mercredi 27 août 2014

Knightshayes Court, Devon.

During a lovely weekend in Devon, my friends and I pay an express visit to a curious castle. As my friend said, "you must see it, the wallpaper are so extraordinary". Taking pictures being forbidden, and having my mind so focused on all the little details that this house has to offer to the eyes, I didn't thought of taking cheeky pictures with my phone. So you'll have the small one that google images has to offer.
 Knightshayes is a Victorian court house designed by William Burges, who was linked with the Pre-raphalites and William Morris's crew,  for the Heathcoat-Amory family. The later made their fortune in the Lace trade. The house was commissioned by Sir John Heathcote-Amory in 1867 and the foundation stone laid in 1869. Build in a Gothic revival style, the relation between Burges and his client being not successful, the decoration was finish by John Dibblee Crace. The couple having no children, the house was given to the National Trust. The inside decoration is very unusual for such a big house. Each room has it's own story and wallpaper with animals, and tangled flowers that recall the Art and Crafts movement. The furniture are heavy and well curved, all the details, and daily objects are added in each room, hats, gloves, top hat, etc. 
I loved it !!! It's so worth it, the garden is so nice.  The billiard room, is so amazing too, the stones on the ceiling are carved in animals that represent the 7 Deadly Sins. 
There is so many details to notice in this house, I really want to go back, and have times to really look at everything more closely.
Joyce Wethered, the lady of the house used to be a famous golf champion alongside her brother, the greatest British woman player of all time, so they say. A room is dedicated to her, and to golf. 
The couple didn't really bother to give the house to their relations, well it's good so we can see it !

John Heathcoat-Amory and Joyce Wethered.
Joyce swinging (look at that calf !)

samedi 23 août 2014

A roll of film finally developped

jeudi 31 juillet 2014

The Beauty of a Day in Kew Garden

When my mom came to visit, we had a wonderful time. Going all over London to see, and do the things we haven't visited yet. Such as Kew Garden ! What a lovely place, and so much to see !! Because we arrived towards the middle of the day, we had cheaper tickets as we wouldn't be able to visit the hole park. And due to the music festival some area were closing earlier than usual.

The biggest Victorian Glass House is being refresh !

The Pagoda.

Inside the Glass house, it was boiling in there ! but it's so exotic ! 

Rodeo on wooden sheep !

The Mediterranean garden !

I'm wearing:
gingham shirt: second hand
polka dot short: Beyond Retro
sandals: &Other Stories
Sunglasses: H&M

jeudi 17 juillet 2014

The 10th Chap Olympiad 2014

Here is the game where you have to grab your opponent cake, without dropping yours from your cake spoon.

Last Saturday I attended for the first time The renowned Chap Olympiad. I've known about it for a couple of years, but I never got the chance to go. So I joined my friend Alison, who is a regular of this event. I was so thrilled to enter the gates of Bedford Square, where the games took place. The ground was full of tables, picnic clothes and a mix of people wearing the most exquisite vintage attires, head pieces, hats, and explorer outfits ! All what I like. 
To begin with I had a stroll among the participants, to fill my self with inspirations, details, 
the atmosphere of this party. 
As it was my first time, I couldn't take my eyes of the stage. I had to watch every game.
I missed a few, indeed you have to arrive early if you want to grab a table, or to actually get a number and be able to be one of the players of any of those bizarre challenges.
To show your creative skills, strength you have the " Dressage", or the "Jousting", or the more curious " Not playing Tennis", and many more. There is new games every year, this time one involved catching a Ferrero Rocher, thrown in the air with a glass.

I had a great time there. Laughing about all the crazy idea that came in the head's players, as not to obey the rules of the games. For example, during the Dressage, when one of the participant used his horse stick as a paddle, and start rowing on the stage.
The observer, who was commenting the event, and every game, was brilliant. He knew what to say, at the right moment, especially when none of the actions were actually planned ! 

The cake game, and lovely outfits.

A cute little girl.

Preparing for the "Rowler Bowler"

Probably my favorite outfit of the day. 

 The "Dressage", where this alert knight (with many red lisp kisses on his chicks) decide to drop his horse and course the lady. 

The lovely trio of The Vintage Mafia, who each year wear a matching outfit, design this time by Collectif.
The Jousting. Some of the participants end up chasing each other on their bikes, or start a duel to death. 

Alison, with the most beautiful hair and dress, and I.

One of the highlight of the day, was the performance of Mr Muscle, who can reduce your sainsbury's frying pan the shape of a banana, in the most elegant fashion.

The pull the mustache game. - If the mustache breaks in the middle, you measure which team has the most mustache.
the winners of this 10th Chap Olympiad, I really liked the presence of the lady in red, named Fanny.

What I wore.
Dress: lend from Emma
Bag: from a market in France
Belt : H&M
Salomé shoes: TKMaxx

Here is a few picture I manage to take with my broken vintage camera.

In pink, the lovely Sadie Doherty,  from The Vintage News , always here to cover any vintage event.