CRAGSIDE

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Outfit Details: Shirt – H&M, Skirt – Miss Selfridge, Sunglasses – Primark, Bag – Primark,
Neckerchief – Primark
Something I love to do at the weekends is travel to local historical sites/beauty spots with my family, so when I was recently contacted to talk about a place you’d recommend to someone visiting the North East of England, Cragside sprung into mind. About a 45 minute drive away from Newcastle, Cragside is a stunning house and gardens, with lakes, history and incredible scenery aplenty. It’s under the National Trust, which for young adults is only £2.50 a month membership – making it an absolute bargain, and the perfect location to visit on a sunny afternoon. Yesterday graced us with clear blue skies and the most incredible sun, so I jumped at the chance of shooting some outfit photographs with this picturesque background, the photographs just don’t do the place justice!
Lens-flare aside, this outfit has quickly become my go-to. With a relaxed-fit shirt and this comfortable button up denim skirt, it’s practical and yet oh so easy to mix it up at little. As well as my trust skinny scarf, I picked up this neckerchief the other day at Primark and would seriously recommend it to anyone wanting to add that 70s flare to an outfit on a budget. I have a post coming up all about them and how I style them, but for this outfit, I thought it would look perfect around my neck – giving a little nod to the surroundings, whilst looking a little like a scout. We all know I have a thing for leopard print, but there’s a new print in town and I think it’s here to stay – the snakeskin. I was browsing my local Primark (you know, as you do) and I spotted this snakeskin, fringed backpack just sat on it’s own. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure whether someone had left theirs or something as it seemed a little too good to be true, but lo and behold I turned the corner and found a few others hiding away. Not even looking at the price tag (oops) I quickly ran to the till and it’s been on my back ever since. It has already stepped up to the title of my Autumn bag, I can’t wait to get styling it!
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Have you ever visited Cragside? Where’s your favourite place to visit?
 
Ps – If you enjoyed this post, I’d love for you to nominate me in the North East Blogger Awards!
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(This post is part of the Think Money Bloggers Travel Guide – check it out!)
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Weekend Wishlist #8 – The Designer Edit

Now, I know that I can’t afford anything in this post, but a wishlist complied of designer goodies can’t really go a miss. And I’m always browsing online collections to see what high-street dupes I can find. It may no longer be the weekend, and blogger may have deleted my original post for this (which may I say spent 2 hours perfecting. no biggie) but hey ho, the show must go on right?!

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Alexander McQueen Skull and Chain Leather Loafers, Red Valentino Scalloped Trim Crepe Dress
Printed Brushed Velvet A-Line Skirt, Sophie Hulme Mini Leather Envelope Bag
Stills Wool Blend Coat, Red Valentino Bow Embellished Wool Blend Coat
Suno NY Printed A-Line Stretch Silk Dress
Whilst a lot of this items are totally my cup of tea, some are maybe a little out of my comfort zone or dare I say out of this world (yes I’m looking at you intergalactic-inspired skirt).
The Alexander McQueen black loafers certainly embrace my 13 year old emo days with it’s skull motif fitting the bill. In fact their whole ‘Dress Rehearsal’ collection is to die for; the lace jacquard dress with  rib-cage shaped lace? My inner-goth is certainly happy with that (even if is the £1,435 price tag is a tad *cough* out of reach). And if you’d have asked me a month ago that I’d fall head over heels with a pink coat – a trend that certainly wasn’t for me – I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Me and pink have never had a budding relationship, but what I can say? Me and this Stills coat have a connection. The handbag gods made a good ‘un with the beauty that is the Sophie Hulme Envelope Bag in the most perfect coral shade. With scalloped hems and bow detailing, Red Valentino have certainly got it right again? Count me in.
What’s on your wishlist at the minute?
(And ps – sorry for all of the wishlists at the minute – my camera got caught in a bit of a flash flood last week so it’s been drying out for a good few days, haha.)
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