Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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Usually, when I do an...

If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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A girl who just love...

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I have been on the hunt for the perfect summer striped dress, nothing else matters to me. Despite people telling me it was a fool error for even wanting to wear something striped, ”horizontal stripes make you look wider” they would tell me. A fashion myth that just won’t die, It’s has in fact been proven time and time again that it’s a load of rubbish, however many people still seem to be convinced that the moment they put on anything striped it’ll somehow completely alter their body shape and make you look wider instead of thinner.  I would just rolled my eyes and tell them their are being stupid.I’m in the belief that everyone should have something fabulous and striped in their wardrobe, so with that in mind I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect summer striped dress. One that would flatter my short frame (4ft10) and hide my apple figure, that was when I came across this H&M (good old H&M) striped dress. It has everything I was looking for and in a way – a lot more. This I can see being summer attire and one I can wear for anything.

So my question is, will you be going striped this summer?

 

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  • This looks great on you! I hate the myth that horizontal stripes make you look wider, it’s so not true!

  • LaaLaa
    May 30, 2016

    Gotta love a good ol’ H&M dress. You look fabulous & I’ve heard the avoid stripes line too. I don’t really wear patterns or lines, I’m mostly a black wearer or statement tee person but you may sway me x

  • Emma (SitS)
    May 30, 2016

    Love this dress you look fab! Down with the horizontal stripe myth!!! That dress looks a great length on you too. I’m only 4’11 myself so this would be perfect for me 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Robin Rue
    May 30, 2016

    That dress is super cute. I love it on you.

  • Galina V
    May 30, 2016

    Stripes are wonderful for summer! I should dig out my fave old striped Breton top. Don’t listen to myths and legends of fashion, and wear what you enjoy!

  • sonya
    May 30, 2016

    Love that! I adore stripes, and have lots of stripy things!

  • EverythingAliex.com
    May 30, 2016

    Love this dress on you! You look fab! Keep up your great job girl and good luck xxx

  • Her Highness the Hipster
    May 30, 2016

    adorable! Need to hit H&M

  • Leah
    May 30, 2016

    That’s a super cute dress!

  • Coco Cami
    May 30, 2016

    Cute dress, I love this look, perfect for summer 🙂

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • Inspiring Kitchen
    May 30, 2016

    I love stripes! The dress looks great on you. You look so fabulous.

  • Katelin Knust
    May 30, 2016

    Barefoot–that’s my style, too! I love going barefoot all year!

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)
    May 30, 2016

    that looks so comfy and floaty for summer #Sharethejoy

  • Nellwyn
    May 30, 2016

    I love that silhouette! Full skirts like that are so cute for summer 🙂

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

  • Anne
    May 30, 2016

    That is a nice dress. Your smile lights up your face, did you know that.

  • Cute dress. Love the stripes!

  • Katie @ Katie Like Me
    May 30, 2016

    Love the stripes!

    Katie | Katie Like Me

  • Estelle Van de Velde
    May 30, 2016

    Lovely dress 🙂

  • Gill Jacob
    May 30, 2016

    So good to know you wee too, I’m officially 5ft! So its good to know for lengths when you model clothes so I can work it out how frocks would look on me – so please keep up the model work!!!

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Gill, thank you so much for your comment. Well they do say all good things comes in small packages. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Thank you 🙂 xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Thank you xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Thank you Brittany xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Anne, thank you for your comment. That’s really sweet for you to say that. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Newllwyn, thank I totally agree. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Fiona, thank you I do agree. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Katelin, same it healthier for the feet. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi IK, thank you for your kind comment. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Coco, yup I agree. 🙂 xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Leah, yup I agree with you. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Do as they have some lovely items right now. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi EA, thank you for your kind comment. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Sonya, stripes never really go out of style. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Amen. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Roben, thank you for your kind comment xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Emma, thank you for your comment. xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Laalaa comes to the stripe side 😉 xx

  • Anna Nuttall
    May 30, 2016

    Hi Becca, yup it silly people still say this. xx

  • Cathy Kennedy
    May 30, 2016

    Anna, I’m not a striped kinda gal. I actually think stripes call more attention to one’s shape over no design. So, if someone’s self conscience of their shape then I say avoid what ever makes you feel uncomfortable. Obviously you are not and I applaud you for not having this restriction. I do own a couple of shirts with stripes and I do wear them on occasion, but most of the time I prefer to wear a different top. Thanks for sharing. You’ve picked out a cute, fun, summery dress!

