Latest (and last!) purchase in the sales:
The Who tassels necklace from Isabel Marant
Look what was waiting for me when I arrived home yesterday
A pair of beautiful hand-made sandals sent from Italy by my mother and sister-in-law!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Franca and Giulia. I love the sandals and the colours you chose are perfect. I promise I’ll post pictures of me wearing them soon (I haven’t managed to take a decent one yet :)
I know it’s 30 C outside (yippee! love it!), but I couldn’t resist posting these photos from See by Chloé Fall collection.
I’m probably at the age when I should already have graduated to the main line, but I cannot help it. I still have a massive soft spot for Chloé’s little sister…
(all pictures from tooklookbook)
I said I’d get back to you on a quite horrible looking but very useful pair of trekking shoes I bought for my holidays in Sicily…
So here’s the pièce de résistance…
Beautiful, eh? :) I bought them very reluctantly, following my husband’s advice (he had a little shopping frenzy at this outdoor clothing shop we visited before the holiday when he considered buying all kinds of weird equipment… as if we’re preparing for an expedition to the desert. Hilarious. I’d a few laughs with it). However, I must confess that these were the shoes of the trip. Best value for money purchase of 2012. Comfortable, totally blister-free, ultra-resistant. I wore them in all our long walks and even swam with them on in a few occasions. And all of this for £19.90. Super.
Anyway, to finish off this “packing for the holidays” series (promise. no more post about this!), I need to tell you about my packing strategy for this holiday… As I was sharing a suitcase with my husband and we’re hopping from B&B to B&B every 2 or 3 days (i.e. with no time to properly hang/organize all the clothing in the hotel closet), I decided to split my clothes by type (i.e. day dresses, evening dresses, t-shirts, etc) and pack each type separately in large dust bags. This made it very easy to find any item (without messing the whole suitcase content up, which is something that makes me crazy. I hate untidy suitcases and wrinkled clothes) and saved me a lot of time in the constant packing/unpacking process (I literally only had to stack the dust bags in layers in the suitcase).
I knew that all those net-a-porter bags I kept over the years would serve me for something…
And c’est fini. Next post(s) I’ll tell you about Sicily. xx
I’m back in London. Sicily was wonderful and I’ll tell you more about it over the next days (once I manage to get through the post-holiday mess that took over my flat!). I came back with a little tan, which I’ll make sure to show off come rain or shine :)
This is what I wore to go out today…
American Apparel sweater + Etoile Isabel Marant skirt + Ancient Greek sandals
OK, I’m not showing that much skin… but that’s because it was fresh this morning. I heard that summer is finally arriving in London, so maybe I’ll get the chance to wear other summer outfits soon.
And here’s the last bit: jewellery and accessories. This is very simple as the only thing I essentially need here are my sunglasses. All the rest is really secondary. One hat, some earrings, a couple of necklaces, and a few bracelets and I’m done. Actually, I think I’ve brought too much…
Arriverderci for now!
Im already in Sicily. Actually, I’writing this post from my balcony in Taormina. 22h30 and 29C. Just what I needed.
Well, since my last days in London were a bit too hectic I didn’t have the time to finish my “packing for holidays” series. But now that I finally got some Internet connection, here they are… My shoes:
From top, left to right: my ancient Greek sandals and the saltwaters that I’d already talked about here. Then, my havaianas. Beach holidays = havaianas for me. Can’t be without mine. Finally, a pair of black sandals. These are from comptoir des cotonniers, but… I left them at home. They are a little bit uncomfortable and I decided for a last minute replacement by my reliable purple chie mihara.
There’s also a pair of quite horrid but very useful trekking sandals that I bought following my husband’s advice… But I will tell you more about those later. Now I’ve to leave this balcony before the mosquitoes eat me alive! xx
I’m going to be very minimal this time. In every trip I make I end up using only about one-third of all the make-up I carry with me. I’ve finally learned the lesson and I’m putting in practice a new model: I’ll only take the very, very essential from now on, i.e. the stuff I know I’ll wear every day.
So here are the selected few:
In more or less random order: ♥ Estee Lauder Daywear (this is a 2 in 1 product that I really like: tinted moisturiser + SPF15. I decided to skip foundation and wear this instead) ♥ Avène eye cream (this is new, but given it’s from Avène I think it’ll work just fine) ♥ Vichy Normaderm moisturiser (I’ve been using this ‘anti-imperfection hydrating’ cream for a week or two now, but I still don’t know how I feel about it. It’s definitely moisturising, but I’m not convinced it works well under the make-up… I think I’ll probably go back to my usual Avène skin recovering cream once I finish this bottle) ♥ Bobbi Brown pot rouge in powder pink (this is a cream blush that I think works fine with hot weather. I like the fact that its colour and texture look very natural on my skin) ♥ Shiseido multi-energising cream (I use this as a night cream and I love it. It’s perfect for my oily+dehydrated skin. But I think it’s actually too rich for the summer. Oops, I’ve just decided I’m leaving it in London) ♥ Nars cream eyeshadow duo Thebes (this will work as both eyeshadow and illuminator, if necessary) ♥ Shu Uemura eyelash curler (e s s e n t i a l) ♥ 2 eye pencils: black from Urban Decay and golden (powersurge) from Mac (e s s e n t i a l – part II) ♥ Lipbalm (this one is from Korres and it is very good) ♥ 2 lipsticks in neutral/pinkish colour (from Bobbi Brown and Paul & Joe) ♥ Lip gloss from Laura Mercier in Bare Beige (still not sure I’ll take this. I’m not a very big fan of lip gloss, although I think this one is particularly nice, almost non-sticky and it smells divine).
And on top of the products above, I’m also taking these…
Two comments here: (i) the ‘eau thermale’ from La Roche Posay I got for free. I’ve to admit I never really understood its added value (it’s just spring water. in a spray can. pfff). So I thought that since it’s very hot in Sicily I could at least use it to cool down during the trip, while we’re on the road, (ii) the Clarins Delectable self-tanning mousse is a godsend. I hate self-tanning creams. I really do. I can’t stand the way they smell, I hate the application process, and I don’t like the (patchy) colour that results from them. However, this one is different. Well, at least for me. Smells good, it’s very easy to spread and delivers a very natural and light colour. Give it a try if you’re looking for a self-tanner.
After an exhaustive selection process that took me over… hmmm… 10 min, this is what I’m bringing in my suitcase:
From top, left to right: ♥ Etoile broderie anglaise top ♥ Topshop crochet tunic (I have had this for ages and rarely wear it. So here’s an opportunity) ♥ Green top bought at Urban Outfitters ages ago (it is full of little holes now, but I still love it) ♥ Beige embroidered top from F21 ♥ Lilac top bought in Bali ♥ Three very wrinkled tank tops / t-shirts from Gap and Mango
From top, left to right: ♥ H&M denim shorts ♥ Etoile bandana-print skirt (it has a gathered front. it’s so cool :) ♥ APC Madras black mini-skirt (actually I’m not taking this one. I replaced it by a denim mini-skirt from Le lis blanc) ♥ beige shorts (I got these in Sao Paulo 6 or 7 years ago from Farm. Really like the cut and the little feminine details. it’s a shame they are getting very old).
And that’s it. The foundation of my holiday wardrobe.
Still to come: shoes, make-up and accessories