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Pretty pastel beach hut love

I was super excited to finally make it to West Wittering on a beautiful sunny day last week. West Wittering is beach hut paradise, complete with soft sand dunes, and has been on my hit list for quite some time. Well, let's just say I fell in love!

Imagine row upon row of pretty wooden beach huts, each one different, painted all the colours of the rainbow. All nestled into the dunes on the softest sand.

I especially loved the stripey pastel ones...

We had lots of fun taking some portraits on the verandahs once the beach had emptied a bit. Look, I match the pink one perfectly - it must be mine! I much prefer being behind the lens rather than in front of it, but even I made an exception for such a pretty location :) Photos of me taken by my lovely husband, alpower.com.

These little wooden beauties are surprisingly expensive - think £25k+ ballpark for what is essentially a shed to keep your sunchairs and beach gear in and make tea! Rather outside my reach, but I'm planning on getting something similar for my garden instead, to paint in pretty pastel stripes :)

I can't tell you how lovely it was to feel soft warm sand beneath my feet, the sun on my face, whilst listening to the waves lapping at the shore. It was high tide when we arrived, the sea just a few metres away from where we were sitting. Absolute bliss! I will most definitely be back. There is so much to explore in the area (Hayling Island, Chichester, Bosham, Arundel) - hopefully we can come for longer next time. Any other recommendations for beautiful beaches and places to visit in Sussex always gratefully received - we have so much still to discover :)

In case you haven't seen enough(!), a few more beach huts can be found in my West Wittering Album on Flickr. I hope you enjoy the remainder of the long weekend - finger's crossed the sun will shine tomorrow!

Seaside Lucy

Happy Friday folks! The sun is trying to peep through and I'm super excited to have next week off to explore our beautiful coast and countryside with my other half :) I thought I'd leave you with a delicious collection of photos from one of my favourite Instagram photographers: seasidelucy

Lucy's photo stream is pure eye candy: lots of pretty pastel seaside shots of all my favourite things, with a generous helping of craft and creativity. Lucy has such a great eye for composition and appreciation of space. I just adore her photostream, it never fails to make me smile. So if you don't follow her already, do pop on over and have browse - I promise you won't be disappointed!

I just love Lucy's pebble art and her beautiful ways of displaying and capturing her seaside treasures.

Lucy is one of the moderators for @MyMondaymoodboard, a weekly styling challenge on Instagram aiming to inspire and encourage creativity. I think Lucy's gorgeous photos do a great job at just that! I had such a hard time picking 12 favourites to use here.

All images are of course copyright to seasidelucy. A huge thanks to Lucy for allowing me to share her beautiful photographs. Well that's it from me for now. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead! xx

Sunny strolls around Seaford and the Birling Gap

Hello there folks! I had a lovely Easter break with my sister, who came to stay with her husband and two little dogs. We had lots of fun showing them round our beautiful new coastline. I managed to take quite a few photos, once the sun finally decided to shine, and thought I'd share some here so you can see something of the beautiful East Sussex coastline. We're on "staycation" next week (moving house is rather expensive, but we don't feel the need to get away anyway as there's so much to explore right on our doorstep) so things will be a little quiet on the blog. But I suspect this will be followed by a large outpouring of photos of our travels! I'm so looking forward to be doing something other than DIY :)

Those of you who follow along on Instagram will have seen plenty of these pretty pastel beach huts at Seaford - I can never resist a shot! So apologies for sharing more here, but I thought these magnificent clouds were too amazing to stay locked away on my computer!

We drove the very scenic route from Seaford to the Birling Gap and headed up on the cliff path with the dogs. We wandered in the direction of Cuckmere Haven, taking in the stunning views and trying not to get too close to the edge. I'm forever worrying about tourists who go so close - it's hard to see how sheer (or crumbly) the cliffs are when you are up there.

We congratulated ourselves on packing a picnic and sat admiring the beautiful views whilst munching our sandwiches in the sunshine for free :) I can't recommend this route highly enough - but be warned, it is very strenuous - lots of very steep inclines and declines - my bottom is still feeling it from our weekend walk!!

By the time we returned to the Birling Gap the tide had gone out far enough for us to be able to have a decent wander. There's just so much to delight and feast the eyes upon.

I found quite a few shells, close to the cliff edge. My collection is growing quite quickly!

