Beach Days, Isle of Wight

Mango Stripe Summer Dress

Could we say that is is aaaaaaaaaalmost summer now? Spring is pretty much over (well, the blossom is gone), I’ve had more than a handful of ice creams, people are starting to complain about the sweatiness of the tube AND I think it is finally time to ditch my winter coat.

YAS so excited for (fingers & toes crossed) warm evenings, BBQ’s on the reg and Pimm’s on tap. I am also looking forward to more weekends like the one I have just had.

Matt and I headed down to the Isle of Wight last weekend. If you are new around this slice of internet, I grew up on this island. Trust me to live on a patch of land surrounded by a moat, lol.

It does cost a fair few pennies to get there, so visits are pretty rare… but when we do? BY JOVE is it worth it.

Yoga on the beach

I dragged Matt outta bed for a run in my favourite spot on Sunday morning.

Appley. Not the dreamiest beach you can find on the Island, but it holds so many memories for me. The house I grew up in is a 30 second walk away, so I spent a lot on this beach over the years! The most amazing sunrises, many BBQ and Strongbow guzzling sessions with friends, high school antics and a lot of running.

Yoga on the beach

We ended up with a cuppa T and breaky at the cafe.

Appley Cafe

Breakfast Appley Cafe

As the sun was shining, we decided to head over to our beach hut for the afternoon. I have wanted to show you around here for a while! (Actually, it did feature in my first ever blog post) lol.

Beach hut st helens

Most summers were spent here since I was the teeniest nipper. Just an old railway carriage that my dad transformed into a walk in fruit bowl (much to 13 year old Immys embarrassment). We have filled it with body boards, BBQ’s, rackets and wet suits over the years. How cool that the original luggage rack is still of use?

Beach Hut St Helens

The original kettle that whistles when it’s ready. Kinda looks like an ancient artifact now, doesn’t it?

The boys with their Sunday papers.

And mugs of tea…

Cup of tea

Nice lil spot isn’t it?

Oh ohohohohoh I also wanted to show you my new dress! It did make a little appearance over on Instagram, but I wanted to show ya properly here.

Mango Stripe Summer Dress

My fave part is the back, hooooow beaut?!

Mango summer dress

Perfect for lil summer shindigs, beach days and maybe even dressed up for a wedding.

I have paired it with cute H&M Dorothy pumps (only 8 quid!) and a red lip. Red earrings would also look pretty sassy too I’d imagine.

Mango Summer Dress

Mango summer dress

Nab it here if you fancy it, I won’t mind >:)

Anyway, dontcha think it’s time for a spot of lunch?

… Thought so.

Baywatch on the Beach was one of my first summer jobs. I wore a blue polo top and shorts, serving heavy bowls of moules mariniere, fish ‘n’ chips and fresh baguettes all day long. It was SO much fun, despite the swarms of wasps and heavy plates, I worked with my pals and the tips were pretty damn good. Oh the simple life ey?

We started with frosty bevs. Nothing  beats a cool pint of cider on a sunny day.

Magners Cider

Beer for Matt, naturally.

Beer in the sun

The food was just as good as I remember. Fresh prawn and avo salad, fresh baguettes, perfectly crispy chips… Ooooft.

Baywatch on the beach

Baywatch on the beach

Fish n Chips

The perfect afternoon.

Have you ever visited the Isle of Wight before?


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  • ninegrandstudent

    ARGH, you have a beach hut?! So so jel!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Heheee I am so thankful for it! Even though it is just an old train carriage it is one of my favourite places! Immy x

  • The food looks so good in the photos!! How awesome is to grow up narthex beach!

    xx, Melissa

    • It was SO dreamy! I will always love that place, I could have sat and gobbled the whole menu. It is the best! I hope I can do the same for my kids one day hehe :) Immy x

  • Loved how you set this post out! It was like an insight into your diary haha! Also love that dress so much!!! The back is beaut xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • Ah thank you dallin’ I love a diary style post! Easy to read and also so nice to look back on! Thanks chick, thought you might like it! Although, both straps have broken! The only downside of Mango is that everything breaks so quick >:( Immy x

  • Love your stripe dress, the back is just too pretty!


    • Thank you so much Nathalie :) It is beaut isn’t it?! It was love at first sight in the shop lol! Immy x

  • My Grandma used to go to the Isle of White most Summer’s and always came back full of tales about how beautifully relaxed it was there and how picturesque it was … would love to visit if I get a chance!

