Picnic dresses

With meetings of groups of six allowed outdoors in the UK from tomorrow and sunny weather forecast next week it’s time to throw your joggers in the wash and put a pretty frock on to re-enter society! We’re lucky that the pandemic has coincided with a trend for oversized dresses (got to look for a silver lining) as these are the perfect style for comfortably reclining on a picnic blanket with the added benefit of hiding the waistline so you can go wild on the sausage rolls. Other things to look for in a comfortable dress for outdoor meet ups are elasticated / drawstring waists, empire lines or smock style frocks for ease of wear al fresco. If the thought of what to wear outside your home is sending your head spinning here are my top picks for spring picnic dresses. 

Under £75

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A fresh spring green dress from Marks & Spencer. Love the puff sleeves and the elasticated waist panel for an easy fit. 

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I like the vibrant red/lilac stripe in this dress from Mango. The waist tie makes the fit easily adjustable – wear with for a cinched in look or without for free and easy style. 

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This cheery mustard yellow midi dress from Monsoon has flattering ruching at the waist and the puff sleeves give it a vintage 1950s look to add a touch of elegance to your picnic. Part of Monsoon’s S.E.W collection made with sustainable fabric.
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Gingham is always a classic for picnic style and this green check cotton dress is one of my favourites new at Monsoon. Love the cute little cuff ties.

Wear it with:

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A cute clementine orange check organic cotton dress from Thought clothing with handy pockets – practical and stylish – just what you want from a picnic frock.

Wear it with:

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An easy to wear throw on yellow gingham cotton dress from Mango

Under £200

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A pretty deep red cotton dress with peachy floral pattern from East – a good transeasonal piece that will last beyond spring/summer.

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This pretty blouson sleeve dress from Hush is embroidered with daisies so definitely belongs in my picnic dress edit.

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The spring bloom print on this floral dress from Baukjen is perfect for al fresco style situations.
15% off at Baukjen with the code: ALICIA 15
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The pretty embroidery on this linen dress from Boden gives an otherwise simple dress an extra special touch.

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Smock dresses are probably the most comfortable to wear. This broderie blue dress from Anthroplogie definitely ticks the practical and pretty.boxes.
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A pretty paisley print dress from Faithfull the brand.

Small British Brands

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This Dolly dress from Coco Fennell is a little more fitted than the others I”ve selected but with gingham and daisies in one frock it definitely deserves a place in my picnic edit.
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Another super easy style al fresco – the Camden passage dress from Justine Tabak. Love the multi colour check.
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Love the statement sleeves and oversized fit on this dress by Stoned & Waisted seen here on Emma Paton.

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A elegant wildflower print empire line dress from Yolke.

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This Jaiye Orimi dress by Kemit Telford has the prettiest ruffle detail and pink/yellow ditsy print. And that drawstring waist will make it easier to adjust so you have room to eat all the picnic bread!

Since I published this post I noticed Kemi Telford has these new check dresses which would also be great for picnics:

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I love Johanna Sands dresses – they have a loose comfy fit so really easy to wear. This is her latest one – the light blue floral Ana. She does very limited editions so you have to be speedy. Keep your eyes peeled on her Instagram page for new stock.

Splash the cash  

With minimal travel abroad over the past year and eating out a distant memory some people may have managed to save money during the pandemic so if you’re looking for a post-lockdwon splurge as you re-enter polite society these are my top pics for an extra special picnic frock :

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Jewellery – lost and found

This weekend I wanted a distraction from being cooped up in lockdown alone, so I asked followers of my Instagram page to send me their stories of lost jewellery (everyone has one). I was surprised by how many lost jewels actually turned up, and in the most random places – sometimes 10 years or more later. So often it’s the sentimental attachment that makes losing jewellery difficult, above the monetary value. A ring inherited from Grandma, a 21st Birthday watch – jewellery inherited or given as a gift can be the only tangible attachment we have with loved ones no longer with us, or symbolic of family bonds and milestones, so it is often irreplaceable. My favourite story was a lady whose husband lost his wedding band whilst preparing a cannon to fire during a military ceremony!

Another favourite was a lady retrieving a ring, lost for 15 years, on her gardening fork while digging up veg! It reminded me of this news story where a lady dug up a carrot and miraculously her diamond ring, lost for 10 years, was stuck around it.  I think sometimes the jewellery wants to be found and eventually you’re drawn to it. 

