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I don’t wear bikinis because I’m not strong enough (yet!*) to fight against society’s ridiculous restrictions on what it’s ok for me to look like.

Also, my tummy is so white. It’s like it belongs to a different person.

It glows in the dark.

Anyway, the fact that one-pieces are in fashion again is a cause of major celebration for me, and I may have gotten a bit carried away! The front 5 are new and the back 6 are old favourites.

(I found a few more that I had forgotten about after I took this picture! I may need to have a swimsuit cull in the near future…)

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Back row (L-R):

Multicoloured: Marks & Spencer (LOVE this one, it’s underwired and everything)

Coral: River Island (really flattering but needed to sew in a strapless bikini top as it had zero support)

Ice cream and polka dots: Figleaves (very busty, not for the modest among us)

Orangey coral: River Island again,

Blue & White: Frost French Floozie (I needed to size down, the cups were massive)

Stripey: Marks & Spencer, bought mostly for “real” swimming, as in laps, not attempting to look attractive on the beach. I find halterneck swimsuits more flattering but so uncomfortable, I always get a bad neck after wearing them consistently, so for proper swimming I prefer normal shoulder straps.

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Black: Figleaves, has a built in bra, and is super comfy. It’s very plain but retro enough that it is still a ‘look’

Blue leopard: Marks & Spencer, possibly my new favourite

Chartreuse: Marks & Spencer again, flattering tummy ruching, and the colour almost makes me look tanned! (I had to size up as the body was quite short.)

Black one with sheer polka dot straps: Figleaves. They didn’t have my size but I liked it so much I bought it a size too small. Consequently I put it on then decided against it almost every day while I was on holiday. When will I learn…?! :-p

Stripey: M&S, same as the chartreuse one but I didn’t think it through. It has the same tummy ruching but because of the *ahem* hilly terrain it covers, the stripes don’t sit straight. They create a sort of optical illusion that makes my tummy look really weird! This one may be relegated to the “laps in the local leisure centre” league. (It is an M&S “long” one though for people with long torsos like myself, so it is super comfy.)

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I don’t know why I enjoy this effect so much. I think it’s just the Riverdance principle – one person doing it looks a bit whevs, several people at once = oooh!

Hope everyone’s having a great week!

Love,

The Styletterie

*(One day, I will be so ready. And society had better watch itself…)

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Oh wait, I’m already there 🙂

I’m currently in Athens, visiting my family. We’re in the middle of a heatwave, all the locals are devastated – I am thrilled! 🙂 Who knows? I might even tan.

I bought this bag from Accessorize (my sister has the blue version that says “Hit the beach”). It’s meant to be a “bikini bag”, which I assume means it’s to put your wet bikini in when you change out of it but I think it’s way too cute for that and have been using it as a clutch.

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I had a little snakeskin pouch that came with a beach bag I bought a few years ago so I put my money and tissues etc. in that, and then put in my pineapple scarf from Suite Blanco in Lisbon, Victoria Secret lip gloss and my phone (the moving glitter phone case is from Skinnydip London, I am obsessed with their stuff).

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If you’re on holiday, I hope you’re having a brilliant time and if you’re not, I hope you’re not too upset about it!

Happy hump day!

Love,

The Styletterie

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I tried on this gold poncho from Ruly’s as a joke when I was on holiday in Lisbon and unexpectedly adored it (I love when that happens!). Here are 2 ways I wore it this summer…

Left: with M&S treggings, Office shoes and a handbag bought at a flea market in Florence.

Right: with an M&S dress, Accessorize flip-flops and my sister trying to distract me!

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I then got carried away trying to see how many different ways I could wear it…

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Fwoofy dress + tassels = ….Must….Twirl….

I’m trying to figure out how to wear it for winter as, even in summer, it was pretty nippy, what with a.)being more hole than actual material, and b.) looking extremely stupid with a cardi on top!

Hope everyone’s having a good day!

Love,

The Styletterie

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 Sunglasses: Peacocks

Last set of Athens photos, I promise!

 

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 The temple of Apollo at a beach in Vouliagmeni.

 

 T-shirt: Forever 21; Skirt: Tally Weijl (bought in Lisbon); Sunglasses: Amy Cavill for Anthropologie; Bag: Flea market in Florence.

 

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 The Golden Hall shopping centre.

