In collaboration with Aquascutum.

‘Oh, you live in London. Does it really rain all the time?’

You can’t imagine how often I’m asked this or a similar version of this question. Especially from Germans. And I also grew up thinking that the only weather available in the UK is rain. Even my great granny once told me (when I was around 6 years old and met an 8 year old British boy on a family holiday):

‘Nadine, you don’t want to live in England, it always rains.’

So I guess that, at least in Germany, it’s common knowledge that it rains in the UK. All. The. Time.

But how bad is the weather in the UK, really? And more specifically, in London? 

Well, for the last few weeks it has been hot. And I mean really hot. It has been so hot actually that I can’t sleep in the bedroom under the roof without setting the ventilator on full speed. This still means though that I can’t sleep as the sound is much too loud to have a peaceful night.

And even outside of the usual 2 weeks of summer that we get in London (ok, recently it has been getting better..), it does not really rain all the time. In fact, it rather drizzles. And yes, it drizzles relatively frequently. But a good thunderstorm with heavy rain.. no, this is something that doesn’t happen too often in London. Unfortunately (I LOVE thunderstorms).

I’m so happy that we finally have a garden. For the 10 years that I have been living in London, I mostly stayed in places without a garden. But since last summer I have had the pleasure to set up my little workspace in the patio – that is as long as it’s warm enough. A couple of months ago I enjoyed this year’s first day of summer in the garden. And it’s still nice and warm.

Thank you, London – 2018 has been great so far!

But sometimes you might have gone swimming on a Saturday, relaxed in the park on a Sunday and then a few days later .. BAM! .. back to cooler temperatures and the umbrella will become your new best friend again. In fact, or maybe this is just my biased opinion, a hot summer of more than 28 degrees is the exception. If you travel to London in summer you will have a high chance of encountering temperatures from 18 degrees to 25. So, the below photo is a more ‘typical’ photo of what I generally wore in London in summer.

London Summer North

Jeans, t-shirt… and don’t you forget your cardigan.

This way you are very well prepared for most of what London will show you weather-wise :) And no worries, the outfit below you can leave hidden in your wardrobe until October… just take the umbrella with you :)

I collaborated with Aquascutum for this post. Aquascutum is a British brand that was established in Mayfair more than 150 years ago when it was one of the first to create waterproof textiles. Nowadays, they still create stunning fashion that protects you from the rain. Check out Aquascutum’s fancy rainwear for men

Ok ladies, the link for the men’s section was meant to prevent you from checking out Aquascutum’s outlet section… Do not click over there. Don’t. Fashion on sale will do funny things to your brain..

 

 

TOBI Floral Dress

So summer sad ‘hi’ to London for about a long weekend before it started to cool down again. And with cooling down I’m referring to proper winter weather! Today it was 6 degrees, super windy and raining. My umbrella was almost blown away and I slipped and almost fell into a puddle. I bet it looked hilarious for everyone who was watching haha..  But during last week’s taste of summer I at least got to have one sunny day in the garden before I went to Paris for a long (and even hotter!) weekend. More on the  Paris girls trip next time :) 

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Flower photography

Floral dress by TOBI

Like my flower dress :) ?

Do you like my dress? I collaborated with TOBI for this post. They are based in the US but ship to the UK for free. And they currently also offer 50% off your first order. Click here for more floral summer dresses from TOBI. FYI, they also have an app if you prefer shopping on your phone :)

 

In collaboration with Sanda Vidmar

‘We all have a hard and courageous responsibility to be happy. Usually your happiness depends merely on the perspective in your head.  It’s simple. Loving yourself is the key. It’s what makes your heart fill with exuberant joy. In the light of truth there is no twig without a shadow and there is no person without flaws. Your flaws are what makes you interesting and you should learn to love them. Admit you are an enchanting and beautiful creature and therefore for you – being happy is a walk in the park.’ – Sanda Vidmar

Today is the 21 December and it was raining all day… bye bye winter wonderland and snowy Christmas.. Some people get to have snow for Xmas, we have rain. You can’t have it all.  Though, honestly, I like all sorts of weather as each season is beautiful in its own way.

This afternoon I decided to go for a walk and take some photos. It’s such a nice change to hear rain, wind and birds in the forest instead of cars and millions of people in London. In fact breathing in the fresh air was amazing. You don’t notice much of the pollution in London but by leaving the city and stepping into a little bit of nature you are in for a big treat :)

Taking my twig ring for a walk :)

The forest today was also the perfect place to show you my twig ring by Slovenian designer Sanda Vidmar. All her jewellery is handmade and her designs are super unique. I really like the symbolism behind her creations: the twig ring, for instance, stands for loving your flaws and imperfection. And once you realise that you are an ‘enchanting and beautiful creature’, being happy becomes ‘a walk in the park’. I couldn’t agree more with that. I would always prefer a wild and imperfect forest to an artificially designed park. The same holds for people, wouldn’t it be the most boring place in the world if everyone looked and thought the same?!

Doesn’t the forest even look prettier when there is no sun? The absence of it gives the photos a much more moody vibe. I took around a couple of hundred photos as everything was so beautiful. At some point I must have got entirely lost in the moment as I turned around and there were two horses next to me haha. Hello horses! I didn’t hear them at all!

And apparently I was not the only one today who thought that the forest looks especially mesmerising in this weather: I came across at least a dozen of people who were taking their dogs for a walk. One dog even decided to jump into the water… the dog mummy must have been very happy about that :)

‘And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.’  – John Muir

‘In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.’ – Paulo Coelho

After walking for a little while I came across this super cute little hut. Perfect timing as the drizzle started to become proper rain. I wish I had taken my kindle with me. I had put on so many layers so that I wouldn’t get cold outside. Hence it was super cosy in the hut and it would have been the perfect place to read a book. Well, ok, a cup of tea would have also been nice. Or mulled wine :)

As I didn’t have either, no mulled wine nor my kindle, I decided to play bit more with the camera.

I chose the black and silver twig ring but it’s also available in sterling silver and copper. It’s also the perfect present as it arrives in a gift box and also comes with a little note that explains the symbolism behind your jewel :) Sanda designs a variety of different nature inspired pieces. You can click over to her shop here to explore :)