There needs to be a word for the emotion you feel, when you walk into Cath Kidston and spot yet another dress you just can’t live without! This happens to me way more often than it should! I have a weakness for dresses anyway. They are a hobby and an obsession, as well as just being things to wear. My dresses are a collection and the number of Cath Kidston ones I own is always growing. The latest addition is the truly gorgeous Park View dress.
I first spotted this dress in the Covent Garden store, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford it at the time, but I didn’t forget about it! The dress features some of my favourite places in London, it makes me feel happy and nostalgic. The print is just beautiful. It features sketches of iconic views in the city including St Pauls and Kew Gardens. Along with lovely floral details. The colours are so lovely and bright. I also love the shape of this dress, the V neck is super flattering and the cap leaves are very comfortable.
A couple of weeks ago I spotted the dress in the sale and just had to make it mine. I am so glad I did, as I’ll be enjoying this for years and every time I see it, it puts big smile on my face. I wore it recently for a trip to Ham House, one of my favourite places. I think the beautiful dress and beautiful location worked wonderfully together.
I teamed the dress with my favourite denim jacket. This came from peacocks last year, at the moment I’m wearing it with everything. A denim jacket is perfect for this time of year when the weather isn’t quite warm enough to go without. I also like how a denim jacket makes a pretty dress look a little more casual. Perfect for a chilled out look when I’m out doing stuff with the kids. I added a rather dressy vintage necklace, because I think it goes well with the dress and it’s one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. I also wore my Clarks brogues, which I’m really loving at the moment.
I have a pin on my jacket, to pay homage to my all time favourite Disney film and character. The Beast! I absolutely love him and was so happy when I spotted this pin in Primark recently. It’s part of a set of Beauty and the Beast pins and my lovely mum bought them for me.
I usually don’t spend a lot on clothes, I love finding bargains and wearing vintage pieces, so Cath Kidston dresses are top of my budget, but worth every penny. They last forever, wash well and most of all they are beautiful. The print on this one, is up there with my all time favourite Cath Kidston prints. I wish they had done a few more things in this print as it is absolutely stunning and my favourite London print from CK so far.
The Park View dress is currently reduced from £75 to £55 and is available on the Cath Kidston website.
Earlier this week I visited The National Gallery in London to attend the press view of their new landmark exhibition Monet and Architecture. This incredible exhibition, brings together an amazing selection of works by one of the worlds most iconic artists and I felt hugely lucky to be one of the first people to see it. The Monet and Architecture exhibition takes us on a journey through Claude Monet’s career and shows how his style developed as he grew older, reaching a final crescendo with his beautiful paintings of Venice. All the paintings feature buildings and many differ considerably to the garden scenes that are so familiar to us.
Of course I brought along Matthew my resident art historian (and brother) to help me write about the exhibition. I asked Matthew to write a review of the exhibition and this is what he thought:
For an art historian, Monet is one of those artists that you think you know, and then he always surprises you. His name and his art are world famous. Most people will know he painted beautiful landscapes, that he helped create the Impressionist style – and that he loved water lilies! This exhibition aims to give a new perspective on his art and show that painting buildings, from cottages to cathedrals, was an important part of his work. More than that, it reminded me that Monet truly deserves his great reputation, as I lost myself in the beautiful paintings on display.
This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see paintings you’d normally collect a lot of air miles jetting around the world to see. The paintings have come from everywhere from Los Angeles to Moscow. In fact, more than a quarter of the paintings come from private collections, so unless you know some very rich people, this could be your only chance to ever see them.
As the curators have decided to hang the paintings chronologically, visitors follow Monet through his career, starting in the 1860s when the he was an ambitious artist in his 20s, experimenting with a radical new painting style. Based on working outside, and quickly capturing the scene in front of you with bold brushstrokes, Impressionism was a bold and innovative protest against conventional 19th Century art. Walking through the exhibition you can see Monet learn and develop as an artist: his colours become bolder, his brushstrokes more exciting. Look closely at the paintings and you can see his creativity at work as he conjures scenes from thousands of lively strokes of colour. Then stand back, and you realise he has perfectly captured the atmosphere of a scene of a beach, or a busy Parisian street, or a house perched on a cliff-top.
