Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Day at an English Country Fair

We ventured out the other day to an authentic British farm fair, the Bath and West Farm Show.  The animals, food, and crafts were amazing. 
Traditional English Strawberries and Cream
Lobster Crisps

There were lots of good ciders to taste and buy
I had to test drive a Made in Britain Range Rover

Laura x

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rainy Tuesday at Corsham Court and Lacock Abbey

Headscarf: Longchamp; Trench: J Crew Collection; Jeans: GAP; Ballet Flats: J Crew
The day we spent at two local country estates near Bath, Corsham Court and Lacock Abbey, was wet and cold.  My trench coat and silk head scarf were my attempts to keep out the rain and chill.  I would advise against ballet flats though, my feet were numb!

Graffiti has always been around.  These letters were scratched into the front pillars of Corsham Court. 
A silk scarf is always useful to pack.  I don't mind the rain as long as my hair is dry and using the scarf as a wide headband kept the crown of my head dry. 
Scarf: Vintage Longchamp
Knot it in the back to keep your hair tame and keep a larger scarf from getting in your way. 
Corsham Court is in a small town called Corsham just outside of Bath.  It had a beautiful art collection and some of the best plaster ceilings I have seen.  Oh, and peacocks! 

This is me running from the rain!

We also visited Lacock Abbey which was nearby.  This estate used to be a cloister for Catholic nuns, but was seized by Henry VIII when England left the Catholic Church.  The house wasn't open that day, but we were able to explore the cloisters and see some beautiful wildlife in the country. 

At this point, I had to make the scarf a full-on head scarf because of the rain. 

Going to a country fair today and so far it it sunny, so I hope to have some better photos.

Laura x

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blenheim Palace

Yesterday we went to visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.  It is a beautiful country estate and it was where Winston Churchill was born.  It is a holiday weekend in England, so there were lots of special events including a battle reenactment of an English Civil War battle by the Sealed Knot Society.

Sweater: GAP; T-Shirt: Ann Taylor; Skirt: Forever 21; Necklace: House of Harlow; Boots: J Crew
I always like to wear flat black boots at these country estates...ballet flats are too flimsy. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Camden Crescent in PJs

Sweater: H and M; Dress: Target; Shoes: Zara; Watch: Nike; Necklace: J Crew; Purse: Louis Vuitton
My first day in Bath was a great one with beautiful weather (a rare treat!).  This street (Camden Crescent) is one of my favorite in Bath because of the beautiful buildings and because it is off the beaten track for tourists.  Oh, and one of these houses belongs to Manolo Blahnik! 

After a long day of traveling, I felt like wearing an outfit that most resembled PJs.  This t-shirt maxi dress and sweater (sorry Mom!) did the trick. 

 I like tying a knot in a maxi dress to add some visual interest and show off shoes. 
 This sporty Nike watch is the only one I brought. 
 My photographer for the day, my brother Christopher.  Sorry for the bad angle (selfie). 
 This house covered in vines is Manolo Blahnik's pied-a-terre in Bath. 

Off to Blenheim Palace today (have wanted to go for years). 

Laura x