Writing this on a rainy Tuesday which is quite ironic but this (was) a wonderful little outfit for the pretty Autumn sunshine we’ve (had been) kind of having, when it wasn’t throwing it down. I worked with a new photographer I’d not worked with before, Olivia Bossert a few weeks on a film test shoot and I’m so pleased with how the images turned out. I love shooting on film, that retro look you can never quite recreate with lightroom or photoshop, trust me, I’ve spent HOURS and (too much money than I care to mention) on presets trying to. Sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, film photography is still alive and well and I love that. Remember when you were little and you’d take your holiday snaps (from your disposable camera) to Boots and were so impatient to get them developed ? Instead of agonising over hundreds of photos you have 36 to choose from. Saying that I still can’t decide which I like the most! Honestly I am the most indecisive person ever, I question myself so much, which is something I don’t like about myself. Goals for this year: be more assertive!
I borrowed this lovely brown leather vintage dress from Waiste for the shoot as the leather trend is everywhere at the moment, but it’s so rare for me to find something like this vintage that actually fits me, so I may end up keeping it ! It goes so beautifully with this Lily and Lionel blouse, just look at those sleeves. Edit: I did end up keeping it, and styled it up differently on my instagram here
Honestly though I feel like I’m having a bit of an identity crisis with getting dressed at the moment ! I think there’s so so much inspiration out there, especially on pinterest and instagram sometimes I feel like I get a little lost with it, and comparing myself to others but also trying to keep true to my style, (even if I don’t know what that is at the moment)
This rainy week I’ve been lusting after black chunky loafers (which I love with socks) cute knitted vests or sets that go great with a collared shirt underneath, chunky knit cardigans and leather trousers among other things. I’m on the hunt to find the perfect ones (that won’t break the bank) but it’s so hard as I rarely find trousers that fit me properly but I want to try and give some of these a go. I’m holding off on the coats as it’s not that cold…for now but I’m on the hunt to find the perfect winter ones for next weeks wishlist.
Last Thursday I was invited for a little overnight staycation in the amazing Artist Residence hotel in Brighton and to try out their new restaurant, the Club House. Our flat in Hove is basically the size of a shoebox, so let me tell you I jumped at the chance for a change of scenery after staring at the same four walls for the past few months. During lockdown our flat was full to the brim of vintage clothes with the shop being shut. I feel like I had been VERY lenient on letting Oliver take over the living room to do music all day or play COD (he’s now sold it) until the early hours of the morning, and I basically lived in the bedroom all day everyday. So I was definitely looking forward to a change of scenery and I was ever so grateful I was able to stay over for the night. It was an absolute treat to get dressed up and go for dinner too-I’ve not done that in such a long time !
I’ve only ever been to the Brighton Artist Residence hotel either for press days or for shoots so I was so excited to be able to stay overnight, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages as the whole hotel aesthetic is just so cool. I have eaten at the previous restaurant several times, both for breakfast and for tea so I was looking forward to seeing and trying the new menu. After the stay it’s definitely cemented my view of it being the coolest hotel in Brighton, that’s for sure. It’s situated in the heart of Brighton on Norfolk square and is basically practically on the beach(ish), ok it’s like a two minute walk to the sea. See it is close!
So I arrived on Thursday afternoon (by myself first) as I wanted to just chill out by myself in the room for the afternoon, do some work and make the most of that incredible bath ! The room was absolutely lovely, absolutely massive and just look at that bed, and we had the perfect sea view. To be honest it’s now inspired us to invest in a new mattress after sleeping on said bed, it was the best nights sleep I’ve had in ages. I brought a couple of outfit options with me, my Doen sale dress from Net a Porter (sadly sold out now but I’ll keep a lookout in case it restocks) and my new Omnes pink leopard print wrap dress. You may remember I have the lilac colourway of this and I loved it so much I had to get it in this pretty pink colour too. Anyway I’m going off topic here-back to the hotel, and let’s talk FOOD.
The Clubhouse menu was my kind of menu-basically one of those that you can either choose lots of small plates or a large and sides, or if you are feeling particularly hungry, go small and large. I love that kind of Mediterranean style menu that has amazing small plate options as I can never decide on a ‘main’, and I always, always get food envy. Not this time. I went for the burrata, padron peppers, and the smoked almonds and lemon and ricotta flatbread (to share) and Oliver went for the Plaice and tender stem broccoli. It was absolutely delicious- in particular the flatbread (I could have eaten that twice) and if it was acceptable to lick the plate, I probably would have. Finished with a cheeky amoretto sour for dessert, the whole meal was a taste sensation from start to finish. The restaurant looked absolutely lovely and was perfectly intimate, great for a date night, as you can book just for a meal and not to stay, so we will definitely be back for sure.
