New Year, New Adventures

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for anything mediaeval – TV programmes, films and books like Lord of the Rings, so I love visiting castles – they’re always great for doing some photography and I suppose I like the romantic notion of being a mediaeval princess for an hour or two – dreaming of wearing a long velvet gown and a crown, sipping wine from an elaborate silver cup – well the reality was kind of along those lines …. wearing a lovely embroidered, velvet dress Shein very kindly sent me recently, a slightly sparkly hat to keep my head warm and sipping hot coffee from a flask because I nearly froze to death taking the photos of my dress when it was -2 degrees haha?!

You can shop my dress and lots of other lovely things here or just click on my photos 😉

I’d had a nice Christmas but took very little time off and only had two days without doing any work, so really felt I needed a break – some country air and peace and quiet for a few days! So we headed off into the forest area last week, which is only about an hour from where I live and stayed in a lovely cottage for a few days – blog about that coming very soon! – and one of the things I really wanted to do while there was visit Goodrich Castle.

I much prefer going to a small, tumbledown type of castle than the bigger ones like Warwick Castle that have been turned into something reminiscent of Disney. It’s usually a lot quieter and although Goodrich is well looked after, there are plenty of parts that are more untouched and actual ruins which I love taking photos of.

 

In we go….

With my love of things mediaeval, it seemed quite fitting to be wearing an ornate velvet dress here!

I’m always a big fan of embroidery so I adore the details on the balloon sleeves too.

Hello down there…

It was pretty cold on the top of the castle! I did have a giant, snuggly teddy coat with me – which definitely isn’t the most flattering item in the world, but it was so freezing I didn’t care and I was flinging it on and off in between pictures – halfway round I’d gone completely numb so it wasn’t so bad then!

I really love the rich blue of the velvet dress, I always like jewel toned colours and it feels so soft and lovely!

I think I’m going to get a ton of wear out of this dress, it’ll be perfect for the Spring and is going to look lovely with a biker jacket or a cream faux fur gilet over the top…in the meantime it has to stay under a giant coat!

 The dress looks great with a belt to bring in the waist too, but I was a bit worried it would go too short for going up and down castle steps if I’d done that on this day!

 

Time to leave and rejoin the 21st Century 😉


Thanks again to Shein for sending me my lovely dress – if you like embroidered or floral pieces, which is still going to be a strong trend for the rest of this year, take a look at their site as they have thousands of great options!

 

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  1. January 16, 2018 / 11:28 am

    What gorgeous pictures and that dress is so cute! I love the colour of it and the embroidery is so pretty, definitely going to have a look at the website its from.

    • January 16, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much, yes the embroidery is stunning and it’s lovely to have something that you can wear now and right through into the Spring and early Summer!

  2. Linda Davis
    January 16, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Such a lovely location Tiff and as always you look stunning. Loving the beautiful deep blue colour of the velvet dress😃
    and the cuddly coat, I bet you needed it 👍I shall be looking at their website Thankyou lots of love and hugs 😘xxxxxxx

    • January 16, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Lin, it was a really nice setting for the photos and yes I really did need that big fluffy coat, it was freezing! There are lots of lovely things on their website – if you are taken with anything check the sizing because every single item is different xx

  3. January 16, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Your photos are stunning! I’m always amazed at how old buildings can be in Europe. It just doesn’t compute that something could be like 700 years old when you live in a country that’s under 250. I know it’s silly, but I think it’s so incredible!

    • January 16, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you! Yes aren’t we lucky in Europe with the history we have -although I absolutely love the States and there are so many places I want to visit there!

  4. Nicci
    January 16, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I love this dress the colour is amazing!!

    • January 16, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you! The blue was what made me fall for it, they have it in green as well which is lovely.

  5. January 16, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Your pictures give me such wanderlust!! I’m with you, I love the tumbledown castles. And the blue velvet is mesmerizing!

    • January 16, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you it was a really cute place to visit and yes I love the blue of the dress, lovely vibrant colour to brighten up the grey winter!

  6. January 16, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    My goodness lovely, how did you survive the cold?! I would freeze immediately, you’re very brave! That dress of yours is gorgeous, however what I’d steal even more happily would be your coat!!! It’s seriously a dream! <3 Needless to say, the castle looks amazing (so serene!) and I really love your editing so well done you! Xxx

    • January 16, 2018 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you it was so bloody cold! I have numerous outtakes where I’m grimacing and shivering 😂 My teddy coat saved the day though…and thank you for the kind words about my editing, I feel like I have found my colour style now 💗

  7. January 19, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Your photos are so great, I love the medieval theme here and that dress is amazing!

  8. January 19, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    What a cool setting!! I also like how you paired the dress to make it more Winter friendly… it’s so cold around my part of the world. Still stunned by the amazing backdrop!

  9. Emma
    January 19, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Such pretty pictures!

  10. January 19, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    These photos (and your blog itself!) are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing spot with us! Now, did you put a filter on these photos to make the building fir your brand colors, or was it just THAT perfect of a fit?! 🙂

    • January 19, 2018 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much! The castle did have pinkish red undertones but I edit my photos in Lightroom so you can enhance them…. I’ve only recently got my editing exactly how I wanted it so these were actually the first lot of pictures to have the new style… which makes it even nicer to hear you like the why I’ve done it! 🖤

  11. January 19, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Love the outfit and the castle is perfection!

  12. January 20, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    This looks like an amazing trip! I love medieval too! Medieval fairs are my favorite!

  13. January 20, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    The castle looks amazing and whilst the dress is nice the coat’s my fave. Looks so warm and snuggly.

  14. January 21, 2018 / 1:52 am

    Love all your pictures and your outfits are so pretty. I am glad you had an amazing time, I would live to visit this place.

  15. January 21, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Wow, the castle looks stunning. Amazing to think of everything that’s gone on over the years within those walls. Love your dress too, the blue suits you.

  16. January 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Love the photos. Tiffany, you are always so put together, everywhere you go!

    • January 24, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Haha that’s very kind of you – I’m not sure you’d say that if you saw me writing in my pyjamas 👍😂😂

  17. January 22, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    i love castles! and this one looks stunning. your jacket is also super cute and looks so cozy

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