If you find an item that makes your heart sing buy it

Blue print maxi dress and white sandals

If you find an item that makes your heart sing buy it! When I saw this dress in the Bentalls Centre in Kingston I was not looking for another summer dress. I had done my wardrobe planning for the season. As far as I was concerned I had enough dresses to last for the summer, including our trip to Grimaud.

A day of shopping

I was shopping with my friend who was over from South Africa and was staying with me for a few days. She was looking for an outfit and accessories for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. So we hit the shops for some serious retail therapy. Something that I have not done for a very long time.

If you find an item that makes your heart sing buy it

Whilst my friend was in the changing room I was outside perusing the racks when I came across this gorgeous dress. It was the colour that first attracted me. I was not quite sure about the puff sleeves but thought that it was worth a try on. I did love it but was trying to be restrained with my purchases. At that point we were both tired and thought that we would take a break and go and have some lunch in one of the restaurants by the river Thames.

Summer dress ideal for St.Tropez

I really did feel very feminine when I tried the dress on so decided to go back after lunch and buy it. I am so glad that I did as each time I wear it I love it a bit more. The dress is still available at Whistles. I took a size small as it comes up quite generous.

It has been very hot since we have been in France and this dress is beautifully floaty and cool. It is 100% organic cotton using farming processes that are certified to organic agricultural standards – without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilisers.

Summer maxi dress and holdall

I am wearing my dress with a pair of white fisherman sandals. I have been searching for a pair of Fisherman-style of sandals for ages and tried several makes before I found these at La Redoute. They were the most comfortable and the white goes perfectly with the white print in the dress. The bag is from St.Tropez market.

Blue maxi dress and white sandals Grimaud June 22

I love the early evenings in Grimaud when it is a little cooler and the light is stunning.

Photographs taken by my friend Dee.

If you find an item that makes your heart sing buy it:

Below is a selection of similar dresses. I would say that you do need to be quite tall to wear the dress I am wearing. Boden offers some very nice styles in their Petite Range. My friend Dee who is petite looked lovely in this dress from H&M the other evening. H&M have some great summer dresses which I would wear as a tunic but are ideal for petites.


  1. Mary Ann Fitch
    24th June 2022 / 16:20

    You look so lovely, it makes your face light up and smile. Enjoy a great purchase.
    Mary Ann

  2. Elizabeth O'Rourke
    24th June 2022 / 16:55

    So nice to see you in something more fitted. Would agree would have been ide in Frank e as we have just been in Montpellier and it was extremely hot.

  3. 24th June 2022 / 17:05

    You look absolutely beautiful in this dress! Karen

  4. Jasmine
    24th June 2022 / 17:09

    Your dress looks gorgeous. Beautiful colour. The neckline is just right on you and I think the puff sleeves have just the right amount of “puff” without being over-the-top.

  5. 24th June 2022 / 17:12

    fabulous dress, so good for your coloring. It’s a beauty and you look beautiful in it!

  6. Vicki
    24th June 2022 / 17:18

    The dress is beautiful on you Josephine. You were right to buy it.

  7. Francesca
    24th June 2022 / 17:53

    Beautiful dress so lovely on you and l totally agree if your heart sings buy it !! I looked into the dress for me but l am petite and l think this will be too long on me but thank you for the suggestions. Happy holiday Josephine 🙂

  8. Susan H
    24th June 2022 / 18:40

    Really Beautiful! Perfection on you.

  9. Bron
    24th June 2022 / 21:31

    That really suits you so well, I love the colour too.

  10. Julia
    24th June 2022 / 21:51

    Great dress Josephine and you look good in it!

  11. Kari
    25th June 2022 / 14:29

    Isn’t it fun to be able to shop in person again!

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