Rome Day One


Just a few weeks ago I made a rather wonderful trip to Rome with my boyfriend Stu. Italy is one of my favourite countries (for more reasons than just my serious love of pizza, pasta and prosecco) so I'd wanted to pay a visit to the romantic capital for yonks...

I had been anticipating blue skies and mild spring temperatures so was slightly devoed to touch-down into torrential rain showers. With sight-seeing out of the window for the meantime, we headed straight to our hotel for check-in.

We stayed at Hotel Baghirova, an ex-cardinal's palace converted into a beautiful boutique guesthouse only minutes walk from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The B&B is gorgeous with an eclectic mix of old high ceilings and oil paintings with new contemporary furniture - the perfect spot to chill out after a day trecking miles around the city and well within an affordable price range.


A few hours later, we braved the rain and headed outside to explore the most local sights. Stop one was the Pantheon, the famous ancient temple turned Roman Catholic church. Probably its most impressive feature is its oculus (basic definition: big hole in the roof) which on an average day allows the sun to shine into the temple, we were unfortunately there on the rare occasion that it meant letting buckets of rainwater flood the floor. Still, rain or shine, being the best preserved ancient building in Rome it was definitely worth a visit. With the weather still not on our side we then opted for browsing some Renaissance art in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, which was a serious beautiful gallery in the style of Versailles' Hall of Mirrors.


The day was finished off with dinner at Vecchia Locanda - a cute and cosy tradditional Trattoria, 2 minutes from our hotel. We had some divine Osso Bucco and Tiramisu washed down with some Roman Frascati.


Topshop Jamie Jeans//Topshop Leather Jacket//Topshop Bag//Gap Cashmere Jumper//H&M Boots


Topshop Leather Jacket//Topshop Bag//H&M Boots//Glamorous Dress


Packing For A Spring City Break

Bags: Leather Backpack - Italian Market//Clutch - Whistles//
Shirts: Floral Blouse - New Look//Checked Shirt - ASOS
Long Sleeve Tops: Cashmere Jumper - Gap//Striped Top - H&M
Short Sleeve Tops: White tank - Zara//Printed Top - H&M//Cropped Top - H&M
Jacket: Leather Jacket - Topshop
Dresses: Collared dress - Glamorous//LBD - Topshop

Light packing isn't normally one of my stronger skills, I tend to be the girl sitting on her case just to get the zip round/heading to the check-in desk in fear I'll be chucked off the flight for being over the luggage-limit. Throw in some unpredictable spring weather which leaves you insisting that you really do need 8 pairs of shoes and you land yourself in a real packing conundrum. But a couple of weeks ago I went to Rome on a 5-night spring break and just about nailed it in the light-packing department. So I thought I'd show you the pieces I took to provide me with umpteen outfit choices for a few days of sight-seeing, fancy eating and piazza perusing whilst battling lots of wind, rain and thankfully, shine - all of which fitted snuggly into my carry-on case.

1 Jacket: The most versatile of all jackets has to be a classic leather jacket. It looks casual enough with jeans and trainers but smart enough thrown over an LBD for fine (in this case Italian) dining.

2 Blouses/Shirts: When you've only got 1 jacket, shirts are blouses are darn perfect for throwing over a crop top when things get chilly during the daytime or buttoned up with a smart pair of trousers and heels at night.

2 Long Sleeve Tops: Things can get pretty chilly at this time of year. I took one cashmere jumper which came in pretty handy on the over air-conned flight and my favourite breton-striped jersey.

3 Short Sleeve Tops: For when things get a little warmer, all of these looked super casual for daytime with a pair of jeans and trainers, swapped with a pair of heels for dinner. I tend to go for whites and blacks which will go with any print or colour of trouser.

4 Pairs of Trousers: This the only department where I possibly over-did it but those gorgeous H&M 70s-style wide-legged trousers just couldn't be resisted. I took one pair of more casual black jeans, one smart pair of blue jeans and some cropped print trousers. These were fab for daytime but could be easily dressed-up, teamed with boots and heels.

