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

 

 

 

 

Baby blue obsession

Heyy everyone,

I’m sorry for being kind of M.I.A lately; I’ve had lots of things going on – between uni work, internship applications and interviews as well as recently getting a job, I haven’t had much time to devote to blogging. However, I wanted to share with you another outfit post because lately I’ve been obsessed with pretty much anything in the colour baby blue, I love wearing it.. I don’t know why but that colour ALWAYS makes me so happy!

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Fave Item:

This strappy top with ruffles, purchased just before my trip to Spain, has recently become one of my favourite wardrobe items because apart from the colour, ruffles have been everywhere lately and if you don’t own anything with it… Well then… you should haha

How I wore it:

I wore this top with blue skinny jeans and an oversized distressed denim jacket. A mini LV bucket bag and white sneakers. If you’re lucky enough to be somewhere with warmer weather, i’d pair this with shorts; for example, blue flowy shorts which make the perfect summer combination. H&M currently has lots of cute mid- and high- rise shorts in store; rather than being grossly skin-tight they let a little air in, which is far more comfortable in the heat!

Where to find:

You can buy this top from Stradivarius; it comes in hot pink and white as well. I’m also thinking of buying the white version as it’s so easy to wear and perfect for summer. Since this top is adorable and inexpensive, i’m thinking of purchasing the white too! Let me know what you guys think, any opinions are much appreciated! 🙂 Ruffles are everywhere you’re bound to find them in pretty much any high street store but I suggest Stradivarius, H&M and Zara. If you’re looking for something fancier and don’t mind the price tag, then you should have a look at Self Portrait, as the tops are made with such amazing detail and accuracy.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Top – Stradivarius

Jeans – Zara

Jacket – Stradivarius

Bag – Louis Vuitton

Sneakers – Stan Smith, Adidas

Anyways, I only have 2 more weeks of uni left and then i’ll be FINALLY freeeee and will be able to post more regularly. Good luck for your remaining exams if you have any!

Lots of Love,

Laura xx

Brunch in Notting Hill

Hey again!
Coming back from a trip in Spain to a bunch of uni work and applications to get done was not fun. So I decided to ease back into the week with brunch at my favourite spot in Notting Hill. So Monday I went to Farm girl with Anna as she had never been.
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I ordered the oven baked eggs and added some chicken while Anna had the Açai Bowl and some scrambled eggs. To drink she had the cute dog Chai latte while I went for the Blue Butterfly Matcha with almond milk. I took that one because (besides my obsession with the colour baby blue lately) it was the only latte I hadn’t tried at Farm Girl… Oh and I definitely think I found my new favourite. 😀

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Notting Hill is one of my favourite places in London especially to enjoy a coffee or have brunch, which is why I decided to add some of my other favourite spots in the area.
I love the food at Granger & co. as well as the ambience however, it is a chain and there are many in London, so wouldn’t necessarily go to Notting Hill to go there… I would rather go to Farm girl or one of these..

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Jusu Brothers
Just Brothers is definitely one to try, their interior is so cute and they have a wide variety of amazing juices and guilt-free sweet treats. I do find it a little pricey for what they give you however I still love it and would definitely give it a try if you haven’t already.
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This place also has amazing vegetarian and vegan bowls, however I must admit that I’ve never gotten round to actually going… but I’ve only heard good things about it and pictures from Instagram look mouth-watering! So I REALLY need to go soon.
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I like 202 because the menu has a little bit of everything and a lot of my friends find some of my choices too healthy. Their plates are simple and full of flavour and you’re bound to find something you like. It also has a cute boutique downstairs which I always like to have a browse after having eaten.
If you are in London you should definitely give these places a try!
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

Floral and mesh combo

Hey there!

I recently fell in love with a top from Zara and so decided that it was the perfect time to write my first outfit post on my blog. I’ve recently come to love anything floral, especially tops and shirts. I am not usually the colourful kind of girl, I love black and most of the time i’ll be wearing black, especially with London’s weather being so dull. However, on occasion, mostly (or only really) during Spring and Summer, I do wear quite a bit of colour. When I first saw this top at Zara I didn’t even try it on I just went in and bought it straight away.

A lot of people seem to think that because a top is see through you can only wear it in the evening, for an occasion; dinner or a night out but I don’t think that’s the case, you just need to know how to work with it, especially not with this top anyways. That’s why I love it, I think it is so versatile, you can make it work with pretty much anything. Here I wore it as a casual day look pairing it with blue distressed skinnies, sneakers and a leather jacket. I wore it with my favourite leather jacket just because it is still a little cold so I didn’t feel like going out in a light bomber jacket, but that would have been perfect too. Moreover, if you are lucky and are somewhere warm at the moment (pretty much anywhere BUT London), it can easily be paired with a pair of denim shorts or a denim or suede skirt.

