Um, So This Is The Place You 100% Need To Visit Next Spring

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It’s only a 90-minute flight from London, it has an ice-cream parlour with over 30 flavours AND it’s so pretty and pastel coloured it was almost made for Instagram.

Ladies and baes, welcome to Ile De Ré.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that last month, myself and Erica Davies headed out to the teeny French island with one of my fave brands of the moment – La Redoute.

We were there to help launch the seriously dreamy autumn/winter collection (there’s currently 25% off all newness with code ‘NEW25’), drink wine, eat moules marinière and shoot outfit photos with the super-talented babe that is Amber-Rose.

I’m going to start this post with something mildly embarrassing. When Erica text me and was like ILE DE RE ILE DE RE, I was like lol hun cool what’s auto correct done there?

Ile De Ré wasn’t even on my radar, it wasn’t a place I’d ever heard of. Which is crazy because it’s basically like France’s version of The Hamptons – the swish and super chic place the Parisians swan off to in the height of summer to enjoy life at a slightly lazier pace.

It’s full of divine little restaurants serving fresh seafood, which spill out onto cobbled streets. And sweet boutique shops selling everything from embroidered basket bags and cotton pyjamas to sexy, smelly cheese and rainbow-coloured macarons.

And best of all, it’s really close. Or at least, y’know, closer than Mykonos or the Maldives. You can fly to La Rochelle (about half way down the French coast) from Southampton or London Stansted (it’s less than £75 return with Ryanair – HUZZAH), and then hire a care for the last 25-miute leg of the journey.

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We stayed in Saint-Martin, a cute little harbour town on the north coast (although Google tells me that if it’s dat beach life you’re after, the south coast is home to sassy white sandy shores), in a charming rustic hotel called La Maison Douce.

Our rooms overlooked a quaint little courtyard, and it was only a lazy five-minute stroll down to the quay which was where the main hustle and bustle of the island was.

And when I saw a five minute stroll, I mean ten minutes if you’re going to stop in front of every pastel coloured shutter for a sweet af outfit snap for Instagram, obvs.

Places to eat: L’Atelier for ice cream, ice cream cake, coffee and the most photographic pink-topped tables, the La Flotte market for fresh fruit and cheese that will make you want to weep for joy, and Le Bistrot Du Marin for all things fish.

Things to take photos off: the sunsets across the marina that are so divine you’ll get up mid conversation, wine still in hand to be like ZOMB WHERE’S MY PHONE I MUST CAPTURE THIS, all the shutters, every shutter, shutter shutter shutter, oh and the triple scoop gelato you’ll defs get from La Martiniere.

Things to wear: this perfect little green wool midi skirt that’s super flattering on the ol’ hips, these monochrome culottes which are insanely comfy, and this French slogan tee because obvs.

 

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All photos by Amber-Rose.

This post is sponsored by La Redoute, but all Ile De Ré and outfit love my own <3

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