How To Spend 48 Hours In Vermont | A Travel Guide

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands

At the weekend, Lewis and I took his visiting dad and nephew down to Vermont from Montreal for a couple of days of exploration. Having only ever previously travelled through the New England state on the way to Boston, it was lovely to explore the cities, villages and nature that lush green Vermont has to offer. We set off bright and early on Saturday morning and spent an amazing 48 hours in Vermont, staying in a remote Airbnb apartment near Waistfield. Whether you’re just passing through on the way to other areas or planning a trip to the region specifically, grab a cup of tea and check out these tips for an awesome 48 hours in Vermont.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Lake Champlain And Its Islands

LAKE CHAMPLAIN & ITS ISLANDS


After crossing the US border into New York State at Champlain, we took the bridge to Vermont and drove down through the beautiful Lake Champlain. Lying in all of Canada, New York State and Vermont State, Lake Champlain is an enormous expanse of water, broken up by four main islands, which were an absolute joy to drive through. We stopped off briefly in the town of North Hero to stretch our legs, admire the lake properly for the first time and peruse an amazing antique shop. We then headed to the very south end of North Hero Island to Knight Point State Park.

As someone who is often dreaming of swimming in a picturesque lake, a stop at Knight Point State Park was the perfect way to kick off the holiday. After picnicking under a tree, we all donned our best swimwear and took a dip. It felt amazing to swim in fresh water with only blue skies and tree-lined shores as far as the eye could see. If we had had more time, we would have definitely gone kayaking (10$/hour) and been able to explore even more of the beautiful Lake Champlain.

THE MUST KNOW
Entrance to Knight Point State Park: 4$/adult | 2$/child.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Burlington
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Burlington

BURLINGTON


Sat right on Lake Champlain, Burlington is the biggest city in Vermont and home to many universities, including the University of Vermont. We stopped off for a couple of hours to explore the downtown and waterfront areas. It is a nice place with some great red brick buildings – which I always love – but I couldn’t say there’s much to do in Burlington. We took a stroll along the famous Church Street Marketplace, which is full of both independent and big brand shops as well as lots of cafes and restaurants that spill out onto outdoor terraces. Perhaps we missed out on something by not stopping for a drink or a bite to eat but unfortunately it wasn’t the right time. As for the waterfront, it is certainly a nice place for a stroll, but after having seen Lake Champlain from a remote setting, it does seem slightly spoilt. I would definitely recommend visiting Burlington if you are in the area but you don’t need more than a few hours and it’s perhaps a good idea to aim to have lunch or dinner there.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | American Flatbread Waitsfield
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | American Flatbread Waitsfield
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | American Flatbread Waitsfield

AMERICAN FLATBREAD, WAITSFIELD


On Saturday evening we checked into our Airbnb just north Waitsfield and then headed out for dinner at a place called American Flatbread, which I had found while researching stuff to do in Burlington (they also have a restaurant there). Located on a farm just south of Waitsfield, American Flatbread offers indoor and outdoor dining in the most beautiful of settings. After about a 30-minute wait (during which we visited an adjacent art show and met a wonderful cat), we were seated outside beside a roaring bonfire just as it was getting dark. There was a wonderful atmosphere, with large groups of friends, families and couples enjoying flatbreads (which are essentially pizzas!) by fairy light. We ordered a flatbread between two because they are enormous – a margherita and one with lots of veggies and locally made goats cheese - and boy were they worth the wait! The dough was lovely and soft and the ingredients were delicious. We had an absolutely incredible evening at American Flatbread in Waitsfield – it completely exceeded our expectations and I will definitely be back.

