Friday, 6 May 2011

Style Britannia: Me



Hello rabbits,
Are you well?

Over the last couple of weeks,
I've shared inspiration images of the
And then this week, we broke it down step by step,
to help us get our own gorgeousness together.
{If you want to check it out, it's as easy as 1,2,3!!}

And now, for the practical.
Today I'm showing you *my* take on
Modern Country Style.


Could I be more butterflies-in-my-tummy?
I'm not sure I could but here goes...

It's Modern.
The chunky belt slung low over my hips.

It's Country.
The pretty textured embroidery in the tailored blouse

It's Modern Country.
The echo of riding boots and jodhpurs in the skinny jeans and be-buckled knee high boots.
{Oh boots, you're my favourites.}


{Did you spot the cat's tail?!}

Here's a little secret.
I don't know about you but when I'm feeling sad,
I find it hard to pick out clothes to wear.

Sad Me seems to purposefully choose items that 
make me feel the wrong shape or height or size.

So I've developed a cunning scheme to
overpower Sad Me's rubbish clothes choices.
When I come across an outfit that makes me feel zingy,
I write down what I'm wearing in my special Happy List.


Then, next time Sad Me rears her miserable little head,
I consult my Happy list and choose what to wear from there...
and it's usually not long before
Happy Me comes out to play again.


Try it and see.
It works a treat for me.




Boots: Clarks
Jeans: Gap
Blouse: Dotty Ps
Belt: Country Living Fair

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99 comments :

Etcetorize said...

Looooooove your boots! And the rest of the outfit is perfect too, not sure why you were so nervous, you look great. And I think your happy list is the best idea I've heard of in a long time. Thanks for all the styling tips~

Shawna said...

You look amazing!! LOVE those boots! Thanks for the Happy List idea. My clothing choices are something I struggle with too, so I'm going to give your list a go to see if it helps me out. Thanks again!!

MariCrea said...

Hi Sarah
You are really beautiful and much more glamorous you have nothing to envy to Mrs. Middleton!
I'm sorry but I do not like too noble and royal
I am for the republic
I wish you a wonderful weekend
Mari

At The Picket Fence said...

How on earth could you ever feel nervous about showing us your absolutely positively gorgeous self??!!! You are beyond lovely and these photos look like they should be in a magazine my friend! I am sitting here typing this in sweatpants and feeling very frumpilicious so I definitely won't be writing down my current ensemble on any "happy list"! LOL! Seriously, though Sarah, you look every bit the epitome of fresh modern country style and this was such a fun way to get to know you a wee bit better! :-)
Vanessa

A Rosy Note said...

Look at your beautiful self! I don't know why you were so nervous...you look great girl! You've got the look down perfectly.

I know what you mean about happy and sad clothes. I'm going out to lunch with my sister today, again :) and I was was sure to put on some pretty pinks instead of my usual blacks just to change my mood :)

big hugs ♥ tricia

Suesan said...

Adorbs! You're darling. I've loved the style breakdown. You've done a nice job with this series and you totally rock the look. I love the boots, too.
Way to be brave and put yourself out there. It may have made you uncomfortable but I think you look great in it.

Erin S. said...

What a stylish and classic ensemble, and you are absolutely lovely, Sarah! Kate better watch out that William never gets an eyeful of you :). I guess Mr. Modern Country might object, though... :). I think your happy list is a great idea, too--I know when I feel like I look good, I am much less likely to be cranky. Put me in second-day-in-a-row sweats, and I'd have to win the lottery to feel cheerful. It may be a little shallow, but there it is. Thanks for this series--it was fun!

Carla @ Hammers and High Heels said...

Love your outfit! You look so cute :) Love those boots! I will try that outfit writing down thing, it's a good idea!

Robynne's Nest said...

Well 'Lady Sarah'you look great in that ensemble...love the boots, the belt and the satin blouse with the denim is a great combo...the cat just couldn't stay out of it though, could it!! Well Done! Robx

2littlehooligans said...

could you be any cuter?! girl, you've got style and the figure i would die for:)

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

You are such a doll my friend....and you got the Modern Country Style for sure! That belt, those boots - LOVE!
And I adore the idea of writing down my outfits on "happy" days....i think a fabulous outfit can brighten up any yucky day!

XOX

ps - who makes your jeans?!

WobiSobi said...

