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Practically Perfect In Every Way…

There are no other words to describe this heavenly vintage coat than to quote Mary Poppins! It was gifted to me from the lovely Alec and Margaux of The Splendid Suitcase as a thank you for interviewing them on the blog last year.
 
On a bright cold day running errands in Brighton it really cheered me up to wear something that feels so elegant and well-fitted! And worn with my recent fur-stole find, which seems to be a match made in wardrobe-heaven!
 
 
I’m wearing the coat with some of my regular favourites – an eBay vanity case, Topshop boots from a couple of years ago, H&M socks and vintage night dress from Beyond Retro.
 
 
I’ve noticed this week that my current choices in wardrobe-colouring are almost identical to one of my old school uniforms! Navy, cream, mustard and royal blue all featured in my middle school uniform and PE kit…Funny how I hated wearing it at the time!
 
 
I’ve also being adapting my Heidi plaits recently, to a more relaxed twisted style, which is so easy, it literally takes two minutes to do! Perfect for when you’re in a rush or you want to quickly pin up hair that is in need of a wash!
 
 
Divide your hair into two equal parts, and brush to each side (I tie one side into a ponytail to keep it separate whilst I twist the other).
 
Pull some loose strands forward to frame your face and then holding the hair at a right angle to your head, roll the hair forwards. Then simply pin on the top of your head with kirby grips and repeat with the other side. I told you it was easy!
 
 
Also worth a mention is Joshuas amazing new bargain coat! He’s wearing it with a polo top he found online, a vintage waistcoat and trousers from Topmans Boutique collection.
 
 
An attempt for a cutesy-couple photo goes a bit wrong…Ew!
 
 
And because this coat is practically perfect in every way, perhaps that is the reason why I chose to go as Mary Poppins for Halloween!
I must admit the original plan had been ‘Scary Poppins’ but as soon as I had the get-up on, I just couldn’t bring myself to ruin it with blood and gore!
 
Worryingly all I had to purchase for my costume was some red ribbon for my bow tie… Therefore I could essentially be Mary Poppins again whenever I please!
 
 
I’ve also been instagramming my adventures the last few weeks, here are some of my favourites for anyone who doesn’t follow my twitter or instagram.
 

1. The green velvet dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, when she is visiting Rhett Butler in Jail. I went to the V&As Hollywood Costume exhibition with Kelly-Marie of ‘A Harem of Peacocks’…and it was AMAZING. Seriously, no words for how good! Unfortunately photography wasn’t permitted within the exhibit so this was a very sneaky little snap!

2. Brighton sea on a stormy afternoon!

3. I recently watched this film, ‘The Beginners’ and really enjoyed it – far more than I anticipated I would!

4. A new glitter-fest nail polish by Models One!

5. Joshua and his recent delivery from a local farm…(I’m definitely going to steal this idea)

6. A Brighton busker who must have gone to extraordinary efforts to get his instrument where it was!

7. Beautiful ceramic jewellery from a boutique on Bond Street, Brighton.

8. A recent eBay find, I love this little Brownie doll!

9. One of the most inspiring fashion books ever…..!

I have a few exciting projects to show you within the coming weeks, and a couple of lovely new finds too!
Thanks for being patient with my sporadic posts – we still haven’t got internet at our flat (boo!)

Hope you’re all very well,

Love Yours Truly, x 

On Courage…

‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’
 
I’m lucky enough to have a Mum who reminds me of this wonderful Eleanor Roosevelt quotation whenever a day has proved too hard, or people too cruel. 
In ten words it completely surmises the respect and pride you should have in yourself, and to not let the seeds of doubt planted by others grow in your mind.
 
The last few weeks have been a bit of a roller-coaster (when does life not have it’s ups and downs I know!) and a lot of circumstance that I have found myself dealing with, has been unexpected, draining and not so good for personal morale!
 
I’ve sat here for about twenty minutes deliberating what to write, what to divulge and what I shouldn’t include, and I guess essentially it’s not entirely relevant for the overall point I want to get across.
 
 
Suffice to say, that I have had a huge learning curve the last month, and through the highs and lows, I have realised that adversities are much better handled with a smile. Hardships can be laughable with a good friend, and that every now and then, even if it is logically the very last thing you should be doing…you can go and get horrendously drunk and dance to 90’s RnB at three in the morning (thankfully no photos of that to show!)
 
