I don’t really function without coffee. Whether it’s psychological or not it doesn’t really matter, but until I’ve had that first glorious hit of milky caffeine I’m not really ready to face the day. When I’m away from home I somehow unintentionally manage to always pick hotels and apartments that are within a stone’s throw of a Starbucks; when we were on honeymoon in Bali I even managed to get an Indonesian hit of American coffee, which was rather ironic considering they’re one of the world’s most rich coffee suppliers and had the black stuff on tap wherever I went. (I like to think of it as a skill, or even a telepathic connection with coffee shops around the globe.) While in Paris recently our apartment overlooked a beautiful corner Starbs that I could shoot to every morning for my fix – although at £4.50 a go for a latte, you can tell why Parisians like their cheap and cheerful street coffee shops more.
During this little morning photoshoot I decided I needed another cup of
cwoffee and just happened to be wearing a rather fancy dress, which lead
to a lengthy conversation with the barista as to whether I was going to
a party while most people had barely checked their emails. Nope, just
the things we do for blog posts! I couldn’t help but actually rather
enjoy the fact I looked like it was ‘the morning after the night
before’ – so I just rolled with it. (Mild dress stains from dropping this on the floor as I changed I didn’t notice at the time keeping it realz too.) I may be in my mid-thirties, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to party occasionally (even if the hangovers last for days and make me wish I didn’t.)
On to the outfit… This cute as a button blue lace dress is from ChiChi London, who just seem to make the most perfect pieces for when you want to look and feel all fancy. I originally wore this to a wedding back in December and it ticked all the boxes I needed during that awkward celebratory season: looked like I made an effort, ensured my pasty limbs were covered, allowed me to throw in some subtly sparkly accessories and kept me warm. I love the long sleeves and the high neckline, but the lace keeps a bit of skin on show so you don’t feel all Miss Marple; the length is super flattering and the flowing material of the skirt perfectly complements the structure of the top. It’s a winner.
The silver accessories were also my go-to during the winter party season, but continue to keep me feeling excited about venturing outside during a chilly February Friday night. The silver midi heels are from New Look and were actually only £8.00 during one of their ridiculous sales (although they have tonnes of similar ones for only a few quid more,) while my silver Furla Mini Metropolis bag was a bit of a steal from Bicester Village – a home from home. These bags are my faves not only because they’re diddy and relatively affordable, but because they come in a huge range of colours and textures while offering a shape that will never go out of style. (You may have seen my black version pop up in other fashion posts, which has the most genius changeable flap.)
I rather hurriedly pinned my hair up with the three bobby pins lurking in the bottom of my bag, popped on a slick of gloss and set about smelling the flowers that were outside this beautiful florists in the heart of St Albans. If I was rich I’d definitely hire someone to deliver me fresh bouquets and floral arrangements every week and cover my home with greenery – there’s something oh so special and invigorating about being surrounded by living things eh? So here I am, in a fancy frock and sipping on a soy latte while looking at some overpriced fleurs… You like?
ChiChi London Natascha Dress | £70.00 | LINK
New Look Silver Midi Heels | £17.99 | LINK
Furla Silver Metropolis Mini Bag | £69.00 | LINK
Adexe Black Watch | £109.00 | LINK
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Photos Taken By Kaye Ford: www.fordtography.co.uk
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