Sunday, 18 May 2014

Picnic Check Dress

I love a black and white print, whether it's stripes, houndstooth, gingham, or a large 'picnic check'.  I've had this F&F dress in my wardrobe for a few years now, but it never fit properly.  Until now!  Hurrah!

Picnic Check Dress



Picnic Check Dress

The cardigan has a little dog on it, I was sold when I saw it!  I don't have pets in real life, I find if they're on clothing they're much easier to look after.

Picnic Check Dress

 Black and white dress, F&F at Tesco (old)
Pink wedges, Bertie
Green dog motif cardi, Laura Ashley (old)
Pink lipstick, Classic Rose by Boots No. 7

picnic check montage

This was the first day I wore those wedges, and they cut my feet to shreds because I unexpectedly had to do more walking than I intended.  I went to the hairdressers, literally a 5 minute walk, only to find they don't accept card payments, so I had to walk another 5 minutes to the cashpoint, which was out of order, so then I went home to borrow money off the other half, but I went a bit of a long way around, a sort of 15 minute walk, and then I had to walk back to the hairdressers, and then home again afterwards.  So what should have been 10 minutes total of walking turned into over half an hour of walking.  I need to 'break them in' a bit more around the house before more public appearances, they're leather, so they will soften in time.  It's a bit annoying, because Bertie's not a cheap brand, but the leather is quite stiff on these shoes.  I have wedges from cheaper brands where the leather has been like butter from day one.  It was quite a lot of drama for a haircut anyway!

Picnic Check Dress


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  1. So gorgeous - the dress is perfect on you

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    1. Thanks Fi, it's one that nearly ended up on the charity shop pile a few times!! x

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  2. I realy love that outfit! Great!
    xoxo Aziza
    http://berlin-capital-life.blogspot.de/

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  3. I am of the firm belief that adding dogs to clothes can only improve them! Great Tesco find - they're still my favourites for supermarket chic. I've had so many pairs of shoes that cut my feet to shreds within minutes - and the worst offenders have been my most expensive, Swedish Hasbeens. The leather is SO stiff when you first wear them, you can't believe it'll ever be soft! I do find that once they're broken in they are glove-like and so comfortable, plus the leather lasts ages, so it's eventually worth it... I reckon your sandals will be fine soon, but might take a few more tries! CC x

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    1. Dogs and birds, I find, are the great clothes improvers! I'm going to start wearing the sandals around the house more, hopefully they'll be broken in by proper summer!! x

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  4. Sweet outfit, I love the dog cardi and dress. I wore some brand new ballet pumps out once without a second thought and they ripped my heels to shreds, it was so painful I could barely walk! I have since learned my lesson x

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    1. Ballet pumps can be THE WORST for feet shredding, I find a lot of them cut awfully low over the toes too. Poor lady! x

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  5. Ouchy, I am also nursing battered feet. Black ballet shoes that hit the bin after I managed to hobble to work in them. Thankfully I always have plasters and an old comfy spare pair of shoes in my desk drawer!

    Lovely bit of gingham by the way.

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    1. Ballet shoes AGAIN?! There's a theme developing here!! Yes, spare shoes can be saviours! x

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  6. I am loving everything about your outfit...that dress is everything!!!
    xo,
    Monica
    GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Monica! x

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  7. What a darling dress! And such a cute sweater!

    I'm sorry to hear about your feet! Like you, I have experienced expensive leather shoes being quite painful, but they just take time to break in I've learned. I usually wear new shoes out for multiple quick trips, like you intended, and then they are perfect!

    Hope your feet heal up soon!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. Feet are healing, much much better thanks! I do think leather shoes are worth it too, but I will think twice about leaving the house in shoes i haven't broken in... x

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  8. Porcelina I love your blog sooo much! I need to start checking in here as well as via Ave 57 and our outfit posts, because I get obsessed over the clothes and I've totally missed out on your love of afternoon tea and books!

    My 'serious job' is recruiting librarians, so I'll enjoy your book posts as much as your fab clothes. Apart from the evening event I attended in London last week, I had to take my Birkenstocks for all the walking around because I knew my feet would end up in agony ;-) x

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, it's nice visiting blogs outside A57! Glad you're a bookworm too, I have loads of reviews coming up, some really great reads. And you are very sensible with your shoes for walking around in, good choice! P x

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  9. What a perfect outfit! So adorable! Love your style and you're inspiring me to try more vintage. I enjoy your personal touches in your posts too. Keep rockin' it!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy

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    1. Vintage can be so much fun, I honestly think it's helped me to think outside of what they tell you in fashion magazines, and come up with something more 'me'. I hope you enjoy trying out a few things! Thanks for stopping by x

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  10. That is such a cute dress, and I love the adorable little dog on your cardi! :)

    Shame about the shoes - hopefully they softened up a little after all of the walking! I used to break in my shoes in the office as I mostly sat at my desk, with only light walking through the day. Was a good way to stretch out the leather a bit :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. That's also a good idea, wearing the shoes at my desk! I'll have to try that, and wear different shoes to walk to work in. Thanks for the tip! P x

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  11. This is a gorgeous dress - those checks are perfect! You look stunning and that hair is so pretty

    Happy Medley

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    1. Thanks Anna, it was a happy haircut! x

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  12. You look so pretty, I love prints too especially gingham! Your dress looks perfect when paired with the pink wedges. :)

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/


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    1. I had noticed your love of prints, you have a great selection in your wardrobe x

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  13. Wonderful dress, and sandals too! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, and have a great week ahead.

