Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Make up by Rimmel, L'Oreal and Topshop / Day out in cambridge

On Monday I went shopping and I bought those really lovely things photographed above. I don't really wear lipstick, if I do it's very very light colours so that you can't really tell I'm wearing it. I think I've got it into my head that if I wear lipstick then people are going to stare and think I look stupid. But I went for it, I bought two lipsticks! 
  1. Rimmel Scandal Eyes, Eye Shadow Crayon, 002 Bulletproof Beige - I really like this. I'm really picky with eyeshadow and don't really wear it. I've been looking for something pale and not too obvious and I think this really does the trick. It makes my eyes a bit brighter, which is good as I can have really big circles under my eyes sometimes! And it just adds something extra to the face rather than just eyeliner and mascara. It's really easy to apply on, doesn't smudge off easily either which is good. And I find that with a crayon, it's a lot easier than putting on eyeshadow with a brush and a lot quicker. I've found that if I rub it in with my fingers slightly, I like that better as it's more matte, but either way it still has some shine to it. It's not glittery or shimmery, which I personally don't like and a lot of the time can be allergic to.

  2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes, Waterproof Kohl Pencil, 005 Nude - I've bought Rimmel Kohl pencils before and really like them. It works together well in the inner eye if you apply it alongside the the Beige Scandal Eyes Crayon that I mentioned above. It has a really nice texture to it, so you don't have a high chance of poking your eye out when applying it aha. It doesn't fade throughout the day, which is always a plus when it comes to wearing make-up. However because the texture is so smooth and creamy, you have to be careful when putting the lid back on as it can crumble a bit, which also makes it hard to sharpen. But you can put it in the fridge for a while, not too long as it can ruin it, but just enough to harden it. I'm going to keep using it and see but at the moment I'm not too sure if that will put me off buying it again.

  3. L'Oreal Collection Privée by Julianne Moore - I've had a L'Oreal lipstick before and really like the smoothness of them, so I thought I'd check out what there was, saw the Collection Privé which I immediately liked. There are 6 different colours, each by the Paris spokespersons for L'Oreal: Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Doutzen Kroes, Cheryl Cole, Freida Pinto's and Liya Kebede. I couldn't decide between Eva's and Julianne's but went for Julianne's. The idea behind this is that if you have, for example, a similar colouring to Eva, you would suit her lipstick and so on. They're all nude colours. Even though I don't have Julianne's skin tone I still like the colour on me and it is only a guide after all, I love all the colours though. I'd say out of the 4, Julianne's and Cheryl's have the most pigment, but personally I need to put on two coats for it to give me the best coverage. I think they're the perfect lipstick to wear in Autumn. And not to mention the tube itself, it's so pretty with the gold detailing against the black, very classy.

  4. Topshop Lips, Ooh la la - I'm sure everyone's heard of the Ooh la la shade of the Topshop lips collection. Everyone raves about them and my sister loves them so I thought I'd take a proper look at them and see if I liked anything. I'm actually allergic to a lot of make-up (not that it stops me wearing it though!) and have to be careful when buying it, but according to the sales assistant, the ingredients in the Lips collection are similar to that of Mac. And I'm not allergic to Mac so I bought it. It's a really lovely colour, great pigment so one coating will do fine and it's nice and smooth when you apply it on, making your lips feel moisturized, nothing worse than having chapped lips, the feeling is horrible.

