Saturday, 27 August 2016

Denim Daze

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Top - Pomelo / Skirt - Hong Kong Fa Yuen Street / Shoes - Topshop
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Photos by Louise

It's only when I blog that I realize how feminine often I dress. Not that I mind it, I'm just surprised when I look at past outfit photos. Then I get surprised at being surprised because you'd think you'd notice a pattern in how you dress everyday without needing to see the photos side-by-side. I think it comes down to my affinity for skirts, and that stems from finding it hard to find trousers that fit. Seriously, if anyone knows where a short girl can get some culottes I'd appreciate it!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings and onto the outfit. I never thought I'd find a denim shirt I'd like but this one from Pomelo won me over. We have our issues, mainly that it's hard to tuck it in and keep it looking nice but I do love the slightly puffy sleeves and front ties. I put the outfit together with the shirt in mind but I think the Topshop shoes ended up stealing the show.

Side note: I thought there was a bug on my shoulder in the last photo which made for a pretty good shot.

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Slip





Slip dress - Topshop / Top - Primark / Shoes - Topshop

Photos by Louise

I wanted to put together a proper outfit post with the slip dress I wore to graduation. I picked a dress I could wear for multiple occasions since I still feel slightly guilty over my old prom dress that's lying somewhere in the attic. Slips are so easy to dress up or down and I love throwing mine over a t-shirt and pulling on some flats if I'm going out to meet friends. For this post I decided to go for a fancier look with the heels and accessories. I wore these shoes to graduation too and they're a comfortable height to walk in (they didn't trip me up when I walked across the stage!), however I do have some issues with them. They're slightly tight for me so they've given me a few blisters but the real pain comes from trying to tie them. The ties are thick and made from suede so they're quite fiddly to knot. Although, maybe I just have poor lacing skills. I don't regret buying them though since they look so damn good.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Just Right





Shoes - Topshop
Jacket - Hong Kong Fa Yuen Street / Top - Primark / Skirt - Uni Qlo (everything is old)

Photos by Louise

I really don't know why I don't wear this jacket more often. It's not too oversized that it completely swamps me but it's big enough to make me feel like I'm in some kind of cocoon. Plus it has proper pockets (!) and can be transformed into a dress. It always makes my outfits more interesting, even a simple white t-shirt and pleated skirt combination.

Also shout out to Louise for taking and editing these awesome photos. We shot a few outfits recently and I've been so excited to share them. These were taken around Lancaster Gate, not an area I usually go to but they've got some great locations.
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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Naples Photo Diary

My dad wanted to go to Naples for our family holiday this year but before we booked, he asked if I would be tired of Italy after visiting Sicily so recently. I can't imagine ever getting tired of Italy, which is what I said, so we went to Naples! Naples doesn't have the best reputation - the internet is full of stories of litter, graffiti, and crime. However, if you look past all of that, it's a wonderful city to visit. It's the home of pizza after all.

This is the Duomo which dates back to the 4th century. The outside is surprisingly plain compared to the splendour of its interior. 
Ta-da! This isn't even the main chapel. At the time we visited, the main entrance wasn't open but we could still access a part of the cathedral through the museum. When we got to this part, I just sat there in awe for a pretty long time.
You can see a lot of domed churches in the historic centre of Naples. I'm not sure which one this is but the pattern is awesome.
Sant'Eligio Maggiore, a small church we stumbled upon.
Castel Nuovo is another impressive site to visit. This huge castle was built in 1279 and the white marble arch was built in 1470.
The Archeological Museum is usually listed as a must-see across guidebooks and the internet, and with good reason. It houses a huge collection of art, statues, mosaics, etc from several different periods and has some objects discovered in Pompeii.
Apollo and his lyre.
Royal Naples and Chiaia certainly seemed to be the fancier parts of the city. There are tonnes of boats around the bay here.
The wide roads are a huge contrast to some of the narrow alleys you see in Naples (of which I failed to get pictures of! Silly me). 
Mount Vesuvius.
San Francesco di Paola, a stunning church in the Piazza del Plebiscito.
A huge reason to go to Naples is that it makes a great base for travelling to other parts of Italy. Visitors are ferried out to islands everyday and Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii are quite a short distance from the city. We also made use of Naples' location and visited Pompeii and Procida, so stay tuned for more photo diaries!

Tips
  • Eat pizza. I had a whole pizza for 3 euros and it was one of the best pizzas I've ever had.
  • The internet might have you thinking Naples is one of the most dangerous places on the planet but as a tourist all you really have to look out for is petty theft and getting ripped off. Pickpockets did target my dad twice but they weren't very good so they didn't get away with anything. All you can really do is stay aware of your surroundings and try not to keep anything too valuable on you - particularly not in backpacks or back pockets.
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

July Favourites


So the past few months really got away from me but I wanted to get my favourites feature back on track for the month of July. So, here are a few things I enjoyed last month!

Clothes

My favourite piece for July is definitely the Topshop slip dress I wore to graduation. I've been loving the slip dress trend for a while so I couldn't resist picking this up. It's an easy and comfortable piece to wear but the print means it can pass for more formal occasions. I had another outfit in mind for graduation but this dress blew that out of the water, especially since the gold leaves matched the gold on my gown.

Beauty

My friend got me the Korres lip butter in Mandarin during her trip to Greece. It's amazing at moisturizing and I love the subtle colour it gives.

Books

Since exams ended, I've had a lot more time on my hands for reading fiction. I didn't realize how much I missed being able to read for fun and getting so sucked into a book that I lose my sense of time. All the books I've read lately have been good but there were two standouts.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A friend of mine raved about the series so I thought I'd give it a try. The story takes place in a world of humans and faeries who live in separate territories. The heroine is a huntress called Feyre who kills a wolf. A beast later shows up at her home to claim retribution and she finds herself dragged to the faerie lands where she must remain forever to repay her debt. The beast turns out to be a very powerful faerie who lives on a beautiful estate in eternal spring. However, their world is full of danger and Feyre soon learns how terrible things really are. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and now I have to read the second book.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

With all the Potter-mania that's been going on lately, I had to re-read the first book. Can you believe the book turns 10 years old next year? It's strange to think about. But going back and re-reading the first book was, of course, magical and I loved rediscovering the world JK Rowling built.

Games

I feel like it goes without saying but Pokemon Go is awesome and Pokemon hunting has become my second priority after job hunting.
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