Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Wednesday morning and  I'm so pleased to announce the winner of the Nourish competition in association with Kyle Books. 

Mel Chesneau of Armoire Pegs and Casserole blog will be getting the book as soon as it can get through the mountains of Santa post making it's way around the world. It's a wonderful book and perfect for the new year.

It's also with a little sadness that I'm saying cheerio for now from Simple Style Notebook. For very personal reasons I am having to take an extended break from the blog. It has been a very difficult decision to come to as I so enjoy the blogging community and meeting new creative people to interview for the blog, but unfortunately it is time to focus on other projects and the next chapter in my life. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, the blog will be staying online for now so I'd love to hear what you're up to over the holidays and you can still follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanks for all your support, much love Amy. x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Statement Party Dresses

Wednesday morning and I hope you're having a great week. 

Today a little style inspiration for the party season. I always say a great dress is the simplest way to look  stylish and these are all styles I'd have in my wardrobe. I'm covering most occasions here, from the more casual evening out in this little Boden number, to a glamourous affair in the Audrey style Julette dress by Ted Baker at the bottom. Hopefully something for everyone on every budget. I always love a striking vintage find, but finding a great vintage dress that fits, is a bit like looking for that proverbial needle. My tip is to keep a brilliant dress in your wardrobe so you don't have any last minute panic buys for a party or special invitation. 

Do you have a favourite dress? And don't forget there's still time to enter the competition for the Nourish book. You've got until next Wednesday.

Beaufort dress, Boden | SHOP NOW |

Midnight Rambler dress, Free People | SHOP NOW |

Midi length leopard dress, & Other Stories | SHOP NOW |

J Crew Collection | SHOP NOW |

1. Sequin panel pleat dress, Top Shop | SHOP NOW |
2. Earrings, House of Fraser | SHOP NOW |
3, Sequin detail clutch, Ted Baker | SHOP NOW |
4. Black heels, ASOS | SHOP NOW |

1. Julette bow dress, Ted Baker | SHOP NOW |
2. Clutch bag, Miss Selfridge | SHOP NOW |
3. Tear drop hoop earrings, Azuni | SHOP NOW |
4. Metallic heels, LK Bennett | SHOP NOW |

Monday, 8 December 2014

Book Review and competition: Nourish by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson

Monday morning and I hope you're having a great day already. It's feeling very wintery here, but with the sunshine making a welcome appearance I don't really mind the cold. It does however mean I'm wearing 50 layers where usually a couple will suffice, and snacking endlessly. How do you manage with the cold? 

Today a visual treat with a wonderful book that is definitely on my christmas list. Nourish is by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson and is one of those gorgeous looking books I love to have on my bookshelves. Not only does it look great but, true to it's message, it's packed with useful info too about achieving a balanced, healthy lifestyle when you're super busy [well that applies to most of us then]. I loved that the message really resonated with me about caring for yourself from the inside out - they cover nutrition, exercise [inc. yoga of course!], health and beauty, as well as mindfulness and meditation.  

The photography is just beautiful [by David Loftus - he's the one who snaps all Jamie Olivers books], and the message is simple, they even acknowledge all the reasons and excuses we give ourselves to stop moving forward in life and spell out how to overcome those obstacles. It's a great read and a perfect christmas present.

Why wait until Christmas! I'm so excited to be giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Simply add a comment below with your name saying what you do to keep a healthy balanced life and share your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter with the #nourish and adding @kyle_books. The competition will close on the 17th of December 10am GMT with the winner announced later that day on my Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

Good luck and get commenting!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Style at any age

Friday afternoon and the blue skies have given way to wintery showers here. Time to pick the little one up from school shortly and get ready for the weekend. Hope you have something lovely planned.

Today a little style inspiration from a more unusual source. Scouring Pinterest for inspiration this week I came across an unfamiliar name for me in style. Linda Rodin is a former model and fashion editor and with that pedigree there's no great surprise she is so stylish. But what I really love about her style is that it seems totally ageless. There is a relaxed, effortless elegance that she manages to pull off without looking untidy or underdressed. Kind of gives me the confidence to dress a little bit bolder perhaps. And how good does that red lip look with her grey hair! 