And I went to Cambridge on Sunday, here are some photos of the day (I do realise one of them is really wonky. Plus excuse the photo of the lipstick above as I took that with my phone, same goes for the photo of the food)

It was a good day and as you can see, we went for lunch at this Sicilian cafe called 'Aromi'. For a main I had a pizzetta, which is basically a snack sized mini pizza, and it had tomato, balsamic vinegar and rocket. I didn't like it at all though, my mum didn't like hers either. My dad probably had the best lunch but I still wouldn't go back there. It was very busy upstairs, when you queue you're in a rush to decide what to have and you order before sitting down. It's not a place where you sit down and get to choose from a menu in your time. And it just seemed a bit too cramped in the downstairs seating area, there wasn't enough room for anyone, including the staff. It's a shame because on TripAdvisor it got really good reviews but I don't get it personally. But on the plus side, we had the most amazing dessert. They're canoli with 'crema al pistacchio', a Sicilian pastry dessert filled with pistachio cream. They're like a pastry - this pastry tasted a lot like 'fritelle' that you get at Carnival time in Italy. I'd definitely recommend trying one of them if you've got a sweet tooth. I'd go again but only for those, not for lunch.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Prairie Charms & make your own twister bracelet

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Prairie Charms and asked if I would take part in their 'Project Blogger'. After having a look through their site and seeing all their cute accessories, I jumped at the chance. I'm a big jewellery fan so how could I not? The best thing about them is that 10% of their profit proceeds are donated to the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity and the 'Kiss it Better Campaign, which I think is absolutely fantastic. I chose two items: the 'Sadia Bracelet' which has white turquoise gemstone beads with a gold toned feather charm, but you can also choose a silver charm if you prefer. And I got the 'Bessie Gift Thread' which includes thread in purple, pink and light blue all with white stripes. I've been eagerly awaiting the parcel ever since putting my order in and I was very excited when it arrived a few days ago. It was wrapped in the sweetest way, I love getting little parcels in the post and to know that someone has gone the extra mile to make it look pretty, makes it even better. I absolutely love the bracelet, I think it's so cute and love the contrast of the gold and the white together. It can go with a lot of different outfits which is always a bonus.

You might wonder why I bought thread rather than another piece of jewellery or an accessory but as you can tell in the photo below, I made my own bracelet too! It's known as a twisted bracelet. Or some call it a friendship bracelet. And I thought I'd include a tutorial on how to make one incase anyone wants to try making their own.

What you'll need:
  • Thread (the more colours you use, the thicker the bracelet will be)
  • Clipboard or something that you can clip the thread to so that it holds still

Step by Step

  1. Take one colour (I used the pink) and put it on the left (this will be the colour of the first twist) and put the other pieces of thread on the right.
  2. Take the left thread over to the right and make a four shape loop.
  3. Then put the thread over and under into the loop you just made.
  4. Then move the thread back over the top.
  5. Pull the thread tight.
  6. That's what the knot will look like.

I did 7 knots per colour.

If you want to change the colour of the twists you just move the thread of that colour onto the left. For example, I wanted the blue to be the next few twists, so I moved that thread onto the left and kept the pink and purple thread on the right.

And you just repeating step 1 - 6 and eventually your bracelet will start to look like this:

So you just keep going until it's at a length you like (I made mine quite loose), make a knot at the end, then tie the two ends together and that's your bracelet made!

I love the items I received, they're good quality and a reasonable price, so check them out. The people are really friendly too. And if you're arty, then why not have a go at making your own bracelet. Check their website out if you're a jewellery fan like me, you won't be disappointed.

* As part of Project Blogger, I received 50% discount on these items from Prairie Charms

Sunday, 18 August 2013

liebster award!

So on Wednesday I found out that I had been nominated for the Liebster Award! From Alice at Mutterings of a Teenager. And then today I found out that I had also been nominated by Precious at Fashion Kween. Thank you so much, you lovely people! Made me smile :) and aw it's nice to know people like my blog, I really really appreciate it! It made my day.

Incase you don't know what the award is, it's to give recognition to bloggers with less than 200 followers, a great way for new bloggers to get discovered, as well as for others to find new blogs to read. Also, as a language obsessed person, I think it's really cute because the word 'Liebster' is German for: dearest, aw.

I apologise in advance for the really long post!

