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Pretty tea dresses, neon knickers and hydrangea flowers

Last week there was lots of colour in my life that made me smile.

There’s a little shop opened in town, just one of those pop up shops for the summer that sells really random clothing.  Not the sort of stuff I’d usually look at but last week I was drawn inside for a mooch whilst nursing one of the new Costa fruit coolers and found myself wide eyed as I found a pretty little floral tea dress hanging at the front of the store.  I was attracted by the flowers, I love print dresses and they keep coming back into fashion year after year.  The addition of the little white belt with two key charms was kitsch and I loved the fabric with a slight sheen making it more than just your average day dress.

I picked out a 14 as the sizes looked on the good side and skipping off to the fitting room was delighted to find it fitted and fitted well when trying on.  Priced at £20 it was a bargain and the fit and flare waist was lovely; you could quite easily add in a petticoat underneath for a real vintage look.  Team this with little red pumps or neutral peep toe shoes and you have a classic tea dress style outfit and the belt did a fantastic job of breaking up the dress and defining my waist.  There is a vintage fair on at Uttoxeter Racecourse this Saturday and it seems like the perfect occasion to debut the dress!

Also last week I popped in to M&S to grab the 20% discount on school-wear, got to get a back to school bargain when you can.  I managed to get nearly all of Addy’s uniform for year 1 (how on earth is she going into Year 1 already?!) but also found myself browsing the lingerie section.  I don’t do that well in M&S for lingerie and find their bras a poor fit especially when like me you have larger boobs.  It seems that if you’re a GG you have to wear granny lingerie on the high street, but what I do like are their range of knickers where you can buy 3 pairs for £10.

Always on the look out for something quirky, bright and fun I couldn’t resist these neon Brazilian bikini pants and I think every woman knows what I mean when I say there’s nothing like that feeling of putting on lovely new lingerie to make yourself feel really good in the morning.  As my dad says…if you’re going to get run over make sure you’re wearing nice underwear!

Since moving house I’ve loved having fresh flowers around.  I have this amazing bay window that gets so much light it’s lovely to put big blooms in vases and let their intoxicating heady scent waft through the rooms, it makes the house feel like an endless summers day.  I also have the cutest little fire place on which are three really cheap and cheerful vases from Poundstretcher that I loved because of their shabby chic vintage appeal.  Cheesy sayings on each they are perfect for putting a few stems from the big hydrangea bush in my garden which is coming into full bloom.  Hydrangeas are one of my favourite statement flower.  Their big bushy heads are always such a lovely shape, they are to me a comforting flower and their tight petals remind me of big fluffy clouds in the sky.neon-pants-and-tea-dresses.png

Sitting down to a cup of afternoon tea of my favourite tea at the moment Dragonfly Tea White Tea my kitchen and lounge were full of my latest garden gatherings and the bright cerise of the hydrangea heads was a real colour pop against the creamy white vases.  For me a proper time out moment and very much #whatlottieloves

And if that wasn’t enough there was also a delicious raspberry and mint Prosecco that I concoted for my weekend tipple…cheers all!

raspberry and fresh mint prosecco



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