Femme Luxe Finery (Lounging Around)

Hello how are you and how is your summer panning out? I know quite a few of us are still fairly reluctant to make plans and get out. I feel we are being robbed of time where a lot of us would be mingling freely in beer gardens  with friends and attending concerts and all the things which we now won’t take for granted! slowly but surely there is more freedom to do the things we want with conditions of course. Something is better than nothing.

Cabin fever isn’t fun. I need my walks and need green space to calm the mind.  Plus Mr M and I didn’t quite get to go to Ibiza as planned and so no last minute shopping or packing happened. Our ‘new normal’ is also here to stay for the foreseeable future which will involve masks and we have to make the most of our blue skies and sunshine from wherever we are based.

As the temperatures continued to rise recently there wasn’t really much need for clothing! but now the cooler days are back  you may be considering a revamp of your clothing racks with fresh, elevated summer looks. There doesn’t appear to be a shortage of summer outfit inspiration on Instagram from bright colours to matching separates and and my friends at Femme Luxe Finery have some trend ready outfit ideas to inspire your closet. I thoroughly enjoy seeing fashion posts although I don’t always follow trend and dress according to mood.

So what do we think, staying in is the new going out? My next instalment with the lovely team is mainly loungewear, surprise surprise I just can’t get enough of it.  They always have a great range and take laid back to a whole new level, because if you’re spending the day on the sofa, you may as well look good while doing it.

Black Oversize Leggings Loungewear Set
Justine – Black

Leggings and loungewear will always be essential for casual days. I love this set which is soft to touch and smart looking, it has a glam feel to it. I mean the you can dress it up and go out if you wanted!

White ‘Got A Connection’ Slogan Print Crew Neck T-Shirt
Cordelia – White

Well-cut, classic t-shirts for women are a summer staple, and a versatile wardrobe piece that will serve you well throughout the year. Build the foundations of your wardrobe with our collection of women’s T-shirts. Tees can be worn alone or as base layers, and are made with cotton to ensure softness. I love connections!

Black Velvet Bardot Wire Plunge Bodycon Mini Dress
Molly –  Black

It’s been a long time since I wore a dress like this! a cocktail is missing from my hand basically. Add chic vibes to your collection with this little black dress. Featuring a black material with a bardot design, and a bodycon fit. Team with some tie-up heels for a catch up with the dolls. This LBD is perfect with strappy heels and layered jewellery for a night out with the girls.  With its flattering feature off shoulder style for a dinner date worthy look and soft material it’s such a super cute dress. Although in all honesty I’ve forgotten what date night feels like!

Navy Loungewear Tracksuit Set
Maria – Navy

I usually go for grey or black when it comes to chill wear so navy was a lovely option and made a change. Effortlessly chilled. The top and bottoms fit like a dream and so cosy. You won’t want to leave the sofa once you have this on.

Whatever you’re doing (or not doing) make comfort your main priority with this season’s lounge clothing.

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Summer Fashion with Femme Luxe Finery*

Bringing you another collaboration post with the lovely team at Femme Luxe. It’s been business as usual for this popular fashion retailer and I am glad they are continuing to showcase affordable fashion.

If you have seen my previous collaboration posts,  you’ll know I am a huge fan of loungewear and tees yet this time I have opted to play peekaboo for the mesh style which I have always liked  and probably stems from my younger clubbing days! Definitely brings out that nostalgic feeling.

Pink Mesh Floral Sleeve Ribbed Top – Matilda 

This was an instant add to basket moment, it has a very summery feminine look to it and I adore it’s style! the boys I live with aren’t too keen on this and don’t like the style but I am all for PINK  this season with and love the detail on the sleeves. Feminine and eye catching.

Black Mesh Ruffle Long Sleeve Bodycon Mini Dress – Esmerelda

I think this makes the perfect date night dress. The LBD The barely there fabric that’s unapologetically out-there, mesh dresses have become a staple look.  It’s style may not be for everyone but I feel the mesh really gives it a gorgeous feminine touch. For an on-trend this black mesh bodycon dress styled with stilettos is a winner.

White Love Your Self Print T-Shirt – Issy 

The white T-shirt has been a wardrobe mainstay for everyone. Can you ever have too many white tees? Of course not.  A t-shirt and some text is a deceptively simple combination, but make no mistake it can be a powerful one! Love Yourself something we should all be doing especially this year!

Khaki Belted Bodycon Midi Dress – Angelica

Invest in timeless style with this shirt style dress in khaki green.  Add Utilitarian chic into your wardrobe with this belted shirt dress. Take it into the evening with a pair of ankle boots or heels. It’s figure hugging and I must admit I struggled to get into this but I blame all the snacking I have done over the recent months. It is a lovely dress and the khaki colour is not one I’d usually choose but I am glad I did.

