I’ll admit, I’m a Summer gal. Give me frilly dresses, big hats, basket bags, and I’m in my element. Cold weather dressing can get boring when you’re wearing the same combo of jeans, jumpers, and a big coat day in day out. And when the temperatures drop so low that you’re layering thermals under your trousers, and need 5 layers of tops to stay warm, well fashion just flies right out the window.
I think I’m getting old.
Exhibit A) The sneaky crow’s feet making an appearance around the corners of my eyes.
Exhibit B) The fact that I have started calling my boyfriend “my partner”.
Exhibit C) I can’t remember the last time I stepped foot inside a club. Or was in bed later than 1 o’clock, come to think of it.
But mainly, exhibit D) The fact that my hemlines have been slowly slinking lower and lower till my usual mini skirts have come to feel somewhat indecent by comparison.
I recently moved into my first flat, and swiftly became obsessed with interior decor, spending practically all my free time scrawling through Ikea catalogues and browsing Etsy in the hope of spotting a bargain. Homeware shopping can be quite overwhelming when you’re starting, as there are so many different options and you need to be keeping in mind price, quality, as well as whether everything will go together. Creating a coherent theme and sourcing items that all work together to evoke said theme without breaking the bank is not easy, but if you know what you want and where to look, it makes things a lot easier. For me it was important that my home reflected my personality and interests through decor – I love colour and I love travel, so I went for a ‘global fusion’/wanderlust theme with my interior furnishings. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite places to source pieces, as well as a little glimpse into my home!
So I really was going to write a super intelligent thought provoking piece on ‘relationships in your 20s’ or ‘what to do when you feel like you’re failing’ or something of that ilk, but because a) I have an irrational problem with blog posts where the pictures don’t match the text, and b) I kinda just want to go on about pretty things, this post is going down a slightly different path (99% of it will probably be along the lines of OMG THESE EARRINGS, warning you now).
Italy is probably one of my favourite countries to visit in Europe. The food is amazing (I could eat pizza every meal, every day, and not get bored. Probably wouldn’t be too good for my waistline though..), the scenery is beautiful, the cities bustling. It has something for everyone, from romantic getaways (hello, Venice!) to short city breaks (Florence, Rome..), and everything in between. Not to mention it’s super Insta-friendly, from Cinque Terre and Burano to the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Man, just typing about it has got me itching to book another trip..