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

I spent my Saturday at Town House, an antique shop in an 18th-century house in Spitalfields. I was here to attend a flower arranging workshop with Worm London.

I have followed Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth (the girls behind Worm London) since 2016. I love their unique flower styling and couldn’t wait to learn their techniques.

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In this workshop I got to use colourful and seasonal British flowers for a table arrangement. I learnt about choosing and preparing flowers, plus some tricks on how to make an interesting arrangement. I got to take home my arrangements in a vintage, ceramic marmalade jar.

I really enjoyed this workshop, I have taken away many new skills and a beautiful flower arrangement that is currently sitting prettily next to me.

“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”

– E.V

Lidia

With a basket full of flowers after a trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market, I was ready to start on the dried flower wall installation for Selfridges.

Once I returned from the flower market, I unpacked and divided flowers up into small bunches, I tied string around the stems and left them hanging to dry.

Two weeks later..

I untied all the bunches and cut down the stems and removed any leaves that I didn’t want.

I then started making little bouquets. I made sure to pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller stems near the top and back. I filled in the gaps with smaller blooms.

The display was used for Simone Rocha’s pop-up at Selfridges. The dried flowers worked perfectly for Simone Rocha’s SS17 collection.

I hope you enjoy the dried flower wall install as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Lidia

This years Met Gala (also known as the Met Ball) the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City took place on the first Monday of May.

The red carpet is one of the most-watched fashion events of the year and this year, celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.’ 

‘Avant-garde’  was the official dress code and the a-listers in attendance didn’t disappoint with their show-stopping looks.

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Selena Gomez in Coach.

My best dressed goes to Selena Gomez who looked stunning in a pale pink slip gown embellished with flowers, by Coach’s Stuart Vevers. She topped it off with a geometric choker, a mini handbag and metallic heeled sandals.

I also loved Gigi Hadid in in a caramel coloured asymmetrical dress by Tommy Hilfiger and Blake Lively in a plunging gold gown with an electric, feathered flame design at the train by Versace.

Who’s look stole the show for you?

Lidia 

All dressed up and ready to go, I couldn’t be more excited for my French themed date night with my love.

I picked to wear a floral bardot dress from Topshop, black lace up espadrilles and Swarovski pearl earrings. I finished my look with a vintage needle point embroidered bag.

We started the evening eating dinner at Palm Court Brasserie, a traditional French restaurant in Covent Garden. Reminiscent of 1920’s art nouveau style, the dining room boasts effortless Parisian chic, echoing the popular Brasseries of some of Paris’s affluent arrondissements.

We then stopped of at Laduree, a upscale bakery with Parisian origins, specialising in French macarons in a number of flavours. I was treated to a box of macarons!

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We then walked across to the Dominion Theatre to watch An American In Paris, the breathtakingly beautiful new Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams. It was S’Wonderful!

‘You’ve made my life so glamorous. You can’t blame me for feeling amorous.’ 

Lidia