It's really hard to capture the majesty of this place in a photograph. The scale is so epic - those cliffs are so high and so sheer - and so white! When the sun shines and the sky is blue, it looks tropical....

As always, more images can be found on Flickr in my East Sussex 2015 album - it's looking quite colourful considering most were taken in the winter months/early spring!

Sunshine, sea, sand and pretty pastel beach huts - what could be more perfect?

On a bit of a whim, Al and I headed off for a daytrip to the seaside on Sunday. Lovely sunny Sunday! It was the kind of day just crying out for adventure, especially as we emerge from our grey winter slumber. So we packed up some lunch and drove down to the beautiful Christchurch in Dorset.

We started off at Hengistbury Head and walked along the beach by the crashing waves to Mudeford Sandbank, home to rows and rows of pretty pastel beach huts. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to feel the sunshine on my face and take my coat off!! All the while listening to the sound of the waves....So please forgive me if I got a little trigger happy - I haven't been outside much lately ;)

I bought a Blythe with me (Simply Peppermint) for some pastel beach hut shots - a lovely combo! We tried some posing on the sand, but that didn't work so well and she took a bit of a nose dive into the sand ;)

It really was a taste of summer. Everyone was eating icecreams, the dogs were out in force and the kiddies were building sandcastles. A magical day!

I absolutely adore the beach huts here. Whilst some were still boarded up from the winter, lots of families were using them - lolling around reading and playing in the sand. I'd love to rent one in the summer.

I think I could photograph beach huts all day long and not get bored! Al had to drag me away :) These lovely huts have featured in some previous posts too in case you are interested: Summer 2013 and October 2011. And I've been spamming Instagram like mad with beach huts!!

There really is nothing finer than feeling the sun on your face whilst listening to the waves crash and roll and crash and roll - I love the rhythm of nature.

If you fancy taking a little slice of the seaside home with you, feel free to have a browse through my Seaside collection in my Red Bubble print shop. There's a Blythe section too.

Have a lovely week everyone - let's hope the sunshine continues!

In need of a colour fix

So it's raining again. And it's grey. And windy. I know I am immensely lucky and very grateful not to have been affected by the floods and other damage caused by this horrid weather - and my heart goes out to those who have - but it still leaves me rather down in the dumps. Until spring arrives, you can usually find me ransacking the house for happy, colourful, pretty things to photograph to cheer myself up. I start to get twitchy if my photostream sits unchanged for too long. So I thought what better time to take some new Blythe shots and give my Red Bubble shop a little refresh...

First up is my Snowflake Sonata doll, customised by Minnalove. I made a little bedding set out of some vintage fabric scraps leftover from making my cushions. I absolutely adore these prints and couldn't bear to see any go to waste. They really are so happy and cheerful, don't you think? Just the thing for this time of year!

Next up is my Tarts and Tea Blythe doll, modelling my favourite ever Blythe dress, made by Lounging Linda (I snapped this up at Blythecon New York). I think it was made for her!! The chaise longue is actually a jewellery box - but it is the perfect size for Blythe :) My Simply Guava also makes an appearance, wearing a gorgeous dress made by Jaszmade, also snapped up at BCNY.

For a bit of variety and another splash of colour, I picked up some macarons from a local cafe. Biggest bonus being the nomming after the photoshoot!

All of the images above, and more, are available from my Red Bubble shop as postcards, greeting cards and prints in a variety of formats.

I ordered a batch of postcards recently and was really pleased with the quality - I've got them propped up around the house to cheer me up :)

Friday Favourites ~ In need of some springy pastels

Happy Friday everyone! I don't know about you, but I'm longing for spring! Or at least some sunshine :) The birds do seem to have been extra chirpy of late, so maybe we will get an early spring this year, as it is so mild.... Anyway, I thought I'd put together a selection of pretty springy pastels from Etsy to cheer up this rather grotty grey old day - there's so much loveliness out there, if only you look :)

Friday Favourites ~ In need of some springy pastels

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside.....

Warning! This post contains gratuitous shots of beach huts... :)

Beach hut bonanza

So, although we were staycationing for our August holiday, we snuck out on a sunny day to get our sea fix. I used to live in Jersey, C.I and desperately miss the sea, so we try to go at every opportunity. This time we opted for the very lovely Christchurch as it's not too far from Oxford, and it's full of pretty pastel beach huts - double bonus as far as I am concerned!

