Christmas makeup look

Well hello to you my reader chums! The week before Christmas has finally arrived; with the glitzy Christmas trees, wrapped up gifts and classic carols on repeat, I wanted to share my favourite festive makeup look. As this week, there will be many family dos, work events and gal pal meet ups, I hope this makeup look gives you a little inspiration.

Here's the products I use for my Christmas makeup look...

Christmas makeup up look tutorial

Face products

After my morning skincare routine, I applied L'oreal's 'infallible primer' to ensure my makeup lasted all day long. For foundation, I mixed two of Revlon's colour stay shades together (110 and 180) as I find that's the most suited colour for my skin. I used Rimmel's 'wake me up concealer' to brighten up under the eyes and the 'Naked' concealer by Urban Decay to cover any obvious blemishes. To set, Rimmel's trusty 'stay matte' powder does the trick.

Christmas makeup up look tutorial

Contour and highlight 

Even though Christmas time is more about rosy cheeks, I prefer to rock the bronzed look. My favourite and go to for any occasion is Benefit's 'Hoola bronzer' as it's the perfect shade to achieve those desired chiselled cheekbones. The highlighting palette is Sleek's 'Cleopatra' where I used the two bottom shades to get that golden festive sparkle.

Eye brows and shadows 

My brows are a medium colour brown that I find Sleek's eye brow kit in 'light' is the perfect shade. Its wax holds the colour pigment to my brows all day long that I couldn't fault it. On the eyes I used a cream eye shadow from Revlon and Tarte's 'tartelette in the bloom palette'. I applied 'flower child' as a base and run 'smart pants' through the crease of the eye. I then took 'funny girl' all over the lid and inner corner. To darken the eye, I used a blend of 'rebel' and 'leader' on the outer corners as well as taking it under the eye. These two shades have a gorgeous red undertone that gives the eyes that extra festive flair. I used Kat Von D's liquid liner and coated my lashes with Maybelline's 'Lash sensational'.

Christmas makeup up look tutorial

Lips

No Christmas look is complete without a red lip and my go to has to be the classic Mac's 'Russian Red'. With its matte formulation, long-lasting power and medium red shade, it's the perfect colour for a Christmas celebration. 

For some contour inspiration in this festive season, check out my blogger friend Elle with her post on the 'best contour kits and palettes'.

I hope you enjoyed this  post. What is your go to Christmas makeup look?

Thank you for reading <3

November favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! With November officially over and the festive season truly amongst us, it's time to share with you everything I've been loving over the past month.

Here are my November favourites...

November favourites

Urban Decay's Naked concealer in 'light warm'

I've raved about the Naked concealer for a while now but wanted to feature it again this month. Out of all the concealers I've tried, it's my favourite in terms of coverage. If you've got a massive blemish or dark circles you'd like to cover, this is the concealer for you. The Naked concealer's coverage is faultless, the consistency is thick meaning you don't need a lot and it lasts forever. Its shade 'light warm' suits me perfectly and with the yellow undertone, it helps cover a variety of blemishes easily. View the full review here.

Maybelline's master sculpt bronzer

Bronzers have to be my favourite face product because since I have quite fair skin and a round face, they do just what I need. For an everyday use, I've been loving Maybelline's master sculpt bronzer. It's one of the best drugstore bronzers I've tried! The bronzer is completely matte, perfect for contouring the skin and an all over bronze, without giving that summer shimmer but still the warmth you'd like. It's got a slight orange undertone but nothing too prominent that you're still able to contour a lot without the bronzer looking too cakey on the skin. Also, it comes with a highlight, offering two products in one! It's not the most glittery highlight, however perfect for an everyday subtle glow.

November favourites

Mac's matte lipstick in 'Russian Red'

The red lipstick season is back and there's nothing more exciting than rocking a festive lip. My ultimate favourite at this time of year is Mac's Russian Red. With the perfect matte formulation, pigmentation and medium red shade, I've been reaching for it a lot. It can last all day long and doesn't leave the lips feeling dry, I couldn't recommend it enough. If you need some festive lip inspiration, here's my top 4.

