Summer Ball - a pretty dress and a night to remember........

Just about a week and a half after moving house my husband and I went to our first event, the summer ball, here. Although the theme was some US-Midwest/Kentucky Derby/Cowboy type theme, the dress code was formal-below the knee for spouses/mess dress for the soldiers. 
I didn't have much notice and time to come up with an outfit so I made a dress similar to this one for the event and paired it with a knitted/crochet (??) bolero, me-made hairflowers and some pretty heels. It felt formal enough, was very much me and somewhat even suited the theme, I guess.

the official photo

There was a shooting booth, a bucking bronco and a Kentucky Derby booth as entertainment as well as a live country band and DJ plus some gorgeous food. 

I didn't even do too bad

Hubby riding the bull

And after the bull ride the night took a rather unfortunate turn. My husband hurt his arm so bad we ended it up in A&E to get it checked out. 

Luckily nothing was broken and he had only pulled a muscle. 


Machine embroider a textile necklace and win a sewing machine worth GB£300!

Remember the vintage inspired hair styling class I took with The Amazings a few weeks back? 

Well, they have just released a brand new fun class on how to machine embroider a textile necklace and make yourself a unique fashion accessory. And the best part is, not only do you get to make a statement piece of jewellery (or two or 20?.....) you can also win a sewing machine worth £300.

 So go and head over to their page and check out this amazing new class here. And then visit their blogpost including all the details on how to enter and win this amazing and very generous prize. The competion startes today, 13th August 2013 and closes at 11:59 on Sunday 15th September, 2013. Also, the competition is open worldwide, not just the UK. 
Good luck everyone. 


Life lately....I have moved to paradise............

Hello from the beach

I am back after a few weeks of silence here on the blog. My husband and I have been busy moving house from Berkshire to North Devon. We initially were hoping to be moving back to Germany for a few years but my husband got posted to Devon instead. I was a bit miffed at first because a lot of our plans fell through but now we are here I could not be happier. It's one of the most beautiful areas in the UK I have been to and I still can not believe I get to live here for the next three years. 

I'm going to leave you with a few impressions of our first few outing here, exploring the local area.

Saunton sands, this is the closest beach to us and I love how endlessly long it is. 

We haven't filled up our car since we left Reading two weeks ago as you can cycle everywhere around here. I love it!

View of Appledore from Instow across the river Torridge. So pretty!

So soooooo happy!

The view of the cliffs in Lee

Have you ever been to Devon? If yes, what are your favourite places to visit/things to do and see? Please share as I don't want to miss out on anything while we are here. If you have never been, I highly recommend a visit. It's just so, so beautiful.