GOODBYE…

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You may have noticed that I haven’t posted on The Yellow Dress for a while. I have been very torn as to what to do as I love the blog and love passing on my fashion finds. However, I start a new chapter in my life/career this week, and that is an MA in Curatorial Practice at university. In other words, apart from probably being the oldest student on campus, I will be learning about galleries, museums, exhibitions and archives. However, I will be specialising in fashion, so I am not bowing out of the world of fashion by any means.

I have decided to put The Yellow Dress on hold for now, as I believe it needs time and dedication which I just cannot give it. I will however, be chronicling my way through my life as a fashion curating student on my new blog, Curated Couture, so if that is of interest to you, please take a look and sign up.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years of The Yellow Dress, especially all the people I have met on Instagram as a result. Nothing changes there, simply the name, and I will continue to post my favourite fashion finds and outfits.

So it’s bye for now, and never say never…

 

 

 

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LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY BUYS

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I’m lucky enough to be going away later this week for a month which has prompted some hasty last minute holiday buys. Daisy and I down tools and head to a friend’s house on a remote Greek island where there is nothing but a couple of beaches, a few restaurants and bars, two or three shops and a cafe selling the most delicious baklava and homemade ice cream.

There is NO shopping. Unless you count glow sticks, friendship bracelets and Greek pottery (admittedly after four weeks even this becomes pretty appealing!). So as a result I have to be organised when it comes to my holiday packing and make sure that we take everything we need.

Because our summer hasn’t really felt as though it’s started here in the UK, this holiday has crept up on me all rather too quickly, resulting in some last minute holiday shopping. Obviously this is no bad thing, as the sales are on and I have managed to bag a few bargains. After a visit to Monsoon last weekend, I stocked up on two gorgeous white beach cover-ups and a white linen dress for the evening.

A visit to Primark (which I usually avoid out of principle but just found myself in there), resulted in a pair of beaded Birkenstock-esque flip flops for £8. I also found the most stunning pair of embellished sandals at River Island (see below), but sadly there is not a pair in my size to be found.

If you’re a regular reader of The Yellow Dress, you’ll know that I’m completely obssessed by Mexican dresses. I’m ashamed to say that I have a vintage embroidered dress in most colours, but they’re so easy to wear and the darker shades can be worn in the winter with boots. My latest Mexican love is the embroidered off-the-shoulder dress, preferably vintage.

After a long search however, I struggled to find a nice enough vintage one, but instead came across a brilliant shop, Little Mexico Shop, on ebay (see below). They come in a huge range of colours and the pale pink which I ordered is absolutely gorgeous. Lovely gauzy fabric and well made. It will be perfect for those warm, balmy Greek evenings.

Happy holidays!

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  1. Mes Demoiselles Atoll Floaty Dress, was £156, now £109
  2. Little Mexico Shop Embroidered Mexican Peasant Dress, approx £39
  3. Accessorize Jaipur Embellished Sandals, were £35, now £17.50
  4. Next Shape Enhancing Swimsuit, from £25
  5. River Island Nude Leather Embellished Sandals, £48
  6. Edit 58 Large Moroccan Pom Pom Basket, £35

 

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SUMMER’S DENIM CULOTTES

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I have fallen in love with denim culottes this summer. They are comfortable, easy-to-wear and bang on trend. They are also perfect for this ‘in between’ weather that we’ve been having: warm and sunny one day and pouring with rain the next.

What I love about them is their versatility. I found myself a pair from M&S – more cropped wide trousers – which are sadly now sold out (these Mango Cropped Nicky Jeans, £29.99, are a good alternative)- but I have worn them with peasant tops, pretty blouses, even a cosy knit, as well as flipflops, ballet pumps and Adidas trainers. Whatever you choose to wear with denim culottes, they look great.

They’re not necessarily that obvious in the shops, scour M&S and you’ll be lucky to fine any at all. But I”ve done the work for you, and as well as the ones pictured below, some of my favourites include Boden Eton Crop Wide Leg Trousers, reduced from £69.50 to £52.12 (currently 25% off), ASOS Denim Super Wide Slouch Sally Jean, £40, and M.i.h Jeans washed out Topanga Jean, £225.

I’ll definitely be stocking up on another pair or two to last me through the summer…

 

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  1. M&S Limited Edition Pleated Front Culottes, £35
  2. J Brand Liza Mid-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans, £240
  3. J.Crew Rayner Trouser, £138

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4. Warehouse Soft Culotte, £45

5. Mango Denim Wide Leg Trouser, £35.99

THE LACE BLOUSE

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I love nothing more than a lace blouse. Whimsical and feminine, it looks as great with a black tuxedo as it does a pair of cropped jeans. Delicate lace, crocheted lace, broderie anglaise, it really doesn’t matter, but this summer, the lace blouse is an essential item in your wardrobe.

