Autumn is the season where the weather turns cold and crisp the sky are big and blue and the leaves turn a golden colour, an art students dreams come true. But as much as I love walking outside in Autumn, I also love the feeling of going into a warm cosy cafe after a walk outside. There is something truly comforting about that warm air that hits you and that smell of freshly made baking and coffee, peering outside at the beautiful autumn landscape from the comfort of your cosy spot inside the cafe. Today was a particularly satisfying day as the contrast of the cold outside with the warmth inside created a beautiful condensation on the windows which gave a mysterious, more abstract look to the outside, and a comforting reminder that you are sheltered from the coldness of outside.
What I loved about Barcelona was it seemed to have just about anything you could want in a holiday. It had the beach for beach lovers, the port for boat lovers, the shops for shopaholics, restaurants for food connoisseurs and art galleries and museums for culture queens.
Here are a few photos to give you a small taster to tickle your tastebuds of what Barcelona has to offer:
This summer has been a whirlwind of traveling through Palma, Barcelona, Venice, Naples and more. I decided to spend the summer away from the internet so I could really experiencing these places but still taking lots of photos to bring back for you. So now I’m back armed with lots of photos to share of fashion and travel I cant wait to share.
I have had an amazing time but I am also glad to be home, home sweet home! As I feel traveling then makes you realise the beauty of the city you live in which sometimes you take for granted. So heres a photo of my favourite part of my city of Newcastle, the Quayside.
I am wearing:
Jeans with zigzag knee patch detail- Zara
Black sheer and Velvet polkadot top- H&M
Bag- Jules B
Cardigan- Ted Baker
Photos taken by my very talented friend Emily who loves photographer and film making. Check out her Instagram page, emilyvallen
Packing Tip- when packing choose a colour scheme and stick to it, to avoid the problem of getting to the hotel and finding nothing goes.
My Main Colour Scheme-Nude,white,gold
Look 1.) Casual evening-The outfit was for an evening when I was planning on going for a wander to find a casual local restaurant. As I wasn’t sure how much walking I was going to do I went for a pointed toed kitten heel in the colour nude, which is a must have when going on holiday, as it goes with everything and is practical yet glam. I teamed these with my white jeans which have a lacy pattern, giving them more of an evening feel. I then put this with my floaty white peasant shirt, which is lovely for evenings in hot climates,as you feel a bit more covered up for the evening, yet still cool and comfortble and it singes in at the waist creating an hourglass figure. My bag is a nude/gold colour in an envelope style, I feel it is the perfect size as its big enough to fit your phone, lipstick, powder and shall, without looking bulky.
Clutch bag-Olga Berg
Look 2.)- Outfit to the shopping mall
This top is really useful as because of its floaty long style, it can also team up as a beach cover up. I teamed it with my white jeans (shown in previous look), a statement necklace and a grecian headband to give it an exotic feel.
Bag-Michael Kors shopper bag in gold and nude
Look 3.) At the beach club-This is my favourite beach cover up as the pattern is really beautiful and unusual and it has little beads that catch the light when you move. I teamed it with my swimming costume with similar purples, pinks and blues in as it will show through the cover up, so I wanted it to match. I then teamed it with my black and gold Chanel sunglasses to add that extra touch of glitz. I feel if there is any piece that is worth investing in for summer its sunglasses, as you will where them everyday so will be sure to get your moneys worth, just make sure you get a colour and style that is classic, timeless and will go with every outfit.
Swimming Costume and cover up- Both Accessorize
Look 4.)- Special restaurant
This evening we had booked a special restaurant, so it was a chance to dress up. I wore my peasant shirt again (as talked about in first look) showing its versatility, but this time dressed up. I teamed it with long teardrop gold Swarovski crystal earrings, gold tulip skirt and my gold open toed stilettos. I tied my hair up to show off the earrings, but left a few strands of hair down to intertwine with the earring to further emphasise it.
Look 5.) Versatility- Shopping followed by dinner
This outfit was for another shopping day but followed by dinner. As this outfit had to do both shopping and dinner, I needed it to be comfy yet glamourise without being too over the top for shopping. These trousers and top are a matching set and are made out of a very lightweight, breathable knitted material making them super comfy. The flared style of the trousers gives them more of an evening feel and the metallic threads woven in-between add a beautiful shimmer. I brought a shall as sometimes with the air conditioning in the malls it can be bit cold, this one is nude, with metallic threads also woven in so matches with the overall look. I teamed it with some more chunky casual heels to dress it down a bit for shopping and to give the comfort needed. I then wore my gold studded hairband to give the look a bit of edginess, followed by my gold shopper (mentioned in look 2)
Trouser and top set- Zara
Hairband and shoes- Both Topshop
Packing tip: Shawls are always handy as can double up as a blanket on the plane, a shawl or scarf in the evenings for when its a bit cooler and a beach cover up.
Packing tip: Often when on holiday you need outfits that will be good for lots of different occasions and can be dressed up or down, so try to consider this when packing.
I hope this post has been helpful and feel free to share any packing tips you may have, as I am always looking for ways to improve my travel x
After two skiing trips it was defiantly time for a beach holiday in the sunshine. As I only had time for a short trip I needed somewhere fairly close by, so that ruled out some of the competition, in the end I chose Tenerife as I had never been there before and it seemed one of the most lightly destinations to have sunshine. What I didn’t realise was just how much I would enjoy Tenerife! My hotel Jardin de Tropical, was in the perfect location situated in Costa Adejes, with a beach club attached to the hotel which looked right out to sea with luxurious cabana beds, a pool and bar. When wanting to explore I only had to walk out of the hotel to discover many different restaurants, two shopping malls and people offering excursions and water sports. I took out a sailing boat and was so shocked to find dolphins started swimming next the boat, then when I went snorkelling off the side of the boat I discovered a turtle, it was amazing to see these creatures you normally only get the chance to see in the zoo, in the wild and free! Tenerife really did have something for everyone, and I will be defiantly be returning in the future
Sometimes photos speak louder than words, so here are a few of my favourite snaps:
PS if you are interested I will do a post going into more detail about my outfits that I put together for my holiday, and put links to where you can purchase any of the items of clothing I am wearing in the photos. So make sure your following me so you don’t miss my next post X
I love the army jacket trend, sported by Versace on the catwalk, showing powerful, strong women! However as-well as the price tag dilemma, an army jacket can seem a hard thing to match with everyday basics. So I went for this jacket by Barbour, with army influences shown just within the details, by the shoulders, cut and the pockets. Yet its subtleness and easy to match black allows it to be worn with almost everything, making sure you get your moneys worth. I went for a messy side bun as its easy, keeps your hair out of your face, while still looking chic. My gloves are from M&S and are made out of cashmere giving that extra luxury comfort, and I love the furry detailing on the cuffs!
Barbour Black Streak Jacket: https://www.julesb.co.uk/barbour-extractor-leather-trim-quilted-jacket-p771985#attribute=10486
The setting was at an old warehouse, where I was taking photos for an art project with an emphasis on where nature ‘fights back’ after industrial buildings becomes derelict :
It distorted my vision, showered me in crystal clear water, my wories felt small, insignificant, under the towering waterfall. I could do anything, be anything, conquer everything, I had experienced true magic.
I have just spent two weeks sailing around Greece. I love that you can go to a different island every day. When you discover a new island, it’s like discovering a beautiful priceless jewel, it fills you with excitement and curiosity. Sometimes you are lucky enough to be the only person there and its like your own personal Island. Here are some photos of the jewels I discovered: