What better way to spend a midweek than escaping the doom and gloom of London and jetting off to the beautiful, sunny island of Mallorca for a couple of days?
We went out with womenswear HUSH to showcase their new summer collection and were also joined by some other amazing bloggers, Liv Purvis, Lizzie Hadfield, Hannah Crosskey and Carlie Tasker. Now, for those that aren’t familiar with the brand, it is perfect for any summer getaway. Think relaxed, comfortable yet stylish. Perfect for beach cover-ups, bohemian linen shirts and flowy dinner dresses on a warm summers evening. We now have our holiday wardrobe sorted!
Our stay was spent in a beautiful boutique hotel , Hotel Cala Sant Vicenç which is close to Pollenca on Mallorca’s North West Coast. With just 38 bedrooms, each room has a balcony with views across the village to the sea or over the lovely outdoor swimming pool and lush gardens towards the rugged mountain scenery. They recently re-opened in April and after a whole redesign and refurb, the new contemporary look is luxurious, combining the best of local tradition and culture.
Cala Sant Vicenc is a beautiful secluded resort village, just a 45 minute drive north from the countries capital , ‘Palma’ , where the majority of the population reside. But at this time of year, there are few tourists and it’s pretty peaceful, making it perfect for us to explore the place at our own free will. The location of the hotel is stunning. A few minutes walk and you're surrounded by these lush little coves with the most beautiful turquoise and transparent water. I was shocked at how crystal clear the water was. Now, in most cases, we’d be the first to jump in, but at the this time of year the water is still a bit chilly so we resorted in staying on land and topping up the tans. ( Slightly regretting this now, looking back at how inviting the water looks in these photos!)
Although we only stayed for a couple of days, we managed to squeeze enough in to give you a few recommendations and ‘Must- do’s’ if you ever plan to visit Cala San Vicenc or Pollenca. I’m going back a few more times this summer for weddings, and I literally can’t wait!
1. Take a trip to Pollenca - Pollenca is a 15 minute drive from Cala San Vicenc. It is an ancient town of attractive narrow streets and an impressive main square, lined with cafés, restaurants and bars. It has a rich history and beautiful churches and art galleries too, if you're interested in that kind of thing! We had a lovely, very well cultured tour guide, who showed us round the cute cobbled streets and talked to us about the history and culture of Pollenca.
2. Go cycling - Cycling is huge in Cala San Vicenc, so much so that the hotel had it's own cycling concierge which was extremely handy! You also see more cyclists than you do cars and they all seem to be given right of way. Power to the cyclists, is all I say! So on Wednesday morning the hotel arranged a lovely guide who led us all the way to Puerto Pollensa. This was about a 25 minute cycle but it was so beautiful. Cycling with the sun on our faces, we passed such stunning scenery and rode past picturesque orange and olive groves. A part of the way is on the main road, but again, don’t be scared as cyclists are pretty much given right of way! I felt safe the whole time. If your cycling to Puerto Pollenca, make sure to go on a Wednesday as this is then the market is on which is well worth a visit.
3. Hit up the market in Puerto Pollenca - The market takes place every Wednesday in Puerto Pollenca and here you can find everything from fresh fruits, olives and produce to amazing local hand-made arts and crafts and jewellery. And if you don’t fancy shopping, go sit in a cute cafe by the water and sip on a freshly squeezed orange juice. It's that time of season too, so they taste divine!
4. Visit a vineyard and go wine tasting - If you’re anything like us, nothing beats a nice glass of rose in the sun and a glass of red wine with dinner. There are a few vineyards located around Pollenca, so when we got the chance to visit one (organised by the hotel) we were pretty chuffed! We tried a variety of different roses and some lovely mature red wines. An afternoon very well spent!
5. Visit the Hotel Illa d'Or - This wellness and Spa hotel, located in Puerto Pollenca was founded in 1929 and is a stunning, white washed modern hotel with traditional touches. We were given a lovely tour of some of the rooms which have incredible views of the beach. The best part was dining at their outdoor restaurant located on the port over the water. If you like lots of courses and exquisite fine dining, then this is definitely a place for you!
