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Croatia part II: Hvar

After kicking off the honeymoon in Split, we left the mainland and headed for a change of pace on the beautiful island of Hvar. The town itself is a pretty maze of steps and streets, best enjoyed early in the morning before the big boats and party-yachters arrive. Luckiy Hvar is surrounded by many even smaller islands, ideal for exploring, sun(shade)bathing, not to mention saltly sea swimming..

 *all photos by me, and still more to come!


Croatia part I: Split

It's been a full week back to normality, but am still wistfully looking at photos of beautiful Croatia...

Being more Pale and Interesting than Beach Bronzers, we knew we wanted a honeymoon with a bit of variety, rather than 2 weeks hiding in the shade beside a beautiful resort pool, but it was so hard to narrow down Croatia to a few places to visit! We made the decision to raincheck Dubrovnik for a separate future holiday, and started in Split, on the recommendation of the lovely Viv.

It was just as difficult to narrow down the hundreds of photos, as Split was such an unusual combination of ancient and new, walled "city" and port, bursts of colour and washed out stone...

We stayed in an amazing boutique hotel just outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace, Hotel Luxe, The interiors were such a contrast to the rustic city outside, but I loved the open feeling of this hotel, it really made a feature of the surroundings. Our sea facing room was lovely, cool and spacious, and the spa was so relaxing I got a little too used to a jacuzzi and sauna to unwind after a hard days tourist-ing...

Inside the walls of Diocletians Palace was a maze of shops, bars, history and homes, not to mention the tiniest chapel (above). There really is something to gape at around every corner, but outside the walls is well worth exploring too. Take a long uphill walk (we did wish we took bikes!) and you'll get great views of the coastline, then spot a cove for swimming and head downhill again! 

Before leaving for the islands we headed inland with a small tour group to Krka National Park, taking a boat across the still blue lakes to the beautiful waterfalls. We immediately cooled off with a quick swim (the first of my "become a confident swimmer" challenges!), before taking a walk around the protected park in the cool shade of the forest. We finished the day with full body massages in the hotel spa, and packed for the islands... 


Catching Up - Home and London Lately

The past month has been a lot of moving, and a little shaking. A trip home before a hectic few weeks moving flat was much needed, and now needed again after much DIY-ing...!
Taking joy in the little things (I think daffodils might be a little bit magic in their power to cheer you up!) and seeing the beauty of the familiar, I was definitely a bit nostalgic this month!
Sometimes you don't realise how long you've been gone, until you give someone directions to a restaurant that closed two years ago...But we did manage to find our way to Bourbon at Queens for a family-in-law get together and some very pretty and reasonably priced dishes, and a little wedding talk. Soon to attempt in my own kitchen, I had the mustard glazed pork belly, which was fully of flavour, a little Asian-tasting twist on comfort food. The Ardsallagh Goats Cheese starter was fresh and fruity, with carrot jam (can you go wrong with jam?), and the first time I've had cold goats cheese in a starter.
Sadly I have no dessert to share due to Lent, but I was very jealous of my Dad's homemade crumble. Overall a tasty trip, but soooo looking forward to a chocolate egg and a 10 pack of Tayto next weekend.
Today we took a break from the constant "Assembly Required" (still a bed to create!) and made the most of the greenery on our new doorstep. I even went for a run, one early morning circuit of the local duck pond and the ducks were still snoozing. Shock.
Looking forward to a summertime of lazing on the grass and an ice-cream at the new local. It's not quite Not London, but a few quiet corners of peace!

Catching up - Belfast Fashion Week

Is it time for a Bank Holiday yet? I promised myself I'd get another post up before we did the big flat move, but hey presto 3 weeks later isn't bad? What should have been our last weekend in the old school flat became a weekend at home, doing much more glamorous things than packing, including Belfast Fashion Week!
Just Cavalli
As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, Cruise showcased some of their best and beautiful at an afternoon tea at Saphyre restuarant and boutique on the Lisburn Road.
The building itself is stunning, I really recommend popping in to see the gorgeous interior design showroom. As for the event itself, the bites and pieces were equally delicious and eye-popping. 
Forever Unique
Almost Famous / Forever Unique
The edit of looks immediately marked the start of Spring, and the rich exotic colours really tied in well with the dramatic setting of the restaurant. Some unexpected stunners from Almost Famous and Forever Unique have made me look twice at bold colour lace, a move on from the current pastel trend that could evolve into a steamy summer!

Maybe there is something a bit off-putting to some about scoffing a scone while watching models in body-con, but the dainty treats were delicious and light, it would have been wrong not to enjoy it all. 


London Fashion Weekend - The Trend Show

What a week! A couple of birthdays, a brief reunion with a farway friend and London Fashion Weekend have made it a busy but fun week. I grabbed a ticket to the opening of London Fashion Weekend on Thursday, and after catching a talk from Lulu Guinness and restraining myself from self-gifting (if it can't be worn to the wedding, it ain't in the budget!), I joined a friend for a free champagne or two and the trend round-up fashion show - I can still look!
Angela Scanlon presented the four big trends we can look forward to: Sportswear, Metallics, Floral madness and yes, more Lace! I love when a trend evolves for another season, I do love to drag out my favourite pieces as long as possible.

Across the trends, brights were everywhere - just what you need in the grey of winter! I'm dipping my toe (finger) into the bright trend with nails, but now feel the urge to just go for it!

all photos taken by me on my Panasonic Lumix GX1