Monday, 27 September 2010

In the Orchard

Top - Primark (a long time ago)
Belt - Belonged to my mum
Dress - Silence & noise from a charity shop
Tights - Topshop
Shoes - Charity shop

These photos are from a recent mid-week trip to Standen, another National Trust property, and one of my favourites.  It's been nearly a year since my last visit, which was the subject of one of my first ever blog posts. Standen is a lovely house, decorated during the arts and crafts movement, with many William Morris interiors. You can't take pictures inside the house, so we made do with various areas of the gardens. There's something about apples fallen from the tree that makes me feel very autumnal. The orchard was full of them, as well as the funny 'bees at work' signs all over the place. The picture of me between two posts is a sort of childrens area with a stage and a giant xylophone. I love the bench in the last photo, how nature is trying to claim it back. I'll be posting later in the week with some new things to tell you about.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Lace dress

Just a little post to show off two recent purchases, this lace dress and these clogs. I'm still uming and ahing about the clogs. They are super comfy but I don't like to buy anything that I don't think I'll want to wear the same time next year, I like things to have a bit of longevity. So we'll see. I've been after a lace 60's style mini dress for months, and having trawled etsy for the perfect one, I ended up finding this in Warehouse sale. Sorry about the tights, I think this vintage Swiss dot pair are just too small, as I ended up laddering them trying to hoist them up, oops. The hat is vintage too, I felt slightly like I was going to a 1960s tea party in this outfit.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The colours of autumn

All above photos from NowegianWood  website

Photos from

Just a little bit of autumnal inspiration.

I absolutely adore all of  Norwegian Wood's fall 2010 collection. The muted tones, the fringe details, the textures, the styling. All of it. I'm hoping I can scrape some pennies together and maybe purchase a little bit of it when it arrives in her Etsy store in the next few weeks.

The second set of photos is from Rodate's S/S 11 collection from NY fashion week. Although it's a summer collection, the colours say autumn to me. I've often been a bit unsure about certain Rodate collections, they are beautiful but often don't look to wearable to me. This one however I could imagine wearing all of it. It also confirms to me that I need a pair of high waisted trousers, and soon.

I'll be back later in the week with some autumn oufit posts and a new project. 

Thursday, 9 September 2010


Top - Charity shop
Skirt - Uni qlo
Shoes - Charity shop
Necklace - Charity shop

More trip photos. There aren't many more, promise! These were taken in Tintagel in Cornwall.  Tintagel has a ruined castle, associations with Merlin and knithgts of the round table, caves and rugged caostline. Also finding an ice-cream van on the walk back into the town I had lavender and honey ice cream cone, delicious. After looking at the castle we looked at the old (National Trust) post office in town, where I learn the origin of the phrase being left 'on the shelf'. In the old post office there was a sleeping shelf, where girls and unmarried women slept to keep them away from the men. So you were left on the shelf until you were married. The final photo is from Dartmoor, near the Dewstone. Cornwall is such a beautiful place.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Permanent Vacation

Dress - Charity shop
Perfume Necklace - Charity shop
Shoes - Charity shop
Bag - Charity shop
Cardigan - Gap
 Sunglasses - H&M

 Although I just got back from one trip, I immediately went on another. It being a bank holiday weekend I took the opportunity to go down to Devon and Cornwall for a few days. I had a lovely restful time and visited some places I have never seen before. These photos are from Sunday, spent on the beach in the most glorious sunshine. I haven't worn this dress as much as I'd like. It's from a charity shop and is handmade, possibly in the 1970's. It has a pretty dark floral print, patch pockets and a front zip. I decided to take it up a bit and used the left over hem to make a belt since the original one was missing. I think it's a sundress I can wear into autumn because of the colour. Not bad for £3.50.
 Also thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. If you have have the chance to visit there I definitely recommend it.