Inspired By Travel – September’s Thrifty Six

September 19, 2022

For this month’s Thrifty Six post, Jane chose outfits inspired by travel. Well, I’ve certainly done a fair bit of travelling over the last 10 days or so – Birmingham, London, Manchester, Salford and Peterborough – which meant I had no time to take photos especially for this theme. However, I remembered that I had these photos from my holiday in Barbados back in April that I hadn’t posted, and luckily they fit in with Jane’s prompt.

When I was packing for my holiday I went up in the loft to look look for some shorts…which sadly, still elude me. However, I did rediscover this very old vest top that someone gave to me many years ago. The colours remind me of a Bajan sunset so I threw it in my case and ended up wearing it for a day out visiting the beautiful Hunte’s Gardens and Welchman Hall Gully, where we got married 12 years ago.

We exchanged vows on the viewing platform (where I am in the photos below). It was nothing fancy, just a simple ceremony with a cake and a bottle of bubbly on a table (you can read all about the wedding saga here). Barbados is my joint favourite place (along with Madeira); the weather, beautiful beaches and general vibe of the place make it a little paradise island.

Hunte’s Gardens

After visiting Welchman Hall Gully, we headed to Hunte’s Gardens – somewhere we’d never been before. We’d heard so many good things about it but had just never got around to going there. I was astounded at how utterly beautiful and tranquil it is there. Its delightfully eccentric owner, Anthony Hunte, plays classical music throughout the garden. Located in the heart of the parish of St. Joseph, the lush garden was once a simple gully, approximately 150 feet deep and 500 feet wide. Castle Grant, where the Garden is located, is a former sugar plantation.

After a leisurely meander around the garden, you can go to the house where the owner Anthony offers a warm welcome and a refreshing homemade lemonade, which is delicious. My mother-in-law (below) loved the gardens. Isobel loved the resident cat…as did I! He stayed with us on our tour of the garden like a little furry tour guide.


Hunte's Gardens, inside house with owner Anthony Hunte

Bajan Sunset

sunset from Royal Westmoreland Barbados

Let’s see how my thrifty friends have been inspired by travel…

Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade

Sapphire from the Central Country…
‘Inspired by Travel’ is this month’s theme for the Thrifty Six…
Memories of my time in China have always been precious to me.
Beautiful fashion, architecture, landscapes and the strange mist that often veils the sky…
…it all fascinates and inspires me.
This vintage robe reminds me of those seen at the infamous Hong Kong night market.
It’s my pure silk, sapphire from the Central Country and I’ll always treasure it!” 

Grace of Graceful Rags

“When I heard this month’s theme was ‘Inspired by Travel’, my mind immediately started racing with visions of Parisian chic looks, tropical accessories, easy floral dresses perfect for the Tuscan countryside… But as I started to picture outfits I could create using pieces from my own closet, I realized none of the looks incorporated secondhand items, ha! I had forgotten the whole point of the collaboration… I shifted gears and decided to embrace a much cozier option inspired by a recent vacation of my own—the mountain getaway I took to Breckenridge a few weekends ago! Yes, it might not be as romantic as some of the European-inspired outfits I was imagining, but the girls I saw in Breck were sporting some very cute sweaters and booties, making me very excited for fall. It was the perfect excuse to break out my secondhand camo button-down!” 

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

“I found this fun maxi skirt last year on a thrifting adventure and never wore it. Until now! The floral and geometric print along the bottom reminds me of some far off exotic paradise. While I didn’t travel far wearing this outfit, I did wear it recently for a historic church walking tour in a nearby town that is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. My long minty green duster was also thrifted and worn a bunch of times already. I love the way they paired together for an easy comfortable bohemian travel look.” 

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“When Jane emailed the theme for this month, inspired by travel, I knew immediately what to wear. We actually only travel by car, because I can’t fly because of my lung disease. And our absolute favourite country is England. So it would be something I’ve worn a lot there or something I’ve bought there! And the latter is the case. We have been going to Sussex almost all the time in recent years and often go shopping in Lewes. Such a very pleasant town with beautiful antiques and second-hand shops. And in one of those shops I found this Diane von Furstenberg dress.” 

Lucy of Lucy Bertoldi

“When Jane chose the theme of travel outfits it immediately reminded me of overseas trips or holidays. I couldn’t help styling up this dreamy, light and breezy jumpsuit. I found it for literally nothing at an op shop near me. Like who on earth would even think of giving up this perfectly gorgeous gem? But honestly, I’m ecstatic that someone did- Greece vibes for me!” 

That’s all for this month, we’ll be back with another thrifty theme in October!

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4 responses to “Inspired By Travel – September’s Thrifty Six”

  1. Nancy says:

    I loved reading your wedding day story. Think i read it before, but still loved it. This is s nice theme, all those lovely memory stories.

  2. Oh wow, Emma, these gardens are definitely enchanting! What a beautiful place. And I love how your outfit coordinates with all of the gorgeous flowers and their rich colors. Your outfit is super cute and the perfect travel look, too!


  3. Jennifer says:

    Wow this place looks amazing!!

    Curated by Jennifer

  4. Hi Emma,
    You color coordinated with that one plant! 🙂 Love the neutral shorts too! I know you enjoy your travels and I hope I will be able to go in the Spring. This place looks wonderful to visit.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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