My typical Week-day (when not at uni)

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to tell you a bit about my average Monday as well as get a cute outfit post out there for you guys. I am in my 3rd and final year of uni so I have a lot of studying to do. Usually I either study at home or at a cafe with a friend in the morning. This time round I went to a cafe in Aldgate East called Treves and Hyde, with a friend. Of course we didn’t go that far for just any cafe… we went purely because of the pretty pink interiors. JK… (I think).

Anyways, If you’re a pink fan then this cafe is heaven plus the fact that the food is really tastyyy, staff are so lovely and oh in case I didn’t mention it enough already…the baby pink interiors are dreamy. We ordered Japanese style salmon with avocado purée, tuna tartar, scallops and sweet potato wedges with yogurt dressing and shared everything. It was really delicious and had a different twist to it than the cafe’s I usually go to. We then had coffee, matcha and a little sweet treat, which was perfect to keep us studying well.

 

For the outfit, I wanted to be comfortable but at the same time wear something cute and since it happened to be sunny that morning, I took full advantage and went back to some pastel pink summery colours. I wore my comfy slim mom jeans and paired it with a cute vest and a bomber on top.

 

Although the vest had a nice open back I got too cold and I changed top half way through… and took more photos because..well, why not! I love this top as well and it also worked super well with the outfit. Oh and the interiors of course… love matching the interiors 😉

 

After spending most of my day there, I grabbed a quick snack at home and got myself to the gym, for a nice sweaty workout before then going back to studying, dinner and a nice long bath before bed.

Outfit details:

Top: Zara – Similar

Top No.2: Topshop – Similar

Slim-fit Boyfriend Jeans: Similar

Bag: Chloé

Shoes: Zara

I hope everyone’s hanging on… only half way to the weekend! 😀

Love,

Laura xx

 

Lunch at Borough Market

Hello everyone,

I’m back and i’m going to talk about the mini ‘adventure’ I had around London when my cousin visited from Italy. Due to both my parents being Italian, all my relatives live in Italy and my family and I go to Italy more than they come down. So, of course i’m always super excited when they come to visit.

During the 4 days she was here we did a lot of shopping, walking around London through all the parks, ate lots of good food, and also ended up at Borough Market, which I had actually never been to. Oh and of course I took her clubbing. A little party never hurt… am I right? 😉

London view from near Borough Market

The market was actually so pretty and had some amazing food with a huge variety to choose from. There was Thai, Indian, English, Mexican, Chinese… you name it. I found a nice little Vegan stall which had vegan burgers and salad bowls, which is kind of my version of ‘food heaven’ so of course I ended up getting the salad bowl and I can tell you this… it was definitely 100% worth it! My cousin on the other hand got a nice Indian plate which I must admit was also so tempting.

Vegan Salad Bowl

Having had lunch we continued to look at all the stalls and came across one selling nut butters and found turmeric and maple cashew butter. I am aware it sounds weird but I absolutely L O V E nut butters and I can’t get enough of turmeric either. I was initially slightly skeptical about it but after being convinced to try it…DAMN…

And then I get asked where all my money goes… to little 8£ jars of nut butter… whoops?

If you ever find yourself near London Bridge go have a walk through Borough Market and pick up some tasty goods too. It will be totally worth it, I promise. Food is always a good idea 😉

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the weekend 😀

Love

Laura xxx

Dinner at the OXO Tower

Heyy everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I’ve had a bit of a stressful week but i’m going to write a short review post for now but will be posting something longer sooner. I went for dinner at the OXO Tower the other night with my boyfriend and thought I would just share what I thought about the food there.

To begin, we shared a starter which was goats cheese wrapped in butternut squash with figs. This was my favourite plate, it was delicious and looked so pretty.

For the main, I had duck whereas my boyfriend had lamb. I am not a big fan of lamb so would always recommend the duck but if you like lamb it was still tasty and the sides made the plate look very vibrant and much prettier than mine.

Now, for the desert, we both aren’t that big of fans of sweet things and much prefer savoury so we shared a desert, (although we did end up picking the desert that was meant for 2 people anyways). We had the mixed berry soufflé, and wasn’t too impressed by it although It did look stunning, i’ll give them that! However, both my boyfriend and I found it a bit too sweet for our taste buds and I ended up just eating all the mixed berries on the side.

I really enjoyed the food there as well as the ambience and the view. They have a wonderful terrace which looks onto the river thames and St Paul’s cathedral. Since it was dark when we went you could see all the lights from the city and boats which made the view so much more special.

