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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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!

 

 

WEAR NOW, PAY LATER!

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My current favourite pre-loved designer fashion website, Vestiaire Collective, has come up with the ingenious idea of WEAR NOW, PAY LATER – interest-free credit spread over three months (on purchases over £400). What’s not to love?

What I love about Vestiaire Collective is that it is awash with everyone’s favourite designer labels, from Chloé, Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney to Burberry, Chanel and Gucci. I am just about to buy myself a pair of Miu Miu sunglasses that are £100 off the original price and have never been worn. I had my eye on them at Miu Miu over Christmas, but they were too expensive. My patience has paid off!

There are the more unusual labels too, such as my love-of-the-moment, Vita Kin, and although not generally reduced in price, at least these impossible to get hold of dresses are available and most have hardly been worn. In fact, I will be selling one of my Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin dresses on Vestiaire very soon, so watch this space.

So the idea of wear now, pay later, is rather tempting. Perhaps it’s time to invest in that long-coveted Chanel handbag?

 

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  1. Burberry Cotton Trench Coat, £501.37
  2. Aquazurra Black Patent Flat Ballet Flats, £300.06
  3. Chanel Leather Bag, £2,810.71
  4. Chloé Jeans, £70
  5. Valentino Pink Rockstud Ballet Flats, £448.19
  6. Chloé Susanna Suede Boots, £516.56
  7. Valentino Black Rockstude Heels, £445.03

 

 

WHICH VINTAGE KIMONO?

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The kimono has been steadily edging it’s way up the fashion must-have list since summer 2014, but I am predicting that this summer, the kimono, particularly the vintage kimono, is going to be a ‘thing’. I will be posting more about this in a week or two, but the reason for this post is that I have a dilemma and I need your help.

Since the end of February, I have been on the search for a light coat for spring. I have a trench, but I wanted more of a coat, something lighter than my winter coat, but not as lightweight as my mac. It then occurred to me that a kimono could be a fabulous alternative, and would look great with jeans and flats (or heels) or a simple dress.

The kimono is already seeping onto the high street – Topshop, ASOS, H&M – but I’m a lover of vintage and always prefer something a little more authentic. Of course, I’ve taken it one step further, which tends to be a habit of mine, and have found the most amazing online ‘kimono market’ based in Japan.

I have spent weeks trawling through [literally] thousands of kimonos and have managed to whittle it down to two rather beautiful two vintage ones. The problem is, I can’t decide between them. If you could help me choose, I would be very grateful… either comment below, tweet or send me a message on Facebook. After the weekend, I shall take the plunge and order the vintage kimono with the most votes!

So here goes…

Kimono #1

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Kimono #2

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