Reviewed ‘Gry’ Cotton Tunic from Gudrun Sjoden

When the sun is beating down making us all feel a little hot and sticky, there is nothing in your wardrobe that can beat the coolness of a cotton tunic. It ca help you avoid sunburn by covering the sensitive skin on your shoulders, and yet the freshness of the cotton also means that you remain looking fresh and cool even when the weather reaches 100 degrees.

Gry cotton tunic, now £50

Gudrun Sjoden has produced a really beautiful cotton kaftan that is just perfect for the gorgeous weather we are enjoying at the moment. Called the ‘Gry’, this is a 1970s vintage style tunic that is also a great buy if you are going away on holiday this summer. It comes in two colour ways, a beautiful primrose yellow, and a classic white with blue embroidered yolk detail. I was lucky enough to be sent the white version and made sure it had pride of place in my suitcase on my recent holiday to Menorca.

I cannot recommend this tunic enough, I totally loved it. For a start it is loose, which makes it such a cool item to wear. The sleeves are not tight or restrictive, also important when the temperatures start to rise. The length means that this is the perfect cover-up when you want to leave the beach or pool and go and eat. The yoking detail on the neckline is super pretty, and adds just a splash of colour for interest level.  This tunic reminds me of early Laura Ashley designs, those 1970s smocks and dresses that inspired boho chic, and could easily be worn with a belt as a dress perfect for festival season.

This is a great piece to have in your wardrobe, one which you will wear year after year. The great news is that it is currently in the Gudrun Sjoden sale with £15 off, so it is an even better buy. Definitely worth checking out.

Wallis – the perfect summer edit

I have to say I just love the new look Wallis website. I find that I am constantly taking a look at the landing page to see what the latest trends and style stories are, along with the months key buys and offers. Wallis has recently revamped its landing page, which now has a magazine like feel to it. If you visit at the moment you will find ideas for holiday packing, the latest summer drops, the sale link and the Wallis picks for July. It is easy to navigate and looks bright and inviting, all of which makes it a great place to shop.

Great websites make us want to shop, they invite and entice us to by giving us choice at our fingertips. A great blog by Media Agency London talked about the way websites can draw us in with added graphics and infographics, and how blogs are now so important to stores as another way of presenting products. I think Wallis has now got the balance just right with their site.

This month there is a real focus on holiday packing with the Holiday Boutique.I’ve chosen my favourite items from each section of this edit, from sandals to swimwear, nothing is missed out.

Swimwear

Blue Snake Print Swimsuit Price: £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Turquoise Tankini Top Price: £18.00 click to visit Wallis

Turquoise Bikini Shorts Price: £14.00 click to visit Wallis

Sandals

Black Diamante Sandal Price: £32.00 click to visit Wallis

Gold Sandal Was £25.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Wallis

Maxi Dresses

Multi-Coloured Petite Maxi Dress Price: £48.00 click to visit Wallis

Purple Embellished Maxi Dress Was £50.00 Now £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Brown Animal Print Maxi Dress Price: £48.00 click to visit Wallis

Accessories

Bright Multi Coloured Stone Necklace And Earrings Price: £16.50 click to visit Wallis

Tonal Bead Collar Price: £16.50 click to visit Wallis

Blue Snake Print Scarf Was £15.00 Now £7.00 click to visit Wallis

 

 

Reviewed – Curvissa Print Maxi Dress

Curvissa has recently launched its high summer collection, full of perfect pieces for vacations and stay-cations, and I was lucky enough to be asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of the pieces. I chose the gorgeous print maxi dress which I believe is the summer dress that my wardrobe needed.

Print Maxi Dress £35 click to visit Curvissa

The print maxi dress is made from a lovely stretchy jersey fabric that makes it comfortable to wear everyday. The print is a vibrant mixture of red, blue and white in a sort of patchwork pattern that gives the dress the feel of a classic 1970s sundress, with the detachable straps making this a great option for both getting, and showing off a holiday suntan. The bust area is stretchy and elasticated, and is surprisingly roomy, even for a larger bust, and the general feel you get from this dress is that this is something that you could definitely pack for a sun dripped holiday, even more so as it wouldn’t crease in the case.

I really like this dress. The length is perfect for me at 5ft 7, meaning I could wear this with white pumps. I like the removable strap option, although I do wish the straps were further across my shoulders. However, the straps being closer to the neck means that these could be tied to make a halter neck option which gives the dress another look. The elasticated bodice gives the dress shape and also keeps it from falling down. And I truly love the colours in it, very vibrant and bright for a summer dress rather than the usual pastel shades.

I styled this dress with red patent pumps that picked out the main colour of the dress. A denim jacket was added, with gold accessories in the form of earrings and a vintage brooch found in a junk shop in Bala. I wore this outfit for a shopping trip and lunch out and felt both smart, but also not overly dressed up. This is a great dress for nice days out – at the seaside, at the shopping centre, or just a walk in the sun.

View all the Curvissa dresses here.