We may be mid heat wave but this week’s blog starts with a flash back to the coldest depths of January- the 9th to be precise and the day I turned a quarter of a century. Optimistic for a balmy summer I had suggested that a new pair of sunglasses would be a welcomed gift from my beau. A dedicated shades sourcing day in London was scheduled and we perused every purveyor of sun-specs imaginable before calling it a day in a cosy pub in Marylebone. Mid Melbec sip it suddenly dawned on me that it wasn’t sunglasses I needed but a holiday-dramatic, I know. We had always talked about visiting Seville and on that cold winter’s day the prospect of orange tree lined streets, tapas and the sun on our skin seemed incredibly appealing. Decision made, flights book…just the small matter of 6 months until our trip. Oh my was it worth the wait and we’ve just returned from the beautiful Andalucían capital after five days of culture and churros. A fun and relaxed city, it has a fashion scene to boot and in between sightseeing and sangria sipping I noticed a few sartorial standouts…
Hotel Fernando was our home for the week (no our trip wasn’t organised by paddy McGuiness) and it was the perfect base from which to explore the city’s old town and wander the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter. When I say cobbled, I do mean fairly wobbly so do not even consider bringing a pair of heels. With the restriction of hand luggage only, sensible choices are a must and I limited myself to three pairs of shoes. With a rooftop pool, flip flops were an essential, plus I hate walking around a hotel room bare foot so they proved their worth all round. Emu Australia has created the perfect in-between with the Wrenlette slipper-slide which feature luxuriously soft Australian sheepskin on a rubber outsole meaning they can be worn both inside and out. Sheepskin may seem like an odd choice for the summer but according to Emu the materials ‘breathes and naturally wicks away moisture leaving footwear odourless and your feel perfectly warm in winter and cool in summer’. A petersham stripe tape trim adds a dash of sport luxe to these wonders of comfort.
Next up is an evening shoe that will work with every outfit and once again Emu Australia comes up trumps with the Dion slide. With 100% leather credentials, a rubber heel that provides grip and traction and a padded foot bed for superior comfort, these beauties offer the practicality of a flip-flop but the metallic side detailing elevates them to sunset glam.
Seville is famous for Flamenco, an exhilarating art form that is rooted in the Gitanos or gypsy culture of Andalusia. Synonymous with their roots and cultural identity, Sevillanos are fiercely proud of their national dance and whilst the tourist shops may display the garish black and red tasselled, highly flammable dresses associated with the dance, there are dedicated traje de flamenco shops showcasing the real deal. These beautiful boutiques dominate the boutique quarter and are a haven of polka dots and delicate ruffles, demonstrating how the traditional symbol has firmly established a place for itself in the world of high fashion. Evoking the same passion and energy as the Andalusian dress, the dotty dress by hope and ivy would earn you a rightful place at the Feria de Avil- the famous April Fair.
With temperatures reaching highs of 35 degrees during our trip, our number one priority was to keep cool but by the time the evenings rolled around the tiny flower adorned alleys induced a refreshing breeze. We also threw ourselves into the Sevillano way of life which meant dining on tapas around 10pm. One of our favourite spots had a dreamy outdoor area which allowed you to devour morsels of deliciousness whilst watching the world go by. Whilst I had my Becksöndergaard leopard print cotton scarf, I couldn’t help but covet the Scotch & Soda printed quilted bomber. With a cotton blend, organic print and collarless oversized cut, this beauty would make for an ideal city break companion-ideal for popping into the cathedral and comforting on the plane.
Seville is one of the earliest Moorish conquests and unmistakable characteristics of its history are evident throughout the city. From the architecture and hand painted ceramics, to the horse drawn carriages lining the streets, this city certainly has a bohemian vibe and one which is reflected in the style of many Sevillianos. If you fancy a break from the main tourist sights in the Jewish quarter, head to La Macarena for cool cafes, art spaces and independent markets. To look the part layer up Lotus necklaces and reach for the haogi Agnes before wandering to the top of Metropol Parasol-the largest wooden structure in the world that resembles a mushroom and offers wonderful views across the city.
I cant recommend Seville more highly- for me it was 5 blissful days of savouring delicious food, wandering without rushing along palm tree lined streets, sipping Aperol spritz whilst dipping toes in the rooftop pool and Most importantly of all it was 5 days with my beau…who needs sunglasses anyway?!