This post features my current favourite jewelry piece which I’m pretty obsessed with at the moment. This collar necklace is a great addition to my summer wardrobe and the various encrusted jewels catch and reflect the sun’s rays wonderfully, making it a fab stand-out piece. I wore it for the first time the other day and received lots of compliments from friends- it certainly has the ‘WOW’ factor! I got this necklace from the shop where I work- Shu Shu, a boutique shop which sells shoes and accessories and they currently have lots of statement collar necklaces in store. In addition, I photographed the necklace on an issue of my dad’s Gardens Illustrated Magazine and I love how the necklace stands out against the bright fuchsia flowers- Hope you like- Enjoy!
This is what I wore today and oh my goodness it is so hot in the UK at the moment! The main element of this outfit is these amazing navy floral palazzo pants and you’ll never guess where they are from… Primark- that’s right! They are so flowy and comfy and I paired them with a white off the shoulder crop top from Asos. To accessorize I added Asos orange cross the body bag, Asos pentagon tortoise-shell sunglasses, Accessorize pearl earrings and Fat Face blush suede sandals. I feel like this look has quite a relaxed, boho feel and I think it would be perfect for a festival- Hope you like- Enjoy!
Last week, I spent a long weekend in beautiful Paris with my friend Olivia! It was my first ever time in the city and I am now obsessed with the Parisian lifestyle and I absolutely adore the architecture, especially the ornate balconies adorning many buildings along Paris’ streets. I thought I’d do a blog post telling you about some of the things I got up to and to share some of the photos I took during my short stay.
We traveled to Gare du Nord by Eurostar and after a pleasant 2 hours 15 mins journey and a couple of stops on the Metro later we arrived at the Moulin Rouge which was close to our hotel. After settling in, we caught a cute toy-style train to Montmartre and found somewhere to eat. We decided to try the french delicacy of frog’s legs which I have to say were pretty delicious despite the ‘interesting’ slimy texture. After dinner, we had our portraits done- I love mine and definitely think it’s worth doing however I’m not sure if it looks exactly like me though- what do you think? Then, we both delved into our first crepe of the trip- nutella was an excellent choice!
Outfit: Top: Zara, Trousers: Zara, Denim Jacket: La Redoute, Necklace: Mango, Sandals: Fat Face
On Saturday, we took a tour bus which was a great way of seeing many of the sights Paris has to offer. We popped into lots of food shops and Boulangerie’s and marveled at the fantastic displays of cakes and pastries. Then we ate lunch at a cafe and had a baguette and chips. After lunch, we visited L’arc de triomphe and the Eiffel Tower and after getting lost we made our way on the Tour Bus to Notre Dame, had a delicious flower shaped icecream and walked to the padlock bridge. That evening we had savory crepes in the Latin Quarter and then took the Metro back to the Eiffel tower. The Eiffel tower was spectacularly illuminated and we embraced our inner child and took a ride on the carousel beside the Eiffel tower. Unfortunately, the heaven’s then opened and I started to regret only having taken suede sandals- not fun!
Outfit: Denim Jacket: La Redoute, Top: Topshop, Trousers: Topshop, Sandals: Fat Face, Necklace: Shu Shu, Sunglasses: Asos, Handbag: Coccinelle
Day three comprised of more rain showers and shopping on the Champs-elysees. Walking through the puddled streets in the rain meant my sandal situation was at it’s worst, my nude sandals had now turned a dark brown and by the time they were almost dry we were met by another crazy rain storm :(. Getting to the station was quite a stressful experience to say the least, having to get out of a taxi on a street corner due to traffic and sprint to the station. Luckily, we made it around 10 minutes to spare- thank goodness!
Outfit: Dress: H&M, Jacket: My sister’s, Handbag: Coccinelle, Sandals: Fat Face
Overall, I had an amazing time in Paris filled with delicious food, stunning sights and lots of laughs with Olivia. I would love to go back soon and see more of Paris as a weekend is simply not enough with so much to see in this fab city!
Last weekend was very eventful and enjoyable, as I went to London 2 days in a row. On Saturday, I went to visit a fashion university in London and it was perfect, the talks and workshop were so inspiring! Sunday was also a great day, I met up with my sister and my cousin Antonia at West Hamstead where she has a flat. After that, we took a walk in the sun to Primrose Hill and stood transfixed on the view of all the monuments of London lined up across the skyline. At a cafe around the corner we all digged into a slice of cheese cake with summer berries! Next door, was a gorgeous Mary Porter’s vintage store and I picked up a really cute monochrome gingham crop top. Overall, a great weekend and here’s a collage of a few pictures, wish I took a picture of my cheesecake put I’d already scoffed it all when I thought to taking a photo. Hope you’re all having a good weekend!
