On Friday evening, I went to Dawn O’Porters pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden for an event ran by Women and Home magazine. Dawn O’Porter is writer and presenter and from the TV series ‘This Old Thing’ which was on last year, she is also married to the actor Chris O’ Dowd, which is where the ‘O’ comes from.

It is fair to say that Dawn is mad keen on vintage clothes, so she has scoured the streets of LA, where a lot of the best vintage comes from, for some lovely finds which is BOB Vintage. She has also created a new collection of designs based on vintage clothes in standard dress sizes, (as we know, one size does not fit all in vintage) and this collection is BOB by Dawn O’Porter.

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During the event, Dawn made a speech about her collection and urged everybody to try on from the new collection and the vintage collection. She was very hands on selecting items from new and vintage and for a few of the ladies there was definitely a falling in love moment with a few of the pieces.

I had a good rummage around the vintage section and the new collection, the vintage is probably priced starting at around £30, £60 being the average, although there are more expensive pieces. I spotted a beautiful Jean Muir dress that was around £480, but it is an absolutely stunning evening dress and could even be worn as a wedding dress, if white is not your colour. There were also some great vintage day dresses, jackets and skirts and some lovely occasion wear.

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My favourites from the new collection are the fabulous fifties circle skirts THE JANE – GEESE IN FLIGHT SKIRT

THE JANE – DOG WALKERS SKIRTTHE JANE – PAPER PLANES SKIRTTHE JANE – QUOTES SKIRT all really inventive, prints, with a bit of comedy thrown in. I also like the Little Black Dress, THE LOU  and a crepe mini dress THE  ELVIN that will work as a day to evening dress, which comes in bright red or bottle green.

I hope Dawn O’Porter grows and develops this collection, as it is a great idea, I am a big fan of vintage clothes, the way they feel when you wear them, the quality is so much better and you feel you are wearing something special, if you can get that same feeling from her new collection as well as her carefully selected vintage pieces, then she will be on to a winning combination.

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The pop up shop is only open for another two weeks and you’ll find it at 35 Monmouth St, so bob by and have a look.

If you are still searching for that occasion wear outfit for a wedding or party this summer, my last offering is from Marks and Spencer.

This dress is incredibly versatile and will hide the tummy area effortlessly, so if you are apple shaped or a pear it will be a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe, a great holiday and weekend dress too, you should get lots of wear out of this one.

AUTOGRAPH Drape Front Maxi Dress T504517 £69.00

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You could wear with either of these two really affordable jackets and they would look great with skinny jeans or flares too.

M&S COLLECTION Open Front Textured Jacket T590791J  £29.50

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M&S COLLECTION Linen Blend Open Front Easy to Iron Jacket T590781B £35.00

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LIMITED EDITION Crossover Platform Slingback Sandals with Insolia® T029368A £35.00

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M&S COLLECTION Floral Box Clutch T010383C £29.50

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To dress this maxi dress down, just add this cropped denim jacket

LIMITED EDITION Western Denim Jacket T693049J £45.00

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This dress is from Monsoon also and would look great on hourglass shapes, pear shapes and straight or slim figures to add curves.

Lemon can be a difficult colour to wear, but looks surprisingly good on quite a few skin tones, it looks great on medium to dark skin and can look good with fair skin too, but generally if you are fair skinned that tans easily or peaches and cream, it’s a goer, but if you have fair skin with any yellow tone to it, then step away from the yellow dress.

ROSELYN DRESS 7455624614, Monsoon £69.00


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If you are planning to wear this one for a summer wedding, then you could wear it with this little shrug

CALLIE CHEVRON SHRUG 7431801451, Monsoon £35.00

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With accessories, you are spoilt for choice, white, cream, pale blue, red, magenta, or even silver or gold, for shoes and a bag would work well.

Remember you don’t have to match your shoes to your bag, for example you could have a cream, white, or yellow bag and pastel blue shoes like below.

AUTOGRAPH Leather Pointed Toe Stiletto High Heel Court Shoes, T024067 £45.00

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FRANCES ZIPTOP ACROSS BODY BAG 7898609800, £10.00 Accessorise

This bag has a detachable strap so can be used as a cutch bag

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The Roselyn dress can be dressed down for a less formal evening out, same shoes and bag as above and wear with a cropped denim jacket like below. For an everyday look, add flat sandals, wedges or white converse trainers.

LIMITED EDITION Western Denim Jacket, T693049J £45.00 Marks and Spencers

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My last article was about occasion wear, as we know, lots of high street stores do occasion wear very well, Phase Eight, Coast, French Connection, Hobbs and Reiss have all got it covered for a wedding or party.

But if you are looking for something that you can wear again and something you can also dress down, without a hefty price tag, this is how to do it.

GEMMA JACKET 7480876112, Monsoon £59.00, PIPPA PLAIN MAXI DRESS 7455380216, Monsoon £49.00

This Jacket will also work well with jeans, cropped tailored trousers and a pencil skirt for dressing down.monsson gemma jacketJPG pippa maxi dressThis maxi is good for minimising bigger hips and is good for creating curves on straight figures, it also comes in a shorter length too for petites

If you don’t fancy a maxi and want something more structured, try this … MILLIE SKIRT 7411150218 £59.00 and FEARNE TOP yellow 7425511408 £29.00 or CORALINE T-SHIRT 5232533210 cobalt £5.40 all Monsoon

This skirt is good for hourglass, straight and pear shapes 

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The Queen seems like an unlikely style icon, but stick with me ladies, we can learn some valuable style lessons from her.

She shows colour is anti-ageing and invented colour blocking. She has great taste in hats. She’s not afraid of pattern. She’s the queen of accessorising. She sees the importance of a great coat. She knows how to wear a bright lip. 

Elizabeth II turns 89 today, so let’s celebrate some of her great looks.

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Childrenswear has really come on these last few years, I wrote an earlier blog about one stand out collection from the high street, but there are thousands of independent shops that are also producing beautiful collections, one such company is What Mother Made based in Dalston, East London. They produce classic childrenswear shapes, but they use locally sourced fabrics and the prints they choose are really fabulous

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Having worked as a textile designer, designing prints many moons ago, the materials that this East London company work in, have always inspired me, I used to  drive down the Kingsland Road quite a lot  and you could see these vibrant batik fabrics on the streets of Dalston.

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What Mother Made, don’t only work in batiks, they also use ditsy vintage florals, ginghams and stripes.

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Everything is pattern cut and stitched at their East London studio and they also offer made to order, so if you have something specific in mind, they will turn their hand to that. You’ll find them at Broadway Market and at other London stockists, you will also find them elsewhere in the UK. They offer free postage and packing (UK only) so…what’s not to love? Great for your little’uns this spring.


My new favourite shoe brand is Miss KG from Kurt Geiger. I always found the majority of Kurt Geiger shoes too impractical for me (I know some of the best shoes are!). Too high and too pointy, they would play havoc with my corns! But Miss KG have come up with some really stylish and comfy looking shoes that would be the perfect shoes for summer. I know balmy days are a long way off, but keep your eye on these super stylish sandals, as there may be some savings at some point. You will also find them at Debenhams who are always having promotions (money off at the moment, on certain styles)

My favourites are Low Heel Sandals PAMELA in Black, White and Nude £49.00 PAIGE Mid Heel Sandals in White, Black, Yellow and Gold £55.00 MARTHA Flat Sandals in White £55.00
And these Tan (clarks originals inspired) Sandals, which I can’t find on either website.

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