22 October 2012

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup

Jacket: H&M
Tweed, Velvet Collar Dress: Primark
Chelsea Boots: River Island
Tartan Scarf: Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Socks: Madewell

Autumn is well and truly here, and i'm much happier because of it. Today was one of those sunny, but crisp autumn days that are rare, but that makes them extra special when they do occur. I've had a pretty laid back couple of days, with a deadline on the Thursday just gone I let myself have the weekend away from work. On Saturday we held a 'Meet & Greet' event for the members of the Tea Society in our local, lovely tearoom, (that I tend to mention a lot!) Dolly's. We really didn't expect to see the number of people that turned up, not only was it a surprise, it was really lovely to know that there were lots of people genuinely interested in the society. But then, everyone loves tea and cake, right? I know I certainly do. 
This dress is another find from Primark, (they're doing it right this season!). I really need to stop wearing skater dresses so much, I raided my wardrobe the other day, pining for a more androgynous outfit but failed. I feel like I look like a child a lot of the time, and sometimes (just sometimes) I don't want to! But then again, I'm really not so good at mismatching pieces of an outfit with others, I need Olivia's help! 

Ooh la la, I have just noticed that I've got 700 lovely blog readers out there! Wow, thank you so much to all of you that take the time to read, comment and even follow my ramblings on this little blog. I still find it strange that people other than me and my family read it, so thank you! 
How was your weekend, have you been doing any autumnal things? I really want to find a local farmers market to source a pumpkin, or a really good hot chocolate and toffee apple. If you know of anywhere that sound's similar in Cornwall, please let me know! 
P.S have you entered my giveaway with Olive and Frank below?

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

16 October 2012

Olive and Frank Giveaway!


Good luck!
Hello everyone!
I've been a fan of Olive and Frank for a while now, they really have some lovely, vintage-style jewellery, and I have my eyes on too many of their bags! The lovely Chloe has sent me some of my favourite pieces of theirs for a giveaway; the double vintage key necklace, turtle and rabbit double finger ring, and the gold heart bangle! Can I enter please?!
I've hosted the giveaway with rafflecopter, with different options through which to enter, and will end on the 6th of November! Good luck, and don't forget to take a peek at Olive and Frank's website. 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

15 October 2012


I had a little bit of a shock when I found my first ever article in the latest Homes & Antiques magazine. I wrote about the newly opened Blackbird's Tearoom in Brighton after interviewing the owner, who was very nice and offered to treat me to a cream tea! It sounds like such an amazing spot filled with little antique gems, I'm really upset that I live on the other side of the country. 
~  I've been settling into my new room, and am slowly decorating it how I want. I just need some pretty fairy lights above my bed for the upcoming winter days and evenings to make my room extra cosy. 
~  I've been revisiting some of my favourite places in Cornwall with my favourite person. It's been lovely spending some time together, just us, before we get closer to deadlines. I also just love being really cold with a cup of tea, it reminds me of family walks back home when we used to stop off for tea and bacon sandwiches! 
~  I've been spending a lot of time sat here at my desk. Most of the time daydreaming and staring at the pretty view instead of my laptop and books. Oh, and eating a lot of my favourite soup. Autumn is definitely here!
~ When I haven't been working, I have been spending probably a little bit too much time sitting in bed with a cup of tea whilst catching up on The Paradise.

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

13 October 2012

My Perfect Chanel-esque Dress

Chanel-esque Dress: Primark 
White Shirt: H&M 
Burgundy Coat: Topshop
Deer Satchel: Accessorize 
Patent Loafers: Russell & Bromley
Photo's by Alessio 

I'm so in love
The day I found this dress was a pretty special day for me. I have a severe weakness (if you hadn't already noticed) for the pinafore style dress. I don't know if it's a result of the number of Enid Blyton novels that I read when younger, dreaming about the tartan, pleated dresses, collared shirts and little berets, or my sheer nostalgia with fashion and the Chanel-esque tweed two-piece. This dress is perfect for this season, with it's silver flecked tweed, and I love it with a collared shirt underneath (school-girl chic, anyone?). It's also got a very structured skirt, so has a very flattering shape. Yes, there really are no faults in this little frock. And so i'm sure you can just imagine my sheer amount of amazement when I saw this little dress on the rail in Primark. My perfect, beautiful, Chanel-esque dress in Primark. And there I was thinking that nothing could make my day any better, until I saw the matching jacket hanging next to it. Ladies and gentleman, I was one happy shopper that day, and have been since. Who would've thought it. The little matching outfit was a little more expensive than their other products, but you can tell why by their level of quality. If you share my affection for such outfits, get yourselves down to Primark. (I'm yet to wear them out together, fearing looking like a bit of a secretary at University, but i'm just building up my courage to pretend i'm walking around Paris with Coco Chanel!)
Oh, I might start taking some adverts on my blog, would anyone be interested? If you are, leave me a little comment and i'll get back to you! 

Love, Charlestown xoxo.

8 October 2012

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012

Crochet Dress: Topshop ~ Glitter Heels: Topshop ~ Patent Clutch: New Look ~ Pendant: Gift

Fifties Crochet Dress & Dorothy Shoes;
Last Thursday I went to my first ever Cosmo Blog Awards. I was nominated for the Next Newcomer Award, (thank you so, so much if you voted for me, I had an amazing night!), and even though I didn't win I had such a good time. It was so nice to meet some of my favourite bloggers, whilst chatting over the really loud music (way too loud!) and sipping the cocktails that were just a little bit too strong but helped calm my silly nerves. I finally got to meet Ella, who really is as nice as you'd think (her dance moves are also pretty special). Thank you for a good night lovely ladies. After the event, we went to dinner at Zizzi's, which was a little bit of a walk away, cue me and Olivia tottering around looking very silly in our (not so practical but very painful) heels. But it was so nice to meet so many lovely people, it is funny how you can meet someone for the first time after having spoken on the internet and get on so well! I'll say it again, I had an amazing night!! Thank you Cosmo and Next for hosting the event.
This is the outfit I wore to the awards, after much deliberation and panic (i'm cheating a little with outfit pictures being in the back alley again). I had my eye on this dress for such a long time (it was in my wish list post!) waiting for an excuse to buy it. It's a really lovely shape, I love the pattern being crochet as opposed to lace and the thickness of the material accentuates the skirt more, making a slight 50's style. The invite said 'dress to impress', and Cosmo suggested lots of glitter and sparkles (not my thing, not at all, nada), but I love the little glittered backs of these shoes, making them a little bit different and making me feel a little like Dorothy, ha. I made the mistake of not wearing them before the event though, hence why I must have looked really hunched over at the event, oops. 
What have you all been up to today? I've spent it in my pyjamas doing my reading work, I lead a very exciting life! Did you watch Homeland last night, so much tension and drama! It's definitely one of the best series on television at the moment. 
Right, on top of Uni work, i'm definitely going to start blogging so much more! I always forget how much I enjoy it, and end up saying the same things over again. Let's see how it goes.
Love, Charlestown xoxo.

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