Travel & Jewellery


I’ve recently returned from six months living overseas. Because I was backpacking, and because I’m a firm believer in traveling light I decided that the trinkets I would buy would be small.

I bought two rings which I wear stacked on top of eachother. Amber and silver from Rhodes, Greece; moonstone and silver from Eze, France. From Greece I also bought one pair of earrings, mother of pearl pendants from Santorini; and a lapis lazuli, wood and metal necklace from Athens. The yellow and white beaded necklace is Murano glass from Venice, Italy.


My favorite piece that I bought is the silver necklace with Greek letters. It says Penelope in the original spelling – Pinelopi and is pronounced Pin-e-lo-pi.

I like to think I’m a light traveler and scoffed loudly when my sister told me that she bought a tagine in Morocco … but then I, myself, did buy a tea set. But that is a story for another blog.

Nothing to do with Sewing

I’m ashamed to be writing one of those blog posts. You know the ones. “I’m the worst blogger ever lol!” … Not having written a post in SO LONG.

Just me at the winery in Santorini

Well we’re all friends here right?! So I’m sure you can forgive me and we can move on without too much self-flagellation. So what have I been up to? WELL! I’ve been having the time of my life (mostly). Gallivanting across Europe without too much in the way of responsibilities which has been pretty SWEET. Where have I been? Greece mostly. I’m quite the Classical Studies nerd so I spent three weeks absorbing the (party) culture and seeing the occasional historical site. Just kidding. Or am I?!

Just me riding a donkey up to the Acropolis at Lindos

I’ve just come back from week in Ireland mostly spent getting saturated. I went to Dublin, Galway and Cork and had a great time learning about the history. I even tried some Guinness. And before that I was having a ball in Edinburgh. I loved seeing the ruins of Holyrood Abbey – they were just stunning.

Just me at the Cliffs of Moher getting saturated

My sister and I visited a wee place called Hankelow in Cheshire where?? I hear you ask I know I’m thinking – but as my dad was born there it was nice to see some family history. [Side Note: my dad’s sister’s friend’s childhood penpal showed us around Hankelow and Chester – the kindness of strangers is truly heartwarming!]

Just my sister at my grandfather, Donald Arrowsmith’s farm “The Wems”

So what’s new with Dresses & Me? LOTS! All will be revealed soon but for now I’ll just say THANK YOU to all the people who have supported my new business. Thank you to all my great customers and all those who email me with suggestions and enquiries for how to expand. Its so great getting your feedback and I hope that I’m approachable enough that you could flick me an email if you have any enquiries!

Did you do an OE? Was it awesome fun?