27 September 2011

Week in Photos No.1

Oh, I do love to be beside the Seaside!

I drove back to University the other day on my own, and the past couple of days here have just been so hectic! From meeting mentee's, talking in front of all of the new History students (which I hated), to trying to sort out my mess of a room!

My week wasn't too busy, it was mainly preparing myself for going back to University! Me and my mum went to a farmer's market in the next village for the first time and came back with some of these lovely sunflowers, I made a peach and raspberry smoothie which was so delicious, if a little bit thick. I went to Ightham Mote with my boyfriend. The last two pictures are of my last night in Kent, enjoying a walk in the Orchards and taking in the view! I miss it so much already.
I was hoping to sort out a scheduled post for the Sunday whilst I would have been in the car, however I can't work it out! I tried it before and it was published at American time i'm guessing?
I'm trying to get my hands on a pretty good camera, I've been wanting one for ages and now just seems the perfect timing, so get ready for pictures of much better quality!

For some reason, I wasn't particularly looking forward to coming back to University, but now that I'm here, I love it! I feel so lucky that it's in a seaside town! I'm hoping to get some outfit posts going, and as soon as i'm all settled in there will be some more 'Historical Outing Posts' coming!

Is there anything you'd like to see on this blog, I'd love to hear your ideas and feedback! Thank you so much! :)

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


22 September 2011

'We've been like Sid and Nancy for months now.'

New Girl
Starring Zooey Deschanel

Ever since I heard her voice and saw her face in the Christmas comedy Elf, I loved and admired Zooey Deschanel. She seems so down to earth, and yet different at the same time. She's not like other 'celebrities', I wish I could own her entire wardrobe, steal her hair, and be that character she's plays in every film/programme. And now she's in a new hit TV programme called 'New Girl', where she plays a newly single girl who moves into a flat with four single men. It's been really popular in America, even though it's only the pilot episode has been shown, but I'm already anxious to find out when it'll be shown over here! It looks like a typical role for Zooey, a quirky, unusual, and sort of ditsy girl, but I don't think it'd be the same any other way! 

I wish I could just have her hair and wardrobe and be done with it!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


Historical Outing Post No.1

Ightham Mote
(I really do not like the name of this post!)
The other day, I decided that I was going to make something of a regular post relating to history and the historical sites that I visit, as I tend to visit them quite a lot. This is my pioneer post so wish me luck!

  Ightham Mote has always been one of my favourite sites, I’m not really too sure why, but I just love how it’s such a beautiful building situated at the bottom of a hill, surrounded by trees, and of course a moat. It’s just seems so beautiful, but isolated! Strangely enough, it’s actually only a walk away from my new house, so the other day, me and my boyfriend had a lovely stroll there and spent the day looking round the house and having a delicious lunch.
    The house itself is over 700 years old, and has been owned by medieval knights, some of Henry VIII’s courtiers and high-society Victorians. David Starkey even described it as being ‘one of the most beautiful and interesting of the English country houses’. But for me, personally, I would just happily live in the Servant’s Quarters, I loved the Butler’s kitchen, with all of it’s wood panelling, as well as his ‘living room’ with the massive bell jar and old-fashioned settees.
When we were walking back home, we managed to stop for some outfit pictures! I really don't like it when someone else is behind the camera, but it's all alright, I suppose it's just something i'm going to have to get used to if I want to actually have outfit posts of decent quality on here!

Top: Topshop Skirt: H&M Boots: Office Jacket: Topshop Bag: Gift from Nan

If you read my blog, I would really love to hear what you think of it, or what would you like to read on it? I really love blogging, and I want to be able to adapt and improve my style, so I would love feedback!! Thank you,

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

20 September 2011

‘Remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won’

‘History… is more often shaped by the many acts of the small’

I love history. It’s as simple as that. I can’t really explain why, and when people ask me why I’m studying it at University I never really know what to say, apart from just explaining my love affair with it. I think I’ve always had a romanticised idea about history, imagining glorified wars, forbidden love affairs, secrets in ancient houses and within grand family estates. However, it’s also about understanding other people’s lives, for example, my grandmothers. What did they do when they were our age, what did they listen to, how did they dress, what did they eat, how did they live, etc. I truly think that understanding, and respecting, your ‘history’ is one of the most important things in life, and I genuinely love what I study.
  That’s why I’ve decided to do a regular post topic on a historical site, for example, my National Trust visits. I love the National Trust, and all that it represents, it’s displaying history to the public, for all to see. The buildings are always beautiful, with pretty gardens you could just get lost in, and let’s face it, the cake delicious! So, this is going to become on of my regular post topics! I write about what I love, and what interests me, on this blog, and history is a big part of my life! So, I hope all of you readers enjoy my historical upcoming blog posts! (Luckily, where my University is, I never seem to be far from some sort of museum, grand old house, or ancient site!)

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

Alexa Chung Pt Two:

for Madewell, AW11;

I know that practically every blog relatively linked to fashion has probably featured the new Alexa Chung collection, but there's no way that I could have ignored a collection by one of my 'girl-crushes' for one of my favourite shops. I have to admit, I am pretty glad that i'm not so overly in love with the collection as I was last year, and with no Madewell shop in the UK and no shipping internationally, the chances of me buying anything are very slim anyway.
However, just because I prefered last years collection doesn't mean that I do not adore this years one! 