It’s hard writing this in a way that doesn’t come across as pompous, or preachy – or even (heaven forbid!)…Cheesy! 
But I just think we all need reminding of our own value sometimes – like in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ when George realises how different the lives around him would have been had he not existed. You never know when you’re someones ray of sunshine, or when a quick phone call or kind word makes someone feel a hundred times better.
 
 
Before I continue, I’ll take a moment to explain that these photos were obviously taken on Brighton beach, on a cold but bright afternoon walk. 
 
The pillars that I am standing by are part of the remains of the West Pier, built in the 1860’s, after all these years they have stood the test of time!
 
Also, I’m wearing a very comfy, very non-blog-worthy outfit! The smart shirt is a recent purchase from New Look – tres Annie Hall! My gorgeous antique coat was a gift from Margaux and Alec of The Splendid Suitcase – it’s so gorgeous!
My skinny jeans are an old Topshop pair, and my favourite sunglasses (more for wind protection than sun!) were from H&M.

 

 
 
And these little beauties were a gift from Modcloth last year! I adore them!
 
 
Someone who definitely deserves a tip of the hat for being my own (as afore mentioned) ray of sunshine, is Becca my flat mate! After finding ourselves in a very similar situation it’s been so lovely to have someone to not only seek comfort and hope from, but to provide for to! 
 
From cooking ourselves nice meals (especially breakfast  – conquer that and the rest of the day will sort itself out!) to decorating the flat (photos soon!) movie marathons, heart to hearts and a few too many cointreau’s!
It’s the little things that make a difference I suppose!
 
 
And whilst I can thank her for her emotional support…
 
 
Her physical support (ie. me not ending up on the floor!)
 
 

 

Leaves a lot to be desired! Ha!
 
 
So I guess in conclusion, I’m putting the ‘look inwards for strength’ myth to bed. Sure finding strength in yourself is a rewarding and a worthwhile pursuit. But in contrast, it is no easy task to seek help and support in others to get you through troubling times.
 
You don’t have to have all the answers, and you don’t have to be happy all the time.
What matters is that you assert yourself on dealing with whatever adversities you find yourself facing, and enlist the help of the ones you love to pull through.
You’d do the same for them after all!  
 
 
And above all, be kind to yourself.
 
I need to keep reminding myself of that one.
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Tweed and Silk…

Good evening! I’m back from an unintended little blogging break! It came without warning really, I just found myself terribly busy with work (in the last two weeks I have travelled all over London, as well as visiting Bath, Leeds, Manchester, Harrogate, Guildford, Kingston and Cobham! Phew!)
 
I did keep snapping away however, so I now have a nice backlog of planned blog posts to tackle!
 
These photos were taking last Sunday, as Joshua and I walked to go watch the England game with our friends Alec and Margaux (of The Splendid Suitcase) in their gorgeous flat.
 
Everything I wore was fairly new (to me at least!) 
 
 
The vintage blazer was something Joshua found for me at Vintage Nation a few weeks ago. I’ve been on the hunt for one for what feels like years, alas they were always too big! This one however is a childrens blazer and fits like a dream…So impressed my man found it (swoon) 
 
These brogues are old favourites from Topshop and my (oops- laddered!) hosiery were an Urban Outfitters sale purchase a little while back.
 
 
 The beautiful slip I’m wearing was from Beyond Retro in Brighton. It’s such a good quality, soft silk, and the pleat detailing on the bottom is just so pretty! Every time I move it swishes and swirls in the most fantastic way! It feels very Daisy from the ‘Great Gatsby’!
 
 
I also recently obtained this awesome tote bag from an event of the same name at the Duke of York cinema in Brighton, where they were showing a special screening of one of my favourite films ‘Ghostworld’
 
 
As soon as we sat down at Alec and Margaux’s it was straight down to business for these two England-loving lads! 
Look how nervous they are at half time. Oh I wish we could have played better for their sake!
 
 
And although Margaux and I watched the game, we also took interest in a cheeky floor picnic, consisting of crisps and dips, tea and biscuits! Tasty stuff!
 
 
This is the view from the living room window…Jealous? Moi? (I had visions of setting up my sewing machine at this spot – were it my home!)
 
 
As I said before, I’ve been travelling a lot this last fortnight for work, however whilst getting about I’ve had a great time discovering new interesting places.
I carry a disposable camera in my bag most of the time, and here are some recent shots I got developed from my travels.
 
 
Harrods in London, all dolled up for the Jubilee celebrations!
 
