Sometimes in life we all need a little country getaway- some sweet breeze, open space and homely food. Last weekend I was in the mood for just that so went to my parents, who live in a lovely village near Devizes in Wiltshire.

As I was brought up in Devon I am used to the only sound in the morning being of birds tweeting and the noise from the long shores, so feel lucky to have grown up in such a tranquil land.

This visit was particularly special. My mum went to all the local farms and cooked me my favourite meals, we went for long dog walks, baked cakes (wheat free of course) and cosied up by the fire watching vintage films- Thank goodness for creature comforts!
We also visited a sweet village called Froome which is a secret creative haven, full of beautiful vintage stores, art gallery’s and cobbled streets.

I went back to London refreshed, recharged and full of delicious food! Having a get away gives you space for clarity, a time to be at one with nature whilst enjoying the peacefulness that the countryside brings- I shall be having more of these I think 😉

Love Annette xxx

PS My dad took these photos! Oh my god! He’d had a couple of glasses of red and insisted he used to be an ‘amazing’ photographer.
‘Are you sure?’ I queried, slightly sceptical of such a brazen statement.
‘I swear,’ he said. ‘I used to be a brilliant photographer back in the day’- well, they turned out pretty good! These photos I’m proud to say were taken by my dad, and now my friends want him to do theirs too, lol- He has a new career!
He also said ‘he’s happy to come to London and do more.’ As I love to say, ‘You can’t make it up.’

Coat- Harris Tweed

Cardigan- Monsoon

Trousers- Marks and spencer

Beret- Brora

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O.K, O.K- I know its only October but I’m already preparing for winterness glory (check out last weeks new coat bonanza)- So it seemed only fitting to get my party frock on… Alas, all I need to do now is go to the ball!

This little number is gothic couture inspiration from… (would you believe it) Topshop! It also nips in at the waist, has a full flair skirt and I love the lace and off the shoulder detail.

It’s good for Halloween, maybe a play or two and of course all those Christmas do’s- yes I’m totally and utterly ready for party dress season!

Shot in Holland Park with the two diva doggies Wallace and Dorothy 😉

Annette

xxxx

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Dress; Topshop

Shoes; Rupert Sanderson

Earrings; Butler and Wilson

On this day, 10th October in 1881 the beautiful Savoy Theatre opened. It originally became home to Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas with widespread attention and eventually musicals to which it still holds today.

Its individuality is based on an Italian Renaissance ceiling, which was completely new for London theatres at that time.

Adjoined to the infamous Savoy Hotel, which is a personal deco favourite of mine, They compliment each other beautifully.

Life is always better at The Savoy! And with the winter moments approaching I had a Hepburn moment with my new 1940’s coat. It is a  tribute to all that have loved the Savoy, watched wonderous shows in the Theatre and been captivated by the glamourous allure and beauty that the hotel beholds.

Have  a lovely week ;)))

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Brrr! It’s definitely getting colder and can you believe October is already here?

Well, I can feel hibernation mode coming on pretty fast and todays post is all about vintage inspired creature comforts to get you ready for the winter.

I love things that are new but look classic or vintage- products that take inspiration from the past so imagine my delight when finding this new makeup range by the one and only Joan Collins!

The packaging for her products is sublime- think 1940’s does Dynasty! I also think the nail varnishes would be good as a femme fatale murder weapon- check out the point on the end!

I have always enjoyed everything Joan does. Books, filming, tours and now makeup, her range is equisite and I have tried out several products. My favourite though, is her Sirenesque nail polish of which I painted my nails in a 1940s red tipped style.

www.joancollinsbeauty.com

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