Furry denim jacket

I have a lot of jackets; they're one of those clothing pieces which I feel you can always buy more of. As the seasons change, it's something you change up with all your outfits especially in autumn/winter time. If you follow me on Instagram, then you'd know I've been obsessed with this furry denim jacket from Primark. It was only £20 and has been one of my best investments this autumn! You can pair it with black jeans, skirts or over a dress, it's very versatile. And, even though it's a denim jacket, the fur makes it that extra bit warm for the chilly autumn weather.

I hope you enjoyed this favourites post. Which products have you been loving this month?

Thank you for reading <3

Christmas at Leeds Castle and Winter Wonderland festivites

Well hello to you my reader chums! The festive season has arrived with classic carols, Christmas décor at every turn and of course, the excitement the Christmas markets bring. One of my favourite things about Christmas time are their markets; I love the heart-warming atmosphere, quirky stalls and most importantly, the street food!

The weekend just gone, I visited Leeds Castle Christmas markets in Maidstone and the famous Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, London. Here's a look at what I got up to...

Leeds castle christmas markets maidstone

My boyfriend and I have annual passes to Leeds Castle in Maidstone as it's one of the biggest landmarks near us and we're able to visit it often. These come in handy when events like this are on, if we'd like a nice stroll or even a picnic in the summer time. From the last weekend of November to the weekend before Christmas, Leeds Castle put on their Christmas markets. As I'm a sucker for all things festive markets, I couldn't wait to see what was in store.

Leeds castle christmas markets maidstone

I went to Cologne, Germany last year for their markets and Leeds Castle was like a mini version of that with all the festive cheer. With lit up stalls featuring trinkets to handbags, delicious street food, rides and blaring Christmas tunes, you couldn't help but feel festive. There was also an area to meet the reindeers and even a few owls - something I didn't expect.

Leeds Castle thought of everything; its Christmas tree glistened in the night sky with children's laughter and festive songs filling the air as you strolled by.

Leeds castle christmas markets maidstone

Leeds castle christmas markets maidstone

My favourite part was the stalls; when it comes to markets, you always find little unique items, that aren't usually sold in typical high street shops. From wooden tree decorations, personalised key rings to handmade accessories, it's a fab place to pick up some quirky stocking fillers. The Ferris wheel and spinning swing ride were also my highlights - we had such a laugh.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

The Monday just gone, I ventured down to Winter Wonderland with a few of my best pals. We're all big London fans but I hadn't actually been to Winter Wonderland before that day and wasn't too sure what to expect. After a bit of lunch, we made our way down to Hyde Park for a lot of Christmas fun.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland was huge and ever so magical! Packed with sparkling Christmas stalls, jaw-dropping rides, live music and food places, there was plenty to feast your eyes on.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

We spent a while mooching about and soaking in the Christmas atmosphere. As it was a Monday, the place wasn't that crowded which was a bonus because we we're able to explore without getting pushed around. 

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

The food scene was my favourite part - I love walking past stalls and taking in the scents of all different street foods. The best option had to be Nutella Dutch pancakes, probably the most delicious yet sickly choice. If you head to Winter Wonderland - put these at the top of your list! 

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

The stalls were very similar to Leeds Castle with quirky Christmas ornaments, leather bags, candles and all small stocking style gifts but there were a lot more on offer. Hyde Park is massive and the stalls definitely filled up a good chunk of it. 

The decorations had to be a highlight - I just love anything super festive! With ropes of glitzy lights, flashing lights and Christmas trees, it makes for a candid Christmas card shot.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

We had a fab time all together, playing games, drinking hot chocolate and chatting as we mooched about the stalls; a day that got us all in the Christmas spirit!

Tips for Winter Wonderland

  • Book activities like ice skating in advance to avoid disappointment on the day
  • Rides can be very expensive so I'd recommend picking a few of your favourites, otherwise they can add up quickly
  • Most things will require cash so bring that with you, otherwise you'll have to pay to use their cash machines on site
  • Go on a weekday if you can to avoid large crowds

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

I hope you enjoyed this festive post! Which Christmas markets have you visited this year?

Thank you for reading <3



5 ways to care for your mental health this winter

Well hello to you my reader chums! At the time of year with the dreary weather and Christmas shopping craze, life can get a bit hectic with not enough time to focus on us. With that in mind, it's a period where a little bit of self care goes a long way and the time to look after your mental health is even more important.

Here's 5 ideas to care for your mental health...


