished together ‘mono-boob’ scenario. Yuck. If you like Gap Body’s comfy, everyday range that still manages to feel feminine and sexy, have a look at COS. They might tickle your fancy.

There are loads of great bold colours at the mo (I love this tangerine set) and colourful prints, too.

Whistles and COS Sales haul

I’m not 100% sure what’s come over me – in some sort of frenzied, out of body (and certainly out of my mind) fashion binge I’ve clocked up: 3 new dresses, a pair of boots, a scarf and a washed silk t-shirt this week alone. This from the woman who usually buys 3-4 key pieces each season and wears them To. Death.

These two gorgeous knits were half price from COS online (that’s my defence and I’m sticking to it), I love the deep leather pockets on the forest green one; perfect to stash all the tissues, tractors and fruit bars that I generally have about my person as a Mother Of A Boy:

I’m planning on wearing this with my marl grey ribbed tights and black Chelsea boots.

Next up is the Mark Lupfer for Whistles neon heart scarf that I ummed and ahhhed about in the shop on Wednesday and then promptly ordered as soon as I got home – it was £30 down from £55. Perfect knotted at the neck of my navy wool pea coat.

And here’s the rest of my Whistles haul: a simple orange jersey day dress for Italy this spring. OH is from the Amalfi Coast and this will be perfect to pack with my Pierre Hardy for Gap sandals for an easy, throw-on beach/lunch/shopping look. I like the ‘sports luxe’ feel, dropped waist, more practical pockets and exposed zip.

I’ve been looking for a smart, black top to wear with my new season obsession: print trousers. This loose-fit washed silk, black t-shirt is the perfect balance. A staple for my SS13 work wardrobe. I love the dropped back and keyhole detail.

Finally, my love for Clarks just keeps on growing – these all-leather tan Chelsea boots were super comfy from the first wear and great for our daily stomp to the beach (£27.99 from £60).

And still I’m not sated – my finger is hovering over the ‘buy’ button for these ASH wedge trainer beauties on The Outnet (they’re £88! down from £160!). MUST. RESIST.




Autumnal style for little boys

It’s not just my wardrobe that needs updating this month, Country Bebe is celebrating his first birthday coupled with a huge growth spurt.

As you can see from our shopping list below, CB can usually be found sporting stripes, navy, red/orange and the odd intarsia animal. I like to mix H&M staples that can happily have raspberries squished into them, with smarter, still comfy, pieces for special days.

Clockwise from top left: striped long sleeve tee £3.99; red chinos £5.99; 5 pack of striped socks £3.99; navy hoodie £5.99 – all

I cannot champion H&M’s organic cotton pieces enough. They wash well, are the softest, thickest cotton and are generously cut so fit CB’s long body.

Clockwise from top left: wide striped tee £15; Melange knit sweater £27; bobble hat £15; bubble knit jumper £27 – all

I’d quite like this little edit for my own wardrobe! It’s CB’s first season in COS clothes so we’ll have to see how they wear but I love their clean lines and grown up clothes for little people.

Boden has seriously come up trumps this season for little boys. How cute is the Pelican jumper?!

Clockwise from top left: chunky cords, £24; Pelican jumper, £26; Flannel all in one, £20; Snow suit, £38 – all

We took delivery of the striped snowsuit last week and it looks fab: fleece lined, detachable booties so you can swap them for wellies when they start walking and intergrated mittens. I’ll take some snaps when Country Bebe starts wearing it this winter.

Next up, a few new additions to my own autumnal wardrobe…


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