Dressing for the temperamental weather + the pretty Peak District

So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but after months of crappy weather we’ve decided to make things simpler in the UK by having just the one season: eternal winter. Now that I no longer expect summer, I finally know how to dress in the morning and I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact I’ll never see the sun again… As much as I’m exaggerating (I hope!), I do believe life would be better and warmer if I wasn’t dressing optimistically/hopefully every day. To make matters worse, the weather and my bank account have hugely fallen out – insistent as my account is to just keep throwing away money on cute little summer tops I’ll NEVER get to wear. I do have a week away to look forward to admittedly, but I’ve actually now got more new summer tops than I have days of holiday to wear them (I’m sure your hearts bleed for me).


60s style in the Peak District


Anyway, these first world problems aside, the little video in this post summarises the British experience of weather quite nicely. It was the first day of spring and in the morning, I was wearing gingham, pastels and peep toes (remember this outfit?). After 20 minutes of taking photos and the subsequent reality check, that was the end of that – out came the boots and faux fur collar coat (which are still on the scene in June, dammit!). So yes, this footage is from the same day, but at the start I was trying to convince myself that as it was technically spring, I could wear spring clothes (nope). The good news is that if you’re here for my outfits you’re getting two for the price of one – and whether you’re in the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere there’s something for everyone. You’re welcome.
Bridge in the Peak District
It’s not all about me either – if you like pretty British countryside and cute towns this is the video for you! The Peak District was stunning and a great place to spend B’s birthday. I always imagine (hope) when people who don’t live here think of the UK this is what they picture… Rather than London, anyway. London has its merits, but you’re not going to see many acres of wonderful nature there. (Though you might see squirrels that steal people’s lunch – I’m not joking.)

You’ll notice I’m not just moving around awkwardly, painfully aware of being filmed this time – well, there’s still some (a lot) of that, of course, but I’m also kind of interacting. I was trying! However, when B and I play this back we both laugh at the bit where I’m hiding my face and shaking my head. This may look cutesy and staged for camera, but don’t be fooled – we’ve cut out about 107 instances of head shaking and hiding from the previous few videos so far. It’s literally the only thing I’m a natural at on camera. Truth be told, there just wouldn’t be videos on this blog if it wasn’t for B wanting to flex his Super 8 faking skills (and isn’t he doing well now? So authentic!).

60s style hair

When I was little there were two jobs I knew I would never do because I hate performing – actress, obviously, and teacher, as I couldn’t bear the thought of having to speak in assemblies in front of a room full of 100+ children (which while influenced by my daily school experience and not knowing what many jobs were at that point, I stand by as children are the harshest critics!). I’m just not someone who likes being watched and it’s taken three years to come to terms with taking photos for this blog, now I’m trying to get my head around being filmed. Maybe in another three I’ll nail the video thing 😉 Meanwhile, if anyone has any tips on being a video star, I’m all ears!

And on a final note, I kinda went 60s with my hair, boots and coat combo and I think I like the shape on me. Maybe one to try again soon?


  1. June 3, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    I always have major hair envy when it comes to you! Your hair always looks fabulous.

    • June 3, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you, although I have to say – and my hair would agree – it was having a particularly good day when this video was taken. Sometimes I attempt the above and it ends up messy and lopsided. There's no rhyme or reason to it, but those days don't make it on the blog that often 😉

  2. June 3, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    You are a schtar!

    Our weather has been strange here too, one day 33 C the next 14 C. From having the ac on one day to the heat the next.


    • June 4, 2015 / 12:06 pm

      I wouldn't mind the cold lows if I got some of your hot highs too!

  3. June 3, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    This video is fantastic! It makes me want to move to the UK, actually, even though the weather is so icky there now. But everything else looks lovely!

    • June 4, 2015 / 12:08 pm

      Yeah, maybe come in a couple of months when we might be having something that could pass as our version of summer 😉 It's very pretty in some places, for sure!

  4. June 3, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Aww, that video is so cute! You are absolutely adorable. I don't know which of you does the editing, but whoever it is is pretty good at it.
    I'm digging the 60s look on you, I agree that it's a great fit for you.
    It was very rainy and cold here up until a couple of days ago, but we're finally getting some nice summer weather! It's coming your way too, I'm sure.

    • June 4, 2015 / 12:10 pm

      That's B, although I do insist some things are cut immediately, which he would otherwise leave in. No one needs to see my double chins. Glad you agree on the 60s thing! I think it suits my short legs 😉 Please, please, please send your summer our way. Although, the sun has actually come out today. Apparently it's actually 20C!!

