Hot Summer In The City

Hot London summers forever evoke my first experiences of the capital hotfooting it to my first grown-up job in book publishing as a full of beans 20-something…

[ezcol_1half]All over Covent Garden post-work like thick syrup, exploring every fabulous shop and unexpected corner. Wearing light cotton A-line skirts and sweet little pumps that made my feet look pretty! Heat on rush-hour tube can be debilitating but somehow adds to the ‘we’re all in this together’ vibe of the city, throwing caution to the wind with early evening drinks on bar pavements and delighting in the never-fading urban buzz. Part of me misses those days. The exhilaration of leaving work for the day and a whole evening ahead, who knows where it’ll take you. Drinks in the dying sun, onto a pub gig or to walk the Southbank, scramble for some eats before grabbing the 38 home, trees rustling overhead… [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]These days I’m so much more homebound post 4pm, and yet as hot air fills the house and every window is opened to break up the stuffiness, I still get that same carefree feeling. I’m sitting in vest and tiny short FGS and flip flops at the ready should I need to step out for some milk. I love the lolling, lazy vibes that seem to penetrate to every level during heatwaves, the pressure to be on the receiving end of emails seems somewhat reduced, or is that just me? 😉 But however you find it, may I recommend a cute summer in the city dress? And my staple styling tip for summer, fab with any vest, shirt or tee, layering up the necklaces – this mix by Ternary London, Ellora London and Manon. [/ezcol_1half_end]

Dress | Boden

Bag | Tidy Street (call to buy)

Sunglasses | Ace & Tate

Long necklace | Ternary London

Starfish neckalce | Ellora London

Moon necklace | Manon

Gold rings | Vintage at Bear Brooksbank

Silver ring | Bespoke by Inger Studio

Photography by Jay McLaughlin on Olympus Pen F with 25mm f1.2 lens

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  1. My second grown up job – if you don’t count an awful lot of secretarial temping I did after graduating – was in book publishing in Covent Garden for Dorling Kindersley. West Street, Kings Street, Henrietta Street and Chandos Place – offices all over, and plenty of opportunity to mooch in the shops, pubs or just sit in the churchyard of St Paul’s (“The Actoooors’ Church” as my dad always says, clearly angling for a memorial when he snuffs it). Kind of home from home for me! Love these shots, London can look so exotic in the right light! A. x

    1. Oh goodness my first job was for Routledge in the Philosophy list in Clerkenwell. Used to sit and have lunch in Lincoln Inn fields 🙂 xx

    1. I went for size 6 in petite! I would say maybe a little loose on the shoulders but I’m quite narrow there! Only one length I think! xx