Saturday, 29 October 2016

Apples and Pears...up the stairs

I've had my eye on the Cath Kidston Apples and Pears print for awhile now so when this skirt was reduced in the sale I snapped it up and what better place to photograph it than in the beautiful city of Chester where I study. I love living in Chester so much, it's such a pretty place and there are so many hidden gems.

The print on this skirt is made up of apples and pears, I think it's lovely and the colours work really well together. I think it could pass for a genuine fifties print. It's a good quality cotton and the skirt is lined too, always a bonus.  The skirt has buttons running down the the front which add another feature, they are a lovely rich green. I picked out the main colours of red, green and yellow to accesorise this skirt and I was very happy with the overall outfit. 

My Collectif princess coat is still one of my favourite items of clothing and was the perfect accompaniment to this outfit along with my red leather satchel. 

One of the most iconic sights of Chester is the Eastgate clock, apparently it is one the most photographed clocks in the world so we were very lucky that there was no one around when we took these photos! 

Hayley Ann x

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Forties Season

The summer 1940s events have come round again and a year has passed. I have now completed my first year of teacher training at university and have two years to go. I have loved living in Chester, working in a primary school and making some amazing friends. 

Now summer is here, I have been attending local 1940s events which have all been fantastic and a great excuse to dress up! 

 The first event was held at the World Heritage site of Ironbridge and even though it was a smaller event, it had a great atmosphere. 

This was great spot for a glass of Pimm's and a cake, even though we got caught by plenty of photographers and even made it in to the local paper! My Collectif high-waisted trousers have been a great choice as they are easy to pair with a blouse or jumper for a forties look.  

 The Severn Valley Forties event is a much bigger one and runs over two weekends. The first weekend I went with my family and again wore my Collectif slacks but with a fair isle jumper and a simple turban in my hair. 

 There is always lots going on at all the stations with houses and caravans to visit and many vehicles too. My favourite are the 1930s and 1940s caravans, they're so pretty inside. 

 I visited the second Severn Valley weekend with my friends which was lots of fun as we also went to the big band Glen Miller show in the evening. 

On the Saturday, I wore a Lindy Bop dress which is a bit more formal because I wanted to dress up for the concert. 

 I wore a hand-knitted cardigan on Sunday which my mum has just finished (I will share more photos soon). I wore this with a charity shop skirt, silk scarf and felt hat. 

 There are several events such as a recreated battle and wedding which take place and add more atmosphere to the weekend.

I really enjoyed these forties events and having a different outfit for each day! I also attended the event at the Black Country museum which I will share soon. 


Monday, 4 April 2016

A Day on the Steam Railway

I've mentioned the Severn Valley Railway before, It's a place I regularly visit but I've never before been in the dining carriage. However yesterday was a special day as we spent the day on the railway and had a lovely dinner in the dining carriage for my dad's birthday.
I wore a Collectif dress which I bought in the sale last year for the bargain price of £14! I've been saving it for the perfect setting, I think a steam railway is a pretty good one! I love the fit and design of this dress, it's so pretty.

The dining carriage is from the 1930s, it was originally for first class service which you can definitely tell. The service was very good from all the staff who were fantastic.
The meal was delicious too, I had apricot and chicken terrine to start, poached salmon for main and traditional bread and butter pudding to finish. The servings were large and very tasty!


It was a really lovely day, the perfect way to celebrate my dad's birthday. The Severn Valley have a 1940s weekend in June and July which I am now looking forward to even more!

Hayley x

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Another knit complete

Way back last year I blogged about a new cardigan with a Tyrolean design, which I have finally finished at last. I'm so glad to have this cardigan completed!

Although the pattern looks complicated, it was fairly easy to knit as it is repeated all over so I soon got used to it.
The only thing I altered about the pattern was the sizing of the sleeves which I knit a size smaller and reduced the amount of increases as I wanted a tighter fit for a more forties look which I think I have achieved.


I thought this little bunny brooch was perfect to match. I created a simple roll in my hair and put on red lipstick to complete the forties inspired look. I'm looking forward to wearing this cardigan with my swing trousers to create a more authentic look.


Although this cardigan took a long time for me to knit, I'm very pleased with the final result and I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear out of it.
Hayley Ann x