Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Bright Whites

Top: Topshop
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Superga (ASOS)
Rings: Primark
Chocker: Handmade

Venice | A Snapshot

I went to Venice in April this year, and this was the first time that I had ever been to Italy before. Sure, I have pinned endless amounts of canal shots on Pinterest and thought I understood how pretty it might be - boy was I in shock! Venice has to have been one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I don't know if there is something about being around so much water that makes you feel so relaxed, but it didn't really hit me until I got back to England that I hadn't seen one car over the long weekend that I had been there.

We stayed in the cutest room just around the corner from St Mark's Square - we figured this was far enough from the hustle and bustle, but yet a good point of interest to navigate back to (for those who haven't yet been to Venice - it is VERY common to get lost and we absolutely did).

I have a couple of highlights from the trip, and therefore recommendations for anyone who is thinking of going. Number one would have to be stopping at Gritti Palace Terrace for a bottle of wine. This gave us THE most stunning view of the Grand Canal, I think I could have sat there all day watching the gondola's glide past. Tine wasn't too bad either...

We also visited Caffe Florian, which is the oldest coffee shop that is set in the heart of St. Mark's Square. I had found this from my research beforehand and thought it looked quaint...the inside was amazing! It really did feel like we had stepped back in time and were sat in some form of jewellery box. We expected the Coffee to be quite pricey with it being on the main square, but it seemed to be similar prices to what you would get elsewhere! It was a great way to start our first full day in Venice.

Whilst we were away we had booked ourselves onto a Cicchetti (a form of tapas, basically) and wine tour, which was fantastic. We spent a couple of hours having a guided tour and stopped off at different hidden bars that we normally wouldn't have found. At each stop we tried different food and wine and were able to understand the background from a local's point of view. There are hundreds of tours you can do whilst your there but we really enjoyed this one...especially because food and drink were involved!

It's safe to say we did A LOT of walking whilst we were there, but I really do think this is what you have to do. Wandering around the streets allows you to stumble on places that you might not necessarily have found otherwise. I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Venice. Until next time, Italy...

Monday, 25 July 2016

Cocktail o'clock with Funkin | Mojito

There is only one way to make it through a Sunday evening when you know Monday is looming - and that is with cocktails. 

For me, I always love the idea of making cocktails, but sometimes struggle with knowing what ingredients I need and making sure I have the right measures of everything. Enter Funkin. Their pre-made cocktail mixers mean that all you need to do is add alcohol...and then drink it! What more could anyone possibly want? Plus, they give you a 3 stage process on the side of the carton to make life easier, after all - you need it to be as simple as possible once you've had a couple of these! Gone are the days I turn up to pre-drinks with a bottle of vodka and some flat lemonade...

 The cocktails taste EXACTLY like you would expect from a bar (maybe a little stronger...whoops) and come in a variety of different flavours too. You can also get the complete set and get a Funkin shaker, which is ideal for mixing your drink over ice and any other additions you want to include. I gave the classic Mojito a try today but have some other types to taste test!!! All I added was a spiral cucumber garnish, some mint leaves and a lime wedge - simple but effective! I've decided to make each one my "cocktail of the week" and then pick my favourite at the end. It doesn't sound like a bad routine to get into if you ask me...

Friday, 15 July 2016

Boho and Bell Sleeves

Dress: Missguided
Boots: Topshop
Rings: ASOS and Primark
Moon Necklace: ASOS
Choker: Handmade

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

How I style my Polly Tee

More often than not you will find me in a pair of ripped jeans, a tee and some trainers...especially on a  rainy day! As I am going through my self-proclaimed obsessive bomber phase, it is commonly a toss up between one of these or a trusty leather jacket. Today the bomber wins.

I absolutely love this unisex white tee from Polly Clothing - it is such a simple design which is definitely something I like in a t-shirt. I don't think you can beat statement text on a good fitting top. It's oversized fit is perfect for pairing with jeans for a casual street style it has to be the softest thing EVER! Maybe this will stop me stealing my boyfriend's t-shirts (probably not). Polly are a new brand and have some other great stuff available on their website - definitely worth checking out or following them on Insta to see what they are up to.

This look also features my classic black running trainers from Nike...which I do very little running in.

Top: Polly Clothing
Jeans: Topshop
Bomber Jacket: Topshop
Trainers: Nike

Buy this t-shirt here

Monday, 11 July 2016

Wimbledon 2016


Happy Monday everyone!

I hope your day is going a little better than mine has so far. Turns out you should always check shoes that you haven't worn since your uni days as there may be shards of broken glass in there. Yep thats right, I threw a pair of old converse on this morning in a hurry and suffered a slight glass attack. I have no idea how or why...but it happened. It is Monday though - so we can just blame that.

All in all I had a great weekend, which started with a reunion with my friends in Birmingham. The photos probably aren't blog worthy as I began drinking at approximately 2pm. Moving swiftly on...

My Sunday was filled with more sport than I had originally anticipated, but it was great. We went all out for the Wimbledon Final by making a jug of Pimm's (maybe four jugs...), strawberries and cream, and scones. Tennis is something that I really enjoy watching but never think to actually get tickets to go and watch live - something that I hope to do next year.

My Sunday ended watching the football final between Portugal and France. Let's just say I wasn't as entertained as I had been with a jug of Pimm's in my hand watching the tennis!