With our summer months now in full swing and as  exit the covid-19 lockdown,  it’s time to get dressed up even if there are  only a few places to go. I hope the summer weather will be kind to us and we can enjoy the ‘new normal” whatever that means.  Have you missed your favourite haunts and hangouts? I know I have!

Take a peek at the latest trends from this fun fashion brand.  I feel we owe it to ourselves to let our hair (however long it is) down.  What will you be treating yourself to this summer?


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This Month with Femme Luxe Finery*

Hello and welcome back to my blog. If you are new here hello I’m Bella a lifestyle blogger writing about all sorts of things with a mix of product reviews. Fashion was never something I thought I would be blogging about to be honest but over the past few years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with clothing brands, probably my favourite type of assignments!

As a forty something mum I am trying to inject a little more fun into my clothing style. I still prefer comfort over style and would happily wear lounge wear 24/7 if I could.  There’s been a huge rise in the number of online clothing retailers over the past few years. Online fashion boutiques popping up all over the world. This has meant there is an incredible amount of choice when it comes to fashion and that can’t be a bad thing.

The lovely team at Femme Luxe Finery have yet again kindly let me choose items from their website and this is my fourth collaboration with them. It’s a modern edgy clothing line that have great quality clothing which retains its shape wash after wash. I do remember being quite sceptical when I first collaborated with them just because I didn’t know anyone who had tried their clothing,  but they provide great customer service and have always delivered quickly.

Winter is not necessarily a great time for showing off your style when the main aim is usually to stay warm but that doesn’t stop me from looking at their  swimwear / beachwear and lingerie! My personal favourite from their collection is still loungewear. So for those of you that are looking for websites that have affordable clothes which are on trend, take a look at this retailer with an ever-growing fan base.

On to my choices this time round:

White Nothing to Wear Slogan Short Sleeve Cropped Top 

Andi – S/M (8/10) / White

Can never go wrong with Tee’s, so classically simple and this is one eye-catching ‘Nothing to Wear’ Slogan Short Sleeve Cropped Top. White tees work great with denim. A statement vibe that people won’t help but notice. You can show off some attitude in an effortless way.

Mauve Satin Long Sleeve Shrilled Waist Crop Top 

Shan – 10 / Mauve

Satin isn’t something I wear a lot admittedly but it’s back and I like it! The top features a shrilled waist with a long sleeve design in a luxe satin material. I would have personally preferred this to be longer but then it is described as crop. I don’t feel as I am as comfortable with crop tops at my stage in life but that’s not to say I won’t wear them if the mood takes me! 

Green Utility Seatbelt Mini Shirt Dress 

Reggie – M (8/10) / Green

The jury is still out on this one, although I do like the colour I can’t decide if I like the fit on me. Shirt dresses have always appealed to my casual smart sense, but perhaps this one is just too baggy for my frame. The belt is also a bit fiddly so I did spend a little more time than necessary working out what I could do. What I did like was that the material is thick and perfect for the colder months so it’s not all bad news.


Black Cross Satin Floral Lace Bodysuit 

Dahlia – L (10/12) / Black

This is one very beautiful and sexy bodysuit probably my favourite piece from this haul. The gorgeous floral lace teamed with the cross satin design makes this bodysuit pretty. Team with jeans if you’re brave enough to wear out (which I’m not).  I love black lingerie and this felt comfortable so most definitely a winner!

To see the rest of the range, head over to Femmeluxefinery.co.uk


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*These items were gifted in exchange for an honest review.

Oottupura – Cuisine of South India

Indian cuisine has established itself as a firm favourite in British culture. I was lucky enough to grow up with Gujarati (vegetarian cuisine) and of course British classics.  Perhaps the most defining characteristic of Indian cuisine is its diverse use of spices. I can’t say I am a huge fan of hot spicy food quite the opposite in fact but I do like aromatic spices. When I moved to London in 2005 I quickly realised I was spoilt for choice when it came to international cuisine, one of the main reason’s why I love London so much.

I am writing this post following a lovely lunch at a South Indian restaurant Ottupura which opened in August 2019 located in Ewell, Surrey.  The husband wanted to treat his in-laws to a meal and he did very well by picking this local gem. My dad is 79 years old and is currently spending half his birthday on a plane to Los Angeles.  Mark wanted to treat my no fuss dad to some place cheerful close by.

The restaurant owner Sunny originally from Kerala welcomed us all and was lovely to chat to. He took the time to explain the dishes carefully as South Indian dishes are a little bit different to what I know.  I have never heard of the vegetable ” drumsticks” .  My mum knew instantly but I assumed it was chicken! The Drumsticks soup was comforting and deliciously heartwarming for winter.  It has many health benefits apparently so I will have a go at making this at home.  Can’t really explain what it tastes like other than “yummy”.

