I’m a little bit obsessed with this shoot. I love Sophia Coppola. I love the mood. I love this dress (the cover shoot was styled by Little Spree’s Sarah Clark. Why, yes, I do have a style crush on her…). I think it’s because I am feeling in the mood for pink.
Alex and I recently did guest posts (read them here and here) about our respective styles – which made me realise that I really am not in any way a girl for an out-there trend. Basically, I want to look French with a soupcon of a preppy chic thrown in for good measure on occasion (i.e. when not on child-duty). And my home is never going to feature black walls and swathes of futuristic glassware (unless I come over all modern and Grand Designs in my older age).
The Outnet’s own line, Iris & Ink, makes my heart beat faster for all the right reasons. Gorgoeously made pieces at not-kerazy prices.
And pink really goes with grey (another favourite hue. On my post-baby-wardrobe wish list: the perfect pair of slim grey trousers, although I am very drawn to this hot pink pair by Sophie Hulme).
I am currently enjoying sweet peas in every room of the house (including my daughter’s – she asked if she could have her own little vase of them, and promised to be “very careful as they are very delicate” as she carried them upstairs in both hands, so carefully and intently it made my heart ache a little with love). As a birthday present, my parents planted sweet peas in our garden and installed an obelisk up which they could clamber. And clamber they do. Not quite the blaze of sweet peas they have in their garden (hey Mum – never hold back from bringing me more…) but a complete joy. I pop them in old Bon Maman Jars or used Diptyque candle holders (cannot bear to throw either of these out).
It has inspired me to hunt for a rambling rose – and I am assured by those in the know that David Austin is the go-to guy for roses. With my entirely ignorant eye I love the look of Constance Spry, and A Shropshire Lad. Although I like the sound of Gertrude Jekyll, too (but is she up to the climb). Buying a rose and planting it in my garden will, of course, transform it so it looks exactly like this. Uncanny.
have this week treated myself to a new Roberts Radio for our bedroom. (I’d been saving John Lewis vouchers and found myself in there one lunchtime – honestly, my office is situated in a perilous (for my bank account) position.) As the bedroom is grey and white with the odd flash of yellow (this is the wallpaper, should you be interested), I opted for cream, but this pastel pink number is as sweet as sherbert. (I also adore the navy. Obviously.) Another domestic essential (as far as I’m concerned)? Coffee. We make ours in a cafetiere most of the time, but I love the idea of an espresso pot on the stove.
Let us end where we began: with a perfectly simple, pared-back, shell-pink dress, courtesy of Whistles.