Monday, 2 July 2012

Notting Hill

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Trench: L.K Bennett
1960s dress: Retro Rehab (in Manchester)
1930s peach glass necklace: The Old Curiosity Shop (in King's Lynn)
Vintage umbrella: Deptford junk market
1960s bag: Charity shop in King's Lynn
Shoes: L.K Bennett

I had a lovely day on Sunday. Jian Wei and I dodged tourists at Portobello Market in Notting Hill, ate street food and I bought a scandalously underpriced 1950s sun dress for £15 from one of the many vintage clothing stalls towards the end of the market. I also got the chance to finally wear some head-to-toe pastels as London had some brief but glorious sunshine! I have had this dress for a few years, I bought it in Manchester at Retro Rehab but it has felt a little too saccharine for me of late. A trench is incredibly useful for transforming sugary pastels into more versatile day wear, so long as it is beige in tone rather than yellow or green.  This one, along with the adorable shoes, were bought with my sizeable staff discount from L.K Bennett. I have had the necklace for years, I love old glass necklaces. And the brolly was a recent find for a pound from Deptford junk market. It isn't very old but the wooden handle and tip and the pastel check print belie its age.


We headed south of the river to the opening night of Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project and Frank's Campari bar held at a multi-storey car park in Peckham. The views over London from the roof were breathtaking and the turnout was incredible. 

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We met up with friends, enjoyed the free campari cocktail bar, watched the sun set on one of the few clear summer days we've had this year and then crossed back over the river to an intimate house party in Bethnal Green. It was such a perfect day and made me realise how important it is to really make the effort to do things on your day off even when you're working so often working that a day off signals little more than eating peanut butter and banana on toast for dinner, watching tele and catching up on the washing up.


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All photos by Jian Wei.

8 comments:

  1. Sooo pretty Dulcie! I love the print on your dress, perfect ditzy floral. I love 1930's glass necklaces too. I have a Green and Onyx one, yours is beautiful.
    Looks like you had a wonderful day, Craig and I have made a list of things we want to see/visit so that we actually make the most of our days off. Otherwise they just pass you by. xx

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  2. Lovely outfit Dulcie! I was sure you were going to make good use of Becca in rose :) very appropiate for Notting Hill!

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  3. holy crap that dress is amazing. I've been craving a dress in that style for daysssss. and your hair is perfect!

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  4. Your outfit is perfection! You look so pretty in pastels!
    Sophie
    x

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  5. I like the dress, I don't normally go for anything to girly either but the trench makes it seem that bit more casual. I have heard many good things about the Peckham multi-story bar. The views certainly look amazing!

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  6. The dress and trench are such a chic combination. I agree about wanting to tone down too girly dresses, I feel like if I'm wearing a very feminine and sweet dress I have to, by default, also throw on a mens cardigan or something. I think the juxtaposition feels just right :)

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  7. great post dulcie, love your outfit, those shoes are incredible! Love your hair too! The photo of your shoes against the tiles looks like a 60's postcard x x

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  8. I absolutely adore your vintage dress, you look so chic in these pictures

    Jo. x

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