  1. Go for a walk - Exercise is an activity that naturally relieves the mind, allowing your body to breathe in the fresh air and get all that blood pumping round. By stepping away from your home or the workplace for a short stroll, it can clear the mind and help you feel that little bit better. My favourite spots for a walk to calm down are country lanes or by the coast. There's nothing more soothing than the quiet sound of the countryside or the waves slowly drifting by.
  2. Write a list -  When I have a million tasks to do in my mind, I  find that writing them down will instantly take some weight off my shoulders. Once all the tasks are on a list, I can organise and tick them off one by one, which in turn is not only satisfying but takes a few things off your mind bit, by bit.
  3. Have a bath - I'm a bit of Lush cosmetics addict, so I'll always find an excuse for a bath. When I'm feeling low or my anxiety kicks in, a bath can really do the trick in helping me feel that little bit better. Lying there in the peace and quiet with beautiful scents of your bubble bath lingering in the air is ever so soothing. I also love to watch YouTube or listen to music during my baths to unwind that little bit more.
  4. Distract yourself with your favourite film- Everybody has that one film that really means something to them so if you're not feeling yourself, switch that on and enjoy. My favourite childhood film is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that every time I hear the theme tune, I can't help but smile. It's one of those films I can recite easily. Other heart-warming films that make me laugh out loud include The Other Woman, Pitch Perfect and Bad Moms.
  5. Do something you love -  When you're feeling under the weather or not just yourself, it's important to do things that you enjoy, to boost your spirit. Whether that's writing, reading, trying out a new recipe, drawing or a good old fashioned bit of retail therapy, you deserve that you time. A little shopping splurge or indulgent cake you've made will give you that little burst of self care you need.
I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your tips to care for your mental health?

Thank you for reading <3

Top 4 red Christmas lipsticks

Well hello to you my reader chums! Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to get in the spirit than discuss my favourite makeup product, lipsticks. With every festive makeup look, a red lip is essential, whether that's a classic matte lipstick or lipgloss with a touch of festive sparkle.

Here's a look at my top red Christmas lipsticks...

Top 4 red christmas lipsticks
 
Mac's matte lipstick in 'Russian Red'

I've always said, matte lipsticks are my go to that when it comes to a red lipstick, it's no different. Mac's 'Russian Red' has been my staple red lip for all occasions, but I especially love to rock it at Christmas time. I'd describe it as the perfect red, not too dark and not too pale, a medium shade suited for a variety of looks. The lipstick has intense pigmentation, a creamy consistency and long-lasting power. It's one of those lipsticks that can last all night from one application. I couldn't recommend it enough! 

Nars matte lipstick in 'Cruella'

A slightly darker red is Nars matte lipstick in 'Cruella'. This lipstick has it all for the Christmas season with the darker colour, matte finish and long-lasting wear. Even though it's a matte formulation, the lipstick has a soft consistency and isn't drying on the lips. It also draws on easily with the pencil design and is able to last for hours on end. 'Cruella' is the type of shade that suits a variety of skin tones and looks; the perfect choice for the big Christmas Day itself.

top red lipsticks


Revlon matte balm in 'Striking'

If you prefer a brighter red, then Revlon's matte balm in 'Striking' is for you. I'd describe it as a 'fruity-like' red, a colour with that slight underlying orange tone. Revlon matte balms have the best creamy formulation that it feels like you're only applying a normal lip balm. However, it offers intense pigmentation and long-lasting power. Even though it's a 'matte balm', there is a slight sheen over the top which to me is that 'bright Christmas glimmer'. I think this lipstick is best for those slightly quirkier looks or outfits that need a pop of colour in the festive season. 

Nyx's throttle lipstick in '01'

Unlike the other lipsticks, this option is not an obvious red, however has a slight red undertone. The shade is a dark burgundy with brown and red tones running through it. This lipstick works best with everyday makeup, whether that's a simple or glitzy eye look. It has a soft formulation and creamy consistency which easily applies onto the lips.


I hope you enjoyed this post! What's your favourite red Christmas lipstick?

Thank you for reading <3


5 top hair tips for autumn/winter

Well hello to you my reader chums! I'm a massive lover of autumn season with the cosier vibes and fashion trends, that when it comes to my hair, I like to think I figured out all the best tips to making it stay put in this weather. With this 5-tip guide, I wanted to share some of my best advice for keeping a tame yet pretty hair do in autumn/winter weather.


