I Wanna Be EUR’s

16It might be the Brit in me, but I want to talk about the weather! These photos were taken last week when we were hitting around 33° here in Rome.  In the city it somehow feels hotter too, the heat seems to bounce off ancient marble turning the streets into a giant greenhouse.

Not wanting to do anything too strenuous we headed to the EUR district of Rome in the late afternoon for an explore. I wore this beautiful vintage dress (it deserves a more in depth post of its’ own actually – label research in process!) with a DIY cropped T shirt to keeps things casual…and voilà! Throw on the sandals you’ve been living in for the past few weeks and it’s as easy as that! I really rather like it but in truth it was still a little too warm for the blazing sunshine.

3 IMG_0931 12 IMG_0814 1356EUR was commissioned by Mussolini in the 1930’s to celebrate fascism in Italy. As an area designed entirely from scratch rather the usual expansion and redevelopment of cities it feels quite unlike the rest of Rome. Visit the Colosseum for example, and you’ll be impressed its’ the grandness and scale, yet you’re very much aware you’re looking at history, at ancient Rome. Take a trip to EUR and it feels like ancient Rome’s best bits have been revamped for modern eyes.

IMG_0437The district is pleasingly uniform, each building in matching shades of almost white marble or limestone. You’ll see hallmarks of ancient Rome, a stack of columns or a row of arches, in buildings with present day uses. Although I never ventured to this part of Rome before living here, I would recommend spending a few hours taking it in – preferably out of the midday sun!
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A Million Dead End Streets

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Things are changing round these parts! You may have noticed a little bit of painting and decorating going on on the blog, in other words, a new and hopefully improved format. It was starting to look a little tired and dated, but with a little TLC it’s looking perkier and fresher, although it’s very much a work in progress. There’s also some news in the pipeline which should make for some exciting future posts. Watch this space.

I spent yesterday mooching around Oxford and taking in all the (free!) attractions the city has to offer. We saw Dodo’s, dinosaurs and a variety of stuffed animals (which you are invited to touch!) in the Museum of Natural History. I took lots of colourful photos, but for this post I wanted to pare it down and keep the photos consistent too. The sandstone colour palette of Oxford is rather pretty so the technicolor museum snaps are staying under wraps for now. 01
This ASOS jumper has been a staple for me lately. Easy to add layers to depending on the weather and with an interesting side split to keep my fickle attention span happy. A polka dot shirt underneath keeps things fun – sometimes I feel a little boring if I’m not wearing a print of some sort. The boots are from Dune and have been lived in this Winter, a wise investment even if I do say so myself.duneboots Polkadot collarportrait portrait5

Go to bed with wet hair and this is what I end up like, thank heavens for hairdryers eh!
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I only live about an hour away from Oxford so I can’t believe I’d never been before, it’s a beautiful day out. A lot of the museums and university buildings are free to enter, and there’s lots of architecture to see across the city centre. The choice of restaurants and shops is good too, both independent and the usual chains…I can’t think of anything it was missing!White Jumper

A Stormy Sky Over The Mountains On A Sunny Sunday

sittingSo you may have noticed that I’m trying out outfit posts on this blog. As such, I’m trying to keep reminding myself to stop being camera shy and awkward and just ask people to take photos for me. I think it’s always a strange request, but I repay my friends in weird expressions, strange poses and many many outtakes. Totally worth it, don’t you think?

Anyway, whilst I’m practising how to stifle my natural strange expressions, here’s a quick post from the other weekend!

Plans were made on where we would eat and breakfast was skipped in order to work up an appetite. In reality, that was a dumb idea as were told there was a 20 minute wait for a table. An absolute age on an empty stomach.

Thankfully, we quickly whiled away those 20minutes with these outfits shots.

spotty dress red shoes bag coat red dolly shoesI love these little dolly shoes, so red and shiny. After living in boots all winter, it was weird to switch back to a more summery shoe, especially without an in-between phase in the middle – I haven’t worn a brogue in so long!
The shoes are from Mellow Yellow, the bag and coat (both seen before on the blog) are vintage.
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torsoThis vintage denim shirt is one of my favourite ways to change up a dress, especially in warmer weather when I don’t need a jumper too. If you’ve noticed the glint of gold flashing at you, then I don’t blame you – this necklace certainly turned my head! I’d fallen out of the habit of wearing jewellery, preferring a simpler look without the tons of accessories I wore in my youth. I spotted this necklace on Eclectic Eccentricity and immediately loved the Art Deco triangles and chunky slice of Amethyst. It’s called Tove Amethyst Triangle Necklace if you want to find it on the site. I thought their description was pretty damn cool:

