It’s garden party season & I’ve just been to the biggest one of the year! I’ll be attending more garden parties & barbies over the coming months but none as grand as The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve never been before so to be invited by MADELEINE was an enormous privilege, not only could I choose an outfit to wear from their incredible range but would be hanging out in the private Jardin Blanc. A luxurious quiet space of elegant fine dining with a signature menu designed by renowned chef Raymond Blanc himself! Could this get any better? Well yes as a matter of fact because I was spending the entire day with my blogger besties the Over40Collective.
What I wore to the garden party
I didn’t so much choose this dress as it chose me, you know what I mean? The deep rich purple suede is every bit as lush in real life & oh so tactile. The high quality details & finish make this showstopper a simple throw on & go outfit. Yet with its obvious retro vibe I knew my vintage fish scale belt was a must to go with it. Not only does this belt fit the style, its silver tone compliments the zips on my sleeves & down my back as if made for the dress! Choosing shoe colour was also easy as I wanted them to contrast instead of blend with the purple. Baby blue was my instinctive choice, turquoise & tangerine would work equally well. Regarding the style of shoe, I could’ve worn strappy flats but since this would be a fancy affair I opted for heels although as you can see these are sensible block heels. No sinking into the grass for me this day.
As for jewellery, nothing else is needed when you have a rock the size of Gibraltar on your finger! Thanks to Lisa The Sequinist, once again providing outstanding sparkle to complete my outfit. You may recall the divine Swarovski earrings I borrowed from her to wear with my Rixo dress? This cocktail ring is also Swarovski, with an adjustable band it’s for sale on her blog shop. Make sure you click on my link to What Lizzie Loves for her stunning pale green version A.MAZE.ING & only £35 would you believe?
My thoughts on the Over40Collective
As we’d hoped this year is the jumping off point of success for the Over40Collective. Going into business with this bunch of babes has been an incredible experience with a massive learning curve thrown in for good measure. There’s no chance I’ll fall behind on new technology in blogging & photography with my daily dose of inspiration from these smart & sassy chicks. For example you may remember I recently started shooting my images in RAW which requires complicated editing including new software. I’m certain I wouldn’t have been so eager to learn all that without words of wisdom from my girls.
Have you ever felt isolated or in need of support in your career? I hope you have women around who you can call upon for help but if you don’t why not arrange a meet up with your colleagues for a chat over drinks? Often they’re feeling the same, it simply takes the courage of one person to make the first move. I know it’s not always easy initiating a frank conversation about work but there is so much to gain when we share information without fear. Whether that’s learning new strategies & techniques or simply receiving encouragement & support on a bad day. There’s no shame in struggling with a certain aspect of your job nor reason to hide the detail of your successes. Once you are part of an honest, transparent group you’ll wonder how you managed before without them. There’s no reason work can’t be a giggle too, it’s bloody hard to have fun on your own right? We keep a daily open conversation on WhatsApp so there’s always someone to bounce off & laugh with. There’s no doubt in my mind having a team of women behind me has been the making of RCM – I genuinely have a lot to be thankful for.
I love how diverse our styles are, there’s something for every sartorial taste. Click through the highlighted blogs to see full details of these outfits. Bye for now gorgeous people, Mx
This post is sponsored by MADELEINE however all my opinions are genuinely mine.
*PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SPENCER