Monet lived at a time of huge change. Great cities like London and Paris grew into vast industrial metropolises, and Monet captures this. His scene of The Gare St-Lazare in the National Gallery’s own collection, shows Monet engaging with the steel, glass and steam of a great railway station. The railways allowed people to travel further and faster than ever before, and the range of locations of paintings in the exhibition shows this. As a Londoner I love seeing Monet’s views of my home city. He lived there from 1870-71 escaping the Franco-Prussian war in France. He returned to London again several times between 1899 and 1904. By this second visit he was a rich and famous artist, and painted the Thames from his balcony at the Savoy Hotel. Monet was fascinated by the effect of the sunlight through the smoggy air of the city, and captured the bold reds of sunrises and sunsets through the fog.
The exhibition feels like going on holiday with Monet, and seeing the landmarks of the destinations through his eyes. The final room takes us to Venice, where Monet stayed in 1908. Here he presents his unique view of a city famous for its architecture, its light and its reflections. In his paintings of the Grand Canal, he shows the great domed church of The Salute. However, he changes the architecture, ignoring parts of the building to the dome more simple, as it dissolves into the brilliant shimmering light. By now in his late 60s, he was a complete master of his art, and the paintings capture his personal vision of a city already famous as a tourist destination.
When Monet’s Venice paintings were displayed together in 1912 at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, visitors were reminded that no one would ever have a chance to see them assembled together again before they were sold to collectors. Monet painted the same scene over and over, changing his canvases to capture the changes in the light as the time and weather changed. The National Gallery’s curators have got as close as they can to reuniting several of his series of paintings, so that we can see the views changing just as Monet did.
The curators show that considering Monet’s painting of architecture will change the way art historians see his career. However, it is his own constant inventiveness, skill, and the pure pleasure you feel looking at his paintings, that show that just when you think you’ve worked Monet out, he can delight you in ways you never expected.
This exhibition should be very popular, so make sure you book your ticket soon.
In homage to the beautiful art, I wore my Lindy bop Venice Skirt. I might start making a habit of dressing on theme when I go to exhibitions!
I am not an art expert, but I am an art enthusiast so from my point of view I absolutely loved the selection of paintings. I really felt like I learnt a lot from the works themselves as well as the interpretation. We were lucky enough to be shown around by the curators, but there is also an audio guide available, which I would definitely recommend to make the most out of the experience.
Monet is an artist we are all familiar with, but the exhibition made me see his work in a new light and I thoroughly appreciated it. It just felt like such a treat to be able to see more than 75 paintings. The cost of a ticket for Monet and Architecture is around £20, which feels like a lot. But having spent a good few hours immersing myself in the beautiful art, I feel this is worth it.
The Monet and Architecture exhibition runs from 9th April until 28th July 2018
It’s been absolutely ages since I shared a Wishlist on here. But since Spring seems to finally be here and summer is just around the corner, I’m feeling a bit more inspired. I think I’ve ended up doing a green list almost every year since I started blogging. despite my recent obsession with yellow, green is still my favourite colour. I’ve seen a lot of green things that I like already and here are a few highlights…
I love the 1940s feel of this pretty green dress from Phase Eight at House of Fraser. Both the colour and print are so beautiful. I would style this with a pair of seamed stocking and some 40s style sandals for summer events. Its very fresh and pretty and could be dressed up or down. It is the most expensive pice on the list, but I think it would be a great wardrobe investment.
Everyone needs a few good t shirts in their wardrobe, especially during the summer months. This green ribbed t shirt from New Look is similar to quite few that I have and wear a lot. They are perfect for pairing with both skirts and jeans or even under a pair of retro dungarees.
