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A Day of Happiness in Millport

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chinos and denim jacket - #washedinhappiness

Island of Millport, Great Cumbrae, Scotland

Millport, Scotland

a day by the sea
Ferry to Millport, Scotland
looking out over Greater Cumbrae
A few weeks ago, Terry and I caught the ferry from Largs to the island of Great Cumbrae*, which is one of our favourite places in Scotland.

Our destination was the pretty little seaside town of Millport, which is exactly the kind of place you can imagine the Famous Five having some kind of absolutely ripping adventure in. And I don’t know about you, but, “Would the Famous Five like it?” is one of my main considerations when it comes to choosing a location for a day out. This wasn’t just a day out, though – it was a Day of Happiness, which we embarked upon as part of fashion brand FatFace’s #washedinhappiness campaign. They say they wash their clothes in happiness before sending them out, and I can honestly believe it, because, remember The Best Chinos in All the Land? You don’t? Well, let me elaborate…

A few years ago, I found myself the perfect pair of chinos. God, I loved those pants. We went everywhere together, the chinos and me. We went to Disneyland. We went to Hollywood. We went to… a random wall near my old house. And then, the chinos, well, they went to the bin, because they were the unfortunate victims of The White Mark of Death, and I’ve basically never gotten over it. Ever since their sad demise, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement pair, but nothing I’ve found has ever quite measured up. Or not until Fat Face came along, and very generously sent me some clothes to wear on my day of happiness, all beautifully presented in a Famous Five-esque picnic basket. I opened the lid, and I swear to God, a choir of angels started singing in delight, because what do you think was inside the basket, people?


Seriously, these chinos are almost identical to the pair I ruined, the main difference being that these ones are softer (washed in happiness, right?), and with a slightly narrower leg – which is actually the main selling point for me, because every other pair I’d tried until then had been super-baggy. These, however are pretty much perfect, and for our day at Millport, I decided to pair them with the Petal Vines top, which is a lovely, pretty-but-casual piece, which I can see getting a lot of wear this summer. I also have the ‘Kirstie’ dress, which uses the same print, and the denim capris, which I can also recommend – they’re SO soft and stretchy, which makes them a joy to wear.

Now that I had a great pair of chinos in my life again, I was already feeling pretty happy, to be honest, so when I realised the sun was going to shine for our adventure, I was downright ecstatic. After a wander around the town, we found a quiet spot to have our picnic:

picnic by the sea
picnic for two by the sea
Choose Happiness
a day at the seaside

(Fun fact: that picnic blanket is older than I am, and is still going strong. It’s basically a family heirloom…)

In The Famous Five books, there’s a running joke whereby Anne always makes the observation that food tastes “so much nicer!” when its eaten outdoors, and everyone else makes fun of her for saying it YET AGAIN. I think good ol’ Anne was right, though – there’s just something about sitting looking out over the sea, feeling the warm sun on your skin, and enjoying a picnic that just makes me happy to be alive, basically. I just wish I could do it more often – ideally after a hard day’s adventuring, during which I outwit some dastardly smugglers and find the buried treasure. Look, a girl can dream, OK?

A picnic by the sea

casual summer outfit - chinos and denim jacket

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FatFace Chartwell Chinos (c/o) ; FatFace Cara Petal Vines top (c/o) ; H&M jacket; Dorothy Perkins sandals

This is a sponsored post. Thanks to FatFace for providing the clothing for my day of happiness, and my parents for assisting with photography duties!

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  • Jenny
    June 12, 2016

    That is quite the picnic setup! 🙂 It does look like a happy day, and those chinos are hot (not a sentence that usually comes out of anyone’s mouth)!

  • Emma
    June 12, 2016

    Sounds like a perfect outing – I was getting nervous towards the end that The Others would put in an appearance! The chinos are lovely, I might have to take a peek in Fat Face next time I’m in town…

  • Richel V.
    June 12, 2016

    The place looks so good! Your clothes looks really good, as well. I think it compliments your hair. 🙂

  • Fiona
    June 12, 2016

    Just so you know, locals call it ‘the wee Cumbrae’ which I like to think sounds more affectionate. Love those chinos and the sound of the capris…glad you had a good day.

  • heather
    June 12, 2016

    Oh, I’m so glad you did a post on this brand, I just came across a sweater on Pinterest from Fat Face and wasn’t familiar with it. That picnic setup is just too adorable!

  • lisa
    June 12, 2016

    Hi Girl,

    I just stumbled across your blog on bloglovin and absolutely love it! Your photography isreally vibrant and crisp and your taste in fashion is impeccable! Safe to say you will be my newest reading obsession haha! xxx

  • Louise McDonagh
    June 12, 2016

    What a beautiful place for a picnic. Your day of happiness looks fantastic x

  • Myra
    June 13, 2016

    What a great brand idea as that is exactly how women feel when they get clothing they love.
    Your day of happiness is perfectly matched. The outfit looks as if it was made for you and your hair is glorious.

  • Helen Love
    June 13, 2016

    Sounds like a perfect day… and so glad that you managed to get your perfect chinos again! Phew! xxx

  • Mel
    June 13, 2016

    It looks really like a happy day. You look so relaxed and happy in this pics. Lovely.

  • Erika
    June 14, 2016

    Thinking of a seaside picnic just makes me happy. What a neat little set up they sent you! Looks like it was a wonderful day. 😄

  • Irina
    July 7, 2016

    I have just discovered your blog like few minutes ago and am I already hooked. I like the way you write and your style. And of course, your family “heritage” picnic blanket and a little cute umbrella for the sauces 🙂

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A Day of Happiness in Millport