Dreamland!

margate dreamland fruit stand ice cream asos dress

margate dreamland sign sixties

margate dreamland outfit

margate dreamland pleasure colourful sign

margate dreamland asos ice cream walls sequin dress

margate dreamland childrens toy car pump station

hanging out at colourful margate dreamland

margate dreamland kiss me quick signs

fun at margate dreamland big wheel

 

I Scream for Ice Cream!

Put the word ‘Dreamland‘ in your next available Saturday date in your diary because you WILL want to go. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a colourful themepark or ‘pleasurepark’ with a modern spin on retro iconography. Tracey Emin herself lent a hand to help The Hemmingways (of Red or Dead fame) with the creative direction of the new Dreamland, pulling the rides up from near destruction in 2013.

In it’s earliest incarnation in 1860, the site served as a ballroom but grew to encompass a zoo, miniature railway and hosted gigs by anyone worth name-dropping. It became one of the top 10 attractions in the UK but as with all good things, went downhill and so Dreamland started to sink in the 2000’s. Fast-forward past a couple of years of very hard work and some pretty clever copy writing and on point design, Dreamland 2.0 is open!

There are still lots of rides yet to open but going now means you’re likely to get in early on the action before your friends. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty to do there including a roller disco, cinema screenings and events. The best time to go? On a warm, clear day in the evening. Not only are tickets slightly cheaper but if you time it right you can be watching the sunset over the sea and reminiscing about the Golden Age. Good times.

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margate dreamland asos dress pom pom shoes

1000 smiles per hour margate

margate dreamland scampi and chips lunch

margate dreamland helter skelter blue sky summer

 

Walls Ice Cream

So what to wear to one of Englands’ coolest new destinations where the puns are cheekier than Dame Edna nabbing a Nandos? A stand-out Walls x ASOS sequin dress and pom pom shoes of course! (Actually don’t, it’s really not that practical an outfit but it WILL look good.)

Because matching is the super-in right now, I brought my fave Biscuiteers biscuits along for the ride (literally.) Aren’t they adorable? Now someone pass me a Twister and long live the British summer!

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margate dreamland fun big chair

biscuiteers ice cream biscuit box

biscuiteers ice lolly biscuit colourful

margate dreamland 1000 smiles per house colourful signage murals

margate dreamland colourful fun

 

What I Wore at Dreamland:

Dress – Walls x ASOS / Shoes – ASOS (similar here) / Lolly Biscuits – Biscuiteers / Earrings – John Creed

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La Corrèze: for chilling out

local strawberries brive la gaillard market

 

The Relaxed Side of France

If your list of holiday destination priorities are food, relaxing and a hint of luxury not too far from home then the Corrèze region of France is there waving it’s arms around at ‘cha! Last month I compiled a pretty hefty guide for fun and adventurous things to do in la Corrèze including paragliding, staying in a treehouse and discovering what is basically a film set for Jurassic World. Let’s just say that there’s lots to do to keep you on your toes!

But after all this activity you’re going to be more than ready to discover the other delights, namely amazing food and wine. Here’s my list of amazing places and tastes to chill out in Corrèze.

fresh radishes brive la gaillard market

 

SHOP

Brive Food Market

Once you’ve had a good wander around the beautiful principle town of Brive (see me dressed up like a French girl there!) head straight to the market for lunch and to fill up your bags on local delicacies. We had a great simple lunch at Bistrot Brassens which serves the most massive steak my eyes ever have seen! Finish up with a cherry clafoutis. Don’t forget to spit out the stones!

Now to hit the market. Stock up on fresh fruit and veg, cheese, meats, plants, nuts, sweets and cheese. Did I mention cheese? Don’t miss the long shaped strawberries either, they’re a local delicacy and get their own party – a strawberry festival every summer!

goats cheese brive la gaillard market

vin paillee and mustard in brive la gaillard market

fresh garlic french market brive

cheese stall brive la gaillard market

chips salad and tomatos lunch bistrot brassens brive la gaillard market

traditional cherry clafoutis desert bistrot brassens brive la gaillard market

 

DISCOVER

Uzerche

Research La Corrèze online and you’ll likely get a list of beautiful villages to discover. Uzerche is one such place worth a gander around. Sink into a slice of dozy French life and meander around the old houses, towers and vaulted passageways to see why it’s named ‘the pearl of the Limousin district.’

I got up early and had a walk around on my own in the morning sun. There’s nothing quite like snooping around no-one’s watching! Scroll down to see where to stay in this pretty place.

morning view over uzerche correze france

la palette art gallery uzerche correze france

beautiful church view with roses

view over the town from hotel joyet de maubec uzerche correze france

 

EAT AND STAY

Hôtel Joyet de Maubec

Make Uzerche your stop-over town and stay at the relatively new Hôtel Joyet de Maubec, a beautifully restored boutique hotel and former boarding school with character and elegance (note the delicious smell of lilies everywhere you go!) If you want a touch of luxury then head here, if only to see those views over the valley of the Vézère river!

