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