I’m excited to introduce a travel segment to you, I’ve always been passionate about travel, exploring and documenting and have covered many countries here, on this humble blog O’ mine. I’m off to the Canary Islands in two weeks and I can’t wait to explore and suss out the best places to relay to you here and on gram of course.
Firstly though, I felt it was important to start with those countries closer to home. I’m in Paris twice a year, if not more (three times this year for mens as well as women’s fashion week), and it was this trip that I finally felt like I’d got the lay of the land; discovered great places to eat – read: great places to find a salad, and not just steak frites..
I know my way around the city pretty well by now, so I’ve created this map for any of you travelling out there and wanting to know my regular haunts, mostly food but some of my favourite stores too, such as Christoph Lemaire. I’ll add to it each season, or as soon as I find somewhere new that I NEED to share/ remember myself :)
This was my first time in Milan for fashion week, I was kindly invited out by Vogue Italia to be part of their Vogue Talents showroom which was amazing. I love travelling to new places and when you can write it all off as a work trip, even better. I love flying to Italy as you fly over the Alps which is so jaw droppingly beautiful, yes, I’m that person looking out the window the entire time on flights, how can you not!?
My favourite part of the trip was discovering Ceresio 7, pictured here a few times. Designed by Dsquared, the rooftop bar and pool was insane, we sat watching the sun set whilst enjoying delicious drinks and food – in Italy it’s tradition to bring out large snacks around 7pm with your drinks, amazing! It definitely gives Shoreditch House a run for it’s money – it felt more like The Row store than a bar at all tbh. We were blessed with 30 degree weather on our trip, which was a little depressing being inside a showroom all day and taking turns alternating the outside sun spot, but as soon as the showroom closed we ran out to eat, drink and enjoy! Thanks to India for keeping me company and letting me pinch her Kara bag more than once :)
How apt that the modern photo diary would be instagram exclusive. I would normally lug my Mark II around; but with a full 40 piece collection to lug, and rails, and personals, the camera had to stay behind on this trip, forgive me? We were in Paris for sales and I have to say it’s the first time I really loved the city. Hanging out with people that know it like the back of their hand really is an awesome thing.
To recap. Our beautiful balcony 7 floors above the Rue Saint Honoré, living walls, discovering Uncommon Matters, India repping AW14, white shoe game, Colette, the Yohji show, Nicholas Kirkwood pearl boots, Jennifer Fisher at the Valery Demure showroom, SS14 croc bombers, cut out 3.1 Phillip Lim tees, leather slides, sunsets with Clym, and of course the new collection.
Photos from Instagram
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!