Last weekend, Mr Mess and I had an ultra-rare, child-free weekend. The girls were staying with their Nana, so we were left to our own devices. It was blissfully quiet and peaceful, just what I needed in the middle of a few increasingly hectic weeks.
On Saturday night Mr Mess cooked an Indian feast of epic proportions, with butter chicken curry, bahjis, samosas, naans and popadoms. It was delicious and I ate far, far more than was sensible. We watched some telly and enjoyed the feeling of not having to be “on call” for the whole night.
On Sunday morning I had a very leisurely wake-up and Mr Mess spoiled me again with a scrumptious breakfast – a homemade version of a sausage and egg muffin. My tummy is rumbling just thinking about it!
After all that food, we thought it might be nice to head for a refreshing walk. We currently have a season ticket at Newstead Abbey and haven’t used it for a while so we decided to hop over for a stroll.
For the trip, I decided to wear my new outfit that was kindly sent to me by Dresslily.com. It included a dress, a scarf, a hat and a little bag. Perhaps I was a little overdressed for a day when everyone else was in their winter woolies and walking gear, but I’ve always been told I have my own unique sense of style.
The weather was perfectly wintery. It was so cold you could see your breath. The lake was almost completely frozen over and I felt the heroine in some kind of historical, gothic romance.
This is almost certainly my new favourite dress. The fit is incredible – it’s so flattering but also comfortable which is certainly not always the case with all dresses. The belt helps cinch in the waist for that hourglass figure I’ve always wanted. The long sleeves make it perfect for this cold spell we’re having. I love the plaid pattern but also like the fact that it’s only the skirt portion, so it’s not too over-whelming.
The scarf is more of a snood kind of thing and has cute little owls printed all over it. It’s been getting a lot of wear these last couple of weeks as it’s nice and warm (it’s a scarf!) and it goes with pretty much everything.
Once again, I stepped out of my comfort zone and ordered a hat. I am absolutely loving it! It;s a very simple black fedora-style hat with a bow on one side. I think I might be converted to wearing hats! Who’d have thunk it? I was seriously channelling my inner Blair Waldorf, strutting around the Abbey gardens. I may have got some funny looks. I don’t care!
The bag was a little smaller than I had anticipated and was made from a pretty flimsy material, I don’t think it will be one I use an awful lot (especially seeing as I now have my Cath Kidston collection). However it was the perfect size bag for a day when I really only needed the essentials – purse, phone, lipstick etc.
I still felt like a complete plonker posing for photos. I kept worrying that people would think I was vain and ridiculous, but Mr Mess reminded me that I don’t know these people and it really doesn’t matter what they think of me.
Newstead Abbey is such a beautiful place to visit, but as it was so cold we didn’t really get to spend as much time there as we’d like. (Mr Mess was losing the feeling in his fingers from taking the photos). I’d definitely recommend it for a day out. In fact, I once wrote a blog post all about it.
I’ve never ordered anything from Dresslily.com before but I’m so happy with this dress that I certainly would in the future. I’ve already got my eye on a couple of other items on their website. Maybe they’ll be featured in another blog post one day soon.