My City Guide To Cambridge
About 2 weeks ago, I went on a little mini weekend staycation to Cambridge. I had never actually visited this city beforehand, but it was one of those cities that was always on my must-do list. It can sometimes be overwhelming when you book for a weekend in somewhere you don't know, and I do find more often than not, I will turn to lifestyle blogs to find out a little bit more about the best places to eat and stay. So I thought I would give you guys a little insight into what I got up to and what I wore along the way, in case any of you wanted to visit this beautiful old city.
Photography by Amber-Rose Smith
The streets of Cambridge were absolutely beautiful. I was lucky enough to coincide this trip with a shoot with the lovely photographer Amber-Rose. I stumbled upon Trinity Street, where we shot some outfits photos, - it was truly as picturesque as the photos show! I had no idea how many bikes would be in this city, but they are literally on every street corner. I found myself being more mindful of the bikes than the cars - but for me, those are the types of cities I love, particularly having grown up a few years in Holland, the daily bikes and panier baskets bring back so many memories of how I cycled to school as a kid.
We spent a lot of time on Trinity Street. It's one of those central streets that has a lot to do and see. Have you ever heard of Trinity College, part of Cambridge University? I didn't actually have time to visit the college, but I had a peak through the door. The public are very welcome, and it's where they shot the film The Theory Of Everything. It's absolutely stunning, and where students of the university still attend. Trinity Street itself is very old and beautiful as well, but also has all the typical premium style clothing stores and of course a Space.NK which I had to go in (of course).
For many years now, I have often paired bright coloured tops and white jeans of some sort together - it just reminds me of the holidays and it's such a relaxed look that can be done time and time again with different coloured tops. In my first look staying in Cambridge, I wore this gorgeous head to toe outfit from Hobbs. I paired their Orange Maritime Top with their White Dickenson Jean, and chose their super comfy Amber Sandals with their matching tan Winchester Hobo Bag.
It's one of those casual looking summer outfits that still looks dressed up for the holidays. I absolutely love bright orange coloured tops, I have had my fair few over the last year. The Maritime Top (Orange) is super comfortable for walking around the city in. It's a loose fitted style, made of pure linen and very lightweight for the warmer temperatures. We were very lucky in that it was around 20 degrees during our stay in Cambridge - so the arms could come out (which really happens in England)! Hurray!
Being someone who is quite petite, I often struggle to find jeans that are the correct length. The White Dickenson Jeans worked surprisingly well though. I rolled them up to give them a more boyfriend style look, but if you're taller then they will also hang well. I tend to stay away from tight fitting jeans in the summer, they can feel quite sticky and uncomfortable in the heat, so I've always opted for looser and cropped style trousers. I am all about white relaxed trousers for the city in the summer!
Summer sandals are my favourite. They are so practical for exploring a city in - these Amber Sandal (Tan) were amazing on this trip! Comfort comes first for me when there's a lot of walking required, so I would definitely recommend these shoes as an everyday go-to for summer breaks. With lots of exploring to find quaint little one off coffee & tea shops, I stumbled on Harriet's Cafe Tearoom, which was just off Trinity Street on Green Street, which did the best eggs royale, afternoon scones, freshly squeezed orange juice and most of all, their own tea blend which was so delicious. If you're in Cambridge and want a traditional afternoon tea, then Harriet's is fantastic! If you know Betty's Tea Room in York, it's very similar, a must try!
If you're lucky enough to head over for a city break this summer - enjoy it, you deserved it! I had just finished my University projects the day before I set off to Cambridge, and it felt so so good having completed my final year at University studying Fashion Marketing & Management. It's important to take time for yourself and I realised I hadn't had a holiday in a very long time. So make the most of it and enjoy every minute of it!
Cambridge was such an incredible weekend getaway, I genuinely could not recommend it more. Next time, I will make sure to hire a bike and explore even more around the city. Every street is a photograph, so I have been instagramming the whole trip so make sure you're following me @imogenandjames if you want to see more from my weekend. I've also made a little video over on my YouTube channel of my 48 Hours In Cambridge - I have left the link down below!
Thanks again for reading guys!
This post is in Collaboration with Hobbs*