29 Jun
2

Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

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One night in the Bordeaux countryside.  And if I could have stretched that one night into a week I would have believe me, but that one night alone at Les Sources de Caudalie was pure bliss…  We flew from Edinburgh to Bordeaux direct and hired a tiny car to nip around.  After two nights south in Biarritz we were back in wine country, just half an hour from the airport, in heaven.

Driving up the vine lined road, the sun was setting behind Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, the neighbouring winery, and the birds were singing.  Honestly, taking in every detail from start to finish, you literally could not make this place up.  Our room was on stilts over the lake and from our private terrace we watched the last pink glow of sun disappear over the water as we sipped red wine and ate canneles.  And there were bike rides through the vineyards and late night games of billiards in the games room and the most delicious meal at La Table Du Lavoir and strolls around the vegetable garden and the best breakfast tray I’ve really ever seen and dips in the most idyllic of pools.

If you dream a French countryside dream, this is it…

 

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With thanks to Les Sources de Caudalie for the most magical stay.

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26 Jun
2

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

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If I could transport myself right back to the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, deep in the Bordeaux countryside, right now…  I would.  Secret cellars and 100 year old bottles and hand crafted barrels and French sunshine and delicious tastings and bike rides through the vines and a stone’s throw from my new favourite hotel…

top – Zara   |   jean – River Island
espadrilles – Daniel   |   polarised glasses – Iolla
serasi bracelet – Annie Haak
 

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21 Jun
2

The Biarritz reunion

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I’ve got a little story to tell you and you’ll have to bear with me here because we need to rewind fourteen years…  I was studying painting at art school and eating lunch almost daily with one of my very best friends at the Italian restaurant just one block away.  Was it the best food?  No.  Was it an instagrammers dream?  Nope (keep up guys – 14 years ago phones made calls, not photos…).  Was the waiter handsome?  Well now that you ask, yes he was.  I was shy but Samaiah wasn’t and so, unbeknownst to me, she offered him my number.  He called.  And eight years later, the waiter became the husband…

The wedding was in France and of course S was there.  It really meant so much to me that so many of our friends and family travelled to The Alps in the depths of winter to celebrate with us but S travelled alone which was extra special.  It was a truly magical few days…

But friends scatter over the years and S moved overseas to Australia followed by Tahiti and finally put down roots in Biarritz with a new husband and two babies.  And then finally, last weekend, six years since my wedding, we had the chance to see one another again, in Biarritz…

I have quite a few Links of London pieces already and was delighted when they offered me the chance to choose something special for S from their selection of wedding gifts.  So I slipped into my French flag dress (of course) and took that pretty little black bag to Biarritz where much hugging and smiling and laughter was had.  It was so lovely to finally be able to tell S how much she really means to me and to gift her this beautiful narrative bracelet which we’re engraving with a simple ‘thank you’.x

dress – Asos   |   slider – Boden
bag – Henri Bendel (ON SALE)   |   aviators – Ray Ban

narrative bracelet – Links of London

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16 Jun
5

Flare

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Fading light and a whole lotta flare…

Short and sweet whilst in a constant state of packing.x

top – Zara   |   flare – Zara
venus court – Reiss   |   clutch – Jigsaw
aviators – Ray Ban   |  love pendant – Astley Clarke

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13 Jun
1

Helsinki photo diary

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To be completely honest Helsinki wasn’t somewhere that was on my bucket list and probably not somewhere I’d ever really considered as a destination until I had the chance to go there.  Even when I was taking the short flight from Edinburgh to Helsinki with Finnair, I wasn’t really sure what was in store.  But in fact what awaited was the most romantic, beautiful collage of a city – on the one hand rainbow Scandi streets lined with bicycles and trams trundling past, and on the other hand these giant, eastern influenced, architectural beauties looming up into the sky and taking your breath away…

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My first two hours were spent solo, wandering the main square and parkway, soaking up music from an al fresco stage and window shopping Scandi design.  Luckily there was a lot to see in the two block radius from my Hotel Haven

