The Four Fridas & more Figs

 I had a magical night out yesterday watching The Four Fridas, a dance, light and acrobatic extravaganza based on the life of the glorious Frida Kahlo. Part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, it was staged in the grounds of the Royal Artillery Barracks. It’s had mixed reviews but I found it breathtaking. It ended with the Voladoras women from the Sierra Puebla “flying” down from a 30 foot pole. If you ever get the chance to see them, take it. I look rather pleased with myself, I was having a great evening with my sister and friends. & Other Stories dress (now in the sale), Topshop Figs, Grafea bag, Warehouse denim jacket, old sunglasses. 

This was always going to happen, I’ve worn my tan and black Topshop Figs so much, the white ones were just waiting for me.    Here yesterday for a day of jobs with old Gap shorts and a Mango blouse.  The blouse is lovely and light and gets lots of compliments but it’s not great material and I doubt it will last until next summer. It’s in the sale now and the price seems fairer for the quality. 

Talking of sales, I’m waiting for a Mango order that’s taking ages to arrive. I’m hoping I’ll have more luck with it than my disastrous ASOS, DvF/the Outnet and NAP sales orders! I’ll report back. 

Have a good Friday. 

Some summer purchases

I have picked up or seen a few great summer purchases, that I thought I’d share:

1. ALDO | beach bag | £20 (was £40)

This bag will be perfect for our upcoming summer holiday, and being fabric, it won’t snag on anything (I fear that straw will). Plus, it’s cute.   

  

 

2.  MARKS & SPENCER | Exotic floral beach towels | £25

I cannot overstate how gorgeous these towels are. They are huge  (100 x 180cm) and absorbent, so quite heavy, but (in the words of some housework guru. Kondo?) “they spark joy”.  Which is how I decide whether to buy things or not.  My young daughters use them for their swimming lessons (even though the towels are too big. They love them as they don’t get cold) and we will take them on holiday, too.

  
  
3.  FRENCH CONNECTION | floral reef cut out swimsuit | £23 (was £46)

No bikinis for me anymore, but I don’t want something too serious or covered up. This, in medium, is my perfect swimsuit. It’s very flattering. More so than the ruched tummy control ones I tried at M&S. 

  
I needed size M (I hate tight swimsuits), and all sizes are available here, but at full price. If you are near a store, you might find it, there (there were lots at Westfield, recently, for example).  Here’s how it looks on a model:   

 
4.  ST TROPEZ | gradual tan in shower lotion | £9.67 (was £14). 

I’m sure you’ve already seen this product.  I really like it. Basically, you wash yourself, turn the water off, apply  this fake tan, wait 3 minutes, then rinse it off. Frankly, I wait 5 minutes, during which time I do squats, stretching etc so I don’t get cold, then rinse off. I’m hardly mahogany for waiting the extra 2 minutes. I do, however, have a nice, subtle overall glow and my towels and sheets remain white. Also, I’m less “fake tan” smelling than when I use other products. Using it daily, you can build up to a darker colour, but I will use it only every few days as I am happy to be only lightly tanned looking, this summer. 

  

5. SOLTAN | Dry touch SPF50 lotion (sand resistant, water resistant, non sticky) | 200ml|£5.50

I loathe the stickiness of sun screen, so bought and applied this today. I like it. It’s 2 for 8 from Boots at the moment:

  

6. & OTHER STORIES | Black gladiator sandals | £32 (was £65)

Eve’s beautiful dress has just gone in the sale, and so have these. They are a classic summer style, and the quality is terrific. At this, reduced, price, they are an excellent buy. Annoyingly, I have just bought (and worn) some black summer sandals, but I wish I had waited for these. I love the little “good luck” “horse shoe” gold heel detail. If  delivery was free, I’d just order (size 39 in these – size down) them, anyway (I just did an order yesterday!):

   
 
Have a lovely day, and hope the heatwave isn’t bothering you. 

That dress

When I saw this & Other Stories dress on Erica Davies at The Edited, I fell in love. 

I usually steer clear of maxi and midi dresses but I couldn’t resist the colour and print of this dress. I had planned to wear it to Wimbledon yesterday but it arrived too late. 

Kat has it too, how good does it look with those shoes!

 
I’m wearing it with Topshop Figs and my Grafea bag. I have a size 38. 

It’s love. (This one next!)

WIT: 70s jeans & Wimbledon

School fayre followed by a cake picnic with my sisters and girls on Sunday, then Wimbledon yesterday. 
For the family fun I wore Zara 70s jeans with ASOS Reclaimed Vintage top, very old Lotta from Stockholm clogs and Grafea bag.  

A good friend recommended these jeans. They look fabulous on her, she’s much slimmer than me and the fit is perfect, slouchy and relaxed. Once you put these on there’s no going back though whatever they look like – most comfortable jeans ever!

Today for a great day at Wimbledon I went smart casual. It was really hot so this cotton Cos dress was perfect. I got it in the sale a few weeks ago (thanks Ann WornOut) but it’s sold out now. This style of dress is always worth snapping up in Cos, my sister wore it to a wedding a few weeks ago and like my red pixel one, it’s already a wardrobe staple for me. I wore it with flats, no heels for me in heat. 

Enjoy the heatwave!

Saturday Sunshine

Sunshine on a Saturday!  This morning for all the usual Saturday racing round. Topshop Bardot crinkle play suit (check back for the black, khaki available here), Topshop Figs

A decent strapless bra is a must for this style of top. This is an old post on my two favourites. My absolute favourite, Fantasie in nude has 20% off at the moment in John Lewis and is comfortable enough to wear all day. 

This evening we went out for a few drinks in the sunshine and a lovely, happy dinner with my kids and sister and brother in law.  

I persevered with the off-the-shoulder look in a Warehouse top, old Zara jeans, Topshop Figs again, Nars Red Square lip crayon, Raybans. I usually use a cross the body bag but seems silly with this style of top. I got this bright clutch bag in Greece last year but there are similar ones in the Accesorize sale. 

What do you think? I’m still not convinced about this style on me. 

Hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine. Back tomorrow.