You can say what you like about the French, but both times that I’ve been to Paris, I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting the kindest, sweetest, chic-est people. Everywhere you go in Paris feels like there’s magic and romance floating in the air. From tasting macaroons at Ladureé, to jealously watching lunchtime diners sipping champagne on the Champs Élyseés, Paris has a certain feel to it. If I could bottle that feeling, I’d douse myself in it and fall in love again, every single day.
It’s been a dream of mine to go to Barcelona since I first learnt about Gaudi’s famous architecture when I was 14. I longed to see the raw, unfinished Sagrada Familia, Park Güell’s elaborate designs and La Pedra’s curvy Art Nouveau exterior. To put it in a nutshell, Barcelona did not disappoint, neither did Guadi and neither did the summer sales at Zara.
While I was in London, shopping up a storm on Oxford street, I popped into Miss Selfridge. I was blown away by the beautifully delicate embellished pieces of clothing (or rather works of art) that hung from almost every hanger.
I purchased a number of beaded, sequined items of clothing, mostly from Zara, while I was away and they’ve inspired me to find the local alternative to all those expensive items. Below are a couple of the pieces that I saw inside Miss Selfridge, and if you follow down…. you’ll find their local counterparts!
Strangely enough, although I search through countless South African online brands, The only store carrying embellished clothing was Forever New – which is, by chance, one of my all time favorite brands. Their clothing is ultra-feminine with such a fantastic chic finish.
Florence captured my heart immediately – as I stepped off the train and breathed in the coffee and cigarette air that seems to hover over Italy, it had a sweetness to it that the previous Italian cities hadn’t. I could taste the art and the history and the secrets in the air. We took these photos a few days into our stay there, in the shadow of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, a magnificent pink and green building that in my opinion, is far more magnificent on the outside than on the inside.
Oh how I loved Rome – the sights, the sounds… the food! Even the random thunderstorms that happened in the middle of the day. It was so wonderful to feel the sunshine on me, after leaving a strangely cold 3 days in Amsterdam. This was our first full day in the city, and we were off to the Trevi fountain.
After returning home from a bright and sunny trip to Europe, I’m feeling the chill of Cape Town’s icy winter more than usual. Luckily for me, I kept that in mind while shopping overseas, and picked up a couple of wonderful pieces of clothing to brighten up my dreary Winter days until I can prance around in dresses again.
Waistcoat, striped top and black jeans – Primark UK | boots – Hunter | knuckle rings – Aldo
Dress – random shop in Thailand | flower – Mother Nature
hat – Woolworths | necklace – Spanish piece of eight (gifted) | top – Identity |skirt – vintage |cross ring – Urban Outfitters | ring – vintage |watch – Guess | shoes – Madison
My first (and only) outfit that I documented while I was away last weekend. I’m looking forward to being home this weekend and possibly re-vamping my bedroom!