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Styling a simple blue dress – summer fashion.

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As you can tell, these photos were taken on a warm day in spring, back when the bluebells were out in full force; but this is still an outfit I’m wearing four months later, so I thought I’d do some catching up as I haven’t written so many fashion blog posts recently. This was actually an impromptu photo-shoot as we were out hunting for bright yellow rape-seed oil flower fields. We always see them next to the road when we’re not looking for them, but when we were it took us hours! We saw the dappled light shining through the trees and thought we’d hop out the car and take some photos there just in case we never found what we were looking for….

Eventually we actually did, but we got so many nice photos in this woodland location, I thought I’d save the rape-seed oil ones for another day.

I bought this blue dress for £5 at Glastonbury Festival and I’m afraid there’s no brand label so I can’t tell you where to get it from except that it’s made in India. It’s so comfortable, lightweight and easy to throw on in the summer, so I looked for similar dresses online and these are a couple I found, also at bargain prices:

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The only thing that annoys me about this dress is that the armholes are a little big and come forward a bit, revealing the bit of squashy skin above the bra – not a good look. So unless it’s a particularly hot day, (in which case, who cares?), I look for a shawl of some kind so I feel a little more confident in the outfit. This particular one also came from Glastonbury Festival (two for a fiver about seven years ago), but with the art of crochet on the rise again, perhaps you can find someone to make one for you. These are similar ones I found on handmade and vintage emporium, Etsy:

From Orchard Vintage Shop. £21.99 and from the 1970’s.

Handmade shawl

This one is handmade and you can ask the maker at Tatjana Boutique for other colours too. A bargain at £22.

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blue summer dress


There were so many bluebells in these woods, it was amazing!

Art company shoes

My shoes were bought second hand, and are by the Art Company. These are the same design with the asymmetrical lacing, but in a slightly different colour:

And these are the same pretty socks:

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I hope this post has given you some inspiration for your summer wardrobe. If so, please share on facebook for your friends to have a look at as well 🙂 And I hope our British summer perks up a bit and we can throw on some lovely summer dresses again!


Linking up with #visibleMonday at Not Dead Yet Style and #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb.






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Cultural Appropriation in Fashion. Should it really matter?
September 7, 2017
  If you know me, then you’ll know I am a person who happily trundles on in life, getting on with things as pleasantly as I can, doing as much as possible to avoid drama or confrontation. However, I think someone linked to a blog post I wrote over year ago, as I’ve come back from holiday to a flurry of angry comments on the post called OSHUN – THE STORY OF MY CLOTHING BRAND, AND THE YELLOW DRESS INSPIRED BY BEYONCE’S IN LEMONADE. I thought I would respond to those comments in a blog post, rather than reply to them individually, as hopefully I will explain myself and my opinions in a more complete and thought-through way. So to understand what I’m about to talk about, you might want to have a look at that post first and have a read of the recent comments below it. In summary though, it was written at a time when Beyonce appeared to be channeling the ancient African deity, Oshun, so I wrote a bit about her for those who hadn’t heard of her before, and explained how I came to choose her to name my clothing business and a dress after. I wrote a brief message a couple of days ago addressing this on my Threads of a Fairytale website, and if you don’t mind, I’ll quote it now as an introduction: “Hello! I’m back from holiday and had a wonderful time exploring the Acropolis and other ancient remains and ruins around Greece and Albania and have come home full of inspiration. Three new goddess dresses influenced in design by ancient Greek attire will be appearing in the Threads of a Fairytale shop very soon – one in pink, one gold, and one in a mottled green and grey – all pure silk chiffon. I will continue to be inspired by religions and cultures from all around the world; ancient and modern, because that’s the way art grows, develops and nourishes one’s soul and interest. The term “cultural appropriation” seems to be more in fashion than fashion itself at the moment….If you’re a regular visitor to this page, you’ll know that I changed my clothing business name from Oshun to Threads of a Fairytale a couple of months ago and explained my reasons here. And no, the change had nothing to do with cultural appropriation because I’m sorry, I simply don’t agree that it’s a problem here. We have been influenced by our neighbours of all colours and heritage since time began and I think that’s a wonderful thing. Segregating oneself and not allowing this to happen comes from a place of ego, not from a place of good”. If you are going to comment here or on facebook (or anywhere), I would appreciate it if you take the time to read this whole piece to fully understand where I’m coming from, and hopefully even take a minute to think about some of my points. I haven’t written this to try to get anyone to change their opinions – of course we’re not all going to agree, but I want to say at the beginning that I have listened to your comments; looked into them further, and really given it some thought from all points of view before writing this……
Weekly Wardrobe – My first jeggings!
February 13, 2017
Yes, that’s right. I have never owned a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings before; however I have been so desperate for comfy trousers for winter, I have succumbed! I have short legs and chunky thighs, but I’ve been working on my squats and lunges, and have decided fu*k it, who cares anyway if they don’t look brilliant – I need to keep my legs warm! So I bought these in the Next sale and have decided they actually look alright with a long jumper. By the way, snow was gently falling outside when these photos were taken and I was too chicken to brave the cold. So I’m afraid these photos are not up our usual quality as we’re inside on a dark winter day…..



such a lovely setting! thanks for linking up,




This dress is perfect for you! The color is awesome
xx Ele



What a beautiful place! Love your dress. You look very cute! 🙂



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