When the weather gets colder, hair suffers just like skin and health so it's very important to give it a little tender loving care. I have naturally wavy/frizzy hair which I find quite tricky to stay on point when the wind is blowing everywhere. However I've found a few things to help. Here are my 5 top tips...

Stick to your natural look

As my hair is naturally wavy, straightening can become a pointless task that I find it's best to rock the natural waves in the winter time. If then, it does rain or become a little windy, I wouldn't have wasted any time on my hair (and could spent and extra 10 minutes in bed) plus when it does get wet, it'll dry just how I started out in the day. 

Always have a stretchy hair band on the go

I've always been one of those girls that carry a hairband with me wherever I go and in winter time, it's definitely a handbag essential. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, you can quickly tie your hair with ease and prevent it looking a little wind swept. Instead of a typical hair tie, I find the spiral plastic hair toggles benefit the most in this season. As they're designed to not kink the hair once it's up, you can easily take your hair out when indoors and it'll look round about the same as before.

Up dos are key

I mostly wear my hair up in winter time as I know it's the season when my timely hairstyle may not hold. I like to then rock my favourite up dos from ponytails, a messy bun to classic French plaits. They're all quick and easy but can look super cute on an everyday basis.

Hair masks can be a life saviour

My natural hair can get incredibly dry especially in colder months and find hair masks to be an absolute life saver. They inject so much moisture back into the hair and nourish it in many different ways. My favourite is the 'Keratin smooth' by TRESemmé because it has a stunning scent and leaves your hair feeling ever so smooth.

Find the hair products for you

Everybody's hair type is different so it's important to find the right products that suit you. If you have coloured hair, look out for colour protecting shampoos, or dry hair like mine, purchase products that will fully nourish your locks. It's all about testing haircare and finding the perfect products.

Whichever hair type you have, we can all use a few extra tips. eSalon, an at-home hair colour company, sent over a few infographics with the best haircare tips for me to share. Check them out below!




I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your hair tips for autumn/winter time?

Thank you for reading <3


October favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! October has been one of my favourite months this year with the autumnal vibes and exciting plans I've had. As the nights have got longer and weather has got chillier, everything has felt that extra bit cosier and I love it. I haven't had loads of favourites this months, however there's a few new items and one golden oldie to share with you.

Here are my monthly favourites...

October favourites 2017


Revlon matte liquid lipstick in shade in 'seduction'

Matte lipsticks are my go to, any time of year. I love the finish of a matte lipstick because not only does it suit my 'look' but matte formulations generally last that extra bit longer than a cream based lipstick. Revlon released their spin on liquid lipsticks a while back but it's only till recently that I got my hands on one. I chose 'seduction' as I loved the dusky pink nude shade and how it wasn't too much of an obvious colour. I've been loving to pair it with a red based autumn eye look as it tones down the overall makeup for everyday use. The formulation is creamy, it sets well and lasts with ease. Even though it's a matte, the lipstick sits comfortably on the lips and once dry, feels like you have nothing on at all. 

Tarte 'in the bloom' palette

I'm a sucker for a neutral palette but there's something about Tarte's 'tartelette in the bloom' that makes it extra special. I love its versatility; you can create toned down eye looks or a full on smoky eye. What I've particularly been loving about it this month is the two darker red shades, 'rebel' and 'leader'. As were in autumn I love to rock redder tones on the eye and these have done the trick. This palette has insane pigmentation, lasting power and blends really well, I couldn't fault it. For a full review and swatches, click here.

Cream tartan scarf

One thing I love about colder weather are the over-sized blanket type scarves. I have quite the collection but one of my newest additions is this cream and black style scarf from Primark. It has become my favourite accessory for a few reasons: I love how cosy it is, how it pairs well with any outfit and the simplicity of its print. If you're in need of a blanket scarf then take a trip down to Primark!

October favourites 2017

Simple 'kind to skin' moisturiser

Moisturisers are key especially this time of year when my skin gets that little bit drier. My go to at the minute is Simple's 'kind to skin' moisturiser because I love how lightweight the product is. It has a thin consistency and takes that little bit longer to soak in, however leaves you feeling super refreshed.

