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Tamara's scrapbook: March - April

posted on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 | find under Tamara, Fashion , Travel
A look behind the scenes with our inspirational Founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton.

tamaras scrapbook iceland
Family time
The last few months I have been exceptionally well-travelled (as you’ll see below) so I’ve been enjoying quality time at our house in West Wittering when I can. Growing up my family were incredibly active and I’m the same with my own kids - we’ve been spending weekends running on the beach, paddle boarding and surfing with Ennis the Lucas terrier.
The land of fire & ice
First stop Iceland, the otherwordly land of fire and ice for a family holiday. We stayed in the beautiful Hotel Ion and spent our time climbing Europe’s largest glacier, discovering secret lagoons, visiting volcanoes, exploring black beaches and relaxing in the hotels amazing spa. The contrast between Reykjavik’s urban architecture and the vast natural landscape is just awe-inspiring I cannot recommend Iceland enough for adventure seekers.

tamaras scrapbook copenhagen
Scandi style
I then found myself in the seriously cool Copenhagen with our design team. The interiors, fashion and general vibe here are like nowhere else in Europe. I loved running and cycling around exploring. I was particularly inspired by the relaxed Scandi style here and it’s safe to say my suitcase did not come back empty! I loved Hay and Cinnober for interiors and Wood Wood, Mads Norgaard and Filippa K for clothes.
Nordic dining
As the home of the world’s number one restaurant, Copenhagen offers unbeatable dining opportunities. We spent our first night at Host; where the award-winning interiors are matched only by the food. Amongst raw wood, industrial lamps and greenery we enjoyed eight courses of delicious Nordic-inspired plates. Fast food is also so fresh and incredible, I ate the best salad I have ever had at Palæo, which focuses on simple, innovative meals based on the Stone Age diet. We need one in the UK.

tamaras scrapbook akt new york
Welcome to Louisiana
Like something out of a fairytale, a mere thirty-minute train ride out of the city you’ll find Copenhagen’s famous museum of modern art, Louisiana. Sitting amidst tall trees and green slopes and with incredible views of the sea, this beautiful museum had a couple of awesome exhibitions; ‘Fire Under Snow’ and ‘Eye Attack’, with loads of Bridget Riley whose work I love.    
Working out: Movement with purpose

I was in New York for press launch and our quarterly board meeting, but I managed to fit in a fantastic workout at AKT in Motion, a studio with a philosophy of ‘movement with a purpose’. Fusing dance choreography with yoga and weight exercises this was a seriously hardcore class. I loved it. I also managed a run round Central Park with my other directors, enjoying the cherry blossom trees.  

tamaras scrapbook piece of the moment
 Piece of the moment: Mill Pool Poncho
As an avid surfer (though I still have a lot of catching up to do with my kids!), I was really excited about the launch of the new Beach Sport collection. Alongside the body-sculpting wetsuit, printed leggings and tops I snapped up the Mill Pool Poncho as the perfect cover-up for post-surf cool. This super-soft poncho doesn’t only work on the beach, it looks great in the office layered over my Zero Gravity Tights or Rhythm Pants. The navy hue, oversized shape and fluoro accents have received so many compliments.
A young entrepreneur
I try to eat a fresh organic diet as much as I can, using produce from my husband’s lovingly tended vegetable garden. So when our lovely stylist bought me fresh eggs from her chickens, I was thrilled. Looked after by her son Arthur in Somerset, I think there may be an entrepreneur in the making.

For more from Tamara see her edits and story here
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