  1. Accept the award.
  2. Place the badge on your post.
  3. Write 11 facts about you + answer the 11 questions from the person that nominated you.
  4. Choose 11 people to nominate + create 11 questions for the nominees.
  5. Go to your nominees blogs and comment saying you've nominated them.
When you nominate others, leave a comment on their blog saying you have so that they know. And to the person that nominated you, send them a link back so they can see your answers to their questions.

11 Random Facts
  1. I'm bilingual (Italian and English) and have near fluency in a third language (Spanish). I am also learning three other languages (French, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese) (I realize this is probably two facts.. but I wanted to keep all the language related things in one sentence!)
  2. I'm a triplet
  3. I love Harry Potter. I think I would die of happiness if I got the chance to go the Harry Potter theme park.
  4. I've had a lot of replies/favourites on twitter from celebrities.
  5. I watch so many TV shows, it's probably unhealthy.
  6. I love pistachio gelato. It's the best flavour in the world.
  7. I love gingerbread men (Christmas time is the best as there are always cards and decorations with them on! Not as many about as you'd think though)
  8. I used to dance (and went to a drama school/club on saturdays)
  9. The first time I went on a Roller Coaster was last year. (I mean a proper 'big scary' Roller Coaster.. I've been on smaller ones. And they're fun, not scared now!)
  10. I love car journeys in the dark
  11. I find writing facts about myself really hard ahah

Alice's Questions

When did you first start wearing makeup?
I don't really know specifically, I'd probably say that I started wearing it properly when I was 17? That sounds about right, I think. Little story - I remember when I was really young, my auntie taking my sister and I out for dinner and she gave us a little lipgloss each and I was so happy about it because it was my first ever lipgloss aha. But p

Favourite high street brand?
Zara! I've listed some other high street brands I love further down in another question.

If you only had one day to live, what would you do?
I know this sounds super cheesy, but it's the simple things that matter most. So it goes without saying that I would spend time with my family and friends. And I would love to be back in Italy and just near a beach with everyone gathered round a huge table and eating our favourite foods and talking and laughing and just feeling happy and that you're with the people you love.

All time favourite piece of clothing (include a picture)
I don't have a photo of me wearing the piece of clothing, but this is it, it's more of a favourite outfit post though. I have more than one but this is my most recent favourite.

I love the back of that top!

Top and trousers - Zara
Pink ballet shoes - Rubi (bought them in Australia)

And I love these boots too! From Next.

Why did you start blogging?
Originally it was to keep track of the places I'd travelled to. I love travelling so I thought why not have a place where I can write down what I did for the day and be able to look back on in the future. But then I also liked the idea of just writing about things I enjoy and love! I've read blogs for many years and always enjoyed reading them but never actually thinking I could do the same sort of thing and make it interesting enough for people to want to read. But I started it up (this month!) and it's been great and I'm having so much fun. There is so much to blog about and when it's something you enjoy doing, why not? Make the most of it I say. I love blogging!

What are your goals for life?
To be happy and healthy. Career wise, I have no clue what I want to do, but anything that I enjoy doing and makes me happy and that earns enough to make my life comfortable then that would be good. On the more materialistic side of things, I would love to travel the world.

Would you rather buy one expensive product or buy a few drugstore products?
Beauty-wise, I'd say drugstore because there are loads of different brands available and some are very good quality that I really like. I'm usually someone with the mindset of 'buy one expensive thing as it lasts longer than a load of cheap things that barely last a few weeks' but that's really with clothes and accessories.

Who is your celebrity role model and why?
I have quite few. We would be here forever if I explained why about all of them. So I'll pick a few, and then just list the other names. I'll try and keep it brief if I can, sorry if I end up rambling!

Demi Lovato. I love her, I've always been a fan of her music and I love it, but as a role model I think she's amazing and so inspiring. She's been through so much and has battled through it and come out the other side stronger. She sends out a very positive message to people, especially the younger generation and I think that's very important because my generation didn't seem to have any young adults/people speaking out /giving advice at the time, not that I know of anyway or maybe I'm being forgetful right now.

