Italian Adventure: Holiday Wardrobe in Rome

Following a wonderful trip to Florence, I had the pleasure of visiting Rome for a few days.  I have been to ‘the eternal city’ before as a child and my most vivid recollection is one of walking and walking and walking, punctuated only by my constant question to my parents, “are we there yet?”

Rome is a history lesson on steroids – there is magnificent history on every street corner! I think it is impossible to run out of things to see in Rome (very similar to London) and we tried to see as much as we could, given the constraints of time and energy. Of course the Colosseum, the Vatican museums and Saint Peter’s Square were incredible and anything I write will not do justice to their immense grandeur. However, what took my breath away was the beautiful architecture all across Rome.  Beautiful buildings, ancient ruins, quaint alleys and stunning sculptures meld together to create a truly magnificent city that has to be seen to be believed!

Italians are renowned for their fashion prowess and in my opinion, it is a deserving reputation. A ‘fashion sixth sense’ seems to prevail amongst the residents of the city.  I witnessed great fashion on the street and both men and women were dressed incredibly well.  Most impressively, the styling of their outfits was exemplary and I couldn’t stop gawking at the many fashionable people who crossed my path. The language barrier was about the only thing that kept me from asking, ‘Excuse me, where did you buy that?”, on many an occasion.

Any article on a visit to Rome would be incomplete without mentioning the incredible food.  Be it the pizza, pasta or gelato – it was all fabulous and quite frankly perfecto!  However, for me the highlight of the culinary experience  was the coffee and pastries available at the many exceptional cafes around the city.  I have never had smoother coffee anywhere in the world and every sip was sheer joy.  The pastries – well let’s just say that one morning when I ate a cannoli I swear i could hear angels singing! My version of the iconic latin phrase attributed to Julius Caesar – Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) would definitely be – Veni, vedi, edi (I came, I saw, I ate).

I thoroughly enjoyed Italy and cannot wait to explore more of the country in the near future.  I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and boxing day.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

(Clothes and Accessories: Pink Cashmere Dress/Tunic – H&M, Knitted Dress – H&M (similar), Black Brogues – Kurt Geiger, Checked Dress – Zara, Blue Striped Shirt – Topshop, Grey Jacket – Gap, Shearling Boots – Uggs)



Fabulous Cold Busters: Cashmere and Shearling

Two materials that I have discovered in the past few years and come to love are cashmere and shearling. Living in a county that is arguably cold more often than not, these materials have proved to be a revelation and paved the way to a toastier me!  Till a few years ago, I had never really given cashmere or shearling a chance.  I had friends who would wax lyrical about these two cold-busting materials and their amazing warmth and softness, but somehow I never paid much attention.  However, I must admit I was instantly hooked when I finally bought my first cashmere jumper!  I  bought a cashmere jumper at TK Maxx (for Americans – TJ Maxx) because it was on sale and I liked the design –  100% cashmere was irrelevant at the time of purchase. However, the first time I wore it, it was like the Gods of warmth were bestowing their treasures upon me!  It was an identical moment of joy when I wore my first pair of pure shearling lined boots.  My feet felt deliciously warm throughout the day and I literally had a hot spring in my step all day! For me, the cashmere was noticeably warmer than my other woolen jumpers and the shearling boots were miles ahead of my other footwear in terms of warmth.

I can honestly say that I have worn two particular cashmere jumpers (the grey one featured in this post and the cream one featured in this previous post ) endlessly this last winter.  These shearling sneakers would rank in my top 10 most warm and comfortable shoes ever as walking in them is like having down pillows wrapped around my feet!

Now summer is around the corner and I am looking forward to significantly less jumper and boot wearing over the next few months.  However, I am going to keep my cashmere jumpers and shearling shoes front and center in my wardrobe for those unexpected chilly days. Cashmere and shearling can be expensive, but in my opinion they have proved to be worth the extra money I might have spent on them. More importantly, these materials can often be significantly cheaper in the sales during the summer months, when we all tend to develop selective amnesia about the cold weather to follow.  My advice –  buy them on sale in the summer and your body will thank you in the winter (at least that’s how I am justifying it to myself)!  As always, thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend.

(Clothes and Accessories: Shearling Sneakers – Cole Haan, Cashmere Sweater – Sofia Casmere, Fringe Scarf – Banana Republic)