Adventures in a VW Bus Part 3: Bowler Hat on the Beach

Not Dressed As Lamb

It wouldn’t have been a proper summer holiday if we hadn’t gone to the beach…

…except that a black bowler hat and a corduroy blazer aren’t the most likely items of clothing to be wearing there!

If you’ve been reading my other holiday posts you’ll know that it wasn’t warm in Cornwall the week we went there (unlike the current hot weather in Blighty – typical)! But I love the contrast of idyllic beach with what is, effectively, an autumnal outfit. Like the last post, I think the pictures speak for themselves – I don’t need to describe just how devastatingly beautiful the sun, sea and sand were. It was the private beach at the Mother Ivey’s Bay campsite near Padstow; had the weather been hot I’m sure it would have been teaming with people.

The photo with the sailboat in it is actually Padstow beach and I’ve shown Padstow harbour too. If you’re wondering how I got the miniature style effect in the photos, it’s tilt-shift photography; offically you need a (very expensive) lens to create it, but as always there’s a great free website where you can manipulate your photos to create this model photograph effect: It’s super-easy to use and makes reasonably standard landscape pictures look incredible. If you want to see a few others we’ve tilt-shifted, click the following links to see my own pictures of London’s Blackfriar’s BridgePostcard Row in San Francisco, Macy’s New York and Fifth Avenue New York. (Tip: ones taken in bright sunlight, from a high viewpoint and including people and/or cars, boats etc. work best.)

There’ll be one more holiday post to come… hope you’ve been enjoying the pictures so far:) Here’s wishing everyone a great start to the week!

Not Dressed As Lamb

Bowler hat: ASOS, Blazer: Dorothy Perkins (old, dyed and buttons changed), T-shirt: Topshop, Jeans: La Redoute, Loafers: ASOS, Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers, Necklace: Debenhams

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  1. 30 May 2012 / 10:55 am

    Great photos! Love your jacket and shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ XX

  2. 29 May 2012 / 3:19 am

    Really love your pictures! Those are so amazing. That's so cool jacket, really love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 28 May 2012 / 9:11 pm

    I love this look on the beach. Totally unexpected. The hat is darling.

  4. 28 May 2012 / 8:51 pm

    These pictures are just beautiful. I have to admit, I stared at the one with the sailboat for a little longer than normal. I love that hat and blazer. It's a very relaxed look.

    A Southern Drawl

  5. 28 May 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Wow these photos are stunning!!!! The beach looks beautiful! I love what you're wearing and the great contrast it creates! The Bowler hat and the Ray Bans are such a classic a cool finisher! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,Daniella xox

  6. 28 May 2012 / 7:35 pm

    Oh, these photos are absolutely gorgeous – that beach looks like something out of a movie, as do you! And I think this is the perfect outfit for a British beach – I'm always freezing when I go to one, even on a sunny day, so I think you got just the right mix of warmth and style – love it!

    • 29 May 2012 / 1:49 pm

      Haha I don't think I've ever been to a British beach when it's hot, Amber, either!! Thank you for a wonderful compliment btw! c x

  7. 28 May 2012 / 3:37 pm

    What a gorgeous beach! And I wish I could carry off hats as well as you do!

  8. 28 May 2012 / 1:19 pm

    What beautiful pictures…and beautiful you! Thank you for the link about tilt shifting–will be looking in to it.

  9. 28 May 2012 / 8:50 am

    beautiful photos…I love the special effects …thanks for sharing the link, I have got to check it out! That bowler hat is absolutely cute…and I love the outfit too. The color is fabulous!


  10. 28 May 2012 / 8:38 am

    Gorgeous photos, your blazer looks great ๐Ÿ™‚ I am now addicted to using tilt shift on my photos, however!

  11. 28 May 2012 / 6:25 am

    Wow, that beach looks absolutely beautiful!
    I love the blower hat on you & then colour of your blazer

  12. 28 May 2012 / 3:26 am

    Hello Catherine – love the velvet blazer! I was admiring your tilt shift photos…I've always been fascinated by that style of photography. I had no idea you could transform regular photos through that website. Off to experiment now! Greetings from Atlanta. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, found you through A Southern Drawl.

  13. 28 May 2012 / 3:25 am

    The tiltshift is a really interesting effect. I like the autumnal look here and the bowler especially. Have you ever seen the film the Unbearable Lightness of Being. A bowler plays an important role in that film.

    • 29 May 2012 / 11:47 am

      Do you know what, I haven't seen it, Terri – though I'm now intrigued! I remember it coming out, it was a while ago wasn't it…!! Thanks hun x

  14. 28 May 2012 / 3:19 am

    I like how the blazer and shoes match!

    • 29 May 2012 / 11:46 am

      You know what, Kathleen – that was just luck with the limited space I had to pack…!! Thanks sweetie xx

  15. 28 May 2012 / 1:00 am

    I found your blog on a comment on A Southern Drawl's blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I was looking for more blogs to follow because I'm a relatively new blog ( Would really love if you could check mine out) — loving your style and also this photography is BEAUTIFUL.

    Off to follow you on Bloglovin' and GFC now ๐Ÿ™‚


    • 29 May 2012 / 11:45 am

      Thank you for your lovely comments Olivia, and welcome, it's nice to meet you! I'll pop over and check out your blog sweetie xo

  16. 28 May 2012 / 12:59 am

    Like you said, I love the contrast of winter dressing and the beach. Very very cool. Thanks for the link to the tilt shift website. I will definitely have to try it!

  17. 28 May 2012 / 12:50 am

    Beautiful jacket I like the color. And yes the beach is very inviting. ^_^


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