Come Fly With Me: In a Blue Dress and Pretty Flats

Happy Saturday everyone!

Ever since I was a child, I have always been an admirer of what I like to call ‘cabin crew chic’. Seeing smartly dressed cabin crew at the airport was always the start of an exciting adventure in the days when flying was still more fun and less laborious than it is today.

The irony is that while I love their uniforms, I would be hard pressed to come up with jobs that I would be less suited to than flying. I would miss many of my flights because I would be too busy browsing the shops at the airport and lose track of time – and frankly it would be all downhill from there…

I love the versatility of this loose-fitting blue shirt dress as it lends it self so well to wearing with a belt, wearing as a tunic over jeans or just playing doctors and nurses.  I am usually not a big belt wearer, so I have deliberately chosen to pair it with a navy belt and a red and white neckerchief.  Finally, I have paired it with these adorable blue and white flats that are as comfortable as they are cute.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – And Other Stories (on sale)

Belt – Massimo Dutti (on sale)

Shoes – Nine West (on sale)

Handbag – Karen Millen

Neckerchief – Mango

 

 

Quirky Summery Prints: Midi Dress and Wedge Sandals

Hello everyone! I am currently going through the process of unpacking and I think the boxes are getting the better of me.  I have found that despite my best efforts, my packing organisational skills are not ‘as boss’ as I had previously imagined them to be.  The first twenty boxes were labelled accurately with the contents contained and I was impressed with my attention to detail. However, after the first twenty, I must have been tired because the labelling thereafter has proved to be vague and unhelpful.  I am currently staring at a pile of boxes I have titled, ‘Things I may or may not need’. I have no idea what I was thinking when I labeled these – things I may or may not need could be most items found in a house! Plus, my needs often differ by the hour so unfortunately my labelling prowess is leaving much to be desired.  Perhaps, it may be best for me to move on to the next pile…

I have managed to find this dress in the box titled, ‘Current favourite dresses’ and I am so glad I did. I have always been a huge fan of interesting prints and I think they add an exciting flavour to clothes. This quirky fish and coral print is right up my street and so apt for summer.  I love a full sleeved dress in a London summer because the sleeves often eliminate the need to carry a light jacket into the evening. This draw string dress is easy to wear and made of a lovely soft material that is cooling and fuss free. I have paired the dress with one of my favourite pair of wedges and a lovely ‘summer colour’ leather jacket.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great week ahead.  As always, thank you so much for reading my blog.

Clothes and Accessories:

Dress – And Other Stories (Similar) also (similar)

Leather Jacket – Massimo Dutti (similar)

Cross body Bag – Karen Millen

Wedges – Tory Burch

Relaxed Chic: In a Long Sleeved Midi Dress and Boots

What exactly is a relaxed look? In my opinion, it is one in which I don’t feel tense, self conscious or uncomfortable. Technically, this definition would encompass a variety of outfits, including one’s night clothes.  Perhaps it is the need for women to feel relaxed in their clothes that has resulted in the ‘pyjama look’ trend that is sweeping the high street. I am a sucker for a relaxed outfit that’s easy to wear all day long. While circumstances dictate that relaxed attire is not always appropriate,  it is crucial when you are having ‘one of those days’! We have all had ‘one of those days’, when the mirror is being decidedly difficult by portraying an image that is not to our liking, we have had a bad night with the children or we just feel bloated. On these days, it becomes really important to be able to wear clothes that are going to provide a ‘cloak of comfort’ all day long, whether at work or at play. So what is one way of achieving this without compromising on style?

When I am having ‘one of those days’, one of my go-to garments is a long-sleeved midi dress.  These dresses tick all the boxes for me in terms of comfort, versatility and style.  The gentle drape of these dresses help hides various lumps and bumps, imagined or real. The length of these dresses is flattering and the long sleeves help keep in the warmth. Finally, these dresses work well with a variety of shoes including boots, flats and heels.

I love the tiger print on this dress and the fabric belt is a great help in sculpting the waist. I have paired the dress with boots in a similar shade to allow the aubergine bag to stand out against the dress. Finally, I have added a quirky coat that always seems to work when none of my other coats suffice!

