Dorset Wine Festival

 

Dorset Wine Festival – 10 Castle Street

This is the first wine festival that Dorset have done and I was so happy to be able to witness it first hand. You pay your £36 ticket fee. ’35 quid!’ i hear you cry, yes but you get to drink pretty much as much wine as you can. I found a cheeky little discount code and took full advantage of it, because I am a student.

I’ll be the first to say know nothing about wine. Apart from I like reds more then white and sparking, but couldn’t tell you what regions I prefer of what grape is best.

We were given little glasses to try samples and a que card to take notes and to use our drink tokens. Ever the good student, I took notes but they got more incoherent as the day progressed.

We were in the grounds of 10 Castle Street which is a members only hotel, restaurant, bar but you can be a guest. I’ve wanted to see 10 Castle for about a year and only got a glimpse of the entry hall and bar, which were both perfectly decorated, but I would have loved to have been shown around.

Little marquees and spittoons were set up either side of the water feature, with all the wine vendors sheltering from the sun in the marquees. We started on the wine sparking side of the lawn. We sampled a German white from Philip Lang, and progressed down the Ardor. We got chatting to the merchant who chatted about how Ardor was made, the process of labelling the bottles the very impressive stand they were serving from. Ardor is the wine made from the same people who run The Larderhouse which is a restaurant in East Dorset with a unique bar. Which I really want to go to and will be going with H soon.

We explored the whole festival and found the Mother Ukers performing and the marquee where wine talks were going on, art sections to design the new label for 10 Castle Streets wine.

Having ticked off a few wine tokens we headed to the far field for some fuel. We chose the  Growler food truck and got sweet potato fries which were delicious. I went for mayo and H had ketchup.

After refuelling we headed back for more wine tasting. One of the stands was a lady talking about needing all your senses working to really appreciate wine. We were given nose clips to show how effected you can be by not having a sense working while tasting things. You can actually go on courses about wine tasting which is something I’d really love to do. To actually be able to talk about wine rather then saying it tastes delicious. We were told that if you eat the right food you can really have which ever wine you like, you just have to know what it goes will with.

We caught the last section of the South African talk about wine. Their vineyards are in Franschhoek where they talked about rain fall, struggles of growing a vineyard. Holden Manz had a merlot which was one of my favourites of the whole day. Here we are with 2 of the 3 People from South African wineries.

We worked our way around to a very friendly guy who told us that there was a wine he had called Bonkers, which we of course tried and loved. Everything he recommended we loved and he’d only tried everything that day. I felt really on the same page with him yet he knew what he was talking about.

I really hope that they host the Dorset Wine Festival again because it was really interesting learning about wine, I feel like I know a bit more then i did at the start. Next time I’d like to book lunch.

I hope this inspired you to come to the next wine festival, I’ll surely be going again.

 

Lace and Glen Plaid

Getting a cute jacket is one thing, then finding out it’s one of the key pieces for this season is a whole other kettle of fish. I got this jacket purely because it was cute and I love a jacket. Glen Plaid ( Prince of Wales) is all over the blogosphere at the moment and I couldn’t be happier.

I knew that this victorian inspired blouse would be the perfect fit with this look. Really bringing out the 70’s elements, which I am all about. Finally added my mums hand-me-down of a vintage Calvin Klein faux fur bag.

I wore this look to the Dorset Wine Festival at 10 Castle Street, which I’ll tell you all about soon. Thank you for reading.

I wore

Jacket – LOTD

Blouse – Cable and Gauge

Jeans – Primark

Bag – Calvin Klein

Boots – (alternative)

Introduction to Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard Remedies

I’ve been focusing in on creating a skincare routine and have compiled a few pieces. My last post about L’Occitane was the first step and the second is Neal’s.

I was on my way to Frome when mum said there was a Neal’s Yard factory store on our route so we stopped into the store and bought a whole bunch of stuff.

We tried the infused tea and lemonade then perused the shelves for goodies.

Mum bought a bag full of hand cream and I of course got face stuff because I want to stay looking 23 for as long as possible. I picked the Orange Flower Facial oil, a Be Lovely Bath and Shower Gel, an Orange Flower Facial Wash  and a few other bits.

I really love the vibe of Neal’s, the lady behind the counter really talked with passion about the products and answered my questions and I learnt a little too. Apparently Neal’s use blue bottles to preserve to products the blue deflects the sun so Neal’s don’t have to add preservatives into their products.

I’m really sold on Neal’s and can’t wait to have glowing skin.

Have you guys tried Neal’s? What’s your favourite product? what should I get next?

I wore

Pink Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Primark

Denim Jacket – Baum und Pferdgarten

Shoes – Next

Bag – Vintage

 

Amelia xxx

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Details: Metallic Hair Clips

Did you ever wear bright coloured clips in your hair when you were younger? I know I did, I think I still have them. But I feel that 23 is just a little two old to be wearing glittery pink butterflies or dangly beads in my hair. I found the prefect alternative and wore them in my hair while out with my mum for the day.

We walked around Ashley Cross in Poole. Which looks like a little stars hollow and stopped for a piece of cake at The Dancing Moose

A tea and a coffee with millionaire shortbread to share

Back to the Clips –

I braided my hair like normal and pushed them into the twists and there you have it. They are still add that element of fun but with a little more sophistication. The different metals are so chic. To finish I added my Purple shades, I felt like i was giving off Anastacia vibes and I loved it.

