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)

Wedding Guest – Culotte Jumpsuit

I spent the weekend in St Albans for my cousins wedding.

My cousin studied fashion at university so I knew her wedding would be beautiful, and it really exceeded my expectations. I wanted to wear something beautiful too, but couldn’t find anything until the last minute. This next culotte jumpsuit is everything I wanted from a wedding guest outfit. Fitted around the waist, loose in the leg to really show of curves.

Accessorised with a few heavy pieces to keep the balance. A woollen trench coat to balance the nude heels and a black Stella McCartney clutch.

I wore

Jumpsuit – Next

Bag – Stella McCartney

Coat – Marks & Spencer

Shoes – New Look

Necklace – Kate Spade

This was truly one of the most magical days of the year and am so happy to have been able to celebrate such happiness and love in my family, welcome Tom x

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The Addams Family Musical | Opening Night

When you’re an Addams *click click*

I am a theatre fanatic, for years my grandma would take me to a show for my birthday of Christmas. I’ve seen so many adaptations, musicals and plays and have loved them each individually. Some have left me with questions and others have left tears in my eyes.

On the 18th July Poppy and I headed to The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to sit and be sung to by Wednesday, Puglsey, Gomez, Morticia and the whole Addams family. We ran in a storm to The Mayflower foyer and up in the lift to out seat in the circle. We were middle of the stage with a perfect view. There was a storm in the Addams family so it felt real.

The Addams Family musical will leave you wanting to raid your Halloween costume box for outfit inspo right away. I need to wear my ‘witch please’ earrings right now.

(Poppy and I after the show)

The plot was exactly what you want from a musical. Strange girl meets normal boy and their families meet over dinner. Family dynamics are tested and hilarity ensues. It’s like you or I meeting your boyfriends family but amped up 100%.

In alot of musicals I’ve seen have filler songs. Songs added to the score to fill space, that don’t add to the story. But the Addams family wasn’t like that, I really felt every song had a purpose and a place in the story. Questions were explained in song. Festers solo song was very beautiful and unexpected. The ensemble cast were hilarious and I think on stage nearly 100% of the time. I’m a fashion student though and though so looked at each characters costume in detail thoughtout the performance. I love costumes because they say who the character is even before they start to speak. (SPOILER: the moon’s costume is incredible)

I love watching It’s Way Past My Bedtime which is Carrie Hope fletchers youtube channel, if you didn’t know already she plays Wednesday. She’s truly and amazing singer and watching her belt live is amazing, the whole theatre was silent just in awe of her. I can’t sing like her so can’t give any critique but let me tell you, she’s amazing. Her Wednesday costume was so intricate and that corset. How can she sing in a corset?

When ever I go to the theatre I always get a program, and i tuck it safely into my little box of souvenir brochures. It’s the perfect keepsake. I thought I’d share with you my favourite page. Just look at Lurch!!! Look at him. One of the characters, who got the most laughs and after the final bow, came out of character and gave a little something something to the applauding audience.

 

Go see The Addams Family musical if you can. It’s at The Mayflower until the 29th then it goes to Cardiff. It’s totally worth it. website here 

Have you seen The Addams Family yet?

 

Floral Congratulations

My love for flowers came from my mum. Ever since I can remember she has had flowers in our house. decorating our coffee table, kitchen and fireplace with colourful blooms. We’ve both spent years giving and receiving flowers as gifts for our loved ones. They are personal and unique and have a lot of meaning.

I have an occasion to give the gift of flowers in my family because I’m going to be an aunty again. Im going to have a niece which makes me so overwhelmend with excitement, I’m so happy my family is growing. The lovely people at Prestige Flowers (voted #1 for next day flower delivery and Review Florist UK Editor’s Choice) kindly sent me one of the New Baby flower bouquets and a few little extras to give to my nieces’ mum.

They look so so beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with them. Unfortunately the daises did suffer a little in transit but all the other flowers look beautiful so you don’t really notice. In the bouquet you get bouvardia, peach roses, spray roses, stallion chrysamthemums, carnations and germinis and a little pink elephant. All very girlie and pink and perfect for a congratulations present. Also a little care note which tells you everything you need to know about looking after your flowers and how to preserve their longevity. Which for me is super handy because I’m more of a go with the flow kinda girl when it comes to my flower care.

When you order, you get the option of add ons which I of course got. A cute little grey penguin plushy a vase, a free box of chocolates and a little personalised note.

To find the bouquet go here. or you know copy and paste ( https://www.prestigeflowers.co.uk/new-baby-flowers?top_nav )

I wore

blouse (similar here and here )

jeans – Primark

Amelia XO.

p.s. bouquet was a gift from Prestige Flowers, I views are my own.

