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Showing posts with label Sunday Best. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sunday Best. Show all posts

23 September 2012

Sunday Best: Farewell Summer

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Jacket - Topshop, Dress (altered) - Asos,
Sunglasses - Ray Ban c/o Sunglasses Shop, Bag - Mulberry Alexa.


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It is time to bid adieu to British summertime, to pack up all my unworn dresses, bulk buy black tights and embrace the unpredictable weather but not before one last outing. There isn't much that I love more than nosing around a country pile. So, a few Sunday's ago we got in the car and trundled off deep into the Scottish borders to visit Floors Castle - which isn't really a castle at all but a Georgian house square house with an afterthought of turrets.

First of all we spent some time exploring the colourful gardens, which were swarmed with big fat honey bees (can you spot the photo bomber?) and pondering botanists until it began to rain, so we snuck into one of the many Victorian greenhouses to shelter.


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Unfortunately we got completely soaked making our way to the house which put an end of any further outfit pictures but what is inside the castle is far more interesting. The castle staff were quick to tell us of the American heiress Duchess May (nee Goelet) - hailed as the inspiration behind Downton Abbey's Countess of Grantham (I'm not entirely convinced). The tour went through one lavish room after another but my favourite part had to be a small room, by their standards in which taxidermy birds and curious cabinets lined the walls. I had hoped to see the castle's kitchens but the tour was more of tribute to country sports with a glimpse of the gun rooms and other sporting paraphernalia. The ladies side saddle looked positively terrifying.

Farewell Summer, see you next year!

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24 July 2012

Sunday Best: Lady in waiting

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Waiting for Summer to return!

In general I would say that we Brits have become accustom to the annual anticlimax that is British Summertime but this year has been a monumental disappointment. The inclement weather has been relentless, it has rained, it has drizzled, it has poured in biblical proportions. Armed with a sturdy brolly and a pair of Hunters, I weathered that perpetual storm easily enough but what came next was harder to navigate.

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Muggy days when the sun is permanently hidden behind a thick barrier of clouds. Is it warm or cold? Who knows... Day after day, I have found myself hopelessly rummaging around in my wardrobe in search of something suitable. Only to find that everything that fit the bill was in dark unseasonal colours that just added to the over all doom and gloom. That is until I found this pastel bouclé jacket in the Asos sale. I had completely given up on buying summer clothes but this is the perfect unseasonal, seasonally appropriate jacket. Plus it reminds me a little of HM Liz's Jubilee get up, which I feel can only counts in its favour. Since it is woven with so many different colours, it goes with almost everything and still looks summery even if the weather is on the gloomy side.

What have you been wearing to combat the horrible weather?

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  Jacket - Asos, Brooch - Vintage, Dress - Zara
Flats - Le Bunny Bleu, Nails - Models Own, Bag - Urban Outfitters (sold out)


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13 April 2012

Burnt Orange and Bows

Mew Dress - c/o Aubin and Wills, Shoes - c/o Le Bunny Bleu
Brooch and Bag - Vintage.

I think I may have mentioned this before but I love Edinburgh, my heart is full of love for my city. I've lived here for 12 years, just long enough to claim it as my own but not still not long enough to discover all it's secrets. Every time I think that I know an area by heart, I stumble upon an almost hidden back street or short cut. Creeping (Its not really creeping, they are just streets like any other.) around the mews has long been a favoured distraction of mine, sometimes they have been sadly demolished to make way for a car park but mostly the remain as they always have been. Rows of petite carriage houses built behind imposing townhouses, now that they no longer house horses and grooms or fancy cars and chauffeurs they have mostly been repurposed as darling little houses in their own right. We discovered these mews one Sunday on the way back from haggling at a car boot sale and couldn't resist coming back to take a few pictures. It's not far from our new flat so I think it might just have to be our new picture spot, what do you think?

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This dress has been couped up in a garment bag for far too long, while I have been forced to wear paint splattered overalls so I felt that it was time to give it an airing, even if I was just going shopping. At first I felt quite brave wearing such a vibrant colour but paired with simple flats and my trusty bow brooch, I rather like it.

If you follow me on Facebook, you might already be familiar with this bag. Buying it was a bit of a triumph, I haggled and haggled with a grumpy stallholder at the aforementioned car boot sale. He used the phrase 'If you bought that on Ebay...' too many times for my liking but since I was not buying it on Ebay I drove the price down and took it home with me. Grumpy informed me that it is in fact a bowls bag, not as I assumed a bicycle tool bag but never the less, with a leather strap it works very nicely as a handbag.

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It feels so good to be back blogging and hopefully I'll be back soon in the meantime you can now follow my antics on Instagram. I'm waywardaughter - with one d.

16 January 2012

Sunday Best: Unexpected Treasures

Little Suitcase
Dress - c/o Primark, Duffle Coat - ASOS, Bowler - M&S
Suitcase & brooch - Vintage, Loafers - Russell and Bromley.

It is often the case that the most sought after treasures are found in unexpected places. Last week I was browsing in Primark for some sensible, renovation-appropriate attire when I saw a white lace sleeve poking out from behind a mass of asymmetric dresses. When I finally unearthed it from a tangle of hangers and held it up to the light I found that it was perfect in every way. Very simple cotton lace with buttons running up the centre of the back. The only downside was the size - three sizes bigger than I wear but I added it to my pile none the less. When I finally made it to the changing room with slightly aching arms, I was very pleased to find that despite the size tag it was a very nice fit. Just a little over-sized but all the better for it. I practically ran to the till.



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I was pretty sure that my luck had hit a peak for the day so off home home I went, walking through the New Town and past all the antique shops, which is where my second discover of the day was to be found. Nestled in a window of a wee shop just by the Botanic Gardens, amongst tea sets and antique sewing books was the smallest leather suitcase I have ever seen. I nearly didn't but I knew I to make it mine or I would always regret it. I bought it with the intention of storing bits and pieces but with the help of a borrowed strap I think it makes a nice little bag. Albeit a rather unpractical one, just enough room for life's essentials - rose lip balm, a little card envelope, my phone and reading material in the form of Company Magazine. Their new size magazine fits with not a millimetre to spare which might just be fate because... Just as I was leaving the antique shop, with my new suitcase wrapped in tissue paper I received an email for none other than Company Magazine informing me that Wayward Daughter has been nominated for two Company Style Blogger Awards.

Best 'We Love Vintage' Blog and Best Blog for Highstreet Lovers as well as in the over all category. It's tough competition and I'm up against some of my favourite blogs but if you like Wayward Daughter, you can vote here. Voting is open until February 11th, you can vote as many times as you like and there is also an option to win £250 New Look Vouchers. Thank you for reading! x

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