Having two very active toddlers, outdoor adventures are an absolute must. Of course, with the great British weather being what it is, we often find ourselves in need of appropriate outdoor clothing in a pinch. So last week we took a long afternoon stroll around Jo’s local area to road test some fine items that have been kindly been gifted to us and the girls from a new brand we have recently discovered, Lighthouse. Lighthouse pride themselves on making season-proof yet stylish clothing, and we think they’ve nailed it!
These items are from their SS19 collection, but we’ve also been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at their upcoming AW19 collection. Let us tell you, it’s rather She and Hem. Denim frocks and multi coloured bretons, you say? Stop right there and take my money!
I hope you all like looking at photos of lighthouses! A few weeks ago, along with a group of chums, I attended the Stewart Lee ATP Festival in a gloriously sunny Prestatyn North Wales. This is a part of the World I had never been. Before we set off on our Welsh adventure I spent some time, as I always do, on good ol’ Instagram checking to see if there was anything I should try and see or consume whilst I was in the local area. It wasn’t long before I came across Point of Ayre lighthouse at Talacre which looked too good to miss! Built in 1776, the lighthouse fell into disuse in 1884 and has no shortage of spooky ghost stories attached to it. SOLD.
It proved a big hit and we spent quite some time photographing it from every angle available and marveling at its very existence. I didn’t really set out to write a blog post about my time there but I thought the photos were so lovely and colourful that I would share them. Shout out to our beautiful friend Ellie (whose blog you should seriously check out) for placing herself in the most picture perfect position whilst surveying the scene. I love the photo of her above so much!
I decided to match the sunshine in this beautiful yellow Dolly frock form Boden*. It’s such a lovely comfortable dress to wear thanks to the super light material and stretchy waistband (wahey more icecream for ME). I also flippin’ love the sleeves which are my dream length with a nice loose fit. One thing to note however is the wrap front design does mean there is a bit of a flap which meant I had quite a lot of fun retaining my modesty in the wind (and it was real windy) – thankfully I was wearing trusty black tights at the time so it wasn’t too much of an issue! I’ve worn it plenty of times since though and no flap flapping has been required, much to my relief and those close to me. I teamed the dress with matching yellow sunglasses from Boden* (similar here), my trusty Dusty Rose Superga* sneakers (perfect for attacking the mountainous sand dunes) and my pink festival wristband because I’m so hip like that.
I have just returned home from a rather splendid week on the jolly ol’ Isle of Wight. I hadn’t been for a good 12 years so it was nice to see that other than the odd lick of paint and the occasional WiFi hotspot, nothing has really changed at all!
Sunshine was a bit of a hot commodity during my time on the Isle, so the first chance I got I headed straight for The Needles Park at Alum Bay, home of the iconic chairlifts! I’m pretty sure I used to get on these without a care in the world but old age has brought with it an unwanted fear of heights! It was worth it though as the view down to the sea and over to The Needles was as spectacular as ever.
In keeping with She and Hem tradition, I made sure to dress accordingly to my surroundings and broke out this delightful lighthouse print dress from Yumi*. I adore all of the little nautical details on the print and I think the little blue lighthouses are just so pretty. I teamed it with the world’s most comfortable gladiator sandals from New Look*, Topshop sunglasses and my ‘Jo’ necklace from Tatty Devine.
After embracing my inner Ariel on my new favourite rock, it was time for a little hike to get an even better view of those Needles. Pretty darn sassy, aren’t they? Although they’ll always look like big teeth to me.