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Fancy getting away somewhere a bit off the beaten track but are so skint even the moths flying out of your purse are anorexic? Well I have been mugging up on some great cheap but oh so chic places to stay…prepare for some serious glamping!


Jolly Days Luxury Camping – Village Farm, Scrayingham, North Yorkshire, YO41 1JD – 01759 371776




Forget memories of mud, slugs and dewy sleeping bags,  at Jolly Days you can live like a fashionista and still channel a little bif of Darling Buds of May without looking like you have been dragged through a hedge backwards. Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of the Yorkshire countryside and only a stone’s throw from the city of York, choose a luxury tent with four poster bed or a charming bell tent. Everything has a vintage vibe from the Roberts radio to the home-made jams in the breakfast area – simply fabulous!

They also run some great special offers too  and you can stay for free if you are willing to pitch in and do some maintenance work about the campsite; from clearing brambles to putting up bird boxes – hard work never seemed like so much fun!

Prices start from £14.20 per person per night for lodge tents and £15.80 for Bell tents (check with website for seasonal price changes!)


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La Rosa – Whitby, North Yorkshire  – 01947 606981 –


Nestled in amongst Yorkshire woodland, La Rosa caravan and camp site is great for retro lovers.  The beautiful red and white striped circus style marquee is a great spot for night-time get-togethers as are the open fire pits where you can sip spiced cider or mulled wine while free-style guitar playing is positively encouraged! Meals are also available on site too. Prices start from £28 per person per night including bedding, gas, candles and fire wood.


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Vintage Vacations – Newport, Isle of Wight – 01874 676446 –


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Ok, so if vintage is too tea cakes and treacle and you want more of a kitsche vibe, thenVintage Vacations  may be more your bag.  Located in a field on a working dairy farm on the Isle of Wight it’s only a 10 minute drive from Newport so you can still get your shopping fix. You can even choose your own quirky caravan and they are all American style beauties.




If you fancy something a bit more bricks and mortar, you can opt for The Bungalow, the Shack or The Mission – seriously stylish.




Prices for caravans start from £140 for weekend breaks and £325 for week-long stays, but check with the website for all pricing options. Oh and FYI, they also have a cool Etsy shop where you can snap up some excellent retro goodies…happy glamping!


Maps are p-r-e-t-t-y handy things to have about one’s person, particularly when in an unknown region but what’s even better is that they are fashionable now. Yup, maps are big in interiors, fashion and general fabulous design-type offerings. Perhaps it is something to do with our globalisation obsession, or that travelling is cool, or maybe it’s because people like others to think they are well travelled, and nothing say that more than a big old map on your wall. It’s the stuff of dreams: plotting your sejourns across the globe, imagining what life is like in these strange, foreign lands…

Anyway, I digress. To illustrate this little micro-trend, as I am calling it, I have found some places to source some of the best travel-inspired objects, from fashion to jewellery.

First up is the map bowl above, which can be sourced from Not On The highstreet . Made by Bombus, each one is orginal – and start from around £65.  In fact Bombus does lots of map-inspired goodies like the love heart art  which sells for £25 – totally unique!



Or how about this rather lovely pair of earrings I spotted on Etsy. They are  made with recycled silver and snippets of old dictionary text and vintage maps. Created by ‘Foundling’ there are lots of other unusual jewellery offerings available too.



I love this map badge too and the best thing is you can choose your own home town and get it made up! Nothing like a bit of patrotism eh?



So you get the idea…

However, this rather charmless jacket might be taking the trend j-u-s-t a little tooooooo far…but don’t let that put you off!


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My oh my, what a terrible blogger I have been! Work duties have seen me taken away from my cosy Bristol bubble and spat me out into the corporate world, fortunately for me, that was New York and it was divine! It was a particularly pertinent time to be voyaging to the States as I arrived the day after Obama was elected president and the atmosphere was electric. However, I confess, my mind was on less trivial things, such as shopping! From make-up at Macy’s to trawling the boutiques in the East Village, I loved every moment of my downtime and shall definitely be returning soon. 





I picked up a copy of Nylon there, a really cool magazine that I haven’t come across here and it is fab! Really edgy and eccentric, quite British actually – it reminds me of The Face  which incidentally, has a great Flickr group showcasing the old covers. Nylon has a great blog which is definitely worth checking out…






In the meantime, it’s that time of year when I make my annual shopping pilgrimage to Amsterdam (hurrah!) and can’t wait to check out what the city has to offer.


I have already planned with military precision the places to visit, mainly in the Jordaan area of the city in fact, the image below was taken from one of the thrift shops in that district which has so many quirky boutiques selling everything from clothing to homeware – great for presents too.

 And, if anyone is visiting that way, check out our sister blog Secret Shopping which lists some of the cool shops to head to – and if you know of any others, be sure to let us know!


I shall be back with more regular posts after getting this mammoth week of work out of the way (I always use alliteration when I am stressed) with some great new finds to help out with those Christmas lists!