Friday, 28 June 2013

OOTN – Matalan Polka Dot Skater Dress

I recently picked up this dress from Matalan for only £16 and it’s become a firm favourite. It’s such a nice and thick material but hangs nicely in quite a flattering shape. It also is a decent length (score!) – I’m only 5’8, it shouldn’t be this hard to find a dress with a little dignity. I’ve just seen online that they have a variety of colours and think I may have to invest in a few more.

I wore this outfit on Friday night for a pretty quiet night out. Nights out, when you have work at 10 the next day, have lost the appeal and I was home with a cup of tea before 1am!
The backdrop is my new flat so excuse the excess wires etc, things have not found a place yet and it’s also looking VERY white everywhere. The terrible photography skills are courtesy of my lovely boyfriend.

The outfit details

I went for quite a plain outfit but jazzed it up with this mint green Primark belt with the cute gold buckle – 3 for £1.

And of course my 21st birthday Tiffany necklace that never comes off.

Is anyone else a Matalan fan? I find some great gems but the sizes never seem consistent.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Beamish – The Living Museum

I recently went to Beamish in Stanley, Co Durham. Considering I live so close it was pretty awful that I hadn’t been in years. In fact last time was a school trip and I was dressed as a Victorian child. 

Beamish is a ‘living museum’ meaning that it’s a replica of a Co. Durham town, villages, farm and industry.

 This is a pretty picture heavy post (and my last ever instaspam – I’ve been reunited with my camera!) but I would really recommend checking out their website for more details.

Beamish is huge and each section is easily accessed by the traditional transport links.

You can go and explore in each house and there are staff giving talks and answering questions, the dentist was particularly interesting and the staff are so knowledgeable.  

The mining tour was really interesting and experiencing the conditions that my relatives worked in was pretty humbling. 

And of course everyone’s favourite part of the museum is the traditional sweet shop! There are demonstrations, testers and such a wider variety of choice.

I had a great day out (despite the cold..I’m from Co. Durham, why didn’t I know to wrap up warmer?!) but it maybe will be better appreciated from someone who lives away from the area. It didn’t seem such a ‘step back in time’ because I used to live in and know all the local pit villages. Plus, my Dad actually supplied some of the bits and pieces during the refurb. Once you pay for your Beamish ticket you are in for the year. I will be visiting when the new bakery is opening. It’s a great place for a summer picnics and I can’t wait to see the town at Christmas time.
Has anyone ever been or know anything similar? I can't wait to explore more!