As far away from the rain currently lashing at my window, as possibly can be; editing through this mountain of Malta pics has had me sofa bound for the last few nights. What an epic trip, I can safely say we saw everything there was to see in Malta and Gozo, the island is so small you can drive from one end to the other in half an hour. It’s perhaps the kind of place you only need to visit once, but that you should definitely do it once. The most amazing sight was the Azure Window, recognise it from that famous Game Of Thrones wedding scene!? I couldn’t believe it. Also stumbling upon the abandoned set of the live action 80s pop eye set was pretty bizarre to say the least.
Other than exploring it was all about unwinding with regular trips to the Lotus Spa and hanging by the pool and private cove of the Westin Dragonara resort, dreamy cocktails and even dreamier food was the perfect way to spend our last night! If your heading to Malta and in search of good eats, I would definitely recommend visiting Quadro, Barracuda and Wigi’s.
Sometimes a photo perfectly captures a mood or a feeling; going through my mountains of holiday photos from last week (I’ve currently whittled it down to a select 100..) this one stood out as a perfect memory. I’ve been getting back on track with a mountain of work and orders (thank you!) this week, whilst my brain is still in Malta mode. I’ve officially got the travel bug and whilst autumn is my favourite season here, and knits and leathers have me feeling much more in my element than say, a bikini; I can’t help but think about when my next adventure might be and if it involves more hot weather, rooftop pools and turquoise stretching coastlines.
I moved my sample sale online this week so make sure you check it out for SS13 up to 80% off!
Photos by Louisa
Walking around Marsaxloxx, in the south eastern part of Malta, around sunset after eating the biggest Maltese Sunday lunch. Wearing an easy holiday dress I picked up from Zara before travelling, and the Vagabond sandals I couldn’t live without all summer.
Photos by Anna
I think I need to get in touch with the North Devon tourist board, as I could spend all day exploring the vast coastline it has to offer, and no matter how long I spend down here, I never have enough time to see it all. So much beauty that I didn’t really think about growing up here, as I really didn’t know any different. I spent a lot of time on this beach; roaming across the miles and miles of sand dunes; swimming in the sea that’s always too cold – even in the height of summer! So I’m glad I can share it with you, during the golden hour; a little slice of home that inspires me and my work constantly.
After falling for Claudia Ligari’s mesh bomber jacket this summer I’m pleased to add a new piece to the collection; a classic tee that’s half silk, half sports mesh. Perfect with my Kirstie Maclaren Neave cuff that I don’t think I wear enough, going back to those minimal gold pieces that my magpie eyes are drawn to. Wearing a heavy wool coat that was pinched last minute from the boy, sometimes oversized menswear is too good not to.
Going through my batch of Ibiza photos, I realised I still have so many I want to share. Being able to bring my own photographer along on the trip meant that the posts really could go on and on! Quite a lot for 3 days don’t ya think? Not only did I manage to pack an almost exclusively white suitcase but I also managed to get plenty of wear out of some some new swimwear favourites from Varley and Beth Richards. How I miss being so close to crystal blue open water now I’m back in London! Thank you to Michael for being my ideal travel buddy on the trip!
Photos by Me and Michael
Last week I went to Ibiza with Tia Maria to soak up the sun and get a taste of island life. We stayed in the beautiful Talamanca and traveled around the island each day in our own open top jeep – Ibiza style! I’d been to neighbouring islands Menorca and Mallorca on family holidays long ago, so I was keen to see more of this party island with the big reputation. I have to say it was more chilled out than I thought as we didn’t really touch the big club scene at all.
The first night we went to the beautiful Blue Marlin, a private beach club with gourmet food and sun beds looking out onto the ocean. Trees grew up through through the wooden deck surrounding the bar and restaurant, making it feel like our own hidden getaway. During the days we hung out by the pool or at beach bars; eating delicious seafood and drinking fresh juice cocktails. My favourite beach was Benirrás, tucked away behind dense pine forest and cliffs, the little cove had crystal clear turquoise water! Our memorable trip ended along the seafront at The Savannah, with a Tia Maria, watching the sun setting over the Mediterranean. Perfect.
Thank you to the Tia Maria & Early Morning team for inviting me out!
Back in London now and still dreaming of the sunny beaches and rolling hills of North Devon. All week with nothing on the agenda except reading a book or applying some sun cream! We hiked up Heddon’s valley one day and must have walked a hundred miles through the woods trying to find the beach in the distance. There are way more pictures on my instagram from the trip as it’s not always nice to carry a huge camera around. I hope you enjoyed them!
I wanted to keep this travel diary fairly short as those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time will have seen enough already! See example here, here and here - see what I mean? Time to visit some other countries I think..
The stock sales have always been kind of a tradition amongst us since we were at uni, buying fabric for our collections and a few pairs of shoes on the side. It’s amazing being able to buy wools and silks created by Ann Demeulemeester or Haider Ackermann themselves, never even used and marked down to crazy town. This time it was more of a holiday with lots of shopping and over indulging in general. It was Michael‘s birthday after all so we started as we meant to go on..!
I promised I would talk more about our hotel crate on the harbour; owned by the same company as our second night stay at Hotel Les Nuits – super chic; black laquer walls; cocktail bar, spa; I couldn’t recommend it more if you’re heading to the city! Sleeping Around is a compact, transportable, luxury hotel room that has been recycled out of sea shipping containers. The crates regularly move around the city making it a real life pop up hotel. It was an amazing experience to wake up on the harbour side, looking out over the water; it felt like being on a dessert island somewhere, especially as the weather was so HOT. Perfect.
This week I headed back to my old university in Bristol to talk to the UWE fashion students about my label and blog. I hadn’t actually been back since my graduation and had forgotten how beautiful the city is. It was pretty crazy going back into the same room I used to sit in and listen to lectures, to giving one; but I loved it! Meeting all the students and catching up with old tutors was awesome. I feel like I’ve still got a long way to go but going back made me realise how far I’ve come.
Thank you to my brother who acted tour guide whilst I dragged him all over Bristol in the pouring rain (amazing how you can’t tell in these photos).
Some of my favourite blogs are the ones that show me far off places I wish to visit, like the snowy glaciers of Iceland or the sandy beaches of Australia. I love being taken on holiday just by looking through my bloglovin’ feed, exploring the world through someone else’s eye. It’s about time someone championed the moody english countryside, so here we go. Whenever I go to Devon to visit family, I love to set off in the car and explore new unseen places. This particular beach I hadn’t been to since I was a child, and I remember it hailing so hard we actually had to run off the beach! The weather was kinder to us on this day and we could wonder through the black towering rocks scattered across the sand.
The leather jacket and shirt I’m wearing are from last years AW12 collection. I just got all the samples back from my first two collections from HPR so I can start wearing it all again!