Thursday, October 27, 2016

Take Me To Court






The title of this post was meant to be a clever play on words because these photos were taken in a basketball court but I don't think it comes across very well in these photos.. oh well. 

I used to despise the colour red but this autumn I'm really digging it - nothing better than a pop of red to liven up an outfit. Another thing worth mentioning - these are my first pair of culottes and it feels pretty groundbreaking for me to be wearing trousers that are not skinny jeans... surprisingly, I love them!

H&M bomber jacket, Uniqlo culottes, Vans old skool trainers

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cinque Terre

I'm sure you've all heard of Cinque Terre - "five lands" aka five small and lovely fishing villages on the coast of Italian Riviera. I was super lucky to visit this heaven on earth at the end of August and let me tell you, it was a dream come true.

Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso

Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggiore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso




The first village we visited was Riomaggiore, the closest village to La Spezia. Getting to Cinque Terre from La Spezia is super easy, you can buy a Cinque Terre pass that includes rail travel and also covers all hiking trails. Riomaggiore is truly beautiful and didn't let me down at all, even though my expectations were pretty high. And since we visited early before all crowds came, the harbour felt quite serene. Make sure you walk down to the marina as well if you fancy a swim. I wish we had more time in Riomaggiore to just sit by the harbour and watch the boats go by but I'll leave that for the next time..

Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso


Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Myfavourite village out of the 4 that we visited was Manarola. It's quite similar to Riomaggiore but in Manarola you can go deep-water swimming which was one of my highlights of this trip. Also, Manarola is the best place where to watch sunset because it is the only village that is facing west. Buy a bottle of prosecco and enjoy the magical view - that's what we did.

Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso


Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to go to Corniglia, so after Manarola we went to straight to Vernazza. Vernazza is slightly bigger than the previous towns we visited but it was still super lovely.

Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso






Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
If you've got an hour or two, make sure to hike from Vernazza to Monterosso. I'd say for someone who is not very athletic (me) it's a tough walk but sooo worth it! There are so many beautiful sights along the way but if you don't want to do the whole hike, make sure to climb the first couple of hills because the view of Vernazza below is just breathtaking.

Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso


Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Cinque Terre travel diary Riomaggore Manarola Vernazza Monterosso
Monterosso is the biggest and also the most touristic town of all five, it even had cars driving around! After finishing our hike the first thing we wanted to do was have a dip in the sea and that's what we did. Monterosso has plenty of sandy beaches to choose from if you don't particularly like the rocky beach of Riomaggiore or deep-water swimming of Manarola. Most of the beaches in Monterosso are private and you need to pay for those but there are at least two that are for free - just have look for the signs that say "spiagge liberi".

Please if you haven't been to Cinque Terre, add it to your bucket list. As I mentioned before, I had really high expectations from all the beautiful photos I had seen on Pinterest and Tumblr all those years ago but trust me - Cinque Terre won't let you down. It's like a small paradise on earth.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Florence

One day in Florence Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit

I got home from my Italian holidays 2 weeks ago but I still can't get over how beautiful Florence was. We spent one full day exploring the stunning capital of Tuscany and even though I had heard stories of Florence before, nothing could compare to actually being there and experiencing it all.

One day in Florence Ponte Vecchio Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit

One day in Florence Ponte Vecchio

One day in Florence Ponte Vecchio Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit

One day in Florence

Ponte Vecchio or Old bridge and the area around it is truly beautiful, with small and romantic streets and then suddenly a huge open space that is the Arno river. Ponte Vecchio is not a normal bridge - walking over it feels like walking on a normal street because you're surrounded by houses that are built on the bridge. I recommend visiting Ponte Vecchio both during the day and the night, it's a completely different experience during the dark with live Italian music playing in the background.. so romantic.

One day in Florence Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit

One day in Florence Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit




The historic centre of Florence is stunning and you can spend hours just walking around stopping for gelato every once in a while. When in Florence you must definitely visit the Uffizi gallery (home to Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus"), Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as the Duomo) which is absolutely MAGNIFICENT and Piazza della Signoria where Palazzo Vecchio is located along with a copy of Michelangelo's David.