PS: I wore the Omnes dress for dinner with my Chloe sale clog bargains.
After a beautiful nights sleep it was time to check out, but not before we had chance to sample their Club House breakfast. I’m usually a very basic avocado on toast kind of girl for breakfast (don’t hate me I just love avocados ok) so I thought I would try something completely different and go for the pancake option (complete with berry and vanilla compote) and it did not disappoint. Honestly I have such a sweet tooth I don’t know why I’ve not had them for breakfast before.
This won’t be the last time either, I definitely need to go back soon to get my pancake fix. We went home after we checked out, as we needed to go see our fluffy baby who had his own sleepover at our neighbours, but if you wanted to explore Brighton from the hotel it’s a two minute walk to the beach, and about a 5-10 minute walk to town and the shops. It’s in such a great location in the heart of Brighton and everything is walkable from there including the train station. If you’re looking for a great hotel in Brighton with a cool vibe, interiors that could have come straight from a Pinterest board, sea views and great food, then this is the one for you.
Thank you so much Artist Residence and Club House for a wonderful staycation!
Italy is one of my favourite places to visit in the world. I love everything about it: the beauty, the people, the food, the architecture, the scenery, the cities, the beach. I could go on but we’d be here all day. I just love the Italian way of life.
Oliver and I usually go to Italy around 6 times a year for vintage buying (As he is both my boyfriend and business partner…yes it works-most of the time we make a great team haha! ) However, due to this years series of unfortunate events, we’ve only been once back in February.
However this time around when we were allowed to travel again, we booked it in, and managed to book in a few days in Sardinia too before we headed vintage buying and I’m so glad we did, as it’s been on my list of places to visit in Italy for so long. About three years ago we booked a holiday to Sardinia, however due to another series of unfortunate events (this time it was a lost passport, hint: not mine) we ended up never going, that time it wasn’t meant to be I guess. But this time it was.
We stayed in Olbia in Hotel Stefania, a lovely boutique hotel around 15 minutes away from the airport. Practically we actually chose it because we were only there for four days and weren’t hiring a car, and taxis in Italy can be so expensive so we didn’t want to be too far away from the airport as we had to fly back to mainland Italy to go vintage buying. We also only took hand luggage so I had to pack light (eg no big flowy maxi dresses for me) and it was around 36-38 degrees when we were there. This meant lots of mini dresses, and versatile pieces I could layer and mix and match with different outfits etc. The hotel was absolutely beautiful, quiet and charming, and only a five minute stroll to a beautiful sandy beach.
Right now I bet you’re thinking, hmm wasn’t this an outfit post? I am getting to them I promise ! I just couldn’t write this blog post without talking about Sardinia first. We did mainly spend the four days just on the beach or around the pool just relaxing as it was just so nice to have a break from work, and visiting Olbia old town in the evening twice for food and drinks (which wasn’t cheap in taxis – £28 each way to go about ten minutes – told you they were expensive !) My holiday wardrobe mainly consisted of mini dress and floral dresses, BIG sunglasses, some white outfits, head scarves and bucket hats so I didn’t burn my head-which I usually ALWAYS do. A linen shirt for layering and skirt and shorts to cover up when walking to and from the beach, and I always bring my comfy trekky style sandals for the beach, and my Chloe or Jonak white sandals for the evenings.
These two were a couple of my favourite dresses I brought with me. The yellow one is a gift from Faithfull and I threw it on the first night as soon as we got there, it was the perfect ‘first night dress’. I just love that feeling of being able to wear something like this at night with no jacket or worrying about being colder later. I ran and dipped my feet into the sea that night and it was so warm. The second is one of my my favourite dresses I’ve bought this summer, the Realisation Par Devon mini dress. I did do a panic order on this, mainly because I don’t own any mini dresses and I knew how hot in was going to be, but this has become one of my firm favourites as it fits so well! It is short, but the way it fits just makes me feel so good when I wear it.