There were also lots of stories of children “playing postman” with Mama’s precious jewels and dropping them down floorboard cracks. I like hearing the random places where jewels turn up – biscuit tins, candle sticks, flower pots – and so many years later. Diamonds really are forever, even if they’re not with you! 

I rarely travel with anything too valuable or sentimental these days after I lost a St. Christopher pendant I bought on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence to bring me luck when I travel. The pendant wasn’t so lucky, sadly, as I lost it in Paris along with my watch. The watch turned up randomly in the bottom of a garment bag (it must have fallen off whilst I was packing), but I never found the necklace. Maybe one day it will re-surface like in your stories 🙂 

I’ve also been entrusted with extremely valuable jewellery with my work, so my focus is often on my employer’s jewellery rather than mine. I once worked for a lady who lost a yellow diamond earring when we were travelling in Japan (very rare and scarily expensive). We were travelling with a photographer, so I got his camera and looked through all the photos until I found one where she was wearing only one earring. The photo was taken in a clothing store where she was trying on scarves, so we called the store and they had found it! It was such a relief – and I got extra brownie points for my detective work 😉 I’ve also often had to retrieve a chain from a drain – blue tack on the end of a skewer works well for this! 


So remember – never wear precious rings when gardening or washing up! And never put your jewellery in a tissue or anywhere temporarily that isn’t a container – you will always forget it’s there!

With jewellery safe places and storage in mind – here are some ideas for trinket trays to keep near sinks, dressing tables and bedside tables, and portable travel jewellery organisers to keep your jewels safe and prevent future diamond dramas!

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To secure earrings these lock backs are good – regular butterfly backs often come loose when changing clothes – probably the most common way of losing an earring.

10 contrast collar tops for video calls

If you haven’t yet added a contrast collar top to your working from home wardrobe here are 10 of my favourites available now. I think they’re an ideal top for video calls as the contrast collar frames the face nicely so looks good on screen. And no-one will notice if you pair it with sweatpants and slippers 😉

Ghost, £79
Brora, £109
L.K. Bennett, £225
Rixo, £195
Shrimps, £250
Kitri Studio, £115
Ghost, £89
Victoria Beckham, £236
Reiss, £95
Molby The Label, £90

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Christmas Style and Gift Guide

I have selected some of my favourite British brands to feature in this Christmas style and gift guide. As most Christmas shopping will be done online this year I thought it would be a good idea to bring together some great British brands that complement each another into one virtual Christmas “pop-up” shop, and encourage people to shop from British independent brands this Christmas. Many milliners and designers, such as Camilla Rose, Bee Smith, Beverley Edmonson and Lisa Redman, have pivoted during the pandemic by introducing small accessories which are a bit more lockdown friendly than their usual flamboyant race day creations. I’ve also included a few beautiful occasion wear pieces by Laura Green, Suzannah London, Vaai and Lalage Beaumont, Claire Mischevani and Caroline Charles for those who are planning on dressing up for Christmas Day at home. There’s luxe loungewear and fancy flats from Sargasso and Grey, Yosuru, Ethereal London, Nuiami and Bombshell, for sitting room soirees. For more casual festive style, take a look at my top picks from Troy London, Really Wild and Guinea London for Christmas walks in the countryside. Finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of sparkle, courtesy of Jennifer Gibson, Susan Caplan and Auree Jewellery. I hope you enjoy browsing and find something suitable to buy for yourself or to give to your friends and family and support small British brands this Christmas!

Accessories:

Camilla Rose

Hand-made Velvet barrette clips by milliner Camilla Rose. Available in a variety of colours and lengths. Bespoke options available. Discount code: THELADYSMAID for 10% off.

Beverley Edmondson

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Hand-made velvet corsage by Beverley Edmondson Millinery. Can be worn in the hair or as a brooch. Use the discount code: LADYSMAID10 for 10% off.

Bee Smith

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Hand-made gold holly hair slides by Bee Smith Millinery. 10% discount available at Bee Smith with the code: THELADYSMAID.

Lisa Redman

Hand-made hair accessories, hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls. Contact Lisa Redman to purchase. Quote The Lady’s Maid for 10% off.