The good news is that there are plenty to choose from, both high-end and on the high street. I adore the ruffle broderie anglaise Victorian-style blouse by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, being a sucker for a puffed sleeve and it goes up to a generous size 16 which is always a bonus (although the price is positively breathtaking).

However, after what feels like an eternity, Warehouse are back on form, and have several lace blouses to choose from, from Victoriana frills and ruffles to pretty cut-out lace tops. Zara are also on a roll with these pretty blouses below.

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Zara Handmade Embroidered Top, £29.99

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Zara Cutout Top, £25.99

As well as the high street, there are smaller brands and stores that have some of the best lace blouses that are somehow ‘just right’. London-based Iris (also online), have a beautiful classic broderie anglais blouse that really will go with just about everything. Another brand that I have just discovered via Instagram is French concept store, Pretty Wire. They have at least five lace styles to choose from at pretty reasonable prices. I absolutely adore the Lilou cotton broderie anglais blouse, but as it only comes in two sizes, sadly I think it will be too risky. If you’re between a size 8 and 12, I’d say go for it.

Another favourite who I have blogged about before is Self Portrait. Each piece is made of some form of lace and their blouses are just divine. I am also in the process of sending my measurements (waiting for those extra pounds to miraculously disappear before I commit) to Anna Mason, one of my favourite designers who makes to order. The Birdie Blouse with it’s puffed sleeves and long cuffs is my idea of heaven!

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  1. Warehouse Panelled Lace Top, £69

2. Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Ruffled Broderie Anglaise Georgette Blouse, £370

3. Masscob Calma Lace Panel Top, £194

4. Monsoon Marilyn Top, £59

5.  Iris Broderie Anglaise Top, £98

6. Kirei Alice Cutwork Blouse, £140

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  1. Anna Mason Birdie Broderie Anglaise Blouse, from £300

2. Self Portrait Balloon Sleeve Lace Panel Top, £200

3. Self Portrait Contrast Lace Panelled Top, £170

4. Pretty Wire Lily Cotton Broderie Anglaise Blouse, €75

5. Pretty Wire Lilou Cotton Broderie Anglaise Blouse, €75

BATH IN FASHION

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I love living in Bath for numerous reasons (it’s beauty, it’s proximity to London, it’s history), but one of the things I love most about the city, is it’s link to fashion, both historically and current, especially the infamous Fashion Museum and the once yearly, Bath In Fashion.

I will be posting soon about the incredible newly opened exhibition at the Fashion Museum, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects, but today I wanted to concentrate on Bath In Fashion (#BIFLOVES), because there is so much going on and tickets are selling out fast.

Bath In Fashion is a week of fashion talks, workshops, catwalk shows and numerous events going on throughout the city. There was so much to choose from, that I am attending something virtually everyday. Childcare is going to be tricky, and poor Daisy may have to sit at the back with her reading book for the odd one (apologies in advance, Daisy)!

On Monday 18 April, I’m attending Thinking Fashion, with Justine Picardie, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, where she will talk about the magazine as well as her bestselling biography, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. On Tuesday, I’m really excited about Vogue on Valentino (one of my all-time favourite fashion designers), by author and journalist Drusilla Beyfus, who will draw on the Vogue archive and her interview with the designer.

Wednesday is a talk with Barbara Hulanicki, founder of Biba, and Sarah Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Red magazine (and a former Editor of mine many moons ago at Elle Girl). I’ve always loved the history of Biba, where my mother says I spent a lot of time with her as a child during the early 70s!

On Thursday I’m going to be colouring at Anthropologie, where Bath resident and author of the Vogue Colouring Book, Iain R Webb, will be create an in-store, large-scale colouring wall, featuring vintage images from British Vogue. Anybody can grab a pen and get colouring between 2-6pm and it’s free. Daisy should love this!

On Friday it’s the iconic Zandra Rhodes (which is sadly now sold out), and on Sunday I’m going to listen to the ‘King of Vintage’, William Banks-Blaney, who dresses Kate Moss, Rhianna and Victoria Beckham from his Marylebone store, WilliamVintage.

But this is just a taste of what is happening during Bath In Fashion. There are talks with Erdem and Tim Blanks, Nicholas Oakwell and fashion journalist, Hilary Alexander, talks on sustainable fashion, Gianni Versace and Cecil Beaton. There are workshops galore and an incredible opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Fashion Museum.

I really hope to see you there!