Saturday, 27 August 2016

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon...

English summertime picnic with flowers sceneYesterday, I remembered one of my all time favourite quotes by Henry James, ''Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.''  Having just returned from the beautiful city of Bruges (with its unusual 34°C temperature), I was fully anticipating a rainy welcome back to the UK.  However, to my surprise England is experiencing one final burst of heat and sunshine before waving goodbye to the season and welcoming the woolly jumpers.  So, armed with a ton of flowers I'd treated myself to that morning and some rather beautiful picnic accessories, it was time to appreciate the outdoors...
British summer picnic lifestyle blogger

Sass & Belle pastel coloured suitcases
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Utensils - Fortnum & Mason

Coloured glasses - John Lewis

Ice Bucket - Casa

Candles - Waitrose

Idyllic summertime picnic scene flowers
Ice bucket of flowers picnic scene
Fortnum and Mason's picnic rug
Nude buckle belt by Mulberry
I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point I decided everything looks better when flowers are involved.  With this in mind, I can't seem to go anywhere without returning with freshly cut flowers - my most recent discovery being gladioli; they never appealed to me before, and yet now they seem like the most beautiful thing on Earth!  Another discovery of late has been gift and homeware brand Sass & Belle.  I've seen various sweet accessories by Sass & Belle over recent years, however this is the first time I've explored their innovative items.  The trio of pastel coloured suitcases shown in this post are made of sturdy cardboard and fit inside one another - like a Russian doll.  Anything pastel coloured is good in my book (note the candles), and so these suitcases will no doubt be used on many future occasions; from idyllic picnic setups, to hiding bits-and-bobs before displaying on shelves.

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Trio of suitcases by homeware brand Sass & Belle
Elderflower cordial photography of bottlegreen
Estella Bartlett dainty unicorn necklace fashion bloggerLike I said, any inclusion of flowers sees my heart skip a beat, and so a floral print has - of course - found its way onto my person thanks to this blue and white number by Monsoon.  Although I very rarely find items to love by the brand during the colder months, there's no denying how utterly pretty their summer dresses can be!  I've broken up the print with a simple nude belt by Mulberry, and kept jewellery to a minimum, allowing the focus to land on the rose gold unicorn around my neck.  Hello, little legendary creature...  

Dress - Monsoon

Belt - Mulberry

Necklace - Estella Bartlett Rose Gold Unicorn

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Pretty blue and white tea dress by Monsoon
White Baby's Breath close up flower photography
The current heatwave seems to apply to more than just a couple of countries - and so I hope you're all enjoying the warmth!  Oh and thanks a million for all of your sweet birthday wishes over this past week; keep your eyes peeled for a 'Birthday in Bruges' travel diary coming soon!

Update: literally since posting this, the weather has broken and it's raining.  Ha!  Shall we laugh or cry?!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I like your blog, its really dope.
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  2. What gorgeous pictures. I love your dress as well.

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  3. great post :) Have a nice weekend :)

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  4. Those pastel suitcases are really cute! I'm glad you're enjoying the last few bursts of summer! The weather will probably go back and forth for all of September and a chunk of October for me before it finally settles down so I have a bit longer to go. Love your necklace too!

    -M

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  5. I agree, flowers make everything better. Even a sudden downpour. Hey, it means Christmas season is approaching.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  6. Gorgeous pictures. Loving the dress. The print is so pretty

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  7. So gorgeous ! Such a beautiful dress and picnic setup as well ! I have been wanting to have a nice picnic all summer but have yet to do so ! I need to get on it haha !

    XOXO
    Jess
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  8. Everything's so dainty, Gabriella! Imagining myself sitting beside you in that pretty space.......... xoxo

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  9. Beautiful post & outfit. Perfect things for a summer afternoon the party!

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  10. What a cute setup for a picnic, and such a lovely summer dress too! :) Enjoy your warmer weather while it lasts :)


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  11. #picnicgoals!!!

    I love the whole theme/colour scheme and the dress print is too pretty! I haven't seen coloured tea candles here, just the usual white ones ! :(

    Whitney| Macarons and Mischief

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  12. You look so beautiful, well actually, everything is. Stay lovely! :) Hope to hear from you soon! x

    Love, Airish
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  13. Great post, amazing pictures as well, I love this blog, love your adorable dress too, thanks for sharing, you look stunning!!!

    xxx

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  14. Wow, your blog is amazing! I love it! xx
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    Have a great day!

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  15. Such a lovely quote, and lovely that you embrace the last of summer with a picnic! Xx

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  16. Ooooh, this looks so dreamy. I wish summer could last forever :)
    Ivona from www.thesmokedetector.net
    xo

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  17. These kind of afternoons are the best! Everything is so pretty on these pictures!

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  18. Oh, those candles....they are so cute!