Jewellery:

Jennifer Gibson

A selection of my favourite vintage jewels available at Jennifer Gibson

Lily & Roo


Auree

Triple engraved disc pendant in 9ct yellow gold. Each pendant is engraved in London for you with your initial, or the initials of a loved one, name or date and in the font of your choice.
For 10% off at Auree Jewellery use the discount code: LADY10

Susan Caplan – Vintage Jewellery

1980s Vintage Monet Regal Brooch. 22ct gold plated regal brooch. Features round-cut ruby red and clear Swarovski crystals and faux pearls.
For 10% off at Susan Caplan use the discount code: LADYSMAID10

Vaaii London

Hand-made brooch featuring red crystals and beads with antique gold bullion embroidery threads on raw silk with a felt backing.

Onuka Grace

Bangle Up Gold dipped enamel cuff. Half open and adjustable.
For 15% off at Onuka Grace use the code: ALICIA15

Cornelia James


Katherine Hooker

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Merlot cashmere scarf, Katherine Hooker. 10% off at Katherine Hooker is available with with the code: LADYSMAID10.
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Red fingerless mittens. Made in London, from soft wool and lined in cashmere. 10% off at Katherine Hooker with the discount code: LADYSMAID10. 

The Travel Wrap Company

Red cashmere wrap by The Travel Wrap Company. I love the fine yarn of these – and they’re large enough to wear as a shawl to keep cosy at home or outside. For 10% off at The Travel Wrap Company use the discount code: THELADYSMAID10

Millinery:

Laura Cathcart

I love the timeless elegance of these headbands by Laura Cathcart – perfect for a small winter wedding. For 10% off at Laura Cathcart use the discount code: THELADYSMAID10

Sarah Cant

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3 of my favourite hats from the AW collection of Sarah Cant. Quote @theladysmaid at time of purchase for for 15% off and free p&p at Sarah Cant.
Dark grey peachbloom felt bow headband with gold overlay.
Felt and gold leaf headbands. Quote @theladysmaid at time of purchase for for 15% off and free p&p at Sarah Cant.

Camilla Rose Millinery:

Festive fedoras:

Discount code: THELADYSMAID for 10% off at Camilla Rose.

Troy London

My top picks from Troy for Christmas in the country:

The curlew cape in forest green; silk scarf in cream and burgundy; stock shirt in green; welly socks in burgundy.

Really Wild Clothing

For 15% off at Really Wild Clothing use the code: LADYSMAID15

Guinea London

For 10% off at Guinea London use the code: GTLM10

Festive Style:

Laura Green

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The most beautiful festive red angora wool “Hollie” coat by Laura Green – perfect for Christmas Day. I love the clean lines of the neckline with a simple double button fastening at the waist and chic pleating to the skirt and cuffs. Quote The Lady’s Maid for 10% off at Laura Green.

Vaaii London

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Cross-stich silk velvet trousers and matching top by Vaaii London. This would be a great outfit for Christmas at home – comfortable but still festive with the gold embroidery and velvet fabric. 10% off is available with the discount code: THELADYSMAID10

Winser London

Lauren Cape Wool Poncho. Available in several colours.
For 10% off at Winser London use the code: WINSER10ALICIA

Katherine Hooker

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Capelet coat by Katherine Hooker. Made in London from a classic Blackwatch wool (also available in aubergine. Detachable capelet so can be worn without for a different look. For 10% off full price items at Katherine Hooker use the discount code: LADYSMAID10.

Suzannah London:

Enter Ladysmaid at checkout for 10% off at Suzannah London


Caroline Charles:

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Burgundy wool crepe coat; faux fur hat; faux fur stole. Quote THELADYSMAID for free p&p at Caroline Charles.

Smart/Casual Festive Frocks


Claire Mischevani

Finola Coat – mauve Italian wool. Bespoke options available.
Use the code: LMP for 10 % off at Claire Mischevani

Lalage Beaumont

For 20% off at Lalage Beaumont use the code: THELADYSMAID20.
Lalage Beaumont are also offering offering Gift Vouchers this Christmas as a seasonal promotion, valid until 2022. A £500 voucher is available for the price of £400. A great idea if you want to plan ahead for a special occasion, at a special price.

Bombshell

Bombshell have a new range of Luxe Loungewear for Lockdown include this gorgeous wine velvet robe dressing gown. Available in other colours. For 15% off on orders over £100 at Bombshell use the code: LADYS15.

More festive velvet pieces from Bombshell:


Smart/Casual Festive Frocks

Sargasso & Grey

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Wide fit dark green velvet embellished flats by Sargasso & Grey. (Also available in navy). 15% off at Sargasso & Grey is available with the code: LADYSMAID15

Yosuru Shoes

Elegant and comforatbale festive flats and low-heeled shoes. Use the code: THELADYSMAID20 for 20% off.


