Let's be honest, winter is not the season where we naturally cry out how good we look on a daily basis. Although I do love to dress in autumn and wear cosy coats I am always in a better shape when the warm sun shines and my skins tans a bit. Whether that is just an impression or a mere observation, here is what I found to look healthier for the next months!

Looking Healthier in Winter

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


Let's be honest, winter is not the season where we naturally cry out how good we look on a daily basis. Although I do love to dress in autumn and wear cosy coats I am always in a better shape when the warm sun shines and my skins tans a bit. Whether that is just an impression or a mere observation, here is what I found to look healthier for the next months!

I decided to plan a last-minute trip in Paris last weekend and as usual spontaneity paid off! I spent three amazing days mostly in places I had never been to before. Living an hour and half away from the French capital has allowed me to go there quite often in my life but only to well worn attractions - whereas this time, I wanted to rely on my newly Paris dweller friends to make me gape at places I had yet to discover. 

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Three Days in Paris: Diary & Good Spots

Sunday, 18 December 2016

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I decided to plan a last-minute trip in Paris last weekend and as usual spontaneity paid off! I spent three amazing days mostly in places I had never been to before. Living an hour and half away from the French capital has allowed me to go there quite often in my life but only to well worn attractions - whereas this time, I wanted to rely on my newly Paris dweller friends to make me gape at places I had yet to discover. 

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I've been thinking about writing a post on quality French products for a while now. Well, this is finally happening people. Pharmacies are always full of skincare gems we are oblivious to, and although I am not all-knowing on the matter (so many left to discover) I can assure you that the following will change the quality of your daily beauty routine. There's no rustling up when it comes to skincare anyway - at least there shouldn't be any! If you have the chance to visit France pop by a pharmacy, otherwise there are plenty of ways to lay your hands on the products below.

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5 French Pharmacy Beauty Essentials

Sunday, 11 December 2016


I've been thinking about writing a post on quality French products for a while now. Well, this is finally happening people. Pharmacies are always full of skincare gems we are oblivious to, and although I am not all-knowing on the matter (so many left to discover) I can assure you that the following will change the quality of your daily beauty routine. There's no rustling up when it comes to skincare anyway - at least there shouldn't be any! If you have the chance to visit France pop by a pharmacy, otherwise there are plenty of ways to lay your hands on the products below.

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You know what happens every season... That moment when you stand in front of your wardrobe wondering what on earth you're going to wear today as you have obviously nothing to wear in spite of an inordinate amount of clothes hanging in there. As you are probably starting to realize if you've been here for a while, I like to invest in good basics of timeless neutral colours which work with a majority of outfits. They also prevent me from splurging on too many trendy pieces that fall into oblivion (= back of my wardrobe) the following month. Here you have my winter style essentials you'll be wearing over and over again!

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Winter Style Essentials

Monday, 28 November 2016

You know what happens every season... That moment when you stand in front of your wardrobe wondering what on earth you're going to wear today as you have obviously nothing to wear in spite of an inordinate amount of clothes hanging in there. As you are probably starting to realize if you've been here for a while, I like to invest in good basics of timeless neutral colours which work with a majority of outfits. They also prevent me from splurging on too many trendy pieces that fall into oblivion (= back of my wardrobe) the following month. Here you have my winter style essentials you'll be wearing over and over again!

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I'm back in France but during my 6-month stay in Scotland, I thought I would buy something original every month. And by "original", I soon found out that starting a MAC lipstick collection was the best thing to do. This brand is so popular in the beauty and blogging world I almost felt I was missing out on something and had to get a few to make my own opinion about its famous lipsticks. 

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MAC (Mini) Lipstick Collection

Monday, 14 November 2016


I'm back in France but during my 6-month stay in Scotland, I thought I would buy something original every month. And by "original", I soon found out that starting a MAC lipstick collection was the best thing to do. This brand is so popular in the beauty and blogging world I almost felt I was missing out on something and had to get a few to make my own opinion about its famous lipsticks. 

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poncho: Miss Selfriges - jeans: Pepe Jeans London - boots: Zara - buckle bag: Mango - scarf: Topshop

I spent the last weekend in Brussels to escape from my everyday life and join a dear friend I desperately wished to see again. Wandering aimlessly in the streets of the capital and its lavish parks full of fallen orangey leaves was definitely one of my favourite things during these four days! It was incredibly sunny, however you could feel the cosy autumnal cold was in the air.

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Autumn in Brussels

Friday, 4 November 2016

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poncho: Miss Selfriges - jeans: Pepe Jeans London - boots: Zara - buckle bag: Mango - scarf: Topshop

I spent the last weekend in Brussels to escape from my everyday life and join a dear friend I desperately wished to see again. Wandering aimlessly in the streets of the capital and its lavish parks full of fallen orangey leaves was definitely one of my favourite things during these four days! It was incredibly sunny, however you could feel the cosy autumnal cold was in the air.

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The return of autumn and its chilly temperatures are synonymous with a change in my skincare routine. Because my combination skin goes from great hydration in the summer to real dryness in the autumn and winter seasons, I need to adapt the products I use and create a new routine every 6 months - new because let's be honest, what skincare lover doesn't like to give a try to new products in order to reach a flawless skin?  

