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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RAINBOW FASHION (IS NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN)

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Rainbow fashion for grown-ups

Daisy loves a rainbow, whether it’s splashed on her bedroom wall, in one of her many drawings, or on her clothing, but 2016 is going to be the year that rainbow fashion grew up, and is no longer just for children. Trust me on this, it’s not as scary as it sounds!

It’s also that time of year when we could all do with a splash of colour in our lives. Summer feels like a lifetime away and this winter has been pretty grey and grim so far. Shoes and accessories are the perfect (and safest) way to embrace the rainbow trend. A rainbow clutch with an LBD or multi-coloured shoes with a pair of girlfriend jeans  (which will take you through to summer) – gorgeous!

Anya Hindmarch, famous for her love of gimmicky bags, has gone all-out with rainbows for 2016. I particularly love her leather rainbow bag stickers, you can completely transform a bag, clutch, wallet, or even a diary. They adhere properly and don’t come off.

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  1. Anya Hindmarch Rainbow Leather Shoulder Bag, £695
  2. Red Valentino Cady Mini Dress, £570
  3. Mary Katrantzou Rainbow Striped Clutch, £390
  4. Anya Hindmarch Small Rainbow Sticker, £45
  5. Anya Hindmarch Small Heart Rainbow Sticker, £45
  6. Anya Hindmarch Small Star Rainbow Sticker, £45
  7. Miu Miu Glittered Sandals, £515
  8. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Rainbow Glitter Clutch, £450
  9. Lanvin Colour Block Suede Sandals, £355

 

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Rainbows for little ones

What I love about rainbows on children’s clothing, is that they are not too girly (they look great on boys’ clothes too), and they’re fun. Over the years Daisy has had various tops and dresses with splashes of rainbows and she’s loved them.

This winter we have particularly loved Jools Oliver’s Little Bird range for Mothercare, with retro sweatshirts and denim skirts with rainbow logos. Daisy has worn them to death, and they were so cheap too. The range goes up to age 8, so we have another year in which to enjoy it. Mini Boden do colour so well, and they have plenty of rainbows going on in their new spring collection. Daisy is dying for the skirt pictured below. Worn with a stripy top and a pair of cosy tights, she’ll brighten up the greyest of days…

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  1. Rainbow Shoe Laces, £2.59
  2. Mini Boden Fun Jumper, from £29.50
  3. Toby Tiger T-Shirt Dress, £23.99
  4. Little Bird by Jools Rainbow T-Shirt, from £6
  5. Mini Boden Rainbow Skirt, from £29.50
  6. Claire’s Rainbow Hair Bobbles (pack of 10), £2
  7. Mini Boden Retro Jersey Dress, from £24.50

GOODBYE SUMMER

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This is my last post of the summer: Goodbye Summer! I feel as though I have spent the majority of this summer, waiting for it to begin, but from what I hear, it is now well and truly over. I am lucky enough to be in the South of France, a couple of weeks snatched at very end of the school holidays. We’ve had mixed weather, but on the whole it’s been pretty glorious (sorry!).

So, in tribute of lost balmy days, the feel of the sun on your skin (a few days in July if I remember rightly), and long summer evenings, I am posting a selection of pictures of my pompom baskets on their French travels, along with some of the dresses that I have blogged about over the last few months.

Enjoy, and here’s to summer 2016!

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LOGO T-SHIRTS FOR MINIS

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As a general rule, I loathe logo T-shirts. They’re brash and in-your-face. I don’t want Daisy to be have Elsa or Cinderella plastered across her front. There’s just one problem, Daisy loves them. With a passion.

I discovered this to my detriment when a friend of mine gave Daisy a pair of My Little Pony tops from H&M for her birthday. Admittedly, she gave me some warning with a text on the day. “Daisy will love her present, you will hate it”. She was right. I had no idea that Daisy was going to wear those tops every day that she possibly could. For months and months.

Various thoughts have gone through my head. Should I hide them, keep them in the laundry or even throw them away? But I am not a mean mother, and I couldn’t do any of them. So I shut up and put up.

Anyway, the good news is that their life span is coming to an end. They have holes in the sleeves and are starting to get a little on the small side. I can finally breathe a sigh of relief (until the next birthday). I have even gone as far as to replace, yes replace, them with, what I consider to be a ‘cool’ version. Next do a washed out, retro My Little Pony T-shirt, which I actually don’t mind at all.

Which brings me to my next point. Some logo T-shirts can be cool. If they’re retro or vintage-looking, they work for me. Daisy has a striped Mini Boden T-shirt with a rainbow splashed across it, which sadly they no longer do, and we both love it. I’ve also just ordered her a Little Bird by Jools, Jools Oliver’s range for Mothercare, 70s-style rainbow long-sleeved top which will be great with jeans in the winter.

Now all I have to do is get Daisy out of leggings and into jeans…

 

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1. Next My Little Pony Soft Washed Tee, from £12

2. Novelty-Characters My Little Pony Mint Green T-Shirt, £10.90

3. Fruugo Rolling Stones T-Shirt, £9.99

4. Little Bird by Jools Rainbow Raglan T-Shirt, from £7

5. Disney Couture Mickey Mouse Top, £7.50

6. Little Bird by Jools Rainbow Shooting Star T-Shirt, from £6

MY VERSION OF THE MUZUNGU SISTERS BASKET

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I have lusted after these baskets (pictured above) all summer, but they are usually out of stock and also way above my budget (£270), so I thought I would create my own version of the Muzungu Sisters basket. It involved several evenings sitting making pompoms and tassels round the kitchen table but I can think of worse ways to spend my time.

I found the plain palm leaf shopping baskets online for £12.99 and £4.99 (I decided to do a mini one for Daisy too) and bought most of the wool on eBay. The rest of the trimmings I picked up at my local haberdashery store. Other essential items included craft glue and a darning needle.  I also bought proper pompom makers on Amazon as I struggled to make them tight enough using a cardboard ring. I cannot recommend them highly enough. The whole lot came to approx £40.

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I drew a plan of what I wanted and began by gluing my pompom trim along the top of each basket. I then glued on the mirrors and threaded the pompoms through, around each mirror, using the darning needed,  tying the loose threads to each other inside the basket to keep the pompoms secure.

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I found some gold sew-on decorations (the kind of packets you buy for children’s crafts) and threaded those on with matching gold thread, again tying the ends of the thread together inside the basket.

Obvioiusly, while I wanted my baskets to feel like a Muzungu Sisters basket, I didn’t want them to be a complete imitation, so I made some tassels (You Tube is brilliant for this), and threaded them around the basket handles.

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So there are my pompom and tassel baskets, all ready for our holiday in the South of France next week, where I’m sure they’ll feel quite a home. Look out for them on my Instagram!

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