22 June 2012

Mister Postman, Look & See, Is There a Letter In Your Bag For Me?

Maxi Skirt: River Island ~ Jumper: H&M ~ Brogues: Very Old Topshop ~ Floppy Hat: New Look ~ Bag: eBay  

Burgundy Maxi, a Floppy Hat & Elbow Patches;
Hello lovely readers!
So when the lovely Katy of CaughtUpInCake contacted me asking if i'd take part in the 'How We Wore: Maxi Skirt' challenge, I was pretty apprehensive. I'm not very brave with what I wear, and just about feel brave enough to let my hems pass my knees. But, I am also a bit of a self-confessed compulsive buyer, and bought this skirt last summer thinking I would wear it all the time, just because I liked how it looked on other people. However, a year later and the lovely coloured maxi is still hanging up, never worn and neglected. So Katy's challenge was just what was needed to provide a little bit of confidence for me to give it a go. And I have to say, although I felt like my unusually high level of clumsiness was heightened even more with the possibility of tripping, I think i've fallen for the maxi skirt. I was expecting it to make me feel short and stumpy, but it had the opposite effect, and I actually felt pretty ladylike and grown-up in it, which is pretty unusual for me as I usually feel that I resemble a fourteen year old. I definitely think i'll be wearing my maxi more regularly this summer, so thank you Katy!
  Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post! Hellocotton even showcased it on their front page as one of the top posts of the day, which was pretty amazing! It's little things like that, that make me want to keep on blogging, even if I do get the few odd unusual remarks/comments, so thank you!
  Tomorrow i'm venturing back home for the weekend (I should be on the train as you read this!) to see West Side Story live at the Royal Albert Hall with my mum and sisters! I cannot wait, West Side Story is such a good film, and tomorrow there'll be an orchestra playing the score whilst the movie is projected. What are you up to this weekend? Have you all finished your exams now, and are free for the summer? 
The deadline for nominations for the Cosmo's Newcomer Blog Award is coming up pretty quickly, and it would really mean so much to me if you would vote for my little blog if you  enjoy reading it! I feel a bit cheeky for asking, but thank you! I've left a little link at the end of this post.
Love, Charlestown xoxo.

20 June 2012

Here comes the sun

Dress: Topshop via eBay ~ Sunglasses: H&M

Trebah Gardens; 
A couple of days ago, me and three of my lovely housemates ventured to Trebah Gardens, which was about a twenty minute drive from Falmouth town. It was such a beautiful place, with the gardens crawling down the valley to the little beach at the bottom, serving delicious clotted cream Ice-creams. It really did feel like we'd either just walked onto the set of Jurassic Park, or we'd become fairies as we were ducking beneath (what looked like) massive lily-pads on stalks (I can't remember the name of the species, oops!). We were really lucky with the weather too as it turned out to be a surprisingly sunny day, which meant we could lounge on the beach for a little bit, watching the boats sail by. Sometimes I have to pinch, and remind, myself that this is where I go to University. I really am very lucky, living no more than five minutes away from the seaside. Even if, especially around the winter time when it tends to rain non-stop in Cornwall, I don't always remember just how lucky I am, I really need to cherish it more as I only have one more year here, terrifying! Right, enough with the depressing talk!
After visiting Trebah, I really can't wait to explore more of the gardens in Cornwall, there's so many that are just a stone's throw from where I live, and they all sound truly beautiful. Do you have any gardens that you visit a lot? There must be some near where I live in Kent that I should visit over the summer. 
I've only got the rest of this month in Cornwall until I journey back home, and I have my work placement in July that i'm pretty excited and terrified about! Hope your exams are going okay if you've still got them, I feel for those of you doing A-levels! 
The deadline for nominations for the Cosmo's Newcomer Blog Award is coming up pretty quickly, and it would really mean so much to me if you would vote for my little blog if you  enjoy reading it! I feel a bit cheeky for asking, but thank you! I've left a little link at the end of this post.
Love, Charlestown xoxo.

