You knew I couldn’t keep my experience of the Carnival to myself, right? It can be summarised in one, unfortunate word: soggy. The weather was absolutely dreadful. It was such a shame, because there was so much that would have been amazing to do outside, and because of the heavy rain everyone poured in to do the indoor activities meaning you felt like you were in a human crush everywhere you went because the venues couldn’t really cope. But that aside – and you’d really think in this country we’d know how to get round this problem by now – it was a great event with lots to see and do (if you didn’t mind getting wet doing it).
I particularly love seeing vintage cars and it doesn’t get a lot better than a pink Caddilac, right?! There were actually more cars but in their midst was a car that is the spitting image of the car I’ve hired for my wedding. So much so that I had to Google the one I’d hired to work out if it was in fact actually my car. Turns out it isn’t, it was just almost identical. But anyway, to keep the secret I’m just giving you this beautiful Caddilac.
As you can see from my outfit, while many had opted to use the event as a chance to show off their pretty vintage finery, I’m always one for comfort and practicality, so I based my entire look around the fact I wanted to wear my jelly shoes, which are actually Crocs (I know) and the most comfortable shoes I own and I don’t even feel bad about loving them for that reason. Of course, my feet still got wet but at least my shoes didn’t get ruined. As I really don’t like wearing my dresses without heels as I’m so short, my faithful Bernie Dexter cigarette pants were the way to go. I haven’t featured those yet but I will at some point because they’re now my go-to pair of pants end of story.
Moving on, there were tonnes of stalls with vintage wares as you’d expect at something like this. It was hard to get a good look because the indoors parts were heaving, so only a couple of snaps here of some brooches and a cute pattern on a homemade dress from a lady who was selling them seriously cheaply. One problem we had was that it was cash only everywhere and we prioritised food above things, so ran out quickly. If that hadn’t happened I think I would have got some bits in the homeware section. EDIT: It’s due to my own idiocy I missed signs about cards being accepted on some stalls it seems! However I did try to get cash out on site but the ATM was out of order, so I think at that point I felt like it wasn’t meant to be anyway… I rather liked a red vintage frame bag, but when I tried to open it I trapped my finger in the clasp and it was genuinely one of the most painful fashion-related injuries I’ve incurred so it put me right off. Hmph.
Sorry, one more of that car…
Like practically everyone else, we sought refuge from the hammering rain in the tea room. I subconsciously chose the cake that best matched my outfit (no one believes me)…
Shout out to my new favourite bardot top that you’ve literally just seen in this post. The lobster necklace is from Bow and Crossbones.
Onto the outfit competition! It was a lot of fun, everyone who entered walked up and took a strut and there were some gorgeous outfits. Also, several men entered which all of the judges, me included, loved. One of the men, who I don’t have a photo of, took third place in fact 🙂 Even though I wanted 23 to get a prize just for the pose…
This pair entered as a couple and swing-danced their way across the stage. Cute!
The deliberation took a few minutes and I had made sure to perfect my resting bitch judge face for just this occasion.
And then, voila! The two lovely winners – first place on the right (clearly 13 is lucky for some!), second place on the left. We loved all the component parts of the winner’s outfit – she’d really worked hard to pull the look together. Both are such gorgeous girls and they were total sweethearts and so thrilled to win it made the torrential rain and damp totally worth the trip.
Maybe next year some sun, eh? Mind you, I’m not sure three big dresses would have fit into this shot!