Posted on July 9, 2013

Toile de Jouy Print Dress in Hampstead Heath

Dresses/ London/ Romantique/ Travel
I am wearing a toile de Jouy / wedgewood print sundress by Primark. Straw bag by Le Voyage en Panier.

I am wearing a toile de Jouy / wedgewood print sundress by Primark. Straw bag by Le Voyage en Panier.

What a weekend it’s been for Britain: Andy Murray won the tennis, the first British male to win the tournament in 77 years, the Lions beat the Aussies in the rugby. And the best: Temperatures shot up to 29 degrees, blue skies and happy people everywhere. Let’s just say that this wonderful weather is quite a rare occurrence during the summer months here!

No wonder that people made the most of the sunshine: London’s parks were jam packed. Mr Romantique and I headed to London’s North, Hampstead Heath. We managed to get a small square of space by the small swimming pond. I must admit I did not swim in the rather brown, muddy waters shared with various ducks and other wildlife!

For the summery occasion, I chose to wear a cotton sundress by Primark in Toile de Jouy print. You might have seen this design of landscapes and figures for which the 18th-century factory of Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles, Fr., was famous at Carven’s SS2013 runways, reinterpreted with Safari prints. While I am a fan of sustainable, well made and high quality garnments, I think there is nothing wrong with a little trendy cotton sundress made to wear for one season.

Hampstead Heath swimming pond. If you're claustrophobic, rather chose the airy hills of the surrounding heath!

Hampstead Heath swimming pond. If you’re claustrophobic, rather chose the airy hills of the surrounding heath!

Red sunglasses from Versace, hoop earrings depicting a Parisian couple from Les Nereides

Red sunglasses from Versace, hoop earrings depicting a Parisian couple from Les Nereides

 

Londoner's sizzling in the sun after a catastrophic spring and early summer

Londoner’s sizzling in the sun after a depressing spring and early summer

 

Carven's SS2013 toile print.  Franco-German Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf founded the manufacture of printed toile cottons

Carven’s SS2013 toile print. Franco-German Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf founded the manufacture of printed toile cottons in 1760

Primark Wedgewood print dress Primark Carven

Dress for less: Primark is a great place for trendy pieces copied straight off the runway. This dress only cost a fraction of the original from Carven.

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