Wilbur & Gussie

Free snowflake brooch with the code: TLMXMAS

The House of Bruar


The Cambridge Satchel Company


Luxury Loungewear:

Nuiami

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Bordeaux cotton striped pyjamas; Birdsong cotton pyjamas; Voyager cashmere hoodie, cashmere joggers. Use the code: THELADYSMAID10 for 10% off and free UK shipping at Nuiami.

Ethereal London

Comfortable and classic Merino wool loungewear in neutral or black. Use the code LADYSMAID10 for 10% off at Ethereal London.

For the Little Ladies:

Hannah Sophia England


Gifts benefitting charity:

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Rowfant rainbow charity hoop earrings, Auree. £95.
100% of profits goes to baby bank charity Little Village.

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Damascus silk scarf by Rory Hutton, £90. Made in Italy and inspired by tiles from the old city of Damascus. 20% of profits are donated to Hands Up foundation.

Signed copies of Wardrobe Wisdom From a Royal Lady’s Maid: How to dress & take care of your clothes by Alicia Healey. Free Total Wardrobe Care anti-moth oval sent with each book. Can be used to freshen your wardrobe or as a bookmark! 10% of profits are donated to Mind.

Stocking fillers:


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Teal cotton face mask by Vaai London. Made using left over fabric from previous collections at Vaai. Other colours available. £15. 10% off with the code: THELADYSMAID10.

Get crafty with a Christmas decoration craft kit designed by milliner Bee Smith Millinery: gingerbread man, brussels sprout and Christmas pudding available. £8 each. 10% discount available with the code: THELADYSMAID.


Christmas cards by Locky Lobster Art. 10% off at Lucky Lobster Art with the code: Ladysmaid10.

Mallow & White Hand Sanitiser. 70% alcohol hand cleanser + sanitiser, made from a bespoke blend of anti-bacterial essential oils, including tea tree and peppermint. Winner of 2020 “Best Hand Sanitiser”, Beauty Shortlist Awards. 10% off with the code: Ladysmaid10




Happy shopping! 🎄


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Pandemic Pyjamas

A round-up of my favourite pyjamas to make staying home in lockdown a little more comfortable and chic. Some of these are too good to save for sleep 😉

Under £50:

If you want a premium look on a budget – buy just the trousers and wear with a T shirt/top you already have:

Under £75:

Bordeaux brushed cotton, British Boxers, £71.10
Astrid flannel PJs, Hush, £55

Under £100:

Pink bloom brushed cotton pyjamas, £95, Bonsoir London (20% off available to new customers)

Over £100:

Saraswathi organic cotton pyjamas, Luna & Noon, £120
Sandwashed silk pyjamas, Asceno, £225
Monkey print cotton pyjamas, Desmond & Dempsey, £150
Leopard print cotton pyjamas, Desmond & Dempsey, £150
Orange print silk pyjamas, Yolke, £365
Powder pink stripe cotton pyjamas, Honna London, £120
Navy silk pyjamas, £475, Katherine Hooker
Pale pink Irish linen pyjamas, Loom, £147
Appleward silk pyjamas, Olivia von Halle, £420

And what to wear over them:

If pyjamas have slipped into your working-from-home uniform wearing them with a cashmere poncho knit will elevate/disguise the look a little so that you can open the door to the DPD man and they will be none the wiser that you haven’t properly got dressed ;). I’d go for a neutral poncho style or knitted gilet – super comfortable to wear and much more chic than a dressing gown.

Merino wool and cashmere poncho, £145, Iris and Ink
Turtleneck knitted gilet, Mango, £35.99
Lauren rib poncho, Winser London, £149

Stay At Home Slippers

With heels a distant memory for most, this winter will be all about the fancy flat and the house shoe. Here are some of my favourite cosy slippers to motivate your feet to stay at home for Lockdown 2.

Checked moccasin, £19.50, M&S
Fireside House Shoe, £251.49
Faux fur cross sliders, £35, The White Company
Velvet bow slider slippers, £55, The White Company

Pom Pom mules, £17.50, M&S
Faux fur open toe mules, £9.50, M&S
Arundel shearling slippers, £55, Hush
Teddy mules, £24, John Lewis
Faux fur mules, £28, John Lewis
Velvet bow slippers, £35, Boden
Pom Pom ballet slippers, £19.95, Joules
Pink shearling mules, £45, White Stuff
Tartan trimmed faux fur mules, £39, Barbour
Sheepskin slide, £49, Emu Australia

Sweater Weather – Fair Isle Knits

With a winter lockdown looming, cosy comforts are on my mind. I’ve always loved the timeless and traditional look of a fair isle jumper – there’s something reliable and nostalgic about the classic pattern, making them my top pick for the wardrobe this winter when we are all in need of a sweater hug.