Italy trip

Colosseum in Rome

I'm a big fan of city breaks and one of my favourite countries is Italy. In October, to celebrate my boyfriend's 21st, I took him to Rome and Venice and it was honestly my favourite trip ever. We saw all the historic sites, ate our weight in pizza and gelato whilst making the best life-long memories. I loved every minute and wish we could go back to re-live it! I documented the trip over in a guide if you'd like to check it out.

Leather satchel

On our trip to Italy, Dan treated me to the most gorgeous leather bag that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. The simple design with various autumn tones screamed unique to me that I couldn't wait to use it. Ever since that trip, I've been rocking the bag with all my outfits and can't go anywhere without it. To see what I like to carry around with me, check out my latest 'what's in my bag'.

Harry Styles concert

Harry Styles live on tour

I'm a massive fan girl for Harry Styles and always have been so when I got the chance to see him live, I went a little crazy! He sung like an angel, put on an electric performance and got the crowd going. Hear all about my experience in this post

I hope you enjoyed my October monthly favourites. Which products have you been loving lately?

Thank you for reading <3



Harry Styles live on tour

Well hello to you my reader chums! From day 1, I've been a massive Harry Styles and One Direction fan. When all the band members went their separate ways, I couldn't wait to see what Harry would bring out and his album was no disappointment. I fell in love with the album's slow rock vibe and couldn't wait to watch each song live!

I went to the second night of his UK dates on Monday 30th October. Here are my highlights...

Harry Styles live on tour at the eventim apollo london

Upon arrival, I was taken back by the endless queues that spiralled round the building! We had standing tickets so I was a bit worried that we wouldn't be able to get a good viewing point, however, luckily I was wrong. Once we managed to get inside, we got to a position behind the crowd of VIPs where the stage was in close sight.

Harry Styles live on tour

The opening act was called Muna, a rock style girl band. I loved their whole vibe, message and the songs they performed; I wish I knew the lyrics so I  could have sung along!  

Harry Styles live on tour at the eventim apollo london

After all the anticipation, Harry finally graced the stage and the crowd went wild! Having standing tickets meant the atmosphere was much more intense that I felt even closer to Harry. His voice was even more beautiful than any CD version I've heard, it's simply so pure and raw.  I wish I could re-live every moment over and over. He sung each tune with so much passion and I felt all the emotions! 

Harry Styles live on tour at the eventim apollo london

Harry performed all his favourites from the new album and even threw in 2 One Direction classics. When the beat of 'What makes you beautiful' first came on, my heart jumped and it was like my fan girl days were back. The atmosphere became electric and the entire crowd sung their hearts out. I loved every single minute of his concert! My favourites songs he performed were 'Sweet Creature', 'Sign of the Times', 'Kiwi', 'Two Ghosts' 'Meet Me in the Hallway' and of course the classic, 'What makes you beautiful'. 

Harry Styles live on tour at the eventim apollo london

If you get the chance to see Harry live, take it! He was a perfect entertainer; sung like an angel, made the crowd laugh and got everyone involved. His tag line 'treat everybody with kindness' spoke volumes and brought the whole crowd together. 

Harry Styles live on tour at the eventim apollo london

Thank you Harry for one of the best nights of my life! Being a fan of him for so long and finally getting to not only see him live but being incredibly close to the front was a dream come true. 

It was the best concert I've ever been to!

I hope you enjoyed this post about Harry Styles tour. Have you seen Harry live?

Thank you for reading <3

Review: Vacanze Italiane Malibu bikini

Well hello to you my reader chums! When it come to this time of year, I can't help but dream of summer, with beach days, ice cream galore and cute bikinis. As soon as UK swimwear got in touch asking if I'd like to review a bikini, I couldn't jump at the chance quick enough. I'm a travel addict and beach baby so a bikini always comes in handy - plus when it's as beautiful as this, it really helps boost your body confidence that little bit more.

Here are my views on the 'Vacanze Italiane Malibu bikini '...


The triangle bikini style

There's plenty of bikini types to suit every shape and size from triangle to bandeau. As I'm a small busted woman, I prefer triangle style bikinis, as I find they compliment my top half well. You can find with triangle bikinis, that the material doesn't stretch across or is rather flimsy, however this is not the case here. 'Vacanze Italiane Malibu' bikini has a ever so slight padding inside the cup which helps cover all revealing skin. The bottoms also pair well with the top given the matching thin-triangle style shape.  

