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Front row: Melissa brings us sunshine

Healthy-eating guru Melissa Hemsley has created a sweet, wear-anywhere sundress for Finery. We’ve been given an exclusive look and chat with her about spring inspiration…

Define your style Playful, happy and comfortable. 

Have you always been interested in fashion as well as food? Yes – I’m a lover of dresses and leftovers! 

Favourite thing about Finery? Its dresses – I have one from the first collection. Always beautiful, practical and timeless. 

Inspiration behind the ‘Melissa’ dress? Being on the go and wanting to feel really good all day, every day. 

Ways to style it? With trainers in the day or heels for a summer wedding. And barefoot on a beach. 

Fashion faux pas? Shell suits. 

The trend you can’t wear? I’m not very stable in high heels so I’m always happy when I can find a pair I can walk (and dance) in. 

Your go-to outfit? A throw-on dress, trainers, gold hoops and huge handbag. 

Favourite spring food? At the moment I’m celebrating wild garlic and asparagus. I also have the most delicious Spiced Lamb Chops in Mint Oil in my book Eat Happy. It’s my quick Sunday special for friends. 

3 SPRING-FRESH DRESSES I’m loving this week

YELLOW, £59.99, Mango,

IF YOU’RE A NURSING MUM, you know that finding a nice maternity bra can feel like the Holy Grail, but sustainable British lingerie brand Lara Intimates is on a mission to change that. They’ve adapted one of their most popular styles into a practical and pretty solution.


Denim addicts rejoice! Madewell, J Crew’s younger, cooler sibling, has finally landed in the UK. With jeans at its core, the US label also does refined basics, such as leather, shirting, jumpsuits and T-shirts, brilliantly. 

WHITE SHIRT, £58, and JEANS, £105, all Madewell

WHITE SHIRT, £58, and JEANS, £105, all Madewell

I’m just glad that I no longer have to take an extra case for my Madewell buys every time I travel stateside. Try before you buy at the shiny new John Lewis store at London’s Westfield or find the range online at, now shipping to the UK. 



BAG, £126

BAG, £126




In need of a long weekend away? Take a trip to one of the most idyllic – and chic – regions of Italy. Look the part at the (very) Grand Hotel Tremezzo* in LK Bennett’s raffia sandals and linen trousers from Hobbs – your go-to summer wardrobe. 

Additional reporting: Joanne Toolan