It’s summer, and if your anything like me you prefer to spend more time basking and less time prepping! Thats why this vintage do is perfect for the lazy person and involves a clip and a simple ribbon of your choice.

Back comb the roots of fringe slightly and curl around with clip. Then loosely tie to one side with ribbon or even a higher ponytail at the back- ouila!

I wish there was a longer description but its so easy to do there isn’t!

P.S This dress is from (would you believe it) Topshop? Love the cute little flowers on it and embroidery detail, I always find high street shops that have a boutique section (which is where this is from) can have some very high quality vintage style pieces… at just the right price!

 

 

 

 

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The summer is in full swing! And in England we are trying our best to get very sunny and bright. Last week we had a rather delicious heat wave (which was just so LA in temperature!) and so I felt it quite apt that I review my favourite swimming costume of the summer, by the one and only Pinup Girl brand in LA.

I love the silhouettes of the 1950s, the allure of curves that they so openly celebrated and I’m glad to see this has come back. So sit back, grab an iced coffee and enjoy my review of the perfect pinup swimwear…

THE MATERIAL

Pinup Girl uses double layering in their material so it is fully lined with extra ruching around the bust, waist and hips. This hugs the curves in all the right places whilst the halter strap is made of thick sturdy material for ladies who have bigger busts.

THE STYLE

I love how it has a little skirtesque style to it, which gives a curve look. It also means you can eat and not have to hold your stomach in which is very flattering (also good as when I was in LA I was eating a bit more food than I normally do- naughty I know but I couldn’t resist those diners!)

The top also has a bandeau style to it which is very sporting of the 1950’s swimwear. I like that Pinup Girl have emulated the classic Hollywood glamour of days gone by and with the ruching, halterneck and curve style it fits well.

THE COMFORT FACTOR

I actually wore this swimsuit a lot in LA! I lounged on the beach with frappucinos and even went dog walking in it. It was super comfy and I felt like it was not too tight in any areas but still figure hugging at the same time. You can tighten the straps also depending on the look you want to achieve.

THE USES

O.k so apart from the obvious, this swimsuit can be used in various ways instead of just swimming. I wore mine with a pencil skirt and heels on a night out, with a white shirt tied up for breakfast on the beach in Malibu and also for lounging by hotel pool sides (there are so many around town, the Peninsula and Beverly Hills are my favourite).

I hope you enjoy these photos of by gone days and 50’s swimwear- have a beautiful summer where ever you are xxx

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Photos by Brian Anderson at his home in Malibu (it was beautiful there!)

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There is nothing better in life than visiting the one and only Fortnum and Mason (very tempting to say Fortnum’s and Mason’s but apparently that’s not the correct way as I was informed!)

There’s something about entering the doors with the two suited footmen holding candlesticks, the array of freshly made confectionary and the rows upon rows of deliciously boxed champagne.

I love to visit the Icecream Parlour for a vegan milkshake (it’s so good – you must try the salted caramel) and then wondering around looking at the face creams and tea cups sends me into heaven.

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Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason met in 1705 when Mr Fortnum rented a room in his house. William Fortnum who was quite the entrepreneur and even had a stint as a footman for Queen Anne, had the ingenious idea for selling Queen Anne’s half used candle wax, at a profit, which then paved the way for the beginning of a respectable business. The rest, as they say, is grocery.

In 1738 with all the travellers heading west and their shop established in Duke Street they decided to capatilise on the food surge. Coming up with numerous ideas, Mr Fortnum & his staff developed the smart idea of wrapping a hard-boiled egg in sausage meat and coating it in fried breadcrumbs, the world’s first Scotch Egg. Tasty, filling and portable, it proved to be just as popular then as it is today.

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After this Fortnum and Mason fully developed their grocery side with fresh meats, fish, vegetables, sauces, cheese, bakery goods and a manner of other unique foods all with the high quality stamp of approval from her majesty the queen.

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Below are a couple of photos and video from my last visit, wearing a 40’s style tie front top from Zara – I fully recommend Fortnum and Mason for a day or evening of indulgence and relaxation.

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It’s that time of year where the flowers are at their most beautiful. In England we get so much rain that when its sunny and dry, it’s time to make the most of it, in every way possible!

Below is a beautiful rose garden I found in a chapel whilst I was having a wander around, aptly named The Cloister part of St Johns Square Chapel and St Johns museum.

I instantly felt so relaxed in the tranquil surroundings which can be hard to find in London, I also feel with our stop-start weather that the new blue Fifi Chachnil cardigan is the perfect attire to wear in this weather!

Teamed with some LA sunglasses (I think I actually bought them from Forever 21 but they do a fab job of pretending to be designer!) and I’m happy as can be in my rose garden.

Where is your favourite place to relax this summer? I would love to know xxx


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It’s not often you see a natural meadow these days but when you do it is a sight to behold. This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit my mummy in the Wiltshire countryside (and my daddy too!) so I made the most of it with long walks, fresh farm food and a lovely visit to Frome, a sleepy but very artistic town full of vintage stores and exquisite items!

My mum explained that the town has many hand-crafted stores, and I simply couldn’t get enough (I posted some videos on my Instagram of the beauties!) and we spent hours pottering around and eating locally sourced salads and tea. There is nothing like spending good quality time with your family and appreciating the small pleasures in life, being in London can be so busy so walking through the locks and meadows is very tranquil and calming.

When I found the meadow of buttercups I couldn’t resist taking some photos, wearing Topshop pink check trousers and Fifi Chachnil angora cardigan (my favourite!)

I would love to hear what your plans for relaxing are now the nights are getting longer, lighter and brighter, A xxx

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