Le retour de l'automne et des températures qui vont avec sont synonymes de changement dans ma routine beauté. J'ai besoin d'adapter les produits que j'utilise à chaque changement de saison puisque ma peau est plutôt bien hydratée l'été mais beaucoup plus sèche l'hiver. Et puis ça tombe bien, quelle amoureuse des produits de beauté n'aime pas essayer de nouveaux produits pour arriver à avoir une peau parfaite ? (⇣ suite en français plus bas)

Autumn Beauty Routine

Friday, 14 October 2016


The return of autumn and its chilly temperatures are synonymous with a change in my skincare routine. Because my combination skin goes from great hydration in the summer to real dryness in the autumn and winter seasons, I need to adapt the products I use and create a new routine every 6 months - new because let's be honest, what skincare lover doesn't like to give a try to new products in order to reach a flawless skin?  

Le retour de l'automne et des températures qui vont avec sont synonymes de changement dans ma routine beauté. J'ai besoin d'adapter les produits que j'utilise à chaque changement de saison puisque ma peau est plutôt bien hydratée l'été mais beaucoup plus sèche l'hiver. Et puis ça tombe bien, quelle amoureuse des produits de beauté n'aime pas essayer de nouveaux produits pour arriver à avoir une peau parfaite ? (⇣ suite en français plus bas)

It's official, I am starting style & fashion posts and I couldn't be more excited! Well of course I am also quite scared of putting myself out there, but daring is what life is all about isn't it? Back to Basics is a project I've had in mind for a long time. I have always been drawn to basics and I do believe that we should have several classic pieces in our wardrobe - whether to match some with more original, trendy items or simply go with the flow and being able to choose an outfit we feel comfortable and confident wearing in a couple of minutes (although I may be too optimistic on that point). In a nutshell I'd like to share my favourite classic outfits, a.k.a the ones which I know will never fail me, regardless of the trend or year we're in :)

Je suis super excitée d'enfin écrire mes premiers articles mode, c'est officiel ! J'ai aussi un peu d'appréhension à l'idée de passer à l'action et d'afficher des photos de looks, mais il faut bien oser dans la vie non ? Back to Basics est un projet que j'ai en tête depuis pas mal de temps. Je m'habille beaucoup avec des basiques et je pense qu'ils sont indispensables dans une armoire, que ce soit pour les mixer à des pièces plus originales et à la mode ou simplement pour constituer une tenue dans laquelle on se sent bien et confiante en trois minutes (il se peut que je sois quand même un peu optimiste mais vous avez compris l'idée). Bref, je partage avec vous mes tenues classiques préférées, c'est à dire celles que je pourrai porter quelque soit la mode ou l'année dans laquelle je me trouve, des tenues efficaces en somme :) (suite en français plus bas ⇣) 

Back to Basics: le trench

Wednesday, 5 October 2016


It's official, I am starting style & fashion posts and I couldn't be more excited! Well of course I am also quite scared of putting myself out there, but daring is what life is all about isn't it? Back to Basics is a project I've had in mind for a long time. I have always been drawn to basics and I do believe that we should have several classic pieces in our wardrobe - whether to match some with more original, trendy items or simply go with the flow and being able to choose an outfit we feel comfortable and confident wearing in a couple of minutes (although I may be too optimistic on that point). In a nutshell I'd like to share my favourite classic outfits, a.k.a the ones which I know will never fail me, regardless of the trend or year we're in :)

Je suis super excitée d'enfin écrire mes premiers articles mode, c'est officiel ! J'ai aussi un peu d'appréhension à l'idée de passer à l'action et d'afficher des photos de looks, mais il faut bien oser dans la vie non ? Back to Basics est un projet que j'ai en tête depuis pas mal de temps. Je m'habille beaucoup avec des basiques et je pense qu'ils sont indispensables dans une armoire, que ce soit pour les mixer à des pièces plus originales et à la mode ou simplement pour constituer une tenue dans laquelle on se sent bien et confiante en trois minutes (il se peut que je sois quand même un peu optimiste mais vous avez compris l'idée). Bref, je partage avec vous mes tenues classiques préférées, c'est à dire celles que je pourrai porter quelque soit la mode ou l'année dans laquelle je me trouve, des tenues efficaces en somme :) (suite en français plus bas ⇣) 

Getting back home this summer, my healthy diet has plummeted into a world of cheese, ice-creams, jam and absolutely no exercice because I couldn’t be bothered to do anything when it was around thirty degrees outside. Fortunately, September to me stands for new beginnings and I feel that a detox is most definitely needed. I’ve been back to a healthier lifestyle recently and I can already tell I feel much better (I’m not going to lie, I still eat cheese when I cannot resist temptation - I simply drink loads of green tea and pretend it makes up for the rest). 

En revenant en France cet été, mon régime alimentaire plutôt "healthy" a été remplacé par une tonne de fromage, de glaces, de confiture et une absence complète de toute activité physique puisque il faisait trop chaud pour faire quoi que ce soit, pour moi du moins ! Heureusement Septembre est synonyme de nouveauté, parfait pour commencer la nouvelle routine détox dont j'ai besoin. Je m'y suis mise récemment et je me sens déjà bien mieux (ça ne m'empêche pas de craquer sur du sucré ou du salé quand je n'arrive pas à resister à la tentation mais je me dis que boire beaucoup de thé vert compense le reste, oui oui). 

My Detox Routine

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Getting back home this summer, my healthy diet has plummeted into a world of cheese, ice-creams, jam and absolutely no exercice because I couldn’t be bothered to do anything when it was around thirty degrees outside. Fortunately, September to me stands for new beginnings and I feel that a detox is most definitely needed. I’ve been back to a healthier lifestyle recently and I can already tell I feel much better (I’m not going to lie, I still eat cheese when I cannot resist temptation - I simply drink loads of green tea and pretend it makes up for the rest). 