- On Saturday I wore: Zara patterned trousers, navy tank top, Aldo floral statement necklace, Fat Face nude sandals, Asos sunnies, Topshop geometric earrings.
- On Sunday I wore: Oh my love floral cami, Asos denim skirt and vintage back pack.
Hey guys! I must apologise for the lack of posts during the last couple of months as I have been very busy doing AS level exams. However, I only have one left now, so expect many more posts from now on! Today’s blog post is a Spring/Summer lookbook and I have styled 3 different looks. I was planning to shoot this lookbook outside but the rain prevailed and it continued to pour down all day! I took this photos with the help of my friend Charlotte who I have just convinced to set up a blog- you can check it out HERE. I hope you like- Enjoy!
The first look is centred around these River Island floral wide shorts with navy background and a sunny pop of yellow flowers. I love the light draping fit of these shorts which makes them ideal for hot weather (which I hope we’ll be having!). I have paired them with a simple burgundy purpley t-shirt from Asos, my great grandmother’s layered necklace and blush patent pumps by Pedro Miralles.
Ice cream sundae
The second look is probably my favourite, with the combination of ice cream, pastel shades. I feel like this look has a slight vibe of a day at Brighton Pier in the 1950′s especially due to the tied shirt at the waist. My baby blue textured shorts are from Zara which I adore and my shirt is vintage. My bag is a new purchase which I have fallen in love with, by Coccinelle and the bubble gum pink shade is the colour of the season so I couldn’t pass it by! I am wearing the same shoes as above, my gold stacking rings are from Topshop, my nail vanish is Candy Floss by Mavala and my lipstick is Barry M 145.
This look has quite a 90′s vibe with these Topshop high-waisted Joni jeans paired with Topshop high-neck khaki crop-top. I love the combo of something high-waisted and something cropped as I feel it creates a gorgeous silhouette. My favourite element of this look is my recent purchase of these silver layered coin necklaces from Miss Selfridge which I bought as a set. They are very reminiscent of Dolce and Gabbana S/S14 with the influence of Roman coins. Then I slipped on my UO Deena and Ozzy brogues and applied some Bourjois rouge edition lipstick in 18 Violine Strass.
Today marks my 2 years of blogging so I decided to do a post with pink balloons showing me celebrating- I wanted to buy balloons that said 2 years on them but I couldn’t find any so these pink ones had to do. I’d like to say a huge thank you to every one of you who has supported me over these last 2 years and here’s to many more years blogging!
My windowpane check, monochrome peplum top is from Banana Republic and I love the fit and structured wide peplum- very flattering! Then I am wearing a pastel pink scalloped-hem miniskirt from Asos which has been well loved due to the emerging bobbles caused by many washes. Then I have added my statement (extremely heavy) light blue floral necklace from Aldo which is a recent addition to my jewelry collection. To seal off the look, I slipped on my M&S blush pink strappy patent heels to give the outfit more of a dressy feminine touch- hope you like- Enjoy!
My lipstick is Crosswires by MAC
Hey guys, for the last few weeks with my school I took part in the italian exchange whereby I was paired up with a lovely girl called Stefania de Marchi who firstly came to stay with me in England for the duration of a week, then I had 1 week before I flew to Italy to stay with her for a week. I study italian at AS level at school so when I came over to italy we spoke italian and Stefy was in England we spoke english. Not only did I have the best time but it also really helped me improve my italian.
To see a video which my friend made of the week: CLICK HERE
Day 1: Travelled to Gatwick airport by coach. Bought my first ever mac lipstick in duty
free called “Crosswires”. Arrived in beautiful sunny Venice and hauled my stuffed suitcase onto the coach. Drove to San Bonifacio, to their school and were greeted by all of Class 3D, eigerly awaiting our arrival. I was re-united with Stefy and we then drove to Soave, where she lives, which is village famous for it’s historic castle and wine. After settling into my new room for the week, we met up with my friend Amelia and her correspondent Sara. Sara and Stefy showed us around Soave which was just lovely- original stone walls, bars and gelateria’s with buckets full of character. That night Stefy’s parents took us out to a Pizzeria and I had my first italian pizza of the trip, I choose the Proscuitto- Buono! That evening we met at a bar with the other exchange students in San Bonifacio.
