Thursday, 26 May 2011

messing about in boats

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Although this looks like another bucolic day in the park, Raquel and I actually went to the Sherlock Holmes museum this day. We didn't go in (although I don't know why because I would have lovvvvved it, I have loved Sherlock Holmes since I was twelve) but we ogled the outside of the building (never mind that 221 Baker St. never actually existed) and toddled around the gift shop. And then moved over to Regent's Park, which was just around the corner, and where is was a beautiful afternoon, except for an occasional very chilly wind. England just doesn't 'get' summer sometimes.

I'm currently in packing purgatory. I'm relocating, at least temporarily to Barcelona on Friday, and packing is hell as usual. I never have problems packing for short trips and usually just travel with my mini carry on suitcase. But oh. my. god. I hate looking at all my stuff and wondering how on earth I've acquired so much in however long it's been, and trying to gauge without a scale whether my suitcase will be overweight, and if so, how overweight, and who should I leave my extra sweaters with in the meantime and when are they home and how will I get the *&%&%^^# box to them... this is the unglamorous side of living abroad, peeps.

So I'll leave you with some more park pictures...

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dress: Topshop via ebay, shoes: ancient Victorias, bag: via Mom, cardigan and scarf: borrowed from Raquel

Photos of me by Raquel

60 comments:

islabell said...

You have the topshop dress!!!! I've seen a couple ladys wear that and almost died. The print! Ahh. You look adorable, i love your mint trainers.

Moving around is such a pain..I've settled now for 3 years and i'm only just getting used to accumulating stuff....like nice blankets etc. I'm the oposite to a hoarder, i get anxious when I have too much stuff.

x

p.s. you say my name isla (like island without the "nd") and bell (like a bell) soooo islabell.

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

I adore your dress! I go crazy for anything nautical and it even has boats on it!

You are moving around so much! Crazy! How come?

Wangari said...

That dress is adorable and I love how you styled it. When it comes to packing I'm really horrible, I always end up having to ship boxes home or leaving them with friends. It's really amazing how much you accumilate in very little (or long) time. So good luck to you!

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

Ohmygoodness that dress. Its like following me around blogland. I love it with your bright colored shoes and sweater here. That sounds really stressful about the packing. I would have a really hard time with that but you always look so nice and put together its crazy that you've just got a bag. You should do a packing post! Teach people to pack smart :) Hope all goes well and sorry for the ramble its 6am here.

Sian said...

This is so lovely, you look stunning!! That dress is perfect with the red cardigan, and it's definitely something I would love to wear =D So pretty!
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Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Kallie: I could definitely do a two week vacation packing post, but I'm currently loathing the sight of my big suitcase.

@Vanessa: I was studying in London this year but I'm finding it too expensive at the moment so am going to stay at my boyfriend's in Barcelona. ; )

Krystal said...

ewww sorry about your packing conundrum, that is really annoying. BUT BARCELONA!!! JEALOUS!

Xavi said...

I like too Sherlock Solmes books. When I was a teenager, in Spanish and now I am recorvering in English. I quite easy to read.
Nice Photographs. I like It. :)
Welcome Back (welcome back is correct?) to Barcelona. Get ready for pure summer, It's already here. Oh my god, I hate Mediterranean summer, It overhelms me.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Xavi: I love the Mediterranean summer, at least until August. But my winter sweaters are stressing me out... where can I put them? ; D

Michelle said...

I love way the boat pattern on your dress links in with the water. Enjoy Barcelona, it is one of my favourite cities and I could definitely live there.

Xavi said...

A solution is packing by mail...
Well I don't know. :-|

The Daily Fashionista said...

Your dress is the happiest thing I've ever seen! Little sail boats pittering along the dress is so cute. Good luck with all the packing:) That is a daunting task.

daisychain said...

I so love that dress!

Anthea said...

That dress is so cute, it kills me! Hehe, I know I am being a bit dramatic. I just love dresses.

Good luck with the packing, I'd be in the exact same panic if I were you!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Carrie said...

