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Summer Destinations

By August 9, 2019 Editor's Picks
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If you’re on the hunt for some last minute summer sun, here’s our guide to some of the best sunny destinations around!

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Slovenia
If you’re not looking to travel very far, Slovenia with a flying time of 3 hours and 15 minutes is a charming getaway for a summer holiday. Flights can be found cheaply and the country is still on the cusp of being discovered by tourists so it feels like a secret getaway. The capital city Llubjana invites visitors with its history, cafes and modern architecture and when the temperature soars in summer, there is nothing quite like a cooling dip in Lake Bled in the Julian Alps.

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Greek Islands

Greece has no shortage of beautiful islands to discover. Some islands can only be reached by ferry which has a certain appeal for the traveller seeking a bit of adventure. Lefkada is one of these, well known for its beautiful turquoise waters, rising against backdrops of stunning white cliffs. It is close to the much larger islands of Kefalonia and Corfu both of which also offer stunning scenery, delicious Greek food and a glimpse into Mediterranean culture.

 

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London
One of the best times to visit London is in the summer. The city truly takes on a charming atmosphere as people take to the streets for evening drinks and parks fill with languid picnic- makers. There are a number of summer activities including music and food festivals and lots of rooftop bars open for drinks. Enjoy a stroll along Regent’s Canal or wander the city taking in its incredible architecture. There is something for everyone!

 

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British Columbia, Canada

If you are looking to travel further afield, British Columbia is a mesmerising destination for summer. Vancouver is an urban playground in the middle of nature with a thriving cultural and music scene. Further afield are breathtaking walking sites such as the Rocky Mountains. This area is famous for sightings of grizzly bears in their natural habitat. If that scares you, why not join a tour through some of the best nature walks around which include guided bear sightings.

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Tanzania

For those who love a taste of the wild, Tanzania is at the top of our list. At this time of year, the weather conditions are perfect for hiking and if you are truly up for a challenge, Mount Kilimanjaro with its snowy peaks is one of the ultimate challenges in the country. Take note though that this trek is not easy and only for the physically fit and well prepared hiker. If all that exercise seems like too much effort, spend your time on a safari instead. Tanzania has the unique opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat- an unrivalled experience!

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Tips for Minimalist Packing

By July 12, 2019 Travel, Uncategorized
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So you’re off on a summer holiday and trying to decide whether a hand-carry suitcase will be sufficient or should you pay for extra luggage. We know its hard to figure out how to pack light. Here are our tips for a minimalist packing style to travel with no fuss ever again!

1. Versatility is key

Our number one tip for travelling is to choose clothing that can be mixed and matched easily. Neutral colours tend to be best for this category, for example a white linen tshirt like this one can be worn with just about everything. You can choose dresses that are casual enough to wear during the day  but can also easily be worn at night with heels and accessories. A sarong is another example of a versatile item that can double as a scarf/ a blanket and even an outfit if its large enough! By choosing clothing by their versatility, you can significantly reduce the number of items you take with you.

2. Planning is your friend

Prepare for your trip by taking some time to think about your holiday. How many days will you be going for? What kind of activities will you be doing? What is the weather like? By doing some planning ahead of the trip you can save lots of luggage space. If its forecast to be sunny for the entire period at your destination, you can probably leave the umbrella behind. Going away for 5 days? Plan outfits for each day, thinking about which styles can be worn with multiple outfits (remember you can always do laundry while you are away). Planning might seem like a lot of effort before a holiday, but it will save you so much energy and space in the long run!

3. Must haves vs Just in case..

With all your items but especially with toiletries, make-up and jewellery think about what you ‘must have’ vs ‘just in case’ scenarios. It is tempting to bring along every shade of lipstick you own and 10 pairs of earrings, just in case a situation arises but it brings a false sense of security. You cannot pack for any and every eventuality so the sooner you let go of this idea and focus on packing essentials that you know you will need, the sooner you can relax into holiday mode. Packing only the essential items also builds your confidence in learning to adapt and be creative with what you do have. Worse case scenario, if you left something behind and ended up really needing it, unless you are going to the North Pole you can always purchase it while you are on holiday.

 Bonus Tips

  • Find out ahead of time what items are already provided at your accommodation. There is no need to bring a hair dryer if one is already provided at your hotel!
  • Roll your clothing- it takes up much less space
  • Bring toiletries that can do double duty- such as 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioners. Everything else store in mini containers to save space

Packing like a minimalist is not easy if you are accustomed to travelling with everything you could ever need.  However eliminating what you don’t need, packing light and sticking to essential items  you love that will work for a number of situations is a liberating process. It will also mean you don’t do that walk of shame when you arrive at the hotel with more luggage than one woman should ever have!

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Two extremes: Winter Destinations

By December 7, 2018 INSPIRATION, Travel
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Winter has now arrived in the UK, with Christmas markets taking centre stage, shops busy with present buying and festive lights all around the city. It’s the most wonderful time of the year … when eyebrow raising festive jumpers become acceptable and mulled wine is flowing freely. It is that one time of year when you can take a long vacation and really relax. But as wonderful as home is right now, sometimes there is something exciting and fulfilling about being abroad for Christmas and discovering a new place and traditions and people. It can be just what is needed to breathe new life and energy to start a new year.  What if New Year wasn’t so much about a ‘new you’, as a new more travelled and experienced you?

