Sunday, October 7th, 2018
If you’re familiar with my gram, you’ll already know about my Spirit Of Europe getaway with Topdeck Travel; a whirlwind adventure across 13 countries in 24 days. From the first picnic under the Eiffel Tower to the final hooray in Amsterdam, I’ve captured my Top 7 Highlights of Europe featuring the very best of each destination, along with tips and tricks from the trip. Do enjoy!
It’s the city of love that every girl dreams of visiting, ready to recreate Carrie Bradshaw’s every Parisian move, indulge in a perfectly balanced diet of croissants and cheese and fall in love with the city’s masterpiece, the Eiffel Tower.
Must See & Do: A driving tour of the city covering the beautiful french architecture, particularly the Palais Garnier – a magnificent, ornate building constructed by Charles Garnier which became the Paris Opera House and inspiration of The Phantom of The Opera. I also recommend treating yourself to an evening of authentic french cabaret! I was thrilled with the ruffles and rouge of Paradise Latin’s performance!
Must Try: Escargot – dressed in olive oil and garlic, they are surprisingly delicious!
Arriving in Lauterbrunnen was like stepping into a fairytale village of lush green pastures and mountain peaks. It was no surprise to find that this quaint little corner of the world became the real life inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elven realm, Rivendell.
Must See & Do: Soak up the beautiful view of the alps and allow the tranquil sound of the rushing river to ease you into an afternoon siesta – you’re on holidays, you deserve it! Otherwise, if you are more the adventurous type, take a trip up to Jungfrau and enjoy a helicopter ride through the Swiss Alps.
Must Try: Wander into town and drop into Airtime cafe for a Swiss hot chocolate and homemade cake, in particular the carrot cake was life changing.
The ultimate hotspot to spy a celebrity on vacay, Nice is the postcard for summer in style. This gorgeous coastal town really spoke to my soul, as I enjoyed strolls down the esplanade, gelato in hand.
Must See & Do: Spend your morning wandering through the local markets and sampling France’s finest delicacies. Then enjoy a fragrant afternoon with a tour of Fragonard Parfumeur, before picking yourself out a full bodied perfume like Belle de Nuit.
Must Try: Drop by any of the cafes along the water and share a wood fired pizza with friends whilst overlooking an ocean view.
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor can it be explored in one. Take on Italy’s capital, but make sure you wear something comfortable and expandable for all the pasta, pizza and Panna Cotta you’ll be eating.
Must See & Do: As the Romans do, start with a walking tour of Rome’s most iconic sights: Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Caesar’s Forum and more.
Must Try: Cheers with an Asti Dolce as you overlook the brilliant view of the Pantheon. Finish on a sweeter note with a serving of the best gelato Italy has to offer, available in 150 different flavours, Della Palma.
Exploring Austria was surreal and old worldly, reminiscent of the classical period, where classical music remains large and bronzed statues honour the greatest composers of its time; Haydn, Strauss and Mozart among many. Horse-drawn carriages populate the streets, whilst the architecture depicts an almost gothic feel.
Must See & Do: Bask in the virtuosic talents of classical musicians and enjoy a concert on your travels. We were lucky enough to see Sound Of Vienna at the Kursalon Wein, highlighting well known pieces from Strauss and Mozart.
Must Try: Apple Strudel, but be aware, this kind of dessert is not as sweet as what I’m accustomed to.
I’ve often heard travel tales that praise Budapest as the place to be, so I entered the city with the highest expectations. I was in no way disappointed! This spectacular city where the old meets new offers a smorgasboard of eclectic shops, exquisite eats and steep history.
Must See & Do: Are you ready to experience the exotic flavours of Hungary? Then I suggest spending your morning at the Great Market Hall, a multi level marketplace with fresh produce, spices and Hungarian knick knacks. I made it my mission to find the most beautiful hand painted Babushka doll, a keepsake which will proudly display in my glory box.
Must Try: That’s an easy one – an artisan rose ice cream from Gelarto Rosa. I can personally vouch for the flavour combination of sour cherry, elderflower and white chocolate and lavender. Delicious!
Perhaps one of the most underrated places in Europe, I never expected Krakow to capture my heart in the way that it did. With a very medieval influence complete with a fire breathing dragon statue, this magical town reminded me of the fictional setting in Shrek’s Duloc.
Must See & Do: For the history buffs, a tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine is a great sight to see. Note, you will climb down a century of stairs equating to 135m underground before gaining insight into one of the world’s oldest salt mines in operation.
Must Try: If you are an avid Gossip Girl fan like myself, you’ll remember Dan prattling on about perogies in several episodes. I now understand his passion for Polish food because they are entirely delicious! Do yourself a favour and check into hidden gem Cafe Bar Magia and order the vegetarian perogies. Thank me later!
Do you have a particular destination in mind for your next trip and need a little help putting together an itinerary? Ask and you shall receive my pretties! Feel free to drop me a note in the comments below! x
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Delphine Saintly Top & Skirt, The Daily Edited Mini Cross Body Bag, Pandora Rose Wish Bone Stack, Rose Moments Bracelet, Rose Moments Sliding Bracelets, Rose Vintage Fans Earrings, Steve Madden Heels (similar style here).
