It is a truth universally acknowledged that getting lost in normal life is just a big old pain in the butt, but on holiday it’s a genuine pleasure. Not if you’re properly lost of course, stuck in the middle of nowhere with no phone signal – and worse, no wifi – and you don’t understand the language and you haven’t eaten for hours and you totally wore the wrong shoes for a long walk. I’m talking about the nice kind of holiday-lost, where you put away the guidebook, get your water bottle at the ready and just wander. The old walled part of Ibiza Town is perfect for this kind of exploring. There are so many beautiful little streets and secret walkways, steps that seem to lead nowhere, pretty courtyards and alcoves and views for miles across hidden rooftop gardens, the streets below all cracked cobbles and crumbling brick.
Drifting along the beautiful streets of St Albans at sunset in a flowy cardigan somehow feeling way more glamorous than I am! It’s the light at this time of day – it makes everything gilded and beautiful. Callum is like a little moth when it comes to sunset. We’ll be having a wander and the sun will dip down to kiss the street and out his camera will come and soon here I am prancing along trying to avoid getting knocked down by cars while he happily snaps away. Oh the glamour of being a fashion blogger!
I’m wearing two of my hero pieces for this summer in this look – you know those items that seem to be the only things you can see in your wardrobe no matter how big it is and just feel oh so easy to wear? One is my lovely long cardi from H&M. I’ve worn it so much it’s starting to fray, so I might have to grab another one before it leaves the shops! The best thing about it is it’s so light it’s a great piece to have in your bag when you’re out and about on summer days, just in case it turns chilly. My second hero piece is this absolutely gorgeous slinky little off-shoulder top from Cheap Monday (similar here). It’s so delicate and subtly sexy, and perfect for showing off your post-holiday tan. I’m still desperately clinging to my Ibiza one!
Have a fantastic rest of the week sweeties and I’ll see you soon with more outfits and some exciting news about our new blog design! x
Apparently summer in Sweden is traditionally celebrated with the arrival of Midsummer, people kicking back to enjoy the sun with long days lost in beautiful countryside followed by evenings with friends laughing and enjoying fresh meat on the BBQ. Well perhaps I’m secretly part Swede, because to me that sounds like summer perfection! Callum and I took on board this cool Scandi tradition this weekend by having a little Midsummer celebrations ourselves, helped along by Rekorderlig’s delicious new summer flavours …
Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig recently launched their summer collection, and they sent over the four flavours for us to try - Strawberry-Lime, Mango-Raspberry, Passionfruit and Apple-Guava (my favourite!). Callum and I would have been happy just sampling these while lazing in the park – we’re big fans of cider, and the new flavours were so refreshing on this super hot day – but to really celebrate the Swedish summer spirit Rekorderlig also set me a challenge to come up with an outfit and summer essentials kit based on the colours of the new flavours: green, red and a dash of peach.
Let’s just say it’s lucky I battled this challenge before enjoying four bottles of cider, because it turns out these colours aren’t a combination I often wear! Red and green don’t instantly jump out as a particular trendy colour palette. But once I had this flirty Hollister dress in place – also number one of my summer essentials: a little floaty dress – the other things fell easily in place. I even found a bright red beach towel to go against all that green grass! It was meant to be. As for the rest of the kit, simplicity in summer is the most important thing to me when it comes to staying styling in the heat, so all you really need is a good dry shampoo, sun cream, nail polishes (my ones here are from Mavala), a tinted lip balm (my favourites are the Rimmel Colour Rush Balms) and then some Berocca to keep you perky! And of course a big bag to keep your essentials in, like my beautiful boho-style one from Fiorelli.
If you’d like to get in the summer mood with Rekorderlig too, head over to their Twitter and Instagram accounts and share your #SpiritofSummer essentials to win exclusive Rekorderlig goodies. Rekorderlig are also bringing the Scandi summer experience to the UK with four events running across Manchester, London, Glasgow and Bournemouth. I went to one last year and it was so much fun – lots of great Swedish food, drink and music, perfect for a cheeky day or evening out with friends. You can find more details on the events and book tickets here.
Happy Midsummer everyone! We hope this post has got you well and truly in the summer mood x
A couple of weeks ago I jetted off to Berlin for a whirlwind two-day trip with Marc Cain – Germany’s biggest fashion brand – to attend their SS15 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It was my first time in Germany – though I didn’t really get to see that much of it! Our hectic schedule was packed with fun events, and it was only really when I was on the plane back that I had a moment to stop and breathe, and think over all the exciting things that I’d experienced. Unfortunately Callum couldn’t come on the trip with me, but the gorgeous Maddie from Daria Daria was on hand as our photographer. Take a look to see what we got up to on the day of the show …
Whew, those were a lot of photos! But Maddie’s snaps were so gorgeous I couldn’t help but share so many. It was seriously so much fun to meet the other ten bloggers out in Berlin working with Marc Cain, especially Clemence and Karolina, who I spent pretty much the whole time laughing with (as you can see in the photos. I think I need to work on my pout!). We started the day with a makeover by Jacks Beauty Department - who have convinced me orange lipstick is definitely the way forward – and taking an exclusive look at Marc Cain’s AW14 styles in their beautiful showroom. Then it was off for lunch at a super cool rooftop location before heading to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!
As soon as we arrived, we ran backstage for a quick peek at the models getting ready before heading inside for the show. It was stunning, and I loved how the circus theme was played up with performers twirling ribbons and doing acrobatics down the runway. Every piece in the collection was beautiful, though I particularly loved the bright, bold floral prints and how floaty dresses and skirts were paired with lace sneakers – a new twist on my favourite sports luxe trend. One of the best things about Marc Cain is how age-defying their pieces are. They are all about classic cuts and shapes, and make clothes that every age group can wear and style in their own personal way. I’ll be getting a chance to style a few of the pieces from the AW14 collection over the next few months, so be prepared for your wishlist to get seriously out of control!
A big thank you to Marc Cain and the PR teams Blogger Bazaar and Task for inviting me out to beautiful Berlin, and Maddie for taking these gorgeous photos (I think they’ve made Callum a little jealous ;)). I’ve also got a fun little video of the day to share with you all, where you can see my killer dance moves. Not something you’re going to want to miss, hey? Watch it here x
So ladies, what’s your take on the shirt-wrapped-round-waist trend? It seems people either think it’s really cool or really not. Funnily enough, teenage Tasha would have been sooooo over it, but now I’m definitely part of the cool camp! It’s such a fun, easy way to add a little something more to a simple outfit, and I kind of love the retro vibe. Funny how these things come full circle, isn’t it?
We took these shots in Santa Gertrudis, a sleepy little town right in the middle of Ibiza. It’s such a beautiful place, and we had to take advantage of these lovely stone steps and tree-lined walkway to take a few outfit shots on our lazy morning walk. I’ve been wearing variations of this outfit during the UK’s steamy heatwave (steamy being the operative word – I’ve been working in the flat in just my undies, and any movement makes me feel as though I’m in a bikram yoga class). Anyone else go through clothes phases too, where you find yourself wearing the same pieces over and over again? Or maybe I’m just a lazy blogger hehe x