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Monday 28 July 2014

An Afternoon at Upton House / Lavish Alice Oxblood Co-ord

All Items Linked Below - Top: c/o Lavish Alice. Skirt: c/o Lavish Alice. Sunglasses: Prada. Shoes: Kurt Geiger.

Hello All!

How are we today? Well I hope!

So, the other day I paid a visit to the the home of Lord and Lady Bearsted, otherwise known as Stately Home, Upton House. It's no longer their home, clearly... if it was, they probably wouldn't have let me in. Luckily for the public, the marvellous sandstone creation was eventually handed on to The National Trust for the likes of us to enjoy, and I'm very glad they did. How else am I going to pretend I'm in Downton Abbey?

I spent the afternoon wondering around the 1930s-style house, roaming the gardens whilst admiring the impressive cedar trees, and pretending not to be out of breath after walking up and down the terrace a few times (there are a lot of steps..ok?) We also ate a considerable amount of cake, which is in my opinion a necessity when visiting a National Trust Property. I think it might even be the law. The garden is incredible when in bloom, but the house itself is a treasure trove of art, vintage furniture, silverware and porcelain, carpets and a multitude of interesting objects  it's like stepping back in time!

Regarding my outfit for the occasion, I saw the visit as a perfectly timed chance to wear and photograph this charming co-ord from Lavish Alice. I'm very impressed with it - it's well cut and fits flatteringly, which is exceedingly important when one plans to, what's a nice way to phrase this... scoff lots of cake. Not only does the skirt move beautifully, but the co-ord kept me perfectly cool all day and in my humble opinion, looking rather stylish too (I try!). In fact, one of the curators of the house even told me I was 'looking elegant', fancy being told that in the house of an actual lord and lady. I'll take that. I could be a happy lady, I'm sure. Lady Arabella. Seems legit...

(Oh, and I'll admit - despite being an avid heel wearer, I admit I changed into flat shoes after the photographs. Thin, pointy heels and lawn do not mix...)

And here's what I'm wearing!


  1. Lavish Alice's aw14 is amazing isnt it? And highclere (actual downton abbey) is less than an hour from oxford! You look amazing as per x


  2. stunnning!

  3. You look lovely :) it seems like a really intriguing place, would really like to live there!


  4. You look stunning, and what a fabulous place to visit!

    Ana x


  5. What lovely photos! This outfit really just sums up your style too :)


  6. That co-ord is such a beautiful colour. You look amazing! xx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

  7. I agree with him, you certainly look elegant in these photos, and I reckon you would in the flats swell! This is such a nice colour on you, I'm off to stalk the Lavish Alice website xx

  8. Oxblood has to be one of my favourite AW14/15 colours. I love how rich and deep of a colour it is :) X

  9. What a gorgeous house! I always wonder how fashion bloggers walk around in those crazy heels all day! The secret's out! I normally challenge myself to go the whole day and end up with severe blisters. Not pretty.

    Katie <3

  10. Ah you look absolutely stunning! The deep red is so your colour!

  11. I love every outfit of yours! The olaces you get to visit make me very jealous too!


  12. This probably sounds so weird, but you could be a Disney princess hahah - your style is just so classy and beautiful! x


  13. These are such lovely pictures Arabella, you look lovely :) This co-ord is so cute and classy! The gardens and house look so beautiful I definitely need to make a visit here at some point in the future! xx

  14. Gorgeous outfit, you look beautiful and the stately home looks amazing :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo.


  15. The place looks beautiful! And I love your outfit! You do look very elegant! X


  16. Ooooh this two piece is just delicious, you look amazing!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Fashion Blog

  17. I love your gorgeous blog missy. Followed you on twitter so I can stay up to date :)


  18. The co-ord is beautiful I love the back of the top! SO pretty.
    Daniella x



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