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Living it Up…

When I went to Disney World as a child, I was super excited about the 20,000 leagues under the sea experience. Our family had a bit of a thing for sea things, my brother loved scuba men and my mom and I mermaids…but it was closed. And then I went years later…and it was still closed. And then I went again, and it was gone. So instead I had to pledge my allegiance to a new form of extreme living..this time in the trees and the Swiss Family Robinson house. I’d like to say it’s the gorgeous views you have, or the close contact with nature…or something beautifully poetic. But I think it’s just a childish exoticness that still gets me. You can live in a tree!? How cool is that?!  But I don’t think you even need an obsession for treehouses to “get”  Agriturismo La Piantata in Italy because it is simply a beautiful mod con boutique hotel room—that just happens to be perched in a 100 year old tree with stunning views of lavender fields. Apparently you can have it all…

There are 2 treehouse options at La Piantata, a suite 44 sq metres and a cabin at 87 square metres. There are all sorts of luxuries available, from breakfast served to your room, to the pools nearby with ‘in-water’ chaise lounges. It’s not the cheapest option to stay in Tuscany with stays starting at 330 Euros, but achievable enough for me to start saving. I’ll happily swap the winding staircase for riding zebras any day!

Looking for more interesting outdoor-ish places to stay?

Check out some great glamping locations — Part One & Part Two

 
 
 

Fall in Love…

I’m rather suddenly hating everything in my wardrobe. I blame my multiple look disorder…I never have managed to pick out just one style to focus on, rather float between lots never making a decision about where my style is going. However I see some hope…some things I picked up last year are falling rather nicely into a trend that seems to still have life in it. Some call it military, which for some inexplicable reason I can’t stand. I’ve rebranded it camping…catchy I know. Okay so the name is rubbish, but the vibe is great…Nix the epaulettes and replace with fringes (on the shoes) and a forest of greens, suedes, leathers, plaids, canvas, rope..okay basically it’s like a textural dream and there is reason enough to jump in the tent. Plus the visions of vintage girl scouts, knee socks, crumpled socks, foldovers, layers, ooh I’m all warm and fuzzy inside! And as it’s so utilitarian and masculine it should be easy to throw in those ‘unexpected features’ everyone is always banging on about, like a sweet dress with dare I say clunky shoes, fancy jewellry with a plaid shirt. And…as I was clever to pickup a few key camping trend buys last year (in the sale), I feel I’m due some sort of fashion forecasting reward…those clogs WILL be mine!

CREDITS

1. lauren + brian engagement photos by Shannen Norman // 2. Fall Lookbook from Jcrew // 3. Farm rucksack from MAKR // 4. golden book of camping // 5.  ASOS Marky  green traditional brogues // 6. Mini Boden fringed boots // 7. Natural Beauty from jcrew// 8. My Kurt Geiger boots from last season // 9.  Dear Creatures 2009 campaign // 10. NW3 fringe clogs // 11. Office Justa lotta love clogs // 12. westway clog by madewell // 13. Nevada clog from Dune // 14. Bent walnut picnic tote // 15. silence and noise roll up pant from urban outfitters // 16. all Lookbook from Jcrew // 17. Bertie Desert boots // 18. lauren + brian engagement photos by Shannen Norma // 19. Bertie washed leather deck shoes // 20. Fall Lookbook from Jcrew // 21. golden book of camping // 22. metal caravan // 23. Finn Eyeglass frames from Warby Parker // 24. printed shoelaces // 25. Alter style egos from Jcrew // 26. ASOS hooded military cape // 27. Topshop Andrea lace suede boots // 28. Natural Beauty from jcrew

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Now that I’ve got you all excited about camping check out here and here to take it to the next level. With these pretty glamping places, you might even be able to get away with clogs as footwear— a feat not easily managed on a campsite!

 
 
 

Jumping Wales…

Rock climbing. Sun. Water. Whales….err or Wales…Oh the adventures we had! Last week we headed off to Wales on a group holiday of fresh air and vowel-less words (playing scrabble with a welsh version is uber tricky) and most excitingly. a foray into Coasteering. Coasteering is basically scrambling, climbing, swimming and cliff jumping your way around the rocky Pembrokeshire coastline. The area around St. David’s and St. Non’s was probably the most stunning coast I’ve ever encountered…or maybe it was the adrenaline talking. The weather was fantastic and I couldn’t get over how many colours there were…the grass at the top of the cliffs was bright green with it’s grass covering, giving way to the rock cliffs–a stunning assortment of black, orange, purple and tan…and the water. LAGOON blue! In the UK!! As I’m sure you can imagine, it wasn’t exactly the setting for camera equipment, so I’ve had to rely on the ol’ flickr (what would I do without this international pool of talent!)