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 Trying on stuff in Zara (I know, I know, I shouldn’t go abroad to go to shops we have at home but still..). I didn’t buy the dress on the left, but I did buy the one on the right 🙂

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 Cool compact mirror, and Cinderella print that I kind of wanted…

 

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 Creepy mannequin

 

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 A walk and an ice lolly.

 

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 Earrings: Suite Blanco (also from Lisbon). Sunshine streaming through window: not available in stores.

*sigh*

 

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 Camo cap: From an army stall in Monastiraki; Kaftan/beach dress: H&M; Bag: Accessorize.

 

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My niece requested that I learn to make loom bands. I didn’t realise you actually needed a loom (yes, I’m special like that), so I was only able to make the simplest version, which was this. It made me look tanned so I made myself one and wore it too! The bracelets are vintage (stolen from my parents, they have their names on them).

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‘Til next time Athens…

Love,

The Styletterie

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Dress: Joy; Sandals: Accessorize

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I decided to try this evil eye mani after seeing it in a Maison Bentley Style post. I loved it but it took about 2 and a half hours. The white varnish alone required about 4 coats. Also, my niece thought the eyes were snails! Stayed pretty well though.

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Taking pictures out of a moving vehicle = abstract art.

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This dress is about 20 years old I think, I stole it off my sister in law. The label says it’s lingerie though, so maybe I wasn’t supposed to wear it out! This dress is also my main excuse for never throwing anything away, as I kept it in my cupboard for years, trying it on occasionally, and it never suited me. One day I put it on, and loved it. I now wear it all the time in summer, or in winter with leggings and boots. Hoarding for President!

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The Athinaion cinema, the last remaining cinema in Athens to display hand painted movie posters, still painted by the same man who has done them for over 60 years. He’s in his eighties now and this prompted a really fascinating conversation with the taxi driver, who was driving us when I took this photo, about dying arts. The driver had trained as a goldsmith, an art that had been passed down to him through several generations. He told us how sad it made him that he had no one to pass it on to, and that while everything can be done with computers and machines now, it didn’t change the fact that a craft had died. Would a machine know the exact length an earring stem needs to be to hold a specific weight earring whilst not hurting the woman, he asked? It was a really interesting conversation, and reminded me that people are never just what they seem.

Swimsuit: Marks & Spencer. I looove this swimsuit, I love the pattern, plus it has a built-in underwire- score!; Shorts: Warehouse; Bag: Accessorize;

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My sister in her gorgeous Monsoon dress, on her way to a wedding.

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I don’t know what this weird octopus plant is called but it made me smile.

Love,

The Styletterie

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Some pictures from my August trip to visit my parents in Athens…

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The obligatory packing crisis…

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My nephew’s cool new hat! (That his mother hates, which of course only makes him love it more… It’s funny how a word means such different things to different generations. To my parents, in their 60s and 70s, a dope is someone a bit stupid. To my brother and sister-in-law, in their 40s, it means drugs. To my 10 year old nephew it just means cool.)

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Just chilling with my nephews on the beach…

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Wear sunscreen!!

(I actually did wear sunscreen, so this should read “wear sunscreen and re-apply every hour, and try and get even coverage! Gah!”)

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Left: Dress: Marks & Spencer, Flip Flops: Accessorize; Right: Dress: Asos, Shoes: Primark, Turquoise jewellery: Suite Blanco in Lisbon

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Dress scored from a clothes swap with friends. And giganto-peach!

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Trying stuff on in BSB. I quite liked this jumpsuit but my mother was very unimpressed! Plus, I couldn’t bend my legs, so it stayed behind 😦 Also, loads of the changing rooms in Athens don’t have mirrors in them which drove me crazy! I do not enjoy having to do all my embarrassing what-does-it-look-like-from-different-angles? posing (squatting to see what I’d look like sitting down etc.) in a room full of shoppers!

And the shop assistants hover. Which I hate.

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Swimsuit: River Island. I love this swimsuit, it’s a great colour and the ruching makes it uber-flattering but it had no support at all (why do shops do that?!) so I bought a cheap strapless bikini top bra from Asos and sewed it in. Not ideal but better than nothing! Shorts: Dorothy Perkins.

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Necklace: Bought from a stall in Monastiraki

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The Runner, my all-time favourite statue. Isn’t it cool?!

Thanks for reading, more pictures to come (I take too many photos!).

Love,

The Styletterie

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Following on from my previous Monastiraki post, here are some more pictures of my day at the Athenian flea market…

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USA, UK, France…Where were the Greek flag phone cases?! 

