I hope you all had a lovely Easter. We made the most of the good weather and managed two picnics over the bank holiday weekend. On Saturday we headed to Stanhope, a small and charming market town in County Durham. We walked along the river and browsed the shops before heading to Hill End for a picnic.
I wore my new folk print dress from Topshop. I first spotted this a few weeks ago and tried to convince myself that I didn't need it. Then I stalked it on the Topshop website a couple of times after that and was gutted to see it go out of stock. Then I saw a girl wearing it in town and she looked great in it so I decided it had to be mine. As fate would have it, there was only one left in my local store and it was in my size. It's kind of complictaed to try things on when shopping with a baby so I took it home and was so pleased to find that it fit and it's a decent length for a Topshop dress. It was meant to be!
On Saturday, the sky was clear and the sun was shining, but there was definitely a cold spring breeze in the air which meant I chickened out of wearing this dress the way I would have liked, with a fedora, bare legs and my Blowfish platform tan sandals. Instead I paired it with tights, a denim jacket and these brown shoes. It's a good job I did because much to my protesting my husband had us walking through a stream! That's right a stream! There were stones to step on, but my foot managed to slide off one of the stones and straight into the water! Fortunately it was only about 3 inches deep. I dread to think how I would have fared in my platforms! I'm sure the people near by, all dressed in outdoor clothes must have found it hilarious! I just hate practical dressing and never feel comfortable in it which is a bit of a problem because I actually love the countryside. Although, I'm not as bad as my friend who refused to pack any outdoors clothes on our trip to the Lake District and climbed a mountain in style in hot pants and Hunter wellies. I've got to admit she looked good and if I had legs like hers I would probably live in hotpants, but she found getting back down the mountain quite a challenge. Let me know if you have any tips for practical outdoors clothing that doesn't look...well...too practical and outdoorsy!
Anyway, after the drama of the stream we managed to find a lovely spot by the river, against a bank that sheltered us from the wind and we sat down to enjoy our picnic. We ate delicious sandwiches based on a Jamie Oliver recipe and made with homemade tomato focaccia (We recently got a bread maker and I am obsessed with making and eating home made bread. It's really not helping me lose my baby weight). Sophie was a little angel. She laid back and seemed to be taking the birdsong, sounds of the river and gentle sun. I didn't want to leave.
The only problem was I had to contend with that stream again on the way back!
Denim Jacket - New Look (old)
Bag - Primark
Tights - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Topshop (old)
Watch - Michael Kors
Bracelet - Pandora
Ring - Topshop (old)
Midi fingertip ring - Topshop (currently in the sale)
Shoes - Topshop (old)