A Joyous walk across the South Downs

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy

By far the best thing about autumn (when the weather holds up) is the crisp cold walks Neil + I go on with a stop off in various country pubs for a bite to eat and a pint after. 

The stunning South Downs

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy + chunky knit autumn style cardigan

The stunning South Downs walks

We try to get out to the countryside at least once a month. Living in the city can get really claustrophobic, so it's our way of detaching. We usually spend the whole walks chatting about one day owning a cottage or farm house, living the country dream. I saw my dream house on the walk photographed. It's on my Instagram, check it out, it'll be mine one day :) 

This past weekend we explored the cute Sussex village of Amberley. Neil got the most beautiful shots of nature and wildlife whilst I drooled over the thatched cottages and wild flower displays in every immaculate garden. He wrote a post around it that you can read here if you like. It's called Amberley in the Autumn. 

Anyway, what I really wanted to do was show you my fave new gingham dress + chunky knit cardy, ha! 

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy + chunky knit autumn style cardigan

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy + chunky knit autumn style cardigan

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy + chunky knit autumn style cardigan

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy + chunky knit autumn style cardigan

I remind myself SO much of Caitlin Moran in these pics (but sadly I'm not quite as cool as she) all I need is to swap the Hunters for Doc Martins and I'm her!

My dress is from one of my favourite retailers at the mo, Joy. Joy stock the best patterned + print clothes that mainly taps into retro, bright and fun styles. They love colour, and lots of their dresses remind me of stuff my style crush Elsie Larson would wear. Have a feel around on their website and you'll know what I mean. 

Country style gingham black and white dress from Joy + chunky knit autumn style cardigan

The chunky knit cardy kept me all toasty when the wind hit, and I added a splash of colour to the look with the cute fabric bar necklace, which would make a cracking DIY I reckon. 
I'm also rather liking playing around with the OPI colour paints collection. Mustard is one of my fave colours (can you tell from the blog design?). 

What do you think? Do you like the dresses on the Joy website? If I'm ever in the Brighton Lanes I always wander in store and spend too long looking through all the rails.

Fiona xoxo