I’m snuggled up with a cappuccino and my laptop away from the grey skies and busy streets of Oxford Street.

Feeling uninspired by the dull and dreary weather I’m turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve spent the last few hours researching photos of Old Hollywood and it’s definitely brightened my day.

When researching I’ve come across film stills from the 1959 American mystery film Suddenly, Last Summer. The thing that caught my attention the most was the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor who plays the films leading lady Catherine Holly.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.

The film’s costume designer Oliver Messel achieves simple and enduring looks throughout the film, from the classic little black dress to simple white blouses and pleated skirts

However, it’s the summer outfits that stand out the most for me. The famous one piece swimsuit is a highlight for me. The contrast between her tanned skin and the white swimming costume is striking.

The clothes Catherine wore at the seaside pretty much sum up what summer beauty should be. Is there anything more you need then great swimsuits and a gorgeous sun dress?

Lidia

“You all right? his eyes asked.
I’m all right, hers answered.”

– LaVyrle Spencer, Morning Glory

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On a recent weekend away to Bath me and my boyfriend popped into a second-hand bookshop, a small shop with shelves stacked high with hundreds of different genres of books.

My favourite types of books are romance novels, so it will come as no surprise that my boyfriend ended up buying me Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.

The book is about ex-con Will Parker who answers the ad of Elly, a pregnant widow looking for a husband. As Will helps Elly work on her homestead and care for her young children, they develop mutual respect and love.

This is what I call historical romance. It’s realistic, down to earth and absolutely beautiful. It’s a definite must read!

Lidia

I spent my Monday morning having breakfast at the Fifth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols a treat from my little sister for my birthday.

I went for the grilled halloumi which included spinach, cherry tomatoes, poached egg and a side of toast. Yum!

Once I had finished my breakfast and sipped the last of my cappuccino, I was surprised by the waiters and waitresses who came over to our table carrying a small chocolate cake while singing happy birthday to me.

I had such a lovely morning with my sister. I would like to say a huge thank you for treating me. I loved it!

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”

– Marion C. Garretty

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After a busy morning getting pampered, I was ready to go out and celebrate my birthday.

I picked to wear a Archive by Alexa Chung black velvet dress, black pumps, polka dot tights, vintage Swarovski necklace and earrings. I finished my look with a Shrimps black faux fur clutch.

My boyfriend was dressed in a black double breasted suit, teamed with a vintage Daniel Wellington watch and tan Dr. Marten shoes. Very dapper!

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We celebrated at Cahoots, a 1940s themed bar in an old air raid shelter disguised as a tube station, tucked away just off Carnaby Street.

You enter by descending a staircase, which looks like one of the old wooden escalators that used to lead down to the tube – marked “to the trains”.

Enter through the ticket hall and you’ll instantly find yourself in an intimate, buzzy cocktail den containing a replica 1940s tube carriage complete with vintage adverts visible on the exposed brick wall through the windows.

I loved every aspect of this quirky place. Fun, different and very charming. I cannot recommend this place enough.

A big thank you to my boyfriend for organising such a special evening!

Lidia

‘A bad day in New York is still better then a good day anywhere else.’

It’s been over a month since my last blog post as I haven’t been able to put into words all the chaos thats been going through my head. 

With a few days away from work, I have been able to have some time to myself doing things I don’t always get the chance to do and enjoying spending time with loved ones.

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So far today I’ve been busy arranging my Christmas flowers, enjoying a home cooked meal and exchanging gifts. I am now sitting here with a cup of tea and reading New York: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess a illustrated guide to one of the world’s most-loved fashion cities, showing you the hottest places to eat, sleep and play.

There is mention of many thrift shops where you can find great vintage pieces and various boutique hotels and restaurants to have a spot of afternoon tea, all added to my to do list ready for my next visit to the city that never sleeps. 

It’s a definite read for any girl who’s heart belongs to New York. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Lidia