Does skipping the cold winter blues and heading to one of the warmest destinations in the world sound appealing? Or are you more of a winter bunny? To help you plan your winter holidays, here are some suggestions for the hottest and coldest places on Earth to spend Christmas!


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Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has long been the Caribbean’s cheap and cheerful all-inclusive option but, in recent years, it has been quietly developing its luxury side too. Located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is famous for its beaches, upscale hotels and great golfing. With over 40 miles of  palm lined coast, that has earned it the nickname ‘Coconut Coast,’ Punta Cana is a tropical paradise, with stunning beach views, water adventures and family friendly conveniences. The region is warm and sunny throughout the year, although the mountainous areas of the island are significantly wetter and cooler.

Average temperature in December: 25-28 °C – 9 hours from the UK

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Montego Bay – Jamaica

Holidays to Montego Bay are a perfect introduction to Jamaica. Tropical white sands, pristine coral reefs, and vibrant Caribbean culture. If this is what you are looking for, don’t think twice! The weather this time of year is pretty much perfect, and there are plenty of water sports and other activities to keep you entertained during the day if you aren’t more interested in just relaxing.

Average temperature in December: 25-28 °C – 10 hours from the UK

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Boa Vista – Cape Verde

A series of volcanic islands 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, at first look Cape Verde seems a lonely prospect. But with ivory beaches, surfing activities and an intriguing lunar landscape, it has become a tourist favourite. Boa Vista island (translation: “good view”) still feels like something of a secret, characterized by infinite stretches of golden sand and charming, stone-hewn villas. Boa Vista is also the perfect warm destination without having to travel too far and is  considered one of the hottest and driest of all the islands due to the hot harmattan winds from the Sahara.

Average temperature in December: 25˚C – 6 hours from the UK

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Goa – India

Goa is an incredibly popular destination, with prices growing drastically year after year. That said, it’s still very cheap compared to other sunshine destinations and it offers a unique travelling experience. For more than four centuries, this western part of India was a Portuguese colony, and you’ll still notice a distinctly European character here today. Characterized by historical churches, delicious cuisine, and a 66-mile stretch of coastline running along the Arabian Sea, it is no wonder this state is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’!

Average temperature in December: 25-30 °C – 9 hours from the UK

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Cold destinations
 

If mountains and chalets are your passion and snow flurries warm your heart, pull on your warmest sweater, and get ready to plan the ultimate winter weather getaway.

Prague – Czech Republic

If you can bear the cold, this stylish capital is brimming with grand historical and cultural sights. Prague’s ancient cafés, contemporary art and Christmas stands give the city a chilling beauty, blending the East and West together perfectly.

Average temperature in December: 1-2 °C – 2 hours from the UK

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Fairbanks – Alaska

Fairbanks is definitely an extreme destination, with the potential for -20 degree temperatures and short hours of daylight. However, don’t let that stop you. The colder winter months are also the best time of year to view the spectacular Northern Lights and experience unique cultural events for Christmas such as dog mushing and Ice parks. It is also a place to come to taste the cuisine, with crab legs and all-you-can-eat salmon and cod fillets baked over an open fire only a few of the diverse food options you will find here. If you are looking for an immersion into the nature, this is the perfect destination for you.

Average temperature in December: -8 – -13 °C – 16 hours from the UK

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Alta Badia – Italy

Located in South Tyrol, Italy’s northern province, Alta Badia, with its dramatic natural landscape, culture, mouthwatering cuisine and the lovely Ladin people, it is the ideal destination for a skiing holiday. A mix of cultures can be found here, with German, Italian and Ladin mother tongue living side by side since time immemorial, to create a unique mix of alpine traditions.

Average temperature in December:-2-3 °C – 1.5 hours from the UK

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A boat to Amalfi Coast

By August 31, 2018 INSPIRATION
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The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a stretch of coastline in the Gulf of Salerno. This beautiful site consists of 13 small villages, animated by the crowds the whole year long. The main towns along the coast that most tourists visit are: Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. The road that unifies these cities is also known as the Road of 1000 bends (the name says it all!), where visitors drive through lemon groves while enjoying the coastal view as they make their way into the heart of the region.

 

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With its fishing port, shingle beach and crowded streets, Amalfi is a charming destination.  In the past, Amalfi was a large maritime republic competing with big, naval trading hubs like Venice, Genoa and Pisa. Today this city is well known for its stunning architecture, ceramics and of course, limoncello. The centre of the town is Piazza del Duomo, which is dominated by a striped Norman-Arab style cathedral – the Duomo di Sant’andrea. 62 steps will separate you from the main entrance, but be careful on the ascent! It is said it is bad luck to climb the stairs while holding hands. We highly recommend exploring the cloisters and their tropical gardens; a moment of peace in the midst of this chaotic city. Continue your journey by visiting the most charming fountain of Amalfi: the Piazza dello Spirito Santo Fountain. Made from volcanic stone, the fountain represents a Christmas nativity scene, hosting hundreds of intricate figurines.

