Quick getaway to the Sun

Hello everyone!

Sorry for being quiet on here for the past month but I was extremely busy and then I went on holiday for a short 5 day trip to get some vitamin D.

So, I went to St Lucia, which is a small island in the Caribbean, with the nearest island being St Vincent and the Grenadines and then also Barbados. It was initially meant to be a sister trip but then my dad found out we were going and decided he had to tag along.

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It is famous for the 3 Pitons, one of them called the Gros Piton which you can hike up to the top of, which of course we did, which you can see from the photos above. They say it takes on average 2 hours to go up and 2 back down but we made it for 1h25 up and in 1h10 on the way down.

We also went to the mud baths as we were told it worked wonders for your skin. It definitely was quite an experience… and not sure it’s one I would do again… the smell was so bad and it was quite crowded when we went. However, it DID work wonders for my skin, it felt so smooth and silky, just like a baby’s bum 😀

[The pictures above were taken at our resort]

Overall, I loved the place, it had amazing views and turquoise water which we also got to see from above in a helicopter which was stunning and would definitely recommend if you get the chance to go. Although the ride was pricey, 100% worth it!

We didn’t stay in St Lucia for long so we didn’t see everything there was to see such as the waterfalls, however we did mainly go to just relax and get some sun, so we prioritised a lot of time to just sunbathe and read, so I do think 5 days was just enough time for that.

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We did although have one day of rain but it was still warm and relaxing to just sit on the terrace of our hut and read on the hammock, as I don’t get much reading done in London. I was reading ‘Becoming Michelle Obama’ which I would also recommend  as it’s an easy read and the way she writes is so approachable and inspiring at the same time.

I also brought some healthy snacks with me because I love to snack all the time and brought some for the plane too. These were from Emily Crisps, which make yummy fruit and veggie crisps with no crap in them. I also took some snacks from Mighty Bee, which make solar dried banana bars, which I love as well. Although I will be posting something on these soon so I’ll leave it at that for now.

I hope you enjoyed this and see you on my next post!

Love,

Laura xx

 

 

Summer Holidays

Hey Everyone,

So in this post i’m going to share with you some of my summer holidays (with my boyfriend) which were actually end of June – beginning of July. I wanted to share with you a bit of what I did, places I went, food, outfits and experiences.

SPAIN

I went to Spain, to my boyfriends place in Jerez (near Seville) for 5 days and also headed to Marbella for a day, which was super fun! After that we went to my place in Trieste, Italy (near Venice) and then to Verona for 2 days as well, as I have relatives there too.

In Jerez, we relaxed a bit, did some shopping, went to the beach and spent a bit of time with my boyfriends family as well as (of course) had amazing food 😀

[I didn’t take many pics on this part of the holiday as I wanted to disconnect a bit and not have my camera around with me 24/7]

 

 

We then went to Marbella for a day, and went to a cute organic healthy restaurant which I had found online, called Rachel’s eco love restaurant before getting there. It was by a hotel too which had a cute pool and was surrounded by beautiful nature, which made it so pretty and colourful. I wore a Zara dress with my Alexander McQueen sneakers and Gucci bag. I then found this dreamy little shop full of cute straw bags, summer dresses and bracelets. I had also just received my final year grades from uni at that time and was super happy, so of course, before I knew it… I had bought another summer dress (which believe me, I did NOT need as my closet is full of them atm) but it was too cute not too and was in the mood to buy anything and everything.

ITALY

I think most of the time there was spent eating amazing Italian food and of course the best kind… my grandma’s food. My house is right across from the beach so every morning we would go for coffee by the beach and then a lovely swim before all the kids would come and overcrowd it.

Since, it wasn’t a new city for my boyfriend and he already had seen all the pretty places and views the previous year, we just relaxed and really enjoyed the Italian weather, sea and food.

Verona was a 1 night stop before heading back to London, so we didn’t have much time to see everything but nevertheless, had an amazing time. We went around the centre, saw the famous Arena and had lunch right by it… which by the way was so lovely, slightly overpriced, however so delicious and worth it. We walked around a lot and around the old town. We stayed at one of my cousins flats, since she lives there, however, also has a flat she rents out to Airbnb, so she kindly saved the place for that night for us to stay in. She then took us to the most amazing gelato place, called San Zeno. All the flavours were natural and organic and tasted exactly like eating each individual ingredient and had loads of vegan friendly flavours too!

In the evening they took us to Lake Garda, which was a 20-30 min drive to have dinner and a nice evening walk. When we got there, there was a storm about to happen and the wind made the lake look like the sea on a windy day… i’ve never seen a lake like that and even though it was so windy, it was actually such a cool experience.

