The weather over the last few days has been absolutely glorious. Sometimes I hate the unpredictable British weather, other times I love the way it goes from one extreme to another. No wonder we never stop talking about the weather. I made the most of the lovely days, by wearing lots of pretty dresses. One of those was this new addition to my wardrobe from Fashion World, which I was recently sent to try. They stock a huge quantity of brands and this particular one is by Simply Be.

This pretty yellow dress comes in the most gorgeous yellow floral print, perfect for this time of year and also perfect for my yellow Instagram theme! I love the vintage feel of the cape detail and neckline, but also quite like the more modern shorter length on this one.

I got the dress in a size 14 and like most dresses I’ve had from Simply Be the sizing was pretty good. The dress comes in sizes 12 – 32, and I definitely think it’s one of those magic dresses that looks good on all shapes and sizes. I also love that the cape details skims over my upper arms, which is so flattering.

I wore the dress with some sandals and a bag which are also from Fashion World. The espadrille style sandals are by Simply Be and I absolutely love them. I have quite wide feet and these are just so comfortable and easy to wear. I’ve pretty much not taken them off at all for the last couple of weeks, as they go with everything.

There were so many different bags on the Fashion World website, but this embroidered saddle bag really caught my eye. I love a cross the body style and the colours in the embroidery go really well with the dress. This is another item that’s going to be really versatile over the summer and will do with so many of my outfits.

I love this outfit, as it’s so simple and easy to throw together, but still looks really lovely. This is why I love the summer so much, all my outfits consist of a dress, sandals and a bag and then I just add jewellery or other accessories if I need to.

Lets hope there is plenty more lovely weather, so I can wear more of my dresses. Which is your favourite season for fashion?

For more pretty dresses, take a look at the Outfits section on the blog. I also share lots of my everyday outfits over on my Instagram.

*This outfit was sent to me for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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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

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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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I’ve got a bit of a thing for yellow at the moment. I like to colour scheme my Instagram just for fun and a few weeks ago I decided to have a little yellow theme for a few days. But a few weeks on it’s kinda stuck and I’m absolutely loving it. I see is it a bit like a daily treasure hunt, I’m always on the look out for a pretty yellow building, flower or door. I’ve also been raiding my wardrobe for lovely yellow additions to my outfits. It’s definitely a colour that makes me feel cheerful, positive and even in the recent awful weather – summery! So when Dolly and Dotty asked if I’d like to review one of their dresses this lovely yellow Anna dress was the obvious choice.

The dress is in a classic simple shape with a simple high cut bodice and full skirt. I love the stripes which add a little interest to an otherwise basic dress. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip. I always prefer side zips as they are far more common on original vintage dresses, I also think they give you a better fit. I do find the zips on Dolly and Dotty dresses a little stiff sometimes, so it can be a bit of a struggle to get them done up, but once I’m in I love them.

I chose a size 14 in this dress and it was just right on me. It’s always worth checking the size guide and reading reviews of dresses before you buy them, just to check that you’re getting the best size for you. I was very happy with the length of the dress as well, it sits on the knee on me. I’m 5’6″ tall and normally wear a size 14 for comparison.

The dress would be perfect as an everyday summer dress, if like me you wear pretty dresses whatever the occasion. I think it would work really well for a special event too. For a normal day I’m pair it with a pair of flat sandals and a cardigan, but for a special occasion I’d wear it more like this with a pair of heels and a statement necklace.

I wore mine with my Miss L Fire shoes, which I absolutely adore, I think they were made to wear with this dress! My necklace is an old one from Coast that I got a few years ago. My bangles are modern bamboo and a very old vintage celluloid bangle.

Do you find yourself focussing on a specific colour? Do you have a colour that makes you feel happy? I love anything bright and colourful and green is my actual favourite colour. But I can see my obsession with sunshine yellow lasting a little bit longer for sure!

For this and the pretty vintage style dresses, check out the Dolly and Dotty website.

*This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review, all opinions are my own. 

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It can be hard incorporating vintage and retro looks into everyday and work outfits. This year I thought it would be fun to create some looks using both vintage and high street clothes. Todays outfit is from Simply Be and was sent to me to feature on the blog. Rather than going for my usual dress option I thought it would be fun to create an outfit with one of their range of skirts. I was inspired by the 70s and think this would be a great option for work or as an everyday smart look.

I chose this pretty grey ruffle skirt, which is made from a lovely smooth jersey material. It is available in sizes 12-26. I love how versatile this is, it could be worn with a nice sweater or a simple white cami in the summer. It’s definitely a great staple that I will be mixing and matching a lot. The skirt has a lovely drape to it and is quite full. I really like that it falls just below the knee.

I paired it with a navy pussy bow blouse. This is another versatile option, available in sizes 10-32. I like the idea of pairing this with my jeans for a casual daytime look, which could be dressed top with heels for the evening. For another work look this would look fabulous with some high waisted trousers.

To complete the retro 70s inspired look, I added an original vintage belt and my Orla Kiely shoes. I’m really looking forward to trying other combinations with both pieces. Adding a vintage accessory can completely change up an outfit and the belt I’ve used was only a couple of pounds in a charity shop.

Fit wise, I went for a size 14 in both items which is my usual size. I found both to come up pretty true to size. The skirt has an elasticated waist, making it quite easy to get a good fit. The blouse has no stretch, but is pretty roomy and easy to get on.

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