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!
When it comes to makeup my approach has always been minimal. I basically love a great foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and lip color. Very simple, nothing fancy on a day-to-day basis. When I travel however, I have more time to spend on my makeup so I pack a few additional items to spruce things up a bit. Eye shadow, eye liner, highlighter, my MAC Ruby Woo and the perfect lip gloss. For brushes I have a few favourites. My MAC 217, Chanel number 6 and brushes from Sephora’s own line that work really well. A favorites post will follow soon, but in the meantime these makeup products/tools all make the cut. How does your routine differ between day-to-day makeup and travel? Thanks you so much for your comments!
When I first sat down to write this post I realized how simple surviving with 3 weeks in a carry-on bag would be. Not ideal but totally fine if you organize your items effectively. This post is the first of a three-part series (makeup and carry-on liquid suggestions to follow). My strategy (and yes you need one if you are used to packing everything you own) was to determine which staples I needed for sure and then add-on from there. I also used a process of elimination and struck things off my list that weren’t really necessary to take. It also helps to have a great piece of carry-on. I recently invested in a new TUMI bag (here) that made packing easier and super organized.
Tops were simple as I chose 4 tops (green, white (for on the plane), black, striped). I also packed a white button down shirt from GAP and my favourite Old Navy denim shirt.
Black booties (on sale here); Adidas (for on the plane); ballet flats (on sale here), Havaiana flip-flops and gladiator sandals.
When it came to dresses, I packed one favourite from Urban Outfitters that could be paired with both my black booties and gladiator sandals for two completely different looks.
Sweaters: black cardigan; longer more casual cardigan and grey waterfall cardigan (for on the plane). I also throw a pashmina in my bag just in case it gets cool during my flights.
For handbags I packed my favourite Topshop bag (you can find a similar one here) and I am carrying my Calvin Klein bag. I plan to purchase a new black smaller cross body bag during my travels so did not pack one for this trip.
The other items in my bag are a black bra, panties, white and black camisole tops, a couple of pairs of socks, comfy PJs, one piece and two piece swimsuits, bathing suit cover-up, my GHD hair straighteners, a voltage converter, and my TUMI toiletry kit.
As I hesitated to try to master two weeks, I thought this would be a tough challenge but it has actually worked out quite well. Not having to queue for check-in and checked baggage makes it well worth the effort.
How do you normally travel, carry-on or carry-everything? I would love to hear your feedback and thank you for your comments! To be continued….
Seven days never seems to be enough to accomplish everything I would like to in a week, and another one has flown past. Although I hate to wish time away, it does put me that much closer to my upcoming vacation! I am super excited to be travelling soon and cannot wait to share my journey with you, but first my Friday’s Seven Favorite Pins post (try saying that ten times really fast). I still enjoy scrolling through Pinterest looking for things to inspire me and truly hope that there is a little inspiration for you in my choices as well. This week I am loving the leather culottes from Zara and casual denim jeans look I found. Alexa Chung (a regular it seems in my favorites) in a sweet denim skirt. I purchased the Topshop version here for much less than the AG Jeans version and love it! The tiny side street in Italy captured my interest and is definitely one I would like to find when I am there soon. Finally, two of my favorite shoe choices for this season Birkenstocks and espadrilles, and a bag I am totally wish listing which can be found here and here. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for your comments!
So, in the lead up to my vacation I hit the drug store to scoop some of my favorite products in their friendly travel size versions (excluding the Venus as the travel version seemed teeny and looked like it would be awkward to grasp in the shower). For those of you who haven’t yet found me on Twitter and Instagram, I am about to embark on a three week holiday with only carry-on baggage. Call me crazy, ask me if I have gone mad, this will be a true test of my ability to organize and survive without hitting the first Boots/Zara that I see. (Bear Grylls eat your heart out if I pull this off!) In this drugstore haul, all of my choices are repeats of items I currently use with the exception of the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray which I recently discovered and definitely wanted to try. Apparently it works as a dry shampoo as well so for those in-between days it should work a charm. Well that’s my post for today, happy Monday! Actually it is a public holiday here so that makes it even happier. Discovery Day thanks to Christopher Columbus who discovered two sister islands to this sweet little piece of paradise back in 1503. I will be back shortly with my makeup haul to illustrate what products I absolutely have to have in my bag when travelling (this is a pared down version as well and thank goodness for Selfridges when I hit London). Enjoy your start to the week, thanks again for following along and for all of your lovely comments as I appreciate each and every piece of feedback I receive from you!
Putting this past week quickly behind me and looking forward to a jam-packed weekend, I relished staying in and sorting my favorite post of the week during a quiet evening at home. Pinterest always provides an escape and although I pin dozens of favorites each week, there are always a few that stand out in my mind whilst doing so. My Friday favorites this week provide all kinds of fashion inspiration. Two simple looks on my favorite It Girl Alexa Chung, a very cool pair of Adidas and the cutest kitchen ever caught my eye immediately. Michelle Williams in the perfect Louis Vuitton advert and a sparkly skirt via street style are super pretty. Finally, when it comes to fashion icons Jackie O has to top my list of favorites and this particular photo captures her style brilliantly. Hope my choices this week provide you with some inspiration heading into a weekend full of possibilities. Have a great weekend!
Friday’s fast pace spins me into action and its time again for a roundup of my favourite fashion inspired pins via Pinterest. This past week has been super busy with lots happening and my focus has been shifting from place to place. Great shoes, cool street style, a pretty dress and a currently covetable handbag all made the grade. A pin of my favourite beach setting, I am a bit biased on this one 😉 and a rather enviable shoe collection by SJP rounded out my choices. With Cayman Fashion Week in full swing I am so excited to be attending some of the events with the girls over the weekend. Nigel Barker’s book signing for Models of Influence (brilliant book) this evening and the main runway show tomorrow night promises to make this weekend stellar! Thank you for dropping by and for your comments, have an amazing weekend!
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