Snuggled up with a cup of tea and my knitting, reflecting on a great 2017 and all thats to come in 2018. I couldn’t be happier after a weekend spent visiting Devizes, Salisbury, Castle Combe and other small villages within Wiltshire with my love.

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The highlight for me was seeing Castle Combe after wanting to visit it for so long. Castle Combe is one of the most beautiful villages I’ve visited. With rustic cottages just like the ones you’ve seen in pictures, it’s no wonder this town is one of the most photographed places in the UK.

If I could share one wish for 2018 with you it’s to stop worrying, try and find the joy in the day-to-day, don’t take anything too seriously. If it feels good, do it. If it hurts, feel it and let it go. Be kind to friends, strangers and most importantly yourself. And lastly, if you have a dream just go for it!

A big thank you to my love for giving me the perfect end to 2017. Here’s to us and the year we have ahead that’s full of possibilities.

Lidia

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.

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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

With a basket full of flowers after a trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market, I was ready to start on the dried flower wall installation for Selfridges.

Once I returned from the flower market, I unpacked and divided flowers up into small bunches, I tied string around the stems and left them hanging to dry.

Two weeks later..

I untied all the bunches and cut down the stems and removed any leaves that I didn’t want.

I then started making little bouquets. I made sure to pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller stems near the top and back. I filled in the gaps with smaller blooms.

The display was used for Simone Rocha’s pop-up at Selfridges. The dried flowers worked perfectly for Simone Rocha’s SS17 collection.

I hope you enjoy the dried flower wall install as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Lidia

“You all right? his eyes asked.
I’m all right, hers answered.”

– LaVyrle Spencer, Morning Glory

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On a recent weekend away to Bath me and my boyfriend popped into a second-hand bookshop, a small shop with shelves stacked high with hundreds of different genres of books.

My favourite types of books are romance novels, so it will come as no surprise that my boyfriend ended up buying me Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.

The book is about ex-con Will Parker who answers the ad of Elly, a pregnant widow looking for a husband. As Will helps Elly work on her homestead and care for her young children, they develop mutual respect and love.

This is what I call historical romance. It’s realistic, down to earth and absolutely beautiful. It’s a definite must read!

Lidia

I am absolutely loving Enhancing Your Mind, Body, Spirt a new weekly magazine by De Agostini. It gives weekly tips and tricks on health, herbal remedies, stress relief and spiritual experiences.

The thing I enjoyed reading about this week has been ways to create an ideal sleeping area. Simple changes to the way we use our bedrooms will help us into the habit of drifting off to sleep easily. E.g. the room temperature to the right mattress.

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The use of a dream catcher can have a positive effect on the way we dream. Dream catchers protect us from harm while we rest, catching good dreams as they pass by and getting rid of any bad dreams as they drop through the hole in the middle.

I’ve also enjoyed learning about dream pillows. A dream pillow is a herbal sachet filled with aromatic herbs. When squeezed, the dream pillow emits the fragrances of the herbs within to help you drift into a restful sleep.

I have just purchased a herbal sachet that I will be using as a dream pillow from Lu’s Hands.

Lu’s Hands make hand crafted herbal beauty goods. You should check out Lu’s shop, there are so many wonderful handmade products to pick from!

‘Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.’

Sweet dreams,

Lidia