Look at you, Sexy!! You look absolutely stunning!! LOVE LOVE the look!! YAY!!!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

You look utterly gorgeous, Sarah, you style icon you! Love those boots! I have a thing for boots and have rather a few too many.

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

I forgot to tell you how I *heart* your side braid.....a lil bit country, eh?!
HUGS!!

Chris said...

I've been waiting to see more of you my friend. Ack! You are truly stunning. AND your outfit personifies modern country. Love it! Oh, I need to do the same thing...happy clothes=happy me. And I seriously need some boots. :) Happy weekend to you!

Romi and Bob said...

I am really glad you did this. It is lovely to see the person behind the blog. You remind me of a young Mia Farrow, lovely bone structure and a natural elfin prettiness.
I love your clothes too. I know what you mean about sad days. My friend says that having lots of clothes is not the same as having lots of things to wear and this is also true in my case.
Great boots, just fabulous. xxx

Meera @ firstsense said...

Helloooooo gorgeous!! You are totally rocking that Modern Country outfit, it is darling and you look lovely!

What an amazing little idea about your Happy List, I am making it mine :-)

Have a happy weekend, my lovely!

Meera xx

amyC said...

You look gorgeous!!! Certainly give Kate a run for her money in those jeans :D

Erin said...

Work it, Sarah! :) You look absolutely resplendent in this modern country outfit. And the garden is the perfect backdrop to your outfit!

I can easily see why those boots are your favorites and your belt is *swoon* gorgeous! I live in jeans and casual skirts and ballet flats or flip flops, depending on the weather. I will be on the look-out for a pair of boots because you totally elevated your outfit with that one element alone.

Thank you for being brave, but you haven't a thing to be nervous about: you're beautiful!

Take care,
Erin

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Awww.. so cute, Sarah! Cutie patootie :)I love your outfit, especially the boots. Just how I pictured Modern Country attire! Love the side braid in your hair, too. Darling!
Wish I was there to go out to lunch with you and we could wear our boots :)
I'm wearing frumpy jeans and just got back from garage sailing. Think I need a happy outfit. Fun to see pictures of you, my friend! You look ravishing!


XOXO,
~Michelle

FiliGrace said...

You look wonderful! Love the boots! :)

Susan T said...

SAD SAD! how could you ever be sad looking like that - back in the day when I had a figure, jeans would never look like that on me. Modern Country Style personified. A stylish modern Country miss (OK MRS) at her very best. No wonder your husband takes you for lunch. A true natural beauty. Good genes and jeans!

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

omg sarah, i totally relate. you are absolutely right, and i don't think it's superficial to think this way--it's a small thing that can live big.

what i can't relate to is looking sweet 16 as you do. no way do you have children. i love your garden, beautiful miss.

hugs & a whistle today.


michele

HALLELUJAHS by Holly said...

Look how cute you are! You go girl! I especially love your boots too! Thanks for sharing such a great idea...a Happy List!

Many blessings,
Holly
http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

Meera @ firstsense said...

P.S. - Hope you received my email! xx

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Check you out, gorgeous lil' modern country sista of Gywnnie Paltrow!!

Great look, can imagine our Katie wearing it! Loving the little braid, glad that Style Britannia allows a tiny dash of boho now and again. You are a gem.

Deborah said...

Look at how cute you are Sarah!!!! :)
You look gorgeous in thia modern country outfit!!!
From head to toe you are adorable!!
Love the boots, skinny jeans and top and your hairdo is super cute!
Your sweetness just makes me smile Sarah!!

Deborah xoxo

bj said...

Tell ya one thing, matey....Kate, The Beautiful, has nothing on you!!
You are adorable.
Love your boots...
and now that summer is upon us, you have to get some of those Roman type sandals that are so hot over here.:))

As to the English Ivy...that is actually the name of it..and since it grows in shade, it's great beneath trees and etc. :))
hugs, bj

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your English Country look! Your blouse is just sweet and I love your beautiful boots. You are a pretty lady and I think you have great style! Have a super weekend! Pamela in Canada

Jenni said...

Sarah, that is such a gorgeous outfit! And you, my friend, are beautiful both inside and out! :) I adore the chunky belt as well as the boots! I am still looking for the right pair. :)

That is also a good idea for always finding a pretty outfit. I will have to try that, because I am the same way on Sad Days. :) I need to read your posts on steps one, two and three of finding the right attire now! :)

I hope you are having a beautiful day!

