Last Saturday I travelled on the train to Southampton to meet some lovely lady bloggers. Southampton was absolutely packed, but it was a really nice festive atmosphere (I reckon the German Christmas market helped!) After some frantic tweeting we met up outside the shopping centre, and then headed away from the the mass of people to Hepwrights, a lovely vintage clothes shop with the nicest owner, Catherine.
[last image from Sarah-Leigh]
The shop has an amazing array of clothes, from furs to fancy frocks, with jewellery shoes hats & bags (and a trumpet!) and each item had obviously been lovingly chosen, with playing cards used as price tags! (and the prices were reasonable, often in Brighton things are priced so ridiculously its a wonder people buy them!) The dress above is truly lovely, though not too sure about the ferret stole! If I wasn’t on a strict no spending anything at all ban I reckon I would’ve bought a few dresses!
We popped next door to a lovely little coffee shop, with some amazing decor, the lamp on the left is decorative, and I think made from half a banister, and on the right is made of book pages. I personally don’t think I could rip a book up, even for decoration, but it was lovely! I had a hot and spicy hot chocolate, which was the thickest gloopiest thing ever! I asked how it was made, and it had chocolate buttons melted in, with cinnamon and a tiny hint of chilli, it was amazing & I will be re creating it!
We strolled back towards the centre of town, had a look in a few shops and at the German market stalls and then headed to Bella Italia for dinner, where the man scolded us for not letting them know we were less than originally planned, then took the balloons off our table! Meany!
After dinner, pudding and a natter I headed home, but this mosaic in the train station of a ship was fairly impressive, but I bet most southamptonians shoot past without noticing it!
We chatted about all sorts of things, the strangest being escaping from prison…
[image from Sara-Leigh]
Everybody was perfectly lovely & I suggest you have a little look at their blogs and see if you find a new read! From left to right…
Sarah-Leighs Style Files (and her non bloggy but lovely friend!)
I wore a checked dress from Zara (you cant tell, but it is!) with spotty tights & a lacy body underneath for extra warmth.
I’m hoping we can do another one in the summer next year… it’s a lovely way to get to meet new people. My weekend of meeting internetters IRL continued on Sunday but I’m going to get stuck in to housework & dinner now so that’ll have to wait