A couple of months ago, I visited the Peacocks AW17 press day and I was blown away by how lovely all their stock was. I’ll be writing about that a little later in the year, but it did get me looking at their summer offering. At the moment I’m still really liking 70s influences and loving long flowing dresses and floral prints. I was kindly sent a few things from Peacocks to try and the first is this gorgeous orange maxi dress.

Retro 1970s Inspired Orange Maxi Dress from Peacocks. High Street.I’m a big fan of bright colours and this dress really stood out to me. I really liked the shape of the dress with it’s faux button down front and relaxed off the shoulder neckline. The dress actually fastens with a concealed zip at the back.

Retro 1970s Inspired Orange Maxi Dress from Peacocks. High Street.This was the perfect outfit for a morning walk in Richmond Park, with Rob and Lila. The dress is really comfortable to wear and the slit at the front makes it easy to walk and move around in. We actually met up with some friends afterwards for a game of football with the kids. I ran around for half an hour comfortably in it!

Retro 1970s Inspired Orange Maxi Dress from Peacocks. High Street.The dress is made from Polyester and is machine washable. I went for my usual size 14, which was perfect for me. Length wise I’m 5’6″ and the length was pretty good too.

Retro 1970s Inspired Orange Maxi Dress from Peacocks. High Street.My maxi dress is paired with a floral hair garland from H&M and a pair of gold Sol sandals from Hotter.

I’m looking forward to sharing some more of my outfits from Peacocks with you, as well as some more 70s inspired looks. I think it’s great to have fun and mix your eras and constantly find new things to wear. It’s also been fun putting a retro look together from a high street shop.

Find my dress on the Peacocks website it’s currently in the sale for just £15!

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Peacocks Vintage Style Dresses

Whenever I see a pretty dress I find it hard to resist. Dresses are definitely my weakness! When I saw a few people of Facebook showing off their lovely new dresses from Peacocks, I had to give them a try for myself. My only problem was not being able to choose which design to go for. At £16 a piece I decided to get a few and try them all to see which I liked best. They are slightly vintage in style, although I would have preferred them to be a little longer, they will be really handy to wear in the summer for everyday. I loved all the bright prints and the lovely colours make me feel really cheerful.

My long suffering husband kindly took some photos for me in the garden, so I could show you what they look like on. With regards to the fit I found they came up a little big around the waist, although they all have ties to tighten them so I didn’t find this to be too much of a problem. I went for my usual size 14 and this was perfect on the bust but a 12 might have been better on the waist.

First up is a lovely leopard print. I’ve always loved animal prints and I paired up with a pair of original 1970s shoes from a charity shop and a gold belt from Beyond Retro. The outfit is perfect for a casual summer evening. Buy the leopard print dress here

Peacocks Leopard Print Prom Dress Review

Next is a pretty girlie bird and leaf print dress. The colour is a little pale for me, but I’ve seen other people wear it with a pretty pink cardigan and it looks lovely. I wore it with a vintage belt and a pair of shoes I bought in Topshop about 10 years ago. Buy the dress here.

Peacocks Bird Print Formal Prom Dress Review

I love the bright royal blue shade of the next dress and the contrasting pink flowers make me feel all summery. The bright colour and lovely light flowing fabric make this one perfect to take on holiday. I wore it with some blue heels from New Look, again these are a few years old. Buy the blue dress here

Peacocks Blue Floral Formal Prom Dress Review

I mentioned this pink dress in my Pretty in Pink Wishlist, I haven’t got many pink dresses so this will be a welcome addition to my wardrobe. Buy the pretty pink dress here

Peacocks Pink Floral Formal Prom Dress

The last dress is a different style and has a lovely 1940s style print. If it was a little longer it would be perfect for a more authentic vintage look. I’m about 5’6″ so if you’re a little shorter than me it might sit nearer the knee. I really love this dress anyway and can see myself wearing this one the most. My bright orange bra straps are showing in the little cut-out details above the bust so it might be best worn with a nude or strapless bra, but I couldn’t be bothered to change for the photos! Buy the tea dress here

Peacocks 1940s Style Dress Review

Which is your favourite of the 5 dresses?

The glorious sunshine we are experiencing in London today calls for the prettiest most summery dresses. You can’t go wrong with a nice cheerful girlie pink. I’ve been looking for a new pink dress for the summer and these are some of my favourites…

Pretty in Pink Dresses

 

Dash Line Tea Dress – £55 – Love ur Look

Pink Polka Dot Sandy Swing Dress– £29.99 – Lindy Bop

Dolores Pink Hibiscus Doll Dress – £59.99 – Collectif

Pink Floral Prom Dress – £16.00 – Peacocks

Lucy Tropical Toucan Cardigan – £39 – Collectif

Faces 1940s Style Tea Dress – £50 – Love ur Look

Audrey Cocktail Glass Print Dress – £29.99 – Lindy Bop

Which of these lovely pink dresses is your favourite? I’m hoping to buy a couple of them very soon!

