24 Oct

Italy travel guide – Portofino day trip


Portofino was a last minute wild card.  Well you can’t really call it a wild card, it’s not exactly a hidden gem that we took a chance on… it is however a gem and when the weatherman promised sunshine here over anywhere else, we decided to follow.  And let’s just say, there’s a reason Liz Taylor spent four honeymoons in this tiny corner of the world…

Scroll down for my guide on how to travel, what to do, eat and wear…

tee – Asos   |   autumn skirt – Reiss
blake crossbody bag – Henri Bendel   |   sandal – Mango
tallo leopard scarf – reiss   |   aviators – Iolla
raw mesh watch – Christian Paul
‘love’ necklace – Astley Clarke  |  pyramide spike chain – Bauble Bar




We drove from Sestri Levante to Santa Margherita in search of a boat (there’s an ample metered car park if you take a right up the hill shortly after arriving into the village) after being turned away from the road by police informing us the parking in Portofino was full.  Honestly they did us a favour.  The boats run every hour and arriving to Portofino on the water really is the best way.  Sit outside up front if you get the chance to do some dream home shopping along the way before seeing an impossibly small cove appear amongst the tree covered cliffs and realising as you draw nearer that this, in fact, is Portofino.

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You won’t be short of choice in Portofino if you’re looking for food and we were starving when we arrived so immediately nabbed the first table in the sun we saw outside Da I Gemelli by the harbour.  We ordered shrimp taglierini which was incredible and drank the reasonably priced local wine by the carafe (wine by the bottle, by the way, ranged from about 60€ up to €600…).

We later took gelato from one of the many tiny gelaterias and curved right round the harbour to enjoy it away from the tourist crowds with our legs dangling over the water.  Bliss.

I should note that if you have the time, take a wander to discover the cutest little bistro bars further round (the entire walk wouldn’t take more than ten minutes – this place is teeny tiny), some have benches almost in the water and are one hundred percent adorable.

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The number one thing to do in my opinion is soak up the atmosphere harbour-side and channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor.  If you’re feeling a little more energetic (thirty second bowl of pasta to work off…) then follow the winding alleys up the hill to the view point for what is surely the most beautiful vista – this is your classic Instagram moment (sorry Kodak, times are a-changing).

I rather fancied a visit to the famous Hotel Splendido too but I believe I’d need another mortgage for lunch and sadly you can’t visit the pool or bistro unless you’re a guest… maybe next time.


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Comfortable shoes for the cobbles and the winding alleys are a must and obviously, again, this is the time to channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor.  Literally in love with this leopard tasseled neck scarf from Reiss for movie star vibes…  On a more serious note, Portofino, being a tiny, naturally sheltered cove, is a sun trap so it gets warm and if you come on the boat expect a strong breeze en route so layers would be the smart choice.

It’s unlikely you’ll swim (unless you’re going to hike to find a spot) so the bikini in my handbag went unworn but that day spent soaking up the riviera and the colours of Portofino was simply the best wild card day trip we could have hoped for…




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21 Oct

Riviera style


As every Friday should be spent…  with the one you love overlooking the water, taking a dip in the Bay of Silence and drying out on the jetty…  And the perfect blue ruffle dress from Asos because it seemed so perfect for the Italian Riviera and a last minute Click & Collect, night before you’re flying, Asos haul is mandatory.

Happy Friday.x

dress – Asos   |   flats – Daniel Footwear
rivington tote – Henri Bendel
aviators – Ray Ban   |   dapper watch – Daniel Wellington
bracelets – Links of London & Dower & Hall







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19 Oct

Italy travel guide – Sestri Levante


Four days in Italy and I fell head over heels in love.  I want to explore every bit of this beautiful country but, for now, I have these memories…  So I wanted to share a travel diary with my tips on where to stay and what to eat and, of course, what to wear because we packed in so much in four days and if there’s even a hair on your body that’s thinking about travelling to this part of Italy, I urge you to do it.

