Exactly a week before Neil & I got engaged in Bruges we found ourselves on the continent, literally living in paradise.
In my full time job, I help with events, marketing and general community-building for a small company here in Brighton - my job title is in fact, Chief Happiness Officer. I'll let you figure out responsibilities and pressures that might come with that ;) - and we were lucky enough to be invited out to the French alps with half of the team to unplug and plan some epic retreats we have on the pipeline.
Honestly, it was a weekend I always thought I'd never be able to experience. It opened my eyes to some of the most beautiful mountainous scenery, luxurious chalets, eating fondue in hidden away yurts in the forest and challenging hikes with views of heaven.
We narrowly escaped the snow by one day, which was a tiny bit disappointing given it was December 5th and I was bouncing off the walls thinking about Christmas being just around the corner. That said, we wouldn't have been able to climb as many peaks or seen the village in all it's glory if there was a foot of snow on the ground. The chalet and pine tree filled views were wintery enough to get me all excited.
We stayed in the most stunning place I've EVER stayed. A massive chalet in the heart of the village - I lost count of the number of bedrooms, there was a grand piano, sauna and huge open plan workspace perfect for chilling out and brainstorming ideas. Neil & I took it upon ourselves to do a spoof Cribs video pretending the whole place was ours. We wish.
On the last day we had a bit of time on our hands before flying home, so I collared Neil to take some snaps of me for an outfit post. The setting was too idyllic to not.
We found the shell exterior of an old Alpine chalet just behind the one we stayed in and I dreamed of one day buying it, ripping it all apart and building it from scratch again, lining the interiors with furs and big log fires. If I ever win the lotto, property developing is the first thing I'd launch myself into (after sharing out some of the cash with family first, obviously!)
I lived in my pair of Nordic Grip Wets during the weekend. They're essentially wellington booties that are 100% waterproof and keep my feet so toastie with their fleece lining. The weather was fairly mild, but had there been ice on the ground, these boots have an ice-lock grip on the sole, perfect for bambis like me who fall at the slightest glisten of ice.
I got these from Unikia, who sell a whole range of colours. Initially wanting the yellow pair, they'd sold out and I was in a rush to grab some ahead of the holiday but now I'm really pleased with the black. Easy clean and very comfortable.
I feel like 2014 brought so many incredible opportunities for Neil & I, and this trip stood out as one of the big highlights for us. I feel so thankful to work with such brilliant people to share this experience with, too.
Here's to 2015 and many more weekends away I hope.
What I'm wearing:
Knitted hat, River Island (many years ago)
Big scarf/blanket! Primark, £6
Jumper, Primark was £8 now reduced to £5, bummer!
Jeans, H&M £12.99
Chunky socks, Knock International Airport €10 (real lambs wool fresh from the Emerald Isle!)
Booties, £38.99 Unikia
I'm Fifi Mcgee
I'm a cushion addict, passionate about designing my house to be a place that improves my life