Holiday dresses

I do like a dress for hot holiday evenings. Minimal fuss is the way to go.

Earlier in the week I wore a dress my partner and kids bought me in Italy last summer. I wore it for my 40th birthday celebration in Tuscany, like lots of my holiday clothes it has a happy memory attached and makes me smile to wear it. The dress has a sheer almost netting over the top which is perfect for holiday wafting.

The night before I wore a dress I love but don’t like that much on me. I think it’s my chest which makes me look huge in it. It’s a beautiful dress though and so cool for an early evening mooch around the shops before dinner. Madewell dress (old, sorry)

For my birthday eve I wore a beautiful Zara dress I’ve had for years. Old Zara dress with old Topshop leather heels and Alexander McQueen clutch.

I saved my new Cos dress for our last night on Crete and my birthday meal. A bit of a birthday sashaying.

If you’re ever in Crete you must try Prima Plora, one of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten in!

Back soon.

Holiday bargains

I'm half way through my holiday in Crete and thought I'd share a few holiday bargains – two kaftans I've been wearing constantly and a cheap, flattering bikini.

I bought this kaftan BNWT from eBay but it's reappeared in the & Other Stories sale. It is quite sheer but you could wear a camisole underneath if you wanted to wear it as more than a beach kaftan.
& Other Stories kaftan.
Me in it with & Other Stories hat (oos).

I had a look at the H&M swimwear a while ago after rave reviews from a friend. Sadly the swimwear didn't do anything for me but I did spot this sheer kaftan.H&M leopard print kaftan.

Here's me in it. Not a great photo but you can see that it's quite sheer – perfect for the beach / pool / lunch.
With ancient Gap pouch, black Rayban Wayfarers, Havaianas.

Finally this bikini from Next. It goes up to an E cup and is a steal for the price. It ties at the neck and back and gives a decent shape and lift, the bottoms fit well too. It even has little pineapples at the end of the straps.
Khaki pineapple print bikini top and bottoms. (I always go up a back size and a pants size in bikinis) Next is worth a look generally for swimwear. I have this and this and this too.

A few evening outfits.

I bought this cami top and skirt just before I came away. I was briefly worried they looked a bit formal but I really enjoyed wearing them. They do a dress in the same print but I preferred the separates.
Warehouse cami and skirt with Castaner espadrilles.
ASOS dress with old Dune orange sandals. The dress has sold out. This style is similar though yellow with a rik rak design.
Celine dupe Topshop sunnies, old & Other Stories hoops.

I loved wearing this old Marni X H&M dress. It's silk so very cool and light on and the print is stunning.

I wore it with the nude New Look sandals I mentioned a few weeks ago. They've sold out now.

Old Marni X H&M silk dress, New Look sandals.

That's it for now. Ask to follow me on Instagram if you want to see random holiday snaps. Back soon.

True Blue

Since & Other Stories usurped all others as my go to store it's been ages since I've shopped in Cos. I went in with my sister the other day to look at a bag and ended up trying lots on. I find that's the way with Cos, you really don't know how something will look on.

This dress was the only thing I bought. It's a beauty and is in the Cos sale.
You can see the detail here.

You must excuse my hair and generally ruffled appearance in these photos, just back from the gym!
Cos dress, Castaner espadrilles.

I'm not sure about these shoes with it. I feel it needs something plainer, brighter. If I'd kept the orange & Other Stories heels I may have worn them (I returned them due to the heel height, I don't need more taxi shoes)

I suddenly remembered some old Dune orange heels that have survived multiple culls. I'm not convinced but they'll do for now. And oh, the dress has pockets!!

Back tomorrow….


The London weather is not making me smile at the moment. Yesterday our family picnic for my smallest's birthday was rained off. We had it at home instead but catering for 14 people in my house with a tiny kitchen is very different to laying out food in a park. We had a great time which is all that matters of course, but a bit of sunshine would've been nice.

Today my kids are sleeping at their grandparents. I have been dreaming of this Sunday with no commitments and no responsibilities for ages. I'd mentally planned us an afternoon in the park with my sister and brother in law, Sunday papers, few beers, sun on our skin. And it's raining.

There's only one answer. Pub.
Old ASOS jeans, Marks and Spencer slides, old Cos tshirt, Warehouse jacket (£18 in the sale!), J Crew Outlet earrings.
Back tomorrow with some summer dresses.