How's your week been?
Nice to get away for the weekend isn't it? Well that's just what I did recently with my mum and sister. Mum's choice to head off to Rye in East Sussex for a relaxing couple of days - so barring the walk up hill to the town - opps! it really was. We had rooms for two nights in the River Haven Hotel which served it's purpose with comfortable rooms, decent meals and a bar - what more does a girl need!
We arrived on Sunday and headed up into the town stopping at The Mermaid Inn for a light lunch and welcomed drink. This quaint little hotel is a grade II listed building and boasts 7 ghosts that have been seen throughout the hotel! The building has 600 years of history & has many stories about it's colourful past. We enjoyed hearing all about the smugglers, ghosts and celebrities that frequented the venue - and we were very enchanted to hear that my sister's family were descendants of a particular smuggler and ghost, John Diamond, who was mentioned in their history as being part of the infamous Hawkhurst Gang. We were shown his named room and also the cellar - I have to admit I had goose-bumps whilst the stories were told and the rooms were viewed - I'd love to return and actually stay in the hotel one night - imagine if the ghosts were real!!!!
Sunday evening we stayed put in our hotel, relishing a roast dinner with a couple of drinks in the bar. Feeling the cold we returned to my mum's room with drinks where we chatted more before heading off to bed. The rooms were just right having tea/coffee and TV's in the room - it was rather strange to have the room to myself - let alone the remote control - ha ha!
Monday was my mum's birthday - we had breakfast where she opened her presents & cards, I can't remember the last time we were together in the morning for her special day!
Rye town is full of interesting shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants & we also partook in a cream tea and lunch in Haydens a small family-run B&B in the heart of Rye overlooking the town salts. Prevalent in Rye were plenty of charity/thrift shops, they seem to be in abundance in every town and whilst I'm not a huge fan of shopping in them - I do like to borrow clothes from my daughters' - well they borrow mine enough!
This is a sponsored blog post.
As sustainable-conscious consumers carry on buying pre-loved items a new study suggests that the UK's second hand item market is set to surge in the coming years, re-enforcing reports it could overtake the fast fashion market by 2029. With that in mind, and more charity shops & vintage clothes sales springing up by the month the latest trend of on-line buying for second hand bargains is becoming a really popular way to buy pre-loved garments and accessories. Having already heard of Ebay that sells millions of second hand items - there's also Market place, Depop and Micolet - a Spanish based company that is expanding into the UK selling pre-loved designer and high street brands alike.
I'm wearing a borrowed Coast dress that belongs to my daughter. I was pleased to find the dress fitted, albeit slightly tight on the bust, but still very wearable. I love the up - down hem line which is a big trend at the moment. Black dresses are essential for the black-tie-dinner-dance scenario, this cute number with flamboyant red roses on the bottom is sure to get you noticed for the trendy lady you are!
It's so good to get more wear out of an outfit, so sharing with friends and family seems a good way to do it. Some of you might go to an annual dinner dance, us ladies don't want to be seen in the same dress the next year do we! What about buying from a pre-loved site or sharing with a friend? You can see when I borrowed my friends long black dress for a Style not Age challenge last year.
I'm featuring this outfit on the blog next Monday - showing off the gorgeous dark red sling bags I was gifted from Lotus Shoes. They have an interesting detail on the heel - do stop by to check them out!
Time to party! It's #Chicandstylish #LINKUP time.
Favourite blog post from last week is ... Welcome to Jill - Stylish at Sixty who's had a very similar life to mine with a daughter's wedding and holiday in the north of Spain - do stop by the blog for a read about her delightful wedding and holidays with family - my kind of blogger!
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So much love for you joining me today, can't wait to see what you'e all been wearing lately.
Photos c/o Esther Ruby - many thanks my lovely.
Bye for now. X