Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender

 

Londoners what’s happened to the weather? For a moment there we had ‘summer’ oh well, it was good whilst it lasted, however, please please do not discount the British summer just yet not until you’ve been to lavender picking at Hitchin Lavender Farm. Yes, lavender picking!! I escaped the hustle of London and headed to the countryside at the weekend and I’m predicting lavender picking will be as big as when knitting became ‘the cool thing’ to do. You remember about 10 years ago when we were seeing grown men and women knitting on buses, on the tube, anywhere and everywhere.  Basically prior to Saturday, the word lavender brought up images of purple rinse grannies, pot pourri, and retirement homes. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did ok let me explain.

 

The Farm

 

Hitchin Lavender is a lavender farm attraction situated between London and Cambridge. It has around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick from. At the price of £5.00, you can wander through purple fields and cut your own lavender bunches. They provide scissors and a brown paper bag to put your bunches in. The colour is spectacular, as well as the fields of lavender, they also grow sunflowers and for £1 each you can cut your own. The farm has some amazing views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are many interesting walks surrounding it. The fields are in full bloom in June and July,  then in August, the sunflowers come into their own. Inside the 17th century barn, is a range of delicious home made cakes available, you can also browse through the range of products and choose from a large variety of lavender plants on offer.

Style

 

I had never heard of Hitchin Lavender farm, so I googled it to see where we were going and when I saw the purple fields I had a change of mind on the outfit as I saw a great opportunity for a full on photo shoot. Lol. My poor friend had no idea what she had let herself into. Much to my surprise, most people were also there to capture the beautiful rows of purple hues that seemed to go on for miles. I kept my outfit very simple, although it’s a great photo opportunity I had to remind myself that it’s a farm. Making sure my shoes were sensible and also to keep to a neutral palette that compliments the surroundings. So my vintage inspired ASOS jumpsuit was perfect. Wide leg trousers with a cut out back paired with a hat. Although I didn’t wear the hat much it was very useful in storing the lavender I collected.

 

ASOS Jumpsuit – similar

H&M – Hat

 

Do’s / Dont’s

 

Do take a camera/phone camera

Do wear trainers or wedged shoes

Do keep your clothing simple

Avoid strong perfumes, there are a lot of bees and wasps

Avoid high heels

Avoid very short length clothing.

Hitchin Lavender was the perfect day out, ideal for families and tourists wanting to get a taste of the English countryside. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Visit before the end of the summer,  you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

Thank you for stopping by, it’s always good to hear from you so make a comment, take a look at other posts or make suggestions for future posts.

 

Rx

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

 

There’s no better time to invest in some new tops than the start of the summer. After a long winter of burying ourselves in layers, all that ‘us’ stylish girls want to do is wear a good statement top.

Now 2016 was all about the ‘cold shoulder’ ‘off-the-shoulder’ trend. 2017 is showing us an eclectic mix of shirts. The shirt mania is definitely the ‘must have’ for the season and I’m loving it!! No matter what your budget is, whether you’re a larger size or petite like me there’s something for everyone.

This is definitely the trend of Summer 2017. Every retailer from fast fashion to high-end is in on the statement shirt mania. Let’s look at the ballooned sleeves, what’s the best way to style this look?

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar

Boots - Zara (old) Similar

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar | Trousers - H&M  | Boots - Zara (old) Similar

 

Blogosphere Tea Party @ Aubaine

Blogosphere Tea Party

What better way to spend a sunday afternoon than eating scrumptious cakes, delicious macaroons, tea and champagne in the mix whilst in conversation with like minded people. My only complaint was the time flew by very quickly. This was the fabulous tea party hosted by Blogosphere magazine at the Aubaine.

I came across Blogosphere magazine on twitter, I’m very new to the blogging life so I’m constantly on the look out for events, chats, anything that can answer some of the questions that i have and Blogosphere magazine caters for exactly that.

Its a magazine written by bloggers for the blogging and social media community. The magazine is split into six main sections beauty, fashion, travel, lifestyle and photography. Each section is edited by an influential blogger, and apart from the staple sections, it also contains exclusive features, reviews, and interviews from a range of bloggers. In fact nearly all the bloggers I spoke to said how much of a difference it would’ve made if Blogosphere magazine was around when they each started to blog.

I was able to speak briefly with the editor in chief Alice Audley about how the ‘social’ aspect of blogging can easily be abandoned. I also expressed how intimidating it can be for a new kid on the block and why I’m so thrilled that a magazine like this exists. I was also able to put down a few suggestions on how the magazine can be improved, which were all welcomed.

I had such a great time at the event I absolutely love the concept of the magazine and I can see myself  ditching some of the major publications that I normally read. It was wonderful to meet the team looking forward to issue 9.

*Look out for it at major WhSmith stores*

*tOodles*

Rx

 

Blogosphere Tea Party

Earrings - H&M | Photo - Isabella T Robb |
TheWearabelle.com