Wednesday, 1 June 2011

hampstead heath

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First of all, thanks so much to everyone who left words of support on my last post! I wasn't as bad as I probably came across, just a bit grumpy about being on my own, but I continue to be amazed at the kindness of the blogging community... so thank you again!

So, one last post from London, then on to the Catalan capital for good (or until I move again in a month). In my last week in London, having been concerned the week before that I was dressed like a school girl, I decided to dress like a grandmother instead, although to be honest I'm not sure either of my grandmothers would have been caught dead in this skirt! I'm not really sure what possessed me to buy it, except that it's actually a really nice fabric and fits well... but it is also pretty sofa-licious. Oh well. Anyway, the weather cooperated enough on this one day for me to have a picnic with some of my coursemates on Hampstead Heath. We were celebrating having survived our presentations! I'd always wanted to go to Hampstead Heath, and it didn't disappoint. It's enormous, has great views of London, and lots of hidden corners in the woods, where private bathing ponds, country estates, and curious moorhens are to be found. I'm so glad I made it over!

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This kite dragged the man flying it all the way down the hill later... which sadly I was too slow to capture on camera!
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I can't remember whether even or odd numbers of magpies are bad luck...
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We went for a walk to find the women's only bathing pond. There's also one for men, one for boats, and a mixed one.
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And then we rounded the bend in the road, and the only words that came to me were "And of all this I might have been mistress." Sadly Colin Firth didn't come and propose to me however!
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skirt: Battersea car boot sale, blouse: Oysho, key necklace: borrowed from Raquel (I'm such a scavenger), shoes: ebay, purse: via mom.

40 comments:

Jennyboo said...

I love this outfit! Every thing about it is just wonderful. Your floral skirt incorporates not only my favorite colors but also is just the right length. And good luck with your dissertation research and adjusting to your new home :-) xx

bee. said...

You look lovely (: Hampstead Heath looks like such a lovely place too. You've taken some pretty photos. 4 magpies is meant to signify 'boy'.

A said...

We bloggers are awesome and always think good for others:)))

Liked the pictures in this post.

Rachelous said...

lovely outfit! Kenwood House is a beauty, shame about the lack of wet shirted Colin.. xx

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Too bad Colin wasn't there :p

Lovely outfit!

http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

Marisa Noelle said...

I love the sofaliciousness of the skirt!!! Stunning photos...the countryside looks so serene and enchanting. I suspect Colin Firth is hiding in there somewhere:)

Louder than Silence said...

Oh I love Hampstead Heath, definitely one of my favourite places in London! Great skirt too! Sally x

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow it's so pretty there! :D
And I love the print of that skirt, who cares if its like a sofa ;)
http://www.closet-fashioinista.com

deppa said...

Me gusta tu buen ánimo :)
me encantan las fotos, el lugar es bellísimo parece de una película romántica.
Además el outfit calza perfecto allí, habria sido imposible ver a alguien con jeans y converse.

Te habia dicho lo mucho que me gusta el color de tu piel? jajaj tiene un tono rosado pálido perfecto, a diferencia del mio que es más bien amarillo :(

Nos vemos!

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

I used to live right by Hampstead Heath! I loved it so much you don't even know! Beautiful pics and a very pretty skirt!

Amber Blue Bird said...

your skirt is a bit sofa licious but thats cool. Your pics came out really nice. I cant believe that man almost met his death but a kite. That would be a bummer of a way to go.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Amber: Haha, he didn't almost meet his death; he just got a good scare. Although he was pretty big; if it had been me holding the kite, I definitely would have been lifted over a few hills. ; D

Adripé. said...

The fith photo is very beatiful! :)

xxxxxxx
adri

Hannah said...

sofalicious love it, I dress like a grandma/child they inspire me x

Margaret said...

Oh Hampstead. My dream is to live in England. The architecture there is enough to satiate all my architectural desires :DD

Great grandma chic. I usually don't like grandma styles but this kind, I like!

Krystal said...

that sky picture is SOOO wonderful, i really love it. and congrats on your celebrations and surviving!!

Terri said...

I am so impressed by the deep pink of those wild roses.

