Summers in the UK

Hello miladies and gentlemen!

I put this together as an aid for people travelling or moving to the UK. I have been living here for more than 3 years now and I wish I would’ve bumped into a similar post when I first came here.

For those who hear a lot about the rainy weather of the UK, I have news for you: it’s exactly how you imagine! It seems that Wales is one of the rainiest places in Great Britain and when I moved to Cardiff, and first encountered the weather, I didn’t know what to do!  To quote the nan from Game of Thrones: “Oh my sweet summer child, what do you know of fear?”

For traveleres and toursits, if you’re used to sunbathing a lot, the weather can be quite harsh. I have been travelling the United Kingdom quite a bit and I can say that the temperatures really don’t change that much. So, if you’re planning a holiday here, I have learnt that it’s handy to pack:

  • THE one and only Raincoat
  • Waterproof everything, shoes, hats, make-up
  • Not one, but two umbrellas – the wind is not friendly here and you often see broken umbrellas on the streets; happened to me more than once
  • SPF Moisturiser – the humidity can and will crack your skin
  • Dry shampoo and antifrizz – your hair is going to behave very weird without it
  • PARACETAMOL
  • Gastric aid – you’ll be tempted to try every chippy you find and eat like crazy

For those who are born and bred in the UK, fairplay to you! I was watching people on the street wearing almost nothing and there I was, freezing my ass off wrapped in 3 layers. Nowadays, my body managed somehow to get used to the moody weather, but I still suffer sometimes for the sake of “looking pretty”.

As for me nowadays, I discovered that the constant temperatures of the UK helps me a lot. I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and all my symptoms cooled down considerabily since I moved here. Whenever the seasons changed in Romania, I suffered terribly; i felt like every cell in my body was against me and it was hard to leave the bed for days until the temeperatures eventually evened out a bit.

Last summer, I put this outfit together for a chilly summer day in the park.

Let me know what you think!

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Styling and edit: Laura Iancu

Photography: Tomas Amaro

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