Monday, 25 August 2014

Wilderness Festival - Accessorize 30th Birthday

The Pandemonium Valley Rave at Wilderness
Where? Wilderness Festival
Exactly? We stayed in the boutique glamping area
When? August 2014
Why? I was lucky enough to be invited out to the wonderful Wilderness Festival to celebrate the British high street brand Accessorize's 30th birthday.
With? The amazing Louise Worrell, Kelle and Hayley from the PR team (organisational wizards!) and a great group of press, journalists and bloggers from the fashion industry! Thank you all for such a fabulous trip!!

Welcome to Wilderness!
What to wear when you're there - Wilderness Street Style
There were a few fancy dress themes this year including 70's disco, sequins and all things sparkly, exactly the sort of dress code I love.

 Left - Cute circus style costumes and Right - the gorgeous girls from Ekatsuit.

Angelic style
Sexy sequin 
Accessorized to the max in Accesorize bangles.
Always time for a spot of shopping - The flower adorned Indian cow sculpture guards the front of the Accessorize Tent
                             Feather headdress making workshop in the Accessorize store tent

Hayley, Jodie, Me, Louise and Shelley in our homemade headresses

Hot tub station surrounds the idyllic lake

Wilderness After Dark

Smokey Tails club stage
Me and the crew having drinks at the Laurent Perrier Champagne Marquee
The final night procession travels through the festival
The procession ends in the burning of the Tower. A stunning end to a spectacular festival. Bye Bye Wilderness!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Roo's Beach - Cornwall

Where? Cornwall, UK
Exactly? Roo's Beach Apartment in Porth
Why? I was very kindly invited to spend some time at Roo's Beach House this summer. As my readers will have now realised, I have a real soft spot for Cornwall on the South West coast of England, so I couldn't resist a mini weekend break with a group of my surf-loving friends.
Best time to go? Summer, for the beaches, surfing and long country walks. Cornwall is equally as beautiful in the winter, with its picturesque landscapes and cosy pubs with roaring fires.
Me on the balcony at Roo's Beach wearing Whistle's top, Warehouse trousers, New Look boots, Topman beanie and Accessorize necklaces
Travel buddies - left to right - Cass, Lucy, Rico, Me and Ben
What to wear when you're there?
The style vibe in Cornwall is dressed down and laid back, there’s little need for heels and handbags here, more Breton tops, beanie hats and anoraks! The key word to remember when packing is ‘layering.’ The weather is changeable, sunshine one minute can turn into a thunderstorm the next, this is England after all! Pack waterproofs and hiking boots for coastal walks and bikinis (if you're felling optimistic), plus hoodies and cover-ups for a day at the beach. You might want to get a little bit more dressed up for an evening at a restaurant, but even here the sartorial requirements are very relaxed.

Skater shoes - Kurt Geiger, Anklet - Accessorize
Beach bag - Mint Velvet
Wetsuit - Neon
Where to stay?
We stayed at Roo's Beach House directly above the eponymous concept store on Porth Beach. The bright, colourful interiors are perfect for groups of friends or families alike. It sleeps 6 people in 3 rooms, with a sunny, open-plan living room, which opens out onto a beach facing balcony. Decorated with retro, surf-inspired, pop art pieces it's homely and fun. The best bit is the location right on the beach, 5 minutes drive to Newquay in one direction and the culinary fishing village of Padstow in the other. 

The sunlight streams through the windows in the living area
Where to Shop? Directly below the apartment is Roo's Beach boutique, concept store. Stocking a gorgeous selection of hard to find brands that are perfectly beach-life inspired, brands include Vans, Levis Made and Crafted, Beck Sondergaard and Eidon swimwear to name a few.

