I finally got my negatives developed from September, most of which were from the Duxford Air Show. It was quite an emotional day for my family as we all were obviously thinking of my grandpa, who passed away a couple of years ago, all day. I’m lucky enough that I inherited his 35mm camera, so seeing the air show through his lens was a very lovely, moving experience. Enjoy the photographs, taken on Kodak Porta 400.
Summer seems so far away now so I thought a little throwback would cheer me up. Luckily, before I went back to university, Romy and I had a chance to shoot a few more outfits before the autumn chill set in. I love these pictures – they take me back to the summer and show off my beautiful hometown of Cambridge. See more pictures and outfit details on romydesmarais.com.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit many European cities in the past year. In September, I fell in love with the City of 100 Spires! We stayed in the Old Prague Hostel, which was a two minute walk from the main square. The staff were so friendly and it was a great place to meet people – I’d highly recommend it!
Our first afternoon was spent checking out the area (and dodging the rain!). Over the next few days, we did the walking tour of the city, as well as of the castle. This was a great way to get to know the city a bit more, and the fascinating history. We climbed to the top of the ‘Powder Tower’ for an amazing view, but there are many places to get a great view (the above photograph is from the castle area).
Other than the rain on our first day, we were blessed with the sun and boiling heat for the remainder of our stay! As always in cities, the small streets were filled with boutiques and sweet cafes, perfect for a drink and people watching session! The architecture is incredible – on one corner by the Powder Tower, you can see six different architecture styles including gothic, cubist and art nouveau.
I will be visiting again as soon as possible, as there’s so much more to explore.
I had a sneaky peek at Brewer Street Car Park on the Sunday of London Fashion Week. Colours and prints were everywhere, and an appearance from the sun meant we could pretend summer was still around. I already can’t wait for the AW16 shows!
My visit to Barcelona in June was my first and I absolutely fell in love with the city. The bustling streets filled with market stalls, boutiques and cute little cafes under the glorious sun captured my heart. Being so close to the beach gives Barcelona extra points – it’s the best of a city break and a sun-bathing holiday.
On our first day, Emily (my constant street style model!) and I wandered the side streets and shops that lead off Las Ramblas. The city is really easy to navigate around and there are plenty of places to stop for a bite as you explore, like Luzia, where we had a wonderful pizza and one of the best gin cocktails I’ve ever had (think rose petals and more)!
The second and third days involved more exploring. There’s so much to see in this amazing city, including Gaudi’s architecture. We visited Caso Balto, the Sagrada Família and Park Guell, only a few of his amazing works in Barcelona. The Sagrada Família is still being built, with construction having started in 1882, and they predict it will be completed around 2026-2028. Even with the works going on, it is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited. The atmosphere is indescribable with the special stain glass windows projecting coloured light into the church. Park Guell is also a relaxing place to wander and relax, with a great view of the city.
Our hotel, Hotel Lleo, was a minute’s walk from Las Ramblas and had a lush rooftop pool for us to relax in the boiling sun! Before we left we had a quick look at the food market (check out those hot dog-shaped sweets!) and one last wander to say goodbye to Barcelona!
A few weekends ago, my friends and I visited Amsterdam for Amelia’s 21st. It was my first visit to the incredible city and I am already planning my second! The weather was glorious for most of the weekend, so we rented bikes and cycled around the city. It was the best way to explore all of the streets.
There are so many amazing places to visit in Amsterdam. We cycled to Anne Frank’s house on the Sunday and ate the best burger I have ever had at the restaurant Cau. The food was delicious and the service was great – a perfect treat for the birthday girl. There were plenty of markets to wander through – we found the flower market near the centre, and the Albert Cuyp Market, which was a treasure trove full of clothes, gifts and home furnishings. We then chilled at Vondelpark, which was just round the corner from our adorable hotel, The Alexander Hotel. The perfect end to an incredible weekend. I’ll be seeing you soon, Amsterdam!
Cambridge in the sun is one of my favourite places in the world. I love exploring new cafes and shops that pop up, but Benets Cafe is an old favourite of mine. Situated on the gorgeous King’s Parade, home to the famous King’s College, Benets is the loveliest place to sit and have a break between sight seeing or shopping.
My favourite spot is the small ice cream corner to the left of the cafe, where I sat and people watched to my heart’s content! I chose the chocolate chip ice cream, but there’s tonnes of flavours to choose from to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. The actual cafe does many other sweet treats like pancakes, or you can have a spot of lunch, while overlooking the gorgeous entrance of King’s College. Can you tell I love this place?
On Easter Monday, Emily and I ventured to Wimpole Hall, a National Trust estate just outside of Cambridge.
We wanted to do something a bit different as an Easter treat. Wimpole was really easy to get to, and was £15.90 for standard entry to the house, home farm and beautiful gardens.
Elsie Bambridge, Rudyard Kipling’s daughter, transformed Wimpole into the gorgeous mansion it is today. The rooms of the house were spectacular, and the tour guides in each room were so helpful, sharing little anecdotes with us as we walked around.
My favourite room was the dining hall. The most amazing chocolate scent hit you as soon as you walked in thanks to the dozens of Easter eggs on the table, including one of the biggest I’ve ever seen as the centrepiece!
We were too early in the season to see the gardens in full bloom, but hundreds of bright yellow daffodils filled the grounds and the house. We stopped for a tea (and chocolate cake) break in the Old Rectory Restaurant.
The home farm was also adorable, with newborn calves and lambs. Lambing season started on Tuesday, so it’s definitely worth a visit just to see the cute lambs! I’ll definitely be visiting again in the next couple of months to see the gardens in their full glory.
Another London adventure with Emily, and another beautiful outfit (head over to Emily’s blog here to see outfit details). We finally discovered the famous Portobello Road market, as well as the delicious Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes and hot chocolates! We wandered over to Spitalfields to revisit our favourite diner, The Diner in the market, for one of the best hot dogs in London!