How to wear: Cleated shoes

Cleated shoes: A night out

The pastel pink cleated sole boots add a fierce edge to even the most girly of looks. They’ll give you lots of height and will make your legs look long so team them with skinny jeans and some complementary colors.

Cleated shoes: Dungarees

Flatform shoes are great for festivals as they give you a little bit of height without being horribly uncomfortable or difficult to walk in. Pair these sandals with some denim dungarees, your favourite crop top or t-shirt and some simple makeup.

Cleated shoes: Playsuit

These huge boots will work with almost anything. Show off your legs with a floral romper and add lots of dark accessories.

Jess is a blogger, fashion lover and owner of many shoes. She loves to write, take photographs, and shop for stationery.

Etsy Picks: Bold, bright and beautiful

Need an injection of color into your life? Here’s some inspiration from some fantastic Etsy sellers.
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Loving this bright backpack. It’d be great for short trips away or simply for carrying all these necessities to the park for a picnic with friends.

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Going on holiday or just want to look stylish while catching some rays at home? This bikini is so on trend with the mint green bows.bright3

Scarves don’t need to be relegated to the back of the wardrobe this summer. The lighter varieties make great beach cover ups or can be used to keep the chill off when the sun goes down.
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This long, flowing chiffon skirt is perfect for all sorts of occasions from a night out on the town to lazy weekend walks along the beach.bright1Finally, this little shift dress could be worn in so many different ways. It would look stunning with simple makeup and flip flops or you could dress it up with a statement necklace, bright lips and killer heels.

Non-alcoholic drink ideas for your next summer party

Not everyone enjoys an alcoholic beverage so it’s always good to offer something non-alcoholic at a party. A big bonus is that these drinks are so much more refreshing than anything you can buy off the shelf.

Strawberry fizz

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This is really simple, all you need to do is fill a jug with strawberries cut in half then pour over sparkling water. Leave to chill for 30 minutes before serving. The drink will absorb some of the color and flavor of the strawberries leaving you with a very refreshing, sparkling pink drink.

Non-alcoholic sangria

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  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 cup grape juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 3 cups sparkling water

Mix everything together except the sparkling water. Leave it to cool for at least an hour (up to 12 hours). When you’re ready to serve, pour in the sparkling water and serve in a jug.

Homemade lemonade

Lemonade w/vanilla, mint+rosemary, recipe in @hughacheson's "a new turn in the south"

  • 100g fruit sugar
  • 4 lemons, preferably Sicilian, juice only
  • ice
  • about 1 litre sparkling mineral water

Put the sugar and lemon juice in a jug. Add some ice and top up with the mineral water. Stir to combine. It’s that simple to make delicious homemade lemonade.

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Online shops you need to visit today

The internet is full of amazing stores but it’s often difficult to find out about them unless you spend hours trawling the net for beautiful things (like I do). Here are some amazing online shops you may not have heard of. Anything to add? Let us know in the comments.

Golden Unicorn Skate Emporium

This little skate shop sells some of the most beautiful skates I’ve ever seen. Not to mention all the cool leggings and roller-derby-themed t-shirts. The store is based in the UK but they will ship to the USA! www.goldenunicorn.co.uk

Pin Pin Finds

 

Here you’ll find some of the most spectacular necklaces and brooches. The huge moths are bound to turn heads but if you want something a little more simple, why not go for a cute porcelain necklace. pinpinfinds.storenvy.com

Lady V London

Vintage-style dresses can be expensive but this is the first online shop I’ve found where you can pick up something amazing for around £30-£60/$50-$80. The full skirt swing dresses really stand out to me and there are some amazing prints on offer too. www.ladyvlondon.com

Activate Apparel

This is my go-to place for geeky fitness gear. I have a number if these tops and they always get commented on. I am, indeed, training to be in the Hunger Games. www.activateapparel.com

Kismet Yoga Style

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If you’re looking for beautiful, simple yoga gear then this is the place for you. They have both men and women’s clothing. www.kismet-yogastyle.com

Made with Molecules

 

These silver necklaces are made in the shape of different elements, chemicals and hormones. The molecular structure looks so pretty when put onto a necklace or earrings like this. These make really thoughtful gifts. www.madewithmolecules.com

How to wear: Aztec Shorts

The Aztec print is huge this summer and perfect for festivals. Here are some outfits to give you inspiration.

The Earthy Aztec
This lovely, earthy Aztec outfit is full of natural tones but with a lovely bright splash of color from these gorgeous Aztec shorts. A great outfit to take to the beach, maybe gather around a fire with friends in the evening or a walk in the woods to truly match your outfit with your surroundings.
I love the use of wood and stone making you feel truly connected with nature but, of course, stylish too.
I also love to use lots of bracelets and mix and match various necklaces. Don’t be afraid to pile on the accessories from time to time! You’ve got a real natural base when it comes to this outfit, so lots of accessories will help you create a nice impact without it being to messy.
Alternative Aztec
Aztec shorts don’t have to mean tribal, they can make any outfit pop. Take these lovely neutral blue-toned denim Aztec shorts, for example. They look great with band t-shirts and I think patterns and prints can look great together.
This would be a great outfit to go have a drink with your friends on a hot summer’s day, maybe a movie in the evening to get some shade and just a generally fun outfit! Band t-shirts can also be very versatile. You can make them into a crop top, cut them into a vest, make a cool off the shoulder t-shirt and much more! Get those scissors out and don’t be afraid to start cutting, you could also cut the bottom of the shorts to make a cool frayed effect!
Aztec Accessories with simple outfit

I think summer brings to mind lots of color! It’s a fun time of the year and with this outfit, you can’t help but smile and want to have fun in it! Great outfit for doing anything in, day or night!

The base of this outfit is very neutral with a lovely black cropped top and colorful Aztec shorts but not to crazy to make the rest of the outfit messy. Instead, this means you can add lots of colorful accessories and really make your outfit stand out I love this gold necklace against the black top, I always think gold and black work well and then the blues and, green and reds really help bring the shorts together with this stunning outfit.

Simple Aztec Shorts outfit

If all those accessories are just to much but you want to keep it bright, why not try these lovely colorful Aztec shorts!

Another outfit that is great for any occasion this summer. The black make this super cute gold animal necklace pop. Pair with neutral sandals and perhaps a simple headband or, if you fancy adding a bit more colour, try an Aztec headband to match those shorts or pick a color from the shorts to tie in.

This bracelet is also great! Very simple and elegant but it’s got that lovely splash of colour to match those Aztec shorts. Simple, yet highly effective and super stylish!

How are you wearing Aztec prints?