Below are some midi dresses that I like the look of. I hope you enjoy this look and thank you so much for reading.

relaxed-warehouse
Warehouse
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H&M
french-connection relaxed
French Connection

 

 

 

 

 

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – And Other Stories, Boots – Marks and Spencer, Handbag – Kate Spade, Coat – French connection (this is a similar one), Ring and Bangle – Ishariya)

 

Reuse and Restyle: A-Line Dress With a Faux Fur Statement Jacket

One of the great joys of living in Mumbai for five years was that given the warm weather year around, there was no need for my summer wardrobe to go into a biannual weather-induced hibernation. On the flip side, one of the great joys of returning to the UK was the chance to wear lovely winter clothes again, including a plethora* of boots and coats (*latest ‘word bank’ word from my son’s English homework that is now stuck in my head).

While not all clothes can be worn independent of season, I think that with a little thought and effort, many clothes can be ‘omniweather’ and exhibit more versatility than we may initially give them credit for. I have featured this dress on the blog before in the following blog post: Happy Dresses:  A-Lined and Ribboned. I find A-lined dresses naturally flattering and I like the grosgrain bow on this dress that helps to draw in the waist. I love this faux fur jacket and the bold white and black stripes that put the ‘statement’ in ‘statement jacket’. I have accessorized the outfit with a pale pink clutch to add a contrasting colour to the overall style statement. Finally, black tights and high-heeled boots add the necessary touches needed to make this a chic, yet playful winter outfit.

On a slightly different note, this is the time of the year when the shops restock after the manic winter sales and display clothes that bring upon a ‘time and geographical warp’.  It is freezing outside and when you look at the new collections in the shops you could be forgiven for thinking you live in Bermuda! I think this early stocking of summer clothes may be a well-intentioned ploy to get us to hone our styling skills by finding a way to wear these clothes in cold weather before the warmer weather arrives.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and have a great week! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – And other Stories, Coat – Mango (This is a similar one), Boots – Forever Unique , Clutch – Gucci)

At St. Ermin’s Hotel: In Flats and In Heels

Recently, my family and I had the opportunity to do something we have never done before – take a ‘staycation’ in central London.  We stayed at the St. Ermin’s hotel (an Autograph collection hotel) in Westminster, a central London hotel with an amazing history and a stone’s throw from St. James’s Park station.

The remarkable history goes as follows: In 1940 Winston Churchill held a meeting at St. Ermin’s Hotel with a group of people and asked them to join him in ‘Setting Europe Ablaze’ – they were to become the founding members of the SOE (Special Operations Executive). This unit carried out covert operations during WW2, from their headquarters which were an entire floor of St. Ermin’s Hotel, whilst MI6 were situated two floors above. The SOE agents’ printed coded messages on pieces of silk, of which an original sample still hangs in the Lobby.  In the 1950’s the spy Guy Burgess (part of the Cambridge five) handed over secret papers to his Russian counterpart in the Caxton Bar. Furthermore, it is rumoured that a tunnel runs from underneath the grand staircase in the Lobby all the way to the houses of Westminster.

I absolutely loved the character of this hotel and the unusual lobby with its gorgeous staircases and plaster work that were designed by the famous Victorian theatre designer J.P. Briggs. There is a lovely boutique charm about the hotel and I particularly enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of the Caxton Bar.  I have to say that enjoying a drink by a warm fireplace (with a real fire) in the bar was a lovely treat! We also decided impromptu to indulge in the high tea served in the tea rooms above the lobby and I thoroughly enjoyed the fare.  I found the high tea service friendly, without being pretentious, and one that seemed very child friendly.  Of course, our decision to indulge was sudden (like I was really going to say no when my husband suggested it!) but they are happy to make special provisions for kids if you book ahead of time.

I have always championed the case of ‘fabulous flats’ and there is something very refreshing about dressing up and not wearing heels. I love the shimmery elegance of these flat ballerina shoes and I think they work exceedingly well with the frill-bottomed cropped trousers.  The oversized faux fur clutch is a stylish nod to winter and is amazingly versatile in terms of styling.

I have mentioned before that I have rarely met a shirt dress I did not like and this one was no exception.  I love the simple yet sophisticated design of this dress and how the waist can be drawn in from both sides.  It’s full sleeved and appropriate for work and play – what’s there not to love! Plus, I think it would also look great with a nice pair of white sneakers.

