Isabella Oliver dress

I seem to be doing a lot of photo shoots at the moment, which is stretching both my desire to stay behind the camera, and my wardrobe.

As one reader snarkily pointed out the other day, it is rare to ever see me in anything other than sunglasses in a photo on the blog. That’s for several reasons – everyone looks better in sunglasses, and being a trifle more geriatric in looks AND outlook than your average blogger,  I won’t just hop out of bed and take a dozen iPhone pics to plaster all over my social platforms. I require Polyfilla and a Vaselined lens IMHO.

But clearly I can’t hide behind dark shades on magazine & portrait shoots, so thank goodness for wonderful make up artists, and for finally having the sense to realise that if I either  wear my own clothes, or make sure that we call in samples rather than the magazine, I will feel a thousand times more comfortable, and consequently the photos will look better.

Anyway, this leads me to my current hero dress, the one which, if the sun decided to actually shine, rather than flirting with us in between torrential rainstorms, I would be wearing on every possible occasion. It’s going to be perfect for everything from sitting in the park to going out for dinner.

The reason I am thinking about shoots in conjunction with this frock, is because I wore it for a shoot for Jetsetter last week, along with my current favourite shoes, these cream Nicholas Kirkwoods that I bought in the depths of winter at his sample sale, knowing that they would be the perfect summer shoe.


it’s in the sale.

Isabella Oliver, The Print Shirt Dress Was £129 Now £77.40
It has pockets for conkers and penknives and it also comes with a self-tie waist belt. I’ve ditched the belt as I look like ye olde sack of potatoes with anything tied around my waist, due to the afore-mentioned bust problems, but if you are more slender than me it would look fab belted. And, best of all, for someone like me who lives on a plane, it remains resolutely uncrushable. A flattering, not too expensive, no need to iron dress? A modern miracle.

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pockets for conkers and penknives – brilliant!

Agree, your legs are amazing.

I wouldn’t get out of bed either and start instagramming photos. After 18 months of blogging I’m starting to work out the precise angle and distance from camera in which I don’t look too wrinkled and old. I say bring back the 1970s and all that lovely soft focus

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