Sunday, 29 January 2012

Adventures: The Russell Cotes Museum

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I'm feeling very homesick at the moment and pinning for the sea in a big way. January has been looooong and I need a seaside trip a.s.a.p! Thinking of home reminded me that I needed to do a post on our summer trip to The Russell Cotes Museum.
We visited in August so the pictures are nice and sunny and will brighten up your Sunday .

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It has been one of my favourite places ever since I was a teenager, not much has changed.

You can read all about Sir Russell-Cotes and his Lady here and more about the history of the museum on this timeline.

I can't express how beautiful it is, my pictures do not even touch on the abundance of jaw dropping art and design that is housed there.

Bournemouth itself is a wonderful mix of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture that has been left untouched. It is one of the happiest places in the country and houses some of the best beaches in the UK. I heart Bournemouth, can you tell? ;)

Pictures by Craig and myself

I am wearing:

1940's Hawaiian dress: Beyond Retro
Vintage hair flowers: Ebay
Shell ring: Present from my BFF Hannah

Happy Sunday to you all. xx











25 comments:

  1. These pictures show you in your element, Kelly-Marie. You look happy and alive and I hope you get a chance to return again this year. These are some of the best images ever presented on your blog. I can only imagine the ornate splendor that surrounded you. Thank you, dear friend, for this beautiful post card to brighten my Sunday!

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    1. Thank you Tom. It's lovely that you thought I looked happy and alive because I often feel that I am only ever truly at ease and happy when I am by the sea. A born water baby I guess, definitely not a city girl.
      Thank you for your lovely words as always.

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  2. Your DRESS!! I've wanted a Pake Muu forever but haven't been able to find one. Stunning as ever! xx

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    1. Thank you Amber! :) I can not believe that I found it in the shop, crazyness. xx

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  3. Gawd,what a frigging fabulous place!
    You looked most suitable for swanning around it in that glorious frock!:)

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  4. so amazing! I want to visit this place someday! Your dress is beautiful!

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  5. Gulp! LOVE the dress! And that place just looks breathtaking! I love all the wee details in the decor and wood and oh my! I have never been to Bournemouth but it looks like, and seeings as how similar we are, I would love it! Will have to add it to the list!!! Thanks for the splash of August sunshine in January! I can't wait for summer!!! warmth!!! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Zoë xxx

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    1. Zoe you really would love it so much. If you ever do decide to visit please let me know, I cam show you round. :) xxx

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  6. That did brighten things up, and yes, I am happy it is only 2 more days until February myself. Btw YOUR DRESS! And the pink in the first picture on the right.

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  7. What a beautiful museum! And the location is to die for. Can you imagine living there? A dream!
    Your dress is lovely! The sleeves are amazing!

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    1. Rachel I can not tell you how much I want to move in to this place. I have thought about it many a time. ;) xx

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  8. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    Sharon

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  9. What a magical looking place, and you look gorgeous you always remind of Mucha paintings, that dress is fricking amazing! xx

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    1. Ha ha thank you Hannah and you got it in one! Mucha paintings were my exact inspiration for this outfit ( and many others) he is one of my favourite artists so that's an amazing compliment. :) xx

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  10. I cannot believe how gorgeous this place is! I have to visit it someday! It makes me so excited for the summer!

    Emma x

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  11. Somehow I've never made it to the Russell Cotes Museum, despite it looking like it would be right up my alley and despite the fact that my aunty lives in Poole so not at all far away! I think I once wondered the gardens with her years and years ago, but didn't go in for some reason! Perhaps it was closed...

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos though. I may have to insist we go next time I visit her down there.

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    1. Miss Marie I think it definitely would be up your alley! Small world that your aunty lives in Poole. Have you ever been to Brownsea Island? If not you have to visit there too ( next time you visit your Aunty). x

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    2. I've been to Brownsea Island, once upon a time. I have a vague memory of lots of peacocks there - which may be why you're suggesting it! I'm starting to think I should schedule in a summer trip - to the museum, back to Brownsea Island, a paddle in the sea...

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    3. Ha ha yeah there are lot's of peacocks! :) Lot's of Red squirrels and giant ants too. Its an amazing place. My Dad works for John Lewis who own the castle on the Island so we alwasy go and have tea there, it's so lovely. I think you should definitely schedule a summer visit, you'll have a lovely time. x

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  12. Ok, I'm new to the area and haven't visited the Russell Cotes Museum. I have a vague memory of hearing about it though. What was funny to me was looking through the photos and going to myself "Hey! That looks so much like Bournemouth beach/pier area." To see at the end that I managed to recognize something from my new home base was very nifty. Next time you're in the area, you must venture out to the New Forest and visit the Rhinefield House Hotel. I think you might love it. Such amazing photos you've shared with us and I'm definitely going to put the Russell Cotes Museum on my must see list.

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    1. Ha ha I thought you would recognize it! My parents live in Barton-on-sea and that's where I grew up so I know the area well. Saying that I have never been to Rhinefield House, my Mums been promising to take me so hopefully I'll go next time i'm down. You must visit the Russell Cotes it really is so beautiful.

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  13. I can see why this is one of your favourite places... it looks wonderful! Those decoration features are stunning, such attention for detail! I'd love to visit this place someday! :)

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  14. You have a very beautiful blog and so I am following it as well as twitter, and even flickr. Have an awesome weekend!

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    1. Aww thank you! I LOVE your blog and I found your Tumblr too. Amazing. Hope you have a lovley weekend.

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