Seventies sunset with backlit florals

I called this post Seventies sunset because the pictures reminded me of the posters and stationery (like bookmarks) you used to get when I was a kid – everything in the Seventies was photographed with horses in cornfields with beautiful sunsets… or at least that’s how I remember it ๐Ÿ˜‰ These pictures were taken last week in the evening of what was probably the most glorious day of the year so far.

We so rarely get proper hot days in Blighty – even more rarely in May – so to spend a relaxed day in the sun was just wonderful. However this actual weekend (as I’m writing) is grey and wet – it’s the Diamond Jubilee/bank holiday weekend so of course the weather is depressing. But it’s lovely to look at these pictures and remember the warmth we were having a week ago…!

I didn’t get to wear this skirt much last year when I bought it, it was just never warm enough. I hope I have few more wears out of it this summer as I love the unusual floral pattern and muted colours. And even though I usually pile on the arm candy come the summer, it was just too hot to wear more than a couple of watches and rings with a long gold knotted necklace.

If you’re still on holiday for a couple of days you’re probably British and enjoying a Jubilee weekend, but Happy Monday to everyone, whatever you’re doing!

Tanks: F+F at Tesco, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Wedges: Faith (old), Hat: ASOS similar, Necklace: Unknown similar, Rings: Boots / ASOS, Watches: Debenhams / Debenhams, Nails: Nails Inc Bluebell (free with InStyle magazine) similar


  1. 13 June 2012 / 2:20 am

    Love this! The print of that skirt is so perfect and unique. I also love that you paired the skirt with a blue tank. It complements the skirt so well! Perfect styling!

  2. 11 June 2012 / 5:14 pm

    Such a pretty look. I wish I could find a fedora I looked good in. No luck so far, you look awesome in yours!

  3. 10 June 2012 / 1:18 am

    Love the backlight. Pretty setting for a summer look. Thanks for sharing on Monday Mingle.


  4. 6 June 2012 / 8:04 pm

    Love the fedora and the cobalt top and the layering and the skirt. Ok, pretty much love everything about this outfit. You look beautiful.

  5. 6 June 2012 / 2:17 pm

    I love this and you will think this is weird, but I love the look of your hands. I liked them in one of the last posts too. They look so rich. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 6 June 2012 / 7:38 pm

      Not so weird, sweetie – in my family it's my eldest sister who has the MOST beautiful hands (hand model standard), and they always fascinated me as a kid. I guess I always longed for her lovely hands so tried to look after mine! Thank you for your lovely comment, C xx

  6. 6 June 2012 / 1:23 pm

    So pretty, i'm really feeling the whole seventies vibe of these lovely photos. You look so pretty in a skirt! I long for the sun and warmth to return, i actually turned my heating on last night, not fair ๐Ÿ™
    Catherine, i'm having a giveaway on the blog, would love for you to enter :)xo

    • 6 June 2012 / 7:36 pm

      Oh I refuse to turn on the heating in June, Rachel – even if it snowed I wouldn't!! (Just out of principle/protest! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks hun, glad you like the pics… and I've already entered!! C xx

  7. 6 June 2012 / 12:46 am

    Those pictures are beautiful, I have been watching some of the Jubliee on television looks like a great time.

  8. 5 June 2012 / 3:07 pm

    That is a really stunning floral…love the colour palette and even more so love the giant watercolour look. So pretty!

    <3 Cambria

    Enter my HANDBAG GIVEAWAY!!!

  9. 5 June 2012 / 11:23 am

    Love the colours and the pictures came out perfect! What a great atmosphere!

  10. 5 June 2012 / 6:33 am

    love that necklace!

    hope you stop by my blog as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    Figure of Chic

  11. 5 June 2012 / 1:20 am

    I got excited about the warm weather when I saw your lovely summery ensemble, and then remembered we don't live in the same place ๐Ÿ˜›

    I'm more of a lurker, but I have to tell you it's you who inspired me to get my first green manicure. Love it, so went out and bought both green and blue nail polish for do-it-yourself manis – and to paint a nail on each hand a different color. They won't know what to think at the ol' law firm!

    • 6 June 2012 / 7:29 pm

      I think green is strangely flattering on nails, Lynne – that's so lovely that I inspired you!! I'd love to know what they thought ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  12. 5 June 2012 / 12:14 am

    These photos and lighting are beautiful. So are you. Especially in that first photo…I can imagine a great painter in history seeing your lovely expression and downcast eyes and being moved to paint you.

    • 6 June 2012 / 7:28 pm

      That's one of my top 3 comments ever, Lisa – a truly wonderful and flattering compliment!!!! Thank you SO much xx

  13. 4 June 2012 / 10:35 pm

    I love this skirt…i would wear it alot here in Texas! The hat is a perfect accessory!

  14. 4 June 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Beautiful spring pictures!

  15. 4 June 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Im looking for a summer hat!! Can you believe I only have winter ones…You look so pretty and fresh <3

  16. 4 June 2012 / 6:49 pm

    It's a gorgeous skirt–and I love the rosy glow it has in this photograph.

  17. 4 June 2012 / 6:29 pm

    I like the idea of pairing a colorful outfit with a black and white hat. I just got a black and white panama hat from j. crew and will have to try this.

  18. 4 June 2012 / 4:24 pm

    The sunset backdrop is beautiful…I like your simple but chic outfit…your fabulous accessorizing skills simply add dimension to your outfit. The hat is just perfect.


  19. Gray Skies
    4 June 2012 / 4:18 pm

    Ooh, I love the light in these photos! I think backlit outfit photos at sunset are my favorite ones to look at on any blog.

    And that skirt! I love the print.

  20. 4 June 2012 / 4:08 pm

    What a glorious summer skirt, Catherine! Thanks so much for sharing with Visible Monday, and enjoy the warm days : >

    • 6 June 2012 / 7:21 pm

      Not so warm at the moment, Patti, such is the English summer…! Thanks sweetie and for hosting a great linkup as always x

  21. 4 June 2012 / 3:43 pm

    Preciousness of that outfit. The skirt is great. The combination is spectacular, every day you get over yourself.

  22. 4 June 2012 / 3:31 pm

    I think you're right about the 70's, I remember the horses too! The sunset offers such romantic light, great to have it captured with you in a lovely outfit!

  23. 4 June 2012 / 2:38 pm

    love your unique style. oh and obsessed with that polish color ๐Ÿ˜‰

    follow each other??


  24. 4 June 2012 / 2:00 pm

    These are beautiful pictures. The skirt and tank tops look just as lovely as the weather!

    • 5 June 2012 / 8:21 am

      The weather isn't often like that in the UK, Molly, but when it is the place is beautiful…!! Thanks sweetie xo

  25. 4 June 2012 / 12:59 pm

    I love the soft light … and your skirt.

  26. 4 June 2012 / 8:00 am

    What gorgeous photos Catherine.
    I love that skirt, it's such a unique floral.
    I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend xo

  27. 4 June 2012 / 7:56 am

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, catherine.

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