Yes yes, I know, I know, how British is it to talk about the weather, but HOW AMAZING IS THIS WEATHER?! I can’t remember a summer this hot in what seems like forever, and it’s very handy to live by the sea let me tell you, I’m feeling very lucky that I do. I’ve been to the beach more times in two weeks than I have in two years of living here. The sunshine makes me so happy (and drink a lot more) because who can resist going for a cheeky drink or two in the sun, plus world cup of course.

This beautiful weather however, has also made me very lazy, does anyone else find that? I’m literally just throwing on dresses and wearing the same thing two, (sometimes three don’t judge) days in a row, and the last thing I’ve wanted to do recently is sit down and write a blog post. i think most people’s mentality in the UK is as soon it’s sunny to literally spend every moment they can in the sun, or at least I’ m like that anyway, I’ve been putting various things off this week to sit on the beach instead. Got to make the most of it! I’m also feeling a little meh, like, what can I talk about on here, inspiration has not hit me this week to be honest, I’ll partly blame the heat for that. but yeah, I’ve just felt a complete and total lack of motivation. It’s hard, especially when I alternate between running a shop and this, to constantly come up with new and exciting ideas, most of the time when I get home from work I’m so exhausted I just want to lay on the floor.

My indecisive nature is at an all time high, and I’ll be honest, I’ve not really done anything of note these past few weeks, apart from enjoy the weather. But one thing that’s not failed me so far is dresses. While I’ve mostly been living in effortless breezy maxi’s, I do love a shorter length, not too short as I’m not a massive fan of my knees through. This Joanie dress is one of my favourite colours, and I love the tortoiseshell buttons. It doesn’t need too much accessorising as the colour speaks for itself, plus it’s on sale now too. I bought these ASOS suede clogs years ago, I also have them in black too and they’ve never let me down, I always get so many compliments on them.

Dress: c/o Joanie

Clogs: ASOS

Photography: Beth Alstone

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So I’ve been to Amsterdam a few times now, and this is the first time I’ve been in this glorious sunny weather! So I thought I’d put together a very mini guide of my favourite places in this pretty canal city. We went Sunday-Tuesday this time, short but sweet as we were in Amsterdam for the Jack White gig on Monday, (which was amazing btw) but we still packed a lot in and it was a lot easier as we knew where we wanted to go now, so this might be helpful for anyone going the first time or if you want new places to visit there.

Where to Stay: De Pijp

So, De Pijp is pronounced ‘De Pipe’ and it’s the Latin Quarter of Amsterdam. It’s beautiful and full of live. We actually stayed in by accident the first time around as it was the only place we could get an air bnb (don’t leave booking accommodation until the last minute it sells out fast btw)

This time we stayed in Nine-T-Teen b&b in De Pjip, the loveliest little B&B. The room was simple but lovely and the reception/cafe reminded me of an old farmhouse it was full of wooden furniture and antique rugs.

I absolutely love it round here, it’s so bohemian and the area is full of trendy bars, restaurants and cute boutique shops as well as some great vintage shops too, and close enough to walk everywhere or into the city centre as well.

WHERE TO EAT: CT COFFEE AND COCONUTS

Omg so this place is actually amazing, I’ve been here about four times now and it is SO DELICIOUS every single time. If I could eat breakfast at one place for the rest of my life this would be it. I’ve even tried to recreate their green coconut bowl for my breakfast at home.

It’s a former cinema from the 1920s converted into a beachy style cafe that serves the most incredible food and drink, there’s plants and macrame everywhere, it’s so well decorated.

I recommend the green coconut bowl or the kale and poached eggs with a cool coconut coffee, you can even get a drink in a coconut too, and they do a lunch/evening menu, oh and COCKTAILS.

I also really wanted to try The Avocado Show which is round the corner, you can’t book for it and it always had such a long wait every time we tried so we ran out of time, but it looks amazing (and very imstagrammable haha) NEXT TIME.

WHERE TO SHOP: VINTAGE (SHOPS AND MARKETS)

My favourite vintage shops in Amsterdam are Marbles Vintage and Penny Lane Vintage, both in De Pijp and really well priced and they have a few around the city, there’s also the Kilo shops, where everything is priced by weight and the flea markets are incredible in Amsterdam for vintage clothing. Another favourite is 1953 Retro and Chic, I picked up an indian gauze for 30 euros last time I was there.

Waterlooplein flea market is the oldest flea market in Amsterdam, it’s on almost daily and it was very easy to walk to from De Pijp, and there are lots of vintage shops close to this one, including the Kilo and a Marbles.

My favourite flea market though is Noordermarkt (on every Monday) it was a short taxi away from de Pjip but I’ve found some incredible things there, it’s well worth a visit. The Bloememarkt is also worth a visit, again on daily. DePijp is also full of boutique style shops too, so it’s a great place to have a wander around.

Seriously, the way they decorate the shops is incredible, I loved the way they incorporated the clothes, plants and homeware.

WHERE TO DRINK: GOLLEM, BAR MASH

We found this cute pub on our first visit there, if you’re into beer it has so many to choice from (over 300 in fact) I had a great cherry one, and of course the world cup was on when we went this time so kept my boyfriend happy. Bar Mash was also good, and it’s right in the square where everyone seems to hang out.

What I wore in Amsterdam: Dresses and flat shoes

Like the UK, Amsterdam was in the full throes of a heatwave and I’m so glad I packed light (I also left room in my suitcase as I knew I’d be bringing some vintage back with me) aLL i brought was simple summer dresses and a couple of pairs of sandals, I didn’t even need a jacket, flat comfortable shoes are definitely a must with the amount of walking we did.