Clips – Oliver Bonas || Purple shades – Romwe Available in pink and yellow

Thank you for reading

Amelia XO.

Valentines Day Burger | Bournemouth

Valentines day 17 burger lunch with Hayden at 7 Bone in Bournemouth. 7 Bone holds a special place for him and I. It’s one of our celebration places, I think the first Valentines with him is cause for celebration.

This sleeveless blouse is covered in palm leaves and it’s prefect. Paired with the usual black jeans and a hoodie, Bournemouth is COLD! More black with the patent loafers and made a little special with an ear cuff

The best type of valentines day ootd.

Blouse – Kaliko (dress)

Jeans – New Look

Hoodie – Hayden’s (Either Topshop or Burton)

Ear Cuff –  Topshop

Nail Polish – Re:So

Christmas Tree and Table 16

I traveled home from university to send some time with my family over the Christmas holiday. I’ve really missed them while I’ve been at uni and haven’t really felt the Christmas  spirit, that all changed with this beauty of a tree. Mum really out did herself this year. Normally we have a very clean looking tree with only matching baubles but this time was different we had butterflies, ribbons, crystal snowflakes, Disney macaroons and even a few ballerinas.

I sent my boyfriend off to work this morning, and have had a very low key Christmas without him. The rest of us had our dinner cooked by my dad. Mum, Grandma and myself washed everything up after. This year we went for a purple and white table decorations. Did you see last years post about our Christmas table here?

Crystals even made it onto the table, the best cranberry sauce I’ve even eaten was there too. Tesco finest with lingonberry, it’s super rich and full of flavour.

The red cabbage matched the place mats ! How perfect for a little flat lay. Dad per request made brussels with bacon and bread crumbs because that’s the only way I like them.

Then we lazed around in the lounge opening presents and listening to Christmas tunes.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas day or what ever you decided to celebrate or not. I’m looking forward to bringing you a few other posts I have up my sleeve before the new year so stay tuned.

Love Amelia, XO.

Winter Ball

The Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce hosted a Winter Wonderland Ball. My parents have been to a few balls but this year i wanted to go, so we booked a table and started hunting for dresses.

The Winter Wonderland Ball was held at the Cumberland Hotel – Bournemouth 

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I forwent the traditional dessert of Christmas pudding and custard for a chili and chocolate cheesecake, which was delicious. Followed by a cheese board and coffee.dsc_0034 dsc_0035 dsc_0037 dsc_0038 dsc_0039 dsc_0040

I wore

Dress –  Dessy – Similar

Shoes – New Look ( Old)

Clutch – TK-Maxx ( Valentino )

Jewellery – Why Similar 

Thank you for reading,

Amelia, XO.

Vintage jacket in Athelhampton

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Around Christmas time Dorset comes to life with fairs and events all over the county. Dorset Food and Drink came to Athelhampton House. We wandered the tents looking for Dorsetshire foods and drinks. All the stall holders were locals showing off their craftsmanship. We ate artisan marshmallows, sausage rolls, sampled some alcohol. We tried a “chimney cake” or Kürtőskalács, it was so delicious.

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After fuelling up we headed into the gardens to explore.

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I wore

Jeans – New Look

Boots – Deichmann

Top – old similar 

Jacket – similar 

Bag – here

Scarf – old similar

Harry Paye Day 2016

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Harry Paye day is an annual event held on Poole Quay every year on the 18th June, but I’ve only been this year. You dress up as a pirate and have a laugh with your friends while you raise some money for local charities.

I pulled on my boots and bandana and dashed to meet my friend before everything finished. I made it just in time to watch the last band play and eat an ice-cream.

It’s amazing that you can pull a costume together with a tan belt, lose shirt, knee high boots and a bandana.

Bandana – Similar 

boots – similar 

jeans – New Look

coat – Long Tall Sally

belt – Similar and beautiful

shirt – Topshop  similar, similar 

bag – Calvin Klein  similar  (sale)

Thanks for reading The Curly Haired Girl!

Love, Amelia xx.

70’s Stripes

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My outfit looked so much better without my Long Tall Sally coat, but I knew that I needed it for walking around Poundbury. English weather is unpredictable to say the least. The last time I came to Poundbury there were half the building there are now, which is super odd.  DSCN1651 DSCN1650 DSCN1649 DSCN1661 DSCN1666 DSCN1667

We stopped into my favourite shop Cherryade

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They are ‘purveyors of super lovely things’ which is exactly what the store is filled with. I want everything they have. The framed art and home-wear are my favourites. Find them online here

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Trying to hide from the rain we ducked in and out of shops, and looking at all the pretty houses. We found a little cafe around the corner from Yard, called Bramble.

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The 70’s shirt is a H&M find that has been on the blog before. I just love the colour and the flowing sleeves. This time I took of the belt as went for a relaxed look.

I wore

shirt – H&M alternatives – here, here, here

jeans – New Look

shoes – Next (similar)

coat – Long Tall Sally (similar)

bag – Lulu Guinness

necklace- Kate Spade

Thank you for reading.

Amelia, XO!

Thanks Hayden for the photos 😉