Scroll down for my guide on where to stay, what to do, eat and wear…

blouse – MyWardrobe via Depop
Levi’s 501 shorts – Zalando
Pavement boots – Zalando
Ray Ban aviators – Zalando

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We flew into Pisa with Ryanair in darkness (aka the flight that lands at midnight and costs about £20 but means you don’t even need the day off work) and hired my Italian dream car, a white Fiat 500 which the husband folded into effortlessly.  One word of warning – check your hire company will be open at midnight or you’re in trouble…




There’s so much to do and yet nothing to do if that makes any kind of sense?  And that’s how I like it on holiday.  The hotel loaned us some bikes and we explored the little village and all its cobbled alleyways, eating gelato and stopping in cafes for teeny tiny coffee.  We cycled up the hill to the convent and worked the brakes on the way back down, we swam in the bay and dried off on the tiny jetty.  Guys, if you don’t feel the love in this place you have a heart of stone.  It’s just the most beautiful place and the people are so friendly, life is slow and the air is warm…



We stayed at the Vis a Vis which was incredible – now don’t get me wrong, the rooms are old style Italian orange bedspreads and pretty basic although with generous sun terraces, but the views, the views are what it’s all about.  The most incredible panoramic vista right out over the double bays of Sestri Levante, breakfast from the floor to ceiling window restaurant and drinks from the rooftop bar with the curtains wafting in the breeze, watching the sun sink down on the ocean horizon behind those coloured houses…  but, and I’m just playing devil’s advocate here, you can easily head up there for a sunset drink whether you choose to stay there or not.  So if you’re on a tighter budget then I also liked the look of Villa Agnese and Chincamea both of which are a little further out of town but look beautiful and a great base for exploring the area.  To be completely honest though, you could stay anywhere is Sestri Levante and you wouldn’t be disappointed because this is the most charming village ever

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The food in Italy deserves the Instagram ‘100’ emoji, period.  So with that in mind you could eat most places and the fresh ingredients coupled with the best pasta in the world means you’re hardly likely to go hungry.  A couple of our favourites in Sestri though – Citto Beach for lunch and views of the Bay of Silence (seriously, that’s what it’s called and it is just the most beautiful place hugged by it’s coloured houses and with the stillest turquoise water).  The menu is simple, salads and focaccias with variations of mozzarella, tomato and parma ham but the food is so fresh… and did I mention that view?  The house red is excellent and if you need a break from the cocktails you can just nip to the beach and take a dip in the bay.  Bliss.  We enjoyed it so much on day one that we went right back for more on day two.  For dinner La Cantina del Polpo was superb.  The husband tried the tasting menu whilst I opted for the house specialty of octopus taglierini – genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever tasted, something like the bolognese of the sea… I don’t know what to tell you, I didn’t think I was a polpo fan but that dish changed my world.

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The first week in October wasn’t roasting but the perfect balance – warm enough to dine alfresco at lunchtime but cool enough to explore without breaking a sweat.  I packed lots of layers and a jacket and scarf which I was glad of in the evening. I discovered this amazing blouse on the My Wardrobe Depop shop (def worth keeping an eye on for the beautiful bargains!), the Levi’s have definitely become my go to for all holidays and can we talk about the boots?  This is why I love Zalando so much, introducing me to brands I’ve never heard of and coming up with gems like these Pavement boots – I wore them both during the day and every evening, the heel height is easy and the colour does that amazing leg lengthening thing where some ankle boots just cut you off…  if you follow my Insta stories you probably know that I’ve worn them just about every day since I got home too.

I’ll be sharing my looks and tips for each of our four days so get those flights booked and stay tuned…



With thanks to Zalando for supporting this post.

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17 Oct

Utopia – new hair by Sassoon


Somehow being home, all of a sudden the leaves have changed, the air is cooler and it seems we are in the midst of autumn.  I love that we have seasons and those trees are making big ochre hearts in my eyes every time I look out the window or see the dogs roll in them…

Time for a change.  I have to be honest, I went in to Sassoon with not much of a plan.  I know Sharz so well now we have this trust (a trust that it truly takes me years to build – generally I’m quite a trusting person but when it comes to hair, not so much) and I knew the new collection, ‘Utopia‘, just launched.  So we went for these mussed up layers and almost a fringe, just the ends ironed straight, HD hair with lots of texture and shine courtesy of the Illuminating Oil that rocks my world.

It feels kinda sexy and a little bit disheveled and I like it.  It feels right for the season and seems to pair with this Monsoon blouse so well which, by the way, I also have a lotta love for.  Incidentally the shoes I picked up half price in River Island (and they’re just about the closest thing to Chanel on the high street) mid sprint back to the car, post haircut, through the drizzle with my trench over my head – that explains these indoor shots then…

lace blouse – Monsoon (similar here & here)
jeans – American Eagle Outfitters
shoes – River Island (ON SALE)
rings – Peggy Li
eyeshadow – Charlotte Tilbury

cushion – West Elm (similar)   |   sanday throw – bluebellgray











P.S.  The dogs, obviously, have absolutely no relevance to the post but I can never resist and I thought you might be missing them…


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14 Oct

Château la Sauvageonne


Just imagine this chateau perched high on an ancient volcanic hill overlooking rolling hills loaded with grapevines.  Imagine tasting the most incredible rainbow salad of local tomatoes, washed down with a glass of Château la Sauvageonne red.  Imagine floating through the villa and out to the pool and dipping a toe into that water just taking in that view…

Welcome to my bliss.