Blessings and hugs to you~
Jenni

Teacup Moments said...

first off, sarah, let me just say, you're so gorgeous! you look timeless! and can i just say loooove your hair, so modern yet feminine. and i covet the be-buckled boots - the color is so rich. and the brown satin embroidered top looks divine. thank you thank you for sharing these outfit photos. you should do more! :)

Mary Jane's Tearoom said...

Lovely Sarah....you look fabulous!
Wishing you a lovely weekend...
Susan x

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Well, now we all know you are a liar because there is NO WAY that body could have birthed four children. *tee hee*

Just kidding you, of course. You are BEAUTIFUL and I am so happy you shared these pictures of yourself in your beautiful garden.

Brandi said...

Hey hot stuff! You look amazing Sarah! Your boots are sharp! You are one hip momma! If I made it out the house looking as nice as you do maybe my daughter would go shopping with me more! LOL!!! Love your hair too!

SarahB said...

Goodness Sarah you are gorgeous!! Unfortunately, I am (literally) twice your size!! I did have a plait just like yours today though!!

I love the idea of your happy list.

Have a lovely weekend....

S x

It's me said...

Wowwwww...is that you !!! you look so wonderful......oh la la la ......sexy........hahahahhahaha!!...lovely weekend darling.......love Ria....xxx

Shelia said...

You look adorable and guess what? I think you look like Kirsten Dunst!
You never need to be nervous about showing us you - you're gorgeous.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Leah - The Inside Story said...

Well Sarah, don't you look great in this look. I'm so glad you showed us your version of this. Your boots are divine and I am looving your braided hair. Maybe you could do more fashion posts in the future, like Modern Country style for summer, winter etc. Loved this series. Leahxx

Holly said...

Oh my goodness, Sarah, you are so cute! Are you sure you are the mother of 4 (I think) children? Do you get mistaken for their sister?
The outfit is pretty cute, too!

Debra@Common Ground said...

You're a beautiful girl!!! Have loved your "style" posts. Boots are my fave too. I could live in them year round!! xoxo Debra

Crafters Window said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Sarah said...

You look mahvelous dahling! I love the whole look, but that belt really ties it together!! Did you see piccies of Kate at the Waitrose??? She even looks fab grocery shopping!!

Lydia said...

Stunning! I am enamored with the boots. Execellent description of the pieces that make the look totally fresh and fun.

From my side of The Great Atlantic Pond- I am thrilled with Kate Middleton's sense of easy elegance. God bless that couple.

món cosit a mà said...

I love your boots... You look very well. Smart, young, ... so do I. Nooooo!! :-)

Miranda said...

Sarah, you are absolutely darling. I love your outfit and your pretty garden setting, but you are really lovely. Great boots!

Cindy said...

Hello Sarah, You are one gorgeous gal! And I love your outfit, truly modern country all the way!
What a great idea, that happy clothes for not so happy days, I will try that! Bright colors or pink always seem to make me happy.
Love and hugs, Cindy

michelle said...

Look at you you gorgeous you!! Don't ever be nervous about showing you!! I love your outfit and your hair is so beautiful up like that!! I want to hug you!!!!
I know what you mean about Sad Me and dressing that way. I get out all my sweats and big shirts and cover everything!
Love that last picture!!
Oohhhh I just want to hug you!!!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Step aside Kate and Pippa! There's a new British lovely in town! You're gorgeous, Sarah, and so brave for putting yourself out there when you weren't totally comfortable doing so. I love your boots, and I adore you :)

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

You look great. Love the boots...practically live in mine 8 months out of the year.A great pair of boots is a wardrobe must.

Ann-Marie

Claudia Lane said...

Hello lovely you! I love your hair, a side braid (Am I correct? very trendy). Your outfit is great too. Looks like your boots are very popular! :))

blessedmom's simple home said...

Great idea Sarah! You look adorable too :-)
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
Blessings,
Marcia

Comeca Jones said...

Boots and jeans Fab!

Privet and Holly said...

Hey Gorgeous!
Love this and
the idea of making
a happy clothes
list. I'm so on
that....thanks!!!
xx Suzanne

diana trautwein said...

Aren't you just the cutest thing ever??? Thanks for these lovely photos of lovely you. NO butterflies, please. This is perfect.

Of course, it would be utterly unseemly for a woman of my age and size to dress like this - but I LOVE it on you, sweet cheeks.

Sarah said...

