Top Five Shoes For Spring and Summer

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Summer’s here, which means it’s time to put those boots to the back of the wardrobe! These five fab shoes will take you from beach to festival and beyond for a brilliantly well-heeled Summer season:

1 – The Jelly

Cute, sweet and super practical for the beach, the jelly shoe is a Summer essential. Forget the t-bar jellies of your childhood though – grown-up jellies are a whole lot more stylish. Ted Baker has a fantastic range of gorgeous jelly shoes, including the Black Layered Bow Jelly Sandals. Or for something a little different, the Ancient Greek label has amazing jellies with unique wing detail at the ankle.

 

2 – The Gladiator

Strappy gladiators never go out of style, and they’re a great way to jazz up a swimsuit to go from beach to bar on holiday. If you don’t want to have to deal with awkward tan lines though, go for a pair that just strap up to ankle height! This pair from Ancient Greek Sandals is a dream for Summer.

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3 – The Espadrille Wedge

A wedge is the perfect Summer shoe when you want a little bit of height but still want to rock a casual look. An espadrille-style wedge is a great look for the beach, and will add height and laid-back style to your holiday outfits. Wear with everything from swimwear on the sand to a playsuit for afterdark adventures.

 

4 – The Heeled Mule

The mule is the ultimate slip-on slip-off Summer shoe, and makes a great replacement for your Winter courts. Choose an open toe mule with a heel like the Wanda Welted Mule by DKNY and you’ve got a very versatile shoe that works as well for the office as it does for long Summer evenings out on the town.

5 – The Clog

A chunky clog-style heel is ideal when you want a comfy, casual shoe for sightseeing or festivals. Look effortlessly cool in the sunshine in clogs and a boho style dress or cold-shoulder top. Free People is an exciting label with loads of lovely clogs in its Summer collection

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Spring is here: get yourself multi-Coloured!

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Multi-Coloured Magic

Although Summer is here, unfortunately, that doesn’t always guarantee good weather. Chase away the clouds with a rainbow-coloured outfit that will put you in a bright, sunny mood, whatever the weatherman says! Here’s some magical multi-coloured inspiration:

The Chloe ‘Jamie’ Sandal

Chloe is one label loving the multi-coloured strap sandal this summer, with several variations on the Jamie available. These chunky-heeled sandals have knotted straps in all colours of the rainbow, for perfectly pretty, colourful feet that will pep up any outfit! White is fantastic as it lets the colourful straps really pop. Also available in a wedge and in black.

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The Farragamo Sara Bucket Bag

The Farragamo Sara range has some super-sweet colourful arm candy that’s impossible to say no to. We love the Rainbow Bucket Bag, as it’s got a shoulder strap and a handle for extra versatility.

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The Valentino 1973 Range

The 1973 range by Valentino is an explosion of colour, with rainbow-coloured everything from bags, sandals and shoes to dresses, tops, shorts and coats. Amal Clooney was recently seen rocking the rainbow in the 1973 Striped Dress, so you’ll be in very stylish company!

Jaded London Rainbow Mesh  swimwear 

There’s no need to go top to toe rainbow to rock the multi-coloured look. If you prefer a more subtle style, choose a piece with just a pop of primary colour magic. This swimwear with a rainbow stripe pattern is all what you need to hit the beaches!

MiH Jeans Multi-Colour Chevron Skirt

If you prefer your colours on the more muted side, this sweet little suede mini combines inky blue, mustard yellow, red, brown and black to give a colour pop that’s less in your face. Guaranteed to look amazing with any simple black top.

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A Weekend in Rome

When it comes to travelling to my hometown every excuse is a good excuse, really 🙂

A Weekend, a whole week or even a fortnight, regardless of the amount of time I spend there, every time never really seems to be enough. On the other hand, I can’t really complain, Italy is only a couple of hours flight away from London and offers a plethora of opportunities and places to go depending on the season.

My favourite, though, is…

Spending a Weekend in Rome

Sunset nearby Largo di Torre Argentina. Photo by Roman in London

Here remnants of the Empire meet Renaissance masterpieces, cobbled piazzas and wonderful churches, it’s all thrown in with an increasingly cool contemporary art, food and drinks scene.

