What Not to Pack For an Adventure Holiday.

Anyone find packing for a holiday the worst? I know I do, how will I know what I want to wear 3 days from now. I’m not an outfit planner. It could be colder holiday them planned and I’d hate to be in the same jumper for 6 days. Or not bring the right bikini, or the one I took with me isn’t dry to wear again.

Dress – H&M | Earrings – H&M (old) so many similar ones in store and online

Jumper – H&M | Coat – Cotton Traders (mens) | Jeans – Primark

I fully realised my packing faults while packing for my friend holiday to Centre Parcs. I packed 1 pair of shoes, 1 t-shirt,1 long sleeve, 3 pairs of trousers and two dresses. Throw in a few jumpers and that was it. For a wilderness holiday (we stayed in an executive lodge, there was no dirt, we had a dishwasher for god’s sake) I should have been packing tracksuit bottoms, thick jumpers and running trainers. A swimsuit would have been better too. I wore a new bikini that, thank god held it’s own in the water rapids and wave pool.

T-Shirt – here | Trousers – New Look | Trainers – Converse* | Bag – Yumi | Jumper – Zara

However, I do think I managed to save myself and pull together some outfits that are a little more interesting for a wilderness holiday amongst redwoods. Bright trousers mixed with bright jumpers. short dresses and big jumpers.

This is about as extensive as the fashion posts will get from my holiday to centre Parcs. It was incredibly cold, in our Lodge and around the Park. Of course it’s a holiday in England so it rained, not much but it did.

Dressing for the Weather

An outfit so good I wore it twice. My new favourite jumper to wear from H&M. I was planning to save it for Autumn and Winter but when the weather is this temperamental how could I not wear it now? Hello, it’s off the shoulder too. I’ve never worn anything off the shoulder or cold shoulder, but I’m a true convert. I am living for the colour. Why am I so into red at the moment ( someone tell me) so this jumper is really everything. Hayden loves how soft it is. So it’s a win, win. Of course, mom jeans and you know I love heels. These Next block heels from the Christmas sale are so gorgeous, but I really couldn’t walk around the city and go exploring without many, many coffee and drink breaks.

I wore
jumper – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Heels – Next | Bag – Furla | Socks – H&M

Photos were taken at Salisbury Cathedral and Hardy’s Original Sweet Shop
By Hayden

Coca Cola and Lace

I’ve lived in England almost all my life and have yet to visit so many places that are on my doorstep. Lepe Country Park is on that list. A family picnic for my dad’s birthday took myself and Hayden there. The weather started out poorly, driving through the New Forest in the lashing rain was like driving in a horror movie. But the sun came out as we reached our destination. The wind, however, didn’t leave us for the whole trip.

Wanting to wear something a little more special then usual windy beach walk wear. In my Edwardian style lace top under a Coca Cola jumper the lace popping out of the collar looks so much more feminine, which I prefer. White trainers to match my lace and rainbow hoop earrings to finish.

Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | jumper – Vintage store | Earrings – New Look

| Lace top – TK-Maxx

Tartan Trousers 2.0

Days off together are rare, we only get evenings or a few hours in the morning. When we do have a day off together we make the most of it. We did the quickest tour of Portsmouth you will ever see. H and I went to try out a new burger place, which turned out not to be worth the hype but we did go to Gunwharf Quays and do a little shopping. Well I did the shopping. A little purchase in Levis  for a logo T shirt that I’ve wanted for so long and a little Furla wallet which is my new evening bag. We stood looking at all the yachts thanking each other for buying the biggest one we could see.

Remember the last post? The tartan trousers that I lorded above all other forms of trousers? Well I’ve just seen that New Look do them in red and black and white. I need to shake the hand of who ever decided to bring them to New Look because I still love them and will new go buy them in the two other colours.

I wore

trousers – New Look | T shirt – Topshop | Denim jacket – Next | shoes – Coverse* | bag – Yumi

The Barn at Avington

I’ll be honest, I though weddings or my wedding was a bit “off brand” for me personally and professionally. But I’ve been to a few family wedding and I loved them all. So romantic and unforgettable. I guess weddings are 100% up my street “on brand”.

I’m 24 and my cards are still on the table, so I don’t know what kind of wedding I want. I always dreamed of eloping but someone, i’m looking at you H is a million percent not having it. So I guess I’ll be surrounded by my loved ones as they congratulate me as i get married. Nothing sounds worse, then having a beautiful day in a dress getting married in-front of my family and friends and telling everyone i got hitched and smiling and laughing at the best day of my life… come on.
Enough of me talking about myself, The Barn at Avington is why we are all here.
A new wedding venue that has spring up out of the Winchester countryside is The Barn at Avington. A beautiful newly renovated barn with more space then most, surrounded by rolling hills, local cottages and beautiful woods. There is also a lake, incase you thought this place didn’t have everything. Just over the lake you get a glimpse of a local vineyard. It’s beautiful and idyllic, it’s perfection manifested in a wedding venue.
 With on site cottages for family to stay in, sleeping up to 14 and the glamping site just up the road there is really no need to stay at a hotel and drive to the wedding the worry about getting back to your hotel after a glass or two, a destination wedding without the plane ticket.
The concept of the Barn is to have a really bespoke unique wedding. There is no conveyer belt service here. The idea is to take your time have a week or weekend at The Barn have a decorating party first day you arrive get everything ready. Time to relax then get married and party the night away, Wake up have a BBQ relax pack down, to finally drive home when safe to do so.
The Barn have really gone that one step further and curated a really expensive list of suppliers. Don’t be fooled everyone on the list has be vetted. From all different types of bands to light up signs to live sketches, everything as been thought of. You want it? The Barn will help you find it. The resources they have at their finger tips is really something to utilise.
I arrived for a press day not really knowing what to expect, When people say barn, I automatically think mud. There was no mud in sight. It is a barn but it’s so much more.
On the press day tables were set by local suppliers and arranged with such flourish that I wanted them to decorate my home. The tableware really stole it for me Crystal Hire Ltd had the most beautiful pieces that it really added a more decadent feel the the rustic aesthetic. The whole place was styled by Linen and Lace Events, who I’d like to style all my birthdays from now on.
We were given a tour and treaded to drinks and snacks then we walked the few steps it took to the ceremony space outdoors by the late. Soon to be pontoon to have your ceremony out on the late. No officially wedding license (yet?) but you can get married in Winchester and have a ceremony at The Barn, a jumping the broom, or trying the knot.
We were invited to visit The Glade also which is a really show piece. An A frame structure fit for 2. Possible a newly married couple? Nestled within a bluebell forest with magnificent views. The out door living space gives you a truly open kitchen and a bathroom right into the woods. An optional seating area at the first pit or would you prefer the old stone water tank to take in your evening view of paradise?
Thank you The Barn at Avington ( Rebecca)lin for having me, please have I have my Birthday here? It’s not in wedding season.
For more information : http://www.avingtonholidays.co.uk/the%20barn.html

