Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Back to Normal

Vans checkered slip on shoes, H&M frill ruffle jumper, mom jeans outfit
Vans checkered slip on shoes, H&M frill ruffle jumper, mom jeans outfit


Excuse these super typical London blogger photos and my long-ass absence from this blog.. life's been weird lately. My crappy work-uni-life balance left my with barely one day a week to take a breath, I suffered from anxiety for most of the academic year and Turnitin had become one of the most frequently used words in my vocabulary. But now I've got all summer to relax (Hello? What do I do with four days off?) and hopefully focus on this little website. 

Vans checkered slip on shoes, H&M frill ruffle jumper, mom jeans outfit

Vans checkered slip on shoes, H&M frill ruffle jumper, mom jeans outfit

Vans checkered slip on shoes, H&M frill ruffle jumper, mom jeans outfit

Lately I've been focused on comfort more than anything else, and I think that shows in all my outfits. I'm wearing Vans checkered slip-ons, mom jeans from Pull&Bear, and a frilly jumper from H&M. Sorry, I'm boring.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Homesick




Vans old skool trainers H&M red bomber jacket outfit

Vans old skool trainers H&M red bomber jacket outfit
Vans old skool trainers H&M red bomber jacket outfit
please take me back to my favourite place in the world - to my homeland. to the beach and the wind and my loved ones around me. in May it's going to be two years since I moved to London, and these days I don't get to go home that much. I actually counted - out of the 366 days of 2016, only 33 I got to spend at home. but all of those days were very, very special. I guess you never really realise how important home is to you until you're away.

so here's to reminiscing about better days and looking back to old outfits. I wish my Vans still looked as good as they did in the above photos.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunny Afternoon

Vans old skool trainers outfit

Vans old skool trainers outfit

Vans old skool trainers outfit

Vans old skool trainers outfit

I know I've abandoned this little space on the internet during the past couple of months but trust me when I say this - I've been incredibly busy. Balancing work and uni is not as easy as I thought it would be, and my social life has become nonexistent. If I do go out, it's just to go to a pub on a Saturday night. 

these photos are from the early days of Autumn, when I still had a life and the weather was nice (which was a very, very long time ago). I am wearing Vans old skool trainers, jacket from Zaful and culottes from Uniqlo.

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