She reminds me of a good friend of mine I met for coffee this week. I won't reveal her age [very uncouth!], but she is determined to keep her hair longer and not bow to certain conventions we have set in older age. I say, throw that rule book out of the window and dress how you feel, not according to the number on your driving licence. Naturally it helps if you take good care of the inside too. That youthfulness and vitality doesn't come from a face cream or a cashmere sweater, but how you're feeling on the inside.

Great inspiration for a Friday don't you think? See you next week and have a great weekend. 





1. Orelia hoop earrings, ASOS | SHOP NOW |
2. Tropical wool trousers, Jaeger | SHOP NOW |
3. Soho Ladies watch, DKNY at Watch Warehouse | SHOP NOW |
4. Contrast rib jumper, Cos | SHOP NOW |
5. 1969 Denim shirt, Gap | SHOP NOW |
6. Messenger bag, Massimo Dutti | SHOP NOW |

And finally for a bit of fun on a Friday - here is Vogue's take on ageless style. Thanks goodness for Bay Garnett!


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Rocking a patterned skirt

Wednesday morning and I'm back after a non-relaxing, non-chilling, but very essential blogging break. We've been getting the house back in order after 3 weeks of mess whilst the wiring in the house was replaced. Admittedly not as stressful as it could have been thanks to very understanding and patient parents, it was non-the-less a disruptive time when all my usual enjoyments and pleasures went out the window in favour of sanding plasterwork, painting and cleaning each room of the house. The frustration is that if we get the go ahead with our extension we shall be doing it all again in 6 months time, the joy of home renovations!

So apologies for my absence, and time for some style inspiration, whatever season you're heading into at the moment. 

Here in the northern hemisphere we are heading into the cold temperatures of winter and pining for the sunshine and warmth of the summer time. I'm definitely a warm climate person, as much as I love cosying up with a blanket and a gluhwein! A patterned skirt can work whatever the season. For winter I like a heavier weight of fabric, there are some lovely brocade and jacquard styles on the high street at the moment, and with that extra weight I confess to loving a bit of volume. I think with a skinny knit the contrast can look very glamourous. For warmer weather I love a playful cotton print, something bright [as below] with a contrasting top. It's the style of Carolina Herrera, Oscar De La Renta, Carrie Bradshaw, and is really feminine and flirty - not always appropriate, but for the right occasion - perfect.

How would you wear yours?

1. Chevron bright skirt, Anthropology | SHOP NOW |
2. Leopard skirt, & Other Stories | SHOP NOW |
3. Orange aztec midi, Miss Selfridge | SHOP NOW |
4. Midnight blue pencil, Wallis | SHOP NOW |
5. Lucy and Co check skirt, Atterley Road | SHOP NOW |
6. Kirada jacquard midi, Top Shop | SHOP NOW |

Monday, 24 November 2014

Living Simply

Morning - hope you had a great weekend. It was a busy time for the whole family here. I finally did my wonderful relaxation evening at the yoga studio for 17 chilled out people. It was so much fun giving people the time and space to really nurture themselves and let go. We're already planning our next one! Then yesterday was a full day of winter fun; ice skating, fair rides and a theatre visit topped off with the Christmas lights switch on in town. Fun!

A little personal perspective today on the blog. 

For the last 2 weeks we've been living out of a suitcase at my parent's house while work has been going on at home. We have another few days left before we can officially move back in and try to create order where there is currently chaos. It reminded me of a short, but inspiring, TED talk I watched just the other day by Graham Hill. I'm a little obsessive about the TED talks, it seems I start every conversation with 'have you seen the TED talk about'… They open your eyes to a different way of thinking or being. I'll link a few of my absolute favourites below. 

The talk is titled 'Less Stuff, more happiness' and touches on the idea of living in smaller more compact spaces with less 'stuff'. Certainly after spending a few weeks without all my 'stuff' to hand I would agree that there is something liberating about simply having less, although I still manage to create piles of paperwork wherever I spend more than 24 hours. Piles of banking notes as I change bank accounts -eurgh! Piles of yoga notes for lesson ideas, anatomy study, and admin. The paper never seems to dwindle. But I have resolved over the next few weeks to let go of a little more of the unnecessary stuff. I don't need it. It's that simple. 

How do you create order and live a little simpler? I'd love to hear. And if you have 10 minutes - here are some of my favourite TED talks to feed your mind. x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Simple Inspiration: Rumi

Friday afternoon and a little soulful inspiration for the weekend. I hope you have a lovely restful and restorative weekend whatever you're up to and I'll see you next week. x