Archive for July, 2011

Bon Voyage!

With the summer holidays getting underway we were reminded of an interview we once heard with one of the Queen’s ladies in waiting and she described her technique for packing beautiful clothes with minimum creasing and stress: you lay each item flat one by one in the case with sleeves and trouser legs left hanging outside. (She also put a layer of tissue paper between each item which is great if you have the time and inclination but a little too much work for us!) When you’ve finished put soft bags containing underwear and any other light articles you want to go in the case on top and fold all sleeves and legs over the top. We’ve been doing it this way ever since and it works really well in terms of minimising creasing – and it’s efficient too so you can get as much as much as possible in your case!

On the subject of how much to take, like us, you’ll have read endless articles about ‘capsule’ holiday wardrobes and how to get 100 outfits out of a scarf, a swimsuit and a pair of shorts, but it doesn’t really work does it?

We say there’s nothing worse than being on holiday knowing that you left the perfect piece at home so if you (or a willing partner) can carry it, take it!

Of course is does make sense to plan your holiday wardrobe so you have plenty of options. We always start by making a pile of ‘must takes’ and ‘nice to takes’. We pack the must takes and then see how much room we have left for extras from the nice to take pile. We also try and take multipurpose clothes – a dress that can work day to night (and for special occassions) by changing accessories – the Lana and Marilyn dresses are the perfect, flexible, travelling companions for example. And it’s a bonus that nude is so on trend right now as it goes with almost every colour,  so a pair of heels and matching bag will provide a simple solution to accessory challenges. Similarly for evening gold or silver sandals are an easy way to dress up day wear and go with pretty much everything too.

We’ve learned the hard way that it’s worth making sure you have something for unforeseen situations – in particular unseasonal weather. It’s dreadful freezing or getting soaked in the height of summer in the Med – but it can happen so take a few extra layers or a good woolly, and yes, an umbrella too, that way you can still enjoy being on holiday and won’t be imprisoned in your hotel room.

Bonnes vacances x

Jane & Marilyn at Henley Regatta

It was off to Henley Regatta earlier this month and thank heavens it was warm and dry. It’s a delightful event when the weather is kind but if it’s cold and wet it’s hopeless as there aren’t many paces to shelter and wellingtons take precedence over stilettoes!

It’s a really colourful occasion and one where the ladies have some serious competition in the colour stakes from the men in their striped blazers and ties (albeit with sometimes dubious colour combinations). 

On the Friday Jane reprised her Royal Ascot ensemble of blue Peacock dress, peacock feather hat, blue shoes and emerald green bag decorated with more peacock feathers. We met up with Jane & Marilyn model, customer and dear friend Suzanne who was looking gorgeous in her white Marilyn dress teamed with a charming pair of black and white spot sling back stilettoes, Louis Vuitton bag and large caramel coloured straw hat.

On the Saturday Jane wore the Joan dress in the vibrant blue print accessorized with a huge pale straw hat, cream bag and shoes and cream lace wrist length gloves – very Henley Regatta!

The stewards in the Stewards’ enclosure are absolute sticklers for the dress code – skirts must cover the knee – and it was a pleasure this year not to have the stress of worrying about our skirts being long enough and potentially bring turned away (which must be soooo embarrassing). We just sailed through the gates, supremely confident! 

It was definitely a vintage Regatta in more ways than one!