En revenant en France cet été, mon régime alimentaire plutôt "healthy" a été remplacé par une tonne de fromage, de glaces, de confiture et une absence complète de toute activité physique puisque il faisait trop chaud pour faire quoi que ce soit, pour moi du moins ! Heureusement Septembre est synonyme de nouveauté, parfait pour commencer la nouvelle routine détox dont j'ai besoin. Je m'y suis mise récemment et je me sens déjà bien mieux (ça ne m'empêche pas de craquer sur du sucré ou du salé quand je n'arrive pas à resister à la tentation mais je me dis que boire beaucoup de thé vert compense le reste, oui oui). 

Bonjour ! It's been a while since I last posted here - university work, moving back to France, you know, that sort of stuff - but no worries, September is here and I am back to writing to you as much as I can, both in English & in French! I thought I would kick off with an oldie, my summer favourites (I swear I had wished to call it August favourites at some point). It is definitely not the end of summer season, so here are random few things I have stuck to over the last three months :)


Bonjour ! Cela fait un bail que je n'ai pas écrit ici - travail pour l'université, mon déménagement en France, ce genre de choses - mais ne vous inquiétez pas, septembre et la rentrée ont sonné et je vais m'efforcer de vous écrire aussi souvent que possible, et nouveauté, je démarre la version bilingue de bonjourwhite.com ! J'ai pensé commencer avec mes favoris de l'été (je jure que je voulais appeler cet article favoris du mois d'août à un moment donné mais le temps passe vite...). Heureusement ce n'est toujours pas la fin de l'été, alors voici quelques petites choses que j'adore utiliser depuis trois mois :) 

Summer Favourites

Monday, 12 September 2016


Bonjour ! It's been a while since I last posted here - university work, moving back to France, you know, that sort of stuff - but no worries, September is here and I am back to writing to you as much as I can, both in English & in French! I thought I would kick off with an oldie, my summer favourites (I swear I had wished to call it August favourites at some point). It is definitely not the end of summer season, so here are random few things I have stuck to over the last three months :)


Bonjour ! Cela fait un bail que je n'ai pas écrit ici - travail pour l'université, mon déménagement en France, ce genre de choses - mais ne vous inquiétez pas, septembre et la rentrée ont sonné et je vais m'efforcer de vous écrire aussi souvent que possible, et nouveauté, je démarre la version bilingue de bonjourwhite.com ! J'ai pensé commencer avec mes favoris de l'été (je jure que je voulais appeler cet article favoris du mois d'août à un moment donné mais le temps passe vite...). Heureusement ce n'est toujours pas la fin de l'été, alors voici quelques petites choses que j'adore utiliser depuis trois mois :) 

I have added a few the Body Shop skincare products to my collection recently - I had run out of night cream and makeup remover and wanted to give the Body Shop's a try. Now that I have got a fair amount of the brand's products in my possession, I'd thought I would talk about my top three. I don't know which skincare products are on sale at the moment but end of July might well be the right moment to fancy a mini-haul before the sales end!

The Body Shop Favourite Skincare Picks

Saturday, 23 July 2016


I have added a few the Body Shop skincare products to my collection recently - I had run out of night cream and makeup remover and wanted to give the Body Shop's a try. Now that I have got a fair amount of the brand's products in my possession, I'd thought I would talk about my top three. I don't know which skincare products are on sale at the moment but end of July might well be the right moment to fancy a mini-haul before the sales end!

Bonjour ! Today's post is about a long-craved for perfume by Jo Malone, the quintessentially British brand. I had indeed wanted to put my hands on one of her creations for years now, but as Jo Malone is only sold in France in Paris and that I wished to smell the fragrances before purchasing one, I needed to find myself in the UK again to have access to one of their boutiques. These are so sophisticated and elegant that it is a pleasure to amble along the glass counters; don't hesitate to venture there instead of buying online, because being advised on what would suit our personality and personal taste when it comes to fragrances truly is a nice luxury experience. 

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne ∙ Review

Saturday, 16 July 2016


Bonjour ! Today's post is about a long-craved for perfume by Jo Malone, the quintessentially British brand. I had indeed wanted to put my hands on one of her creations for years now, but as Jo Malone is only sold in France in Paris and that I wished to smell the fragrances before purchasing one, I needed to find myself in the UK again to have access to one of their boutiques. These are so sophisticated and elegant that it is a pleasure to amble along the glass counters; don't hesitate to venture there instead of buying online, because being advised on what would suit our personality and personal taste when it comes to fragrances truly is a nice luxury experience. 


buongiorno! 


I have been willing to write a blog post on my trip to Rome for a couple of weeks but I lived so many experiences and visited so many places there that strangely, I can't seem to manage to break them down into different posts. So grab yourself a ristretto or a squisito macchiato and be ready to peruse what's coming below - I hope you'll enjoy reliving my journey as I set my words down on this page.

I had the chance to hop on a plane from north-east Scotland to the Eternal City to meet my friends Alexia, currently living there, and Fred, who was arriving directly from Budapest (encourage your friends to do their internship in more exotic places than yours, it's always a good idea). We decided to spend a small week together in June to make the most of our lives alongside pizza, gelato and pasta. I was feeling a bit down before leaving and desperately in need of some sun, so all I wanted was to have fun and laugh as much as I could; and it obviously panned out. As soon as I got down the train at Roma Tuscolana from Fiumicino airport, the closest railway station to Alexia's, I knew la dolce vita would be mine for the following days.