Beach hut bonanza
Beach hut bonanza
Beach hut bonanza

We parked up at Hengistbury Head and picnicked on the beach and then wandered leisurely across the beach to Mudeford Sandbank where all the pretty pastel beach huts are. There are soooo many and each one is different!

Hengistbury Head
Sea grasses
Beach hut bonanza
Beach hut bonanza
Beachy

It was so lovely to see everyone in full holiday mode - lots of families were staying in the beach huts and it looked like so much fun! There were delicious smelling bbqs, tables set-up for al-fresco eating with pretty tablecloths, people lazing in sunchairs reading, kids making sand castles and generally having a lovely old time..... I'd love to stay in a beach hut one day - imagine waking up ON THE BEACH with the waves right in front of you - heaven!

Beach hut bonanza
Beach hut bonanza
Beach hut bonanza
Beach hut bonanza

We had a lovely old time soaking in the atmosphere (and the smells!), eating ice cream (obligatory on the beach!), watching the waves and having a snooze in the sun :)

Beach hut bonanza
Summer by the seaside
Let's go fly a kite
Follow the path
Help is at hand
Beach hut bonanza

In the unlikely event you haven't seen enough beach huts, you can find more in my Christchurch set on Flickr. Now sing with me: Oh I do love to be beside the seaside.... Tara for now, Zoe xx :)

Summer staycationing

Staycationing is new to me - why on earth have I not done this before?! I've had a blissful, restful week pottering around at home, working on projects I've been meaning to do for ages - and going out for lovely day trips. And all the while sleeping in my lovely comfy bed and not having to pack or unpack!! I highly recommend it :)

Outfit post: summer pastels

I'll save the day trips to Waterperry Gardens and the seaside for other posts. So in this episode, we spent a lovely day wandering around Woodstock, picnicking in Blenheim Palace grounds and finishing off the day with a trip around Yarnton Antiques Centre (which is utterly fabulous by the way - again, why have I not been before?!).

Window shopping
Woodstock
Woodstock

I also had a much needed hair cut (was it really January the last time? Oh dear...) and went out to take my new hair for a spin in a (relatively) new summer pastel outfit. Thanks to my lovely husband alpower for taking the pics of me :)

Outfit post: summer pastels
Outfit post: summer pastels
Outfit post: summer pastels
Woodstock
Outfit post: summer pastels
Outfit post: summer pastels
Woodstock
Woodstock
Outfit post: summer pastels
Outfit post: summer pastels

What I'm wearing:

Top: Boden | Capri pants & cardigan: Joules | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: Orla Kiely SS13

Lazy hazy summer days

Flowers from the garden

It's so wonderful to finally be having a summer in the UK! It's been a bit of a non-event the last few years, so it feels extra special to have had a few weeks of non-stop sunshine and blue skies. I hear that some thundery showers lie ahead as I write this - am sure the garden will welcome some rain!

Summer days
Summer reading

So, we've got to enjoy our garden this year. I've dressed the table to make it look pretty and sat out drinking sparkling elderflower in the shade with a stack of fabulous books to feast my eyes upon...And all inspired by the beautiful images in Homespun Style (my favourite interiors book ever I think) I spent the day rushing upstairs and downstairs to bring down vintage pillowcases and Blythe dolls to photograph on the lawn in this gorgeous light...

Pillowcase love
Blythe camouflage
Blythe camouflage
Lazy summer days...
Vintage fabric love
Three shades of green
Lazing in the garden
My iPhone case

We've also been joined most days by our beautiful next door neighbours - here are Mum Poppy and daughter Martha - aren't they beautiful?

Poppy
Martha

And of course summer means flowers in abundance. I couldn't resist bringing these beautiful Hydrangeas indoors to pop in my owl vase - even though I will suffer - unfortunately I am allergic to flowers :( But as long as I get to photograph them first, I don't mind too much!

Owl vase love <3

Friday Favourites ~ Blooming lovely

Everything's blooming in the garden at the moment in this glorious sunshine, so what better theme for my Friday Favourites this week :) I just adore this time of year. There are so many lovely floral treasures in the Etsyverse - I've whipped up a selection of my faves below for you. Do pop by and say hello!

Friday Favourites ~ Blooming lovely

I couldn't resist adding a few photos from my garden as well this week - I just adore Hydrangeas! This one is called Endless Summer - what a beautiful name...Wishing you a glorious weekend - enjoy the sunshine!

Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love
Hydrangea love