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A little British Summer Getaway xo

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Summer is all about saying yes to new adventures, this week at Olive & Lile HQ it has been amazing summer weather! So we have been planning what little getaways we would take on our home turf here in the UK.

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Olive & Lile was founded in one the most beautiful rural county’s in England, all the greenery, fresh blooms, clear summer skies are what gives us our daily inspiration for the brand. Here are our favourite scenic destinations in the United Kingdom, ideal for a short breaks.

Edinburgh

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This quaint Scottish city is full of amazing things to do and see over the weekend. We recommend a visit to the Edinburgh castle, walking the Royal Mile to check out the shops and stopping by the Balmoral hotel for a spot of afternoon tea.

Cornwall

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Cornwall is the little gem right at the bottom of England, home to white sandy beaches and the best weather in the whole of the United Kingdom – it’s no wonder we forget we are in our own country when we go to visit it. We suggest taking a long 5 day break here. Rent a beach house, enjoy surfing during the day, take long walks along the cliffs, try the local delicacy (mmm cornish pasties!) and watch the sun go down on the beach, wrapped in blankets with a cup of tea. Can’t get more British than having a cup of tea in hand! Ahh we can feel that refreshing sea air just thinking about Cornwall.

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Where will your summer adventure at home take you? Let us know…

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O&L’s guide to St Tropez xo

stSt Tropez is, quite simply, the most famous resort in Europe – one of the iconic Bridget Bardot’s favourite places to holiday. St Tropez attracts the chicest of people, and is perfect place for any fashion lover to go!

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Where to stay?

The Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez inventively combines charm and design to praise the ever so precious feeling of getting away from it all. Elegance, refinement and tranquillity describe the hotel experience. The interior was designed by French designer, Christophe Pillet.

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Where to eat & swim?

Le Club 55, is a popular spot amongst the celebrities and we can see why! Enjoy sunbathing on the beach, cocktail in hand, and then throw on your kaftan and head to the restaurant for some delicious lunch and refreshing glass of wine.

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Chanel’s pop up boutique

The La Mistralée private mansion has re-opened its doors for Chanel’s summer pop-up boutique in Saint-Tropez and every fashionista has to go see it! A shopping experience like no other.

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What to wear?

There is that French Riviera look, one that St Tropez famously sports. We recommend, shirt dresses, flowing caftans, floppy sun hats and gladiator sandals. If you can describe your outfit as chic, your good to so in St Tropez.

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Shop your St Tropez outfit with us, we suggest the Long Lost Two Piece by day, and the Quinn Dress by night.

Share with us your snaps of your summer vay-cays on Instagram!

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Parisian Weekend Getaway xo

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A weekend in Paris is the perfect getaway, whether its a trip with your girls or your love, Paris is the place to go.

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Our first stop for ideas on what to do in Paris is our favourite books, ‘How To Be Parisian’ and ‘Bright Lights Paris’ they both offer great ideas on where to shop, dine and stay…Parisian style.

Where to shop?

Le Triangle D’or a small part of Paris has now been named “The Golden Triangle” this is where you will find the finest couture houses and cafés surrounded by the perfect triangle formed by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V, and Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Christian Dior, Céline, Balmain are just a few you will find at Le Triangle D’or, finish the shopping trip off with a stop at La Maison du Chocolate.

The Eiffel Tower

All day and night the Eiffel Tower looks incredible. We recommend taking a trip and having a champagne picnic under the tower at lunch time, and then taking a cab to watch it light up the city and sparkle at night.

Where to eat?

If you are wanting a light lunch and a sweet treat, head to Ladurée for a glass of champagne, a Croque-monsieur and some Macaroons.

What to pack?

When in Paris, dress like a Parisian, so pack your skinny jeans, black blazer, chic silk scarf, oversized sunglasses and a white shirt.

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If your heading to Paris this summer, share your photos with us on Instagram.

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O&L’s guide to Santorini xo

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The most picturesque island off Greece, Santorini is home to white buildings, blue doors & pink flowers, over looking the stunning view of the Aegean sea.

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Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. It has some common characteristics with the traditional cuisines of Italy, the Balkans, Turkey and the Levent. If you like fish & meat dishes, vino, olives, feta cheese, yogurt & bread – Santorini is the perfect place to go. Did someone say dinner with a view? mmm…

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Santorini is filled with beautiful pools; natural pools filled from hot water springs, infinity pools & pools in caves – your options of where to go for a dip are endless. The island is also blessed with the Red Beach, one for the bucket list, it has been crowned one of the most colourful beaches in the world.

