To celebrate our ten year (!) anniversary this week, Joe and I headed down to Deal- a little seaside town in Kent we hadn’t yet had the pleasure of visiting…
Having come recommended from friends (thank you Sarah!) and seen a few people visit over the last few months, it seemed to strike the balance of perfectly quaint and quiet, whilst having some lovely places to eat, sleep and shop- without loosing any of it’s traditional British seaside charm.
Typically, our anniversary seemed to fall across a couple of days where the weather looked questionable at best and completely soggy at worst. Packing a raincoat that I’m sure could withstand any weather (as well as this new favourite linen dress– you never know, people)! We headed down on the train, and fortunately the sun appeared just as we pulled in- if that ain’t luck! With no plans apart from guzzling fish and chips and exploring the pier- we made the most of the sunshine, swapping waterproofs for sundresses (me, not Joe) and exploring the front. Boasting some of the bluest sea I’ve seen, the coast is comfortably my favourite place (which you might have gathered following last weekends antics) and it was so lovely to spend our anniversary doing something low key, before a hectic two weeks ensue!
But- the dress! Having initially picked it up for my hen party as my ‘day-to-night’ option (although it’s perfect, it felt a little more nightdress than disco dress), I made sure to pack it for this trip and am SO glad I did. It feels like something from a Bronte sisters classic- with it’s square neckline, flouncy sleeves and MATCHING. HAIR. BOW. (which I absolutely promise didn’t sell it to me, promise). Sleeper have long been one of my favourite small brands (having picked some very special pyjamas from them a few months back)- and I’ve been head over heels with their lounge and sun dresses ever since. Although they’re a little on the pricier side, I know it’s the kind of thing I’ll pull out again and again- and will make the perfect holiday dress when I go away too.
Pairing it with my favourite bucket bag from Trademark (a brand I first discovered in L.A last year) and my go-to Superga’s (try and catch me in anything else)- it was the perfect outfit for a little stroll (obviously trench coat out of shot, it’s not ~that~ warm) and some vinegar soaked chippy shops chips afterwards. I have a full guide coming next week of everything we got up to, so if you’re planning any seaside trips this summer watch this space!