Friday, 29 April 2011

Strawberries and Cream




Dear Blogging World,
Meet my pale, slightly bruised, a little insect-bitten English legs. Yes, Today I finally decided to get them out. It's a rare beautiful day here and I just thought "bugger it! I'll do it!" My legs are far from my favourite feature. I was not blessed, unfortunately, with long skinny legs, but kinda short, stubby ones. When you start dance classes at the age of 2, you kinda miss out on the opportunity for skinny legs. I've spent my whole life hating my muscley carves, but they're the result of a lot of dancing and hard work and I love dancing. I danced consistently from being 2 to being 13 and got back into it properly at University. It will always be the one thing that makes me feel completely happy and free.



I was actually reading the rather fabulous Luella's Guide to English Style and the fabulous Luella Bartley said...
"English girls have the best legs. They may be slightly pasty, occasionally a bit scuffed and can veer towards the large in the calf, but this is all a cause for celebration."
And today is definitely a day like no other to celebrate being British!!



Yes, I was a good British girl and got up at 4.50am to watch the wedding. It made me very homesick but very happy to be British. As much as I love the States and have no doubt in my mind that it'll be here that I will end up living in the future, I do love being British. Being British and living in the States is pretty awesome. I have a terrible fear of moving out here and losing my accent though!! But yep, I did get up to watch the wedding and I was crazy about Kate's dress. So glad she chose a British designer and glad she chose McQueen. Who doesn't love McQueen?! I was actually dressed in this tshirt this morning, but this beautiful dress arrived yesterday and I just couldn't resist!!

Action shot!!


This dress is the perfect dress. Coral, polka dots, and a bow. It's beautiful. It went perfectly with my new coral lipstick too. I know the tennis shoes were a little of an unusual choice, but I felt so cute and British in this dress (I would definitely go for High Tea in this!) that I thought white pumps were a perfect little addition. If you're not from the UK, you probably don't love these type of shoes as much as we do. I remember when I wrote my Modern Staples post for College Fashion a lot of people were like "eh? Canvas pumps?" but they're kinda a big thing at home, especially with tights. They kinda have that laid back coolness of brogues without being too classy. They're very Top Shop.


dress- boohoo
shoes- new look


And seeing as I got my legs out, here's another first; a picture of me smiling. With teeth. This may be the first. picture. ever. since I was about 12 of me actually smiling. I don't know what it is, I just hate the way my face looks when I smile with my teeth!! But today I was just so happy to be frolicking outside in the sun that this is a genuine smile!! Sorry this post is so photo-heavy by the way- this is one of my favourite shoots I've ever done!!


Well I'd better get back to my homework!! Pretty chilled weekend I think, but I have a party tomorrow with a couple of friends that should be fun. The theme is Pokemon or Hipster so I'm going as Misty from Pokemon and Erick is going as a hipster. I have a yellow tank top and denim shorts, I just need to get hold of some red braces (or "suspenders" as Erick corrected me, I told him they were something very different!!) or some ribbon and my costume will be complete!!
Have a great day and if you have sunshine, go enjoy it!!

Charlotte xxx

16 comments:

  1. I'm not british and my legs are exactly like yours, really pale! Don't worry about that! I'm trying to don't give it much thought, I'm pale so what? :)

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  2. Cute dress! Your legs are nice and i see nothing wrong with them! Lol...i have a weird thing with knees...so i understand!
    xx
    Hot Pink Day

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  3. Love the dress! You're legs are nice, nothing is wrong with them at all! I have short/stubby legs, I would like mine too look as muscular as yours!

    xxx

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  4. lovely dress, totally something i would get!! at least YOU are expected to be pale, trying living in australia where everyone is nicely golden and im this pasty girl in the corner of the beach with a giant brolly haha!! its ok though, i dont mind being pale (mostly). i love white tennisy shoes too, very cute.

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  5. love the dress, you've reminded me of the tennis shoes i have in my uni wardrobe, i forgot how cute they look with summer outfits!

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  6. I have the worst legs. Scars all over them, always a few bruises, and rather size-able calfs! You look great though Charlotte! I didn't stay true to my roots and watch the wedding, even though it was 7 o'clock at night here in Korea... I was teaching ^^

    xxx

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  7. You look so cute! That dress is amazing, and it really looks great in the sunshine! You look so happy too, I really love your genuine smile in these =D
    xxx

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  8. Aww this is such a pretty look! That dress really is quite fabulous, great colour and print. Im glad you were out enjoying the sunshine!
    Your legs are great, mine are just as pale. And muscular legs are gorgeous, muscles are great!!
    xJennaD

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  9. You look so pretty when you smile with your teeth! I always love your outfits and today is no exception!

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  10. Ahhhh I love Pokemon themed parties!! I guess because I've been playing the videoggames since I was like, what, seven?? haha One time I tucked my long dark hair into a cap and went as Ash!!

    Oh and I love the outfit!
    Your legs are lovely, no need at all to be self-conscious!

    :)
    xx

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  11. ok
    1) your legs are lovely. Beautiful legs come in all shapes and sizes, we don't need to all have legs like a baby deer. As a matter of fact, I used to hate and I mean HATE my legs up until I was 20 or something, but I haven't grown to love them until the past two years or so. And I have those skinny, long legs everyone seems to crave, but I always found (and still sorta do find) them to be too skinny and lacking softness. Everyone is way too hard on themselves :)

    2) your smile is just as gorgeous as your dress. Smile more! You have great teeth and a genuine, lovely smile!

    3) I'd love to see a picture of you with no make up, or a very small amount. I think your face is adorable and I'd love to see it all clean and young and girly! :D

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  12. I love this dress on you! What a great color!

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  13. Aw Charlotte you look so pretty with your proper smile :)
    Beautiful dress - how proud to be British on Friday, look forward to your return to the motherland! XXX

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  14. Such a cute dress! I'm with you on the slightly bruised legs... It's like I will bang into random objects and not notice and suddenly... mystery bruises!

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  15. I love the dress, your hair, your legs and the canvas sneaks make me weak in the knees. Love the sneakers and dress together.

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