Roo's Beach Store is an Aladin's cave filled with kitsch accessories, make-up, clothing and homewares
Quirky interiors in store
A beautifully edited collection of retro print clothing and homewares available in store at Roo's Beach and online
The perfect poolside accessories - waterproof Sunnylife Beachsounds radio 
The gorgeous Roo (centre left) and crew outside the store

Cornwall - After Dark

Eating, Drinking and Partying - Cornwall
 Master Mixologist, Josh Linfitt teaches me how to create a Cos'Roo'politan cocktail
Over the last few years Cornwall has been involved in something of a culinary revolution. With an interest in locally sourced fresh produce and seafood, a host of celebrity chefs have been moving into the area. TV Chef, Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall with its modern, quirky, graffiti adorned interior is perched right on the beach at Watergate Bay, with stunning views out to sea. Over indulge in the Italian inspired menu, but don't feel too guilty, the restaurant helps fund the Cornwall Foundation of Promise's Apprentice Program, helping young, unemployed people in Cornwall train as chefs. 
The delicious new tasting menu - small tapas style plates filled with mouthwatering delicacies
Lucy and I practice our beachside posing at Fifteen
The Stable
With an impressive list of locally produced ciders, a well edited and well executed menu, comprising simply of delicious pizzas or pies, The Stable on Fistral Beach is a great laid back and cosy daytime option. Indulge in a vegan 'Billy the Kid' (cheese free pizza) or the scrumptious ham hock pie platter, whilst looking out over stunning views of the sea and the surfers down below.

The cider tasting rack
The ham hock pie platter at The Stable
 After Dark
Group selfie at The Eden Sessions
Eden Sessions at The Eden Project - Dizzee Rascal
We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Dizzee Rascal was playing at the Eden Sessions during our weekend away, so we thought we'd pop by, show our support and bust some moves in the process! For more on the Eden Project click here.
The amazing Bio-domes at The Eden Project lit up at night
And on our drive back to London we decided to stop off at my favourite spa hotel, Babington House for a spot of lunch! 
Bye Bye Cornwall...until next time xx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Japan - Tokyo - What To Wear When You're There

Sunflower girl troop in Harajuku
Blossom and lanterns in Tokyo
Where? Tokyo, Japan
When? June 2014
Why? I've always wanted to go to Japan, so when The Chinzanso Hotel asked me to stay I couldn't say no!
Best time to go? The most romantic and picturesque time to travel to Japan is in April / May when the cherry blossom is in full bloom. September is also spectacular when the trees turn amber and gold with the changing autumnal season.
Thanks to? The Chinzanso Hotel, Harita Shah, Carl Esprit, Kyoko Shoji and Yosuke Nakajima for making my trip so much fun!

View of Mount Fuji from the Bullet Train (photo by Harita Shah)
Yep! That's me!! Dress like a geisha for the day in Kyoto
What to wear when you’re there?
Tokyo is without doubt one of the most stylish cities I have ever visited. The locals are so on-trend, it feels like they’ve just stepped off the pages of a fashion magazine, even if they’re just out shopping or on their way to work.

Whether you dress in an outlandish, eccentric fashion like the infamous Harajuku girls, suited and chic like the city slickers and salary men or opulent and feminine like a geisha, as long as you look stylish you’ll fit in perfectly.

This gorgeous Harajuku girl accessorised with homemade cigarette packet earrings!

The Boys

Cool couples 

The Harajuku girls
Cool girl working the 'my little pony' look 

Where to shop? The streets of Tokyo are filled with quirky boutiques, shops and retailers. For high end designer shops head to the luxurious tree lined streets of Omoto Sando.

If you take a little detour off to the back streets of Ula (which runs perpendicular to the main stretch of Omoto Sando) you’ll come across a much cooler, home grown style of clothing. Think edgy Japanese aesthetic.

Circus Store in Ula
The best place for street style spotting is Takeshita Street. Grab a smoothie at one of the roof cafes and watch the outrageous Harajuku Girls in full-kitch ensembles go by.  Make sure you take your camera! Want to join in the fun and fancy dress? Visit one of the many Photo Booth stores frequented by Japanese teenagers. 

Kyoko and I couldn't resist the photo booth shop on Takeshita Street
Mount Fuji