Sherlock Holmes Museum?!?!? Yet one more reason for me to spend more than 8 hours in London (a layover on the way to Africa). Oh my goodness, the thought of such a thing makes me happy - you know how nuts I go over Agatha Christie, and Sherlock is pretty much the same. Interestingly enough, I think I was about 11 or 12 when I first read those books and have loved him every since. But as I recall, that's how I got stuck on your blog in the first place - a Sherlock Homles coat. :-) But enough about that - I so feel your pain of packing!!!! We moved every 2-5 months when we lived overseas and had to get everything in 2-4 suitcases for 2 people and it. was. a. nightmare. Best of luck and happy moving!

Shybiker said...

You travel more than anyone I know. And I like when people use cool words like bucolic. The pictures are pretty.

little t said...

Such a cute cute dress!

Tomz said...

Great post Emily..I'm an ardent fan of Sherlock Holmes and I don't have exact calculation of how many times had i read all of the stories..visiting the Sherlock Holmes museum, 221 B Baker Street, and Reichenbach Waterfalls is always my dream..

Faff said...

Oh man I love this dress but totally resisted buying cause I keep seeing it everywhere! The wind chill seems to be an annoyingly British thing, if it wasn't for that it would be quite pleasant living here! :)

Caitlin Rose said...

Oh that print is just darling.

Katie said...

Cute reference to The Wind in the Willows! I love your dress!! It's darling!

Oh how I envy you!! My big sister and I are Sherlock Holmes fanatics and would absolutely love to go to the Sherlock Holmes museum!! Did you ever watch the BBC mini-series, Sherlock? They put Sherlock and Watson in modern day London. It is, in my opinion, the best Sherlock Holmes adaption ever made. <3 Bennedict Cumberbatch is a genius - and so is Mark Gratis and Stephen Moffat. /fan girl ramble

Gabriella said...

There's a Sherlock Holmes museum, so cool! I love your dress, the little boats are adorable! :)

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gee said...

ahh..good luck packing. packing is my least favorite thing to do...hanging up clothes comes in second! :P
love your dress..i have been drooling over it for a while.
kicking myself that i never got it.
xoox

Diana said...

you're relocating again!! i want your life! and your dress -- its adorable :)

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CAITLIN said...

that dresssssssssssssssssss i love it so much. i've loved it on everyone i've seen wearing it and it really makes me wish i had a topshop next door. or money.

but it looks fantastic on you, of course. packing does suck, but at least it sounds like you'll be hanging out with albs for a while :)

CessOviedo said...

It's amazing how you dress looks exactly like the boats on the back, perfect set, adorable!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Raquel said...

You're a great packer! You'll see, not even close to 20Kg ;)
My stuff looks much better on you!

Courtney said...

Can't wait to see what Barcelona brings! I wish I had had a blog when I was abroad :)

--Courtney

Margaret said...

Oh, the dress! It's so darling and adorable! I love blue+red combos so much.

There's a Sherlock Holmes museum? That's the coolest thing I've ever heard! I'm in crazy love with the stories and I thought the movie was AWFUL. No offense :D

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic said...

you look so cute and ready for the park!
i love that sailboat dress with the cardigan. and the color of your sneakers! ugh dead.
also, i hate packing. especially now that i want to look fashionable and not just comfortable.

Amber Blue Bird said...

your green shoes are too cute. I love brightly colored kicks. I hope your packing extravaganza goes well

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

the print on your dress is darling! i need to pack for a trip today that i'm leaving for early in the morning, but i dread such things for the same reasons as you.

Maria E. said...

That dress is so incredibly darling and adorable in every humanly possible way. :) Yeah, I'm an awful packer for just weekend things, and I can't imagine having to pack as often as you do...I'd probably have some sort of breakdown, haha.

xoxo
Maria Elyse
www.uneasyimpressions.blogspot.com

Michal said...

You look adorable! I love the print on your dress & your sneakers are great. These pictures make me miss London so much.. The last week I was there I spent the most time on Baker St, because my best friend was going to school in Regents. I walked past the Sherlock Holmes museum everyday but never went in! That park is so lovely.

