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Sorrento

Jessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoLast week I went on a family holiday to Sorrento, Italy. We chose Sorrento because it’s close to the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and having been to see an exhibition about Pompeii in the summer we couldn’t wait to have a look around the real thing! Now, I have seen a lot of ruins in my life and I am not usually the biggest fan, unlike the rest of my family who love archeology. Pompeii and Herculaneum were different – they are so complete it’s like being in a Roman theme park! You can walk along the streets of the town, into people’s houses and up their stairs. Because Herculaneum is nearer to Mount Vesuvius, it was buried deeper than Pompeii was when the volcanoe errupted, so even second and even third stories are preserved. The paintings are still on the walls and the Roman pots are still sitting on their original wooden Roman shelves! (See above.) Pompeii is sprawling, and we didn’t manage to walk around it in a day.

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It rained for a lot of the time we spent sightseeing. On our last day, the sun came out and I spent the morning wandering around the pretty streets of Sorrento and eating ice cream! We stayed in this gorgeous yellow villa looking out over the sea, and I would love to experience it again during a warmer part of the year! Sorrento really comes alive in the sunshine, and the steep cliffs are so striking. Have you ever seen Pompeii? Would you like to?

P.s. I’m also guest posting on Of North today, talking about what home means to me. Check it out here!

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Dundee and Holy Island

Jessthetics / DundeeJessthetics / DundeeJessthetics / DundeeMine and James’ last Scottish adventure involved a day in Dundee! We spent the morning in the botanic gardens. We were almost the only people there – it was a chilly day for garden viewing so we spent a lot of time in the rainforest area! It’s a lovely space, but what caught my eye the most was the extremely grand castle-like houses that overlook the gardens. Apparently they were built as mansions for jute barons and are now used as flats and hotels. I wouldn’t mind one of those for myself 🙂 In the afternoon, we wandered around the McManus gallery. It’s a gorgeous building and it had history, old art, new art and natural history exhibitions all in one. I really enjoyed the miss-mash of topics, and I think all museums should be done this way!

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On the way back to Durham, we spent the day in Holy Island. It’s separated from the mainland by the sea half of the time, so you have to make sure the tide is out before you drive across which is fun in a scary kind of way! It was honestly the windiest day I’ve ever experienced, apparently the monks chose this island for its harsh weather conditions. The best sites are the ruined Lindisfarne Abbey and Lindisfarne Castle. The Castle was turned into a holiday home in Edwardian times and it is presented as it was in 1910, so you can sit in the chairs and pretend to be an Edwardian on holiday. Oh, and we bought some mead of course! This is my last post about Scotland, I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride 🙂

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Scarborough

Jessthetics / ScarboroughJessthetics / ScarboroughJessthetics / ScarboroughJessthetics / ScarboroughOn our last full day in York, James and I decided to take a road trip to Scarborough! I’ve never been before and I wasn’t expecting much – a friend described it as a “grim place” – but I had a really great time. It’s quite large for a seaside town and whilst the town center is a little crumbly, there’s lots to do and see along the shore! We had pizza for lunch and walked all around the town, the pier and the castle. We browsed the charity shops and the strange little stalls in the market vaults and ate lots of candyfloss! Similarly to Filey, Scarborough has a trapped-in-another-decade feel that I find beautiful, charming and sometimes a little eerie, in the best possible way!

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To wander around Scarborough I wore an ASOS crop top with a floral skirt that I found in the attic – I think it used to belong to my mum! I’ve found this crop top quite hard to wear. It’s quite high, and I have to wear it with a bra so that it keeps its shape, which is not something I wear very often! I was pleased then to find that these two items go together quite nicely 🙂

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We had a gorgeous day, and I would definitely return again to visit more of the North Bay and this veggie cafe that was closed when we were there! Sorry for all the photos today, I had a lot to share. Today I embark on the beginning of my holiday in Scotland! I hope you’re having a good Monday 🙂

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Cala’n Porter, Menorca

Recently I spent a week in Menorca with four of my lovely girlfriends. We hired a villa in the seaside town of Cala’n Porter, and I had a fantastic time! I would seriously reccomend Menorca to anyone who’s looking for somewhere to go on holiday. It was warm but breezy, we didn’t get bothered by insects, and it wasn’t too touristy. Four of us are veggies, and we didn’t have trouble finding things to eat in restaraunts, which was a pleasant surprise! The water was so beautiful and blue, I wish I never had to leave. Here are some snaps from my trip.

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menorca 4In Cala’n Porter, there is a club in the caves, IN THE CAVES! It’s so cool, and the view from the dancefloor is incredible. The club was overpriced, and I’m not sure the locals enjoyed our dance moves, but nethertheless we had a crazy good night there.

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Me and a friend spent a day doing sosme sightseeing in the capital of Menorca, Mahon, the best part of which was our boat ride around the huge natural harbour. It was glass-bottomed so we could see all the fishes swimming around.