We all knew in advance roughly what we wanted to eat which was dosa the traditional Indian pancake made from rice and lentil batter.  This has to be my favourite Indian food item I could eat this every day. I remember craving dosa when I was 5 months pregnant and telling my tired husband one Sunday at 3pm if we could go out for dinner.  We drove for miles around Surrey but failed.  There is nothing worse than craving a food you can’t have at that moment.

Luckily for me this is within a short driving distance so no more craving and being disappointed! Sunny told us the batter is made in-house from scratch. The fillings were generous and flavoursome. The range of food on offer here is different to what you would see in high street curry houses. I personally prefer these authentic regional dishes. 


Pappadoms are dip in rice flour, cumin and sesame seeds batter and deep fried to give a special aroma.



This crunchy, crispy snack is made from rice flour, coconuts, black sesame seeds, cumin seeds.



Are made from black gram lentil & rice mixture, flat and crispy.



Raw sliced banana flavoured with turmeric and fried


Fresh Cottage cheese tossed in capsicum, onion, ginger, garlic and authentic spices.


Drumstick has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits, Drumstick flavoured with potato, garlic, ginger, shallots and black pepper.


Dosa is a pancake made from rice & lentil batter, grounded and fermented over night. It’s a quintessential South Indian dish.


South Indian traditional pancakes filled with crushed and seasoned potatoes, peas and onion


Fried flat wheat bread with choice of potato masala or Channa masala

It won’t be long before we head back to this newly opened place. Please do go and see Sunny at his lovely restaurant if you are in the area. He was kind enough to arrange a chocolate cake which went down brilliantly with my quiet dad who hardly ever eats chocolate. I had 3 greedy slices it was that good. Anyone would have thought it was my birthday.

Thank you Sunny!


Tel: 0208 394 1012

332 Kingston Road
Ewell, Epsom
Surrey KT19 ODT

Email :info@oottupura.co.uk

Femme Luxe Finery

I’m back with another fashion collaboration with the lovely team at Femme Luxe Finery.  I have kindly been given the chance to select items of my choice for review.  So here goes my selection. Hope you like them. We may have said goodbye to my favourite season in the UK but one thing I know is that party season is here. Online retailers have changed the way we shop forever, making retail therapy possible with just one click. I am seeing more and more women taking fashion to another level and getting very creative.


Black Lips Printed Oversized Long Sleeve Shirt Dress
Rihanna – M (8/10)

I love this sassy one and wear with tights and ankle boots. The fun graphic does draw looks but I don’t mind at all. Throw on and go!



White Yves Saint Love Graphic Print Slogan Tee
Karla – S/M (8/10)

This tee is perfect I am a fan of slogan clothing so this was right up my street. A classic white t-shirt is a must for any wardrobe. What’s not to love!

Black Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit
Catalyn – S/M (8/10)

I have a true love for jumpsuits and would go as far as saying I’d wear them every day if I could (as well as slippers). I’ve had really nice compliments about this culotte style I wasn’t sure initially if I would like is as much as they other ones I own. However it’s very comfy and stylish.

Black Give In To Me Slogan Oversized T-Shirt Dress
Gigi – S (6/8)

Can’t deal with another day of wondering what to wear?  t-shirt dresses are about to become your BFF.  Make a statement with this one! Comfortable to compete a day or night look.

Grey Velvet Wide Leg Loungewear Set
Ava – S/M (8/10)

Keep it luxe and laid back this season and be a babe in the Grey Velvet Wide Leg Loungewear Set. With a boxy fit crop top and wide leg trousers in a velvet material. Take laid-back looks to a whole new level with this gorgeous set.

Black Chain Print Belted Satin Shirt Dress
Rio – S/M (8/10)

I don’t think anyone can miss this satin number! it certainly stands out with rich colours to warm the wardrobe. With adjustable sleeves and a button down style, this hot shirt dress complete with its belted middle perfect for a date or a girly night out.

Red Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress
Michelle – 8

Be a lady in red for party season or date night in a red dress. Stand out in this number and very figure hugging. Slay fierce! I’d use that emoji if I could, you know the one I mean!

Black Slinky Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder Belted Jumpsuit
Nina – 8

With a one shoulder design and belted waist to really help those curves pop this hot jumpsuit is gorgeous.  Team up with your heels and metallic accessories to complete the look. I don’t think you can go wrong with wearing classic black.

As always I’d love to hear from you about your fashion style and often get messages on instagram from women inspired to try new styles and colours which really is lovely to hear. Remember it’s Black Friday today so treat yourself and grab a bargain.


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*Disclaimer: Clothing samples were  chosen by me and provided for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and views 100% my own