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That evening I met with some of my fellow travellers and we were invited to The Savoy for dinner on the eighth floor with Finnair overlooking the city and the sunset.  The food was incredible and the views were ah-mazing…

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Next up a trip to the Finnish design house Marimekko for a tour of the print studio, lunch and a special presentation of the AW16 collection – so much love for that khaki pink combo…

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That evening was all about Match Made In Hel (which you can see more of in this post) followed by an after-party at Holiday bar, again the most beautiful setting.  One thing worth saying about Helsinki is that in summer, although the sun sets, it’s never really dark – in fact it kinda feels like dusk all night long – so when you have an after-party it never really feels that late… even at 4.30am…

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And finally one last stop, at Löyly, a new design sauna which had just opened the day before we arrived and I found on Instagram (gotta love social media for finding these kinda places).  It didn’t disappoint and was an Instagrammers dream with that all wooden, angled facade and perfectly dark, Scandi interior design.  Glass fronted saunas overlooking the bay and steps right into the sea for you post sweat plunge…  and I fell in love with Helsinki a little more.  Thanks to Finnair for such an incredible trip.

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Outfit photos by Freya.

With thanks to Finnair for introducing me to beautiful Helsinki.

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11 Jun
3

A Line

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Honestly I gave myself quite the pat on the back for that title there because not only is this (ancient, bought it off ebay 3 years ago) skirt A line in shape, the top is from Jigsaw’s A Line collection.  If that’s not a multitasking mastery of the English language then I don’t know what is.  Anyway, I’m digging those little lace circles and those little golden shoulder tabs and not so much the creases I made across the waist when I sat at my desk all day but that’s just life guys.  I could have come home and ironed it first but I just decided to keep it real.

In other news my legs have reached saturation point in terms of Scottish tanning so we’re packing for a few days in Biarritz…  where the forecast is rain rain rain.  Follow along on Snapchat for the random ramblings (should I do it all in French?  I’m not sure) and Instagram for the flatlays and sunsets.  Happy weekend.x

cormac top – Jigsaw A Line   |   skirt – M&S
jasmine heel – Boden (ON SALE)   |   bag – Armani
aviator – Ray Ban   |   rings – Peggy Li
watch – Daniel Wellington 

coat – Infindigo

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8 Jun
4

Flora

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Think I’ve worn this skirt about twenty different ways already and this is one of them.  Can’t get enough of this little one…

knit – Zara   |   skirt – Zara   |   flats – Boden
bag – Armani   |   aviators – Ray Ban
bracelet – Links of London 

coat – Infindigo

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6 Jun
4

Stobo Castle

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That’s me, blissed out on a lounger, poolside at Stobo Castle…  I was lucky enough to receive an invite to Stobo Castle, the proud sponsors of Musselburgh Racecourse’s Ladies Day, so naturally I invited one of my fav ladies and off we went, roadtripping for a couple of hours to the borders where we pulled up at this beauty.  Of course Stobo’s reputation precedes but we sure were not disappointed.  First of all – it’s a castle, like a real big, old, huge, turreted castle.  Small squeals of delight when we reached the end of that looong driveway…

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We settled into our room (complete with dressing room turret, for reals, another squeal from us) and stuffed ourselves full of a super homely dinner, no health food super salads here, not gonna lie… didn’t miss them.  There are these adorable little vignettes dotted around the castle, seriously, every alcove has some floral set up, baskets of blooms or crates of foliage but the room I fell hard for was the green room.  Now I know it’s probably not officially called the green room but hey, it’s painted the most serene shade of green with huge, ornate mirrors and floral cushions and the grandest of fireplaces and I could have just hung out there all day, like a lady in waiting, except in my Keds and my ripped jeans

top – Zara   |   J Brand demented jeans – Trilogy Stores
sneakers – Keds   |   kula bracelets – Astley Clarke
bag – Armani
dapper durham watch – Daniel Wellington
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The next morning we donned robes (which by the way we wore 90% of the time we were here…  spa, breakfast, lunch) and got set for the main event, spa time.  First of all the atrium courtyard is impressive enough with all those little lanterns in the trees and sofas for lounging but we weren’t waiting long before we were called upstairs for an hour long massage.  Well, turns out that’s a pretty awesome way to start the day.  After, we hung out in bubble chairs, pruned ourselves in the jacuzzi pools, steamed, soaked, hot tubbed again, swam to infinity and Barbara waded out into the pool with my Nikon the get ‘the shot’.  That’s what friends are for…

