Pulling up to Cliveden House last
week, I was literally in awe; it has to be one of the most incredibly beautiful
places I’ve ever stayed. The grounds alone are stunning but when you walk
inside, it’s completely breath taking.
Hence my dilemma – what do you
wear when PANDORA treat you to a day filled with festive activities, walks
around the grounds and a fancy dinner at night? (Check below for all the fun details of what we got up to) Especially
when flying from Glasgow that morning with only a carry on case.
Well less is more of course… as I
knew I had to pack evening wear for our dinner, as well as warm & suitable
clothing for our day time activites I had to pull together a bit of a capsule
I started off firstly with one
coat only, and because I wanted to be warm enough and for it to be suitable for
all activities – of course I went for a fur. It’s so easy to dress up flung
over my shoulders for dinner but then dress down with ripped jeans and leather,
it was the perfect choice.
I’m sure you have heard me talk
about this before, but I tend to stay away from certain things at the festive
period, dresses being one of them, and another is costume jewellery. I find it
a bit monotonous and prefer to go for a simple trouser with a statement top or
jacket and then layer beautiful dainty jewellery. Since you are doing something
special and different I think it makes your look somewhat different and really
feminine – for example, layering dainty necklaces with an open pretty blouse,
add trousers or a skirt and heels and you have a beautifully accessorised yet
feminine and festive touch added to a more masculine look.
It’s no secret how much I love to
layer my jewellery, necklaces, bracelets and rings, so this worked perfectly
for my daytime looks as well. I wore my PANDORA locket (that I never take off) and
my pretty PANDORA stackable rings for daytime and then added my pearl necklace
and more sparkly rings for the night look. I ended up loving the look so much
with how it complimented the fur that I kept all of the layered jewellery on
for my outfit the next morning. Not ideal for airport security however…
When you’re heading away for a
festive break or overnight stay, it can be difficult to pack, so I have found using
statement pieces and dainty jewellery carries your outfits over into the
following day that little bit better, but since it is Christmas – don’t forget
to add a little sparkle to your dainty and layering pieces.
All in all, always think capsule,
clothes, shoes and jewellery – what can you wear travelling, that you can add
to for evening or the following day(s).
Have a look at what I wore last
week on our trip & please tweet me @florals_corals to let me know what you
Don’t worry; I wasn’t going to
finish this post without letting you know everything else we got up to at Cliveden
House (Just in case you missed all those InstaStories…)
The first of our festive
workshops was a wreath making class, teaching us how we could make our own
beautiful festive wreaths.
Now don’t be fooled by any of the
images – my wreath was poor, nicely decorated – if I do say so myself, but the
actual craftsmanship was not something I was particularly proud of.
As for my wrapping, our next
workshop after Lunch, I’m too embarrassed to even show you – thankfully the
beautiful hand crafted PANDORA pieces that I was wrapping stole the attention
and there was no way I could have done them any justice anyway. The PANDORA pieces are honestly so beautifully crafted, I have become so impressed by
hearing about the process and of the quality through wearing the jewellery
After a fun filled day of
workshops, we were greeted with gifts in probably the nicest suite I have ever
stayed in. I had the best time getting ready in that marble bathroom and then we headed down for Dinner and Drinks
in another beautiful and festive setting.
It was such a great day and
evening and I honestly think that sitting in the spring cottage with the fire
burning, eating mince pies, Michael Bublé playing in the background and doing
our festive workshops really was the perfect start to the Festive season. Thank
you PANDORA for such an incredible trip.
Amazing isn’t it? Don’t forget to
leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of our trip and how you
accessorise your festive looks this season!
Have a wonderful weekend.