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White on

The WornOut ladies are fab, and we often share clothes around.  I was the recipient of this great, off-white trench from Rachel WornOut a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for some good weather so that I can actually wear it!

Outfit is: Gap off-white trench (clearly in need of an iron – sorry!), Lily & Lionel scarf (copying Tracey, only mine also needs an iron, and I am going to try and stiffen it up with some starch, as I read somewhere that this is a good trick for floppy scarves), TopShop Baxter jeans, London Rebel silver ballets, Gap green leather bag.

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Since my husband volunteered to look after the girls by himself, I ran off to Oxford Street before he had time to re-consider.  First stop, Dorothy Perkins.  Yet again.  Not somewhere I used to go to at all, but I have been really pleased with their summer cotton offerings.

I bought this darling cotton and lace shell top (£22).  The review given said its thin (yes, white cotton often is) and should be thicker for the money (umm, its £22 and cotton, that’s a good deal in my book!).  I bought the size 10 and couldn’t have sized down as its fairly fitted across the bust.  Charming top, in a flattering shape; I can see me wearing it quite often in the warm weather.

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Good Lord, my bosoms are looming up at you, sorry!!!  I just wanted to show you the lace detail.  Reader, beware!  Here is the DP website photo:

White lace insert shell top

Now, this dress (£32) I just umm and ahh over.  I bought it in the white, but saw that DP also do it in a pretty buttery yellow, so thought I’d try it yet again, before I decide whether to return it or not.  Its a lovely dress, but I am really not sure that its the best shape for me.  Anyway, if the shape is a good one for you, I do recommend it.

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After my quick spot of shopping, I went for a wander through the nearby Wallace Collection, in Manchester Square, just north of the Bond St station (and also north of Selfridges!).  One of my favourite places in London.

Essentially, its the former private collection of the illegitimate son (Richard Wallace, whom the collection is named after) of the last Marquess of Hertford, and the museum is housed in what was their London home (Hertford House).  The house is gradually being refurbished to how it was (very decadent furnishings), and much of the collection is French art.

The little gold boxes (often used to store snuff) are precious little treasures: eye candy.

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I must admit that the Sèvres porcelain doesn’t move me, but if its your cup of tea (oh ho ho), the Wallace Collection has the finest museum collection of Sèvres porcelain in the world.

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Flirty little minx below giving the boys a peep up her dress.

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I couldn’t stay away from the shops for long, so I went back to Selfridges, where they are having a carnival and were giving out fairy floss in the shoe department.  Sugar + shoes = heaven.

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