28 Jul 2014

You can learn a lot of things from the flowers

When people say that a brand has been a constant presence in their lives, it's often either exaggeration or nostalgia. Laura Ashley on the other hand has without doubt been one of the most unwavering and much-loved brands of the last two centuries, adored equally from one generation to the next. My mum was a massive fan of the brand and I was lucky to be dressed in the famous dresses and matching Alice bands as a young girl. When Laura Ashley got in touch saying they wanted to me to style some of their clothing I was over the moon. My style challenge was to style these floral trousers and select another item of clothing to accompany them. I have had my eye on this blue lobster cardigan forever and was waiting desperately for it to come down in the sale (It now has!) I opted for a larger size of 14 as I like my cardigans to be more boyfriend fit and to hang loosely on those chiller Summer nights.

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Trousers- C/O Laura Ashley | Lobster Cardigan- C/O Laura Ashley |
Bardot Top- Topshop | Bag- ASOS (Gifted from Sammi!)

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This particular day I was going for a more relaxed summer look complete with a Bardot crop top from Topshop, chunky block heels and the loose fitting cardigan. For me, pretty printed trousers are my favourite and I always favour them over plain, usually keeping the top part simple with a shirt for work or a casual blouse.

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Now as lots of you know I have a love/hate relationship with trousers but in the past year have branched out and bought 2 pairs and a pair of jeans too. I think being pear-shaped has left me paranoid about my thighs (I know I'm being totally ridiculous; we've all got our body hang ups and I guess that's mine!) but I ordered a size 12 in these and when I was trying them on, held my breath. Luckily they fit perfectly, with plenty of give and stretch so I could actually bend down (simple things)! The trousers have a lovely stretchy elastane finish which is the ultimate figure-forgiving fabric, perfect if you struggle with dancer calves and climbers' legs like me! I felt so confident wearing these and have since several times with flip flops, sneakers and heels; only Laura Ashley can take a pair of trousers and make them beautiful, comfortable and timeless all at once.

23 Jul 2014

The Proposal

This might very well be my most favourite blog post to date. The most special that we've decided to share with you. As lots of you know, Jonathan and I got engaged in May and it was the most exciting and emotional moment of our lives. I still get butterflies thinking about that day and always laugh too at what happened afterwards.

I knew right away we had to have a engagement shoot with the magical Kitty Gallannaugh. Something for us to treasure always- the most exciting and precious chapter so far in our lives together. So thank you dearest darling Kitty for these romantic shots. You really are incredible my friend.

I've had so many people ask how Jonathan proposed and he often gets a little bashful about it when it comes to telling the story. So what better way than to let him tell you? Yes today's post is officially a JC takeover! x Rebecca
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The Jon Blog Takeover

My original plan was- admittedly- a poor one. I was going to set up her tripod for a multi-shot overlooking an amazing view and capture the moment I got down on one knee. 'How many bloggers would have that photo?', I thought. Becky told me afterwards in no uncertain terms that she would have hated that, so I'm eternally grateful to the friends who talked me down from the ledge and pushed me to come up with something else!

It was a beautiful day in Kefalonia when we woke up on Becky's birthday. I knew I was going to propose on her birthday (I needed some occasional camouflage for my scheme!) so I'd been nervously waiting for the moment for the past three days while on holiday. I told her I wanted to take her for a walk so that we could find a nice secluded spot for me to give her her 'presents and card.' It's no exaggeration to say we walked for miles!

I was determined to find the perfect place so, much to her dismay, we were walking through the Mediterranean heat, up and down cliff faces, fighting through thick woodland and clambering over rocks and broken walls (don't worry, it gets better, I promise!)

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Anyway, we eventually gave up and went back to the first beach we found, which wasn't perfect but I'd decided would have to do. Just as we were sitting down, Becky saw a little gap in the cliff and so we climbed through to find a secluded cove, shaded by trees and overlooking the turquoise sea. We sat on towels and I gave her the 'card'.

I had made a scrap book full of photos of our time together over the last four years. Every page was narrated and as she flipped through the photos I read it to her. It told the story of our first flat we had while we worked our first crappy jobs in London, our holidays together in Turkey and Paris and all the wonderful adventures in between.

