As per this post on Valentine's Day makeup a couple of weeks ago, I went with pink – I don't think we need to be too original on this day! – but I did feel the need to change it up a little, and go with a creamier, redder lipstick, and swapped Lime Crime's pink Velvetine for the shinier Retrofuturist. It still worked with my pink vintage dress with the flower bud embroidery. However, my red tip nails had left behind the pink idea, but I am loving them – and they made a perfect colour match with these roses blooming in someone's front yard. At this point of summer, most of the grass you see is a bright yellow. It had an even stronger, stranger colour than usual as the weather had been so steamy, and the hazy sunlight made it almost glow. We went prepared with a blanket (and concerned comments from me that it had car oil on it from being stored in the boot) but there was a large, unoccupied bench and table under a tree. Much better than sitting on the ground, any day! It meant that we faced this rather lovely house, too, and could pretend we were in the English countryside. How amazing are those tall trees behind it? The idea had been that I would prepare our snackies but with the endless heat, we felt that takeaway sushi was a much better idea, and would work especially well with one of the bottles of Moet we had left from our wedding. Splishy sploshy, don't mind if I do... Cheers! We had a really wonderful evening, the sun going down – and no mosquito drop ins, amazingly – and a soundtrack provided by fellow park visitors who had brought a little stereo along, and were playing The Beatles and Diana Ross. We knew it was going to be a nice night but it was somehow even more special, and we had to stop ourselves from dancing on the table top and instead went for a swing in the park before the good walk – thankfully downhill – home. We were even treated to a blood red sun dipping in to the clouds – not the yellow here, it was too much for my camera! – and it felt like a very magical time of the year. Happy Valentine's Day! x
Monday, 17 February 2014
sunsets, picnics and valentine's day
Last Friday was Valentine's Day and as a newly married couple, John and I decided to actually go out and celebrate it. We wanted to keep it small and local and very much ours, and so we went for a walk to a local(ish) park for an evening picnic. Daytime picnics right now aren't great as the sun is too strong, but as the sun starts to set they're perfect. Romantic, even.