I do love an all white outfit on holiday, especially when I’ve got a bit of a tan! Which tbh I didn’t tan as much as I’d like to since we only had four days and it usually takes me at least a week as I’m dead careful not to burn. Anyway, the top dress was a gift from Neon Rose (and is now on sale FYI) and the linen two piece is also by Faithfull and was one of my favourite outfits to wear on holiday! Accessory wise I’ve got my Kokotala earrings and Roop white satin bag, I brought both my Roop bags with my and they were perfect for holiday as they fit in my hand luggage and were great for both the beach and at night. These Chloe woody sandals have definitely now got their cost per wear, I practically live in them!
Now, let’s talk swimwear. I brought three options with me-two bikinis and a swimsuit (as a swimsuit is great if you get a little burnt and need to cover up more. This an amazing vintage pink floral 80s one I found on Lucid Voyage. I was so scared it wouldn’t fit me but I just love how it looks. I love a vintage print or vintage swimwear. I just purchased my first Hunza G – which is the Jean lilac bikini in the second photo- and let’s just say it won’t be the last ! They fit like an absolute dream, and I’m so in love with the colour, ALSO…the bikini bottom is high which I’ve not tried before, but is actually so flattering. Plus they’re all handmade in London too. I layered it with my Sezane gingham shorts, which are the perfect fit if you have wide hips and a small waist, and my Massimo Dutti lilac linen shirt.
And lastly (and a very cute beach look if i do say so myself) consists of a bucket hat from Camilla Ashley, bikini from Faithful (sadly sold out now), skirt from Taar Wiloughby, and sandals from last year c/o Nanou Beach,which are the comfiest sandals I own, apart from the Chloe’s. I wore them everyday to the beach. The sunglasses in all three are from Gucci but I can’t find them online so I’ll link similar below.
Right, last but not least, as I feel like this post has gone on forever now, are these two pretty floral looks. Both the lilac headscarf and floral maxi in the first photo are vintage, but the second dress is from great sustainable brand Nobody’s child, and also comes in a short version too. They have some really really pretty dresses on there at the moment !
I’ve also resurrected my youtube channel too with my travels to Italy which you can watch here !
I cannot believe how long I’ve left it on here, and for that I’m truly sorry. So what’s been happening since June you ask? I mean not that much tbh, Covid has put a stop to most of our summer plans but we did manage to head to Italy to go vintage buying, which meant we could take an extra few days away too, which we were really grateful for, as we’ve not stopped working since lockdown. As the amount of vintage we needed to buy for both the shop and online couldn’t be done over Skype (we’re talking A LOT here-we just had 15 massive boxes turn up) we had to be there ourselves to hand pick it all, which meant two days in 34 degree heat in the warehouses. Thank goodness we had a few days to relax in Sardinia before. Ooh that gives me an idea, I can do an outfits in Italy post actually if you’d like.
Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent now as the whole point of this post was about gingham, and preferably in pink, although I do LOVE lilac too, I’ve not found many people making anything out of lilac gingham ! Anyway…these are my top four gingham outfits of the summer.
Ok my absolute number one pink gingham piece in my wardrobe has to be my gingham Sleeper dress. These handmade linen dresses are definitely an investment, but I’ve 100% got my cost per wear now, I mean at one point in lockdown I was practically living in this ! My sleeper dresses are also my most complimented dresses from girls on the street which makes my heart smile. Please also note my pink gingham Roop bag, never too much matching gingham in my opinion.
Next up, we have this amazing handmade dress from Molby, a new discovery of mine but an incredible one, I’m in love with everything Karina makes ! Working on a made to order basis so there is no wastage, Molby in cute print and gingham heaven. Set your alarm for the next shop opening via their instagram (which is what I did to nab this dream dress!) I’ve not got my eye on the top version too.
Now, I’m not usually a short person, but I thought I’d give these linen Sezane shorts a try, and I’m so glad I did. I love them! They fit perfectly, I’m small on the waist and big on the hips and these don’t hug unflattering on my thighs like denim shorts do. Plus they make my legs look so much longer than they actually are. I love them. They also have a matching top which I’ve linked below !
And last but not least is this incredible pink gingham two piece from Delphi Eva Design, a brand I found when I went on a gingham instagram black hole. This is actually a bespoke design created especially for me by the lovely Delphi from an existing dress design she had already, as she can custom any of her designs to suit you. Again made to order which I think is absolutely great. I thought I would opt for a cute co-ord because I know I have a pretty extensive dress collection already, a co-ord gives me way more outfit options!