It then went on to tell her all the reasons I love her; her kindness, her sense of humour, and all the small things that only I notice and that make her the fantastic, beautiful and unique person I have always known her to be.
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Lastly it talked about our future together, of how we're going to get a dog, have children, grow old together and of the hundreds of adventures yet to come.

It said "I can't wait for our future together, and I don't want to wait anymore...

"And so, Rebecca Tan, my love, my best friend, my soul mate,

"Will you marry me?"

The last page was a photo of the ring. Then when she looked around at me, I was holding the ring out to her.

Luckily she said yes (if she'd have said no, throwing the book away afterwards would've been tragic!)

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I'd had the ring designed and made specially for Becky with a company called Good As Gold, based in Dorset. The ring is stunningly made and exactly what she wanted. The only issue was that it didn't quite fit (her hands had shrunk since we last had her ring finger measured).

So what did she do to test the size? On a pebble beach? When she'd had it for 2 minutes? She SHOOK HER HAND! I said it at the time and I'll reiterate it now: it was the single most stupid thing she has ever done!

Of course the ring flew off onto the pebbles and we spent a frenzied 5 minutes looking for the diamond ring with Becky on the verge of a panic attack. I warned her that if I found it first the wedding was off. Luckily she found it before me hiding under a rock and we are still engaged to this day.






9 Jul 2014

Oh momma, I wanna go surfin'

I couldn't wait to wear this adorable two piece by a lovely new brand I discovered on Instagram called 'Lily and the Lamplight'. I can't even remember how I found it, I think I was just browsing the 'Explore' part of Instagram and found it there! I instantly fell in love with this adorable print. I messaged the lovely designer and asked very kindly if she wouldn't mind making the shorts into a skirt for me- As I figure I'd get more wear out it that way. Everything is handmade to order which I love, just like other brands I love and support such as Mod Dolly. It's so important to support creative brands like this as the quality and creativity you get is really quite wonderful and rare.

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I felt this location was perfect for this look- even though it's actually canoes not surf boards, but you get the idea! It's at the local scout camp and so there were people wandering past with all their camping gear wondering why I was hanging around their canoes. Apologies for how horrendous my hair looks- it's like a really bad ombre job (it's actually from where my hair used to be red). It's in desperate need of a re-dye but having such long hair means it is such a mission to home dye sometimes so I never get round to it. Looking at these snaps though has definitely given me the motivational wake up call to do it now!

I am loving two-pieces at the moment and the possibilities that come with them. Lots of jumpers, cardigans, shirts and trousers can suddenly find a new lease of life when you mix and match them with a good two-piece (I even bought a pair of jeans!) Oh the possibilities!


5 Jul 2014

Princess of China

Once again, Monica's vintage fair didn't disappoint but this time I was a very well-behaved shopper! I managed to only go away with a dress and some tea and cake, which is relatively tame for me. I can take no credit to finding this gem of a dress, it's all Gill (Jons mummy). Having lived with her for quite some time now she knows my style and taste to a 'T', and while wandering around I was called over to come see a dress- and my, what a dress it is!

She held it up on the hanger and it was true love. The print, the colour; it was sheer perfection and I couldn't wait to go try it on there and then. It came from a lovely vintage stall called
'Runway Betty' (great name), run by two best friends who had a lovely display of vintage curiosities. I ran to the toilets to try it on and it felt like it was made for me. The waist fitting, the bust, it was all so snug and lovely. If that wasn't great enough it was sold at such an affordable price.

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I ran back to the stall with the dress still on, bought it that very minute and decided to wear it for the rest of the day! Oh it's been a very long time since I've done that. Remember when you used to try on new shoes as a kid at the shoe shop and the person always asks "do you want me to put you old shoes in a bag so you can wear them now?", which would usually result in me prancing out in my new magic keys shoes by Clarkes- (which, by the way Clarkes, you need to bring back!).

These photos were taken very early in the morning in 8 minutes before I had to catch the train- yes, we managed to bang these out before work. It's so incredibly hard finding the time to blog these days! I truly admire anyone who can work full-time, commute into London and still find time to blog, it's exhausting! It's all worth it though when you get to wear clothes like this on such a lovely sunny day. 

Have a great weekend everyone! x

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