A Very British Summer Sunday

Monday, July 2, 2012

We all know dressing for the British Summer takes special planning.

Days of blazing sunshine can end with torrential downpours and overcast cloudy days can end up with you sweating under several layers of jumpers amidst a sea of shorts and t-shirts.

Which is why I headed off for a whole day at The Little Vintage Lover Fair in Heydon village with a certain amount of distrust. The sky was blue and the sun was blazing, so I decided to wear a cute cotton summer dress I bought in a Charity Shop while I was on holiday.

❤ Dress- Vintage M&S from a Charity Shop ❤ Belt - New M&S ❤ 
❤ Shoes - Clarks via eBay ❤ White Hair Rose (just seen!) -Abilu Creations ❤

Naturally, I am British, so I wore stockings, and took and umbrella, jacket and sunglasses. Of course. The jacket is part of a suit I bought at a vintage shop in Maidstone and the brooch is vintage fur that was given to me by Jewellery Genie.

The Umbrella actually came in handy as a sun shade as the whole day of the fair was pretty nice! The heavens only decided to open up briefly around 4:30pm, by which time we were packed and gone.

Heydon is like the perfect little country village. It’s a dead end so you can’t drive through it and has a lovely little cafe, a pub, bakery and a large church. The Little Vintage Lover Fair is held in the village hall and many of the stalls are outside, so it’s lovely if the sun shines.


It was a beautiful day, but no rest for, er, me, as when it finished we raced back to Norwich as we were excited to see the “unofficial” opening night of The Sir Garnet in Norwich. The pub near the market has been around for over 100 years, but last summer it closed and has been left empty ever since. Until Lauren, the lovely lady behind the Birdcage in Norwich, took it on a couple of months ago, and at break neck speed has transformed it into an amazing, bright, clean space to have a drink and look out over the iconic Norwich market place.

Sadly we didn’t have time for one of their AMAZING looking burgers, but we’re planning to go back for the public opening on Tuesday to treat ourselves to one for dinner.

And that, was my terribly British Sunday. A village fair with a vintage twist, followed by a trip to a traditional English pub.

How was your weekend?



6 Responses
  • Fifties Darling
    July 2, 2012

    What a lovely setting and an even more adorable outfit. I went to a small market yesterday which wasn’t any good unfortunately 🙁

  • LandGirl1980
    July 2, 2012

    I am bored of it being overcast and cold. WAAAAAAAAAH. My weekend was spent lamenting this at a community festival 😉 In layers.

  • Helen
    July 2, 2012

    Absolutely gorgeous dress – and it looks like a great event!

  • perdita
    July 2, 2012

    Looking fab! I spent Saturday in a beer garden, then Sunday cutting the lawn in my back garden (finally) and sewing/mending some vintage finds in need of adjustment to prevent wardrobe malfunction if the bra-showing variety, Which is very British indeed, if one thinks of Carry On films!

  • Kim~whatpeggysaid
    July 2, 2012

    I was going to go to Heydon, but backed out because of the weather. I should have braved it. Looking forward to going to The Sir Garnet, the makeover looks great, just my cup of tea! x

  • Shauna
    July 2, 2012

    I am so jealous! Here in Australia we lack the beautiful villages of England and those quinessential fairs-boo hoo. You look adorable in your dress.