    Emma |

    • Ah that is so lovely, I can see exactly why she would have loved it! It really is the most beautiful place, there is so much to see! If you do visit – let me know and I can give you a list of places to check out! Immy x

  • Lisa Autumn

    The striped dress is BEAUTIFUL!

    xx Lisa |

    • Heheeee thank you Lisa! <3 Immy x

  • Isle of Wight looks so beautiful and I’m so sykes it’s almost Summer too! You look gorgeous in these photos, Emily x

    • Ah Emily it is so dreamy, have you ever visited? ME TOO! Definitely gonna try and visit more often throughout the summer, it is the perfect place to be! Thank you my love :) Immy x

  • I’ve never been to Isle of Wight, but I’ve heard it beautiful! And your pictures do make it look like a perfect spot for some summery tourism :)


    • Oooh yes Lii, you should definitely try and visit one day – you would absolutely love it I’m sure! If ya do, let me know and I can give you some Islander recommendations :) Thank you lovely lass. Immy x

      • Thanks, I definitely will! :)

  • Yvonne

    Think I need to add this place to my-to-visit-places! it looks amazing and you look great in your outfits!
    xo Yvonne

    • Ooh yes Yvonne! I am sure you would love it, such a lovely little escape. Thank you gal! Immy x

  • Ellie Adams

    There is so much to say about this post. Firstly, I need the dress. Done! Secondly, I actually feel calmer and more zen for having read this… such a beautiful post with all the happy, family feels!!


    • Heheeeeee Ellie <3 <3 <3 You would look BEAUT in this dress! Ah thank you my love :) gotta catch up when you are next about in London chick. Immy x

  • Omg your childhood sounds like a dream! I’d love a beach hut! And you look so gorgeous in the dress! Xxx

    • Ah so many lovely memories! <3 It was such a nice thing to grow up with – even thought it is just a train carriage lol! Thank you my love :) Immy x

  • Natalia Cooke (The Petite Expl

    Oh this makes me really miss the British summer. That is something I never thought I’d say!

    • Ooh, well.. I know what ya mean.. But it has been raining and grey the rest of the time :( England just comes alive when the sun is shining! Immy x

  • Vicki Reckless

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, so peaceful and relaxing, I love to go to the beach when the weather isn’t pouring! I love that dress, the back is so cute!xx

    • Thank you so much Vicki :) It was such a wonderful weekend, I can’t wait to go back! I know, fingers crossed the weather will start to look up now! Hehe cheers gal, it is the cutest! Although, both straps have broken :( so annoying! Immy x

  • Ohh I love this post, the isle of wight looks like such an amazing place and is definitely on my list of places to visit! I love your dress, it’s got such a nautical vibe about it, you look great in it! Also, that food looks SO delicious!

    Heather Xx

    • Thank you Heather :) You would love the Isle of Wight it is such a beautiful place, even just for a lil weekend getaway :) Cheers lovely, was the perfect setting for it! I know right, the food there is always dreeeamy! Immy x

  • Such gorgeous pictures – I actually spent nearly every summer as a child going to the isle of wight, a place so close to my heart, I love the island!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Thank you lovely :) Ah did you! Amazing, where did you guys go mostly? Immy x

      • We always used to go to Ventnor, my favourite place on the island!

  • wow ! Great Pictures ! I love photography and you have an eye for detail. Great post .

    • Ah Marie, such a lovely comment :) Thank you chick. Immy x

  • The Isle of Wight is high up on my UK bucket list! And even more so now! x

    • Ah yes Amanda you would absolutely LOVE it! If you do go, lemme know and I can give you a list of pretty places to explore :) Immy x

  • Wahh this makes me even more determined to eventually visit! Love your outfit in these pics too.

    • Ooooh Dannielle you have to visit :) It is such a nice break! Thank you chick xxx

  • Oh this is so adorable, LOOK at that kettle! I’ve never been to the Isle of Wight but it’s definitely on my list. Looks like a lovely time and you took some seriously gorgeous photos. Looove that dress too.
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • Teehee thank you Sophie! It is so cute haha! I reckon you would love it, perf stay cation spot! Ah my love thank you :) so sad the both straps broke >:( Have an amaaaazing time in Scandinavia! Immy x

  • Beah days are the best days, oh my, I’m in need of some vitamin sea!!! That Isle look so beautiful and peaceful!!!

    Wishing you alovely day and week ahead! xo

    • The absolutely are! Being in London right now in the heat I am craaving it SO much! Thank you lovely Melissa :) Immy x

  • Olivia

    Love this. Am working on conquering my fears for the water… So I guess am heading to the beach this summer.

    • Ah yes, you can do it Olivia :) slowly and surely you can conquer those fears – the mind is a very powerful thing <3 Immy x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Oh my GOD love this looks like the dreamiest weekend! I never knew you grew up here, and I can’t believe I’ve never been *slaps wrist! It looks like you had such a nice family filed relaxing weekend, and we all need one of those from time to time! <3 P.s that dress is SO very babe'in on you girl!

    Hayley xo

    • It was so so lovely, crazy… It feels like so long ago now :( Whaaaaaaaaat Hayley ya gotta go! You would love it :) Thank you lass, it was love at first sight when I saw it in Mango haha! Immy x