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Weekend photos ~ a tasty afternoon treat

I thought I’d share a few photos of what I got up to last weekend because I was lucky enough to be treated to a day out at the seaside. After our lovely walk along the beach, hubby surprised me with a very special afternoon tea at an old vintage teashop - and when I say vintage, I mean the Cragg Sisters tea room has been there for years! 

cassiefairy lifestyle blog afternoon tea bon prix dress

Somehow, I’d never been there before so it was a lovely idea and I couldn’t believe the size of the cakes – all I wanted that day was a great big victoria sponge… and that’s exactly what they had! I loved the vintage decor and couldn’t help snapping away with my camera while we were enjoying our pots of tea (3 and a half cups in each pot!) – I had the delicious house blend and hubby chose the Turkish apple tea with actual chunks of apple and sultanas. I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos and I’m sure I’ll be pestering my friends and family to go there for every birthday and special occasion in the future!


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Thrifty fashion ~ Making denim look girly for summer

I don’t know about you, but I love denim for creating a cool, casual look – everyone has their favourite pair of jeans or denim jacket, but summer is a hard time of year to wear denim. Although it’s always comfy and practical (not forgetting always on trend!) it’s sometimes a little too thick or bulky to wear in this lovely hot weather. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a stylish summer outfit using your favourite denim wardrobe staples. When my family and I took a trip to the seaside last week, I decided that this would be my first outing in my new bonprix floral dress (yes, I know… I’ve been shopping at bonprix again!) and I dressed it down with my favourite denim jacket (also from bonprix!), my satchel (full of sunblock!) and a pair of my 1 pound pumps! My new dress was the perfect choice for such a hot day because the cotton fabric kept me cool and it was loose-fitting enough to let a breeze through! And when the wind picked up a bit, as it always does at the coast, I popped on my denim jacket and warmed up – whilst still looking suitably girly! Check out my photos:

cassiefairy lifestyle blog seaside fashion denim bon prix dress

In fact, I think I’ll be buying this same dress in one of the different colours (purple or black & red, which do you think would be best?) because it’s such a versatile dress – with the denim jacket, it looked girly and casual, but it can also be easily dressed up for a special occasion or posh afternoon tea with only a pair of cute heels. Let me know what you think about making denim work for summer – how do you wear yours??


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Vintage beach huts at the seaside

This past weekend I took a trip to Southwold and luckily enough I stumbled upon a lovely vintage fair that was being held along the seafront, near the pier. It was so quaint to see beach huts opened up as vintage stalls, alongside traditional retro market stalls and even a fire engine!

     

I later went to a CD and record fair in Southwold town centre in the Conservative Hall and snapped up a lovely retro 70s record storage box with gaudy orange and red pattern – perfect for my vintage living room interior design project and I’ll post some photos of it soon! If you get the chance to take a trip to Southwold in Suffolk this year, I’d recommend it! There’s vintage fairs, arts markets and craft stalls most weekends and the cd & record fair is running from now until Oct. So enjoy a day of vintage shopping at Southwold - and don’t forget to stop by the old sweet shop and choose a pick’n’mix of penny sweets! :)