Sophia Bush. She's a huge activist about many issues and is always trying to help others or educate others on why it's important to help etc. She's so empowering and inspiring and I just love that she's out there and actively helping people. She seems like a very kind and sweet person and I always enjoy watching her interviews.

Emma Watson. I love her, for obvious reasons like I love Harry Potter but as a person she's incredible. She's remained very clear headed it seems with all the fame, she hasn't let it affect her badly. She's gone back into education while having huge successes and shows that it's important to have an education and not mis-use fame. I think she's just made very good choices and I can't not mention her involvement with charities too, because she is very supportive of a lot of them and I think anyone who does that is a very good role model in my eyes.

Jennifer Lawrence. First of all, I don't want to repeat what the media are saying about how Jen is 'refreshing' like a recent comment made from one of her friends, I think the media are just exaggerating it and probably aren't used to someone being so honest. So of course it's great that she's not letting fame get to her and has still remained very clear-headed but that's just her. She's funny, isn't afraid to say what she thinks and is very honest as I said. She's made it very clear that she doesn't want to be a stick thin celebrity and would rather look like a 'real person' on cameraw than a 'scarecrow' in life and I think that's a huge positive message to girls and let them know that it's important to stay who you are and to not change themselves and damage their health just to look tiny like a celebrity might on camera. I think she's a great person.

I also think Cory Monteith is a big role model. Obviously he struggled with some issues and that's very sad  but that's not what I mean. He worked so many jobs throughout his life and he finally got to where he wanted to be. I think that's so amazing. Especially as I don't know what I want to do with my life career wise, he's proof that you can accomplish anything if you work hard. But also, he was so kind and caring and would help so many people. And the fact that he was so open with his struggles, he made sure that people knew it was ok to ask for help with, well, anything you needed help with and that's so important. It's very very sad what's happened to him and I will miss him. I admired him very much as a person. And also I can't not mention Glee, I used to watch it and loved his character (and I mean in last few seasons that he was a role model, because in the earlier seasons he was quite 'I'm popular so can't show my feelings or be anything 'outside the norm' and would always get in fights and I didn't like how the character was towards Kurt at first - another Glee character. So I wasn't too keen on Finn at the start but grew to love the character). But as a person, Cory was very kind and generous and I would have loved to have met him.

I also love Jennifer Morrison, Lea Michele and Angelina Jolie but as I said I would be here forever if I mentioned them all. I might edit this post at some point though and just add in why they're my role models too. Might as well!

Favourite scent?
I love Miss Cherie Dior. I've been wearing that for a few years now.

Who are your fashion icons?
Again, I have a lot. Celebrity wise - Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Lily Collins and Angelina Jolie. I love Kate Middleton's style too. Model wise - I love Karlie Kloss' style, also Chanel Iman's, Frida Gustavvson and Ginta Lapina's.

If you could have anything in the world, what would it be and why?
This is a difficult one. To be able to travel all over the world. Or a beach house!! I love the beach so so much and to be able to have somewhere to go that's near one would be amazing. I love the house Emily on Revenge lives in, that would be my dream house. On the less materialist side of things, happiness and health to those that I love would be fantastic and that goes above everything for me.

Precious' Questions

Other than blogging what do you do on your free time?
See family and friends mainly. I watch a lot of tv shows and I'll go through my language books or language learning sites and try and learn/teach myself some more. I really want to do a class for that though as I think it would be better. I used to run quite a bit so I'm going to get back into that at some point and after asking for advice on a #fbloggerschat the other day, I was deciding between pilates and yoga and have decided to go for pilates. So an exercise routine will be sorted for myself soon. I used to read too, I've got out of the habit of doing that and I really should read more at some point because I have a ton of books in my room that still haven't been read, oops. And haven't done lately, but I can't not mention shopping. I love shopping. I can literally spend hours in a shopping centre and I don't even have to buy anything, just browsing the shops is fun to do.

