Tuesday, 31 July 2012

among the Bohemians

Feeling very British in my brogues and straw bag

Hello! I'm back again and could possibly be getting into the swing of blogging! Yesterday I spent a sunny Sunday afternoon at this beautiful place. I have visited Charleston many times before with my family as my parents are avid Bloomsbury Group fans and their interest has definitely worn off on me. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take photos inside but the interior is equally, if not more lovely as the outside, and has really inspired me to completely redecorate my room in shades of pink, grey and blue with swirling paisley patterns and vases of flowers painted on the door. Wandering around the cottage I noticed things I had never seen before - a colander-come-light shade here, unfinished Duncan Grant canvases there and painted furniture in every room! My description of the house could never do it justice and you must visit it if you are ever in the Sussex area it really is a sight for sore eyes and perfect when in need of a little inspiration(as I most definitely am at the moment)

 Of course a day in the English countryside wouldn't be complete without tea and cake(well, coffee and chocolate and pistachio cake...), which was relished in the cafe garden amidst the sound of birds tittering away in the trees above. With my head filled with leather bound books, paint palettes and rolling hills, I went home feeling well and truly among the Bohemians.

Listen to: Birdsong 
Read: 'A Postillion Struck by Lightning' - Dirk Bogarde
Eat: Chocolate and Pistachio Cake

Monday, 23 July 2012

pointless nostalgic

Hello again! Two posts later and I think I may be getting the hang of blogging! When I started the blog I knew I wanted it to be an account of my year out and record all the (hopefully) exciting and lovely things I do! It certainly has been a lovely week - I have just spent 4 amazing days at Latitude festival(more on that in another post) and feel surprisingly relaxed and replenished which is always a bonus! Along with many other amazing acts I really enjoyed seeing Lana del Rey live at the festival, and became very inspired by her vintage/retro yet timeless style. I spend a good amount of time fantasising about living in a different era and I love clothing that encapsulates my favourite elements of my favourite eras, so when I rediscovered this dress from Primark(bought about 3 years ago) I was so happy with the 60s feel of the Peter Pan collar and the pastel pink colour that makes me feel slightly like a strawberry bon bon.
My day of nostalgia continued with a visit to the museum with a friend I haven't seen for a few months which was gorgeous! I loved mooching around amongst the art and local history as well as a much needed catch up over paninis in the museum cafe, that is, until the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate...
The rest of the day was equally as lovely when we found an old fashioned photo booth which of course we had to use, followed by a trip to the sweet shop to finish the day!

Filled with sweets and a good film, I don't think this wave of nostalgia will leave any time soon, but right now I'm quite happy with it staying...

Listen to: 'Pointless Nostalgic' - Jamie Cullum
Read: 'The Dud Avocado' - Elaine Dundy
Eat: Milk Bottles

Friday, 6 July 2012

rainbow cake and birthday wishes

Impressive rainbow cake - well done, Mum! 
Make-shift wrapping paper
Yesterday was my beautiful little sister's 13th birthday, and the first sunny day in a long time! It was a really lovely day but went so quickly - mainly revolved around food and presents but was filled with laughter and sunshine, so hopefully she enjoyed herself.

I had taken an outfit picture of myself but couldn't find my tripod so was left with a very bad quality mirror number, so instead took one of the birthday girl. She's such a fashionable young thing and looked gorgeous all day so had to take a photo of her new birthday gear!
Top - H&M
Jeans - Primark(old)
Ring and Earrings - H&M
During the day while little sister was at school I went to help out with my old college's summer production in a park which was a bit of a walk away but a lovely walk nonetheless. I love walking when they sun's shining, I always feel like there's a real sense of stillness and calm away from busy crowds of people. There is certainly nothing better than a long walk in the sunshine to clear your head, especially when accompanied by the sounds of Nick Drake and the smell of the sea - it felt like I was abroad!

I knew the good weather was too good to be true - in typical British summertime fashion it's pouring with rain outside while I'm writing this, and with that I'm off to snuggle up on the sofa with a slice of cake and an Alfred Hitchcock film...

Monday, 2 July 2012

first day of the month...

A blustery July walk along the seafront
A slightly belated first day of the month post I know but starting up my blog took longer than anticipated, and of course the 'do I/don't I' deliberation, but after sleeping on it here it is, my very own slice of the internet. I told myself after I finished my exams that I would begin a blog as a way of recording my year out, that way keeping myself motivated but also another journal to add to the many half-completed notebooks lying around my room! Hopefully I will be able to share exciting days out, my everyday musings and snippets of inspiration, and hopefully others will enjoy it too. I've got a lot of ideas that I want to try out and would love you to share them with me, so here it goes, pinch punch first post of the month...