Genderless Clothing & Paleontology

Dippy – Diplodocus | Dorset County Museum 

 Dippy stayed in the Victorian hall which is very fitting for a globe trotting dino. He/She wouldn’t have settled for anything less. Dippy is over 100 years old and tours the globe inspiring new generations of scientists. The next Ross Geller could be among us.

I learnt so much about Dippy but couldn’t find Dips gender, which ties in perfectly to my T-shirt. It’s genderless clothing from Zara. Designed with no gender boundaries other then making a cute shirt for anyone to buy. Of course you can shop in either section no matter what just I really enjoy the inclusivity that Zara are promoting.

If you do get the chance to see Dippy in their tour of the UK please do, you’ll learn a lot and get to be Ross for a day. Next Stop Birmingham.

 

I wore

Genderless t shirt – Zara | Jeans – Primark | Shoes – Converse via footway*

Harmonics

Harmonics in Space at the NOW Gallery in Greenwich London.

Such an immersive experience, shoes removed and head phones in, you are encouraged to spend time just being in the space. Harmonics in Space was designed by Fred Butler to combat SAD and to slow yourself from society. The cinematic music was created by Nature Boy to fill your head, and to calm yourself within the 30minutes you have in the space.

I wore

mom jeans – Primark | striped blouse – Zara | necklace – here

Topshop in Paris

Forever trying to get that shot. This pillar was so high but looks so small. I was so nervous, thinking I’d end up in french A&E from falling off it. So ridiculous I was shaking like a leaf.

A love poem to my new coat…

It’s long, it’s blue I wore it to the lo(uvre) …?

I am obsessed with this coat. Full credit to my friend Marshaine for showing it to me because I love it so much. I needed a new coat to replace my red one (which is falling apart) and I can’t get enough of it. The coat reaches my knees which is such a comfort for me because I am so tall and over sized things just look average on me. The high pockets, lets talk about the pockets. They just under the boob area, also knows as the waist. Giving the coat some shape and to not make it look like i’m wearing a sack.

Hair in a low bun because that Parisian wind in no joke. Later in the day we went up the Arch de Triumphe and my hair was all over the place so a chic low bun was the only option.

I WORE

Coat – Topshop

Jeans – Primark

Shoes – Converse*

Bag – Calvin Klein ( Vintage)

Photos take by Hayden at the Palais Royal

& Other Stories and Edinburgh

Being able to run around a new city with someone you love is such a unique thing. Wanting to explore a new place with your love, is hilarious and exhausting and you really can’t wait to explore the next new place.

While we were in Edinburgh we drank Iron Bur till we were orange in the face, explored the Christmas market, woke up before sunrise to watch the sun come up over Arthur’s Seat from the Nelson Monument, went to cool bars, drank many cocktails and ate so much food.

I wore

Coat – Long Tall Sally

Jumper – & Other Stories

Jeans – Primark

Boots – Diechmann

Looking back at all the photos from this trip it really looks like I only wore black, white or red for four days. oops!

 

Star Print in Victoria Street | Edinburgh

Victoria street is one of the places in Edinburgh we kept going back to. There are thousands of streets but this one was a little more magical and vibrant and had so many things to see. Apparently it’s the street that inspired Diagon Alley. How flipping cool, we also went to The Elephant House cafe where J K Rowling started to write Harry Potter. We didn’t pick Edinburgh for it’s connection to Harry Potter but loved seeing all the inspirations.Maison Bleue  at night.

We stopped into Maison Bleue in the evening for mulled wine and a mince pie.

 We stopped into The Red Door Gallery and picked some prints to hang when we move in together. I really loved that shop, there were so many prints that I wanted. We chose from Mr Peebles and And Smile and a little Edinburgh postcard to go with our Cornwall one.

At the bottom of Victoria Street you’ll find Hula. A perfectly decorated cafe with a huge healthy menu with lost of GF, vegan and veggie options. We never went past when we were in need of food but went in for a smoothie and a cold brew.

The Chia Fields smoothie for me and a cold brew for him.

I wore

Star shirt – TK-Maxx

Turtle neck – H&M

Jeans – Primark

Coat – Long Tall Sally

Gloves – Accessorize

Bag – Carara Designs on Etsy

Boots – Deichmann