The island of Fair Isle, where this distinctive style of knitwear originated, is one of the most remote Scottish islands with a population of only 65. I imagine the people of Fair Isle are a hardy self-sufficient bunch for whom lockdown would be barely noticeable. So if you fancy adopting the style of a stoic Fair Islander, then here are some of my favourite knits for all budgets.

H&M
Brora
Troy x Brora
M&S
The Croft House
White Stuff
The Croft House
Boden
Barbour
Johnstons of Elgin

Valentino Bag Charity Raffle

I’m raffling this Valentino “Va Va Voom” red crystal and leather bag worth over £1,000 to raise funds for the British Red Cross Emergency Beirut Appeal.

Prior to the horrific explosion on 4 August Lebanon was already in crisis with a 50% poverty rate, and hospitals struggling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Lebanese people are in desperate need of help and as fashion is the only thing I can help with I decided to raffle this dazzling bag worth over £1000! All funds raised go directly to The Red Cross Beirut Appeal – helping to provide basic things like food, medical supplies and shelter to those affected by the explosion. As many as 300,000 people have been made homeless, 6,000 people are injured and 200 lives have been lost.

How to enter the raffle: Follow this link to my Just Giving fundraising page and make a donation to The British Red Cross Emergency Beirut Appeal. (Suggested amount £10, but any donation will be accepted as an entry).

The winner will be chosen at random (please leave an Instagram handle or email address in the message of your donation so that the winner can be notified). Good luck!

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Styled With Thanks

Royal Ascot At Home

It was a very different Royal Ascot this year – being held behind closed doors. But lots of people still got involved with the style of the occasion by dressing up in their finery at home for the #styledwiththanks charity appeal. Never knowingly underdressed I of course seized the opportunity to join in!  With all events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small occasion wear businesses have been hit particularly hard – who wants to buy a hat with no weddings to go to?! Well apparently some ladies do as all six hats in the charity hat sale at The Cotswold Hat Club were sold! Three of my outfits were featured in “best dressed” press coverage by The Daily Telegraph  💁🏻 which is also excellent exposure for these brands helping them to stay visible in uncertain times.

I’ve detailed below all the outfits from my Royal Ascot at Home feature – lots of the discount codes expire today but some are valid until the end of June – see the brand profiles at the bottom of the page for details. The end of lockdown may be in sight, so wouldn’t it be nice to have a fancy outfit to re-enter reality with?!

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N.B. I don’t take any commission from the sales in my Royal Ascot at Home feature – all profits made go to the designers and charities. All outfits on loan for the week.

Unless otherwise stated my discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities Royal Ascot is raising funds for here.

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Saturday 20 June 2020

Day 5

 

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   Ascot at Home Day 5 2  Ascot Tea

  1.  Hat 1 – Camilla Rose ; Hat 2 – Juliette Botterill / Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  3. Clutches – Wilbur & Gussie . 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Shoes – Marks & Spencer

 

 


 

Friday 19 June 2020

Lisa Redman

  1. Hat – Juliette Botterill at The Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress Coat – Made to order from Lisa Redman. 15% off bespoke orders when quoting The Lady’s Maid.
  3. Bag – L.K. Bennett
  4. Shoes – Boden

 

Stine Goya

Dress – Stine Goya at Mojo & McCoy. 20% off with the discount code: theladysmaid20


 

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  1. Hat – Juliette Botterill/Cotswold Hat Club.
  2. Dress and dress coat – Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Bag and shoes – Sargasso & Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

 

Day 4

Day 4 dress

 



 

Thursday 18 June 2020 

25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available until 30 June. and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID25.