 

Other Places of interest: Vondlepark, all the usual tourist attractions, there’s so much to explore! I hope you enjoyed reading this, if you’ve been to any of these places or have any suggestions of places to visit next time, let me know!

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My go-to summer wardrobe consists of light and breezy bohemian midi maxi dresses, cream and white cotton tops and dresses and pretty midi and maxi skirts, I finish off the look with some espadrilles or sandals and add a wicker bag. 

I took this Nobody’s child skirt on holiday and it was such a versatile piece, I wore it with flats and a vintage t-shirt during the day and dressed it up with this Zara ruffle top and espadrilles at night, the perfect outfit for a night on the Spanish town. I’ve posted about the matching top already here, it’s such a versatile two piece!

I’m the worst when it comes to shopping, I’m going to confess now, I’m terrible at it. If I see something I like I literally have to get it right there and then, whether I’ve seen it on instagram or just fancied a day of shopping, which is not a good trait when it comes to investing in pieces that will last the end of the month, let alone for seasons to come let me tell you. I do tend to lean more towards vintage clothing however, and I have the great perk of being able to sell it in my shop if I no longer want it.

The thing I love about going on holiday and essentially ‘living out of a suitcase’ it gives you the perfect capsule wardrobe, and the creativity to put together outfits you’ve not thought of previously. Who else decides to pack something they’ve not worn in two years ‘just in case’ though as it suddenly looks all appealing in the wardrobe? Aside from that, I absolutely loved all my outfits I wore, and I didn’t tire of anything. So, what I’m trying to say is I did have a little wardrobe epiphany when I got back and did a serious purge. If I only have pieces I love in my wardrobe then I have more chance of wearing them, and the less I have the more creative I will be. I don’t need to consume all of the latest trends or impulse buy something I’ll get bored of after a week. And I’m saving for some investment pieces (look at me go).

I love how this particular look translated from Spain to sunny London on Monday when I shot for the first time with Mattand I absolutely love how the images turned out.

Top: Zara (now on sale!), Really like how they styled it on there
Skirt c/o: Nobody’s Child (also on sale!)
Espadrilles c/o: Urban Outfitters, similar here
Wicker Bag: Bohemia Design 

Shot by Matt Miller

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I literally couldn’t think of the word for chevron for ages then, it’s definitely not ‘zig zag’ as this really clever and witty and thoughtful blog title likes to think. I swear there’s something wrong with my brain sometimes, it always appears to stop working when I really need it, especially around the time when I have to introduce people, everyones names just literally fall out of my head, it’s so embarrassing, even people I’ve known for years, like why that happens I don’t know, it’s like a total brain freeze. Anyway, completely off topic here, not that there really was a topic to this post, more just a nice rambling one. Mainly to declare my undying love of maxi dresses and especially this pastel rainbow dream one, this is definitely one to cheer you up on any bad day. It’s lovely and floaty and silky and I just love the shape of it and the sleeves, oh and the gold braiding to the front, what a total DREAM of a dress.

Dress: Bl-nk chevron dress via Anthropolgie
Boots: Free People
Bag: Maje

 These were again shot in Lanzarote, in case you’re wondering where this location is in Brighton/London, it’s not! Having just booked flights to Spain and Italy for next month, I’m itching to bring this dress out to play again, because lets face it the weather is still *just not quite there* yet, and I’m also itching to drag my summer clothes out of retirement from under my bed. What will be in the boxes? what will I have forgotten about? (my memory is honestly terrible, I couldn’t even tell you what I did last Monday). I’ve also got a wish list a mile long of everything I want to buy for my summer wardrobe, (mainly cute maxi dresses) and also slip on sandals as I realised when on holiday in Lanzarote I seem to have absolutely none of.

Honestly I feel like my head is going to explode from all the inspiration I’ve being seeing recently on instagram and pinterest that I might just have to go lie down in dark room to recover. But I’m absolutely loving feeling inspired again and feeling more positive than I have in a long time. YAY to that.
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Jumper: Free People
Flares: Free People
Kayla Cap: Brixton*
Cavalier Boots: Matisse
Photography: Kaye Ford

I mean, hello dream kitchen! If you’ve not visited Bobby Fitzpatrick in west London then I suggest you should immediately, if not sooner, as it is literally a 70s dream come true. Everything about it is amazing, the attention to detail is incredible, and I can’t wait to shared more from this shoot with you.
I went for the first time to shoot with Kaye and basically just wanted to move in. It’s such a shame that there is no where like this in Brighton. It’s given me a few ideas let me tell you! And what a complimentary outfit to wear in the ‘kitchen’ area, mustard is my absolutely favourite colour, and it’s perfect for banishing those January blues.
I’ve been recently desperate to do something different with my hair. I don’t know if it’s the January blues/boredom kicking in, but unless I cut it all off (NEVER not after growing it this long) I am itching for a change, and from someone who has super straight hair and hates wearing her hair up, curling my hair has been a great alternative recently, I LOVE the way it looks. I was always desperate to have curly hair as a kid, I would sleep religiously in rags or those foam curlers, or good old fashioned braids, but after a few hours of waking up my hair would just be completely straight again, much to my despair. 
So when I found curling wands it was a dream come true. Although now  I am desperate to upgrade and get a better curling wand, I’ve been so overwhelmed by the amount of choice out there, seriously who knew how many they were! So if anyone has any suggestions for a great wand, please let me know.

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