This set of photos is extra special to me partly because I’d been picturing it for so long. We visit this pier every year, often several times a year, as it’s local to where we stay in the summer in the caravan by the coast. And every time I was on it, I’d take in the amazing scenery and think to myself… if there just weren’t so many damn people around, what an awesome photo location this would be. Because I see my surroundings in blog backdrops – what, don’t you?
This year, however, I finally did something about it. I got up early and dragged my trusty photographer out at 7am on a chilly early autumnal morning. It was so worth it (well, for me it was, B might say otherwise!). There wasn’t another soul on the pier, the wind was at a minimum as forecasted (unheard of) and while nippy, I’ve had a lot worse. We got there as the sun was still rising and it created such a beautiful hazy low light together with all the clouds. Of course, my outfit had to have a nautical vibe for such a location. I think it was finished off perfectly by this little pinwheel brooch – I don’t know about everywhere else in the world, but you find a lot of these in seaside towns over here (er, pinwheels that is, although if any shops at the seaside want to start selling Erstwilder brooches…).
But really, the star of this show is the pier itself. What is there not to love about a living, breathing part of Victorian history? It markets itself as ‘unspoilt’ and I think that’s pretty accurate. It’s not full of coin machines and endless junk food stalls, it’s just a big ol’ pier with a fish and chips restaurant one end and a theatre the other. Yes, that’s right, a theatre! It still has an end-of-pier show all these years later. The other great thing about it is that the local dog-walking community love strolling along it, so by the time I’ve walked to the end I’ve probably seen about 20 dogs! And that’s quite alright with me.
Headscarf: c/o Chronically Vintage
Top: Collectif (old)
Brooch: c/o Erstwilder
Skirt: Collectif (sold out)
Bag: Red or Dead London
Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear via Zulily
Our visits to the pier are probably done for this year, but we’ll be back very soon. Maybe not at 7am in the morning next time…