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Florence – what I wore and how to pack light

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I hope you’ve enjoyed  my guide to Florence, here’s again for you part 1 and 2 in case you missed it. In my last post I wanted to share with you all my outfits and tips for packing light.

Look 1: floral strappy dress (from last year) similar option

Look 2: paisley dress, straw wedges

Look 3: Zimmermann dress also love this one and this oneChanel flats, earrings Baublebar

Look 4: floral off the shoulder dress (last year) this year’s version, Gucci belt

Look 5: bright pink pleated dress

Look 6: printed pants Zara, shirred top

I am a serious overpacker. Whenever I go away even for a weekend I plan my outfits well in advance including all my accessories. I like to have shoes and bag options too and definitely different clothes for every day. But there are definitely ways how you can downsize your luggage and pack less and still have a good selection. So here are my top three tips I’ve learnt along the way:

1.) think about the overall colour palette. If most of your items are in certain colour palette they are easier to mix and match together and even with fewer items you get more outfits. This is my rule actually generally. I don’t wear loads and loads of different colours (only occasionally) my wardrobe mostly consists of white (a lot of it), pink (less than you think) and blue with plenty of neutrals like beiges and grey to link it all together. It makes life and dressing easier but still fun. I love my prints playing with accessories  and jewellery to make sure my outfits are not boring. Which brings me onto my other two points.

2.) go for neutral accessories. As boring as it may sound I love nude shoes and bags. They go with everything and look chic. No matter what your colour palette (see above) they will match. Also metallics are good. I love gold sandals and they can look both dressy and casual making them very versatile.

3.) go crazy with jewellery. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets.. you name it. They don’t take up much space in your luggage or weight a lot, but they really make an outfit to stand out. They the perfect finishing touch and can take an outfit from day to evening in an instant. Just add a bit of sparkle and you’re done.

Have you got any exciting trips planned? What are your tips for packing?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

 

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Top 5 beauty must haves for travelling

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Following my recent trip to Tuscany, I wanted to share my must have beauty products when travelling. When I’m on holiday I usually wear very minimal make up (I don’t wear too much anyway) and I like to pack light when it comes to beauty so choose multitasking products.

1.) My number 1 product whether I’m on the road or not is SPF. That is something I actually wear all year round. Ask any dermatologist or skin expert and they will tell you to use SPF daily to protect skin and prevent ageing. Because my skin is pale and sensitive it’s even more important but no matter what your skin make sure you not skipping SPF. I love the Avene SPF 50 for travelling but I also wear it on very hot days in London (when we get them). It’s got a nice texture, super high SPF so I don’t have to worry all day and it feels good on the skin. A little goes a long way and you face may be quite white after putting it on so I use colour correcting drops on top.

2.) Then I put on a lightweight foundation or CC cream. I recently switched to Dior Nude Air foundation with SPF 25 for my daily protection (remember SPF don’t add up that’s why I use 50 underneath). I wear the lightest colour Ivory 010. I love the velvety texture! It’s very very light (in texture and coverage) but if like me your concern is to even out skin tone on a dry skin but not blemishes this is your friend. I don’t have problematic skin so always go for light coverage and if I break out I use concealer on top. I prefer my skin to breath and natural make up. It’s the first time I’ve bought this foundation but really love it and will definitely buy again. It looks very natural but gives you a nice glow. I might go for a shade darker in the summer when I have a bit of a tan but it’s definitely my new favourite. I’ve been using Chanel foundations for years which I like, but it’s good to switch once in a while and I’m glad I’ve discovered this.

3.) You may have noticed on my Instagram and my last beauty post that I am developing slight obsession with Dior beauty. I’ve bought quite a few products recently and really like the quality. My other recent purchase is their brow pencil. That’s something I always take on holidays because defined brows really make a difference. I was using Charlotte Tillbury before which I reviewed here, but wanted to try something different. This one is very thin so you can be very precise but highly pigmented so go lightly. You just twist it to get it out (I prefer it to pencils that you have to sharpen) and on the other side has a little brush which is something I always look out for. Again little goes a long way and I will definitely repurchase. I wear Universal brown.

4.) Like I said at the beginning I like products that are multitasking and this is it! I love Nars Multiple sticks. The one in Copacabana I wear on most days as a highlighter – it has a nice shimmer and sheen – so good. And the pink one  in Riviera I wear as a blusher when I want something light and natural. I love the creamy texture and you can use them on your lids as eyeshadows too and also on your lips. That’s why they’re called multiple and they’re so great. I’ve been using these for years and they always go with me abroad.

