Category: beachwear

Dragouni x

If money were no object this would be my go-to dress for my summer hols.

Except if money were no object I could have all her other designs as well..and even pack them in a Louis Vuitton suitcase.

(All pics Celia Dragouni)

Such is the stuff of dreams..

Laters, Kate x

Loveshackfancy

Back to the boho summer dress vibe complete with straw bags, picnics and iced gin and tonics by a pool.

Loveshackfancy is New York City lifestyle brand founded in 2013 by Rebecca Hessel Cohen.

It’s creamed off the best bits of vintage inspired Victorian pieces and blended them seamlessly into a modern, timeless style.

(Pics from Loveshackfancy)

It’s a label that creates an overwhelming urge to jump into a camper van and head to the surf..

 

Laters, Kate x

Labour of Love x

Looking back to last year, I think my kids have both grown a foot, if not 5.  It means a new summer wardrobe has become a necessity rather than a want, and whilst one of life’s delights is shopping for children’s clothes, it becomes a nightmare once they develop tastes of their own.  You like one thing..they like something else…that is inevitably for someone older..or tackier..

We’re trying a new approach this year.  I’ve set up a Pinterest board where we can select our choices and hopefully come up with the crossover clothes we both like.

So far it’s working..we’ve agreed on all of these. Which has slightly blown my mind.

And I’ve allowed a few exceptions to creep in. Normally this swimsuit would not make the cut..But I know Bella will make it work and she loves it. But I didn’t think she’d go for slides…

Or culotte shorts. How wrong was I? (All pics Pinterest)

My girl is growing up. Little sigh.

Laters, Kate x

Dodo Bar Or

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In London we’re still breathing clear blue skies and warm rays. It’s so nice to be able to still look at light, cotton clothes without thinking goosebumps. This label – Dodo Bar Or, headed by actress turned fashion designer Dorit ‘Dodo’ Bar Or is one that unashamedly flaunts all things summer and features on my wish list radar.

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Sigh.  There’s what I’m doing in my present.  What I want to do in the future. And all the dreams inbetween.

Laters, Kate x

Charlie boy..

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It was two years ago I wrote this post about my Charlie. To briefly re-cap it was to honour his sense of self and lack of inhibitions, particularly when it came to clothes..but I wondered how long it would last – there’s a big difference between 5 and 7.   However I believe the photo above: Charlie holding a shell he found himself on an exploration round a rocky headland whilst illustrating his love of a fine sarong proves that nothing has yet changed..

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He’ll happily have flowers in his hair..

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Or braids.  (When the girls had their hair braided..so did Charlie..)

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When we did a wander around Covent Garden and Soho, to both find the BFG dream jars..and do a sneaky vintage shop trawl.  All Charlie wanted was his own bow tie!

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We did another shop, getting ready for the new term…he chose and black felt cap with ears (which he then wore to the Oval for the England v Pakistan test match)

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A bag with pink tassels, a polka dot shirt and a sheepskin lined embroidered jacket..

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All from Zara girl! (far better colours than the boys section I was told)

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I think he’s going to be OK – they haven’t subverted him yet!

Long may it last!

Laters, Kate x

 

Stunning Storets x

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This is a new label for me: Storets (based in the States, but they do free shipping, even internationally for any purchases over $75) Their USP sings a happy siren song: Interesting fashion with a feminine element that won’t break the bank.

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Prices are roughly $60 – $150..but they look a million dollars – like straight off a red hot catwalk with the cats licking their paws to cool them down.

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The only downside is – and this could be due to the season winding down – when I looked, the only sizes available were small. Maybe that’s how they keep their prices so low..

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I can only hope they expand. In more ways than one.

Laters, Kate x

Life’s a Beach..

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Remember this post? All about Kiini crochet bikinis and dormant lustings for the life of a beach babe.  It was hot on the money for a summer trend..

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For those with the bodies but without the bank balance Chiclookcloset are now selling  bargain $24.99 versions..b0957ec1b9a43baaa18587cb44652fb0
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Tempted?

Laters, Kate x

It’s Mabes babes..

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And so the yearly hunt for towelling beachwear starts..

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(Personally I now blame Sean Connery, not lycra for it’s demise.)

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But I know it’s just waiting to have it’s cool moment again.

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel..new on the block is Mabes, a British label purely obsessed with towelling shirts.

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To retro prints with an edge.

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For guys, girls and even little ones…and the prices are sensible (£35 for kids to £74 for adults).  So that’s Charlie and The Husband sorted.

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(All pictures Mabes and Pinterest)

Now I just need this dress in a white, light towelling please..

Laters, Kate x

Sensi x

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Poor kids.  Summer uniform became compulsory on Monday, all light cotton and ankle socks…and it actually snowed here last night.  Not like an alpine blizzard but it actually settled…cars were covered. It’s an issue: Within one day we can experience a years weather: Spring, summer, autumn and winter…it certainly makes for interesting times.

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An ideal outfit would be this dress from Sensi Studio for the summer sun, teamed with a pair of wide legged trousers for the autumn drop (replace or remove as required)..and a duvet for the cold.

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Sensi Studio is a new label for me…I like the fact it utilises Ecuadorian artisans and their many skills with simple lines and interesting additions.

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They also make mean raffia bags and panamas.

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(All pictures Sensi Studio and Net-a-porter)

One to watch.

Laters, Kate x