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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Laura Ashley memories..

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Archive bird print / Postcard print / Vintage blue maxi / Vintage peach sundress / Red rose print
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Blue silk floral / Dusky rose print / Boats print / Marine print / Vintage roses
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Leaf print / Vintage yellow + blue rose maxi / Vintage blue boats / Vintage gingham / Vintage strapless floral
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Vintage princess dress / Vintage red floral / Picnic check / Vintage blue floral maxi
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Vintage pink maxi / Vintage strapless pastel floral / Seaside print / Vintage floral maxi / Vintage brown maxi

One of the things I get most teased about (other than my obsession with The Archers) is probably my love of Laura Ashley. I blame my mother for this one; as far back as I can remember she'd wear pretty long floral dresses, a beautiful red cord coat dress, and I think my favourite of her LA dresses was a pale pink beauty with an embroidered collar. She's definitely passed on her love of the brand to me.

I mentioned their 60th anniversary the other day, and the competition which is running on facebook to collect Laura Ashley memories. Although I can't make it to London today for the press day, I wanted to post about some of my favourite dresses and their associated memories, so I've dug some of them out for photos.

I guess I'm building up quite a collection of their dresses, both new and older vintage styles. I really love the archive print collection which was introduced a couple of years ago and couldn't resist buying the lime / bird print dress as soon as it hit the stores - I remember dragging my best friends into the stores in Chester after we'd thrown one of them a surprise baby shower.

The postcard print and the striped village print ones were total impulse buys as well; one of those occasions where you can't decide so go for both (I seem to do that quite often). The postcard one has a tiny repair on the seam under the arm one one side. I was walking along in Birmingham and got my heel caught in a crack in the pavement and tripped over, somehow managing to split it. I was so gutted, but fixed it as well as I could.

The red rose print and the navy check were ones I hadn't noticed in my local store until finding them both on the sale rail and again, went for both. They're the same, beautifully-cut shape as the postcard print one and I love them all (even though I've lost a few dress sizes since their purchase. I will alter them because I wouldn't want to part with them).

The princess dress might be one of my favourites, although that's such a hard decision. I wore it to a garden party and played croquet in the rain in my bare feet. I don't think I've worn it since. My long brown maxi dress was worn for a lovely dinner and theatre trip with my mother. My marine print dress had it's first outing for Alex's birthday surprise visit to Bath.

I think there are some pretty lovely memories associated to all of them. I didn't even remember to include my beloved floral shorts, or my vintage jumpsuit - argh!
p.s this post is not sponsored at all, I just thought it was fitting given the memories campaign at the moment and the fact that I genuinely love the brand.

16 comments:

  1. Such a brilliant post, I love every single dress. I'm still gutted I never managed to get the postcard and seaside dresses when they went into the sale. I couldn't afford or justify them at full price and by the time they were reduced my size had gone. I also adore the navy boat one, an amazing collection!

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  2. I love all of these, especially the postcard print and the boat print dresses. I am seriously jealous of your dress collection.

    Liz xx
    Distract Me Now Please
    The Cake and Tea Blog

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  3. I never think of looking in there for dresses, I'm always in there for homewear. Jealous of your lovely collection x

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  4. Loving all these beauties :)
    hopefully the sun will come out PROPERLY soon and we can all be summer dress wearing happy girlies!
    I cant wait to fit back into my old dresses... with time, ill be there x

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  5. I've got the vintage yellow and blue roses maxi but in pink and red roses! I adore Laura Ashley too. I have my Mum's dresses but wish I had some of these modern ones!x

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  6. I love looking back at vintage dresses! Love Laura Ashley! x

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  7. loooove the vintage blue floral maxi! so cute! xx

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  8. You have an amazing collection! They're all so beautiful!

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  9. Such a great post, I love all your LA dresses, can't even pick a favourite. Oddly I don't actually own any LA dresses but I do have a couple of tops and shirts, my favourite shirt being an archive floral print.

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  10. Okay, I'm literally drooling over the pretties in this post. Rock those dresses, girl. They're beautiful!

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  11. I am so jealous of your beautiful LA dress collection, I only have 1!

    Maria xxx

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  12. This is a lovely post. I often find that I can't part with an item of clothing because of the memories it has attached to it.

    I have to say I don't shop in Laura Ashley very much at all. I should as it is were my best friend and I FINALLY found my bridesmaid dress. I wore it to her wedding on a beach in Zanzibar. I think I'll own that dress forever.

    You have a fab collection here, I'm rather jealous, although I was telling my Dad the other day about the amount of dresses I have. He raised an eyebrow and said 'but you don't wear dresses'. He has a point.

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  13. ohhh dresses, dresses, this really brings out the girly side of me, haha!

    check out my blog!
    www.paleshadows.blogspot.com
    xo

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  14. Char, you honestly have the prettiest collection of dresses I have ever seen

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