If you have some spare time, take the footpath that leads over the hill to Atrani, an authentic Italian fishing village famous for its tiny population (only 885!).

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Ravello

The well-known Ravello is, unsurprisingly, a mecca for tourists. Coming alive especially during the months of June – September, it is the home to one of the most celebrated music festivals, The Ravello Festival, calling musicians from all over the world. During this time, most of its centre becomes a stage.

This tiny village, which is considered to be a real jewel of the Amalfi Coast, is situated at the top of Amalfi, high above sea level, providing tourists with a truly spectacular view over the bay. Throughout its history, many considered Ravello an intellectual and cultural city. This is why important figures of the time have built magnificent villas and gardens here. There are two famous gardens that most tourists visit in Ravello: Villa Rufolo and  Villa Cimbrone. The beauty of these two palazzos will captivate you and be a highlight of your visit.

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Positano

Positano is probably one of the most famous towns around the Amalfi coast, and an Instagram dream. With romantic alleys decorated by typical Southern Italian shops, churches and colourful homes perched on the mountain, this is a village you should definitely visit. With the added bonus of a large main beach here, Positano is the perfect village to visit in a day.

With only about 4000 locals living here, this teeny city is full of tourists during the Summer season. There is not much to do in Positano besides getting lost around the many small alleyways or going shopping for locally made linen and sandals. If you can, take a boat to explore the coves along the coast and head to Li Galli, an archipelago made of three tiny islands. Here the water is crystal clear and the visibility is great for some good snorkelling.  And to conclude your day, don’t forget to pop into “La Zagara” to have a taste of the best granita in town!

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Capri

If you would like to extend your trip for a few more days, you should definitely spend them on this rocky island located off the bay of Naples. Famous for its rugged landscape, Capri is a magnet for tourists, who usually come for a day-visit, but it is at night, when all the tour boats have left, that Capri blossoms into one of the most beautiful places.

Villa San Michele di Axel Munthe & Anacapri

This beautiful villa was once home to the famous Swedish doctor Axel Munthe. Only few steps away from Anacapri city centre, this site is built on the site of a Roman villa. Every room in the house is like a well-kept jewel, but it is the garden that is the crowning gem of Villa San Michele, offering astonishing views over the cove. Ironically, Axel Munthe didn’t live at the villa for long, as the bright sunlight was too much for his sensitive eyes. We would have invested in a good pair of sunglasses and got on with it, but each to their own!

The Blue Grotto

A must-do in Capri, The Blue Grotto is a magnificent natural cave only accessible by small boats. The best time to swim in the cave is after 5pm, when the last round of boats has finished their tours. The sun reflects light into the cave creating a blue reflection that no picture can properly portray.

Buonocore Gelateria

A visit to Capri is incomplete without a taste of the best gelato on the island. Buonocore is a family business, running for more than 60 years. Everything is made fresh, but there’s usually a long queue for the gelato so be prepared to wait – especially during the warmer seasons.

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Fancy a visit to the beautiful Amalfi coast? Now is the best time of year to go, when all the summer crowds have left and you can have the place all to yourself!

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win a £500 luxury cashmere travel set

By January 17, 2017 Competition
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We’ve teamed up with Stylist Magazine and Emerald Street to offer one reader the chance to win £500 worth of our luxurious cashmere, the ultimate travel companion.

Enter here!

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sculptured silhouettes in cool cotton

By May 6, 2016 NEW ARRIVALS
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Cool cotton and neutral palettes complement the crisp tailoring and elegant lines of this new wave of minimalism.

Our new designs for spring are influenced by 90’s minimalism and structural architecture. Attention to detail and ultimate comfort is in focus here- fused hems and box pleats give a contemporary feel.

Read on for more details about the styles in our edit!


Glow pleated blouse

Elevated from a simple t-shirt shape, this gorgeous blouse has been given a boxy shape which slopes subtly at the back. It’s easy-to-wear with a zip at the back and the pleats on the lower half add a feminine touch.

Tip: Wear with slim fitting trousers

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Rico pleated top

This go-with-everything top has a beautiful asymmetric hem with fused edges- giving it a modern and clean finish. The cotton poplin gives structure to the pleats at the back and is contrasted with loose, comfortable cotton jersey at the front for a contemporary take on the t-shirt.

Tip: This style looks great with jeans.

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Carrie pleated dress

Sister to Rico, this cotton dress is perfect for garden parties under the sun as the cotton poplin on the back is cool and fresh to the touch and the cotton jersey on the front is lightweight and ultra comfortable. The beauty of this dress is that you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion- the epitome of easy, breezy spring style.

Tip: Carrie looks just as good with casual sliders as it does with heeled sandals.

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Avron t-shirt

Simple and effortless this cotton T-shirt has been updated with fused hems to give a clean finish and modern look.

Tip: This tee looks great dressed up with our palazzo pants, Pall, or with our luxe joggers, Tyle.

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