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May In Review

Group selfies at the top of Mam Tor in the Peak District

Sewing up a storm at James’ house

Castle spotting in County Durham

The view of Durham Cathedral from the riverside!

Walks in the countryside at home

I thought I hadn’t done much this month, but looking back through my photos it seems that I have! I kicked off May by camping in the Peak District for a weekend with my friends, to celebrate my birthday. That seems like a long time ago now! I stayed at James’ house in County Durham for a while, which is where I did most of the sewing for my newly opened Etsy shop. On the way back home we stopped off in York to see some friends which was awesome, although it was so weird to be back on campus temporarily! Before this week of wintry weather I actually managed some nice country walks, both in Leicestershire and the North East. It’s given me the itch to do more exploring. After sixth form me and a friend spent a day (well, seven hours) walking to Leicester armed with sandwiches and an OS map. If it’s ever sunny again I want to go on a big adventure like that! Oh, and lots of bike rides and picnics.

On Jessthetics I’ve worn some groovy vintage trousers, a gold two piece for my birthday, an awesome plaid coat, and most recently my favourite cerise pink raincoat. I made a lamp from vintage fabric, shared a recipe for my favourite veggie sandwich and interviewed blogger babe Sara from Waiste.

Most importantly, this month I finished the last ever season of Buffy. It was amazing! How does life go on when there’s no new Buffy to watch? Only time will tell…

I’m pretty excited for this June. Not only will it be officially summer, but I have already filled up every weekend with plans. I can’t wait to spend some more quality time travelling and hanging out with my friends!

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March In Review

March Review / JesstheticsPicnicking in the Scottish Highlands

March Review / JesstheticsEvening walks in my village

March Review / JesstheticsOscar reading the guide-book to us in Ancient Herculaneum

March Review / JesstheticsThe beautiful yellow villa we stayed in in Sorrento

Has March ended already? Gosh, it’s been a busy month for me! I began my month by sharing a trip I took to Scarborough (here), and two easy peasy skirt tutorials (here and here.) Most of the beginning of the March was occupied by a road trip around Scotland that I took with James! We visited Edinburgh, (here) St Andrews, Pitlochry (here) Dundee, and Holy Island (here.) As ever, I’ve been documenting my favourite outfits, including a paisley jumpsuit, (here) a head-to-toe silver ensemble (here), and a pretty green elephant dress (here.) Most recently I showed you how to make your own lacy bra (here.)

Towards the end of the month, I spent a weekend in Southampton, and then visited Sorrento for a week (pictures coming soon!) Here’s hoping that the rest of the year involves this much travelling 🙂 My favourite post of the month was of course “A Day In The Life of Archie” (here.) I think he enjoyed being an internet star, even though he also enjoys eating my laptop cables!

The lighter evenings and the balmy weather (occasional balmy weather, it’s raining right now!) makes me so much perkier and I’ve been doing a little yoga every day which I love. I’m excited to spend April sewing, attempting some gardening and celebrating my birthday month! (Yes I am one of those people, a day of celebration is not enough.) I hope you’ve had a beautiful March.

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What I Wore: Paris Day One

At the end of August, me and my boyfriend spent 6 days in Paris! We hired an apartment through airbnb and it was so lovely. It was so much cheaper than staying in a hotel, or even a hostel, and we had a bedroom, kitchen area and bathroom all to ourselves. I will definitely be using airbnb again! We got up very early and arrived in Paris at 10am. We spent our first day walking around Paris and visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie, where Monet’s Waterlilies are displayed on the walls of two elliptical rooms. This was one of my favourite galleries – it’s quite small so I felt like I could take in most of the art without feeling overwhelmed.

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Our apartment was on the Canal St.Martin. I’ve never visited this part of paris before but it was just so cool! At night-time, everyone eats and drinks along the river banks and there were lots of quirky bars and cafe’s right next to our apartment.

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Outfit details: Dress, Charity Shop / Shoes, Ebay / Sunglasses. H&M / Backpack. Ebay

It’s fun to share my Paris photos with you, I’m enjoying going over the photos and reminiscing! Have an amazing Tuesday.

p.s. I’m selling some clothes that I don’t wear or don’t fit me. Feel free to have a browse!

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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?