So it’s my first outfit post of the year and I’m at the seaside? Has Spring sprung already? Not quite, this time instead of raving it up for New Years I decided to get out of London and visit a friend who lives near Blackpool, fitting in one last 2013 trip. Even though it was far from tourist season and somewhat deserted, there was still a sort of eerie charm about the place that alluded to its glory days of the 1950s. The famous Pleasure Beach area was modelled on Coney Island and I definitely got a few US of A vibes with the branding and cartoon-like exterior of the restaurants. I did worry that my day trip was going to be a complete washout what with the weather report being ominous, but luckily the sun got its act together and I was able to snap away in such a colourful location. I was probably the only person who was enthusiastic about everything being closed (all the more easier for outfit photos) and any of the typical souvenirs, I think something came over me in this shop!
Ring – Topshop
I’m a patient sort of person. I first saw this dress at the AW13 Orla Kiely presentation almost a year ago and stalked it in the ASOS sale until the price became a bit more reasonable. It’s now my third piece by the designer and contains all of the components I love in a dress, a collar, full skirt and cute print in a bright colour. Instead of buying crazy amounts in the sales, I’ve just spent crazy amounts on less pieces (I blame Twitter) and kept everything online. Although I go to sample sales and the like all year round, there’s something about post-Christmas shopping that overwhelms me slightly (pictures like this don’t help) and makes me retreat to my room full of devices. I love being able to browse pages and pages until I find the right item for the right price. The waiting isn’t quite so much fun but eventually, you’ll have something pristine that hasn’t been fought over in the typical sense.
Even though I haven’t been to Vegas, strolling down the Promenade I didn’t feel as if I were in Lancashire or even in 2014. Blackpool boasts all the features you’d expect in seaside towns, fish n’ chips, the traditional stick of rock and many a pier but also a major entertainment history. There is a bit of a tacky reputation and apparently it’s a hen and stag party haven, though with things like the Comedy Carpet and iconic Ballroom built over a hundred years ago, the cultural side is fighting back. I met up with Mat during my trip as he’s a Blackpool native who’s always keen to show the best bits of the town (I’m now trawling through his archives) and I’m slightly jealous he has such a fun place on his doorstep. I had to buy this tea towel as I’m a sucker for nostalgic graphics and I’m sure I’ll be back to see everything when it’s live and kicking again in the Summer.