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  1. Pink jacquard coat and dress – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  2. Hat – Juliette Botterill from The Cotswold Hat Club
  3. Clutch – Wilbur and Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Jennifer Gibson 
  5. Shoes – Boden 

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  1. Mango dress coat and dress  – Caroline Charles. 25% off with my code: THELADYSMAID25
  2. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  3. Hat – Juliette Botterill from The Cotswold Hat Club
  4. Clutch – Wilbur & Gussie

 

Caroline Charles pink   Caroline Charles mango

 


 

Wednesday 17 June 2020

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  1. Hat – Rachel Trevor-Morgan
  2. Dress – Ethereal London . 10% with the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Bag  and Shoes – Sargasso & Grey 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan.  15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Ascot Wednesday

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Featured in The Daily Telegraph on 19 June 2020:


 

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Ascot Tuesday 2020

  1. Hat – Camilla Rose Millinery. 10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Please quote The Lady’s Maid at time of sale).
  2. Dress – Mojo & McCoy / Saloni. 20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20.
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Sister Sister Collective.
  5. Shoes – M&S

 

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Monday 15 June 2020

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  1. Dress: Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Hat: Cotswold Hat Club / Rosa Olivia Millinery
  3. Bag: Wilbur & Gussie. Customised Charlie clutch with a horse brooch. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  5. Shoes: Marks & Spencer


 

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Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat below each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Contact Rachel at The Cotswold Hat Club directly to purchase.

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Styling ideas for these hats:

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  1. Hat – Sophie Hunter at The Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Suzannah at Mojo & McCoy.  20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  4. Shoes – Sargasso & Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  5. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

 

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  1. Hat by Jennifer Wrynne at The Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Mango jacquard coat – Caroline Charles. 25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Discount code: THELADYSMAID10.
  3. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  4. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  5. Shoes – L.K. Bennett.

 

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  1. Hat – Sarah Cant at Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Samsoe & Samsoe at Mojo and McCoy. 20% off using the discount code: theladysmaid20.
  3. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. 10% of sales go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch.
  4. Earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  5. Shoes – Boden.

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  1. Hat – Cotswold Hat Club/Julie Kenny – £75.  Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Dress – Mojo & McCoy/Libelula. 20% off with the discount code: theladysmaid20
  3. Earrings – Susan Caplan.
  4. Bag – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW.
  5. Sandals – Aquazurra. 

 

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  1. Pink Cara Meehan hat – Cotswold Hat Club. SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Pink dress – Lalage Beaumont. A 10% discount is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Vintage earrings – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  4. Charlie silver glitter clutch – Wilbur & Gussie. Free rainbow crystal brooch on all purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW
  5. Shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood.

 

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  1. Navy wide brimmed hat by Bundle Maclaren  SOLD. Contact Cotswold Hat Club to purchase. 20% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  2. Navy/ivory polka dot dress and green stretch luxe dress – Bombshell London. 15% off with the code: LADYSMAID15. 5% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  3. Pearl necklace – Caroline Charles. 10% off with the code: THELADYSMAID10. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  4. Navy suede heels and Navy suede clutch – Sargasso and Grey. 15% off with the code: ladysmaid. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.
  5. Navy glitter clutch – Wilbur and Gussie. Enter the code: TLMRAINBOW for a free rainbow crystal brooch with every purchase. 10% of all sales are donated to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  6. Pearl Earrings and Hummingbird brooch – Susan Caplan. 15% off with the discount code: LADIESMAIDxSC. 10% will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal
  7. Emerald/navy heels – Boden.

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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A 10% discount at Lalage Beaumont is available during Royal Ascot week with the code: THELADYSMAID. A further 10% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a great range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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25% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available until 30 June and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID25


 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to your occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

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10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Please quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. Discount code: LADYSMAID10.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Royal Ascot At Home

 

 

Royal Ascot At Home

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Royal Ascot might not be going ahead in it’s usual spectacular form this year but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the fashion fun!  The spring/summer event season has been particularly difficult for small occasion wear businesses this year so I’m happy to be showcasing a few on this page during “Royal Ascot At Home”, some of whom are offering exclusive discount codes to my followers alongside charity donations. So if you’ve got a postponed wedding to attend later this year or next year,  now is a good opportunity to plan ahead and support these small businesses whilst also helping to raise money for charities helping those affected by Covid-19. Or even if you haven’t got a wedding to go to I think we could all do with a lockdown treat!

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities the appeal is raising funds for here.

 

Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat on my Royal Ascot at Home page each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

Unless otherwise stated the discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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10% of sales at Lalage Beaumont during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a wide range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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10% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID10



 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their full collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to you occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

Screen Shot 2020-06-12 at 08.47.53

10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

LR

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.



 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Keep an eye on my Royal Ascot At Home webpage for more updates next week!

 

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