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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Your guide to planning a road trip in the UK

I truly believe that a road trip is an incredible way to see a country, that feeling you get when ahead of you there’s nothing but miles of empty road, adventure and freedom.

Travelling by car will also allow you to see places your eyes would have only dreamed of if the medium of choice was to travel via plane or train instead.  One of the best things about this wonderful country is the vast amount of diverse sights and landscapes that stretch the length and breadth of the island.

Having said that, a road trip requires many things to take into account in order to avoid unexpected surprises. So, here is my guide to planning a trip in the UK:

1.If renting a car, plan in advance your beginning and ending destination

It is generally cheaper to pick-up and drop-off a rental car from the same destination, so it is worth planning accordingly.

2. Use your Phone GPS rather than renting one   

If you don’t have cellular data, you can preload a route on Google Maps when you have wifi and use the location service to follow the route.

3.Know the rules of the road

If travelling from abroad just a reminder that in the UK they drive on the left side of the road and signs are in miles per hour for speed and miles for distance.

4. If crossing the isles…

Don’t forget about the ferry services when travelling between the mainland UK, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. There are convenient ferry services from a few different ports, including:

  • Holyhead, Wales to Dublin, Ireland
  • Cardiff, Wales to Waterford, Ireland
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland to Liverpool, England

5. If driving your own car get MOT testing

Make sure you are driving safely and that your car had a MOT test prior departure. Repairing fails also can end up costing a fortune, also MOT from professionals ensures that no aspect is overlooked and it also helps in overcoming penalties or fines.

Some good and cheap MOT service providers in London are DAT Tyre, Motnearme.

Or if you prefer going locally, many local councils have their own MOT testing stations for their own vehicles, such as buses or vans.

(This post was written in collaboration with DAT Tyre)
Lake District. Photo Courtesy: Telegraph

 

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Lake District. Photo Courtesy: Telegraph

 

 

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A day at the Museum of Modern Art in Rome | GNAM

GNAM is the acronym for Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome) and is located in Via delle Belle Arti in Rome.

The Cesare Bazzani-designed neo-classical building is known as Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) and it was completed in 1915.

 

 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art “GNAM” Time is out of Joint Exhibitions. Photo by Roman in London

 

Amongst all the paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, you can also find artists of the likes of Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù. The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

 

Cafe’ at the Museum. Photo by Roman In London

 

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I was very impressed by the exterior of the building and the dialogue between modern and classic also highlighted by the current exhibition theme Time Is Out Of Joint – that is displaying classical Roman statues with modern and contemporary pieces of art.

 

Photo by Andrea Castellani

This a  selection of some of the things I’ve seen that grabbed my attention.

Hall of the Museum. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

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Joan Miro’. Photo by Roman in London

 

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Self-portrait “suspended” Sam Taylor Wood #getaway #romaninrome #art #gnam #galleriaartemoderna #roma

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Hope you have enjoyed it, in case you’d like to visit it, here are the info.

Information:

Address: Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, 00197 Roma, Italy
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Closures Every Monday, 1st of January, 1st of May, 25th of December

Phone: +39 06 322981
Founded: 1883

 

 

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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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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.

 

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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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36 Hours in Bilbao

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Bilbao, in the heart of the Basque Country in Northern Spain, has become more and more famous through the years with the opening of the Guggenheim in 1977. Aside from its notorious titanium-clad museum, Bilbao is also well renown for its fine gastronomy. Food is, apparently, a religion in the Basque Country. Art & Food, do we need anything else?

We stayed at the NH hoteles a hop away from the centre, a very convenient and a short walk and we were able to reach the top attractions within a maximun of 30 minutes walk.

 

 

 

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This is Frank Gehry’s masterpiece.  Stunning from the outside but also houses some of the finest art in Spain. The entrance is guarded by a Puppy made of flowers, a creation of the American artist Keff Koons which has become practically, the mascot of the City.

 

Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

The interior of the Guggenheim is just as amazing as the exterior, where the contours are made of fish like titanium scales.

 

Richard Serra’s ‘The Matter of Time’ Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

Richard Serra’s ‘The Matter of Time’ is made from 1,000 tons of weathered steel and is designed for visitors to move around and through each piece.

 

Photo by Roman in London

Coming from London we were delighted to find a ‘warmish’ almost spring couple of days of sun.

 

Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

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The food is amazing, many places to eat and Micheline’s starred restaurants but no tapas here, Pintxos instead. Fine, delicate but epic in taste. I’ve tried the classic montadillo con jamon serrano and queso, chorizo and tortilla as I’m a creature of habit..but there’s a lot more that tempted my palate so I’ve basically spent most of the 36 hours bar crawling between pintxos cafe’, a ritual known as a txikiteo which involves lots of pintxos with your kuadrilla (group of friends) and xakoli, the local white or rosé wine.