But since you’d need an actual eternity to see everything in the Eternal City, I’ve shared with you some pictures I’ve taken while walking around Central. It took me a couple of hours (with something like 300 stops to take pictures) to walk from Piazza del Popolo to Largo Argentina.

During this short walk, you can see the major landmarks: Piazza del Popolo, via Del Corso, Piazza Di Spagna and the famous ‘steps’, Pantheon, Galleria Colonna, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza del Parlamento, Altare della Patria and Largo Argentina.

History is around every corner of Rome. From the Pantheon and the piazzas to Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel, the ‘Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations.

In fact, in Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand just next to Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains, but also to great – and contemporary – neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a crowded aperitivo scene. Happy hour for us is a way to meet with friends, have a glass of wine (or two) and eat some starters from the buffet.

The city’s mild Mediterranean climate is another persuasive reason to visit (aside from December – February that can get a bit chilly there too).

Piazza del Popolo. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

A private Courtyard in central Rome. Photo by Roman In London

 

 

Via del Corso. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Corner of Via di Gesu’ e Maria. Photo by Roman in London

 

 


 

 

Details of a post box. Photo by Roman In London

 

Bakery Sign. Photo by Roman In London

 

Private Courtyard. Photo by Roman in London

 

Old Metropolitan Cinema. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Piazza Navona. Photo By Roman In London

 

“M’hai provocato e mo me te magno!” #hometime #romanholidays #romaninrome #getaway

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Some information:

Visitor passes

The Roma Pass (romapass.it) discount card, currently priced at €36 (three day) or €28 (two day) and available online or from tourist information offices, gives free entry to two museums of your choice and reductions for many others, plus unlimited use of citywide public transport.

International dialling codes

0039 06 for Rome numbers from abroad
06 from inside Italy
00 to get an international line

 

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OOTD: Wandering around South Kensington

Styling your wardrobe in a climate like London during spring time is nothing but a layering game.

You can literally experience four seasons in a day: entering the tube when is sunny and hot outside and getting out when is dark and pouring down with no hopes on earth of a dim ray of light. Therefore, sometimes, there’s no choice left but to throw on this and throw on that just so you can stay warm and fresh when needed = Layering.

In this instances, I do miss my Italian Mediterranean Springs just because of the “decidedness” of the weather that made my life much more simple.

While here in London, the weather is consistently wet, windy and cold which just forces me to leave behind my Mediterranean logic and, instead, grab my warmest outfits and pullover sweater along with my (always-on-me) Chelsea boots.

This time around though I decided to show a little bit more of the “fashionista logic” and put aside my most comfortable looks for a day. And here’s the result:

 

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Photo By Roman in London

 

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Backless Top. Photo by Daniela Cadore

 

Tory Burch Wedges
Tory Burch Wedges. Photo By Daniela Cadore

 

…Hope you’ll like it!

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Camel Coat: Glassworks

Shoes: Tory Burch

Backless Top: Stradivarius

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Top Trends from London Fashion Week

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One of the UK’s most coveted event of the year, London Fashion Week has been running recently for few weeks and I was there to share my experience with you :).

Working for a fashion company I have a hint of how important it is to know before everyone else does, what the trends are going to be like for the coming season. However, you don’t really need to work for a fashion company to witness the buzz, the franticness and the excitement you get in London during those weeks, which is palpable even for an outsider.

This event has been running by the British Fashion Council for 30 years now and, this year, the main venue for the presentation space was the 180 Strand. A flock of bloggers, press and influencers had been gathering the venues to be the first to know what the next cutting-edge piece or designer of the season are.

Cafe’ inside the building, 180 The Strand. Photo by Roman In London

From the likes of Alexander Mc Queen, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry and Cristopher Kane I’ll give you some insights of what the next IT Brit Label will be.

Selfie at the mirror

 

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The external architecture of the building. Photo by Roman in London

 

Staircase – Interior architecture and design of the Building. Photo by Roman in London

Trends Highlights

Here the best bits: Photos and trends are in no particular order.

1. Off-the-shoulder

Off-the-shoulder Trend. Catwalk. Photo by Roman in London

2.Slip Dresses – Underwear as Outerwear

Slip Dress, catwalk. Photo by Roman In London

3.Backless tops

Backless trend. Catwalk. Photo by Roman in London

4.Flowers

The classic and ubiquitous English rose took root across the catwalks from Emilia Wickstead, Topshop Unique, Preen and Mulberry.

