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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Vacation Wardrobe// Tuscan Edition

Well, hello everyone! I’m back after a brief hiatus. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time away, it feels great to pen down my thoughts again. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was away travelling and I’m currently experiencing a serious case of holiday hangover, but the good news is I’m off to Malta in a month’s time. Also, after months of job scouting, I finally started a new role and I’m still settling in. It’s a pretty fast-paced environment and I have tons of responsibilities, so if you don’t see regular updates around here, you’ll know why. Since I’ve had a busy past few weeks, I haven’t really had a chance to read much or listen to any new podcasts (shocking, I know), so I'm going to share all the things I packed for my Italian Riviera adventure. 

 The weather was gloriously warm with just a spot of rain on one of the days, so I mostly packed breezy frocks and sandals. I’m currently having a full-blown love affair with off-the-shoulder pieces, so that’s all I wore on pretty much all days. Our first stop was Pisa and I wore one of my favourite dresses ever – this blue embroidered Zara dress is slightly big on me even though it’s an extra small, but I like how billowy and comfortable it is. Also, it comes with pockets, so I didn’t have to constantly check my bag to see if my phone was in there. 

For sauntering through the historic streets of Florence, I chose a spotted off-the-shoulder dress from New Look. I rarely shop from there but this one is so well made and fits me really well. Since rain was forecast, I threw on my leather jacket from Next and swapped sandals for these suede espadrilles. I love the effortlessness of this look and the espadrilles are the comfiest pair of shoes I own.

After spending the day queuing up to see Michelangelo’s David and other seminal works of art, we made our way to La Spezia, and from there we explored the five historic villages of Cinque Terre.  For Riomaggiore, I chose a pink and black floral midi dress from Topshop. What I like about this dress is that it cinches in the waist and falls to a flattering length on me. I paired it with my trusty suede tie-up sandals from ASOS. I didn’t buy a new beach bag knowing that I wouldn't get much use of it throughout the year, so I carried my old striped basket bag. Wandering through the beautiful lanes of Riomaggiore and Corniglia was definitely the highlight of my trip.

 The next day, we visited Vernazza and Manarola, and I picked a red floral maxi dress from Urban Outfitters. It’s so hard to a find maxi dress that doesn't dwarf me and this one falls to the right length. Though I had packed four pairs of shoes, I ended up wearing the tie-up sandals again – it’s incredibly comfortable and imbues an effortless holiday aesthetic to any look.

For our final day, I wore another Topshop midi dress, but I don’t have a single picture of me from that day because all we did was lounge under the warm autumnal sun with a drink by our side. While R snoozed, I read a sweet tale of romance set in Sicily by Nicky Pellegrino. The perfect beach read if there ever was one. 

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