Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Two Girls, Two Cups...

...and five lovely boys. It could be the name of a decidedly suspect DVD, but actually it was something far more wholesome. Well, wholesome-ish.

Last weekend, I went on a rather smashing mini-break in the Cotswolds, darling. It was a friend's birthday. He turned a practically child-like 24 years old, and, having grown up in the Heart of England, he wanted to host his party there. Who were we to object? The Bethy and I literally jumped at the chance of a night or two away from the Big Smoke. I couldn't go up on Friday as I went to a rather exciting casting on Saturday morning (not telling unless I get it!), so after I did that, I hopped on a train. Well, after I had managed to arrive at the station at the only time of day with a two-hour gap until the next departure. Then I after I got off the first train, I then caught another train.... then I had to board a coach...  a melodramatic sigh was issued! Let's just say I was ready for a stiff drink when I arrived. And by jove, what a drink I had!

The cups! Totally classy, plastic coconuts, courtesy of Bacardi (via Tescos). So us!

So, what does the well-dressed vintage girl wear in the country? Well, as everyone knows, along with a plastic coconut, a visit to a rural environment invariably calls for stripes.*

* An entirely historically accurate fashion rule.

This splendid skirt was my 30th birthday present from my best friend Gemma, and it came from the rather marvellous Violetville Vintage. It reminds me of gypsys (which, as you know are totally my thing at the moment), circuses and strawberries & cream. All of which happen to be some of my favourite things!

Do note the white Remix sandals and bangle abundance, plus extra scab exposure. The party itself was super fun, though very bad for photos, so I won't show you any. 'What about the next day?' I hear you cry!

Well, we went for a Sunday lunch and stroll in the local village!

Bethan and I found the cottage we'd live in if we ever got married. Bethan's lovely overalls came from Vivien of Holloway (but via eBay). I went lipstick-less. Well, I was actually wearing one of those lip-plumping glosses, just to try it out. You know, the ones that sting your poor lips to buggery! But it definitely worked... not convinced it will replace my beloved lipstick though. Wind, plus long hair, plus sticky gloss equals, well, sticky, glossy, wind hair.

An impression of the Apple spinny wheel was performed to perfection.

Then we played Xbox Kinect. Oh, the hilarity!

As you will observe, my namesake Fleur dresses are cleverly cut, so as to be perfect for pretending to dodge obstacles and collect coins! ;)

And finally, here's the glorious view that filled my eyes on this wonderful weekend. And the scenery behind these gorgeous people wasn't 'alf bad, either!

So tell me, what do you like to wear on jaunts to the country? ;)

Fleur xx

PS. Do please forgive this entirely fluffy post after the recent events in the UK. But what else can I really say about the motivations of rioters on a vintage style blog, really? :(


  1. Interestingly enough, when going down to the seaside (which is my version of the countryside), I chose a swirl dress, because they are oh so perfect for lounging about on a terrace overlooking the Adriatic sea. The eldest living member of the household, an old sea-wolf is always quite thrilled to see me in one of those :)

  2. LOVE that skirt! You have such great friends by the looks of it - always posting about the fun you have together.

    I've been reading so much Agatha Christie lately that the thought of the English countryside isn't far from my mind at the mo. If I were to go out to the country I would wear similar things - comfy wrap dresses and dirndl skirts.

    Oh and the Apple spinning wheel made me LOL. I call it the Beachball of DOOM and variations thereof. Hehe ;-P

  3. I love love love the striped skirt! It reminds me of cotton candy for some reason... xx Fran

  4. Ahaha what a brilliant post, cheered me up mightily! Yes I was rather confused last night after coming home from work (where we were brainstorming ideas of how to protect ourselves should the theatre be stormed by rioting youths) to look at the blog posts on Google Reader....But at least you allude to it - ?
    Anyway I think that historically, tweeds were just the thing for the country!
    Personally I don't know what I'd wear in the country. Something totally ill-suited for the purposes (being such a townie) and some Doc Martin boots, I imagine.
    Anushka :)

