It’s been a fair while hasn’t it? Well I have had a little heart to heart with this space recently, but what I mean it’s been a while since I’ve popped in and showed my face and my outfit.
We adventured out to Delta de Llobregat on a blustery but warm spring day recently. It was amazing. Such a beaut of a place (more on that soon).
I am going to go into more detail about this soon and dedicate a whole blogging / video series (yep that’s right I am now on the youtubes), but I have been on a total clothes/shoes/bags etc spending ban. Just because it was getting out of hand and also because when moving I realized how much stuff I pack around with me. Right proper pack rat I am.
So returning to some favourites. Denim and stripes and keeping it all super simple. Simple colours and accessories. Pretty much my uniform. I have noticed this actually, through not buying new stuff, I naturally gravitate towards certain things every time. Comfort and feeling like me is a must.
It all went a bit quiet on my blog as I have been busy with “The Big Move”. That’s right, we upped sticks and moved to the country. We are still here in Barcelona but now live amongst green and tree’s in the hills that surround Barcelona. I have been enjoying going out and being amongst nature and getting fresh air and just being away from the daily stresses of the city. Being out in the country side has changed my priorities a lot, especially when it comes to what I want to wear out and about. I want to be comfortable but at the same time still feel like me. I think you can be stylish and still embrace the outdoor’s life. Both I and Came have enjoyed getting out and about and going on dog walks. I have put together some of my outdoor wear favourites as a future style inspiration reference.
I quite like the sporty style of outdoor wear and I am currently hunting for the perfect padded jacket. I am always armed with my camera and also a good backpack to keep all necessities such as water. I wear my Activite pop watch by Withings to keep track of my daily steps and sleep.
My next inspiration comes in a more lets-go-out-for-a-stylish-picnic walk. Roaming outdoors in meadows whilst wearing the most perfect wellies, stopping off for a brisk picnic and a spot of tea. Combining that with nature spotting and rosy cheeked healthiness.
Can You Pull Off the Countryside Look?
You can always tell a city dweller in the countryside as they often stick out like a sore thumb through their ill-advised fashion choices. Countryside clothes are a fashion in their own right and in order to help you fit in we look at some examples of classic countryside style.
When it comes to inspiration it is always best to start at the top and in this case that means the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Last year Vanity Fair reported that the Duchess of Cambridge posed for her first ever fashion shoot with fashion magazine Vogue. The pictures were taken in the Norfolk countryside where the Duchess lives and they show how effective a simple country getup can be. According to the magazine, Middleton swapped glamour for a “Burberry trench coat and a £293 white jacquard shirt by the same fashion house.” While this may seem expensive, it’s worth knowing that country clothes exude quality and longevity. The clothes you wear need to be able to face the unpredictable British weather. So when choosing your country outfit think about whether it can withstand the rain and be a part of your wardrobe for many years to come.
The great thing about trying a new fashion style is being able to try new looks and outfits. For example, when in the city would it ever be ok to wear a cape? The answer is never. But in the country there are plenty of occasions when a cape is perfectly respectable. Lady Alice Manners told The Telegraph that it is best to “wear well tailored trousers when sporting a cape to avoid the shape drowning you out.” If you’re not so keen on a cape then a good quality coat can make any look work.
Of course it is not all-suitable clothing and if you are going to live in the countryside you need to be ready to dress up. Horse racing is one of the few events in life where wearing a fancy hat is almost a requirement. Next month the Cheltenham Festival will take place. It is considered one of Britain’s most prestigious and famous events alongside the notorious Grand National, which “is the biggest race in British jumps racing, according to Betfair. Both of these race meets require horse racing enthusiasts to dress smartly. In terms of the Cheltenham Festival, the second day of the festival is called Ladies Day and it is where the best of British countryside style meets high-end fashion. If you are going to fit in and be considered a proper country girl then a bold dress complete with an outrageous hat is essential. The Guardian did a photo article from last year’s event to give you a good idea of what to aim for.
Shoes are a women’s best friend (alongside diamonds of course) and dressing for the country allows you to wear shoes that would be completely out of place in the city. A good pair of boots is essential for walking through muddy fields. Even Wellington Boots are acceptable for everyone to wear all the time.
So there you have it. Hopefully you will be fully prepared for the country the next time you are heading out by following these tips.
So I thought I would post a super casual style post again to show how I am mixing bits and pieces up. As you all know I am sticking to my no buying ban in order to sort out all my stuff and also not buy into cheap, crappy clothes market. I will treasure and keep what I love. It’s also a bit of an exploration into my personal style, as it forces me to embrace what I have and experiment with it and eventually throw the stuff I am not too keen on. I tend to keep things pretty simple as of late. Items that are comfortable above anything else. Purely for the reason I don’t actually leave home a lot and when I do it zaps all the energy from me so I want to feel comfortable and not trying to fight with items of un-comfy clothing. So its been a jeans and t-shirt kind of affair and I couldn’t be happier. I do missing dressing up daily and wearing the more fancy items in my wardrobe, I shall be slowly putting these bits back in and experimenting some more. I need to have the big spring/summer change over and I think this will be good for a re sort out and rediscovering some favourites and getting rid of some not so favourite pieces.
I have had this jacket for years and years (over 10!) I love the style, colour and fit still. This is a firm favourite. I also am a massive fan of mustard yellow and love the t-shirt with the rust colour of the jacket. These are “my” colours. Jeans are same as before, they are so comfy. Trainers are also a must have at the moment, I can’t seem to wear anything else. That will of course change with the heat. Earrings are new, I have wanted some simple gold studs for years. I am allergic to anything else in my ears. Backpack is such a staple too, it is like Mary Poppins bag and fits so much in it. I often have to cart around my medical papers, prescriptions, note-book sketchbook, kindle and camera to hospital appointments so its good to have something easy and comfortable.