5.Voluminous sleeves

Statement sleeves are, also, one of the biggest trends. Whatever it’d be puffed, trumpet, tiered etc…you name it!

Final Line-Up

Final Line Up. Photo by Roman In London

And, finally this is where it was hosted:

  • BFC SHOW SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
  • BFC PRESENTATION SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
  • TOPSHOP SHOW SPACE – Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
  • THE PAINTING ROOMS PRESENTATIONS – Hosted by The Royal Society of Arts, Durham House Street, London WC2H 6HG
  • ON | OFF – Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

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 How to style your out-of-duty look

Want to wear a comfortable outfit but yet look cool? Read on to find out some ultimate inspiring street style trends.

All-Black

Going all black is a classic style to carry on streets. Especially when ‘off duty’,  it’s a good idea to still try to keep up appearance.. you never know what might happen or to whom you might bump into! For that, an oversized crop top sweater in black and fake leather black mini skirt is all you need to pull off a look.

 

Gisele Bundchen rocking her all-black off-duty style. Credits Pinterest

Leather Love

The leather jacket is every female’s all-time best friend. Colours other than black and blue like crimson and jade look are fabulous and alluring when paired with t-shirts, simple blouses or even lose-fit long gowns. It is a first-rate afternoon street style.

 

Less is more

We do not always have to grab something flashy. A classy tee with a camel coat and loafers showing off your ankles is enough to make a ravishing statement out on streets.

Embellishments, colours and glitters don’t always catch attention neither do you want to go all glamourous all the time while planning to hit the streets. That’s when unembellished apparel comes handy. Be daring and knock off a beauteous look in anything which drapes your body beautifully.

 

Denim over Denim

Who says you can’t go all blue in denim when you can go all black from head to toe?  Denim buttoned shirt over ripped denim jeans; that’s what you call all the shades of blue!

 

 

In love with Sneakers

 

Pairing up sneakers or flat boots with anything is an effortless sporty and high-class combo. Sneaker’s convention never comes to an end. I love to go on a break from heels and let my feet remain comfy while marching across the streets of London.

Colours, Prints and patterns

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Fashion should also be fun. I always try to mix and match what I think it would fit in.
Go with eye-catching bright colours, food prints, and striped jackets. Layering these all is the key to a bona fide look!

To make it all sassier, dab on a red lipstick and a take up an impressive clutch bag and you’re good to go!

 

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How to Work Waterproof Footwear

There’s much more to waterproof shoes than just flip-flops for the beach, there’s actually a waterproof shoe for every occasion – and as they’re great for all weathers and look cool, there’s no reason not to jump on the jelly trend!

At a Festival

Protection from the mud is essential at a festival, as you know that rain is as good as guaranteed! Full-on wellies are a must in this occasion (as in the above iconic picture of Kate Moss at Glastonbury Festival).


Planning a winter break?

If you are planning a winter break for the beach you’d want a shoe that’s easy to slip on and off easily. If you want to go for something different to the flip-flops that you’ll see on everyone else’s feet, slip into a slider instead, like Gigi Hadid does below.

 

Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas Sliders. Image Credits WhoWhatWear

Spring Showers

Brit Boots that Celebrities love are –  of course –  the Chelsea Boots. These are the boots that I wear five days in a row in London, and that usually,  get me through Autumn/ Winter/ Spring and sometimes also – unfortunately – Summer…

 

Chelsea Boots

If it’s full-on throwing it down then waterproof booties will keep feet dry without spoiling your Spring style. Colours of California has an amazing selection of low booties in a wide range of colours, with biker buckles for extra style points. Will look just as good with a sundress or playsuit as with skinny jeans.

Out and About

A sweet jelly ballerina-style shoe is perfect for skipping about town in – and will even work for work! Ted Baker has some gorgeously grown-up jellies featuring a smart bow, and the fact that they wipe clean will keep them looking pristine forever.

 

Credits for the image WhoWhatWear

Afterdark

There’s absolutely no reason why a waterproof heel can’t work in the evenings – it certainly saves any worries about drinks being spilt on your shoes! If you want to be able to dance the night away in comfort, choose a high flatform style. Braver shoe lovers might want to go for a wedge heel instead.

