Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The new neutral | Red

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I've never been into neutrals; bright colours and bold patterns dominate my wardrobe or did until I recently decided to buy everything black I could lay my hands on. I'm the first to admit that it's a headache trying to co-ordinate anything which doesn't bother me all that much in truth.

The revelation has been my bright red bag; I was worried before buying that it might be something that wouldn't get used all that often as it's such a strong colour, with red being one of my least worn colours. How wrong could I be?! Red is my new neutral; it goes with everything and feels right. It defies logic to me and yet every time my red bag proves me wrong and looks perfect. Who would have guessed? (Obviously not me).

The dress is one by Sugarhill Boutique from Amazon back in February, it's pretty and a shape I like but the navy colour doesn't do much for me. My faux leather jacket is a great fit and that's the flaw; if it was a size or two bigger I'd be able to wear it longer with jumpers underneath but you take what you can find from charity shops. Charity shop boots, belt and necklace and bag from Aluna J.

Do you use red as a neutral?

Sophie

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Summer round up

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A long overdue summer round up of all my favourite posts from the best season of the year for me. In no particular order the following happened:

I realised boho was my look for summer, went to Weeting heath where we didn't actually spot their stone curlews, dined out at The Norfolk Mead hotel, lost my lovely Grandma on a 'perfect' summer's day and went to the river to pray.

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We discovered Hoe Rough, I had a day out with Mum at Hickstead, visited Sandringham Country Park, wore orange for the first time in a good while, took a walk on the beach at sunset and walked barefoot on the sand, sat amongst wild flowers and took plenty of walks in the evening.

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We enjoyed our first festival, I wore my festival style outfit, we enjoyed dragonflies at Upton Broad fen where I wore a cropped jumper. A little black dress was worn in a field, then a green dress in the barley, went to Sculthorpe Moor and wore a pastel shift dress which may have been a tad short

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In a departure from the norm I styled up a tee, took part in a proper photo shoot and ran through the long grasses like a wild thing

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We found the most beautiful sights at Sparham Pools, saw the most fabulously funny seals, wore a vintage dress to the seaside and realised it's been a whole year since I renamed the blog.

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Inevitably, on a hot day we went to the beach and froze, we explored Strumpshaw fen where I wore a casual summer's outfit, danced on the beach while other people behaved amusingly and supported the household cavalry.

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These have been my personal favourite posts but that's just over half, wow I've done a lot and not even got round to sharing it all. My aim for summer was to get the max out of the time and honestly I think I did it; what a brilliant time!

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What were your favourite moments of yours? And mine?

Sophie

Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn sun trap

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The transition to autumn has been the dream kind for me; plenty of warm days and some sunny time too. As a girl who lives for summer it's hard to wave goodbye to the easy days of the hottest season; the best I can hope for is that we don't plummet head first into the arctic weather too soon. This weekend has been phenomenal for mid- October with temperatures akin to those back in July! As one stranger noted whilst we were out “this global warming business is all well and good but it's bad for the planet”. Pretty sure that the self destruction of the planet is not outweighed by a few hot days in October but what do I know.

I've been pleased to be able to stick with just adding a jumper or cardigan to keep me comfortable as opposed to donning the heavy wool coats just yet. Finding a little sun trap is an autumn delight and just being able to bask in the last of the sun's warmth has to be something to smile about.

Sophie

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Windswept at Blakeney

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Blakeney is a place which I've been taken to so many times over the years; I can remember my grandparents taking me out there with a proper picnic in a wicker basket. We'd park up in the car park by the boats – the one that sometimes floods – and we would sit in the car watching not very much happen while eating our lunch. There is a definite tranquillity to the place, things happen slowly and if you like a bit of peace and quiet then take a wander up the salt marsh bit beyond the car park. It can look a little boggy but has a path to keep to.

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When we visited Blakeney back in September it was a particularly dull day with something of an arctic gale blowing; I regretted not opting for both my jumper and coat once we left the more sheltered village hall car park.

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We took a stroll up the diverted Norfolk Coast Path heading east. Following the flooding dating back to late last year and earlier this year the path had been washed away. There had obviously been a great effort to make a usable new path with surfacing laid out and temporary fencing but it was so bleak and miserable that we turned back after a while and just went home.

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Better luck next time, eh?

Sophie