With both my husband and I working from home with our own businesses we are lucky enough not to be dictated to on when we take a break away. There’s something a little bit decadent to taking a boosting break mid week and settling down for 24 hours at a new destination, albeit still armed with phones and laptops, but at least a change is as good as a break!
I’ve been a huge lover of The Pig brand of hotels which have sporadically opened up in some of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK. They transform already beautiful buildings into something even more heavenly with clever use of space and utilisation of existing materials. This creates a fabulous relaxed and laid back environment to spend time in as well as evoking a gorgeous ‘shabby glamour’ to their surroundings.
Everything happens the moment we step foot through the entrance of the newly opened (in July) Pig at Combe in the Otter valley, Devon. Lined up in military fashion are rows of Hunter boots in all sizes and an army of pink umbrellas stacked and ready to challenge the unpredictability of the great British weather! Outside activities are definitely encouraged to make use of the vast acreage in which this beautiful Elizabethan country house nestles.
The former grand hallway has been transformed into a beautiful bar area with an array of coloured glass adorning the vast window frames, oversized comfy seating encouraged us to far outstay our welcome when we made our way for afternoon tea.
But first we ventured outside to where the former Garden Folly has been transformed into a beautiful garden space in which to enjoy fabulous food over encouraged communal seating. Outside are plenty of spaces to view the amazing countryside views and enjoy a menu derived of freshly grown vegetables and locally reared produce. Our stay for the night was in the fabulous attic room which also had stunning views from both the four poster bed and the freestanding bath. A separate seating area and bathroom created a comfortable inviting space in which we would spend the following 24 hours.
So what to pack for the midweek break. Choosing from the many available combinations of the MOV collections I opted for two dresses and a Popper Jacket. The Ella is so comfy that I didn’t mind wearing it with some Adidas trainers while drawing the short straw and driving for 3 hours. The beautiful soft rib doesn’t lose shape or crease despite 3 hours in the car and I feel great to turn up looking dressed for a lazy lunch. When it got cooler I simply popped on the Popper Jacket in raw white, again easy to wear and pack. For the evening we ate in the restaurant and again enjoyed some fabulous food after a couple of creative cocktails in the bar. The Maisie dress with heels did the trick, again due to the fabulous fabric was non creased on unpacking and even found a little open door to the rooftop to enjoy the view by night and give the Maisie dress a further photo op !!
So completely revitalised, and not once having to make use of the bad weather offerings of boots and brollies, we enjoyed a fabulous sunny 24 hours in Devon. I cannot recommend the Pig enough …just waiting for the next one to open now !!
So it is mid July but finally feeling summer has arrived at last. We’re back to hosing down the newly planted shrubs and freshly sown grass seeds as soon as the sun goes down! The cushions have finally been relieved of their vacuum packed space in the loft and have been gently puffed up on the all weather seating outside; its all looking good for the next few days of British Summertime at least! This is my work space today as its far too lovely to stay indoors and at least I have shade to see my laptop but am multi-tasking as am also storing up on the vital Vitamin D which I will need to function in the winter months. I guess I am doing my body some good then by being out in the open today…well that’s what I’m telling myself anyway!
So the big question today was what to wear to feel cool and comfortable in my fabulous new office space. Mulling this over with my first coffee of the morning I refocused on what the drive was behind the creation of MOV. We wanted to design garments that had longevity, were transitional and very much part of the ‘slow fashion’ movement that is rapidly gathering pace today. We wanted our customers to really consider the items they were purchasing and to think where the garment was brought. We also wanted them to question how it was produced and at the same time be safe in the knowledge that their purchases were of the highest quality, but stylishly designed as beautiful timeless pieces. We also wanted to create garments which have multiple uses and can be worn transitionally and so that brings me on to what to wear to the ‘garden’ office today!
Despite sitting in 30 degree heat (albeit in the shade) I’m wearing our incredibly versatile Madeleine skirt which I normally wear at its maximum length, as that’s my preferred look, and ideally with boots and a leather biker jacket. However even I can’t hide my legs away today so have folded the waistband over to shorten to a pencil skirt look but its so much cooler for the temperature out there. As for my top I’ve gone for the Martinique racer back in white. This piece has a gorgeous cowl neckline and can easily be worn for added glamour to my Pilates class all year round, as well as looking great as a comfortable daytime piece on summer days such as today. Therefore two stylish pieces which can be worn all year round giving superb value for your purchase and giving a meaning to what we wear and how we wear it too. Now just how long is it till Pimms o’clock ??
MOV at its conception chose colour schemes soothing to the mind and body to reflect our ethos of wearable beautiful clothes. So, our colours at their core are neutral in tones of grey, black and white echoing the simplistic beautiful designs which hold them. However…. we do like to have a bit of fun when letting our hair down and so for each collection decided we would work outside our ‘neutral’ box and have a bit of fun with colour and fabrics which aren’t part of our core collection So,on choosing which colour to introduce to our first collection the beautiful tones of orange in pumkin and cumin screamed to be included. We loved the connect of warmth, yet vibrancy, of this beautiful colour and introduced it to two of our new designs. It seems we aren’t the only ones to wake up and notice the workability of these Orange tones as seen in this recent Guardian article discussing it’s many merits too! Our long sleeve top, above, is perfect for lounging around infront of a warm fire in the winter, or throwing on over a bikini by the beach as it gets towards sundowner time. The burnt orange encourages comfort and warmth and the gorgeous fabric feels so good to snuggle in. In contrast our Sienna Slip, above, is made up in a beautiful crepe backed satin and reflects the vibrancy we envisaged feeling when wearing this fabulous dress! And what better colour to offset our core neutral colours as the Sienna slip will look amazing when teamed with our gorgeous greys !! Our long sleeve top will be available soon to purchase on monksonvacation.com. However, being the true perfectionists we are proud to be at MOV, our Sienna slip is a ‘work in progress’ but will be available online in January for SS16.