Sleepy Hollow, New York

I’m just back from New York, and it was nothing if not an adventure! The unexpected arrival of a certain Hurricane Sandy may have put a stop to the majority of my plans (instead, my NYC BFF Nicolette & I basically had a four-day slumber party in her perfect Williamsburg apartment), but we did manage to cram in a few adventures on either side of the storm.

Top of my list for this trip had been an autumnal day trip somewhere on the East Coast; I didn’t mind where, so long as the leaves were orange, the scenery picturesque and the activities centred around idyllic American ‘fall’ fun. Which is how we came to spend the weekend before Hallowe’en in the town of Sleepy Hollow in upstate New York.

I hadn’t actually realised that Sleepy Hollow (of the Headless Horseman legend) was an actual place until Nicolette suggested it as the destination for our roadtrip. Now, I’ve always been practically obsessed by Hallowe’en (given it is barely recognised in Australian and England, I’m rather fascinated by the American-centric tradition), but when we pulled into the town I got so worked up in excitement I actually squealed.

The little town of Sleepy Hollow needs none of my rose-tined romanticising, for it was so hauntingly charming all on its own. Every surface seemed covered with the confetti of fallen flame-coloured autumn leaves, each lampost and wooden porch decorated with scarecrows and spiderwebs and candlelit jack-o-lanterns, while costumed trick-or-treating children criss-crossed the little streets.

We visited haunted cemeteries, and the house where Washington Irving (author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and some say the founding father of American fiction) spent his days, and watched dramatic performances of haunted tales, and threw ourselves in giant piles of crunchy leaves (that someone had so kindly raked into leafy mountains that were practically begging to be jumped in), and picked pumpkins from the patch, and drank apple cider and ate s’mores and candy corn and stroked black kitties that crossed our paths in the garden – and generally relished in all the wonderful Hallowe’en traditions I’ve ever wanted to try – until the stars twinkled in the dark sky overhead.

Thank you Nicolette and Sara and Sleepy Hollow for fulfilling all my autumnal and Hallowe’en fantasies!

Wearing: Opening Ceremony cat sweater (the best gift from Nicolette which I’m completely obsessed with; now sold out, but similar style here), Uniqlo Oxford shirt, Camilla and Marc dress (worn as skirt), Chanel handbag, Marc Jacobs chain belt, Ash boots, Mimco necklace, ring and cuffs, Zara sunglasses, bow headband from Tokyo (similar style here), MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick.

I’d love to hear what seasonal activities you have been enjoying in your corner of the world!

Love, Miss B xx

* Thank you to everyone who sent kind/concerned messages during the hurricane!

Thank you Nicolette for helping with these photos!


March in Pictures

The arrival of Spring in England. Crisp mornings in Westminster. Miu Miu’s plexiglass and crystal bow earrings. Fun at Fifi Lapin’s London party. Chanel’s petal pink ‘May’ polish. A weekend trip to the Cornish seaside for downtime, views of the sea and learning to knit. The first blossoms blooming to life. Pastel Spring editorials in all my favourite magazines. Bringing out my favourite Spring fragrances.  

Pink hyacinths from the farmer’s market all over my house. Skipping to Laduree on my lunchbreak for raspberry, rose and lychee concoctions and views over the Covent Garden piazza. Mulberry’s bow heels (so good I’ve ordered a second pair in cream). Dusting off my Pashley for bike rides in the Cambridge sunshine. Re-reading Fitzgerald (best done whilst wearing a tangle of jewels). Lace collars. Packages of joy arriving in the post from friends afar. Carrot cakes and flat whites at Fitzbillies in Cambridge.

Long, lazy walks through London’s parks (past a sea of daffodils). Continuing my glitter obsession with Jimmy Choo sandals. Packing my bags and jetting of to Japan. The bright lights of Shinjuku and a sea of cute girls in Shibuya. Sakura-flavoured mochi and strawberry chocolate. Adorable overload via the stationery department of Tokyu Hands and plushie toy arcade games. Wanderlust wish fulfilment at the sight of the cherry blossoms blooming in Tokyo.

I hope you all had a wonderful month!

Love, Miss B xx

February in Pictures

Peaceful weekends spent wandering around Cambridge. Fairy floss sunsets at the end of grey days. Rainy Saturday afternoon trips to the V&A museum for regal history and romantic artists. Sitting in Granger & Co for hours on rainy weekends for the best ricotta hotcakes and conversations about life with dear friends. The fact the city of London is still steeped in pomp, ceremony and British tradition (being waylaid in the most wonderful way by daily parades of royal horseguards whilst going about my business in Westminster). Pretending to be Holly Golightly and peering in the windows at gobstopper diamonds in decades old jewellery stores on Piccadilly. Climbing to the top of Big Ben and feeling like Peter Pan whilst standing inside a larger-than-life clock face with panoramic views over London as the bells chime 12. Ignoring the flu with treats and sparkly things for my 29th birthday.  Appreciating every day acts of romance and celebrating 7 years with my Clever Boyfriend. Afternoon tea at Sketch.

Winter finally showing itself with days and days of fluffy white snow in Cambridge. BUilding bejwelled snowmen, having snow fights and making new snow day traditions with my boyfriend. Twinkly jewels, glittery nails and blush pink bow-tied booties in the snow. Hibernating indoors in the most blissfully decadent ways. The warm glow of a house filled with scented candlelight (wild rhubarb a current favourite). Maintaining my love for old-fashioned mail with beautiful Rifle cards and handwritten notes to friends afar. Throwing afternoon tea parties for two for no reason other than it being a Sunday.

Beautiful illustrated shoe art, a gift from Christian Louboutin for my birthday. Having a ‘pinch me’ moment by being invited to the Elle Style Awards for cocktails beneath golden palm trees, dinner with London’s A-list and a night of unadulterated glamour. An invitation to cocktails at Tiffany on Old Bond Street. My delightful new silver Cambridge Satchel Co. satchel to bridge the path between winter and spring. Dreaming of a wardrobe filled with Miu Miu. 5 days of sitting beside all my favourite fashion icons, watching the Autumn/Winter collections and getting to wear all my most fabulous accessories for my fifth season of London Fashion Week.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful February!

Love, Miss B xx

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