 
These cheeky phone booths in Kingston-Upon-Thames made me smile…
 
 
And this series were taken around Notting Hill – how insanely magic is that pub?!
 
 
 
Now for those of you who are interested, I recently purchased an iPhone (after so much deliberation – I’ve always had cheap, non-technologically-advanced phones!)
 
However I’m really enjoying it, and you can follow my adventures with my new(ish)Twitter and Instagram accounts! I’m a little bit obsessed with Instagram it has to be said!
 
 
Also this week, I’ve popped some bits on eBay, so if fancy a peek or a bid, have a look HERE.
 
Much more coming up, including a street party, my recent birthday, and a photo project!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Brighton Burgers…

I have a little saying which I like to use from time to time, when upon my trips visiting Joshua, we try and figure out what to do with the day…
 
‘You don’t make plans for Brighton, Brighton makes plans for you!’
 
And it’s just so true!
 
I had spent the evening (whilst poor old Josh was at work) at our friends Margaux and Alecs (of The Splendid Suitcase)flat. Drinking tea (I sampled some Redbush…Tasty!) and chatting about favourite bloggers, clothes and sharing anecdotes.
 
So please try to imagine my utter delight, when I was presented with this beautiful vintage Parisian coat from the stylish duo, as a thank you for blog giveaway I ran last month.
 
I mean seriously…It’s heavenly!
 
 
 
The cream vanity case was a recent eBay purchase, bringing my suitcase collection up to a ‘it’s-okay-I-use-them-as-storage’ eight! Oops!
How many cases does one girl need?!
 
The coat as afore mentioned is from The Splendid Suitcase (all their vintage is sourced in France, so they get some really original pieces!)
 


We then decided to have an amble after taking my outfit photos, when we stumbled across ‘Grubbs Burgers’ which is a mini chain (three) of burger bars in Brighton.
 
Now I don’t eat fast food, as I don’t like the ethics and global domination of those huge corporations. I do however, bloody love burgers! So it’s a win win going to Grubbs! Supporting a local business and indulging in some (queue Pulp Fiction quote) TASTY burgers!
It’s so satisfying knowing your food is being made freshly for you…

 
 
 
Call me boring but I went for a classic Cheeseburger with extra Gherkins..It was so good!
 
 


Proof of my burger enjoyment! (I’m a girl who likes her grub!)


Now this chap however (caught unawares having a little pre-dinner daydream!)
He has a rather unconventional taste!


This is Josh’s favourite burger (when we make them together at home we replicate this recipe for him)
 
Yup. A burger with pineapple, banana and peanut butter.
 
My mind boggles. I can’t bring myself to try a bite…


After our burgers we toddled off in the direction of home, when conversation turned to the recent BBC Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey drama (link here!) which I had watched that morning. I found it a bit ‘meh’ to be honest, with only a few redeeming features, which I’ll spare you the details of now!
 
However a nice little tidbit of knowledge is that Miss Shrimpton actually hails from the same home town as Josh and I! So in tribute to the long-limbed icon, I decided to throw a ‘Shrimpy-esque’ pose on a park bench, amidst the dog walkers and football fans on their way to the pub!
 
However instead of looking strong and gazelle-like, I achieved a look more akin to Superman posing for a Outerwear catalogue! Ah well!


Oh! And the hair is slowly but surely beginning to fade back to it’s former gingery goodness! Horay!


Huge thank you to Alec and Margaux for my beautiful new coat…I simply adore it!
 
So there we go! An outfit I didn’t plan, and a lunch I didn’t expect…Brighton certainly does make good plans for you!
 
More later in the week,
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Toy Story!

Well it’s lovely to be back! I finally feel well enough to blog again! Thank you for all your Get Well wishes, they were very sweet and definitely cheered me up!
 
Not that you’ll notice at all in these photos but I’ve actually dyed my hair brunette this week, and I have to say I think it’s going to be a pretty short lived experiment! I already miss my reddish mop!
 


My corset top is from eBay (I loved the chintzy print!) worn with jewellery inherited from my Nanna (informal New Years resolution is to wear more of the beautiful jewellery I’m fortunate enough to own!)



Yes my cardigan drowns me! But it’s so snuggly and soft it’s like wearing a duvet (which is just what you need when you’re on the mend!)
 
The shorts are Topshop, hosiery is from H&M and my little case was a Brighton find in Snoopers Paradise.