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  19. Such a beautiful picnic Gab! I like your floral outfit, the flowers and everything! And I love you how you captured every little details. :)

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  20. Such beautiful pictures! Love the picnic setting...Sass & Belle have some very cute things. And I absolutely adore your unicorn necklace. Have a great start to the week!
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  21. This is such a visually appealing post Gabrielle - I love the floaty, pastel colours here and the print on your dress is just gorgeous, and suits you beautifully! I am loving this final burst of sunshine we're getting in the UK at the moment, and I'm hoping it lasts for a couple of weeks at least. I bet Bruges was wonderful - all of the photos I've seen are just gorgeous. LOVE your unicorn necklace, so pretty, and the gladioli are just gorgeous - they're some of my favourite flowers too. My Mum had a bunch of them in the living room a couple of weeks ago. Sass & Belle are one of my favourites too, they make such cute cases! - Tasha

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  22. These are absolutely beautiful photos Gabrielle! I feel so peaceful and serene just looking at images of your afternoon.

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  23. looks so romantic and pretty! awesome dress!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  24. OMG, everything is so pretty and romantic!!! Lovely picnic accessories and your dress, darling, is amazing!!! *-*
    xoxo
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  25. What a pretty pastel picnic! (try saying that fast 3 times, lol)

    Lindsey
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  26. Go away rain! But you look stunning, and those little cases are adorable.

    Corinne x
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  27. oh Gabrielle! It is a delight to always stop by your beautiful blog, very pretty and inspiring pictures and of course you always look gorgeous! Happy birthday Bella my best wishes.
    Cant wait to see the pics from your birthday holiday.
    xx
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  28. You look amazing love! What a pretty picnic! The pictures are so beautiful!
    Much love, Pisa
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  29. The post is really amazing! I love the pictures :)

    What about following each other?

    Caro x

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  30. Summer afternoons... oh how I relish them and how sad I am that there are only a limited number of them left before next summer. Well you certainly know how to enjoy your summer afternoons Gabrielle! What a lovely spread and you're looking smashing as well :)

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  31. This is the most blissful summer afternoon Gabrielle and you make the most beautiful English rose! I absolutely adore your the pretty print of your dress, the most perfect attire for the loveliest 'noon for a picnic in the park <3

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  32. love the blue floral dress, flowers makes everything great right :) your pictures looks so refreshing <3

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  33. Happy birthday Gabrielle, you're such a sweet and lovely girl as seen in every post of yours and this one is not exception. The dainty and pretty blue dress is a cool and fun summer get-up exactly what we need on a very hot day. I love your picnic set-up too, very pretty and well-organised.

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  34. I totally with you on this that flowers make everything so beautiful and better. Beautiful clicks and post. Your neck-piece is too cute.
    Have a nice day !

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  35. The photos really capture the summer picnic atmosphere. Looks like the UK weather is still very nice? The dress is gorgeous.

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  36. Oh Gabrielle what a perfect scene, I have to agree with you on the flower thing. I love gladioli too at the moment. I have some small ones in my garden! That dress is absolutely beautiful. The print is just so pretty!

    Gemma x
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  37. I love theses pictures !
    So girly mood. i love your dress ! The print is so adorable.
    And the pique nique looks so nice. Such a good afternoon.
    xx,
    Margot
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  38. Everything is so beautiful Gabrielle - the flowers, the picnic accessories, your dress... everything! Really looking forward to seeing what you got up to in Bruges - I love it there! x

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  39. oooh that's so lovely ! And I love your dress, looks amazing on you ♡

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  40. That's one of my favorite quotes about summer too!! Love your dress and I'm jealous of your picnic!

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  41. love!!!
    xx
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  42. oh wow, such a pretty setting and so beautiful <3 I LOVE your photography , always so- perfect and every detail is pretty <3 the dress is just too cute <3
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  43. Beautiful, optimistic, outstanding pictures. :) Lovely post!

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  44. These photos really are beautiful Gabrielle and this post is a fantastic final ode to Summer! I have a beautiful necklace from Sass & Belle and I adore many of their home accessories so I definitely will be taking a look at their website now!

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  45. Such a beautiful look, very romantic and feminine. That picnic set-up is adorable.

    xo
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  46. Happy late birthday sweet Gabi! I'm glad that you had a day of sunshine before the rain! I am obsessed with this photoshoot! I agree about the flowers, they make everything better! The only thing that I don't like is that they die so fast, I wish they could last forever!

    Love, Ana

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  47. Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the little details from your jewelry to the napkins and tiny candles. Great post!

    Love, Lindsey
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  48. Those are two beautiful words...summer afternoon! Gorgeous blog, Gabrielle! Gladiolas are one of my favorite flowers! Lovely, lovely post! Hope you had a fantastic birthday!

