My love affair with Greece and my go-to Greek lunch {Staycation Style #5}

If there is one country I love it’s Greece.  I have been on holiday there many times. I don’t think I with ever tire of the Greek Islands, the historic mainland or the breathtaking views. The weather of course helps, the relaxed lifestyle is a bonus and the food – ooh, the food.  Greek food – can you actually beat it?  In fact I often try to recreate that Grecian feeling at home with some of my favourite Greek recipes.  Over…

View Post

Palm Springs fashion & interiors style inspired by The Parker Hotel {Staycation Style #4}

Palm Springs is a place I’ve always been desperate to go to – and I’ve been lucky enough to have visited twice. I’m am just drawn to anything old school Palm Springs – the glamour, the style, the colours, the flamingos, the Palm trees, the kaftan’s, the casinos, the mid-century modern architecture…. I could go on. We first visited as part of a Californian road-trip holiday in 2005 and again for a few days whilst on our honeymoon in LA. On…

View Post

Housework Magic…How to be a Domestic Goddess with my 5 quick tips

I used to love a bit of cleaning. Really. I am still one of those people who gets very excited about buying new cleaning products. Saturdays were my big clean-up day. After working all week I would de-stress with a bit of house work! I would spend a good part of the morning changing sheets, doing the washing, dusting, hoovering and generally using as much lavender scented cleaning spray as I could. Then the afternoon would involve a leisurely soak…

View Post

Casa La Siesta & how to get Spanish farmhouse style at home {Staycation Style #3}

Have you ever been to a hotel and thought ‘oh my, I could soooo live here?’ That’s exactly how I felt when I first stayed at Casa La Siesta. Casa La Siesta is in a little village called Vejer de la Frontera and a traditional style ‘cortijo’ or Spanish country house. Beautifully restored to offer a tranquil stay in a rural setting it stylishly decorated with reclamation and vintage pieces –  and it immediately feels ‘homely’. We visited pre-parenthood – Casa is an adults only retreat…

View Post

Seaside Style – and my 10 favourite things do in Cornwall {Staycation Style #2}

Print from Holly Francesca When Mr VIB and I first got together nearly 21 years ago his parents retired to Cornwall – so the area has been a big part of our lives. We’ve spent many a holiday and long weekend there – and often try and tie in a visit to the in-laws with a stay in a nice hotel or B&B too.  One place we stayed in several years ago was such a find – Botelet Farm.  A storybook…

View Post