Why not head to the countryside this Bank Holiday weekend? Stepping out into the countryside can be beneficial for our health, wellbeing and state of mind. To make sure you enjoy your time in the country to the fullest, I wanted to share a few top tips for countryside survival in fabulous style.
1. Pack a summer frock: Just because you’re exploring the outdoors doesn’t mean you need to revert to wearing nothing but tones of khaki and beige. As an advocate of all things flouncy and delightful I would always suggest packing a fabulous summer dress or two on any trip to the countryside. Dresses are lighter and take up less space when packing, allow for maximum leg movement when straddling a horse, jumping over puddles and skipping wildly through fields and will inevitably make you smile. Above: Dress by Laura Ashley, Wellies by Hunter)2. Shop local: Make the effort to find a local market, small farmers shop or ask in the nearest town where you can purchase locally grown produce. It’s amazing how incredible freshly grown fruit and vegetables taste, the difference in milk, cheese and dairy products is outstanding when they come directly from the farm.
3. Go Natural: Ditch the slap, straighteners or curling irons! enjoy taking a break from the city war paint and rock your natural looks. There’s nothing like fresh air to put a bit of colour in your cheeks. You’ll find the quality and freshness of tap water in the countryside will feel great when you wash your hair too. If you live in London you’ll know what i’m talking about, London has hardwater which creates limescale and can be problematic on your hair. Take the opportunity a break in the countryside gives you to let your skin and hair breathe. (Below: Floral Cardigan by Laura Ashley)
4. Don’t fear rain: If you’re in England or in our case France you won’t always be guaranteed sunshine. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong wardrobe choices! pack waterproofs, wellies, a great piece of knitwear and don’t be put off by a little rain.
5. Switch off: Turn off the telly and take time to explore the outdoors. When it’s raining it can be tempting to hide away indoors, take a walk outside, stretch your legs and get some colour in your cheeks. Take a break from your i-phone, laptop, camera, kindle, whatever….make the most of the time you have in the wilderness to truly switch off and be calm and still.
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