I’ve just got back from a few days away up in the North-East with Ian. It was utterly wonderful and a much-appreciated break. On Sunday, we went to Newcastle Quayside. It was mild and because there was a market, it was full of people milling around, enjoying the early spring sunshine. When we got there, the Milennium Bridge was open to let a flotilla pass underneath it. It’s an incredible piece of engineering.
Floral Maxi Dress
My floral maxi dress is the short sleeve wrap empire line maxi in Rose Delight. It was a gift from HotSquash, a smallish brand set up by a husband and wife team in 2010. Their aim was to design beautiful clothes in forward-thinking fabrics that keep the wearer warm on cool days and cool on warm days. The designs need little or no ironing which is something I can attest to. There was only minimal creasing when I unwrapped my dress, and this disappeared after an hour or so on the hanger.
The dress is beautifully flattering because of the empire line which emphasises the narrowest part of the waist. The wrap detail adds interest and it’s a “faux” wrap which eliminates the worry of a wardrobe malfunction.
The colours are exquisite. The blush and the orange and red shades along with the grey work beautifully together. The palette lends itself to summer and winter alike, making it an incredibly versatile and useful piece. Not only that, it has pockets.
Floral Maxi Dress:The Accessories
My necklace was a birthday gift from my parents who know, (of course), that I love all things stellar and have done since being a little girl.
The red leather bag is the “Fiona” by Ilex London, a gift to me about eighteen months ago. The bracelet has my children’s names on the heart. it’s lovely and was a gift from Aspire Style. they have a gorgeous range of jewellery which can be personalised.
I put grey kitten-heeled ankle boots with this dress at first but realised that we’d be on our feet for several hours, so I swapped them for silver Superga sneakers. They dressed the outfit down and turned it into a very practical one, but one which was perfect for the trendy restaurant we went to for lunch. (I love wearing these Supergas with both jeans and skirts. I wore them with a tulle skirt last year, an outfit I still love).
Before I go away, I set everything out as outfits, (sometimes including lingerie, jewellery and perfume), rather than think of things as individual items. It makes for more efficient packing. The perfume in the photo below is new out. It’s the latest one from Michael Buble and is called “By Invitation, Rose Gold.” Of course, fragrances are very subjective and the only way to know of you like it is to try, but just so you know, it’s a floral oriental and is feminine and womanly; it’s a grown-up fragrance. It has a lot of dressing table appeal too.
But because I’m not native to Newcastle where outerwear is superfluous, I needed a layer or two. The scarf was a birthday gift from two of my friends and the denim jacket? Well, I’ve had it for twenty years.
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Lunch, Then Drinks With A View
Ian booked a table at Artisan, a fabulous modern restaurant located in The Biscuit Factory. It’s a fifteen minute walk from the Millennium Bridge. I was glad I wore flats.
After lunch we walked back to the Quayside for a glass of wine with a view.