Monday, 31 July 2017

OUTFIT: Spotty jumpsuit

Playsuit: ASOS (sold out I'm afraid)
Denim jacket: Gap
Sunglasses: Celine
Trainers: Vans

It's been a long time since I did an outfit post, over a year in fact. I spend a lot less money on clothes these days for a couple of reasons, I'm spending more on travel and I'm just not feeling that inspired by fashion recently. However, when I spied this jumpsuit on ASOS a few months ago I had to pick it up immediately. I've always found jumpsuits problematic, they never fit right, or feel comfortable, or look good on me. But this stars aligned on this occasion and I was left with a jumpsuit so perfect that I end up wearing it at least once a week.

My denim jacket was an extreme case of impulse shopping. I was struggling to find a non-oversized, non-cropped denim jacket to take on holiday. ASOS failed me so the night before Steve and I left for Denmark I raced around Oxford Street looking for something appropriate. I found this and whilst I don't love it, it suits my needs just fine. I've been jazzing it up with my pin collection and it's now feeling more me.

In other news, I've had a good chunk of my hair chopped off. Thanks to the lovely folk at Rush I was invited down to their brand new salon in Shepherd's Bush for a cut and blow dry. I like my hair on the shorter side as it's quite thick and unruly but for some reason I'd been keeping it around shoulder length for the last year or so. Even with my undercut and a huge chunk of shaved hair at the back of my head, my curls have a way of getting the better of me. Cue a visit to the lovely new Rush salon, my stylist understood exactly what I was after. My undercut was shaved back into a number 2, and after a relaxing hair wash and head massage I was whisked back to my chair where the real work began. Snip snip went the scissors and after what felt like no time at all, my hair was being dried and I was presented with a cut, and a much breezier neck, that I absolutely loved. 

When it comes to matters of the hair I am lazy. I wash it, I brush it, I put in a little oil, and then I leave it to air dry. My stylist understood my needs, or lack thereof, and whipped up a style that is easy for me to manage. No fuss, not tantrums, just my hair doing what it does, and for this I am extremely grateful. Rush Shepherd's Bush are currently offering 50% off so if you're in need of a trim, restyle, or just a blow dry then I recommend checking it out. Thanks so much for giving me a great do!

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

How to have a Scandi day in London

It's no secret that I love Scandinavia, I've declared it many times on this blog. Whether it's the design, the people, or the lifestyle, the Nordic countries feel like home to me. Despite visiting this part of the world at least once a year and travelling extensively around the individual countries I always want to discover more. Fortunately, London is full of Scandinavian shops, cafes, and restaurants that help keep my lust of all things Nordic in check until it's time for my next visit.

There are Scandinavian delights scattered all over London but because quite a few central locations are in close proximity to each other, it's quite fun to make a day of it. Make sure you're hungry because there are a lot of foodie stops to be found.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Memories of Denmark

I'm not long back from a two week and a half road trip around Denmark and my goodness I cannot wait to tell you how amazing this country is. Having visited Copenhagen back in 2009 I was expecting the rest of the country to be wonderful, but I was blown away by just how charming, pretty, and full of joy Denmark is. Denmark isn't like Copenhagen, well maybe Aarhus is a little. Cities are small, villages are full to the brim of cutesy, colourful houses, and day-to-day life is peaceful. Not to mention that the people are some of the friendliest you'll find.

A couple of years ago Steve and I did a road trip around Iceland which was indescribably out-of-this-world. Whilst Denmark doesn't have the same dramatic landscapes, it does have it's own unique style of beauty. Denmark is flat, when you come across a hill it's a big deal, which is why there are so many cyclists. The luscious, green landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. The coast is an eclectic source of glorious white beaches and dramatic cliffs. The architecture is stunning, from rainbow coloured bungalows, end-of-the-world light house and sand swept churches, stunning design museums that will make you want to move in immediately, and ancient Viking fortress ruins that are so incomprehensibly old it's hard to believe they're real. Denmark has it all and when you take into account how small and easy to travel the country is, it's the perfect place for a stress free and beautiful road trip.

Whilst I'm hardly a pro on Denmark I feel like we covered so much ground that I can give you an excellent overview of the country. Some of the places we visited I would return to in a heartbeat, whilst others I could happily never visit again, not because they weren't nice but because I left feeling satisfied. Plus there's still a few parts of the country I need to save for another trip.