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My Trip to Barbados

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by ASOS

I love a beach vacation, especially in the middle of the winter, and I couldn’t have asked for a better escape than going to Barbados.

In numbers, Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 miles) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 squares miles). Its population is of almost 300,000 people.

My favorite spots.

Oistin Fish Market

During the daytime it might look quiet, however wait for a Friday night to eat some freshly caught fish cooked to perfection. Try some lobsters, shrimp, red snapper which are prepared on the grill and served with local favorites such as rice and peas, coleslaw, and salads.

My best evening in Barbados!

Pebbles Beach, the most popular spot according to TripAdvisor

Located in Carlisle Bay. This one seemed overrated to me. The minuses: looking to the left and you’ll see the not so pretty and massive Hilton hotel; look to the right and you’ll see the cruise ships transiting. At some point during the day the beach will be overcrowded by (cruise ship) tourists popping by for a few hours.

The pluses: the easy place to go snorkelling and watch the turtles. Magical!

Miami Beach, my (beach) hot spot!

This quickly became my preferred beach: beautiful sea & sand, good waves to both swim and bodysurf. Relaxed and not too busy (as the access isn’t obvious from the main street). Nice trees in the background – in case you’d need some shade. This beach has it all.

Sandals by Teva | Swim shorts by Luke Sport

Dover Beach, a popular spot

One can only enjoy the vibrant colours.

Saint Lucy, all the way up to the North

Here you’ll find a beautifully rugged coastline dotted with bays. The powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean pound the cliffs creating sea caves and blowholes. This is not an area for swimming but it makes up for this with majestic views and small pools for sea-bathing.

Shirt by Luke | Sunglasses by Lyle&Scott

Bridgetown, the Capital City

Both Barbados’ capital and largest city, it’s a vibrant, vivacious place steeped in history, where its unique blend of African, American and British heritage comes alive. Bridgetown and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with buildings dating back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th Century.

Bathsheba, the surfers’ paradise!

Useful websites: visitbarbados.org or barbados.org

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Another Mild Winter In London

Winters in London are characterised by cold and often rainy weather. The average high between December and February is 48°F (9°C) and the average low is 41°F (5°C). However, freezing temperatures are not uncommon and snow is not unheard of.

This year though, it’s another ‘rollercoaster’ winter that we have been getting. A hat, gloves and scarf should have become our best friends, however they haven’t.

Either way, very cold or just cold, this was another excuse to try on one one of the winter jackets from Superdry from this year’s collection. Pictured below, the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket (Yellow Check).

Boots by Jack&Jones / Chinos by asos / Denim shirt by AllSaints / Jacket by Superdry

Looking for a jacket that covers both warmth and versatility? Look no further than our nostalgic, lumberjack inspired checked jacket. Perfect for Sunday strolls or Friday beers. This jacket features a zip and popper fastening, popper fastened cuffs, four pockets, and a fleece lining. The jacket is finished with a Superdry logo tab on the pocket and one on the sleeve.

What I liked about the jacket: It feels robust. It’s warm. And you feel good. And at last but not least: it’s a faux fur trim (feeling good about that too).

Any minuses: will I get tired of the yellow checks (?)

Jacket Details
Sleeve Lining: Polyester 100%
Lining: Polyester 100%
Padding: Polyester 100%
Shell: Polyester 52%, Wool 45%, Acrylic 3%
Faux Fur Trim: Polyester 100%

Where to buy

Jacket by Superdry | £119,99 RRP (now at £60)

Boots by Jack&Jones | £90 RRP

Chinos by asos | From £20 RRP

Denim shirt by AllSaints | £108 RRP

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The Kingsman Look

MR PORTER and director Mr Matthew Vaughn have created a bespoke collection from Ms Arianne Phillips’ costume design for Kingsman. The focus is on British heritage, with cloths sourced from traditional mills and hand-picked collaborations with classic brands.

Glasses by Archibald London – Shirt and Bow Tie by T.M.Lewin – Silk Tuxedo Jacket by Mr Porter
Watch by Marc Jacobs
Shoes by Oliver Sweeney