One day in Florence Palazzo Pitti Boboli Gardens

One day in Florence Bardini gardens Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit

One day in Florence Bardini gardens Zara denim skirt off the shoulder top outfit

Located on the other side of the Arno river, is the Palazzo Pitti. Unfortunately we didn't have enough to visit the palace, but we managed to visit the the Boboli Gardens behind it. It was ridiculously hot that day (around 38 degrees) and the heat was unbearable but after the slight climb we found a spot in the shade and took in all the beauty. A visit to the Bardini Gardens was also included in the ticket and I strongly suggest you to take advantage of that. The Bardini Gardens are relatively unknown which makes it a wonderful place to relax and stroll around without masses of people bothering you. And let me tell you, the views over the city from the gardens were absolutely stunning.

One day in Florence Piazzale Michelangelo sunset

One day in Florence Piazzale Michelangelo sunset

One day in Florence Piazzale Michelangelo sunset

One day in Florence sunset

In the evening we took bus 13 from Stazione di Santa Maria Novella to go to Piazzale Michelangelo which has panoramic views over the city to watch the sunset. It was such a wonderful experience - we were drinking white wine in one of the most beautiful cities in the world watching the sun go down and eating a melon with prosciutto. Afterwards we walked down the hill back to the city centre and discovered a dam across the Arno river, so we sat there and watched the city go dark. Holiday goals.

I was wearing a striped off the shoulder top and a denim skirt from Zara, a choker from Asos, sunglasses from Zaful and Adidas Stan Smith trainers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

White

off the shoulder boho blouse, vans old skool trainers

off the shoulder boho blouse, vans old skool trainers

off the shoulder boho blouse, vans old skool trainers

off the shoulder boho blouse, vans old skool trainers

here are some photos of an early morning stroll in Victoria Park just after I had gotten back from Italy. I am super in love with this white off-the-shoulder blouse, I think it's perfect for summer (don't know how much of that we've got left though HA). and those old skool Vans have officially become my favourite pair of shoes.

Zaful blouse and sunglasses, Vans old skool trainers, Asos paisley choker

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Delicate

lace bralette

raise your hand if you love bralettes! because I know I do. as a small chested gal, I find there's nothing nicer (and comfier) than a pretty bralette. honestly, I am never going back to wearing a normal bra. bralettes are the way to go. 

zaful were kind enough to send me these three bralettes (from left to right 123) and they couldn't be more ah-mazing. the lace detailing is super gorgeous and I'm slightly in love. who's with me?


Friday, July 15, 2016

Closer To Home






Calvin Klein tshirt, Zara denim skirt, Adidas Stan Smith outfit

Calvin Klein tshirt, Zara denim skirt, Adidas Stan Smith outfit
Calvin Klein tshirt, Zara denim skirt, Adidas Stan Smith outfit

Calvin Klein tshirt, Zara denim skirt, Adidas Stan Smith outfit
Wishing I could go back to the day when these photos we're taken.. At the end of June I went on a sweet little holiday back to my homeland Latvia. the longer I've lived abroad the more I've realised where my heart truly belongs. 

We rented a car (this little Fiat in the above photos) to go to the countryside to get the most out of the Latvian summer. these couple of days away were exactly what I needed for my soul - long drives, good food, the beach, sun and sand. 


Calvin Klein t-shirt, Zara denim skirt, Asos choker, Adidas Stan Smith trainers

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Bit of Belgium

back in March I went on a little holiday trip to Belgium. even though I had know I would be going to Brussels at the end of March for a while, the whole trip was a very last minute thing and we had actually considered cancelling the whole thing (because of the fact that the Brussels attacks happened only a couple a days before we were meant to go on our trip). but in the end, I am so glad we went through with it because we had an amazing time and Belgium in general was more than lovely. so without further ado, here is a small photo diary of my trip. 

Brussels travel diary


Brussels travel diary
Brussels travel diary
obviously one of the main points of interest in Brussels is the Grand Place (Grote Markt). it is such a gorgeous square and the architecture is super beautiful. the centre of Brussels is actually quite small so everything is within a walkable distance from the Grand Place. you could spend hours just walking around. 

Brussels travel diary
Brussels travel diary
as I mentioned before, the architecture in Brussels is absolutely stunning. Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in the above photo is a wonderful example of that. 

as you can see, we indulged quite a lot while in Brussels. before the trip, we were told we definitely need to try the Belgian beer, waffles and fries. we took that very seriously and I was loving every minute of it.

Antwerp travel diary
Antwerp travel diary

Antwerp travel diary

we also decided to visit Antwerp as it's such a short train ride away from Brussels. I got the feeling that it's a cool and laid-back city with a calm vibe to it, the old town centre was super beautiful and the city has got some really nice art galleries. Antwerp is a little bit of everything and I absolutely loved it!