I'm back from my mini-break on the UK coast and all I can say is: congratulations, me, on picking the worst few days of summer to have a holiday in this country. After five days of wearing wellies just to pop out for lunch, I couldn't be more sick of water (and my old arch nemesis, The Wind)! Ok, the wellies were new, leopard print, and had little heels, and yes, I did buy them specifically for the awful weather forecast so a part of me was pleased... But I'd have traded them for a day of sunshine - and I love new shoes.
Anyway, while I pray for summer to return, now's a good time to remember when I did experience fantastic holiday weather. If you read my photo diary of my Marseille trip, you might have already guessed that after the 'Audrey Hepburn on holiday' look (thanks again, Bonita!), the one with The Skirt was going to be the other outfit I spent some time snapping for your viewing pleasure.
It wasn't much for my pleasure, that's for sure, as this was one of those times that taking photos of me was just proving to be the worst idea anyone has ever had. We couldn't get the lighting right for ages (it still didn't end up great) and the wind was so relentless for a moment I thought I'd never left the UK. (Although without the winter temperatures I've been enjoying this week.)
And then you add a boater hat into the mix. I think the maximum amount of time my hand left my head all day, when totaled up, is probably about 15 minutes. I pinned the hat using a kirby grip (bobby pin) to the back of my head, but couldn't get the same miracle to work on the front. So it wasn't going anywhere, but it was still desperately trying to fly back off my head nonetheless. Is there a way to get boater hats to feel secure, or is the idea you don't actually wear them on boats near the windy sea? Maybe mine wasn't tight enough or I was wearing it too far back off my head but... fashion.
Anyway, you all knew a post with this skirt was coming and I had the most fun thinking up what to wear with it to show it off. I also knew exactly where I wanted to take these photos and it wasn't where the first few shots are... We went down to Cassis to visit the port and the calanques as I've already mentioned, but the port was super busy, ridiculously windy and there was no shade to be found anywhere. I'm all for standing in direct sunlight, but my camera isn't that great with it. In that its owner has not found a way to stop photos from coming out really bleached and with half of herself in total shadow (the British constant cloud cover had its uses for blogging, let it be said). So I've thrown some token 'riviera' shots in at the end just to prove my good intentions (and how blinding the sun was - oh for a blinding sun again!) :D
Hat: New Look (similar)
Top: New Look
Belt: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Skirt: George @ Asda
Shoes: Clarks (old)
Bag: Top Vintage
Token coastal shots... isn't it just gorgeous?
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