Chasing the Golden Hour in Knitted Stripes

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I don’t know about necessarily chasing the golden hour, but we definitely had a race against time to get these photos taken before the sun dropped below the horizon…

you can see the shadow slowly creeping up my legs (I had to keep edging up the bank with each shot). The little round stone building in the background is an 18th-century windmill near my sister’s house (it’s long since lost its sails and hasn’t been in use for many generations) – I think it makes a wonderful background with the setting sun.

Those of you who follow the blog regularly may notice that my usual milkmaid plaits look a little looser this time – this is probably the laziest hairdo in the world! Wear your hair up in the plaits for a day, then before bed simply unpin them, making sure they’re untied at the ends. They should stay in place overnight but be pretty loose in the morning – simply plonk them back up on top of your head as they are and pin in place. Because they’re loose they’ll give more volume to your hair overall, and it makes a nice change from the [my] usual “hard” look of very tightly plaited hair.

So are you all having a good week – I hope so! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂


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Sweater: F+F at Tesco, Snood: ASOS, Jeans: Very, Shoes: ASOS, Bag: New Look, Sunglasses: Red Herring at Debenhams, Watch: ASOS, Bracelets: Debenhams, ASOS / New Look, Rings: ASOS / H&M

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  1. 27 September 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Great outfit but WOW what beautiful evening sunlight! Wonderful photos.

  2. 26 September 2012 / 6:37 pm

    Amazing photos as always Catherine….it's always great to capture the golden hour in that lovely outfit!!!

  3. 21 September 2012 / 6:06 am

    It's that time of year, isn't it? Time to start chasing the light. But you've caught it here and it's so lovely! I like your hair soft like that, makes such a pretty crown!!! ~Sarah

  4. 21 September 2012 / 3:05 am

    I love both versions of your milkmaid braids! Your blue ring is scrumptious together with your loaded wrists. I adore how your shoes echo the sweater's stripes, and you are gorgeous in the golden light.

  5. 20 September 2012 / 8:55 pm

    These photos are so beautiful! The light is amazing – I hope to have some lovely sunsets here too, and try to take pictures like these!

    I love how the stripes seem to be repeated in the shoes, and the colours are of course great!

    • 21 September 2012 / 9:07 am

      Ooooh I hadn't noticed the shoes/stripes thing before, but yes you're right!! Thank you Kaffe xx

  6. 20 September 2012 / 8:36 pm

    I love the colors you get with sunset photos. What a great comfy look!

  7. 20 September 2012 / 9:21 am

    Such a perfect outfit for autumn. I'm so glad I found your blog – there's not that many of us over 30 British bloggers around so it's always great to come across another one.

  8. 20 September 2012 / 12:09 am

    Love it! 😉

  9. 19 September 2012 / 11:21 pm

    The lighting is so pretty in these pictures – definitely worth the race!

    Braids make me miss my long hair 🙁

  10. 19 September 2012 / 8:55 pm

    love this outfit and am really swooning over all the arm candy
    lovely lighting here

  11. 19 September 2012 / 7:16 pm

    Your hair is gorgeous, that style suits you so well! Another lovely outfit. Love all your bling! And the setting is fantastic.. x

  12. 19 September 2012 / 5:55 pm

    LOVE this look – and LOVE LOVE LOVE the armswag!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  13. 19 September 2012 / 5:36 pm

    Your outfit looks like it was created especially FOR that light. Amazing!

  14. 19 September 2012 / 4:08 pm

    I just love your hair like that. So, so pretty. And that first photo is gorgeous. The light is perfect!

  15. 19 September 2012 / 3:36 pm

    oh Catherine, yet again you blow my mind with your wonderful photos and perfect outfit. Please may i come and raid your wardobe… i think i would be in heaven. And have you seen the blog. I managed to get you lovely badge to work… hurrah!! xxx

    • 21 September 2012 / 9:05 am

      I don't think you'd be in heaven, Rachel: I think you'd get lost in there (or trapped)!!! haha Thanks hun xoxo

  16. 19 September 2012 / 1:11 pm

    Love that bag!

  17. 19 September 2012 / 11:36 am

    The stripes with the scarf are just perfect. Your hair, ah that hair! So lovely. My little scraps of hair look at it and sigh : > xoxoxo

  18. 19 September 2012 / 11:22 am

    I LOVE this outfit! (I'm always a fan of stripes mixed with print!) And your pictures look beautiful!

  19. 19 September 2012 / 10:49 am

    These pictures are beautiful Catherine, I love the setting! Also really great outfit, love your bold striped sweater and it looks so chic with the rolled up jeans and tanned shoes! The red bag and the subtle print clash with that lovely scarf are great touches! 🙂

    Take care,

    Daniella xox

  20. 19 September 2012 / 10:27 am

    I love the stacking bracelets and ring! Gorgeous! Found you via the pleated poppy!

  21. 19 September 2012 / 10:27 am

    I love the outfit and your hair. Gorgeous.

  22. 19 September 2012 / 8:49 am

    This reminded me so much of my time in Germany last summer. I would chase the sunset over a local farm and then wait for my husband at the bus stop. Such fond memories. Thank you for conjuring them!

    • 21 September 2012 / 8:56 am

      They DO sound wonderful, engquist! There's nothing more romantic than a setting sun, is there…?! x

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