Last Monday was the girls last day off school and we decided to make the most of it with a trip to Kew Gardens. We’s wanted to go for ages and hadn’t been since Jess was very little so it was long overdue.

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew were founded in 1840 and house the worlds largest collection of plants as well as many historical buildings and structures many of which are grade 1 and 2 listed. It is also a World Heritage Site. The site has been a Royal residence for  centuries and the first garden construction on the area began in 1299. Kew is absolutely steeped in history, but it is also perfect for a long walk and a big explore.

The girls had an absolutely lovely day looking at everything, having little adventures and a apart from a few complaints of tired legs and achy feet from all the walking we had a really lovely time.

As usual I took absolutely loads of pictures and here are a few of my favourites things to see at Kew…

Kew Gardens Kew PalaceKew Palace has always been one of my favourite buildings and I’ve visited it many times. The building was built in 1631 and is well-known for being the intimate family home of George III and his family later on. The house is closed during the winter months but is still amazing from the outside.

Kew Gardens OrangeryThe Orangery was completed in 1761  and was once used to display plants as well as later being used as a timber museum used to display wood from Britain’s Colonies. It is now used as a restaurant.

Kew Gardens King Williams TempleKing Williams Temple is somewhere I remember exploring as a child, every time I’ve come to Kew as an adult I can remember running around here. The pretty neo classical temple was built in 1837 in memory of William IV her uncle and predecessor to the throne. The temple is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden.

Kew Gardens Treetop WalkwayThe Treetop Walkway is definitely not one for me, I have an absolutely terrible fear of heights which I would one day like to overcome. I do however have the bravest daughter ever who loves tall places, so Jessica went up alone and enjoyed the view above the trees and across Kew Gardens while Lila and I kept our feet firmly on the ground!

Kew Gardens Japanese GatewayThe Japanese Gateway was created for a Japenese exhibition in London in 1910 before being moved to Kew the following year. It is surrounded by a beautiful Japanese style garden and sits perfectly in situ with the Pagaoda.

Kew Gardens PagodaThe Pagoda is one of the most famous structures at Kew. It was completed in 1762, the girls had a fantastic time running around the base of the pagoda which is nearly 50 metres high.

Kew Gardens Queen Charlotte's CottageQueen Charlotte’s Cottage is another Kew highlight for me. I am a huge fan of Georgian history particularly relating to George III and his family. The cottage is quite hidden away in a quiet corner of the garden and is only open to the public in the summer months. The cottage was used as a retreat by Queen Charlotte and her daughters.

Kew Gardens Pine TreesTrees: Kew is absolutely packed with thousands of different types of beautiful trees. It so relaxing walking around and taking in all the beautiful sights. We especially enjoyed looking at the different types of evergreen trees which give a welcome dose of greenery in the winter.

Kew Gardens Redwood TreesRedwood Grove features some beautiful examples of these huge American trees. The Redwoods at Kew were introduced in the 1840s and 60s and give a sense of how big these trees can become. They are known to live for thousands of years and both the tallest and largest trees in the world are both Redwoods.

Kew Gardens PeacockAnother wonderful experience at Kew is George the Peacock, he walked straight over to us with two female peacocks and showed off his wonderful feathers to us. He was so tame and I got so many gorgeous pictures. The girls absolutely loved him and he stayed with us for about 20 minutes.

Kew Gardens Female PeacocksAlthough the female peacocks weren’t quite as pretty as their male counterpart they were still absolutely lovely to look at. The male peacocks feathers look just as lovely when closed as they do opened up.

Kew Gardens Tower and Palm HouseThe area around the lake is a really pretty spot to walk around and is near the main entrance to the garden. There are fantastic views of the palm house and the Temple of Aeolus.

Kew Gardens Statues and ChicksWe spotted some cute goslings walking around the lake, also pictured above is the Museum building and nearby Temple of Bellona.

Palm House Kew EditedThe Palm House is the most iconic building at Kew, the building is absolutely beautiful building which was completed in 1840 it is a beautiful example of Victorian engineering. The giant greenhouse houses thousands of beautiful plants from around the world as well as an aquarium in the basement.

Kew Gardens Bamboo and Trunks Palm House

Kew Gardens Palm House Bananas

Kew Gardens Palm House Floor

Kew Gardens Palm House Roof

Kew Gardens Palm House Staircase

Kew Gardens Palm House Interior

Kew Gardens Giant Leaves

Kew Gardens Palm House Flowers

Kew Gardens Palm House Red Flowers

There is plenty more to see at Kew and we will definitely be back soon to take in even more of what this wonderful garden has to offer. If you find yourself in London and have the opportunity to visit Kew make sure you do, as it is one of our most beautiful and fascinating attractions.

Find out more about Kew gardens on their website.