After our disaster first time round, second was a charm. We pre booked the tickets online, this is essential if you don’t want to queue for hours in the baking sun. Along with the tickets we booked an audio tour rather than a guided one, if I’m honest those tour groups are just annoying, stopping everywhere and taking up loads of space.
The museums are quite simply stunning. It is quite overwhelming as its not only the paintings and sculptures but the buildings themselves that are ornate and beautiful. Everywhere you look from the ceiling to the floor has amazing detail. The highlight is certainly the famous Sistine Chapel, the detail is breathtaking. Just be careful not to fall foul of the dress code, no bare shoulders and no shorts. I had a little kimono in my bag. Also absolutely no photos.
I have say despite the beauty I found the Vatican a little disappointing. It is absolutely rammed with tourists, I know I am a tourist but at least I didn’t have a selfie stick, I mean really that is not appropriate. It really takes away any sense reverence and makes it just like any other tourist attraction. The Sistine Chapel in particular, it does not feel at all like a chapel. It is supposed to be silent but there is a constant din of chatter except for a half a second after the guards shout silence. It’s also just as packed, I thought they would restrict entry to only a small number at a time but this doesn’t appear to be the case.
Despite my disappointment it remains a must see when in Rome.
Dry brush nail art is the new big nail art trend. I saw quite a few models rocking this look on the catwalk during fashion week. Obviously I had to give it a go. This is most likely the easiest nail art I’ve ever tried.
I went for a gold base coat rather than the white; I think its more fitting for Autumn. Firstly, I needed a good three coats of the gold to stop it being transparent. I then added the red, purple and black in turn and in that order. Always add the black last.
The trick is to make sure there is hardly any polish left on the brush this is probably easier with regular polish than shellac. The first colour looks a bit odd, but trust me, once you add a couple more it builds to a cool look. I found I could paint about three nails with one dip in the polish pot, meaning you can do this pretty quick.
What do you think?
Our first trip to the Vatican was a massive fail. Not only did we miss the Pope’s blessing, we do like a lie in. But Sunday is not the day to visit the centre of the Catholic Church, everything is closed. Not really surprising. Just as well really as my outfit was not Vatican appropriate either, no uncovered shoulders or shorts people.
We had time for a second visit so all was not lost. We had taken a taxi straight there as our hotel was a bit of a trek away. The approach to the Vatican is simply stunning, St Peter’s is such a beautiful building. Even if we couldn’t go in, on such a beautiful day it wasn’t so bad to just wander around in the sun for a little while.
Top – ASOS
Shorts – ASOS
Sandals – Birkenstock
Sunglasses – H&M
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Isn’t your day just that little bit better when the sun comes out? Good day sunshine indeed, though this might be the last sunny post this year. Nevermind Autumn, winter is definitely coming. You can tell I wasn’t expecting the sun, hence the jumper. Maybe the sunshine yellow tempted her out again.
These flares are actually a jumpsuit. I adore the colour and wide legs and didn’t want to resign then to holidays or nights out. Good for me they work pretty well as trousers too. I’m gonna blame their wide legs for preventing be climbing over that fence, not just that I’m too old now for that kinda behaviour. I’d love a flat with a central private garden, particularly one as petty as this.
Jumper – Zara
Jumpsuit (worn as trousers) – Zara
Sunglasses – ASOS
Sandals – Primark
Phone case – Ebay
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles
I don’t care what anyone says about guitar music, I love it just as much as I did in 1996, yup I’m that old. This track could slot into that Brit Pop scene quite easily. Though it is has that modern made in your basement sound to it.
Black Honey are one of those mysterious bands that no one really knew anything about. They didn’t even release a picture of themselves till recently. With an self titled EP under their belt and inclusion in the NME top 50 to watch in 2015, they are now well on their way.
You know I love a strong female front woman and Black Honey have definitely got one in the form of Izzy B. Phillips. Hopefully I can catch them in Glagow in November.
Don’t you just love a long holiday weekend? In Glasgow this is our September weekend, which for me means Friday and Monday off work. If I could work Tuesday to Thursday every week I’d be a happy girl. So what to do with an extra day off work? Day trip of course and first thought is always the beach.
I packed Seb up in the car, picked up my sister and headed west to a Heads of Ayr. This little beach is slightly further down the coast from the main Ayr beach. There’s no shops, no ice cream, no sunshine but also no people. We had the beach entirely to ourselves, bliss.
There’s something lovely about visiting a Scottish beach out of season. You could say it’s cold and windy, I’d say refreshing. As long as you dress appropriately, ChouChou hood to the rescue, the wander along a quiet beach is quite charming. Especially if you’ve got a furry friend to play with.
Day tripper? Yes that’s me.
Hood – ChouChou Couture customised Fifi
Dress – Mango
Trousers – H&M
Trainers – Converse All Stars
Sunglasses – ASOS
Necklace – Accessorize (not on website but available in store)
Bracelet – Thomas Sabo via Joshua James Jewellery
Daytripper – The Beatles
On our first day in Rome we decided to jump right in to tourist central and check out the Pantheon and Colosseum. Our hotel was a short stroll, passed the unfortunately still under construction Trevi Fountain, to the Pantheon. The Pantheon is quite simply stunning. The columned entrance is only a start; the opened domed ceiling, ornate detailing and tiled floors are a must see. Photos just don’t do it justice, you’ll just need to visit.
I’d recommend checking out the Pantheon before the Colosseum and Forum. It really helps you imagine how they would have looked before they were ruined. Even ruined they are both pretty breathtaking. We took a taxi to the Colosseum from the Pantheon. The ticket gets you into both attractions. Like we did in Barcelona we booked online and jumped the queue, a must. The Colosseum, as amazing as it is, is packed with tourists. The selfie sticks are everywhere and infuriating, but it is still a must see. To stand in the remains of such an iconic building is unmissable.
After the Colosseum we wandered through the Forum. Even in its ruined state it’s hard to comprehend how the Romans managed the construction. We entered at the Colosseum and came out at Via Del Fori Imperiali. This worked perfectly as we saw everything and exited onto the most stunning street in Rome. Closed to cars, lined with photo perfect trees, leading to famous ‘Wedding Cake’ and the Colosseum in the background. Just in time for a long leisurely late lunch with prosecco of course. I’ve said it before, take me back.
Top – Zara
Skirt – Primark
Bag – Next
Sunglasses – Chanel
Sandals – Birkenstock