Lattice work

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A french wired silk bonnet from circa 1812. Bringing back ALL the memories of Georgette Heyer’s epic shopping scenes (Frederica and Charis in the millinery shop in particular, to be honest.)

Festival moods

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If in May the first music festivals come out, by late June / July it’s definitely the turn of the literary circuit and the London season seems fully underway as the talking set’s removal to various parks and country houses coincide with racing, cricket and tennis.

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The one I did get to (thank you C) was the Queen’s Park literary festival where I went 100% fangirl at seeing Zadie Smith speak. But next year I’m saving time for the Garden Museum’s weekend (topics ranging from Elizabethan knot gardens to foraging)

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and The Idler also had a splendidly louche-sounding weekend booked in at Fenton House earlier this year. Not a tent in sight, let alone a portaloo…

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More fantasy shopping

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As I don’t have pierced ears, and have no intention of changing that either, this set of earrings – like all the others I feature – are pure fantasy shopping, and none the worse for it. These are from The Adventurine.

From the family album

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*Exactly* how I looked as a child (ho ho, not), although obviously I posted this for the fabulous jewellery set – brooch, ring, bracelet – and well-turned ankle of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

The short front skirt and sweeping train reminds me of Louisa’s wedding dress in The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (“as was the hideous fashion then”), although no signs of the frills of tulle and orange blossom here.

Summer dresses

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with the rising temperatures come the catalogues full of summer dresses. These ones from Hush perfectly capture a sense of hot, languid afternoons.

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Quite like this one but my shape’s changed over the last year and it wouldn’t work for me now

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Also like these very different, brightly coloured offerings from Mother of Pearl. I’m a sucker for a bright red/blue combination like this.