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Enjoying an Indian summer romance

Who says romance is dead? I’ve spent some of today meeting lovely couples thinking of getting married at the beautiful Bournemouth Beach Weddings venue.  A whole range of lovebirds were there  – from young, first-timers to the more mature deciding to give it another go. It’s mind-blowing to see the choice when it comes to […]



Why boutique doesn’t have to mean big bucks

Word Origin & History. boutique “fashion shop,” 1953, earlier “small shop of any sort” (1767).  So why do many people associate a boutique shop with it being expensive? At the moment we’ve got a range of dresses in our window for under £55. We’ve got evening dresses starting at £85 and day dresses at £48. […]



Navy is the new black darling

It’s this time of year we reach for our trusted LBDs as invites to parties, awards dinners and the C word starts to approach. I have to be honest – I’ve never been a fan of black. I must be the only boutique owner in the land not to have a little black dress of […]



TV with tassels on

Only one more sleep until ‘Strictly’ comes back on to our screens. Sad I know but my diary is cleared for Friday and Saturday night (and for the rest of  autumn and winter to be completely honest) as the new show launches us into that wonderful Glitter Ball world of fake tans, sequins and fab-u-lous […]



Mothers of the groom please stop taking a back seat

It’s been a busy morning at our boutique with mothers of the bride and groom in looking for their wedding outfits and today again I’ve heard what always amazes me. “I’m the mother of the groom so need to take a back seat.” “I’m not as important as the other mother”. Why? I tell my […]


Autumn dresses have arrived


The attraction of autumn – with apologies to John Keats

The downside is driving to and coming home from work in the dark but autumn does have lots of other plus points. That lovely fresh nip in the air, the “mists and mellow fruitfulness” as Mr Keats so eloquently reminds us. Love the fact the weather report this morning on the Chris Evans radio show […]



Bright start to the awards season as stars shun black for colour at this year’s Emmys

At Fab Frocks, we love colour. People walk into our boutique and are always pleased to see a rainbow on our rails rather than rows of dull grey and black. So it was great to see the world’s most famous TV stars embracing colour last night at the 68th Emmy Awards. (One day I’ll get […]



Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not

So I’ve dressed for every kind of weather over the past seven days  –  my summer dress to cope with sweltering temperatures up in the 30’s at the start of the week to my wellies (pink of course ) to battle with gale force winds and biblical rain in the last few days. This time […]



Out on the town with Frank

It’s not often I get to escape the shop for a jolly but this week me and Steve (the male half of Fab Frocks) were treated to a posh lunch in London at the Drapers Independents Awards by one of our suppliers, Frank Lyman. We had been shortlisted for Best Customer Experience in an Independent […]



Our ‘Dress To Donate’ scheme helps local charity balls

With so many events in the winter months we love to support our local charities. This autumn we get the chance to support two with our unique ‘Dress to Donate’ scheme. Our first is the NSPCC who are holding the Bournemouth Childline 30 Gala Ball in aid of Childline on Saturday 8 October at the […]


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