Monday, 17 February 2014

sunsets, picnics and valentine's day

valentine pink a 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.

valentine pink g valentine pink h 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. valentine pink b 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. valentine pink c 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? valentine pink d 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... valentine pink j valentine pink i valentine pink e 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 valentine pink f

16 comments:

Glazed Over said...

I so envy that in your corner of the world, you celebrate Valentine's Day in Summer weather! Looks like you thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

xo Glazed Over

Amber Jade said...

Sounds like you guys had a dreamy evening! Love your dress :)

Amber Jade
Fairytales and Following Trails
http://fairytalesandfollowingtrails.blogspot.com.au/

Modern June Cleaver said...

Such a sweet little Valentine's Day celebration! And that dress is beautiful!

Amanda
http://junebugsandgeorgiapeaches.blogspot.com/

JD Smith said...

Sounds like a dreamy Valentine's Day outing! :) Can't even imagine what V Day would be like without the freezing cold! :)
Adorable dress! The rose bud design reminds of a Sanderson fabric, so delicate and beautiful!
xxx
http://diasway.blogspot.co.uk

suze2000 said...

How lovely. One of the things I like to do at this time of year is a sunset picnic at the beach on a hot day. The light lasts until 8ish and because the sun's going down it's not too fierce. Very lovely.

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

looks like you had a lovely time :)

beate grigutsch said...

aww!
sounds really romantic!
i love picnics of every kind, and around here we have the perfect landscape. but what i really miss is sushi - in a circle of 40km is no possibility to get some....

The Dainty Dolls House said...

It looked wonderful doll, I think the outside place is much better than in a restaurant, easier to enjoy each other's company :) Your dress is stunning xx

Sarah said...

I love that you are enjoying yourself so much!
Living in the moment, enjoying the moment, drinking it all in!
Those "firsts" together are always a bit more "special" after you get married, and it's fun to celebrate them!
This post put a smile on my face!

Hugs!

Jennifer Rainey said...

What a perfect evening! That sounds just delightful (especially the surprise Beatles and Diana Ross!). Also, you look gorgeous; I love your nails!

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!
Jenny

matilda in wonderland said...

your dress is adorable & your pic nic looks so nice *v*

Georgiana said...

I just love the embroidery on your blouse, I also admire your hairdo. Must go through your blog, just discovered it :)

Rachel Kaye Estelle said...

I would so love to have been able to celebrate Valentine's Day away from this snow!

esme and the laneway said...

Glazed Over : we were lucky it wasn't too hot but I'd celebrate it in winter over summer any day! And we did, very much :)



suze2000 : yes, best time to be at the beach!

Sarah : so true! xxx

Jennifer Rainey : yes they added a certain something, and it was good!

Georgiana : welcome! x

Rachel Kaye Estelle: I would swap you in a flash!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Gorgeous! You're as a pretty as rose in these sweet, feminine shades of my all-time favourite colour (pink!).

♥ Jessica

Miss Emmi said...

I love the nails! Your celebration seems low key and intimate, very lovely.

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