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16 Nov 2017

FOUNTAINHEAD RETREAT- just what the doctor ordered

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This is what happened when I went for a break on my own.. 

It was paradise on earth! Actually at the Fountainhead Retreat in Andalusia..

Read my article for Flush magazine here:

 

30 Oct 2017

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THE AMSTERDAM WAY!

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The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is taking place from 30 November – 16 January and it is the perfect excuse to sup a mulled wine, whilst cruising down the canals admiring the neon artwork, which this year, includes statement pieces by world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Read my feature for 55 here

 

25 Oct 2017

SPAIN IN OCTOBER IS TRULY RATHER SPLENDID

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Two back to back trips meant I spent twelve days in sunny Spain

And now I am back in grey UK and wondering what to do with myself! I would really love to get two more countries in this year, so I can keep up my (so far so good) new years plan of visiting a different country every month- nothing in the pipeline at the moment, but watch this space! As I do a press trip pixie travel dance….

My first stop was the stunning Fountainhead Retreat in the Andalusian mountains. Perfectly peaceful, completely tranquil, and the most amazing personal touches for a chilled out stay. Review coming soon for Flush magazine. 

Conveniently, my next stop was a fitness bootcamp – also in Spain, but a couple of hours away along the coast, in a converted monastery. Feeling refreshed, and zenned out, I wasn’t quite sure what I was letting myself in for. No caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar or wheat?? No problem right- especially if someone else is cooking for me. But coupled with the 7am- 6pm classes it was pretty hardcore, and I must admit I didn’t manage all the sessions. But team games with my other bootcampers were fun- we even did a triathlon! It’s a good test for fitness, but I left wanting more. Just got to keep up with the gym here now. 

Hitting the mean streets of Malaga before I went home meant  I could celebrate with a long overdue cava, and get some culture at the Picasso museum. So all in all not a bad way to spend two weeks. 

Back to reality with a bang now though…..

11 Oct 2017

FROM NEW YORK TO SLOVENIA TO SPAIN

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THE LAST TWO MONTHS HAVE INVOLVED A LOT OF TRAVELLING

But I love travelling so I can’t complain! I have been lucky enough to jet off to New York with Icelandair and take part in their immersive theatrical experience for the duration of the flight, which quite literally made time fly by!

I even caught some shows at NYFW which demonstrated the differences between here and and there! Even more differences can be seen in the MBFW Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, which hosted a very interesting three days of events. Full report coming soon for Schon! Magazine.

I am currently writing this from a stunning sun-terrace, high up in the Andalusian mountains, where I am on a retreat at the Fountainhead resort. I don’t even get wifi in my room, so all I can hear is the faint sound of cowbells, birds, and the buzz of insects. Quite honestly I am in paradise!  

To finish of my Spanish adventure, I am heading to the other side of Malaga, for an equally challenging experience. As I undertake a seven day bootcamp! Watch this space!!!! 

Meanwhile when I did have a chance to catch up with my fashion family in London, I worked with pop princess and Israel’s X Factor winner for her tour with Little Mix. I popped by the K-Way store launch in Covent Garden, and was pleasantly surprised at how cool the Parisian brand has become. Founded in 1965, it’s heritage is in pac-a-macs, but after lusting after the Marketing Director’s frilly sleeved number for SS18, I can safely eat my words! 

September also saw the long awaited Leading Cultural Destinations Awards Ceremony, and brought together all the cool cats from around the world. I am not sure if I could be on the judging panel- I think they are all winners to me! 

From then, I skipped off to Wales, to style the Welsh National Football team again. One of my clients is JD Sports, and because I’m Welsh, I get to dress the boys every time a new kit is out! Tough life!! 

Until next time. 

Ciao 

 

 

20 Sep 2017

Surfers. In Switzerland??

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Read what I got up to when I went to Switzerland for Flush magazine here:

Travel: Swiss chocolate, surfers and sunbathing in central Switzerland

 

24 Jul 2017

LEGENDS OF THE SANDBAR on your coffee table

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Legends of the Sandbar by Christopher Bickford

If you ever needed an excuse to learn how to surf, this coffee table book is it! However, this is not just a picture book- even though it contains some of the most stunning images of surf culture that I have seen.

Photographer and author Christopher Bickford, has made a home for himself in the sleepy Outer Banks in North Carolina, and uses it as a base to surf, write and collect documentary images. His book Legends of the Sandbar is an insider’s view of life on the Banks.

 

Legends of the Sandbar

Read more for 55Factory here

 

20 Jul 2017

THERE’S MORE THAN MAMA MIA IN SKIATHOS GREECE

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I love Greece. Fact! 

It’s got everything I need for the perfect, peaceful break- sea, sun, sand, sardines, surf.. and a blaring Mama Mia soundtrack!!! 

Although don’t let that put you off. 

If you like beaches, sunsets, amazing food and massages, I would highly recommend the Skiathos Princess resort.. it’s the perfect base for a Robinson Crusoe adventure and learning how to paddle board. 

Read what I got up to here- when I went on my five star adventure for The Bespoke Black Book…

http://www.thebespokeblackbook.com/skiathos/

 

03 Jul 2017

HEAD TO THE MED FOR PURE RELAXATION- TRAVEL WRITING

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I love Turkey. Fact! Read what I got up to when I visited the stunning, luxury D-Resort Gocek for Stylenest here. Warning, you might get some serious vacay envy!!!

The only thing to worry about on your trip to Turkey is what book to take to read!

26 Jun 2017

ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL CROATIAAAAAAAAA

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SUMMER IS HERE, AND SO ARE THE FESTIVALS….

If you are looking for something a little bit different, head to the sunny climes of Tisno in Croatia for Soundwave

It’s got Roy Ayres, Laura Mvulva, The Pharcyde. Booooom. 

Read more here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/soundwave-croatia-the-best-place-for-summer-music

25 Jun 2017

FRANCE DOES GOOD CHATEAUX: FACT

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I’m not always first off the blocks when it comes to history, but after my visit to the beautiful French Loire Valley, I can see a bit of a castle spotting addiction coming on. See what I got up to for 55Factory.net here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/you-say-castle-i-say-chateau

And enjoy my pics in the meantime!