I had to include this picture! It looks so terribly posed but it’s actually just Josh caught in a bit of a daydreamy moment…Naaaaw!


This Saturday we had a date in Brighton! We went to the Brighton Toy and Model Museum followed by lunch at Kensington Gardens (the nachos there are our favourites..We demolish them!)
 
I took a silly amount of photos inside the museum, which was amazing! I’ve tried to whittle it down for you! (would you like me to put the rest on the Yours Truly facebook?)
 
An incredible cabinet filled with soft toys from as early as 1905!
 
I love the camel!
 

This pair of ducks made me laugh! What a duo!


The Circus cabinet was also amazing. I have a huge love for traditional Circus items, and these little lead clowns were no exception (though is it just me or are they carrying sawn off shotguns?!)


This ferocious lion caught my eye! His original box was behind him too. There were quite a few original boxes throughout the museum which I found remarkable, when you consider how rough children can be with such things.
 

A whole glass cabinet was dedicated to miniature model toys, including this Disney set…


And a whole room was dedicated to puppets!


If you know anyone who is an avid fan of model trains then send them to Brighton quick! There was a huge model village and train set running throughout the museum!


It was extremely detailed too..Josh and I laughed pretty hard when we noticed this little guy!


This part reminded me of this Tim Walker photo shoot…I’d love some model planes to hang from my ceiling!


It was such an entertaining way to pass the afternoon, and so many items inside get you talking about your own favourite toys!
I’d definitely recommend anyone to have a little visit!
 
 
Lastly I’m very happy to announce the winner of The Splendid Suitcase blog giveaway!
 
Congratulations to ‘Georgia Rose’!
 
To claim your £20 voucher email Margaux and Alec at [email protected].
 
Hope you all have a lovely week! More soon!
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

The Splendid Suitcase Blogger Interview & Modcloth Winner!

Bonsoir!

I’m excited about this one guys!

I absolutely adore this blog and I’m lucky enough to know the charming couple, Alec and Margaux, who are behind it!

He is the life and soul of the party, with hilarious stories stockpiled up, and a fantastic collection of dapper vintage clothing. She is a disarmingly beautiful petite french girl, who will charm you with her sweet unassuming ways.

Oh dear..I’m gushing already! Without further ado, introducing, Alec & Margaux of….

Hello Alec and Margaux! How are you today?

A – Im really excited because my daddio is coming to Brighton for his 1st visit! Were going to take him to Devil’s Dyke for a walk in the countryside and maybe go for a cheeky pint after.

M-I’m very good!So happy that Christmas is coming and even more excited about the fact that we’re going to travel to Berlin soon!

How did you meet?

M– We both moved down to brighton at the same time and were next door neighbours. Within a few days of going out we knew that we were meant for each other.

It was our two year anniversary a few days ago, Woo Hoo! We are both believers in true romance.

Your new business venture is called ‘The Splendid Suitcase’ where did that name come from?

A – We were racking our brains for quite a while, then one day, Mango rang me up while I was at work and blurted out THE SPLENDID SUITCASE within a millisecond of me answering.

I thought it was a perfect name as it captured the essence of what we were trying to do and it represented our journeys back and fourth from Port Blanc to Brighton. We wanted to choose a French name but I couldn’t pronounce any of them properly…

How did you get into vintage fashion?

M- I was born in France in a family of vintage fanatics and I grew up going to car boot sales with my parents who started selling vintage goods as their full-time job about 10 years ago.

As a child I wanted to be an archeologist, I think what really amazed me about this job wasn’t quite dinosaur bones but the idea of reviving things that were meant to be forgotten.

When I started following my dad to clear houses, I knew that vintage would be a big part of my life, then when I met Alec and saw how his eyes lit up at the sight of vintage treasures there was no doubt that we were going to become partners in crime!

A – According to my mother I was always into dressing up, whether it was in my boxers singing ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ on the living room window sill for the whole street to see or dressing up in my full chelsea kit just to go to the shops.

I was well into bow ties and stripy dungarees, once upon a time I would never be seen without my trusty duffel coat on, I was like the lad out of East is East except I bathed every so often.

It was when I was living on Brick Lane that I really got into vintage clothing, then I moved to Brighton and managed to land a job at one of the vintage shops running a market stall, et voila.

You both reside in Brighton, describe what you love about living there?

A – The all day drinkers crack me up, totally smashed singing yellow submarine all the way back from the park. One in particular has even made it to a few our gigs, lasting all of about five minutes before getting himself chucked out!