FIND IT: 46 Lareau Road, Waitsfield, USA

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Montpelier
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Montpelier
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Montpelier

MONTPELIER


Much smaller than Burlington but the State Capital nonetheless, Montpelier is a must-visit when in Vermont. We loved its quaint streets, numerous steeple churches and strangely picturesque steel bridges that crossed the Winooski River and North Branch that ran through the city. The Vermont State House is particularly impressive, its white façade and gold dome standing out boldly from the green mountain backdrop. After hearing there was a local baseball game on that evening, we returned later on to watch the Vermont Mountaineers face the North Adams Steeple Cats at the Montpelier Recreation Field. It was the perfect evening activity that had a lovely local feel we are all grateful to have been a part of. If you have to choose between a visit to Burlington or Montpelier, I would highly recommend Montpelier. The scenery is stunning and there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park

WATERBURY CENTER STATE PARK


After swimming in Lake Champlain was such a success, we went searching for another lake to cool off. Just under a half an hour drive from Montpelier, Waterbury State Park was the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in Vermont. We sat on the grass bank, watching canoes, kayaks and paddle boarders go by before getting into our swimming gear and jumping in. It was just the most beautiful setting, with rocky shorelines, lush green forest and mountains in the distance; swimming into the middle of the lake with my love was certainly a “pinch me” moment.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Waterbury Center State Park
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory

BEN & JERRY'S FACTORY


As a big ice cream fan, I always insist that we visit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory when we are in the area. We have previously visited the factory off-season or on a rainy day, so it was amazing to be there and sample some delicious ice cream on a hot summer’s day. The great thing about visiting the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, especially as a Brit, is that there are lots of flavours that are either exclusive to the factory or not available in all countries. Lewis and I shared our usual pint of hand packed ice cream, opting for half Salted Caramel Blondie and half Sweet Cream and Cookies because it’s sometimes just too hard to choose just one flavour. For those of you not quite as greedy as us, you can opt for two scoops for around 4$ or three scoops for around 5$ - although at just 6.50$, a hand packed pint is a much cheaper option.

How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory
How To Spend 48 hours In Vermont | Ben & Jerry's Factory

So there we have it – how to spend 48 hours in Vermont. I would highly recommend visiting this beautiful region, especially if you are planning a trip to Boston, Montreal or even New York. I hope you have enjoyed this post – I absolutely love putting together these little travel guides so please let me know if you visit anything I’ve recommended. Happy travelling! X

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I’m A Linen Convert

I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert

Am I officially an adult now because I’m a linen convert? I say this because my mum wears a lot of linen and she has done as long as I can remember. When I was back in the UK a few weeks ago I helped her do a wardrobe clear out and boy, does that woman have a lot of linen! Well, Bristol’s charity shops have some of it now but it still makes up most of her summer wardrobe. My mum has great style – sometimes it can be quite minimal but she wears a lot of stripes and has some interesting shaped pieces so I certainly trust her sartorial choices. Having seen linen on some of my favourite bloggers this season and as it’s my mum’s material of choice; I thought I would give linen a try.

I found this lovely yellow linen shirt in a vintage shop and knew it would be so easy to style up. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know I am having rather a moment with the colour yellow (remember that yellow coat? I can’t wait to wear that again) so this linen shirt was a no brainer.

I'm a linen convert

LINEN SHIRT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA VIVID LINEN)  | DENIM SHORTS: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA MISSGUIDED) | SHOES: OLD ASOS (SIMILAR VIA CASTAÑER) | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE | BANDANA: VINTAGE | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert

I paired the linen shirt with a lot more yellow (I told you I’m obsessed!) and my new favourite denim shorts – which have yellow sunflower embroidery on! Too cute! I love how the linen shirt has rather big slits up the side, which means it’s easy to just tuck in one side of the front and the back still looks great. It was a rather warm day when we shot these photos so I rolled up my sleeves and donned a yellow bandana around my wrist. If you read My Current Inspiration post this week, you’ll already know that I’m loving outfits with neck scarves worn unusual ways and I think wearing a bandana like this adds a nice touch of interest. I finished off the look with last year’s favourite sandals, my yellow flatform espadrilles (I think this is when the yellow love began), which I find so flattering as they elongate the leg.