How many days a week do you wear makeup?
It depends what I'm doing. If I go out, I'll wear it because I don't like going out bare faced as I'm sure many out there can relate to aha. But if I'm just in the house having a 'lazy day' then I won't bother wearing it, no point in wasting it.

Where is your favorite place to shop?
Zara, Zara, Zara. I love that place. I also really like Warehouse, New Look, Topshop, Mango and Vero Moda. But don't shop much in the last two shops I mentioned.

Would you rather be a shoe-hollic or a clothe-hollic?
Definitely clothes. I love a good pair of shoes but there are SO many clothes out there!! (Ok also shoes.. but yeah I'm digging myself a hole here. What I'm trying to say is clothes is my answer :) aha)

If today was your last day on earth what would you do?
Answered that already :) written in Alice's question!

What is your favorite holiday season?
CHRISTMAS! I always prefer the lead up to Christmas and Christmas Eve to the actual day though. And I also love Halloween! But maybe it's just the area I live in, it doesn't seem to be celebrated much here? My family don't do anything for it either so it's just another day really. But I love all the dressing up and decorating and 'spooky-ness' of it all, even though I haven't done that properly in years.

If you could describe your blog in one word what would it be?
Small? Probably that, as I have only started this blog up properly this month.. I really don't know, this is a difficult one to answer aha.

What do you wish to achieve through blogging?
Just that I hope that others enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy making/creating my blog. And also, if I were to ever help someone else in someway, with advice for example, that would be really nice. And anything else that may come along is an added bonus!

What is one thing you cant leave the house without?
My phone. I'm not saying I'm one of those people that is constantly on it, but I mean it in the sense that, if I left the house without my phone and something happened where I needed to call someone or someone needed to call me, then I'd be able to answer/make a call.

What is your favorite trend?
I really like the leather :) not as much the leather trousers, I would never wear them. But more the leather skirts. And I like leather jackets, especially those jackets that have just leather sleeves or even faux leather sleeves and the body made from a different material. I love love the khaki green jacket with faux black leather sleeves, I've been meaning to buy one for ages and still haven't yet. And another one that I really like is the two tone French manicures.

If you could come up with any trend what would it be and what would you name it?
Not to be boring but I really have no clue! My sister's the creative one in the family, not me aha. I wouldn't have a clue but anything classy and with good colours!
Thank you so much again for nominating me! And the questions were really interesting, I had fun answering them :)

My Nominations
Let me point out that I'm going by their Bloglovin follower count. So some may already have 200+ on GFC, but not on Bloglovin. And I have also checked if you have been nominated already and couldn't see anything, but if I've missed it and you have, I'm sorry!
  1. Lisa @ What Lisa Saw
  2. Hannah @ The Hannah Lucy Diaries
  3. Effy @ Effy Talks Life
  4. Inês @ Peachy Coral
  5. Julia @ Très Queentastic
  6. Laura Lost In Wonderland
  7. Sally @ The Makeup Directory
  8. Hannah @ Hannah's Beauty Blog
  9. Sarah @ Sarah Speaks
  10. Celia @ Celias Antics
  11. Megan @ Parks Hearts It

My Questions
  1. Would you rather live in the city or the countryside?
  2. What item of clothing do you like shopping for the most?
  3. What's one of your favourite things to do aside from blogging?
  4. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. Top 3 cities you want to visit?
  6. What's the best piece of advice you can give to someone about life?
  7. What's one of your best memories?
  8. What's the funniest thing you've ever done?
  9. If you have one, what is your favourite TV show?
  10. Who's your favourite fashion designer and why?
  11. Would you rather go without shoes, a bag or make-up?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

heaven in a biscuit

Let me introduce you to the amazing piece of heaven that is called Salame al Cioccolato! My favourite italian pudding, or favourite pudding ever. It's literally translated as 'chocolate salami' because it's cut into round pieces and looks like salami. Except I cut it up differently, aha. I'm going to be writing this post in Italian as well by the way!