Bikini's material

I'm always a bit nervous when it comes to bikini material, whether it'll be comfortable to swim in and thick enough so no area is see through. Luckily, this bikini avoided all my fears; the material is incredibly soft, almost silk-like and even though it feels extra light, the material is well-layered. The bottoms are very flowy in comparison to the bra, which has a much sturdier material. 

Its print

Purple is my favourite colour so combine that with a palm tree print and its a winner for me. I love the detailing to the bikini; its colourful Hawaiian print, sequined flowers and tussled ends to the straps all shout summer to me. This bikini makes me want to jet off to paradise right now and lay by the seaside! 


The fit on me

When it comes to swimwear, it's all about feeling body confident in what you're wearing, otherwise you won't enjoy yourself as much, whether its on holiday or at a local swimming class. Once I tried this bikini on, it took me by surprise how comfortable it was to wear. I love how the bottoms sit and how the bikini top isn't too revealing. I'm a typical size 8 and the bikini fits me like a glove. I couldn't recommend it enough!

Whether you're heading off for a winter sun break or an afternoon at your local pool, why not treat yourself to one of these swim pieces? You can find mine here.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What's your favourite style of swimwear?

Thank you for reading <3

What's in my bag | Autumn/winter edition

Well hello to you my reader chums! With longer nights and even colder weather, autumn is slowly on its way out with the excitement of winter not too far ahead. In the cooler months, I find you need a few more self care products on hand and always fill up my bag with the essentials. 

Autumn inspired whats in my bag

The satchel bag

When I was in Venice, my boyfriend kindly treated me to the most gorgeous satchel bag. I've always had a thing for satchels, they can smarten up any look and are ever such a classic piece. This one in particular I fell in love with because of all the colours; there's a blend of light to dark brown, black, burgundy and a warm mustard colour under each pocket, which stood out amongst the rest of bags on sale.

Autumn inspired whats in my bag

Here's what's in my bag for autumn and winter time..

Hand cream

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned in previous posts, how when the cooler weather hits, my hands suffer with dryness. In autumn time, I like to carry around a hand cream so if they feel really dry or as if the dryness will come, I'll apply a bit and fix the problem. The product I love to use at the minute is Soap and Glory's 'Hand Food' because it has the most delicious scent and a thick consistency, aiding extra dry hands.

Tissues

Winter may bring the Christmas excitement and endless cosy nights, however it's also cold season, so I like to carry a pack of tissues, whether its for me or a friend. If you head to your local supermarket you can by a massive pack of travel-size tissues for cheap to carry on the go and help conquer all those winter colds.

Lip balm

Similar to my hands, my lips get insanely dry when the cooler weather hits. I like to try various of lip balms out in this season to see which works best. The one I'm using at the minute is a classic chapstick balm and love how soothing it is. If you have any recommendations, please leave them below in the comment section.

Berry lipsticks

One thing I love about autumn/winter is the makeup looks. A coppery eye and darker lip is my staple makeup to rock when the weather is colder. You never know what sort of occasion a day can bring and I always make sure to have a lipstick with me no matter what. In these months, berry lipsticks tend to feature in my handbag. I like to carry around a subtle option like Nyx's liquid lipstick in 'Rome' and a vampier option, Charlotte Tilbury's 'Glastonberry' if I wanted to rock the darker look.

Hand gel

I am a bit of a clean freak and love to carry round sanitizer to give my hands a good wash before eating when on the go. With flu's and colds everywhere in winter, I find it's the best time to have a bottle on hand.

Gum

Mints and gums are an everyday handbag essential. You never know when you're going to want to freshen your breath or a friend may ask for a piece or gum, so it's always best to be prepared. 

Spiral hair ties

Spiral hair ties are one of the most useful things I've invested in. They make tying up hair, a quick and easy task without the stress of messing up your hair when you take out the hair tie. In winter, they're one of those convenient items every girl needs; if the wind is going crazy, you can just put your hair up in a bun with no hassle. 

Purse

An essential for everyday is my little purse. What I love most is its size; the purse is big enough to fit all my money essentials but not too large that it can't fit in this satchel.

