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Outfit of the day Lima Dreaming style it’s about beach life..

Call me sad but today I worked out that it is only 159 days until my annual Lima Dreaming trip so my thoughts have naturally turned to the beach. I always leave my clothes behind so I have a good collection waiting for me but each year I like to add a few new pieces.

This outfit would take me to the local restaurants at the beach (Punta Hermosa)  and also for walks in Lima (with a bellini as a reward)

Eugenia Kim Courtney feather embellished fedora £280 here

BIONDI Ciel off the shoulder voile playsuit £310 here

Isabel Marant Hellea silver leather sliders £295 here

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Outfit of the day with Zara a tweed jacket and a cap

I love everything about this outfit even though at 5’2″ I doubt the boots would work but the idea is cool.

It has the overall look of cross between Chanel and Vivian in Pretty Women, I like that!

Zara Newsboy Cap £15.99 here

Zara Tweed Jacket with Faux Pearl Buttons £89.99 here

Zara Tall Elastic Boots £69.99 here

The pair in the image aren’t available yet but this red pair is a great alternative.



Lima Dreaming Countdown 15 days to go …………

Look at what is waiting for me,! I am very lucky that I have so many clothes and shoes waiting for me in Peru. It is a pleasure to wear them again year after year and I always have a surprise or two (I do forget what I leave behind!)

Juliet Dunn Dress & Heidi Klein Hat

Sophie Webster Sandals

Charo Ruiz Skirt, Heidi Klein Bikini & Bracelet

Line & Dot Dress (love the colour) Valentino Rockstud Sandals (never leave them behind)


For Him 10 Cool Beanies You Need Now…………….

Now that the weather has turned very chilly I have gathered together ten beanies to keep you warm and looking cool.

Avant Toi washed effect beanie £150 here


DANIELAPI ribbed pompom beanie £240 here


Missoni Cable Knit Beanie £290 here


MSGM Frayed Edge Beanie £77 here


Rick Owens Two Tone Beanie £220 here


KAPITAL stamped knit beanie $105 here


MSGM frayed edge beanie £77 here


CA4LA knit beanie $145 here 


Moncler Gamme Bleu cable knit £145 here


Canada Goose Knit Beanie £55 here




Lima Dreaming beach style| Winter sun beachwear|

It is definitely that time of year again, all my thoughts have turned towards Lima. It may seem strange when most people are focusing on christmas but for me its sunshine all the way which is why I find myself searching for beachwear.

Lima is always split in to two categories, week days in the south on the beach and weekends in Lima for family time, cocktails, food and long walks. This means I get to have different wardrobes as the city and the beach require different pieces.

I spotted this dress by Denim & Supply awhile ago in store and this will definitely be in my suit case

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Esme Tunic £140 here


Just love the colour of this bikini

Heidi Klein Cayman Islands Bandeau Bikini £190 here


This dress and hat will make a great outfit for city walk and cocktails (sitting outside Hotel B watching Barranco go by)

Melissa Odabash Cornflower Fedora £112 here


Thierry Colson Pippa Dandelion Cotton Dress £465 here


I usually take a couple of new bikinis with me every year to add to the collection. (a couple in a couple out)

Seafolly Goddess Bikini Top in Wild Orchid  £60 here Bikini bottoms £43 here


Melissa Odabash Maldives Bandeau Bikini £186 here The colour is AMAZING


These Melissa Odabash shorts are way too pretty for the beach but teamed with a  white cotton cami we have beachside living perfection ( eating drinking and walking)

Place Nationale Vintage Cotton Cami £260 here


Melissa Odabash Carolina Embroidered Shorts £190 here


A new sundress (or two) is always nice, either for beach life or city life (you need pretty clothes to drink pretty cocktails!)

ASOS Cold Shoulder Beach Dress £26 here


I think I will finish as I started with a pretty dress which is just perfect for Lima. All it needs is gorgeous sandals (I have plenty) a hat and I am ready. Bellini please.

Vanessa Bruno Frivole Embroidered Dress £498 here







Must have item of the day Gucci striped beanie

I saw this beanie in the Gucci store in London and I love it (I love all things Gucci) but what made me very happy is I have something very similar already. I just love the lightweight knit and the gold threads so pretty for dreary days.

Gucci Metallic Striped Beanie £205 here




Tales from a personal shopping life 15/5…………Squealing with delight

Another week over! time flies when you are having fun.

Even more lovely customers have passed through the personal shopping suite (House of Fraser Manchester) this week.

Monday started with a lovely lady who is off to Royal Ascot as a birthday treat. We decided that assuming the weather would be good was better than anticipating the rain as it would be more fun. She loved this dress, not to much floral and a little coral which suited her colouring. I teamed it with an orange silk shrug from Damsel in a Dress which has since sold out.

Karen Millen Watercolour Floral Pencil Dress £160 here

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The wedding season is still very much in full swing as I have had quite a few mothers of the bride or groom this week. I had a lovely mother of the groom on Thursday who bought two dresses as she couldn’t decide!

Linea Lace Pop Over Dress £120 here

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Eliza J Empire Waist Dress £140 here

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Saturday brought me two wonderful ladies from Liverpool, there was mother of the groom and Aunty Dorothy. They were amazing and  are exactly what makes me love my job so much. Mother of the Groom was so easy, only two dresses were tried before we had “the one”. The wedding is in a barn so she wanted “floaty” and something that could be worn again. This navy dress is perfect and will be accessorised with silver.

Hobbs Fenella Dress £149 here


Aunty Dorothy’s brief was very simple “I need a frock for the wedding can you find me one?” I knew I couldn’t disappoint as she is just so lovely.

This outfit from Jacques Vert made her eyes sparkle and the smiles were huge.

Jacques Vert Floral Print Shift £139 here

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Jacques Vert Bolero £129 here

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Jacques Vert Hat £119 here

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Aunty Dorothy thought she looked like the queen and even though she could have it all as a treat from her niece she insisted on paying for it herself quote “I have never felt this good, it’s amazing so I want to pay for it” It made me feel amazing too.

I had a lady who came for a few new summer tops and when she told me what sort of things she likes she made me smile, Isabel Marant, Sandro & Maje it could have been me talking. On this note I thought it might be a challenge but she loved these three tops.

Whistles Flavia Bardot Silk Top £150 here

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Whistles Cross Back Shell Top £75 here

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Karen Millen Off The Shoulder Top £125 here

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As always much of week is spent obsessing about some item of clothing, a pair of shoes or a bag!! Sad but true!! Although I have to say my blue book is still fully operational so I am making progress.

Today I am feeling very lucky as I have these amazing Sophie Webster blue leather slides, I have been obsessing about them for weeks. They are a birthday pressie and I just want to squeal with delight every time I look at them.

Sophie Webster Lilico Slides £195 here

576111_blue_6The King of Peru and I are off to Valencia for a weekend at the beginning of June so these slides will be worn ALOT. This trip has also meant that I have been obsessing about “outfits” and these pieces are high on my Valencia list but I am sure there will me more!!

Whistles Marina Linen Swing Dress £95 here

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Whistles Baxter Mini Chain Bag £95 here

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As always there is some Isabel Marant in the mix and I will be watching this one in the sales.

Isabel Marant Etoile Naoko Dress £295 here



I hope you all have a great week I am now off to enjoy the rest of birthday birthday.