Sunday, 12 December 2010

It's a mini adventure

A secret love of mine, after lipstick, tea and lace dresses, is motors. Mini cars to be precise. I am a little car geek at heart and just adore swooning over anything shiny and sporting the iconic mini badge. My love halts at mere admiration and I am not proposing I can willy-nil-lily purchase a car like I purchase lipstick.
It was after catching glimpses of The Italian Job, Christmas circa 2006, that I decided I was destined to motor one of these darlings around and sourced myself this little gem decked out sufficiently to make even Michael Caine proud of its classic resonance.



You spy the fluffy dice?
I loved this car dearly, it was the perfect, fun form of transportation I was harbouring after. Four merry, tooting-terrific years we spent together, through the bumpy times and rocky moments, icy corners and sun-striken streets, we were inseparable. Four years on, and although my adoration for the mini had only but blossomed amply, I fancied a change. 





Yesterday, I became the proud owner of Bertie. A beautiful, new, classic addition to my mini adventure. This car was firstly a cloud of romanticised imagery in my head, before he was immortalised into my very own motor a month later. The fabulous thing about minis are their sheer brilliance and ability to encapsulate a character, feeling or inspiration and the sky is the limit with the design and features. I had this idealised picture-postcard image in my head of picnic hampers, capri pants and a headscarf flimsily being teased in the wind, cocooned by the smell of cracked brown leather seats. 
Et voila...


Needless to say, this weekend will predominately be festooned with any excuse to take an excursion out in my new jalopy, just with the open roads and my chihuahua car freshener for company! Bliss.

36 comments:

*Onna's Little Blog* said...

love bertie! So jealous, wish I could drive/had any car let alone a lovely mini :) x

Hayley said...

Ooo so lucky! I am determined to learn to drive next year (21 and unable to drive - shocking) cant wait to read about your adventures x

JillieCat said...

Love it! Congrats on your new car!

Sarah, Sequin This said...

He's a very grown up looking Mini Cooper, love it! Would love my first car to be a Mini Cooper, I can only dream haha xx

Rebecca said...

oh you should have bought it from our dealership in Norwich! I would have thrown in some freebies for you! xx

SparklesandLipgloss said...

I love Bertie! My mum's first car was a racing green mini :) I would love one! So cute xx

Lauren said...

i want one!!
you union jack really makes that!:)

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MakeupLoveer said...

So jealous, I want a blue convertible mini! Need to save my pennies.

Lovely car!

Lu xxx
www.makeuploveer.blogspot.com

jennie said...

Aww I love Bertie! xo

Miss Lucy said...

So cute, Milly! I love that you've gone from a fun car to a proper grown up serious car. Really gorgeous, loving the British racing green with the brown. xx

LC said...

aww Bertie is a beauty. I have a black sparkley mini one convertible and her name is Ryvita (don't ask!!) and I adore her more and more every time I drive her...

Bet you can't wait for summertime!

Liz xxx

COURTZMELV said...

Your so lucky! Minis are the most beautiful cars!!

Be sure to check out my Christmas Giveaway :)
xx

Gem said...

Wow, what a gorgeous car! x

Vanity-Fashionista said...

I want a mini! :P

Bertie is so handsome! hehe. I love your previous mini too. Lucky woman you are!

Your drive looks beautiful too ^^ xx

Emma Jade said...

It has my initals in the reg so really it's my car, yeah?
It's beauuuuuuutiful!

Kim said...

My car (silver corsa) is called Bertie too, he's not as handsome as yours though haha xx

beckiangel44 said...

Omggg it's soo nice Milly!! would never have thought of the brown roof that's such a good idea :) wishing you lots of good trips together hehe!xo

Honeylust24 said...

my ambition is to have that car, I love it
xxx

arlene said...

I could just eat him! Looks like a yummy after eight :D Congrats gorgeous xx

Megan Blair said...

so jealous :)
when I drive I must be getting a mini :D

Sami said...

Ahhh you're so lucky! Mini is my dream car :-) xx

laura-leigh said...

Such a classy beautiful mini, I'm so happy that I took the plunge and got mine last year. She makes me super happy :)Enjoy your times with Bertie..

Caz said...

I'd love a mini, I just wish I could drive haha x

Laura said...

Love it!

I got my fist Mini in March and i will never go back from them now, I love them :)

x

[Anna] said...

So jealous! Wish i could afford a car right now, let alone a mini.
Love the look of minis ^-^ so british.

x

Vicky said...

Ahhh I love Bertie! I've always said if/when I learn to drive I want a Mini. They're ADORABLE! xoxo

Ess-Jay24 said...

i need a new car and i now want a mini! I'm so jealous :)
xx
Bertie is gorgeous btw
xx

Hannah said...

Ahhh your new car is absolutely gorgeous! I've always wanted a Mini, hopefully one will be mine one day! xx

The Fashion Teller said...

Woo hoo for Mini Convertibles! Welcome to the club ;) I adore mine as you know and love having the roof down, shades on and blaring out those tunes!
Have fun with Bertie!!xxx

Claire said...

I love Mini's! Congrats on the new car, looks gorgeous. I am so in love with my Mini, I am so glad I bought it last month. I have a Cooper S in dark grey and it's fab. Love, love, love. Enjoy your trips in Bertie! xx

annelie said...

I'm learning to drive as we speak and I find certain things so difficult to understand, I hate parallel parking and turning the car around!! I admire anyone who has past their test :-) Maybe next year will be my year...

Arash Mazinani said...

sweet car. I was a little confused at first thinking the one with the union jack flag on the roof was your new one until I scrolled down and saw the green convertible.

The new mini's are really nice car's if I didn't live in the city centre where there's no real need for a car then I'd definitely consider getting one. In fact I saw an amazing all black cooper s today when out shopping. It was all black and had nice red break calipers and black alloy wheels.

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Milly said...

thank you for all your comments and lovely stuff guys! Bertie and I are having a whale of a time together :) x

tracymiami said...

Hey sweetie

He is lovely i love minis to. My old beetle was called Bertie to hehe bless. I just got a brand new convertable beetle but I have called him Beano (pics on my blog if you want to nose) but to scary to drive at the moment

Enjoy cupcake

t xxx

pelininstyle said...

I love this car! :) Have a nice ride:)

Antal Tímea said...

OMG! I want to own a Minie, Yours is beautiful, feminine, classy...everything a lady needs!!!
Drive safely!

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