15 June 2012

What Charlestown Did;

Dress: Uni Qlo ~ Bag: Urban Outfitters ~ Loafers: Russell & Bromley ~ Windswept Hair: c/o me
Visited Coverack;
Hello! Oops, so that's been a bit of an unexpected absence on my part! My family came to stay in Cornwall for a week, so I didn't have any time to blog, and the cottage did not have any internet connection either. I went back home with them for a couple of days, which was lovely little break after University exams. But now, after the atrocious weather of this past week, I can say i'm back to my little piece of the internet. I now only have a couple of weeks left in Cornwall until I leave to go home for my summer holidays, so I'm planning to fit in as much exploring as I can! Me and Alessio planned to have a picnic in the car, hoping to be watching torrential rain and waves near the cliffs edge. However, it didn't turn out like that, as the sun decided to turn up after however many countless days of rain, and I was left feeling a bit silly in my wooly coat and scarf! Coverack was a really pretty little town, there wasn't a lot there, but that made it so much better. We had the most delicious ice-creams, I with my Clotted Cream Fudge and Ale with Blackcurrant Cheesecake, and we strolled around the little town, admiring the pretty cottages and colourful boats. 
  After a lot of panicking these last couple of weeks, and questioning whether i'm actually good enough to be on my course, I received my results today, and I've finished second year with a 2:1! Not only do I feel so relieved, but I also feel so much more confident, and after getting out lots of library books, I'm ready to get stuck into my dissertation. 
So right now, to celebrate my results, me and Alessio are off for a burger in town. We're currently on the search for the best burger in Cornwall, which we hope to have found by the end of our third year at Uni, we'll let you know how that goes, ha!
I also just want to say a quick thank you to Livvy, of tea.toast.fashion., for guest-posting last week, she has a truly lovely blog, and a seriously enviable style! I would really recommend taking a peek at her blog!
Love, Charlestown xoxo

10 June 2012

Guest Post: Lovely Livvy from tea.toast.fashion

dress: ruby room ~ belt: vintage ~ watch: rotary
Hello lovely readers of Charlestown Vintage!
For those that don't know me i'm Livvy of tea.toast.fashion, a place for fashion, photography, food and bad jokes! I come from a little village in Essex (with my little Essex accent) and I have just finished my first year for fashion with photography at Southampton Solent.  
Today the beautiful Charlie has asked me to guest post so I decided to show you my most 'charlestown' dress, the print and shape always reminds me of something Charlie would wear! 
Today I am Queen of the electric sander and sprucing up a desk whilst singing Robbie Williams loudly (I know, I know, I lead such an exciting life)
A big thank you to Charlie for letting me ramble on her gorgeous blog!
love livvy

1 June 2012

Love is blindness, I don't wanna see...

Lace Pink Top: Zara ~ Pastel Blue Polka-Dot Trousers: Topshop ~ Rose-Coloured Loafers: Russell & Bromley 

Pastel Polka-Dot Trousers, Pink Lace Top and Rose Coloured Loafers;
Hello everyone, and hello to the new month! How can it be June already, it feels like only the other day we were celebrating Easter and now the summer holidays are here! Sorry it's a pretty short post today, as I speak my family are driving down to Cornwall for a week's holiday, and I couldn't be more excited! I just hope the weather stays as amazing as it has been this past week. I'm looking forward to visiting lots of pretty Cornish towns like St Ives, and showing my family all of my favourite aspects of Falmouth, including the most delicious clotted cream ice-cream from the nearby Swanpool beach.
  After handing in my last piece of second-year University work yesterday, me and Alessio visited Truro for a couple of hours, where I bought these trousers. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with trousers, I love how they look on the hanger (and on other people) and I could not resist the pastel colour of these with little white polka dots, but I always feel a bit uncomfortable in them. I never think they really suit me unless they're high-waisted, I feel a bit silly otherwise trying to constantly hoist them up, and I never have a clue how to style them, hence my pleading on twitter/instagram earlier! But these are SO pretty I just couldn't turn them down, especially after seeing how amazing they looked on the lovely Olivia. Plus, as you could probably tell by now from my other posts, I'm a bit addicted to pastel-ness at the moment, so these really are perfect.
  Happy Jubilee weekend to you all! Are you doing anything special to celebrate? I really, really wanted to have a Jubilee party, and I'm missing out on the street party back home! I'll just celebrate eating lots of jubilee-themed food and plenty of cups of tea. Well, I should probably get back to tidying my room before my family arrives. Hope you all have a lovely day,
Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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