For the ultimate glamorous summer look the Dolores Tropical Bird Jumpsuit, is absolutely gorgeous!I wish I suited jumpsuits as this would make its way straight to my wardrobe!
If you prefer a slightly shorter length, this chiffon dress from New Look is a great choice for summer. It also comes in a maternity version, if you have a little one on the way.
I am completely in love with this beautiful green gingham dress from Joanie Clothing. I’m a big fan of their clothes already and you just can’t go wrong with gingham in the summer. I think this would get a lot of wear and fingers crossed I end up owning this one very soon! This one is currently in the sale, although all the sizes are still available. So snap it pop while you can.
I have spotted quite a few shoes that I want in the new collection from Lulu Hun, which are available on the Collectif website. I had already spotted these gorgeous green shoes at London Edge was eagerly anticipating their arrival online. At only £41 they’re a pretty good price too.
The Ada floral sweater from Joanie Clothing is the perfect spring separate. This would look amazing with a pencil skirt for a smarter look or with a pair of capris for a casual 50s inspired outfit.
Talkling of shorts, I’m loving these pretty floral high waisted shorts from Joanie. I love this style of shorts in the summer, which I wear with simple t shirts or white gypsy tops for a classic relaxed summer outfit. These are currently only £11.20 in the sale.
I haven’t been that inspired by Lindy Bop recently, but I do think this pretty green polka dot dress is very wearable and would make another useful wardrobe staple. This could also be worn all year round.
I absolutely adore broderie Anglaise and have had many white dresses over the years. But it lovely to see a green dress in broderie and I really want this one. This green broderie Anglaise dress is from Yumi at House of Fraser. I have visions of wearing this on warm summer days with a pair of sandals and a big straw hat. So lovely!
Lastly a very cute sausage dog skirt from Cath Kidston. This is just so cute and I love the colour. This is another one that I would dress down for casual summer days.
Which is your favourite piece? Have you seen anything green that you’ve got your eye on at the moment?
Over the years on this blog, I’ve mentioned a few time how partial I am to a seaside print. I love novelty prints in general, but anything g beauty always catches my eye. I think it has a lot to do with how much I love the actual sea. When I was little my grandparents lived not far from the sea and had their own beach hut. As an adult I’m, never happier than on a visit to the British seaside. Last year I visited Margate for the first time as an adult and completely fell in love. It’s such a great place, with lots to do and see. When Laura Ashley released their new Margate seaside print, it was love at first sight. I just had to give something a try.
I chose this lovely skirt, which is going to get so much wear this summer. It’s the perfect dress up or down edition to my wardrobe. I love everything about it, from the lovely cotton fabric and living to the perfect on the knee length. I love that the pattern is subtle and sketchy, while the addition of the blue and coral stripes make the skirt stand out. I’ve gone into a lot more detail about the skirt over on the Laura Ashley Blog, so take a look there for more of my thoughts on the skirt.
Since I couldn’t be at the beach I wore the dress for a day out in Kensington to visit some museums. We quickly stopped by some pretty houses to get some snaps. It’s the perfect skirt for when you want a comfortable casual outfit, but still want to wear something nice. I teamed mine up with a simple t shirt, a denim jacket and my comfy Clarks brogues. The finish the outfit and add a touch of colour I wore it with the Magenta Laura Ashley bag.
This bag is going to get a lot of use this year. I’m absolutely loving bags with bold block colours and in my opinion, pink goes with almost everything!
What are your favourite things about the British seaside? I lover the sea and paddling no matter what the temperature, I love making sandcastles and eating ice cream, I love the crumbling paint and old fashioned signs. I love the seagulls and the nostalgia. At the moment I mostly love sharing it Wirth the kids and making memories with them.
The print is so lovely! Here’s hoping that we have some gorgeous sunny weather soon, so that we can create some new seaside memories. Look out for some snaps of the skirt in margate soon! The gorgeous Margate seaside print not only comes in this gorgeous skirt, but also in a lovely top and dress. If you love the fun seaside theme, I also have my eye on the adorable harbourside t-shirt and yacht slash neck jumper.