Finally I have to mention how pleasant it is to wear linen, even on a warm summer’s day! I felt great in this shirt even while walking around Montreal in the strong afternoon sun. It’s a really light, breathable material and I will definitely be on the look out for more pieces to add to my tiny linen collection. Have you given linen a try this summer and are you, like me, a linen convert? X

 

I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert

My Current Inspiration #1

Hello and welcome to my first current inspiration post! I have recently really gotten into Pinterest so I thought I would share what has been inspiring me recently, because it’s not always possible to execute the same in my outfit posts and it’s nice to do a different type of fashion post every once in a while. I hope this gives you some inspiration too and please let me know what you think because I’d love to make this a regular post on Fashion Et Moi – enjoy! X

My Current Inspiration Haim

HAIM


Anyone who has spent any time with me recently will know that I am so obsessed with Haim. Their hotly anticipated second album, which finally dropped a couple of weeks ago, got me all excited again about how much I love this oh-so cool trio of sisters, not just for their music but for their style too. Their cool Cali-girl vibe mixed with clear vintage influences is right up my street and I would wear every single one of their outfits. I absolutely love these sunny promo shots from their new album – a-line mini skirts, matchy matchy suits and PVC - hello! When I saw them play Glastonbury this year, Alana and Danielle wore black PVC kick flares with a floral blouse while Este donned a PVC mini skirt with a sparkly top – queens, or what? I’m in love. Furthermore, these girls make a simple jeans, t-shirt and leather jacket outfit look so cool and effortless, which as an occasional lazy dresser, I always strive to. Their secret seems to be accessorising with retro inspired sunglasses, some trusty black boots and, of course, their long flowing locks (grow, hair, grow!).

My Current Inspiration Statement Earrings

STATEMENT EARRINGS


If you have been following me on Instagram or reading this blog for a while, you will have noticed that I have been wearing earrings, and more specifically big statement earrings, a lot more in the past six months or so. I first became obsessed with big earrings through discovering Maria Bernad on Instagram who has an earring collection to die for. I love how big and bold earrings can elevate an outfit - even a simple all black one like above looks so much more sassy with a bit of ear candy. My earring collection is coming along nicely and I have been regularly seeking out new additions in vintage and second hand stores, where you can often pick up a pair for 2$ or less! I particularly love interesting shaped gold earrings for a more classic look as well as the contrasting brightly coloured plastic variety, which are great for adding a pop of colour to any outfit.

My Current Inspiration Scarves
My Current Inspiration Scarves

DIFFERENT WAYS TO WEAR A NECK SCARF


Similarly to statement earrings, I have recently been very inspired by outfits with neck scarves, in particular when scarves are used in rather unusual ways. Perhaps the most accessible way to start getting into wearing scarves not round your neck is in your hair. Because of my fringe I have always struggled to tie a scarf around my head in a way that looks good so round the ponytail is much simpler. I have been wearing my hair up a lot more recently because of the heat. However, I always feel a bit less like “me” without a bit of hair around my face so a low side ponytail tied with a cute scarf is just perfect. Having previously worn bandanas round my wrist, I love the look of one tied round the ankle with a pair of mules and a raw denim hem. It adds such a cool, unusual detail and I will definitely be trying this one out on cooler days or evenings during summer. And finally, perhaps the least wearable but still so awesome is using a scarf as a top! I have tried this one at home and unfortunately my body shape and boob size just don’t allow for it but hopefully some of you will feel inspired to try this one out! It will look just amazing with a pair of high waisted trousers on holiday.

My Current Inspiration Suits & Co-Ords
My Current Inspiration Suits & Co-Ords

SUITS & CO-ORDS


And finally, one big obsession of mine that does not seem to be going away soon is matchy matchy dressing. Whether it be a jacket and shorts ensemble, a skirt and top co-ord or a colourful power suit, I want it all. I think there are a few reasons why I am so into matchy outfits. Firstly, it’s effortless and I am all about lazy dressing that looks good. The suit pretty much does the talking so you just need to add a simple t-shirt and you’re good to go. Secondly, I feel important and powerful. If I’m having an off day or need a boost, donning a suit is definitely going to make me feel like I can “boss” the day because looking like you’ve got you’re shit together means you’re going to get your shit together. Lastly, you can wear them separately! If buying two matching pieces can translate into three outfit combinations then that is a win in my eyes!

