When your friends suggest a weekend away in the Barossa Valley, you don’t hesitate, you just say YES! So, that’s exactly what I did. I always get excited for a weekend away. You always know that if you get the right group of people together and the right activities sorted it’s going to be a good time. The other thing you can count on is that it’s a good excuse to put together a quality outfit. As a female, way too much thought goes into an outfit for a perfect instagram photo visit to the vineyards and I have been crushing on Manning Cartell’s AW17 collection for a while and now it was time to go in for the kill. I treated myself to an afternoon in my favourite part of Sydney (Paddington) because that’s what us millennial do and I played dress up’s inside Manning Cartell for roughly 30 seconds as I knew in my mind what I wanted to wear and it feel into my arms like a new puppy, just the way I like it. So with an outfit sorted, I was ready to enjoy a weekend of wine and good times with a few of the best people in my life.

Our home for the weekend was the stunning “Reserve” property in Baroosa Valley. When you think of cute, country homes this is what comes to mind.

The property ticked all the right boxes with a spa and wood fire pizza oven aka the way to my heart. After too much food and wine, we settled in ready for the big day on Saturday, the wine tour.

I don’t know about you, but, my girls and I LOOOVEEE a good day where we can dress up and have a few wines and just enjoy each others company SO a wine tour is the perfect activity for a quality day. As I said, I had been crushing on Manning Cartell’s new collection and I was excited to wear the new little number I treated myself to. As the owner of a Hire business you would think I wouldn’t need to buy a new outfit

Looking at the camera is overrated

overtime I have something on but there’s still a little voice in my head that I secretly love who’s always telling me to just buy something new. I love that voice so much. The best advice for a wine tour outfit is to keep it simple. You don’t want anything too over the top. I went for an off shoulder top paired with military pants. I loved the Manning Cartell top and pants that I wore and the outfit will be available to hire on our website. I paired the set with Windsor Smith suede, black, sock boots. I always swear by Windsor Smith boots. They are comfy and reliable, they won’t break your bank and they make you look good #winning. I tend to keep accessories simple and the pair I’m wearing are from Lovisa. I love hunting through the Lovisa stock for hidden treasures. It’s like a fun game for fashion addicted adults.  You can hire this look via our website. Top and Pant retail price = $698 and our hire price = $119. I’m not just saying this, but it seriously saves to hire and saves the stress of paying off an outfit you’ll only wear once OR re-selling only to lose more than half of what you originally paid.

My best friend/photographer/everything

Outfit aside, you want to enjoy the day. Our tour driver for the day was a little bit of a buzz kill at times (who wants to listen to The Doors on a road trip??) but that didn’t stop the good times from rolling. We visited 4 different food and wine venues and tasted some fabulous  wines. My top winery recommendation would be Kies family wines. Kies just had a fun, relaxed vibe to it and a great desset wine. For the finest bread, olive oil and Dukkah (among many other things) head to the Maggie Beer farmhouse and Dukkah doesn’t have anything to do with ducks as I was strongly informed. So, moral of the story, get a good crew together, do some wine tasting and soak up all the good life has to offer.

Why not make your next weekend away one to the Barossa Valley and contact Designer Hire to help you put together your best, country style ensemble. You can’t go wrong with a cute playsuit or two piece set for your next adventure. We love helping you dress for any occasion so get in contact and organise a styling appointment for your next occasion.

My love,

Brooke X


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