23 Apr 2014

SS14 | Birkenstock

1 Pink // 2 Black Patent // 3 Floral // 4 Snake Print
When Birkenstock became "fashionable" again last summer, I would have never thought that this year a number of designers and highstreet brands would actually replicate the look and create their own versions of this traditional sandal. Thanks to my Mum and her faith in the brand, I have worn Birkenstock from the age of 1 and still love my black patent single strap ones which I usually wear around the house. Particularly after a long day and if I've been walking a lot, they really manage to relax my feet and make me feel comfortable again. Anyway, whilst some Birkenstock still look a bit too traditional (if you know what I mean) the 4 above pairs are quite contemporary and would work with a pretty sundress or skinny jeans.

22 Apr 2014

Siena, Italy.

Italy is one of my favourite countries to travel to and while I have already been there a few times (to Rome, Venice, Lake Garda and Verona amongst others) there are many areas that I only know from photos but which I also want to visit one day. The Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and Naples are only a few and not only will all these areas be kind of the same but also enormously different from each other, the people will too. When I saw photos of this wedding in Siena I couldn't help but share the link with you. It brightened up my "Monday" a bit after that nice long Easter weekend.

21 Apr 2014

Pink & Red

1) Geometric Dress / Box Clutch / Strappy Sandals / Essie Really Red
2) Animal Print Dress / Clutch / Heeled Sandals / Essie Wicked
3) Floral Dress / Envelope Clutch / Flat Sandals / Essie Marshmallow
Traditionally there have always been colour combinations that were quite frankly frowned upon: black and blue, red and pink, black and brown to name a few. It seems that these "rules" have been thrown overboard in recent years. Black and blue together were very big during AW13 and seem to be coming back for AW14 as well. Red and pink have been out there for a while now but while browsing the internet for great dresses to take to NY and the Boston wedding, I found a few variations which I truly loved. While I actually bought the French Connection dress, the beautiful Bastyan dress is way out of my budget at the moment and I'm still ogling the one from Asos.

PS: I am not sure about black and brown yet. Tan maybe, but not so much brown.

18 Apr 2014

Spring Nails

Friday nights often are my mani-pedi nights as I often just come home after work while Joe is out so I get the house all to myself and can watch TV during my beauty sessions. Last Friday I thought it was time to ditch the dark shades and go with something a little more colourful since we've been having the most gorgeous Spring weather. I decided for a dark pink on my finger nails (Watermelon) and a light pink on my feet (Lovie Dovie). Very happy with the combination! Let's see what takes my fancy next time.

17 Apr 2014

Easigrass™ Balcony

Last weekend we finally got started upgrading our balcony. For the last 2 years it was nothing but a grey metal grid with railings - boring and even scary for some (you could look down a dozen stories) - and we've not really been using the space at all. Joe first suggested to lay grass on the balcony about half a year ago and after some research he came across Easigrass™. After inspecting the samples at John Lewis, we decided to go with the Easi-Chelsea Super Soft as it was by far the softest and looked great (after all it "was awarded a GOLD MEDAL due to its realistic properties and amazing feel" at the Chelsea Flower Show). It took us about half the day to install everything but the results are great! Suddenly the balcony feels like an additional room, you can walk and lie down on it comfortably and when the sun shines it even warms up.

16 Apr 2014


All photos here.
There are only few things which I find truly breathtaking (at least of what I know) but infinity pools like the above with their amazing views and scenery are definitely one of them. Unfortunately I have not yet had the pleasure of staying somewhere where there was one of these beauties but I rather hope that one day I will. Ideally it'll be on a vacation somewhere far away with turquoise water and green nature all around and I won't have to share it with anyone but Joe (at this point you could have heard me sighing...).

15 Apr 2014

City Bags

1 Topshop £30 // 2 Asos £38 // 3 Next £28 // 4 Zara 69.99 // 5 Accessorize £29 // 6 Next £28
When you go on holiday somewhere and know that there'll be quite a lot of sightseeing on the itinerary, you should always plan to pack a bag which will hold all of the crap you're going to carry around (travel guide, camera, bottle of water, sunscreen etc), which will leave you hands free in case you need to get more involved but which will maintain a certain level of style with a variety of outfits. Luckily there are hundreds of pretty rucksacks around at the moment and SS14 has seen a huge revival of the duffle / bucket bag so there's plenty of those to choose from as well. If you are on a bit of a budget (because you are obviously saving up for your holiday spending allowance) the above 6 will offer excellent choices in a variety of great colourways.