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Shop our look:
Long White Dress | Reformation
Blue Hareem Trousers | Hush
White Wrap Top | Reformation
Straw Hat | Hush
Clutch Baskets | Bonitas Baskets
White mules | Vagabond Shoemakers
White Sandals | Birkenstock
Beach cover-up | Hush
Jeans | New Look
Pink Top | Topshop
White Bohemian Shirt | Hush
Navy blue culottes | Lindex
Patterned White Shirt | Hush
Black Sunnies | Reiss
Tortoise Sunnies | Reiss
Sunnies | Rayban
Oversized basket | Hush
Sleeveless white shirt | Hush
White Sunnies | Sunday Somewhere
Hollywood, home to the rich, famous and endless dreamers. Need I say anymore, this place was literally the BOMB and just how you've got it pictured in your head... The never ending palm trees, the pristine streets of Hollywood and the continuous stream of immaculate people walking down every street corner... Yes, it's as real as the movies.
For the majority of our visit we stayed right in the hub of West Hollywood in a gorgeous AirBnB only 10 minutes from Melrose & Sunset Blvd.
The first weekend we arrived we took a quick whirlwind trip down to Palm Springs to experience the parties happening around Coachella (those who saw our Instagram stories would have seen it was an epic/ mental 24 hours! )
When we ventured back to West Hollywood we spent most of our days exploring, mingling and indulging in all that American cuisine has to offer. Yes, we consumed our body weight in american candy, nachos and the obligatory 'In 'n' Out' burgers as well as every cocktail under the sun! (Delish!)
Below we've compiled a small list of stand out places that we loved and would highly recommend checking out if you're ever in La la land.
The Warwick - If you're looking for a big night out look no further than the Warwick on Sunset Blvd, part cocktail lounge part Hollywood club. A space suited to bottle/table service but with an edgy/ rustic feel to it.. Go on a Wednesday, it's when most industry people go so more of a scenester crowd, if you're into that...
Zinque - The perfect brunch spot with a super cute outdoor patio (make sure you sit outside if the weather holds up) the interior is equally as gorgeous with a really cool vibe. If you're going for brekkie I'd recommend the egg white fritata bowl. The burger however looks sensational!
Soho House - You have to be a member to come here, but if you get the chance it's worth a visit not only for a cheeky cocktail and some celeb spotting but also the bathrooms have the most insane views of LA! You could easily spend the day here as it has a cinema room, roof garden and an intimate club room! That's you're Friday night sorted!
Sugar Fish - The best sushi you will find in LA no doubt! I never liked tuna sashimi until I came here. It's an intimate & modest space where all focus lies purely on the tastebuds! Service is fab and the staff are super friendly. Make sure you get the 'Trust Me' platter, it's a mix of maki rolls, sashimi and sushi cones and the perfect amount if you're hungry.
Pink Taco - Teeeeequilaaa! As Mexico as their neighbour it's no doubt that the food is the real deal here and also why the locals go crazy for it! This place is a quirky and vibey spot. Not only are the Margaritas delicious, the shrimp fajitas are some of the best I've tried. tip: Don't fill up on the endless nachos they bring you when you arrive!
Malibu - The city west of L.A., If you're looking for a beach day, Malibu is you're place. Also perfect for a spot of surfing, beware though the water is icy so be sure to take a wetsuit! It's definitely one of the prettiest beaches and known for it's surrounding celebrity homes! Keep you're eyes peeled for Anthony Hopkins. ;)
Melrose Avenue - The cutest place with some adorable boutiques and fashionable juicery's! Make sure you go to the 'liquid juice bar' and order the 'nutty professor.' OMG you haven't lived until you try this smoothie. For all you fashionistas make sure you take a trip to fashion store Reformation (this is what clothing dreams are made of.) It's pricey but worth every penny. Afterwards head to 'Carrera cafe' for a pastry and coffee. (Insta worthy for sure!)
