with love, from southend-on-sea

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Mint green blazer: c/o Glamorous. Black strappy top: tesco (I think...). Floral chiffon skirt: £15, American Apparel, via ebay. Black Chelsea boots: £60, Topshop. Belt: 20p, charity shop. Cloud bag charm: gift, Luella.

If you ask the average Essex resident for their opinion of Southend you're likely to get quite a varied response. The high street is rather generic, littered with chain stores and night clubs, while the seafront is home to (possibly!) more fish and chip shops than grains of sand. Yet it boasts the world's longest pier, and, most importantly, it is where Rossi ice cream was born - both black cherry and banana are my favourites, it's impossible to have just one. I don't visit very often, but when I do you can guarantee a trip to Oldham's will be on the cards, finished off with a meander down the promenade to the Peterboat in Old Leigh to watch the sun set over the docked sailing boats.

In typical British fashion, the weather was rather changeable, so I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to air my first ever non-uniform blazer. I have always associated this item of clothing with stuffy classrooms and the one time I didn't put the lid back on my fountain pen, and the entire right-hand side of my pale yellow blouse was dyed a rather lovely shade of blue... However, the mint green did take the scholarly edge off things slightly, and sitting by the shore, with the sea breeze blowing my hair whilst sipping on a fruit cider took me as far away from assemblies and Friday afternoon German grammar "treats" as I think it's possible to be!

xxx

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53 comments:

  1. the way you've described southend, makes me want to go. it sounds as beautiful as you look in your mint (and very not schoolroomish) blazer!xx

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    1. i should get a job on the tourist board! thanks pal, i bet you'd look better in it xxx

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  2. You had me at fish and chips and ice cream ;D

    Looking babeilious as always!

    Becky | life.style.flash. x

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  3. I love this outfit soooo much!
    very gorgeous, one of my favorites =)

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    1. thank you lovely, i was clearly in a pastel mood! xx

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  4. Very cute, love the blazer xx

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  5. Beaut blazer, and banana ice cream sounds delicious. Looks like a lovely day x

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  6. I wanna go live by the sea now (: Looks like a lovely little place, and the ice cream sounds delicious too!xx

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    1. i want to live by it properly too, although i would probably od on ice cream...xx

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  7. oh rebecca, you are the cutest. you could make the deepest depths of hell sound appealling, mind! i love the blazer too, is this the one you mentioned on saturday?! it's lovely.

    YOU ARE LOVELY. xxx

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    1. anything's appealing when i'm with you! can't wait for lovely liverpool times xxx

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  8. Such a gorgeous outfit and lovely pics. Adore the skirt and the boots are tdf <3 :)

    xx

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    1. the boots are on their last legs, it's really rather upsetting xx

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  9. If people in Essex think Southend isn't good they need to visit Barry Island!

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    1. hahahahaha, and award for the best comment goes to you!! xx

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  10. I have those shoes they're so comfy aren't they? Your nails are so cute! And your blazer is so lovely, if only our school uniforms could've been pretty colours like this. Deff wouldn't have minded wearing them if they were. I love Southend, so badly wanna take a trip back xxx

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    1. they really are! i've worn them far, far too much though. it's the law for uniforms to be ugly, it's official. xxx

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  11. I'm so glad i've stumbled upon your blog! I've begun reading it from front to back, :)

    x

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  12. I have never been to Southend but I have been working on a book about it at work so it feels quite familiar! LOVE this blazer, the minty green is divine!

    Maria xxx

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    1. no way! small world, eh? come and visit meeeee xxx

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  13. Ah I love Southend! I used to live there and I still miss it rather a lot, especially the walks all the way along the seafront to Leigh-on-sea.
    That Blazer is such a lovely colour, and I just love your boots. :)

    Joan.
    x

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    1. it can be scummy, but it's nice during the day (: thanks joan, i was wearing a lot of favourites that day! xx

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  14. Love this look, such a pretty blazer! That banana ice cream sounds delish as well xxx

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    1. it's the tops, i couldn't recommend it any more xx

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  15. I know someone from uni who is from Southend. I personally have a real soft spot for slightly rundown seaside towns, hence why I went to uni in Aberystwyth! I like the mint with the purpley tones in the skirt and the black accents.

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    1. very small world! i like the seaside, but i'm definitely a city girl. hope you're well hattie xxx

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  16. Cute bag and the colour of blazer is great. You look really pretty :)

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  17. Hello gorgeous! LOVE the boots they're absolutely perfect. From the look of these photos southend is absolutely gorgeous - I'm a sucker for a seaside!

    Sarah
    http://lifeasalittlewallflower.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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    1. who isn't?? love a good ol' paddle every once in a while xx

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  18. Beautiful photographs! You look so lovely in them, the seaside is my favourite place to be by! I also love your nails hehe so cute!

    dimplesdiaries
    x

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    1. it's definitely up there, wish the beaches were all sandy though! xx

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  19. These photos are making me a bit homesick! I took my (Geordie) to boyfriend to Southend last time we were in Essex, and he completely fell in love. I think I judge it too harshly sometimes.

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    1. oh, locals are very right to judge it, it's not the best of places, but if you look at it in the right way, i.e. when you don't have overspill from mayhem on a monday, then it can actually be quite charming xx

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  20. this look is amazing, you look so adorable <3
    would you like to follow each other?
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/CoeursDeFoxes

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  21. I've never been there! I love British coastal towns though (I won't say seaside because seaside implies sand and crabs and I'm more of an atmospheric pebble beach sorta gal), have you been to Cromer? That's beautiful too, bit of a trek for you though maybe?

    This is the perfect British summer ensemble mrs :) Look at you with the wind in your hair - beautiful! <3

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    1. no cromer for me - boo - i need to check out the liverpool beaches, actually. atmosphere galore, eh? it was a bladdy gale, i swear xx

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  22. I have always loved your blog. Always so unintentionally inspiring. As for the post, beautiful outfit plus beautiful nails.And beautiful environment.

    We're following you! (sounds quite creepy with an exclamation point)

    www.ammieandsharrie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. aha, exclamation points unite!!! i've heard creepier things, so don't worry. although maybe i should worry...xx

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  23. I really like the colour of this blazer, you look lovely. I love Southend, although I haven't been for ages. Ahhh I really need some Fish and Chips now!!

    Jo. x

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    1. i only go there maybe twice a year, so it's a nice novelty for me. me too! is it too late? xx

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  24. What a pretty outfit, it goes perfectly with the Chelsea boots x

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    1. everything goes with chelsea boots. i refuse to accept any alternatives xx

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  25. I love those nails of yours and stunning skirt <3

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  26. be nicer to saafend, it's easily the best town in Essex

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