I’m feeling Spring coming on as I style my new Delphine matched set, which features a gorgeous rich wool blend, with a peppered print. Incredibly fresh and even more fabulous, this look is perfect for the abundance of spring events on the cusp, including garden soirees, high teas and chic date nights.
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Photography by Erin Smith Photography
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Staple The Label Check Blazer, Witchery Dress (similar style here), The Daily Edited Mini Bucket Bag, Wittner Heels (similar style here), Pandora; Rose Harmonious Hearts Chime Necklace, Rose Bright Heart Hoops.
Ever since seeing the cult classic Heathers, I’ve been obsessed with Heather Chandler. The queen bee of the screen, her fierce aura, her defining status scrunchie and her impeccable style are just a few reasons to be envious of this fashion icon. So when I found this check blazer, I just knew I had a Heather-esque look in the making.
Feeling super preppy as I style this garment with this retro style frock. Just give me a hint of a frilled hem and bishop sleeve and I’m totally sold. Not to mention this crepe fabric is just heavenly to wear.
Todays accessories feature new season Pandora, highlighting the Rose Collection, along with my new The Daily Edited bucket bag – if Heather was around today, I’m sure she’d approve.
Full disclosure cuties, I jet off for Europe with Topdeck Travel and will have limited access to the blog over the next 4 weeks. Seems like a lifetime but think of the amazing content I’ll have for you upon my return. Keep up with all my travel adventures on my Instafeed. Au revior for now! x
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Photography by Erin Smith Photography
Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Effortless style and comfort; that’s what I’m channelling when packing for my month long Topdeck Travel Spirit Of Europe Tour. Since I’ll be constantly on the move, I am sticking to versatile staples, lightweight fabrics and a few indulgent pieces to elevate my #ootds. Here is a selection of my favourite travel items that are joining me abroad, keeping me stylish in a suitcase.
FRANKiE 4 Jackie II Sneakers: If there’s one thing I’ll be doing a lot on the tour (alongside celebrating Aperitivo), it’s walking. A stroll along the Champs-Élysées, a walking tour of Prague, hiking through the Swiss Alps; these activities call for a comfy, yet stylish sneaker. Putting the call out to Instagram, I was recommended a pair of FRANKiE footwear based on the fact that these are crafted by a podiatrist & physiotherapist, featuring a functional footbed, full arch support and cushioning. Otherwise, they are the ultimate travel sneaker, plus they are super cute and on trend.
The Daily Edited Mini Cross Bag: Unlike a backpack, cross body bags are the perfect style for travelling as they are in your constant vision path, minimising the chance of a sneaky pickpocket. What I love about The Daily Edited is that they source a beautiful, high quality Saffiano leather which is durable for everyday wear, and of course the personality that comes with a little monogramming.
Mrs Darcy Blue Lagoon & Romantic At Heart Kimonos: If there’s one thing I automatically pack for a staycation or a lengthy stay, it’s a kimono to drape over me as I get ready in the morning. You’ll spot me wearing one of my Mrs Darcy kimonos as I indulge in a leisurely breakfast (of french pastries and macarons), overlooking my Parisian balcony.
Mrs Darcy Nightime Bloom Clutch: Evenings out call for a more playful accessory and what better way to say FABULOUS then with this exotic Mrs Darcy Clutch. The quickest way to my heart (and credit card)? Include tassels. Check!
Feather & Noise Montana Dress: You are never ready for a European adventure, unless you have packed a little stripe dress into your suitcase. This adorable number is new season stock from the gorgeous E-boutique Feather & Noise. What I love about this piece is the relaxed fit – I’ll certainly need it to mask the hundred croissants I plan to devour.
Camilla Makeup Bag (similar style here): If you already thought I was extra, then my Camilla cosmetic case will certainly reaffirm this title, as it’s just so fancy for a makeup bag. But when you’ve got precious cargo (ie, 50 shimmer pots) on the move, you too will want nothing but the best.
Napoleon Perdis Makeup: There’s no denying I have an affinity for Napoleon Perdis makeup, with the exception of a few products, it’s all I wear of a day. Having to minimise my makeup routine for the necessity of travelling, I have selected a few products that will keep my skin looking dewy and hydrated (Auto Pilot Bronzing Primer, Moisture Mist), with a natural summer glow (Loose Eye Dust in Star Light, Invisible Highlight).
Sofia Cruz Alivia SC Negro Velvet Espadrilles: I vowed that I wouldn’t pack excessively this time round; ESSENTIALS only. Factoring in high tea at The Ritz, lunch at Sketch and evenings in Paree, a pair of espadrilles have become an essential, especially when considering the cobblestone surfaces throughout Europe. I just love this pair of Sofia Cruz Spanish Espadrilles, available from Style Tread, as they combine casual with chic, seen through metallic detailing in the ankle strap.
What travel must-haves do you find yourself packing for a stylish getaway? Please leave me your tips and tricks for remaining stylish in a suitcase in the comments below!
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