Monday, 1 September 2014

Vintage dress on the beach

Sophie in the sticks

perfect vintage summer dress for the beach

perfect vintage summer dress for the beach

Ah the perfect summer's dress. I've avoided wearing this one for too long just because I like it so much that I wanted to wear it on the 'right' occasion. There never is the right occasion; the best thing you can do with favourite pieces is wear them often so that you get squeeze the most enjoyment out of them. That lesson only seems to get half learnt before I squirrel away another find which gets gazed at and stroked but never worn. Perhaps from now on I can learn to take my own advice?

perfect vintage summer dress for the beach

perfect vintage summer dress for the beach

This pretty vintage dress is one I bought on eBay a year or so ago for precious little. It's a lovely thick cotton with lace trim and wide satin straps; the length is modest without being frumpy and it's high cut neckline is just how I like it. As with pretty much every outfit I wore a floral crown, this one being the most simple and subtle which is a lovely quality indeed if you ask me. Leather ankle boots as standard. They were my best buy ever at £1 from a garage sale!

There are such a lot of posts that are coming your way soon; a whole variety of outfit posts, days out, some exciting discoveries and of course plenty of food and fitness updates. Stick around!

Sophie


Sunday, 31 August 2014

At sunset | A few people and their dogs on the beach

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These photographs have somehow remained elusive over the last few weeks even after setting them aside to be kept safe (a little too safe, clearly). They're from one of the gorgeous, glorious evenings we spent walking along the beach at Wells-Next-The-Sea when I bathed in the late evening glow of the golden hour and beyond.

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There were precious few people around which was a great delight to have such a beautiful landscape to ourselves but the ones I did see rather tickled me and if there had been just a couple more I had in my head a post entitled 'strange behaviour at sunset'. It was mostly people taking pictures of the sunset, which was beautiful although difficult to capture in a way which showed just how it looked to stand there taking it in.

The man and woman sitting down with their dog in-between was so sweet, along with the parent and child holding hands in the distance. It's one of my favourite photographs in a while and definitely represents how I feel about families; if there are two or more of you it's a family. Chris, Lincoln and I are a family; I loathe it when people say “start a family” honestly, we've been a family for years and reproducing has nothing to do with a status.

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The woman trying to get her dogs to pay attention while her partner took a picture of them really made me laugh, it was so comical to watch, thankfully they weren't close enough to hear me. I don't know what the group of people bending over were looking at but I sorely wanted to sneak up at have a peep too, to satisfy my nosiness.

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Sadly, the light in the evenings doesn't last long enough for us to make it to the coast any more but I have all the sights locked away in my memory to lighten up the long winter nights.

Sophie

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

One year on

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I regard this dress as a summer classic; one I'll wear year in year out regardless of what's currently on trend. It's one of those practical ones with a good weight of fabric, sensible length and flattering cut. In fact it was the first one I posted just about a year ago when I relaunched as Sophie in the Sticks, hasn't time flown by? Of course it does feel like SITS has been precisely what this blog was all along and I've had a brilliant twelve months of blogging with so much wonderful support and brilliant opportunities. It's a good time to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to drop by and read; you have no idea just how much it means to me and I appreciate it so much. There have been over one thousand posts now and over ten thousand comments over the years, with so many tweets and retweets; the numbers are quite staggering to little old me really. Despite numerous wobbles and crashes in confidence (they seem temporary, touch wood) I have no plans to slow down and look forward to bringing you more posts sharing all my loves and discoveries. I'd love to have another little re-design, somebody stop me! Stick around wont you, things are looking bright.

Hugs,

Sophie

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cley-Next-The-Sea | Cley Marshes

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On the only bright day of the bank holiday weekend we made for the coast and ended up at Cley-Next-The-Sea. The lure of a walk with the camera through a wildlife reserve proved all too much and we found ourselves at Cley Marshes which is a large bird breeding ground managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. I didn't take many photographs with birds in at all, they are not what really interests me (nor was the zoom on my camera anywhere near strong enough!).

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In typical Sophie style we bypassed all the bird watching opportunities in favour of stretching our legs and we weren't disappointed. The long path from the visitor centre to the coast took us on to an enormous stretch of beach that we had almost entirely to ourselves.

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I hope you enjoy just perusing the photographs from some days; I don't think they really need many words to go with them. They say everything themselves.

Sophie