So I’m off on my travels again this week. First, to Texas (I KNOW!) to have a nose around, and then joining the beautiful Carnival Freedom to be whisked off to various places including Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. I promise it’s work (I know you don’t believe me) and lucky Charlie gets to accompany me as it’s the Easter holidays.
And so to packing. I’m determined to become more clever at the dreaded packing. I always end up taking loads of things that don’t go with each other, or don’t even get worn. What a waste. Ages ago, I had my ‘colours done’ and the lady told me to stick to the softer versions of colours (so instead of black, grey and instead of navy, softer blues, plus peach instead of pink, etc, etc) and I’m only now really learning to wear those colours, and realise that she was right, they do suit me.
I’m also trying to remember that it’s NOT A CRIME to wear a dress more than once at dinner, for example, but maybe change up the shoes or the accessories (especially important on a longer trip like this one).
Here’s what I’m thinking of taking:
hush’s boyfriend jeans – soft, comfy, loose and perfect for travelling…
… although I might splash out on some new Converse. I quite like these charcoal ones (charcoal’s neutral, right?):
For everyday wear, you can’t beat denim shorts, and again I’ve gone for the hush ones as they’re just the right amount of loose, just the right amount of worn-in, with no baggy bottom and a turned up hem that stays up:
And because I’m just IN LOVE with this gorgeous print, I’ll be throwing a pair of these soft tropical print loose shorts in too. They have a really comfy, wide smocked waist and are perfect to throw on before heading to the beach (I love the trousers too but it seems so does everyone else as there’s a bit of a wait):
For t-shirts, I love Gap stripy t-shirts, the soft cotton slub hush ones, and I’m also a bit obsessed with these soft tees from New Look that have a split back with a chiffon layer underneath. They drape beautifully and are an absolute bargain – just slightly more interesting than a normal tee (nice bit of bum cover if you’re self conscious too):
I’m still obsessed with everything Allium B and will be taking the superbly fitted and incredibly flattering Eliza dress with me (there’s something about the cut of these that is both figure hugging, flattering AND comfy – how do they do it?):
Sticking with the blues, I’m adding this soft, easy to wear Fat Face Tenby dress (mine’s actually in the Batik print – you can see the print here on their lovely, inspirational ‘Love Blue‘ page):
Shoes-wise, I have a pair of metallic go-with-everything wedges. Mine are last season from Boden, but very similar to these:
And continuing with my obsession with all things metallic, I’ll also be packing these ridiculously comfy and utterly beach-blingy Carvela espadrilles:
I’ll be adding my old faithful Birkenstocks, sunglasses, my super-flattering Boden Sorrento swimsuit (eagerly awaiting the new hush beachwear too) and a hat. Oh, and my last airport purchase, this lovely soft beach cover up from Accessorize, which is the most beautiful sea green colour, and squishes easily into the corner of a beachbag:
What do you think? Did I miss anything? Will I survive for ten days (I AM packing underwear and toiletries too)? Keep an eye on my social media to find out! x
As usual, while I should be working, I’m actually internet shopping but this time it’s because there are loads of mid-season sales and lovely new pieces about.
So this week, I was lucky enough to head up to London to the very stylish hush homewear offices to rummage through their gorgeous new spring/summer 2015 collection AND to sneak a top secret look at their high summer beachwear collection (their first ever foray into swimwear) – more of this soon! I adore hush. I love that fact that the clothes are beautiful and comfortable, plus on-trend without trying too hard. I think as you grow up, you feel more comfortable finding your own style, rather than slavishly following fashion. I always find that hush clothing really reflects this philosophy.
Now as I’ve told you before, I’m a jeans and jumpers girl (shorts and t-shirts in the summer). I’ve got a few lovely events coming up, though, that are going to require poshing up a bit, so whilst lusting after all the new snuggly autumn stuff, I’ve got my eye out for a few smart bits and bobs too. John Lewis have just launched their autumn fashion magazine too – so here’s the top five things on my wishlist (when I’ve finally started stocking the EU pasta mountain and buying things like Oyster Cards for Sam):
So this morning, I trudged around the field with the dog in the rain wearing a fleece, a waterproof jacket, and a hat. What on earth happened to the summer? Usually, I resist even looking at anything remotely knitted or warm until at least September, but the emails are starting to arrive, and I have to say, I’m loving what I’m seeing. The new autumn/winter preview from Hush Homewear definitely got my attention, with loads of gorgeous autumnal casual wear really catching my eye (I tend to live in jeans and jumpers):
Summer’s in full swing, so not being a fashionista-type person (who are presumably all used to it), I find it baffling that everyone is selling all the lovely summer stuff off! I love a bargain, so here are my top 10 utterly gorgeous and completely bargainous finds from my favourite websites:
I love clothes, and as I’ve got older (and had many instances of things being knackered after the first wash), I tend to shop very carefully and buy less things, but the best quality things I can afford. Of course, the down side to that is that you need to be very careful that something suits you before investing decent money in it.
We’ve been talking about puppies for ages. We’ve been through the mill with older rescue dogs and really wanted to start with a dog right from a puppy. Once this was decided we argued and argued about breeds. We like greyhounds, but have had a bad experience with rescue ones (most are delicious, we had Bert for years, but it’s a sad fact that some do have trouble adapting to a home environment), the boys wanted a husky, but my own view is that those sort of dogs should be pulling sleds not sitting on sofas, plus they’re a bit too hairy. We registered with puppy sites, bought books, asked the vet to ring us if any puppies were on the way…
Then one day, I was looking through a pups for sale site and saw this:
… a delightful sleepy tangle of – wait for it – whippets.
And why not a whippet? We’re quite big on the gangly/houndy/sleep in stupid positions/I’m gunna chase that wabbit type of dog, so why not? I showed the others. We googled whippets, looked on breed sites and studied photos. To my astonishment, we were all in agreement. It was meant to be.
I travelled up on the tube to see them. The lady selling the pups, Tamsin, was absolutely lovely and we spent a while chatting. The pupsters were sprawled everywhere, and a little fat one with a blue face, a blue stripe down her back and a two-tone blue and fawn tail came and plonked herself on my lap. She plodded up my chest, gave my nose a quick sniff, then settled back and went to sleep in the crook of my arm. I sent this picture to Mr English along with the message ‘I think I’m in love’:
And so, on 25th October, little Boo – or at the moment she is Boo, after little Boo in Monsters Inc, but that’s not to say she won’t end up with a different name, that’s another thing we’re arguing about – is coming to live at English Towers.
I’m sure there’ll be sleepless nights, little accidents and a fair bit of stress along the way, but we just can’t wait to bring her home. In the mean time, the lovely chaps at Blacks, the outdoor specialist store, were chatting to me about coats and the like. I said I prefer layers, and being experts on everything to do with ‘life outdoors’, they steered me in the direction of this lovely North Face Resolve jacket (£95), which is lightweight, but waterproof and windproof and with a nice big hood for getting out and about in all weathers, with plenty of room underneath for me to layer up jumpers and maybe even a hoody. I’ve also got some lovely classic short Hunter wellies from Millets (£65). I love Hunters but do find the tall ones a bit of a battle to get on and off. These are fab and will be really practical for me to throw on for emergency garden duty! I now feel battle ready. So bring it on, pupster, I’m ready for you :
Massive thanks to Blacks and Millets for your generosity and for being extra lovely xx
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