I hope you enjoyed this what's in my bag style post. What are your autumn/winter essentials?

Thank you for reading <3

5 days | A Rome and Venice guide

Well hello to you my reader chums! I've just got back from an incredible little Italian adventure, a few days in both Rome and Venice. I decided to take my boyfriend there for his 21st birthday and we had been counting down the days till the trip finally came along. We crammed so many exciting sights, dinners and memorable moments in the 5 days that I can't wait to share it with you. With this guide, I want to not only document the time we had there but share my advice on what to see and do as well as my best tips for visiting Rome/Venice for the first time.

Here's my 5 day guide to Rome and Venice..

Ancient ruins, famous churches and a hearty food scene, the bustling city of Rome always leaves you wanting more. There's top sights, quaint streets and a thousand gelato shops you wouldn't want to miss.

Day 1 
Spanish Steps Rome Italy

We arrived in Rome around mid-morning, got ready and set off to explore. The guest house we were staying in was located right in the centre, convenient to reach all the desired sights. We stopped off at the Spanish Steps, took a look around Piazza Di Spagna and hopped on the metro down to the Vatican City. 

Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel

Vatican museums

This is the second time I've visited the Vatican museums and couldn't recommend them enough. With the jaw-dropping ceiling art, sculptures and bucket-fulls of history, there's plenty to discover. My highlight has to be the Sistine Chapel. Even on the second time I walked in there, it still blew my mind. The colourful, detailed paintings that coat every wall and ceiling do not seem real. It's crazy to think about how much time and talent went into creating each piece of art.

Vatican museums


St Peter's Basilica and Square

St Peters Basilica

Once we'd seen all the museums and Sistine chapel, we headed down to St Peters Square, only a short walk away. St Peter's Square and Basilica never fail to amaze me! It's absolutely massive and worth a little walk around. If you're lucky to arrive on a day when St Peter's Basilica doesn't have a 3 hour queue, make sure to go in! This time, we weren't so fortunate, however the last time in Rome it had to be one of my favourite things I saw. The interior is breathtaking and like all churches, I felt so at ease as soon as I stepped inside.

St Peters Basilica

Trevi fountain

After exploring the Vatican, we went back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. We decided to head around the Trevi Fountain area as my favourite restaurant is nearby called al Picchio. If you're new to Rome, I'd highly recommend it! The traditional little Italian opened in the 1930s and offers the most hearty Italian dishes. 

Trevi fountain at night

The Trevi Fountain is always beautiful but at night it stands out that little bit more. With twinkling lights and the calming water, it's the perfect time make your fountain wish.

Trevi fountain at night

Day 2 

Colosseum

Colosseum

You can't see the ancient city of Rome without a visit to the Colosseum. The structure amazes me how it still stands today, where were able to admire the beauty and explore the historical significance it holds.

Colosseum
 Colosseum

Colosseum

Colosseum

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is located right next to the Colosseum and much bigger than I ever expected. It's a rectangular forum surrounded by ancient government buildings and their ruins. This was my first time at the forum and I was impressed at not only how big it was but how that much history is right at our feet.

Roman Forum

Altar of the Fatherland

In the centre of Piazza Venezia stands the Altar of the Fatherland, a magnificent white building built in honour of unified Italy's first king. You're able to walk around it and if you like, pay a small fee to use the lift that goes right to the top and overlook the square below. Piazza Venezia is the central hub of Rome, packed with restaurants, shops and located round the corner from the Colosseum.

Altar of the Fatherland Rome

Trevi Fountain

We kept returning to the Trevi Fountain because its timeless beauty never gets old. As we saw it the night before, I wanted to visit in the daytime, to let us both experience the bustling atmosphere and see the fountain in all its glory.

Trevi fountain

Piazza Navona

Close by to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona has to be one of my favourite hidden gems in Rome. With the glistening fountains, busy restaurants and traditional street painters, it's a charming location every Rome newbie needs to see and stay for dinner.

Piazza Navona Rome

Day 3 

We had the morning in Rome before our train departed for Venice at 3.40pm. These hours were spent visiting our favourite areas: Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum surroundings, to soak up that last bit of Roman charm. The train journey lasted for about 5 and a half hours, arriving in Venice around the 10pm mark. We managed to find our Air bnb and got some rest before the Venice ventures began the next day.