I love how versatile all of the pieces are, and how they seem so stylishly 'thrown-together', which to me, just sums up Miss Chung's look. I sometimes find that with collections designed by a famous individual, the looks are harder to replicate without actually buying from their own collection. However, with this one, it's easy to take inspiration from an outfit or two, and add your own twist to it. For example, I love the look with the pink jeans and sequin top, a similar look could probably be purchased from a high street shop.
Luckily, my dad is actually in New York when the collection is released, so I may have to ask him to buy the Palm Tree patterned dress for me. It brings a bit of summer back into autumn!

I love the tartan mac style coat, with the peter pan collar and massive pockets, the perfect autumn jacket to throw over a dress. Just have to wait till Madewell open a store in the UK!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


17 September 2011

Autumn Excitement!

'dark days of autumn rain are as beautiful as days can be..'

Autumn is, and always will be, my favourite season. I’ve never been keen on being too hot, or too cold, and you can easily add or take away an extra layer in autumn! I love being able to wrap up warm, and still feel the chill of the autumn air on your face and hands. I love the tonal colours, from the reds, oranges, and browns. Going for walks in a sea of red leaves, hearing their crackles and crunches with every step. I love waking up to a sunny, but chilly, morning seeing nothing but frost and dew on the ground. Autumnal clothes are also my favourite, layering dresses with a thick coat, tights and boots. Plus, how could anyone resist toffee apples?! I know I certainly can't!

(All photos are from WeHeartIt)

Feeling Coat-iful

I can't wait for Autumnal clothes!

If I had to choose one item of clothing that I couldn’t live without, it would have to be coats. I love coats, and, if they weren’t so expensive, would buy them in every shape/style/colour possibly imaginable! I guess that I already have a pretty big collection of coats, but I don’t think that I could ever let autumn come around without buying a new one, or two if I’m lucky!

There’s quite a few I’ve got my eyes on this year, and as I’ve just got myself a job, maybe I could treat myself!

I've wanted a duffel coat for quite a while now, they just look so snuggly and warm, and I love the toggles and hood on this one. This camel colour would also go with practically every item of clothing in my wardrobe!
Another duffel coat! I love the massive collar on this one, and this colour has been one of my favourites for the past two winters. It just seems to be the perfect autumn colour, and it goes with nearly everything.
I've never actually been brave enough to wear animal print, especially not leopard, so this coat, with just the hint of pattern looks pretty and I feel brave enough to wear it.
I LOVE this coat, I just wish it wasn't so expensive, and that I would actually be brave enough to wear it. I love the darker Peter Pan-style collar, and the fit looks really nice, I just don't know if I'll be able to psyche myself up enough to wear it out!

Now, which one do I go for, that's the real question. I can't have them all, a girl can dream I guess. 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


11 September 2011

Book for Angels

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree

About a month ago, I stepped into Waterstones near Charing Cross and saw this book in the 'Best of British' section. The pictures on the cover caught my eye, from the stags wearing monocles to the array of china teacups and cake stands! It was a little bit out of my price range, so I just told myself i'd treat myself another time. Lately, I've noticed that it's been popping up more and more on blogs without a bad word being said about it. So yes, I bought it.

I don't think i've ever actually bought a recipe book for myself, but this one is different. Not only does it include delicious ideas, from breakfasts to alcoholic drinks, it also has beauty, fashion, and craft tips! 
I'm always getting told by my family that I must live in a sort of dream world that no one else is a part of, this book just immerses me into it more, and will not fail to every time I open the cover! It just makes me wish that I lived in a world where every meal was classed as being a 'tea party', with hand designed invitations, pretty porcelain and hand made decorations!

Just yesterday, me and one of my friends set up a Tea Society at our University, so I'm going to have to have a dab at some of the recipes in here. It may take maybe two (dozen) attempts  though for the presentation to match those showcased in here! I tend to be pretty sloppy!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, I don't understand how anyone could not like it?!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.


10 September 2011

Busy, busy girl.

Hello blogger world!

My life has been pretty hectic as of late, and so I haven’t really had anytime to blog whatsoever! I recently moved house with my family to a little village in Kent, which is quite a big culture shock moving from a suburb of London. With the stress of moving house, packing, making sure that every box is labelled correctly with what is inside, if the contents are breakable, and then which room the box is going into, I have to admit I did lose my laptop for about a week! Plus, I haven’t had any internet since moving either! Talk about the technological world being against me blogging!

In the little time that I did find to escape the house and explore the area, I stumbled into an American Diner. (Not really stumbled, it was planned and booked weeks in advance, ha!) The Diner itself exceeded my expectations, sometimes I can find that 50’s style diner’s try way too hard and can tend to look a little bit gaudy and tacky. This diner, however, looked so authentic and you could tell that every single detail had been carefully thought over. Now, my favourite part was, of course, the food! I had a Bacon Cheeseburger and God was it good! You can’t forget the milkshake, with which I was safe and had strawberry, delicious! I’ve noticed lately that I have a bit of an obsession with American Pancakes. They can be with fruit, maple syrup, golden syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, I don’t care, I love them and could probably eat the with every meal if they weren’t quite so stodgy and, let’s not lie, not very healthy. So, you can probably guess what I had for breakfast, PANCAKES!

Anyway, enough of my rambling, here are some of the pictures I took on my visit with my boyfriend, Alessio, (who I’m trying to tempt into writing some posts):

Love Charlestown, xoxo.
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