If you want to make it slightly more elegant just pair it with some lose fit pants or shorts and elegant flats (I tried it on with a pair of nude/pink Valentino flats and loved it) or a pair of heels of course. For heels I would go for a sandal, something quite open or a simple nude stiletto as it is quite a delicate top.

Floral mesh top – Zara

Blue distressed skinnies – Zara

Leather jacket – Pinko

Sneakers – Stan Smith – Adidas

Bag – Gucci

Sunglasses – Valentino

I hope you enjoyed this post and see you soon!

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

Family holiday Part 1 (Oman)

Hello there!

SOoo, I’m finally writing my first proper blog post and i’m super excited to share this with you guys. As some of you may have seen through my Instagram (@lauraacastelli) I recently (mid-April) went to Muscat and Dubai with my family and some family friends. Muscat is the capital of Oman, and a place that I had previously never been to so I was really looking forward to the trip, especially because I had just finished my second semester of my second year of university and was looking forward for a relaxing holiday under the sun.

We were in Oman for 5 days and stayed at the Shangri-La resort as well as spending one night sleeping in a resort in the desert, which was so much fun! We didn’t have enough time to visit Muscat, so I don’t actually know what it is like, but I did pass through by car and I do have a nice image of it in my memory – I recall a white and pastel palate, very elegantly laid out in its natural landscape of sand. However, the desert and the oasis we did experience was an amazing adventure and is definitely worth doing – it was honestly breathtaking. Also, the weather… I thought I would NEVER actually say this but it did get unbearably hot.. I couldn’t even lie down to tan for more than 5 minutes! I would wake up in the morning around 8am to 32 degrees already and by 12pm it would be up to 37-42 degrees celsius.

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We arrived to the Shangri-La early in the morning and we were all so tired that we slept most of the first day. On the second day, after an arduous car journey (with multiple pit stops), we finally made it to the desert just before sunset. We were in Jeeps and our driver had no restraint on going full speed, so that was one hell of a bumpy (and scary) ride. Nevertheless, it was so worth the view after.

It was really hot but at the same time soooo windy so my hair went a little crazy, (as you can see from the photos) and sand went EVERYWHERE. In the morning we got up for sunrise and went sand boarding on the dunes and then for a quick ride on camels.. which was an interesting and uncomfortable experience.

The second oasis we went to was insanely beautiful. Unfortunately we were so unprepared as most of us were wearing flip flops and we ended up walking on rocks for 2 hours just to get to the area we could swim in.

I also went to Muscat hills, a beach club, which was a 2 minute taxi ride from the resort. The vibe was really fun and relaxed, with some really great music playing in the background. I went to have drinks with a friend who happened to be in Muscat at the same time which was such a weird coincidence.

Eating in Muscat, overall was really good. We ate a lot at the restaurants within the Shangri-La so I had a variety of different foods from different countries, however, the best and definitely a MUST (if of course it fits within your budget) is having dinner at ‘The CHEDI Muscat’, which is a 5* hotel with a contemporary twist on the traditional Omani style with spectacular views of the Golf of Oman as well as Al Hajar Mountains. However, my friends dad was wearing long (ish) shorts and they didn’t want to let him in, so I would say that if you do go, make sure you are wearing long clothing! They only finally allowed him in after he was given a pair of long trousers to wear.

Here’s my outfit details from what I wore in the photos:

Striped shirt – H&M

Loose high waisted pants – Zara

White tee with holes – Stradivarius

Swimsuit – Zara

Sunglasses – Valentino

(Excuse the quality of some of the photos from this trip as I couldn’t bring my camera with me everywhere so some photos were taken on my iPhone 7)

I will be posting about the second part of my holiday very soon but for now I hope you enjoyed reading this and had a lovely weekend!

Love,

Laura xx

About me

 

 

Hey there!

My name is Laura Anna Castelli and I was born on the 23/02/1997. I was raised in London but I am Italian by blood (and yes I am aware it might not look that way because I am PALE AF). I have a BA (Hons) in Fashion Management from UAL: London College of Fashion, from which I graduated in July 2018.

I love a nice sweaty workout and cooking healthy food to fuel my body and enjoy being creative with my meals. I am a creative person and in my spare time I love taking photos, travelling and sketching and of course I love fashion too… hence my degree. So I finally decided to start a blog to share some of these things I am passionate about, along with my routines, tips and adventures i’ve had so far.

I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Lots of love,

Laura xx