2 Evening Dresses: The obvious necessity for some of the fancier evenings out.

2 Bags: One for daytime, one for evening. A little leather backpack comes highly recommended for a city break, it looks super chic whilst not causing your shoulder to ache when you're covering miles of sightseeing. For dinner's out at night, a simple black clutch bag, like mine from Whistles is all you need.

4 Pairs of Shoes: One pair of trainers, a pair of boots, a pair of sandals and a pair of heels for evening had all terrains and weathers covered. You're spending most of the time on your feet so a comfy pair of trainers and sandals for warmer climates are a must. My boots were a life-saver in the rain and also helped, along with a pair of heels to smarten up any outfit for evening.


London Zoo.

Coat and Bag - Zara//Jeans and Skaters - Topshop//Cashmere Jumper - Gap//Hat - Portobello Market

As a wildlife (cute animal) fanatic, a trip to the Zoo is always going to be a great day for me, especially when penguins, turtles, pygmy hippos and capuchin monkeys are involved #socute. A few weekends ago, London Zoo was my destination of choice, and a lovely destination it was too. As the world's oldest scientific zoo, it's rich in history and got plenty of character so is the perfect setting for a Saturday stroll to marvel at 760 animal species. If you're yet to take a scaled down Safari trip around this little corner of Regent's Park, I'd highly recommend it.

For the purpose of wildlife-watching, I opted for something super laid back in my Topshop Jonis, croc-print skaters and my new favourite cashmere jumper from Gap i.e the comfiest item of clothing to ever grace my wardrobe.

The Winter Skincare Saviours

My skin is dry at the best of times, so throw this disgustingly cold winter-weather into the mix and you get something about as dry as the sahara, no exaggeration. But, there are a few shining-star products that I've introduced into my routine this season which have seriously helped me to claw back some moisture and lock-in some hydration:

I've searched high and low for the ultimate lip balm to nurse my lips back to the realms of normality, including blogger favourite Nuxe Reve de Miel.  I liked it, but it just didn't cut the mustard against this new-found discovery. All-hail the Beyonce of lip balms, Elizabeth Arden's Eight-Hour Cream. It's as stylish as lip balms get whilst giving some serious welly in the mositure-giving department. A few applications of this through out the day restores my lips from being a dry, chapped disgustingness to something far more plumped, soft and smooth. The original eight-hour cream is also amazing when used as a lip mask at night, providing even more oodles of moisture.

The last thing you need in winter is a cleanser that leaves your skin more stiff and stripped of moisture than it already was, so I say, enter cleansing balms. These really help to breakdown and remove makeup quickly and effectively whilst actually adding hydration to the skin. But cleansing balms are lining the shelves these days, often at a horrible price tag so it can be difficult to know what to invest in. I've  however, found this serious good'un from Botanics which does the job as good as any other at a seriously appetising price. I take a little between my fingers, massage until the face and remove with a hot cloth. Enriched with nourishing rosehip oil, it's also the perfect wind-down to the end of a long day.

When my skin is dry, my makeup clings to patches and generally doesn't sit well on my face but this saviour of a product has things sorted in a jiffy. Concentrated with thermal spa water and enriched with hyaluronic acid, this stuff puts buckets of hydration into the skin without leaving it in the least bit tacky or greasy. It also really helps to lock-in any moisturiser that is applied on top leaving skin feeling plumped and healthy.

Speaking of moisturisers, this one's a real winner. It's as richly moisturising as moisturisers tend to come with the added bonus of being incredibly luxurious and smelling divine. This is a little too heavy for the mornings but is amazing for providing some deep nourishment over-night which lasts throughout the day.

What skincare products are seeing you through winter?


Coat - Zara//Hat- H&M//Joni Jeans - Topshop//Boots - Jones

The name 'Glastonbury' for me, like most people is associated with music, camping, drinking and a lot of mud, so much so I forget that the real Glastonbury is an incredibly cute, quaint town very close to my parents house. So on a beautiful Winter's afternoon on 2nd Jan, me and Stu took a drive their to have a lil wander about the town and climb up the tor to see Somerset in all its glory. Spending a lot of time in the big smoke, I do forget how much I love the countryside and the views there are pretty darn breathtaking. It was also the perfect excuse to wack out my weekend comfies, including my brand new puffa which was an absolute steal in the Zara sale.


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