For a long time Greece has been on my list of places to visit. With the closest I've ever been being a brief stint reading The Oydssey during my first year of uni (followed by subsequently missing out on what I shall title the Great Santorini Craze of 2016) and only ever eaten Tzatziki from a Sainsburys tub- it's been a long time coming to tick one of the many islands from my bucket list- but let me assure you, it was certainly worth the wait. After being invited by my dear pal (and travel buddy extraordinaire) Lucy earlier this year, I jumped at the chance of a girlie trip to Zakynthos to the beautiful Peligoni Club (with Katherine, Julia and Frances completing the gang too)...

Now, I'll be honest and say that before I visited Zakynthos, I'd only ever really known it as 'Zante'- the party island you go to on your first proper holiday, or something you'd chance seeing on a BBC3 documentary involving parents and teenagers. Ahem. I was blissfully unaware of it's boundless beauty, oceans as turquoise as something you'd see from a blogger in the Maldives and stunning landscapes. In short, it's safe to say Peligoni exceeded all and any expectations I had- and subsequently turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I've visited.



Situated at the north of the island, the Peligoni Club feels a little like visiting old friends for the week. With your own villa situated a stones throw away from the club (which you can be driven to at your beck and call), the club holds host to everything from delicious food, cocktails, water sports, a spa, pool and decks alongside the water where you can swim out on to the pontoon and catch some rays from the ocean. It's all exceptionally magical, inclusive and from the word go you'll be treated like part of the family (to the point where on our second night we'd successfully turned Open Mic Night into an all-inclusive Mamma Mia sing along)...



And the villa! Our villa, Fincha, was a five minute drive through the hills from the club. Although they have a selection of villas for all party sizes and budgets (trust me, I'm already planning a return with my family)- ours suited perfectly and boasted beautiful sea views, with an airy open-plan kitchen and pool area for lazy afternoon dips. During the mornings we'd be able to get a breakfast hamper delivered up- with fresh flaky pastries and juicy fruit, and one evening also had a chef come and cater for us- meaning we could sit and chat and know dinner was taken care of- perfect after a long day out.



On top of that, most nights the club holds themed evenings- be it communal family suppers with sharing plates, or Italian feasts from their open kitchen. It truly acted as so much more than a base during our trip, and made everything feel as stress free, relaxed and pleasurable as a holiday should...



In fear of this post becoming a little long, I've also got a series of posts lined up talking about some of the other adventures we went on during our stay on the island. These include a spellbinding morning at Shipwreck Cove, a dinner at an old monastery and an evening at sea on their fishing boat, Odyssey. I can't wait to share more of what we got up to- so stay tuned for more magic!

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A huge thanks to Peligoni for accommodating us for an amazing few days, it was truly unforgettable.

Welcome To Peligoni


Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Having started the week in beautiful Zakynthos with some of my favourite women in blogging/in general (more on the adventure next week)- we chatted about everything from work, the world and Justin Bieber (things got deep)- and ended up back in the U.K, with the sun sea and sand having safely been replaced by pads filled with frantic to-do lists in what looks to be a pretty mad week next week. It certainly made me realise the importance of switching off every once in a while and how key a little bit of R&R really is. I can't wait to share what we got up to in the coming days, so stay tuned too!

This weeks reading to get your teeth in to...
(L-R: Blogosphere, Kim, Gracie, Anna)

The Must-Reads:
I'm going to cheat a little bit here and throw in some IRL reading for you. I know this is primarily about the good stuff online, but excitingly, Joe and I have a feature in this months Blogosphere magazine which is ridiculously cool (there's four pages of us- I KNOW)- so if you fancy having a DMC with the Galvis's then I suggest you head on over here. In terms of web pages open, I've been loving catching up with my pal Kim's blog for whenever I hit a style rut and also loved this piece by Gracie on 'flattering dressing' and why your outfits don't have to conform to any flattering 'norms'- with some beautiful photos at that too.

The Video:
It's about as obvious as saying your favourite band is The Beatles, but man- this week I have been loving tucking into Zoe's moving vlogs. Not only does it feel incredibly #relevant (lol) for me right now (what with big yellow storage boxes being my first, my last and my everything), but they've genuinely made me excited for the new chapter in my life and have been the perfect way to unwind with at the end of a busy day- there's something incredibly comforting about tuning into these and it's no secret I'm a big Zoe fan either. Congrats, lady! As always I've also been loving watching my pal's Hannah and Stef- and their latest holiday video is a total knockout.

ALSO! It's absolutely key that I give another shout out to my beautiful friend Meg and her amazing #smearforsmear video. Last week was Cervical Screening Awareness Week and I cannot stress how important this is. It's a cause incredibly close to my heart and if you watch any videos today I highly recommend you make this one of them.

The Website Love:
I've mentioned Roz endlessly over here (she is by far one the most articulate wonderful writers I know), and one of her most recent pieces for Buzzfeed was a truly enlightening and important piece on body image and the modelling industry. On a totally separate web love- I have also been adoring Anna's beautiful content of late- and as well as seriously indulging in her wedding pieces, have loved her summer style updates too- what a dreamboat!

Objects of desire:



ALSO! My friend Lauren has updated her t-shirt shop and there's some amazing new designs, so go go go!


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Sunday Duvet Reading: This Week 19/06/2017

(Glasses: C/O & other stories, dress: C/O & other stories, Bag: Radley (similar here), Shoes: Castaner, Necklace: C/O & other stories, Earrings: Dinny Hall)

Until recently I'd always thought my love of the eighties started and ended with Wham, my mums Bananarama inspired perm (then, not now) and Patrick Swayze. My idea of dressing for the decade was limited to an ill fitting pair of American Apprel (R.I.P) disco pants- and I was certain that it didn't extend to shoulder pads, earrings so statement they could be from your Nana's Christmas deccy box and balloon sleeves teamed with tapered trousers- but life (and style) likes to surprise us, doesn't it?

Having seen similar on Mango and Topshop (amongst some other high street favourites)- this polka dot number felt like the perfect middle ground between something vintage inspired and effortlessly current too. The low neck and subtle slits definitely make it a little more modern- and although it might be a pair of kitten courts away from being a bit Dynasty (that's what a dropped elasticated ruched waist does for you) I have definitely become partial to taking style inspiration from an era otherwise neglected for style (bar anything fancy dress or Flash Dance)- and if that means nodding to Ms. Collins over Chung now and again I think we have a convert.



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