Obviously that isn’t the reason why I love Brighton, just an added perk that the tramps are hilarious. I love the fact that Brighton is so small, it has such a wonderful community filled with eccentric and artistic individuals.

I love being by the sea, it is very calming being able to hear the waves from your bedroom at night, but my favourite thing is that you can drive fifteen minutes out of the city centre and be in the middle of nowhere.

The countryside of East Sussex is magnificent. It is an easy retreat from the hustle and bustle. I love Brighton, it is where I met my Mango.

M– First of all I love our little flat, it is ‘decked’ out like a boat (port holes and everything) I feel really privileged to be living in such a unique place as Brighton. There is something very comforting and familiar about it, it also has some of the quirkiest shops I have ever seen and many wonderful sweet shops (that’s heaven in my book!).

I love that Brighton is constantly buzzing, there is always something going on, the art and music scene are amazing and constantly moving forwards.

I’m always on the hunt for particular items to add to my ever-growing wardrobe, is there anything on either of your wishlists right now?

A – New shoes, always new shoes. I have spent a small fortune on getting my shoes and boots repaired by the cobbler around the corner. Lovely bloke, he was astonished that I had brought him seven pairs to fix within the space of six months.

I needed a new trilby as I wore my previous one to a few festivals and they got muddy to say the least. I managed to find a tan velour Stetson ‘Challenger’.

I am currently challenging myself not to wear it though as I received some horrific information from my hairdresser that if I keep wearing my hat everyday then I shall go bald within 7-10 years. I don’t fancy that… I want a new pair of Oxfords, maybe two tone?

Ooh and a burgundy three button velvet jacket, AND a suede hunting cap with a small peak and fluffy lining, so not a lot really ; )

M – The list is endless but I’ll try and narrow it down! I’ve wanted a 1920s/1930s felt cloche hat for too long now so it’s going to have to be my next buy.

Just like Alec, I desperately need some new shoes, I’m keeping an eye out for some cream brogues and a pair of brown ankle boots. I’m also constantly looking for the perfect 1950s black dress!

Aside from vintage fashion, what else interests you?

M-I have studied fine art for the past few years, I don’t think a day has gone by when I haven’t drawn since I first held a pen. I’m really inspired by art brut (art that was made outside the tradition of fine art the insane, prisoners, outcasts, children, primitive artists etc…)

I admire people who crave creation and dedicate their lives to building and creating things that might not ever be seen by anyone, My favourite piece could very well be Ferdinand Cheval’s ‘Palais ideal’ (ideal palace, 1836-1924) it is one of the most stunning things I have ever seen.

I just love making things & learning new skills, I am so grateful that Alec’s grandmother has recently given us her beautiful 1950s Singer sewing machine, I cannot wait to start experimenting with it!

A – Music. My mother played violin in the London Ragtime Orchestra. I remember going to my first open air concert at Ealing Jazz Festival. With all the boater jackets, hats, fancy frocks and Scott Joplin numbers, I was hooked!

My father also played bass in ‘Lost Patrol’ so I didn’t really get much choice in the matter. I started off on the violin and piano then got inspiration from Dick Cook who was the leader of the LRO and picked up the clarinet to try and be the next Acker Bilk, then saxophone and various other instruments.

I am currently studying a degree in drumming and play bass in The Peppermint Beat Band(Please Have A Listen!!!) I love playing in this band, great bunch of lads who are all extremely talented. We have been together for two years now and I hope we continue to make music together for a long long time.

It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon…Where would we find you?

M – We would probably be at home eating a roast dinner, but you might find us on brighton beach if I’ve managed to drag poor Alec in the cold and wet to go watch the waves!

A – I love it really! But not while the footy is on, or just after the roast, unless you fancy like rollin’ me there…

Where do you source the gorgeous items you’re selling?

M -Everything on our Etsy shop is sourced in France, my dad has a bric a brac shop in which he doesn’t really sell any of the clothes he gets hold of.

So instead of them being hidden or collecting dust somewhere, we immediately knew that our task was to get these clothes into the eyes of vintage fashion lovers! It is very rewarding knowing that they will go to good homes where they will be loved, worn and appreciated!

What’s on your wish list for Christmas, and what do you hope for in the New Year?

A– Christmas: Well it’s not much but the other half of my tooth would be quite nice! I did get it capped but the dentist failed to tell me not to eat apples within 12 hours…

New Year: I hope the new year will produce some sort of gym? The ol’ Chrismas weight is piling on and by then I’ll be as big as the father himself.