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Off to a good start then: without Google Maps to help, I first got lost between the station and the flat. I had screenshots of the trail I was supposed to follow but you know, my legendary sense of direction... Anyhow, I couldn't care less and started to dwell on details that I knew I was already in love with - flowers shops, greengrocers, the heady smell of fresh fruits drifting in the street - and finally got there. Alexia's kitchen balcony overlooks a typical Italian courtyard, where I chilled the following morning in the sun - probably my favourite place of the flat. That evening, she cooked us some pasta with passata and certosa cheese, a tasty introduction to the medley of food delights which were to follow the rest of the week.


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After I had stood in the morning sun on the balcony nibbling at a significant amount of abbracci (delicious breakfast biscuits), Alexia and I decided to go for a stroll around the Roman Forum and Piazza del Campidoglio; she promised to take me to the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) on the Aventine Hill, where an amazing view of the city was awaiting. I would recommend going there as it is not very touristy, and also quite romantic. We crossed the Tevere (Tiber) to arrive in the Trastevere neighbourhood, which is so quaint and typical of Rome and Italy that you really need to pinch yourself to be convinced this place is real. At night, this neighbourhood is really animated and is the perfect place to go out if you fancy a few drinks. 

Back home for lunch at 2.30pm, we passed by a dairy shop and indulged ourselves with Parma ham and a kilo of fresh Mozzarella di Bufala (which came all the way from Naples). I finally discovered that mozzarella actually had a taste. You normally shouldn't put it in the fridge - ever - because that's what provokes the loss of taste; therefore the only place where you can actually enjoy real mozzarella is in Naples and its surroundings! (for your information, we obviously couldn't eat the whole thing in one day). 

Soon, Fred arrived at the flat and whilst Alexia went to attend an afternoon class at uni, Fred and I were off to the Colosseum. We wandered around Piazza Venezia, where the dazzling white Altare della Patria overhangs the whole square. We had a laugh at a street musician which instrument sounded very funny and caught a bus driving us back home. We popped by a greengrocer to treat ourselves with fresh cherries and peaches.

When the evening came, we couldn't wait to try the Roman food specialty: pasta cacio e pepe at one of the best restaurants in town, Da Felice. My dish was artistically jumbled by a very proud chef - that was part of the show I suppose! I normally don't like pepper at all, but I loved the way the cacio e pepe pasta was prepared. The restaurant is always full, so if you'd like to have dinner there, make sure to book a table beforehand!


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On Saturday, Fred and I went up town to visit the Roman Forum in the morning till early afternoon. We were literally mesmerized by this historical place - don't miss it if you visit the city, it is not overrated. Then, we met Alexia for her to be our guide in the historical centre right in the middle of the crowd which gathered near the Fontana di Trevi and by miracle, it didn't even take that long to find each other. L'Antico Forno is the perfect traditional shop to grab a delicious roman bread sandwich with Parma ham and mozzarella (Fred had a different cheese in hers but I have no idea how it was called) for 2,50€. Although it is located right on the piazza, tourists seem hesitant to go in - a good reason to give it a try!

We had a stroll around from the Pantheon to Piazza Navona, one of my favourite places in Rome to enjoy a fior di latte gelato (before it starts melting down quick as flash. I literally had to run to take a single instagramable shot of the cone with a shallow Piazza Navona in the background). We started to feel a bit shattered by all the walking, so we quickly headed towards a café lost in a quaint back alley, and fuel myself up with a macchiato. Although Alexia and Fred couldn't care less, I loved wandering around Piazza de Spagna and its luxury neighbourhood (I couldn't even explain why). Shame that the steps were closed for refurbishment. At night, we went back to Trastevere to enjoy the night and sip a few cocktails; and you know what they say, what happens in Rome stays in Rome, doesn't it?


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After a chilled morning, we took the tube to Vatican City and its Piazza San Pietro. This part of the city is not very large and is easily visited in a couple of hours, although obviously if you wish to stop and enter the main attractions like the Vatican museums, it can take up to hours and hours. This time, the outside view of the basilica was enough to leave us speechless and soon we headed east to admire Castel Sant’Angelo, coming across gelato-eating nuns on the way. 

At around 3pm, we strolled all the way to a Neapolitan restaurant Alexia kept praising, the Splendor Parthenopes, to treat ourselves with a really nice pizza but unfortunately that specific day, the restaurant was closed in the afternoon. We waited hours for the right bus to pick us up and by 5pm, we were home and enjoying Alexia’s pasta alla norma to make up for lunch – when temperatures are high and you find yourself in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can’t hear your stomach rumble anyway.

By 6pm, we were downstairs at a local terrace enjoying a crema di caffe, and by 6.30pm at Piazza del Poppolo and the Pincho, which also offers a great view of the city and the piazza before your eyes. After a while (I had no idea what time it was), we decided to get back to the restaurant. We were slightly full but wanted to try it so badly! And in the end, we were so right to go: I loved the atmosphere inside as well as the classy old school decoration, and the food was just one of the best culinary experiences of my life. I first went for a cocktail named Profumo di Sorrento on recommendation of the waiter. Although I can’t remember what was in it, it was the perfect combination to my taste (which I’ve got to say, rarely happens when it comes to cocktails), plus they came with an assortment of delicacies we loved nibbling at! We ordered two pizzas which we shared: margherita and mulignana. The latter is without any exaggeration the best I have ever tried, so make sure you have some if you have to chance to visit Rome. I think the special recipe with aubergine made the case for something I had never tried before but still, I could tell how perfect it was.


