Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Little ships

Top - H&M a few years ago
Necklace - Devon charity shop
Skirt - 90s Gap, charity shop
Shoes - Charity shop
Bag - vintage gift years ago

Listening to  - The vaccines ~If you wanna ~

Summer is passing me by at a slightly alarming rate this year. I have had a busy few weekends, on Sunday I ate extreme quantities of ice cream at the Sundae festival. The weekend before I had an amazing time at Latitude festival. I really enjoyed the fact that the festival is about so much more than music. There was theatre, cabaret, literature, poetry, film and comedy. As well as all sorts of hidden stages and acts scattered about the woods. It's an unusual experience to be wandering about in the woods at 2am to come across a ska band playing with characters from Alice in wonderland milling about and fake snow falling on your head. So it was a bit of a shock to return to London and work. Cities in the summer can sometimes be a bit oppressive anyway so on Sunday I headed to Teddington, to sit by the river, make friends with a little cat and watch the boats go past and generally relax and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

To the lighthouse

Hat - Jersey charity shop
Dress - Camden market last year
Shoes - H&M
Bag - Army surplus store, years ago

~ Listening to 2 Trees ~ Foals ~

So a little bit more of Jersey. Also I feel I must confess the shaming fact (for a bookworm) of having never read To the lighthouse. I once read about four pages and then somehow never picked it up again, does anyone recommend I give it another go? I got this dress a year ago in Camden Stables, it was a bargain but I've never worn it. I know peter pan collars are still going strong but I find the lacey one on this dress a bit twee against the red and that put me off. I think it was originally a maxi dress, since it has clearly been hemmer. However I do like the two florals in one dress and the piping, plus it was just right for this glorious sunshine. Which sadly there isn't meant to be much of this weekend. This could be a bit of a problem as I am camping from tomorrow until Monday. Oh well, wish me luck!

Monday, 11 July 2011



 Silk shirt - Traid
Waistcoat - Jumble sale
Jeans - Uni qlo sale
Hat - Jersey Charity shop, £5

Listening to ~ Fall at your feet ~ Boy&Bear

This weekend I visited the Island of Jersey. It was fairly surreal getting an early flight and arriving at the airport at 8.30 on a Saturday. There is really a lot to do/see around the island, we barely touched on it and only visited the South side. One of the most intriguing things ( to me) about Jersey is it's history, particularly the German occupation during WW2. I really wanted to visit the war tunnels, which are now a permanent museum about the occupation.  The tunnels were fascinating and chilling, I was impressed by a lot of the exhibits and how they attempted to give a two sided view of past events.b The photos above are from St.Brelades Bay beach. A truly gorgeous beach, and luckily the weather turned properly summery by the time we arrived. I felt pretty overdressed, although the great thing about silk is how breathable it is even in heat. Before this we visited the town of St.Helier where I found this great hat in a charity shop and wore it the rest of the time we were there. Looking at these photos of the beach makes being back at work even less inspiring. I will probably do another Jersey post to relive my mini holiday.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

I want to see people and I want to see life

 Man I wish life was like a festival all the time. Well maybe not ALL the time, because the toilet/shower facilities would get you down after a while... but still. Last weekend I went to the Hop farm festival, described be Morrisey (Saturday's headliner) as ' the most civilised festival in the country. ' I have to agree since they actually had showers (!) and also it's in Kent. It was a lot of fun. I went with a couple of friends and totally forgot I was going until Friday, so had to pack a bag in a rush and get down there. Also amusing was our attempt to put up our tent which was really not meant to hold the number of people it claimed to. There were three stages, one charmingly called Bread and roses, lots of tasty food stands and a vintage tent where I got a sweet little blouse. The music was great and a little alternative, my favourites were Cloud Control, Newton Faulkner, the Guillemots, the Noisettes, (the singer was fantastic) and of course Morriesy. Although I doubt everyone would agree with me, I did find Morrisey's singing 'meat is murde'r mid way through the set a bit of a downer. Although it was worth it to hear 'this charming man' and particularly 'there is a light that never goes out'. We also got to see a bit of Patti Smith and Lou Reed, although I managed to miss the Bluetones. I'm going to Lattitude in a couple of weeks for more festival fun. I'm also going to try and not be a coward and take some pictures of all the awesome outfits I see.