I’ve not posted a dress for a couple of days, as I’ve had a very busy week including going to two Olympic events!

Todays dress is from Natasha Bailie. Natasha is well-known for selling the very best 1950s vintage dresses and although pricey the dresses on her website are perfect examples of classic 1950s style. She has also recently brought out her own fabulous range of reproduction vintage dresses. I love this classic dress in a rose print which comes in two gorgeous colours. It’s not cheap at all at £95 but I think its a perfect addition to any wardrobe as it could be worn and loved year after year as this type of dress never loses it’s style.

The dress does require a net petticoat to achieve the full 1950s circle look.

You can buy the lilac here

And the blue here

What I am loving most about the Olympics is how good it has been for my 6 year old daughter. For girls these days there aren’t enough positive female role models. Girls are surrounded by images of Barbie dolls and pop stars. I don’t think this is a bad thing but I think it doesn’t always give a realistic impression of what women can achieve. Sports women like Rebecca Adlington, Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Ennis are all beautiful healthy and successful. This is something that girls should aspire to.

Not everyone can be an olympian of course, this isn’t the point. The slogan ‘Inspire a Generation’ is about encouraging British children to get involved and take part in sports. My daughter has always taken part in sports as a hobby she’s done classes including cheerleading, gymnastics, dancing and swimming but until watching the olympics she has never really aspired to be successful at any of them. Seeing women achieving something through sport has been inspirational for her and she is so keen to try as many sports as she can!

I would love us to get to a point where magazines aimed at the tween generation feature more sportswomen and fewer pop stars and actresses. Of course it’s not just down to the media, parents and schools should use this opportunity to encourage the next generation to take advantage of local activities and take part in more sports. There is so much out there available to our children and we really need to get our kids outside running around and having fun with sport.

Today’s dress of the day is from George and costs £16. The dress is really 1960s inspired and comes in two amazing retro prints. I especially love the cute collar detail.
These would look fab with tights and boots in the autumn.

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They can be bought online here and here

Yesterday my little girl and I went on a little spontanious trip to Brighton and stayed over night in the lovely Umi hotel. It really was like a little mini holiday and we really made the most of our time there. I have been going to Brighton alot lately, it a mixture of my love of the British seaside, history and independant shops. Brighton really does have it all. I’m beginning to wonder if I could ever actually move there, or whether it would lose it’s appeal after a while. I am a Londoner at heart but over the last few years I have moved further and further out in order to be able to afford a house. Hmmm lots to think about!

Back to our little trip! We took the train to Brighton which only takes 35 minutes from East Croydon so we got there super quick. We arrived late afternoon with just enough time to have a bite to eat and spend the evening riding the old fashioned rides on the beach and pier. We spent the evning in the hotel watching the Olympics and took a late night stroll on the beach.

Today we were up early and started the day with a trip to the Sealife Centre. I love the Sealife centre in Brighton as it was built in 1887 and features a beautiful Victorian aquarium with so many facinating things to see. We saw the giant turtles being fed which was great fun.

After that we walked round to my very favourite place, the Royal Pavillion where we listened to the excelent childrens audio guide as we walked round. It’s the first time I’ve been here with my daughter and it was so nice to share such a beautiful historic place with her. She loved all the gold details and the dragons that decorate every corner.

After the pavillion we had a little wander and a lunch in Pizza Express. I’m not really sure why I go there, the food may be good but you end up waiting for service for so long that you lose the will to live! Little one didn’t seem to mind though and we were there so long it was nice to have a chat.

After lunch we had another go on some of the rides, which are great fun but very expensive! Be warned a day out in Brighton is not cheap! We had a little run around on the beach and chased the waves which was so much fun.

Then we went on the Brighton sightseeing tour bus, this was a great way to really explore the city and take in lots of things I hadn’t seen before. The trip was 50 minutes long and was full of fascinating facts.

After the tour we had just enough time to go back to the Sealife Centre for a ride on the glass bottomed boat, this was one of the highlights of our trip and we loved seeing the sharks and turtles in so much detail.

It was then time to drag our tired legs to the station and then home.

I feel so refreshed by our little break and can’t wait to go back.

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Today’s Dress of the Day comes from Dorothy Perkins and costs £39.50. I love vintage style dresses and the peplum cut is a lovely style from the past. Dorothy Perkins’ current collection is full of retro glamour with wiggle dresses, sweetheart necklines and beautiful prints and laces.

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The dress comes in a nude, inky blue and berry with a swallow print and makes a great addition to an autumn wardrobe.

You can buy the nude dress here

And the ink here

And the berry here

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