Reviewed – The Salamander Eco Cotton dress from Gudrun Sjoden

When we look at fabrics that are suitable for summer dresses, we seem to be naturally drawn to cool linens and cotton. I’m not a real fan of linen – I love the look on everyone else, but on myself I always look and feel like I’ve slept in my clothes. But cotton is another story, the practical thin layer that keeps us cool and avoids those lived in creases. The Salamander Eco Cotton dress from Gudrun Sjoden is one of those perfect summer pieces in eco cotton.

Salamander Eco Cotton dress Click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Salamander Eco Cotton dress 

It is no secret to readers of Fashion-Mommy that I am a huge fan of Gudrun Sjoden, the vibrant prints, unique designs and great quality fabrics all appeal to the part of me that likes my wardrobe to earn its keep. When I was asked if I would like to review a piece from Gudrun’s high Summer collection whilst enjoying my holiday in Menorca, I knew that the Salamander Dress was totally the one that I had to choose…and having spotting this little fellow on the wall of one of the shops in Cala En Bosch Marina, I was proved right.


Little Salamander in Menorca.

The Salamander dress is a loose tunic style dress that has a pull string fastening that gives it an empire line style. It has a v neckline and the sleeves are slightly square – almost batwing in style. The dress sits nicely on the knees, and is in thin eco cotton, but with a print that ensures the dress is not transparent. This is a dress that is made for sunny lazy days and holidays.


I love how relaxed this dress is, it is a lovely daytime piece. I popped this in my suitcase and found it was the dress I grabbed to go down to breakfast in our hotel (I’m not a fan of flashing the flesh at the breakfast table). I used it as a cover up when the sun got too fierce as it looked great layered over swimwear. It was also the item I turned to for a trip on a glass bottomed boat. It was perfect because it was a little breezy on top deck, so the sleeves and the length of the skirt offered some protection. In short, this is a piece you could wear anytime and anywhere.


Wearing this as a pool cover-up.


Having a coffee at breakfast time.


On Amigos glass bottomed boat

Gudrun Sjoden is currently in the middle of a pretty amazing sale, which includes a range of dresses and tunics.




Reviewed – Lacey Burnout Kaftan from Boux Avenue

My second review from Boux Avenue moves away from the lounge wear and sleepwear of the last review, and instead looks towards my summer holidays. This review is concerned with a piece I fell in love with the minute I saw it online, and then loved even more when I saw it in the flesh. The only problem was choosing which colour I liked best!

The Lacey Burnout Kaftan from Boux Avenue is a beautiful holiday cover-up. It comes in white and black, and a glorious raspberry shade of pink.  I totally loved the pink, and am still really tempted to get it, but I opted for classic white, a colour I love to wear in Summer, and a choice that would go well with all my swimwear.

Lacey burn out kaftan £28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Lacey burn out kaftan
£28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Lacey burn out kaftan £28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Lacey burn out kaftan
£28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

The first thing I want to say about this item is just how soft the fabric is, it feels delicious. It has a semi circle pattern on it which means it isn’t as see-through as some cover-ups can be. The sleeves are a flattering length, and there is a drawstring which sits just under the bust to give an empire line to the kaftan.


Kaftan Boux Avenue
Necklace Wallis (past season)
swimsuit George at Asda (similar here)
Sandals Matalan

DSCN7594[1]The bat-wing sleeves and the length of this kaftan mean that this is an item I would happily wear when having a beachside lunch without feeling seriously undressed. It is a lovely, feminine piece and will be easy to pack, the fabric (72% polyester 28% polyamide) is the sort that doesn’t crease, so it will come out of your case fresh and ready to wear. It is also machine washable, so when you return from hols, and this is covered in sand, you can simply through it in the washing machine.

DSCN7595[1]Boux Avenue would not have been my first port of call when I was shopping for beach wear and cover-ups, but I have been really impressed with the quality and style of this product.

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