Jenni Wells said...

It's really amazing how tight the blogging community really is.

These photos are so nice. And your skirt is adorable and the perfect length!!

Noelle Chantal said...

Wow looks like a wonderful day you had. The park looked very relaxing, and I love to do some people watching, hehe :)

Love the floral skirt and the borrowed necklace hehe :)

29 Skirts said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos...I wish I could visit Hampstead Heath! I think the print on the skirt is so pretty; I love the colors!

CessOviedo said...

Beautiful pictures! Absolutely love how your skirt mimics the flowers on that tree, looks perfect!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Georgia Rose said...

Ahh, the much-anticipated sofa-esque skirt! It is beautiful, and I did actually, honestly, have a couch just like it when I was a kid. I adore it though, you look lovely. I am intrigued by the concept of bathing areas for men and women too, how old-fashioned and quaint...

arnique said...

I love the Pride & Prejudice reference. I can't stand the Keira Knightley version and Colin Firth will always be in my heart. You're so lucky to have lived in London even for a while. It's my goal to do the same in 3 years. ;P

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

Carrie said...

"And of all this I might have been mistress" had me laughing out loud. To bad you missed Colin. Happy to hear you're settling in a bit and looking forward to pictures!

Shybiker said...

Great skirt. And pretty pictures.

I agree with you about people being surprisingly different in person than online. I've had that experience many times.

Raquel said...

Looking like a schoolgirl or a grandma you look always awesome. Glad the pictures turned out good and I so need more skirt like that! Seriously need to visit the car boot sale more often.

Anthea said...

I want to go to there!

Hampstead Heath is calling my name.

PS: I love your skirt. Grannylicious is my fave style!

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

What a most lovely afternoon.
I adore this skirt on you--- I'm pretty obsessed with the waist.

Anyhow, I've come to the conclusion that when I write a children's book about a young adventurer, I'll name her Emily and give you a shout out. :)

Pierrot le Fou said...

lovely photos and beautiful style!

S said...

Lovely outfit and lovely pics!
This skirt is adorable, you look so sweet!
xoxo
S
http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

Perfect. You're looking adorable as always, you have a granny-chic skirt on that I LOVE, and the scenery is beautiful. There's something about England that's just so charming. Well, at least pictures of England are charming. I've never been there to actually know for sure.

I hope you're less grumpy now and things are looking up for you! <3

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

Love that skirt. Why do you think you look like a Grandma? This has a very 40's feel to it. Somehow you remind me of Rachel McAdams in the Notebook. Anyywhoo gorgeous photos!!!! Can't wait to see some pics of you in Spain.

Ragini said...

Oh man, I love the skirt so much! And it's the perfect length too <3

Monique said...

These photos are lovely. I love our blouse. Yes The cut of that skirt is very flattering on you. Glad your settling in okay and good luck with your research.

Xavi said...

To be or not to be. Emilly in school girl clothes or Emilly in grand mother clothes. It does not matter (I’ve just learnt this expression). She is always cute. Yes.

Faff said...

Ha think I own some clothing with fabric that looks more soft-furnishingy too but who cares, your skirt is fab! :)

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Hampstead Heath! That really is too bad about Colin Firth not materializing right then and there ;)

I love how you called this beauty of a skirt "sofa-licious." I have a printed blouse in the same color scheme that a friend of mine refers to as my "sofa shirt." Love those sofa prints! And I agree with Kallie - it's much more 40s-esque than grandma-ish.

Cel said...

I actually really, really love this skirt. I'd rock it. I like the idea of bathing ponds, wish we had that here.

cassidy said...

I love the colors in this outfit!I'm jealous, actually...

eliza said...

Haha,'sofalicious', what a great descriptive word! I love the skirt regardless & I think you've made it look modern & not at all grannyish! Hampstead Heath looks rather lovely, I'll have to make an effort to visit one day :)

Thank you for your lovely comments above my job/move...I'm heading to Oxford, so plenty of beautiful locations for outfit shots etc! I'm going to try my best to keep the blog going, might just have to invest in my own camera as I won't be able to rely on my photographer anymore!