Hola amigos, well that’s summer over for another year. Hope you all had lovely weather and a beautiful time with your loved ones. Here at Style Pop! We had a few mini breaks, caught up with lots of friends, and for the first time in 15 years didn’t visit our homeland Scotland during the holidays.
Today I thought I’d share some of my style from the last three months, and have a wee recap, before we go into my favourite fashion season, Autumn!
I can’t really talk about my recent style choices, without mentioning one of the biggest factors I had to accommodate when choosing outfits this summer. The big stomach! No amigos, not a lovely baby I’m afraid, but a dreadful infection, causing much discomfort and making getting dressed a sartorial nightmare. I’ve been shaped like potato on legs all summer long. I got on with it of course, I wore swimsuits, I played on the beach with my son, but I wasn’t feeling or looking great. The infection continues amigos, and until I’m back to my old self, you’ll find me in baggy dresses by Cos :)
So as ever, the summer got off to a fabulous bang with the annual pilgrimage to my favourite spot in the world, Capri. This year I was flying solo. The boys stayed home, while I went for a weekend trip with my friends. I struggled to wear a lot of my normal clothes due my changing shape, but I was only there for a weekend, so got by with some kaftans and wrap dresses I already owned, phew. My only new purchase before going was the black wrap skirt below, which I never had off all summer long. Perfect for over my black swimsuit or paired with a tie at the waist, crisp white shirt.
This year I wanted to stay away from my usual multi colour Missoni looks, and chill in monochrome, easy breezy linens and cottons. I basically stayed in this look all summer long. Black, cream, big hat, big shades, and strappy, flat sandals with soft gold jewellery, done. I felt comfy, laid back, and chic, which was something, considering I looked like humpty dumpty with my clothes off, lol. While there I got a new pair of Capri sandals, this time, a gladiator style with all black sole, and python grey straps. Perfect for wearing in Barcelona, as they have a city vibe.
One of the lovely things about living in Barcelona, is that we are so close to the Costa Brava and south of France. This summer we visited family in the lovely town of Collioure, France. It’s a gorgeous wee town, made famous by the works of artists such as Picasso and Matisse.
Family time in Mallorca
We spent a lovely week in the balearic sunshine this August, mostly in Cala D’Or. A place I holidayed with my mum and dad as a child, and with my husband when we were taking our first foreign holidays together back in the late 90s. Again, I stayed pretty much to my new summer uniform of black and white with my trusty straw hat and sunnies. I did pull out my mid 1990s Tom Ford for Gucci sandals for fun. The poor things stay in my wardrobe year after year, and don’t get much wear. I adore them, but they’re heavy and always cut my feet. As they did on this occasion too, and got promptly swapped out for my flat Capri sandals. Oh well, I tried! ;) I also got a chance to wear a new Ganni top I bought last summer in the sales but hadn’t worn.
In August my friend Carrie and I jetted off to London to have a birthday weekend filled with fashion, culture, shopping and cocktails! We saw Fleabag’s sexy priest himself Andrew Scott in the Noël Coward comedy, Present laughter, which was beyond amazing, I was literally screaming out loud it was so funny. he is so charismatic, talented and oh so gorgeous!
Left, Andrew Scott as a sexy ageing actor, in the Present laughter play yes please!
Right showing his fashion chops in this gorgeous tux, with the genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
We had an unforgettable afternoon tea at Sketch London. The place is everything I hoped it would be and more! Artistic, fun, fashionable, bonkers, and the food was incredible too! Much more fun and modern than a lot of the stuffy hotels where you get afternoon tea.
Last but not least, was the reason I was so desperate to go to London in the first place, the sublime Dior exhibit at the V&A. I had tried and failed to get tickets for the original show in Paris, so I was determined not to miss out again, but alas I did. It was fully sold out by the time we got our dates sorted. I could not believe I had missed out again! After some online searching I found that if you become a member of the museum you can enter any show, whenever you want, as many times as you want. Boom, done! I signed up for yearly membership and secured my spot, huzzah! Luckily we’re going back in December so I’ll be able to make use of the membership again and see the Tim Walker exhibit that’s opening this week.
I’ll do a full recap of the exhibit soon, but until then, I’ll say that I was completely blown away by the beauty, and craftsmanship, so much so, that I had a tear in my eye when I came face to face with the original Bar jacket skirt suit from 1947, AKA the “New Look”. When things are made with integrity, love, and passion they can still blow you away after 60 years.
Another lovely spot we went to was the Brasserie of light restaurant inside Selfridges. It’s an over the top glam affair, camp as Christmas and insanely gorgeous. What place doesn’t need a 50 ft glitter pegasus on the wall?! Highly recommended.
Fashion wise, I stuck to my usual city break classics of black dresses, blue jeans, white shirt, oversized and flowy lightweight coat, paired with cool sneakers and bag. ( McQueen and YSL) Easy, and takes you from museum to restaurant without feeling over or underdressed. I treated myself to the Maison Margiela sneakers I had wanted since I featured them on my blog last year. Could have bought everything in the MM6 store. It’s so cool and laid back, with a nice tongue ‘n’ cheek vibe, so it’s not too serious. Heaven!
Need, want love!!!!! I’ll take them all please.
Maison Margiela, it’s a love affair!
So that wraps up our summer trips amigos. I’ll leave you with some clips of The Sexy priest and Sketch London to get you in the Friyay mood! :)
Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Love Pamela xxx