I hope you enjoyed this ‘lookbook’ and thank you for reading.  Have a great rest of the week!

www.sterminshotel.co.uk

(Clothes and Accessories: Silver Jumper – And Other Stories, Trousers – Zara (similar), Clutch – And Other Stories, Flat Shoes – SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Shirt Dress – H&M, Grey Bag – Salvatore Ferragamo)

Viva México: Vacation Wardrobe In Cabo San Lucas

First and foremost – I apologize for the longer than usual time period in producing a fresh post. Transcontinental travel has slowed me down but I have learned in the last week that determined fashion bloggers must never let time zones and lack of sleep interfere with the frequency of fashion posts!

I have spent the last week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on a family vacation.  While I have been to Mexico in the past, I have never made it to Cabo before and I am so glad I got to visit as I loved Cabo and can not speak highly enough of the Mexican hospitality we experienced.  We stayed in a Diamond Resort International property called Cabo Azul.  Cabo Azul is a stunning resort property that was rebuilt in 2014-2015 after the hurricanes that hit the Mexican coastline.  My parents had been pre-hurricane and spoke very highly of it and I am pleased to report that it exceeded their descriptions in every possible way.  The sprawling resort is located right on the beach and I plan to cover the key highlights of Cabo Azul in my next blog.

Publishing photographs in swimwear can be a daunting prospect, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that swimwear is a confusing fashion category for so many women.  Regardless of body shape or size, I am always curious about what other people choose to wear to the pool, so I figure others must be as well. I don’t wear bikinis, not because of modesty or age concerns, but simply because they do not suit my body shape and do nothing for presenting me waterside in a flattering manner.  I have always felt that the two most important  factors for me in buying swimwear include finding swimsuits that suit my body shape as well as make me feel comfortable in and out of the pool.  So please no jeering or sneering (not that anyone has ever been unkind) – it has taken a bit of self-persuasion to publish swimwear fashion so endearing comments would be greatly welcomed.  I plan to feature my vacation swimwear, along with other outfits, in my next few posts and I hope that ‘lookbooking’ my swimwear choices are beneficial to my readers in some way.

This vacation made me realize that like many people who live in relatively cold climates, I often develop ‘temperature amnesia’ in terms of just how hot ‘hot’ can be! I end up packing clothes for warm tropical weather but I always throw in jeans and ‘long sleeve things’ in case it gets cold in the evening or some other opportunity to ‘freeze’ arises.  Well,  it never did get cold in the evening but the ‘long sleeve things’ came in great use as I managed to burn my shoulders despite applying copious amounts of sunscreen. The long sleeves were a godsend in protecting my already burnt shoulder blades from the unrelenting intensity of the sun. I loved the coral print on this loose fit dress and thought it was perfect for a resort vacation by the sea.

As always, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to sharing my next installment of  Mexican vacation fashion in my next post.

(Clothing and Accessories: Blue Swimsuit – Profiles by Gottex, Blue Coverup – TJ Maxx , Dress = And Other Stories, Pink Hat – Banana Republic, Sunglasses – Tom Ford, Blue Bangles – Amarsons, Mumbai)

 

 

 

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Happy Dresses: A-Lined And Ribboned

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of watching a theatre adaptation of ‘Gansta Granny’, the best seller by David Walliams. The production was excellent and kept the whole family entertained throughout.  At one point, I turned to look around the dark theatre and I saw a beautiful sight – so many happy people, including my husband and children, laughing and enjoying themselves. The moment was a powerful reminder of what a precious emotion happiness is and how important it is to experience it on a daily basis.

I firmly believe that what we are wearing can add to our happiness as well as our self esteem and confidence.  I love A-line dresses because they are easy to wear and tend to suit my body shape.   This lovely dress with a grosgrain ribbon tie in the middle makes me feel happy and relaxed. Just looking at these dragonfly earrings brings a smile to my face.  Wearing them is my attempt at invoking summer weather to arrive quickly and stay as long as possible!

As always, thank you so much for reading.

(Clothing and Accessories: Dress – & other stories, Sandals – Nine West, Bag – Mango, Watch – Gucci)