British Summer Dressing in Spots and Stripes

It’s summer!!!!! After weeks of rain, cold and downright miserable weather, it finally became summer about a week ago in Blighty… at last! So the problem I then have with the office I work in is that it gets incredibly hot when the sun is out and the temperature rises – no air con of course – so I have to be dressed to stay as cool as possible. It’s proper freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer in there; the temperature is so rarely just right.

Anyway enough moaning…! Although I never need an excuse to break out the brights, it’s nice to pile on the jewellery and try a new updo – this time I’ve done my hair in the side plaits and up on top of my head rather than using the fake plaited hairband I wore here. I think it’s my new fave hot weather hairdo; you may be seeing it a lot more, folks πŸ˜‰

Happy, happy Tuesday, hope everyone is well!

Tank: La Redoute, Trousers: Oasis at ASOS also I like these floral ones, Wedges: ASOS similar, Necklace: Mimco at House of Fraser, Bag: Next, Bracelets: Accessorize / Urban Outfitters / ASOS / New Look / H&M, Watches L-R: Debenhams / Debenhams / Debenhams, Rings L-R: H&M / ASOS / H&M / ASOS, Nails: Barry M Bright Purple / Nails Inc Black Taxi, Toenails: Barry M Cyan Blue


  1. 1 June 2012 / 8:29 am

    Catherine, I hereby crown you the queen of mix of prints. Look at those colors and prints…what an eclectic mix. I have to try wear multiple watches like you, not sure if I can look as chic though…haha..


  2. 30 May 2012 / 12:11 pm

    LOVE this! The pattern mixing looks amazing, and your bracelets are so much fun πŸ™‚

    The Other Side of Gray

  3. 30 May 2012 / 5:17 am

    You have such a fun sense of style!
    LOVE your chunnky necklace too

  4. 30 May 2012 / 1:33 am

    Oh gosh, you are so so adorable! I love all the colours, you're like a walking rainbow πŸ˜€ That thunderbolt ring and your bag are my faves πŸ™‚


    PS: I found your blog through a comment you made on someone else's blog and I thought your blog URL was interesting so came to check it out πŸ™‚

  5. 30 May 2012 / 12:07 am

    Gorgeous color. I love the top and pants contrasting patterns. I can't imagine weathering the summer without AC!

    • 30 May 2012 / 9:07 pm

      It doesn't normally get super hot in the UK, Terri, but when it does it's soooo humid πŸ™ Anyway so glad you like the outfit – thank you!! xo

  6. 29 May 2012 / 5:59 pm

    Your office sounds like my house – always either freezing or sweltering, never any in between!

    I really, really love your hair like this, and am thinking I need to try this style out myself. And also find some trousers like these – seriously amazing!

    • 29 May 2012 / 11:22 pm

      Yep it was sweltering in that place again today, Amber! And the plaits would look amazing with your gorgeous red hair… thanks sweetie! xxx

  7. 29 May 2012 / 5:22 pm

    love the outfit, the arm candy, the hair, everything!

  8. 29 May 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Your pants are super cute! Love all the colors in this outfit. And your arm party is a seriously fun party.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  9. 29 May 2012 / 4:57 pm

    This is so darling…love the complimentary patterns, and those pants are just the cat's whiskers!

    <3 Cambria

    Enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

  10. Gray Skies
    29 May 2012 / 4:52 pm

    I'm so glad you finally have nice weather! I love your pattern mixing, but my favorite part of the outfit is that lightning bolt ring. I'm not normally a ring person, but that one reminds me of Harry Potter and so of course now I want it πŸ™‚

    • 29 May 2012 / 10:57 pm

      Thank you Stacey sweetie… the link to the ring is on the outfit details if you wanted to check it out – from ASOS, so the price was quite reasonable! C x

  11. 29 May 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Catherine! I enjoyed reading your 'about me', 'about the blog', 'down memory lane' tabs….I turned 30 last year so I know that feeling! I had anxiety about that for 1.5 years. Oh well, can't stop it! Following now. πŸ˜‰

  12. 29 May 2012 / 1:43 pm

    You look so cool in the heat, lovely Catherine! Such a terrific tote bag too.

  13. 29 May 2012 / 12:44 pm

    Love your hair like that! I wish I had an patience whatsoever with updos. Lovely mix of patterns and colors!

    • 29 May 2012 / 4:36 pm

      I hadn't tried it before, thinking it would be more difficult than it actually was… a lot easier and quicker than I thought!! Thanks Lauren! xx

  14. 29 May 2012 / 12:42 pm

    Your trousers are brilliant and they suit you so well! I don't know how you do it, but every outfit of yours I'd love to wear! πŸ˜€

  15. 29 May 2012 / 12:27 pm

    wooww.. wwooww.. I love your arm party =)

  16. 29 May 2012 / 11:17 am

    What a wonderful clash of patterns and joy, my wonderful Catherine.

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