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  49. A picnic is always fun in this gorgeous weather and those pastel shades are charming!

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  50. Everything is so pastel and lovely! Can I join you next time?

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

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  51. Your dress is so pretty! I love Monsoon. I love the sugared almond coloured tea lights too! Angharad x

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  52. I love picnics and your pics are always so gorgeous :) Can totally relate with the weather, its almost spring here and the past few days its been super sunny and now its starting to get cold again literally feels like fall lol.

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  53. Lovely post <3

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  54. Your pictures just keep getting better and better! Lovely shots.
    xx
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  55. Ohhhhhh this is so cute and so romantic ;) Your picnic is scandalously perfect...Green with envy...
    I'll keep an eye on your Birthday in Bruges :)

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  56. Oh, yes I love that quote from The Potrait of A Lady! Every time I read it, I can see Isabel approaching, enchanting her uncle and first cousin with her energy....Henry James was quite right, indeed those two words are among the nicest ones in the English language. For, doesn't this phrase 'summer afteroon' make us think of ease, peace, a cup of tea or lemonade, leisure, talks, relaxing and all those wonderful things?

    You look amazingly beautiful in that dress! I love its delicate floral print. Amazing jewellerly as well...that horse pendant is so lovely. Such a pretty setting! Like from some romantic novel.

    I enjoyed the warmth in the mountains this weekend, yes even 1000 meters up it was warm....I packed long sleeves and jackets but didn't wear them during the day. In Mostar it is more hot than warm:) and the temperatures are a bit extreme even for my liking ( I usually enjoy the high temperatures).

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  57. What an adorable picnic?! I love how light and airy everything looks!

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  58. So pretty! I love the baby blue and floral dress. The candles are super cute!

    XO Jenn
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  59. Oh my, everything about this post is so dreamy and perfect! Love all the colours and I love how serene it feels! Great sharing Gabrielle <3

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  60. Aw this is cute although since posting it you have lost the heatwave it did make me feel like i wish it was summer here, I totally excited for summer to come !! I also really loved your cute photos in this post.
    Isabelle xx
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  61. Flowers make everything look better and prettier, I am obsessed with flowers and I always have to have some fresh flowers at home, otherwise it doesn't feel right :) How adorable those trio look, seriously the colour and the vintage style is really catchy. I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather, it won't last long :) x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  62. Oh, this looks like the sweetest picnic! Flowers do make everything better. Happy belated Birthday! I can't wait to see the post!

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  63. You look beautiful! And your photos are so lovely! I love how much thought goes into your blog posts, it's why yours is one of my favourite blogs to read! :) xx

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  64. Agreed, everything looks better when flowers are involved! Love the pastel colours and the beautiful pictures of you outdoors! I hope you had a fantastic Birthday - looking forward to your Birthday in Bruges post!

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  65. Loving the set up of the picnic. Your photos are incredibly, all the pastels!

    Unfortunately Manchester had such shite weather this weekend, I am truly gutted. I am holding out for an indian summer this september!

    Lima
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    XO

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  66. Beautiful, what a wonderful setting x

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  67. I love your dress! I am the complete same with anything floral, I just love it xx
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  68. Such a beauty! I agree everything is better with flowers in involved.. Enjoy your sunshine in the UK, I know how rare that is :)

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  69. Really beautiful photos and YES for anything floral this dress is absolutely stunning. Love this little summer picnic you have set up.

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  70. Lovely dress for the last drop of summer before autumn! I also love pastels. Very pretty and very refreshing!

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  71. Lovely dress and you look fab! We just broke a new record with the amount of rainfall we're having here for a couple of weeks now :)

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  72. Ah hun this is absolutely gorgeous - you look stunning!!! Love the dress and love the way it looks on you, it's stunning! What a beautiful location you're in too, stunning as always and hope you're looking forward to the week ahead! :)

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  73. I'm so happy for you that you can enjoy summer heat at home in the UK! You are so beautiful in that dress and so is your picnic. I find myself really wanting to wear dresses when the sun is out. I hope the lovely weather continues for you. XO, Janea

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  74. Your summer afternoon looks amazing and I completely agree flowers just make everything better! I have enjoyed summer and afternoons like this but I can't deny I'm looking forward to the cosiness that autumn and winter bring :) x

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  75. Yes, flowers make everything better for sure. Love all the colours. Everything is so calm and beautiful and you look very lovely!

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  76. looks like such a great last summer time! With all those pastel candles, suitcases and that fresh looking salad going on there, Gabrielle, it is picture perfect.

    of course, not to be mention, your blue floral dress and that oh-so-gorgeous long hair and smile! Loving these visuals with flowers, especially the last one. Too bad, it rained after you posted, huh? haha

    Have a lovely rest of the week, dearie and happy happy belated birthday!! Hope it was a memorable one.

    With love,
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