My family recently went to Italy for a holiday and brought me back some of my old childhood favourites and something I'd never tried before - 'S. Martino' Salame al cioccolato  mixture. Before you think, "that's not real baking" I have made this dessert before but obviously it never tastes exactly like it does in Italy. But I can say that this mix definitely tasted like the real thing and it is SO nice.

Permettetemi di presentarvi al incredibile pezzo di paradiso che si chiama Salame al Cioccolato! Il mio dolce preferito italiano, o dolce preferito bunto e basta. Non devo tradurre tutto quello che c'é scritto sopra perché e molto probabile che chiunque conosca Italiano lo sa già questo dolce!

Durante una recente vacanza, la mia famiglia sono andati a Italia e mi sono tornati con alcuni dei miei vecchi preferiti da quando era bambina e anche qualcosa che non avevo mai provato - 'S. Martino 'Salame al cioccolato. Prima di pensare, "questo non è vero cottura" Ho già fatto questo dolce un sacco di volte, ma ovviamente, non ha mai il sapore di quello in Italia. Ma posso dire che un assaggio del S. Martino é sicuramente come la cosa reale, buonissima.

Those are the ingredients. The biscuits and the chocolate mixture are included in the packet, as well as the baking paper. All you need is 60g of butter and 1 egg (sugar free).

Questi sono gli ingredienti. I biscotti e l'impasto di cioccolato sono inclusi nel pacchetto ed anche la carta da forno. Devi solo aggiungere 60g di burro e 1 uovo (senza zuccheri aggiunti).


  1. Melt the butter
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl, add the egg and the melted butter
  3. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until you obtain an homogeneous mixture
  4. Crumble the biscuits lightly and add them to the mixture, mixing them all together well
  5. Pour it onto the baking paper and form it into a salami shape
  6. Put the dessert in the fridge for 4 hours

I know there are S. Martino mixtures sold in some little shops across the UK, but I don't know if the Salame al Cioccolato is a popular one over here. So just incase, here are the ingredients to make your own at home! (Slightly different ingredients to above)


  1. Sciogliere il burro
  2. Versate il contenuto della busta, aggiungere l'uovo e il burro sciolto
  3. Mescolare gli ingredienti con un cucchiaio di legno fino ad ottenere una crema omogenea
  4. Sbriciolate leggermente i biscotti ed unirli al composto, amalgamando bene il tutto
  5. Versare nella carta da forno e avvolgere dando la forma di un salame
  6. Mettete il dolce in frigorifero per almeno 4 ore
So che ci sono prodotti di S. Martino venduti in alcuni negozi nel Regno Unito, ma non so se il Salame al Cioccolato è molto popolare qui. Quindi in caso che non ci sia, questi sono gli ingredienti per farlo a casa tua! (Gli ingredienti sono un po diversi dal di sopra)

  • 300g of dry biscuits (I've found that Rich Tea biscuits are the best. Don't use digestives, it doesn't taste right!)
  • 200g of dark chocolate
  • 150g of butter
  • 100g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small glasses of rum (and I don't mean a full glass here, just a small amount in one glass x 2)
How to make the chocolate mixture:
Melt the chocolate and butter. Then add the chocolate to the butter, along with the sugar, eggs and rum. And now you can just follow the steps 3-6 from above to make the rest of it!


  • 300 g di biscotti secchi
  • 200g di cioccolato fondente
  • 150 g di burro
  • 100g di zucchero
  • 2 uova
  • 2 bicchierini di rum (e non mi riferisco ad un bicchiere pieno, solo una piccola quantità in un bicchiere x 2)

Come fare il l'impasto di cioccolato:
Sciogliere il cioccolato e il burro. Poi aggiungete il cioccolato al burro, insieme con lo zucchero, le uova e il rum. Ed adesso puoi seguire i passaggi 3-6 dal sopra per effettuare il resto!