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We woke up early to have breakfast at the local caffè. I eventually had my beloved café macchiato (by the way, the only macchiato that tends to be more or less similar to what you can find in Italy in the UK is Caffè Nero’s) and a specialty from Turin called Gianduia, an Italian version of the French patisserie chausson aux pommes (apple turnover) with no apple but hazelnut cream inside (which possibly makes it ten times better). Fred left for the airport and Alexia for work; as for me, I went back to Alexia’s to chill out for a couple of hours and then decided to visit the basilica San Pietro (Vatican City). I didn’t queue as much as I expected, so the view was worth the short wait!

As it was my last afternoon in Roma, I decided to make the most of it and walk my way to Piazza de Spagna (the Spanish steps where Audrey Hepburn famously licks an ice-cream in Roman Holiday) for the following hour. I treated myself with another Roman bread sandwich from the Foro near the Trevi Fountain, and wandered freely through the narrow Italian streets of the capital with a touristic map in hand as I aimed to reach the church of Santa Maria de Maggiore.


I left Rome the following morning in a wistful and grateful mood; still, not sad, as my getaway in the Eternal City turned out to be a way of making me feel alive again. I find myself feeling this way after every trip I undertake, however this one was truly unique. Only one other city in the world has had this effect on me; I can’t wait to fly away to Rome again, and I really hope you do too.

Roman Holiday

Saturday, 9 July 2016

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buongiorno! 


I have been willing to write a blog post on my trip to Rome for a couple of weeks but I lived so many experiences and visited so many places there that strangely, I can't seem to manage to break them down into different posts. So grab yourself a ristretto or a squisito macchiato and be ready to peruse what's coming below - I hope you'll enjoy reliving my journey as I set my words down on this page.

I had the chance to hop on a plane from north-east Scotland to the Eternal City to meet my friends Alexia, currently living there, and Fred, who was arriving directly from Budapest (encourage your friends to do their internship in more exotic places than yours, it's always a good idea). We decided to spend a small week together in June to make the most of our lives alongside pizza, gelato and pasta. I was feeling a bit down before leaving and desperately in need of some sun, so all I wanted was to have fun and laugh as much as I could; and it obviously panned out. As soon as I got down the train at Roma Tuscolana from Fiumicino airport, the closest railway station to Alexia's, I knew la dolce vita would be mine for the following days.



t h u r s d a y


Off to a good start then: without Google Maps to help, I first got lost between the station and the flat. I had screenshots of the trail I was supposed to follow but you know, my legendary sense of direction... Anyhow, I couldn't care less and started to dwell on details that I knew I was already in love with - flowers shops, greengrocers, the heady smell of fresh fruits drifting in the street - and finally got there. Alexia's kitchen balcony overlooks a typical Italian courtyard, where I chilled the following morning in the sun - probably my favourite place of the flat. That evening, she cooked us some pasta with passata and certosa cheese, a tasty introduction to the medley of food delights which were to follow the rest of the week.


f r i d a y


After I had stood in the morning sun on the balcony nibbling at a significant amount of abbracci (delicious breakfast biscuits), Alexia and I decided to go for a stroll around the Roman Forum and Piazza del Campidoglio; she promised to take me to the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) on the Aventine Hill, where an amazing view of the city was awaiting. I would recommend going there as it is not very touristy, and also quite romantic. We crossed the Tevere (Tiber) to arrive in the Trastevere neighbourhood, which is so quaint and typical of Rome and Italy that you really need to pinch yourself to be convinced this place is real. At night, this neighbourhood is really animated and is the perfect place to go out if you fancy a few drinks. 

Back home for lunch at 2.30pm, we passed by a dairy shop and indulged ourselves with Parma ham and a kilo of fresh Mozzarella di Bufala (which came all the way from Naples). I finally discovered that mozzarella actually had a taste. You normally shouldn't put it in the fridge - ever - because that's what provokes the loss of taste; therefore the only place where you can actually enjoy real mozzarella is in Naples and its surroundings! (for your information, we obviously couldn't eat the whole thing in one day). 

Soon, Fred arrived at the flat and whilst Alexia went to attend an afternoon class at uni, Fred and I were off to the Colosseum. We wandered around Piazza Venezia, where the dazzling white Altare della Patria overhangs the whole square. We had a laugh at a street musician which instrument sounded very funny and caught a bus driving us back home. We popped by a greengrocer to treat ourselves with fresh cherries and peaches.

When the evening came, we couldn't wait to try the Roman food specialty: pasta cacio e pepe at one of the best restaurants in town, Da Felice. My dish was artistically jumbled by a very proud chef - that was part of the show I suppose! I normally don't like pepper at all, but I loved the way the cacio e pepe pasta was prepared. The restaurant is always full, so if you'd like to have dinner there, make sure to book a table beforehand!


s a t u r d a y 


On Saturday, Fred and I went up town to visit the Roman Forum in the morning till early afternoon. We were literally mesmerized by this historical place - don't miss it if you visit the city, it is not overrated. Then, we met Alexia for her to be our guide in the historical centre right in the middle of the crowd which gathered near the Fontana di Trevi and by miracle, it didn't even take that long to find each other. L'Antico Forno is the perfect traditional shop to grab a delicious roman bread sandwich with Parma ham and mozzarella (Fred had a different cheese in hers but I have no idea how it was called) for 2,50€. Although it is located right on the piazza, tourists seem hesitant to go in - a good reason to give it a try!

