Every day I dream of Florence. I dream about walking down ancient cobbled stone streets in my Birkenstock sandals. I dream of lazily sampling every flavour of gelato, while looking across the Arno. I dream of shopping up a storm, admiring art, discovering new delights and even the smell of Italian cigarette smoke. I dream of the strong aroma of coffee that meets your nose around every corner, and the thrill of hearing gorgeous Italian words every minute.
I dream of going out for late night dinners, and passing out, exhausted, into bed. Only to wake up and do it all again the next day.
While I was scanning through all of my photos from the amazing trip that I took with my mother last year, I came across an outfit that I hadn’t shared yet! This aztec dress is one of my favourites for traveling.
These photos were taken the day we spent exploring the towns along the Amalfi Coast. An area of Italy that is very close to Sorrento and The Isle of Capri. It was the first time we had managed to spend a day on the beach, and we couldn’t believe the rocks and pebbles lining the shore. I’m aware that that’s what most European beach are like, having been to Greece before, but coming from Cape Town with our white sandy stretches of seaside heaven, it always surprises me. But when in Amalfi, one must do as the Italians do – so we ate gelato, explored the cobbled streets and lay in the sunshine all day long.
I spent a wonderfully relaxing 3 nights at our family holiday house in Pringle Bay last weekend. We celebrated Ali’s birthday – she’s our local pizza place owner. If you’re ever in Pringle, make a point of stopping by for one of her amazing pizzas. I walked on the beach with my parents, ate late brunches, watched my dad play a bit of a gig which is always fantastic, and ended up having to help my dad catch and release a puff adder that slithered onto our veranda. Just a bit of excitement to end off the weekend!
My hat and shoes were gifted to me, sunnies are from somewhere in Barcelona, my dress is from Mr Price years ago, and actually belongs to my mother. I can only give a link to the cosy cardigan. Cardigan – Forever New
I absolutely love Valentines Day. I think it’s so fantastic that there’s a day dedicated simply to love every single year, and while I absolutely make an effort to show the people I love how much they mean to me the whole year through, it’s nice to do something just a little extra special on Vday. There’s a serious heatwave happening in Cape Town at the moment – it was 43 degrees celsius yesterday in the city. Luckily I had just the outfit to keep me cool and cute.
Dress – Zara | Blazer – Hobbs | Pearl necklace – Hobbs | Shoes – vintage find | Knot ring & Gold bow bracelet – Kate Spade
I love things that shine. I’m like a magpie. It’s an obsession that I try and wangle into everything in life, because what’s better than something that sparkles, right? Well in that case, what could possibly be more fantastic that a full sequin blazer? Thank you Zara for making my dreams come true.
Sequin Jacket – Zara (shop on ebay here) | Pleather shorts – Zara | Ruffled black halterneck top – Edgars (old) | Toecap boots – Zoom | Sunglasses – Guess | Knot ring & Gold bow bracelet – Kate Spade | Gold chain necklace – Primark
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.
Tank top – H&M | shorts – Thailand market | shoes – Tesco | necklace & bracelets – made myself | watch – Guess (old)