Wednesday, 20 February 2013


On the weekend Paul and i went for a drive and a coffee.We drove through some of my favourite local villages and countryside. Sometimes i forget to just how beautiful where i live is, when you stick to the motorways you miss all the beauty of the countryside.
We drove through one of my favourite villages of Pendoylan, its beauty is recognised with awards for best kept village and such. It is really a wonderful place and has the most beautiful church with a small cemetery that had headstones from 1912 and even earlier.

 Cemeteries don't scare me, i find them absolutely fascinating... reading the headstones is such an eye opener, the love is almost tangible. Husbands and wives, sons and daughters, soldiers and babies. The headstones capture in a mere sentence a lifetime of feelings. Its tiny glimpses into lives gone by, i always find it pretty moving and humbling.
 I also have a huge penchant for really old churches, the old stone work and dainty glass windows fascinate me. If walls could talk, i bet this church could tell some stories!  I guess my love for historic places ties hand in hand with my love for all things vintage, which is strange as i never did pay much attention in history class. These days i spend more time looking backwards to the past for inspiration than i do looking forward.

This outfit is a little inspired by the fact that i've been watching and reading all of the Call The Midwife series which i mentioned the other day. Based in the 1950's some of the clothes are staggeringly stunning, eben the pinny's and house coats they wore fascinate me. Nurse Jenny Lee caught my eye when she tied her scarf around her shoulders in such a lady-like manner. Simply put, it looked beautiful! Sometimes a little bit of old fashioned beauty can be a good thing. I'm not sure my car print dress mixed with my stripes would have gone down well in the '50's but, thats the wonderful thing about the era we live in right now, we get to mix and match to our hearts content!

Do cemeteries freak you out are fascinate you?
Scarf: Vintage
Shoes: Matalan
Cardi: Topshop

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  1. Such lovely pictures! I can't believe you have flowers growing, I'm so envious! And great look, I love that dress and your heels :)

  2. I'm having serious envy or your countryside drive and gorgeous photo shoot! Loving your fun print mixing today too. Thanks for linking up!

  3. Oh Rachel you are flipping gorgeous you know. I love this outfit, it does look very Call The Midwife! Especially with the scarf tied that way. xx

  4. that church is so beautiful! you inspired me to blog about my favorite new hat today- hehe. i follow you on instagram and love your outfits but have only just discovered your blog! it's really lovely. and your shoes here? BIG LOVE! kath xx

  5. I love cemeteries too, but as a child I was terrified of being there by myself. I love this dress, Rachel! the print is absolutely adorable!
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  6. Loving that print Rachel. I think the tights/shoes and scarf just give such a classy nod to the past, whilst as you say the print mixing is a nod to the present! As always cute and enviable - thanks for linking up with WW xo

  7. In looking at this, I kept thinking 'did she change her hair?' and then I realized "no! she's just not wearing a hat.' Haha. I think sans hat + red lip gives you a very different look, but it works. :)

  8. These photos turned out beautifully, love your dress deary - stunning!

    <3 Megan

  9. love your pictures! your hair looks gorgeous and i love that dress. i may need a photography tutorial from you, you always have such amazing shots! :)

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  10. Blondie Boy would love your car dress :) I'm not good with death so I'm not a big fan of cemeteries.

    ✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

  11. I live on the west coast of the United States & there is nothing old like that. Cemeteries are so interesting. Reading headstones & imagining how someone lived...

    Flounces & Hubbub

  12. Oh I love cemeteries. I spend ages imagining the stories behind every gravestone when I find myself in them. I find them fascinating. Love your dress. Also, the navy tights are so good.

  13. What a lovely and interesting combination! Love the pattern mix!

    Have a fantastic day,

  14. Love the car print dress! Cemeteries are fascinating, and sometimes heartbreaking I think (baby graves in particular), but I'm not scared of them. Unless, you know, it's dark and there's a risk if zombies/vampires/teenagers hanging about! ;) xo

  15. I can definitely see the 1950s influence here, love this outfit and the backdrop is beautiful, I find cemeteries such peaceful places- definitely a good place to think!

    Maria xxx

  16. Coffee and a drive sounds like a lovely way to spend a day! You look too cute in that dress :)

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  17. I love these pictures. Something about the juxtaposition of the car dress with the old church is just so cute. Thanks for linking up!
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  18. You always wear the best prints ever, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Those little cars are fabulous.
    Every pic transport me to England. I love English churches.

  19. I love cemeteries! I love going to New Orleans and seeing their historic and beautiful cemeteries. They have so many and the stories are so fascinating. I love all your photos, they have so much character and I am obsessed with your vintage style!

  20. thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.
    love the print on the dress and the scarf
    OLD cemeteries do not scare me but going to where my Dad is buried makes me a little uncomfortable. I think we can honor relatives that have passed in our memories,without visiting their grave

  21. That car print is quirky and adorable! I'm not a huge fan of going to ceremonies..they don't scare me but I definitely feel uncomfortable. Thanks for linking up!

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  22. Charming - both the location & your outfit :-). I adore places like this & wish we had more in our area. Old churches are just so beautiful. Also, I love the sailor type collar you've added to your dress with that scarf. This I need to try!
    xo Marisa

  23. Rachel, that outfit is so playful and bubbly, love that that vintage style :-)

  24. This dress is super cute
    and so is the scenery

  25. I love this outfit!!!!! Also I think cemeteries are fascinating for sure! PS found you via WIWW. KIT!


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