 

A bar at Plaza Nueva. Pintxos. Photo by Roman in London

 

Street art. Photo by Roman in London

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

Once, an industrial City, now it’s 19th Century facades have been renovated and give colours and add prettiness to the City. The Gran Via is a mix of old and new and there are lots of green areas.

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

 

Bilbao at night from Mount Arxanda. Photo by Roman in London

As a conclusion of the trip I recommend taking the Funicular to Mount Arxanda as the view is breathtakingly beautiful. From Bilbao to the middle of nature.

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Oslo: a perfect winter break

 

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View from the Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London

 

If you are looking for some ideas on where to get to for a short winter break, don’t look any further as I have some advice for you. Oslo, in fact, is a perfect place for a winter getaway.

Although is very well known for being quite expensive (and yes, I can confirm that it is) you can still manage to avoid spending a fortune. I spent a total of £75 for both plane tickets (Ryanair) and accommodation (Airbnb). However, I did spend roughly the same amount for breakfast grocery shopping at the local supermarket…

When I got there last January though, the atmosphere was absolutely magical and definitely worth it. The City was covered by a sheet of white snow that made me feel cosy and festive even though the Christmas season was over.

Street arts, culture, and a picturesque landscape make Oslo a unique place to visit. Easily explorable by foot, a good start is to visit the Fjord on the waterfront, where the Opera House is located. The Opera House is the home of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet and it is a truly amazing structure made of granite, marble, and ice and it resembles two blocks of ice.

 

 

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Snøhetta’s landmark. Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London#

 

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Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London

 

 

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Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London

 

For a cultural day, you can start by comparing modern and traditional Norwegian art and architecture, visiting the newly reopened Kunstnernes Hus, an artist-run space. Then walk down the hill to the Norwegian National Gallery  to see the work of Edvard Munch where The Scream is on display.

 

 

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National Gallery. Photo by Roman in London

 

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The Scream, Edward Munch. Photo by Roman in London

 

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Tuscany’s Monte Argentario getaway weekend

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During my recent trip to Italy, I’ve decided I needed a proper break from the hectic City life back in London, and, Tuscany  seemed the best fit so, I’ve made my way to Monte Argentario.

Monte Argentario is in the Maremma area of Tuscany, a former island turned sort-of-peninsula, with two stretches of land connecting it to the Italian mainland. Porto Ercole, the town where I was staying, it’s only a couple of hours drive from Rome and it definitely gives you the feeling of leaving everything behind.

I managed to book my stay in a beautiful hidden gem, the beautiful Relais ‘La Mortella’. Even though at first I thought that I ended up in the middle of nowhere, it actually is located at a very convenient distance from both the beach ‘La Feniglia’ and the harbour where all the night life happens.

 

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Relais La Mortella. Photo by Roman in London
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My room. Photo by Roman in London

Before dinner my friend and I decided to take a stroll at the harbour and to indulge with a before-dinner ‘Aperitivo’ while watching the sunset. (Aperitivo hour is a sacred hour and basically means a cocktail or a glass of wine with some nibbles on the side).  After one too many Mojitos we had dinner at ‘Pizzeria El Pirata’, located at the harbour which offers a lovely view. Although, I must say,  the food wasn’t exceptional.

The next morning after an awe-inspired look outside of the amazing view from the window we headed to the breakfast patio.

Breakfast is usually my favourite meal of the day. Having a sweet tooth, I must admit, there’s nothing better than a meal that can potentially include all sort of sweets. The breakfast at ‘La Mortella’ definitely didn’t disppoint me on that perspective. It included yogurt sourced locally from Maremma, same with the honey and jam,  home-made apple pie, croissant, cakes etc. An absolute joy for my eyes and my palate.

 

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Breakfast! Photo by Roman in London

 

After a sumptuous meal we headed to the beach.

One of the most charming beach of the coastline is ‘Le Viste’.  Located between Forte Stella and Rocca Spagnola, also known as Spiaggia delle Suore ‘Nuns Beach’

 

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At the beach. Photo by Roman in London

 

In love with Tuscany 😍

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QUICK DETAILS

 Distance from Florence to Monte Argentario, from 2 1/2- 3 hours. 193.1 km,  via Raccordo Autostradale Firenze – Siena and SS223.

 Distance from Rome to Monte Argentario, from 2/ 3 hours. via Strada Statale Via Aurelia E80

Where we stayed: Resort la Mortella:

Country Relais La Mortella is surrounded by the splendid 18 hole golf course of the  Golf Club Argentario, offering not only beautiful views but a great experience.

