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Winter florals and spots

1st January 2016

You needn’t wait until spring to crack out those floral prints – this year those darling buds are coming out much earlier than May…

Polka dot cardi - H&M, T shirt - Vogue, skirt - vintage, boots - Ted & Muffy

Polka dot cardi – H&M, T shirt – Vogue, skirt – vintage, boots – Ted & Muffy

Winter can be a dull time for fashion if you stick with muted colours and knits all the time, so I like to mix it up a bit and use clashing prints to bring a ray of sunshine back to my wardrobe. This outfit was inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s SS15 shows, where dark-based florals and polka dots came together in perfect harmony.

Florals and polka dots

Of course, I didn’t have Dolce & Gabbana levels of cash to spend, so this skirt was plucked from the rails at one of my favourite Bristol vintage shops, Bohemia on Picton Street, which I believe has now moved to another location – if anyone knows where it’s gone, please leave me a comment and let me know, it’s one of my faves! I love rifling through their rails as they have some real treasures and, for some reason, I find vintage styles tend to fit slightly better than today’s high street fare.

Polka dot top and floral skirt

Those of you with an eagle eye might notice I’ve added a slim leopard print belt to this look. For me, leopard print is the new neutral – this belt goes with pretty much every outfit I own! This is leopard print belt version 2.0 – the last one got worn so much I had to replace it and no doubt the same will happen to this one eventually, but you can never have too much of a good thing.

Will you be working those florals this winter? Tweet me some of your fab floral looks if you can on @GDyer! 

Fashionista goes to London: Sketch and Spitalfields

15th September 2015

This is the final instalment in my series of London posts. We managed to pack so much into one weekend there that I couldn’t fit it all into one post! In this post, we have lunch at Sketch and visit Spitalfields market, although not in the same day since they’re not especially close together.

I’ll start with Sketch because this was a real highlight of the trip. Lots of friends had recommended it and now I can see why. The design of this place is just out of this world!

Sketch London

Sketch London

Club sandwich and •Blackcurrant and Hibiscus tea at Sketch

Club sandwich and • Blackcurrant and Hibiscus tea at Sketch

Sketch is the brainchild of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire. It’s located on Conduit Street (close to Oxford Street), which makes it an ideal stop off point if you’re shopping, but give yourself plenty of time as it’s a unique experience you’ll want to enjoy. The food is, of course, sensational, but it’s the interiors in this place that really take the biscuit…

Pod toilets at Sketch London

Pod toilets at Sketch London

….just look at these space age toilets! They’re space-age pods with a loo inside, next to Victorian style hand basins, topped with a stained glass roof. How bonkers is that? The ladies that clean the loos are dressed like traditional Victoria housemaids, circa Downtown Abbey. Bizarre, but cool!

Cafe at Sketch

There’s an informal parlour, which is where we sat for lunch. It’s a mixture of brightly coloured shelves, bric-a-brac coloured furniture and sumptuous graphic print textiles. It serves tea, cakes and light bites, which is ideal if you’re just popping in for a mid-shopping trip lunch.

Parlour at Sketch

Parlour at Sketch

Bar at Sketch

Bar at Sketch

Then, there’s a fabulous plush dining room (shown at the top of this post) with powder pink booths and humorous black and white illustrations on the wall. This room is staffed by waiters in tux-style jackets carrying bottles of champagne, which adds to the more luxurious, formal atmosphere.

Next door, the Glade bar feels like a 1970s daydream, set in a garden. The bar is stocked with all kinds of cocktail-worthy spirits and the waitresses are dressed in boho style kaftans.

Sketch London

We only had a light lunch so I can’t speak for the rest of the menu, but even their humble club sandwich was unlike any other sandwich I’ve tasted. It was so rich, with surprising flavours and presented like a work of art. I’m not usually one for poncy food, but this was truly special.

