24 hours in Bordeaux

Get the look: Celine sunglasses, Studio Nicholson top and trousers, Baraboux bag, Alexander Wang heels. System jumpsuit (similar available here), Celine loafers (similar loafers here) and Baraboux bag.

I recently ventured south on a road trip down to Bordeaux with a small suitcase by my side and a slick Baraboux clutch in hand. Side note; packing light is so much easier in the summer months, right? Anyway, I arrived with zero preconceived notions about what to expect, and I have to say, Bordeaux is one likeable little city. Locals describe it as Paris’ more relaxed, easy-going sister. And they are pretty much right on the money.

Bordeaux is made for walking (or biking) around in. The cobbled streets are wide and spacious, the buildings are full of European charm and pretty much everything you could want to see (with the exception of the vineyards) is easy enough to reach on foot. Definitely a city I’d recommend adding to your list! And just in-case you do take my word for it, I’ve complied a quick list of our favourite Bordeaux spots.

Brunch at Plume, 32 Rue Cheverus, 33000 Bordeaux

A cute little cafe slash bakery tucked down a cobbled street just back from the hustle and bustle of the city center. With a ever changing menu and good coffee, Plume is well worth adding to the top of your hit list.

Lunch at Mama Shelter, 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Mama Shelter is actually a popular hotel which you can find in multiple cities around the world. And thankfully their restaurants, bars and rooftop spaces are open to the public. Not only is the food fresh and the staff friendly, but the view over Bordeaux is pretty spectacular. If you don’t feel like lunch they also have a few sun loungers for those wanting to just relax with a drink in hand.

If you’re in town on a Sunday head to Marché des Quai, Quai des Chartrons 33000 Bordeaux

No-one does a Sunday market better than the French. And with it’s picturesque location right on the river it’s the sweetest spot to pick up fresh blooms, overload on pastries and rummage through arts and crafts.

Order a cocktail at La Comtesse, 25 Rue Parlement Saint-Pierre, 33000 Bordeaux

Order one of their famed Mojitos (as shown above sitting pretty with my navy Baraboux clutch), grab a perch outside and just sit back and watch the slow-pace of the city go by. The cocktails here are super fresh, made with love and most importantly are pretty affordable (7 Euros to be exact).

Walk along the waterfront and check out Miroir d’eau, Place de la Bourse Bordeaux

The Mirror of Water is the worlds largest reflecting pool, made up of granite slabs covered with 2cm of water. Sitting right on the riverfront, the pool fills up, the drains away to leave a shiny wet surface that perfectly reflects the grand architecture of Place de la Bourse. Head down as dusk hits for the dreamiest views.

Head to Belle Campagne for dinner, 15 Rue des Bahutiers, 33000 Bordeaux

This spot epitomizes Bordeaux; it’s laid back, friendly and just a touch quaint. The ever-changing menu is developed using locally sourced produce and ingredients creating super fresh meals that support the local region.

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Utilitarian Cool

It’s all about those military vibes with relaxed utilitarian silhouettes, practical layers and neutral hues. Give your g0-to black pieces a rest and opt for khaki jackets and a fresh white tee for all kinds of urban cool.

Beaches of Mallorca

Get the look: Her The Label white bikini, Celine sunglasses, Her The Label black bikini, Moochi fedora (similar available here) and Her The Label white one piece

Sam and I recently went on a very spur of the moment trip to Mallorca, and to be fair we weren’t entirely sure what we were in for. It has a reputation for being pretty dominated by tourism (I believe the term is ‘Brits on tour’) with areas feeling more or less like a resort town. I’m not gonna lie, the tourism was rampant. But to be fair it’s for good reason; the beaches we discovered were hands down the most beautiful I’ve ever laid eyes on. Every single beach we drove by or wandered down to was straight up beautiful. Soft white sand, incredible rocky cliffs just made for leaping off and the most translucent water known to mankind.

Full disclosure; we only explored the south-east coast of Mallorca so this is no way a definitive guide for the entire island. But I can confirm these beaches are well worth making the journey for.

Cala Llombards

A ridiculously idyllic cove surrounded by red-hued cliffs and a pine forest. Cala Llombards is pretty well catered for; there’s an overpriced bar slash restaurant, a bathroom and sun loungers shaded by furry palm leafs for hire. Although like most beaches in Mallorca the best spots are usually away from the crowds on the sand – walk along the rocky coastline for the best views of the turquoise waters below.  Getting here is easy as the road is well sign-posted; just follow the dirt road and grazing sheep until you hit the water.

Cala Mondrago

Cala Mondrago is a small-ish beach inside Parc Natural de Mondrago. You can park at the top of the parc and walk down, exploring as much or as little of the National Park as the heat will allow. It gets busy, but there’s plenty of room for everyone. Plus there are fruit vendors ready to slice up a watermelon or crack open a coconut for some seriously tropical vibes.

Cala Sa Nau

When driving along the coast, the road to Cala Sa Nau is a sort of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair. We stumbled across this little beach by pure chance, and ended up staying for hours. The water here sparkles like nothing else. Find yourself a flat perch up on the rocks for a little sun bathing (with plenty of SPF of course) and then jump into the magical sea below when things get too hot.

Esc Trenc

On the southern tip of the island, Esc Trenc is one of Mallorca’s most well-known beaches. To be honest it really wasn’t our jam. It’s very different to the rest (a long, skinny beach with shallow waters and no rocky cliffs) which is maybe why people like it so much.

Cala Esmeralda

The name pretty much gives this one away, Cala Esmeralda does pretty well in the dreamy water stakes. Popular with families thanks so the mellow waters, this little cove is also conveniently close to a string of equally picturesque beaches worth hopping along to.

Cala Varques

I’ve saved the best for last; Cala Varques is hands down one my favourite beaches in the world. We spent two full days exploring the rocky terrain and leaping into the unbelievably clear waters sans swimwear (it is Spain after all). We heard about Cala Varques from some locals, and while there are plenty of tourists who frequent the beach there’s also a community of local beach-goers who all seemed to know each other and enjoying hanging out in this hidden nook. No toilets or sunloungers, but one of the locals has a drink cart where you can buy water, cold beer, sandwiches and even a freshly made Mojito.

Cala Varques is definitely off the beaten track. From the main road it’s about ten minutes drive down a beat up path, at the end you’ll find a locked gate pushed open just enough for a person to squeeze through. Once your on the other side walk another ten minutes or so through the forest until you reach the beach. It sounds more complicated than it is – plus it’s all about the adventure, right?

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Chiara

Get Chiara’s look: Aviator sunglasses, white crop top, red trousers, Saint Laurent bag and pony hair slip ons.

Chiara balances  a tight white crop with slouchy trousers with a like a master. The 90’s crop top can be a complicated beast; so if you’re not really one for showing a lot of skin then err on the side of caution and keep the rest of the look super easy and relaxed.

Side note; if you live in the UK and have a creative mind (and would like to win a cool £10,000), I’m looking for the UK’s next top stylist in partnership. To enter, all you need to do is ‘gram an image of yourself in red (with the hashtag #FiestaStylista of course), and this look of Chiara my friends, is a prime example of how to wear the bold hue.  More details right here