I LOVE CAROUSEL :: BY THE SEA

I LOVE CAROUSEL :: BY THE SEA

I Love Carousel

I Love Carousel – By the Sea

Summer weather in England: sporadic, humid and sometimes hot, but always welcome. Although it doesn’t happen often, news that a heatwave is making its way to our shores brings summertime plans, because inevitably it won’t last long. With a spell of unusually warm weather forecast, and a Carousel dress just begging to be worn, John and I planned a mid-week evening at the seaside. As you know, I’m already a fan of Carousel clothing so where better to visit wearing a nautical dress than picturesque Lytham?

Which starts to explain where I’ve been. Since John moved in, my blogging schedule has gone haywire. I’ve been writing when I feel inspired or when I’ve had the time. I’ve been making the most of evenings after work (because let’s face it, having a work/life balance is still something of a novelty) or we’ve been putting plans into action to make our house a home (read: hours lost to Pinterest). The recent radio silence is because we’ve been painting the living room, taking it back to white to begin our mid-century inspired plans. Regular blog posting shall resume, shortly. Until then, let me tell you about our seaside trip. 

After work last Tuesday, we decided to take a short drive up the M6 and along the Fylde Coast to visit Lytham. Located just six miles from the shores of Blackpool, Lytham feels a world away. We strolled along the promenade until we reached the town’s famed windmill. Standing tall, it’s an enchanting landmark to admire so we joined the rest of the mid-week revellers to sit in its mighty shadow and enjoy summer. It’s times like these that I feel grateful: to feel the coastal breeze in my hair whipping away the mundane worries of the day, to breathe wonderful deep breaths of sea air, to enjoy a hazy, golden sunset. It feels wonderful just to be. 

Of course, no trip to the seaside would be complete without a themed outfit. This dress is from one of my favourite brands, I Love Carousel clothing, based in Dublin,(regular readers will remember March’s post featuring Carousel: vintage modern dressing). Taken from their new summer range, the Debbie Boat dress encapsulates the carefree feel of summer. Despite the word ‘pink’ being part of my namesake, it’s a colour I rarely wear but with its sweetheart neckline I decided to give it a try. Of course, being a lover of prints, Debbie’s repeating boats pattern may have played a part and naturally, I had to pair it with this nautical stripe suitcase bag. Damn it, if I can’t go on holiday this year, I’m going to live in a world of make believe!

Outfit Details
// Debbie boat dress :: c/o I Love Carousel //
// Suitcase bag :: Accessorize //
// Clogs :: Lotta from Stockholm //
// Sunglasses :: Orla Kiely //
//Jewellery :: Vintage //I Love Carousel
I Love Carousel
I Love Carousel
I Love Carousel
I Love Carousel
I Love Carousel
TOP 3 BERLIN BREAKFASTS :: INSTA’ WORTHY

TOP 3 BERLIN BREAKFASTS :: INSTA’ WORTHY

Top 3 Berlin Breakfasts

Top 3 Berlin Breakfasts

It’s almost a month since I returned from Berlin, but it feels like so much longer. For me, Berlin is a city that feels homely. I love roaming its familiar streets, in each of its iconic areas, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of my favourite place to write about! John and I have visited so many times. but despite this, every visit uncovers somewhere new for us to enjoy. 

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ENGLISH SUMMER RAIN

ENGLISH SUMMER RAIN

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“Always stays the same, nothing ever changes, English summer rain, seems to last for ages.”

English Summer Rain, Placebo

We’re tricked into the illusion of an English summer when the calendar reads July and we awaken to find rooms bathed in sunlight. Inevitably though, the dark clouds roll in and our illusions are shattered. Torrential rain, roads flooding. Each and every year, it’s the same. Can you believe these images were captured only hours after rain caused severe flooding and disruption? 

This year, I’ve subconsciously  grown wise to the weather’s antics and  have sought solace in darker colours and longer lengths: heck, I’ve even invested in a handful of midi skirts. It seems this is the only time of the year that I truly allow myself the freedom to experiment. This year, more than ever: I cut my hair after almost a decade of wearing it long. Of all of my experiments, this midi length Zara sale buy has to be my most successful. 
I’ve been wanting to capture this beautiful dress since I found it in the middle of June. It’s a size large and extremely oversized but there is just something so wonderfully bohemian about its fluted sleeves and retro print that brightens my mood and unleashes my inner adventurer. It makes me feel free and optimistically cheery, all for £26.99.
 
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On the topic of wanderlust, it’s may only be a month since we returned from Berlin, but our urge to travel is rising. Maybe it’s because we’ve been hashtag tourists on Instagram, enjoying the travel posts of those we follow, or maybe we’re destined to travel, its ingrained into who we are. Whatever the reason, we’ve been researching our next adventure, and have started to discuss the idea of whether we should start a travel blog to take our Wanderlust Is Us’ project one step further. 

 
(This is where you tell me I’m crazy to create another blog, especially a travel blog…)
 
So back to the English summer rain, tell me! What do you wear when the transition from blazing sun to torrential rain is so damn quick and bloomin’ inconvenient? 
Zara_Midi_Dress
Zara_Midi_Dress
Zara_Midi_Dress
Zara_Midi_Dress
Outfit Details
// Midi dress :: Zara //
// Necklace :: c/o Bill Skinner//
// Clogs :: Lotta from Stockholm //
// Satchel :: Cambridge Satchel Company //
// Sunglasses :: Orla Kiely //
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