If you can’t stay, do at least make a stop at its restaurant, La Treille Muscate for a fine dining menu that changes weekly according to seasonal produce and the perfect wine pairings.

fine dining hotel Joyet de Maubec in correze amuse bouche starter

beautiful renovated traditional hotel joyet de maubec uzerche correze france

hotel joyet de maubec uzerche correze france
pretty village scallop house uzerche correze france

breakfast at hotel joyet de maubec uzerche correze france

breakfast at hotel joyet de maubec uzerche correze france

 

DISCOVER

Collonges-la-Rouge

As a blogger, I love a beautiful village with winding streets, who doesn’t?! Gorgeous villages don’t come much better than Collonges-La-Rouge, named one of the most beautiful villages in France, it’s a definite stop off worth looking around.

Why so red? Well, I’m going to whip out my geography for you again folks! The houses lie on a region of clay soil high in iron which came into contact with oxygen. The more the iron elements rusted, the deeper red colour. Hey, I never thought I’d ever want a rusty house!

Be sure to spot the building with the mermaid in the wall at the village museum. Snoop around the hat shop down the road, check out the holes in the walls of the market square where sticks held prized local wine and see the village oven where villagers made bread. Mainly though, take beautiful instagrams!

pink flowers collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france
little cottage collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france

hyacinth flowers in collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france
palm tree in collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france

sweetcorn drying in collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france
beams in walls collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france

gardens collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france
turrets and mansard roofs collonges-la-rouge beautiful village town in correze france

 

TASTE

Le Vin Paillé

The beady eyed of you may have noticed the beautiful cerise coloured wine bottles in one of my photos in the Brive market and then the white version in the background of our lunch. What you might realise is that the white labeled bottle with the sweet fruity liquor was pretty much a mainstay of our trip, popping at every meal and… breakfast?

Yep, on the second day of our trip, we were tasting it at 10am. All in the name of research of course, after all, it’s not every day that you get to sample wine straight from the hands of the producer. So when Jean Mage, a small-unit Vin Paillé producer invited us along to see the vineyards, vats and explain the process, all concept of time-appropriateness went out the window.

For the vino-heads out there, what makes this wine unique is that the grapes are picked and partially dried traditionally on straw (the French word is ‘paille’.) The sweetness of the grape is concentrated and when pressed produces that delicious flavour. Choose any bottle with the label and it will have been produced traditionally by one of around 20 local farmers like Jean.

vineyard for vin paille in france

wine tasting vin paille in correze vineyard

vineyard award medals for wine making in france

red poppies in francefrench donkey in france

 

Like the look of La Corrèze? Discover the wild side!

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Lovebox

lovebox festival tassels kimono outfit and orange rucksack

view from above in the air flags lovebox festival 2015

lovebox festival tassels kimono outfit

lovebox festival tassels kimono outfit

embroidered kimono and white dress festival outfit details

lovebox festival vip area korean pork bun and palm plant

lovebox festival tassels kimono outfit

embroidered kimono tassel sleeve festival outfit details

spike silver ear cuff for festival and shaved hair

lovebox festival tassels kimono outfit

kristabel and lucy at lovebox festival

 

 

Floaty and Fringed

Oh what to wear to a festival. There’s all the help out there you can get and yet you still haven’t the foggiest as you flick through your rails of workwear and boring basics. I want crochet, crazy prints, fringing and fun damnit, yet somehow my wardrobe’s gotten all ‘sensible’ and last season’s palm prints aren’t looking so hot. Luckily, I managed to pull this vintage embroidered kimono out from my barely touched bikini bag and there I had it – a key party piece to set off the style – phew!

Not that the festival in question was particularly focused on festival fashion. You could easily rock up to Lovebox wearing what else you found in said bikini bag. Just add knicker-style denim shorts. That look isn’t quite for me so I opted for a slightly more traditionally hippy-eque approach which in my opinion went much better with the bunting anyway!

It was great to be able to invite my French cousin along to Lovebox, she’d never been on a Ferris Wheel before so swinging was obviously in order! That and a bit of bobbing about to Flight Facilities, Hot Chip and Little Dragon, oh and a lot of tasty grub. Korean pork buns and Bird burgers? Yes please!

