Let’s talk about socks, baby!

On Saturday, we had a gloriously hot summers day here in England and as anyone who is familiar with the unpredictable British weather knows – if it’s a sunny day, you make the most of it! So naturally, I spent the day in the garden. When it’s beautiful weather and I’m relaxing outdoors, I can’t help but notice the aeroplanes flying overhead across the cloudless blue sky. If you’re a travel nerd like me then no doubt you will be wondering where that plane is headed and where it has come from, daydreaming about holidays and travel. This in turn got me to thinking about my up and coming travels, where by my calculation (maths has never been my strong subject so bear with me) I will be spending approximately 56 hours up in the air in total – that’s alot of time spent cramped in a tiny space (unless someone wants to buy me a flight upgrade? anyone??).

56 hours in the air calls for some in-flight necessities and number one on my list is flight socks. Everyone knows about the dangers of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) when travelling and I am aware that health experts recommend wearing compression socks, particularly when flying, to help prevent DVT.

I was recently introduced to HJ Hall’s Flysafe Travel Socks which fit the bill. They are unisex and come in a range of sizes and colours.

HJ Hall's Flysafe Travel Socks

Sure they aren’t the sexiest items in the world, but really they are designed to be discreet and worn under loose fitting clothing (wearing loose fitting clothing, as well as doing in-flight anti-dvt exercises and drinking plenty of water are recommended flight must-dos!). They are good for aiding the prevention of circulatory problems, swollen ankles and tired aching legs. Having suffered from swollen feet and ankles on more than one occasion when travelling I am definitely going to be packing these into my carry-on!

I must hasten to add that I am no medical professional, so if you are unsure whether flight socks are right for you, particularly if you have any medical issues such as diabetes, then please speak to your doctor.

If you aren’t likely to be travelling any time soon, then I would like to point out that HJ Hall also stock a whole host of other socks including some bright and quirky ones – great for people who have a hard time pairing up their socks when they take them out of the washing machine!

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Please note, this was a sponsored post for which I received a pair of flight socks to review. All thoughts are my own.

Travel and Treasure

So I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the past week or so but things have still been ticking away in the background. I’ve contributed to a guest post about beauty on the road over at Heels In My Backpack – so go check it out (after you’ve read this post of course!).

And I’ve been gaining some inspiration from the world around me, so please feel free to follow me on twitter and pinterest – let me know you found me through my blog and I will follow you back!

In my last post I mentioned this gorgeous necklace I bought while on honeymoon in the Maldives. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a little while knows I love a good souvenir, so I thought I would showcase a few of my travel gems.

This necklace, being a honeymoon memento means alot to me, so I try not to wear it too often because I’m scared of breaking it or losing it, but when I do wear it, it does attract a lot of attention.

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Although there isn’t a particularly fascinating story behind it, other than I happened upon it while in the island gift shop, I thought I would share it as it’s so unique and reminds me of that special time.

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I’m normally one for quirky costume jewellery rather than expensive jewellery that I will probably break, and while I don’t stroll down the street jingling like Mr T, I am a typical female when it comes to jewellery shops – stood agaze at all the sparkly pretty things around me. I’m like it in shops at home and I was like it in the souks of Marrakech.

It sounds completely cliché to refer to the souks as ‘Aladdin’s cave’ but that is pretty much what they were! A labyrinth of small stores packed to the brim with tea sets, jewellery, pashminas, spices, leather, shoes… so much colour and chaos it is easy to become distracted. I ended up buying 3 bracelets in Marrakech.

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The multi-coloured one came from a fixed price store at the entrance of the souks, but for around £5 GBP who could argue! The pink one was a hasty purchase to use up some dirham, but what makes it interesting is the hand symbol on it is the Hand of Fatima –  which is said to bring protection and good fortune.

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My favourite of the three bracelets is the silver one. This is one I haggled for in true Moroccan style. Although I don’t think I’m ever taken very seriously as a customer, with the help of hubby (who is from the school of ‘don’t ask, don’t get’) managed to get a decent price for it that both I and the seller were happy with.

We didn’t stop at bangles, we took home a tagine and a couple of pashminas too (some were gifts)! All in all I had fun in the souks and urge all you jetsetting magpies to not miss them when in Marrakech!