Over the last couple of years I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the Tu clothing range at Sainsburys. As well as having a great selection of lovely clothing, they have also had plenty of vintage inspired pieces, with lots of styles clearly influenced by the 50, 60s and 70s. I love being able to treat myself to a bargain, while picking up my groceries and every time I pop in there seems to be something new.

One person who understands my love of a good old wardrobe supermarket sweep, is my best friend Fay. We’ve been on several Sainsburys shopping sprees together, which involves lots of clothes shopping and way too much cheese! Last week she sent me a pic of this lovely dress, knowing I would love it, so at the first available opportunity I made it mine.The lovely midi length floral denim dress is so pretty and can be worn on its own or with a top underneath. For this outfit I wanted to go for a 70s vibe and popped a sheer blouse underneath, to keep my arms warm in the not so sunny early spring weather. I teamed it up with some thick black tights and of course my favourite Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes.

The sizing in Tu clothing is always spot on for me. I always go for a size 14 and find it very true to size. Most of their styles fit well on my fuller bust without stretching or gaping. I’ve always been hugely impressed with the quality. For a relatively budget friendly range, you get good quality fabrics and well finished garments which really stand the test of time. They also have lots of items which mix and match really well, I’ve already seen a few tops that would work well under this dress as well as some knitwear for colder days.

The dress is really reasonably priced at just £20 and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it over the next few months. It’s a really handy garment for throwing on for school runs and days out with the kids. Mostly I just love how cute and pretty it is!

The dress is available on the Tu at Sainsburys website.

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Dear London, you are the city I was born in, grew up in and have lived all my life. You are somewhere I go to take pictures, to have coffees and to meet friends. You’re beautiful buildings and wonderful diverse culture keep me here. Sometimes I get sick of you and want to leave, other times I feel immense gratitude to live where I do.

Yesterday was a sad day in my city, one man ruined so many lives with one cruel unthinkable act. The sadness in my heart today, for my city and its inhabitants is immense. I sit here thinking of the people who lost their lives or were injured, just going about their daily lives. The families whose precious loved ones will never be going home. But also the bystanders who will have to live through what they saw, the colegues of the fallen police officer, who must return to work and keep us safe through their loss. All the emergency services who bravely enter situations that I cannot even begin to imagine. That impact is huge.

To think of a place that I have walked many times, only last week in fact when I visited Westminster and took the obligatory photos of the beautiful bridge and the Palace of Westminster. This city is my home and this tragedy feels so real, there is no detaching myself from the horror of what has happened.

But my city and its people will carry on, yes it is scary, yes it is horrible, the world seems a little darker today, but we will carry on. Yesterday I thought about what our city has survived, fire, the blitz, terrorism. I feel huge pride that we will keep going, we will go to work, visit our city and life will go back to normal.

I also feel gratitude that these events are rare, we must still feel safe and we must remember people going through hard ship all over the world, people who are not safe and not protected. So I want to thank the hardworking people who keep us out of danger, who run into horrible situations and protect us. Our emergency services showed us yet again how lucky we are to have them.

I don’t know what else to say, other than that I am proud to be a Londoner more today than ever.

Green is my absolute favourite colour, but when it comes to clothes its a colour thats a little lacking in my wardrobe. I’ve chosen some of my favourite green clothes online and put together a wish list of some of my favourites, as well as a few white and cream items to mix and match. I absolutely cannot wait for the warm weather so I can wear more dresses skirts and playsuits. I’ve always been a fan of pairing pretty outfits with a pair of converse for comfort and talking vintage influences and doing something a bit more modern with them.

1.  Broderie Collar Cardigan – £60 – Cath Kidston

2. London Park Dress – £60 – Cath Kidston

3. Broderie Anglaise Top – £45 – Cath Kidston

4. Jayne Playsuit – £50 – Voodoo Vixen

5. Converse Trainers – Office

6. Jumpsuit – Not currently available – Voodoo Vixen

7. Green Floral Knickers – £7 – Cath Kidston

9. Lace Detail Blouse – £60 – Laura Ashley

10. Erstwilder Wischt the Verbose Brooch – £21.75 – Collectif

11. Carly Cardigan – £36 – Collectif

12. Regents Rose Dress – £80 – Cath Kidston

13. Duck Pond Skirt – £35 – Cath Kidston

14. Agatha Green Floral Dress – £47.50 – Voodoo Vixen

15. Lulu Hun Joan Shoes – £38.50 – Collectif

16. Green Leather Card Holder – £14 – Cath Kidston

17. Green Leather Handbag – £90 – Cath Kidston

What’s your favourite colour and do you wear it much?

