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Tamara's Summer Scrapbook

posted on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 | find under Tamara, Fashion , Fitness, Travel
A look behind the scenes with our inspirational Founder and Creative Director Tamara Hill-Norton.

Sweet 16
 
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We started the summer off in style as my eldest daughter Daisy turned 16. To mark the end of her GCSEs, I agreed to host a party for 75 of her friends at our house in West Wittering. Despite a few ‘are you serious comments’, I set down some ground rules (no boys, for one) and got planning. We went for a seventies festival theme and set up a fire pit, tepees for the girls to camp in and roped in my friend to DJ. Bar having to mop up the tears of a few overzealous teenagers, the party was a huge success. Now for the 18th…
 
Rest and Recovery

After hosting so many teenagers, my husband and I needed a few days to recuperate, so we headed to Soho Farmhouse. Set in beautiful Cotswolds farmland, the latest offering from the Soho House group did not disappoint. We stayed in one of the spacious log cabins, complete with timber beams and its own wood burning fire.

The weather was typically British, but I still loved travelling around the grounds by bike thanks to my waterproof Keep Dry Luxe Cape. Though, when we wanted to stay put, the travelling milk floats (one delivered breakfast, another cocktails), made it very easy.

Raising the barre

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I swear by regular barre classes for bum toning, so when my friend Calgary Avansino invited me to try out the new Xtend Barre studio I couldn’t resist. Already popular in the US, their new Marylebone studio combines the lengthening and sculpting benefits of ballet with the strengthening and toning effects of Pilates. With every muscle challenged and ballet burpees involved, it’s safe to say I left with sore abs and thighs. Though you know what they say sore today, strong tomorrow. 
 
Off to the Cape

Then to the US for a board meeting, before my family and I decamped to Nantucket for a week of relaxation. A small island on the Atlantic, roughly 200 miles from New York, this is one of North America's coolest holiday spots. We took a 30-minute plane from Cape Cod and arrived in a town that’s steeped in history. With 17th century buildings clad in cedar shingle and cobbled streets, there is such a chilled vibe here that we knew we were in for a good time.

An active break
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Nantucket is a great place to stay active. Every day we’d cycle around the island, heading to the South side for great surf or the North for fishing and wakeboarding. All this activity definitely helped as the food was amazing; we feasted on delicious clam chowder, shrimp tails and blue fish rolls, all washed down with locally-brewed Whales Tale Pale Ale.

Into the wild

Once we landed back in the UK, it was time for our annual family trip to Wilderness Festival. I am not your typical festival goer but I absolutely love heading to Oxfordshire for days of dressing up, amazing food and camping (though with nice showers and loos!). I call Wilderness the four Fs – freedom, friends, fashion and fitness – and we started every day with a wild run, before ending with a fancy dress party. I also have to mention the food, everything is organic and so delicious. My personal highlights were the Petersham Nurseries supper club and the vegan duck wraps from Happy Maki.  

Piece of the Moment: The Power Leggings

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The one piece I can’t take off right now has to be our lava print Power Leggings. When we were designing these, I wanted to create a workout pant that was both versatile and super flattering. I'm pleased to say these tick every box. In a 7/8 length with a seriously cool print, I’ve been layering mine under the Kvasir Luxe Shirt Dress.
 
And relax…

After a hectic few months, my family and I stayed at home for some quality time together in August. The weather was amazing so we spent every day on the beach with our dog Ennis, before enjoying fresh home grown food from my husband’s vegetable garden. 

Find out more about Tamara here and show us how you wear the World's Most Versatile Leggings, the Power with #PowerHOUR. 
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