Shop our look:
Shop the look:
1) Coachella look
Stripey Pants | Topshop
T-shirt | Rarely Official
White crop top | Scared Hawk
Navy blue pants | Zara
Shoes | Converse
Sunnies | Ray Ban
2) Beach look
Black Swimsuit |Reiss
White swimsuit |Reiss
Pink sunnies |Reiss
Tortoise shell sunnies |Reiss
Blue jacket | Realisation Par
Denim shorts | Urban Outfitters
3) Topshop Dresses
Red Floral Dress | Topshop
Pink Floral Dress | Topshop
White Trainers | Reiss
4) Melrose look
Yellow checkered dress | ASOS
Brown flat mules | H&M
Rarely T shirt | Rarely Official
White flat mules | Vagabond Shoemakers
Clutch bags | Mon Purse
5) Monochrome look
White top | Reiss
Black trousers| All Saints
Black satchel | Reiss
Black sunnies | Reiss
Long black top |Reiss
Black shorts | Reiss
6) Last look
Ripped Jeans | New Look
White top | Reiss
Bag | Bonitas Baskets
White mules | Vagabond shoemakers
When preparing for LA, we knew there would be one wardrobe essential that would make it to our suitcases without fail. Our summery Topshop dresses! With the sun guaranteed to shine and with Coachella on our list of things to do whilst in the US, these floral numbers are a perfect addition.
Neither of us have purchased a nice dress in a while, and usually I'd say we're more 'shorts and trousers' kinda gals, but Topshop have such a great range of dresses at the moment, perfect for any occasion, so these were an instant, no-brainer purchase.
We're currently staying in West Hollywood and after a few hectic but fun days in Palm springs at Coachella, we've arrived back in LA and are taking it easy, excited to explore what the city has to offer. Any recommendations are hugely welcome...
We're staying in West Hollywood at the moment in a super cute AirBnB. It's one of those typical American houses surrounded by huge, wide roads that are scattered with palm trees. So dreamy. We spent the afternoon, wondering round the area, with the warm breeze on our faces. I couldn't help but feel like I was a part in Desperate housewives walking down Wisteria Lane! We have quite a few things planned in the coming week, so we'll be sure to keep you all posted but I'm sure we'll be rocking these flowing, floral dresses a lot more this holiday to fit in with the summery, chilled LA vibe!
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As Spring slowly creeps in, we're swapping our oversized bombers & faux fur coats for something a little lighter. We've both opted for the timeless camel coat. Loanne's (lighter camel coat) is from Zara's last spring collection and Jordan's is from The Kooples. Not only are they great additions to our spring wardrobe but you can pretty much rock it however you like, (just make sure not to wear contrasting colours with it!) Stick to jeans or a monochrome palette to pull off a chic yet casual look!
Our second look is the epitome of "smart meets casual". Loanne opted for a slightly more chic and smart look, pairing her Kooples black trousers and hat with a Topshop blazer and white tee. Jordan, on the other hand, has gone slightly more casual, pairing her ripped jeans with converses and a black Kooples blazer.
We hooked up with the very talented Joe Davs last week to shoot these in Notting Hill....our fave location! (If you hadn't already guessed.) Hope you like them!
Loanne and I are not your stereotypical siblings! Not only do we work together, socialise together & live together we can pretty much read what the other is thinking as well as finish off each others sentences. Yes.... I know you're thinking we're those annoying twins who are sickeningly synchronized or you may be confused as to how two people can spend so much time together? (We sometimes ask ourselves the same question haha!) But trust me we do have our differences and we definitely don't share boyfriends!
So as Valentine's is fast approaching we teamed up with Accessorize to celebrate the ultimate 'BAE goals.' in which Loanne and I chose a few accessories to gift one another. For Loanne (the elder twin with shorter hair and a shorter temper) I chose a black clutch and a stack of silver rings. It's super easy picking gifts for one another as we basically choose what we want for ourselves. (We have the same tastes in accessories of course!) And so Loanne picked identical pieces for me, a blue clutch and a stack of cute twilight rings. We're always out and about at events so we can never have enough clutches. These Accessorize bags are super cute, big enough to fit our essentials in but small enough to forget we're lugging something around.
Loanne also gifted me a super cute embroided diary with my initial on. I don't know about you guys but I always appreciate a personalized gift as it makes me think someone has gone the extra mile to show they really care! Thank Lo!
So we exchanged gifts in the best way possible way- Over rose lattes, cheesy toasties and a slice of banana loaf and were very happy with one another's choices (obviously.) The remainder of the day was spent giggling away, trying on each other's gifts and doodling in my new notepad about some silly 'twin thing!'