Outfit: pink lady by the sea

Back to the north Norfolk seaside – you’ve already seen me parading by the pier in a floaty skirt, but these are the other photos I managed to take when I was there earlier this year. It’s a part of the world I’m frequenting more often these days because of the access to free accommodation, excellent fish and chips, cream teas and beaches. (And with all the fish and chips and cream teas I consume in this part of the world on an increasingly regular basis, perhaps I will one day join the beach as a whale.) And as I post this, I’m about to head back for another long weekend – joy 🙂
As I’m getting to know my way around the area these days, this time I had locations in mind for taking some blog photos – hence the aforementioned beach post. So here I am, sauntering around the cute little side-streets that lead to the sea and the sandy beach. And though it looks like summer, it was actually like standing in a wind-tunnel and you’ll notice in some shots I’m desperately clinging onto my helicopter ponytail, or have given up and let it take off. Ah, British summer.
Just as a side note, it always feels harder to make trouser/pant outfits as exciting and feminine as when you have a swirly, girly skirt. And much less fun for blog photos. Although, weirdly, the longer I write this blog the more I’m choosing to buy dresses and skirts and the less frequently I wear trousers… anyone else finding blogging is changing their sense of style??
And this outfit has the added bonus that it makes me feel like an extra from Grease
Grease style outfit
Collectif 50s style bolero


Head scarf: Next (old, similar)
Shrug: Collectif (black version in stock)
Leggings: Topshop (similar)
Shoes: Clarks (similar)


  1. August 14, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    oh my gosh you are GORGEOUS! I really love this outfit, and your shoes — they are sooo cute!


  2. August 15, 2014 / 5:08 am

    So lovely, I love the leopard print accessories and the Collectif bolero!

    • August 15, 2014 / 12:37 pm

      Collectif make the best knitwear 🙂 and there's something about pink with leopard print I just really enjoy x

  3. August 15, 2014 / 5:21 am

    I think you did a perfect job of styling or photographing this outfit! They are honestly perfect and I love the dash of red lipstick, girl! Anyway, reading your post just made me so nostalgic for the beach. I am completely jealous that you get to spend time there-so much that you've taken to exploring! I guess, I can live vicariously through you until I get myself to a beach.
    xo Olivia

    • August 15, 2014 / 12:38 pm

      There's always a dash of red lipstick where I'm concerned 😉 I probably exaggerated the amount of time I get to spend at the beach – it's probably a total of a consistent 4 days a year, but it's 4 days more than I used to spend, so that's something right! xx

  4. August 15, 2014 / 10:27 am

    I love this outfit – black and pink is one of my favourite combinations right now, and I really like the way it's so retro, but still so wearable! I totally agree about the effect blogging has on style, too – I always feel like it's a waste now to buy stuff I won't be able to blog about, which means I've ended up with tons of skirts and dresses and hardly any casual clothes!

    • August 15, 2014 / 12:40 pm

      Exactly! I keep buying yet more skirts and dresses and have realised I don't actually have a single pair of decent jeans in my entire wardrobe, only really old ones that have lost their colour and/or shape. Gah! But that's ok, as long as I've got millions of floaty things 😉 and I kinda like that I'm being forced to wear more girly stuff, it's not like I don't enjoy it! It's just every once in a while I want to wear leggings…

  5. August 15, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    Well look at you, Sandra Dee… 😛
    I actually really like this on you, although I hear you about heading more in a skirt direction. I just find them so much easier to wear most of the time, and in general they're way more flattering on me. I do want a pair of wide, Katherine Hepburn style pants for the fall, though.

    • August 19, 2014 / 12:22 pm

      I'd like to see you in those! Especially as they're the kind of thing that look awful on vertically-challenged me, as each leg is practically as wide as I am tall, so I would like to live vicariously through you please 😉

  6. August 15, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    You are the perfect pink lady! How cute, I think trousers are super on you, and very practical at the seaside, which can be a tad windy sometimes. I know what you mean though about blogging changing your style, I think it just means you think about it more and have access to more inspiration, at least that's what I've found. Today for instance, I left the house wearing a completely modern outfit, all bought brand new from high street stores. Not even a vintage brooch to accessorise. I must be having some kind of mid-life crisis?! I also think you're very wise to avail yourself of the seaside if you've got free accommodation, that's super x

    • August 19, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      SO windy!! As I've just been again over the weekend, it was a fact I was forcibly reminded of… that's true actually, it's not just the act of writing a blog that's changed my style, I'm definitely picking up influences left, right and centre from all the amazing bloggers out there 🙂 x

  7. August 16, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    I love how you paired the matching head scarf and shoes! Also, love that Collectif bolero on you! I have one in purple <3

    • August 19, 2014 / 12:24 pm

      I find myself trying to match things all the time – others have poked fun at me for this obsession in the past, but I still think matching stuff creates more polished looking outfits! x

  8. August 17, 2014 / 12:49 am

    What a great outfit–sounds like a great area too! I know what you mean, my sense of style and taste in clothing has changed so much since I started blogging! You should do a post on how your style's changed!

    • August 19, 2014 / 12:25 pm

      Not a bad idea..! Although have pretty poor images of the 'before' looks, unfortunately… but certainly has got me thinking 🙂

  9. August 18, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    wow this is really gorgeous and feminine still! you are such a beauty 😀 In love with your shoes too. (I've been on the hunt for some leopard flats for ages, yours are so great!) and I think my style has changed since I started blogging too but I think it has to do with reading other blogs too!

    • August 19, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Aw thanks 🙂 And glad it still seems feminine – I never feel that feminine if I'm not in a skirt! Hope you checked out those London Rebel flats in my link above – they look really similar to my flats (which alas aren't sold anymore, although still pop up on eBay all the time, so do have a search. You make a similar point to Porcelina above – and I agree, definitely some of the change in my style comes from admiring the stylish ladies I read posts by all the time… was bound to rub off!

  10. August 18, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    I know what you mean about pants- but you nailed the feminine, vintage styling! Love your hair!

    • August 19, 2014 / 12:30 pm

      I think the key is black clothes!! As you can see from the above, I don't have a flat stomach, but in black it's not as obvious… and thank you 🙂 x

  11. August 20, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    I love this look! So retro chic baby.

    That little pink sweater is so Sandy! And those shoes…{sigh}.

    I have some just like that which I'm going to have to sell because I can't walk in them without getting massive blisters. I've held off though not wanting to part with them.

    I find that I need to be having an extra "thin-in-my-head" day to want to wear pants for the blog. Often in the winter I wear them because it is freezing cold here, but the rest of the year I am very much into the comfort of dresses and their ability to hide my imperfections.


  12. September 15, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Pink + leopard is such a fabulous combination and you've rocked it marvelously here, dear gal. It's sweet and alluring at the same time (and also reminds me of the stylish Pink Ladies in Grease). If you're a fan of aqua, it's another softer shade that partners wells with this classic animal print.

    ♥ Jessica

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