Weddings and festivals are two occasions I’m not a ‘pro’ at. I can finger count how many weddings I’ve attended in all the years of my existence, less than 10. And festivals? Just once. So, when I got the invitation to my friend’s ‘WedFest’, I genuinely couldn’t tell you I had an outfit in mind. But dressing up for the wedding is potentially one of the best ever! Lets talk about this ‘Wedding Festival Floral Maxi Dress’.
I make it sound fun and straight forward right? But call me the queen of last minute. I had months and months to plan my outfit, but guess what? I didn’t. I’ve never made a habit of planning my looks for any occasion. I pull my work outfits together same morning, and not the night before or weeks before like normal people do.
So, the Thursday before the Saturday of the wedding, I found myself late night shopping at Topshop. I think at this stage, I had left it too late to even do my usual Asos next-day delivery. I had 3 hours to shop and at this stage I was desperate.
After endless fitting room visits, I ended up with a few pieces I do not need (but keeping anyway). THIS dress I never would have thought would fit me. The last time I wore a maxi dress was a year ago.
I remember seeing the dress a few months ago on the mannequin at Topshop, I think the beginning of summer it was. Of course I fell in love but did not give it any thoughts. I was with my mate Lorenzo and I remember saying to him ‘where in Jupiter am I going to fit my boobs?” That’s usually my first reaction when I see anything with cut-outs or backless and them kinda pieces. But, desperate times call for desperate measures. I decided to sieve through the sale racks which I NEVER do and that’s where I found this dress, the only size left along with lots of other one off pieces. Online sale shopping is my jam, but in store sales is a major turn-off. Too chaotic for me.
..cut the long story short, this dress is potentially my favourite sale purchase this season.
..and, there is something magical about floral maxi dresses. I can’t describe it, but I felt amazing in this dress. Like AMAZING!
To fit in with the festival theme of the wedding, I accessorized with these H&M flower hair clips and gold jewellery. Everything worked perfectly.
If you ever get a festival themed wedding invitation, you can’t go wrong with this kind of look. A nice floral maxi dress, is a winner.
I think I’m also a new festival recruit. I had such a good time despite the weather.
Goodness! Another fashion season is rolling up real fast! Dear ME! What to do? London Fashion Week: my fear of missing out is going to kick in soon.
For a while now, I’ve been dwelling on the idea of Fashion Week in other cities. NYFW isn’t on the agenda just yet, maybe start closer to home, with Paris and Milan. After six seasons of London Fashion Week, I feel the need for more…more content for you lovely lot (especially those following me on social media) and JUST MORE!
I received a few invitations to shows & presentations during Haute Couture Fashion Week, but I didn’t have enough time to prepare – hadn’t taken any time off for it. But that triggered the thought of preparing for this Fashion Season – I feel like I’m just never prepared.
On that note, I’ve currently made no plans to attend London Fashion Week this season. I may attend presentations and of course events…we’ll see how it goes. I’ve had a number of people asking if I’ll be attending.
Because London is my city, I’ve always felt the need to share all the amazingness London Fashion Week has to offer, especially as I see myself as a fashion devotee, not just a blogger.
Also, Fashion Week is an opportunity to build on industry relationships and great for personal exposure. To get the best out of any industry, they say the relationships you build are key. Of course, it works both ways. It’s harder to sit behind a screen and write about brands you can’t connect or relate to in the same way as the ones you’ve brushed shoulders with. The enthusiasm for me isn’t just the same. Fashion Week is a great opportunity to get to know the insiders and vice versa, allowing you to build a reputation for yourself within the industry.
On a personal level, for the past couple of seasons, I’ve dragged myself to London Fashion Week firstly for my audience, to create content and share a lot of what the fashion world has to offer. But also out of FOMO – I know. I’ve been fortunate to have been accredited by the BFC for a few seasons now. The accreditation gives similar access to the same facilities as accredited press and buyers – again you lovely lot following me on my social platforms would have seen the best of it. I’m still debating LFW or nah – is my FOMO going to kick in at some point? What are your thoughts guys?
I draw a lot of inspiration from fashion shows. Now that we are heading into SS17, it would be a good time to share some inspiration from the last LFW, which I will do in my next post. But for now, I leave you with my second look from my trip to Paris.
Paris was colder than London at -6 degrees, there was a great need for ‘snuggle’ to make an appearance. This coat is an oldie from Whistles, but I have linked some similar products on my SHOP page.
One night in Paris! Guys, I can not tell you how much I needed to get away. Even if only for one day…and I did just that. Coincidentally, I was in Paris same time 3 years ago with my other half, you can read about that trip in this Travel Diary. This time, I went with my friend. I think city breaks are perfect for friends. I haven’t been outside of the UK in almost 3 years, so YES, here’s to the first trip of many this year – so help me God.
So, we left for Paris early Saturday morning, had no rest, did stuff, went to bed at 4 am. With 4 hours of sleep, we were up and about again on Sunday. Got on the train back to London at 7 pm on Sunday. Didn’t get back home until 12am. I’ve been a like a zombie all week, I’m running on fumes.
We stayed at the friendliest boutique hotel and I couldn’t recommend it more. The staff were probably the only people that were friendly in the entire city…I don’t know why, but I find it very weird and hard to believe that someone who works in public service in a city full of tourists only speaks one language – French – and is not willing to help if you can’t speak french. I’ve only experienced this in Paris.
I’m not a ‘city break’ kinda girl…I don’t particularly find Paris as highly rated as people say. Though I do like cafe hoping and eating out.
I thought it would be unfair to make such conclusion about Paris after my first visit 3 years ago, but I’m still waiting to be persuaded after the second visit.
I want to fall in love with Paris. Genuinely, I do. I may have another excuse to go back this year for Paris Fashion Week, so I’ll see what opportunities come my way…
T-shirt, Etre Cecile; a french brand that I thought would be fitting for my trip. I paired it with a simple pair of skinny jeans. By the way, I have been living in these jeans. They fit so perfectly, they have enough stretch so they mould unto you without feeling squeezy. I took my Louboutin So Kate with me because I wanted to take this shot in front of the Eiffel. Of course, they also worked nicely with this look.
The red accent/accessories weren’t planned, but it worked perfectly. I’ve linked the entire look in my shop.