There’s nothing like the Franchise Riviera, easpecially at the end of the September Sun. There’s also nothing quite like Paris, so with a week to spare I decided to combine the both.
I had a relaxing quiet few days in Nice and Cannes- staying in the old port and also the Tiara Miramar Hotel. Then I went onto Paris where I had an eventful weekend.
Below is a few photos of a beautiful time. Now I am planning a winter getaway, would love to hear any tips on where to go and what to do!
Hotel De Talleyrand – an open house normally private!
With my friend Guilliaume- who I’ve known for seven years!
Hot chocolate (pure!) at the Crillon
(When he’s most not that into you 😉 A General at the Hotel De Talleyrand Open House Day
Relaxation at the Tiara Miramar Hotel and Spa
One of my favourite things about Autumn is not only all the beautiful colours of the leaves, the darker days and cosy nights in (yes, I’m one of those weird people who enjoy winter!)
But it’s all about the autumn dressage- ie tweed!
I have always been a fan of tweed, ever since I went to a car boot sale in my hometown of Devon and found a whole boot of Harris tweed jackets in size 8’s in a variation of colours and styles – all at £2 each, what a steal!
I still wear them to this day and love them so much. And in sincerity they never wear out, even after many years in the countryside (although my mum was slightly dubious when I came home rolling a granny trolley of them smelling rather ‘old lady’ – her words not mine!)
So I’ve rounded up this seasons tweed, from high street to designer, I hope you enjoy them and would love to see your suggestions too!
2. The House of Bruar
5. Harris Tweed
6. LK Bennett
Some things in life are just meant to go together, the colours pink and red being one of them!
I love how Fifi Chachnil (or as shes known on Instagram as Maison Fifi Chachnil) combines the best colour combos in the most luxury of materials.
I teamed the below outfit with my new favourite accessoriser, Abbie Walsh, who creates these bespoke neck ties with a whole manner of beautiful embroidery. Mine was a gift from Lily Perfumed Pearl (if you dont know her please check out her Instagram, its full of fashion, femininity and vintage fun!) who had a cocktail glass and my initial A’ embroidered onto this beauty.
I love how the tie is black and a complete contrast to the pink and red, and after all we’re nearly at the end of our summer so I thought I’d bare the shoulders one last time (but oh so many winter outfits will be on the way 😉
Hope your having a beautiful summer wherever you are xxx
Sometimes in life it’s good to be impromptu! Last night I was feeling just that with a sudden urge to go to Kenwood House at 7pm. So I hopped in the car and drove up to Hampstead just a few miles away. On arrival my breath was taken away!
Lush green grass and dramatic trees swept across the landscape, a beautiful orangery to one side and Kenwood House is simply stunning, built originally as a 17th century country manor. It was built in early 17th century for Lord Mansfield and since then has had many princes, lord, ladies, countesses that have resided in this beautiful home. It has a spectacular library and orangery (built to coincide with each other) and features an old dairy on site and the most beautiful cottages too. The gardens are delightful and feature sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Eugène Dodeigne in the gardens near the house
I wore a 1940s hat which has a Chinese flare to it – I looked quite funny driving in it I have to say! I teamed this with a Taylor dress from (would you believe it) TK Max in Truro! I love the crepe like feel of it with the bias cut and flared sleeves, it reminds me of the late 30’s early 40’s attire and is perfect as a summer party piece and as an easy to wear addition.
If you get the chance I highly recommend a beautiful walk at Kenwood House, it really is just darling! Xxx
This Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Mayfields Lavender Farm – with models Lucy Layton and Tamsin January. What a beautiful place ! The smell is divine and the purple hues across 25 acres of fields is enough to send you into heaven.
I decided to wear all Marks and Spencers – some of my posts have included M&S before and I am absolutely obsessed with the brand! I love it because it is a classic english brand, the quality of the clothes are second to none and they are fit for all ages, shapes and sizes.
This particular dress is vintage inspired. I love the flare of the skirt, the floral print and the tie-ups on the shoulders. It also has the sweetest buttons at the front and I love that it can work with flats, heels, as a going out piece or a summers day frolic (pref with a Pimms in hand 😉 )
Mayfields Lavender farm is based in Banstead, not too far from London and is a family run affair. It is open all summer up until August and is perfect for photos, relaxation and tranquil peace.
Also can we just talk about the gift shop- er, hello! It had everything from lavender oils to soaps to fudge- notice the fudge as it came very in handy to have at the end of the day shooting! Although the shooting itself was very relaxing and even the weather turned out good in the end (you never can tell in England!)
Until next time xxx