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See my other festival outfits! ›

 

feet on the big wheel lovebox festival 2015

chips and cider at lovebox festival 2015

lovebox festival tassels kimono outfit

churros amigos at lovebox festival and big wheel lights

VIP area at lovebox festival 2015

embroidered kimono and white dress festival outfit details blue stone necklace

sunset flag lovebox festival 2015

main stage night crowd lovebox festival 2015
little dragon on stage performance lovebox festival 2015

 

What I wore to Lovebox:

Kimono – Vintage / Dress – ASOS / Necklace – Topshop / Sandals – Next / Bag – ASOS (similar) / Belt – ASOS (similar) / Ear cuff – Nelly (similar)

Thanks so much to Zalando  and Clash for the Lovebox tix!

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Festival Feet

field day festival outfit

field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival outfit

block of flats hackney east field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival #catfestivaldiaries

mac and cheese stands field day london 2015 victoria park festival

blue tents field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival outfit

style field day london 2015 victoria park festival

cat boots #catfestivaldiaries field day festival outfit

lickalix van field day london 2015 victoria park festival

carousel chairs field day london 2015 victoria park festival

colourful outfits field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival pompom earrings and scrunchie

paella field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival outfit adidas t-shirt and patent skirt

cat footwear pink boots field day festival outfit

 

 

#CATFestivalDiaries

Aah… Let me take you back to when I was lounging around in the sun, cider in hand at Field Day a couple of weekends ago. I could have mistaken my couple of hours in East London a Sunday afternoon for a long balmy August festival somewhere in the middle of countrified England. Was this Bestival again?! The weather was gorgeous, the atmosphere happy and surprisingly chilled and the scene festi-fied but small enough for a couple of laps before heading off home.

Of the two Field Days, Sunday over Saturday is the super relaxed and relatively quiet little sister. ‘Where’s the shouting, toilet queues and throwing things around?’ My friend Chloe and I made the most of it all by dancing around like loons in front of the band stand, singing along at Mac Demarco, munching on delicious savoury french crepes and never having to queue for margherita slushies. Win!

I went along as part of the #CATFestivalDiaries so I pulled on my new Walala boots, matched them to my crazy earrings, added one of my scrunchies and then calmed down the look with a dose of black. Like any city festivals, you can simply style up any urban looks with an ‘out there’ accessory or two and you’ve hit the mark!

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art installations field day london 2015 victoria park festival

kicking around in the park field day festival outfit

fro-yo van field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival outfit

crepe stand field day london 2015 victoria park festival

french crepes field day london 2015 victoria park festival

field day festival outfit

 

What I Wore to Field Day:

Boots – Cat Footwear / T-shirt – adidas / Skirt – ASOS / Bag – Monki / Jacket – ASOS / Earrings – Similar here / Scrunchie – ScrunchieMarket / Socks – Similar here

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By the Sea in Gallipoli

big sun hat summer holiday seaside outfit

colourful streets in gallipolo blue sky

lemons and prosecco for eating with oysters in the fish market

cray cray stripy t-shirt seaside lol top

green shutters in gallipoli italy summer city break outfit

beautiful old streets in puglia what to wear in southern italy

salento blue plate and terracotta bowls for crustaceans

beach bag embroidered accessorize

walking along the quay side in a big straw hat in Puglia

 

Seaside City Style

Wow, I’ve been so excited to show you my #BlogBabes interviews (where I’ve been chatting to my blogging besties about of friendship and blogging life to celebrate ShinyThoughts turning 6) that I’ve left half of my tales of Italy behind!

My last outfit post comes from the underside of the proverbial ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot, the only part of the south coast of Puglia that I visited on my swift 4-day exploration. I’m working on a neat guide so that you can recreate your own Puglian holiday ticking off the places I went to, but first, the important bits – what I wore!

I knew that Gallipoli (pronounced ‘Gah-lip-ollie’ and not to be confused with the Egyptian town of the same name with a dark history) was going to be a lovely old fishing town so I figured a sensible T-shirt and a pair of shorts would be a good option. My super ‘cray’ T-shirt had been reserved for some future trip to the crayfish rich Stockholm ports but ain’t nobody got time for that so I whipped it out here instead. I wasn’t too far off though and kinda fitted in around the fresh prawns in the fish market.

If you’re thinking of visiting the area, keep your eyes open for my Puglia guide coming up soon!

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sitting by the dock of the bay

sailor inspired summer holiday outfit

striped t-shirt seaside outfit

oversized straw sunhat asos

bright coloured fishing boats on blue water

boden orange lace up flat shoes

seaside coastal town outfit

 

What I wore in Gallipoli

T-shirt – ASOS (similar) / Shorts – Boohoo / Hat – ASOS / Bag – Accessorize (similar) / Shoes – Boden / Necklace – Accessorize

 

See what else I wore in Puglia!

Click the image to view the outfit post in Alberobell, Otranto and Polignano

 

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