Do you guys have those talks where you find yourself promising you’re going to retire to a chateau in the South of France (or somewhere equally romantic) and fly back and forth on those Air France flights to Montpellier?  If not, there are two possible scenarios – a) You’ve never considered retiring as you’re simply not as old as I am, or, b) You’ve never been here.  Now, this isn’t a hotel, in fact you have to rent the whole place from Gerard Bertrand himself but let me tell you – Gerard and I are about to become very good friends…

They say if Château la Sauvageonne was a person she would be an adventurer, independent and free like Indiana Jones.  Love that.

delisa top – Storets   |   levi’s 501 shorts – Zalando
hat – AEO   |   watch – Christian Paul
crochet bikini – Missguided (ON SALE)












With thanks to Air France for such a wonderful trip and Kelly for the photos.

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11 Oct

Photo diary – Harvest with Air France


When the Air France invite to the Gerard Bertrand harvest celebration in Narbonne arrived, my eyes glazed over a little…  for France, you see, is my probably my most favourite country in the whole wide world and being whisked away for a weekend there with one of my very best friends was almost too good to be true.  It was only post fashion week, during that one single day I spent at home in Glasgow, unpacking and repacking and when the dress code popped up, that I really put two and two together…  we were going to actually harvest grapes.  And then the Keds went in the case.

You see, fly with Air France and you can enjoy a glass of Gerard Bertrand wine – from the flights to the lounge during our Paris stopover (where we snuck in some Laduree macarons to enjoy with the wine obviously), this trip was a dream.  So Kelly and I were absolutely immersed in the world of those wines for 48 hours, from picking ripe grapes off the vines in the French sunshine, tasting one day young wine right up to thirty years old (my word, honestly, taste buds having a party… for both.  We don’t profess to be connoisseurs and that one day old wine was sooooo sweet and that thirty year old wine was just everything, so smooth and sweet and literally full of love).  We wandered through the estate of Chateau L’Hospitalet with all its rustic, magical French charm, I ate my bodyweight in cheese and figs and came home with a true appreciation of fine wines…



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With thanks to Air France for such a wonderful trip and Kelly for the photos.

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8 Oct

Invite – Welcoming Barbour to House of Fraser, Glasgow


This Wednesday I am delighted to be welcoming Barbour womenswear to House of Fraser, Glasgow, unveiling the largest dedicated space to Barbour womenswear in the world on the 2nd floor of the Buchanan Street store.  I’ll be styling some of my favourite pieces from the new season collections and sipping cocktails from Durham Gin – and you’re all invited to join the celebration with me!

Wednesday 12th October
4pm – 7pm
Barbour, House of Fraser Glasgow
Cocktails and canapes
(Complimentary goody bag with purchase)

In the meantime, here’s a peek at the winter collection – I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been hankering after a Barbour waxed jacket and this one doesn’t disappoint…  I think I’m going to spend most of the next few months wrapped up in this baby in the park with the dogs (trying to thaw out after my european adventures).  I am honestly so honoured to be hosting this event with Barbour, a great British brand I truly love, and I really hope to meet some of you there.x

kelsall jacket – Barbour
raincheck sweatshirt – Barbour
jeans – American Eagle Outfitters
heels – Boden   |   watch – Daniel Wellington









With thanks to Barbour for supporting this post.

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5 Oct

Minibreaking – Crieff Hydro


Meet Eden.  You guys know by now how much I love a minibreak (although I’m not adverse to big breaks either…) and this past weekend we escaped to Crieff Hydro in Perthshire – only an hour and a half from Glasgow but deep, deep in the countryside.  Now the thing about this hotel is that you can really choose to get away from it all and lose yourself in the hills and the spa or you can go all out and make the most of the many activities hidden away in the surrounding fields.

