Polka Dots: Classic And Timeless Plus A Birthday Treat In Nottingham

Hello friends, happy Tuesday. How is your week going so far?

What I’ve Been Up Doing:


I have been pottering around the garden over the last few days trying to cut the grass and dig up the weeds. It is amazing how long it has grown over the last few weeks with all the sunshine and rain. Feels like only a few days ago I last did it.


I want to start getting fitter and yesterday I made effort to go to the gym on a Monday morning. I blew the cobwebs off my bike and rode to the gym to do a spinning class!  Back after back bike session wore me out. Not doing much today as I have a box fit class booked later.

What I’ve Been Wearing Lately:

Polka dots make me pop!

I love polka dots so much. They are so classic and timeless. I have been wearing them for years and years. They are my favourite pattern.

I often wonder if my Husband gets fed up of me wearing polka dots!?

I do not ask him though.

Just in case he said he does get fed up with them!

Then maybe I would have to move onto another pattern to get obsessed with.

This is one of my favourite dresses.

My go-to dress.

When I am in a hurry.

One I wear when I need something nice to wear quickly.

I just reach out and grab this one.

One I wear when I want to look nice for a shopping trip or days out.

It is the perfect length, not too long and not too short.

Perfect size.

Not too big or too small so ideal if we might be eating out.

My Husband bought me this polka dot dress last year for my Birthday.

It is still for sale, so it must be a popular style.

I wore it on my birthday this year, a few weeks ago.

We went to Nottingham for my Birthday lunch.

I styled it with my off-white cardigan and my comfy white Converse.

Me, my husband, youngest Son and my Daughter were meeting my eldest Son in Nottingham to all go out for a meal.

My 2nd eldest Son could not make it as he lives about 140 miles away.


Off we went for a nice walk around the shops then I picked where I wanted to have my birthday lunch.

Cosmo it was then. For an all, you can eat buffet. With extra cakes for my birthday.

Before we went to lunch my eldest Son had to nip into the train station to pick up a train ticket, or at least that is what I thought.

I didn’t want to go to the train station so me and my Daughter had a look at a quicky vintage shop we like to visit.

When we came out, I could see my Husband and boys laughing but it too me a few seconds to register.

My 2nd eldest Son had come on a 300 round trip to see me and have lunch with us all together.

It was such a lovely surprise having all my family together  ♥♥♥♥

What I Wore:

Dress: Amazon | Cardigan: c/o Bonmarche | Bag: c/o George At Asda | Shoes: Converse.

It was such a lovely day with them all and then we all caught our trains home in different directions.


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.


  1. June 5, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    That’s the BEST birthday surprise, isn’t it? Love the dress and polka dots. Happy Birthday!

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 7:53 am

      Thanks Heather. It was a wonderful surprise and so unexpected 🙂

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 8:10 am

      It so cool 🙂

  2. ruth
    June 5, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Arr, that must have been the best birthday prezzy ever !!

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 8:20 am

      It so was 🙂 🙂

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Thank you. We had a great day 🙂

  3. lporter586
    June 6, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Ahh what a lovely present! And I like polka dot patterns too – lovely dress x

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Aww, thank you 🙂

  4. Erica Hughes
    June 6, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Happy Birthday! What a lovely surprise! I’m a bit of a polka dot fan too.

  5. June 6, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    That was so sweet of your 2nd eldest. No wonder it was a surprise. And that dress is lovely. I don’t wear polka dots often at all.

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 9:01 am

      Thank you. Such a fun day to remember 🙂

  6. June 6, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Oh how lovely! What a fab present and you look lovely too!

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Aww, thank you Laura 🙂

  7. June 6, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    What a wonderful birthday surprise! And you look so lovely in polka dots!

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 9:37 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Thanks Steph 🙂

  8. June 6, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I really like your outfit. The polka dot dress is a beauty to behold. Well styled too!

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Aww, thank you Stella 🙂

  9. June 6, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Love your dress and so glad you had a great bday suprise visits are always so special x

    • Claire
      June 7, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Thanks Lauren. I was such a well kept secret between them all too 🙂

  10. June 7, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    I love polka dots, but rarely see them anymore. I must look online. Beautiful dress. I can see why it is your ‘go to’ item.

    • Claire
      June 9, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Aww, thanks Betty 🙂

  11. June 7, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    What a wonderful birthday! I love polka dots, too. Fun mural.

    • Claire
      June 9, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Aww, thank you 🙂

  12. June 7, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    That’s a really sweet surprise and I am so glad that your son was able to join you and entire family after all! I love polka dots too though my all time favorite pattern are stripes. I love how you wore your outfit – casual and comfy. Those are my favorite combo so naturally your outfit ranks high in my book! Happy belated birthday and I hope your week is going well!


    • Claire
      June 9, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Aww, thank you Maureen. Such a perfect day 🙂

  13. June 8, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Don’t forget to come link up over at A Labour of Fashion my Thursday Link up.

    • Claire
      June 9, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Linda, a little late but hopping over now 🙂

  14. June 8, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Aww! How lovely that you all got together for lunch. What a special birthday!
    That dress is gorgeous! #PoCoLo

    • Claire
      June 9, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks Kim, it was a great day 🙂

    • Claire
      June 9, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Aww, thank you Sarah 🙂

    • Claire
      June 11, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Thank you Michelle 🙂

  15. June 10, 2018 / 9:51 am

    What an incredible birthday surprise. Love that wall too!

    • Claire
      June 11, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Thanks Jenni 🙂

  16. ChelseaMamma
    June 10, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Happy belated birthday – I just adore that dress, it really suits you

    • Claire
      June 11, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Aww, thank you Kara 🙂

    • Claire
      June 18, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Emma 🙂

    • Claire
      June 18, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Thanks Elizabeth 🙂

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