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I’m feeling a lot of love for Voodoo Vixen at the moment, their last couple of collections have been so fresh and fun and I like the variety on their site. They aren’t producing the same dresses in lots of different colours, but have a nice selection, with a little something for everyone.

The dress in today’s post was an instant favourite for me. It breaks my rules a little as I never wear black, but I was completely drawn to the gorgeous oversized flower print and although this is from their winter range it is also perfect for both spring and summer. The Mabel dress is a classic fit and flare style with lots of lovely details.

The dress is made from a silky polyester with a slight stretch to it, which makes it sit really nicely on the body. The gathered detail at the waist adds a little extra details and gives the dress a slightly empire feel, while still being quite a classic 50s shape. While the ruffles cap sleeves have more of a 70s look. Whatever era you’re going for the dress is super flattering and comfortable to wear. 

I was really happy with the length of the dress, which sits perfectly on the knee with me, as I’ve mentioned in other dress reviews I like my skirts to be on or below the knee as its more vintage appropriate and on me, looks a lot better.

As I mentioned in my last Voodoo Vixen review, I find most of their dresses come up a little on the large side and where I’ve gone for an XL in the past I’ve sized down and gone for a L. I’m so glad I did as this sits perfectly on me and I think the larger size would be a bit too loose.

I’ve worn the dress with a flower crown and Hotter Donna shoes. The fun florals and lighter coloured shoes are perfect for transitioning the dress from winter to spring. I also think it would look great with red jewellery and accessories to bring out the darker flowers in the dress.

As well as this gorgeous dress and the Gabriela dress that I featured last week, there are also a lot of new arrivals on the Voodoo Vixen website at the moment, which I can’t wait to try.

*Thank you to Voodoo Vixen for sending me this dress for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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Last week my little space on the internet turned 5! So much has happened in those 5 exciting years. When I started writing my blog I had just turned 26 and had a nearly 1 year old baby and a 6 year old, I was still running my vintage business and was super busy. It was a place I could go to have a bit of a break, to talk about my love of books, history and fashion and even though I had very few readers, I absolutely loved it and still do.

Blogging has given me some absolutely amazing opportunities and introduced me to some wonderful new friends, it has allowed me to fit a bit of creativity in my busy life and there really is nothing better than settling down with a cup of tea and just writing.

The biggest highlight of the last 5 years, has to be winning a Cosmopolitan Blog Award for best use of photography in a blog. When I entered, I didn’t think I would even make it to the shortlist and to actually win the award was one of the proudest moments of my life and I’m still so grateful to all of my readers who helped me get there. Every time I see my award I feel all warm and fuzzy and want to give you all a hug!

The blog has given me the confidence to wear the clothes I love and to be so much more confident in myself. Every single lovely comment means the world to me, my readers really are awesome. In 5 years I am lucky enough to have never received any negativity, which in this day and age is such a huge blessing.

Blogging has also given me the opportunity to write for other people, including my food column in Vintage Life magazine. When I was little I always wanted to write for a magazine and seeing my work in print, never loses its thrill for me. You can see some of my other writing work here.

Of course there are times when I want to throw in the towel, when I get writers block, or feel like I’m not good enough at what I do. At times like these I remember that I started this for me and that if I need a break, then I’ll take one.

Looking to the future, I have so many ideas that I want to see come into fruition this year. I have been working behind the scenes for the last couple of years on a very exciting project and I’m hoping this will be the year it all comes together. I also have a stack of posts I need to finish, a wardrobe full of outfits I want to share and a lot of books, days out and recipes that I need to write about. So here’s to another year of doing a job that I really really love.