The Accessories Editor from ELLE shares her off-duty holiday style…

LOCATION: Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel

WEARING: Senso Shoes, dress by H&M and sunglasses Retrosuperfuture





Donna has not only has chiseled cheekbones and the longest legs, but such a brilliant understated style.  She’s often papped by street style photographers during fashion week and when she enters the room and jaws drop. I know this, as we’ve been friends for twenty years. However, Donna does not realise this at all. Fashion insiders should be ‘more Donna.’ 

“My style is something that evolves as I put things together. I like tailoring and I like a sporty element. I feel much more confident in colour. There should be an enjoyment about wearing clothes – life’s short; you should have fun with it.”

Photo: @joelygwalker

Swim Zimmerman 

Shirt By Malene Birger 

“I adore clothes but the nerd in me loves the details of accessories: the craftsmanship and the functionality. I like the psychology – something will look good, but does it actually work? Is the hardware too heavy? Is it style over function? You don’t need to worry about the fit or what size you are. You can really enjoy accessories – they’re accessible to everyone; that’s really nice.”






It has been said, that beer has the real ability to bring people together. So when you chuck in Pimms, Prosecco, delicious food and live music into the mix – you know it’s going to be one helluva street party.

Faversham Hop Festival has been going for 27 years, and the hop gardens date back to circa 1599. So let’s just say the Faversham lot – have brewing in their blood.

Not one to miss out on a party, Mr {ODE}, the children and I, got ourselves ready to go. I got into the full-on festival mode by accessorizing the Haute Hippie with a traditional hop crown. And feeling ever-so-slightly bridal, we all hit the town.

Or let’s just say… the town hit us. A buzz is an understatement. In hindsight, we totally wished we’d left the Bugaboo at home. But we had a little tipple from the Mighty Fine Things stall, (I usually stockpile their stuff from Macknades Fine Foods,) and got into the swing of things. There were three different stages, all playing live music, foodie stalls selling everything from fine cheeses, to authentic Indian, designer donuts, perky fruit, and veg, along with Kent based jams, honey and things in nice bottles and jars. We tried a RAD burger, which was divine. Their tagline is proper juicy burgers. Think chargrilled yumminess, rather than the balls-and-bones burger van norm.  Something to do with their free-range meat, locally sourced salads and love.

There were also antique offerings, interior bits and like a zillion different beers (Mr {ODE} had thought he had died and gone to Heaven.) To sum it up, it was a crazy fun vibe to our usually quiet and quaint chocolate box town.

Will return next year – but possibly without the children!




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Bantham Beach

Sarah at Bantham Beach

I grew up in Devon, and with pride, can say it has some vast stretches of coastline, swathes of greenery and acres of woodlands; the kind that Disney movies are made. You know, birds a tweeting and squirrels a jumping. Admittedly, it also has its downsides too – the weather can be pretty pants, and gourmet might be considered a Mr. Whippy or pie&pint combo.

However, something has happened recently; there’s been a shift from kiss-me-quick merchandise and sticks of rock. We were mightily impressed with a recent trip to Bantham Beach. Nestled at the mouth of the river Avon, with a shallow sandy bay and a view out towards Burgh Island, and the iconic Art Deco, Burgh Island Hotel, (second home of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward). Bantham also has the bonus of PROSECCO, wine, artisan beers, posh ice-cream, macaroons, a gastro bus, proper coffee and sells Orlebar Brown, clothing and pretty flowers and interior accessories by Weaver Green. The children loved paddling in the shallow bays and the little pools that form when the tide has gone out. The other half bought some nice new trunks and well, after a sweaty start of getting the kids to the beach (that’s a whole other post), I managed a little ‘me’ time with a glass of fizz. So cheers to beautiful Bantham, we will be sure to return.


Bantham Beach Gastro bus Bantham Beach Gastro Bus



Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 21.25.56Superfoods are everywhere these days, so chowing down on my seven-a-day should be easy peasy. However, I still don’t manage to tick off the 5, or is it 7? You’re meant to digest.  Hence, my devotion to anything that manages to sneak in some vitamins without me thinking twice. Yup, Broccoli, that boring mini Bonsai veggie, that turns to seed in the bottom of your fridge, is the bomb when it comes to skincare. Recent studies show they reduce the production of free-radicals, and are full of antioxidants. Elemis, not one to shy away from technological advances, have introduced their new ‘Superfood Facial Oil’. It’s chock-full of Broccoli, Flax Seed, and Daikon Radish: it plumps, refines and nourishes skin with just three drops. And it smells light and lovely, not too overpowering, you know, like you drenched your face in aromatherapy oils, meaning it won’t irritate any sensitive types.IMG_5040