We had a stroll around from the Pantheon to Piazza Navona, one of my favourite places in Rome to enjoy a fior di latte gelato (before it starts melting down quick as flash. I literally had to run to take a single instagramable shot of the cone with a shallow Piazza Navona in the background). We started to feel a bit shattered by all the walking, so we quickly headed towards a café lost in a quaint back alley, and fuel myself up with a macchiato. Although Alexia and Fred couldn't care less, I loved wandering around Piazza de Spagna and its luxury neighbourhood (I couldn't even explain why). Shame that the steps were closed for refurbishment. At night, we went back to Trastevere to enjoy the night and sip a few cocktails; and you know what they say, what happens in Rome stays in Rome, doesn't it?


s u n d a y


After a chilled morning, we took the tube to Vatican City and its Piazza San Pietro. This part of the city is not very large and is easily visited in a couple of hours, although obviously if you wish to stop and enter the main attractions like the Vatican museums, it can take up to hours and hours. This time, the outside view of the basilica was enough to leave us speechless and soon we headed east to admire Castel Sant’Angelo, coming across gelato-eating nuns on the way. 

At around 3pm, we strolled all the way to a Neapolitan restaurant Alexia kept praising, the Splendor Parthenopes, to treat ourselves with a really nice pizza but unfortunately that specific day, the restaurant was closed in the afternoon. We waited hours for the right bus to pick us up and by 5pm, we were home and enjoying Alexia’s pasta alla norma to make up for lunch – when temperatures are high and you find yourself in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can’t hear your stomach rumble anyway.

By 6pm, we were downstairs at a local terrace enjoying a crema di caffe, and by 6.30pm at Piazza del Poppolo and the Pincho, which also offers a great view of the city and the piazza before your eyes. After a while (I had no idea what time it was), we decided to get back to the restaurant. We were slightly full but wanted to try it so badly! And in the end, we were so right to go: I loved the atmosphere inside as well as the classy old school decoration, and the food was just one of the best culinary experiences of my life. I first went for a cocktail named Profumo di Sorrento on recommendation of the waiter. Although I can’t remember what was in it, it was the perfect combination to my taste (which I’ve got to say, rarely happens when it comes to cocktails), plus they came with an assortment of delicacies we loved nibbling at! We ordered two pizzas which we shared: margherita and mulignana. The latter is without any exaggeration the best I have ever tried, so make sure you have some if you have to chance to visit Rome. I think the special recipe with aubergine made the case for something I had never tried before but still, I could tell how perfect it was.


m o n d a y 


We woke up early to have breakfast at the local caffè. I eventually had my beloved café macchiato (by the way, the only macchiato that tends to be more or less similar to what you can find in Italy in the UK is Caffè Nero’s) and a specialty from Turin called Gianduia, an Italian version of the French patisserie chausson aux pommes (apple turnover) with no apple but hazelnut cream inside (which possibly makes it ten times better). Fred left for the airport and Alexia for work; as for me, I went back to Alexia’s to chill out for a couple of hours and then decided to visit the basilica San Pietro (Vatican City). I didn’t queue as much as I expected, so the view was worth the short wait!

As it was my last afternoon in Roma, I decided to make the most of it and walk my way to Piazza de Spagna (the Spanish steps where Audrey Hepburn famously licks an ice-cream in Roman Holiday) for the following hour. I treated myself with another Roman bread sandwich from the Foro near the Trevi Fountain, and wandered freely through the narrow Italian streets of the capital with a touristic map in hand as I aimed to reach the church of Santa Maria de Maggiore.


I left Rome the following morning in a wistful and grateful mood; still, not sad, as my getaway in the Eternal City turned out to be a way of making me feel alive again. I find myself feeling this way after every trip I undertake, however this one was truly unique. Only one other city in the world has had this effect on me; I can’t wait to fly away to Rome again, and I really hope you do too.

Bonjour ! The first half of June has been pretty amazing for me; second half not as good but I'll just accentuate the positive and choose to remember the best (positive mindset training on). It's peony season, I fell in love with Rome, and I think I've found my favourite perfume... You know, that sort of good things. Although I can't really say a proper summer has settled yet, the weather is substantially warmer, the days are longer, and that makes a real difference. The sky is still clear when I go to bed, whilst the sun has already risen whatever hour of the day I wake up at (hello happy mornings!). But enough with the rambling now, below are my favourites of this month ♡

June Favourites

Sunday, 3 July 2016


Bonjour ! The first half of June has been pretty amazing for me; second half not as good but I'll just accentuate the positive and choose to remember the best (positive mindset training on). It's peony season, I fell in love with Rome, and I think I've found my favourite perfume... You know, that sort of good things. Although I can't really say a proper summer has settled yet, the weather is substantially warmer, the days are longer, and that makes a real difference. The sky is still clear when I go to bed, whilst the sun has already risen whatever hour of the day I wake up at (hello happy mornings!). But enough with the rambling now, below are my favourites of this month ♡

Buongiorno! When I noticed the May edition of My Little Box was going to relate to Italy, I couldn’t but decide to continue my subscription to the Parisian business (to have an overview of the concept and see what the April Flower Box edition contained, click here) and enjoy once more the very nice content of this beauty box. The thematic turned out to be perfectly well-timed as I am flying to Rome in a few days for the first time – so this Dolce Vita box is the perfect foretaste to my Roman holiday. Why do I review the May edition in June you may ask, well because the first box got lost in the post (French or British, or somewhere in the middle) so as the end of the month was getting closer and my mail box remained empty, I just dropped an email to their customer service and they immediately sent through another one, which I got a week later after I had been hopping up and down with impatience.