Bloggers Who Brunch Networking

I popped in to London this past weekend to spend some time with the Bloggers Who Brunch people run by the lovely Kirby.

I got the tube from Sloane Square  to our event space in North(?) London, and had chats with Katie from LexiLife and Katherine McMorran who is an amazing photographer. We talked about what apps to edit photos on how to set up your camera to get a blur background and how to feel confident on You Tube. We mingled “networked” ate popcorn and learnt a little more about creating content for our channels and blogs.

The views from our event space were amazing, The Shard, St Pauls and the BT  tower. 3 landmarks in one view!

event space – breather.com

Wood flooring, abstract artwork and pink L shaped sofas. That’s my kind of event space, with roof top view. I’d love to be able to live here.

I made friends with a few ladies and we all went for lunch at Meat Liquor in the North and it was an experience. I had the stranded burger and a root beer which were both delicious. The decor was everyday Saw 2 vibes. There were TV screens with mixed up images on, and cctv of the dining area and your food came on metal trays and your tables were metal. It was an immersive first time experience into Meat Liqour. I’d definitely go back and take my BF.

Story time: I nipped to the loo after lunch and get burst in on. Which of course made me scream. Yet the chap that did the bursting in on left me with the door open. I have the most nerve wracking pee of my life. Then i accidentally threw my oyster card in the bin and dropped my ring down the tube escalator. I mean could I have been any more of a mess? Find Meat Liqour here there are loads all over London.

It wouldn’t be The Curly Haired Girl without an outfit update post. There is a reason this space is a ‘style and life blog’, Style comes first. I of course wore my new favourite jacket. If you follow me on Instagram ( you all really should @ameliaboswell) you would have seen this look already, with the added extra of my Primark sunnies.

Jacket – Vintage || dress – Tesco || shoes – Next || Bag – Carara Designs || Sunglasses – Primark || Earrings where a gift

thanks to Natoya from Juanitalikes for the outfit shots.

Vintage Leather Peacoat

Hi, long time no see.

Sorry about that, but anyway have you been watching Girl Boss on Netflix? It’s a loose story telling of the rise of Nasty Gal and I love it. The clothes are heaven and it’s really a captivating story. In true Girl Boss ( Sophia) spirit, myself and a few of my gal pals from university went charity shop hopping. The first shop we stumbled upon was a British Red Cross and I sniffed out this gorgeous tan leather peacoat within the first few seconds. I flung it on and twirled in front of the mirror then twirled to the cash desk and it was all mine, for £5. £5!!

The photos of this look were taken in the water fountains at Southampton’s new Watermark. I was getting splatted by all the water, hence the face pulling.

I controversially style the peacoat with black and I love the look. My trusted black boots that make my legs look miles long and my most precious mini dress. (It’s the dress I met my boy friend in and I wear it every anniversary) To tie in the tan a little more I dug out my ‘seen better days’ Dooney and Bourke bumble bee barrel bag. I think it got water damaged years ago so the black leather has gone grey but it’s mine and I could never replace it. To finish (the cherry on top) are my fan earrings, given to me by a family friend.

I wore

dress – H! Henry Holland | boots – Topshop | Jacket – Vintage | earrings – gifted | Bag – Dooney and Bourke

Thanks for reading, see you soon

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.

Luminate Southampton and Thaikhun

I met up with two girls from my class for a little ‘not quite’ Christmas lunch. I ended up in the new Watermark building in Southampton. Not everything is open yet so we went for something new, Thaikhun which is an awesome  Thai street food place, with the nicest staff and the tastiest food. We went for a bucket of  Full Moon cocktail.

The inside is bright and rustic with a clear view of the kitchen, wooden floors and walls created smaller eating areas for a cozy dining experience.

My Ka Nom Jeeb Moo & Gong (prawn and pork Dumplings) add the chilli sauce that is on your table, you won’t be disappointed.

Poppy went for the Por Pia Tord pak ( veg spring rolls)

Amy had the Goong Choop Pang Tord ( Tempura prawns)

We devoured our starters wanting to share but not being able to because of the veggie. We moved onto the main course.

I had the chicken and cashew curry with jasmine rice. The right amount of spice blended with the creamy nuts and sweet veg.

I think is the chicken with pepper and garlic.

Poppy went for the red Thai curry with tofu. She did find too spicy, but they were more then happy to make her a lighter version.

We chatted and laughed before getting the bill and heading into the night.

As we walked back along the wall we were greeted with a crescendo that made us jump as high as our full stomachs would allow. The Wall in southampton was ablaze. Images danced across the stones depicting the birth and rise of Southampton.

Thank you for reading.

Thank you Poppy and Amy for being the kindest and funniest girls i know, and for accepting that I will want to take photos of the food you are about to eat. See you in 2017

Love Amelia, XO