Frock Friday: The palest green dress

I’ve always been of the you-can-never-have-too-much-stuff school of thought. Another black skirt? It’s a workwear essential. More vintage china? It’s so pretty! Must-have beauty products? Totally needed. But after reading Amy’s post on Experience vs. Things on DesignSponge, I decided it really was time to curb the habit. I’ve jumped on the no-buying bandwagon for a month and so far it’s been pretty easy. I haven’t bought anything that I haven’t really needed to, other than a vintage wooden hand mirror, a glass dish and some old bone-handle cutlery from the local charity shop for a grand total of £6. Not too much of a slip up. I’ve created a ‘No-buy list’ over on Trello (which I love) and will review all the things I’ve added since 1 May at the end of the month.  My birthday is the beginning of June, so I’m going to treat myself to something special. The latest addition to my no-buy list is this:

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ASOS Salon Lace Insert Smock Dress. Photo by ASOS

The palest apple green dress with pretty cut-work details over by ASOS Salon. Please don’t sell out before 1 June. I’d definitely ditch the short patterned under dress and wear over a black or cream vintage silk slip. It’d be perfect for wearing to one of those summer weddings we’re going to or equally perfect for frolicking about picking daises in a meadow. Paired with much sensible footwear, of course.

 

xC

P.s. An equally stunning bird-embellished summer dress.

Going/Coming back home

Like many others who choose to move to London, I now have two homes. One here in the heart of housing price-boom Hackney. I love everything about it despite the annoyingly ‘cool’ factor it has. Strolling to the markets, the cheery chaps in Costcutter, the little new gourmet food store on my street (Pinch), the London Field’s Lido, my neighbours and more. Well, everything apart from the rent, the too-cool-for-school kids who have overcrowded my local, and the lack of property-owning.

Then there’s home-home. More than 11,000 miles away from London, back in the sunshine with my friends and family, green and lush, where I grew up, more than 24 hours on a plane, listening to Bob Dylan in the kitchen, hello the-worst-kind-of-jetlag home. New Zealand. Home where the other half of my heart is. We went home home in February/March…

Pine Ridge

Sewing lessons

Mirror mirror

Family portrait

Green lake

Nz Road Trip

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Photos by Luke

 

Lately I’ve been…

lately

reuniting old sparkly friends…

trying to tame my wild herb garden…

buying spring blooms…

eating Hawke’s Bay peaches off the tree…

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drinking really good coffee in Wellington…

visiting home sweet home…

having NZ beach days…

drinking wine with old friends…

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going on trips…

having beach picnics with one beardy bloke…

having last suppers…

chilling on the purple velvet sofa…

and drinking more coffee.

The Welsh seaside – New Quay

New Quay boatLooking out my window at the grey sky it’s hard to believe that until a couple of weeks ago we were basking in the midst of an elusive ‘Great British Summer’. Since I first arrived here from sunny New Zealand, I thought a this thing was just a myth or a strap-line that some advertising clever clogs had made up in the 50s to lure tourists to the grey island called Britain. Now I get it, it’s actually a thing!

I wanted to share some photos of sunny New Quay in Wales from a trip back in the very beginning of summer, when everyone thought it was still going to rain for months. No, I’m not confused. This is New Quay in Wales, not Newquay in Cornwall. Different places. We even saw dolphins (dolphins! who knew!) playing in the sea.

New Quay - Wales

New Quay - Wales

The fishing town on Cardigan Bay, West Wales, is filled with picturesque cottages, many a fish’n’chip joints and ice-cream counters. The town is believed to be the ‘cliff-perched town at the far end of Wales’ as immortalised by Dylan Thomas in ‘Under Milk Wood’.

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New Quay WalesCome back summer. I’m not ready for endless grey days just yet. See that blue sky? NO FILTER!

St Benedict – A Victorian B&B

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Without a doubt this is the most amazing home I’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in. It’s probably the most amazing home I’ve ever set foot in to be honest. St Benedict Victorian B&B can be found in the sleepy East Sussex town of St-Leonard-on-Sea, neighbour to Hastings.  I’d been wanting to visit Hastings for ages after reading about it on both Sarah and Ellie‘s blogs and we decided a last-minute weekend away was just what we needed. After searching around online for somewhere to stay and giving up on any Air BnB options, I stumbled across this place and knew it was worth investigating.

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It’s like stepping into a past era. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we arrived but I knew it was going to be amazing. I never expected it to be this good. Any pictures I’d seen online could not have prepared me for the absolute gorgeousness of the place.

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Owners Paul and Steven have spent the last 18 years transforming the home, which was divided into flats, back into a full house. It’s clearly been a lot of hard work and  a labour of love. But the result is completely breathtaking.

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We stayed in the old nursery room  on the top floor. The antique bed is probably the comfiest I’ve ever slept in, with its antique hand-embroidered sheets and cosy blankets. The room also has a spectacular view of the garden with its massive pond, own chapel and summer-house.

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St Benedict Victorian B&B view

St Benedict Victorian B&B

Breakfast was served on gorgeous china and silver serving ware, all sent to the dining room via the dumb-waiter from the kitchen below.

Breakfast at St Benedict

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St Bendicts BB sink

Each room also has its own bathroom with roll top bath and Victorian style loo with wooden seat.

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I honestly can’t explain in enough detail how amazing this place is. A single blog post could never do it justice. It’s not stuffy like a museum but very welcoming and comfortable (although it is more amazing than most of the National Trust places I’ve been)! Only 1 hour 40 min or so by train from London Bridge it’s an easy weekend away. Just go. I know I will be visiting again.

x C

Sneak peek: An amazing Victorian B&B

If you’re a minimalist and enjoy stark empty spaces, you may want to look away. If you love beautiful bits and pieces please read on. Here’s a peek at the incredible Victorian B&B  at St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex that I had the pleasure of staying at recently.

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I really don’t know where to start with the absoutle amazingness of it all…

x C

P.S. You can find me over on the very lovely This is Your Kingdom today, writing about Violet cakes.