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Saturday Shopping: How to wear Espadrilles

How to wear espadrilles

I just started wearing my espadrilles for the first time this year yesterday and was thinking about up-ing my espadrilles game…in other words giving myself an excuse to buy another pair.  I love espadrilles in the summer and funnily enough never wore them a lot before moving to France even though I had spent time in countries where the weather was more than adapted to them.  They go with almost everything,  and I end up wearing them so much during the summer here in France.

Espadrilles originated in Catalonia and although they are now mainly manufactured in Bangladesh there are still companies in Europe that specialise in the handmaking of the shoes.  If you follow Mandi Loves you know that I am a sucker for a ‘how it’s made’ video, so check out this talented man who has been making the trademark espadrilles soles for years, I love his technique for rolling the ends of the rope on his leg.

I also love how these stylish ladies wear their espadrilles.

How To Wear espadrilles off shoulder top shorts sincerely Jules

These tan strappy coloured versions are great for elongating the legs, something I personally always need a little bit of extra help with.

How To Wear espadrilles Ankle Strap

A wedged version with ankle ribbons gives a more feminine feel while not being overly dressy.


How To Wear espadrilles Zebra

These Zebra print ones are great for being the focal point of an outfit


How To Wear espadrilles Studies Valentino

My personal favourites, great for a bit of a rock and roll feel, love them with a flowy, feminine dress as well.


How To Wear espadrilles Chanel Sincerely Jules

This classic colour and style are perfect for everyday wear


How To Wear espadrilles Platform

Another fave this laced-up flatform pair has a bit of a tomboyish feel to them.


How To Wear espadrilles colour pop

Nothing like a bit of colour to brighten up and give character to an outfit and espadrilles are perfect for that.


Here are some of my picks:

How to Wear Espadrilles best espadrilles summer 2016


Top Row Left to Right: Aquazzura Palm Beach Espadrilles |Zara Leather Lace-Up – Zara | River Island Blue Tie-Up Sandals

Second Row Left to Right: Kurt Geiger Dottie |Michael Kors Darci flat slip on espadrilles | Saint Laurent Calf Hair Espadrilles

Third Row Left to Right: London Rebel  Espadrilles with Ankle Strap| Kurt Geiger Lovebug Lace-up Flatform | Valentino Rockstud leather espadrilles

Fourth Row Left to Right: Suede Espadrille-style Platform Sneakers | Dune Black Georga flatform espadrilles | Rag & Bone Gena Suede Bootie

Bottom Row Left to Right: Zara Bow Detail Wedge | Topshop Kanga Ankle-Tie | Kurt Geiger Pine Tie-Up



All The Love, Decor, Food + Travel

Sunday Decor: Grow your own Pot Fruit, Veg and Herbs

Grow your own pot pineapple


Now, I will be the first one to admit that I’m not the green finger type at ALL!  It’s taken me years to find a houseplant that will put up with my lack of green fingered-ness.  However, I do like the idea of growing my own fruit and veg.  As a child of Jamaican descent I grew up with my grandfather and uncles growing our fruit and veg but somehow never picked up their gardening savvyness. It was while browsing Pinterest that I got interested and thinking that I might be able to handle growing these pot plants, that couple with the fact that I think that they’ll look totally cute on the balcony.  So here are four plants that I’ll be trying this summer; pineapple, avocado, garlic and mixed herbs.  If you have tried any of these and have any tips I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

Bisous for now



Grow a pineapple


Grow a Pineapple


I’m so excited to try this and think it will make a beautiful addition to my balcony

How to grow an avocado tree


I love avocados so trying this with a few of the seeds will be super cool

Mason Jar Herb Garden


My mom had a herb garden and with a small kitchen, I think this will make a good alternative on the balcony

Grow Garlic in a pot

Grow Garlic In A Pot

I’m hoping by having garlic growing on our balcony will help act as a natural mosquito deterrent




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Saturday Shopping: How to Wear Stripes by La Ligne

How to wear stripes La Ligne

When I first heard about La Ligne I knew that I was going to fall head over heels with this brand!

Firstly, the brand was created by two former Vogue fashion editors (Valerie Boster and Meredith Melling) and ex-Rag & Bone business developer director (Molly Howard). The ladies formed the collection as they wanted to create clothes that are everyday necessities, that we can eat, drink and sleep in if we wanted to. I love this quote from La Ligne site.

We want to infuse a sense of fun into our collections.  We don’t want to be pretentious with fashion.

How to wear Stripes La Ligne Joan Smalls

Secondly, this collection is based around stripes, and I am a complete stripe obsessive!  It’s such a simple print with a lot of clout, fits any age group, can be worked into almost any closet male or female, and helps give easy, relaxed, character to any outfit.  Here’s how the girls describe the use of iconic stripes in their first collection.

We believe in the universal appeal of the stripe – always classic, forever chic.

They joined forces with one goal: translate the stripe into a classic collection that would empower women of all ages with effortless self-expression.

How to wear stripes La ligne classic

As you can imagine La Ligne site is full of Vogue worth styling tips and suggestions on how to mix and match their items into your current closet.  Just click on a product you like and keep scrolling to see three different looks with that product.

How to wear a stripe top by La Ligne

You also have to check out the ‘In Line’ page for mini-interviews with some of La Ligne’s girl pals.

Here are a few of my wishlist items, let me know which are yours below in the comments.

Bisous for now


How to wear stripes La Ligne vest top sweater How to wear stripes La Ligne off the shoulder top jumpsuit How to wear stripes La Ligne Dress Skirt Top



All The Love, Food + Travel, Life

The book that completely changed the way I think about food


Over a year ago, I read a book that changed how I look at food and healthy living forever.  The book was Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger.  I originally thought that I had a kind of ok diet, bar the odd drink one too many from time-to-time…that was until I read Clean and realise that there was so much I was missing!

One of the reasons I like this book is because it’s written from the viewpoint of a doctor who shares his own personal experiences, those of his patients and of course that of a medical professional.   Continue Reading…

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