Holiday Dress

I’ve loved vintage clothes since I was a teenager, when I rummaged through Camden Market on the hunt for second-hand bargains. I bought this 70s dress from Etsy and I love it, but I’ve hardly ever worn it in London as it feels a bit much for the city. It reminds me of a doll-shaped toilet roll cover that one might have bought in a Spanish souvenir shop, 20 years ago. Not that I mind. It’s rare that I pay attention to dressing appropriately, however I think this frock feels more suited to the Sardinian landscape. Saying that, I’m sure I’ll wear it in London again before the summer is out.    

Sardinian Sea

I’ve just come back from a holiday to Sardinia, during which I gave myself a break from social media and blogging. I’ve always worked in the summer break, but for the first time in years, I managed to turn off my laptop and relax. That being said, I couldn’t resist shooting in such a beautiful location. This dress from The Reformation (similar here) is one of my favourite holiday frocks. I’ve worn it in London, but its breezy charm works best in the Mediterranean.  

Flora and Fauna

I’ve never been into sleek, minimalist chic. I think a paired back look is fabulous on other people, but it’s not me. Perhaps my style will become more grown up with time, but for now I’m into floral prints and ruffles. This dress is from ASOS covers all the bases. The shoes are from Espadrille.co.uk, a Spanish company that makes the best espadrilles I’ve ever come across; they’re beautifully made and very comfortable.

Back to Floral

I’ve been meaning to feature this dress for ages. I bought it from ASOS a couple of years ago (similar here), and it has a Reformation vibe that I like. I go through stages of being obsessed with a particular style or print and recently, I’ve been living in long floral frocks. In the past, I’ve gone through periods of only wearing leather mini skirts with over-the-knee boots, anything iridescent or flared scuba fabric skirts. My current look is perhaps a little basic and I’ve definitely lost my edge. However, I think dressing edgy for the sake of it can come across as rather contrived. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with finding a style you feel comfortable in, and sticking with it.  

Wild Thing

I keep telling myself  that I don’t need any more pleated skirts, but I couldn’t resist this one from Lily and Lionel, a brand I’ve recently discovered. The quality of the fabric is lovely and it’s very comfortable; it’s the kind of piece I’ll wear all year round. Animal print is an enduring classic that never goes out of style, which is how I justified spending money on yet another pleated skirt. It may be a flimsy excuse, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The cropped top is an old one from Topshop (similar here), the shoes are from Senso and the belt is vintage (similar here).

Kimono Joe 2.0

I’ve always loved Kimonos and I found an amazing one on Ebay, a couple of years ago. I wore it to a bohemian summer wedding and it went down a treat. I’ve been waiting for a chance to wear it again, but the occasion has yet to present itself. I like this dress by ASOS because it has elements of the kimono, but it’s slightly more wearable.

The Ruffle Shuffle

I’m rather fond of the romantic trend this season, although I find that as I get older I can’t get away with as many girly frills as I would like. I recently ordered a pretty Vilshenko skirt from The Outnet, which I loved. However, when I tried it on I realised that, on me, it looked like a little girl’s tutu, so I sent it back. I was never a fan of Carrie Bradshaw’s look in the opening credits of Sex and the City, and I think that tutu’s are best left for toddlers and ballerinas. I like this dress because it has a few artfully placed ruffles, whilst remaining age appropriate. Having said that, if you like wearing fancy frills in pastels and pinks, don’t worry about your age and just go for it. I’ve never been one to […]

Light and White

I’ve never been one to worry too much about practicality. This dress from Needle and Thread isn’t well suited for the soggy summer we’re currently experiencing, but it’s so lovely that I don’t mind. It comes with a full length slip, but I think it would look nice without the slip and worn over a bikini for a holiday.

Posing up a storm

My husband and I usually shoot in the streets around our house. Our neighbours are having their roof fixed so there were 10 builders lined up along the scaffolding, staring at me as I posed for today’s post. We often attract curious looks from people passing by, but it’s unusual to have a larger, stationary audience. Someone with a more appropriate amount of shame might have felt embarrassed, but it takes more than that too make me blush. I’m so clumsy that I humiliate myself on a near daily basis, so a bunch of builders thinking I’m a poser doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m glad that summer seems to have finally got it’s act together, partly because I like to wear pale colours in warm weather. I feel that wearing light shades on a soggy, overcast day looks a little […]

Precious Metals

I’ve always found shiny things irresistible, my magpie tenancies have recently been expressed through my makeup. I’ve been dusting my face with masses of Champagne Pop highlighter from Becca. One should be light handed with super shimmery makeup, but I can’t leave well enough alone and my look has veered into Jennifer Lopez circa 1999 territory. Which is no bad thing, in my book. I like wearing lustrous clothes, but I think it’s important to keep accessories to a minimum. I like the combination of these tan platforms (similar here) with the clashing metallic textures. I bought this skirt from Whistles a couple of years ago (similar here), and the top is from Topshop (similar here).