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Outfit details:

Top: Zara

Trousers: Zara

Boots: Zara

Jacket: Pinko

Bag: Balenciaga

I had a lovely time there and I would highly recommend anyone to try this restaurant.  Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love,

Laura xxx

Vegan Cookies

 

Hey everyone,

Hope everyone is having a great September. I had some spare time on my hands due to being ill and bored at home for a few days (thanks to London Fashion Week), so decided to do some baking. I love baking but never really get round to doing it. As some of you may know already, I love to eat healthy (90% of the time, at least) and due to having a very sensitive stomach, I don’t eat much gluten or dairy products either.

I took the recipe idea from ‘the best 5 ingredient cookie’ recipe on Deliciously Ella’s website as I love her recipes and always use hers as inspiration for when I cook. Since chestnut season is finally starting (and of course I LOVE chestnuts) I wanted to include some of those in my cookies. So I made a few with and some without as well as adding raw dark chocolate pieces into some too.

They were really fun to make and superrr easy. It was my first time making them so I was a little scared as to how they would turn out and to share it with everyone… but I was actually happily surprised at how they turned out so decided why not. They may not be the best looking cookies.. but they sure did taste good so I’m happy 😀

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The ingredients:

1 cup of ground almonds
1/2 cup of ground chestnuts
12 medjool dates (soaked in water for 5 mins)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
3 tablespoons almond milk
2 cubes of raw dark chocolate cut into small pieces

Method: 
pre-heat the oven at 180c, fan setting. 
Place all the ingredients (- the choco chips) in a food processor and whizz until it sticks all together and looks like cookie dough.
Add some chocolate chips, raisins or whatever you may fancy (I actually preferred the plain ones without any chocolate). 
Then create cookie shapes and just stick them into the oven for roughly 15 mins.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

The perfect fall sweater

Hello everyone,

Sadly, London has been getting much colder lately and it’s time to start shopping for those layers again 😦 I recently came across the perfect fall sweater… in Zara, of course. It’s the one oversized sweater everyone needs in their closet to snuggle into when it gets cold.

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It comes in three colours; blue, off-white and mid-grey. I got it in the royal blue because I wanted to brighten up my fall closet…as at the moment, it is looking a little ‘grey’. I also know that colour blocking is very trendy for this fall so even though the colour was a bit out of my comfort zone I went for it without thinking twice. However, I love it so much already I will probably end up buying the other two colours as well 😉

I felt like something comfortable, so I paired it with black jeans, my go-to sneaker and a burgundy bucket bag (also from Zara). However, if you want something a little different you can wear it with loose fit trousers and mules or over a midi pencil skirt or dress.

As said in my previous post I was going to share some news with you in this post as well. So, I will be working with the British Fashion Council for London Fashion Week later this week. I’ve been wanting to for a while now and although I know it’s going to be super stressful and pretty much hell week i’m still very much excited and looking forward to it 😀

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

Summer Internship

Heyy

Sorry for not being too consistent with my posts lately but I’ve had a lot going on lately and just been super busy… and this post I will be writing why that is.

After 1 month of traveling it was time to get back to some work. I’ve finally been back in London for nearly 3 weeks and have settled into my normal routine.. well kinda. I have been doing an internship so I’m still now completely back to my usual routine… but keeping busy and honestly I love it. I do however love holidays, especially beach holidays and not having to think about anything, but after a few weeks out I must admit I actually miss London and my routine.

I started a PR and marketing internship at a health tech company called Qardio as soon as I got back from holiday, and yesterday was my last day. You might be thinking what am I doing working at a health tech company since I study fashion… right? But I also devote a lot of my time into health and fitness, so working at Qardio has actually been an interesting time for me and allowed me to expand on my knowledge both on PR and Marketing as well as on health. I was working with the marketing team although I also got to write some health and fitness related posts for their blog and got to do some design based tasks too, which kept it really fun and interesting.

I love the area and the contrast of all the buildings and architecture, its honestly so pretty if you just stop and look around yourself for a bit.

Outfit details:
Blazer - Rag and Bone
Top - Zara
Joggers - Zara
Bag - Channel

I hope you like the pictures and the area as much as I do as well as my outfit from that day. I am going to have a nice relaxing weekend as I just finished my internship. I have another exciting opportunity coming my way, which I will be sharing with you in my next post.. soo make sure you don’t miss it!

Have a lovely long weekend everyone!

Love,

Laura xxx

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