Monday, 18 July 2016

Lyveden





And the summer continues! I am loving this glorious weather and not just because it gives me a chance to wear all my pretty summer dresses. Unfortunately Russell is working full time at the moment to save some money for our wedding/honeymoon and so he has missed a lot of the sunshine but we are still managing to catch the odd day off and the warm air tends to continue into the evening here. I've really enjoyed our new summer habit we've been making of going for a walk after dinner, its a great way to get some fresh air, catch up and sort my thoughts out a bit before bed. The city seems a lot calmer as dusk falls and we've even spied a few rabbits whilst watching the sun set in the distance.

These photos were taken on our last day of our mini break to Rutland, we decided to extend our holiday by stopping off at a few places on the way home and of course that meant a National Trust. Lyveden was an interesting National Trust and very different to most we've been too, it's a beautiful Elizabethan country manor house that was never finished due to the owner dying before its completion. It was very interesting to wander around and see where floors would have been or fireplaces and I thought it would make a fabulous location for a fairytale style photoshoot in the future. The gardens and grounds around the estate were very pretty with a moat surrounding one half and we enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers everywhere as we wandered around. It was a lovely stop off on our way home and I'd definitely like to go back.






What I Wore...
Dress - Hell Bunny | Shoes - Old | Sunglasses - Tribe 
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Tuscan Yellow








Finally some real real sunshine! Not in Oxford unfortunately but in Rutland where me and Russell have been enjoying a few days holiday with his family. We stayed in a lovely little cottage on a golf course surrounded by streams and woods and fields full of wild flowers, it was a nice change to busy Oxford for me and a chance to catch up with family. It was also a week of excitement in the Bearn household as Russell's sister graduated from medical school!

This summer I've worn a lot of black and white but I feel like this is the time to be in bright colours and so have been trying to make more of an effort to brighten up my wardrobe. So when I saw this gorgeous blue skirt with bright yellow roses whilst at Spitalfields market in London the other day I knew I had to have it. Its a great length for me as I don't like anything too short and it nips me in it at the waist which is always a plus. The sun was out in full force that day and whilst on our walk Russell and I decided it looked a little bit like Tuscany in the surrounding fields and the weather definitely made us feel like we could be sunning ourselves somewhere further afield.

Having a few days off away from Oxford has definitely been good for me and Russell, we are both trying to make big decisions particularly about my future and taking some time out from the stresses of daily life and the worries of decision making has been nice. I feel that since Mondays post, where I felt a bit lost, things have sort of begun to fall into place. There is still a lot to do and I am still doing a lot of soul searching but I feel God is teaching me through this time. I am reading, praying and learning so much more by seeking God rather than an answer to my questions. I am still worried and confused but I am trusting in him to lead me down the right path.

I have struggled with the direction of the blog in the past few weeks becoming a little obsessed with numbers and I have found it necessary to take a step back, look at the big picture and remember why I started. I'm not going to be like every other fashion blogger with hundreds of outfits, a fabulous instagram account and millions of subscribers because thats not me. This blog is about sharing a love for a Christ filled life and all the beauty and wonder that brings. I love fashion, food, lifestyle photography and travel and I love to share those things on here but the most important thing to me is God. And so yes I could just share those things but then I wouldn't be doing what I want to do, what I feel God has set me out to do. Maybe I won't get as many followers or likes as other bloggers but thats okay, it's important that I be who God designed me to be and not what the world tells me to be.





What I Wore...
Top - Next | Skirt - Spittalfield Market | Shoes - Primark | Sunglasses - Tribe
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Monday, 11 July 2016

I Want Adventure In The Great Wide Somewhere....








I hadn't intended for this post to be Belle inspired but when I arrived at Waddesdon Manor the only thing I could think of was Disney's Beauty And The Beast. I'm not sure if it was the turrets, the multiple staircases, or the french architecture but the whole lot reminded me so much of my favourite Disney film. I've always had a strong connection to the story of Belle ever since I was little when my Dad used to say I was Belle because I always had my nose stuck in a book and when I didn't I was desperately chasing adventure (in fact he still says I am Belle now!) and so Waddesdon was really a dream come true. As I wandered round the stunningly ornate hallways and rooms I was over come with how magical it all was, I felt like at any moment a clock would begin to talk to me or a chandelier might start dancing and offering me dinner. It made me feel very special and after a long hard week it was exactly what I needed. 