5.) You may know I love lipsticks and always have a few on me (I need options) but rather than taking lots of different ones I like to take a lipstick palette. I love this one by YSL as it has a great selection of colours. Yes you can see which two are my favourite and I also like mixing them together. They come with a brush and a mirror so it’s really a no brainer. Perfect for any handbags for touch ups too.

Obviously I take more things but these are a constant. I started  a weekly series every Sunday on my Instastories talking about beauty (you can catch it on highlights too) and I’m planning to post more regular beauty posts on here too. What review would you like to see next?

Do you use any of these products? What are your must have travel beauty products?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Florence guide part 2

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In part one of my Florence guide I shared my top 3 must do things that are more cultural or discovering the city. Today I want to share with you where to eat to have amazing views like you see above (and you can shop there too), where to have a good drink and even better views! and few other things that may not be as well known but are worth seeing.

First let’s start with the place where I had my coffee and pasta below and just enjoyed these spectacular views. I can tell you I found this place by complete coincidence and even my friend who lives in Tuscany and has been to this particular place many times didn’t know about this cafe terrace. It’s right next to Piazza della Repubblica in a shopping centre called laRinascente. The shopping centre alone is quite good and they have some good selection of brands there mid-range to high-range priced with ladies fashion , beauty and homewear. The cafe on top (6th floor) is nothing fancy, the selection of food is not big, but if you’re looking for a great Instagram spot this is it. I was lucky I got there at the right time and I got the table with best views. It had downside though as literally everyone was doing mini/big photo shoots right by my table so I couldn’t eat in peace. This is a place you to for a bit of a break, light snack/lunch coffee but mostly photos with amazing background.

If you want beautiful food AND nice atmosphere go to the Continentale Hotel for drinks just before sunset. It gets very busy and you may have to wait for a seat but it’s so worth it. All those sunset pictures below were taken there. The drinks are quite pricey but you get delicious free snacks to go with it. There’s a teeny tiny burger and olives both with truffles! and lots of cheese (obsessed) that are really worth the extra euros for drinks. It’s fairly small and feels quite intimate and has a nice atmosphere.

Both of these places are very different, but both worth checking out.

Florence is not just culture it’s a fashion hub too! There were so many amazing shops and it would be very easy to spend loads of money there. The shops I went to was Chanel near the Palazzo Vecchio, which is beautiful and has beautiful things (which Chanel doesn’t ?!), and I made sure I popped into the Aquazzura boutique while there. Aquazzura is one of my favourite shoe brands and the designer comes from Florence and that’s where their flagship is and headquarters. The boutique is beautiful and I wanted to buy everything (but I was a good girl this time..). It’s very easy to find. If you walk down from Ponte Vecchio down the river you will see it on your right hand side. The staff was lovely and I go to talking to one of the sales associates about my love for the brand and he invited me to a private event they’re having with the designer next week! I couldn’t believe it but unfortunately I couldn’t attend because I was leaving before the event. But what a nice gesture 🙂

Few other things I wanted to mention is the beautiful synagogue I stumbled upon. I saw the green cupolas from distance and just wanted to see what it was and I was mesmerised by its beauty so went in. You can use proper camera there so all photos were taken by an iPhone but I’m glad I found it and took quite a few pictures there. Not far from there are these hidden gardens that are part of their university and it’s a nice place to take a breather from all the culture and shopping.

On my last day I spent a day in Pisa. I was flying from there again and got there early to visit the Square of Miracles where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is and have a little wander around. Everyone told me that Pisa is very disappointing that’s it’s just the Tower and that’s it but I found it quite charming and full of some beautiful buildings. The square of Miracles itself is very full of tourists but I think it’s definitely worth visiting. When I first spotted the tower I got a massive grin on my face. It is a very interesting piece of architecture and shouldn’t be missed when visiting Tuscany. You only need few hours to spend there but make sure you do it.

That takes my guide to the end. In my next two posts I will share my top 5 beauty products when travelling and also all my outfit I wore during this trip.

If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask in the comments below or send me an email. I have also loads more photos on my Instagram and instastories.

Have you visited any of these places?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Florence guide part 1

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I’ve just come back from Florence and I didn’t want to leave! It’s such a beautiful city full of culture, art, history, architecture and amazing shopping – it’s everything I could wish for. I took loads and loads of photos so apologies in advance for the amount I will share. I will break my  guide into 2 or 3 parts to cover it all.