So how did it work…well in short. we got suited up in our kit (wetsuit, helmet, flotation vest and old sneakers) and walked about twenty minutes from the town down to the coast. We followed along the coastal path for a bit before we literally scrambled down the side of the cliffs on an old fisherman’s path. When we ran out of rocks we jumped in..simple as that. That’s when we all thought that we were going to lose our appendages. Welsh water is freezing, summer or otherwise. But alas, we had jumped into the ‘toilet’ and were soon distracted. The toilet is this inlet in the rocks that due to something horribly scientific that I didn’t catch, well the water flushes in and out–so you are floating around wondering if you’ll still be able to take the dog for a walk if you lose half your toes, when the water level drops six feet. Just as you get over that, the water suddenly rises back again just as fast. It was fantastic! After that we climbed over some rocks, jumped in off a natural diving board of sorts…yada yada yada….took a spin in the ‘washer’. another aptly named natural feature. This time the current ran around a cropping of rocks just off of land. If you huddled close to the edge, you’d get flung one direction, only to be reveresed after about five seconds and flung the other way. Now, if I wasn’t in the appropriate gear or expecting it, yah, I would have been in hysterics being tossed around the ocean, but under watchful eyes of our guides and wearing a life vest it was such good fun! Plus, our friend Hugh sacrified his hands for the greater fun of the team by hanging onto the baracle covered rock, acting as a swing for the rest of us to hold onto and be whiplashed around the bend. Thanks Hugh!

The rest of the morning was spent rock climbing and when we ran out of rock, or found an area too difficult to cross, back into the water we went. Eventually we made our way around to a large stepped face that acted as a multi level jumping board, with us each jumping a few times from different heights. I think the max was 7 metres, but I wussed out at 6.5 due to a precarious footing and fear of heights. Another .5 metre wasn’t going to make it any better for me. Several beautiful jelly fish sightings (and avoiding as one was a ‘stinger’) later and we were climbing up the side of the cliffs again …what could top such a morning off after all that. A 6.5 hour drive back to London…ouch.

A big thanks to archidave for the stormy weather cliffs photo, zenith9 for the flowered cliffs snaps &  rolandbutter for the coasteering shot
 
 
 

Camping it up…Round 2

A few weeks ago I posted some fabulous places and products available in the camping scene these days (or glamping as the case may be)…and in typical fashion, as soon as I had published the post, I kept seeing more and more. Ahh so why not throw some more eco fabulous places your way–like a little Eden Project all to yourself in the Ekopod at Bodmin Moor Cornwall UK ( see above).

I can’t imagine not loving a Georgian treehouse. I don’t know what it is, and I’m already sold. I’d book it if I could but alas I have to wait until later this summer, along with the rest of the Canopy & Stars visions like a yurt run by a a Count and Countess (I wonder if its one ah ah ah…or two ah ah ah) and shepherds huts!

The Glamppod on Mayrose Farm in Cornwall UK is a canvas dwelling that works with the English summers rather than against it by housing a canvas cottage within a small biome…complete with a garden to play in- undercover!!

Just on this view of horsey and beyond, I’ve decided I dont’ care if I had to sleep on the grass, it would be worth it. Or if you are slightly more practical than myself…you could stay in a 1930′s Gypsy Caravan in Shaftesbury, Devon UK. Donkey and two Arabian horses complete the package.

The Bodrifty Roundhouse in Penzance Cornwall UK was in Round 1 of camping, but I found more pictures and couldn’t resist another view…things that are glowing or smoking seem to set my imagination on fire. oh. my. stop me now.

Such a sweet view of all the tipis dotting the landscape in Cornwall UK

This is a horse box bathroom…obviously. And by obvioulsy I mean, I have no idea what thatmeans, but doesn’t it look great! Oh yah and Westley Farm in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire UK has a yurt too, in case you don’t want to stay in the horse box bathroom with me.

Visit Bouncers Farm in Wickham Bishops, Essex UK for a gypsy camp experience and two wagons..soon to be followed by two safari tents.

Sadly I don’t think this fellow is up for homing anyone, but the good news is he is on the grounds of equally adorable wagons at Puckshipton in Pewsey Wiltshire which are lovingly homey.

The Dome with a bay window at Fforest in Cardigan Wales…I would love to be in there in a rainstorm! Part dome, part yurt…part ahhhhhhh….