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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THE MEXICAN PEASANT DRESS

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Today’s post is about one of my favourite dresses, the traditional embroidered Mexican peasant dress. I also need to point out however, that poor Daisy had chicken pox last week, which is why she’s looking spotty in the picture above.

Because Daisy was off school all week, and the sun just happened to be shining (she chose well to have chicken pox last week), we had been out and about in the fresh air making the most of the warm days. It was Daisy’s idea that we should both wear our Mexican peasant dresses with gold sandals, on our picnic in the park, which makes a change as I struggle often to get her to wear anything but her My Little Pony T-shirt (note, I didn’t buy it but don’t have the heart to throw away) and leggings.

I bought my first of my Mexican dresses (below left) last summer from Elizabeth Palmer, who at the time was on Etsy. I love it, and have already worn it to death over the last few weeks, including a day at the beach yesterday. All her dresses are hand-embroidered and the quality is fantastic. She has a new website, which is slightly confusing, but if you message her through her Facebook page with any queries, she’s very helpful.

Another favourite, but for vintage (mainly 70s) dresses, particularly the heavily embroidered Oaxacan dresses (below right), is Vdingy, another Etsy favourite. Although based in Los Angeles, postage is reasonable, fast and reliable. It’s also worth checking back regularly as new stock is added all the time. My yellow Oaxacan dress is my favourite for this summer, although whilst researching for this blog post, a beautiful white dress with purple embroidery found it’s way into my shopping basket. I’m sure it will be making an appearance on Instagram soon after its arrival.

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Over the weekend, again while researching for this blog post, I found two more fabulous Mexican dress boutiques which are definitely worth checking out, in addition to the ones below. The first is the Mexican Clothing Co, which has a huge range of embroidered dresses for both grown ups and little ones, in a wonderful range of colour combinations and patterns. They are also very reasonably priced. The second is The Little Tienda, who again, has a huge selection of colours and patterns.

So with my vintage Mexican Oaxacan dress winging it’s way across the Atlantic, I’m also really tempted to invest in a couple more for the summer. Apart from the fact that they’re so easy to throw on and comfortable to wear, they are so unusual and I have never been asked by so many people where my dresses are from.

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 1. Pure Love Mex Mexican Embroidered Dress, £46.23

2. Vdingy Vintage Hand Embroidered Mexican Dress, £43.55

3. Vdingy Vintage Hand Embroidered Mexican Dress, £32.16

4. Vdingy Vintage Oaxacan Hand Embroidered Maxi Dress, £83.75

5. Vdingy Mexican Hand Embroidered Dress, £36.85

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1. Xicana Store Girl’s Mexican Embroidered Dress, £26.90

2. Elizabeth Palmer Palomita Mexican Handmade Embroidered Girl’s Dress, approx £30

3, 4 and 5. Xicana Store Girl’s Mexian Embroidered Dress, £26.90