Firenze was my final stop in Italy after almost a week of touring around Tuscany. Hopefully I have captured your interest with my recent travel posts (more fashion and beauty will follow I promise), as I wanted to share my experiences and would love it if they inspire you to visit Italy. Florence was the perfect choice for our last two nights there. We stayed at Hotel David and absolutely loved it. The staff were friendly, the rooms very clean and well maintained and every evening the free “Happy Hour” was very cool. We met tourists from other countries and had the chance to relax in a beautiful garden. From our hotel we were able to stroll into the centre each day we were there and take in all of the sites that we could before it was time to head back to London. The Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Della Signoria were buzzing with people. I had to pinch myself at some points to realize I was really in Firenze after everything I had heard and read about it. We dined in little cafes, shopped in the market (also in Zara as there are two on opposite sides of the street, how crazy is that?) and snapped photos galore, for which I apologize, but it was tough to choose only a few. My top, denim shorts, Adidas and cross body bag I purchased while in Montepulciano were perfect for touring the full day. Having only packed a carry-on for three weeks travel (read my post here) I managed throughout my journey in Italy knowing that soon, I would be at my next destination London, where shopping was definitely on my list of things to do! Thanks for following along while I took you through my travels through Tuscany and for your comments as well. Happy Monday!
My seven favourite pins this week are a quick break from the onslaught of Tuscany posts I have been putting up lately. Thought it would be cool to switch it back to my regular Friday post and then finish off my Italy posts on Monday! Travel has taken centre stage on my blog these past few weeks but I plan to mix it up a bit more shortly so thanks for continuing to follow along. This week my favourites focus on fashion for sure. A gorgeous Valentino look and cute Paris window shopping scene caught my eye instantly. I loved my time in Paris and anything from Valentino would be a dream come true. Shoes of course made the grade and the ones I chose this week are perfect neutral, block heeled sandals. Love them! The book cover may seem a bit out of place but I am definitely adding this one to my list having read their first book on Paris Street Style, it is one of my favourites (check out my post here). Finally, a comfy casual look with cool sunnies and of course my Pin (definitely biased on this one), which is one of my favourite pics of me from my time in Tuscany. Hope you gain some inspiration from my seven choices this week. Thanks for following along and for taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful weekend!
Our last day near Sienna before making the drive to Florence, was spent in the beautiful Chianti region. Radda was our first stop and we absolutely fell in love with this quaint little village. After strolling the streets and chatting with the locals we got back in our car and headed to Greve. We did not spend a lot of time in Greve but we still enjoyed our visit nonetheless. We visited a small market and had a quick stroll through town before we headed off to our next destination, Volterra. Volterra was absolutely stunning. The drive up was amazing and at an altitude of 1,742 feet the views were incredible! We took our time and stopped for photos along the way. Again we strolled the streets taking in the sights and sounds, dined on pizza in the piazza, and of course consumed more gelato. All the places we visited before our last stop in Florence were steeped in history, had breathtaking views and something different to share. The people we encountered were lovely, the food awesome and I would highly recommend a visit to each and every one of them. My last photo above captures what sitting at an altitude of 1,742 feet does to your hair. I realized when sorting through my photos that I did not capture any of me specifically. In these instances I don’t mind as what I was wearing was nowhere near as important as what I experienced and captured with my camera this particular day. I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of these three lovely villages, and thank you so much for your comments!
Pienza was our fourth stop on our tour through Tuscany. We actually drove to Montepulciano in the morning and then spent the afternoon here. The driving in Tuscany was relatively straightforward (armed with a sat nav of course!) and the racing green mini we toured around in made the journey quite enjoyable. This was another one of those beautiful hilltop villages with quaint little shops and beautiful architecture. An alfresco lunch of pasta and fresh bread, followed up by coffee in the Piazza was perfect. Again I totally enjoyed taking photographs of anything and everything that captured my interest whilst soaking up the amazing Tuscan atmosphere. Packing easy pieces and sensible shoes (see my post here) worked out well for me on this trip. I could not have imagined trying to navigate the cobblestone streets in heels and a dress. Hope you enjoyed this post, if you missed them, please check out my other posts on Tuscany, here, here and here. Thank you again for stopping by and for your comments!
Montepulciano was our next stop on day three of our travels through Tuscany. Another brilliant village perched on a hilltop with the most beautiful views (we also hit Pienza but that will be shared via another post as there is so much to talk about there). Siena and San Gimignano were lovely and now Montepulciano proved to be as well. Again we meandered through the streets, having coffee in the Piazza and exploring all the neat little passageways throughout. I loved the little details like potted plants placed in front of doorways and shuttered windows with window planters. Known for its famous d’Abruzzo wine, this area of Tuscany is absolutely stunning. Rolling hills and lush green vineyards are everywhere. The drive up was thoroughly enjoyable. I loved taking in the views and capturing everything I could with my camera. The weather was getting warmer but with a slight chill in the air I wore my black skinny jeans, a plain white tank top, H&M cardigan and my favourite Kimchi ballet flats. All super comfortable for walking the distances we did that day. Photography is not yet my forte, as I am still learning with my new DSLR camera, but I like to think that the photos I have shared recently will give you an excellent idea of how beautiful the landscapes are in Tuscany. Hope you enjoyed this peek into another amazing stop along my journey. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, I appreciate and love to read them!