Packing is such a hassle. :( Wishing you luck on cramming it all in!

Annebeth said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaah boats on a DRESS I DIE!!! love love love this, just irresistibly sweet :)

Rebecca said...

Oh i love that dress, my boss had it and i was super jealous. Pretty much anything nautical themed and i like it though. Packing sounds tough, although at least it makes you really utilise all your wardrobe i guess.

Anything but Bland said...

you look lovely, dear! i love your new theme on your blog <333

love, polly :)))

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayy so much fun!! :D I love that dress!
and COOL! The Sherlock museum...awesomeeeee...that would be a fun place to visit, haha :D
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Virginie's Cinema said...

The park looks like it was great fun! I would have picked it over Sherlock Holmes. And kept the museum for a gloomier day :)

These pictures are gorgeous Emily :)

Virginie

Rebeccak said...

I love your boat dress - particularly when it worm by the river! I don't envy your packing conundrum there, but good luck! I guess the worst that could happen is that you might have to go shopping once you realise what your missing? :)

Oh, My Darling said...

I'm a little obsessed with your dress (and your stellar use of "bucolic").

Vicky said...

That dress is such an adorable print! Love your bag as well x

Emma said...

so inlove with this dress, i feel i basically need it in my life

Lorelai● said...

so cute dress! and your tote shoes, great color!
you and Raquel always find the best spots to take your photos!

Ashley said...

I love all your dresses!!!!!

So, you are moving to Austria then? Or is it Germany?

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Eep, it's so awesome to see you in this dress! I swooned over it (like everyone else) when it first hit Topshop. Good call snagging it on ebay. Your green sneakers look great with it.

I've been meaning to tell you that I finally started reading Sherlock Holmes. My local library has a nice copy of all the short stories (plus The Hound of the Baskervilles) compiled together with their original illustrations. I kept renewing it so much that I ended up getting my own copy. It's rather fun to sit and read a story or two when I have a free moment :)

the runaway romantique said...

Awww what an adorable dress! You look great here :) Have a lovely weekend, sweetie!

- the runaway

Ashley said...

Major brownie points for wearing a boat dress by the water where there are actual boats. I have a bicycle dress and I always feel like I'm cheating because I never actually ride a bike while I'm wearing it. I'm weird, I know.

Good luck with your move. I've never moved in my life and I'm very thankful for that. I have a shit ton of stuff and I wouldn't even know where to start. Ugh.

herecomesthesun said...

This is my first time on your blog and I just wanted to say that it's lovely! You have great taste xx

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

I agree with Kallie--- this dress is haunting me. I need it so! :)

And ick-- packing. I'm packing now, too.. well, at this very moment, I'm *supposed* to be. But instead, I'm at your blog!


xo

genevieve, sandbox romance said...

More than slightly in love with that darling dress and those amazing shoes!

Laken Linnea said...

the pattern of your dress is beyond adorable! stunning blog love, stop by sometime xx

love always,
laken
http://chaitealattefashion.blogspot.com

Marisa Noelle said...

That dress is the absolute cutest!! Yes, I'm totally a sucker for nautical prints and everything about your outfit is divine:)

Adripé. said...

This dress is very appropriated for the occasion hahaha :)

Lovely blog, I follow you.

Rachelous said...

Love the dress, the print is so lovely and perfect for a day in the park! Good luck with moving back, I remember always getting so stressed! xx

Rachelous said...

Love the dress, the print is so lovely and perfect for a day in the park! Good luck with moving back, I remember always getting so stressed! xx

Rachelous said...

Love the dress, the print is so lovely and perfect for a day in the park! Good luck with moving back, I remember always getting so stressed! xx

Stef / Diversions said...

Looking lovely :) Such a fun print!
Hope you don't need to leave a lot at the wayside :D

Ragini said...

I have been eyeing the Topshop dress for eons too! I actually picked up something similar at Primark but even though I sized up and got the 18 it fit like a 10 and I had to return it! boo :( You look lovely though!

Daisy said...

Lovely dress!!