I also made a little video of me making it. Bear in mind it's my first ever video so the quality won't be great but it was fun to do and took me hours to edit aha.

Ho anche fatto un piccolo video. Tenete a mente che è il mio primo video mai così la qualità non sarà grande, ma è stato divertente da fare e mi ha preso ore per modificare aha.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

html 101 #1

Hey everyone! I thought I'd write down some HTML tutorials for you so that you can add a few extra details to your blogs. I'll start off with the basic things and then if you want to know how do other things that I haven't mentioned (as there are millions), just let me know and I can do some more tutorials.

I've added a read more link, as this post is very long!

HTML HELP topics:

How to make your own widget headers
How to add a signature to your posts
How to add your own media set icons

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

I dyed my hair!

So last week I'd decided I wanted to change my hair colour and after researching colours and skin tones, I decided to go auburn. I'd dyed it that colour once before but was stupid enough to try semi-permanent rather than a wash-in-wash-out dye. But this time I got a wash out one and after 8 washes it's meant to go away. As you can see from the photo, I bought the Clairol 'Nice n Easy' brand. Clairol, you get a thumbs up from me!

It was a good price and the smell of the dye isn't too bad or strong when you're applying it to your hair. It comes with easy instructions and everything is pretty straightforward. However, I didn't find that the colour matched what it said it would look like in the chart on the back of the box (it's a bit darker than what it says). There isn't that much difference to my hair at all if you were to look at me inside, but then if I'm standing in broad daylight my hair does look lighter. I guess you can't expect the colour to stick to your hair too much from a non permanent dye anyway, I think I'm just being picky though aha but I do like it. I would recommend it to people! It is a good brand and it did the job.

I didn't take a profile view of my face/hair because you can't really tell the difference in colour unless there's flash right up to my face, hence the close-up photo of my hair with the flash on. So I've taken the photos in a way that you can tell a slight difference (my hair is actually lighter in the 'before' than it looks in the photo, there wasn't much lighting at that time). Once I've got it cut, I'll take a proper photo.

Sorry for the bad quality photo, for some reason everytime I upload it onto here it goes a bit blurry when it actually isn't like that. And excuse my messy bedroom and wonky picture in the background! Anyway at some point soon, I need to get my hair cut as I've got a lot of split ends and after speaking to my auntie, who also happens to be my hairdresser, I'll decide whether to go with dying my hair permanently or not.

Friday, 2 August 2013


Hi everyone, so basically this is my 'entry into the blogging world' post!

My blog is called 'Ciao Sophie' as I'm half Italian and I think it's friendly because it means 'Hello Sophie' incase you didn't know and I've always used that as my twitter name so thought why not. I'm looking forward to posting more and being part of the blogging community. :)

On another note, can you believe it's August already? This year seems to have flown by. A few days ago I received this magazine in the post. I ordered it a few days ago after talking to someone that had bought it and have been excited ever since to read it.

I haven't read it all the way through yet but just by flicking through the pages it looks incredible. As you know, I am a huge fan of travelling and it has pages upon pages of different cities. This edition is pretty much focused on 'the best 25 cities in the world to live' and if you love reading about that as much as I do I'd recommend you go and buy it. I've never bought a Monocle Magazine before and I guess it is pretty expensive (£6) but it is a very interesting read and has a lot of content that I enjoy reading about, so personally I think it was worth the money. Reading about travelling always makes me want to buy a plane ticket and jet off straight away, if only I could! I haven't been to all those cities mentioned but I have been to a few (Madrid and Sydney for example) and absolutely love Madrid, so it's a good list for me! I won't say too much to spoil it for anyone but any travel lovers out there, this is a must buy. I'm going to be reading this for a long time to come I can tell.