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* This skirt was sent to me for the purposes of review, all opinions are my own.
A couple of months ago I shared some of the beauty products that I’ve been using loads and enjoying recently, In my Beauty Favourites – Part One post. I thought it was high time that I do an update, with some new editions to my list of favourites. I’m still using all the products that I included last time and I’ve also revisited some old beauty favourites.
A few weeks ago my skin was feeling a little sad, so I decided to repurchase my old favourites. When I looked on the John Lewis website, I saw that I could get both products in a Liz Earle Essentials Kit with the Gentle Face Exfoliator and the Skin Repair Moisturiser for just £50. I thought this was amazing value, so I sipped up the lot. They have a great selection of different kits for different skincare needs. My face is definitely happier for going back to a brand that I know works well for me. I absolutely adore the exfoliator and moisturiser so have added two new products to my long term favourites.
Another product that I’ve loved for a long time and recently revisited is Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. When my skin is a bit tired I love to use this as a primer under my make-up to give my skin a bit more glow. This is a brilliant all round product thats super handy for lots of skincare needs. I got this sample size with some other Elemis products, but I’m planning to re-purchase the full size when my budget allows.
Another product that I’ve had stashed away for a while, after getting it in a set, is the Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules. I started using these little capsules of joy recently and I absolutely love them. The pink capsules are for use in the morning and the green ones for night. They are great for when your skin needs a little love and not only are they packed with goodness they also smell amazing. These contain essential oils and they do really work on my skin. They are pricey though, so I’m using them sparingly and won’t rebut until I can afford them, or if I see them as part of a set again.
My favourite discovery of this month was The Ordinary. I mentioned that I love their foundation in my last beauty post. I had picked up a few of their skincare products a few months ago, but hadn’t got round to trying them properly. Their products can be a little confusing. I spend an evening reading up on their products and how to use them and in what order. It was so helpful. I’ve picked out two that have literally worked miracles on my skin. I’ve been using a few drops of Hyaluronic Acid each night followed by some Squalane.
Once you’ve got the products figured out, the simplicity of The Ordinary products is so refreshing. The quality that you get for their very low prices is amazing too. I saw instant results with these products and I’m completely hooked on them now. I’ve seen a few more formulas I’d like tom try’s so look out for an update in my next beauty post.
Hands and Nails:
I recently went to a screening on Grease at Soho House to celebrate the films 40s anniversary. O.P.I have also released a range of Grease inspired nail polishes to coincide with the film rerelease into cinemas. As well as nail polish I was gifted this lovely hand cream. The Protective Hand Nail and Cuticle Cream, is one of the best hand creams I’ve used in a while. I am constantly cleaning and washing and my hands really bare the brunt of it. So I’m always on the lookout for good products to give my hands and helping hand. This one is fab.
The nail polish colour I chose was Pink Ladies Rule The School. I chose it because I loved the name and the colour is just gorgeous for Spring. Also I loved the name and how well it goes with the movie, which I’ll be writing more about soon. I think The polish collection comes out in May, so keep a look out as there are a lot of lovely colours.
Bath and Body:
No beauty favourites list from me would be complete without something from Rituals. I have a lot of their bath products as well as a few tubs of their sugar scrubs and body butters. As I’ve been going to the gym a lot recently, I thought it would be nice to treat myself to a few products to use in the showers after working out.
I picked up a gift set with some mini of my favourite products and It’s been a lovely treat to myself. Their foaming shower gels are amazing and I think I’ve got through one of every fragrance! One of my favourite ever Rituals products would have to be the Purifying Body Mud. It is a gorgeous exfoliating mud, which leaves your skin feeling all tingly and very smooth. I use the shower gel and black soup first, before using the mud and finishing with the body butter.
Thats it for now. But I’ll be sure to do another beauty favourites post if I find any other products to recommend. If you’d like more detailed reviews of any of the products mentioned, let me know. Do you have any products you’d like to recomend to me?