It’s been a long while since I put together a ‘what I’m packing for’ post, but I feel the occasion definitely calls for it!
In fact, this is a slight twist on the old theme since it’s more of a ‘what I packed for’ in the past-tense type of post, as last week I jetted out to Portugal to celebrate the nuptials of my good friend Alex Vanthournout – formerly Alex Loves and now queen Fashercise – and her lovely hubby-to-be, Adam.
Alex and I became friends after interning together (in different departments) at Wallpaper* magazine and bonding over the fact that we were both newbie bloggers. It was the summer of 2010, and a time when the fashion industry was just cottoning on to the power of bloggers to create unique and interesting content in an area previously governed exclusively by a few powerhouse titles. Whilst I’ve always written predominantly about interiors and design, being friends with Alex meant I was able to tag along with her to some of the shiniest and most exclusive events of the time, including London Fashion Week, and make friends with some of the bloggers helping pave the way within the industry.
We’ve been firm friends ever since, so in homage to the more carefree, old skool style o’ blogging, I thought I’d share a few candid snaps from our holiday, the beautiful wedding, and what I packed for the trip…
The wedding was held in Portugal’s picturesque Algarve, a place very close to Alex’s heart as the location of her childhood family holidays, and a place I’ve been on a couple of wonderful holidays with her too. As a home-away-from-home, the wedding was as beautiful and stylish as Alex, and as equally low-key. Having arrived in Portugal late on Thursday evening and spent the night and following morning in Faro, on friday afternoon my boyfriend and I checked into our beautiful petite airbnb in Quateira, with a spacious balcony and lovely rooftop views.
That evening there was a Welcome dinner held at one of Alex’s favourite beachside restaurants; a gorgeous coastal-chic venue, complete with live music band who kept us dancing in the wee hours. For the occasion I wore a gorgeous blue floral wrap dress* by Camden-based fashion brand Angeleye, who have a fantastic selection of wedding guest outfits on their site, and which got me plenty of compliments throughout the night!
The following day may have started uncharacteristically cloudy, but it wasn’t long until the sun came out to shine on the new happy couple. I’d chosen a pale pink lace dress for the day, and knew I wanted to keep my accessorises chic and minimal. To complement a pair of simple drop earrings I’d been given years ago by my grandparents, I’d chosen a beautiful mother of pearl gold chain* from Daisy London’s fabulous selection of contemporary necklaces, which I knew my late grandmother would have swooned over.
My boyfriend had chosen his pale blue linen suit almost as soon as the wedding invite had hit the doormat – which meant I’d had to find a dress to match him! – and chose to accessorise his dapper Miami Vice look with a sleek and stylish silver & tan watch* from Freedom to Exist, designed and run by my fabulous pals Kirsty and Paul, and a pale pink spotted pocket square that matched my dress. Bless!
I didn’t take nearly as many photographs of the day as I would usually as I was so wrapped up in the emotion of it all and being in the moment. Of course, I’ve a whole camera roll full of booze-laden dancing snaps from later in the night, but those wouldn’t of even made my Facebook timeline back in the day, so definitely won’t be shared here – don’t worry, gang!
We may have had heavy heads and sore feet the following day but the newlywed #vancrickmores has planned a wonderful poolside recovery brunch to help coax us back to the land of the living, fuelled by fiery bloody marys and salty-sharp margaritas – just what the doctor ordered!
We had a good 36 hours remaining once all the wedding celebrations had run their course, so did what any sensible souls in dire need of a holiday would do and headed for the beach!
Most of my go-to beach uniform is more than a few years old now as I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a black bikini, pair of denim cut-offs, white cover-up and a pair of ray-bans, but new to my stripy beach tote for 2019 were a pair of St.Agni woven leather sliders, Ark skincare’s skin protector in spf30 and Beauty Pie’s shimmerbar in bikini.
I’m a total convert to both these beauty brands. Ark are an award winning British skincare brand whose products use bioactive natural ingredients and are simply categorised into three key age specific product lines. I’ve been testing a whole heap of products from their Age Defend line formulated for those in their 30s & 40s, and will be sharing a full post on the brand shortly.
And if you’ve not heard of Beauty Pie then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past year or so, but I’m a very recent convert to the luxury beauty buyers club and have so far loved everything I’ve ordered! You can find out more about how it operates here.
And there you have it; a very rough and ready old skool style blog post in honour of my wonderful blogging bestie!
* denotes gifted product. All photography © Kate Baxter & Luis Leiva