When Pandora invite you to spend a few days in the New Forest, you say yes of course. Never mind that I’d confused it with the Lake District (Geography lessons were a long time ago, okay) and assumed it was up north. The area is actually a few hours away from London and our hotel was the perfect place to get back to nature. This was pretty literal in our case, we stayed in the epic treehouses at Chewton Glen and had a panoramic view of the forest as well as our own private hot tubs! Can you imagine my face when I realised? I try to always stay grounded when experiencing this kind of thing. I don’t often write about luxury but see it as a special treat that I can tell any grandchildren about, should they want to listen. It was bad enough me giving my Mum a guided tour via Facetime!
Bag – Orla Kiely
I think I jinxed myself by saying I wasn’t shopping so much earlier this month. I’ve since gone a bit overboard this month, picking up this amazing jumper after seeing it on Carrie during my Barcelona trip, as well as numerous bits of jewellery. Add to this a sweet Orla Kiely sample sale purchase (I’ve always wanted one of her boxy bags) and you have a blogger who has to eat her words. It seemed fitting to go for a slightly retro look when in the countryside, mixing 50s gingham with my 70s style Orla Kiely heels. I borrowed a few of the Pandora stacking rings for the snaps, the customisation element really appeals to me especially when you put quite a few otherwise dainty pieces together. There’s also a way to make the bracelets look a little chunkier if you use the same charm over and over, one of the PRs had a style that was right up my street!
I can’t thank Pandora enough for an amazing few days away from London, it was like a dream! They surprised us with a helicopter ride on the last day as it linked to one of their Appreciation charms from the Essence collection. Once I’d taken all of the necessary snaps, I spent a few moments in awe at the view of the Isle Of Wight. It’s just so peaceful to see everything from above. My vlog that includes bits of the trip plus I’ve also made my Snapchat public for any future sneak peeks, I’m ‘iamkristabel’ as always!