Santa Severa: one of Rome’s prettiest beach

A beach close to Rome, with clear water, a medieval castle, and some Roman ruins: why not?

Santa Severa, even though is not really a destination widely considered by foreign tourists, is in my humble opinion, a proper hidden gem that’s worth to visit especially if travelling during the summer months. If you need a break from the heat of the City, you might be surprised to hear how easy and close is to slip into the clean Mediterranean waters.

Santa Severa, amongst other destinations by the sea, is only 50 km from Rome.

The beach that surrounds the Castle is free, which is quite rare given the fact that in Italy most of the beaches are taken over by private owners (Stabilimenti).

Santa Severa. Photo By Roman In London

Named after its homonymous martyr, is believed to have been an ancient Roman port under the name of Pyrgi. Like its bigger neighbour Santa Marinella, it was a popular summer resort for the Romans as well as a fishing settlement supplying fish to the mainland towns and Rome itself. The outline of the Roman settlement is still visible, if you walk around the borgo (walled village) you will notice that the Roman-era foundations are made of massive cyclopean masonry. On top of this, the medieval borgo walls were built, from smaller stones, covered in plaster. Inside the walls, there is a small museum, a church and some small artsy shops.

Santa Severa. Photo By Roman In London

Here is the castle’s official website, where you can also pre-purchase the entry ticket: http://www.regione.lazio.it/santasevera/

Santa Severa. Photo by Roman In London

How to get there from Rome: https://www.rome2rio.com/it/s/Roma/Santa-Severa

Santa Severa is about 45 minutes away by train from either Termini or Trastevere station. The train ticket costs about €5, but access to the beach is totally free.

 

 

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Here’s your new favourite Swimsuit

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A swimming costume or bikini is probably the most important purchase of the Summer, so it’s one you want to get just right. Whatever your body shape and personal style, there’s a super swimsuit to suit you!

Stand-Out Swimsuit

If you want to turn heads on the beach then back away from basic black and go for eye-catching colour and pattern instead. Spots and stripes never go out of style, and a colourful cut-out swimsuit gives extra fashion points.

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Perfectly Petite

If you’re looking for a swimsuit to suit a small frame or bust then remember that voluminous frills and ruffles will both add interest. The gypsy-style Leandra Off Shoulder Bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez is a winner for those who dare to be different. The off-shoulder style is bang on trend too.

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Killer Curves

The halterneck bikini top is a curvy girl’s best friend for the beach. The Daisy Print Bikini by Dolce and Gabbana is super cute and there are matching retro-style high waist bikini shorts too.

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Poolside Posing

If you’re not actually planning on getting closer to the water than a poolside sunlounger, La Perla has some incredible swimsuits for posing up a storm in. The sequined ‘Dreamland’ plunge swimsuit is a white hot number that will go great with whatever cocktail you’ve got in your hand – just be careful not to spill!

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Waterpark Ready

Whether you’re keen to do some actual swimming, or want something that will stay put on the waterpark slides, a proper swimming costume definitely has a place in every suitcase. Onia has a good range of sturdy swimwear that will withstand the waves. The Devyn zip-up top is a sporty, supportive alternative, if a one-piece doesn’t appeal.

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Five Fantastic Festival Looks

Festival season is on its way, and with limited room in that rucksack, what to wear needs some serious consideration. Here are five fantastic looks to match these top five festivals:

Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Camp Bestival is completely family friendly, so why not take the kids for a weekend of music plus loads of fun activities like medieval jousting? Fancy dress is the theme, so the brighter and funkier your outfit the better. Moschino is one of the most fun, funkiest labels going and its little sister label Love Moschino is ultra affordable. black moschino dress

Green Man, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Green Man is a folk-themed festival which has to mean long boho style maxi dresses and gypsy style tops. Band of Gypsies is a fab folky label and this red sleeveless handkerchief hem dress is perfect for floating around a field in.

Reading and Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds festivals’ are where “the cool kids go”, so expect lots of denim cut-offs and band tees. Add a choker to bring your festival look bang up to date for 2016. River Island has a nice selection to choose from, including the BlackBow Choker.

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South West Four, Clapham Common, London

If clubbing is more your thing, get the festival feel with this open-air clubbing event featuring the Chemical Brothers, Rudimental and Dizzee Rascal. Stand out on the makeshift dancefloor in pieces like these shorts by Milly. A bandeau top and flatforms make a comfy and cool clubbing outfit.

 

The Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire

This perfectly posh festival in Cambridgeshire has plenty of colourful fun on offer, from paint fights to dance offs. This arts and music festival is all about being at one with nature, so you won’t go far wrong with florals. A floral playsuit is super practical for dancing and sitting on the grass in. Just add leather sandals and you’re ready to party!

 

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The Perfect Playsuit

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Playsuits are the ultimate versatile one-piece item of clothing – dressy enough to go partying in, comfortable enough to run around, dance and sit down in! Whatever your style and body type, there’s the perfect playsuit to suit you:

Relaxed Summer Style

A pull-on printed playsuit is the Holy grail of casual all-in-ones, ideal for heading to the park in this summer. The Lula Cold Shoulder Floral Playsuit by Ecot is a super cute take on the cold shoulder trend.

 

 Hitting the beach 

A bright, vest-style playsuit is great for throwing on over your bikini after a day at the beach. The bright floral pattern makes this H&M playsuit a winner.

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Eveningwear

When playing out after dark you need an elegant yet alluring playsuit to sizzle in. The one below is an example of what I mean 🙂

 

 

Dinner Date

A playsuit is an on-trend alternative to a dress for a dinner date as well, you can go for a piece with some lovely lace detailing like the for a gorgeous outfit for a romantic meal for two. This one from Modern Citizen is a culotte jumpsuit which will definitely fit for the occasion!

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Work, Work, Work

There’s no reason why a playsuit can’t work in the office. Choose a tailored playsuit for a smarter look. The smoke ring one from Free People with the flower embroidery is as perfect for the office as it is for going out on the tiles.

Lovely Loungewear

A jersey playsuit is a great addition to any loungewear wardrobe. The Deep V Lace Romper from Express is the ideal off-duty piece for comfy chill out time.

Lounge playsuit in red

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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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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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