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And then somehow we peeled ourselves away and back to reality – revived, refreshed and completely blissed out.  Oh and, just a sidenote, that’s us, full of giggles just hanging in the bathroom…  yeah, that’s the lounge… in the bathroom.  Complete with parakeets, and leopard print and velvet.  Standard.

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Photos by Barbara.

With thanks to Stobo Castle for a wonderful stay.

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3 Jun
4

Wedding season with Zalando II

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Ok, ok, not really a wedding…  rather me standing in a loch and a whole lotta yellow.  But this isn’t one of those situations where you consider a dress for a wedding and find yourself saying, ‘I’d wear it again though’ (seriously, we’ve all been there, even when we’re bridesmaids… cause you’d totally wear your bridesmaid dress out on a Saturday night).

Let’s take a look at the other side of that coin for just a minute.  What about a sun dress that you’d wear to a wedding.  Now that has a lot more mileage.  And this, for me, is that dress.

So, part II of my wedding season series with Zalando and I wanted to show you opposite end of the wedding scale (part one was full on wedding guest, remember?).  I literally searched dresses by the yellow filter because…  colour love… and this Banana Republic beauty was all like, ‘Hello friend’.  So I took her and found her even more yellow and I waded out into that loch and gripped onto that tiny rock with my little claw toes and used all my core strength to balance there and, better yet, the husband waded out into that loch too to take these shots for me.  See, wedding season brings out the love.

Banana Republic dress – Zalando
sandal – Chelsea Paris
‘love’ necklace – Astley Clarke   |   aviator – Ray Ban

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1 Jun
4

Down time favourites

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As much as I live for travel, it makes time at home all the more special – moments to read magazines and paint toenails and take extra long showers…  I’ve been slowly but surely decorating (it’s only been a decade since we moved in) so here’s just a peek at some of the finished bits and the things making me smile.

My love for pretty little shiny things hasn’t waned any and Gorjana has been on my wishlist for an age – I was introduced to Audreystyle who have curated a small but succinct and beautiful online collection from around the globe including Gorjana which had previously been so tricky to get my sticky mitts on.  Hurrah.  On my toes I’m sticking to the nudes with the prettiest shade by Trust Fund Beauty, a cruelty free, vegan brand from Canada – I always feel like you can’t go wrong with nude and if you change your polish as infrequently as I do…  you want it to be a good ‘un.  My final pick from Audreystyle was my wild card and yet another brand sourced from overseas that I am welcoming with open arms.  Now don’t get me wrong, I knew this Kerzon candle was going to look beautiful but we all know that online shopping for anything scented is going to be a gamble…  well, let me take the guess work out of this one for you.  This Jardin de Luxembourg candle is like every summer, rose filled day you ever dreamt of.  It’s the candle equivalent of the 100 emoticon (and maybe with a couple of ‘big it up’ hands thrown in too).  You know when you walk through the door and there’s that scent that just grounds you, that scent that makes you cross the room just to inhale extra deeply?  This is it for me.  I’ve already ordered a second one, for real.

Tell me, do you want to see some more of the house?  Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s that candle scent, but my home is making me so happy right now.  I’ll try to finish everything off before another decade passes…

Gorjana necklace & bracelet – Audreystyle
’Love’ pendant necklace – Astley Clarke
1969 denim jacket – Gap   |   jean – River Island
Trust Fund nail polish – Audreystyle
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You know when you’re effortlessly lounging on the sofa in your half buttoned jacket thinking you’re all that, then your dog rocks up and starts chewing on the buttons?  Yep, that’s happening.

With thanks to Audreystyle for supporting this post.

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