The New Season

Chloe leather biker jacket from Harrods, John Smedley cashmere jumper, 7 for All Mankind skinny jeans from Harrods and Jimmy Choo pumps. Saint Laurent distressed sweatshirt from Harrods, Saint Laurent fringed leather mini from Harrods and Senso boots.

Despite the frosty mornings outside, the new season is upon us. So in the name of new trends (and warmer weather) I’ve shared some of my Spring favourites with the ultimate icon of London luxury, Harrods.

First up is the old faithful; denim. Less of a trend and more like a reliable friend, denim is here to stay. I swing back and forth between super skinny and slouchy boyfriend jeans; although I have to say these pair by 7 for All Mankind are definitely flavour of the month. Fringing on the other hand ain’t quite so easy – that 70’s vibe isn’t for everyone. But if you embrace slick leather and a monotone colour palette it’s not quite as crazy as you may think.

Check out the full feature over at Harrods right here.

Tales from Croatia

Croatia was hands down one of the most special places I visited in 2014. With its raw, rugged beauty it’s hard not to fall just a little bit in love with the place. We spent two weeks here – one week on land exploring a few of the towns and national parks inland, and the second on a small yacht sailing down the coast with Medsailors (which you can read about here). To put it simply, it’s one magical country.

When to go: We went in end of June/start of July and the weather was deliciously warm and it didn’t feel too overrun with other tourists. In July/August things can get pretty crazy as it’s a popular holiday spot, so if you can, go in June.

Where to stay: Airbnb all the way. Airbnb options are increasing in Croatia, and you can get some beautiful apartments which are far more homely than many of the out-dated hotels, especially in the main cities such as Dubrovnik and Split. Just be sure to read the reviews before you book.

Where to visit: Croatia has a lot of special spots, but these are a few of my favourites from our trip…

Plitvice Lakes

One look on Google Images and I knew Plitvice would be worth the trek. Sam and I only booked one night nearby but we loved it so much we actually ended up staying for three. Go to the National Park as early as you can – the tours from Split arrive about 10:30am and the walkways can get pretty congested.

As it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site you can’t swim in the lakes, but there are plenty of crystal clear swimming holes outside the park which are worth hunting down. We rented bicycles and spent two days getting lost down dirt tracks, exploring tiny villages and swimming in picture-perfect lakes and rivers.

Split

Despite the less-than-rave reviews we really enjoyed Split – a town that acts as a jumping point to other parts of the country. Have dinner by candlelight in Diocletian’s Palace – the food won’t blow your mind, but the setting will. For lunch, swing by¬† Zinfadel Food & Wine bar in Split – their tuna salad and tuna sandwhich are things of beauty.

Bol, Brac

We didn’t plan to visit Bol – and on face value it’s very much a family-orientated holiday spot – complete with an inflatable playground out on the water. It’s an easy island – small enough to walk everywhere, with insanely clear seas and friendly locals.

The main beach – Zlatni Rat – is postcard worthy, which does mean it can get pretty busy during the day. We went down for an early morning dip on more than one occasion and had the entire peninsula all to ourselves.

Hvar

Spend time getting lost down the cobblestone streets packed with tiny restaurants and eateries before heading off in search of some glorious beaches. Make the effort to climb to the top of the Fortica for sunset – there are a lot of steps but the view of the harbour is pretty breathtaking.

Korcula

This town stole my heart from the moment we pulled into the marina. The perfect place to do very little; just wander through the quaint, hydrangea-lined streets eating gelato after gelato.

Dubrovnik

The cliff-side bars are infamous for a reason. Yes the beers may be over-priced, but sitting hard up against the cliff face overlooking the Adriatic sea is pretty incredible as far as drinking spots go. The perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon – just find yourself a perch and watch those who are brave enough leap from the cliffs and into the sea below.

Just outside of the main town is Banje beach – a popular spot with both locals and tourists. There’s no sand – just rocky pebbles – but that’s part of the charm. Dubrovnik can get super hot in summer, and Banje is the ideal place to cool off, as well as being spectacularly beautiful.

How to get around: Hire a car to explore the national parks such as Plitvice Lakes – that way you’re free to explore for as long or as little as you like. And of course avoid those bus tours! If you can, I whole-heartedly recommend taking to the sea with Medsailors for an entire week – it’s the perfect way to explore the coastline and really get off the grid.