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Top Trends: Underwear as Outerwear

Underwear as outerwear was a huge 2016 trend that’s still ongoing and perfect for the new season. We saw it on the catwalks at Givenchy, Celine, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Dior and more, but this trend isn’t just for supermodels. There are lots of ways to wear your underwear as outerwear – check out these lovely ones!

Bodysuits

The bodysuit is back! This 90s staple looks incredible with jeans, skirts, shorts – there’s nothing you can’t wear it with! Try a lingerie style body with ripped boyfriend jeans for a sexy, casual look.

credit for the image The Fashion Tag

The Slip Dress

Simple but stunning, the slip is another 90s favourite that’s making a comeback. This beautiful blue bias cut slip by Vince is very Jennifer Anniston and is the last word in elegant, zero effort dressing.

credit for the image: Modern Legacy

 

Lace Trim Tops

Incorporating lace into your wardrobe is an easy way to wear this trend. The Multicolour silk bellflower lace-trim slip by Rebecca Taylor ticks so many boxes with lace, silk, spaghetti straps and a scalloped neckline that it has to win the prize for the ultimate lingerie-look dress.

Credits for the image The Zoe Report

 Sheer Details

Sheer panels are super sexy and will give any piece a luxurious lingerie feel. If slip dresses aren’t your thing, pick up a playsuit with sheer detail for a young, fresh take on this trend.

Credits for the image Nicky Digital

 Silky Shorts

Silky shorts are surprisingly wearable, and a lightweight silk/cotton mix pair will keep you cool and comfortable, whatever you’re doing. Team with a vest top by day or a sexy body or sheer blouse after dark.

Credits for the image WhoWhatWear

Loose Pants

Large pants under a sheer skirt is a huge style trend at the moment, with Burberry Prorsum, Isabel Marant,  Dior and Balmain all sending models down the runway with their knickers on show.

Credits for the image Refinery29

Chic P-J Style

Credits for the image Harpers Bazaar

A sense of humour is the ultimate accessory for this look. Bold colours and patterns, as well as stripes, look perfect for this style.

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12 books I’ve read in 2016

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January:

“The Joke”

Milan Kundera is my favourite author and he has never disappointed me so far. His way of writing is brilliant, The Joke is about what you don’t expect to happen, but that shapes your life instead and your way of thinking even. This book also talks about political analysis, historical references and discussions of music and post-modern narrators and finally, love. Needless to say, truly recommended.

February:

“The Girls”

Written by Emma Clint

Even though I’ve heard many good things about this book, I must admit that I fail to understand the reason why. It brings me back to my teenage years and those books you read while on holiday to lighten the weight of more “heavyweight” books that you have to study instead.

It’s based in the 60’s, the plot is about the life of troubled teenagers living in Northern California.

I totally struggled to get to through the end of it.

March:

“Modern Romance”

Written by Aziz Ansari

Borrowed by a colleague of mine, I really couldn’t wait to read the stories of Modern Romance, a book about an era of technology-based communication and now even flirtation. Gone are the days of the bold first moves at the local cafe’ when an exchange of smiles could have meant the begin of something. Things are changing fast, but not necessarily in a bad way, this according to the Author at least.

Do you agree?

April:

“If on a Winter’s night a traveller”

 

Written by Italo Calvino

A very different writing style, experimental. A postmodern classic, different stories are written in a humorous and deeply engaging manner. Mystery, love, spies you have it all in this book. Truly recommended.

May:

“1Q84”

 Written by Haruki Murakami

Less keen on the magical fiction genre, however still intrigued by the story. A mix between a love story, a novel, a self-discovery journey of both the protagonists (Tengo and Aomame), but also a “rival” to the dystopian reality of 1984 by George Orwell. Well written, though a bit repetitive, probably one of the reason why it’s 900+ pages.

June:

“As the crow flies”

Written by Véronique Tadjo, Wangui wa Goro

“Indeed I too would have loved to write one of those serene stories with a beginning and an end. As you know only too well, it is never like that, though. Lives mingle, people tame one another and part. Destinies are lost.”

Tadjo flies over different lives and experiences – as a crow does – in search of truth.

