Outfit: panama hat, Love Sam top, J.Crew shorts (sold out, similar here), K.Jacques St Tropez sandals, Miu Miu sunglasses and Barbour tote.
Reason 1: Bare legs
In my alternate reality (aka fantasy La La Land), I have toned and svelte legs that go right up to my chest. Legs that demand attention as I strut down the runway like those Victoria Secret Angels. Ah...those sexy winged beasts. And then I woke up from my dream to my full height of 5 feet 2 and a quarter (the 1/4 IS important) and a long torso. Pffffft.
I've stockpiled enough broderie anglaise tops, shorts, dresses and skirts to wear this summer as I'm heading off to somewhere with guaranteed sunshine and miles of beaches next month. I'm determined to come back to the English shores with tanned legs. Right now, I'm relying on Nair Argan Oil products to get my legs silky soft and smooth for summer.
Reason 2: Peonies
I blame Instagram for my current obsession. If you follow my Instagram feed, you'll realize that I've been photographing flowers...and more flowers. The cherry blossoms gave way to wisteria (yes, I wandered around the streets of London looking for wisteria). When the wisteria season ended, I promptly re-diverted my attention to peonies. They're unbelievably difficult to find in Winchester. I harass the guys at the market stalls whenever they're in town to get me peony buds. They have this cornered/trapped look....."Oh gawd, she's here again" whenever I stop by. Aw...come on, guys.....
Reason 3: Juicing for health
I started 1st of January 2015 with an over zealous plan to detox, strip my intestines of toxins and devour enough healthy vegetable and fruit juice till my complexion glows like a halo (remember this post?) I got lazy. The overflowing jars of linseed and chia seeds make fabulous ornaments on my kitchen counter. After a reminder from a friend about beauty from within....you are what you eat..... I've jumped back on the bandwagon. I've also found this pretty awesome healthy eating place called Rawberry. Their vegetable and fruit juices are d.i.v.i.n.e. I'm still drooling at the thought of inhaling their heavenly 70% cocoa and beetroot cake that didn't contain a million grams of sugar.
I stumbled upon these Thai coconuts from Ocado recently while trawling through their website and have been buying them whenever they go on sale. The coconut water tastes like ambrosia and brought back memories of my early childhood with my paternal grandmother in Borneo. She lived in a traditional wooden house on stilts that my grandfather built in the early 1900s with coconut trees growing in the backyard. My cousins and I would wait till a coconut dropped from the treetop and raced to pick it up. My grandmother would take a cleaver and hacked the top off.
Reason 4: Taking walks
The days are getting longer and longer. The perfect antidote after a big dinner is a walk. I love it when the streets are emptied of people and market stalls. The setting sun bathes the medieval walls in warm golden shades. Living in a beautifully preserved historic town meant every building, nook and cranny has a story to tell.
Reason 5: Al fresco dining
Dining al fresco in England outside of the hotter months can be a dangerous affair. You're more likely to be pounded by the incessant rain or whiplashed by the strong winds. Neither option seems particularly appealing when I want to sit by the sidewalk, chill and people watch while sipping a cup of coffee. Picnics at the Cathedral grounds is another favorite. It gives me a chance to catch up with friends while the kids knock themselves out doing cartwheels and leave the adults alone.
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