Afternoon tea at Sketch

Afternoon tea at Sketch

What we ate:

  • Sketch club sandwich (£10.50)
  • Blackcurrant and Hibiscus tea (£4.50)

(They also had a marvellous selection of cakes which looked delightful, but we didn’t have room for any that day!)

Now on to Spitalfields – which is north of the city and best visited on a Sunday, which I believe is the ideal time to see the famous market. There, you’ll find an array of fashion stalls, as well as antiques, homewares and, well, all sorts really!

YSL Tribute sandals at Spitalfields market

YSL Tribute sandals at Spitalfields market

The vintage stalls were among my favourites because they housed some real fashion finds – this pair of YSL Tribute sandals were among the treasures there, but alas it wasn’t to be as they weren’t my size. It’s quite pricey when I compare it to some of the other vintage markets I’ve been to, because they know that it’s popular, but there’s usually a deal to be done if you know how to haggle.

Spitalfields market

Spitalfields market

One of the mistakes we made was going there after breakfast – there are so many yummy food stalls there with cuisines from all over the world, so go with an empty stomach and make sure you fill up on delicious treats!

Vagabond wine shop at Spitalfields

Vagabond wine shop at Spitalfields

And that concludes my little tour of London. If you loved this, check out my previous posts from this trip:

We’ll be back in Bristol in forthcoming posts, so if you’ve come looking for Bristol Fashion, don’t worry as we will get to that!


Style crush: Rachel Khoo

28th October 2012

It’s no secret that I’ve been a lover of Parisienne style for ever and ever, so I was really excited earlier this year when I came across a programme on BBC Two called Little Paris Kitchen, starring a petite English girl with a penchant for French style.

Rachel Khoo has since become my go-to girl for fashspiration when I’m feeling a bit dull – her perky, demure, vintage inspired look (like her cooking) is simple, elegant and a breath of fresh air.

She’s frequently seen in polka dots, which is one of my all-time favourite prints, and she’s great at making the most of her curves with belted styles.

I’ve put together a little look inspired by Miss Khoo below.

Dress £25, Yumi; coat £65, Miss Selfridge; Lipstick, £6.49, Rimmel; bicycle £206.99, All About the Bike (thanks Hayley at Ceriselle for the bike link!)

Bristol style favourites: Charlie Boots

22nd February 2011

We had bags of fun sifting through the new range of summer totes from Bristol based designer Charlie Boots. These casual carry-alls work well with jeans, shorts, or even a simple sun dress – so there’s no excuse for leaving anything behind! 

Charlie’s online store specialises in clothing and accessories from vintage, organic, fairtrade and reclaimed fabrics and it’s all produced in the UK – so you can deck your wardrobe out for the summer knowing exactly where your goodies are coming from.

Stylish happenings: Fun Fair

11th February 2011

Love vintage fashion? Make a date this Sunday (13 February) for the Gimme Shelter Vintage Fair at Bristol’s retro bowling alley The Lanes, where more than 20 vintage shops and traders will be opening their dressing up boxes and selling their wares. There’ll be vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories from the 1930s – 1980s, so whatever your style, you’re sure to unearth some treasures. The fair runs from 11am – 5pm, it’s free to get in and best of all, bargain hunters get a discount on bowling afterwards. Strike!

Bristol Style Favourites: Elsie Riley

9th February 2011


Gorgeous vintage fashions from Elsie Riley

Photo: Elena Goodrum
Styling: Verity Gough
Clothes and acessories: Elsie Riley

Cider, Brunel, the Suspension Bridge… there are a lot of things competing to be the first thing you associate with Bristol but the chances are, fashion forwardness isn’t one of them. Well, that’s where you’re wrong, because the city is teeming with creative fashionistas putting together looks in their own special way. So, what better way to begin this celebration of our local style than by showcasing a fun and flirty vintage look from local boutique Elsie Riley, put together by my Bristol based friend Verity Gough (a.k.a Vintage Verity),and photographed by the talented Elena Goodrum. This shoot took place in the city’s iconic St Nicholas market and I just love the playful pastels and cute florals on these city girls!