  • Marie Moody
    May 30, 2016

    Now I’m only 5′ 2″, but also apple shape… let’s call that a freekin’ watermelon… bwahahahaha . Now with that being said I agree with Cathy Kennedy, but if I liked stripes I would always go with the up & down… vertical for skinnier and taller. Horizontal would be to make me look shorter and chubbier NOT! Never ever slanted or horizontal would I wear. They’d probably call me a butterball! hahaha I appreciate you stopping by girlfriend, but this is Monday’s Music Moves Me… do play along with us next time and post a tune. The theme for the day is always in my side-bar and Freebies are every other week meaning post whatever tune you like. Every other week we have a pick for our Spotlight Dancer and they pick the theme… so I’m picking one at the end of the day and you may be picked. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! Have fun & be safe! Hugs

  • tp keane
    May 31, 2016

    I can’t do stripes. I’ve got big… lets put it delicately… assets. The stripes don’t suit me as well as they do you.

  • reena santos
    May 31, 2016

    i like the confident.

  • Dhemz Apdian - Dias
    May 31, 2016

    You can never go wrong with black and white! Oh, I love that kind of dress. It’s flowy and very versatile. You’re rock’n it! Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.gregdemcydias.com

  • Mai C.
    May 31, 2016

    The striped dress looks really good on you. I love the design and it’s really perfect for a day out during the summer! I would totally go for a dress like this.

  • Colette S
    May 31, 2016

    I agree with the up and down stripes, but you dazzle in this dress my dear!

  • fashionistamomma
    May 31, 2016

    I love stripes. Vertical or horizontal. Super cute dress. 🙂 xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

  • Jesh StG
    May 31, 2016

    Stripes? I have no idea! What I will wear depends on if it will be easily washable since I’ll be painting all summer, and not a dress,since I will be standing on a high platform and may have to climb a ladder. My clothes closet is overflowing, so clothes will not be on my mind for some years.

  • bettynz
    May 31, 2016

    It’s an adorable little dress and it looks great on you!

  • Ana De Jesus
    May 31, 2016

    I love your striped summer dress, the nautical trend is perfect for summers by the beach!

  • Joanna
    May 31, 2016

    It is a beautiful dress, I love how the skirt flows naturally and doesn’t just drops lifeless. I am going stripes too this summer, I just got a really nice black and white strip Tshirt.

  • Danne Reed
    May 31, 2016

    You look nice in this stripes dress. It shows your beautiful curves and yeah the horizontal stripes make you wider is just a fashion myth!

  • I actually love stripes too – the nautical trend is fabulous! I bet you’ll get SO much wear out of this one Anna – bring on the sunshine! Thanks for sharing and joining us at #sharethejoy this week and hope to see you again x

  • Lauren Kunin
    May 31, 2016

    I love the dress! H&M definitely has some trendy pieces!

  • Chrishelle Ebner
    May 31, 2016

    Love your choice for a summer dress. Your rockin those horizontal stripes like a rock star. You look great.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    May 31, 2016

    I love these types of dresses for summer – can’t go wrong with them!

  • Kate Tunstall
    May 31, 2016

    You look fab! If I find the right dress then yes, I’ll be going stripy for summer. I lived in a stripy blazer last year and have already got that out again!

  • Kara
    May 31, 2016

    I have a striped summer dress and it actually makes me look thinner. Love this dress, it suits you

  • Enricoh Alfonzo Naidu
    June 1, 2016

    That carpet is legit Awesomeness! I so want that in my room, looks just like the outdoors.
    Well i do dig wearing stripped shirts, some of my fav in fact.
    Kudos to you for debunking that fashion myth 😀

  • Beauty that walks
    June 1, 2016

    Lol! People will say anything that’s why I prefer to do my little shopping alone. I will ask for advice if I need it.

    http://www.beautythatwalks.com

  • Kelleyn Rothaermel
    June 1, 2016

    The dress is darling! http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-time.html

  • Shannon Peterson
    June 2, 2016

    I am a total stripe addict, and you look fabulous in this!

  • Jessica Anderson
    June 3, 2016

    Stripes have always been a favorite of mine! It’s so versatile and goes with so much stuff 🙂

    http://www.forblueskies.com

  • MsChanda
    June 6, 2016

    LOVE this dress and I love your backdrop as well! 🙂 wanted to drop in and say Thanks for linking up with me last week! Come check out the latest post when you have a chance!

    xx, Chanda | Summer Style: How To Rock Jeans feat. La Passion Voutee

  • Qazi Fabia hoq
    June 17, 2016

    H&M never fails to make someone happy:) I think you made a perfect choice for a summer dress…. A Breton classic stripe never goes out of style and therefore is for everyone 🙂
    Xoxo
    Fabia
    http://www.afashionholicslife.blogspot.com

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