  5. I'm glad the Fleur dresses are suitably road-tested!

    I feel the same way about the news (I'm an ex London resident). I've read dozens of (highly emotionally-charged) arguments on Facebook but I can't really bring myself to comment, ecause I don't know what I could add to the debate: I don't know what makes people behave that way and I don't know what the solution will be. How do you change an entire generation's attitude problem? How do you teach empathy? Anyway, I'm glad you weren't caught up in it (and thankfully, so far, none of my Lodnon buddies have been) and hope that it stays that way :)

  6. I love you.
    Damn yeah!
    Love your happy post. I am actually sitting in the office in the Cotswolds at the moment, yes vintage babes do serious stuff as well ;)
    and I love your P.S. no point going on about the yobs.
    ok back to work
    beep beep!!

  7. Stripes and bright florals are always perfect for a countryside visit! :) I love that skirt--what a lovely gift!

    Just want to say my thoughts are with you (and all the other UK bloggers) right now...

  8. I just love that skirt...LOVE! What would I wear...most likely jeans..hahah..not as fashionable but more comfortable for me. Glad you enjoyed yourself...I miss England esp the countryside!! xox

  9. Just a short note to say: I love love love your red/white skirt!! :) If I ever find one in a XXL size, I´ll buy it! :)

  10. (Just want to say, I love your blog! I have a love for old fashioned British trends and for vintage, so your posts are a joy to read. :)

    I live in a small US town close to countryside anyhow, so my trips to the country are usually daily. lol But on trips outside in the cooler months, I'm a fan of warm cardigans and my knee-high, lace up Victorian styled boots with slacks. :)

  11. Oh, that skirt is amazing!! It really does conjure up all sorts of lovely images of circuses and gypsy gals!

    I live in rural farm country, so everyday is country dressing for me, hehe.

  12. I wondered where you were going with that title...glad it was about a nice party ;)
    That new Fleur is lovely, I may just have to get me one!
    I have to say, I prefer trouers in the countryside. Tweed preferably. My skirts always seem to get caught on brambles and I get mud up my legs, so trousers seem far more practical.

  13. I love reading your posts, they always make me giggle! You look adorable in the stripes. I hate wearing lip gloss in windy weather! My hair is long and curly and it makes for an icky situation. Any way, you look darling as always!


  14. Your pink-and-white outfit looks splendid. Like a gypsy-princess with, dare I say, a touch of manga adventurous princess (it's the hem I think)? Love it!

    My usual jaunts to the country are the South Downs or Suffolk - lots of rural fields and breezes. I tend to err towards the Stevie Nicks/medieval maiden look, long flowing dresses and scarves a plenty (which add to the list of reasons why lipgloss isn't ideal in the country).

  15. It looks like you had a fantastic time, like always. You always seem to attend the absolute best parties. It makes me want to throw a party of the "drinks from a plastic coconut" variety.

  16. Wow, that stripey skirt is adorable! I really like the way the ruffle hem is caught with a bow to show a hint of petticoat. Too cute!

    BTW - Your scab appears to healing nicely. :D

  17. "...sticky, glossy, wind hair." - ha ha haaaaaaaaa! This is a fact. Which is why I avoid. Nothing nicer than gloss streaks across your face.

    Tip top skirtage!

  18. Ooh I love that skirt! Perfectly lovely and gypsy-influenced, indeed. I recently frolicked in the countryside (more like drove 1.5 hours away from Chicago to a small town to go antiquing, and not half as lovely as the English countryside), and wore a checkered dress and moccasins. Worked quite well, I believe!

  19. This is TOO WONDERFUL! You look fantastic. I love the fruit theme. So tropical. I also love the stack of bangle bracelets. I'm going to try that, as I have many bracelets like that.

  20. ~ * ♥ * ~

    I love your stripy skirt Fleur, it's so pretty! And Kinect is fun ~ I just like how silly I look playing it my vintage get up...
    > < Great for a good giggle!

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~


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