Friday, 24 October 2014

A wander through Holkham woodland

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Way back in early September we took our first ever trip to Holkham. Can you believe we'd never visited before? Some people looked at me in horror that after 6 years of living in Norfolk we'd not visited before.

If you've not been either, the village of Holkham is on the North Norfolk coast and has a generous parking avenue which takes you down to the beach and the walk through the forest alongside it. We took a circular walk through the woodland then returned along the beach which made for a delightful walk. The lazier of visitors seemed to just head for the closest patch of sand and settle there so the walk was quiet even on a busy day.

I hope my photos give you a feel of the place...

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More to come from here too...

Sophie

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