Day 4

Endless calm canals and picturesque side streets at every turn, Venice is a city that has my heart. The whole place had so much beauty, it's hard to even put into words. Colourful, rustic buildings graced the canal sides whilst traditional gondolas lined up waiting for their next visitors to depart, it all felt like a wild, wild daydream.

Grand canal venice

St Marks Basilica and Square

Once we managed to get our heads around the map, our first stop was the famous St Marks Square. The square was incredible; with St Marks Basilica at the top and the surrounding characteristic buildings, it's a mesmerising location. 

St Marks Basilica Venice

After a little walk around, we made our way inside the basilica. Entrance is free to the main basilica but the museum inside requires a small fee.  I was amazed by the high ceilings and intricate beauty inside the church, I couldn't help but stare. The museum area showcased lots of different artwork pieces and described the history of them as you walked round. One of the highlights was walking outside on the balcony area and admiring the sensational St Marks Square. I'd highly recommend paying the small fee, just to witness that beautiful view and getting a candid photo.

St Marks Square

Gondola rides


A gondola ride was on the top of my must do list when in Venice. Even though it's a pricey activity, the experience made it all worth while. Floating along the grand canal waters under the famous Rialto bridge with my boyfriend by my side, it was a dream come true. The gondola ride took us through the main canal and down a few quaint side canals to get the full Venetian experience.

Gondola rides

Rialto Bridge

Another must see sight is the famous Rialto Bridge. As we went in October, it wasn't as packed as it would have been during high season, however it was still pretty busy. The bridge is set in a gorgeous location, with shops, canal restaurants and market stalls only a small distance away. Built over the Grand Canal, the views were insane and it certainly adds a bit of uniqueness to the typical Venetian bridges.

Rialto bridge venice


Canal exploring

The best way to see Venice is getting lost, walking aimlessly around the never ending canals and side streets, to uncover the small hidden gems. We came across so many beautiful little spots that we wouldn't of seen if we stuck to the map. Every area of Venice makes a picture-perfect opportunity!

Venice canals

Venice canals

Venice canals

Venice Canals

Venice Canals

Venice Canals

Day 5 

The last day was all about soaking up the final parts of Venice, exploring more streets, market stalls and eating the best Italian food. 

Grand Canal Cruise

Grand canal cruise

We decided to book a Grand Canal Cruise on our last day to get a look at the entire canal on water. The boat we had was very small, similar to their taxi size boats and seating under 10 of us, making it a rather private experience. I loved every minute of this as you were able to sail by, taking in all the views as the tour guide taught us a lot about the history of Venice.

Grand canal cruise

Tips and tricks

Rome
  • If you'd like to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, purchase your tickets when you arrive. There's a little ticket selling booth by the Roman Forum where if you're from the EU and under 25, you'll get tickets for 8 euro.
  • Don't fall for tour guides trying to sell you skip the line for St Peters Basilica. The church has free entrance and there isn't anyway to tackle the queues apart from lining up.
  • You can walk everywhere - If you stay in the centre, everything is accessible by foot and saves you money on transport costs.
  • Book airport shuttles in advance, if not you'll fall for the high price taxis which have a set rate of 60 euro.
Venice
  • Venice is pricey - avoid eating in the major tourist spots to save on money.
  • Google maps do not work in Venice - to get around, your best bet is getting a physical map and finding your way using that.
  • The best mode of transport is by foot, otherwise there's only water taxis which can be on the expensive side if you use them over and over again.
  • There's only one area of Venice where cars are accessible, Piazzale Roma. This is the best place to get to and from the airport. 

Roma e Venezia, che ti amo.

We both had the most incredible Italian adventure exploring these two magnificent cities. There were so many highlights and memories created with my favourite ever person. Visiting the famous sights, making a wish at the Trevi Fountain, gondola rides, walking the streets of Venice and eating our weight in the best Italian food, I wish I could do it all over again. Here's a little shout out to the best boyfriend ever, for supporting me in all I do and loving every part of me. Happy Birthday bub, I hope you enjoyed your present! Till our next adventure...

I hope you enjoyed this Rome and Venice guide. Have you visited either city?

Thank you for reading <3