I’m just back from one of my favourite places in the world – the tiny, otherworldly Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall. I’ve been rowing gigs, learning the stories of old shipwrecks and fishing for razor clams for BBC Countryfile Magazine – my island stories will be published soon, but in the mean time here are are some snapshots of life on Tresco and Bryher.
Festival season is almost upon us, and whether you’re planning on moshing at Reading, chilling out at Wilderness or having a little cry to Adele at Glastonbury, there’s one thing you can count on if you’re spending a weekend living in a British field – changeable weather. I rounded up my pick of the kit you absolutely need to pack for Red Bull, so you can get on with the important stuff, like pulling obnoxious dance moves and drinking warm cider.
It’s finally getting a bit chillier out there, isn’t it? If you’re planning to get out in all weathers and walk off all the Christmas toblerones you ate, wrap up in bright waterproofs, tough boots and cosy knitted jumpers. Squirrel approved.
Searching for the perfect winter coat? If you’re after a hard-working parka that also feels like wearing a cuddle in jacket form then I’d recommend Fjallraven’s Greenland Winter Parka, £295 – it’s warm, waterproof and a bit of a stunner.
Ahh autumn, the time of mists, mellow fruitfulness and really great jumpers. I am unashamedly in love with all of the season’s sparkler-waving, pumpkin-carving, fire-warming cliches – after all, is there anything more British than a chilly woodland walk followed by a hot cider next to a pub fire? Just wrap up warm first in my autumnal picks.
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Or at a chilled-out festival. Or in a park. To sum up, I love summer. Here’s my pick of nice new gear for the balmy weather, from the perfect sandals to hard-wearing wetsuits.
Reader, meet Earth Kind Originals. Founded by outdoors-minded designer Helen on the Cornish coast, EKO‘s gorgeous collection of organic cotton pieces are perfect for everything from summer lounging to yoga and pilates, and I’ve got two £50 vouchers to give away to you lucky lot.
Hello sailor! I spent a week learning the ropes (hah!) of yachting in the British Virgin Islands with Girls For Sail and this is what I wore whilst island-hopping, dolphin-spotting and rum cocktail-partaking. Yum.
This weather is insane, isn’t it? I hope you are all brown by now. Since all I want to do is be outdoors, preferably with a pork pie, I’ve put together my favourite picnic picks, including stylish stuff, recipes and my ultimate al-fresco beauty spots.
Engelbert Strauss make durable and comfortable work and outdoor clothing that’s less for lumberjack-wannabes like me and more for, you know, actual lumberjacks. Anyway, they stock brilliant cotton staples and rugged footwear at very nice prices. Even better, most of the designs are unisex – no pastel colours in sight!
Barbour have launched a series of videos showcasing the stories of creative people around Britain. Meet Emily, who creates beautiful artwork of the people she spots. Plus I wax (hah!) lyrical about my much-loved vintage Barbour.
I have a serious case of kit lust. Ciré‘s wonderful waxed canvas creations are designed by outdoors nut Alison Vard, who finds inspiration in the mountains and the sea for her practical yet beautiful sorbet-coloured rucksacks, wash bags and wetsuit bags.
I love sunny Sundays. To my eternal chagrin, I don’t have my own sunsoaked garden in hang out in, so instead I spent the last one at Pete’s, having nice naps in his hammock and pottering about trying to grow things in my new togs from Weird Fish’s spring collection.
It’s SPRING! The clocks have gone forward! It’s now ok to drink cider at lunchtime! This calls for some bright and beautiful biking trips in Joe Browns’ pretty togs. Because everything is better with multicoloured pompoms, amiright?
Not sure what to delight the Mothership with this coming Sunday? How about some classic country kit from Ptarmigan Outfitters? Here’s my pick of the nicest togs from their collection of beautiful brands, all perfect for the great outdoors.
Whilst I wish I could spend every day in trail running gear or a wetsuit, a good chunk of the time I’m commuting on my bike, wandering around Bristol or writing like a maniac in the office. When I’m pretending to be a serious journalist (well, a journalist) I’m more likely to be wearing these nice bits and bobs from Miss Selfridge.
My cosy new Ronja jacket, £150 from Didriksons at Outdoor World Direct, has been keeping me warm all winter. Here’s my review of a snow-friendly coat that feels like you’re wearing a waterproof cuddle.
Oh man I love Christmas. I love all the fairy lights and walks in the snow and novelty jumpers and attempting to drink my own body weight in glühwein. I do not, however, like the crazy shopping frenzies of late December, which is why I am making you a lovely gift guide now – snap up all these beauties for the outdoorsy girls and guys on your list and you can be all smug for the rest of the festivities.
A chill in the air is no excuse not to get out in the countryside. Wrap up warm in some of my favourite kit for fall, including the best waterproof jacket I’ve tested, a gorgeous fluffy gilet to cosy up in and some rather delightful cableknits, plaid shirts and snow boots.
Plus, win a pretty printed rucksack from Animal to cart all your new stuff about in. Happy autumn!
To celebrate UNIQLO’s gorgeous new super light Ultra Light Down jackets they’re offering fans of the collection £300 to spend in stores in their new competition. Just upload a picture to Instagram or Twitter of you in your cuddly ULD coat or gilet using the hashtag #ULD before the 20th October.
Whether you’re off on a ski season, planning a little foray to the Alps or just want to keep your toes toasty on wintery walks, a pair of chunky snow boots are an outdoor wardrobe essential. Here’s my review of Meindl Sölden snow boots, £85.49 from Complete Outdoors in time for the winter.
I spent the weekend staying near the beautiful Camber Sands in East Sussex and wrapped up in a fuzzy parka and some super-rad-amazing acid yellow swallow print wellies. I also competed with Grazia for Most Stylish Beach Photoshoot (guess who won).
It’s starting to get a tad too chilly for flipflops and short shorts, isn’t it? But happily the rapid approach of autumn means getting to cuddle up in chunky sweatshirts and patterened leggings like these lovely pieces I shot for Sports Direct.
My welliedoration has reached new peaks with the arrival of these Missy wellington boots in strawberry from Novesta.
They’re so shiny. And beautiful. I feel like William in William’s Wish Wellingtons (my ultimate style hero, fyi).
After my recent introduction to polo, during which the boys wore very fetching shirts, I’ve been dying to have my own polo shirt from official outfitter to the England team Joules to gallivant around in. This insanely cute striped Beaufortlark number (and their ladies polo shirt collection in general) makes me think of lazy summer evenings and retro seaside prints.