Coombe Abbey country park, the perfect place to spend a sunny sunday afternoon. Whether you’re going for an event at the hotel, a wander around the park or just to sit in the sun, soaking in the atmosphere, Coombe Abbey is the place.
I recently took a trip here with my boyfriend to make the most of the beautiful weather and it ended up being an amazing day! The country park is the home to a beautiful hotel manor house and on the day in which we visited, a wedding was taking place. It gave the park a great atmosphere, hearing the wedding party celebrating the happy day, sun shining, birds tweeting, what more could you want!
After sitting in the sun for a while, we decided to take a walk round the grounds and through the woodland! It was such a nice feeling to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend time in the quiet, peaceful woodland area. It gave me a chance to escape from reality for just a few moments! But one thing that I couldn’t escape was the ain that my feet were in! I had made the mistake of wearing cute, but very impractical shoes! I had chosen to wear a cute floral summer dress from zara and had stupidly paired it with some heeled sandals from Bershka. These may be my favourite sandals, but I can tell you now that they are not designed for walking around woodlands in!
After our walk round, we realised just how late it had got and with tummys rumbling we made a bee line for the ice cream van, treating ourselves to a large whippy ice cream each! It was the perfect way to end a perfect Sunday afternoon and I hope to go back to Coombe Abbey again soon!
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For many Wales is over looked as a holiday spot. It can be dull, cold and rainy… but it’s also the home to some of the natures most beautiful sights; true hidden gems you shouldn’t miss out on. I recently took a trip down to North Wales where we stayed near to Anglesey. It was refreshing to take a week far away from the city; the fresh air giving my mind a true chance to breathe, letting my thoughts relax and focus. While staying in Anglesey I took a trip down to the beach. Camera in hand, raincoat pulled tight around me and walking boots laced up, I ventured onto the vast stretch of sand before me; each step, denting the sand, leaving my presence behind.
I soon found myself engulfed in my surroundings and I began to take in and appreciate the beauty of the nature. Feeling pleased to have brought my camera, I began to capture some of the sights around me and soon found myself discovering the gifts the beach had to offer. All around me on the sand were the products of nature, each in their own form, each showing their own beauty. Two things we were lucky enough to discover were a baby shark skeleton; tail intact, bones curved as if it had been stopped mind stroke. The other was a bright electric blue jellyfish, sitting at the water’s edge, unknown to many.
As we reached the end of the beach we wandered onto the island. Access cut off at high tide, the island no long houses residents but still holds true to its beauty with coves, rock pools and a little light house standing strong. We ventured around the island, stopping to take a snap of a posing seagull before clambering down the rocks to one of the coves where we skimmed flat, smooth stones across the water surface.
It was a memorable walk that day. Walking and being around nature remind you about just how beautiful our world can be. Being able to spend time like this outside amongst nature in the crisp air gave me the break I needed from my everyday life and left me returning filled with a new bust of inspiration!
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Berlin in January, a hub of activity for the fashion industry with trade shows and events popping up all over the city. Bloggers, freelance designers and buying from all over travel into the city to become a part of the bustling fashion week.
When first signing up for my Berlin trip I made sure to look into the different events that were on and signed into the Premium events as a blogger. I was nervous at first with this being the first big fashion event that I have ever attended but as soon as my ticket came through a wave of excitement washed over me!
We visited the premium events across two days, making sure we allowed time to visit and discover what was at each one. Tuesday was the first day of fashion week so we visited the main attraction – Premium event. It was here where a range of contemporary designers showcased their new collections ready for going into the shops Spring/Summer this year. This was an amazing event yet slightly over powering, never the less I had a great experience.
After Premium we were able to catch a shuttle bus to where Show and Order was being held. This is probably the smallest out of the events and had a more of a secluded feminine atmosphere. It was calmer here with less to view, but I really enjoyed seeing the more elegant styles that designers produce.
The following day, Wednesday we spent the whole day at the final two shows. The first was Ethical and Green showroom, which I can happily say was my favourite out of all the events we visited. Each brand had a unique story to tell and I soon found myself absorbed in conversations with designer and makers from the brands, my mind spinning with the experiences that they were telling me about! I also loved where this event was based with it being in contemporary warehouse yet still keeping a clear ethical theme. Spending even just a few hours here has really inspired me to be more ethical with the way that I work and has open up a whole new range of ideas and opportunities.
Finally was the Bright and Seek show, a more urban edgy scene. Here graffiti was being painted live, while displays showed off skate and street styles. I was intrigued by a couple of stands including the DJinns and Hype as both brands I had spent time researching into during my summer internship. I was sad leaving as this was the last Premium event that we has to visit but I still had Panorama the next day to visit (to be featured in another blog post soon!) so there was still that bit of excitement in me!
I hope that my trips to Berlin week have inspired you as much as they have inspired me! I would love to know which cities fashion weeks you would like to visit? Let me know it the comments below.