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There are some “real shops” too, although I mostly stuck to the stalls.

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Note to self: Do not carry a black plastic bag whilst walking around in 35 degree weather!

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This was in a really cool, enormous bead shop. Not quite sure why the dinosaur and British phone box were relevant…

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Love these weird jellyfish things!

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National motto…

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My new rings. Everyone agrees that the temple one is super tacky but also strangely nice. I love it and have worn it loads!

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Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

🙂

Love,

The Styletterie

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I know, I know- I’m supposed to be starting to think about autumn and snoods and rusty orange colours and pumpkins etc., but I am going for a long weekend in Crete with some girlfriends next week and am thus still firmly in summer mode!

With that in mind, I am really feeling daisies at the moment. Here is a collection of some daisy themed stuff I had lying around…

Sunglasses: Accessorize (Ok, these aren’t actually mine. My Mum and sister have matching pairs and I nick them occassionally…)

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I wasn’t actually going to include this super-cheesy photo, until I realised that I had inadvertently posed in front of a big picture of a daisy that my Grandmother had painted on her window years ago…!

Green strap top: Dorothy Perkins (one of my most used items this summer!)

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This was Day 2 of my time in Athens, after I’d burnt my shoulders and thighs horribly on Day 1 and could only wear soft and light clothing!

Daisy necklace: bought at the Brooklyn Flea Market last winter, worn A LOT since.

Daisy flip-flops: Accessorize

On the top left are 2 daisy clips, that came with a pair of wedges that I bought in Greece about 10 years ago. I love that they are detachable as it means that a.) my shoes can be a bit more sophisticated and less cute, as the occasion requires and b.) I can put daisies on all my other stuff too! Win-win. 🙂

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Out for burgers the other night: Top: Primark. Jeans: Monsoon. Shoes: Office. Jacket: Warehouse

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I also tried on this amazing dress in a shop in Athens called BSB. I loved the pattern so much but ultimately just couldn’t make the shape work for me. From some angles it looked ok, but I have learned the hard way that if you feel uncomfortable in something in the shop, you are definitely never going to wear it in real life!

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Can you tell I am still crushing on mid-nineties Drew Barrymore…?! That woman knew how to make daisies a look!

I hope you all have a daisy kind of day!

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Love,

The Styletterie

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I’m in Athens at the moment, visiting my parents, and these are all the shorts I brought…that are currently lounging uselessly in a cupboard, unable to be used as I have about 25 mosquito bites on my legs alone, and 2 weird patches of sunburn where my sunscreen obviously didn’t reach. In short (pun intended), my legs are not looking their best right now! 

Now, where did I put my maxi-dresses…?

(Shorts L-R: H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse, River Island. Sunnies L-R: River Island, Amy Cavill for Anthropologie, River Island, Peacocks)

Hope everyone’s having a great summer!

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Love,

The Styletterie

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It was my sister’s birthday last weekend and she had 2 parties (because if you can’t channel the Queen on your birthday, when can you?) Her first party was at home and I wore:

– My Dolly Parton slogan tee that I bought when I saw her live last month, tied up at the back with a hairtie to make it the right length.

– My Mum’s cobalt blue skirt from the 70s. (Worn previously in a winter OOTD.)

– Accessorize pink and black mini-wedges

– Chandelier earrings that were a gift several years ago

– Accessorize necklace, I got it last week in the sale 🙂

– My Viva Forever bracelet, bought when I went to see the musical of the same name.

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On Sunday night we went to a pub quiz, and I wore my new Asos off-the-shoulder dress, which is now my favourite thing. It’s super comfy, airy and perfect for summer. (Argh – when searching for the link to the dress, I came across about 30 other off-the-shoulder numbers that I now want! This is not good…)

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I wore it with my white Office plimsolls and white Asos backpack. I also wore my gorgeous new Oliver Bonas amethyst necklace that my sister gave me (on her birthday- I don’t think she understands birthdays very well! Not that I’m complaining….!)

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 Isn’t it lovely?!!

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 I’m incapable of not twirling when I put on a floaty dress!

(Secretly, I’m 8).

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My bf thought it actually looked cooler with the leather straps of my backpack showing.

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This is to demonstrate that my tan lines from where I burnt recently are so strong that it actually looks as if I have my backpack on all the time!

Argh.

 

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Love,

The Styletterie