[Again sorry as we were there for such a short time didn’t take many pictures and just enjoyed my time there – also the gelato was too good and remembered to take a pic only at the last minute haha :P]

Oh and… that gelato place, [San Zeno], is one of the best in Italy… (It is in Italian but just proving my point :P) And if you happen to be in Verona… You’re welcome 😀

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Outfits:

Blue linen shorts - Uniqlo
Blue dress with open sides - Zara (old but saw a similar style ina pinky shade in-store the other day)
Turquoise dress - Marbella (can't remember the store name sorry)
White swimsuit - Zara (old but they made a similar one in red this year)


Hope everyone’s having a lovely week,

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

Eating out

Hey guys,

I’m backk, i’m REALLY SORRY for being M.I.A again, but I had deadlines coming up, so was super stressed and studying all day everyday…. fun, right?!

Anyways, back to the post. As some of you may know I am really into fitness and following a healthy, balanced and nutritional regime, so, I thought I would touch on this topic a bit. I was having brunch with a friend the other day and the topic of eating outside came up. Talking about how it is hard to keep up with a healthy lifestyle if you enjoy eating outside a lot with friends that don’t really care. However, i believe that it is much easier than people think and people tend to over think everything.. I do it too!

My boyfriend loves burger and pizzas of course, so he drags me out for those (often enough). I normally always find something I can eat.. and believe me.. those who know me know that I am a VERY picky human when it comes to my food. The other day we went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which you would assume isn’t a very ‘healthy’ – style restaurant. Although they do have salad options, they can still be quite boring. However they also have bun free burgers as well as veggie options. I had a bun-free veggie kale falafel ‘burger’ with the side of salad instead… which at the end is a salad really…

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But hey I found it tastier than the other salad options looked and definitely more filing. So it was a win-win situation really.

Either way, I definitely want to say that even though I got a salad, it is perfectly normal to enjoy yourself every-so-often and get what you really fancy, if that is a burger… then go right ahead, why not?! I’m not saying that, that gives you the excuse to go eat fast-food at every meal or binge but it’s also important not to deprive yourself of the foods you like.

Here are some more photos of other days I go out to eat either with friends or with my boyfriend.

This post was slightly different to my usual post, so I hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you think 🙂

Love

Laura xx

Holiday week 2 in Trieste

Heyy

I’m back to talk about the second part of my holiday in Italy after having been in Spain for a week. For those of you who don’t already know I am Italian… by blood at least. My mum is originally from Trieste, which is in the North East of Italy, 2 hours from Venice and thats were I have all my family as well; grandparents and cousins.

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My mum & I

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It was his first time there so I showed him the area a little. The weather was way too hot that week, so we couldn’t do much walking around. Since my house is across from the beach we went for a swim every morning before it got too crowded.

During the day we walked in the city, visited different areas as well as went to visit my cousins and grandparent. Of course having Italian grandparents meant that it was obligatory to stay for food and eat LOADS… but that wasn’t a problem for us 😉 This holiday was more relaxed than Spain as we stayed in one place for longer and there was much less visiting to do. We spent a lot of time going to all the ice cream places possible haha. I am also lucky because last summer I discovered that this ice cream near my house also had gluten and dairy free flavours… so of course I took FULL advantage of my Vegan ice cream. Also it wasn’t ice cream.. it was gelato.. if you’ve had both you’ll know the difference! I refuse to believe that ice cream and gelato are the same thing.

Anyways I could go on about this forever so i’m just going to let you enjoy the rest of the pictures instead.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of love,

Laura xx

Madrid

Hey everyone,

So, for the past 2 weeks I have been on holiday again, but this time I went to Madrid, Jerez de la Frontiera and Trieste (Italy) with my boyfriend.

For our stay in Madrid we rented an apartment on Airbnb near Plaza Puerta del Sol, which is really central and only a few minutes walk from Gran Via and pretty much everything. When I was younger I went travelling around Spain a lot with my family, and have loved Spain since. However Madrid remained one of the few places I had never visited, so of course I was super excited to FINALLY go… and guess what…I loved it.

Day 1:

We arrived in Madrid around 11am and went to ‘Parque de El Retiro’ (which is like Madrid’s “Central Park”). There we took one of the boats and I honestly think that that was my favourite part of the trip as the park is so beautiful, as you can see from the photos.

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Parque de El Retiro

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Day 2:

We went to 2 museums, the ‘Museo Nacional del Prado’ and ‘Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza’. Both a must-see when travelling to Madrid, they’re quite different so if you’re travelling to Madrid and have enough time definitely see them both. However if you want to visit the ‘Prado’ make sure to go in the morning as the queue in the afternoon looked dreadful… and the museum is also huge so make sure to leave enough time.. I spent nearly 3 hours inside..

Day 3:

We went to Warner Bros theme park where we spent the day as my boyfriends little sister really wanted to go.

