I’m lucky that when everything gets a little too much in life, I can escape back to the rural peace that comes with the Welsh countryside. While these past few weeks have been pretty tough, it always makes me especially grateful to have the amazing friends and family around me that I do – and for living in such a beautiful environment around plenty of fresh air and footpaths for thinking things through and clearing my head.
Being home for the holidays feels even more special after being away at university for most of the year, and it really rings true to me how irrelevant gifts are in the grand scheme of things (although they’re lovely) and the importance of being with loved ones. My family have lived in the same village in Wales for about 7 years, and so it’s the place I associate with the season. We’ve made our Christmas traditions here, like getting drunk and hitting the driving range at the golf club up the road, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
If I had to choose one outfit style to wear for the rest of my life – a daily uniform if you will – it would have to be dungarees and a stripy tee. I usually have them on rotation anyway, and love how such a classic look has become the staple of my wardrobe. The simple style is so perenially chic, always hitting the nail on the head with relaxed Parisian vibes while simultaneously making a silent statement.
Oversized shirts are a key staple to my wardrobe, but even more so in the colder months. I love how easy to style they are and also how they hide a multitude of sins! They create a super flattering silhouette and are great to chuck on with jeans or trousers when I’m stuck for what to wear. Baggy shirts are my go-to when eating / drinking out too, as I don’t have to worry about concealing my food baby after a curry or one too many beers…
Pale pink is becoming more common in my wardrobe as time goes on (any kind of pink incorporation is a big thing for me) and I’m really beginning to love the colour. I have a couple of posts lined up to share with you my newly adopted pink items and how I’m styling them – I’ve been hooked on finding the dream jeans since that pink puffa inspired me earlier this year. Despite initial reservations, I’ve found that pink is versatile, cool and although it can be dressed in a feminine fashion, is actually more masculine than ever before. Men from all walks are increasingly rocking the hue and looking FAB and it’s easier now for us gals to pull it off in a casual way thanks to all the amazing options out there – we can dress it down, or up, without looking like a lost Disney Princess (unless that’s what you’re aiming for).
Something I’ve always wanted but never gotten round to looking for: a vintage bicycle. This post is partly a massive thank you to my boyfriend, who has made that little dream come true by putting in the effort to find me this amazing, quirky and rustic bike; it’s definitely one of the best presents I’ve ever been lucky enough to receive. He spent hours researching and googling and bargaining to get me the one that would suit me most, picked it up and delivered it on my birthday – and I have to say, he got it pretty spot on.
Gingham is without a doubt this year’s most dreamy summer pattern. Picnic perfect, beach-ready and city break chic, it can literally be worn everywhere and is super easy to pull off. It’s one of those recurring trends that never seems to properly go out of fashion, and every so often gets taken off the back burner and recycled with new styles and tweaks. This season you can get any kind of garment in any colour gingham – it’s everywhere in every style! I’m especially loving ruffled midi gingham skirts and am on the lookout for the perfect one…