One of my favourite things that I've done this year is plan a getaway with a group of my best ladies. We'd had in mind that a woodland lodge would be the nicest idea, but were struggling to find somewhere perfect to go in Scotland. When I spotted Crieff Hydro Hotel's self-catering 'Cozy Cabins' with their Habitat decor and a little log fire, I was sold and got it booked for us as soon as possible. Arriving in the countryside with Gillian, Lauren and Louise on a Friday night after work, we were all set for a weekend filled with eating (always), drinking all the wine, wandering around and spending an afternoon at the hotel's Victorian Spa. But, of course, being bloggers and all that, we had to take some outfit snaps against the backdrop of the local park's striking blue band stand on one of the days...
Find out what I wore for a bit of autumnal exploring, as well as a few cheeky snaps from our stay in Crieff...
What i'm wearing: Striped shirt - New Look | Necklace - New Look (similar here) | Jeans - ASOS | Trainers - Nike at ASOS | Coat - Joules | Bag - Kate Spade | Sunglasses - New Look (similar here)
We kicked off the weekend with a bottle of wine (or two!) in the lodge and settled into our pyjamas. It reminded me of sleepovers with my friends as a teenager, and it was so nice to just chat away and watch terrible TV with my favourite people. We got sleepy pretty quickly after a busy week at the office, so tucked ourselves into bed before Saturday's adventures begun.
Saturday started with a billion cups of tea (if you're friends with Lauren, you will know what I mean... that girl can drink her tea!) and bacon rolls to line our bellies before we wandered through the hotel's expansive grounds and into Crieff's centre, taking lots of pictures as we went. Louise even got the loveliest photo of us in the morning autumn light which you can see in her blog post here. So cute! Whilst meandering around, we came across Macrosty Park in Crieff, with its Victorian band stand (as you can see in my outfit photos!), river, café and lots and lots of pathways. It was the perfect place to parade my new love - my rose gold dotty rain mac from Joules. We spent quite a while there walking around in the surprisingly warm sunshine (October in Scotland, who'd believe it?!), working up a craving for an ice cold cider in the local pub. The rest of the day saw us hanging out drinking more tea (surprise, surprise!), watching X Factor and cooking fajitas together - the perfect weekend day!
Sunday was to be our pamper day, with us having booked our places at the adults-only Victorian Spa in the Crieff Hydro Hotel complex. With only 10 people allowed into the spa during each slot, it was a lovely peaceful way to shut our brains off and relax. Before we headed over, we treated ourselves to some mimosas (faaaancy) alongside breakfast, then got into our swimming costumes all ready to take a dip in the pool. With a jacuzzi, endless loungers, a steam room, sauna and pool, the Victorian Spa was a highlight of the whole weekend. It has the most amazing decor and, er, an endless tea supply - for that newfound tea addiction we seemed to have developed... We headed home after our 2 hour slot was up and took our time getting ready for dinner later that evening. Getting ready with my group basically involves '90s R'n'B, dancing around like hooligans, makeup swapping and silliness - so it was excellent, basically... Dinner at the hotel's fanciest restaurant wasn't particularly good (think Fawlty Towers service, and you're not too far away), but we made the most and drank their cockails list dry into midnight.
Monday morning's departure was a sad one, I'll tell you! Fingers crossed for a girls' weekend away again next year.
View Louise's vlog of the weekend here.
Are you planning any girls' weekends soon? Let me know what you're up to!