A Day At Wynyard - County Durham
Heart to heart time - There are days when it's hard to find the inspiration I need. Blogging for me is about telling stories. The places I go are as much a part of those stories as the clothes I wear, and for me to be able to inspire my readers, I need to find the right places to tell those stories.
As you creatives would expect, inspiration never comes from being sat on a laptop all day. I was reading the book "Big Magic" last week, and the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, highlighted something very true: "... inspiration will always try its best to work with you - but if you are not ready or available, it may indeed choose to leave you and to search for a different collaborator." This week, I wanted to take you guys somewhere a bit different, somewhere that did in fact inspire me this week, during my stay in Yorkshire.
As you probably all well know by now, my camera, a country estate, a rose garden, and a pot of earl grey tea: I could never say no to. Last week, I visited the beautiful Wynyard Hall in County Durham, and went around their recently opened rose gardens, camera in hand. It's one of those places I'd heard about for such a long time, from family and friends in the area. It was one of those names that just kept popping up. But until now, I had never actually visited. Why did it take me so long!?
The rose Gardens are in fact an explosion of summer colours, and they've done an incredible job of blending the original victorian architecture with beautiful modern arbors, white pebbles, and weathered metals. With the sun on my side, I wore a new favourite of mine: the Anthropologie Dayflower Off-Shoulder Dress. It was the perfect outfit for my day at Wynyard hall. I love the soft floral pattern, and just like the Garden, its a great modern take on a classic summer dress. The fit and cut of this dress is incredibly flattering and I cannot stop wearing it! It has become one of the comfiest dresses I own and works perfectly with an ASOS Straw Trilby Hat, Mulberry Clifton cross-body bag and my favourite Aldo Brena Lace Up Sandals (which I have gotten away with wearing with dress after dress this summer).
Being in the trees and the flowers is something that I always find so rewarding. We have so much technology around us, but its so important to appreciate those things that grow. Even when the weather isn't so great (and its certainly been a wet weekend here!) You can always find opportunities to get out and find fun things to do.
Places like Wynyard hall are a great alternative to the beach or the city when the wind is picking up, so go find somewhere local to you, grab some friends or family, and get exploring this summer!
This dress was sent to me by Anthropologie*