Friday, 30 June 2017

Lana's Back


I chose my own dress this day!
This is another of my Lindy Bop 'Lana' dresses and is my current favourite, it's just so pretty.
Andy thinks it looks Christmassy with it's red, white and green floral print.
It also would be perfect for a trip to Wales, or to just accompany Meirionwen somewhere, but maybe that's just too subtle a Welsh reference?


So far I have shown you four of my 'Lana's'. My turquoise and leopard ones feel not so full in the skirt and are a little shorter, while this and the green one are longer and both feel a little looser in the bodice with the skirts looking and feeling far more voluminous and this one has pockets.


I have also had my hair cut and dyed. Crikey, it's short!
It isn't clipped up in any way at all here, this is it worn loose!


I wanted my hair to grow long for so many years, I wanted to be a pre-Raphaelite type with hair down to my waist, but being that it's naturally curly, it just wouldn't do so, not for me anyway. Before I took the plunge back in 2015, see here for what it was like before I let Guy, my stylist, touch it, mine's the colour photo by the way ;) it did actually reach past my shoulder blades, but the curl pulled it up. It flat refused to look any longer than it did in that photo and always, always looked shorter at the back, which is just odd, so I always wore it up.

I took the plunge and got Guy, curl expert extraordinaire, to do his magic and have been going to him ever since for this graduated bob. Finding a stylist you trust when you have curly hair is like finding the Holy Grail. I love my hair shorter anyway. So it won't grow to my waist, but it looks lovely short I think.

It was also looking washed out, so Andy dyed it for me, so now it looks a lot better, but although Andy doesn't mind some red, he prefers my hair darker. As does Guy. I may be alone in my red hair love.


But back to the clothes and what not.


I tried turning my belt round, to see what it would look like.
Metal clasp on my spine.
Mmmm, comfy.


Red and green chiffon hair scarves - vintage, nan me down and a gift
White metal flower earrings - Accessorize
Jade necklace - me made
Dress - 'Lana' Lindy Bop
Belt - Hell Bunny
Petticoat - eBay
Jade and Haematite Bracelet - me made
Shoes - retail

And in closing, here's a car up at Meirionwen's place.
I believe, because it's outside, that it may be on its way to being restored, or turned into a hot-rod, as many of Meirionwen's Gang are in this sort of state, living there in storage until they're required for a customer.




Wednesday, 28 June 2017

National Treasures: Mottisfont Abbey & Hot Cross Bunnies

Wonky, Wonky!


Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP

After seeing the roses at Mottisfont, we went in the house, which seemed far cooler upon walking in, but after a little while of being inside, the heat there got to me too, and my (much denied by me) asthma was making me a tiny bit wheezy.

This was the first room we went in. A full shot wasn't practical considering how many people were in there at the time.
So, you'll have to make do with the smaller details.

Want.


Want this too.


Also want this.


It's not that I don't like it, but I don't really want the harpsichord, which you were allowed to play if you just checked with a volunteer first. The bunnies would chew the legs.


I'd rather like this too.


Moving on ...
I have always had an aversion to four poster beds with the covered top. My mind says murderers will be hiding atop the bed, waiting for dark to fall.


Detail of the original abbey




Crikey.





Next room ...


Dining room floor detail ...


Next room ...
Also want ...



Want this too ...



Entrance to, and actual maids quarters ...


I'd rather like this Hoover.




Deco detailing on a hat ...



Yes please.



I'll take the lot!


This was so clever and yes, I wanted this too.


So much want on such a small surface!



Need!




This'll be handy to put all my goodies in.



Lovely staircases ...


I loved the maids quarters and thought that was my favourite bit, until this!
I then proceeded to hold everyone up and a queue formed behind me...




Look how deep the bath is!


4711 perfume! I actually have some of that!


Original Tudor beams


It was really lovely inside, we got to see rooms we didn't last time and I just love the Edwardian era and all its trappings.

Next up, we went for a wander about the grounds and ended up walking along the river, which was so beautiful. The man who we passed who was trying to photograph either a damselfly or a dragonfly on his phone, was still there when we returned on the other side of the river! Exact same spot and you could see his desperation by this point!
I had no such problems.





Do you know how hard it was trying to get a picture on the bridge with no one else on it?


By the time we got back to the house, we both agreed that we had had enough, and after a quick turn about the gift shop, headed back to the car and after a short stop off ...

Bunny Lane Is In My Ears and In My Eyes!


... headed back home to the bunnies, who we had left with a fan on, next to their pen, but they were not happy with the weather and were not dealing well with the heat in our living room, which reached 82 Fahrenheit at one point in the evening.

We gave them an ice block wrapped in a towel which they promptly moved away from.
I then pointed the fan right at them until it ruffled their fur and lo, they did move away and they did make us feel guilty for trying to make them cooler.

It very much smacked of, "But we were happy there! Why did you put that cold thing on us? I don't care if we're hot, you had no right to do that! You left us alllll day and then you came home and you did that! We're going to go over there now, when we were happy where we were and we will smoodge together until we're even hotter and it'll ALL BE YOUR FAULT!"

Bunnies. What can you do?