Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Why We Holiday In Nerja

My husband and I have been to the little Spanish town of Nerja four times now.  An hour east of Malaga, the little town is a world away from glitzy Marbella and the other high-profile parts of the Costa Del Sol.  It's a place that holds special memories; my husband proposed to me in Nerja, and we spent part of our honeymoon there the following year.  We've just returned from a late summer holiday there this year.  Why do we keep going back?  Read on to find out!

Nerja is a pretty place, with building restrictions that have prevented the high-rise skyline that dominates much of the coast.  Instead it has whitewashed houses, and in the old quarter these are particularly pretty with their wrought-iron work balconies and flowers spilling out of pots.  The town has inevitably sprawled out somewhat with new residential developments, but the town centre retains a historic feel.  Nerja has some famous caves just outside it, and that draws a lot of tourists to the area.  We've never been!  We're much more interested in the amazing food, the gorgeous beaches, the laid back atmosphere and the vast quantities of reasonably priced Spanish wine available.

Nerja Porcelinas World
Sunrise view from the Balcon

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Twiggy's Denim Pencil Skirt

I have been searching for the perfect denim pencil skirt for many years.  I wanted a dark blue denim, a below-the-knee length, a stretch fabric, and not too many decorative details.  I think it was summer 2014 that Twiggy brought out a gorgeous denim pencil skirt for Marks & Spencer.  It was around £45, so I thought, "I will see if I can get it later, in the sales".  Of course, the skirt sold out straight away.  Fast forward two years, and I remembered the skirt, and had a quick look on Ebay.  There it was, in my size, at just a tenner.  Click buy, buy, buy!!

I'm so pleased with the skirt.  It's a super length on me, and a great fit.  It's really snug on the waist, but the tad stretch still means you have a bit of comfort room.  I have road-tested it up grassy banks, steep steps, and on public transport; it has all the room you need.

As for the blouse, just look at those sleeves!!!  The blouse was an impulse buy, in the River Island sale (I think about £12?), an absolute age ago (I think at least 5 years ago, maybe more).  I didn't wear it for years and years, yet didn't have the heart to throw it out.  I thought that the sleeves were really dramatic and that it was a really statement piece.  Ha!  It shows how our style changes... or our confidence grows?  Anyway, these days I don't feel it's that striking a piece not to wear to the supermarket.

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt

Twiggy denim pencil skirt
Skirt: Twiggy for M&S, via Ebay
Blouse: River Island
Shoes: Clarks, via Ebay
Sunglasses: Primark
Headscarf: Gift with purchase, Chronically Vintage on Etsy

I'll never tire of that view.  We can see our house from that vantage point!  It's the last spot in our valley to get the sun before it sets, so we often pop up the hill to catch the last rays.

Have you tracked down a piece of clothing years later?  Or are you still pursuing a missed-garment from some time ago??

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Abergavenny Food Festival

The UK has very good food festivals, and one of the best is right here in Wales.  Every September, the town of Abergavenny on the Welsh-English border hosts a weekend food festival that draws a large crowd of hungry visitors. Being from the town originally, I took the opportunity to visit family and then head to the food festival with my husband to get stuck into all of the cheese.  Here's a little pictorial roundup of what were the highlights for me.  We tried salmon jerky, dozens of cheeses, English brandy, gourmet pasta, cured meats, chocolate, chutneys, gin, and many more tasty morsels.

Abergavenny food festival 2016
Above: Abergavenny town hall's spire rising above the throng of visitors
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