Mistletoe & Wine

Before finding my home in Cornwall I lived for many years in Birmingham. It’s where I grew up, where almost all my early memories are based; where traditions and rituals were formed. It’s why my idea of Christmas is almost always rooted (just a little) in the city. Like Dickens’ London, I see snow-covered roof tops, bushy wreathes on shiny black doors and Narnia-esque streetlights. For me it’s about wet shiny cobbles, trips to the theatre and late nights in the Frankfurt Christmas Market. It was for all these over-romanticized reasons (and more) that I was excited to visit Sarah in Bath. I love Cornwall like few other places, but there’s something magic about the buzz of the city in this season.

During my stay, it’s fair to say we dabbled in one another’s wardrobes more than a little – but then dress-up always was my favourite game! Whilst I’m dark and olivey, Sarah is fair and Celtic and fae. Still despite colouring differences, her wardrobe of floating floral fabrics and cosy-chunky knits gave me plenty to play with. And whilst I won’t be dabbling in dusty pinks anytime soon, this ethereal white number (as modeled by her here) although much looser than most dresses I’d go for, was a lot of fun to swish around town in!

Admittedly this outfit was perhaps a little too similar to my usual ensembles to really be considered a style swap. But then again, I’m just not sure how elfin I’m ever gonna look – floaty dress or no floaty dress. That said, I seriously doubt this’ll be the last style swap you’ll see from us… 


Dress C/O Sarah // Scarf ASOS (similar) // Coat Miss Patina // Boots Dune


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    Carina Chung

    14th December 2015

    Aww these Christmas vibes are so dreamy! I can totally imagine what Christmas was like for you in Birmingham!

    X Carina
    Running White Horses / Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle

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    Flora May

    14th December 2015

    Christmas in Birmingham sounds lovely! Lee and I are really looking forward to visiting Bath next year, and I imagine it's gorgeous this time of year too! I think you look lovely in your dress swap…good idea! 😉


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    14th December 2015

    I love your post Alex! It really makes Bath feel magical! Hope you had a lovely time. 🙂 xo


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    Sarah I

    14th December 2015

    This post has made me feel so festive. I need to get me to a Christmas market asap! I love your outfit, it looks so stylish and perfect for this time of year. xxx


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    Courtney Lang

    14th December 2015

    Gorgeous photographs!! I love your scarf!


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    14th December 2015

    These photos are so pretty and Christmassy! I've not been to Birmingham but I know what you mean about the magic you can find in a city at Christmas.
    Emma Xx


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    15th December 2015

    It all looks so festive! Love your outfit, particularly the scarf xx


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    Sarah By The Sea

    16th December 2015

    'Celtic and Fae' *melts* these are my life goals that my entire existence is based upon 😛
    I am so excited for more style swaps! 😀