You are adorable! (I'm sure you've heard a million times that you remind people of Kirsten Dunst... :) I love your boots! Good for you to do such a great photo shoot!

Sarah

Julie said...

Hi Sarah,
I have loved these posts so... much. You look so... cute in your outfit. I have taken your advice and I went shopping this morning. I bought some new jeans and guess what? Boots. I read your post just now and my boots are so... similar to yours. I love the belt you've got on too, might have to get one similar. It would pull my tummy in a bit. So Sarah, you helped me do my Mothers' Day shopping for myself all the way over here in Australia. Thanks for making my Mothers' Day extra special. I am not that confident choosing clothes and shoes. You helped enormously. Many thanks. xxoo

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Sarah!!!!!!!You are simply beautiful!I wanna see more pics and oufits!Hey maybe a linky party for us to brave the Modern Country look. I love your blog! Very inspiring!

High Street Cottage said...

Sarah, you are gorgeous. Honestly such a beautiful lady. And not only because of your appearance but HOW you are. You are kind and warm, and super funny. I love the outfit, and love seeing pictures of you. hmm one day I'll be brave like you and share me. Imagine...opposite of you ;)

Ness Lockyer said...

Why were you worried? You look beautiful and I am loving those boots. You have really captured the style. I live in this style and I do know what you mean about feeling sad and picking slouchy clothes. Maybe I should do a happy list too....or throw out all of the slouchy clothes ;0)
Ness xx

Sarah said...

You're just gorgeous Sarah! Love those boots, just yummy. I can see why they're your favourites.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Guess what? I'm up at 5 a.m. We are heading to some car "BOOT" sales :) Look at me, I used an English term. The last time I was up this early, I was giving birth...LOL! Just wanted to tell you that your personality makes me smile. SEE :D
Have a Happy Momma's Day! XO

hip-chick said...

what a great idea for keeping a happy me outfit list! I'm going to have to grab that. Of course, then I will have to remember where I put the darn happy list when I'm sad...

Lisa said...

You look gorgeous, totally rocking modern country style.

x

Lee said...

You are simply adorable. These days, just hitting 44, I find it hard to figure out what to wear!! The other day, I went thrifting, and I kept saying to myself "cool, hip, boho" as I looked through the racks. Maybe I'll get brave and have some pics up on my blog soon... maybe not. :-)

Ironstone and Pine said...

You Look Great!! Love the boots, kind of remind me of my Fyre's that seem to be back in style.........You Go Girl!

Jadyn said...

You're gorgeous! With style to spare! I looove those boots. I really like your strategy of writing down your happy outfits and wearing them on sad days. I will try that out!

Have a great weekend lovely lady! xx

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

woo woo (that's me whistling ;)
You sexy mama! I love your outfit! Such a great idea to have a happy list for your clothes. Looking better does help me feel better too. I'm going to have to remember that idea!

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Bloody hell, Sarah, if I had a figure like that, I'd be rocking my sexy self all over blogdom every day ;) Nothing at all to worry about and now I'm wondering if you've adopted your children because there's no way you've had 4. Now you'll have to tell me your secret!!

Seriously, chic, you look amazing and you are properly rocking the modern country look - LOVING the boots, they are ace! The braid is super sweet as well, just like the babe sportin' them!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend my dear! xxx

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Miss Sarah!!! how absolutely lovely you are and in your fantastic charming outfit too! I love your boots and your fabulous belt- the whole outfit is wonderful!
You shouldn't feel nervous at all- you are a knockout! :)
I think clothes make the difference in how you feel too- great idea to make a note of which outfits really rock your world and put a smile on your face! :)

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh my goodness, you look amazing. So love your outfit, especially the boots! i want a pair now too.

Elaine said...

Love the belt and the boots. Guess I'm into leather, LOL! Or buckles!
You look great in your happy clothes.

le@thirdontheright said...

that is such a fabbo idea ! I totally know what you mean re the sad days and crap clothing choices !! opps rubbish :) I've added to my cuddly parts in the last wee while and it's even worse !! but I have a cunning plan to address that prior to turning 45 ...

You are an inspiration dear one :) many hugs le xox

Mrs T-J said...

Hi Sarah
You totally "Zing" that outfit. Lovely xxx Mrs T-J

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Well hello gorgeous! I love your Modern Country Style! And I loooove the idea of happy outfits! I know exactly what you mean about the sad outfits - and if I don't like what I'm wearing, it totally sets the tone for the whole darn day! Thanks for sharing!!