Day 2: On Sunday we had a free day where our exchanges could decide what to do with us. Sara and Stefy decided to bring Amelia and I to Verona for the day and we would meet with the others later on. We spent the day shopping and I bought a cute skirt from a shop called Stradivarius. It was a really hot sunny day which meant we could see the monuments of Verona in their full beauty and although I have visited Verona before, I re-kindled my love for the immense beauty of L’arena, colourful shopping streets and lively Piazza delle Erbe. Later on, we met with the rest of the group and visited Juliet’s Balcony, despite being very crowded this is a must-see in Verona. The walls were graffiti-ed with love hearts, adorned with chewing gum (which I can’t decide whether this was gross or creative), letters and padlocks. After that, I had my first italian icecream and I had noiccola (hazelnut) which was just devine. Then came home and ate dinner with Stefy’s family- Alessandra (Stefy’s mum) is such a fab cook.
Day 3: On Monday, I took a bus to San Bonifacio with Stefy and in the morning I sat in on lessons at her school. The first was an italian lesson and we chatted for the whole lesson in italian with the lovely students- it was so much fun. The second lesson wasn’t as fun because it was a maths lesson but we chatted to a few of the students, one of which was a stunning girl who goes to Milan every Friday to model! Then in the afternoon we went to Verona again and had a guided tour around some more of the monuments of Verona. This day wasn’t so enjoyable as I suffered from bad hay fever but once I bought some pills everything was better.
Day 4: Took a coach to Milan, a lovely sunny day again but slightly colder. First, we visited a state university and it was design week so in one of the courtyards lots of modern exhibits were being set up. Then we went into the main square and ate our lunch. After, we climbed the 250 steps up the Milan Duomo to look at the stunning picturesque view out onto the city. After that we visited La galleria- it was so glamorous, with all the posh restaurants and designer shops. La scala was situated at the other end of La galleria and here we got to watch a rehearsal of the Opera and also visited the museum. We then had some free time to go shopping and I had a scrummy donut with crema. Then we travelled back on the coach and had such a laugh, not even joking I cried with laughter 10 times!
Day 5: On Wednesday we went to Lake Garda with the Italians and also the french exchanges. Stefy and I and a few others had breakfast in a cafe before we went and I had a lovely brioche with chocolate- yum! We then had a tour around Lake Garda and visited the castle and then the town. At lunch I had a biscotto icecream and we sat in the park and ate our lunch. We then went to Garda town and sat down and ate crepes, here we came up with nick names for all the members of our group: I am “the lady in paint” because everyone thinks I look like someone from a painting, Carolina is the “chocolate dog” as that day she stepped in what she thought was chocolate icecream but it turned out to be something else after almost licking it, Amelia is “nutella virgin” as has never tried nutella before, Floss is “the mollusk”- not sure why, Molly K is “black cat”, Molly B is “4” (long story), Kate is KP, Vicky is “silhouette” and Charlotte is “shades”. That evening after arriving back we went out for another pizza and this time I had a classic margherita.
Day 6: On Thursday we took a day trip to Venice and the italians came with us too. We took a train and everyone was falling asleep, so I tried to stay awake to make sure we didn’t wake up arriving in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great in Venice as it was very grey and cold but the beauty of Venice still shone through. We made our way around Venice, visited a church and then walked to Piazza San Marco. Here we had some free time and I took this opportunity to pick up some presents for my sister and mum. We also had to do a quiz but ended up asking a gondola man and he gave us all the answers haha! Later on got a cherry icecream and we hung out as a group in the Piazza. Overall, it was a fun day, just a shame about the weather.
Day 7: On Friday I took the bus to school with Stefy and whilst we waited for the coach we did some folk dancing with the dance teacher- it was very cringey but funny at the same time. After that we took a coach to a perfume factory- it alright but we all felt a bit ill by the end of it due to the many strong scents. Then Charlotte and I went and got a thick italian hot chocolate which was delicious but had to dash as a creepy man had come to talk to us haha! Then we went back to the school and chilled and sung songs. I then went back with Stefy to her house, ate lunch and then went to the shopping centre, did some shopping and then met with the others for a crepe. That evening we had a fun party with all the exchanges.
Day 8: On Saturday we had to say goodbye to everyone and I few tears were shed. We then went to the airport and I bought italian Elle. Our flight was delayed by an hour and we also had to wait an hour for our luggage to arrive at Gatwick.
I had such a great time on the exchange and loved practicing my italian. I will really miss all the lovely, welcoming italians and especially my exchange Stefy who couldn’t have been more kind and lovely- I will miss her and hopefully we can meet again someday.