My Little Dolce Vita Box - May 2016 Edition

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Buongiorno! When I noticed the May edition of My Little Box was going to relate to Italy, I couldn’t but decide to continue my subscription to the Parisian business (to have an overview of the concept and see what the April Flower Box edition contained, click here) and enjoy once more the very nice content of this beauty box. The thematic turned out to be perfectly well-timed as I am flying to Rome in a few days for the first time – so this Dolce Vita box is the perfect foretaste to my Roman holiday. Why do I review the May edition in June you may ask, well because the first box got lost in the post (French or British, or somewhere in the middle) so as the end of the month was getting closer and my mail box remained empty, I just dropped an email to their customer service and they immediately sent through another one, which I got a week later after I had been hopping up and down with impatience.

A good manucure is a detail which makes the difference in an outfit, especially when it's neatly done. I usually paint my nails two to three times a week for it to be always flawless (or intend to). I've been wearing the Varnish Care duo kit by Essie that has become my go-to basic for months now, and recently fallen in love with a bunch of nudes and reds, so beautiful I realize I don't feel like wearing anything else! So I thought I'd do a short blog post on nail polish because well, why not? 

Nailed It

Sunday, 5 June 2016


A good manucure is a detail which makes the difference in an outfit, especially when it's neatly done. I usually paint my nails two to three times a week for it to be always flawless (or intend to). I've been wearing the Varnish Care duo kit by Essie that has become my go-to basic for months now, and recently fallen in love with a bunch of nudes and reds, so beautiful I realize I don't feel like wearing anything else! So I thought I'd do a short blog post on nail polish because well, why not? 

May, another month which flashed by! The first month of spring was filled with coffee macchiatos and lots of vanilla tea - and I couldn't complain. One thing I'm sure of is that I love working from a coffee place with a soft jazz tune in the background. Along with a caramel macchiato and a sweet treat, it appears to be the perfect environment for me to reach a high level of productivity (most of the time) while keeping my stress level relatively low (main challenge). May was also a spendy month as I have invested in the camera I had been dreaming of and treated myself with flight tickets to Rome to see my friends, and I just can't wait to make new memories in the Eternal City. So, bring it on June! ♡

May Favourites

Saturday, 28 May 2016

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May, another month which flashed by! The first month of spring was filled with coffee macchiatos and lots of vanilla tea - and I couldn't complain. One thing I'm sure of is that I love working from a coffee place with a soft jazz tune in the background. Along with a caramel macchiato and a sweet treat, it appears to be the perfect environment for me to reach a high level of productivity (most of the time) while keeping my stress level relatively low (main challenge). May was also a spendy month as I have invested in the camera I had been dreaming of and treated myself with flight tickets to Rome to see my friends, and I just can't wait to make new memories in the Eternal City. So, bring it on June! ♡
Le Balmoral Edinburgh Scotland

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Edinburgh. I couldn't wait to catch the train and visit everything I could in the Scottish capital, and I wasn't disappointed! This city has so much character you can easily tell it overflows with life. That day, the weather was quite warm and cafés really busy; that's why being on my own this time made me feel a wee bit lonely in honesty, as I would have loved to sit down and enjoy a drink and Scottish pastries with friends. But no worries, because soon the charm of Edinburgh's architecture and main attractions were enough to set my mind back on track to my natural enthusiasm. 

Take me to Edinburgh

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Le Balmoral Edinburgh Scotland

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Edinburgh. I couldn't wait to catch the train and visit everything I could in the Scottish capital, and I wasn't disappointed! This city has so much character you can easily tell it overflows with life. That day, the weather was quite warm and cafés really busy; that's why being on my own this time made me feel a wee bit lonely in honesty, as I would have loved to sit down and enjoy a drink and Scottish pastries with friends. But no worries, because soon the charm of Edinburgh's architecture and main attractions were enough to set my mind back on track to my natural enthusiasm. 
Flowers Bourjois Stila Mac

Spring has definitely settled, which as a result made me feel like wearing lighter colours and adapting my makeup looks accordingly. I made a few beauty purchases over the last month that I love wearing on a daily basis. Some are recent launches whilst others are classics - I hope you'll enjoy my new beauty picks (and mini-reviews) for spring! 

New In: My Beauty Picks For Spring

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Flowers Bourjois Stila Mac

Spring has definitely settled, which as a result made me feel like wearing lighter colours and adapting my makeup looks accordingly. I made a few beauty purchases over the last month that I love wearing on a daily basis. Some are recent launches whilst others are classics - I hope you'll enjoy my new beauty picks (and mini-reviews) for spring! 

With May comes my craving for fresh-cut blooms - and that's perfect timing as it is also time for peony season. Whenever I pass by a flower shop or just M&S pretty little bouquets, I am irresistibly drawn to them. It is what spring does to me - and fortunately, the wish to be surrounded by flowers is easily attainable for a few pounds. It makes me feel very content and at the same time adds this touch of chic to my room. 

May Blooms

Friday, 6 May 2016


With May comes my craving for fresh-cut blooms - and that's perfect timing as it is also time for peony season. Whenever I pass by a flower shop or just M&S pretty little bouquets, I am irresistibly drawn to them. It is what spring does to me - and fortunately, the wish to be surrounded by flowers is easily attainable for a few pounds. It makes me feel very content and at the same time adds this touch of chic to my room. 