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Here are the girls at the beach in Cala’n Porter.

menorca 9Menorca was such a beautiful place, and I would definitely go back again. Do you have a favourite place to go on holiday, or have you been anywhere nice recently?

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What I Wore: Filey

The third stop on my tour-of-nice-places-to-go-in-Yorkshire is Filey! (Here is stop one and stop two.) Filey is a typical British seaside town. Although it’s smaller than places like Whitby, it still has plenty of arcades, candyfloss stands, fish and chip shops and colourful changing booths. The weather was crazy when we were there, alternating between rain and dark skies and beautiful sunshine like only the British weather can. Although this meant we didn’t get to do any sunbathing, I think seaside towns like Filey look best in the rain. There’s something very atmospheric about the stormy seas and the empty old timey seaside attractions covered in rain.

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We walked onto this large rock structure that sticks out into the sea called “Filey Brigg.” Stupidly, we didn’t check what time the tide came in, so we had to hurry back to the town through the approaching waves so as to not get stranded out at sea. Thank god we made it!

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I decided to go for a simple outfit, with denim shorts, boots and this colourful fluffy jumper. I found this jumper in the Ark sale, and I am in love! It is so soft, and it’s holey so it’s a good summer layer. I bought my necklace from H&M in a panic because  couldn’t find anything to go with my summer ball dress, but I actually wear it all the time! It’s become one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. My boots are All Saints, and my shorts are so old I don’t actually know where they’re from.

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What do you think about seaside towns, do you find them inspiring or too old fashioned? Have a great day!

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Packing for Beach Holidays

In my teens, I was a terrible packer. I would use holidays as an excuse to wear all of my favourite and more adventurous clothes, and as a result I would take half my wardrobe on holiday with me. I’m talking three-changes-of-clothes-and-a-pair-of-heels-every-day style packing. This meant that my suitcase was a nightmare to carry around, and I didn’t wear most of the things I’d brought with me anyway. Beaches, cobbled streets, and 5 inch heels do not go well together. I like to think that my packing ability has improved vastly in recent years. I even managed 5 days in Barcelona with just what I could fit in a large handbag. Packing light makes travelling that bit easier, and you don’t have to waste any of your beach time deciding what to wear! Here are my top tips for packing for beach holidays.

1. Travel comfy

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I like to travel in clothes that are comfy, won’t be too hot when I arrive in the sunshine, but serve as backup in case I need some warmer cothes when abroad. To save space, wear on the plane the jumper/ jacket / cardigan that you will wear on cooler evenings on holiday! Jeans, a t-shirt and boots are practical but still make me feel good (if I was a fashion magazine, I would use the phrase “casual chic” here.)

2. Don’t bring heels

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Shoes take up space, and you don’t need heels! Use this oppurtunity to give your feet a break, and go out in sandals instead. I find that all I need is a pair of flip flops for the beach and a pair of sandals for dinner and dancing. If I want to do any serious walking, I can just wear the boots that I travelled in.

3. Mix and match neutral separates

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All your clothes will go with each other if they belong to the same colour palette, and (apart from lots of patterns) my wardrobe is dominated by denim and neutral colours. If your favourite clothes are blue, white and green, then bring separates in these colours instead. You can wear the same shorts three times with three different tops and have three totally different outifts. This saves so much space, and when you’re abroad you won’t have to think about what to wear because everything will match.

4. Dress up playsuits for night-time

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For me, beach holidays are all about patterned playsuits. They’re so summery and fun, and leave plenty of skin exposed for tanning! With different jewellery and a bright red lipstick, I can wear all of these playsuits into the evening too, which saves space 🙂

5. Wear different shaped bikinis for a better tan

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To avoid getting bad tan lines, wear bikinis with different shapes. Your bikini is probably the thing that you will be wearing the most, so make sure you love it! I always wear a sunhat to keep my face from getting burned, and don’t forget your garish sunglasses!

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Don’t forget your sun cream and camera, and happy holidaying! Are you going to the beach this summer? Do you have any tips for packing for the beach?

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What I Wore: Robin Hood’s Bay

Having the time to explore Yorkshire recently has been great, there are so many beautiful places to visit! I have been to Robin Hood’s Bay before but it is always lovely. There is a really steep hill that winds through the village to the beach, and the village is filled with quaint little shops. The beach is long and sandy, full of rock pools and surrounded by dramatic cliffs. We even swam in the sea – it was cold! Putting together beach outfits is lots of fun, and this is what I wore!

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I am wearing a vintage bed jacket, vintage playsuit (it must be homemade because the pockets have been sewn on backwards!) H&M sunglasses, People Tree necklace, and this sunhat was a gift. The only reason it is not blowing down the beach is that there are hat pins holding it to my head. I’m so glad I discovered hat pins, I no longer have to walk around with my hand on my head holding my hat down.

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Thank you Denise for taking photos of me!

As you read this I will be reading a book by the pool in Menorca! I am sure that future me is having a wonderful time there 🙂 It might even be a little sunnier than the Yorkshire coast. I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!