We enjoyed the best of both worlds, exploring the beautiful landscape on horseback (seriously it doesn’t get more romantic than riding side by side in peace and looking out at that view), followed by a soak and steam in the Victorian spa – the perfect combination I reckon.  Naturally we did a lot of walking which MrK and Tux were delighted about… we climbed up The Knock and took the advice of a local who we met in the sauna (don’t you just love it when that happens?!) and strolled along Lover’s Walk by the river the next morning and we discovered the gardens and grounds of the hotel…  I fancied the climbing wall and the tennis too but we were staying in a duplex cottage with a pink fenced terrace and spending time snuggled up in there with my boys was just too tempting after all that fresh air.  Aaand relax.


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2 Oct

How to win at LFW


I’ve been doing London Fashion Week for four years now and along the way there have been highs and lows – I can’t honestly say I feel like I’ve cracked it yet but there are a few things I’ve picked up along the way and, after chatting with so many of you on social media, I wanted to share a few tips, honest thoughts and highlights from the week…

DO IT WITH FRIENDS.  As a blogger, LFW is as much about the networking, the brands and the events as it is about the shows.  If you have blogger friends travelling to the city, pair up, if you have friends in the city, catch up, and if you are fortunate enough to be invited to a lounge, go there.  The team at The Apartment honestly take such good care of me, feeding and watering me, dressing me (with that gorgeous Aspinal bag for the SS17 presentation and those Emu boots on the day the rain was bouncing off the streets), taking the weight off my feet in the lounge area, beautifying me in the make up station (hello Collection Cosmetics – that lip creme FYI is amazing and super cheap), offering work stations for uploading content, photographing me (thanks Comb)…







STAY HEALTHY.  And that means hydrated and fed.  Whenever I travel I make such a huge effort to drink as much water, fresh juice and healthy food as possible and fashion week is no exception.  London is like a black hole where time disappears (unlike Glasgow where east end to west end is a ten minute cab ride) so it is essential to carry emergency supplies with you – I can’t tell you how many times lunch has been the appointment that gets axed from the schedule…

I keep a stock of Naked bars, Pip & Nut squeeze packs and my Brita Fill & Go Vital – we use nearly 7.7 billion single use plastic water bottles every year in the UK and this bottle is a smart way to drink tap water instead of bottled, reducing plastic pollution, filtering to reduce impurities and improve the taste in a totally sustainable way.  It holds a healthy 600ml of water so saw me through a good chunk of the day and was super easy to fill up on the go.



GET THE INVITES.  But let’s not forget the actual shows.  First of all, you’re going to need to apply…  Yep, that’s right, it’s not that likely the big tickets are just going to fall through your letter box.  You can register with the BFC or, as I do, just keep an eye on the schedules and download the ‘Ticket Requests for Press’ spreadsheet.  This is basically your bible, offering you on a plate each and every PR contact for the shows.  So you write to them and ask nicely for a ticket.  I’ve spent hours crafting personal requests, including media packs and notes on the designer… and I’ve sent very short emails simply noting my request for a ticket.  And honestly the outcome hasn’t been much different for me with either approach.  Just be sure to include your name, position and mailing address.  Follow up the day before and now and again you’ll get a last minute invite, leverage any relationships you’ve built with PR’s throughout the year, connections are key.  I only apply for the show I genuinely want to see and cover and was lucky enough this season to receive invites to some of my favourites…


Bora Aksu is literally the dream ticket for me and the show was an absolute delight of lace and frills and romance in the most beautiful setting.


We saw the launch of the new Jigsaw A Line collection at the gorgeous Bluebird, this teddy coat absolutely stole my heart…


Matching harlequin dress and bag pairings were the star of the show for me at Jasper Conran, always so sophisticated and simple.


And at Antonio Berardi…  can we talk about those big sleeves and fringed mane pants for a moment?  Divine.


Aspinal of London win the prize for the sweetest, quirkiest of presentations – Peggy Porschen cakes, pink phonebox photobooth, and pastel street with a new season design peeking through every window.  And that flower arch corridor…  such a treat.



ENJOY YOURSELF.  I mean really, come on, that’s the most important thing is it not?

With thanks to Brita for supporting this post.

Images by Kris Atomic and Derek Bremner for Comb.


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27 Sep

LFW Day 4 – Idolising Heidi


Somehow what was only a week ago feels like a month ago…  Day four of London fashion week was all about this dress, or so I thought.  That was until I got these braids by Sassoon and then, very quickly, it became all about the hair.  In love.

hair – Sassoon  |   love necklace – Astley Clarke
suede tank – River Island   |   dress – Zara
mules – Boden
saddle bag – Boden   |   DKNY leather strap – Zalando
watch – Vitae London









Photos by Nancy H Gibbs

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