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Nick and I have been invited to the Chelsea Flower Show this year (through his work, not mine) and I am chuffed to bits. I have been a couple of times before, and it really is such an enjoyable event. The design gardens are always inspiring, but my favourite part has to be the floral displays inside the marquee. They take your breath away. (In my case, quite literally. The overload of pollen can be quite strong if you suffer from hayfever, so remember to take an anti-histamine before your visit.) I remember a cacophony of sneezing fits one year, my own included!
It’s only a few weeks away so naturally I have been thinking about what I am going to wear. My Lily and Lionel pink Marlowe dress (gift, pictured above) would be a good option if the weather is fair, but I’d definitely need to wear some form of jacket or trench and probably a nude slip underneath as the dress is quite sheer. I have a couple of nude slips but my favourite is this one from M&S (£22.50) I remember from past shows that it can get really chilly when the sun goes down, so make sure you have something warm if you wear a dress and comfortable footwear is a must if you’re going to cover the whole show.
My other option is this blue Ghost dress – a piece that I selected as part of my paid partnership with QVC.
Or this Zara dress from last year which I can’t wait to wear again.
Obviously I don’t need a new dress, but I thought I would share what I would be looking at if I did! Top of my wishlist would be this Rixo dress. I love how they’ve styled it here with white heeled sandals. It would also be the perfect dress for a wedding or the races.
I also really love this peach dress from Free People (£88) which is a little less formal so perfect for every day wear or dressing up for an occasion.
Admittedly black doesn’t feel quite right for the Chelsea Flower Show but I had to include this, because it’s black dress perfection. The length, the buttons, the sleeves, the neck line… It reminds me of a black dress I wore last year from Oysho, which some of you may remember. It was so useful and I am sure I will be wearing it again this summer.
Finally, two more dresses that I love…
We have also been invited to dine at Kahani, a contemporary Indian restaurant in Chelsea, opposite the Cadogan Hall on Wilbraham Place. It’s led by Head Chef Peter Joseph, who had a 10 year run at Michelin star restaurant Tamarind. They have curated a 5 Course Chelsea Flower Show Tasting Menu, launching in May, so do check it out if you are looking for somewhere to eat.
Thanks for reading,