Dickens and Jones by the Sea

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The last time I wore a Dickens & Jones floral number by the seaside, not long after taking the outfit photos Dan proposed to me in our favourite little corner of the earth. So, it was quite special, exactly a year later, to be wearing another lovely dress from what is almost undoubtedly my favourite in house label at House of Fraser when back again to do some serious wedmin, visit our venue, and generally get things moving on our plans for the big day.


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The weather was very kind to us – I’d been a bit grumpy upon our arrival as not only did we have a plethora of broken things to deal with (due to all the not so fun family stuff that has happened this year it’s been a lot longer since anyone was there than usual) but the weather forecast for the week was, quite frankly, pants. Fortunately, as they are so often here in blighty, the weather forecast was WRONG. Woop!

In fact, the weather was almost a little too kind on this day – the sun was so bright my eyes were watering like crazy trying to keep them open for photos (seriously, most of the pics had to be rejected for my major squinting) I was definitely regretting my not ordering any prescription sunglasses before we went (ah contact lenses, how I miss thee!)

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This dress is just lovely – I’m always a sucker for a bright splashy print, the neckline is higher than I usually go for, but it has a cute little keyhole split in it that prevents me from feeling strangled! I also love the chunky exposed zip and waist tie. I teamed it with a raffia hat (hand made by my clever mother) and my tan Clarks Orlas, but I just know I’ll also be taking this dress through to Autumn with chunky brown tights, tan boots and a cosy cardy (I’m totally a Summer girl, but the thought of cosy tights and boots is aaaaalmost enough for me to look forward to Autumn/Winter!

Here’s to happy days in the sunshine!

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Raffia Hat – Loopy Ladies, floral dress – c/o Dickens & Jones at House of Fraser, bag – Fossil c/o McArthurGlen, tan sandals – Orla Kiely at Clarks

  • Naomi

    Love the dress Emily Jane, so bright and colourful! perfect for summer.

    • Emily_Jayne

      Thank you! I do love some bright colour!

  • That really is a beautiful dress – perfect to bring Summer to us, even when the rain keeps pouring! I am glad you got some nice weather for your visit to the seaside tho.
    Also – that hat <3 very talented Mam. Its gorgeous!

    • Emily_Jayne

      Thank you! Yes, I can’t really believe the weather we got, given the forecast! Yes she is very talented indeed, it is ever to her shame that I lack her knitting/crocheting/weaving abilities!!! 😉