Adding some Hotter pastel travel sandals to my holiday wardrobe

* This post contains an item that was gifted

One of my pre-holiday rituals is working out what to pack, that might sound an obvious thing to do, and it is, but bear with me. I have a tendency to overpack, I realise that that might also not be news, but my ploy now is to get out what I want to take, review it, prune it and try again. What I’ve learnt from this approach is that while I still overpack a bit, it’s way less than before, but also it’s a good way, for me for working out the flexibility that the clothes I take will bring.

Planning my holiday wardrobe

On the left the bottom white, navy, brown with pink spots and pale blue pile is my shorts.  To the right is my t-shirts and on top are vest tops. It’s far from a capsule wardrobe, I’ll admit but already I can see that I have options, with vest tops, t-shirts and shorts all earning their place in my suitcase. 

Which is good news, as for our upcoming holiday we’re combining a city stay with a walking holiday, and while both will be casual unless it’s super hot then I’m not much of a shorts in the city kind of girl,  I’ve  got some 3/4 length trousers lined up for there, plus a slightly smarter pair for evenings, which will also double up for the walking part of our holiday for evenings, and if we’re unlucky on not so sunny days.

But, as ever, it’s shoes that are my achilles heel (pun not quite intended).  Something comfortable to wear walking around the city, and then again practical for a proper walking holiday in Portugal’s Serra Arrabida on the Setúbal Peninsula, which we’re led to believe is virtually undiscovered.  With walks generally over 10 km each day, the longest walk is 18 km - a circular walk at that on day four,  and terrains that include forest tracks, country lanes, valleys and ridges proper, supportive and comfortable footwear will be needed. 

And that’s often where I struggle.  I have plenty of footwear, and more recently I’ve acquired plenty of flatter options too, but still none that I’d deem appropriate enough for such a trek.  So when Hotter offered me the chance to add their travel sandals to my walking holiday wardrobe and I realised that the pastel colourway was in ‘my colours’, how could I refuse?

hotter travel sandals will fit right in with my holiday wardrobe

When they arrived, my instincts about how well they matched my wardrobe was proved right.  There’s pinks, lilacs and blues as well as the greys, and holding them up against the clothes I’m planning to take shows that.  Trying them on  was the icing on the cake, they’re as comfortable as I’ve come to expect from Hotter shoes, and so I’ve a feeling that any dragging my feet on that long circular walk, won’t be due to my footwear. 

* This shoes were gifted by Hotter Shoes to review, I’ll be sharing how they - and my feet - fared on our upcoming walking holiday, as usual all views and opinions shared here and in my future posts are and will be my own.

For the love of wood

You’ve probably seen the contemporary concave shelving by Jointed & Jointed, but may not have known who it was by. You might not have seen some of their other designs though. They were at Grand Designs earlier this year and their stand was one that just encouraged you (or me at least) to walk around it ‘stroking’ the furniture, while trying not to of course.

I think it’s the grain on this bureau that makes it work and gives it its contemporary feel, and I think I’d definitely feel more organised. Perhaps momentarily, but I’m sure I would!

A wooden bureau or writing desk at Grand Designs Live 2018

The shelving unit with its boxed ‘zones’ also appeals to me. For me it’s the irregularity that appeals, for MOH it’s the irregularity that he’s not so keen on. If I thought it was something that would work in our house, then I think this would be worth the work that would be required to pave the way for this one.

There's something comforting about everything having its space

What I wasn’t expecting to see was a wooden desk lamp - well you wouldn’t would you? But after seeing it, I kind of wondered why not?

A light in wood, wouldn't be your first thought would it?

But the item that really captured my attention was this tower of wooden shoe boxes - I think the shoes could do with more work, but that’s by the bye. I spent a fair amount of time admiring this walnut tower of loveliness which was commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine for their Handmade series.

shoe boxes with a difference

MOH could spot the signs and moved quickly, pointing out that I’d need several of these or have to have severe clear out. He needn’t have bothered though as I’d already spotted the £4k+ price tag, and yet it was still lovely.

Nifty shoe storage at Grand Designs Live

There’s nothing else for it, I’ll need a dressing - or more appropriately - a shoe room, that makes perfect sense doesn’t it?


Reflecting on my week #44

This week, or mostly yesterday, I’ve been perplexed. It’s the strangest of things but I’ve lost my belt. A leather studded belt that I wear with trousers for entirely practical reasons. As it’s been so hot I’ve been in skirts and dresses, and so hadn’t noticed but as the temperatures dropped (and hasn’t that been nice) it’s nowhere to be found. And it really is quite odd. 

I’ve looked where it should be (coiled up in my wardrobe) and quite often where it can be found (strewn in the bedroom floor) and its in neither of those places. Nor is it yet in the many more random places that suddenly become real possibilities, and its driving me a little potty.

I don’t like to lose things, it's really playing on my mind. I’m sure it will either turn up or it won't and it’s not that I don’t have another belt, it’s the mystery of it all. 

While I haven’t been wondering about my belt I’ve had a fairly productive week; my new-ish sandals have made it downstairs to be olive-oiled, apparently it softens the leather. 

Swedish Hasbeens awaiting oiling

Fab aren’t they? 

While we were on our way sofa hunting we cut through Seven Dials and I spotted the Swedish Hasbeens shop and paused to check it out.  Unbelievably it was just what I was looking for as since the previous year I’d had “wooden sandals” on my shopping list (yes, I know, sad but true), but having found where I could buy them, it was back to the sofa shopping. It wasn’t until much later on that I went back and found the style I wanted, I wavered on the colour, but the classic tan won me over.

I've ordered my new garden pots to grow veg in, and once they get here i'll share more.  I ordered them over a week ago now and it seems that my expectation of next day delivery differs somewhat to the company I'm buying them from.  If I hadn't got such a particular requirement, and already done the research about where I could buy them from, I'm pretty sure the order would have been cancelled by now.  And I'll be telling them that, as soon as I've got my pots.

At the same time I ordered some seeds.  From a different company that didn't promise next day delivery, these arrived within two days.  And they're super cute and play right into my seed, veg growing, organisation and tin obsession.

A sneak peek at my mini seed tins

In fact I haven't done a Love This post in a while and wouldn't you know it, two appear in the space of a week.  Just like buses.  Look out for more on the seed tins later this week.

MOH has been with his family making arrangements and so on Sunday it was nice to spend some time together.  Feeling lazy, and hungry, we headed to the new Ivy Cafe for brunch.  It was our first time there and I was quite impressed with the brunch menu - we both had eggs benedict, with chips, followed by pudding and then an espresso martini.

A wall of colour in the Ivy Cafe in Blackheath

The artwork was colourful and in keeping with the art deco theme.  I somehow I don't think it'll be our last visit either, although we both still miss the restaurant it replaced.  That's partly why it's taken us so long to get through the door, but things are always changing aren't they?

Another of the pictures at the Ivy Cafe

Looking ahead to this week I'm starting to look for a location for our October holiday.  I quite fancy Copenhagen or somewhere Scandinavian, MOH has mooted Portugal again but we're not quite sure where or what right now.  I'm not sure if Copenhagen is more of a long weekend kind of place, haven you been?  What do you think - let me know.