On Monday I flew to Pisa (it’s much cheaper) and took a bus straight to the airport to fairly central part of Florence. It was actually nice to be driving through Tuscany (it takes about 70 minutes) and see the beautiful countryside. I definitely plan to see more of that on another trip. I arrived in the early evening, checked into my hotel, freshened up and set out to explore straight away. It was nice warm evening and I caught beautiful sunset over the river. I wore this Zara dress which is perfect for travelling. It’s super comfy, I like the length and long sleeves – perfect for a plane as you don’t have to worry about exposing too much or being cold and just be comfortable.

The next day I set out very early because there was a lot I wanted to cover. First I just wandered through the streets a little bit, but then I headed towards the Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo square) for the best views of the whole of Florence, through Giardino Delle Rose (rose garden) – beautiful views and beautiful flowers. They have an amazing amount of different types of roses. Definitely a must see. I spent quite a lot of time there as the views are really breathtaking and you can just sit down and take it all in. After taking a lot of steps to get there, you may need a break.. There you may also see one of the two copies of Michelangelo’s David (the other copy is outside Palazzo Vecchio) and the original in the Galleria dell’Accademia (all in Florence).

From there I went down and up again to one of many Florentine churches, more amazing views and I saw someone getting engaged there which was really lovely (yes he got on one knee) (insert heart emoji). Then I continued on that side of the river walking towards the Boboli gardens and the Medici palace before coming back to more central Florence over the Ponte Vecchio – most famous Florence bridge and also the busiest. There were some lovely jewellery shops there (you could easily spend a fortune) but also many many tourists so I tried to get out of there quick. Beware! Florence is full of people and large crowds at most places.

After I had lunch at the Piazza Della Signorina, with the view of Palazzo Vecchio right in front of me and one of the David’s and lots of other beautiful sculptures, did a bit of window shopping at Chanel lusting after all of their bags and shoes and a bit of shopping at more affordable shops.. Had gelato, and did more wandering through the streets and just made the most of the beautiful city.

Advice: lunch with a view is nice, but food is much nicer and cheaper in little side streets. Everywhere you go there’s places to eat and have a drink and the best places are usually hidden and away from the crowds.

I walked past the Duomo every day. It was very close to my hotel and it’s very central so nearly everywhere you go you can go past it. It really is very beautiful. Photos don’t do it justice. Unfortunately on this occasion I didn’t get to go in but I would definitely recommend it and it’s something I’m planning to do next time. You can see it from many angles from many places and it always took my breath away. If you only see one thing in Florence see the Duomo.

Number two is climbing up to see it all from the Michelangelo square.

Number three is visiting the Uffizzi Gallery. There are many museums and galleries in Florence (I told you it was full of art and culture) and it is impossible to visit them all in one trip. But the one I did and would definitely recommend is the Uffizzi. I spent over 3 hours there and didn’t see it all so will try to visit again, but I saw the main things I wanted to see. My favourite painting is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli and it was an amazing experience to see the original in real life and also the Primavera. Also the Leonardo da Vinci‘s rooms are incredible. Those were the highlights form me but there is so much more. I could just write an article about Uffizi!

I also stumbled across  a beautiful Synagogue, had a coffee and lunch with a view that I definitely recommend, drinks at a place that is a must visit and much more! But more about that next week.

Have you been to Florence? What was your favourite part?

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Have a stylish day.

Adela

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How to wear floral print

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Happy bank holiday weekend!

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather. What have you been up to? I’ve had some friends staying with me for few days (they left this morning) and yesterday I wanted to show them few of my favourite spots around London.

We started in Notting Hill and went to some popular Instagram spots and around some pretty colourful streets (Portobello road was crazy busy so I wanted to avoid it as much as we could) and then we went to Churchill Arms pub for lunch (such a pretty pub – if you haven’t been you should check it out), after we took these photos at my absolutely favourite house in London during this time of the year – I mean have you seen anything prettier and continued our journey towards Kensington Palace and gardens (they are all gorgeous too with all these flowers) and ended up our afternoon in Knightsbridge and had couple of drinks there and some nibbles. It was so lovely and the perfect blue skies made it even better.

I couldn’t wait to wear this dress ever since I bought it recently and I thought it would be perfect for Notting Hill and I really wanted to photograph it in front of this house. You probably know the famous quote: Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking! but I genuinely love florals all year round and especially in Spring and Summer.