My seven favorites this week are all about style. Street style, iconic style and style in general. Alexa Chung always appears to make the cut when I choose (in fact 3 out of my 7 this week are Alexa related), as her style is simple and easy to emulate. Sarah Jessica Parker in the new Jordache Jeans advert illustrates how great style never fades. Jordache jeans has definitely chosen wisely in selecting her as their new spokesperson. What a great way to reintroduce the new line! (link above to their website) My choices street style wise include a gorgeous emerald green dress with boots and a great look incorporating heels paired with sweet socks. It would be remiss of me not to include some great heels as well! This particular pair totally captured my interested with their Mary Jane style and multi buckles. What do you think of my choices this week? Thank you so much for your comments and have a wonderful weekend!
San Gimignano had to be one of my favourite places to visit while on my recent trip to Tuscany. As this was my first trip to Tuscany I tried to see as many places as I could over a short period of time. Every day offered somewhere else amazing to visit. By the way, apologies for the recent gaps between my posts! I am still on my vacation trying to sort all of my pics etc on the fly. Our second day was spent in this beautiful little hilltop village. The cobblestone streets, stone architecture and passageways twisting their way throughout the village added to its quaintness. I loved perusing the shops full of leather bags, colourful pastas and of course Italy’s infamous pecorino cheese (made from sheep’s milk). Cute storefronts and Tuscan traditions abound here. Sitting in Piazza Cisterna taking in the sights and sounds of the nearby market was also fun. Although it was initially not on my list of places to visit I am so pleased that we decided to include it. I chose a simple denim outfit and sensible shoes again proved invaluable! Treating myself to gelato at Gelateria Dondoli (world-famous) was the end to a perfect day. You can take a peek at my previous post from Siena (here). Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to comment!
Ciao! This past week I have been travelling through Tuscany and look forward to sharing details of my journey with you. We based ourselves initially in Siena staying at the beautiful Villa Scacciapensieri. Our room overlooked the prettiest gardens and the sun set outside our window every evening.
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo – Siena
My first day in Tuscany was spent in Siena. First stop the Duomo di Siena, where individual photos were insane to try to capture. I refer to my Duomo photos above as “where is Waldo”. After shuffling with the crowds, we chilled for a bit in the Piazza del Campo just taking in the sites and having coffee at Nannini. Once finished there, we strolled the streets with so many interesting things to see and lovely shops to ramble about in. The market was brilliant too with leather vendors galore. This day I stuck with my favourite Urban Outfitter skinny jeans, Kimchi Blue flats (these were incredibly comfy and the cross strap kept them in place when climbing stairs and strolling side streets) and an easy top and cardigan combination to take the chill off. The weather was cloudy and cool with a touch of rain but visiting Siena while in Tuscany was well worth it. The best advice I can offer for touring around Tuscany is that comfy shoes and attire are a must! The cobblestone walkways will wreak havoc on your favorite heels. I walked everywhere which could also be problematic if wearing heels. If you must wear them however, stash a pair of flats in your handbag just in case. Thanks for following along, next stop San Gimignano….
Friday’s favorites this week were all captured rather quickly! I am currently on vacation and the wi-fi only works if I am in the hallway outside my hotel room or in the lobby. Last night I opted to hang out in the lobby reading (well attempting to) Italian Elle and drinking hot chocolate. Oops rambling on… Regarding the Pins, one of them is my own (check out the post here), and the rest all things I adore. Jane Birkin such an inspiration for me when it comes to beauty and fashion. I love this photo capturing her in photographer mode. Alexa Chung everyone’s favorite IT girl and of course making my favorites again… and a post-Milan Fashion Week street style look. I loved the look of skinny denim with loafers and a bohemian inspired top that looks great (insert I want here). Finally the iconic Chanel bag that seems to always make the covet worthy list if only in my dreams. Hope you have an amazing weekend and thank you so much for your comments!
My Carry-On bag posts would not be complete without this final post. I shall keep it short and sweet as I am currently on my vacation (catch up with me on Instagram for day-to-day happenings). This past week I have been sharing my packing ideas for travelling with only carry-on and I couldn’t finish it off without sharing the basics I carry on when it comes to liquids. These are all the creature comforts I like to have when I travel. My Sephora Beauty on the Fly bag only gave me grief in one out of three airports but after some consideration they decided it was suitable. This was great news as I find this bag way sturdier than the ziplock bag type and the zip keeps everything locked in place. Suitcase packed, makeup/tools in hand and with the bare necessities for skin care etc packed, I am ready to go. I hope you have found my tips helpful and I would love to hear your feedback. Thank you for following along, I appreciate and read all of your comments!
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