 

July:

“Per dieci minuti”

 Written by Chiara Gamberale

This Book is written by one of my favourite contemporary Italian novelists, suddenly Chiara’s life no longer exists, at least how she used to define it.  Because sometimes life can challenge you and can happen that your partner leaves you and that you have to leave the house in which you grew up. That your work may be entrusted to another. Her therapist then suggests her that for a whole month, every day, for at least ten minutes, she has to do a new thing that she has never done before. This will lead to surprising choices. Chiara Gamberale it’s telling us that changes are scary, but are necessary to get back to “life”.

Even though the reviews of this book aren’t generally great, I’ve truly enjoyed. A quick read (on a 3-hour flight from Rome to London) but overall very pleasant.

August:

“1984”

Written by George Orwell

One of my favourite books so far… I love novels, but when novels have some science fiction in them then it’s the perfect mix for me. This is one of the classic books and I don’t have any idea of why it took me so long to decide to finally read it!

The year is 1984 and George Orwell’s prophetic and dystopian vision (or negative utopia) of how the world will be by that time has hooked me from the very first line.

“WAR IS PEACE.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.”

September:

“Thinking Fast and Slow”

Written by Daniel Kahneman

Aim to engage and challenge the reader on the way we think. Intuitions are not always to be trusted, while slow thinking might be the better choice. This is part of our nature that makes us sometimes biased or making us tend to jump to conclusions too fast.

October:

“The 10X Rule”

 

 

A dear friend gave it to me as a gift and told me” You MUST read this” it totally changed the way I approach life goals. I then read it and thanked it for the suggestion, I won’t take every single word of the author of the book as the “Holy Grail of life” but definitely is a broader perspective that we should take into consideration. It basically explains that, in order to achieve our goals, we should put 10 times the effort and establish a 10times higher outcome. In order to keep us all always motivated and engaged.

November:

“The Rosie Project”

 

 By Graeme Simsion. Published in 2013

Don Tillman is an Associate Professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne, he’s charming but he’s never been on a second date. He’s also socially challenged and has Asperger’s syndrome but he doesn’t know that.  Before completely losing hope of finding his soul mate,  he decides to embark upon a singular project called “The Wife Project”.The scientifically minded scientist makes a list of all the characteristics his future spouse will need to possess, however, on the journey to the perfect match he will randomly meet a woman who definitely won’t check any “item” on the list.

This book is fun, well written and engaging. I like the fact that this book, event tough highlights serious issues that people with the disease face every day in their life,  also shows that if you move beyond the irregularities of a person, we all have something to offer and that we all have value and strengths and all deserve respect and to be treated with dignity.

December:

“Brave New World”

 

Written by Aldous Huxley

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” 

Aldous Huxley narrates about a future where the World is controlled by people that want to build the ideal society.

A masterpiece.

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Dinner at Rivea Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel

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Rivea Restaurant was, admittedly, a pleasant surprise. ‘Hidden’ inside the lavish and glossy Bulgari Hotel, Alain Duchesse protege’ Alexandre Nicolas is now in charge of the kitchen.

The cuisine is both Italian and French “inspired by the many years Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence”.

We were recommended the place and, being a group we were able to taste different things from the menu as we wanted to try many different things.

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Puzzle of flavours. Photo by Roman in London

The first plate that grabbed our attention was the above combination of colourful pots of 8 condiments ‘prepared for your pleasure….’ Every little pot contained a different vegetable purées which we scooped out with bread sticks.

 

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Starter: Marinated line-caught sea bream, citrus.Photo by Roman in London

The picture above was one of my favourite starters: Marinated line-caught sea bream with citrus. The combination of flavours was excellent.

The main course was Seared cod, shellfish, Cassis and white wine sauce, tasty and light at the same time. The Lemon cake was also great.

And finally, the service was what really impressed me. Angelo, the Italian head waiter, made us feel very welcomed and was kind and helpful throughout the whole evening with the many requests we’ve had, while flawlessly topping up the wine, bread and water.

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Details of the Bulgari Hotel Hall. Photo by Roman in London

Not a cheap choice but overall more than worth it. Suitable for dinner with friends and as a romantic venue for a date.

 

Location: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge , London , SW7 1DW

(020 7151 1025, rivealondon.com). Daily, noon-2.30pm and 6.30-10.30pm. Lunch menu £35. A la carte, a meal for two with wine, about £170 including 12.5 per cent service.

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