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Final (half) day:

We went to get coffee at Plaza Mayor and then went to visit the museum Reina Sofia, which has 20th century paintings and holds Picasso’s famous ‘Guernica’. We then left Madrid around lunch time to drive to Jerez (South of Spain).

 

Hope you liked this post and I will be posting the second part of my trip in Italy soon!

Love,

Laura xxx

Sardegna

Heyaa

As you may have seen from my instagram i’ve been travelling around Italy and Spain. My first trip was to Sardinia. I always go to the North of Sardinia (Olbia), near Porto Rotondo and have been going for over 10 years and never get bored of the place. During the day i’m either on the boat or at “La Marinella” beach and in the evening I usually go to a bar and then clubbing, my favourite club being ‘Ritual’. My favourite restaurant is a place called “Lu Stazzu” and is typical Sardinian food, which is 100% a must if you go to the North because the food is just I N S A N E… it’s the only reason I still go to Sardinia! Ok i’m joking… well kinda.

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During this post I am actually going to show you some of my favourite bikinis and swimsuits and where I buy most of mine from. I decided to do this because I had a couple of friends asking me about certain ones. SOooo here it goes…

I pretty much love all of mine at the moment, however I do LOVE my swimsuits much more. I think i’m slowly converting to one pieces only, I don’t really know why I just always opt for a one piece over a bikini…

 

The star 2-piece and red one piece are from Calzedonia, available now in stores.

The white swimsuit is from Zara and although I got it this year I haven’t seen it around anymore, BUT I have seen it in other colours such as blue and patterned.

The snake print bikini is new as well but from the sale section from Calvin Klien. It has become one of my favourite bikini’s as i can take off the strap and its perfect for tanning which is the only reason I still own bikinis now.

The blue and gold bikini is from JETS Swimwear which was my favourite. I got it last year and absolutely love the brand, although it’s slightly more expensive but the fit is perfect.

Hope you liked this post and are having a great start to August!

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

Travel essentials

Hey guys!

Today I thought I would post about what I carry in my handbag when travelling as I will be doing lots of that during the next 2 months.

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Since it is Summer and I will be travelling to hot places I tend to carry less. I don’t normally carry around a wallet with me in London as I prefer to just have a card holder as its much easier, but when I go on holiday I find it easier to keep different currencies. I then carry a bit of make up just in case like lip balm, foundation, concealer and mascara. I am currently using the luminous silk foundation from Giorgio Armani and the Clarins concealer, I love them both because they’re really light and don’t dry out the skin but still have enough coverage. The mascara I use is the Diorshow blackout mascara, which gives amazing volume and i’ve been using it for a while now. The only annoying thing is that this mascara does tend to dry out quite quickly 😦  If you do have another mascara favourite, do let me know! As for Lip balm and lipstick, I carry around Smith’s Rosebud Salve original lip balm which is the best thing out there! I always change the lipstick I carry but lately I have been obsessed with Tom Ford lipsticks, and my favourite one is called Indian Rose and I would say has a medium rosy pink colour to it which is perfect for every day use.

I take a little pouch with me which I keep my passport, health card and any other tickets when travelling. The one I use is from Furla as I absolutely love their pouches and I do have more than one 😉  Oh and they aren’t too pricey either, which is great. Also during hot weather season I never leave without a pair of sunglasses in my handbag.

Love,

Laura xxx

Sunday in Cambridge

Hey again!

I’m finally back! I’m really sorry for being M.I.A AGAIN lately. I only finished uni about a week ago and my past few days have been really hectic and working non-stop. Working part-time (currently at Harvey Nichols mainly) as well as getting started with works in my new flat. I will be posting more regularly but for now I hope you enjoy this post 😀

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After this hectic week, I really felt like I needed a break from London as I was super exhausted. Therefore, Sunday my boyfriend and I decided to go to Cambridge for the day. We were lucky with the weather as it was sunny but still cool with a nice breeze. I find that Cambridge is such a cute town, the buildings of the colleges there are beautiful and have a lot of outside space. It is also really relaxing and quiet and only roughly 50 minutes from London, which is perfect for a quick day break from the crazy city. I wore long lose fit pants with a white vest and brought a jumper as well because I get cold way too easily and wanted something comfortable for the train too.

Outfit Details:
Jumper – Stradivarius
Trousers – Zara
Bag – Prada
Shoes – Adidas

My sister used to go to University there so I am slightly familiar with the town as I visited her a couple of times. We got there around 12 and walked around the town for a bit and then went to have lunch. We wanted to have lunch at Six restaurant on the sixth floor of the Varsity hotel but it was fully booked so we went to their river ‘pub’ instead which was also really cute and the food was delicious. We then went for coffee outside on their rooftop bar which had a great view and would highly recommend going.

I hope you liked this post!

Love,

Laura xx

 

 

 

 

Quick trip to Spain

Hey everyone!