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  14. This is adorable! I love the dog on the cardigan and the pink shoes!

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    1. I think it's from childhood, when I often had animals on clothing! Some things we never grow out of!! x

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  15. Dress looks gorgeous on your Porcelina.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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  16. What a gorgeous dress! Looks lovely paired with a green cardigan!

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I was pleased with the colour combo! x

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  17. Very pretty dress! I love the print. I would definately go after the cardi as I am a red head and love green, but because I have two little pups at home. Your shoes are cute as well with the bows.
    Please drop by , from VM link up
    Jess
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Red and green should always be seen!! x

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  18. Your poor feet! What a nightmare.
    that dress is gorgeous and I adore that sweet cardi. xxx

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    1. It seems I'm not the only one that has suffered this fate with too-stiff leather sandals, there are many injured feet after last week's sunshine I'm sure!! x

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  19. too bad they hurt your feet, cause they're adorable! i love the color combinations you used :)
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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    1. I am determined to break them in!! x

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  20. This dress is so cute! Now I want to go on a picnic :)

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    1. Picnics are the best, I hope you get to go on one soon! x

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your dress looks perfect on you and the coral wedges are lovely. Sorry to hear you had a lot of trouble wearing them during your hair cut adventure. You're right, they'll eventually soften through lots of wear (hopefully no more tear).

    - Karen

    P.S. I would love it if you can add your blog to the I’m a Miss/Mrs Looking Good Blog Directory. Check it out!
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    1. Thanks Karen, I'll be sure to have a look x

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  22. Love the cute little wedges! So girly! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    xo,
    Lisa
    www.lisaalamode.com

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  23. Love this dress and I love how you layered it
    k at www.beautystylegrowth.com

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  24. Really cute dress, love the whimsical cardigan. Please come share your great style at the Anything Goes linky, if you have not already.

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    1. Thanks Mindie! Will go and check the linky out now x

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  25. I love that dress! And it's really cute with that cardigan :)

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    1. I'm in love with that cardigan since I rediscovered it, I have been wearing it lots!! x

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  26. Adorable dress! Thanks for linking up with me and Paige today!

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  27. What a DARLING outfit! I love checks too. Congrats on fitting the dress nicely! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

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  28. That's a lovely outfit.

    I hope your shoes break in soon - if the leather needs a bit of softening, it probably means it'll be more durable so your shoes will last.

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  29. Love that dress! The gingham is so cute! I found you through Pleated Poppy. I'd love it if you stopped by my blog sometime. Take care!

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    1. Will check it out now Courtney! x

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  30. So cute! I love the forrest green with the checkered print. Very pretty.

    Jenni

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  31. I'm really loving gingham these days, I've got my eyes on a gingham dress on ebay and your post is really encouraging me to go ahead and buy!

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  32. Looking very pretty in your gingham dress! Lovely how well the little cardi with the dog on it works with the print, isn't it?
    I see in the comments that you're going to wear you're cute wedges around the house ... they'd look adorable with rolled jeans and little white socks ... very 50's and would make the breaking in easier!

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    1. Absolutely genius idea Jan, I'll be sure to give that a go x

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  33. Your B+W Picnic Dress is Gorgeous as are those Bow Sandals. I love the Emerald Green Cardigan with this. A Fabulous Outfit, Porcelina!! And I agree with Jan's idea above.

    Happy Thursday!! Ada. =)

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    1. Well I'll certainly have to try it now then! x

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  34. Gingham is always cute and those sandals are gorgeous!

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  35. Gingham is always cute and those shoes are gorgeous!

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  36. That dress is great! So lovely! Great styling, and thanks so much for linking up. XO!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting again Whitney x

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  37. This outfit is awesome. I totally love the gingham dress and the adorable cardigan, even the pink shoes. everything just goes perfectly.

    http://www.lookfortheoccasion.com

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  38. Hello,Ciao Porcelina...great Post with nice photos...You looking very stunning in your gingham dress and pink Shoes ...cheers !
    ciao from Italia

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    1. Ciao again Aure, thanks for visiting! x

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  39. What a fun little frock! And those wedges are so sweet too!

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