Ah, the classic yellow summer dress. My absolute favourite.
Admittedly I do have quite a few yellow dresses, all in different styles and variations: it’s safe to say a yellow dress is the one I’d choose for my desert island bucket list. No question.
I actually bought this dress last year right at the end of the summer sales and sadly never got a chance to wear it – I was worried the same might happen again this year as the summer hasn’t been anywhere near as good as last year. Thankfully – or should I say incredibly – the UK did us proud this August bank holiday weekend where the sunshine was concerned. Normally rain and cold are guaranteed, but we had three glorious days of sun and heat.
It was officially the hottest August bank holiday weekend on record. About time we had a good one!
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As we were having a family BBQ I thought I’d celebrate the sunshine (which had gone down by the time we took these photos) and wear said yellow dress. If you think the style is vaguely familiar you might recognise it as a yellow version of the red/pink ombre dress I wore last year on my birthday. Same style, different colour. When you find a style you love that’s really “you”, ALWAYS get it in another colourway (or three!) if you can. You won’t regret it.
So of course dresses – being the easy-peasy items to style that they are – only require some accessorisation. I went with shades of pink and red (much like I did back in July) as we aaaall know I can’t stop at just one bright colour. The fabulous Swedish Hinza bag (mine is the small version in Tropical Pink, there are loads of colours and a larger size available) is made from recyclable green polyethylene plastic from sugar cane and I bought it from the Eden Project last time I was there.
I may well get myself another couple in other colours and the bigger size; I love the fact that it stands upright, is really sturdy and is still the original design from the 1950s. Top marks to Hinza of Sweden.
And lastly (but not leastly) – the gold locket. This is an incredibly special piece of jewellery as I had it made to order as part of my birthday present from Keith and my parents. It features a beautiful picture of Riley and his name engraved in wood with a heart symbol underneath. As you can probably imagine I cried when I opened it – despite knowing what it was! – but it’s so special and I love wearing it all the time. As cheesy as it sounds I feel like he’s close to my heart which I find so comforting.
I ordered it from notonthehighstreet.com from the Maria Allen Boutique: the service was SO good, she answered all my questions and was very careful to make it exactly as per my instructions. I was looking at vintage lockets on Etsy but it’s so hard to find an old one that still has the discs to hold the photos in place – buying one from an independent retailer was the next best option. I can’t recommend them highly enough if you want anything personalised (not sponsored btw)!
What’s your desert island item of clothing? And have you had any special pieces of jewellery or similar made to commemorate your beloved pets…? Comment below!
Dress: Debenhams (you might like this one, this one or this one)
Heels: Marks & Spencer (I like these – reduced to £10!)
Bag: Hinza (loads of colour choices – also larger sizes – here)
Sunglasses: Oliver Bonas (love these)
Necklaces (set of 2 discs): Asos
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