Between a larger amount of work than usual, starting to focus on my dissertation and my trip all around west Scotland, this month of April has literally flashed by. Although I have been a bit under the weather (the sun wasn't really present either, which didn't help), I have tons of favourites I had to limit to five for the sake of this blog post. I have also purchased a few makeup items I am currently trying out and several pieces of clothing I am head over heels about over this past month, and I will not hesitate to let you know about what I think of those later! So enough rambling, here are my favourites of this April.

April Favourites

Sunday, 1 May 2016


Between a larger amount of work than usual, starting to focus on my dissertation and my trip all around west Scotland, this month of April has literally flashed by. Although I have been a bit under the weather (the sun wasn't really present either, which didn't help), I have tons of favourites I had to limit to five for the sake of this blog post. I have also purchased a few makeup items I am currently trying out and several pieces of clothing I am head over heels about over this past month, and I will not hesitate to let you know about what I think of those later! So enough rambling, here are my favourites of this April.

DAY 2: Old Man of Storr, Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct

After passing through the Isle of Skye's coral beach, fairy pools and Portree, I continued on many other incredible places west Scotland has to offer. A friend and I dashed to the nearest postcard-selling small shop before catching to bus in the early morning on Saturday,  and here we were on the road again to reach our first destination of the day, Old Man of Storr.

My Scottish Trip: Old Man of Storr, Eilean Donan, Glenfinnan & Glencoe

Saturday, 30 April 2016

DAY 2: Old Man of Storr, Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct

After passing through the Isle of Skye's coral beach, fairy pools and Portree, I continued on many other incredible places west Scotland has to offer. A friend and I dashed to the nearest postcard-selling small shop before catching to bus in the early morning on Saturday,  and here we were on the road again to reach our first destination of the day, Old Man of Storr.

DAY 1: Coral Beaches, Fairy Pools & Portree

As soon as I knew I was going to spend a few months in Scotland for my internship, the first thing that popped in my mind was how much travelling I was going to get out of it - along with the memories I was about to make. I've got to say that after three months here, it pans out. I am currently living in the north-east area and I mainly wished to explore the wild west coast, before heading south and chiefly visit the capital, Edinburgh (which I can't wait for in May). 

My Scottish Trip: Coral Beaches, Fairy Pools & Portree

Thursday, 28 April 2016


DAY 1: Coral Beaches, Fairy Pools & Portree

As soon as I knew I was going to spend a few months in Scotland for my internship, the first thing that popped in my mind was how much travelling I was going to get out of it - along with the memories I was about to make. I've got to say that after three months here, it pans out. I am currently living in the north-east area and I mainly wished to explore the wild west coast, before heading south and chiefly visit the capital, Edinburgh (which I can't wait for in May). 

Bonjour ! Let me introduce you to My Little Flower Box, the very springy My Little Box's April edition. It was my first time ordering a beauty box online, and I can genuinely say it won't be the last. In a nutshell, it's been years that I had wanted to take the plunge and receive a lovely surprise someday I wasn't completely expecting; it eventually came true when I noticed My Little Box floral theme going on this month and couldn't help but yield to it. 

My Little Flower Box - April 2016 Edition

Thursday, 21 April 2016


Bonjour ! Let me introduce you to My Little Flower Box, the very springy My Little Box's April edition. It was my first time ordering a beauty box online, and I can genuinely say it won't be the last. In a nutshell, it's been years that I had wanted to take the plunge and receive a lovely surprise someday I wasn't completely expecting; it eventually came true when I noticed My Little Box floral theme going on this month and couldn't help but yield to it. 
• Striped shirt: Primark • Off-shoulder top: H&M • Real suede skirt: Stradivarius • Perfume: Miss Dior Eau de Toilette 
Using a smarter approach when it comes to buying your clothes will help carrying out most daily wardrobe-related tasks such as selecting new outfits, packing for trips and organising your closet. As a matter of fact, this requires taking some time to define what you want your wardrobe to look like and what to spend your money on. It might be a little bit frustrating at the beginning as you don’t really know what you want or what to begin with, but eventually with some effort put into it you will notice a real shift in the way you consider your sartorial purchases.

The perks of adopting higher standards mean that the range of clothes which fit your criteria will shrink. Being able to select items that truly reflect your choices ensure that those who fail the test get filtered out early in the process; plus, you won’t have to deal with bad buys frustrations later on and your wardrobe will only contain items that fit your personal style. Below are several pieces of advice to reckon when shopping for clothes – about the questions you should ask yourself in the process, try to only buy items that tick all boxes.

How To Become An Efficient Shopper

Sunday, 17 April 2016

• Striped shirt: Primark • Off-shoulder top: H&M • Real suede skirt: Stradivarius • Perfume: Miss Dior Eau de Toilette 
Using a smarter approach when it comes to buying your clothes will help carrying out most daily wardrobe-related tasks such as selecting new outfits, packing for trips and organising your closet. As a matter of fact, this requires taking some time to define what you want your wardrobe to look like and what to spend your money on. It might be a little bit frustrating at the beginning as you don’t really know what you want or what to begin with, but eventually with some effort put into it you will notice a real shift in the way you consider your sartorial purchases.

The perks of adopting higher standards mean that the range of clothes which fit your criteria will shrink. Being able to select items that truly reflect your choices ensure that those who fail the test get filtered out early in the process; plus, you won’t have to deal with bad buys frustrations later on and your wardrobe will only contain items that fit your personal style. Below are several pieces of advice to reckon when shopping for clothes – about the questions you should ask yourself in the process, try to only buy items that tick all boxes.
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