If you read my last blog, you’ll know that my family and I are making an effort to spend proper quality time together at the weekends, now that both of us are working full time. The plan is to venture out on lots of daytrips, to both places we already love, and those we are yet to fall for. Last weekend, 10 members of my family made our way to Mudeford beach in Bournemouth. It’s a place that holds many beautiful childhood memories for me and somewhere I’d been desperate to take Frankie to.
Unfortunately, the day didn’t go quite to plan. We had been there from less than two hours when Frankie spiked a temperature that caused him to suffer a febrile convulsion in my arms, whilst having his milk. After an ambulance ride to Poole hospital and four hours being looked after by the amazing staff in the A&E department we were finally back at the beach for the last hour before the long journey home. Thankfully, the kid is okay now and it seemed he had a viral infection! You may be able to tell, the stress of the day is somewhat reflected in these photos, as I’d cried all my make up off and my hair considerably less groomed than when I’d arrived! However, can we take a moment to appreciate how adorable my brother is with my son?!
I had taken the opportunity to debut my new dress from Miss Candyfloss, Elisa-Lee. A Swedish company, running for 9 years, Miss Candyfloss has been in my top five fashion brands since the moment I discovered them. Their glowing reputation is helped by them consistently releasing elegant and beautiful garments, which fit like a dream, and are well-made and ethically produced in Europe. Having already bought two of their classic dresses in the past, I knew that their dresses always suit my sometimes hard to dress figure, and Elisa-Lee was no exception.
Whilst my family joked that I looked like I’d confused Mudeford with Saint Tropez, and the dress oozes subtle glamour, there was nothing about it that wasn’t entirely practical for a day at the coast. Elisa-Lee is modestly cut and classic, meaning I needn’t limit this dress to my downtime and could happily wear it to meetings and clinics. It compromises of a rich navy bodice and upper skirt, complemented by a navy and white chevron style lower skirt, matching belt and Peter Pan collar. Finished with capped sleeves, functioning faux pearl buttons and a side zip and you have a whole helping of glamour. The soft, breathable fabric meant I stayed comfortably cool and was able to play on the beach (for the albeit brief time we were there) and even engage with a spot of glamourous rock climbing.
My measurements are (as always) 35”, 28”, 42” and I went for this dress in a size small. The stretch in the fabric means that the dress fits so perfectly! Elisa-Lee is available in sizes XS-3XL, though the S is currently out of stock, and is priced at €107.50. The only possible downside I can pick up on with this dress is that it is labelled as being dryclean only. I’m not the kinda gal that has the time or money to dry clean my clothes, so I’m going to risk it with a handwash. Wish me luck!!
One final note, you may have noticed that I’ve started adding a few more personal photos and details into my blog posts….how do you guys feel about that? Keep it in or give it a miss? Tell me what you think in the comments below!!
Disclaimer – this dress was kindly gifted to me by Miss Candyfloss, however all opinions are my own honest views. I do not accept any items that I wouldn’t genuinely purchase myself.