I just got back from Spain, as some of you may already have seen I went to Jerez de la Frontera, which is a small city 1 hour away from Seville as well as Gibraltar. I went there with friends because I needed a quick break from London. In this post I thought I would share a little bit of my time there, what I did during my stay, tips and recommendations as well as some outfit details.

My flight was really early in the morning so arrived in Gibraltar at 11:30 and so as soon as we got there we went for some much needed coffee and then went straight to Jerez. After lunch we explored the town and went to the Nike factory for a little bit of shopping. I must say it was really relaxing even though I had been up since 4am, walking around a lot and was super tired but theres something about Spain that makes it super relaxing and enjoyable… unlike walking around London. I felt like I could actually sit down and enjoy a coffee without having to think about anything… which in London I find hard to do because it is such a fast paced city that you can never be completely relaxed.

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Outfit details:

Floral mesh top – Zara

Nude suede skirt – Sandro

B&W slip-ons – Anya Hindmarch

Denim Jacket – Stradivarius

Bucket bag – Louis Vuitton

The weather was around 30 degrees during the day so I wore skirts, shorts and dresses with slip ons and sandals, whereas in the evening it got a little colder so I would wear either long sleeves or long trousers with flats. I had planned my outfits while packing so that I wouldn’t overpack but managed to forget my white Adidas sneakers as well as a pair of jeans so I had to improvise and wear what I had which was super annoying. We planned to go to the beach as well because the weather was amazing and when living in London, the beach isn’t really an option, so why miss out. The afternoon we went, however, ended up being really windy…so it wasn’t as pleasant as we thought it would be. Although, I still managed to tan a little! and that’s usually really hard for me as I am really pale and not the quickest to get a tan… and to think I have Italian blood…

Most evenings we went out to dinner and then to the fair, Feria de Jerez, (which is a really important Spanish celebration), where we had a few drinks and went on rides.

On the last night we went to have dinner at this Mexican restaurant, El Mejicano Chiguagua, which was honestly insanely good. I loved it and i’m so picky with my food and don’t usually eat Mexican so I can assure you it was good and I ate A LOT. It was also reasonably priced as well which made it even better, so if you do happen to be in Jerez, I definitely recommend to go!

Sorry about the limited amount of photos, but when I was there I got carried away with taking polaroids and was just enjoying the moments rather than constantly taking pictures with my camera.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my quick trip to Spain and hope you’ve had a good start to the week!

…and for those of you in London at the moment I hope you’re enjoying this lovely weather as much as I am (even though I am currently drowning in work).

Love,

Laura xx

Family holiday part 2 – Dubai

Hey again,

As I said in my previous post, here is the second part of my family holiday, Dubai! We stayed there for 3 days. I must say I did have high expectations because of people telling me how much they love it there and how often they go. So, to begin with I was a little disappointed. However, our flight to Dubai from Muscat was also at 6am so when we arrived I was really tired and grumpy and had to wait in the heat until our rooms were ready, so I can definitely say my mood affected my first impression.

On the second day we went to Atlantis, as my parents thought would be fun since I have a younger brother and our family friends also have 2 younger kids. I found it has been so overhyped by people as the queues were humungous, even with a fast track pass and the rides were so short and didn’t really match what people had told me. Overall, in my opinion it’s not really worth the long wait. If you were to ask me i’ve had much better water park experiences in Europe and wouldn’t really say its worth going unless you really want to go for the dolphin experiences.

Even though my very first impression wasn’t great and Atlantis was a bit of a disappointment, as we explored more of Dubai, I ended up liking it much more. I would also love to go back and discover more of it as we had hardly anytime to see anything – 3 days is way too short!

On the last night we went to an Indian restaurant called Indego by Vineet, which was recommended to me by a friend. Situated on the Dubai Marina at the Grosvenor House Tower One, we had a spectacular view with our meal. I shared 2 starters with my sister and that was more than enough for us, as I find that Indian food tends to be quite filling. If you are a fan of Indian food I highly recommend to go there as the food was honestly delicious – although it was really pricey! After our dinner we went to visit my cousin who also happened to be in Dubai at the same time. We then went for drinks at the Shades Bar, which had a great ambience and spectacular presentation with a lovely pool and view, as you can see from the photo below.

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As you may know from my first post, I do have a very sensitive stomach and have a diet that I follow, so having said this I’m always the annoying girl at the restaurant who asks one million questions about the food. However, on holiday I do tend to relax a bit; I can assure you that I ate A LOT during this trip but had no problem finding something to eat at all the restaurants. So if you’re in a similar position with dietary requirements then don’t worry because it is perfectly doable.

(I’m really sorry about the pictures in this post but I couldn’t bring my camera to Atlantis and due to always being in a rush I forgot to bring my camera along with me to most places 😦 but I hope you enjoy reading this anyways!)

Love,

Laura xx