M– Christmas: The most wonderful present this Christmas is Alec’s mom coming over to France to finally meet my family. Christmas is such a joyous season, we thought it would be the perfect occasion for them to meet. I just cannot wait !!!

New year: I hope I’ll be able to join Alec’s gym! But to be honest if the new year brings as many great things as it did this year then I will be over the moon.

What does the future hold for ‘The Splendid Suitcase’?

We are taking another trip to France in the next couple of weeks, very excited! Be sure to check the shop in the very near future as we will certainly be bringing quite a few treasures back with us!!!

Our first month of selling on Etsy has blown us away, we have had so much fun and received some great feedback that we are very grateful for. Blogging has also been such a lovely experience, we’re so excited to keep it up and see what comes next!

Thank you so much for featuring us on your wonderful Blog, we both love you very much Kerry.

A huge thank you to Alec & Margaux for such an interesting interview!

And because it’s Christmas (fast approaching!) I have another blog giveaway for you all! One lucky reader will receive a £20 voucher to spend on whatever they wish in The Splendid Suitcase Etsy Store!

I wish I could win this one myself! To enter, simply follow The Splendid Suitcase blog HEREand leave a comment on this post, saying what you hope Father Christmas will bring you!

Winners will be announced before Christmas!

And finally! The winner of the Modcloth giveaway is…

Siel!

Congratulations, please email me your address so I can post off your gorgeous new make up bag!

Love Yours Truly, x

I’m Laughing At Clouds Up Above…

Scattered showers, a wintery chill in the air…
 
What better to do on a lazy Sunday than spend it with a close friend being thoroughly leisurely?
 
We started the afternoon with a delicious roast lunch, taking our time to finish our drinks and chat, before heading off for a little woodland walk…
 


These photos were taken at a place called ‘The Rye’ which is a large park on the outskirts of our hometown. This little man-made waterfall is hidden away right by the back and unless you knew it was there, you probably wouldn’t stumble upon it!



I’m wearing my trusty new H&M faux fur stole, Zara winter coat, Topshop trousers and my favourite vintage blouse from the lovely Alec & Margaux at The Splendid Suitcase.
 
The fit is incredible and the fabric is such a good quality that you certainly wouldn’t find anything like it in modern retailers nowadays!


It feels tremendously Katherine Hepburn-esque! Which of course can only be a fabulous thing!
 
Richard…looking very much the Sunday explorer…

 


A close up of the waterfall…


And Autumn leaves! I LOVE Autumn, it’s my favourite season so I can’t wait for it to be in full swing. All those pretty colours!


Speaking of pretty colours, look at these gorgeous rowboats and their bunting! We’ve used them in the past but unfortunately today they were closed, so a row down memory lane wasn’t possible.

 


I hope you had a lovely weekend too!
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

Home Is Wherever I’m With You…

It’s been a horrible rainy week! The heavens really have opened of late and I’ve found myself bored and housebound on my days off, with nothing better to occupy myself with than watching films and eating copious amounts of biscuits!
 
Fortunately when the sun decided to show its sorry self again, I had this fabulous new frock to wear!
 


My friends Margaux and Alec (one of the coolest couples I have the pleasure of knowing!) have recently started up a wonderful new vintage business called ‘The Splendid Suitcase‘ and their finds are just so beautiful! Although they’re just starting out there are plenty of treasures, so be sure to have a peek!

 
This fifties dress has such a pretty autumnal print, I just knew it belonged in my wardrobe!
I’m wearing it with my new H&M stole, old Topshop heels and vintage Dior stockings. The brooch was my Grandmothers.


I’ll be interviewing Margaux and Alec soon, to reveal all the goings on with their new vintage venture, and offering my lovely readers an exclusive offer for their beautiful items! So keep popping back!


Recently I went on afternoon visit to Bray with Josh’s parents to have some afternoon tea at the Church Parish and wander around the beautiful little village, here are some of my favourite photos of the day…


There are so many gorgeous rose bushes!

 
 
A pretty little boat on the Thames…
 
 
 
Can you get more quintessentially English countryside than a welly stand outside your front door?!
 


And finally…The house that literally took my breath away! (My future dream home! Ha!)


It’s just too quaint to be true!
 
Hope you’re all having a lovely week, more soon!
 
Love Yours Truly, x