Saturday, July 20, 2013

Holidays are blissful times. Blissful times of doing absolutely nothing. But after about a month, well, you get bored. But it's not an awful boredom (like when you've been studying for a month and cannot bear to see your flashcards anymore and are bored of life), it's more of a what shall I do today boredom.

Yesterday morning I rang Ollie and we decided to be tourists and go for a pic-nic in Gourdon.

Eyes on the road!

Gourdon is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It's a tiny medieval village perched on a really high hill. It's walls give the most amazing views on the whole riviera. And as if that wasn't enough, Gourdon's speciality is Candy making! Match made in Heaven.

It is also a popular place for paragliding... next time maybe!

We set our picnic (which Ollie was very excited about) under a big pine tree and got down to business. We had ham sandwiches, market tomatoes, fresh fruit as well as homemade pink lemonade!

We packed up and walked back to the village with our stomachs eyes set on... desert!

There are more lollipops, marshmallows, pain d'épices, jams, pâte d'amande and callissons than you could ever imagine! Having satisfied our sweet tooth we strolled the village and enjoyed the handmade soaps, jewellery and perfumes.

The whole region around Gourdon is renown for it's glass. We came across this piece of art in one of the shops and were awestruck!

More than 450 hours of work went into this piece...

Some really realistic soaps!

We left Gourdon and passed by a sweet factory, our sweet tooth flared up and we stopped by.

Ollie was still super stoked!

The "Confiserie" specialize in making candied peels and fruits. A fruit can take up to 45 days of labour to become candied!

After many tasters we were basically sugar high and thought it best to avoid the gift shop and go straight home!

I'll leave you on this sweet note! xx

Henley - Day 2

Monday, July 15, 2013

On the second Day of Henley, we decided to be chic and go to the Steward's Enclosure. I loved the enclosures mostly because of the profusion of regatta jackets. Anyone that has represented their school or university in important races is allowed to buy a jacket! Some of those jackets are very... colorful to say the least. Some people can even recognize the school and the year you graduated in just by looking at your blazer.

To get into an enclosure you need a special pass which changes color everyday. Unfortunately you cannot simply buy passes, you need to know someone who is a member and can buy them for you...
Max had a fancy metal badge, whilst we commoners normal people had little cards.

The Steward's Enclosure was very beautiful, people were dressed in the most amazing and outrageous outfits! A great day for people watching..

Buzz Feed published an article on Henley and spotted the same crazy hat Lady as me!

I could also add this snazzy Gentleman to their list.

Speaking of being spotted, I had the luck of Vogue picking me out to be part of their street chic article on vogue.co.uk, pretty exciting I must say!

Photo By Dvora

Photo By Dvora
After lunch we prepared to cheer the boys on, go purple!

Well done to GB's "Shadow" and Ollie for winning The Ladies Challenge Cup!

Henley - Day 1

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Last week has gone by so quick, in the whirlwind that is Henley. As a "newcomer" it was truly an amazing experience and really hard to describe. Henley is a five day long event with head to head 'knock-out' races everyday, and the finals on Sunday. I would best describe it as a mix of picnics, Pimm's, rowers, enclosures, dress lengths and hats. This year the weather was amazing, and I count myself really lucky!

It's a bit tough knowing what to wear at Henley or Ascot, as I suppose it's similar. Dresses have to be bellow the knee, and you can't really wear tight midi dresses which are in fashion this season because they don't look proper enough. You don't want to wear too flowery gowns either, as you'll risk looking like a granny... I opted for simple, flowy and mono-coloured dresses. It worked a charm!

I think there are many types of Henleys. What I mean is by that is that one person's Henley week can be very different from another's. Between the enclosures, the clubs, the friends you watch row and the quality of your picnic (and the amount of Pimm's you've brought), you can make it really amazing!

One the first day of regatta we had an 'easy' day, parked near the start line where the crowd is less rowdy and had a nice picnic. We cheered Ollie and J on as well as other friends that went by rowing. We walked down the towpath to wander the shops and stop by for ice creams.

After lunch we walked to the Boating Tent to see J boat and cheer him on. The concept of cheering at Henley is a bit special. I'm used to wolf whistles and good ol' encouragement. But that's not really proper. So you're meant to clap, so we clapped clapped with much conviction!

Clarissa had some snazzy contacts and got us into the press box to watch the race. Best view of the course I'm sure!

Cheeky win on the first day!

We raced back to the boating tent to cheer clap them well done. Much sprinting in heels last week I tell you!

Her Majesty's boat.

The races had to be interrupted because of this troublesome string of ducklings. 
We left shortly after with sore feet and blushed cheeks, what an amazing first day at Henley... Tune in later for more!

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