  5. June 4, 2015 / 2:14 am

    Ahh, so in other words you've come over to the Canadian side? 😀

    Jokes apart, I'm sorry that the weather has been so nippy for you lately. May was very damp by local standards here, but things are perking up a bit now that we're into June.

    That's such a lovely video – I really like the elegant, old-timey music in the background.

    ♥ Jessica

    • June 4, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      It's actually really nice today, as if the weather is trying to make me look like an idiot two minutes after I posted this… I'll take that though to have some sunshine! Thanks for your comment on the video – B chose the music, which I wasn't sure about at first but then really grew on me. Apparently it's called 'Parisian cafe' or something! x

  6. June 4, 2015 / 9:31 am

    You're just adorable in these videos, I can't get enough of them!! I love the look of the Peak District, I've never been, so you've inspired me on a tourist level, not just a fashion one. It's sunny here today in Wales, let's hope this lasts for the weekend!

    Love the hair, do you use a rat or something to get the incredible amount of pouf?

    • June 4, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      Ha, well, that's good, as B keeps filming me everywhere we go at the moment so there's some more coming – including one at the seaside! It was my first ever visit too, but I highly recommend. So quaint and cute!

      It's just by own hair, back-combed underneath a bit but mostly the pouf is achieved by pinning the hair in this shape to my head securely. I've never gotten along with hair pieces really… xx

  7. June 4, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    I'm beginning to think everyone's weather has been a little off. We've had days of barely wanting to wear clothes because its so hot, back to I think I need to turn the heat up. This week we are in the 20's so all is well.
    Loved the video, Loved both outfits,Love as always that U.K landscape!

    • June 7, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      Literally the minute I hit 'publish' on this post our weather's become much more stable and summer-like – perhaps it heard me 😉

  8. June 4, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Ah British weather! And as far as I've heard(read) Britons never seem to stop talking about the weather. By the way, really love your hair, you style it so perfectly! Also, the video is wonderful- pretty you+the landscape!!

    • June 7, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      We can't help it – it's because it's so all over the place there's always something to say! Ah, thank you, my hair was definitely having a good day here 🙂 Glad you liked the video too, there's more in the works…

  9. June 5, 2015 / 4:04 am

    Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about the stupid cold weather. I bet it'll get warmer soon 🙂 Definitely going to watch your video now! Can't wait!
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

    • June 7, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      It literally already has improved – although in true British form will probably revert to being rubbish again in no time! Hope you liked the video 🙂

  10. June 8, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Fab hair and cardi! It is a lovely little video. I know what you mean about the trials of dressing at the moment. I went out this morning in a dress, bare legs, little shoes and finished the day by adding tights, a cardi and winter shoes! When can I wear my lovely summer dresses?!

    • June 12, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      That's exactly what I'm fretting about – so many lovely summer clothes, so little opportunity to wear them!!

  11. June 12, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Loved the outfits Cici, and it was such a pretty location!

    So I have a cheeky question though, how did you get such a cool effect on the video? Do you use a video editing program? May I ask which one? I'm dying to know as I'm trying to get into videos myself, but need to do ton of experimenting to find out how best to do them. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • June 12, 2015 / 12:08 pm

      Glad you liked it 🙂

      Not at all, it's not cheeky! As I freely admit, I don't do anything to make these videos as they're my boyfriend's hobby, but he's given me some pointers on what he does for you:

      * Shot on a simple camcorder (smartphone would also do) at 25 fps (then converted to 24 fps later in Premiere Pro – to make it look more like Super 8 film which is either 18 fps or 24 fps, with 24 fps easier to work in digitally)
      * Edited (plus some basic colour correcting) in Adobe Premiere Pro
      * Film effects added via Magic Bullets Looks/Misfire plugin: redgiant.com/products/magic-bullet-looks
      * Super 8 film grain added using Rgrain film stock overlays: rgrain.com
      * Super 8 hard matte (which crops it to a 4:3 format) also included in the Rgrain pack

      He does put a fair amount of effort into making them look like this, as you'll see from the above! I wouldn't have the patience (or the expertise myself)… x

  12. July 8, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Wow, I'm so happy to read this; thank you Mr B for sharing these tips!

    I'm keen to try this out, now I just have to do some filming and see if I can make it work! Thanks again, I really appreciate it. 🙂

    • July 8, 2015 / 12:25 pm

      Not at all, he was flattered someone wanted to know how he did it I think 🙂 we're both happy to help (especially as you were so helpful with my petticoat query 😉 ) x

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