This dress is perfect if you’re worried about floral print or just starting with it. I suggest to go with plain background, either white/cream like I’m wearing here or black (but to me it’s more wintery). Also I think the print here is quite subtle. I love the long sleeve because even though it gives you more coverage, it’s very breezy and overall the dress is very comfortable. I loved wearing it and I think it will be on heavy rotation this summer. I do love a bit of a maxi dress too and it’s perfect with sandals dressed down or I could dress it up with some heels.

Here are few of my other floral print dresses to give you more inspiration but there is many more throughout the blog. What can I say? I’m a flower girl through and through. 1, 2 and 3.

Do you like florals?

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Wearing: dress Miss Selfridge, bag Dolce and Gabbana, shoes Aquazura, A necklace APM Monaco, sunglasses Miu Miu

Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Pleats please and mixing high end with high street pieces

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Trends come and go, but a pleated skirt or a dress is something you will reach out for time and time again.

It’s one of those things that is totally appropriate for work, casual lunch or even evening soiree. Wear it with ankle boots, trainers or pointed pumps and you will always be on point. I love buying things that are timeless and I will get my wear out of. Whether it’s cheap of expensive, why should you wear an item only once or even one season and that’s it? That’s not my way of thinking and to prove it you can see this dress worn in early winter very different way.

One of the reasons I love pleats is that they add volume but just the right amount. I love fit and flare dresses or fitted tops and loose skirts, it’s a look easily achieved with pleats and it’s flattering on everyone. It’s also an interesting detail on a simple item without being too much.

Another thing I wanted to mention is mixing high street pieces with high end designer items. It’s my favourite thing to create an outfit. In here I’m wearing mostly high street pieces (I’m addicted to ASOS and Zara as you may have noticed) and just added my Gucci belt which by the way has been such a great buy and I must say I’ve been wearing it much more than I originally thought. It’s such a cool way to accessorise any look and add a bit of interesting detail without it being too much. I often wear high street clothes and add a designer or if I’m wearing designer dress (Self Portrait and Zimmermann being my weaknesses) I would dress it down with high street accessories. I think this is the best way to look original because if you’re wearing head to toe Zara for example, I’m sure it’ll look great but it’s likely many people may have exactly  the same outfit. On the other hand if you wear head to toe designer it may look a bit too much. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?

Pleats are classic but fun and versatile. Do you like pleats?

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Wearing: ASOS dress (old), Zara bag and booties, Chanel sunglasses, Baublebar earrings

Have a stylish day.

Adela

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Beauty: Dior facial

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In March I was invited by Dior at Harvey Nichols London for a luxurious facial and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It was just after the freezing spell we had with lots of snow (which played a havoc on my skin) and my trip to Barcelona (flying never helps a dry skin..) and before my birthday (when you always want to look your best).

I’ve said this here before that I have a very dry skin and shared my routine here, but I realise you have to change your skincare regularly because otherwise your skin gets used to it and the products become less effective. As mentioned above all those circumstances had a really bad effect of my skin and it was in a desperate need of some TLC. So when the invitation came I couldn’t have been more excited.

I was actually planning on trying some new products to really give my skin a hydration boost and after my Dior facial I purchased the Rose serum which has been a lifesaver. I’ve been using it over a month now, mostly at night because that’s when your skin rejuvenate and active ingredients are most effective and I can literally see the difference! I even have a bit of glow which is a rare for me and few people have noticed and commented. If you have a very dry skin, whether always of after this very long and tough winter, you should give this a try.

During my facial Anja (the therapist) mainly used 3 Dior products from the Prestige range. It was the serum that I ended up buying, Nectar and Hydration cream and I got some luxurious samples of those to take home as well and I can tell you I love the whole range. It is a bit pricey, but if your skin needs a boost it’s worth the investment. As I’m getting older I am definitely paying more attention to my skin and pamper it more because it really does make a difference.

Usually this facial is £150 redeemable agains products purchased on the day from Dior and it’s really worth it. I’m already planning to go in May, because regular facials are so important and to get a free facial while purchasing your favourite products from your favourite brand makes a good sense to me.

The whole experience is very relaxing too and who doesn’t need a bit of me time. Anja also gave me a bit of a massage of my shoulders and neck with the Dior oil and it felt heavenly. After you will be glowing I can guarantee you that because I was and my skin is usually very dry.

I must say I’m really into Dior skincare and make up now. I’ve bought quite a few bits from them recently and I’m very happy with them all. I am currently using their foundation and have quite a few lipsticks so will do a review soon.

Have you tried any Dior products? What is your favourite?

This is NOT a sponsored post. I genuinely love these products.

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Have a stylish day.

Adela