Magali @ The Little White House said...

You look adorable! I think your belt is just great: nothing glitery, yet something that changes the outfit completely. The happy list is such a good idea... Having to deal with some problems at the house lately, I was so completely obsessed by them that it would have been great to read a happy list... On my way to create my own!

ANNE said...

FABulous, Sarah!! Love the boots and belt. So fun to see you!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You look like a model Sarah! So beautiful. Love your style. And the idea about making a list is ingenious! Catching up on blogging today and can't wait to read your last 3 posts! Thanks for sharing!

Sunshine and Lavender said...

By the way... you are gorgeous and your style is beautiful!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your belt!
~Alison

Young Adventures... said...

Sarah I looove your outfit it is darling and you look spectacular!

the fishermans cottage said...

You look great! Loving those boots, I've always had a thing for brown boots.. also loving your garden.. more pics of garden please? xx

The Cottage Wren said...

You've done Kate justice..or rather she's done you justice..love the hair up..she could learn a thing or two..

Catherine said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!! Look at you!! Don't you look simply stunning! Gorg-eeee-ous!!! I love your idea of feel good outfits...lush idea!! I think happy colours always work too - I am slowly squishing the it-goes-with-everything-black out of my wardrobe!

Again! Gorgeous!! (you-secret-natural-model-you!)

Mwah!

C
xx

Corrie said...

you are gorgeous!!!!!!!! I love your style and new follower to your blog as in I just found it through another blog.

I just got some knee high winter boots with a buckle and love them! I've had 4 kids in 5 years and this winter is finally the time when I'm not pregnant, don't have fat ankles and can wear boots + jeans!!!! its winter here now so I live in dark skinny jeans, ballet flats, long white tees and long fine merino cardigans in navy/dark or light grey or watermelon and a scarf. I know I look good and feel good in it!!!

love your blog
corrie:)

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

You FABULOUS YOU!!!

I don't believe you had twins! You look so pretty, chic and country. :-)

The boots? Oh la la!

Love seeing you, Sarah!

Have a great day!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

lisaroyhandbags said...

Hey gorgeous! Love the boots and the booty! :) xo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You look wonderful and the outfit is fabulous. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

KarenSue said...

What great advise you have...we all have phobias...no matter what size or shape...I have learned that from my BFF. She is tall, blonde, thin, 49 and still wears a bikini...let's just say I'm not.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

that is some great advice -thanks!
you look smashing in your outfit- Kate could consult you!

Karen

Heaven's Walk said...

What a gorgeous girl you are, Sarah!!! You have fabulous taste in clothes....and they look fantastic on you!!! :) Love your boots with your jeans. Now.....if I could just get my muscley calves in boots like that, I'd be a happy camper!!! lol! Thanks for sharing a wee bit more of yourself - and your beautiful yard, too! ♥ Hugs!

xoxo laurie

Kate at Dream To Life said...

OH I love this post! I totally get "sad me" and "happy me"....Let's shoot for happy me!

Amanda said...

Hi Sarah!
You are adorable and I love the Modern Country Style! I can totally relate with the emotional clothing choices! Love your idea for the happy list!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Debbie @ OtRD said...

Love it! Those boots are awesome!!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING! I want to look like that in a pair of jeans!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

maría cecilia said...

Hola Sarah, great meeting you and your wonderful outfit, you look gorgeous!!! coming from Brenda´s vintage inspiration friday
hugs from Chile
p.s. and love your blog

abeachcottage said...

I adore the boots! and the rest of the outfit too. Thanks so much for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

Audrey Pettit said...

You are so stinkin' cute!! Love your outfit and love those sassy photos of you......but mostly I love your philosophy for beating the blues. :)

KK said...

you look great. you really look great! i love the entire outfit. very modern country.

Melissa K @ Lulliloo said...

Hi Sarah, You look fabulous - very modern country!
I can't believe I missed these posts, but I think it was while I was on holiday, so I've just been catching up. I just love Kate Middleton's style and I was reading yesterday that she shops mostly on the high street (albeit high end of), which is great inspiration for those of us who don't have a massive budget for clothes!
Totally loving your look lovely lady! Melissa xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

You look absolutely lovely! Cannot believe you have had 4 kids... *jaw drop*
Love your blog and overall sense of style. God bless.

Olivia

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