 

Sources: HAIM | MARIA BERNAD | PANDORA SYKES | BLOGLOVIN | REFINERY 29 | VOGUE PARIS | BONSERGENT STUDIO | CHRONICLES OF HERMEGAN ELLABY | STYLE MEMOS

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How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear

How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear
How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear
How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear

Swimwear has never been my sartorial strong point. I don’t think I have ever felt particularly happy with how I look by the pool or on the beach on holiday, not always because I have not been body confident at the time but because I have never really found the right style of swimwear for my body shape. I used to think that I had to wear the skimpiest of bikinis at every opportunity in order for maximum tanning and to avoid unsightly white marks. However, as I have grown older (sob), I have come to realise that returning from holiday with a great tan is not the benchmark of a fantastic holiday and in turn my attitude to swimwear has changed.

I have not bought new swimwear (except for a Speedo swimming costume for actually swimming) for years and years. Bikinis on the high street are so expensive when you consider that the cost per wear is very low – unless you live by a beach or go on A LOT of holidays! So I have been very reluctant to invest. Plus, I struggle to find swimwear (especially bikinis) that suits me, despite having what I consider a pretty standard body type – slightly above average height with big hips, a small waist and average size boobs. So why is it so hard?!

How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear

SWIMSUIT: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear
How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear
How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear

With that in mind and no longer feeling the need to spend hours upon hours roasting my skin in the hot sun for a tan, I have finally started opting for swimsuits. This vintage swimsuit* cost a mere $5 but if I hadn't been so lucky with this incredible find, I would definitely have been more likely to invest in a nice swimsuit than a bikini. They’re more versatile and can double up as a cute body too! 

*A side note: second hand swimwear – gross or totally fine? As long as you check for any unwanted stains and if the swimsuit or bikini is in good condition, personally I am completely ok with wearing vintage swimwear. Totally your prerogative though!

Although I’m still not sure if it is super flattering on me, that doesn’t matter because I feel great in it and that is the key to feeling body confident in swimwear. The shape is completely what I look for, in what I call a “fashion swimsuit” (as a keen swimmer, I cannot refer to it otherwise because I would never swim seriously in this!). The low back adds a touch of sexiness to the look and is a great way of showing a bit of skin if, like me, you’re not too keen on having too much boob or stomach on show. The cross over effect at the front allows the perfect amount of cleavage and, most importantly, draws emphasis to my small waist.

How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear
How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear

I absolutely love the cobalt blue colour; its crinkled texture is so interesting and the white trim and solo button are key details that add so much to this amazing swimsuit. Its seriously retro vibe made me want to create a whole look to wear by the pool, which is something I have never really considered when wearing swimwear. Adding my trusty Ray Ban round metal sunglasses and these awesome sixties white earrings - the latest addition to my statement earring collection - meant I felt more like myself, which in turn helped me feel body confident in swimwear.

So there are my tips to help you feel body confident in swimwear this summer - wear as much or as little as you feel comfortable (sometimes less is more when it comes to baring skin); pick a piece of swimwear that makes you feel really good; add accessories such as statement earrings, sunglasses or a hat to make you feel more like you.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! I would love to hear your tips to feel body confident in swimwear and also what you'll be wearing by the pool this summer. Check out my favourite swimsuit picks from the high street below. X 

 

How To Feel Body Confident In Swimwear

Glastonbury Festival 2017 | A Mini Photo Diary

Glastonbury Festival 2017
Glastonbury Festival 2017
Glastonbury Festival 2017

As I am sure you are aware, Glastonbury Festival 2017, the most important event in any music lover's calendar, took place at the weekend with a cracking line up made up of some big name headliners and smaller indie bands. I was lucky enough to bag myself a last minute wristband and on Friday I made the short trip from Bristol to Somerset for my eighth time on the beautiful Worthy Farm. Having attended Glastonbury Festival almost every year since 2008 (the year when it didn't even sell out until the gates opened!), I really feel so at home there and have loved seeing the festival grow and change every year. 

