What a wonderful trip me and my love had to one of the worlds most romantic cities Rome.

Day 1
IMG_4966Once we arrived we headed straight out to explore the streets in the sunshine. After a bite to eat we enjoyed the markets of Campo de Fiori looking at all the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Afterwards we went to heart-shaped Villa Borghese a park that lies right in the centre of Rome. The view from the Pincian Hill overlooking Piazza del Popolo is stunning!

After rummaging through Rome’s vintage shops and finding many hidden treasures from some of Italy’s most famous designer brands, we finished the afternoon by having a little wander round to the famous Giolitti (one of Rome’s oldest ice cream parlours) for some gelato. There were so many flavours to pick from.

That evening we got lost within the back streets of Rome and stumbled across a restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

Day 2
We started our day by visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous painted interior spaces in the world, and virtually all of this fame comes from the breathtaking painting of its ceiling from about 1508-1512. Absolutely breathtaking!

That evening we had dinner at Cucina del Teatro, this spot is tucked away under an ivy arbor.

IMG_4971Day 3
After our morning coffee and croissant we walked along the Tiber the the third-longest river in Italy. First stop was the the Colosseum. Wonderful! There’s no other words to do this building justice.

To start our last evening in style I went to Aveda to get my hair blow-dried. I wore a mustard jacquard design with ruffle detailing dress, finished of with bow-front black satin no. 21 shoes. My boyfriend looked handsome in his black double breasted suit and brogues.

Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) was our first stop that evening. We climbed the stairs to the top to take in the view while the sunset went down. Probably my favourite moment from this trip!

Our last evening meal was spent at Ristorante Al 34, with a pleasant mix of rustic wood beams, brick arches, Liberty-style mirrors and prints and a great selection of Italian classics this restaurant was a winner!

We finished of the evening by making wishes at the Trevi Fountain. Once our coins were tossed we walked back hand in hand to our apartment.

“If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you.”

– Unknown

Lidia

I’m snuggled up with a cappuccino and my laptop away from the grey skies and busy streets of Oxford Street.

Feeling uninspired by the dull and dreary weather I’m turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve spent the last few hours researching photos of Old Hollywood and it’s definitely brightened my day.

When researching I’ve come across film stills from the 1959 American mystery film Suddenly, Last Summer. The thing that caught my attention the most was the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor who plays the films leading lady Catherine Holly.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.

The film’s costume designer Oliver Messel achieves simple and enduring looks throughout the film, from the classic little black dress to simple white blouses and pleated skirts

However, it’s the summer outfits that stand out the most for me. The famous one piece swimsuit is a highlight for me. The contrast between her tanned skin and the white swimming costume is striking.

The clothes Catherine wore at the seaside pretty much sum up what summer beauty should be. Is there anything more you need then great swimsuits and a gorgeous sun dress?

Lidia

I spent my Saturday at Town House, an antique shop in an 18th-century house in Spitalfields. I was here to attend a flower arranging workshop with Worm London.

I have followed Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth (the girls behind Worm London) since 2016. I love their unique flower styling and couldn’t wait to learn their techniques.

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In this workshop I got to use colourful and seasonal British flowers for a table arrangement. I learnt about choosing and preparing flowers, plus some tricks on how to make an interesting arrangement. I got to take home my arrangements in a vintage, ceramic marmalade jar.

I really enjoyed this workshop, I have taken away many new skills and a beautiful flower arrangement that is currently sitting prettily next to me.

“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”

– E.V

Lidia

This years Met Gala (also known as the Met Ball) the annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City took place on the first Monday of May.

The red carpet is one of the most-watched fashion events of the year and this year, celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.’ 

‘Avant-garde’  was the official dress code and the a-listers in attendance didn’t disappoint with their show-stopping looks.

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Selena Gomez in Coach.

My best dressed goes to Selena Gomez who looked stunning in a pale pink slip gown embellished with flowers, by Coach’s Stuart Vevers. She topped it off with a geometric choker, a mini handbag and metallic heeled sandals.

I also loved Gigi Hadid in in a caramel coloured asymmetrical dress by Tommy Hilfiger and Blake Lively in a plunging gold gown with an electric, feathered flame design at the train by Versace.

Who’s look stole the show for you?

Lidia 

All dressed up and ready to go, I couldn’t have been more excited for my French themed date night with my love.

I picked to wear a floral bardot dress from Topshop, black lace up espadrilles and Swarovski pearl earrings. I finished my look with a vintage needle point embroidered bag.

We started the evening by eating dinner at Palm Court Brasserie, a traditional French restaurant in Covent Garden. Reminiscent of 1920’s art nouveau style, the dining room boasts effortless Parisian chic, echoing the popular Brasseries of some of Paris’s affluent arrondissements.

We then stopped of at Laduree, a upscale bakery specialising in French macarons in a number of flavours. I was treated to a box of macarons. Delicious!

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We then walked across to the Dominion Theatre to watch An American In Paris, the breathtakingly beautiful new Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams. It was S’Wonderful!

‘You’ve made my life so glamorous. You can’t blame me for feeling amorous.’ 

Lidia