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What to wear when on vacay is the most fun part of the trip for us fashionistas! For this SS16 season our summer trend picks are big floppy sun hats, ankle wrap espadrilles, bardot necklines, fishtail braids & gladiator sandals.

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To make packing for your trip easier, here are our top picks from our store

Santorini is also a perfect couples destination, so send this blog post to your love and get booking your trip to the most romantic location this summer.

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We would love to see you rocking your Olive & Lile pieces on holiday this summer, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram.

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Canne Film Festival xo

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As all the stars descend on the French Riviera for the 69th Cannes Film Festival, we are keeping up with all the glorious red-carpet appearances and whats going on at the most notable dates on the international film calendar.

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Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, it is considered a glamorous destination thanks to its world-famous film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. OMG doesn’t this just sound amazing!

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There has been so many amazing red carpet appearances so far, and many more to come as the festival continues! Here is some snaps of our favourites, we think Bella Hadid stole the show along with Blake Lively.

Let us know your favourite looks from this years Cannes Film Festival…

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Olive & Lile’s guide to the perfect Summer break xo

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What to wear to Coachella? xo

With Coachella just around the corner, we thought we would share our festival style essentials to make sure you are the Coachella Queen of summer 2016!

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Coachella Bella – Braids!

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Gracie takes London!

Our stylist Gracie took a little trip down to her favourite city last week…LONDON!

Here’s some snaps of what she got up to.

Day 1

First stop – the Skarstedt art gallery on Old Bond Street, right next to some of our favourite stores (Chanel 🙊). Gracie went to see the Barbara Kruger exhibition, displays of her early work, of which examines the cultural constructions of power, identity and sexuality through their juxtaposition of text and imagery.

Very interesting exhibition, Gracie loves getting her styling inspiration from art, not just the typical fashion catwalks! She says “Everything inspires me, its important to not just look at fashion for fashion inspiration. I look at the news headlines, art, music – everything is inspiring if you allow it to be.”

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Next stop! Dover Street Market

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If your into visual merchandising like Gracie, you will love Dover Street Market (and Dover Street in general!)

Dover Street Market is very well known for its wacky displays of clothing, it takes thinking out the box to a whole new level! They’re products are often quite wacky too, definitely the place to shop if you want to get clothing that is going to make you stand out.

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After scouring the 4 floors of Dover Street Market Gracie stopped off at her favourite spot in the city, the Rose Bakery – even the name is just too cute☺️

A glass of freshly squeezed OJ, a read of the finest selection of fashion magazines, accompanied with the beautiful view of the roof terrace and the sound of the chicest people in the city conversing over important fashion matters.

It is definitely the place to go if your a people watcher or ear wigger! Gracie said she has heard the most fascinating conversations going on in there (some of the Condenast team were having their lunch next to her – need we say more!)

Last stop of the day – Acne Studios

Gracie’s all time favourite designer store!

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 Such a beautiful Spring Summer collection.

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“The clothes are just unreal… and the architecture of the building is too cool, then there is the amazing staff! Aaaah Acne you have won my heart” – Gracie

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The shop even has a roof terrace on its top floor!

Day 2

The V&A – home of the best fashion exhibitions and currently displaying Alexander McQueen’s savage beauty exhibition, would be rude not to go!

“The exhibition was amazing, you get to look so closely at his incredible work! Such a fascinating mind that deserves celebrating. It reveals all his ideas and inspirations behind his work that changed how the fashion industry operates, and still to this day inspires fashion choices of so many people. McQueen certainly lives on!” – Gracie

Unfortunately Gracie didn’t get any snaps of the exhibition as you were not allowed to take photos 😣 but here’s a picture of a folding fashion show of Plato’s Atlantis SS10 she got from the V&A shop tehe!

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After the exhibition Gracie bumped into fashion blogger and former Made in Chelsea start Emma Miller!

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Who loves Emma’s outfit? #StyleCrush

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Day 3 – The final day!

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Gracie took a stroll round South Kensington, to visit Harrods! How cute are these houses?! We want one!

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They had super cute Cinderella themed window displays up to celebrate the new release of the movie – awww!

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“Where there is kindness there is goodness… and where there is goodness there is magic”  We love this one, so on the same wavelength as #TheOliveAndLileWay to living life.

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To wrap up Gracie’s trip heres a snap of one of those cute ‘thought of the day’s’ they have up at some tube stations.

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Food for thought!

If any of you guys have been to the McQueen exhibition or any of the places mentioned let us know! We would love to hear what you guys think.

Lots of love, Olive & Lile XO