Thursday, 30 June 2016

Volare

Ear cuff - & Other Stories
Necklace - H&M / Watch - Daniel Wellington
Hat - Zara / Dress - & Other Stories / Sandals - Next
Photos by Faaizah

It might be slightly sad but I have to admit I get pretty excited when I see a great background for blog photos. This empty house by Teatro Antico in Taormina caused one of those moments. We didn't see any signs or information on what this place was used for but whoever used to live here sure had a great view.

I got this black dress in the & Other Stories spring sale. I walked into the store just to browse, not planning on buying anything, but those kind of plans tend to fall apart in & Other Stories. I saw the dress and instantly fell in love with it. The pattern and asymmetrical hem did it for me, and the 50% off sticker made it even more appealing! I got the & Other Stories ear cuff more recently, again on sale for 50%. Maybe I should stop going to that store when there are sales on. For shoes, I went with my comfy Next sandals and for accessories, I went for my black and white Zara hat and a cute circle necklace from H&M.
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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Taormina Photo Diary


My friends and I talked about a graduation trip throughout the year, mostly when we were in the midst of drowning in our final-year workloads. It was fun to dream about, so much so that we never actually picked a destination until, well, not quite the last minute but we were pushing it. My friend mentioned that Sicily would be her dream holiday. My other friend said why not. Soon after we were googling, airbnbing, and skyscanning, deciding to go for a relaxing holiday in Taormina and a little bit of sightseeing in Catania.

We stayed opposite Isola Bella. The actual town of Taormina is on a hill above the beach and you can walk up to it, take a bus or the cable cars. We were a 5 minute walk from the beach and got to wake up to that view above. Not bad at all.


Isola Bella has a small nature reserve which costs 4 to enter, or 2 if you’re 18-25 and from an EU member country (bye discount). If you want to make the most of your money, go on a sunny day for some great views.


This is the entrance to Taormina's main street Corso Umberto. The town is small but very popular with tourists, so it was pretty bustling while we were there. Its size makes it easy to walk around and see all of the main sites.


Corso Umberto has several cafes, restaurants, and high and low end stores.


There are a lot of stores selling beautiful Maiolica ceramics.


Towards the other end of Corso Umberto is Piazza IX Aprile. The square contains Taormina's clock tower, two churches, and from one side you can see stunning views of the sea and Mount Etna.


The Church of Saint Joseph built in the 17th century.


Teatro Antico is one of Taormina's most famous sites. This ancient Greek Theatre is the second largest in Sicily after Syracuse. It was definitely bigger than I expected it to be.


Sadly our view was slightly spoiled by the big screen put up for Taormina's film festival. Their tag line is 'Think Exclusive'. Not how I like to think but hey, it's not my film festival.


Mount Etna, taken from by Teatro Antico.


The triskelion (or trinacria/trisceli - I wikipedia'd this) can be seen on Sicily's flag. The three legs bend in a triangle shape to represent the shape of Sicily. In the middle is the head of Medusa's. The flag also contains three pieces of wheat but it looks like they were swapped for lemons here.


The Garden of Villa Comunale is also a lovely place to unwind. The bright flowers and beautiful views make it worth going.


People gathering around a restaurant's screens to watch Italy vs. Sweden.


The Odeon is a small theatre behind the Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was built by the Romans and was being enjoyed by a napping cat when we were there.


Taormina is probably one of the most picturesque towns I've ever been to. It's easy to see why it's so popular. If you're ever in Sicily, it's a beautiful place to visit even if you're just stopping by Isola Bella.

Taormina tips:
  • Taormina is far from cheap. A round trip on the cable cars costs 6Restaurants are pricey with main dishes usually in the range of 10 and up. If you're on a tight budget, go for an Airbnb where you can make your own food.
  • Isola Bella has a rocky beach and can get quite busy. The views are hard to beat though.
  • There are lots of interesting places in Taormina. The Hotel Continental website has a great list of things to see and gives you some of the history behind the sites.
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Nero e rosso

Dress - Monki (old), Sandals - Next
After what has felt like forever, I have another outfit post. I have a couple coming up from my holiday in Sicily thanks to my wonderful friend Faaizah. These photos were taken on Isola Bella, a picturesque little island with a small nature reserve.

I've had this T-shirt dress from Monki for quite a while now and it's one of those pieces that are extremely comfortable but make it look like you've made an effort. It also has a slight D&G vibe which is perfect for a trip to Sicily. I bought the Next sandals for the trip since they're comfy and easy to pair with most outfits. They did get a bit beaten up on Isolabella's rocky beach but they're still holding up.
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sunglasses Wishlist


I'm quite the hoarder in general but one thing that's been slowly growing is my sunglasses collection. If I ever became a serious collector of anything, I don't think sunglasses would be a bad choice. They're small, easy to store, and they come in handy for those two days of sunshine we have every year in England. I don't make wishlist posts very often but I thought I'd share some of the brands I like to stare at and the pairs I would add to my collection if I had money to burn.


I first heard about Gentle Monster in a branding lecture. They were used as an example of a brand that's fashionable as hell (not the professor's words). I looked them up right after the lecture and immediately wished I owned several pairs. They have some amazing concept stores in Korea, and they've even expanded to New York and Beijing.

Blanc & Eclare

Tokyo

New York

I have to admit I never really paid much attention to Jessica Jung (former Girls Generation member) until she started up her fashion brand. I  get quite interested in seeing how celebrity businesses go, so I looked up Blanc & Eclare and thought her sunglasses were awesome. I love how the frames are named after different cities. Tokyo are definitely my favourite pair with their unique shape.

Sunnies Studio

Harley

Pluto
Sabrina

I couldn't leave out Sunnies. I bought several pairs and reviewed them in a post a few months ago. Sadly they're only available in the Philippines and a couple of other Asian countries but with the way they're growing maybe they'll expand to over here one day. They're so affordable but don't compromise on style.
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Etude House Every Month Cleansing Foam in Tone Clarifying Apple & Tomato Review


Well that's a long title. I bought this cleanser back in Hong Kong and started using it in March so I think it's about time for a review.

The scent: It's got a strong apple scent, kind of on the artificial side.

The road test: I'm not quite sure how you're supposed to get through these cleansers within a month since I've been using this for about 2 months and I've got enough leftover to last another one. A little bit of this stuff really goes a long way.
This cleanser is decent at removing makeup but I still need to use an eye makeup remover to get rid of any remaining eyeliner or mascara. It didn't clarify my skin tone but it does leaves my skin feeling really clean and soft every time I use it.

The verdict: If you want a cleanser to remove your base make up and leave your skin soft and clean then I recommend it! It's also great value for money and definitely lasts longer than a month.
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