After a couple of years of average line ups and the terrible weather that Glastonbury is known for (last year was a total mud bath from start to finish), I was so so excited to head to the festival knowing the ground would be fit for Converse after the recent UK heatwave. Furthermore, the line up was amazing and for months I had had the biggest envy of anyone with a ticket so I thank my lucky stars (and my dad's connection!) that I managed to get a wristband. 


DENIM SHORTS: VINTAGE LEVI'S | SHIRT: SECONDHAND | SHOES: CONVERSE | NECKSCARF: VINTAGE | BAKER BOY CAP: VINTAGE


Glastonbury Festival 2017
Glastonbury Festival 2017
Glastonbury Festival 2017

The Park has always been my favourite area of Glastonbury Festival. Created by Emily Eavis in 2007 (the year before I went for the first time), The Park stage showcases a mix of up and coming bands during the day; well known headliners and the odd secret set, if you're lucky. I headed straight there on Friday to meet friends for Hamilton Leithauser's mid-afternoon set, which was a great way to kick off the festival. The Park is a great place to chill out and watch some new bands, whether that be from the little slope in front of the stage or from further up the big hill past the ribbon tower towards the Glastonbury sign, where you also get a stunning view over the massive festival. The Park also has some really cool bars and some amazing food stalls so if you're ever stuck with something to do, just head to The Park.

Glastonbury Festival 2017
Glastonbury Festival 2017

Similarly to last year (with the EU referendum taking place during the festival), politics played a key role at Glastonbury Festival. I saw flags mocking Theresa May, people sporting Corbyn t-shirts and not to mention that "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" chant that erupted countless times across the weekend. Of course, the man of the moment appeared on the Pyramid Stage himself on Saturday afternoon between Craig David (who was excellent!) and Run The Jewels. Corbyn, introduced by Michael Eavis, pulled an absolutely massive crowd and gave an incredible speech. In a time of such political uncertainty, Glastonbury is always such a great place to be, being surrounded by like-minded left wingers.

Glastonbury Festival 2017
Glastonbury Festival 2017

SKIRT: OLD URBAN OUTFITTERS | TOP: VINTAGE | FAUX FUR WAISTCOAT: OLD H&M | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE | WELLIES: HUNTER


Glastonbury Festival 2017
Haim at Glastonbury Festival 2017

Now let's talk music! As I said, the line up was incredible this year and although I am usually funny about seeing stuff on my own, this year I had to fully embrace it. Some of my favourite bands were playing that none of my friends wanted to see with me so I just went on my todd and actually really enjoyed it! Of course I would have much rather Lewis had been with me to see some of our favourite bands together but I found it strangely liberating and I'm glad I know now that I have no qualms with doing it. 

After an incredible Friday night watching Radiohead with friends, I got myself up early to watch Whitney on my own at 12pm on the Other Stage. I discovered Whitney a few months back and my love for them grew when I saw them play Boston Calling last month and has grown even more since seeing them at Glastonbury. They have a great surfer/folk vibe with the singer singing falsetto while playing the drums. Love it!

Another band I was not going to miss were Haim. I am fully fully obsessed with the Haim sisters from their quirky pop/indie songs and fun stage presence to their incredible fashion sense. I went full fan-girl, got a spot near the front and danced Sunday afternoon away with other big Haim fans and loved it. Just look at them - they are wearing black PVC kick flares and floral blouses - I die!

Glastonbury Festival 2017

Other highlights included: watching half of Liam Gallagher's Oasis heavy set followed by the second half of Katy Perry poptastic show (the clash of the weekend); catching up with my old friend Josie to The National and partying with her to Phoenix's headline John Peel slot; singing along to Craig David classics and listening to Jeremy Corbyn; and finishing off the weekend in the sun at the Pyramid Stage watching Biffy Clyro. 

So that's it! Another year, another Glastonbury Festival and (apart from missing Lewis hugely) it was one of the best yet. It's a fallow year next year so I'll see you in 2019, Glastonbury! What the hell are we going to do next year?! X

Glastonbury Festival 2017