“Tove comes from Scandinavian mythology, taken from ‘Tófa’ meaning “Beautiful Thor”. Being the God of Thunder, this necklace so looks like a stormy sky over the mountains.”

amethyst necklaceIt’s the sort of jewellery which you wait excitedly for the postman for, and Instagram almost immediately after unwrapping. That’s fairly geeky isn’t it, but why not? It’s such a pleasing and satisfying thing to admire.

We've patched up our differences and I've fallen in love with #jewellery again! #amethyst

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redshoes leamington2 outfit viewI’m thankful to my friend for taking these photos for me, otherwise my outfit photos would look only like this last shot!

 

 

And Your Bird Can Sing…

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It’s getting to that time of year when you can start to feel the season changing, with gentle reminders of Autumn nudging you for attention. Getting ready yesterday morning, I was choosing which sandals would go with my Summer dress only to see (and hear) the rain reminding me to be slightly more practical! On went the standard tights and sensible shoes instead.

Thankfully, the shower abated and I took advantage of what I suspect will be one of the last days of Summer with a trip to some nearby Gardens.

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swan print dressI love this swan print dress! It was love at first sight when I spotted it on eBay –  with a cute collar and even cuter print I knew it had to be mine. It’s actually maternity wear which means it’s a bit, ahem… busty for me but I think it’s manageable.

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With such changeable weather I covered up with a favourite army shirt of mine. It magically fits into that slot of your wardrobe when it’s too hot for cardigans, and too chilly for bare skin. Being so useful must be why it’s so worn and bobbly but I’m not ready to part with it yet.

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wasp flowerIt turns out having your picture taken for blogging is mortifying and hilarious in equal measure. Of course, I’ve edited out the dodgy snaps but I can tell you they come with captions such as; “what’s wrong with your face?”, “yeah, you have got a funny mouth” and “what are you doing with your arms?” Not my words, but those of my trusty friend behind the camera :) So, for balance, please enjoy some pictures from around the park including a rather adventurous squirrel!

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Toxic Threads

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This week, Greenpeace have released a report detailing the toxic trail of the textile industry in China. I haven’t had chance to read it yet, but the accompanying pictures really put specific faces and stories to sometimes uninspiring facts and figures.  Go take a look.

A quick browse through my wardrobe and I discover that my favourite dress is made in China (and I’m sure countless other garments) so it’s easy to see that we should all be taking an interest in where our clothing comes from. It’s particularly timely as I’ve just written an article for the Bloomtrigger Project about the ecological impacts of cotton production which you can read here.

If you’re interested in finding out more about ethical fashion I’d suggest stopping by this blog, ran by a friend of mine, Katie Ledger. Her enthusiasm for all things green is catching and I must have picked up lots of interesting facts purely by osmosis over the years. She really knows her stuff, why not take a look and be inspired.

Oh! You Pretty Things

This weekend I drove up to Manchester to see my much missed friend, Sara. We met at uni in Sheffield; I was wandering round first year halls looking for my new housemates. Sara was unpacking trinkets and pinning Beatles posters on the walls. Isn’t it obvious we’d be friends?

Overall, it was a pretty chilled weekend, we did attempt a night out but it was destined to be one of those hyped evenings which just can’t live up to expectation. We came back early and watched David Bowie on BBC 4, which was super! (Incidentally, if you want a soundtrack to this blog post, a bit of Bowie will always go down well.)

Not many photos this time, but treat yourself to some of the vintage homewares around the flat Sara shares with her boyfriend.

“In case of emergency dial 999”,  obviously some important factual information here.

A selection of Hornsea Heirloom pottery.

Portmeirion Jupiter hot chocolate mugs.

I love the way this golfer’s face is slightly mismatched! I wonder if it affects his putting?

My favourite, a G Plan sideboard kitted out with mini bar!

Fancy a game with these Biba saucy ladies playing cards?

The mini bar in all its evening glory, Babycham anyone?

Proof that we did leave the house! We spent Sunday afternoon wondering around Didsbury shops and eating lunch in the park.