The past few months have been really tough and although I left uni excited to follow my dreams I have started to become very lost. I have been unsure of which direction to go in and where it is God wants me, I feel myself slipping into a mundane easy way of life working a job that doesn't use my brain much and settling down into some one I'm not quite ready to be. I trust that God has got this, that he will lead me in the right direction but that still doesn't stop me from desperately scrambling for an answer. Because the truth is I am still that little girl dreaming of adventure, I am still wanting to live like they do in the story books and lead a life of excitement. But I also know that life is what you make of it and a loving relationship with God can bring new and exciting adventures every day if only I open myself up to see them. I have to keep reminding myself that freedom doesn't come from being able to climb a mountain, sail down the Amazon or skinny dip in the sea (nice as those things are) it comes from Jesus, he offers us a life of freedom and we need only take his hand. 

I don't know what God has in store for me over the next few years of living in Oxford with Russell whilst he finishes his degree but I know I can trust that he's got it. As restless, lost, broken and lonely as I feel he will always be there to guide and love me and so for now I will try to live day by day and enjoy the adventures he offers. 






What I Wore...
Top - Primark | Skirt - Marks & Spencers | Shoes - Macy's NY | Bag - Handmade in Portugal

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Friday, 8 July 2016

The Bright Summer Flowers








The sun has officially returned and my summer dresses are out of their suitcases where they hibernate over the winter. I'm so excited to finally start wearing some of my summer clothes, I love each season for its different ways but there is something so freeing about summer. I love swishing around in loose cotton skirts and dresses with silky bare legs and bare feet in the cool grass. Although we've had the odd light shower it has stayed mainly dry the past few days and I've really enjoyed being able to lie down in the grass and let the warm sun soak into my skin. I'm not going away abroad this summer and so I am trying to take as much advantage of the summer dress weather  as I can.

I love bright summer clothes and this dress is an old favourite, I bought it in the mid summer sale a few years ago for less than £15 and it is definitely a staple in my wardrobe. The flowers remind a bit of a Monet painting and paired with a mint green cardigan and fuchsia pink lip I felt very summery wandering around South Park in Oxford. The handbag is a beautiful 1960s original that I picked up a couple of years ago when I was out vintage shopping with my sister in Sheffield. For a vintage handbag it is actually quite a good size and although I can't get my camera into it I can fit the essential phone, lippy and purse in there.






What I Wore...
Dress - New Look | Cardigan - George | Shoes - H&M | Bag - Vintage

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

My Pink Shoes






The other day was my little brothers 21st birthday and to mark the occasion we spent the day go-karting followed by a lovely meal out at a local pub. Needless to say this wasn't the outfit I went go-karting in, although I am totally in love with these new pink heels from Ruby Shoo I don't think they would have gone down well on the race track. Having said that they are the comfiest heels I have ever worn, I bought them for a wedding I went to a few weeks back as a sort of trial run, I am thinking of buying a similar pair from Ruby Shoo for my own wedding day, and I was pleased to see they remained super comfy all day. They are definitely the best heels I've had in a long time!

I built the outfit around my new shoes as I really wanted a chance to wear them again, the all black outfit really offsets the bright pink of the shoes. I went for a bit of a 40s look with my hair and make up, I love the twists and rolls of a 40s updo. I also got a lot of compliments on my bag which everyone thought was vintage but is in fact a Primark bargain. We took the photos just outside my parents house in Hereford as the rose bushes along the wall were all in bloom, the smell was amazing!The sun seems to have returned again to Oxford and I am enjoying some more lazy summer days out in the sun. The best time is definitely golden hour and I love the way the light gives everything a soft glow in the evening. I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine wherever you are.





What I Wore...
Top - Primark | Skirt - Asos | Shoes - Ruby Shoo | Bag - Primark
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