Surrounded by the Argentario Sea, with its little harbours, hidden coves and rocks, Orbetello lagoon with the beaches of Giannella and Feniglia, and the Parco della Maremma offering itineraries for enjoying natural beauty, culture and adventure. Via dell’Acquedotto Leopoldino, 54
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Weekend trip to Norwich

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For a short getaway weekend my boyfriend and I decided to venture eastwards in Uk to the charming city of Norwich. Norwich It is the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk and back to the 11th Century was second only to London of importance.

As soon as I arrived it didn’t take me long to notice how different the pace to London was. People seemed to prefer long walks over public transport and cars and also seemed to be more relaxed overall.

 

Sightseeing

 

The top tourist attraction is the Norwich Cathedral . This 900-year old Norman cathedral, originally Catholic, is definitely worth a visit. The church is now a Church of England, and is one of 12 Norwich heritage sites.

The cathedral had also once been voted Norfolk’s favourite building, this is probably due to the unique feeling that the mix of Gothic and Roman architecture give to the viewer. Not everyone knows  that the most eye-catching feature of the cathedral is the shiny copper vat in the nave. This is the Rowntree Font, once used in the company’s chocolate factory.

Another must see landmark, also one of the 12 heritage sites, is the Norwich Castle. The Castle was founded by William the Conqueror between 1066 and 1075, and then rebuilt over the time. Nowadays, you’ll find a museum and a gallery inside of it.

And I could go ahead with a long list of cathedrals as Norwich has more than 32  medieval churches. During the middle ages, though, there were actually 57 churches within the city wall.

Interesting facts about Norwich

 

Apparently the City is launching a bid to be recognised as a Unesco City of literature, which means that if successful it will become the world’s fourth City of Literature (joining Edinburgh, Melbourne and Iowa). Also, Sixteen Revelations Of Divine Love by Dame Julian of Norwich, written around the 1393, is thought to have been the first book in English written by a woman.

Things to eat in Norwich

 

Being in Norfolk, Norwich is the home of the Cromer Crab: a fresh brown crab which you can find in salads, sandwiches, dressed or in their shells. These crabs are known to slowly grow on the chalk reef just off the coast, this is why they’re very sweet and tender.

 

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Very tempting. However, we decided to go for a steak instead (can’t lose) and we ended up finding a hidden gem in the middle of the boho side of town: The Bycicle Shop Café.

As odd as it may sounds  I didn’t go in there to buy a bike (which I just have and am super excited about! Just FYI.), but they offered a delicious selection of food and wine instead.

 

 

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The decor is quirky and vintage and the food is really good and at a decent price. Another win for the Norwich experience!

At the end I must admit that Norwich has definitely passed my getaway weekend test!

 

 

 

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When in Rome…

… Do as Romans do!

It’s that time of the year when I finally manage to book myself into one of these cheap flights and travel to my beloved hometown: Rome.

But before doing so, I thought I should give you a heads up of what Romans, usually do (or go) when visiting their hometown. Even if only for a few days…

First things first: let me eat! And my taste buds will be eternally grateful.

Eating out in Rome is not a secondary activity, something that you leave in between other things. eating out is the Core activity! It is one of the main thing we’ll end up doing most of our time during the vacation.

Whether it’d be with my family, friends or by myself you’ll see me spending most of my time seating on a table and happily tasting all variety of delicious food. And I promise that I will be enjoying it every time as much as Julia Roberts did on her Italian vacation in the movie “Eat, Pray and Love”!

 

 

Recently, I have been to La Zanzara, Ristorante il Fico and Porto Fish and Chips.  Nice places in the centre of Rome where you can eat fresh seafood and drink good wines.

Sightseeing is not difficult when  free art and architecture is everywhere around you  in historic and ancient Rome. In fact, you’ ll easily find yourself stumbling upon few “hidden” gems such as beautiful Churches (Santa Maria del Popolo, Santa Maria della Vittoria), and ancient ruins (I Fori Imperiali or the Palatine Hill). You can pass by ruins, gardens, and fountains. Rome is a “compact” city and easily walk able

 

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Taking a day trip with my friends or alone to the nearest beach. Ostia, Fregene or Maccarese are the ones I usually end up going when visiting for a short period of time.

They may be not as glamorous but are the closest to Rome. All of them are equipped with some nice private sandy beaches as well as free to the public ones

 

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Shopping. As weird as it may sounds I am talking grocery shopping. My luggage on the way back to London will be full of things I crave to eat and rarely find troughout London (spices, vegetables such as artichokes, sometimes meat and wines).

 

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That’s all for now, but I’ll be updating you soon on what’s on the Roman Agenda.

 

 

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