Sundays are the perfect time for quiet reflection, getting you ready for another week to take on the world and today those words could not ring truer – I actually started putting together this post last night but as the news began to unfold it didn’t feel right writing about something so frivolous when everything was going on. Cagney and Lace isn’t a space for political views and I don’t intend to make it one now but what I will say is that my thoughts are with everyone in London and while the world continues to spin on its axis it certainly doesn’t mean we forget. Prior to the attacks our weekend was the epitome of Summer with Craig and I joining my friends at an outdoor gig on Friday and hosting a family BBQ Saturday. Yes we went to an outdoor gig on the one day the heavens decided to open, to say we were wet through would be an understatement (thank goodness for my Barbour) but it was more than worth it to relive our younger years and watch local band and Sheffield wonders Milburn. The gig was so nostalgic as my friends and I used to go to the Boardwalk (a small music venue in Sheffield) and watch Milburn play alongside bands like the Arctic Monkeys. The band have been in retirement for years so I couldn’t be happier that they’re back and with new material – if you’ve never listened to them I urge you to sniff them out immediately particularly if early Arctic Monkeys songs are your bag.
Going to the gig got me thinking about my style and what people wear, I remember saying to my friends gosh look at those girls (probably in their late teens/early twenties) they’ve not got coats on, they must be freezing, which is so comical as ten years ago that would have been us! I think it’s true that as you get older you’re less likely to give two hoots about what others think and aren’t afraid to step away from the pack – at the ripe old age of 29 (just where are my twenties going?) I’m far more likely to wear something because I love it rather than it being the most flattering, of the moment or man attracting piece. I actually read earlier this week that blogger Hannah Gale dresses in what makes her happy and this is exactly the school of thought we’re coming from today with my smock dress. Now this dress is never going to win awards for being the most flattering dress but that’s precisely what I love about it. Sometimes you want to wear a dress that keeps you cool, covers your arms and hides the fact you’ve over indulged at your own BBQ and have you seen that embroidery detail? If you had to dream about the perfect holiday piece then this baby is it – throw it over a bikini and head to the bar? Check. Wear it on an evening when you’ve managed to get a bit sunburnt on your arms? Check. Belt it and wear it with denim cut offs? Winner. For me successful Summer dressing is all about simplicity (who’s got time for 101 accessories when it’s roasting?) so I rounded things off with a pair of aviators and the studded sliders which I wore the most all holiday, they’re that comfortable and literally go with everything.
I’m hoping this week will bring a whole lot of joy because goodness knows we need it. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends, getting my sorry behind back to the gym and eating all my homemade Madeleine Shaw banana bread because sometimes you just need a quiet moment, a cup of tea and something sweet.
How will you be spreading joy this week?
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