Adventures in a VW Bus: Part One

At last I have the first of the photos of our holiday to share with you!

We rented a classic split screen 1965 VW camper van (named Barbarossa) and drove around Cornwall in South West England, going wherever we fancied each day… what a couple of hippies! πŸ˜‰ Normally I plan holidays to the enth degree, so it was nice to be free and make it up as we went along. Just to warn you all, you will not be seeing any cute, floaty summer outfits or bare flesh in these posts… the week was bright and sunny, but mostly cold and windy. Hence my capsule wardrobe of jeans, scarves, jackets and sunglasses πŸ˜‰

I’ve done a mixture of outfit shots and holiday snaps to show over 3-4 posts to (hopefully) keep it interesting! My outfits were pretty dressed down because I had to be warm and comfy for both driving and walking everywhere, plus every item I took had to co-ordinate and fit in a medium-sized weekend bag; no luxury of dressing in a mirror either – every girl’s nightmare!!! My hair got blown about everywhere we went so I just had to go with the rough n’ ready look for the week.

Here we were in a place called Bude on the north coast of Cornwall – if you look at the sea you can see why they hold surfing competitions in this part of the country. The landscape is just stunning as you can see – and it only gets better in the next holiday post! The final pic of Mr. Summers and I is a tradition of ours: for the last seven or eight years we’ve been taking a photo of ourselves whenever we go somewhere, always with me on the left and him on the right. To watch yourself change hairstyles and age (unfortunately) is both fascinating and a bit scary… maybe one day I’ll do a post of the best self portraits of the last few years…?

Happy Wednesday everyone – another post tomorrow!

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  1. May 24, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    i Love Bude, before baby Neo came along, Paul and i rented a beautiful converted barn there for holidays. Its so lovely! You look fab as always, even dressed casual and wind swept you look beautiful! πŸ™‚ x

  2. May 24, 2012 / 2:20 am

    The camper is a classic vehicle. Stunning landscape. We have a road trip coming up and I cannot imagine that I will look so put together.

    • May 24, 2012 / 7:47 am

      I'm sure you'll be fine, Terri – I forced myself to do the capsule wardrobe thing and actually wore everything which I NEVER normally do! I did have a fit the day before over what to take… it wasn't pretty πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your road trip sweetie! C x

  3. May 24, 2012 / 2:09 am

    Looks like a blast, I love the pop of color you added to your outfit. The photos are awesome!

  4. May 24, 2012 / 12:58 am

    I'm having serious traveling envy right now. How adorable are you guys?!? πŸ™‚ Who thought of the idea to rent that VW van? It speaks to the hippie within… I love it!

    xoxo, Blair

  5. May 23, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    What a cute outfit and the camper is awesome!! My son (Disney CARS fan) would love that πŸ™‚

    • May 24, 2012 / 7:43 am

      Hmm we attracted a lot of attention from young kids as we drove around, pointing and smiling at us! Thanks sweetie xx

  6. May 23, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    You look gorgeous and relaxed. What a fun way to take a vacation. My husband and I used to camp every year on Lake Michigan…I miss it.

  7. May 23, 2012 / 6:20 pm

    Lovely! Like a magazine spread with vintage props. It's 90+ degrees (Farenheit) here all the time, and I am quite jealous of your boots and jacket. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from The Pleated Poppy.

  8. May 23, 2012 / 4:50 pm

    More than a little jealous. I left my heart in Cornwall when I visited way back in 2000!

    • May 23, 2012 / 6:40 pm

      I'm ashamed to say it was my first proper visit to Cornwall, Sal… we only live in the next county!!! I can completely see why you left your heart there! xo

  9. May 23, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    I love your outfit, but even more… I love your bus! What a fun vacation!

  10. May 23, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    So jealous! The holiday, your outfit and your hair look picture perfect! What fun!

  11. May 23, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    This idea of driving whither your whim takes you really sounds amazing to me! What a fun memory to enjoy together…and that picture of you two is SO DARLING it belongs on an advertisement somewhere.

    <3 Cambria

    • May 23, 2012 / 6:37 pm

      Oh Cambria you are too too sweet – thank you! We had such a fun time, we will have loads of great memories you're right xoxo

  12. May 23, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    looks so fun! It's so cool you got to rent a vintage VW too.

  13. May 23, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    ohmygosh – love this little photoshoot — the van, your mixing of patterns. you are adorable.

    hoping over from WIWW. officially following you now. πŸ™‚

  14. May 23, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    Looks like fun! You look so comfy, love the stripes and you always do layers so well.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  15. May 23, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    You look fab no matter what. Love the photo of you and your husband. He reminds me of a young Hugh Laurie.
    The landscape is so pretty.
    Love your jacket!!

    • May 23, 2012 / 2:31 pm

      Oh Debbi you're so lovely – and that's some compliment for Mr Summers: Hugh models for L'Oreal now doesn't he, heehee!! Thanks sweetie xoxo

  16. May 23, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    Catherine, seriously?!?! That is absolutely horrible, how did you get through that?! Couldn't get any worse is right, that sounds like the week from hell!

    • May 23, 2012 / 2:08 pm

      Heehee Julia, I think I'll just explain to anyone reading this that you're referring to a comment I left on your blog about a series of unfortunate events that happened to me many years ago… [she's not referring to my holiday last week folks]!! Yes it was bad at the time, but I def. believe things happen for a reason – the events that happened afterwards led me eventually to meet my lovely husband so it was all good. Good luck sweetie with your car etc., I hope it works out okay xoxo

  17. May 23, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    Love, love, LOVE those boots!

  18. May 23, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    Barbarossa and these pictures are great! You look cozy chic. (I'm really loving those boots as well). And the scenery is beautiful. I'm not going to lie, I kind of want to try barbarossa out one day.

    A Southern Drawl

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