Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sun, Sea and Shells

The weather was so lovely on Sunday that we decided on a impromptu trip to the beach! We just went up to North Wales for the afternoon and did all the beachy things.
First we had Fish and Chips(classic!) then went hunting for shells on the beach which is something I've always loved doing.
 There were loads of Jellyfish on the beach too, they looked so pretty! We finished by playing on the penny arcades- another thing that a trip to the seaside isn't complete without! It was such a lovely day out and the perfect way to make the most of the weather!

Have you ever had great spontaneous days out?
What are your favourite things to do at the seaside?
Hayley Ann

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Beamish and Birthday Celebrations

A few weeks ago we made a trip up to Durham in the North East of England for my birthday.On my birthday we visited Beamish which is a living museum set over 300 acres. There are a few distinct areas running from 1820s to 1940s. These areas are farmland but there is also a 1900s Colliery, Pit Village and Town.

I have wanted to visit this museum for a long time so I was really looking forward a day there. To me, these kind of museum are the closest thing to going back in time. Especially when the staff are dressed in period costume, it really brings the buildings to life.

One of the first things we did was go down the coal mine. This gave a real insight to the hard labour and long days that ordinary people faced.

The whole museum is connected by trams and vintage buses which are a great way to travel around!

One of my favourite shops to visit was the Co-operative which is split into a Grocers, Hardware and Drapers. Running through the whole shop is an original Lansom tube cash system which is used to take the money to a cashier. I find it fascinating to see what brands and products still exist now and which don't. Even some of the packaging is exactly the same!

Obviously I loved the 1940s bit, the farmhouse was so lovely. 

I wore my Collectif Princess coat which is one of my favourite pieces of clothing. I love it so much! My dress is also reproduction and made by a local company called Okie Mo who make beautiful items. I am going to review this dress in another upcoming post. 

My birthday at Beamish was perfect. I would definitely recommend a visit, I was there all day and still didnt' see everything! 


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Parasols- The Perfect Accessory

Another summery post today, I'm determined to make summer last! When I was in Italy I took a parasol and it was the best thing I could've taken for the heat! I have always loved these elegant accessories and I found that they not only look pretty but are also very practical.

Parasols have a long history all over the world. Paper parasols originate from the East in the countries of China and Japan. They are traditionally made from natural products such as leaves and used to keep the complexion pale. These parasols are often decorated with paintings of flowers and birds. Even now paper parasols are associated with Asia and the Geisha girls of Japan.

During the 18th and 19th centuries Parasols moved west and became popular in Britain. At this time, Britain had a huge empire  and imported items like tea from China. We also imported fashions and values from the east too leading to a love for Parasols. English parasols tended to be made from fabric such as lace but they were still used for the same purpose. A lady from the upper classes wouldn't leave her household without a parasol on a hot day. Throughout the 20th century parasols deteriorated  and fewer people used them as a tan became more popular than pale skin.

I still think a parasol is very useful in keeping the heat of the day off you and providing shade at the same time as looking elegant and completing an outfit. Maybe over the next few years we will see a rise in the use of parasols again!
Hayley Ann

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Italian Riveras and Seaside Prints

 Vintage Frills and CiCi Marie have shared their thoughts of a new print from George at Asda. I have also bought the Dress form the Seaside Print range and thought i'd share my review with you. 

I have a few seaside print dresses so when I saw this one for sale in Asda I had to have it! Especially for the fantastic price of £20! The print reminds me of the Amalfi Coast in Italy and is so pretty, It's printed like a Watercolour so isn't too stark. These pictures are from my recent holiday to the Italian Lakes.

The dress was perfect for the hot weather as it is made from a cool cotton and just has thin straps. There is a lining and also a net layer which gives the skirt more shape and structure. Although it's not a full circle skirt, the net does make it feel more substantial and gives it that fifties look.

I accessorised the dress with a blue bangle that I think is probably from the sixties, a belt and of course sunglasses! The belt is definitely needed as the bodice is a bit big on me and I think the dress looks so much better when your waist is defined.
If the dress had any faults it would be the sizing of the bodice but it is only minor and is fixed with a few stiches in either side. I love this dress, it is one of my favourites and such good quality!
Hayley Ann x
I am not connected with Asda in anyway, I bought the dress for my enjoyment and all views are my own.