The Side Stripe Trouser

Jumper, £30, Gap; Trousers, £28, Asos; Trainers, £29.99, Zara

The 'Sports Luxe' trend gets thrown around a lot, more so perhaps than a Frisbee. With the reinvention of the beloved bomber jacket happening almost every month let alone season, and thanks predominately to the 90s revival it, like a Frisbee, has returned yet again.

Previously, I've really resisted the trend  but as part of my new thing (I'm taking Easter's offering of new beginnings to a whole new level and properly re-embracing everything social - with new videos on my YouTube channel this week too) I'm trying to care more about trends. I work in the fashion industry and have decided (over the weekend) that if I try them out for myself then I can fairly embrace them or hate them. That's my bizarre logic anyway.

So, back to sports luxe... as a relaxed and almost lounging style it's not only super comfy but makes for a super easy way to be dressed up but down, to work. Look for soft jersey separates and stick to either dark (grey, black, white) or light (nudes, navy and peachy) hues.

After briefly owning a pair of Adidas striped tracksuit bottoms when I was like 8, I never ever thought I'd wear a pair again (even in the safe confides of a gym...) but after the side stripe trouser was seen on the catwalk at Acne and Chloe, the high street followed and, very surprisingly, so have I.

I ordered up these 'luxe contrast side stripe jogger' trousers from Asos last week and haven't really taken them off since, they feel like they're made from neoprene (even though they're not) and, despite being a little longer than I'd like them to be, they work really effortlessly in my wardrobe. It's super easy to pair them with neutral pieces, such as grey marl jumpers and trainers now and they'll look cute with sliders and a plain tee when it eventually warms up.

Tweet me @sarahrharrison to let me know if you're trying out 'sports luxe' this season!

Shop my favourite new-season pieces which combine both style and substance...
Super Girl Track Jacket, £55, Adidas Originals; Lucy Logo Knitted Jumper, £65, Fila at Urban Outfitters; Colour Block Joggers, £28, Topshop; Flora Leather Backpack, now £139, Modalu; Vintage Bomber Jacket, £49, Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters; Limu Stretch-Jersey Tank, £95, No Ka'Oi at Net-a-Porter; Bow Slip On Trainers, £70, French Connection

How to hike the Hollywood Hills…

A landmark in itself the Hollywood sign has become a cultural icon and worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry over the years: what started as an outdoor advertisement for a housing development became synonymous with glitz, glamour and many American dreams.
When we visited LA last summer we missed out on hiking both Runyon and up to the iconic sign so we were determined to this time round! Our LA based friends hadn’t been able to locate the route and had told us of struggles people have trying to access the trail, we were really determined to complete this hike and (my boyfriend) really researched possible routes and directions. We followed a mixture of recommendations and made a few observations of our own, I’ve compiled them all to share with you our route of how to hike the Hollywood Hills…

Hike information
Unmarked trails
Time: 2 hours
Distance: 3.4 miles
Climb: 241 m (790 ft)
Parking: Free
Dogs: On leads/leashes
Bathrooms: No

As with a lot of LA parking permits are required along most side walks, we found a lot of conflicting information online about the parking due to road closures and street cleaning times. We completed the hike mid-week but have been told that there is no parking at the weekends. 
During the week you can park on Beachwood Drive, (3000 N Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068) if you set your satnav/GPS for this address it’ll take you as close as you can get to park.

Once you've parked up, simply walk up Beachwood Drive, it should take you around 10-20 minutes to walk up depending on how close to number 3000 you can get. 

You’ll soon reach a large brown gate, when we arrived there was security guard, he’s there to ensure no one parks within the lot by the gate, don’t worry about him - they’re very used to seeing hikers. The walk from the gate up to Sunset Ranch is a little steep and on a dirt track, but is a fair indication of the rest of the hike – if you really struggle here I wouldn't recommend continuing.

The Hike
This route takes you up Mount Lee and behind the Hollywood Sign, where (on a clear day) you’ll see amazing views of LA, as well as an upclose view the mountains which separate LA from the desert and Palm Springs.

When you reach the Sunset Ranch parking area, you’ll see a path heading off to the right with a Bear wearing jeans marking the route. This is the trail head to the Hollywood Hills hike and will take you up to a viewing platform where you’ll be directly in front of the Hollywood Sign.
The next thing you’ll reach is a little junction in the trail (this is about 0.05 miles in), follow the hike around to the left here (if you get lost simply follow the horse poo – the ranch offer a Hollywood Hills tour on horseback and cover the same base route as hikers) and you’ll pass the Horse Farm on your left. 
A little further up you’ll reach a ‘Y’ junction, the horses go right and you should continue straight ahead.

A crucial turn will meet you next, take a sharp left otherwise you’ll end up on a whole other hike. 

This path will take you around to a tarmacked path, continue following this round and you'll start to see the giant antenna from the maintenance building close by the sign.

As you get further along this path, looping up behind the sign a white wooden fence will start to run alongside you on your right, with amazing views across Burbank. Do look out for a little gap in the mountain on the left, as it leads up to a little mound which offers some lovely views out across down town LA.

When a metal fence starts to appear on your right, you're almost there! The fence is directly above the sign and, through the bars, you can take amazing photographs of Los Angeles and see a whole other side to LA (my boyfriend and I had no clue that there was a reservoir in Hollywood - something you can see in the right hand side of this shot...)

Enjoy the view from here before continuing round the path and up to a little mud-track hill, it's a little steep but persevere if you're struggling as the 360 degree view from the top is really something special (although definitely consider angles when taking photographs as my legs look quite hilarious in our photos)!

Tweet me @sarahrharrison to let me know how you found our route!

Mother's Day gift guide

(Clockwise from left:)
Kembry Bag, £69.95, Joules; Dusted Strawberry Truffles, £11, Charbonnel et Walker;  Captivating Néroli & Orchidée Body Care Duo, £35, L'Occitane; Personalised Disc Necklace, £24,; Wensley Scarf, £19.95, Joules; Aquamarine bracelet, £28, Gemporia; Limited Edition Eau Rose Hand Cream, £20, Diptyque; Printed Pyjamas, £35, Emma Bridgewater at Marks & Spencer; Bloom & Wild flowers, bouquet's from £20.

If you're still on the search for the perfect gift for your Mum for this coming Mothering Sunday, I've got the perfect edit of lovely and totally affordable pieces that'll truly make her day!

Classic, timeless options anything from this edit is certain to put a smile on her face: whether you opt for a pair of super-cosy printed pyjamas or a pretty printed scarf, she'll absolutely appreciate the thought.

I'm currently away in America so I had to pre-plan my Mother's day gifts, I purchased this personalised necklace for her (with mine and my brother and sister's initials engraved) last year so opted for a bouquet of Bloom & Wild flowers and a classic Joules Breton (you can never, ever have too many Breton's).

Tweet me (@SarahRHarrison) to let me know if you purchased any of these pieces!  
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