27 April 2014

The Fortune Lady Came Along, She Walked Beside, But Every Word Seemed To Date Her

Day two in Sussex county consisted mainly of over-sleeping and struggling to leave the house. When we finally did, Brian (my in-law-uncle?) took us to Lewes, a small town about 10 miles outside of Brighton. It's one of those places that makes you acutely aware of how much more architecturally beautiful Europe is to the states. The color, the detail, the old castle. I grew up primarily in Forked River, New Jersey -- an old town, as far as American towns go. It's all gray concrete and plain buildings spaced unnecessarily far from each other. Patrick once said that a lot of America looks like what you'd get if you asked a small child to draw a road or a house or a building: all straight lines and square rooftops and nothing in between. I know not ALL of it is like that (it's a massive country and I've yet to see half of it), but in my U.S. travels, his observation has proven pretty true.
It was a lovely day of antique-ing and window shopping and getting mildly drizzled on. Like a true English day, the rain drifted in and out. But it fit in so nicely with the setting, that I could hardly complain.
That being said, this rain mac has proven extremely useful this spring. I love a clear jacket in theory, but never seem to pull one off. This one is coral, though, and that seems to help matters.
A note on dungarees/overalls. They're one of those things that are supposedly very unflattering on plus-size women. Something about cutting up our proportions all wrong, shortening our legs and bunching at our bums. Though it does slightly irritate me when these Primark dungarees ride up too much at the front (though at the same time, I don't feel I can expect much from $10 overalls purchased at British Walmart), they are extremely comfortable and a little quirkier than a plain pair of shorts. To be honest, if your are into finding "slimming" pieces, dungarees are probably not the way to go. But if you like to wear things for comfort and cuteness, then I definitely suggest investing in a pair for summer.

Get the Look:
Hibiscus Wide Strap Cami, $52, Topshop
Clear Rain Mac, $56, ASOS
Denim Dungarees, Primark, Similar here and here

And some Gillian Welch for a rainy afternoon:



  1. That's it, I want overalls and a clear/pink rain jacket. And to travel through Europe again!

    1. Please do all of the above. And visit me in the process!

  2. Haha loved Patrick's description of what American town's look like- now that I have that image in my head I don't think I'll look at small towns the same anymore :P Also, so jealous you're in Europe- I can never get enough of those winding cobble-stone views. Wish we had a few of those back in the states ;)

    xo marlen
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    1. Haha it's true, right? I never thought of it like that either. I always preferred Europe architecturally but his description definitely explains the why. If you ever find yourself on this side of the Atlantic, do let me know!


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