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Did I say “roses season”? Silly me. Of course I meant rosé season! London has been experiencing a serious heatwave so the streets are full of floral frocks and our livers saturated with the pink drink of dreams. There are also shirtless/swimwear clad Brits splayed all over every single surface one could conceivably sunbathe on. Poolside at Shoreditch House, scrubby grass by Soho Square, side of the road… When the sun comes out over excitement sets in and any semblance of self restraint goes straight out the window.
When I came up with the title for this post I’d genuinely forgotten that my previous Look Du Jour had a rather similar name. This could, and perhaps should, make me feel a smidge ashamed of being so predictable and lacking in imagination. But, as will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, I do not. As I say should-be-embarrassing-ly often, I have zero shame in my game. Even less than the aforementioned pavement sunbathers, including the fellow I saw spreadeagled on the side of Hammersmith Road wearing nothing but budgie smugglers just the other day… Ok, maybe not him, that’s a level of shamelessness I seriously hope I never reach. But I am ridiculously pleased with myself being able to incorporate one of my top five favourite phrases into this post and definitely have zero shame about my love for seasonally appropriate prints and drinks. Particularly when the two can be combined in a glorious fest of co-ordination; coincidentally another of my favourite things.
One thing I love about dressing for the heat is how gloriously simple it is. At it’s height, you don’t even have to think about finding a damn jacket. Summer dresses and wedged sandals are pretty much all you need, leaving all the more time for rosé drinking! These particular little numbers are from IKRUSH, an online store I was recently introduced to and can’t get enough of. The bag is a beloved Sophie Hulme classic that is so adorable I don’t even care that it’s highly impractical and all of my stuff always falls out.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer and drinking ALL the rosado!
Is it just me or has gingham been bang on trend for about ten consecutive summers now? Not that I’m complaining. Whether in the form of a slouchy shirt, sculptural silhouetted blouse or sweet sundress, gingham is just plain great. Speaking of sundresses, how adorable is this little number from Superdry?! And where better to wear it than for a dog walk (with plenty of pub stops, obvs) along the river?
I’ve lived in Hammersmith since I was 18 years old, give or take a shared house experience that ended in utter carnage and is a tale for another day/never. Anyway, one of the many reasons I love the area – and West London in general – is the fact that within five minutes, you can be next gazing out over the River Thames or in the heart of Holland Park. Shoreditch citizens can keep their warehouse spaces and exposed brickwork as far as I’m concerned, especially when the sun’s out. As anyone who’s gone anywhere near my instagram recently will be well aware, I recently got a puppy (or “ridiculous bat-weasel”, according to my dad) and am completely in love with her. Having spent years strolling in the park or by the river, sad and dog-less and staring at other peoples pooches, nothing brings me more joy than doing those beloved activities with a dog of my own. Especially when I’m also feeling my outfit, which is the actual point of this post so I’ll restrain myself from going on a pup related rant and get back to it.
Some pairings are just perfect; rose & riversides, steak & frites, Gin & Tonic, leather & lace… The list could go on for God knows how long and it sure as hell includes gingham & denim. Initially this ensemble was all about the dress and the denim jacket was somewhat of an afterthought. Given that I’ve basically not taken if off since, I think it’s fair to say that my “afterthought” has proved to be a good one! As you know, colour co-ordination is my obsession so naturally blue and silver hues were the only accessories option.
What do you think of this Look Du Jour? Are you as excited as me that it’s officially gingham season?
Spring has sprung! Or more accurately, we had a few days of heatwave followed by a lot of heavy rain and/or thermal underwear level coldness then back to heat, a cycle which will continue on repeat… much like every other April to May transition in the history of British weather. But whether it’s shirts off scorching or February freezing, the time has come to segway into Spring attire.
Having spent what feels like a million months bundled up in knitwear – not to mention the fact that it snowed just a matter of weeks ago – I decided to start off small and simple. Better to ease into clothes designed without insulation in mind than whip out all my pasty limbs prematurely and end up cold, confused and probably wearing the wrong shoes. These shoes, however, are just right and were the starting point for my Spring segwaying outfit.
Between their delicate straps, stud detailing and chic yet non cripplingly high heels, these backless babies from IKRUSH tick every box.