Even if it is only for a long weekend, there’s something about venturing to a new and unexplored faraway land that definitely feels like escapism at its best. Escaping from work, from responsibilities, from the stresses of daily life – to just be, to eat, to drink, to laugh, to forget what you were ever trying to escape from in the first place – it’s bliss.
Our trip to Venice actually couldn’t have come at a better time. The effects of a busy few months juggling work, blog (me), drone exams (GB), travelling, and wedding planning had begun to take their toll on us and we were pretty wiped out.
The weeks previous had seen me in a constant whirlwind of working early and working late, running around to press days, events, and meetings, searching for new freelance clients, as well as trying to keep existing clients happy, all the while keeping up with this blog, attempting to plan a wedding and maintain a hectic social life. I knew this year was going to be busy, but there’s only so much one person can take on, and to say I was ready to spend five days not thinking about any of it? Major understatement.
Denim Dress, River Island Blanket Cape, Navy Backpack and Fedora – all c/o ASOS | Shoes – Penelope Chilvers (Picked up in a second hand store) | Necklace – Marc by Marc Jacobs
I always think there’s a certain uniform that suggests an escape. Items that might never be worn together while pottering about in your own back yard but make perfect sense when exploring somewhere new and taking in fresh sights. It usually begins with a backpack (only practical, generally hands need to be free to photograph, point, gaup), centres around a sweet little dress (easy to pack, easy to throw on), finishes with a hat (the sure fire way to signal a holiday) and something stripy (we just can’t help ourselves).
The new ASOS Escape collection combines all of that and more – think a mix of seventies global traveller (all denim, suede, tan and tassles) and eighties Dirty Dancing (broderie anglaise, off the shoulder gypsy tops, stripes, faded denim and floppy hats).
My chosen outfit for escaping the hum drum and taking in our first day in Venezia all started with the dress. I’d been coveting a denim dress for quite some time and this easy bressy soft denim fabric with fitted waist, cute cap sleeves and adorable contrasting pocket detail was the perfect solution. Clothes which are comfortable and easy to wear when sightseeing are a must, no one likes pulling and scratching and adjusting every time they take a step, and this soft fabric also packed like a dream so double brownie points to said dress.
I must admit I was envisioning sunny climates when I picked it out, perhaps not needing the luxury of a coat and being able to don bare legs with my equally comfortable Penelope Chilvers slippers, a pair of sunnies for good measure and this chic navy backpack slung over my shoulder. While the day started off on this positive note, it wasn’t long before the heavens opened, my jacket was most certainly needed and the sunnies were disappointing packed back into the bag. Luckily I also had a cosy wool blanket cape and a gorgeous tan fedora along with me for the ride, both of which came in very handy when the rain began, as did the pair of tights I’d thankfully packed in that spacious backpack. My suede slippers didn’t fare quite as well, but a day under the heater stuffed with toilet paper had them almost returning to their original state. All part of the adventure hey?
Taking outfit photos in Venice was as dreamy as it gets. Finding suitable locations was as easy as – oh look, the first little street we’ve turned down just happens to be a beautiful backdrop without a soul in sight – and dancing around in fringed capes seemed like the most normal thing in the world. All snapped happily in around ten minutes, and thankfully before any sign of rain.
What do you think of my ASOS Escape get up? Do you have a typical travelling uniform when you’re escaping?